Hot Stuff: Steamy tech fresh off the press

Itching for new gadgety gear? We’ve got a few options for you.

Gather round, we’ve got a frothy coffee maker from Nespresso, a 2013 take on the classic Sony Walkman, a juiced-up gaming system that’s the Alienware Aurora, as well as a Wacom Bamboo Pad to replace your tired old mousepad.


Wacom Bamboo Pad

For those who’d like to replicate the pen on paper experience even when working on the computer, the Bamboo Pad will serve quite nicely as your digital paper. Swap your mousepad out for this and you’ll have the choice of either using it as a multi gesture-enabled touchpad, or use a pressure-sensitive Wacom stylus with it to draw out the artist within.

The Bamboo Pad, when paired with a stylus, will enable precise accurate strokes to add personalised signatures to your emails, nurture your creative side or more realistically, allow for fine abstract doodles on your meeting notes should inspiration hit you.

Price: $75 (USB version) and $115 (wireless version) at retail stores islandwide.

Sony Walkman NWZ-WH505

Thought the Walkman self-destructed with the death of cassette tapes? Think again. The original music player lives on in the form of snazzy headphones that can pump out tunes for up to 20 hours on a full charge. With 16GB of storage on the Sony Walkman NWZ-WH505, users can hoard up to 4,000 tracks without the need for another device, use them as normal cans with other gadgets, or hang them round the neck and activate surround sound with a touch.

The speaker-quality NWZ-WH505 packs both detail and deep bass in its 40mm dome type drivers. Whether you rock out to Led Zep or prance along to Justin Bieber, the different sound modes will make your music sound better. 

Price: $249 at authorised retailers.

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Alienware Aurora

When it comes to gaming desktops, Alienware has got the competition beat. Now refreshed with task-mincing Intel Core i7 4 and 6 processors, games will be played the way they were designed to be. If that’s not enough to get you in the zone, eye-popping NVIDIA GeForce 700-series graphics and AMD 8900-series graphics options will make sweet explosions even more graphic and detailed. You can even customise the lighting theme to make your setup blaze like the Northern Lights on steroids during gameplay.

The only drawback is reality will look twice as boring when you’re done. But who needs reality when there are computer games, right?

Price: from $3,199 at authorised retailers.

Nespresso Umilk

Caffeine junkies, get a load of the latest machine from Nespresso to keep your java buzz going. And if you like your morning cuppa frothy, the Umilk thoughtfully packs in it the new Aeroccino3 milk frother to bring the bubbles in both hot and cold drinks.

Pop a capsule in and the machine starts brewing automatically. With a heating time of a mere 25 seconds, you’d get your caffeine kick quicker than it takes to recite your order to a Starbucks barista. And no, you didn’t forget anything, the machine intuitively shuts itself down after 9 minutes of inactivity because it understands that there are only so many things one can deal with in the morning.

Price: $428 at Nespresso boutiques and selected trade outlets.

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