GADGETS by pengtt


                          8        Herald Sun, Wednesday, February 2, 2011                                                                                                                                                                   


                          Dark secrets
                          BenQ’s latest budget
                          video camera has
                          night vision, writes
                          Jennifer Dudley-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Kors makes the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     case for couture

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     MICHAEL KORS IPHONE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     WALLET CLUTCH
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Try & Byte, $99.95,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I-TECH and high fashion do not always
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mix. Pocket protectors are yet to receive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              a haute couture makeover, and geek
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     chic doesn’t extend to World of Warcraft either.
                                                 BENQ DV-S21                                                                                                                                                            But there is hope for gadget fans who want to
                                                 BenQ, $249,                                                                                                                                             spruce up their smartphones.
                                                 ★★★"                                                                                                                                                                   Mulberry recently released a miniature

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     handbag for the iPhone — the $250 Daria Mini
                                                           OME of the most                                                                                                                                           Messenger — and now American designer
                                                           noteworthy events                                                                                                                                         Michael Kors has joined the pack at a mercifully
                                                           happen after dark-       vision mode is                                        Switched on:        use a supplied rechargeable                            lower price.

                                                           ness falls.              that eyes — whether                                   The camera          battery or two AA batteries —                             The designer’s offerings include the Wallet
                                                           Sadly, that’s also       they belong to humans or pets                         with night          useful in a jam.                                       Clutch designed to fit the iPhone 4 or earlier 3GS.
                                                 when cameras are at their          — reflect the light, so everyone                      vision.                Its video modes and play-                              Most importantly for fashionistas, the case is
                                                 worst. Dim lighting chal-          appears to have just a hint of                                            back can also be accessed                              made of full-grain Nappa leather in a choice of
                                                 lenges the best still and video    ‘‘zombie’’ about them.                                                    quickly, thanks to a three-inch                        patent black or metallic gold.
                                                 cameras, often creating fuzzy,        The BenQ DV-S21 is just as                                             touchscreen that doesn’t re-                              You might think the latter is gaudy, but when
                                                 snowy, downright unwatch-          capable in the light, though.                                             quire too firm a touch.                                trying to make your iPhone stand out there’s no
                                                 able memories.                     This palm-size camcorder is                                                  This $249 camera does have                          reason to hold back.
                                                    BenQ attempts to overcome                                                                                 a few shortcomings, though.                               Unlike most cases, this case packages your
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                                                 this by adding an extra layer of                                                                                Its screen is not the brigh-                        phone and important cards together, creating a
                                                 technology to its latest, budget     It hides a few                                                          test and colours appear                                makeshift wallet. It closes like a purse and the
                                                 video camera: night vision.          more extras in                                                          washed out; it features a digital                      inside flap has a pouch for documents.
                                                    This camera offers not the        its tiny body                                                           rather than optical zoom,                                 It also features a handstrap, making this case
                                                 green-tinged night vision of                                                                                 which has repercussions for                            a self-contained unit. If it also held keys it might
                                                 The Silence of the Lambs, but                                                                                video quality, and it doesn’t                          be all one needed when leaving home.
                                                 the black-and-white stylings of                                                                              come with optical image                                   Before you rush to order one, though, there
                                                 Dating in the Dark.                capable of capturing full high-                                           stabilisation, so you’ll need to                       are some caveats. This iPhone case frames your
                                                    This modern night vision,       definition footage with reason-                                           keep your hand steady.                                 iPhone’s screen with a raised, gold border,
                                                 created using an infra-red light   able clarity, as well as                                                     This camcorder has what                             making things tricky to press. Plus, the biggest
                                                 below the camera’s lens, is        16-megapixel still images.                                                few others offer. Bird watchers,                       frustration comes when you take calls: you must
                                                 much easier to watch than its         It hides a few more extras in                                          budding spies and nocturnal                            wrap the case behind the phone or leave a large
                                                 predecessor and sometimes          its tiny body, too, including                                             partygoers could all benefit                           flap dangling from your head.
                                                 appears to be monochrome           space for two SD memory cards                                             from using this night-friendly                            This shouldn’t worry those dedicated to the
                                                 footage rather than something      — it fills one and then moves on                                          video camera that does a                               Kors, however, as this case really does stand-out
                                                 from a spy camera.                 to the next.                                                              reasonable job during daylight                         from its rivals.
                                                    The only downside of night-        It also lets the user choose to                                        hours, too.                                                           JENNIFER DUDLEY-NICHOLSON

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                                                                                            FRESH GEAR  JENNIFER DUDLEY-NICHOLSON

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