Seriously Stunning Gadgets
T3 Magazine|February 2021
Some gadgets not only perform to superlative standards but they look incredible too, bringing a touch of true class to their surroundings. Here are some beauties that will catch any eye
Alex Cox

HARLEY DAVIDSON LIVEWIRE (2020)

Given it is a brand built on fumes and grunt, Harley Davidson’s shift into the electric motorcycle market does go against type somewhat. The ride of the Livewire, apparently Harley’s most powerful bike to date and the first to come from a major existing bike manufacturer, is similarly opposite what you’d expect; while it does carry more weight and heft than many competitors – Harley has a number of stripped-down lightweight bikes on the docket for this year and next – it’s far more nimble than its petrol-guzzling ancestors, absolutely sailing around corners and pulling off a smooth and quiet mechanical ride. It’s an accomplished transition from one generation to another, one that’s full of fun, and one which takes off like a rocket, pulling 0-60mph in three seconds.

In terms of design, the manufacturer has played all the right Harley Davidson notes – the paint-finished fuel tank, the outsized abdomen – while fully acknowledging just how rideable the Livewire is, offering a deep seating position with pegs beneath the seat and a low, wide handlebar, a world away from the lean-back-and-relax of a typical Harley cruiser. If this is the zippy future of the motorbike, things don’t look bad at all. From £28,995, harley-davidson.com

B&O BEOSOUND BALANCE

Speakers can disappear into the background, they can stand out, or they can stimulate guests’ curiosity. The Balance falls into the latter category, with a distinctive design combining graceful cylindrical minimalism with improbable, almost floaty shaping that befits its name. Thought has not only gone into the Beosound Balance’s selection of premium finishes, which tie together aluminium, acoustically transparent cloth, and heavyweight wood – there’s a mathematical and natural twist to the Fibonacci spiral used to perforate its lower speaker grille, too.

Though it’s an absolute eye- and earcatcher, with booming presence and a highly tactile nature thanks to its touch-sensitive shine-through aluminium control panel, you’re not supposed to place this on a central pedestal. The Balance is designed to sit close to a wall, actively compensating itself to the acoustics of your room and using that wall to reflect complementary frequencies. The fact that you’ll eventually get your choice of smart assistant (it does Google now, with Alexa functionality due down the line) all but doubles its value. From £1,750, bang-olufsen.com

B&O BEOSOUND BALANCE

Speakers can disappear into the background, they can stand out, or they can stimulate guests’ curiosity. The Balance falls into the latter category, with a distinctive design combining graceful cylindrical minimalism with improbable, almost floaty shaping that befits its name. Thought has not only gone into the Beosound Balance’s selection of premium finishes, which tie together aluminium, acoustically transparent cloth, and heavyweight wood – there’s a mathematical and natural twist to the Fibonacci spiral used to perforate its lower speaker grille, too.

Though it’s an absolute eye- and earcatcher, with booming presence and a highly tactile nature thanks to its touch-sensitive shine-through aluminium control panel, you’re not supposed to place this on a central pedestal. The Balance is designed to sit close to a wall, actively compensating itself to the acoustics of your room and using that wall to reflect complementary frequencies. The fact that you’ll eventually get your choice of smart assistant (it does Google now, with Alexa functionality due down the line) all but doubles its value. From £1,750, bang-olufsen.com

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