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Product News: ARN reviews the latest products for the week commencing August 15, 2007

Product News: ARN reviews the latest products for the week commencing August 15, 2007

Comsol flashIT2

Ideal for portable storage needs, this flash drive provides convenient transfer of documents, presentations, pictures and music. It has a durable and slim aluminium casing and extra security features, such as password security control, to help prevent unauthorised access. It plugs directly into any standard USB port, is compatible with both PC and Mac platforms and does not need drivers unless operating under Windows 98SE. The flashIT2 drives include Carry it Easy +Plus software, which makes it easier to synchronise email data, favourites, files, folders and desktop. It is available in a variety of capacities from 128MB to 8GB. Distributed by Comsol. RRP: 128MB -$18; 256MB -$22.95; 512MB -$24.95; 1GB - $27.95; 2GB - $49.95; 4GB - $119.96; 8GB - $199.95 Web: www.comsol.com.au

Linksys WAG200G

This all-in-one-box includes an ADSL2+ modem, 4-port switch, wireless-G access point and Internet-sharing router. With the WAG200G, organisations can jump-start their networks and connect up to four computers via the gateway's built-in 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch. This allows users to share files, printers, hard drive space and other resources. Those running networks with more than four PCs only need to connect additional switches to create as big a network as they need. The built-in Wireless-G (802.11g) access point (AP) allows up to 32 wireless devices to con- nect to the users' network with 54Mbps access speed. The gateway's router function ties it all together and lets the network share a high-speed ADSL, ADSL2 or ADSL2+ Internet connection. The device can encode all wireless transmissions with the latest WPA2 encryption. Distributed by Ingram Micro, Multimedia Technology, LAN Systems and Express Data. RRP: $159.95 Web: www.linksys.com.au

Targus APV11AU

This power inverter is designed to help users charge notebooks, PDAs, DVDs, mobile phones and other portable devices while travelling. It is capable of delivering 240 volts and can be plugged directly into any 12-volt DC cigarette lighter socket. It has one standard AC outlet, a USB power outlet and a Targus power port for use with the company's Mobile 15 Accessory Power Adaptor. Other features include a built-in surge protector and auto shut-off along with an isolator that prevents power surges or electrical malfunction. The APV11AU inverter is shaped like a cup, allowing it to be securely held in a standard car cup-holder when travelling. Distributed by Ingram Micro, Dicker Data, BMS Technologies, Bluechip Infotech, Leader Computers and Express Online. RRP: $99.95 Web: www.targus.com

AVLabs 337

Users can now say goodbye to irritating cables and sit their speakers systems wherever they want. These new AVLabs speakers can connect wirelessly from up to 10m away to a Bluetooth- enabled laptop, PC or mobile phone, or play from an MP3 player or other device by connecting the optional AVLabs stereo Bluetooth adaptor. The speakers contain a built-in auxiliary jack and deliver the sound quality of a 60w (30w X 2 RMS) system with a 5.25-inch woofer. Featuring a piano finish on the front panel, the magnetically shielded drivers have an acoustic absorber and offer 748Kbps data speed. Promising 75dB signal-to-noise ratio, the speakers also have a removable power cord and Hi-Fi type speaker sockets. Distributed by Audion Innovision. RRP: $399 Web: www.avlabs.net

Western Digital 250GB WD Scorpio

The vendor claims this is the highest capacity mobile hard drive for notebooks and portable storage devices in its class. The 2.5-inch Serial ATA hard drive employs perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology to achieve the highest capacity available in a small form factor drive. It also features Western Digital's (WD) proprietary functionality to help ensure the drive uses less power and runs at a cooler operating temperature. The product is based on WD's WhisperDrive technology, which combines seeking algorithms to make it one of the quietest drives in its category, according to the company. There's also IntelliSeek technology built-in, which proactively calculates an optimum seek speed to eliminate hasty movement of the actuator that produces noise and requires power. The actuator's movement is controlled so the head reaches the next target sector just in time to read the next piece of information, rather than rapidly accelerating and waiting for the drive rotation to catch up. According to the vendor, this reduces power usage by more than 60 per cent compared with standard drives and lowers vibration. Built-in ShockGuard technology, firmware and hardware advancements protect the drive's mechanics and platter surface. With PMR technology, the magnetisation of each data bit is aligned vertically to the spinning disk, rather than longitudinally. This enables more data on a given disk than is possible with conventional longitudinal recording, and provides a platform for future expansion of hard drive densities. Other features include spin speeds of up to 5400rpm and a 12ms access time. Available in capacities from 40GB up to 250GB, the drives feature a 2MB or 8MB cache. The machines are designed for a range of portable devices such as notebooks, external storage, digital media players, GPS and navigation systems. The 250GB WD Scorpio also comes with a three-year limited warranty and is compatible with Windows Vista. Distributed by Achieva Technology, Synnex, TodayTech and Westan. RRP: 250GB - $299 Web: www.westerndigital.com

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