Gadget corner

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 January, 2010, 12:00am

Cups runneth over

Headphones maker Monster is kicking off the year with the Beat Studio White (below), a studio-quality, high-definition headset endorsed by rapper/producer of the Black Eyed Peas. The headphones feature Monster's power-isolation technology, which cuts external noise to allow users to hear clear vocals, detailed highs and deep bass. Weighing 260 grams, the headset is loaded with extra- large speaker drivers, a digital amplifier, a wide, adjustable headband, soft-hinged ear cups and a 1.3-metre iSoniTalk cable for connecting to an iPhone or other music-enabled handset. The Beat Studio White sells for HK$2,980 at Fortress and HMV.

Hinge thinking

Samsung Electronics has added style and performance to its internet-ready netbook line with the N150 (above). The computer's integrated hinge allows for a smoother opening of the lid than previous models. It is powered by Intel's 1.66gHz Atom N450 chip and runs Microsoft's Windows 7 Starter Edition operating system. It has a 10.1-inch, anti-reflective LED display, a 250-gigabyte hard-disc drive, 1GB of internal memory and a six-cell battery that delivers up to eight hours of continuous power. Weighing only 1.24kg, the N150 is priced at HK$3,280.

Bold and beautiful

Research In Motion's new top-of-the-line smartphone is the BlackBerry Bold 9700 (right). The dark-chrome frame and leatherette back bring a sleek and elegant look to this 3.5G handset. Premium features include a touch-sensitive track pad that allows for more intuitive navigation and a highly tactile keyboard with finely sculpted keys and chrome frets. Weighing 122 grams, the smartphone has a 3.2-megapixel auto-focus camera, Wi-fi and Bluetooth support, a 2.44-inch display, a multimedia player and access to the BlackBerry app store. The BlackBerry Bold 9700 costs HK$5,188 at SmarTone-Vodafone shops.