Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-B
Toshiba is looking to the business sector with the Satellite Pro R50-B, but there is plenty of note to make it attractive to consumers, as well. Measuring 379x258x23.95mm and weighing only 2.3kg, this notebook PC has a 15.6” 1366x768p display and up to 7.5 hours of battery life. Under the hood it has a 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor, Intel HD 4400 graphics and a choice of 1Tb or 500Gb hard disk drives and an optional DVD Super Multi Drive.
Connectivity comes via 2xUSB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI, Intel WiDi headphone/mic combo jack, Wi-Fi (802.11 ac/a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 and Gigabit LAN.
And if you don’t want to commit to Windows 8, you can even get one with Windows 7 Professional.
Canon EOS 5DS/5DS R
Canon is following up the 5D Mark III with not one but two new DSLR models. Both EOS 5DS and 5DS R models are full-frame DSLRs with the same design as the 5D Mark III and have the same 61-point autofocus and 5 frames per second shooting. Where the differences come in is in the 50.6MP CMOS sensor with dual DIGIC 6 processors – twice that of the 5D Mark III.
While largely the same, the 5DS R includes a low-pass cancellation filter, making it better for shots that require extra-fine detail like landscape or fashion photographers.
Both available in June.
Price: 5DS: 3,999.99 (body only); 5DS R: €4,249.99 (body only)
Sonos Blue Note
Sonos is appealing to jazz aficionados with a limited-edition Blue Note version of its Play:1 wireless speaker, but the window of opportunity to get one will be slim.
While Sonos’ regular whole-home speakers come only in black or white, the Blue Note Play:1 speaker is, well, blue. (Actually, Sonos says it’s a “vertical fade from dark navy to cerulean blue.”)
In addition to the color swap, Sonos is throwing in some tunes, in the form of a limited-time Blue Note radio station for the Sonos app. For one year, buyers will be able to listen to a selection of artist-curated selections from jazz musicians such as Don Was (president of Blue Note Records), Robert Glasper, Jose James, Terence Blanchard, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Lionel Loueke.