Old is new again with these ingenious tech products that couple retro aesthetics and innovative designs. This is the retro-tech revival.
u (RE)MAKING HISTORY
The Fujifilm X100F compact mirrorless digital camera, the fourth iteration of the X100 series, combines great functionality with classic design. Retro looks can sometimes come at the cost of practicality, but the X100F is fundamentally ergonomical. A 24,3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor provides excellent image quality, while a hybrid optical and electronic viewfinder (one of the only models on the market with this capability) means you have the best of both worlds in terms of assessing a scene. The speedy 23mm f/2 prime lens is fixed, but compatible with two converters – one telephoto and one wide-angle – which ups versatility. If you’re looking for a point-and-shoot with style and power, this premium, pocket-sized camera is perfect. Plus, if you’re willing to go the whole hog, Fujifilm’s beautiful retro brown leather camera case is a must-have. R19 895 ormsdirect.co.za
TV ON THE RADIO
The R7 Mk3 radiogram is the latest version of Ruark Audio founder Alan O’Rourke’s innovative 2013 model, a throwback to audio-furniture hybrids of the mid-1900s. The stylish
R7 Mk3 doubles as beautifully designed decor and comes in Rich Walnut and Soft Grey. Features include a CD player that reads both standard and MP3 discs, wifi and Bluetooth connectivity, digital and analogue inputs, including a dedicated turntable input, Spotify connectivity and DAB/DAB+/FM and Internet tuners, which pick up just about any radio station worldwide. An optional TV mount means the R7 can be transformed into a complete home entertainment system. Predictably, the sound is fantastic too. ruarkaudio.com
JUST MY TYPE
Mechanical keyboards are more durable and perform better than the keyboards that come standard with computers. Tech company AZIO Corporation’s Retro Classic design is one of the best mechanical keyboards on the market, not to mention one of the most enviable aesthetic. The look is luxe (a computing tech rarity), comprising a zinc-aluminium alloy frame and leather top plate, available in three style variations. Although the Retro Classic’s keys resemble those of a typewriter, the overall functionality is modern: the keyboard is compatible with Windows and Mac, the keys are evenly backlit with LEDs and users can choose between a USB or Bluetooth interface. R1 354 aziocorp.com