The 2017 Aston Martin DB11: What the critics say
“It’s no exaggeration to say the DB11 is the most important new car in Aston Martin’s history.” A tiny, cash-strapped company for most of its history, the storied British automaker last year unveiled an ambitious plan to roll out seven new vehicles by 2020. The DB11 leads the way, and it’s an “impressively accomplished,” impressively complete grand tourer. For once, Aston Martin has rolled out an all-new product, and “there are no eccentricities to excuse.”
The Wall Street Journal
Driving this “big, voluptuous” road car is “like saddling up on He-Man’s Battle Cat.” Purists might object to the engine’s twin turbochargers, but the new 600-hp V-12 can get you to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and accelerate from there with the authority of a luxury powerboat. The switchgear is now Mercedes-sourced, but not the handstitched leather, which can be trimmed in broguing like an English wingtip. “Your Gran Turismo awaits, sire.”
The DB11 isn’t the fastest vehicle you can buy at its price level, “but there’s more to a car than performance figures.” This one feels as if every inch of it was designed by people who care, and “with its balance of performance, comfort, and nose-to-tail beauty,” it is everything a 21st-century Aston Martin should be.
The best of...LED bulbs
Walmart Great Value LED 60W Equivalent
In recent years, energyefficient LED bulbs have plummeted in price. This soft white 10-watt option “hits all the marks that make a bulb great,” dimming relatively evenly and lasting up to 25,000 hours. $4, walmart.com
Philips Dimmable 60W Equivalent
The step up in price for this Philips is “well worth it if you plan on dimming your lights.” Many LEDs dim moderately well, but in our tests, the Philips “produced little to no detectable buzz or flicker—even with older switches.” $8.50, amazon.com
Lifx Color 1000
The Lifx is “awfully expensive,” but this color-changing Wi-Fienabled smart bulb can take on 16 million different hues, with more accurate color rendition than its direct competitors. It’s also brighter, more efficient, and easier to use. $60, lifx.com
Philips Hue White E26
Sold separately or in a $79 starter kit, the Hue White 26 represents “the best way to bring smart lighting to your home on a reasonable budget.” A control hub in the starter kit lets you control up to 50 Hue bulbs with a smartphone app. $15, meethue.com
GE Reveal BR30
Among indoor LED floodlights, this_65-wattequivalent GE bulb outperforms all rivals on color quality and dimmability, and “it isn’t all that close.” It uses slightly more energy, but “it’ll make the colors in your home look more vivid.” $16, amazon.com
Tip of the week...
How to limit flight-delay costs
■ Ask for a refund. If your flight gets canceled or “severely” delayed (usually a two-hour delay qualifies), you can ask for a refund and expect to get one, even on a “nonrefundable” fare.
■ Buy travel insurance. Policies don’t often cover tours, cruises, or hotel cancellation fees, but they will cover meals, hotel rooms, and the extra money you spend to get to your destination.
■ Check for credit card coverage. Some credit cards (including Chase Sapphire and some associated with airlines) offer protection for certain types of trip delays—if you used the card to pay. Typically, you can claim up to $500 for associated expenses.
■ Exploit Europe’s generosity. The EU compensates passengers when delays are caused by an airline failure, like a computer meltdown, so you’re covered anytime you fly from the EU or on an EU airline. Source: New York Post
And for those who have everything...
“Is this the aromatic equivalent of Love Potion No. 9?” The fragrance Molecule 01 smells like nothing, yet it’s said that catching a whiff of someone wearing it can turn a bystander feral, its pheromone-like qualities attracting responses that “range from insistent inquiries to marriage proposals.” Developed by indie perfumer Escentric Molecules, Molecule 01 is virtually a straight dose of Iso E Super, a common perfume ingredient that has a subtle woody aroma but arguably makes everyone smell more like themselves. Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Kate Moss all wear it—despite selling their own eponymous scents—so there must be something to it. $135 for 3.5 fi. oz., barneys.com Source:TownAndCountryMag.com
How to make an old iPhone last
■ Fix that screen. Chances are you don’t need a $650 iPhone 7, even if your 6 has a broken screen. A pro will replace the screen for $100 to $150.
■ Help your battery. An old battery sometimes drains quickly. To help it, turn down your brightness and enable Low Power Mode. Still not cutting it? Buy a $100 case from Mophie or Apple that has a backup battery.
■ Keep it clean. Dust and lint “can lead to all sorts of malfunctions,” so use a toothpick to clear the headphone and charging ports.
■ Free up space. Stop annoying storage alerts by deleting all your old text messages, voicemails, podcasts, playlists, and apps.
■ Reset it. Phone acting buggy? Double-tap the home button and close all open apps. If that doesn’t help, reset the phone by holding down the home and sleep buttons. Research and try “factory reset” only as a last resort. Source:Thrillist.com