2016 has already been a cracker for new gadgets and tech products, but things are just getting warmed up. There are some awesome items touching down in the Republic this quarter, almost too many to wrap your head around; so without further ado, we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting new products to keep you eyes out for:
Samsung Gear 360
Samsung are continuing to diversify their tech portfolio, and by doing so have announced their first 360-degree camera, the Gear 360. This spiffy little camera allows users to preserve their memories (or just film their overweight cats) in a whole new way. The Gear 360 will give people a much more vivid and expanded viewing experience, as everything is recorded in 3840×1920 high resolution video with 25.9MP photo capabilities too. Not specs to scoff at.
Canon EOS M5
Budding photographers will be feeling the itch for Canon’s new EOS M mirrorless camera – the EOS M5. The first EOS to include Canon’s DIGIC 7 processor, which basically means that it’s packed with the very best imaging technology, including a 24.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF for sharp, precise photos and dynamic, cinematic movies. This is a camera for the new generation of photographers, as in addition to WiFi and NFC, EOS M5 offers Bluetooth which creates a constant connection between your smartphone and camera. From there you can view and transfer images without taking the camera out of your bag, as it automatically shifts to Wi-Fi when needed. The feature can also be used to turn your smartphone into a simple, low power remote control for prolonged remote shooting or capturing scenes that require a fast shutter release, such as wildlife shoots.
Dynamic Virtual Viewer
VR headsets are the new range, but not everyone can afford the top-tier units that break your bank and will to live. Thankfully, Gammatek has introduced the Dynamic Virtual Viewer headset to the SA market. The DVV (as we’ve decided to call it) does everything expected from a virtual viewing headset. Users can watch movies in real 3D, at home and play their favourite games in 360-degree virtual reality. The headset works with most makes of smartphones and allows users to view thousands of free Virtual reality apps. They are equipped with high quality lenses imported from Germany. The lenses boast a 95% transparency rate. The Dynamic Virtual Viewer uses 9mm lenses which have a 300/second cycle versus 7mm lenses which offer a 220/second cycle. And the fact that it’s only R499 makes it that much sweeter.
While the Samsung Z2’s specs aren’t going to win any awards, it’s an interesting new mobile addition to the SA market, offering Samsung’s first Tizen-powered 4G smartphone to those looking to make a step-up from a low-end device. The device (which costs just over R1,000), features a 4-inch 800×480 screen, a Spreadtrum quad-core processor, and just 8GB of internal storage (with a microSD card slot). There’s also 1GB of RAM, a 5MP f/2.2 primary camera, and a tiny 1500mAh battery. All this is showed into a device weighing 127g. It also boasts a dual SIM slot and LTE support.
Logitech G213 Prodigy gaming keyboard
Gaming keyboards may seem a bit overwhelming (and even unnecessary) sometimes, but we can’t emphasise how big of a difference a good quality keyboard can make. Logitech’s new Prodigy series includes two mice, a keyboard, and a headset, but its the keyboard specifically that has caught our eye. Designed for gamers of all levels, the G213 Prodigy keyboard features a sleek, spill-resistant design that is comfortable and durable, illuminated lighting settings behind the keys, integrated palm rest and adjustable feet, and fine-tuned keys to deliver responsive feedback that’s up to four times faster than standard keyboards. Plus, its anti-ghosting gaming matrix is tuned for optimal gaming performance, keeping you in control when you press multiple gaming keys simultaneously.
Acer Spin 1
With ultra-affordable price (R7,999) and up to 9 hours of battery life, the Spin 1 is ideal for those on the move or who need a reliable work laptop for home and travel use. The Spin 1 features an 11.6-inch display with either 1080p resolution on an IPS display, or a 1366-by-768 screen featuring Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass, along with 360-degree hinges on the display, so you can swivel the screen and convert the Spin 1 into a tablet with ease. The Swift 1 also comes with either an Intel Pentium or Celeron processor, with up to 8GB of RAM, and a range of storage choices that max out at a 1 terabyte hard drive, or 64GB of eMMC flash storage. It also supports Acer Active Pen so you can use the new Microsoft Ink Workspace that rolled out with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
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