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Gadget Guru June 2013


You Say You Want A Revolution

The new industrial revolution arrives in June. We’re referring to 3D printers, with Staples announcing it will be the first retailer to offer one off the shelves. The Cube 3D Printer will be Wi-Fi-enabled, compatible with Mac or Windows, and come with 25 free 3D templates (with more available for purchase through the company’s Web site). It will come in five different colors, produce anything that is 5.5″ x 5.5″ x 5.5″, and retail for $1,300. The Cube, which measures in around the size of medium-sized microwave, will undoubtedly sell out quickly, owing credit to the endless possibilities of what it can create — most notably: major concern for the economy (or so says the media). The Cube is being marketed as a unique tool for businesses and classrooms, but online videos already show a wealth of uses for it that span the spectrum of both good and bad, including human prosthetics, discontinued car parts, and custom children’s toys to homemade machine guns that really work, and unauthorized replicas of copyrighted retail goods. Let the creating begin. (www.staples.com)


Lens Flare

Samsung’s NX2000 digital camera hits shelves soon, upgrading from the NX1000 with a new 3.7-inch, 1,152k-dot touchscreen display, Wi-Fi for connecting through AllShare or the Smart Camera app, a 20-50mm lens, 8 fps continuous shooting (and up to a 1/4000th top shutter speed), and the inclusion of Adobe Lightroom 4. Samsung’s patented SMART mode opens up numerous possibilities for location shooting, including 14 different scene modes, and various settings that adapt to the environment you’re in. Other unique additions include Action Freeze, which allows for single frames to be pulled from high-speed filming, and our favorite: Best Face, which takes five consecutive photos and lets the user select the best facial expression of each person in the pictures to meld into one. MicroSD card slots and up to 12 additional lenses round out what is arguably one of the nicer user-friendly cameras hitting the market. $650. (www.samsung.com)


One Link to Rule Them All

Lenovo announced it will ship its new ThinkPad S431 this month. The laptop PC is the company’s latest in floating design and touchscreen display. Optimized for Windows 8, the ThinkPad S431 offers a 15 percent faster processor than previous models. The S431 will also be one of the first ThinkPads to feature Lenovo’s OneLink technology, which allows users to connect it to its dock with a single cable for dedicated video, additional USB 3.0 ports and full gigabit Ethernet, all while powering the system. Further specs include a 14-inch LCD screen in a 13-inch frame, aluminum LCD cover (available in silver or graphite black), a five-button clickpad with glass surface, and a multi-finger touchscreen display featuring a 180-degree open angle that lets users interact with the laptop in a number of usage modes. The nine hours of battery life is quite impressive, as is the 500 gig hard drive that can hold enough multimedia files to keep you occupied until the next version arrives. $699. (www.lenovo.com)    RYAN THOMAS


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