Lexar JumpDrive Lightning 4GBThe vendor claims to have released the industry's fastest USB flash drive combining powerful read and write speeds. It offers 4GB storage capacity to provide portable data storage and transfer capabilities. The flash drive has a 21Mbps minimum sustained write speed and about 30Mbps minimum read speed. It features a PowerToGo virtual applications platform that helps create a portable operating environment, enabling users to install standard Windows applications on the Lexar JumpDrive USB flash drive and run them from any PC. The device is Windows Vista certified and Ready Boost compliant. It has advanced 256-bit encryption software along with a file shredder to permanently delete contents for added security if the drive is lost or stolen.
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Belkin N1 F5D8631au4ARounding out the N1 router family, this ADSL2+ enabled device lets users quickly and efficiently exchange documents, share resources, and distribute large video and music files throughout the network. The modem is based on the 802.11n draft specification which offers up to 270Mbps access speeds. It enables multiple receivers and transmitters to receive data through the air and uses Intelligent Multiple Input Multiple Output spatial multiplexing techniques. This smart-antenna technology builds upon the widely deployed 802.11g standard by increasing speed, coverage and reliability of wireless systems. With the N1 Modem-Router, users can share their broadband ADSL connection wirelessly while simultaneously participating in activities such as streaming HD video, listening to digital music, playing online games, transferring photos and videos, sending emails and handling multiple VoIP calls.
Distributed by Ingram Micro, Cellnet and Express Online.
Shuttle XPC mini X200Featuring a built-in Intel 945GM chipset and Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 engine, the mini X200 is barely the size of an A4 piece of paper. It supports Intel's ViiV media centre technology and comes with a 3.5-inch hard disk, built-in TV tuner, IR receiver and single remote control. Users can purchase, download and record over 500 high quality movies, digital or analogue TV programs and radio, or 50,000 songs. Users can also organise and share more than 2 million photos. The system is configurable with Intel Core 2 Duo and has 2GB of DDR2 memory. The Shuttle XPC mini X200 is compatible with a range of peripherals such as digital cameras, portable music players, camcorder, VoIP phones, etc. Distributed by Altech Computers.
RRP: Price depends on configuration
Altec Lansing FX5051This system offers 5.1 surround sound without the need for a 6-channel sound card. All users need to do is plug a USB cable from the subwoofer into a PC to get six discrete channels of powerhouse sound. The FX5051 system features dual drivers in every satellite speaker plus a two-barrelled isobaric subwoofer that provides bass in half the space. The satellites feature removable bases for wall mounting capabilities. The sound system also includes a wireless remote and control pod that controls volume (master, centre, and rear), bass, and treble. It features an iPod/MP3 player jack, allowing users to connect those devices to a computer at the same time. The system utilises custom-built, high-fidelity drivers, quality equalisation circuitry, and a mix of 101dB sound pressure level and 89 watts of total continuous power.
Distributed by Audion Innovision.
Western Digital My Book Premium ESWD's latest external hard drive incorporates Serial ATA and USB 2.0. eSATA technology helps transfer data between the external device and the computer at higher rates than before. It is designed to connect peripherals, such as external hard drives, at the same data transfer speed as internal components. The technology offers users quality performance for multimedia applications such as streaming music or movies, or video editing. The eSATA interface on My Book Premium ES Edition can transmit data to and from a PC or Mac at 300Mbps. According to the vendor, this is significantly faster than USB 2.0, which has a standard transfer rate of about 60Mbps. The device comes in two storage versions - 320GB and 500GB. It includes EMC Retrospect Express HD 2.0 backup software, providing users with the tools needed to backup and restore a single file or an entire system. As with the rest of the growing My Book storage system family, the Premium ES Edition is designed in a book shape, has a small footprint and offers advanced features. They included software loads from the drive the first time it is plugged in, eliminating the need for a separate installation CD. Its intelligent drive management system, SmartPower, automatically powers the device on and off with the computer, while the Safe Shutdown feature ensures data is saved before shutting down. It also features LED activity lights and includes a capacity gauge. Inside the case is WD's fast, quiet, cool-running SATA 3Gbps hard drive with a 16MB cache. Those using Windows-based systems can run free Google software to search their drive, manage photos and simplify Web searches. The device is ideal for high-speed backup, extra storage, automatic backups of the existing hard drive, archiving music stored on an MP3 player, adding space for digital video capture and editing as well as saving and organising a digital photo collection.
Distributed by Synnex.
RRP: 320GB - $249; 500GB - $349