Product News: <i>ARN</i> reviews the latest products for the week commencing June 13

Product News: <i>ARN</i> reviews the latest products for the week commencing June 13

Motion Computing LE1700

Motion's latest slate tablet PC offers feature-rich capabilities and is aimed at mobile professionals in vertical markets such as healthcare, government and hospitality. WriteTouch accepts input from the pad of a finger or digitised pen, but will not respond to other materials or objects. New technologies include a WriteTouch display option for dual-mode writing and touch-screen input, Wireless Wide Area Network integration, Microsoft Windows Vista operating system and Intel Core2 Duo mobile technology. Motion claims it is the first vendor to bring to market automatic switching between digitiser and touch input. Users simply double-tap their finger on the screen or hover the digitised pen to go from one mode to the other. It features up to 4GB of 667MHz memory with dual-channel memory support and fingerprint reader technology.

Distributed by DH Technology and J Mills.
RRP: Depends on configuration

Lexar ExpressCard SSD

Loaded with auto-backup software, this device is about half the size of current PC card solutions that feature a high-capacity removable solid state drive (SSD). According to the vendor, it aims to deliver high performance and lower cost modular expansion for notebooks. The embedded software allows users to protect their laptop computer files and data as well as automatically back it up without intervention after the initial set up has commenced. During the set up process users can set the folder and specific file types to be included or excluded from the backup process. The card can also support multiple computers by recognising the computer name and the appropriate backup setting for each. The ExpressCard is ideal for using with Windows Vista.
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RRP: 4GB - $199.95; 8GB - $329.95; 16GB - $549.95

HP Officejet Pro L7580 All-in-One

Promising low cost business printing, this machine is suitable for SOHO, micro and small organisations. The vendor claims it can deliver printing at up to 15 per cent lower cost per page (cpp) in colour and 10 per cent lower cpp in mono than other laser- based devices in its class. The new printer is also capable of meeting the world's fastest print speeds of up to 36ppm in black and up to 35ppm in colour (draft mode). Producing professional laser-quality documents is also quicker with speeds of up to 10ppm in colour and 12ppm in black. The machine uses high-capacity, low cost per page print cartridges with Vivera ink that is optimized for plain paper office printing. The L7580 can print up to 2450 pages black and 1700 pages colour on a single set of cartridges.
Distributed by Ingram Micro and Synnex.
RRP: $499

Sony Micro Vault Tiny

Available with 4GB capacity, this gadget doubles the storage space of its predecessors without altering its physical size. It weighs a mere 1.5g and is comparable to a SIM card. The tiny vault's maximum storage capacity allows users to store photos, videos, music and work files. With its built-in Virtual Expander technology, files can be dragged, dropped and compressed into the vault, and then decompressed when opened or removed from the device. It has a maximum reading transfer rate of 12Mbps and a writing rate of 7Mbps. The 4GB vault features a USB interface and is compatible with Windows XP, Windows 2000, Mac OS 9.0 and higher. It comes in bright purple and is available in other storage capacities, including 1GB in blue and 2GB in green.
Distributed by Ingram Micro.
RRP: 1GB - $89.95; 2GB - $199.95 and 4GB - $234.95

LifeView SkyChat

This instant VoIP box can be used to place and receive phone calls on a regular phone line as well as through Skype. According to the vendor, home users will be able to reap the benefits of Internet calling without having to give up their standard phone line. There are a raft of features, including call waiting, call on-hold, 3-way calling/conference calling between standard phone lines and Skype, call forwarding, and call recording. Incoming Skype contacts are displayed on the phone's caller ID. Users can also preset speed dial numbers for contacts. SkyChat options can be modified remotely through an interactive voice response system. The system is compatible with wired and wireless phones. SkyChat can be used from a mobile phone to make long distance or international calls over Skype; to forward Skype calls to another phone or mobile; to push regular phone calls to a Skype contact or another phone number via SkypeOut; and to remotely check messages left on SkyChat or voicemail. For those in a PBX environment who need to dial a number for an outside line, SkyChat can also make the call forwarding process automatic. Built-in call waiting functionality alerts users when an incoming call arrives whilst they are on the other line, and allows them to switch between calls. In addition, SkyChat features VoIP call holding and reminds users of a parked call by ringing later. SkyChat can be used as an answering machine to record messages for both regular and Skype calls. Phone conversations can be stored on a hard drive. The device is powered by a USB bus, eliminating the need for a bulky power adapter and reducing cable clutter. SkyChat offers echo-free, clear sound quality thanks to its built-in echo cancelling technology.
Distributed by GDB International.
RRP: $149.95

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