Product News: The latest products for the week commencing 10th September 2008

Product News: The latest products for the week commencing 10th September 2008

ARN reviews the latest products

Iomega ScreenPlay HD

The slim ScreenPlay HD Multimedia Drive 500GB weighs 907g, measures 196 x 58 x 127mm and is designed for home environments. Inside is a 500GB, 3.5-inch 7200rpm hard drive formatted with the NTFS file system. Video connection options include HDMI, component and composite video and SCART (RGB). Using the HDMI or component outputs, users can choose video settings from 480i/480p/720p/1080i (720p and 1080i are achieved through upscaling). Audio connection options include composite RCA and coaxial S/PDIF outputs. The drive connects to a PC via USB and comes with USB, composite video and component video cables. Supported media formats include MP3, AC3 (Dolby Digital Encoding), WAV, WMA, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (AVI/VOB), MPEG-4 (AVI/DiVX 3.11, 4.x, 5.x/XViD) and JPEG. The drive has been designed for use with the following PC operating systems: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, XP Home/XP Professional/XP Professional x64 and Windows Vista. The ScreenPlay HD Multimedia Drive features playlist manager software, allows users to playback music during slideshows and comes with a remote control for easy navigation.

Distributed by: Ingram Micro.

RRP: $269


Polycom RMX 1000

Aimed at small- and medium-sized organisations, the RMX 1000 media server has been optimised for the requirements of high-performance visual communication. Based on open standards, it enables multipoint video calls across different network environments and between different types of video devices, transcoding the various speeds and protocols to provide an optimal experience to each system based on the capabilities of the systems in a call. The RMX 1000 supports high-definition video and content sharing (H.239 using the highest quality H.264 compression). Polycom claims its built-in Siren 22 Stereo functionality also offers the benefits of both enhanced clarity (from 22kHz audio) and StereoSurround, which separates voices when multiple parties speak simultaneously. The RMX 1000 supports secure conferencing through AES media encryption and provides an optimal experience even on suboptimal networks with Polycom’s Lost Packet Recovery (LPR) technology, which minimises the damaging impact of network congestion and packet loss on the video call experience. The plug-and-play platform contains on-board capabilities for centralised management.

Distributed by: Unitel and Westan.

RRP: from $31,458


Fujitsu LifeBook S6420

Designed for power and mobility, Fujitsu claims this 13.3-inch widescreen laptop is ideal for professionals on the move. The unit features Intel Centrino 2 processor technology and a mobile Intel GM45 Express chipset for wireless communication, as well as a built-in 1.3 megapixel Web camera and dual stereo microphones. The LifeBook S6420 has a wide LCD display to improve the experience of watching VCDs/DVDs on the dual-layer DVD Super Multi writer or DVD/CD-RW combo drive. According to the vendor, the S6420 runs for up to five hours on its 6-cell Li-ion 5800mAh battery and offers extended battery life in the form of the new high capacity 2500mAh bay battery on stand-by. Users can see a range of performance status indicators regardless of whether the LCD panel is open or closed. The notebook also features an application panel with an ECO button to engage efficient power consumption mode. Security features include the Fujitsu 3D Shock Sensor, BIOS Lock, two-password Hard Disk Lock (only for corporate model), LifeBook Lock and an optional Trusted Platform Module (TPM).

Distributed by: Bluechip Infotech and Multimedia Technology.

RRP: $1999


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