Our picks for the week: Canon Powershot Zoom, Fitbit Ace 3 and more

Every week, there are plenty of new products emerging in the consumer tech realm. At times, it becomes impossible to cover all of them. Here, we pick the new products of the week and deliver them to you in bite-size format.

Canon Powershot Zoom
$459; available next month (Apr 2021)

Canon Powershot Zoom. (Photo: Canon)

If you love hiking, you might want to pick up Canon’s new Powershot Zoom. It is a pocket-sized digital monocular camera that you can use to zoom and photograph the birds or wildlife you encounter while hiking up Bukit Timah hill.

Weighing just 145g, it is not going weigh you down. Yet, this 12.1-megapixel camera offers telephoto focal length of 100mm and 400mm with digital zoom up to 800mm, so you can photograph the birds from afar. It comes with USB-C port for charging and data transfer. Furthermore, you can transfer the photos shot to your smartphone via Canon’s Camera Connect app wired or wirelessly, so you can share your encounters on Instagram.

Fitbit Ace 3
$118; available Mar 29 in Lazada

Fitbit Ace 3. (Photo: Fitbit)

Your kids been lazing around too much due to the pandemic? Get the Fitbit Ace 3. It is a fitness tracker designed for kids (six years and above) to get active and build healthy habits.

The Ace 3 helps motivate kids to reach the 60 daily active minutes with reminders to take at least 250 steps per hour. Plus, kids can easily set personalised goals and track their activity by reviewing their stats on the bright, easy-to-use touchscreen. It is swim-proof and has a battery life of up to eight days.

Through a Family Fitbit account, parents can see their kids’s activities and manage what is shown on their kid’s app.

HP ProBook 635 Aero G7
From $1,939; available now in Lazada

HP ProBook 635 Aero G7. (Photo: HP)

The HP ProBook 635 Aero G7 might be designed as a business laptop, but it can be purchased and used by practically anyone from students to CEOs.

The 13.3-inch workhorse is the world’s lightest AMD-based business laptop, according to HP. With a starting weight of less than 1kg, its magnesium alloy body chassis is only 1.79cm thick. In the inside, it is packed with AMD Ryzen 7 4000 series mobile processor, AMD Radeon Graphics and can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. More than enough to fulfil your productivity needs.

Jabra Evolve2 30
$140 (mono version), $156 (stereo version); available now

Jabra Evolve2 30. (Photo: Jabra)

Need a good pair of headset for your never-ending video conference calls? Consider Jabra’s new Evolve2 30.

It is said to be ergonomically designed to support prolonged wear to enhance the user’s productivity at work. Weighing a mere 125g and built with leatherette covered memory foam ear-cushions that follows your ear contours, it remains comfortable through your long virtual meetings. It has a two-microphone call technology that captures your voice clearly even in noisy settings.

Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
$72 (250GB), $102 (500GB), $188 (1TB); available now

Samsung 980 NVMe SSD. (Photo: Samsung)

Looking to upgrade your solid-state drive (SSD) in your PC gaming rig for faster performance? You can consider the affordable Samsung 980 NVMe SSD.

It uses Host Memory Buffer technology, which links the SSD directly to your computer’s memory to overcome any performance drawbacks. Together with Samsung’s latest sixth-generation V-NAND technology, the 980 is said to have six times the speed of SATA SSDs with sequential read and write speeds at up to 3,500 MB/s and 3,000 MB/s respectively. Games like Cyberpunk 2077 will feel much faster.

Trevor Tan

Started out with dreams to become a street photographer, Trevor Tan somehow became a tech journalist with over 16 years of consumer tech experience. Maybe he plays too much video games and buys too many new gadgets.
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