Notebooks aplenty, media streamers, portable gaming and 90 Seconds Of Tech

My, I’ve been a busy boy this week. But enough about me. What do you think of me?
Before you answer, consider this week’s offerings, which have been keeping me up late at nights. Mostly because that’s when I’ve been able to work this week.
First up, this week’s Hydrapinion, which pits Nintendo’s glossy 3D-capable handheld against Sony Ericsson’s Crash-enabled smartphone. Except in this case, Crash is a good thing.
3DS or Xperia PLAY? “I’ve spent a lot of time over the past week playing with two different, very game centric portable devices…”
Then over at CNET.com.au, a regular deluge of content. Firstly, a media streamer I wanted to like a whole lot more than I eventually did:
AC Ryan Playon!HD2: “The Playon!HD2 is an unusual mix of excellent format support with terrible documentation, serious stability issues and whacky GUI control choices. It’s inexpensive, but unless firmware updates can address the control and stability issues, it’s a poor choice.”
Then a tablet notebook with an exorcist-style spinning head:
Fujitsu Lifebook TH550: “The Lifebook TH550 is a well-built system with the kind of expected high price tag that Fujitsu usually applies to its PC wares. It’s a nice convertible tablet for the business market, but those on a tighter budget may wish to look elsewhere.”
Then another Tablet notebook, this one almost impossibly light:
Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1: “If your work environment would kill a regular tablet, Panasonic’s CF-C1 could be just the ticket, and a surprisingly light ticket at that. It will, however, leave your wallet feeling similarly light.”
And finally an inexpensive but unexciting laptop, just to maintain cosmic balance. Or something like that.
HP G62-400: “HP’s G62-400 isn’t a stunning laptop — it’s just a fairly priced budget model for those who want a basic laptop.”
Finally, in the world of me improving my video shooting/editing skills (and drooling over but not yet reviewing shiny new technology products), not one, not two, but three new 30 Seconds Of Tech videos
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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn_355W4YUg[/youtube]
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKnSnaowM4I[/youtube]
 

About the author

Alex Kidman is a multi-award winning Australian technology writer, former editor at Gizmodo, CNET, GameSpot, ZDNet, PC Mag, APC, Finder and as a contributor to the ABC, SMH, AFR, Courier Mail, GadgetGuy, PC & Tech Authority, Atomic and many more. He's been writing professionally since 1998, and his passions include technology, social issues, education, retro gaming and professional wrestling.

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