PC Solutions Briefs: Elantra, CHA, E-Fone

PC Solutions Briefs: Elantra, CHA, E-Fone

Elantra announces CMS backup

Newly launched distributor Elantra has released a CMS Peripherals line of automatic backup systems (ABS) for notebooks and desktops.

The unit initiates systems backup each time it is plugged in to the desktop or notebook. The ABS comes with an "Automatic Launcher" which monitors the connection of the ABS unit before the backup is initiated. Users can also password protect their data, or transfer it between their laptop and PC using a USB to PCMCIA converter.

The USB ABS comes in sizes from 6GB to 25GB. The desktop system has the increased capacity needed to back up a small office of several machines, from 13GB to 27GB at up to 1.5Mbps.

Available now, the Automatic Backup System comes in capacities of 6GB, 12GB 18GB, and 25GB for the notebook as well as 13GB and 27GB capacities for the desktop. Estimated retail prices start at $725.

CHA leads Acer charge

Acer notebooks are proving a lucrative market for national distributor CHA, which has doubled sales of the vendor's TravelMate series since February.

CHA has been targeting the value-conscious segment, according to the company.

"Our marketing of the HDA screen Acer TravelMate notebook in particular, with its affordable price point, bundled with additional free memory and a carry case, has found a ready market through our resellers," explained Roger Bushell, director of CHA.

Patrick Lin, managing director of Acer Computer Australia, said the company had experienced a marked increase in channel sales nationally since early this year.www.cha.netE-Fone rings for NetlineNetline Technologies, the local company that developed phone-managed e-mail, has announced a deal with Hong Kong-based infrastructure provider Outblaze as part of the company's move into the Asian market.

In a deal hatched last month during the Internet World 2000 conference in Sydney, Outblaze will operate e-mail services based on Netline's E-Fone technology.

The E-Fone service uses locally developed text-to-speech technology to deliver e-mail content to registered users over the phone.

Mark Fortunatow, Netline's chief executive officer, said the company had a tough time finding an Australian company that could meet the growth demand for the new portal.

Outblaze, which is backed by Richard Li's Pacific Century Cyberworks, currently provides technology for over 45,000 Internet portals.

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