The P223W is one of a new range of LCD monitors from Acer. Designed for multimedia entertainment, the P223W has 2000:1 contrast ratio and 5ms response time. Users have the option of digital connectivity via a DVI-D port, while HDCP is also fully supported. The monitor features 16:10 cinematic ratio, ergonomic tilt adjustment and Acer's CrystalBrite Technology. It also uses Acer's eColor Management, which adapts the performance of the screen to suit the different situations a user might need the monitor for, the vendor said. User options include standard mode, text mode (best suited for reading documents or spreadsheets), graphics mode (optimised for colourful static images), or customizable settings to suit their desired viewing experience. The P193W and P223W can be bought separately, while the P191W and P221W come bundled with Acer desktops. The screens are available in 19-inch and 22-inch format.
Distributed by Bluechip Infotech, Ingram Micro, Cellnet, Compu Wholesale, HiTech Distribution and Express Online.
RRP: from $399
Western Digital My Book Studio Edition
Designed with video editing or other large multimedia products in mind, Western Digital's My Book Studio Edition features FireWire 800 and eSATA (3GBps) connectivity and automatic backup facilities to prevent data loss. The drive has a heat dissipating design and continually synchronises and encrypts data to remain up-to-date with the main computer. The My Book Studio Edition loads automatically the first time it is plugged in without the need for driver software. It turns itself on and off with the main computer, while Safe Shutdown technology prevents it from turning off until all data has been written. The drive is available in 500GB, 750GB and 1TB capacities.
Distributed by Simms International.
RRP: from $329.99
The MFC-9440CN is a network-ready colour laser machine best suited to small office environments. Features include colour scanning at up to 1200 x 2400dpi optical resolution, a 35-page auto document feeder capacity, a 300-sheet paper input capacity and an optional expandable 500-sheet tray. It houses a 33.6kbps modem and has 16 one-touch and 300 speed dial memory locations supported by 64MB memory. Brother claims the printer prints colour images as fast as monochrome due to single press engines, at a rate of 21 pages per minute. The MFC-9440CN has built-in Ethernet network connectivity. Users are also able to print or scan PDF or JPEG files from a USB fl ash memory drive or print directly from a PictBridge compatible digital camera from the printer's USB 2.0 interface.
Distributed by Cellnet, XiT, Express Online, Multimedia Technology, Printcom, Protac International, Leader Computers, RDT and Pioneer Computers.
The LapDesk can convert into a tilt stand with five adjustable angles to suit the needs of a wide range of people in a variety of situations. Targus claims the LapDesk works equally well at home, in the car or on a plane. The surface is non-skid and securely supports notebooks of all sizes. It is also designed to protect the user from heat generated from the notebook - an issue which can prevent users from being able to use their notebooks for extended periods of time. Targus claims the LapDesk design goes one step further to improve air circulation and make cooling a more efficient process. The LapDesk weighs 414g and folds to 28 x 29 x 1.5cm, allowing it to be carried in a standard case with the notebook.
Distributed by Ingram Micro, Dicker Data, BMS Technology, Leader Computers and Bluechip Infotech.
Mac OS X Server Leopard
Apple has released the newest version of its Mac OS X Server Leopard operating system. Version 10.5 introduces Podcast Producer, which allows users to automatically publish podcasts to iTunes or the Web. The software converts recorded content to a podcast optimised for playback on devices such as high-definition TV, iPods, Apple TV or multimedia-enabled mobile phones. According to Apple, Leopard Server has more than 250 new features including Wiki Server for collaboratively creating and modifying shared websites, and iCal Server, a commercial CalDAV standard-based calendar server. The software also includes new features for setting up, managing and monitoring systems on a network. Server Assistant configures server applications, network settings such as IP addresses and DNS confi gurations and user accounts. Server Preferences is designed to simplify user management, groups and key server applications, while a Server Status Dashboard widget remotely monitors activity and usage. Leopard Server is fully Unix compliant, and its core services, which include Apache 2, MySQL 5, Postfi x, Podcast Producer and QuickTime Streaming Server, are 32-bit compatible.
Distributed by Express Online and Simms International.
RRP: $598 - 10 client edition; $1199 - unlimited client edition