What's New: Product Review for March 7, 2007

What's New: Product Review for March 7, 2007

Canon PowerShot TX1

Designed to fit easily in the palm of a hand, this compact device features HD movie functionality and a 7.1 megapixel CCD. Using a DiG!C III imaging processor, it provides Face Detect, Auto Focus, Auto Exposure and Flash Exposure functionality. The PowerShot TX1 has a 10x optical zoom and Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS) for shake-free long distance shooting. It also contains in-camera red-eye correction and has a dedicated movie button for instant recording of quality HD video at 30 frames per second with stereo audio. Including component-out capability, video can be viewed directly from the camera in HD quality with compatible televisions. The device has ISO speeds up to 1600 and provides photo quality prints up to A3 in size.

Distributed by Canon.
RRP: $699

Targus AMP05US

Available with a laser pointer, this voice recorder with an SD card slot not only stores voice memos but can also be used to transport and store presentations and other files. The device incorporates an SD card reader so that users can transfer voice messages, presentations, images, media or other files to any PC or notebook. The volume control, scroll wheel, dark screen button and application switch are all at the user's fingertips. The voice recording function allows the presenter to record follow-up notes or questions during the presentation. Utilising 2.4GHz wireless technology, the user can govern a PowerPoint show from up to 15m away. The Targus comes with a USB receiver, USB data transfer cable, a carry pouch and two AAA batteries.
Distributed by Bluechip Infotech, BMS Technology, Dicker Data, Express Online, Ingram Micro and Leader Computers.
RRP: $119.95

Acer AL2616W

The 26-inch widescreen AL2616W features 5-millisecond response time. High-definition 1920 x 1200 screen resolution and a 1600:1 contrast ratio make it ideal for watching movies, playing games, graphic design, Internet browsing or working on multiple applications at the same time. The monitor weighs about 9kg. Users can connect it to a standard PC graphics port thanks to the in-built DVI connection. It is compatible with current video graphics cards and features 500 cd/m2 brightness. The monitor has an internal power adapter and comes with a three-year onsite warranty. Distributed by Ingram Micro, Bluechip Infotech, CompuWholesale, Cellnet, HiTech Distribution, Express Data and Express Online.
RRP: $1799

Comsol 12-in-1 Kit

This comprehensive USB 2.0 connection kit is designed for digital photographers. It is compatible with most popular brands of camera including Toshiba, Kodak, Canon and more. The kit comprises a two-metre connector cable and a case to protect it. The Camera Kit 12-in-1 cable connects to a camera, PDA, mobile phone, printer or scanner and ensures the appropriate USB socket is always available. The sockets are 50-micron gold plated against corrosion, while the cable has both foil and braided shielding, reducing any EMI/RFI interference and allowing the best possible electrical connection. The connectors are also detachable to make it more convenient for users. The device is designed for low, full and high-speed USB data transmission. It comes with a two-year warranty. Distributed by Comsol.

Sony LX2 series

The vendor's latest range of high-definition commercial LCD displays is compatible with full high-definition 1080/60p signals, which deliver quality image processing. Available with 32-inch and 40-inch screens, the models come in either silver or black bezel. The series implements video processing technology and provides quality images in both video and PC modes. It also features an advanced video processing chip, fast LCD response time and improved noise reduction system. It also smooths edges and enhances colour gradients, producing clearer, sharper and more natural images. Sony's newly developed True Colour Control feature adjusts hue and saturation of red, green, yellow or blue as desired without disturbing white balance or affecting other colours. This technology is ideal for any application where true colour reproduction is essential. Shipped with two HDMI inputs as well as dual option slots, it provides users with flexibility for expansion and connection to a wide variety of digital video devices (five optional plug-in adaptors are available). The LX2 series also provides centralised network content and display settings control. Using the optional network management adaptor, users can access, control and monitor a number of displays from a central PC connected to either a LAN, WAN or even the Internet. The optional streaming receiver adaptor can also control and schedule downloading of content for playback from a Web server. The adaptor has a Compact Flash card slot for local storage of the content for future playback. The displays also have a control panel lock for tamper-proofing (particularly useful in public areas), a built-in audio amplifier for connection to an external speaker system, and can operate in either portrait or landscape modes. The LX2 has an in-built video wall function by which up to 16 monitors with multiple picture formats, such as tile or window, can be connected. Optional accessories are also available, including speakers, a table top stand, wall mount bracket with tilt function and five option boards.
Distributed by Sony.
RRP: 32-inch - $2995; 40-inch - $4795

Logitech Alto

Combined with an integrated, full-size keyboard, this one-piece notebook stand features a platform that raises the monitor to eye level to establish an ideal distance between the monitor and the user. The Logitech Alto opens like a book to reveal a keyboard on one side and an angled platform for the notebook on the other. The keyboard gives users the typing experience they are accustomed to having with a desktop PC, complete with a number pad, media panel and standard key layout. To store it away, users can collapse the stand and fold the product in half. The Alto also includes a soft palm rest at the base of the keyboard for additional wrist support. It is compatible with many notebook brands and uses a USB to connect the built-in keyboard.
Distributed by BJE Enterprises, Synnex and Ingram Micro.
RRP: $179

Samsung CLX-3160FN

This is the vendor's first compact multifunction colour laser printer and fax. Weighing in at 20.5kg, the CLX-3160FN is ideal for users with demanding print, scan, fax, and copy needs that lack the space for bulky machinery. Aimed at consumer and SOHO markets, the machine features newly designed compact toner bottles instead of unwieldy traditional cartridges, allowing for a diminutive footprint of only 18.3-inch x 16.9-inch x 19.1-inch. Another benefit is the inclusion of NO-NOIS print engine technology found in Samsung's high-end colour laser printers. This provides quiet operation and simple toner changes. The machine is capable of printing 16ppm in black and white and 4ppm in colour. It contains an ID copy card function that allows users to copy identification badges or small double-sided documents on one sheet of paper. Combining high-speed and quality printing, the printer features a 600 x 600dpi optical print resolution that can be enhanced to 2400dpi, ensuring sharp text and vivid images. The built-in flatbed scanner produces crisp colour scans with 600 x 1200dpi optical and 4800 x 4800dpi enhanced CCD colour, and features an automatic document feeder. It has a scan speed of about 3 seconds per page. The machine has a fax speed of 33.6kbps and up to 4MB memory. Other features include a PictBridge interface, allowing users to instantly print photos directly from their digital cameras or phones without having to use a PC. The multifunction printer incorporates a USB direct scan feature that allows users to save scanned documents directly to USB memory. It also has built-in Windows and Linux compatibility and 10/100 Base-TX network connectivity. Users can connect directly with USB 2.0 and IEEE-1284 parallel ports. Another key addition is the Smart Panel Program, which informs users on the status of the printer. This generates an animation of the solution if a problem arises.
Distributed by Samsung.
RRP: $1299

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