Gadget corner

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 June, 2009, 12:00am

A soft touch

Dell's Studio One 19 all-in-one home desktop computer (below) looks just as good in the living room as it does in the kitchen, or so claims the press release, somewhat bizarrely. Its body is made of aluminium, glass and fabric and it comes in several colours, including red, blue and pink. The Intel-powered computer has easy to use touch-screen technology, which makes it simple for a family to peruse photos or browse the Web. It has an 18.5-inch, widescreen high-definition display, a slot-load optical drive, a 7-in-1 media card reader and six USB ports. Prices for the Studio One 19 start at HK$6,999.

Ground control

Onkyo's TX-SR507 (below right) is a budget-friendly, entry-level audio-visual receiver; a control centre designed for today's high-definition home-cinema systems. It has four connectors through which a Blu-ray Disc player, gaming consoles and HD set-top boxes can be linked. It uses the technology of audio specialist Audyssey Laboratories to counter distortion created by walls and other objects; ensure consistent volume levels; and continuously adjust surround levels to the required volume. An audio input on the front panel can accommodate an optional dock to connect an iPod or other portable media player to the system. The TX-SR507 costs HK$3,180.

Get the picture

Samsung Electronics claims its ultra-compact HMX-R10 (above) is the world's smallest and lightest digital camcorder. The ergonomic 229-gram device, which measures 38.3mm by 56.8mm by 128.2mm, has a smooth, curvy shape and features a 2.7-inch touch screen. Its lens is angled at 25 degrees, making it easy to grip and reducing strain on a user's wrist. It records high-definition video but can also snap 12-megapixel still photos, even while shooting a video. It has a slot for SD memory cards. Available in silver and black, the HMX-R10 sells for HK$4,990.