Archive for September, 2010
Last month we saw the release of the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex external hard drive range. Their clever design lets you connect a range of adaptors for different interfaces, such as USB, FireWire and eSATA. In addition, without any adaptor, the drives can be plugged directly via their SATA connectors in to a variety of peripherals – including the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex HD media player.
The GoFlex TV has a smart-looking and compact casing. A door at the front flicks down to reveal that most of its interior is a bay for the GoFlex external hard drives. Even if you don’t have such a drive, the whole device is so small we can’t see anyone complaining about the unwanted bay.
You can connect other storage devices to the two USB ports – one on the right-hand side and the other on the rear – but there’s no built-in memory card reader for reading photos directly from SD cards. As well as accessing files from USB devices, you can stream them across a network from UPnP media servers or Windows shared folders.
Other ports include HDMI, an optical S/PDIF and two minijacks. Supplied breakout leads convert the latter into AV and component outputs. There’s a 10/100 Ethernet port, and 802.11n wireless can be added via a USB adaptor as an option, but it is not yet available.
The compact remote control is comfortable to hold, and has decently sized buttons, which are logically laid out and clearly labelled. The main menu is divided into Movies, Pictures, Music, Internet and Browse. The first three options quickly searched our attached storage and displayed all the relevant files – it had trouble recognising a couple, but nothing that couldn’t be solved by renaming a few unusual file extensions.
We were worried when our music came up in a gigantic A-Z list, but from the menu you can sort it by albums, artists, genres, years and playlists – or switch to a thumbnail display. Photos and videos have smaller ranges of appropriate options. It remembers which filters you have set, so you don’t have to tell it again every time you switch it on.
It recognised both ripped Blu-ray and DVD ISOs, with full support for menus and subtitling – though chapter skip only worked on DVDs. You can switch between audio tracks easily, so no getting stuck with an audio commentary. It remembers where you left each movie, so you can resume playback the next time you select that file.
The Internet option lets you access content from popular sites, primarily YouTube, Picasa and Flickr; but also vTuner for internet radio, and a mish-mash of bizarre IPTV offerings. Everything works fine, but we were disappointed not get the option of HD playback from YouTube. Of course, the device itself supports all HD resolutions up to 1080p.
The GoFlex TV is a good option if you are looking for a decent media player, and if you also want a fast external hard drive, then you will be more than happy to take this and a matching GoFlex drive. Its support of menus from Blu-ray ISOs is also a big advantage over other favourites.
Nikon Europe has announced the launch of a high performance COOLPIX model, the P7000, that sets a new benchmark for quality photography in a discrete and stylish package. The result of extensive research amongst professional photographers, the COOLPIX P7000 delivers outstanding images in a less intimidating form factor than a SLR.
The COOLPIX P7000 is a classic compact digital camera offering advancements in image quality, shooting functions and operation over its predecessor, the COOLPIX P6000 (released in September 2008). The COOLPIX P6000 was well received for the advanced level of its shooting functions with operation and results similar to that of a digital SLR camera. The comprehensive camera design, operation and functions were satisfying even to those who normally use a digital SLR camera.
The P7000 offers an effective pixel count of 10.1 million pixels. It is equipped with a 7.1X optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers a broad range of focal lengths beginning at the wide-angle 28mm (equivalent with 35mm  format), and makes the most of the large 1/1.7-inch, RGB CCD image sensor and optical characteristics. In addition, adoption of the latest image-processing engine, EXPEED C2, enables capture of high-resolution images with rich tonal expression.
The P7000 is also equipped with a number of new functions, including Zoom Memory and Tone Level Information display, which provide greater control over shooting and resulting images. With a number of high-sensitivity shooting functions to choose from depending upon shooting conditions, high-speed response and controls that support intuitive operation, the COOLPIX P7000 is the optimal tool for nature photography as well as wide variety of other scenes.
The Nikon Coolpix P7000 will be available from the end of September from WebAntics Online @ R5799.00 Incl Vat. There is also a great promotional video by Bob Krist where he had the opportunity, to work with prototypes of the newly-announced Coolpix P7000 on an assignment in the Southwest US. Check it out here
Future 3D centred updates for the PS3 is expected as well, with Sony hinting at 3D rendering for photos, PlayTV and even YouTube in 3D. The company also stated that they were devoted to introducing 3D to hardcore gamers and not just the casual crowd with games such as God of War, LittleBigPlanet and Gran Turismo 5 featuring 3D capabilities.At the IFA 2010 expo held in Berlin last month, Sony announced its intentions of carrying 3D technology forward.
