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Gadget roundup

Brid Graham, Presidio

12 June 2013


Alienware 14, 17, 18

Dell unveiled three gaming laptops at E3 this week in the Alienware 14, Alienware 17 and Alienware 18 (pictured).




The Alienware 14 features an anti-glare LCD display with wide viewing angles for reflection-free gaming in nearly any lighting condition, including a premium Full HD panel option with IPS. The Alienware 17 has an optional 3D panel for an immersive visual experience, while the Alienware 18 has a Full HD display with PLS wide viewing-angle technology.

The laptops also sport full voltage, quad-core 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors, and NVIDIA GeForce 700 series graphics. DDR3L memory provides exceptional bandwidth with lower voltage requirements designed for increased battery life, and the laptops now provide support for up to three storage drives on the Alienware 14, and up to four storage drives on the Alienware 17 and 18.

The Alienware 18 features NVIDIA SLI dual graphics technology as standard, and the laptop will offer an overclocked CPU option with a maximum speed of 4.3GHz. The laptops all feature Ethernet technology by Qualcomm’s Killer networks, Klipsch speakers and Dolby Home Theater v4 audio.

Bundled software includes Alienware Command Center with AlienAdrenaline, a configurable game and application automation tool, the Accelerator dynamic performance optimiser, and a performance monitoring tool.

Price: Alienware 14, €1,249; Alienware 17, €1,499; Alienware 18, €2,199

Fitbit Flex

A wireless wristband activity and sleep tracker, the Fitbit Flex tracks steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned and sleep patterns,

The Flex incorporates a new stat, ‘active minutes’, which monitors how many moderate-intensity cardio minutes a user has completed throughout the day, adding another dimension to measuring activity and achieving goals. The slim and stylish wristband has a LED display that subtly vibrates each time a new goal is achieved, aiding motivation and providing users with progress on the day’s activity. A gamification element means users can earn badges, compete with friends and family.
Fitbit’s online dashboard can easily be modified to provide users with a snapshot of their day according to their priorities. Users can add, remove and edit activity tiles on their homepage so they can see at a glance how close they are to their goals. The new dashboard also features one-click access to history and trends.

The Flex uses Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC, so performance stats can be synced in real time to select smartphones or afterwards with a single tap.

It also integrates with other health and fitness apps on both iOS and Android devices, including Endomondo, LoseIt, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal and Sparkpeople.

Price: £79.99

Panasonic SC-NP10

Designed for use with any Bluetooth- or NFC- enabled tablet, the Panasonic SC-NP10 allows users to prop – rather than dock – their tablet and wirelessly stream music or movie sound in 2.1 surround sound.

Because the system is based on a wireless connection it is compatible with various tablet models and sizes, making it easy for a family with different tablets to share and weighs just under 1.6kg.

Price: €160

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