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PRODUCTS: Latest from HP, Acer, BenQ, WD, Hitachi GST, OpenText, SolarWinds, Websense, Trend Micro, and Webroot

PRODUCTS: Latest from HP, Acer, BenQ, WD, Hitachi GST, OpenText, SolarWinds, Websense, Trend Micro, and Webroot

Product releases including: an ultrabook, 3D projector, storage solutions, and analysis and monitoring solutions

HP’s glass-coated Envy Spectre ultrabook

Technology provider, HP has extended its ultrabook arsenal with the addition of the Envy Spectre.

The key design feature of the product is the lightweight, scratch-resistant glass on the lid, display, palmrest and ImagePad.

Powered by Intel Core processors, the product includes 128GB of mSata SSD storage, Intel Rapid Technology for accelerated boot and resume times, and measures in at 22mm in thickness with a weight of less than 1.8-kilos.

It also offers a high definition HP Radiance Display, backlit keyboard with dedicated LEDs, advanced proximity sensor which senses a user’s presence and operates accordingly.

The ultrabook is equipped with audio-grade speaker mesh and Beats Audio technology developed by HP and Beats by Dr. Dre. It includes an aluminium analogue volume dial that acts as a visual design cue and works with Beats Audio Manager for audio level adjustment. The device also has wireless audio capabilities.

HP-exclusive features include Hp CoolSense technology, ImagePad, and TrueVision HD webcam.

For connectivity, the Spectre allows Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, HDMI, and Mini DisplayPort input and output options.

Bundled with the device are full versions of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Premiere Elements 10, two years of preinstalled Norton Internet Security, as well as dedicated HP Envy support.

HP Envy Spectre will be available from the end of February, 2012, with an approximate RRP of $1899 through HP’s online store, JB Hi-Fi, and Harvey Norman. Select retail partners are offering free Beats headphones with purchases.


Acer adds to portable projection arsenal

Technology vendor, Acer has expanded its portable projector range with the addition of the K330.

Built to serve as a business projector, the K330 operates at 500 ANSI lumens, offering a WXGA 1280x800 resolution and 4000:1 contrast ratio.

It is also Acer’s first LED DLP 3D-ready projector, allowing it to be paired with a computer that has 120Hz output, 3D software and glasses, for a three dimensional experience.

Additionally, it features Dynamic Black technology which adjusts dark scenes to appropriate black levels while maintaining brightness.

K330 projects from its built-in 2GB SD Card and USB multimedia readers, utilising its ‘Presentation To Go’ function for access of files from the projector.

In terms of connectivity, it is equipped with two connectors for multiple-PC source input with VGA and HDMI, as well as mini-USB and two mini plug jacks for AV input and audio out. The device is also compatible with wireless USB dongles.

When used in ExtremeEco mode, K330 promises up to 70 per cent power consumption reduction.

The product’s exterior features a grey and white colour scheme, measuring in at 218x168mm, and weighing in at 1.24kg.

Acer’s K330 is now available for $1059. Australian distributors include Ingram Micro, Bluechip Infotech, and Synnex.


BenQ enters 3D with home cinema projector

Digital lifestyle device provider, BenQ has entered the 3D market with the release of its home cinema W7000 projector.

The DLP Link-powered 1080p 3D device offers Rec. 709 colour gamut, 2000 ANSI lumen brightness, a 50,000 to one contrast ratio, and BrilliantColour and VIDI technology. Additionally, it features a HDMI 1.4a connectivity option.

BenQ Australia general manager, Chee Chung, said, “The W7000 requires no additional emitters or transmission devices and provides full immersive 3D enjoyment.”

With BenQ’s unique colour management system, including the independent 3D colour control and preset mode and user mode adjustment, viewers are able to fine-tune hues, contrast, brightness, colour temperature, gamma and white balance levels to match their preferences.

The product will be available in late February for $3799.


WD network storage solution for SMBs

Digital storage solutions developer, Western Digital has unveiled a new network storage solution designed to meet the demands of SMBs.

Sentinel DX4000, acting as an on-premise cloud storage solution, is centralised shared storage and automatic server-based backup and restore for up to 25 network devices. It includes Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials operation system software, alongside the Intel D525 Dual Core Atom CPU.

WD SMB solutions group vice-president of marketing, Thomas Gallivan, said, “The ability to have centralised storage that is both on-premise and offers secure remote access provides a small business owner and employees the flexibility needed for today’s mobile lifestyle.”

Intel datacentre and connected systems group general manager, David Tuhy, said, “Intel is working closely with…Western Digital to provide the technology that is at the core of these storage solutions and provide SMBs a platform to manage, organise and secure their data to ensure business continuity.”

Available in 4TB and 8TB capacities, the Sentinel DX4000 utilises WD Guardian Services, promising five levels of data protection: it comes preconfigured with enterprise-class drives, RAID storage protection, built-in server based backup and recovery software, redundant networking ports and a redundant power option.

Sentinel is compatible with Microsoft XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, as well as Mac OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard for file sharing among Windows, Mac, and Unix/Linux operating systems.

WD is also offering its Guardian Services to DX4000 customers, with free technical support for 30 days from the time of the first call. Additionally, customers may upgrade to Guardian Express, Pro, and Extended Care services.

The solution is available for: 4TB - $1499.99; 8TB - $2199.99.


