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Something on the Side: Cyclists get the edge with Garmin

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In his accessories round-up, SEAN BACHER highlights the Garmin Edge 1000 cycling computer, Razer’s Atrox Arcade Stick for the Xbox One, Samsung’s Level Over headphones, DStv’s HD Decoder and a Furby Boom.

Garmin Edge 1000 cycling computer

The Garmin Edge 1000 builds on the success of its previous range of cycling computers, but now features a 3″ colour touch screen for easy operation while on the road. The computer has a built-in power training and segment feature that assists cyclists to reach their goals. Cyclists can create alerts for start and finish points and then race against themselves or a segment leader, or plan rides. When connected to a Wi-Fi network, the Edge is able to post routes and rides on social networks and riders can compare their progress against other riders when logged into Garmin Connect.

Stockists: www.garmin.co.za

Expect to pay: R10 000

Razer Atrox Arcade Stick for Xbox One

The Razer Atrox Arcade Stick for Xbox One features eight tournament-grade buttons that can be custom placed depending on a user’s preference. A variety of top-plates are available to suit the user’s style. The inside of the controller opens up to where additional joysticks, a USB cable and a screwdriver for on-the-fly adjustments can be stored.

Stockists: www.razerzone.co.za

Expect to pay: R2 300

Samsung Level Over headphones

The Samsung Level Over over-ear headphones feature HD sound, a comfortable ergonomic design, touch controls and Bluetooth pairing. The headphones feature a 50mm speaker, which is 30% stronger than regular magnets, giving a deeper, more natural sound. The Level Over also features exterior noise cancelation and, with the Samsung Level App, users can customize the sound to suit their individual needs.

Stockists: Most reputable electronics retail outlets nationwide.

Expect to pay: R3 500

DStv HD Decoder

The DStv HD Decoder is an HD single view decoder offering many of the features found on the high-end Explora. The decoder will replace standard single-view DStv decoders and offers features like surround sound. The user interface is similar to the DStv Explora and most functions can be performed from DStv Central, accessed through the blue DStv button on the remote control. This user interface makes for easier navigation through the HD menus. The decoder is XtraView capable and can be paired with selected XtraView compatible decoders (excluding the SD PVR).

Stockists: Visit the nearest MultiChoice branch for more information.

Expect to pay: R799 with installation, R499 for just the decoder.

Furby Boom

Through the use of the Furby Boom app and a smartphone or tablet, children can raise and care for their Furby Boom creatures. The more they play with it, the happier it is and the more virtual eggs it hatches. These eggs then become friends for the Furby. The Furby makes use of games like Furball that, once installed on the phone or tablet, force children to interact physically with the creature and play with it digitally. The app also lets owners personalize their Furby. The interactive dashboard allows them to see what the Furby needs to stay happy – very much like a Tamagotchi.

Stockists: Most reputable electronic retail outlets nationwide.

Expect to pay: R1 600

* Sean Bacher is editor of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @SeanBacher

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