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Acer Aspire One 3G

Powered by the Intel Atom processor technology, this 8.9-inch netbook is designed to make online activities fast, simple and convenient. Based on a Linux OS, the Aspire One weighs in at just over 1kg, and comes with a six-cell battery that Acer claims will provide up to seven hours of battery life. The display uses CrystalBrite LED backlit display technology to show content at a resolution of 1024x600 pixels. Features include a CrystalEye Web cam and 3G connectivity (UMTS/HSPA at 850/1900/2100MHz and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE of 850/900/1800/1900MHz), as well as a 160GB hard drive and 1GB of memory. The Aspire One is also available with Windows XP Home. The vendor claims single sign-on eliminates authentication delays by allowing users to login to all their profiles and applications simultaneously. The mail program can manage up to six separate email addresses and supports IBM Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange. The netbook is available in fi ve fashionable colours: Sapphire blue, seashell white, coral pink, diamond black and golden brown.

Distributed by: Ingram Micro, Bluechip Infotech and CompuWholesale.

RRP: $1199

ProCurve MSM410

This wireless access point has been designed for large-scale 802.11n networks such as hospitals, hotels, university campuses and multi-storey offices. The MSM410 includes one 10/100/1000 Ethernet port with full 802.3af Power over Ethernet connectivity. The integrated wireless radios support 802.11a/b/g and 3x3 MIMO 802.11n, allowing complete flexibility for wireless LAN deployments. In addition, self healing wireless mesh features allow the access point to be configured to extend the wireless network into areas which lack an Ethernet backbone. The unit has been engineered to use a maximum of 8W of power, which is a 50 per cent power saving compared to typical 802.11n access points, ProCurve claims. This is critically important for situations where Power over Ethernet is used to provide power to the wireless network. The MSM410 works in conjunction with ProCurve’s enterprise wide WLAN management tools, making it possible to integrated security management with automated management and troubleshooting of the entire Ethernet network.

Distributed by: Ingram Micro and 24/7 Distribution.

RRP: On application

Linksys WRT610N

This simultaneous Dual-N Band wireless router supports 802.11n connectivity at 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands concurrently. The unit will cater to the needs of users who want to simultaneously stream audio and video traffic seamlessly to their digital media adapter using the 5GHz band while allowing others to share the same Internet connectivity for other purposes using the 2.4GHz band. It features StorageLink, which allows users to add gigabytes of storage space onto the network with USB 2.0 hard drives – or plug in a USB flash disk to access portable data files – and an UPnP AV Media Server, which adds a source for media stored on an attached USB hard drive. The WRT160N comes with the Linksys Easy Link Adviser (LELA) application, as well as Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), a simple push button feature which aims to make it easy to configure the security of wireless devices.

Distributed by: Express Data, Ingram Micro, Multimedia Technology and Simms International.

RRP: $430

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