New Products, Oct 18, 2017: Profoto A1, HP Spectre 13 and more

Profoto A1
Profoto A1
HP Spectre 13
HP Spectre 13

Profoto A1

STUDIO FLASH

$1,498, available end-Nov 2017

The Profoto A1 is the world's smallest studio flash, according to its maker. It has a unique round head with a soft fall-off that makes it easy to create a natural and beautiful light. It also has a built-in LED modelling light, so you can set up the light easily during shoots.

Unlike other studio flashes that need a power outlet, the A1 uses a built-in rechargeable battery, making it ideal for outdoor shoots. It can also be mounted on the hotshoe of DSLR cameras. Plus, it comes with a magnetic mount that supports three bundled clip-ons - a dome diffuser, a bounce card and a wide lens.

HP Spectre 13

LAPTOP

Pricing to be confirmed, available end-Oct 2017

At only 10.4mm thick, the new Spectre 13 is the thinnest touchscreen laptop in the world, according to HP.

It comes with a 13-inch touchscreen display (available in up to 4K resolution), the latest eighth-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, up to 1TB of flash storage and up to 16GB system memory.

Built using aluminium and carbon fibre, it is available in two models - ceramic white with pale gold accents, and dark ash silver with polished copper accents.

Belkin 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar

AUDIO ADAPTER

$59

If you are using the "jack-less" iPhone 7 or 8, this audio adapter could be a nifty gadget to own.

The 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar is a Lightning adapter that comes with both a Lightning port and 3.5mm headphone jack. So you can charge your iPhone and listen to music using conventional headphones with the 3.5mm audio jack. The adapter allows data syncing through the Lightning connector, and supports the microphone and remote control of compatible headphones.

Energea Travelite PD+

WALL CHARGER

$69

For frequent travellers with a USB-C laptop or smartphone, the Energea Travelite PD+ is the wall charger to get.

This 48W USB-C charger comes with a USB-A port that supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology, and a USB-C port that charges laptops like the Apple MacBook Pro and Dell XPS 13.

It comes fitted with a US power plug but includes a UK adapter so it can be used here.

Cooler Master MasterPulse MH320

GAMING HEADSET

$49

Gamers looking for a budget gaming headset can consider the Cooler Master MasterPulse MH320. It is a closed-back headset with passive noise cancellation that keeps you from being disturbed by others during your gaming sessions. It provides 2.0-channel stereo sound via 40mm drivers, using dual 3.5mm jacks.

Its self-adjusting headband ensures a snug fit, while the soft leatherette on the ear cups and headband provides comfort for long gaming sessions. Its microphone uses a bi-directional capsule to ensure higher sensitivity for voice pickup.

Asus ROG Maximus X Hero

MOTHERBOARD

$519

Designed for the eighth-generation Intel Core Coffee Lake processors, which is based on the LGA 1151 socket, the Asus ROG Maximus X Hero is the most affordable model in the company's premium Maximus X motherboard series.

Nevertheless, it comes with plenty of overclocking features, as well as temperature and coolant sensors. It also supports digital LED strips. So you can customise your PC to your heart's content. It has six Sata storage ports and two M.2 slots for flash storage. It also provides multiple graphics processing unit (GPU) support with 2 x SLI or 3 x CrossFire X.

Compiled by Trevor Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 18, 2017, with the headline 'New Products'. Print Edition | Subscribe