Wednesday, 2 March 2011

March's best gadgets

 Top new gadgets

A selection of great gadgets heading to a shelf near you this month.

Acer Iconia W500 tablet

If you've been considering a tablet but haven't been able to justify getting one in place of a laptop, the W500 could offer the best of both worlds. While it can run solo as a 10.1-inch Windows 7 tablet, there is also an optional full-size chiclet docking keyboard as well.
Not just proving handy for the more text-heavy tasks, the dock also offers an Ethernet port for wired internet connections and a USB port for attaching external devices too.
Back to the tablet, and it features wi-fi and 3G connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, front and back cameras and an HDMI port.
Price: £449 (£529 including the dock)

BeBook Club

The new BeBook Club is a super-slim e-reader complete with powerful processor and 512MB of storage for keeping up to 1,000 books. It's a little more affordable than its big brother, the BeBook Neo, but still bundles in a 6-inch e-ink screen, music playback and battery life of up to 12,000 page turns. There's no wi-fi though, so you'll need to hook it up to your computer to fill it up with books, using the included USB cable.
Price: £129

Breville Radio Toaster

Breville has made the genius move of pulling together two of the morning's most essential gadgets into one, so you can make your toast while flicking through your favourite radio stations, all in one essential package.
Price: £49.99

Canon EOS 600D

The new EOS 600D sits at the top of Canon's entry-level DSLR portfolio, and offers an 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, full HD video recording, and a 7.7cm LCD screen that can be flipped out to help you capture images from different angles.
The EOS 600D also squeezes in a new on-camera guide to the camera's modes and settings to help those new to photography to improve their skills.
Price: £679

Pure Evoke Mio

Pure has launched five new colours for its stylish Evoke Mio DAB radio range. These include teal, cherry, 'lava', purple and black, each featuring a two-tone leather effect with matching cream fascia.
The Evoke Mio is based on the award-winning Evoke-1S and offers both digital and FM radio, as well as an input for your iPod or MP3 player. While it will usually plug into the mains, you can buy the optional E1 ChargePAK for £34.99 for up to 24 hours of portable listening.
Price: £129.99

Nikon Coolpix S3100

Nikon's new addition to its Coolpix range is an affordable, super-slim, take-anywhere compact. But don't let its slight size fool you - this camera packs quite the punch, offering 14 megapixels, 5x zoom and 720p HD video recording. You can pick it up in a choice of seven different colours if pink doesn't quite take your fancy.
Price: £129.99

Klipsch S5i

These rugged earphones are the perfect choice for the sporty types among you. Being moisture-resistant, the Klipsch S5is aren't going to break on you after a jog in the rain or a particularly sweaty gym session. They also feature durable, tangle-resistant cables, and chunky control buttons on the inline controls for easy operation when wearing gloves.
Comfortable enough for extended use, the S5is also offer noise isolation and an inline mic for taking calls when listening to music on your phone. They even come with a protective hard case, complete with integrated LED flashlight.
Price: £119.99

Altec Lansing inMotion Air

This affordable and portable speaker system will play your music both distortion-free and wirelessly. Connect it to any device over wi-fi using its wireless adaptor, or alternatively use Bluetooth to hook up to your phone or other portable device in a closer vicinity.
Featuring a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, the inMotion Air can be used away from mains power for up to seven hours and features a handle on the back for easy carrying, all wrapped in a stylish finish.
Price: £179.99

KEF T305 home cinema speaker system

This speaker system from KEF will satisfy both the audiophile in you and your desire for nice looking gadgets. Offering high-fidelity sound in a super-slim enclosure, the front, back and centre speakers won't look out of place next to your TV on the wall.
Price: £1,700

Motorola TZ700 bluetooth in-car speakerphone

Motorola's new in-car speakerphone won't just allow you to make and receive hands-free phone calls while you're driving, it also features MotoSpeak 2.0 for hands-free texting.
This handy feature offers text-to-speech and speech-to-text technology, meaning users can have their text messages read to them, and also dictate responses to be sent as well.
The speakerphone claims to blocks out car background noise better than its competition, and will even save battery life by automatically turning on or off when you enter or leave your car.
Price: TBC

Olympus SZ-10

The 14-megapixel Olympus SZ-10 offers a rather impressive 18x wide optical zoom lens (28-504mm) in a compact body, but it's not just the zoom that makes this camera one to consider. It also features one touch HD movie recording, Eye-Fi card compatibility, dual image stabilisation and a 3D shooting mode. While it only features one lens, it will capture two shots of a scene from two different angles and position them to give the impression of a 3D image when shown on a 3D TV or photo frame.
Price: £199.99

Sony VAIO C Series

The new VAIO C Series features a 14-inch widescreen display, built-in HD webcam, multi-touch trackpad and a 3D-supported HDMI out. Thanks to one-touch web access, you can get online quickly without the need for a full boot, while running the show under the hood there's a 320GB HDD and 4GB of RAM.
As the picture suggests, there's also a choice of colours, including the rather flashy green and orange 'light emitting' translucent options.
Price: TBC

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