What's New: the latest products for the week commencing January 23, 2008

What's New: the latest products for the week commencing January 23, 2008

Mio DigiWalker A702

The A702 is a handheld device combining the functionality of a PDA, GPS and 3.2 megapixel camera with basic phone features. It comes with Windows Mobile 6 Professional installed, Sensis WhereIs R14 mapping software with 500,000 points of interest, a dedicated media processor for video and audio applications, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as a sensitive 20-channel SiRFstarIII GPD chipset receiver. Mio claims its GPS functionality is fast and reliable, with quick position technology improving GPS start-up times and giving turn by turn directions, along with visualized directions and detailed maps. It also highlights restaurants, bars and petrol stations. The A702 comes with a keyboard function to allow users the choice between letter recognition and using the keyboard with the stylus. The camera includes autofocus and has a built-in LED flash.

Distributed by Synnex and Brightpoint.
RRP: $899

Linksys Skype Phone CIT400

The CIT400 is an iPhone Dual-Mode Internet telephony kit with Skype. The dual-mode wireless handset and base station package allows users to make calls to Skype users over the Internet without the need for a computer. They can also place telephone calls over an existing standard telephone line. The CIT400 iPhone embeds the popular Skype communications client into a cordless phone base station that is attached directly to the home network via Ethernet. Features include 2-in-1 Wireless DECT handset for Skype and standard telephone line, route calls between Skype or standard telephone line (PSTN), expandable capacity for up to four handsets with a single base station, hands-free speaker phone option, polyphonic MIDI ringer melodies on handset, 120 hours standby time, and 10 hours talktime voice encryption to improve security and automatic updates on the Skype client.
Distributed by Express Data, Ingram Micro, LAN Systems and Multimedia Technology.
RRP: $239.95

HP iPaq 312 Travel Companion

One of the most recent additions to the HP iPaq range, the 312 is designed as a personal navigator and travel entertainment unit. It features high-definition 3D navigation, and uses a 4.3-inch WVGA display that HP claims has resolution equivalent to full DVD-quality video. The iPaq 312 Travel Companion also comes with an HP-exclusive interface designed for fast and simple navigation. An online Web planning portal assists in tailoring travel itineraries and researching destination information. Users can also connect to a Bluetooth phone and talk hands-free. The Travel Companion plays MP3s and videos and displays photos. It comes with pre-installed games and local Australian maps out of the box.
Distributed by Ingram Micro and Cellnet.
RRP: $499

Toshiba Portege R500

This lightweight full-function notebook is designed to maximize mobility and features an extended battery life. Weighing about 1kg, the Portege R500 uses a Solid State Drive (SSD) instead of a mechanical hard drive. This means the R500 is more capable of withstanding temperature changes, vibrations and shocks. It also makes the battery more efficient. Toshiba claims the Portege has a 12.5-hour battery life. A trans-reflective LED backlit display to improve visibility outdoors makes this PC an attractive option for highly mobile users. The notebook has been put through a 75cm drop test and liquid submergence test to demonstrate strength and durability. It has EasyGuard technology, which includes security, system protection and connectivity functions.
Distributed by Ingram Micro, Dicker Data and Cellnet.
RRP: from $3300

Fujitsu LifeBook U1010 3.5G

The Fujitsu LifeBook U1010 3.5G weighs just over 600g and has a 5.9-inch LCD screen, which hosts twin 3.5G aerials to connect to HSDCPA networks. Its embedded 3.5G WWAN connectivity offers a 3.6Mbps download link, and supports tri-band UMTS (HDSOA) at 850/1900/2100MHz, as well as quad band EDGE/GPRS/GSM at 850/900/1800/1900MHz. The Palm Resistance touchscreen allows the users to navigate or browse the Internet using their fingers or a stylus. The LifeBook has a 40GB hard disk, 1GB DDR2 400MHz memory and a three-hour battery. The tablet comes with Windows Vista Home Premium installed and has several security features such as a fingerprint scanner. Other features include USB port, Bluetooth 2.0 capabilities and an integrated camera.
Distributed by Bluechip Infotech and Multimedia Technology.
RRP: $1999

WiBrain B1E

This ultramobile PC has a 30GB PATA hard drive and a VIA C7M ULV 1.2 GHz + VX700 processor. The B1E has 512MB of DDR2 memory and comes equipped with 802.11 b/g WLAN and Bluetooth 2.0 networking options. Users can navigate either by using the 4.8-inch WSVGA touchscreen or the touchpad with scrolling capacity. The B1E has a 50 thumb key QWERTY keyboard, two integrated channel stereo speakers, a USB 2.0 port, Web cam, microphone jack and can run Windows XP Home. WiBrain claims the standard four cell battery can run for four hours. There is also an extended six cell lithium ion battery available.
Distributed by Tegatech.
RRP: $1299

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