Product News: the latest news for the week commencing March 12, 2008

Product News: the latest news for the week commencing March 12, 2008

BiPAC 3012G USB Wireless Adaptor

Although many new notebooks have built-in wireless adaptors, users of older PCs and entry-level notebooks may need a wireless network adaptor to access current networks. The Billion BiPAC 3012G USB Wireless Adaptor provides quick wireless connectivity. It plugs into any USB port and complies with both 802.11g and 802.11b Wi-Fi standards, delivering a data transfer rate up to 54Mbps. The BiPAC 3012G features 64/128bit WEP ,WPA, WPA2, 802.1x and 802.11i encryption to protect the user's connectivity, and supports Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista, and Mac 10.3/10.4.

Distributed by PC Range, First International Trading, Westan, Hallmark Computer International, Infortech Distribution, Leader Computers, GoldenTek Distribution and Ynot Computer Systems.
RRP: $39.95

AVG Internet Security 8.0

AVG Internet Security 8.0 includes patent-pending Link-Scanner Web exploit protection that protects Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers against drive-by downloads from poisoned Web pages, and flags dangerous search results in Google, Yahoo and MSN search engines. Additionally, the product features a multi-threaded scanning engine, protection against rootkits and system intrusion, security for MSN and ICQ instant messaging, and detection of infected file downloads. The user interface has been redesigned, which AVG claims allows novices to benefit from out-of-the-box protection, while more advancers users have the ability to customise the product to suit their needs. Internet Security 8.0 features a new firewall, as well as updated antivirus, resident shield and anti-spam features.
Distributed by AVG.
RRP: $102 for a two-year, single user license

HP EVA4400

The HP StorageWorks 4400 Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA4400) is designed specifically for mid-size customers. It offers a combination of high performance and availability features, virtualisation capabilities and provisioning software that allows users to manage large amounts of data in a SAN environment. The EVA4400 features a dual-redundant hardware architecture that supports local and remote replication software. Storage provisioning is available with HP StorageWorks EVA Dynamic Capacity Management (DCM) software to help manage resources and improve productivity. The EVA4400 is designed for use with HP BladeSystem, ProLiant and Integrity servers. It features integrated management tools for easy management and deployment. Solution Blocks are available with the EVA4400 and include pre-tested "blueprint" solutions that combine server, storage and application components.
Distributed by Lynx Technologies, Ingram Micro, Avnet and Dicker Data.
RRP: from $25,111

Plantronics Voyager 855

The Voyager 855 is a mono-to-stereo convertible Bluetooth headset with AudioIQ DSP noise reduction technology for MP3 mobile phones. The unit features a detachable stereo cable so users can tailor the wearing style to their communication and entertainment preferences. The headset features a slide-to-talk boom, meaning that sliding the boom open connects the caller. The extended boom also houses a voice tube to position the microphone closer to the user's mouth for directional voice reception, ensuring maximum voice clarity and intelligibility. When the boom is slid back into its original position, the call ends and the user's music selection resumes play. The earbuds have been designed to be sound-isolating and form-fitting for comfort and clarity, and the unit is light, weighing 15g. The battery offers seven hours talk time, six hours listening time and 160 hours stand-by time from a single charge.
Distributed by Anyware and Roadhound Electronics.
RRP: $169

Lenovo Y710

The Lenovo Y710 is from the vendor's IdeaPad consumer notebook line. It features a Veriface Face Recognition function that allows users to use the camera embedded into the notebook to recognise their face as a log-in password, as well as the password to applications they designate. The Y710 features a 17-inch widescreen designed to appeal to people looking to run entertainment applications. Select models also include a second hot-swap hard drive that features Game Zone functionality. Game Zone includes enlarged directional buttons designed to enhance game play and four customisable buttons and a secondary display to show system information such as CPU speed. It includes a performance control switch with Turbo mode for maximised CPU power, and Quiet mode for energy savings. The entry-level IdeaPad Y710 includes a number pad instead of the Game Zone. The Y710 features Dolby Home Theatre, which delivers surround sound through the notebook's four speakers and subwoofer. Lenovo's Multimedia Control Centre is designed to provide users with easy-to-use software for movies, photos and music. A Blu-ray DVD reader can be built into the notebook, which also features 802.11a/g/n as well as Bluetooth wireless connectivity. The Y710 features an Intel processor up to Core 2 Duo T9300 speed, 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD2600 video graphics card and hard drive capacity of up to 500GB. It weighs 3.58kg, including a six-cell battery that powers the notebook for up to four hours on a single charge, according to Lenovo.
Distributed by Synnex.
RRP: from $2499

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