Top new tech products: 3DS Circle Pad Expansion, a wireless touchpad for PCs, MSI Wind Box DC100
Wednesday 14 September 2011
High-tech product releases announced the week ending September 14 include the Motorola Droid Bionic, the Nintendo Circle Pad Expansion for 3DS, the Logitech Wireless Touchpad, the MSI Wind Box DC100 and headphones designed by David Guetta.
High-end 4G Android smartphone is so speedy it wants to power your laptop
Motorola's Droid Bionic is a high-end smartphone with 4G LTE connectivity, a dual-core processor and the ability to transform into a laptop. It has a front-facing VGA camera and a rear-facing 8 MP camera, 1080p video recording, peer-to-peer gaming features for multiplayer games, HDMI mirroring, a 4.3-inch qHD screen and the ability to connect to HD TVs in 1080p. The Webtop app turns the smartphone into a laptop when paired with Motorola's Lapdock or media dock when paired with a portable HD adapter. The Droid Bionic’s high-end features come with a price of $299.99 on a two-year contract. The Lapdock will set you back a further $299.97, a HD Station will cost $99.99 and the Webtop Application is priced at $29.99. The Droid Bionic is on sale in the US now.
An official gaming accessory that adds extra buttons to your 3DS
The Nintendo Circle Pad Expansion (also known as the 3DS Kakuchou Slide Pad or 3DS Expansion Slide Pad) is an official accessory that clips on to the Nintendo 3DS portable gaming console to provide a second circle pad for gamers that want both a left and right button to wear their thumbs out on. The odd-looking extension runs off a AAA battery (but despite its bulky size does not provide any extra juice to the 3DS) and communicates with the handheld gaming device via an infrared connection. The Nintendo Circle Pad Expansion accessory will launch in Japan on December 10 (along with compatible games) and will be priced at ¥1,500 ($19, €14, £12).
A wireless touchpad that lets you control your computer with gestures
Logitech’s Wireless Touchpad is the Windows 7 alternative to Apple’s wireless trackpad accessory. The 5" touchsensitive zone lets you point, scroll and swipe your way through your tasks. The Logitech Wireless Touchpad connects to your computer with a tiny wireless USB receiver and has a 4-month long battery life. The Logitech Wireless Touchpad is available for pre-order now for $49.99.
A tiny computer that will save you energy
The MSI Wind Box DC100 is a compact mini computer that packs a dual-core processor and energy-saving features into a ultra-lightweight body. The Wind Box DC100 measures 191.8mm by 150.93mm 34.9mm and weighs 890g. It slots onto a unique-looking “snowboard” base and has an average power consumption of 40W. The Windows 7 PC can be pre-ordered now for €299.
Headphones that come with a seal of approval from David Guetta
The latest headphones to come branded with the Beats by Dr. Dre logo have been designed by renowned producer and DJ David Guetta. The Beats mixr headphones feature ear cups that swivel 180 degrees for DJs that want to cue up the next record. The headphones are lightweight, durable and provide “studio quality sound.” The headphones are available in Europe and will set you back €288.
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