Life & Times
August 27, 2012
By : Edwin Kee |

1-2-know: 3D sound at a song

IT is safe to assume that the next logical step most people would take after purchasing that spanking new flat screen TV for the living room would be to enhance its audio capabilities, and you can do that with a full blown home theatre system.

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For those who are operating on a much tighter budget, there is the Sceptre Speaker Sound Bar which works in an extremely versatile manner, thanks to its built-in high efficiency amplifier technology that delivers crystal clear 3D surround sound to any device it is hooked to.

The Sceptre Speaker Sound Bar is accompanied by dual speakers which are capable of delivering up to 20 watts each, doubling the sound capabilities of traditional television sets. It also features High Efficiency Amplifier Technology that can pump out rich 3D crystal clear Surround Sound, making it ideal for any living room.

Each US$169.99 (RM530) purchase comes with a wall mounting kit and an infrared remote control, while the auto fading LED light display panel helps reduce brightness and glare whenever you watch movies or view your TV at night, with a quartet of preset sound modes being individually tuned so that you can enjoy the optimal audio quality at all times. Details at: www.sceptre.com/Products/Other/SoundBar/SB2020B/SB2020B%20MainPage

A DASH OF STYLE

WHEN it comes to external hard drives, there are quite a number of choices to pick from if you have the budget, and those who are extremely concerned with looks will find the aesthetics of the ADATA DashDrive HV610 USB 3.0 External Hard Drive worth owning.

This is a fashionable piece of portable storage, coming in a puzzle piece design complete with a slide-out smart cover. You will not find it plodding along when it comes to data transfer though, especially when we have a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface accompanying it. Two attractive monochrome patterns make up the body of the HV610, and has interlocking shiny and matte puzzle piece lines. You can easily remove the HV610’s cool ice-blue cover so that it can stash away the USB cable when it is not in use, delivering a stylish and practical solution for cable-management.

There are two capacities to choose from — 500GB and 1TB. Those who pick up the ADATA DashDrive HV610 USB 3.0 External Hard Drive can also download a copy of the latest Norton Internet Security 2012 anti-virus software for free, while knowing that their data is backed up by a three-year warranty service. The 500GB and 1TB models retail for US$79.99 (RM248) and US$99.99, respectively. Details at: www.adata-group.com/index.php?action>product_feature&cid>2&piid>191&lan>us

HI-DEF MOBILE PLAY

THE Sony Xperia ion is the latest flagship device from Sony Mobile.In the US market, it was available as an LTE version . Sony Mobile has decided to expand the modele release of a HSPA version.

Those who are looking for a multimedia capable smartphone will not go wrong with the Sony Xperia ion. It has a stunning 4.6 inch HD display that delivers a visually brilliant viewing experience with razor sharp clarity offering a resolution count of 1280 x 720 pixels, not to mention a front-facing camera that records video at 720p, while its rear camera does Full HD video recordings.

Beneath the hood, you will find a 1.5GHz dual-core processor that will work through your apps in at breakneck speed, while 16GB of internal memory should be enough to last you a long time if you are an average user. This is capable of storing up to 10 or so average-sized HD movies with space to spare. Connectivity options on the Sony Xperia ion include DLNA, HDMI and BRAVIA Sync, where Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich rules the roost as the operating system of choice. You can choose from black or red shades as the Sony Xperia ion arrives in Malaysia at the end of this month and retails for RM1,788 a pop. For a limited time only, it will be bundled with accessories worth RM223 — comprising a HDMI cable, two Xperia SmartTags (Black and Red) and a screen protector. Details at: www.sonymobile.com

AIM TO SNOOZE

The Snooze function in alarm clocks was invented to give you that extra couple of minutes, although sleep scientists will tell you that it is not healthy at all to snooze — just wake up when the alarm rings and your body would be much better off .

Proponents of the no snooze theory would find the £14.99 (RM73) NERF Shoot to Snooze LCD Alarm Clock worth looking at. The clocks green backlight turns itself on when it is time to wake up, or when the clock is tapped, it tells the time. The LCD displays time in 12 or 24-hour formats, and it will let you know just where the mercury is for that particular day. You will need to shoot it with your NERF gun to put it back to sleep when it rings — which means you need to aim straight and true. The NERF gun itself is not included, so you will have to make an external purchase. Details at: www.argos.co.uk/static/Search/searchTerms/NERF+ALARM+CLOCK.htm

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