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Product News: The latest products for the week commencing 16th July, 2008

Product News: The latest products for the week commencing 16th July, 2008

ARN reviews the latest products

Acer Aspire One Netbook

The Aspire One is Acer's first Netbook, or mini-laptop. Powered by Intel Atom processor technology, it features an 8.9-inch screen, weighs less than 1kg and is 24 x 17cm in size. Acer claims the Aspire One has a battery life of up to seven hours. Its OneMail application integrates up to five email accounts into one central inbox and allows users to have multiple instant messenger accounts via a single point of access. The 8.9-inch screen uses CrystalBrite LED backlit display technology and has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. A CrystalEye Web cam and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi are built-in so users can access available wireless networks. Users can choose either NAND flash memory storage of 8GB or an 80GB internal hard drive. The Aspire One reads five different types of memory card - SD, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro and xD-Picture Card - and comes with either Linpus Linux Lite or Windows XP Home installer and 512MB or 1.5MB of memory respectively. The mini-laptop is available in blue, white, pink and brown.

Distributed by: Bluechip Infotech, Cellnet, Ingram Micro, Express Online and CompuWholesale

RRP: from $599

Web: www.acer.com.au


Polycom SoundPoint 670

This desktop SIP phone has a high-performance colour display to provide professionals with an interface for navigation of phone functions and productivity enhancing applications, according to Polycom. The SoundPoint IP 670 offers HD Voice technology and gigabit Ethernet (GigE) connectivity. It supports six lines and includes SIP features and capabilities such as support for shared lines, text messaging and buddy presence monitoring, and features a colour expansion module. When equipped with up to three colour expansion modules, the handset delivers an attendant console solution for call attendants and administrative assistants. The vendor claims this solution significantly increases the call handling capability of the phone and enables attendants to better manage incoming calls by being able to view presence status without having to be in front of a PC. The 670 has 14 default colour background displays for phone personalisation. Additional customised backgrounds, such as a company logo, can be added. The phone also includes an integrated XHTML micro-browser that allows users to take advantage of Web-based applications and provides a platform for the vendor's Polycom Productivity Suite.

Distributed by: Westcon Group and Unitel

RRP: $623

Web: www.polycom.com


Toshiba Regza 26AV500

The 26AV500 is part of a new range of Toshiba flat panel LCD screens featuring its Meta Brain Pro technology for producing realistic, smoother and clearer pictures. The AV500 series gives users a high-definition (HD) experience with an integrated tuner, which is ideal for watching Australia's latest digitally broadcast channels, the vendor claims. Expanding on Toshiba's Regza television range, these new LCDs incorporate a host of technologies that aim to make images appear more natural and life-like such as DynaLight, Toshiba's dynamic backlighting function for improving black levels in dark scenes. The screens also utilise Cinespeed which, with increased LCD response times, decreases blurriness and delivers cleaner, high-action home theatre pictures, according to Toshiba. The 26AV500 is the vendor's entry-level 26-inch screen. There are also 32-inch, 37-inch and 42-inch models in the series. All have a range of inputs including two HDMI ports, two composite connections, component video and S-video, as well as a PC input for consumers to use the TV as a monitor.

Distributed by: Retail only

RRP from $999 (26-inch screen)

Web: www.toshiba.com.au


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