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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 June, 2009, 12:00am

Quiet and clear

Plantronics' Voyager Pro Bluetooth (below) cancels out ambient noise without sacrificing audio quality and is comfortable to wear. Dual external stainless-steel microphone screens and acoustic fabrics help keep out the sound of wind. A 20-band equaliser allows for distortion-free audio. The behind-the-ear style is counterbalanced, rendering the device virtually weightless when worn. It has a soft silicon ear tip for a good fit. The Voyager Pro Bluetooth headset is priced at HK$798.

Shot in the dark

Novice snappers who want to appear professional will find a lot to like about Canon's EOS 500D digital single-lens reflex camera (below right). It has the kind of advanced features typically found in high-end DSLR models, including a choice of interchangeable lenses. It offers 15-megapixel resolution, ideal for large, detailed prints, and a generous 3-inch screen for focus checks. It has full high-definition video recording, with a high-definition multimedia interface connection so images can be viewed on an HD television. Powered by Canon's Digic 4 processor, the 480-gram camera is capable of shooting in near-dark conditions. It is compatible with more than 50 Canon EF lenses. The EOS 500D kit, with the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens, sells for HK$10,880 at Fortress.

No strings attached

Hong Kong-based VTech touts its new Eco Dect VT9014 cordless phone (above) as being a 'green' option. The device has an 'eco mode' which reduces the overall radio frequency power by 99.9 per cent when the handset is charging. In talk mode, the telephone adjusts and minimises radio frequency power according to its distance from the base unit. VTech says this cuts the handset's power consumption while boosting the length of talk time. And the packaging is 100 per cent recyclable. The Eco Dect VT9014 cordless telephone costs HK$569 at Broadway.


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