New products (week of 29 March)

New products (week of 29 March)
Parrot Bebop

DRONE

Parrot Bebop

$748

Been wanting to take those fun aerial videos or photos? The Parrot Bebop drone is what you need.

Previously available only from the Apple online store, it is now available from stores such as Challenger and Action City outlets. The Parrot Bebop records videos and pictures in an 180-degree field with its 14-megapixel "fisheye" camera and splash- and dust-proof lens.

The drone is controlled via Wi-Fi, using its app that runs on the Apple iPhone and iPad, as well as Android devices. It has a maximum range of 300m.

HEADPHONES

B&O BeoPlay H8

$698

Anodised aluminium and leather cushions give this pair of headphones a stylish air, while dynamic 40mm drivers ensure it delivers sonic thrills.

The BeoPlay H8 even has active noise cancellation technology that lets you concentrate on the music, or use it for a good nap on that long-haul flight.

It uses Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless connectivity to your audio player. You control volume or track selection by swiping on the ear cup. Weighing just 255g and boasting a battery life of 14 hours, it should make a great travel companion.

PC MOTHERBOARD

Asus Z97-Deluxe/USB 3.1

$519

With Intel releasing its latest Broadwell processors, it is that time for upgrading your PC's motherboard again.

The Asus Z97-Deluxe/USB 3.1 could be what you are looking for. It supports Intel Socket 1150 for Broadwell processors, with four system-memory slots for up to 32GB of system memory. It has three display interfaces - HDMI, DisplayPort and mini-DisplayPort - for connecting three monitors simultaneously.

There are two USB 3.1, four USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports. It also comes with built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi capability.

SMARTPHONE

Microsoft Lumia 532

$159

Sometimes, all you need is a low-cost and no-frills smartphone.

With the Microsoft Lumia 532, you get one that packs decent specs as well.

It is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 8GB of internal memory, and runs on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system.

It comes with a 4-inch (800 x 480-pixel) touchscreen display, 5-megapixel main camera and a front-facing VGA camera.

The Lumia 532 is available in green, orange, white and black.

AUDIO

FiiO E17K

$219

The FiiO E17K is a stylish portable headphone amplifier and USB Digital-to-Analogue Converter (DAC) for discerning music lovers.

It supports 96kHz/32bit USB audio and Direct Stream Digital decoding. A multi-functional scroll wheel gives listeners easy control.

It also has a dual line-in/line-out port that gives you more ways of using it: as a DAC by itself, or as a stand-alone amplifier.

RUNNING SHOES

Puma Ignite

$179

Worn by the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, the Puma Ignite uses Puma's Ignite proprietary foam for its midsole.

This mix of polyurethane and ethylene-vinyl acetate compound is said to deliver responsive cushioning, optimal energy return and comfort.

At the heel of the shoes is Puma's new ForEverFoam - a durable compound used in the motor industry but new in running shoes - that serves as a dampener to absorb the shock of each step.


This article was first published on Mar 25, 2015.
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