Nishtha KanalAug 11, 2013 10:00:00 IST
We’ve seen some really cool products in the tech2 labs this week. From a pocket-sized printer to a 1TB portable hard drive and a funky looking speaker, we’ve checked out the products very different from every other week. Check our top reviews from this week out:
Toshiba Satellite L40-A I0110 (6.5/10)
The L40-A I0110 is priced at an MRP of Rs 38,706, which is a bit too high for an Intel Core i3-powered laptop with no discrete graphics. Agreed that it scores high on aesthetics and comes with a 750GB hard drive and good speakers, but the asking price doesn’t justify the premium. It would have been a very good deal had it been priced around Rs 35,000. Or Toshiba should have included a discrete graphics processor or touchscreen. Nevertheless, the L40-A I0110 is a worthy consideration if you need a classy looking laptop with good battery life.
A classy looking mainstream laptop
Nikon Coolpix S31 (6/10)
The Nikon Coolpix S31 is available in five body colours—blue, pink, yellow, white and brown. The camera is priced at an MRP of Rs 5,950 but it can be purchased for Rs 5,500 on certain online stores. So, why should you go in for the S31 when you can buy a compact, pocketable point-and-shoot for the same price or even less? Apart from being able to shoot underwater and at hill stations amidst low-lying clouds, the S31 is one camera that can take a lot of abuse. It’s ideal for those who have butter fingers and clumsy children—you needn’t fret if the camera drops.
Creative Airwave HD (5/10)
Creative has priced the Airwave HD at Rs 13,000, which we feel is too expensive for what’s on offer. Sony has a similar solution with the SRS-BTM8, which has the same features as well and is half the price. Creative’s non-HD version of the Airwave makes a lot more sense in this respect as it basically has the exact same feature set, boasts of a longer battery life (12-hours) and is almost half the price (roughly Rs 7,000). We would give the Airwave HD a miss for its high price and mediocre sound quality.
Toshiba Canvio Connect (7/10)
Toshiba Canvio Connect offers a good capacity and decent speeds for a USB 3.0 drive. For those who are on the move but need access to their data, you can access the data remotely either by the Pogoplug PC application or have about 10GB of your data stored in the cloud. With a price point of Rs 5,500 and user available space of 931GB, the drive gives a cost per GB of Rs 5.97, which is good if you take into consideration the extra 10GB cloud storage.
LG Pocket Photo (5/10)
The Pocket Photo is simply a vanity device and cannot be put into daily use. Considering the tiny size, inkless printing technology, wireless operation and being battery powered, the device seems interesting. But the price of the printer and the price per print are just not practical. The printer is available for a whopping price of Rs 14,990.For the technology innovation part, the device is simply great, but still not practical in everyday life. A far as the price is concerned, the device is simply not worth it.
The printer is the size of a soap dish, weighs around 212 g
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