Product News: The latest products from Norton, AOC, NEC, Asus & Sage Pastel

Product News: The latest products from Norton, AOC, NEC, Asus & Sage Pastel

ARN reviews the latest products

Norton Antivirus 2009 GE

Norton’s AntiVirus 2009 Gaming Edition is a new offering designed specifically with the gaming community in mind. From protecting assets earned on massive multiplayer games to keeping malware at bay, Norton AntiVirus 2009 Gaming Edition is fast and light on system resources without compromising the gaming experience, the vendor claims. New Gamer Mode keeps users protected while suspending updates, alerts and other background activities when they’re running games. It is automatically enabled when a user’s system is in full screen mode, or can be manually enabled. The software suite’s smart scheduling feature then holds resource intensive actions, such as system scans, for when the computer is idle. There’s also a resource usage table to show users what actions have been taken and how long it took to complete them. This performance driven release installs in under a minute, uses less than 6MB memory, adds less than one second to boot time and averages scans in less than 35 seconds.

Distributed by: Ingram Micro and Express Data.

RRP: $50


AOC Zifas 2218Ph LCD monitor

This 22-inch monitor has a Z-shaped stand which can fold almost completely fl at and be used as an extensible wall mount. The contoured glossy screen can also be pivoted to portrait orientation. Aimed at professional users or gamers, the 2218Ph has a dynamic contrast ratio (DCR) of 12,000:1 and a fast reaction time of 2ms for pin-sharp images with no motion blur. The HDMI inputs allow users to connect to other electronics products such as a DVD player. The colourful on-screen display menu enhances the monitor to look even more appealing, according to AOC. It also has VGA inputs. The monitor comes with i-menu software that enables users to adjust settings with the mouse, and is HDCP Ready to allow users to watch digital content legally and ensure high-definition images are displayed without distortion. The 2218Ph also has a Picture Boost feature. This allows users to highlight a window anywhere as desired and adjust the colour in the highlighted zone.

Distributed by: TodayTech and Compucon.

RRP: $439


NEC MultiSync LCD 3215

The 32-inch MultiSync LCD 3215 has been developed for the digital signage sector. It is based on S-IPS panel technology for improving the accuracy of the image, and provides high reliability and longevity, the vendor claims. Aimed as a lowcost entry model for professional public displays, the MultiSync LCD 3215 has DVI support with HDCP, and protects against over-heating with user-controlled cooling fans. Particularly suited to standard digital signage applications, the new NEC display is designed as a reliable and flexible option for use in bars, small retail premises or in presentation locations, as well as in hotel lobbies and clinic waiting rooms. The large format LCD display is equipped with protective glass compatibility, RS232 compatibility with existing NEC public displays, and Tile Matrix function. The 3215 has a response time of 9ms and optimum resolution of 1360 x 768 at 60Hz. NEC has also released the LCD4215 – a higher end model with more advanced features.

Distributed by: NEC.

RRP: $1634


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