Technology round-up

1 Aug 2010 by AndrewGough

Sony Alpha A290

Sony says it wants to “entice all digital compact camera users to make the jump to DSLR” with its new user-friendly Alpha A290. Successor to the Sony Alpha A230, the A290 is an attractive black 14.2 megapixel digital SLR that’s small, light, and looks comfortable to hold. With an Easy Shooting Mode plus Onscreen Help Guide, the A290 aims to make DSLR photography less daunting for newcomers.

PRICE £399



Gateway NS10

Gateway has launched its new NS range of laptops – the NS10, NS30, NS41 and NS51 – which vary most obviously in their respective screen sizes. We’ve singled out the 11.6” NS10 because of its obvious benefits to portability, but all NS laptops feature ultra-fast Intel mobile processors – either the i7, i5 or i3 (the latter two in the case of the NS10). The NS laptops are thin at no more than one inch thick, and the NS10 weighs in at 1.35kg, netbook territory. But unlike netbooks, the NS10 has the hard drive capacity of a full-spec laptop, 160GB (sizes range up to 640GB as an option). There’s also inbuilt Bluetooth, wifi and 3G (optional).




LaCie XtremKey

The LaCie XtremKey offers industrial-strength protection for data, with capacities up to 64GB. It houses its flash memory modules inside a 2mm-thick metal pipe casing, sealed with wear-resistant screw threads and a rubber O-ring making it watertight up to 100 metres. The XtremKey is also resistant to 5 metre drops and temperatures ranging from -50° to 200°. According to LaCie, the Zamac alloy casing is strong enough to withstand the pressure of a 10 tonne truck.

PRICE £42.99




Acer Stream – August 9

The Acer Stream is an android 2.1-powered, high-end multimedia smartphone optimised for watching movies, listening to music and enjoying web browsing, making it perfect for users who demand more from their mobile phones. Elegant and minimalist in design, the Stream is made from highly resistant materials and has some impressive technical features, including a 3.7” AMOLED display; 3G+ connectivity,  Bluetooth and wifi; the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor used in the HTC Desire; and a a micro-SD card slot making it expandable to 32GB.

PRICE £399


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