Gadgets

Stores will soon be stocked with Sony's new portable gaming product reviewed here and E&T hunts out other gadget bargains.

1 Sony PSP Go

The latest iteration of the PlayStation Portable (PSP), the PSP Go is finally pocket-sized, being over 50 per cent smaller and 40 per cent lighter than the original. Marketed in the same way as the PS3 - a multimedia hub rather than just a gaming console it also offers music, photo and video playback, as well as Web surfing and wireless connectivity. The sliding 3.8in screen is just as vibrant and bright, but the UMD format is long gone, replaced with digital downloads via the PlayStation Store, stored on 16GB of internal memory or removable memory stick micros. Controls work well on most games, although large hands may struggle. Stick to your phone for surfing on the move.

www.sony.co.uk [new window]

£225 from 2 October

2 Pentax Optio W80

The W80 is a high-quality camera loaded with features such as a 5x optical zoom, high-resolution 12.1 megapixel sensor, wide-angle lens, 30 frames per second 720p high-definition video recording, auto-face recognition, 2.5in LCD monitor and a Macro mode that focuses up to 1cm from subjects. It takes good pictures and is brilliant value considering the spec list. But that's only half of the W80's appeal. Despite its relatively small size, the W80 is also one of the toughest tough-nut cameras out there. An exterior casing means the W80 is waterproof to 5m for up to two hours, with settings to help you take the best pictures and movies while snorkelling. Plus it's dustproof, can operate down to -10 degrees, and it's shockproof, surviving 1m falls. Unfortunately, the inbuilt memory is tiny - you'll need to buy an extra SD card. The response to fast changes in focus could be quicker. And despite the pixel count, picture quality's not the best - but not bad by any means.

www.cliftoncameras.co.uk [new window]

£219

3 Sharp SB 200 Soundbar

The HT-SB200 and HT-SB300 sound bars each feature a left and right speaker as well as a built-in subwoofer. You can place the speakers below a TV set with the provided mounting plates and adjustable feet. Overall output is 34 watts high-definition sound standard (HDSS) which is supported, and the adjustable bass, treble, and sub-level options give the viewer an excellent level of control. Both sound bars feature dual audio inputs, right and left RCA jacks, a 3.5mm sub-mini jack, and a slim remote control, but the HT-SB300 also has a subwoofer output.

www.dabs.com [new window]

£106

4 Intuos 4 Wacom tablet small

This satchel friendly tablet has good looks with its combination of matt and gloss. It can be used either way around for both left- and right-handed users. It has buttons and a touch-sensitive wheel that can be configured to perform any application-specific function that can be assigned a keystroke. A button in the centre of the wheel can switch between different ring modes. A light shows which one is currently active, and each can be designated separately for each application. We are disappointed that the inbuilt organic light-emitting diodes that display the function of the key and changes based on what application you're using are not featured on this model, but they do appear on its larger siblings.

www.graphicstabletstore.co.uk [new window]

£199

5 Blackberry Curve 8520

Research In Motion's new handset replaces the trackball with an optical trackpad, which makes scrolling and selection smoother. It is also the first BlackBerry smartphone to feature dedicated media keys, integrated along the top of the handset, giving users an easy way to control their music and videos using software that is designed to sync with your iTunes library - most likely without Steve Jobs' blessing. The phone features 256Mb Flash memory and a 512Mhz next-generation processor. The device is also a quad-band world phone featuring EDGE/GPRS/GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz).

Price dependent on service provider and contract

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