Hong Kong Gadgets

The joy of being in the gadget world is you sometimes get your hands on stuff that you can’t get in New Zealand.

I was in Hong Kong last week attending the regional launch of HP’s new range of web printers.

While I was there I did a bit of “gadget shopping” in the shops and markets and picked up the following dinky items.  The gadgets are listed below.  If you’d like to see Paul Henry try and take the p*** out of them follow this link http://bit.ly/a3pDiv

Archos 7 Home Tablet

Who needs an ipad anyway? This handheld, wireless, touch screen tablet allows you to surf the net, view your own photos and videos, read e-books and more for about half the price of the Apple product (this cost about $400NZ).

Features and Benefits:

  • Why get up off the couch and switch on your computer just to check your e-mail? Just use this tablet instead.
  • This items is not as sophisticated as the ipad but I’m more than happy to have it on the coffee table and let the family use it.
  • You can check and reply to e-mails through the touch screen
  • You can view full size web pages (check and post updates to Facebook from the comfort of your sofa)
  • You can play mp3’s on it (either through the inbuilt speakers or through earphones).
  • It has 8gb of storage (10 full length movies or 15,000 photos) and a slot to allow up to 32gb.
  • It uses Google’s Android software, meaning you can download hundreds of free apps and games from the net

Fujifilm Instax Mini 7 Instant Camera:

This is just a fun little instant camera, it has no digital capabilities whatsoever.

As the blurb says, “it’s lightweight and compact, the stylish instax mini 7 goes anywhere.

Operation is easy — simply check the LED exposure indicator and press the shutter, a beautiful credit card-size instant color photo is ready in minutes — sharp and clear!

Two model colors : pink and blue.”

Price: about $150NZ

Buy the films in packs of 10 or 50.

Laser Pointer

Bought from a street vendor for $20NZ, the laser has a kaleidoscope attachment which splits the beam.  Turn your next business presentation into a “School Disco”

Is it safe: Yes, if not used by idiots.  Don’t point it at people’s eyes or at traffic.

Is it legal? According to a story on a local news website from the 18th June 2010 “New Zealand customs said there are no restrictions on bringing lasers into New Zealand.”

Credit Card Memory Stick:

Given to us as a promotional device for HP but still cool and fun.

This 2mm thick memory card easily fits into your wallet along with other cards but can easily carry 4GB of Data (ie 5 movies, 4000 songs or 7500 photos).

It has a piece which flips out of the side. You then slide this into a computers USB port the same way you would a normal USB stick.

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