Product News: the latest products for the week commencing October 3, 2007

Product News: the latest products for the week commencing October 3, 2007

Logitech VX Nano Mouse

According to the vendor, this cordless laser mouse features the world's smallest USB receiver. Due to the size of the USB, it is nearly flush with the notebook, and users no longer need to constantly plug and unplug it when moving from place to place. To maximise productivity, the VX Nano mouse features the MicroGear Precision Scroll Wheel. When the wheel is in hyper-fast scrolling mode, users can fl y through long documents with the flick of a finger. The mouse's Forward and Back buttons enable navigation of Web pages and documents, while a One-Touch search button allows users to instantly display results. A laser engine ensures smooth cursor control and precision tracking on any surface, and Logitech's 2.4GHz digital cordless technology provides a robust wireless connection.

Distributed by BJE Enterprises, Synnex and Ingram Micro.
RRP: $129

Apacer DDR2 667 CL4 SO DIMM

Pitched as a world's first, Apacer claims to have mastered a low latency memory module for notebooks. The DDR2 667MHz CL4 SO DIMM, is tailored for Santa Rosa, which is the latest notebook platform from Intel. Amid all DDR2 modules at 667MHz, modules using low-latency design can enhance the overall performance of notebooks. Santa Rosa comprises a Core 2 Duo processor, Intel 965GM/PM Express, which is 1.5 times faster than the Intel 945 chipset, and the 802.11n-supported 4965AGN wireless network chipset. The standard clock latency of conventional DDR2 667MHz modules is CL5, so Apacer reduced it to CL4 in order to enhance the overall module performance by means of the low-latency design. The device is available in two models - 512MB and 1GB.
Distributed by Bluechip Infotech
RRP: 1GB - $99, 2GB - $239

Targus Platinum 200 Edition

Crafted in black/silver ballistic nylon, the Platinum 200 Edition notebook case has been designed specifically to protect the latest widescreen notebooks with screens up to 13.3 inches. Padded dividers allow for the accommodation of smaller notebooks, along with a removable accessory pouch and internal pockets, including scratch-resistant CD/DVD sleeves, for media and mobile accessories. An accessory pocket within the front-flap handles any other items and additional quick access storage includes padded sleeves for disks and file storage. A hidden, zippered side-access pocket is capable of holding a mobile phone and more. The heavy-duty rubber tread around the edge of the case provides added protection as well as a durable front buckle closure keeps the notebook secure. Distributed by Ingram Micro, Dicker Data, BMS Technologies, Bluechip Infotech, Leader Computers and Express Online. RRP: $79.95 Web:

HP Pavilion Media Center m8190a

This device is ideal for gamers seeking quality performance capacity for video editing, digital content creation and processing in high-definition quality. It contains an Intel Core2 Quad processor, which powers through processor-intensive tasks in demanding multitasking environments. Users can capture and create professional home videos in high-definition; compress, share and store their videos, as well as share them using a removable HP Pocket Media Drive or HP Personal Media Drive. Boasting a large storage space of up to 500GB, the m8190a is built with Windows Vista Ultimate and Nvidia GeForce 8 series graphics card with HD-DVD1 and HDMI support. The device also includes the HP EasyClip, a monitor accessory that allows users to personalise their screens. It has a top positioned power button and front access to a 15-in-1 digital media reader, as well as a range of audio and video inputs.
Distributed by Ingram Micro, Cellnet, Synnex and Dicker Data.
RRP: $3150

Toshiba Portege R500

Toshiba claims it has introduced the world's lightest and thinnest notebook in its class. The vendor also claims it is the first notebook to use transreflective LED backlight technology for enhanced screen visibility. With a 12.1-inch display, the R500 weighs less than 1kg and is just 19.5mm thick. Even at these dimensions, it includes a 7mm DVD Super Multi drive and standard 6-cell Lithium Ion battery. Toshiba also claims it is the world's first notebook to leverage a Solid State Drive (SSD) in place of a mechanical hard drive with 64GB of storage. SSD is a storage device that uses NAND flash memory instead of magnetic media in order to offer a number of benefits over standard mechanical hard drives. It involves no mechanical parts, which means it can withstand temperatures, vibrations and shocks more effectively; no latency times to seek or access the drive providing performance enhancements for boot up and accessing of fi les; and greater power efficiency because there are no moving parts. Toshiba also says it has a faster boot up and read/write speeds that will improve the user experience of Windows Vista. Thanks to High Density Mounting Technology, the vendor has been able to shrink the size of the notebook's motherboard by 35 per cent, innovate a super-thin LCD screen and 7mm DVD SuperMulti drive, and reduce the weight of the notebook hinges. This process allows technologies to be included in the Portege R500 without adding additional weight. It can run for 12.5 hours on a single battery charge, according to Toshiba, for enhanced productivity. Engineered with the latest Intel Core2 Duo ULV processor, power saving thermal design and a highly energy efficient LED backlit display.
Distributed by Ingram Micro, Cellnet, Dicker Data and BMS Technology
RRP: from $3300

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