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Product News: the latest products for the week commencing 18 July.

Product News: the latest products for the week commencing 18 July.

Fujitsu PC LifeBook U1010

Fujitsu's latest portable PC has a convertible, swivel form factor which allows the device to be used like a handheld, tablet or notebook. The LifeBook U1010 weighs just over 500g. It has a palm resistant touchscreen, giving users the ability to access functions with their fingers rather than a stylus. The unit is based on Intel's latest Ultra Mobile Platform 2007 and boasts the latest UMPC CPU which, according to the vendor, is up to 80 per cent more power effective than Intel's current Ultra Low Voltage CPU. Overall, it uses 25 per cent less power than the 2006 UMPC platform, giving it a battery life that extends beyond most devices. For the security conscious, the U1010 comes with Fujitsu's Trusted Platform Module support and a two-level Bios lock. A fingerprint sensor, which allows users to encrypt sensitive files, is also included. Distributed by Bluechip Infotech and Multimedia Technology. RRP: $1899 Web: www.lifebook.com.au

Canon Pixma iP90v

The Pixma iP90v is the newest addition to Canon's portable printer range and is targeted at business people on the move. It has a portable and lightweight design with microscopic 2 picolitre droplets of ink providing 4800 x 1200dpi resolution. It can print 16 pages per minute (ppm) in mono and 12ppm in colour. The printer weighs less than 2kg and features infrared or optional Bluetooth connectivity, removing the need to connect a cable to a computer. The printer can also print directly from compatible digital cameras using PictBridge technology without being connected to a PC. Optional accessories include a portable kit with battery charger and lithium-ion battery; cradle kit with cradle, battery charger and lithiumion battery, and an in-car power unit. Distributed by Canon. RRP: $449 Web: www.canon.com.au

Quantum LTO-3 A-Series

This Linear Tape-Open (LTO) drive platform provides video professionals with networked storage of up to 400GB in a tape-based file system. At its maximum data transfer rate of 544Mbps, Quantum's A-Series drive is designed to transfer DVCPRO content recorded at 25Mbps almost 20 times faster than real-time speeds. Content recorded at 100Mbps can also be transferred about six times faster than real-time speeds. This means that the LTO-3 A-Series drive will be able to store a two-hour DV25 program in less than seven minutes - provided the connected computer and hard drive are fast enough. Being Media eXchange Format (MXF)-aware enables videotape-like access to sub clips by time code and fast access to metadata stored on the tape. This capability also provides interoperability with many professional video applications and hardware as the MXF standard continues to be adopted within the industry. Distributed by Intraware. RRP: From $9500 Web: www.quantum.com

Oki C8600

Oki promotes the C8600 series as the smallest A3 colour printer range in the local market, claiming the models are half the size and almost half the retail price of most competing products. The C8600 is designed to provide a cost-effective solution in A3/A4 colour printing for individuals and small workgroups. Existing A3 customers seeking an alternative to business inkjet or mono A3 printing will find the C8600 offers a smooth transition with minimal financial impact as a result of its attractive purchase price and low running costs, according to Oki. The C8600 has a straight paper path and duplex capability and can print on materials from A6 to A3, on up to 200gsm paper and banners up to 1.2m long. The range comprises the models C8600n, C8600dn, C8600dtn and C8600cdtn. Distributed by Oki Printing Solutions. RRP: From $2950 Web: www.okiprintingsolutions.com.

Ricoh Caplio GX100

The Caplio GX100 is the vendor's latest wide-angle compact digital camera and expands its wide-angle range to seven. A high-performance, wide-angle zoom lens (24-72mm equivalent) can be expanded to ultra wide-angle 19mm equivalent using an optional wide conversion lens. Ricoh claims the Caplio GX100 combines the flexibility and instant access of a compact digital camera with the control of an SLR. Composed of 11 glass elements in seven groups, its zoom lens delivers aperture light settings from a high-speed F2.5 (wide-angle) to 4.4 (Telephoto). This enables fine tuning and the ability to blur backgrounds. Comprehensive manual shooting functions are combined with Ricoh's Smooth Image Engine II and an advanced vibration correction mechanism to deliver optimum image resolution and clarity - all within a 25mm package. According to the vendor, this makes the GX100 the world's slimmest 10 megapixel, wide zoom, compact camera. It also claims it is the first compact digital camera to support a tilted and removable LCD viewfinder. Designed for viewing in bright outdoor environments, the optional viewfinder offers 100 per cent view coverage without the need for parallax correction. Included in the recommended retail price is a rechargeable battery that can take up to 380 shots from one charge. The camera is also compatible with standard AAA alkaline batteries and an optional AC power adaptor. Two models are available - the GX100 and GX100 with electronic LCD viewfinder. The viewfinder is also sold separately as a $199 option. There's an expanded range of accessories on offer, including an external hot shoe flash, hood and adaptor plus other 43mm diameter items. Distributed by Ricoh Australia. RRP: From $799 Web: www.ricoh.com.au

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