In Something on the Side, SEAN BACHER highlights the Oral-B TriZone 500 electric toothbrush, the HP Officejet Pro X Series, the Garmin Forerunner 610 and the Razer Ouroboros gaming mouse.
Oral-B TriZone 500 electric toothbrush
When using electric toothbrushes, I’ve always found that, as soon as the battery runs flat, I go back to the tried and tested manual toothbrush. The Oral-B TriZone 500, however, may convince me to persevere. After using it, my teeth felt smooth and my gums massaged as if a dentist had cleaned it. The Oral-B TriZone 500 electric toothbrush’s head rotates 20 000 times per minute, while rotating at 7 600 times per minute, leaving teeth clean and gums well massaged. The head also pulsates in three directions at the same time. The Oral-B TriZone 500 Electric toothbrush has a two-minute timer, which according to most dentists is enough time to properly clean a person’s teeth. There is also a battery indicator that lights up when it starts running out of power.
Expect to pay: R450
Stockists: Most supermarkets and pharmacies across South Africa.
HP Officejet Pro X Series
HP’s new series of printers include a single function printer and a multi-function printer (MFP). The HP Officejet Pro X Series of printers use HP PageWide Technology that lets the users print up to 70 pages-per-minute. The cartridges used by the Officejet Pro X Series are claimed to be more efficient than most other laser printer cartridges.
Expect to pay: R6 000 for the single function model and R9 000 for the MFP.
Stockists: Leading electronic retail outlets across South Africa.
Garmin Forerunner 610
The Garmin Forerunner 610 is Garmin’s top-of-the range sporting watch. It allows users to measure distance, the route taken and speed. Included is a heart rate monitor and an ANT+ USB stick that can be fitted to a bike for measuring speed and revs per minute. A foot pod can be purchased separately for indoor use or where there is no satellite reception. The watch’s display can be customised for numerous data fields when running – distance, speed and heart rate, among other. The Garmin Virtual Partner lets users set a specific pace, and then shows them how far ahead or behind they are of the tsrget.
Expect to pay: R4 800
Stockists: Leading sports and electronics stores across South Africa.
Razer Ouroboros gaming mouse
The Razer Ouroboros mouse is fully-customizable, enabling it to suit just about any hand size and grip style. It features an adjustable palm rest capable of moving up and down 5 mm. There are also two interchangeable side panels for altering the footprint of the mouse to suit claw, palm or hybrid grip styles, and it has an adjustable back to ensure palm support for gaming for long periods of time. Its sensor is capable of detecting up to 8 200 dots-per-inch (DPI), and a dedicated, built-in DPI button increases the mouse’s accuracy. The Razer Ouroboros is powered by a rechargeable AA battery, which is claimed to offer up to 12 hours of play.
Expect to pay: R 1 500 Stockists: Most reputable electronic retail outlets across South Africa
* Sean Bacher is editor of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @SeanBacher