Gadget corner

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 July, 2009, 12:00am

Full charge ahead

Sony's Walkman B140 series (above) is a stylish alternative to Apple's iPod shuffle. The Walkman has a high-speed USB connection and comes in black, red, orange and pink. Besides MP3 playback, it has voice and FM radio recording functions. A three-minute charge allows for 90 minutes of audio playback while a full 70-minute charge delivers up to 18 hours of continuous music. The proprietary 'Zappin' feature lets users scan songs in their library by listening to four-second or 15-second snippets of each. The Walkman B140 series is available in two-gigabyte and 4GB capacities and sells for HK$348 and HK$528, respectively.

Play more, pay less

Hot on the heels of Philips, Japanese electronics firm Teac has unveiled an affordable Blu-ray Disc player. The BD-9000 player (below left) supports full 1080p resolution and playback with improved resolution of standard DVD discs. Unlike more expensive Blu-ray Disc players, the BD9000 can play VCDs and CDs. It has connectors that support 7.1 channel home-cinema systems. The BD-9000 Blu-ray Disc player sells for HK$2,380 at Fortress and Jusco.

Slot machine

The latest MacBook Pro (below right) is the first in Apple's line of high-performance laptops to come with a 13-inch display and an SD-card slot. A common feature on Windows-based notebooks, the slot allows users to directly transfer data from memory cards used in digital cameras, video camcorders and mobile phones to their computer. The new model also features an aluminium unibody design, an illuminated keyboard, a multitouch trackpad, an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, an Nvidia graphics chip, Wi-fi support, a webcam and a battery that should last seven hours on a full charge. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is the most affordable in the range, with prices starting at HK$9,288.