An Atomic device


Need a mobile phone and a PDA? You can get both in a sleek package if you opt for an O2 Xda Atom. This little gadget is loaded with Windows Mobile 5.0, has 128MB ROM and 64MB RAM, and runs on a speedy 416MHz Intel PXA272 processor. It’s huge, touch-sensitive 2.7in LCD is great for writing SMS messages while the 5.5 hours of talk time is enough for all but the most talkative. Other features include a 2-megapixel digital camera, Bluetooth and an FM-radio tuner. Expect to pay RM2,988 for this little beauty. Check out www.seeo2.com for more details. 

RAIDers of the lost data 

The Toshiba Portege S100-P2301 is a notebook PC for the road-warrior with very important data in his hands. It’s the first ever notebook to support a RAID 1 disk configuration, which means that you can have two hard disk drives with identical, mirrored data on them. This setup is great for data preservation and backup – if one of the hard disks fail or gets damaged in an accident the other will continue to work. However, the second hard disk drive is an option that replaces the built-in CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive. For RM6,699 you get a 60GB hard disk drive, 14in LCD monitor, Wi-Fi connectivity and a 1.6GHz Intel Pentium M processor. Head to www.teledynamics.com.my for more information 

Optio-mistic prices 

Digital cameras are getting ridiculously affordable these days. Take the new Pentax Optio 60, for example. Here, you’ll get a 6-megapixel sensor and a high-quality 3x optical zoom lens in a compact lightweight (200g) body for just RM699 – that’s an incredible bargain. It runs on AA batteries too, which makes it ideal for travelling since you can easily buy fresh batteries if you run out of power. For more information, head to www.pentax.com

Shooting for the pros 

When it trickles into stores later this month, the Nikon D200 is guaranteed to be a hit with both professional and enthusiast photographers. After all, it packs a 10.2-megapixel CCD sensor, high-speed continuous shooting (5 frames per second), an improved 3D Matrix Metering II module and ultra durable mechanical components in a weather-sealed magnesium-alloy body. 

Plus, it’s got plenty of nice design touches such as a high-magnification viewfinder, a large 2.5in LCD, a built-in flash and individual buttons for all major camera functions and settings. Prices aren’t confirmed yet, but expect it to cost between RM6,000 to RM7,000. Keep an eye out for it at www.nikonmalaysia.com.my

Small, medium or large? 

These Apple Cinema HD Displays have been in the market for almost a year, but they’re still one of the best widescreen LCD panels money can buy, with excellent viewing angles, contrast and colour rendition. However, they’ve just had their prices slashed, which makes them far better value than before. The 23in model (with a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels) is now RM900 cheaper at RM5,505 and the huge 30in model (with an insane 2560x1600-pixel native resolution) is now RM2,000 cheaper at RM10,571. The 20in model (1680x1050 pixels) remains at a price of RM3,399. For the full specifications, head to www.applemalaysia.com.myCompiled by CHRIS CHONG

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