Look, no side buttons [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) LG'S latest flagship smartphone is the LG G2, its first to debut under the new G-Series where premium devices are concerned, dropping the Optimus namesake along the way.
LG has not sacrificed convenience and performance for aesthetics but instead blends them together in the LG G2 while introducing a paradigm shift in smartphone design through different placement of physical buttons on the rear.
This means there are no side buttons at all, resulting in a more natural way of holding the handset and fewer incidences of dropped phones when you adjust the volume while talking.
The LG G2 boasts of a 5.2-inch Full HD display, alongside an innovative Dual Routing technology which reduces the bezel to just 2.65mm on the side edge, and proven In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology that ensures your eyes enjoy nothing but the very best visuals.
A rather hefty 3,000mAh battery is also thrown into the mix, while its 13-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS) technology lets you capture clearer, brighter and sharper images, thanks to features like Super Resolution and Multi-point AF.
Another first is the 24 bit/192kHz hi-fi playback with studio- like quality sound. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor runs proceedings from underneath the hood, accompanied by 2GB RAM, a choice of 16GB or 32GB internal memory, and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean as the operating system of choice. No pricing and availability details yet for this part of the world.
AFFORDABLE CURVED OLED
THE Samsung KN55S9C OLED TV is the South Korean conglomerate's first production curved OLED TV. Of course, it is not the first curved OLED TV in the market, but it is considerably more affordable than the rest.
The frame around the Samsung KN55S9C was specially designed to make the content look as though it is "floating" in the middle, and your eyes will most probably experience a sensory overload thanks to the unbelievable contrast that the technology delivers.
After all, OLED TVs do have perfect levels of black as each pixel emits its own light, and this is as good as it gets. Coupled with 3D support and a multi-view mode, colours are vibrant and well saturated since the technology does not need any colour filter. The latter would allow two folks (or more) to watch different 2D shows on the same display simultaneously but you would need to wear 3D glasses to enjoy this particular feature. Each TV comes with four pairs of Multi View 3D glasses and an integrated camera that will play nicely with the advanced Smart Interaction suite, in addition to support for Samsung's Smart Evolution Kit. Priced at US$8,999. (RM29,485)
COOL, ERGONOMIC DESKTOP
IF you think Microsoft is involved purely in software, think again. It rolled out its Natural range of ergonomic products nearly 20 years ago, and it seems to be back in the peripherals game with a shout, thanks to the introduction of the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop.
The whole idea is to design a product which is not only aesthetically pleasing, but will also be able to deliver the very same ergonomic benefits which have been provided by the industry- renowned Natural Ergonomic Keyboard and Mouse all through the years. Needless to say, the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop is a combination of the Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard and the Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse.
The former boasts a split layout, and it might look a little weird to those who have not used a keyboard like this before, but trust me - my first exposure to Microsoft's Natural keyboard all those years back still ranks as one of the most comfortable typing experiences that I ever had. The split keyboard layout was specially designed that way to position the wrists and forearms in a natural, relaxed position.
The palm rest comes cushioned, with the keyboard in a "domed" shape so that wrist pronation is reduced. It has been specially optimised for Windows, with hotkeys located at the top so that you have quick access to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 functions, in addition to media playback and snap controls for multitasking purposes. Expect the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop to retail for US$129.95 (RM425) when it finally hits our shores.
YOU do not have to wait until the beginning of each year to start clearing up your workplace. This means all cables linking your computer are rolled up and tied when not in use and no tangled wires either. If that has been an issue, you can even try to go the wireless route.
Logitech intends to do that with the Logitech Wireless All-in- One Keyboard TK820 which has an integrated touchpad as well to ensure you can type and swipe in a comfortable manner. With an ultra- slim design which will take up less space on your desk (since it hooks up wirelessly) and thanks to a tiny Logitech Unifying receiver that relies on advanced 2.4GHz connectivity, you need not worry about the keyboard position since the wireless connection remains robust and reliable within the specified radius.
As for the touchpad, the touch area is also significantly larger than that of a built-in notebook touchpad, so you can point, zoom and swipe smoothly and comfortably.
The Wireless All-in-One Keyboard TK820 also supports up to 13 Windows 8 multi-touch gestures after you download and install the Logitech SetPoint software. Pricing is at US$99.99 (RM327).
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