What's new from: Creative Labs, Hercules, Leadtek, Thrustmaster, Logitech, Infocus

What's new from: Creative Labs, Hercules, Leadtek, Thrustmaster, Logitech, Infocus

Creative Labs

Creative Labs has launched the Nomad Jukebox Zen Xtra which features a large, blue backlit LCD, a slim, light design, and yet the 60GB model holds up to 2000 hours of high-fidelity digital music. USB 2.0 connectivity allows fast file transfers and a removable, high-capacity battery provides up to 14 hours of continuous music playback. It features 98dB SNR and supports both MP3 and WMA formats. The players offers out of the box support for Windows Media Player 9 Series, as well as and a wide range of music download services using WMA. AudioSync enables uploading, downloading and synchronising music between multiple PCs. With the Find function, users can locate tracks in seconds using alphabetical input and the music is automatically indexed by ID3 tag information and categorised by genre, album and artist. It is the first product to ship with Nomad Explorer, an application enabling drag-and-drop transfer of photos, documents and music files using one straightforward program. The Nomad Jukebox Zen Xtra will be available through Creative Labs this month. RRP: $899 (inc. GST).


The 3D Prophet 9800 XT from Hercules is a 2D/3D graphics board built on ATI’s Radeon 9800 XT engine with 256MB of onboard DDR RAM. It features AGP 8X/4X, Microsoft’s DirectX 9 hardware support, an advanced copper cooling system, PowerDVD and dual display support — VGA, DVI-I and TV outputs. The 3D Prophet 9800 XT is bundles with the 3Deep game and comes with a three-year warranty. It is available now through BCN Technology.

RRP: $998 (inc. GST).


WinFast A380 Ultra TDH MyVIVO is powered by nVIDIA’s GeForce FX 5950 Ultra GPU, which uses 0.13 micro process technology for higher levels of integration and higher operating clock speeds, and offers memory speeds of up to 950MHz DDR. It features 256-bit memory interface with advanced memory, PIP (picture in picture) functionality; AGP 8X technology that provides double the bandwidth of AGP 4X — 2.1GBps compared to 1.1GBps; DirectBurn, which allows users to burn their favourite TV show, movie or home video to disk; and second-generation Intellisample technology, which delivers up to a 50 per cent increase in compression efficiency at resolutions up to 1600 x 1280dpi. It also offers Leadtek’s WinFox Utility which lets users tune/monitor their PC hardware, for example, it contains Speed Runner for overclocking the graphics core/memory speed. The second-generation CineFX 2.0 engine powers advanced pixel and vertex shader processing and true 128-bit colour. WinFast A380 Ultra TDH MyVIVO is bundled WinFastDVD and Cult 3D, Coloreal Embedded, Coloreal Visual, Coloreal Bright, Gun Metal and Big Mutha Truckers games. It is available now through BCN Technology.

RRP: $975 (inc. GST).


Thrustmaster has announced the release of the Enzo Ferrari Force Feedback Racing Wheel that is compatible with all PlayStation 2 and PC games. An exact officially-licensed replica of the Enzo Ferrari wheel, the Enzo Force Feedback features a carbon-textured rim, a beveled upper section, ultra high-quality rubberized handgrips, four wheel-mounted carbon levers and extensive controls on either side, all of which are easy to access and linked to game functions. With the Enzo Force, Thrustmaster has included new features such as a new steering wheel and extensive and easy to access controls on either side. To go along with its exclusive licence, Thrustmaster’s Enzo Force Feedback makes use of unique technologies: its advanced Force Feedback mechanism optimises the effects generated by all PlayStation 2 and PC games. The Enzo Force Feedback comes complete with sturdy, stable foot pedals. Distributed in Australia by Tech Pacific and will be available from November 30.

RRP: $159.95.


With an easy setup and simple layout particularly well suited for entry-level gamers or those for whom a joystick is not the usual controller of choice, the Logitech Attack 3 joystick is suitable for gamers of any experience level. It features 11 programmable buttons to choose from, making it easy to select and fire weapons or to change gears. Attack 3 is the company’s first joystick in some time to offer an ambidextrous handle, providing excellent comfort and functionality for both right and left-handed gamers, while a throttle control rotates smoothly for accurate control of power settings. The Logitech Attack 3 joystick is distributed in Australia by BJE and Tech Pacific.

RRP: $59.


The InFocus ScreenPlay 4800 digital light processing (dlp) projector lets users transform their living rooms into home cinemas and gaming centres. The ScreenPlay 4800 has an optical zoom lens which allows users to adjust image size and can project images on a diagonal screen size of over 3.5 metres. It delivers native SVGA (800 x 600) resolution, 1100 ANSI lumens, 2000:1 contrast ratio and Faroudja DCDi (Directional Correlational Deinterlacing) for clear vivid images. The projector has a USB port, and is both PC and Mac compatible. The 4800 ships with power cord, home entertainment remote, S-video cable, component (3 RCA) to S-video adapter, component (3 RCA) to H15 adapter, AV cable and computer cable. It comes with a two-year parts and labour warranty and one-year accessories warranty.

RRP: $2999.

InFocus: 1800 456 393

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