Samsung SyncMaster XL2370 LED-backlit Monitor
If you’re in the market for a widescreen LCD monitor and you want incredible visuals from it, look no further than Samsung’s new LED-backlit 23”. By using LEDs to do the screen’s backlighting, Samsung has given the XL2370 the advantage in three key categories: build thickness (less than 3cm), energy consumption and overall image quality.
In addition to a DVI input, the Xl2370 is kitted out with an HDMI input for use with high-def video sources like Blu-ray players and video game consoles. An optical digital audio output allows users to connect their high-end sound systems to the screen, so the XL2370 can easily be used as a multi-purpose multimedia display.
Overall image quality is superb. For the R4k you’ll be paying for the privilege of owning one of these beauties, you’re getting tremendous bang for your buck.
• Native resolution: 1920 x 1080
• Inputs: DVI, HDMI
• Outputs: Analogue audio, optical digital audio
Price: R3 999.95
Nikon Coolpix 1000pj
Not only does Nikon’s new Coolpix 1000pj capture 12.1 megapixel images, but it has an integrated projector that allows users to project their masterpieces onto the nearest suitable surface. Best of all, the integrated projector doesn’t add significantly to the camera’s overall build size.
Of course, the 1000pj’s projector can’t rival the brightness, image quality or even the size of a conventional projector, but this is a small price to pay for the ability to show off your snaps to family and friends on the nearest wall. Just be sure to darken the room sufficiently and you’ll be A for away.
A 6.5cm colour LCD does the non-projector display duties, and the 1000pj supports ISO levels from 80 to 6400 for high speed, low-light shooting. In all, this is an excellent compact camera for everyday shooting purposes, made all the sweeter by its integrated projection capabilities.
• Integrated projector
• 12.1mp image sensor
• Uses SD/SDHC memory cards
Price: R5 499.95
Apple iPhone 3GS
Apple has refined their already-amazing iPhone design with the release of the new iPhone 3GS. Despite looking exactly the same as the original iPhone, the 3GS boasts some under-the-hood refinements that have made the best phone on the planet, even better.
New to the 3GS is a 3.0MP camera and voice controls. The camera is not spectacular, but is more than good enough for the odd upload of photos and videos to the Internet. Voice control, on the other hand, is amazing. It takes a bit of practice to grasp what the phone requires of you, but before long you’ll be calling your friends with voice commands and not screen-presses.
The upgrade to version 3.0 of the iPhone operating system means the 3GS now supports MMS functionality and SMS forwarding, and the new 600 MHz processor delivers faster overall performance. The iPhone 3GS is an amazing step forward for Apple, and a surprisingly large improvement on a phone that was already near-perfect.
• 3.0MP Camera
• MMS- and SMS-forwarding
• Voice commands
• 16GB and 32GB versions
16GB: R8 299.95
32GB: R9 499.95