Gadget corner

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 March, 2009, 12:00am

Comfort computing

Laptops are convenient but can give users a hot lap and bad posture. Logitech has come up with a solution to these drawbacks: the Comfort Lapdesk (below). The device, which fits notebooks with screens up to 17 inches, offers a stable cushioned base so operators can relax their legs, instead of locking their knees, when on a sofa, bed or floor. Its top has a non-slip glossy finish and a 12-degree riser to position a laptop to an angle that will not strain a user's neck. Its four-layer, air-mesh fabric design serves as a barrier to heat. The Comfort Lapdesk costs HK$399 at G.O.D., Fortress and Broadway.

Clean sweep

Thanks to a 'sweep camera' function, the Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 (right) can produce hori-zontal panoramic shots with a range of 224 degrees. Sony claims the DSC-HX1 can also shoot continuous 9.1-mega-pixel images in bursts of up to 10 frames per second. The camera, which has a 3-inch display, calculates and aligns the objects in each frame for the sharpest pictures possible. It shoots movie clips in high-defini-tion resolution and the built-in microphone delivers crisp, clear audio. The DSC-HX1 will be availa-ble next month for HK$3,990.

Crisp Apple

Apple has given its flagship desktop computer a makeover with the launch of the elegant 24-inch iMac (above). The computer has a 30 per cent larger display than the previous 20-inch machine and comes with a built-in iSight video camera, a microphone and speakers, all in a thin aluminium and glass design. It also has more memory (2 gigabytes, expandable to 8GB) and more storage (320GB, expandable to 1 terabyte). The Intel chip-based iMac comes with Apple's innovative iLife '09 suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music. Prices for the 24-inch iMac start at HK$11,700.