Product News: the latest products for the week commencing January 30, 2008

Product News: the latest products for the week commencing January 30, 2008

Epson EMP-TW2000

This projector is the direct successor to Epson's EMP-TW1000 model. The new unit features DeepBlack technology. Epson claims it produces richer and deeper blacks, a greater range of colours and tones, sharper images and a quieter and more efficient projector. The TW2000 has a 50,000:1 contrast ratio and an optical engine that uses three D7 Crystal Clear Fine LCD panels to display images in high-definition (1920 x 1080p). It has seven preset colour modes and is based on the x.v.Colour space standard, which is 1.8 times larger than the sRGB colour space used in previous Epson projectors. The TW2000 has a wide zoom range of 2.1x and two HDMI 1.3 input terminals. Epson's patented 170W E-TORL lamp is capable of projecting images at 1600 ANSI lumens. The projector and lamp come with a three-year warranty.

Distributed by Westan.
RRP: $4999

LaCie LaCinema Premiere

This USB hard disk drive has been optimised to operate with a TV for video, music and photo playback, according to LaCie. The unit holds up to 500GB worth of media or about 500 movies, 125,000 songs or 500,000 photos. Designed with HDTV screens in mind, the drive can adapt video content at up to 1080i resolution. The LaCinema is compatible with PAL and NTSC TVs, as well as Windows, Mac and Linux systems, and supports NTFS and FAT32 File Systems. It features an 8MB or greater cache, a rotational speed of 7200rpm, a friendly interface and remote control. The LaCinema works with USB 2.0 and the older USB 1.1 standard. A 750GB and 1TB version of the drive is also slated for release.
Distributed by Ingram Micro and Express Online.
RRP: $359

Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1

The Prelude 7.1 is an enthusiast-focused sound card designed for multimedia applications and games that uses Creative Lab's EAX sound card technology to deliver a 3D soundscape. The Prelude comes with Dolby Digital Live, allowing users to hook their PC or console to a Dolby Digital-equipped audio/video receiver or digital speaker system via a single digital connection. Auzen claims this eliminates the confusion of multiple cables and ensures integrity of the audio signal. X-Fi CMSS-3D technology transforms MP3s and digital movie soundtracks into surround sound over multichannel speakers, stereo speakers and headphones. Voices are centred in front of the user, while ambient sounds are moved all around. Users running Windows Vista (via OpenAL) can also take advantage of EAX Advanced HD sound effects. Other features include Crystalizer technology, which aims to restore detail and vibrancy to compressed music and movies.
Distributed by Mittoni.
RRP: $319

WD Scorpio

Western Digital's Scorpio is a 2.5-inch SATA 320GB hard drive designed for notebook computers and portable storage devices. The device is slim with a 9.5mm form factor and includes proprietary features to ensure the drive runs quietly at cool operating temperatures, WD said. The Scorpio has a 3Gbps transfer rate and features ShockGuard technology that combines firmware and hardware advancements to protect the drive mechanics and surface, making it suitable for shock tolerance specifications required for mobile and notebook applications. The Scorpio also features IntelliSeek technology. This calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration, according to WD. The drive rotates at 5400rpm, has 12ms access times and features an 8MB cache.
Distributed by Achieva, Synnex, TodayTech and Westan.
RRP: $299

BullGuard Internet Security 8.0

The latest version of BullGuard's security software suite comes with antivirus, anti-spyware, firewall and spam filter capabilities, as well as new backup and support technologies. Version 8.0 has a 5GB online backup drive for local media, as well as Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail and Thunderbird email clients. Users can transfer files to and from the online drive using a drag-and-drop interface, as well as schedule automatic backups. Backup is fully integrated with Windows Vista. The vendor's standard antivirus screens emails before they hit the user's inbox and checks files for viruses every time they are accessed. Antispyware searches and cleans files, registry keys and cookies. Other features include round-the-clock updating of the definitions database, as well as customisable firewall settings. BullGuard claims this can detect all types of hacker attacks and protect all kinds of network connectivity. It promises an email response time of one hour, with 24/7 personal assistance also available. Optional remote access capabilities have been added to Bullguard's support service. The software is available on a yearly subscription (for up to three PCs).
Distributed by Ingram Micro, Saratoga Distribution and Intellitron.
RRP: $89.95 per year

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