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Best Buys For XmasBy Mike Joubert 1 December 2009 | Categories: feature articles
|Samsung ST500 compact camera
If you’ve ever tried to capture yourself with your own camera you know it can be a hit and miss affair. For this reason Samsung’s 12 megapixel ST500 includes a 1.5" LCD on its face, as well as the main 3" touch sensitive display at the back. R3595 from Computer Corporation on 08616-08616.
|Toshiba Camileo S10
Summer holidays are the best time to work on all those YouTube videos you conceptualised during the year. Toshiba’s Camileo S10 will get your YouTube channel stocked to the brim, since it’s small enough to carry around anywhere, plus it can record 1080p HD video. Not bad for R1495. From Computer Corporation on 08616-08616.
|MiniDV video camera
MiniDV offer two distinct advantages – the first being that it’s relatively cheap when compared to the other formats. The other is that it’s more durable than them as well. You can experience the difference for just R290 From Cameratron on 011-622-0556.
|MAGIX Video Easy
Gone are the days of shooting video you can’t edit. MAGIX Video Easy is one of the easiest ways for amateurs to start editing movies without fuss. Buy it for R660 and get PC Check and Tuning to the value of R450 free. Available from Edusphere on 011-450-4578 or www.edusphere.co.za.
|Plustek OpticSlim M12 Plus Scanner
Scanning on the fly, powered directly off your laptop – that’s the luxury the Plustek M12 portable scanner affords. It scans papers sized A4 down to business card size and comes with a handy travel pouch. R999 form ImageTEK on 011-608-1964.
|Lips Number One Hits Combo Pack
If you’ve once again failed miserably to get past the first Idols audition, it’s time to give up and try the next best thing – Karaoke. Lips for the Xbox 360 is certainly one of the most entertaining singing titles available. The Lips combo pack includes the Number One Hits game plus two wireless mics – one for you with the golden voice, and a back-up one just in case the other one breaks under the strain of your voice. R699 from Computer Corporation on 08616-08616.
|The Jolt Bug Zapper
Mozzies and flies can be the scourge of any vacation. Luckily you have the Jolt bug zapping racquet to not only hit bugs with, but also to zap them with a charge of electricity on impact. Killing bugs was never this much fun. R130 from The G.A.D.G.E.T. Shop on 012-346-2726.
|Mecer USB Modem
So how will you be connecting to the net this vacation? Mecer’s WM81 3.75G HSUPA USB Modem gives you instant, high-speed access to the net, with a download rate of 7.2 Mbps, SMS capability, a phonebook and even a micro SD card reader. It’s available for R1200 from Laptop City on 012-663-1155.
|Jabra SP700 Bluetooth speaker phone
This slim black speaker phone clips onto your sun visor and allows you to handle your calls and listen to music from your phone through the car stereo. Super convenient integrated noise reduction and up to 14 hours talk time leave the Jabra triumphant on the subject of performance, and one better than a R500 “talking on your cellphone” fine. Get it at The G.A.D.G.E.T. Shop on 012-346-2726 for R999.
|Tetrax GEO cellphone holder
It’s always astounding to see how far a simple idea and elegant design can go. This petite phone holder from Tetrax attaches any portable device to your car’s air vent frame. The clever magnet system ensures your phone, iPod or GPS are perfectly organised and secured. Get it from The G.A.D.G.E.T. Shop on 012-346-2726 for R279.
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