United Electrical Engineering
United Electrical Engineering has announced extended warranties for notebooks for up to three years, covering all parts and labour. UE's warranty include cover for LCDs (typically excluded from manufacturer warranties) and every component except the battery for the entire life of the warranty. UE operates on a return-to-base system (the central workshop is in Sydney) and all costs associated with the repair are borne by UE. This includes parts, labour, courier costs, transit insurance and provision of an aluminium transit case to transport the notebook to the workshop and back to the customer.
United Electrical Engineering: 1300 661 888.www.unitedelectrical.com.au.
The Swann EzyHub provides additional USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports so you can connect extra devices to your computer. It allows four, low to medium-bandwidth peripherals, including keyboards, mice, modems, scanners. The plug and play interface allows hot swapping and the small size fits any notebook or desktop with a USB. It retails for $39.95Swann Communications: (03) 9421 2600.www.swann.com.au.
Tired of the tangles with your modem cable extension and power pack cables? This retractable device allows you 2.7 meters of modem extension cable with a male-male connector to attach to your dongle, all in a non-tangle package about the same size as a cassette tape. It retails for $21.50.
Caprina 4 Port USB Hub. This handy little device allows you to plug in up to four devices using only one USB port on your computer. When not in use it can store away in your PCMCIA slot. It retails for $43.00Connetics: (02) 8339 1222.www.caprina.com.au.
Standard Technical Merchandise
The Alley laptop tote is a slim shoulder bag divided into two main sections protected with high-density padding. It features a removable and adjustable padded strap, a secure velcro closure system, mesh pockets for documents and cables, and an exterior phone pouch. The Alley comes in two sizes to fit most laptops: regular (33x25x10cm) and large (36x31x10cm). Colours available are carbon, olive, chocolate and steel. It retails for $77 (regular) and $86 (large).
Standard Technical Merchandise: 0414 305 440.www.standardtm.com.au.
Apple's new DVI to ADC Adaptor enables customers to use Apple's award-winning line-up of all-digital, flat-panel displays, with the new PowerBook G4 via its integrated Digital Visual Interface (DVI) port. The Apple DVI to ADC Adaptor also provides the ability to add a second Apple flat-panel display to selected Power Mac G4 configurations, including models with the new NVIDIA GeForce 4 Titanium graphics processor. The DVI to ADC Adaptor retails for $ 319; the Titanium PowerBook G4's start from $5,795.
Apple: 13 3622.
The Excel ECO 731 series is designed for corporate or home users, the ECO 731 comes with an Intel P4 processor, 128MB DDR memory, 20GB hard disk drive, and 14/15 inch TFT LCD display, suitable for all kinds of corporate or home users. The built-in I/O ports allow users to broaden the integrated modem, LAN, IrDA, USB, and Firewire(IEEE1394). It is compatible with Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP. It retails from $2,699.
The Excel 5600 notebook series is perfect for personal entertainment use. It has an Intel P4 2GHz processing power together with 256MB DDR memory, 64MB ATI M-P7 graphic accelerator, 20GB hard disk drive and a beautiful 1200x1050 resolution 15-inch TFT LCD display. It is ideal for the gamers, power users and performance seekers. It retails from $3,599.
Protac: (02) 8748 8833.
The Compulock AM8 is a steel leash with a high-quality barrel lock that fits onto the notebook's security receptacle on one end and anchors to an immovable object via a loop on the other. The lock rotates 360 degrees at both terminals and can be used to secure LCD-monitors, data-projectors and even desktop computers such as the new i-Mac, all of which have security receptacles suitable for the AM8 notebook Compulock. AM8 retails for $79.95 (each unit has different key); AM8M for $99.95 (includes a MasterKey which opens all locks); AM0013 for $14.00 (optional easy fit Desk Steel Anchor Plate if no suitable anchor point exists).
Distributed by Compulock: 02 9519 2881.