PC briefs: Next Byte, Toshiba, Inkjets

PC briefs: Next Byte, Toshiba, Inkjets

Next Byte eats crows

Apple reseller Next Byte has added yet another store to its national reach, with the opening of its new Adelaide outlet in the CBD. The launch coincides with Next Byte's "Beat the iMac price rise" promotion where customers can buy an iMac at its original price, despite a $200 hike, until stock runs out. Photoshop users will also be able to visit Next Byte at Adobe's national roadshows to launch Photoshop 7 OSX. It has been a big month in the Apple camp. Last week, Apple announced it bought FireWire technology design company Zayante for an undisclosed sum.

Toshiba pushes higher

Toshiba has moved its hard disk drive technology up one level with the unveiling of a new 2.5-inch drive that has the industry's highest capacity per platter. The new drive has an areal density of 48.8 gigabits of data per square inch of magnetic recording space. This translates into a storage capacity of 30 gigabytes of data on each 2.5-inch-diameter platter. The new drive has two platters for a total capacity of 60GB, and is around 25 per cent thinner and 50 per cent lighter than existing units. Toshiba plans mass production in late May. The manufacturer hopes to achieve an areal density of 100 gigabits per square inch before the end of 2003.

Inkjets win in January

Who said inkjets had seen better days? According to the latest figures from market analyst Inform, inkjet printer sales in January increased 11 per cent over the previous year. Data for the beginning of the year shows sales that were close to the highest ever figures recorded by the analyst and showed a marked improvement over 2001 and 2000. The overall printer market for January increased 2 per cent on last year. Unit sales in the corporate dealer channel increased 36 per cent on January 2001. But it was direct marketers that were the real winners in January, picking up a whopping 62 per cent over January 2001.

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