Remember Binatone, the consumer electronics brand back in the 1980s renowned for their televisions, radios and video cassette players? Few might be aware that in 1981, Binatone’s HipFi portable cassette player even outsold the Sony Walkman in the UK market.
By Sudhir Chowdhary
With changing times, Binatone has discontinued making many of its earlier products range; nowadays it is focusing its efforts on new-age devices such as mobile phones, baby monitors, tablets, e-readers.
Of late, Binatone has been getting attention in gadget circles for coming up with two new devices–3G Mifi Router with
inbuilt Power Bank (5000 mAh) and a 3G data card with Wi-Fi Hot Spot. Of these, the R4,995-a-piece 3G Mifi Router comes across as an innovative device which can create a Wi-Fi hotspot for upto 10 users at a time. It also has a built-in SD card reader upto 32 GB for wireless files sharing. Its Auto APN function offers hassle free plug and play feature wherein a 3G SIM card from any service provider is automatically configured. It offers download speed of 21.6 Mbps and upload speed of 5.76 Mbps for connectivity on the go.
Whether at home or travelling around the globe, one can share the same Wi-Fi network with multiple users. The device has been designed in a compact manner so that it can easily fit into your pocket . With 12 hours of battery life, it can recharge a smartphone twice without charging the Power Bank again.
Binatone’s 3G data card with Wi-Fi Hot Spot comes with a normal USB interface and unlike traditional data cards, which can only be powered via a computer, this offers the flexibility of powering it with any USB port, thereby presenting true on-the-go connectivity.
Powered by Qualcomm MSM 7625 chipset, this 3G data card is enables you to create a Wi-Fi hotspot and allows multiple users/devices to simultaneously access the internet while you are at home or on the move. It has been developed for small office, home office users, business professionals on the move and families having multiple devices at home. With support for 32 GB micro SD card, this also serves as a portable storage device. It retails for R1,800.