Comex 2007 Singapore - Day 2 Coverage Continued
Enough laptops, let's have a look at some other stuff we saw at the show. First up is Belkin's new N1 Vision router which looks really cool and it's the first router we've seen that stands up on its shortest side. Although this was only a preview unit, it looked mighty nice, it's just a shame that it's going to be insanely expensive once it arrives. It features 802.11 pre N and has a front-mounted LCD display if this is the first time you see it.
We did of course pop by Sony's booth, which was by far the biggest on the show. Although it was impossible to take any close up pictures due to the sheer amount of people that was there when we tried to have a look, we still managed to have a quick play with the new Cyber-Shot T200 super compact digital camera. It's amazingly thin and the 3.5-inch touch display on the rear is nothing but breathtaking. It's very easy to use and there's a reason for the metal bar on the side, as it's the only thumb grip this camera has.
It's incredibly easy to use and the non-protruding 5x zoom is very impressive, although somewhat sluggish in use, though that's possibly because the zoom control is a tiny button on the right hand side corner of the camera which makes it difficult to use. Sony had a wide range of other cameras on display as well, and let's not forget a multitude of TV sets, the PS3, its Walkman players and a whole lot of other stuff. Sadly none of these things were all that new and didn't really peak out interest.
Viewsonic had its new crystal covered 22-inch monitors, although there's really not much to say about them. They feature 1680x1050 resolution and have DVI as well as D-Sub input. You have to be seriously into bling-bling to even consider buying one of these and we very much doubt that they meet the TCO ergonomics standards.
Lastly we dropped by Philips which had a wide range of headphones, headsets and other accessories on display, but what caught our eye the most was its range of GoGear MP3 players. The high-end models feature WMV video playback as well and they're priced quite competitively. It's just a shame that the top of the range model features a mere 4GB, as this is quickly becoming the entry level in high-end portable media players.
Also on display was the DCP850, which is a portable DVD player with a built-in iPod dock. It has an 8.5-inch LCD display with 480x234 widescreen resolution, and besides being able to play back DVDs and iPod content it can also play back DivX and MPEG from either CD or an SD / MMC card. It's also got dual headphone jacks so that two people can listen in on the same time. The only downside would be its 2.5h battery life, as Philips' 10.2-inch model manages 5h and it has an 800x480 resolution display and a USB port, although it lacks the iPod dock.
We saw many other things as well, and although we didn't have time to look at everything that was on sale at the show, it seems like one of the more popular things on display was noise cancelling headphones, they ranged in price from about $20 U.S. to about $500 depending on manufacturer. We should hopefully be able to get some of the models we saw in for review in the near future. This is all we have from Comex 2007, as after two long days on the show, our feet are tired and we're running away before the weekend crowds are turning up at the show. Until next time.
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