Summer Entertainment Gadgets – Oh Yeah

It’s summer in New Zealand. And it’s Hot Out There…

Here are my picks for the best gadgets to get you through the summer (view the clip at TVNZ here).

Logitech S715i Portable Speaker system with iPod Dock

This powerful speaker for iPod and iPhone fills the room with music. And its portable design and travel case make it easy to take it with you wherever you go.

It features 8 drivers and an eight hour rechargeable battery and comes with a bonus travel case and wireless remote control.
Price: $299.95
Available from: Dick Smith Electronics, Noel Leeming and other electronics retailers

Alienware M11X Gaming Laptop

Love gaming but your going away on holiday? Well don’t worry about leaving your desktop behind, here’s a small laptop with massive gaming power. With the AlienwareTM M11x gaming laptop, you can play anything, anywhere. While weighing in at less than 2.0 kg, the M11x packs enough power to handle the latest games. It redefines the gaming capabilities of sub-15″ laptops.

Price: Starts at $1799
Product Website:
Available from:
Rating: 4 out of 5

Platform 9 Laptop Stand

A functional funky ergonomically designed lightweight acrylic knee suspended device which allows effortless use of a Notebook or Laptop whilst at Work, Rest or Play…

Recommended retail price: $69.95 for the “ice” and $89.95 for the other 3 colour options “surf, funk & zest”
Available from…primarily online sales & Askew (Ponsonby)
Product website:

PlayTV for the Sony PS3

PlayTV is a new device that connects via USB to PS3, instantly adding PVR and twin digital TV tuner functions to the PS3 entertainment suite. PlayTV is simple to use, features up to 13 day electronic programming guide and has no ongoing subscription costs.

It is endorsed by Freeview, which promotes free-to-air digital television in New Zealand, giving consumers greater choice when switching from analogue to digital high-definition television.

Price: $199.95
Available from: Electronics stores nationwide
Product Website:
Rating: 3 out of 5

Nokia N8 SmartPhone

The Nokia N8 combines fully integrated social networking, a 12 MP camera with HD video, WebTV, Ovi Maps, and a whole host of personalisation options.

Pricing: $999 or $699 on contract
Available from: Vodafone currently and Telecom in the New Year
Product Website: 4 out of 5.

All prices correct at time of publishing. Products subject to availability.