In Gear

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 February, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 February, 2011, 12:00am

New wave

The Wave II is the latest 3G touch-screen smartphone from Samsung Electronics. It runs Samsung's proprietary 'bada' mobile software platform, which supports popular applications including the Twitter- like Sina Weibo, am730 free Chinese news, a Commercial Radio HK Toolbar and Property Action by Centaline Property Agency. All the apps can be downloaded from the Samsung Apps Store. The Wave II has a five-megapixel camera that supports high-definition video recording, a music player, Wi-fi and Bluetooth links, a fast one-gigahertz processor, a built-in two-gigabyte memory and support for an up to 32GB external memory card. Its 3.7-inch screen provides a brighter and wider viewing angle than typical handset screens. The Wave II sells for HK$3,288.

Little beauty

Sony has extended its Y series of lightweight and stylish Vaio laptop computers with the YB16 notebook. The device, which is powered by an AMD chip instead of the Intel processors of previous models, measures 290mm by 31.5mm by 202.8mm and weighs a relatively light 1.46kg, with battery. AMD's so-called accelerated processing unit, which combines a dual-core processor and graphic chip, supports full high-definition video playback and fast internet access. The laptop is equipped with Microsoft's Windows 7 Home Premium operating system, a 320-gigabyte hard drive, a 2GB memory, Wi-fi support, a webcam, high-definition audio and an ergonomic touchpad. The Vaio YB16 laptop costs HK$4,480.

The good life

Bose claims its Lifestyle 235 home entertainment system is its most advanced to date, with guided set-up and easy-to-follow onscreen messages. Users can connect and control up to six high-definition video and music sources. The system features two Gemstone ES speaker arrays, each of which has three drivers. The hideaway Acoustimass speaker module delivers precise sound even at the loudest level or lowest frequency. With the Adaptiq audio calibration box, listeners can adjust the sound to suit the size and layout of the room. Also included are a built-in AM/FM tuner and an iPhone and iPod dock. The Lifestyle 235 sells for HK$22,000.