The Playbook For The Modern Man

Shut Up & Take My Money – Issue #102

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1 of 6|Viks GT Bike
2 of 6|St Erik’s Brewery Chips
3 of 6|Sonus Faber SF16
4 of 6|Herman Miller Aeron
5 of 6|Alpine Ice Cooler Speaker System
6 of 6|Google Pixel

Gather round kiddies, it’s tech and gadget time with the D’Marge crew. This edition is bringing some of the fanciest gear money can (and can’t buy). Ever wanted to taste the world’s most expensive packet of chips? How about riding a Lamborghini-inspired bike? All those objects of manly affection and more are now taking your money.

#1 Viks GT Bike

Those who can’t afford a Lamborghini just yet can get the next best thing on two wheels. The Viks GT bike is inspired by today’s generation of supercars, in particular the angular design of the Lamborghini Huracan and Aventador. To draw this connection even further, the Estonian-crafted bike borrows the same “Giallo Midas” yellow hue and is made from alloy to keep costs within reach of mere mortals. Elsewhere riders will find a single speed belt drive featuring mechanical disc brakes and carbon fibre wheels.

Price: $TBA/BUY


#2 St Erik’s Brewery Chips

Not all potato chips are born equal. St Erik’s Brewery in Sweden have created the ultimate luxury chips to accompany their equally impressive beer selection. The price of each hand-made chip will set you back $11 and come in a beautifully crafted box comprising of five chips. Yep. Five. Mind you the ingredients and cooking process are exhausting, calling upon exclusive stuff such as Nordic matsutake – one of the worlds rarest mushrooms – and truffle seaweed from the Faroe Islands. Putting these chips together are chefs commissioned from the Swedish National Culinary Team to ensure the perfect balance of flavour. There’ll be no guilty pleasure too as all proceeds from the sale will go to charity.

Price: $56/BUY

#3 Sonus Faber SF16

Is it a spaceship? Is it a drone? No. It’s just Sonus’ latest sound system which looks like both of those things. The wood crafted sound system ejects satellite speakers from the sides to play crispy tunes backed with a pair of five inch subwoofers. Once switched off the speakers recline back inside and the unti is left to look like a part of the furniture of a modern home.

Price: $TBA/BUY

#4 Herman Miller Aeron

The iconic Herman Miller Aeron chair has finally received a makeover after 20 years of supporting backs in style. Designed by Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick, the new version swaps out the conventional foam and fabric for an elastic back for added ergonomics. There’s also a revised tilt system, PostureFit SLTM spinal support and 8Z Pellicle zoned suspension which allows for eight varied zones of tension to cater for optimal weight distribution.

Price: $780/BUY

#5 Alpine Ice Cooler Speaker System

Sort out your summer sound and beverage needs with Alpine’s Alpine Ice In-Cooler Speaker System. Basically portable anywhere, the system comes with Bluetooth connectivity or an oldschool Aux jack. Power is sorted with 2 x 90W speakers which should be enough to keep the party going well into dusk. There’s also a power input for house parties. Did we forget to mention it can also store 72 cans and is water resistant? Good times.

Price: $1,500/BUY


#6 Google Pixel

Google’s latest standalone smartphone has finally arrived and punters after a seamless Android experience can now try their hand at the Pixel. Armed with one of the most advanced smartphone cameras on the market which trumps the iPhone 7’s, the Pixel will be taking the fight to its competition in two models – the 5-inch Pixel and 5.5-inch Pixel XL. Some defining features of the phone includes “limitless” memory storage which basically relies on Google’s expansive cloud network to retrieve and store photos once you max out the on board memory card. Being a Google phone made by Google, the operations of apps appear to be seamless and up to speed helped by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor. The 12MP rear camera features a cool night time mode which can capture everything in a dark room without the need for a flash. The Pixel will run on Google’s latest Android 7.0 Nougat platform and come in 32GB and 128GB models with 4GB of RAM. It affords a battery life stint of two days.

Price: $1,079 – $1,419/BUY


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