Savvy and affordable gadgets


Technology brings convenience and surprises to one’s daily life. We suss out what’s new in the consumer electronic market, and found the following to be functional and would not burn a hole in your pocket.

Samsung N220 and N220 Netbooks

Everyone hates to wait, especially when we’re rushing to gather information for our impending assignments. With the new Samsung N220 and N210 netbooks, you can now access the internet directly on your laptop without having to wait for your OS to boot. This “Instant On” capability is made possible with the Phoenix HyperSpaceTM tool. The other striking feature of these new netbooks is the six-cell battery and Smart Power Management which can power the laptop for up to 11 hours. You can now work from any location in peace without fear that your laptop would suddenly take a snooze.

Recommended retail price: $799


Cyber-shot W Series camera, DSC-W320

Snap away all you like without being a nuisance, thanks to the new Cyber-shot DSC-W320. Built with an extra wide aperture, you can now take your photos without flash in different lighting conditions or compromise on clarity.

 The camera is equipped with a f/2.4 “G lens” with 5x optical zoom and 24 mm wide angle. With up to 14.1-megapixel resolution, you can say goodbye to pixilated and grainy images. The new W series camera is available in pink, green, silver and black.

Recommended retail price: S$329 (inclusive of GST)


Olympus PEN E-PL1 Micro Four Thirds System interchangeable lens digital camera

Want to capture artistic shots like a pro photographer? Look no further than the latest the Olympus PEN E-PL1 Micro Four Thirds System interchangeable lens digital camera. This entry-level model is suitable for anyone who wants to venture into basic photography. With its new Live Guide user interface, adjusting brightness, hue, background defocusing and other image parameters will be a breeze. Aside from still photography, you can even shoot a movie with its new dedicated movie mode button.

The camera also provides six art filters, including the new gentle sepia which can be applied to both the still images and video clips. Accessories you can purchase to coordinate and complement the E-PL1 include the new M.ZUIKO lenses, underwater case, camera cases and body jackets.

Price to be advised.


AC Ryan Playon! HD MINI high definition media player

Say hello to the new media player for streaming and storage purposes. Following the successful reception to Playon! HD, a mini version requiring external HDD connection has been created for budget users. Although designed without an internal drive, Playon! HD Mini is fully HD-ready (1080P) once it is connected with the HDMI cable, and supports up to today’s largest 2 TB External HDD. This gadget is perfect for users whose daily usage of technology centres on content and are prone to stream from Network Attached Storage (NAS) Drive and the computer.

With the optional Wireless-N 300 mbps Adaptor (retailing at S$59) dongle, users can view Flickr, Picassa and news feeds off the player directly, bypassing the need of a computer.

Recommended retail price: S$199 w/GST (without HDD)