Tech shop­per

Lee Suck­ling goes tech shop­ping in Christchurch.

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Mac at­tack

The new 21.5-inch iMac packs the high­est per­for­mance Ap­ple’s ever of­fered into a sleek alu­minium and glass case. While a key fea­ture is re­duced re­flec­tion dis­play, the real ben­e­fits are in the new iMac’s specs: 8GB of 1600 MHz me­mory, a 1TB hard drive, third gen­er­a­tion quad-core In­tel Core i5 pro­ces­sors (up­grade­able to Core i7), plus the lat­est NVIDIA GeForce graph­ics pro­ces­sors to per­form up to 60 per cent faster. Fu­sion Drive is new, too. It’s a new stor­age op­tion us­ing both 128GB of flash and a stan­dard hard drive to cre­ate a sin­gle stor­age vol­ume. $1999 from Yoobee.

Play away

Noth­ing beats the abil­ity to play HD con­tent from on your TV, but con­vert­ing files into ap­pli­ca­ble for­mats is tire­some. The Philips HD Me­dia Player (model HMP3000/79) takes away that ex­tra step: file con­ver­sion is never re­quired to play any video. The player hosts DivX Plus HD, en­abling play­back of the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC stan­dard, plus features RealMe­dia Video and Win­dows Me­dia Video for play­back of ev­ery­thing from MPEG to MOV files with­out the has­sle of con­ver­sion. Trans­fer from your com­puter is quick­est over USB trans­fer to the player. $99 from Dick Smith.

Touch tal­ents

If you’ve up­graded your PC to Win­dows 8 but don’t have a touch screen mon­i­tor, Log­itech’s Recharge­able Touch­pad T650 un­locks the full range of Win­dows 8 touch features at your fin­ger­tips. Make no mis­take: this is no stan­dard track­pad. It’s a su­per-smooth glass sur­face with pre­ci­sion cen­sors that glide through up to 13 touch ges­tures – which built-in track­pads can’t do. The T650 is re­sis­tant to fin­ger­prints and scratches so it’s ideal for the whole fam­ily, and its recharge­able wire­less ca­pa­bil­ity gives you up to one month of bat­tery life. $129.99 from Bond and Bond, Noel Leem­ing and other shops.

A wor­thy com­peti­tor

Nokia’s 920 has been an elec­tronic ninja on the mo­bile phone mar­ket. It’s not gained promi­nence over iPhone 5 or Sam­sung SIII, yet is jammed full of so many in­no­va­tive features it de­serves a men­tion as a wor­thy ad­ver­sary. Here are the key features: a high-sen­si­tiv­ity Go­rilla Glass screen that can be used wear­ing gloves, im­age sta­bilised 8.7 megapixel cam­era, Win­dows 8 OS, 4G ca­pa­ble, and, the coolest ad­di­tion, Qi In­duc­tive Charg­ing which wire­lessly charges the phone on a mag­netic in­duc­tion trans­mis­sion pad in­stead of plug­ging it in. Maybe it won’t reach pop sta­tus, but it’s cer­tainly worth a few more sales. $999 from Tele­com.

Ki­netic power

Built for the out­doors, the Philips Self-Pow­ered Ra­dio is ki­netic, so it charges up by move­ment. And it’s not just a stan­dard AM/FM ra­dio – it in­cludes a siren for at­tract­ing at­ten­tion, re­mov­able flash­light, and a built-in mi­cro USB ca­ble for charg­ing any USB de­vice. En­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, this ra­dio is a must for all campers and wilder­ness seek­ers. $69.95 from Dick Smith.

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