New products of the week (Nov 10)

HEADPHONES

Jabra Evolve

From $63.50

Shut out distractions in the office with Evolve, Jabra's latest line of professional headsets. The range features large ear cushions with noise-blocking foam.

Evolve 80, the flagship product, uses active noise cancellation technology for even greater effectiveness.

Made for work and pleasure, the Evolve range is suitable for both professional communication and entertainment with its high-end sound quality and discreetly integrated microphone boom arm. A "busy light" is built in, so you can signal those around you that you are unavailable.

NOTEBOOK PC

HP Stream

Pricing to be announced

Weighing just 1.24 kg, HP's affordable Stream notebook runs a full-fledged version of Windows 8.1 and offers an eight-hour battery life.

A full suite of ports ensures that you will not be struggling to connect your notebook to displays, printers and other devices.

The notebook comes with a year's access to Microsoft Office 365 Personal and to OneDrive, together with 1TB of storage, so you can access your work from any device, as long as you are connected to the Internet.

VACUUM CLEANER

Bosch Athlet Cordless Handstick Vacuum Cleaner

$599 and $649

This cordless vacuum cleaner boasts performance comparable with that of a 2,400-watt corded model, so you can move around your home without switching between power outlets. Its lithium-ion battery should provide up to 60 minutes of run time.

The Athlet is easy to maintain because it uses Bosch's SensorBagless technology and will tell you when the filter cartridge needs to be cleaned.

The lower-priced model has a 50-minute battery.

PORTABLE CHARGER

TYLT Energi 12K

$125

This monster of a portable power bank packs 12,000mAh into a body that weighs just 263g. Capable of fully charging a smartphone four times, it can also output 4.2amps, allowing for up to three devices to be simultaneously charged at full speed.

It has been certified to meet a variety of international safety standards.

DIGITAL CAMERA

Nikon Coolpix S6900

$419

Give this shooter a whirl if the camera on your phone does not satisfy your selfie needs.

With its impressive 16-megapixel sensor and Nikkor lens, the Coolpix S6900 leaves just about any phone camera in the dust, especially if you are shooting in low-light conditions.

It features a swivelling LCD screen, an in-built stand, a shutter button in front and gesture control, enabling easy selfies from any angle or even from a distance.

The S6900 can wirelessly transfer images to your mobile devices via Wi-Fi or Near Field Communication (NFC), making sharing a seamless process.

HOME APPLIANCE

Philips Viva Collection Bread Maker HD9045

$309

With its 14 preset programmes and three crust-browning levels to choose from, this versatile bread maker from Philips will make fresh bread almost any way you want - soft and fluffy, or with a crispy, golden brown crust, for example. You can create unique bread recipes using ingredients such as cranberries, walnuts or rosemary.

A built-in timer lets you set the machine to finish baking the bread just in time for breakfast.

The machine comes with a recipe booklet and a measuring cup and spoon.


This article was first published on Nov 5, 2014.
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