Lap-burning performance


Sony Vaio VGN-A59GP

IF YOU need a laptop computer with everything in it, it’ll have to be the Sony Vaio VGN-A59GP. This powerhouse uses Intel Centrino mobile technology – including 802.11b WiFi wireless connectivity and an Intel Pentium M Processor 780 (2.26GHz). It also comes packed with 1GB of RAM, 100GB hard disk and dual-layer DVD burner. It’s even bundled with software for HD (high-definition) video editing. And when you’re not working, it’s great for games too, thanks to the ATI Radeon X600 graphics card and a huge 17in widescreen TFT LCD. This Vaio will cost you a cool RM12,988. Head to www.sony.com.my for the full specifications. 

It does it all 

Nokia 6680

LIKE all 3G phones, the Nokia 6680 has two cameras – a 1.3-megapixel camera at the back for taking pictures and a VGA one in front for video calls. However, this one even lets you send photos directly to a printer through a Bluetooth or USB connection. The 6680 is a do-it-all phone that will also play several audio and video formats (including MP3, 3GP and MP4), view many types of documents (including PDF and Word files) and will run a wide variety of software and games designed for Nokia’s Series-60 phones. This feature-packed device costs RM2,399. Visit www.nokia.com.my for more information. 

Plasma with a plus 

Hitachi 42PD8800TA

THE Hitachi 42PD8800TA is a little different from other plasma televisions. It has a native resolution of 1,024 x 1,024pixels but uses Hitachi’s rather clever ALIS system which allows it to optimise each individual pixel to maximise resolution when scaling video sources of different resolutions (720p or 1080i high-definition video, for example). Other features include a USB port and SD card slot for direct viewing of digital photos. The 42PD8800TA is yours for RM18,888, which is quite reasonable for a 42in plasma TV. Interested? Go to www.hitachiconsumer.com.my for a closer look. 

Slim and steady 

Sony Cybershot DSC-T9

THE Sony Cybershot DSC-T9 is the latest in the company’s long line of wafer-thin digital compact cameras. For RM1,799, it comes with a 6-megapixel CCD sensor, a large 2.5in LCD and a 3x optical zoom lens. It’s also the first compact from Sony to have optical image stabilisation (dubbed Super Steady Shot) – to quell the effect of jittery hands. Other niceties include a high maximum sensor sensitivity of ISO 640 and advanced Clear RAW noise-reduction. Find out more at www.sony.com.my

Time to impress 

Tissot T-Touch Classic

YES, the Tissot T-Touch Classic looks like any other stainless steel watch, but that’s before you see its party piece – press down its crown and its sapphire glass window transforms into a touchscreen, which allows you to select one of six functions. These include a barometer, altimeter, compass, chronograph, thermometer and alarm clock. Oh, and it tells the time as well. This model should cost you RM1,950 and if you’re interested, more information is available at www.tissot.ch. – Compiled by CHRIS CHONG

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