It’s a slow week for gadgets but a great one for Hong Kong tech news.
Here’s a round up of some of the coolest geek things going on in our
Remember the days of VHS video cameras? Those huge behemoths that weighed a ton, roared like a beast and the best you got was some grainy, pitch-dark video? Okay, so that was a long time ago, but I was just trying to make the point that home video cameras suck.
The best new camcorders.
Let’s face it – we live in small apartments. We’d all love to have 56” TVs complete with popcorn holder, but most of us have to settle for 27” and some cup noodles. Enter the projector – small enough to fit in a shoebox, able to project a 100" screen. Sounds perfect? Maybe. But there are two key factors that people often confuse when trying to find the perfect projector:
Pavan Shamdasani beams the writing onto the wall
Word-of-mouth buzz is often a better gauge for judging service-oriented businesses, like restaurants, than advertising, PR or reviews from snooty newspapers or magazines (except of course, BK’s, which you can always rely on). To find some off-the-beaten-path grub, ditch your clipped articles and pocket sized food guidebooks and go online for some first-hand reviews written by real deal food fanatics who feel compelled to share their opinions with the world through their blogs and websites.
Five savory sites explore the best eats in Bangkok and beyond
HK Magazine: How crazy are you about video games?
Lee Kam-fai: I've been playing since I was ten and I was serious about it from the beginning, even when I was playing the first Mario Bros. game. I consider myself an amateur-professional game player, specializing in RTS [real-time strategy] games.
Lee Kam-fai won the 2007 World Game Master Tournament sponsored by Asus. He talks to Jan Leung about the glory in video gaming.
HD-DVD: Toshiba HD-A2
The Good? Relatively cheap; excellent image quality compared to other players; fast loading times; supports Dolby TrueHD; allows for firmware upgrades.
The Bad? Doesn’t support 1080p; no multichannel output.
The battle over the next generation of DVD technology – between Blu-ray and HD-DVD – has been raging on for months, but who will win? We’re not sure, but here’s a round up of some of the best machines out there.
The ATH-ANC7 requires only a single AAA battery to power up to 40 hours of noise canceling. But this zombie still has more to offer as its audio can function even when without the noise-canceling function.
Recommended price: $1,580.
In our damn noisy city, noise-canceling headphones can be your salvation. Here we present the best noise destroyers on the market.
Admit it – we all have aspirations to be a photographer. Be it the eroticism of fashion shoots, the adventure of war correspondence or just dreams of a being a tree-branch peeping tom, we all want a job as simple as “point and click.” This week we round up the best high-end digital cameras for all walks of life, none of which will break the bank.
We all know that technology and food work together, but the microwave is just the start. It’s time to indulge the geek and the glutton inside us, at the same time. Just don’t get chicken grease on the keys.
Adam White investigates the technology that helps us masticate
HTC Touch – The big ol’ Microsoft competition. Sporting less buttons, very similar hardware and a comparable size, the Touch is the iPhone’s biggest adversary. Although the 2.8” touchscreen itself doesn’t measure up to Apple’s 3.5”, the ease of Windows Mobile 6 beats out Apple’s newly-introduced operating system. Best part? It’s out now in Hong Kong, but the States don’t get it until Q4 2007. Average price: $3,500-$4,000.
So the iPhone just got released in the US, to much chagrin – irreplaceable battery, questionable SIM cards, incompatibility with iPod accessories, no video recording, no IM or email, no GPS, tiny storage (8GB max.). But that hasn’t deterred our tech-savvy Hongkongers from drooling all over Apple’s hype – not to be outdone by their estimated 2008 release date, we’ve rounded up the best alternatives to the iPhone.