Hitachi GST adds to storage solutions

Storage solutions provider, Hitachi GST has made four additions to its arsenal, including the 4TB Deskstar 7K4000 and 4K4000 hard drives (HDDs), and 4TB Touro Desk and 1TB Touro mobile external HDDs.

Hitachi GST’s Deskstar 7K4000 drive operates at 7200 RPM and offers a 64MB cache buffer. 5K4000 is less powerful with a 32MB cache buffer, although is built with CoolpSin technology. Both contain a 6Gbps SATA interface.

Each drive is equipped with a software download that enables compatibility with 32 and 64-bit Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X and Linux systems.

Designed with a black, textured body, the Touro Desk external drive houses a Deskstar 5K4000 hard drive, offering plug and play functionality with USB 3.0 capabilities. Compatible with both PC and Mac, it is available in 1-4TB capacities.

The mobile-centric portable 1TB Touro Mobile external is USB 3.0 bus-powered, and features the Travelstar 5K1000 HDD. It includes a 6Gbps SATA interface, delivering 5400 RPM.

As a bonus for customers, Hitachi GST is offering 3Gb of cloud storage free of charge with purchases of the Touro Desk and Mobile products.

The 4TB 7K4000 is now available for $399.99, with the 4TB 5K4000 scheduled for the second quarter of 2012 for $379.99.

Touro Desk is now available for $319 for the 4TB capacitiy, with the 1TB Touro Mobile scheduled to ship in March, 2012, for $159.


OpenText’s document digitisation solution

Business solutions provider, OpenText has unveiled its Capture software solution for Microsoft SharePoint.

The solution allows the capture, digitisation and indexing of paper documents, forms, and faxes for migration into SharePoint to reduce dependence on paper-based processes through electronic content for corporate workflows.

Capture for SharePoint supports a variety of capture scenarios including ad-hoc or desktop scanning, high-volume batch and distributed scanning, and full-text capture servers.

With Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR), captured documents are converted to searchable digital documents.


SolarWinds offers free evaluation solution

Management software provider, SolarWinds has released its Event Log Consolidator, free of charge.

The solution offers near real-time evaluation of event logs for monitoring of Windows systems issues.

It allows administrators to monitor, consolidate, or dismiss event logs and correlate issues through one location. Logs from multiple systems can also be compared side-by-side.

Additionally, the consolidator enables custom filter and alert set-ups which operate through pop-ups in the OS system tray.

SolarWinds Event Log Consolidator is available through the company’s website.


Websense X10G scalable modular chassis

The Websense X10G is a scalable modular chassis with critical real-time data-aware contextual defences, which are applied to all inbound and outbound requests, and that defend against advanced malware and prevent intellectual property theft.

The solution operates on the Websense Triton architecture to correlate unified security intelligence in real time for multiple classifiers such as security, data, and content for all requests.

X10G supports up to 16 blades, with the ability to scale from 10,000 to 100,000 users per chassis.

It also allows IT administrators to set policies once across platforms and provides a ‘single pane of glass’ for management and reporting.

Websense president, John McCormack, said, “The X10G is targeted to address the unique security needs of large enterprises and service providers with its performance, linear scalability, and aggressive real-time security.”

“The Triton architecture gives you the unique choice to deploy on-premise appliances and leverage cloud security services to protect against the latest threats and keep confidential data safe.”

Both the X10G and Triton architecture include Websense support services.


Trend Micro mobile app analysis solution

Cloud security solutions provider, Trend Micro has developed a solution that has the capacity to scan over 5000 apps daily for a series of issues.

The Mobile App Reputation identifies, analyses, and rates mobile applications for issues that could include malware, potential theft of private data and system resource abuse including battery, memory, and bandwidth.

Operating similar to Google’s Bouncer Service which focuses on malware detection in the Android Market, Mobile App Reputation analyses additional mobile attributes and works with third party apps.

Trend Micro research identified over 1000 malicious Android apps in 2011, growing at a rate of 60 per cent month-over-month. The company estimates that the number of malicious Android apps will grow to more than 120,000 in 2012.

Trend Micro CTO, Raimund Genes, said, “The flexible nature of this technology allows for many possibilities both now and in the future. Potential third party app market and product integrations are just some of the short-term initiatives we are working on.

Initially scanning Android and Symbian applications, the technology will continue to add scanning of additional platforms over time.

“We currently track and monitor over 250,000 applications, and have capacity to add another 5000 per day as new apps and app updates are released.”

“Our intent is to be able to provide the largest and fastest source of critical information to secure and enhance the mobile ecosystem,” added Genes.


Webroot shifts endpoint protection economic model

Internet security as a service provider, Webroot has announced its SecureAnywhere Business – Endpoint Protection solution.

The product shifts the economic model for endpoint protection by eliminating the need to IT managers to use resources and lose user productivity due to intrusive scans and consitnuous signature updating, patching, and reimaging.

Key features of the product include:

  • Behaviour-based threat analysis to minimise the window of vulnerability.
  • Webroot Intelligence Network, a cloud-based infrastructure that delivers a faster response to new threats.
  • Offline protection for machines, whether in or outside the corporate firewall.
  • Cloud-based firewall which augments the Microsoft Windows firewall and protects against ‘phone home’ attacks and ensures only policy-approved applications communicate with the network.
  • Identity and privacy shield to harden the OS and browser for intellectual property loss prevention.

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