Gadget corner

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 December, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 December, 2009, 12:00am

It rocks

The Jabra Stone (above) is not a typical Bluetooth headset. The device has a stylish, curvy design and its flexible frame is lined with soft rubber padding for maximum comfort. Its speaker is surrounded with an ultra-soft ear gel to create a perfect fit. Maker GN Netcom has installed a noise blackout system that filters out background noise, making a boom microphone arm unnecessary. A barely visible volume pad on the outside of the headset can be controlled with a finger while the user is making a call. The device's name comes from the compact, wireless portable charger/carrying case that it neatly plugs into. The Jabra Stone is priced at HK$899.

Going Solo

They are expensive but the Beats by Dr Dre headphones have received mostly glowing reviews for reproducing high-definition, studio-quality sound with MP3 players since their release last December. Manufacturer Monster Cable has now put that same listening experience into smaller, lighter on-ear phones called Beats by Dr Dre Solo (right). Named after the hip-hop artist, producer and co-designer, the headphones deliver deep, detailed bass, distinct middle notes and brilliant highs. They have convenient on-cable controls for an MP3 device and a right-angle connector that hugs your music player and can be used with an airline entertainment system. A tri-fold design allows the headphones to fit easily into the included compact carrying case. Available in black and white, the Beats by Dr Dre Solo sell for HK$1,799 at HMV and Fortress.

Call colours

Appealing to a young audience, Samsung Electronics has released a non-3G touchscreen mobile phone with a cartoon user interface. The compact, 95-gram Anycall Corby S3650C (right) has a curved body with contours that make it easy to grip. The colourful interface, on a 2.8 touchscreen display, features direct, one- click connections to Google and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter through Samsung's own mobile browser. The links provide automatic notifications of news feeds, comments and status updates. The quad-band GSM handset features a two-megapixel camera, image-editing software, a Chinese-English dictionary, a music player, an FM radio, Bluetooth and USB connections, a 50-megabyte internal memory and support for up to an eight-gigabyte microSDHC flash memory card. Available in yellow, orange, pink and white, the Anycall Corby S3650C costs HK$1,388.

Extreme action

Dell's Alienware Area-51 ALX desktop (below) was built for extreme gamers and technology enthusiasts. It comes in an anodised aluminium case that features motorised vents to help the desktop stay cool in the heat of an online battle. The vents can be programmed to allow greater airflow in high-performance situations. The computer features Intel Core i7 processors that have been 'overclocked' - to run faster than intended - to an intense 3.86-gigahertz. The computer offers dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 graphic cards to deliver greater image frame rates at high-definition resolutions. It also has up to 12 gigabytes of memory and six easy-access, cable-free hard-drive bays, which support disk drives with up to one-terabyte of storage capacity. Prices for the Alienware Area-51 ALX start at HK$39,999.