New Gadgets of the Week (July 17): Garmin Forerunner 255, Sony ECM-G1 & more

If you are too busy to keep track of the latest tech gadgets that are launched, here is a good place to check them out. This section took a break last week, because there just wasn’t enough new gadgets to feature.

Garmin Forerunner 255
From S$539, get it at Shopee

If you are looking for a serious workout watch, look no further than the Garmin Forerunner 255. It comes with multi-band GNSS (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) position to ensure position speed and accuracy in both high-altitude and built-up urban environments.

The Forerunner 255 also feature heart rate variability, which can can be tracked during sleep, for a better gauge of your recovery after workouts as well as an overview of your general wellness. It also works as a smartwatch with notifications when you receive emails, texts or calendar alerts. Plus, it supports contactless Garmin Pay, thereby allowing you to put the wallet at home when you go out for a run.

ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED (UX8402)
S$3,699, get it at ASUS Online Store

Whether you are a content creator or a data scientist crunching numbers, having more screen real estate for your laptop is always better. The ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED (UX8402) offers just that with its 12.7-inch full-width secondary touchscreen display sited below the main 14.5-inch 120Hz refresh rate display.

In the inside, the Zenbook is powered by the flagship 12th-generation Intel Core i7-12700H processor for effortless multi-tasking and optimal performance. Plus, its Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics ensure you can easily perform video editing or 3D rendering work. Not to mention, this laptop features ASUS IceCool Plus cooling system to ensure only the content you are creating is hot.

Sony ECM-G1
Pricing to be confirmed, available next month

Looking for a solid microphone for your TikTok content? You might want to take a look at Sony ECM-G1. Despite being compact and lightweight at just 34g, it features a large-diameter (around 1.5cm) microphone capsule that is able to record voice clearly while suppressing noise.

The ECM-G1 has an optimised structure with anti-vibration dampers to reduce noise from vibrations. It also comes with a wind screen to reduce wind noise. When connected to a Sony camera equipped with the Multi Interface (MI) shoe, the cable-less design is said to eliminate cable-transmitted vibration noise.

Canon RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
S$899, available in September 2022

With the increasing popularity of Canon EOS R mirrorless cameras, Canon is upping its repertoire of RF lenses. And the latest lens that will be available is the Canon RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM. It offers affordable pricing with a practical focal length range from 15mm to 30mm for full-frame camera, and a versatile 24-48mm zoom range when mounted with an APS-C camera.

The RF15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM is said to correct chromatic aberration with the use of two Ultra-low Dispersion glass elements. In addition, it features native optical image stabilisation with up to 7 stops of image stabilised when mounted with a compatible camera body with in-body image stabilisation.