Right steam power [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) NOT all steam stations are created equal. The Tefal Pro Express Total Auto Control GV8960 is fitted with the latest Tefal innovation, Smart Technology Auto Control which enables users to enjoy the ideal combination of temperature and steam for different fabrics with a single touch.
Just push one of three buttons and the appliance will make automatic adjustments to suit various kinds of fabrics, ranging from the delicate to the normal or tough.
Each of the three settings provides the perfect combination of temperature and steam, not to mention extreme accuracy and increased precision for fast and perfect results.
Users will be able to enjoy superior steam performance, thanks to its powerful six bars pressure that delivers enough steam to penetrate the heart of the fabrics.
The 'Maximum' position delivers a high steam output of up to 120g per minute, to work out creases on tough materials such as jeans. 'Power Zone' steam function delivers up to 340g per minute of steam for ironing heavy fabrics.
What's more, it has an Eco-mode which helps you save up to 20 per cent of energy in comparison to the energy consumption at the maximum steam output level.
There is also a new anti-calc collector to collect micro particles found in water, ensuring the steam station works longer.
If you are hard up for storage, fret not as it has been cleverly designed for storage and ease-of-use, with a water tank that holds up to 1.8 litres of water.
The Tefal Pro Express Total Auto Control GV8960 retails for RM1,799.
Clip-and-go music player
MOST of us would have owned an MP3 or portable media player at one time or another. Since the advent of smartphones, there isn't really a need for a dedicated MP3 player, other than for fitness enthusiasts who want something light, robust and functional when they are pounding the pavement.
The Clip Sport MP3 player from SanDisk is a throwback to the "good old days", except that it comes in an updated form factor to appeal to today's generation.
This lightweight device features a clip to securely attach to clothes, letting users enjoy music, audiobooks or favourite radio station whenever they are sweating it out or engaged in outdoor activities.
The SanDisk Clip Sport MP3 player arrives in a slew of colours to suit every taste.
Unlike the iPod shuffle, the Clip Sport has a large LCD display for easy on-the-move navigation, alongside an integrated FM tuner which enables it to connect to a fitness club's wall-mounted TV or to let you tune in to your favourite FM radio station.
A memory card slot is there so that you will have more flexibility with the kind of music you want to bring on a long road trip.
The SanDisk Clip Sport MP3 player is available in various capacities that range from 4GB to 16GB and from US$39.99 (RM131.79) to US$69.99.
Capture the action underwater
NOT all cameras are waterproof, so Canon has decided to take a step in this direction with the introduction of the Canon PowerShot D30.
The PowerShot D30 is ideal for those who require a durable digital camera capable of handling various water-soaked adventures.
This is the ideal shooter to bring to the beach, to the waterfall or a water park. We are talking about a record-breaking 25m below sea level waterproof capability.
It is also temperature-resistant from -10? to 40? Celsius and shockproof up to 2m.
Throw in an integrated GPS tracker and the PowerShot D30 will remind you where and when photos have been shot later.
It also has a 12.1 megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor DIGIC 4 Image Processor and is capable of recording videos in Full HD resolution. Expected to be available in April at US$329.99.
Knock to unlock phone
LG G Pro 2 smartphone features a stunning 5.9-inch Full HD IPS display complemented by an extra slim bezel which measures 3.3mm, and that results in an industry-leading screen-to-frame ratio of 77.2 per cent. Its thicker, high-power 1W hi-fi sound is said to be 30 per cent louder than its predecessor, ensuring more powerful bass.
The powering on and unlocking process is also simplified, as LG engineers have successfully developed a unique Knock Code feature that makes unlocking and using the G Pro 2 a lot more convenient.
How does the Knock Code work? It lets owners power on and unlock their G Pro 2 smartphones by tapping on their screens - there are a possible 86,367 "knock" combinations in total.
Merge that with LG's intelligent algorithm and advanced hardware, and the knock pattern can be entered on any area of the screen, regardless of whether the display is on or off, and will require as little as two knocks, going up all the way to eight.
Other features include a 13MP camera with OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus), letting you capture decent photos even in low light conditions and is capable of performing 120FPS HD Video Recording and Slow-Motion Editing, too.
It is powered by a quad-core 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with the Adreno 330 GPU, has 3GB RAM, up to 32GB of internal memory, a microSD memory card slot, Bluetooth, LTE and WiFi connectivity, NFC support, and Android 4.4 KitKat as the operating system of choice.
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