Product News: The latest products for the week commencing 3rd September, 2008

Product News: The latest products for the week commencing 3rd September, 2008

ARN reviews the latest products

Kingmax Super Stick

Kingmax claims the Super Stick is a USB flash drive designed for those who want to transport personal files easily and securely. The device adopts the vendor’s patented PIP technology to make it more reliable and is waterproof, pressure resistant and hardened against high and low temperatures (+100°C to -40°C). All Kingmax Super Stick USB flash drives have been certified by Microsoft to support Vista ReadyBoost. When used with PCs and notebooks running on Microsoft’s Vista operating system, it can effectively improve performance between 30 and 40 per cent, the vendor claims. The Super Stick series is certified to CE and FCC standards, complies with RoSH, is Halogens free and follows PFOS/PFOA directives. The Super Stick package comes with a ‘jelly doll’ pocket for storage and protection, as well as a mobile hanger string. Users can tie the jelly doll pocket to their mobile devices as an accessory. This means data can be saved and loaded at any time, like a movable mini-database. The Kingmax Super Stick series is available in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities and has a global lifetime warranty.

Distributed by: Protac.

RRP: 1G - $15; 2G - $19; 4G - $29; 8G - $49


Samsung CLP-310

The latest unit in the CLP-300 printer series, Samsung claims the CLP-310 is a quality colour laser printer that produces vivid colour reproduction with a crisp, sharp finish. Its compact design (388 x 313 x 243mm) and quiet operation are aimed at home or small office users with limited space. Available in a choice of two colours – sleek black or two-tone grey – the CLP-310 aims to provide noiseless operation with Samsung’s NO-NOIS technology, which delivers low noise levels at 46 decibels (equivalent to a library). The printer can print up to 16ppm in mono and 4ppm in colour at a maximum resolution of 2400 x 600 dpi. It has a 150-sheet paper input and claims a first print out time of 12 seconds for mono, or 26 seconds for colour. The printer also features USB 2.0 for connectivity and has 32MB on-board memory. Two other models in the series are available: The CLP-315, and the CLP-315W, which also features 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11b wireless LAN connectivity.

Distributed by: Ingram Micro, Westan, Altech, TodayTech, Cellnet, Worlds Best Technologies, TopStar, XiT, Leading Pacific, Unlimited, Daitronics, J Mills and JLC.

RRP: CLP-310 - $269; CLP-315 - $260; CLP-315W – TBC


WD VelociRaptor SATA drive

The WD VelociRaptor 10,000rpm enterprise SATA hard drive is built in an enterprise-class 2.5-inch form factor for blade servers and 1U and 2U rack servers. The newest drive from WD has been designed for business-critical applications with enterprise-class mechanics and offers up to 300GB of capacity for small form factor bays while consuming 35 per cent less power than the previous generation WD Raptor drive, the vendor claims. The new 2.5-inch hard drives are designed and manufactured to enterprise-class standards to provide high reliability in high duty cycle environments, resulting in 1.4 million hours MTBF – the highest available reliability rating of any SATA drive, WD claims. Features include Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) technology that optimises performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis, as well as NoTouch ramp load technology to prevent the recording head from touching the disk media. This ensures significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit, according to WD.

Distributed by: Achieva, Synnex, TodayTech and Westan.

RRP: $389


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