Great new gadgets for adventurers


JVC has dubbed its new GC-XA1 camcorder an action camera because of a rubberized housing designed to protect it from bumps, dust and temperatures down to 10 degrees below zero. It is also watertight to a depth of up to five metres.

Weighing in at 130 grams, it can take images in full-HD resolution – even in time lapse mode if requested. However, there is no analogue zoom; the 5X image zoom is only digital. The GX-XA1 is expected to go on sale around the end of July for about 350 euros (430 dollars). Western Digital hard drives for network storage

Western Digital

Western Digital has presented a new series of hard drives. Its WD Red line is especially designed for smaller network attached storage, with up to five hard drive slots. The company has promised reliability, ease of installation and relatively low energy consumption, even when in regular use.

The price of the devices, which are immediately available, depends on their size. One terabyte costs about 100 euros (123 dollars), while a three-terabyte version sells for about 190 euros. AMD chips power affordable business laptops


Lenovo’s new business laptop, the B575e, runs with the new E series of processors from AMD. Along with dual-core processors and an integrated graphics chip, the 15-inch machines also have USB 3.0 ports included. Lenovo promises a battery life of up to 6.5 hours. The laptops are available immediately, with prices starting at 382 euros (469 dollars). BenQ presents thin digicam with adjustable display


BenQ has introduced a new compact digital camera. The G1 is only 26 millimetres thick, weighs 195 grams and comes with a three-inch adjustable display. Additionally, there is a 14-megapixel sensor and a 4.6X optical zoom.

There is also a special mode for nighttime photography that takes six exposures in rapid succession and composes the sharpest and least blurred image possible out of the group. The camera sells for about 230 euros (282 dollars). Garmin presents wrist-mounted satnav device


Garmin’s newest satellite-navigation device isn’t for your car, but for your wrist. Not only does the Fenix monitor your pulse, speed and altitude, but can also plot and suggest routes.

A vibrating or beeping alarm alerts when certain landmarks have been reached, such as the start, end or other landmarks. A Bluetooth connection allows the transfer of possible paths between the satnav and a smartphone or other navigation devices from Garmin.

Battery life, with an active GPS, is supposed to be about 16 hours. It is expected to go on sale in September for about 400 euros (490 dollars). Bluetooth adapter saves up to eight connections


Jabra has presented a new USB adapter for Bluetooth connections. The Link 360 can connect up to eight headsets, smartphones or other devices, with a range of up to 100 metres.

Connection status can be checked with an integrated LED light. Along with multiple Windows versions, it can also support OS X for Apple. It is immediately available for about 60 euros (74 dollars). Zoom Q2 can record and stream pictures and sound


A new audio and video recorder from Zoom lets users put their recordings directly online. The Q2 HD records video in full-HD resolution and then transfers those images to a computer via a USB connection. The prepackaged software is compatible with popular programmes like Skype and Ustream.

A notable feature is the microphone, which not only records sounds in front, but also from the sides. Users can set the width of the recording area. The Q2 HD is set to come to stores in August for 200 euros (245 dollars). Hybrid tablet from Fujitsu comes with optional keyboard


Fujitsu plans to release a hybrid tablet in the autumn, the Stylistic Q702. The device can be connected to a keyboard, turning it into a laptop. The keyboard also has an additional battery and connections for an external display and a power cable.

Without the keyboard, the Q702 weighs about 850 grams. The 11.6-inch tablet supports UMTS and LTE and comes with new Intel Core processors and the Windows 7 operating system. The company expects the cost to be about 1,100 euros (1,350 dollars).

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