When we first heard about the iLuv iPhone App Station, even without seeing one, it looked like such a practical iPhone peripheral. I mean, what better way to make use of a dormant charging iPhone than to have it function as a clock radio? But there’s so much more to the iLuv iPhone App Station…
The best things that we liked about the iLuv iPhone App Station are:
1. Bedside Clock Functionality : It does everything a Clock Radio does except the radio bit. The iLuv App Station makes your iPhone look like one of those retro clocks from days gone past, that flip as the time changes. You can also switch between three different types of clock themes according to your tastes. Additional bonuses are the ability to display current weather and wake up to your favorite iTunes songs
2. Flip It Horizontally or Vertically : Whether you are using it as a clock or as a speakerphone for telephone calls, you can switch its orientation just by physically tilting it. Ingenious design
3. Super portable : Whether you want to treat it as a fixture beside your bed or take it with you on a picnic, the iLuv App Station allows you to do both! In addition to being powered by AC plug power there is also the ability to go power-wireless by installing 6 AA batteries. It’s actually light enough to pack in your suitcase should you want to take it a’traveling
4. Audio goodness : The speakers provide quite a punch. Its decent audio can be attributed to the built-in amplifiers and dynamic acoustic chambers. There are also audio in and 3.5mm headphone jack ports
5. Mini Theatre : On top of everything, you can use it to watch your favorite Youtube Video’s or set it to scroll through your photos as a digital photo frame.
So whether you’re looking for that next iPhone gadget or a great birthday or thank you present, the iLuv iPhone App Station is the way to go. It is definitely on my list.
You can get yours from South Africa’s leading Online Reseller of iLuv products at WebAntics Online.
The BiPAC 3300NX has a built-in USB port connection for 3G USB modems that enables Internet access over 3.5G/HSDPA, 3.75G/HSUPA, HSPA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, or GSM networks, delivering high speed downstream rates.
The router features two 10/100Base-T LAN ports, configurable as WAN ports, as well. It provides an external slide switch to switch between the 3 operation modes: Router / AP / AP-Client. The BiPAC’s 3300NX integrated two USB 2.0 ports offers multiple applications for printer server, Webcam server, FTP server, and Samba server.
The BiPAC 3300NX also supports the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) standard and allows users to establish a secure wireless network by simply pushing a button. Built-in wireless antenna for 802.11n Wireless AP enables WLAN access mobility. The pocket-sized dimensions of the BiPAC 3300NX make it convenient to carry anywhere for Internet access.
You can get yours from one of Billion’s Official Resellers – WebAntics Online - for current price of R1,099.00 Incl Vat.
Asus, the leading developer of notebooks, has launched the replacement to the extremely popular G73JH-TZ008Z in the South African market. The NEW Asus Republic of Gamers 17.3 inch G73JW has been upgraded with the latest NVIDIA mobile Fermi graphics cards. It already has great specs included like the Quad Core i7 CPU, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, two hard drives of 500GB each, Blu-ray ROM optical drive and an 8 cell battery, but it is the 3D capability that is attracting the attention of the serious gaming community.
For the first time, Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) are using the new NVIDIA GTX 460M graphics engine that comes with the huge 1.5 GB of GDDR5 memory and these machines are going to need it. For the G53 and G73 will be running the NVIDIA GTX 460M which is great for rendering 3D visuals, which indicates that the G73 notebooks will be offering the user 3D gaming.
Make sure your name is on the list for the first shipment arriving at WebAntics Online.
From the heart of Africa to the Hardanger Glacier, the Powertraveller powermonkey-eXplorer has proved to be an invaluable piece of kit, providing essential power in the most remote locations. Incorporating the new solar-slave, the powermonkey-eXplorer lets you charge wherever, whenever.
“The powermonkey-eXplorer is a remarkable piece of kit. We have just completed a five week expedition crossing the Hardanger Glacier. This power source proved itself essential time after time.”
Director of DXM Project Management
Compatible with the majority of mobile phones including the iPhone 3Gs, iPods, MP3 / MP4, PDAs and portable games consoles including the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS & DS-Lite, the powermonkey-eXplorer will recharge your devices – giving you 96 hours of standby on your mobile, 40 hours on your iPod, 5 hours on your games console, 48 hours on your PDA and 6 hours on MP3/MP4 players. Available in 4 fantastic colours; Blue, Grey, Pink and Yellow – stylish and essential!
