Portable Media

Ozone-Free Laser Printers from Kyocera

Kyocera’s new range of workgroup A4/A3 laser printers are ozone-free, embodying the company’s vision of low environmental impact products. This quartet of low-noise, monochrome laser printers are able to churn out 45 pages per minute at 1200 dpi, with double-sided/PC-less laser printing as well. It is made from Kyocera’s ECOSYS components for a low lifetime cost. It comes with an extra USB port that reads flash drives to print PDF files directly. A single toner provides up to 20,000 pages of printing.

Compact-sized Genus VIZO PMP

The Genus VIZO is an extremely compact personal media player, measuring just 65mm x 65mm x 18mm and weighing a mere 95g. MP3, OGG, and WMA support is included, while you can also view JPEG photos and watch MPEG4, MPEG1, MPEG2, DivX, and AVI movies on it.

Samsung, Microsoft creates hybrid drive

Samsung has developed a hybrid flash/platter hard drive that will be released later this year, offering PCs instant-on capabilities. You can sneak a preview at WinHEC later this month, where the drive works in tandem with Microsoft’s “Windows ReadyDrive” technology. This will enable Windows Vista PCs equipped with the hybrid drive a faster boot time, offering better power management simultaneously.

Radial iPod Speaker System

The JBL Radial is a high-performance entertainment dock that was built specifically for the iPod. It delivers powerful high and mid-frequency sound, and distortion free bass in a single 60 watt device. Both black and white versions come with chrome accents, adding to the iPod sophistication.

Xbox 360 HD DVD drive

You connect it to the Xbox 360 via the mini-USB port, while the remaining two USB ports turn the drive into a USB hub. The HD DVD drive bundle comes with the Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote. As at press time, there are no details regarding the release date, price, HDCP compliance, or an HDMI cable to plug into the 360.

TViX M-3100U Video Machine

The TViX M-3100U is a beautifully designed HDD media player/recorder device that supports up to 1080i HD output via the component output cables. However, there are no digital DVI or HDMI ports on this box. Video support includes DivX 3.x/4.x/5.x, XviD, MPG, DAT, and DVD files stored as VOB and IFO files, or as an ISO image. Audio formats of choice are MP3, WMA and Ogg.

Motorola Gaming Headset X205

Motorola has unveiled the Motorola Gaming Headset X205. The Gaming Headset X205, which is based on the actual headset worn by NFL coaches, blends authentic design and advanced technology to deliver the maximum intensity of the football video gaming experience.

The Gaming Headset X205 lets gamers call the shots with a noise cancelling microphone that supports clear voice recognition commands. With a premium full mono ear cup gamers can easily communicate with others in the room while staying fully engaged in the game. For gamers moving into overtime, the Motorola Gaming Headset X205 features ergonomic design for endless hours of superior comfort and inline mute and volume controls for seamless sound management.

Mio C810 Portable Media Player

The C810 from Mio is yet another Korea-only device. This Portable Media Player not only supports both video and MP3 playback, it comes with a DMB TV tuner as well. Now you don’t have to miss any of your favorite Korean serials no matter where you are! It can also help you find your way home with the built-in GPS navigational system in case you got carried away watching TV on it while traveling. The C810 boasts a lovely, crisp 4.3″ screen.

Sony PlayStation 3 to cost $499 and above

PlayStation 3 (PS3) will be available in Japan on 11 November followed by an European and American launch in less than a week later. Sony has taken a leaf out of Microsoft’s book by offering 2 versions – a low-end $499 version and the more expensive $599 version. The $499 version comes with a 20GB hard drive with no HDMI support, making it useless to watch HDCP-protected films. The astronomically expensive $599 version comes with a 60GB hard drive.

Nokia 6131

Nokia has started deliveries of the Nokia 6131 phone, a sophisticated and stylish camera phone that offers powerful feature set, including a 1.3 megapixel camera and a superb 16 million colour display.

The quadband Nokia 6131 will be coming to shops across Europe, Asia, Africa and select Latin American countries. A version for North American markets, the Nokia 6126 will also be available during the second quarter of this year.

Shinco GM400 Voyager GPS system

The Shinco GM400 Voyager comes with 2D/3D maps with over 2 million points of interest. The 4” LCD touchscreen displays data in a crisp manner, with day/brightness mode for greater energy efficiency. It comes preloaded with UK maps, and you have the option to purchase U.S., Asia, and Europe maps as well.

Outdoor Entertainment Island from Frontgate

This Outdoor Entertainment Island comes with a 42” JVC plasma TV, four 6” Clarion surround-sound speakers, a built-in subwoofer, a DVD/CD player, an FM/AM tuner, Sirius satellite radio compatibility and an A/V coaxial input. Madefrom galvanized steel with a stucco tile finish to withstand even the most adverse conditions, this setup will cost you an expensive $16,995!