Product News: the latest products for the week commencing November 28, 2007

Product News: the latest products for the week commencing November 28, 2007

HP iPAQ 312 Travel Companion

One of HP's newest additions to its PDA range, the iPAQ 312 is designed as both a personal navigator and travel entertainment unit. It offers a high-definition, 3D navigation experience, with a 4.3-inch WVGA display that HP claims offers resolution equivalent to full DVD-quality video. The iPAQ 312 Travel Companion also comes with an HP-exclusive interface that offers fast and simple navigation, while an online Web trip-planning portal assists in tailoring travel itineraries and researching destination information. Customers can also connect to a Bluetooth phone and talk hands free. The Travel Companion acts as an entertainment unit and plays MP3s, videos and displays photos. It comes with pre-installed games and local Australian maps. Distributed by Ingram Micro and Cellnet. RRP: $499 Web:

LG R405-A CB10A

One of the newest models in LG's notebook line-up, the R405-A features an Intel Core 2 Duo processor (1.66GHz), with a 667MHz FSB and 2MB L2 Cache. It has a 160GB hard drive, 10/100MB Ethernet, 5-in-1 Multimedia Card Slot (XD/SD/MMC/ MS/MS Pro) and features both Bluetooth and a 1.3 megapixel Web cam. The notebook has an ATI Mobility Radeon X1250 graphics chip, a full-size 86 keyboard, and uses a six cell Li-Ion battery. It features a 14.1-inch WXGA (1280 x 800) Fine Bright Technology display, and comes with Windows Vista Business installed. LG has also bundled in some software including Battery Miser, On Screen Display, LG Magnifi er, LG SmartCam, CyberLink Power2Go, Recovery Centre and LG Intelligent Update. The notebook weighs 2.3kg and measures 340 x 236.5 x 33.8mm. Distributed by Bluechip Infotech, Ingram Micro, Dicker Data, Leader Computer Systems and EDsys Computers. RRP: $1799 Web:

Acer X1160

The Acer X1160 SVGA (800 x 600) digital projector aims to deliver vibrant colours with its 2000 ANSI Lumens brightness and a 2000:1 contrast ration. Featuring a long lamp life of up to 4000 hours and a six-segment colour wheel, the projector utilises Acer ColorBoost and SmartFormat technologies for rich imagery and wide format support. According to Acer, its SmartFormat technology makes set-up simple, with easy continuation between speakers for presentation use. The technology also permits fast synchronisation of wide format from the user's notebook without resolution adjustment. Acer's top loading lamp design allows users to replaces lamps quickly and effi ciently. The vendor has recently launched two other higher end digital projectors: the Acer P1165 and the Acer P1265. Distributed by Bluechip Infotech, Ingram Micro, Cellnet, Compu Wholesale, HiTech Distribution and Express Online. RRP: X1160 - $899; P1165 - $1399; P1265 - $1899 Web:

SanDisk Cruzer Professional

SanDisk's Cruzer Professional USB flash drives are designed for medium and large organisation that requires mandatory policy enforcement, central management and regulatory compliance. The Professional drive features password protection and hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption. According to the vendor, this means security cannot be compromised with spyware on the host computer whereas software-based protection can be. Cruzer Professional allows owners to establish a secure, password-protected Privacy Zone that can occupy up to 100 per cent of the drive's total capacity. The area outside the privacy zone is unprotected and available to any user. This means a Cruzer with public files can be passed from one user to another with no chance confidential files will be copied. The fl ash drives come in three capacities: 1GB, 2GB and 4GB. For higher-level security, SanDisk has released a Cruzer Enterprise model, which features mandatory complex password protection. Distributed by Tudor Australia RRP: 1GB - $79; 2GB - $129; 4GB - $199 (Professional) Web:

Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000

The Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 is designed for offi ce and home environments. Compatible with Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows XP Media Centre Edition, the wireless backlit and rechargeable keyboard and mouse ensemble uses 2.4GHz Bluetooth and First Connect Technology to deliver fast performance. The hardware features ambient lighting that adjusts itself based on external lighting, meaning the keys will only glow when the room is dark enough to need it, saving energy and extending battery life. It features proximity sensing and turns itself on and off based on the user's presence. There's also a battery indicator to give ample warning before recharging is necessary. The desktop offers one-touch access with a Windows Start button, Gadget button, Live Call button, and Favorites Hot Keys. It has an integrated navigation pad on the side of the keyboard that allows users to control the cursor from the keyboard, much like a laptop touchpad. It also features a laser mouse with five customisable buttons (including a tilt wheel and magnifier) and an instant viewer tool that allows users to display all open windows at once. Distributed by Ingram Micro. RRP: $449.95 Web:

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