OUT OF THE BOX, New products

OUT OF THE BOX, New products

Auslinx's Tassie Devil

Auslinx's new modem, the Tasmanian Devil IS, doesn't require a Windows operating system to run.

The modem, which runs using DOS, Linux and Unix in addition to Windows, features a 56Kbps internal voice and hands-free speakphone and headset, making it suitable for video conferencing.

The modem supports high-speed data, high-speed fax, and Audiospan (SAVD), allowing normally cumbersome graphics, sound and video files to download almost twice as fast of current 336Kbps connections.

Auslinx has designed the modem to bridge the gap between analog transmission rates and digital communications without users having to make substantial investments in digital technology. The external modem retails for $209, while the internal Devil is priced at $179.

Canon gets fax straight

Canon has launched a full colour desktop fax machine which doesn't require a PC to run.

Aimed at the small-to-medium business market, the MultiPASS C70 is priced at $799 and works as a stand-alone bubblejet fax that can send and receive in full colour to another colour fax. It offers plain paper colour faxing, printing, copying, scanning and telephone capabilities.

Users can either work from the front panel or from a Windows PC. Canon has included the MultiPASS suite, a Windows application that allows users to send, receive and store faxes, automatically add cover sheets and store scanned images.

Users can use a Desktop Manager to maintain an address book and transmit faxes in off-peak periods. The fax is available from Canon dealers and selected retail stores and comes with a 12-month warranty.

Toshiba puts Satellite into orbit

Toshiba has released its Satellite 2710XDVD notebook, one of three new releases in the company's notebook range.

Aimed at the home office equipment market, the unit features a Pentium III 500MHz processor, 64MB and a 6GB hard drive, as well as a 14.1 inch display, DVD player and CD and floppy disk drive.

"The deep blue casing is proving popular - we've maintained the traditional Toshiba feel, with a modern look," said Toshiba's retail marketing manager Aaron Blackman.

The notebook is priced from $2999 and is available at Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, David Jones and Grace Bros.

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