PC Solutions Briefs: LaCie, Lexmark, Fujitsu

PC Solutions Briefs: LaCie, Lexmark, Fujitsu

LaCie launches new PocketDrives

Storage developer and manufacturer LaCie has begun shipping its new PocketDrive portable data storage series in 10, 20 and 30GB capacities.

The drives are the first to include both FireWire and USB support, according to the company, allowing users to move data and video quickly between devices.

Designed primarily for the Macintosh market, the USB connectivity allows users to share data regardless of the operating system. On a FireWire connection, data is transferred at around 12MBps. Connected to a USB port, the transfer rate is around 750KBps. An AC adapter is required when using the PocketDrive on a USB connection and with some notebooks.

The drives are available to resellers for $1099, $1649 and $2199 respectively.www.lacie.comNew inkjet for LexmarkLexmark has introduced a new printer to its Z Colour Inkjet Series - the Z22.

The new printer carries a retail price of $159 and ships with a colour cartridge. Users can then purchase an optional black and white cartridge or photo cartridge for higher quality printing. The Z22 Colour Jetprinter has a resolution of up to 1200 x 1200dpi and features print speeds of up to 6.5 pages per minute in black and 3.5 ppm in colour, parallel and USB connectivity, and ink-level indicators. The printer will be available from January 2001.

Fujitsu gets mobile

Fujitsu has announced a new line of mobile hard drives at 10GBs per platter.

The MHM2xxxAT series includes drives with capacities for 10 and 20GB designed for notebooks. The drives feature a transfer rate of 28.7MBps and are available in a 2.5 inch format, with Ultra ATA/66 interface and buffer of 2MB. The drives are currently shipping to OEMs and distributors.

Mobile market mayhem

Mobile devices and handheld sales are set to skyrocket, according to latest figures from market research firm In-Stat Group.

Wireless data technology will spearhead the mobile charge as versatility increases and pricing decreases. In its report, Mobile Computing Devices: A New Era in Personal Computing, In-Stat forecasts palmtops will be the most popular products - sales will grow around 28 per cent annually to 2004.

"Wireless data communication is the key feature driving this explosive market," said In-Stat's e-business computing infrastructure analyst Robyn Bergeron.

The company predicts by 2004, more than 51 per cent of mobile computing devices shipped will be wireless enabled.

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