Sony DR-BT22iK, NEC Versa S9100-VB, SonyEricsson W890i


NEC Versa S9100-VB
Price: $3,499

There are all sorts of outlandish promises about notebook battery life, and the NEC Versa S9100 is the first model we’ve seen that lives up to one. Usually you need to adjust so many functions to such low settings to attain the promised battery life the computer is rendered virtually unusable, so NEC’s claim of six hours is very bold.

With a minimum of interruption to basic usability, the Versa clocked up over 5.5 hours from a single charge. Not only that, it’s the lightest notebook we’ve seen in a long time at only 1.2kg. It’s pricier than a system with comparable specs in the usual battery life range, but if you’re frequently away from your desk and need a true long life notebook and not the marketing spin, it’s well worth the extra. 4/5

Sony Ericsson W890i
Price: $649

With mobile phones coming in a variety of outlandish shapes, the Sony Ericsson W890i Walkman phone manages the trick of being very attractive but also very simple. The slimline design is sleek and the unit is very pleasant to hold. It’s compact and the keys are comfortable to use, the burnished black metal body gives it an air that’s both classy and robust.

Available exclusively through Vodafone in Australia, the colour and detail on screen is gorgeous, the menus easy to get around and the Walkman function is a standout feature. As usual with sound products, the earphones aren’t the best quality, but you can plug any stereo headphones into the cable that then connects to the earphone jack on the phone, giving you the chance to attach a better quality set. 4/5

Sony DR-BT22iK
Price: $249

This Sony iPod Bluetooth headset comes at a time where the technology isn’t quite at a mainstream price point. When you can get a set of wired headphones of a similar quality for under $50, another $200 is a lot to ask for.

But if you have the budget for it, there’s something to be said for walking all over the room without headphone wires restricting you. They also worked fine at a distance of up to ten metres, including around corners. They’re not quite snug enough to take jogging and the sound isn’t the best quality — not nearly as rich as that of a normal pair of iPod earbuds. At this stage, they’re an early adopter’s toy. 2.5/5


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