Console The Autumn Blues With Our Games, Gadget And Gear Guide

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When autumn arrives, there’s only one thing to do: stay indoors and enjoy great entertainment. These ideas will make you embrace drizzly days and fall for falling temperatures.
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10. Hit the road

Before kicking back in the comfort of your home as the autumn sets in, take advantage of the cooler air and quieter roads to get some cycling in. The Charge Plug Prestige is perfect as a starter road bike. It’s light and elegantly streamlined, while its lack of gears means it’s easy to maintain. A specially contoured saddle helps you stay comfortable on longer rides, too.
 
eBay loves: that you can run the bike fixed-gear or single-speed at the flick of a small lever. In fixed-gear mode you must always pedal as there’s no freewheeling capability. That makes it great for improving your cadence technique.
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9. Run and hide

Just in time for Halloween, Alien: Isolation brings the haunted-house-in-space premise to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and the star of the show is undoubtedly one of cinema’s most terrifying creations: the Alien itself. You play as the daughter of Ellen Ripley, searching a deserted space station for clues as to her mother’s fate. HR Giger’s nightmarish predator cannot be killed and instead must be evaded; never has a locker proved so welcoming. 
 
eBay loves: that the lethal xenomorph prowls everywhere, seemingly of its own free will. There are no trigger points – you could come face to face with the creature anywhere. 
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8. BBQ whatever the weather

Hankering after that smoky, charcoaled edge to your food? Miss prodding at slowly blackening lumps of meat while the sun beats down? Well fear not: the Advance Collection Table Grill from Philips means you can barbecue without braving the elements. The central part of the grill plate is the hottest so that’s where the charring will happen, while the edges cook more gently.
 
eBay loves: compartments at the back of the grill that let you infuse your food with herb, smoke and wine flavours.
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7. Give yourself a kick

The difficulty with which you drag yourself out of bed only increases as the temperature outside plummets. But with a Gaggia Gran Prestige waiting to be fired up in the kitchen, your morning lethargy will be swept away with an espresso, or flat white courtesy of the panarello steamer.
 
eBay loves: the sense of style. The Gran Prestige is compact and eye-catching thanks to its vintage-effect chrome finish.
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6. Hit the road (part II)

DRIVECLUB is the PS4 racer in which you compete for personal honours and shared glory. Form a club with some friends and then take on challenges and other competitors together to earn points and new supercars. Even when you’re lagging behind the field you can salvage points through on-the-spot challenges, so everything you do in this sumptuous speed-fest counts.
 
eBay loves: switching on PS4 to find a stack of new cars waiting to test drive, all won by members of your club.
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5. Lose yourself

Ignore dreary grey skies and focus instead on the glowing white pages of an engrossing novel. The Kindle Paperwhite mimics the experience of reading a book in natural daylight, with darker print that seems to leap off the screen. Other features include a handy Vocabulary Builder and a slick page flip system.  
 
eBay loves: reading in the dark without disturbing others thanks to a display that doesn’t leak light.
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4. Blast the blues away

Seamlessly connect your iPhone to this audiophile dreamboat. The Bowers & Wilkins Z2 is a gorgeous stand-alone wireless speaker that delivers punchy audio thanks to a powerful amp and two 3.5-inch drivers. So if the Black Keys track you’re air-drumming to doesn’t finish by the time you get home, simply pair your iPhone to the speaker and carry on.
 
eBay loves: a curved design that looks and sounds at home wherever you place it.
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3. Listen to uplifting tunes

Much like Bowers & Wilkins, Sennheiser are renowned for delivering warm, crystal clear audio in a sophisticated package. Momentum headphones feature slick brushed steel, soft leather ear pads and a pair of cans that shut the world out. When sound and style are both paramount, you’d be hard pushed to find better.
 
eBay loves: the inline remote control that flicks between music and calls when plugged into your phone.
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2. Watch something incredible

The snappily named Sony KDL42W653 Smart TV lets you plan your viewing schedule up to 14 days in advance for extended lounging. Watch anything via an array of on-demand apps such as Netflix and Sky Now, content stored on your laptop or through the built-in Freeview tuner. Dolby sound is also delivered through the TV’s surprisingly powerful speakers. Perfect for an explosive session of 24.
eBay loves: Sony’s trademark premium build quality for a relatively low price.
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1. Avert a global catastrophe

Back for a breathless ninth season and available as a Blu-ray boxset, 24: Live Another Day relocates to London. With Jack Bauer now an agent in exile following events four years previously, yet another crisis threatens the world. Tracked by the CIA and unsure of who trust – as ever – Bauer is nevertheless prepared to do whatever it takes to snuff out this latest threat. 
 
eBay loves: national treasure and 24 fan Stephen Fry playing British Prime Minister Trevor Davies.
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