A HardwareZone Special: PlayTest November 2009 (Updated with Video!)


PlayTest's Booths Part 2 - Travel and Entertainment & Gaming

Travel

At the Travel booth, we had quite a wide variety of gadgets, ranging from GPS devices, photo-editing software apps, portable printers, and pocket friendly HD camcorders. The team taught the crowd how to capture precious moments on the road with the latest HD cams, do on-the-spot quick photo enhancement, and how to properly utilize GPS devices.

Notable products at the booth were the locally unreleased Linksys Flip Mino HD, Holux 6210T GPS, Mio Moov GPS, Canon PowerShot S90 prosumer camera and Panasonic Lumix GF1 using the Micro Four Thirds camera system.

Kenny Yeo, Tech Writer, going through the basics of using the Holux GPS 6210T with the crowd at the Travel booth.

Steven Tok, Multimedia Designer for our publications, capturing an ironic moment: filming attendees as they tried filming and fiddling with HD camcorders from the Travel Booth.

Andy Sim, Tech Writer, passing a Panasonic GF1 to an interested onlooker. A Micro Four Thirds digicam, it is small, portable and a choice camera especially for traveling while still maintaing quality and control better than a point-and-shoot compact camera.

Entertainment & Gaming

For gamers, this was the booth to visit as it featured gadgets from different platforms that either help make gaming more fluid and accessible (e.g., Acer Ferrari One, HP M311 Ion netbook, Dell Alienware M17x) or are just plain great devices for on-the-go multimedia purposes (e.g., Archos 5 Internet Tablet, Microsoft Zune HD and X mini II speakers). And oh yes, who can forget the awesome PS3
and the recently released PSP Go and the Sony Ericsson Aino mobile phone? The special catch with the latter two devices are their media streaming capabilities from your home's PS3 using WiFi from any location.

A potential gamer looking at a kick-ass Dell Alienware M17x laptop for kick-ass gaming.

James Lu, GameAxis Writer, looking on as a participant toys with the PS3 controls.

An amused attendee taking a look at the rather cutesy but portable X-mini II speakers at the Entertainment & Gaming booth where Sutlej Soin, Tech Writer, was ready to give a demonstration of its amazing hidden powers.

We managed to procure a Microsoft Zune HD (not to mention, specifically flown in from overseas) and it definitely deserves a mention here. Equipped with an NVIDIA Tegra APX 2600 chip that supports fluent HD video playback and an awesome 480 x 272 pixels OLED display, this was one smooth and slick portable media player. If only it was on sale locally...

The HP M311 Ion Netbook, one of the highlights at the Entertainment & Gaming booth, might be small at 11.6 inches diagonally, but it spots a high resolution display of 1366 x 768 pixels and is powered by a 1.6GHz N270 Atom CPU along with NVIDIA Ion chipset for HD movie viewing amongst other multimedia tasks.