IFA 2008

Grundig Audion 8 streaming media hub at IFA 2008

Grundig Audion 8 streaming media hub at IFA 2008

Seemingly taking a leaf out of B&O's design book, Grundig's Audion 8 hifi server is the company's first networked media hub.  Combining a CD recorder, internet radio, 250GB hard-drive and UPnP server, the Audion 8 connects to your network via either WiFi or wired ethernet and can serve up and manage your digital media collection.

Samsung YP-Q1 PMP: Hands On at IFA 2008

Samsung YP-Q1 PMP: Hands On at IFA 2008

Samsung took the wraps off their new YP-Q1 PMP at IFA 2008, and we stopped by to have a play.  With a 2.4-inch QVGA LCD, a choice of 4, 8 and 16GB capacities and touch-sensitive controls, the Q1 really should be a home run for Samsung; unfortunately, from our brief hands-on at least, we'd wager it's not.

Samsung X360 ultraportable: Hands On at IFA 2008

Samsung X360 ultraportable: Hands On at IFA 2008

Samsung have set themselves a big task with the X360, taking on the MacBook Air, Lenovo's X-series and numerous other models in the competitive ultraportable segment.  It tips the scales lighter than the Air (by a scant 3oz) thanks in no small part to its plastic rather than metal casing, but in our brief hands-on at IFA 2008 we found it to be sturdy enough.

iRiver P20 PMP hands-on: Unintuitive & disappointing

iRiver P20 PMP hands-on: Unintuitive & disappointing

If iRiver nailed the interface of the SPINN, they seem to have come undone with that of the P20.  The hard-drive based player is big, blunt-edged and the controls manage to make it look rather like an analog FM radio.  Dual scroll-wheels - one horizontal, one vertical - coupled with a separate 'OK' button and a touchscreen that's inset slightly too far for comfort make it a tricky PMP to navigate.

iRiver SPINN hands-on at IFA 2008: watch out iPod touch

iRiver SPINN hands-on at IFA 2008: watch out iPod touch

iRiver's SPINN PMP keeps pulling in the kudos, and our hands-on at IFA 2008 didn't do anything to make us doubt it.  Even a strange leather flip-case that looked like it was held on with medical tape couldn't disguise a casing that, arguably, is more attractive than that of the iPod touch.  It's the interface, though, which makes the SPINN such a joy, and a lot of that is down to the incredibly tactile scroll wheel.

Olympus µ 1040 hands-on at IFA 2008

Olympus µ 1040 hands-on at IFA 2008

Olympus brought their latest compact digital camera, the µ 1040, to IFA this year, complete with a full metal body and some questionable color options.  Seen here in "Melon Yellow" (with "Starry Silver", "Midnight Black" and "Magma Red" your less blaring choices), the 10-megapixel camera squeezes a 3x (38-114mm equivalent) zoom into a body just 16.5mm at its thinnest.

Sony S-Series Walkman PMPs at IFA 2008

Sony S-Series Walkman PMPs at IFA 2008

Sony has announced a new S-series of Walkman PMPs at IFA 2008, initially consisting of the NWZ-S730F and NWZ-S630F.  7mm thick and with 2-inch, QVGA displays capable of playing 30fps video, the PMPs can be used in landscape or portrait orientation.

Samsung SyncMaster 2243Hz & 2233Hz: mildly confusing names

Samsung SyncMaster 2243Hz & 2233Hz: mildly confusing names

Samsung has announced a pair of LCD monitors with, it has to be said, moderately misleading names.  The SyncMaster 2243Hz and 2233Hz are both 22-inches and run at 1680 x 1050 resolution, but despite what the titles might suggest don't have any super-speedy refresh rates.  In fact typical response time is 5ms under normal use.

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