The 2017 Infiniti Q60: What the critics say
Now that Nissan’s luxury brand has aggressively restyled its only coupe, “cameras don’t do it justice.” A gorgeous vehicle, the new Q60 also distinguishes itself by riding more like a grand tourer than a sports coupe. “This is a straight-up comfortable car,” with deep bucket seats, a hushed cabin, and, in its Red Sport 400 edition, serious power. Punch the accelerator while cruising a highway and the 400-hp V-6 “will get you to speeds punishable by jail time with effortless alacrity.”
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“It’s still tough to get excited about the new Q60.” It’s a style leader, for sure, “arguably the most beautiful in the luxury coupe segment.” But optional adaptive steering, while accurate, is “seemingly weightless,” and the car hustles through corners “briskly but dispassionately.” Rival coupes from Audi, BMW, Cadillac, and Mercedes deliver a more holistic sport experience. The Q60 was made for cruising, “not canyon roads.”
That wasn’t our experience. Though performance in the $51,300 Red Sport 400 isn’t yet perfect, “you’d be hard-pressed to find a more capable car to bomb through the canyons with”—at least at this price and weight. The engine is a bit too quiet and the paddle shifters too slow. Still, “it’s actually quite refreshing to have a car that gets so much right out of the gate.”
The best of...grid extenders
This Snickers-size Bluetooth transceiver is “the world’s most innovative communication tool.” It enables texting and location sharing when there’s no cell service or Wi-Fi. Used by search-and-rescue teams, it also rainproof. $149 a pair, gotenna.com Source:OutsideOnline.com
Great for long hikes and crowded concerts, Beartooth turns your smartphone into a hightech walkie-talkie. It works like goTenna, but has a wider range and enables phone calls in addition to texting and group mapping. $179 a pair, beartooth.com Source: Wired
“One of the fastest, easiest-to-use, and most attractive routers available,” the Amplifi will eliminate all Wi-Fi dead spots in your house— and maybe your whole block—with its pair of network-extending antennae. $199, amplifi.com Source:Gizmodo.com
Anker PowerPort Solar Lite
Charge a phone or tablet off the grid with this lightweight, foldable USB solar panel, the best of 70 models tested for their charging speed, size, and price. It lacks only a battery, and thus can’t store energy. $50, anker.com Source:TheWirecutter.com
ScotteVest OTG Jacket
Now you can go anywhere without leaving behind any of your gadgets—or tying up your hands. This lightweight jacket has 29 pockets, some large enough to hold and protect a laptop or tablet. $280, scottevest.com Source:BusinessInsider.com
Tip of the week...
How to choose bed linens you’ll love
■Shop in person. There is no substitute for what you learn by touching a fabric. And don’t trust thread count as a quality gauge. Instead, look for Egyptian or Supima cotton, both long-staple cottons that yield a softer sheet. If you prefer a warm, insular feeling, choose sateen. A percale weave creates a cooler feeling.
■Heed the fit. Check the thickness of your mattress so you won’t be trying to overstretch a standard-size fitted sheet. For a secure fit, look for the words “bonnet construction,” which indicate that the elastic runs all the way around.
■Use a duvet cover. A cover is much easier to launder than a bulky comforter. If you don’t like the way the insert shifts around, look for a cover with ties in the corners. When choosing a comforter with down filling, insist on baffle construction, which helps keep the down in place.
And for those who have everything...
Bioengineer David Hugh has created a desk chair that will “make you never want to get up again.” The Elysium is the product of Hugh’s decade-long quest for an equation that precisely describes how gravity affects posture and the body. Begin reclining in it, and you’ll eventually hit a sweet spot that “feels similar to floating in zero gravity” as all the forces acting on your muscles and joints reach a state of equilibrium. The chair has a carbon-fiber skeleton covered in viscoelastic foam and Scandinavian leather. “You might have to mortgage your house to afford one, but your butt will thank you.”$26,000 (est.), davidhugh.com
For getting home safely
■Companion is a free app that watches over you if you walk home alone. Enter your destination and designate friends or family as “companions.” They’ll get a text message allowing them to monitor your progress on an online map. You can tap an “I feel nervous” button put them on alert. If you start running or fall, Companion offers to contact police and sounds an alarm if it gets no response.
■SafeTrek puts a 911 call on standby when you tap and hold the screen of your phone. Simply release to place the call and to communicate an S.O.S. to authorities, along with your location. False alarm? You can stop the 911 call by entering a PIN within 10 seconds. ($3)
■KiteString is a free text-message-based service that checks up on you if you’re out and alerts an emergency contact if you don’t respond that you’re OK.
Source: USA Today