Sam Abraham introduces new products and services to help you zero in on those that offer value for money.TOSHIBA SATELLITE U840 (Rs 53,500 onwards)
>> Intel Core i5 2467M (3rd generation)
>> Upto 8 GB RAM, 32 GB SSD with 500 GB HD
The U840 uses a standard processor
but the hybrid HDD makes it slower than SSD Ultrabooks. The battery life too is disappointing. However, it's light for a 14-inch lap and gives good connectivity options. The design is not original and the chassis is aluminium but not unibody.
NOKIA PUREVIEW (Rs 33,899)
>> Symbian Belle, 16 GB storage
The 808's humungous sensor
is paired with a Carl Zeiss lens and a refreshed flash. And that is its only selling point, and a very good one if you're enthusiastic about mobile imaging. Unfortunately, Belle still feels primitive and the apps less refined comparatively while the display does not do justice to the extraordinary images you can capture. The casing is solid and there is a good offering for connectivity.
DELL VOSTRO 3360 (Rs 44,990 onwards)
>> Ivy Bridge processors, 6 GB RAM, 320 GB HD
>> 13-inch display, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0
3360, Dell's new business laptop gets the Ivy Bridge upgrade, making it more energy efficient and, despite being an ultra-low-voltage chip, keeps pace with standard Sandy Bridge chips. The keyboard takes some getting used to but the touchpad retained perfect accuracy, while the display and power consumption are adequate for the price range.
SONY RX 100 ($ 650 approx)
>> One-inch 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor
The RX100 has a one-inch sensor-the biggest ever in a camera of its size. The Carl Zeiss lens also offers the widest aperture you can buy on a pocket camera. It'll show lesser grain in low light, better colour depth and greater dynamic range than any other point-and-shoot. Sony has also brought back in-camera charging, meaning no external charger to lose but also no spares charging while you're shooting.
SONY XPERIA U (Rs 16,499)
>> 1GHz Dual-Core processor, 512 MB RAM
>> 5 MP primary and 0.3 MP secondary camera
The dual-core engine packs a punch slightly above it's welter-weight stable, enough to be highly competitive in the segment. The design is distinctively Sony
and approval is down to preference but it fits in your palm so very easily. The lack of ICS (upgrade expected next quarter) and expandable memory (8 GB internal) takes the sheen off just a little bit.