Skinny Gadgets – Samsung LED 9000 , Apple MacBook Air 11″ and others

You may remember the old saying – “you can never be too rich or too thin” – well gadget makers seem to believe this, with a whole range of super skinny gadgets hitting our shops.

But while the gadgets may be slim, it seems you need a fat wallet to be able to afford them.

Samsung LED 9000 Full HD 3D TV
The new Samsung LED TV may be massive in terms of its 55 cm viewing area but amazingly it’s only 4.89 mm thick.

How can it be so slim?
The brushed titanium casing not only gives it strength, it acts as a heat sink (so there are no fans inside the casing).
The speakers and tuners are actually in the base.
The lights (LED’s) are in the edge.

What’s cool about it?
As you’d expect from a $10,000 television, it has a lot of special features
– Not only does it show 3D movies, it can take normal 2D signals and convert it to 3D.
– It comes with a Wi-Fi adapter for accessing internet apps.
– Features an amazing touch screen remote which among other things, allows you to watch a 2nd channel while others are viewing the 1st.

Price: $9,999
Available from: Check with your usual electronics retailers such as Noel Leeming, Harvey Norman and JB HiFi
Product Website:
Rating: 5 out of 5

The new 11 inch MacBook Air

How slim is it? 2.79 mm at front edge and 1.7 cm at the back

What is it?
It’s the smallest notebook Apple has ever built. It’s like Apple engineers used a shrink-ray to create this aluminium beauty.
Technically speaking, it has a 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB memory, 64GB flash storage and NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics. It uses a Solid State Drive rather than a mechanical hard drive. This makes it lighter, faster and more power friendly.

What’s cool about it?
The design, obviously, and the fact that it’s a real mac, not just a cut down notebook version.
The fact that it has a full size keyboard and high resolution display.

Any drawbacks?
It’s the least powerful Mac laptop. It is not as powerful as the (same price) MacBook or the more expensive MacBook pro.
At $1699 you could by a more powerful “normal” laptop.
It has no optical drive
If you want a small Apple, maybe you should buy an iPad?

Pricing: Starts from $1699
Available from: Magnum Mac, Noel Leeming, Bond + Bond, Apple Online
Product Website:
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

E-book Reader Touch Edition by Sony 6″ (Black)

How Slim is it? 9.65 mm thick

What is it?
It’s an eBook reader from Sony.
It’s less than a centimetre thick and weighs 215 grammes yet it can hold over 1200 full sized novels.

What are its key features?
– 6″ E Ink Pearl glare-free touch-screen. The glare-free screen reads just like a real book, even under the sun
– Large book storage up to 1,200 eBooks (tens of thousands more with extra memory card)
– 2 full weeks of reading on a single battery charge of 10,000 continuous page turns
– Audio playback lets you enjoy music as you read
– 12 Built-in Dictionaries
– Wide choice of supported formats such as EPUB, PDF, Text, RTF, Word and BBeB, so you can read practically anything

What’s happening with eBook readers in NZ?
So far there are just four eBook Readers on the local market (the Kobo and two Sony models), plus the Kindle from Amazon.

The Kobo arrived in May last year but copyright issues seem to prevent wider distribution of readers in this market.

The Kindle can be bought online, allowing you to purchase books directly from

How does the Sony compare with other e-readers?
The Sony is not wireless, you have to transfer books from a computer using a usb wire or an SD card.

Pricing: $399.00
Available from: SonyStyle and Whitcoulls stores.
Product Website:
Rating: 4 out of 5. Ultimate Key Finder

Are you one of those charming people who is always losing your keys? Do you drive friends and family nuts in your state of panic each time you leave the house looking for your keys?
This Ultimate Key Finder is totally a step up from its whistling and clapping cousins – it features a credit card size transmitter, so you can put it in your wallet and always know where it is, a nice extra long-range (up to 25 metres), and extended battery life of over 2 years with standard use, and zero false alarms.
Features a receiver unit that clips onto your keyring plus a Credit Card sized transmitter fits snugly into your wallet or purse
Price: $44.95
Available from:
Rating: 3 out of 5

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