The solar-slave draws power directly from the sun – giving you free power wherever you are! Make sure your powermonkey-eXplorer’s got full power at all times by charging it with the handy solar-slave, which can be attached to a rucksack, hung from a window, left in a car or taken anywhere the sun shines! Make sure the powermonkey-eXplorer unit is turned OFF when re-charging from the solar slave in order to reduce charging time! You can even use the solar-slave to recharge your device directly – so you have back up power at all times.
Ultra compact, tough and powerful, the powermonkey-eXplorer is water resistant and made from rubberised casing so can take whatever life throws at it, yet it remains the lightest, most versatile charger available today.
Featuring an LCD screen that displays battery capacity and the level of charge, the powermonkey-eXplorer also has short-circuit protection, over-charging protection and over-discharging protection. The included mains charger has interchangeable heads for UK, Europe, US and Australia – so you can use it in over 150 countries around the world!
- Pocket-sized portable charger for mobiles, iPods, PDAs, PSP/DS and MP3s
- Will recharge a mobile up to THREE times
- Works with iPhone 3Gs
- Recharge in three ways: USB, mains (international adapter included) or via the solar panel
- Supplied with tips for most popular mobiles
- Tough, lightweight and water resistant
- Comes 60% pre-charged
Get the Powertraveller powermonkey-eXplorer V2 portable charger from WebAntics Online for only R859.00 Incl Vat.
Samsung has presented its latest notebook of the R-series for the South African market and named it the Samsung R590. The new unit is already available for purchase and is priced at approximately R9350.96 Incl Vat from WebAntics Online.
The Samsung R590 boasts a high-end design that parallels its high performance features like the 16:9 HD LED display that delivers sharp images and bold colours. Highlighted by its New Touch of Colour blue finish, an appealing crystal-S pattern, and a durable casing engineered to reduce the risk of scratches and fingerprints, the Samsung R590 makes sure your on-the-go lifestyle stays stylish
On the inside of the Samsung R590 you can find an Intel Core i5 processor that supports Intel Turbo Boost, as well as a nVidia GeForce GT 330M graphics card with 1GB. The screen size is set at 15.6-inches and a resolution of 1366×68 pixels and besides the DVD burner and WiFi, the special features include SuperSilent technology, Samsung Recovery Solution, and a USB port that can recharge a device even when the laptop is turned off.
Buffalo has a new addition in the MiniStation HD-PXT family of portable hard drives with the introduction of a model providing 1TB of storage space and all the features seen on current offering, including 256-bit AES hardware encryption.
Set to be available only in piano black (lower-capacity drives come in white), the 1TB 2.5.-inch drive has a wrap-around USB 2.0 cable, a shock-resistant shell, it weights just 240 grams and is bundled with TurboPC/TurboCopy for improved transfer speeds and backup software.
The MiniStation HD-PXT1TU2 is now available in South Africa from WebAntics Online at just about R1599.90 incl Vat.
The Dell Vostro 1015 succeeds the Vostro A860 which was a very popular entry level model. The affordable Vostro 1015 takes advantage of the latest technology so you can take care of your business, whether you’re at your desk or on the road. At R5,999.95 (incl Vat), the Vostro is the lowest cost laptop in the market with built-in webcam and Windows 7 Professional. The 6 Cell battery and built-in Bluetooth are nice extras. The build has a much more robust feel to it than the Insprion models and customers will like the LED backlit TrueLife Display screen . Connectivity is also well thought out, with 4 USB ports and a Firewire port . With a 1 year pick and return warranty as standard, the value for money factor is definitely there.
Specifications: 15.6″ Widescreen WXGA (1366×768) WLED with Truelife Display, Intel Core2 Duo T6570 2.1GHZ Processor, 2GB 800MHz DDR2 Memory, 320GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive, 8x DVD+/-RW, Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, 802.11(b/g), Bluetooth, 2MP Webcam, Intel Integrated GMA 4500MHD Graphics, 6-cell 48WHr Li-Ion Battery, 1 Year pick up and return Warranty.
Get the Dell Vostro 1015 Notebook from the WebAntics Online shopping store for only R5,999.95