19 April 2013: If your customers are sick of wires, cables and passwords cluttering up their lives then the Sony One-Touch range might be just what you’ve been waiting for. Utilising Near Field Connection (NFC) technology enabled in the flagship Xperia Z smartphone, the One-touch range offers a no-fuss solution for transferring photos, music or data with a simple touch between devices.
The X series wireless speaker range provides instant connectivity for streaming music, starting with the SRS-BTX500, a powerful 2.1 channel 40W speaker and the slim line 20W, 2 channel SRS-BTX300. For the truly mobile party Sony also offers the SRS-BTV5, a tennis ball sized speaker with a built-in rechargeable battery and up to five hours of continuous wireless playback, and the MDR-1RBT wireless headphones.
19 April 2013: Two of Nespresso’s popular coffee makers have been released in new colours. Nespresso Lattissima+ is a favourite for those who like their coffee milky, frothy and ready to go at the push of a button. With a compact size that takes up minimal bench space while fitting a range of common cup and glass sizes, the Lattissima+ is ideal for flat whites, lattes and cappuccinos in a hurry and now comes in black. Cute but tough, PIXIE is a minimal coffee machine that makes a great cup of coffee in 30 seconds, saving you time and space at a sleek 11.1cm width. The popular little machine is now available in a slick, stainless steel option.
19 April 2013: MDR-XB920 and MDR-XB610 are the latest additions to Sony’s Extra Bass headphone series aimed at audiophiles and serious club music fans. With 50mm and 40mm driver units respectively, the MDR-XB920 and MDR-XB610 offer big bass and sound quality that will impress any bass enthusiast. All this power is housed in comfy, pressure-relieving urethane foam that also helps to eliminate ambient noise for a fully immersive experience. Both headphones have a compact dual-folding construction for quick and easy storage and the MDR-XB920 also offers a 1.2m flat cord with twist and lock feature, an in-line remote to control music on your smartphone, and a built-in microphone for easy calls when you are on the go. Sony’s Smart Key App gives further compatibility for Android users, allowing them to use the call key button on the headphones to take a call. The MDR-XB920 comes in silver and red and the MDR-XB610 in silver.
19 April 2013: Electrolux’s new Turbo Pro Stick Mixer addresses some common issues of stick blenders with functions such as an open bell shape design to prevent food getting stuck under the blades for easy cleaning and a comfortable ergonomic grip. 700 watts gives plenty of power and a variable speed dial means you can adjust processing for different ingredients and results. The Turbo Pro Stick comes in red and black.
Electrolux is also bringing the same level of professional quality to the Ultrasteam range of irons which includes the ESI750S Ultrasteam featuring 600 micro steam holes for evenly distributed, high pressure steam and an Expert Pro Tip that delivers steam to hard to access areas. Comes with an extended cord and three auto safety shut off settings.
19 April 2013: Kenwood marries strong design flair with function in the kMix range of kitchen appliances. Coming in a range of vibrant colours including Passion Pink, Outrageous Orange, Bold Blue, Coconut White and Raspberry Red, the kMix range is an attempt to bring kitchen appliances out of the cupboard and onto the bench in pride of place. Featuring smooth ergonomic design throughout, the collection includes a kitchen machine, bench blender, hand blender, hand mixer and food processor.
For the hard-core foodie, Kenwood also now has the Premier Major KMM770 mixer. The powerful 1200W motor and durable metal body, along with a wide range of included attachments, make the Premier Major a real kitchen monster that can handle anything you throw at it.
19 April 2013: JVC has released three new AV multimedia receivers for in-car use that have dedicated software for Pandora, the intelligent internet radio service that creates personalised playlists for users based on their preferred artists and genres. All models offer Bluetooth capability allowing internet connectivity through your smartphone. The KW-AV71BT receiver is the big gun here, featuring a big 7-inch touch panel and includes proximity sensor, built-in Bluetooth technology including phonebook transfer, hands-free, audio streaming and voice recognition dialling. The unit includes a front SDHC/SD slot, WAV/MP3/WMA compatibility, and is steering wheel remote control ready. The KW-AV61BT offers these same features in a compact 6.1-inch display, while the KW-AV51 DVD/CD/USB model offers options for those still hanging on to their CD collection.
19 April 2013: Mitsubishi Electric has released the Designer Series heat pump range, bringing style and colour to a product that has historically been extremely limited in its aesthetics. The Designer Series models come in glossy black, matte silver and classic white to match each consumer’s home décor and includes a flat panel, sharp lines, bevelled edges and reduced depth to blend into the home. Designer Series heat pumps haven’t put form over function however and each product includes all the features consumers expect, including a 7-day timer for energy saving control, quiet operation and energy efficient performance. All models have been awarded the Energy Star mark.
19 April 2013: Brother’s MFCJ4510DW Multifunction Inkjet is its fastest inkjet to date, producing up to 20 monochrome and 18 colour pages of high quality output per minute. By arranging the paper to be fed and printed in landscape format, Brother has drastically reduced the size of the machine to fit on small surfaces while maintaining A3 print capability, making it useful for any small to medium sized business. Low energy use, double sided printing and the option of super high yield print cartridges all help to reduce overall costs. The printer also offers web and mobile connectivity for added convenience.
19 April 2013: Epson’s new LX-350 and Epson LQ-350 dot matrix printers replace the LX-300+II and the LQ-300+II, offering significant updates in speed, performance and durability with a ribbon yield of 4 million characters for the LX-350 and 2.5 million for the LQ-350 and almost double the operating time to 10,000 hours before failure. LX-350 boasts a printing speed of up to 357 characters per second while the LQ-350 gets up to 416 cps. They are small too, with a width of just 362mm, making them ideal workhorses for the most cramped office environments. Power consumption has also been reduced at just over 1W in sleep mode and 24-27W when powered on.
19 April 2013: TomTom has released its largest dedicated GPS device with the 5-inch TomTom Via 225. Dedicated to making driving easier, Via 225 comes with free updated maps for the lifetime of the device. TomTom’s navigation service includes advanced lane guidance, parking assist and many other useful features to help you on the road.
15 April 2013: Epson’s MeetingMate Ultra Short Throw Projectors are portable, simple and connectable. Sleek and simplified design allows any hard surface to be an interactive whiteboard anywhere you want, offering a comprehensive digital solution to replacing paper whiteboards and other analogue options. MeetingMate has its own on-board memory so it can be used with or without a PC, eliminating complicated hardware setups. The projector includes HDMI, Displayport and USB display options. Wireless connectivity allows for collaboration from remote PC users and Epson’s iProjection software gives total control of any presentation from your tablet or Android smartphone. Other features include split screen capability, dual pen interactivity, built in loudspeaker and simple, dedicated control buttons on the projector and remote.
15 April 2013: With the release of the Xperia Tablet Z (pictured), Sony claims to have produced the world’s thinnest 10.1-inch tablet at only 6.9mm width. At 495g the Tablet Z is also one of the lightest around and has one of the highest levels of water resistance seen in a tablet. The Xperia Tablet Z will launch on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and is upgradable to 4.2 after launch. Sony’s smartphone range is also expanding.
Following on from the launch of its flagship Xperia Z smartphone, the main competitor for Samsung’s Galaxy S4, Sony has released the Xperia acro S and the Xperia go. The Xperia acro S is a smaller alternative to its big brother with a 4.3-inch 720p HD display while the tough and portable Xperia go completes the range with a compact 3.5-inch screen. Both phones offer wet finger tracking for ease of use in all conditions and the Xperia range boasts more water and dust resistance than its competitors. Both phones are available in black.