Product news: February 21, 2007

Product news: February 21, 2007

NEC Powermate X

Targeting the wireless digital home network environment, this high performance media PC features 1TB of HDD storage and Intel Core 2 Duo processor with Intel Viiv Technology. It is equipped with a hybrid TV tuner and FM tuner and has DDRII Dual Channel Memory up to 4GB. Coupled with HDD video recording function, the Powermate X can connect directly with a large LCD or Plasma screen. It features an ATI Radeon video card with Avivo technology, DVD Super Multi Drive with dual-layer support and 7.1 channel high definition audio to deliver Hi-Fi quality audio, video and graphics performance. ATI's Avivo technology delivers quality colours and sharp images. The home wireless media network comes with a specially designed wireless RF media keyboard that contains video and music remote control functions and joystick mouse for navigation.

Distributed by NEC.
RRP: $3200

Logitech diNovo Edge

Embedded with TouchDisc touch-sensitive dial, the vendor claims this is one of the first keyboards with built-in navigation features compatible with the Microsoft Vista operating system. It is also Logitech's first rechargeable keyboard. Measuring 7.62mm thick, the keyboard has a high-gloss finish, laser cut from a single, semi-translucent piece of black Plexiglas and set into a brushed-aluminum frame. The orange backlit, touch-sensitive controls are fl ush with the keyboard surface. The backlit icons are invisible when not illuminated and offer one-touch navigation for Windows Vista, XP and XP Media Centre. Pressing the function key lights up icons for secondary functions, including media controls and application-launch keys. There is also one-touch access to Vista's new search feature. When the function key is released, the icons disappear and the keyboard's top panel returns to its black state. TouchDisc technology unifies scrolling, selection and cursor control without having to reach for a mouse, while a pointer button, used with the TouchDisc, enables two-hand navigation. For multimedia users there's a touch-sensitive volume slider and three zoom buttons - zoom in, zoom out, and 100 per cent view - to facilitate the navigation and editing of digital photos. The PerfectStroke system ensures fl uid and stable keystrokes wherever users strike the key. Users can put the keyboard on display while it is charging via its slim stand. This provides a two-hour charge and yields up to two months of battery life. The keyboard connects to PCs via Bluetooth by plugging the pre-configured micro-receiver into the USB port. Bluetooth offers up to 10 metres coverage which provides a longer range than many cordless keyboards, Logitech claims. The diNovo Edge comes packaged with a charging base, AC power cord, USB mini-receiver, as well as installation software including Logitech SetPoint version 3.10, guidelines and help centre. It is supported by a three-year warranty.
Distributed by BJE Enterprises, Synnex and Ingram Micro.
RRP: $349

Fuji Xerox DocuPrint C2090FS

This is the vendor's first low-cost, high performance colour multifunction laser printer built specifically for small workgroups. It claims the C2090FS has the fastest page time out in its class, printing at speeds of 25ppm in black/white and 5ppm in colour with a resolution of 600 x 600 dpi. The compact printer offers a choice of copy and scan functions to allow small businesses to maintain high productivity, including its scan to USB function. It also includes advanced copy functions, 4MB of internal Fax memory space, DocuWorks 5.0 software for improved paper work management, numerous scan capabilities and an optical scanning resolution of up to 1200 x 1200 dpi.
Distributed by Ingram Micro, Alloys International, Synnex, J Mills and BMS Technology.
RRP: $1319

Acer Aspire e700 Multimedia PC

This multimedia, powerhouse PC has been built on the success of Acer's previous e-series media centres and includes the Intel Core 2 Duo processor. The e700 also runs cooler and without noisy fans. Coupled with the fastest available DDR2 memory architecture and serial ATA hard disk drives, it allows users to multi-task their entertainment applications. High data bandwidth processing means that the machine can deliver on even the most demanding multimedia tasks. Other functional features include a 9-in-1 media reader, FireWire, optional wireless capabilities and inputs.
Distributed by Ingram Micro, BlueChip Infotech, CompuWholesale, Cellnet, HiTech, Express Data and Express Online.
RRP: $2299.

Linksys Wireless-N WUSB300N

This wireless USB network adapter is based on the 802.11n draft specification. By overlaying multiple radio signals, the multiple-in, multiple-out technology creates a robust signal, allowing wireless connections up to four times further than standard Wireless-G. It also helps to reduce dead spots. The WUSB300N works with standard Wireless-G and -B equipment, but when both ends of the wireless link are Wireless-N, the throughput can be increased by using twice as much radio band. This yields speeds up to 12 times faster than standard Wireless-G. The wireless connections are protected by industrial-strength 256-bit encryption. The speed of Wireless-N makes it ideal for media-centric applications like streaming video, gaming, and VoIP.
Distributed by Express Data, Ingram Micro, LAN Systems and Multimedia Technology.
RRP: $219.95

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