Currys and PC World Christmas range preview

LatestGadgets were invited to a preview of the new Christmas ranges for Currys and PC World.

3D is very much in demand for TVs, gaming and cameras with an explosion of products set to launch this year and it is expected that 25% of TVs at Currys and PC World will be 3D by December. Sky are launching their 3D channel this year. The PS3 has the capability for 3D now and there are 3D cameras launching this winter.

The most outstanding 3D TV was the Samsung 55C9000. The Samsung UE55C9000 55″ Full HD 3D LED TV has a 3D HyperReal Engine and mega contrast technology and at 7.98mm thin, it is one the slimmest televisions around. However, at £6999.00, it is also one of the most expensive. We also got to see Devil May Cry played in 3D on a laptop. There was real depth to the image and brought a whole new experience to playing Devil May Cry and made me want to play it all over again.

This month, Currys and PC World are introducing a new range of exclusive home electronic brands, which will include basic utility products as well as higher end technology. The brand is designed to combine functionality and aesthetics without the big brand price tag. Think “the IKEA of technology”. For example, the Sandstrom S40LDIB10 is a 40” Full LED TV with High Contrast Dynamic technology, which at £749.99, is pretty decent value.

Advent, the well established range of PCs and laptops at PC World, will be launching a range of personalised laptop covers. Unlike the skins which you can currently get to cover the casing, these replace the casing and look durable. You can select an image from 500 options or upload a photo and have it put on the case, so you can have a picture of your family or holiday on your laptop.

Digital cameras have seen considerable innovation with manufacturers developing features to differentiate from the competition. Here are some the most innovative cameras. The compact Samsung PL100 has not 1 but 2 screens. There is 1.5” LCD display on the front of your camera as well a screen on the back so you can take self-portraits. Casio’s Z335 shoots in High Definition and for the ladies out there, it has a make-up mode, which automatically eliminates blemishes and highlights the face. No bad for £99.99 The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Micro Four Thirds Camera + 14-42mm Zoom Lens SCS also caught my eye. The successor to revolutionary G1, the camera adds an intuitive touch-screen, which allows the photographer to both focus and release the shutter by touching the on-screen subject.

There were some standout audio products on show for music lovers. The Amethyst Superpig iPod Docking Station is a statement piece with a bling look. It has a 4” subwoofer with 25 watts of crystal output so it packs a punch in a small package. For headphones, Monster Cable Lady Gaga Heartbeats Headphones are high-end performance headphones inspired by Lady Gaga’s unique and ultra-fashionable sense that will definitely turn heads. Monster Beats Active Noise-cancelling Headphones by Dr Dre are also available, which hold a noise-cancelling feature to eliminate outside noise and noise from your headphones so no one will hear your music. The sound is of premium grade, enabling you to hear all the bass and detail just as the artist intended. If you like the sound of anything, why not buy yourself a very early present?

Toshiba announce first 3D model: Satellite A665

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Toshiba Satellite A665

Dubbed as being the “next generation of multimedia computing”, the new Toshiba Satellite A665 laptop is Toshiba’s first ever 3D satellite model, which according to the company, offers an amazing high definition home entertainment experience. And as this fantastically smart looking laptop is powered using a combination of NVIDIA 3D VISION technology and the latest Intel Core Series processors, it is hard to believe the Satellite A665 won’t provide an outstanding “next gen” performance.

Coming equipped with a pair of 3D Vision active shutter glasses, Toshiba has had to provide a health warning and “User Vision Test” with this machismo machine, warning parents about the potential dangers exposure such an “eye-popping” 3D experience to children can cause.

Although it’s not just the visionary aspects that cause the Satellite A665 to explode with life and ingenuity, as the laptop’s integrated Harman Kardon speakers blast out audio with depth backed-up Dolby Advanced Audio creating sound worthy of complimenting the 3D visuals. Blu-ray 3D movie support is also available but requires NVIDIA’s new driver package and Corel Blu-ray player software. This visually and aurally impressive Toshiba creation will be available from July.

Other new laptops announced

And that’s just for starters. As Toshiba has also announced the arrival of the Satellite T230 and the Satellite T210 – skinny, stylish and highly efficient CULV Satellite laptops.

Possibly the most infuriating component of modern technology, whether it be cameras, computers or ipods, is their inability to maintain a battery life lasting more than, at the max, a couple of hours. Recognizing this infuriation provoking weakness, Toshiba claim to have rectified the problem by enabling the T230 and T210 to have a more respectable life-line of eight hours before any battery charging is required.

As well as providing a host of software and connectivity options, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.1, and a suite of storage devices and mobile peripherals, perhaps the most worthy of a mention characteristic of the Toshiba Satellite T230 and the T210, other than a battery life that survives the working day, is its dazzling design with an ultra-slim chassis, silver interior encased by a brightly colored exterior of your choice, feats which have become formidably synonymous with the T-series.

Like the Toshiba Satellite A665, these two aesthetically stunning, high definition laptops, involving outstandingly complex technological detail, will be available from July.