Product News: April 11, 2007

Product News: April 11, 2007

Targus Chill Mat

The vendor claims this new device is a practical answer to the increasing problem of over-heating notebooks. The Chill Mat contains two fans that help to alleviate the problem, delivering cool air to the notebook. It is completely self-contained and requires no batteries to operate it. The device is powered by any available USB port and it is capable of delivering 36 cubic feet per minute of air. It has a noise level that is less than 23.3dB, making it virtually silent. It weighs in at only 0.57kg and measures 26.7 x 31.7 x 2.5cm. It also features four rubber feet to hold the notebook in place while the pad protects workspace surfaces. The device is covered by a 12-month warranty.

Distributed by Ingram Micro, BMS Technology and Dicker Data.
RRP: $69.95

Quantum DXi3500

This data de-duplication and replication device allows users in midrange and data centre environments to retain 10-50 times more backup data on fast recovery disk and cost-effectively store data for months. Data de-duplication technology also provides WAN-based remote replication of backup data as a practical tool for disaster recovery between distributed sites such as data centres and regional offices. Quantum designed the DXi-Series to be installed and managed in a wide range of IT environments. The integrated software layer encompasses the vendor's patented data de-duplication technology and other enhanced functionality, providing up to 800GB/ hour and flexibility between NAS and virtual tape library (VTL) network interfaces. The integrated software layer includes a high performance embedded fi le-system, high-speed data compression, asynchronous replication, interface flexibility and built-in monitoring, alerting and diagnostic tools.
Distributed by ACA Pacifi c and Express Data.
RRP: from $31,000

Avocent MergePoint 5224

Enabling secure and simple management of multiple servers in remote locations, this device is used to control service processors found in nearly any server. The purpose of service processors is to help manage servers independent of the main processor, for control of important functions such as power, hardware monitoring and alerts. Equipped with DSView 3 software, this provides single console access and control of servers, embedded technologies, serially based devices including routers and hubs, power-control devices and environmental monitoring equipment. The MergePoint 5224 consolidates service processor Ethernet ports, requiring only a single external IP address and Ethernet switch port for all connected devices, which helps to reduce deployment costs. The appliance features authentication, authorisation, and accounting (AAA) security features along with the DirectCommand feature that delivers robust AAA for service processor access.
Distributed by Comsol and Firewall Systems.
RRP: from $4020

Violet Nabaztag/tag

This is the next generation of the smart interactive rabbit for wireless Internet users that provides non-intrusive, calm technology to perform a variety of intelligent and emotive tasks for users. It also connects wireless Internet users globally and at 9-inches tall, it can read text messages and emails, move its ears, monitor the weather and play MP3 and MIDI files. It can also interact with other rabbits around the world, making the online experience more personal through this Wi-Fi connected device. It responds to commands issued wirelessly from the Internet and comes with enhanced features including a belly button microphone for two-way, verbal communication. Nabaztag/ tag also contains unlimited time playing capability for podcasts and Web radios.
Distributed by IW.
RRP: $259

Sony Vaio VGC-LA38G series

This is the vendor's first model to feature Windows Vista Home Premium Edition. It contains a polycarbonate frame that not only contributes to the transparent look of the machine but also provides a chassis that is light, strong and durable. The sound from the unit is enhanced with a Sound Reality audio chip and features two 3W high quality speakers along with the vendor's exclusive SoundFLOW software. This audio feature allows users to play music and view artist information, the time and calendar even when the keyboard is folded up. The LA38G features a built-in integrated wireless LAN IEEE 802.11b/g that allows users to connect to the Internet and conduct video conversations via the integrated microphone. The built-in Motion Eye camera streams the user's image to others during Net teleconferencing or recording video clips. The engineered supporting stand behind the screen provides a light, smooth and controllable screen tilt of 12-30 degrees. When it is at its minimal tilt and with the keyboard folded up, the footprint is only 14cm, which liberates desk-space, curbing the clutter in any environment. It contains a 15.4-inch wide clear bright LCD, with a foldable keyboard and touchpad. The device features the latest Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5600 (1.83GHz) for fast response and a 120GB hard-disk drive (Ultra ATA/100) with 1GB DDR2 SDRAM. It also contains an Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 notebook graphics processing unit (GPU) and DVD Supermulti DVD+RW/+R DL/RAM drive for playing and creating DVDs. The Vaio comes with a wide range of software such as DVgate Plus 2.3, Video and Photo Utility 1.0, Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 (Installer), Edit Components 6.1 (Installer), WinDVD for VAIO 8.0, Click to DVD 2.6, SoundFLOW, SonicStage CP 4.2, SonicStage Mastering Studio 2.3 and SonicStage Mastering Studio Audio Filter 2.3.
Distributed by Sony.
RRP: $2799

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