IT Show 2017: Home gadgets picks

Canon Maxify iB4170
Canon Maxify iB4170PHOTOS: CANON, CASIO, EPSON, IROBOT, SAMSUNG, SONY, UBTECH

1 Canon Maxify iB4170

$109 (usual price $219); freebies include PGI2700 BK Ink (worth S$39.20), one ream of A4 80gsm Business High Grade Paper (worth $5.50) and trolley
Booth 8201

The Canon Maxify iB4170 prints up to 2,500 pages of A4 documents, and allows users to enjoy at least 50 per cent savings on ink.

The high-density pigment ink not only produces crisp and sharp text, but it is also resistant to water and highlighter marks.

Administrators can set password restrictions, ensuring the confidentiality of printed documents. This also helps to reduce printing costs.


2 Casio XJ-V1 Data Projector

$699 (usual price $799); free $10 Capitaland voucher
Booth 8117

The Casio XJ-V1 projector boasts a lamp that allows up to 20,000hr of usage, thanks to the use of mercury-free lighting technology.

With a rated 2,700 ANSI lumens of brightness, it is capable of throwing a brilliant projection in various lighting conditions (even in daylight), thanks to the hybrid laser and LED light source.

The Direct On/Off feature is also useful, allowing the projector to reach maximum brightness in approximately 5sec. Contrast ratio for the XJ-V1 is 20,000:1, and it has a XGA resolution (1,024 x 768 pixels).


3 Epson L1455

$1,059 (usual price $1,179); trolley and $200 FairPrice vouchers
Booth 8315

Unlike most other inkjet printers which use ink cartridges, the Epson L1455 utilises an ink-tank system, which promises more page yields.

The L1455 is also an all-in-one printer, allowing users to not just print, but also scan and copy.

It has an auto-duplex feature, which makes it easy for double- sided printing.

Printing speed is also good at 18 impressions per minute (ipm) for colour, and 10ipm for black-and-white.

What also sweetens the deal for this printer is that it can print up to A3+ size, and has a variety of connectivity options including Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi direct.


4 iRobot Braava Jet

$399 (usual price $569)
Booth 6409

If mopping the floor is a chore (and it is), consider getting the iRobot Braava Jet to lighten your load.

With three cleaning modes (Dry, Damp and Wet), the Braava Jet is suitable for almost all types of flooring. The robot can navigate within 25 sq m of space automatically and work its way around furniture and rugs - even those hard-to-reach places such as under the bed or sofa.

It is also smart enough to avoid falling down stairs or other drop-offs. Its Precision Jet Spray helps to loosen dirt and stains without spraying onto your furniture, while the Vibrating Cleaning Head gently scrubs them away.


5 Samsung SHP-DH525

$585 (usual price $650)
Booth 6421

Say goodbye to keys with the Samsung SHP-DH525 digital door lock. With the SHP-DH525, you can unlock your door by registering and pairing your smartphone with the lock via Bluetooth and, once you are near, the door will automatically unlock.

It can also send notifications to your smartphone to tell you whether the door has been opened, or display the in/out log.

Other than using your phone, you can also use an RFID (radio-frequency identification) card or a PIN code to unlock the door.

Enhanced security features will also detect fire and intrusion via forced entry into your house.


6 Sony Bravia KD-75X8500D TV

$6,279 (usual price $8,999); free Sony PlayStation 4 Pro worth $599
Booth 8108

The Sony Bravia KD-75X8500D is a 75-inch TV with 4K resolution.

But, as with Sony's top-of-the- line television sets, this Bravia comes equipped with a High Dynamic Range (HDR) display that promises exceptional detail, colour and contrast reproduction.

The onboard 4K Processor X1 analyses all inputs, including TV broadcasts, Blu-Ray, DVDs or Internet video and converts them for 4K viewing. The Triluminos display enhances viewing experience by offering more natural shades and hues with a wider colour palette as well.

With Android TV built-in, that's one more choice to catch your favourite TV series or movies other than Netflix.


7 UBTech Alpha 1 Pro

$699; limited to first 10 units (usual price $899)
Booth 6640

The UBTech Alpha 1 Pro is a programmable humanoid robot that you can control with your iOS or Android smartphone.

The Alpha 1 Pro has 16 motor servos to deliver more fluid and crisp actions, such as dancing, walking, playing football or even show off some gongfu moves.

While that's all fun and games, the Alpha 1 Pro can also be a great education tool.

Users can use the Windows or Mac-compatible software to create customised, precise routines for the bipedal robot to follow, which is a great start for anyone interested in robotics.

• Leonard Goh is a freelance tech writer

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2017, with the headline 'Home'. Print Edition | Subscribe