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Top 10: Products of 2017

We tried and tested a whole load of products this year, from dash cams to dog guards. But which were our favourites?

1

Navdy head-up display

While head-up displays are nothing new, they tend to be an expensive option available on newer cars. So Navdy has come up with its own. Sitting on your dash, it enables you to navigate, make and receive calls, stream music and access information from your phone while on the move.

You can also reply to messages via voice, plus you can dismiss or open notifications by swiping your hand across the front of Navdy to accept or dismiss. It retails at a not inconsiderable £599 but is available on Amazon for much less.

>> Read our review of the Navdy

2

AUKEY DR01 dash camera

Spending a little bit of money on a dashcam can save you a lot of stress and hassle if you're in an accident. That's why this little Aukey dash cam is great. It may not be big or expensive, but it does the job without breaking the bank.

It retails at £60, but we've seen it on sale for as low as £34 recently. The DR01 can’t offer quite the same detail as many of the higher quality dash cams, but it's simple to set-up and straightforward to use.

>> Read our review of the Aukey dash cam

3

Iceplane ice scraper

You wouldn't think that the humble ice scraper would be something that needed reinventing, but Iceplane is here to change all that. It may look like a simple bit of plastic, but it's surprisingly effective.

True, it costs a little more than the old school ones you find at petrol stations, but at £5 it's a worthwhile investment that you'll be glad of on those icy mornings when you're late for the school run...

>> Read our review of the Iceplane

4

Travall dog guard

Any day that you get to spend 'working' with a dog is a great day. We tested the Travall guard with a very cute chocolate Labrador named Hershey (he's mine so I have to say that). But, like many dogs, he's a pain when he's in the car.

At £110, the price is a bit steep. But the Travall dog guard is very sturdy and custom fits your vehicle. It's very easy to install, doesn't rattle and kept my dog from leaping over into the backseats. Plus, it comes with a lifetime guarantee.

>> Read our review of the Travall guard

5

Pure Highway 600 DAB radio

Have you got an older car without DAB radio? Well, the Pure Highway 600 is for you. Aside from giving the gift of Smooth Extra and Jazz FM, if you pair it up to a phone you can also use it for music streaming, or as a hands-free system for making and receiving calls.

At £150 it isn't cheap, but it packs lots of features and it’s definitely easier than installing a whole new audio system.

>> Read our review of the  Pure Highway 600 DAB radio

6

Anker SoundSync Bluetooth adaptor

The Anker SoundSync adds Bluetooth connectivity to any car with an aux audio input and a 12V accessory socket or USB port. It can also be used at home to pair a Bluetooth device up to speakers and stereos.

The SoundSync does support handsfree calling, although call quality isn’t particularly impressive. But it’s perfectly acceptable and means you can legally take calls without risking penalty points.

>> Read our review of the Anker SoundSync

7

Zero FXS

There’s probably no vehicle better suited to electrification than the motorcycle. With no gearbox, there’s no need for a clutch lever or gear selector, so it’s incredibly easy to ride. Acceleration is also ferocious from a standing start.

Recharging from empty via a three-pin socket takes about nine hours and costs roughly £1.10. If you spent that on petrol you’d get about 13 miles on a bike that averages 60mpg. The downside? The £10,000 pricetag...

>> Read our review of the Zero FXS

8

Campingaz Powerbox Plus 28L electric cooler

It might look and feel like any other plastic cool box, but the Campingaz unit is an impressive bit of kit. Admittedly, it takes up a considerable chunk of boot space in a family hatchback, but once up and running it acts like a mini fridge, keeping food and drink cool for hours, even after you've disconnected the power.

Online prices vary from £60 to £80 but for active families who spend their summers out and about, the Campingaz Powerbox Plus will be a useful addition to their weekend kit. 

>> Read our review of the Campingaz Powerbox Plus

9

Sphero Mini

The Sphero Mini is a great Christmas gift for tech-curious kids. The Mini is a ping pong-sized, app-controlled robotic ball that's packed with technology and even offers a basic introduction to coding, which is a wonderful extra that will help kids learn while having fun.

You can play a multitude of games with the Sphero itself, as well as control it with your facial expressions (in theory) and your voice. At £50 it's not especially cheap, but it's much more affordable than other Sphero products.

>> Read our review of the Sphero Mini

10

Peugeot Django 125

It’s got all of the charisma and style of a Vespa, only it costs less. Admittedly the Vespa feels plusher - but if you want that level of style and you don’t want to fork out a fortune to get it, then the Django is the next best thing.

It's incredibly easy to ride, yet it has a surprising turn of pace, with 60mph easily within reach. However - as with all scooters - it's a machine made for towns rather than motorways.

>> Read our review of the Peugeot Django 125

Comments

LeeSpence    on 31 December 2017

'Peugeot Django 125'- Quote, "However - as with all scooters - it's a machine made for towns rather than motorways." I don't think those who have ridden a Honda Silverwing, Suzuki Burgman 650 or Aprilia SRV850, to name but three, would agree with that statement. All scooters are certainly not made for towns rather than motorways. As a primarily car based magazine HJ may be best to do some research into the subject before making such an uninformed comment.

Edited by LeeSpence on 31/12/2017 at 14:10

999pez    on 2 January 2018

Yes, but the 3 you mention are maxi-scooters, which are an entirely different machine from a scooter, which to all apart from perhaps you Lee, refer to around the 125cc mark. I tried riding my old KMX125 on the motorway a few years ago. It was b***** scary, I won't be doing that again.

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