Hot new products…
1) Acer Slim Desktop
The Acer Veriton 1000 is part of Acer’s new L series of desktops that are so slim they’re being called ‘notebook replacements’. Ten times smaller and four times lighter than traditional PC towers, they offer space-saving solutions to businesses who still need a desktop. As well a streamlined size, these new skinny PCs offer up to 50 percent reduction in power consumption than traditional models, while still providing the same level of power to run business applications. As well as the benefits of reduced clutter, smaller also means quieter, running at 26 decibels.
Intel Core 2 Duo processor
Windows Vista capable
8 USB ports
250mm x 60mm x 200mm
80 GB hard drive
Product: Acer Veriton 1000
RRP: $1,599 (including GST)
2) Hands-free Car Kit
Put an end to the in-car phone fumble with the BT1800 hands-free car kit. It uses bluetooth technology to allow you to access calls and caller info without fumbling for your phone or worrying about an earpiece. Simply attach it to your sun visor and talk away. A quick glance will show who’s calling, and if your phone supports voice dialling you can take advantage of that as well. Powered by a standard cigarette lighter jack, the power cord can be tucked out of sight to reduce any distraction.
Memory holds last 10 dialled numbers
5- to 6-hour talk time
230 hours standby
Product: BT1800 Bluetooth Car Kit
3) VoIP Headset
A lot of businesses are now seeing the cost benefits of making calls online. If you’re one of them, you may want to check out Verbatim’s latest headset. It allows you to tap into Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology without hassle—just plug it into your USB port and you’re off. The light and durable design means it can be worn for those lengthy business discussions, and Verbatim pays special attention to acoustics to make sure everything sounds clear and crisp. A remote on the cord provides an easy one-touch mute and volume adjustment.
USB 2.0 connectivity
30 mm drivers for stereo acoustics
Verbatim USB VoIP Headset
4) Virtual Expander Technology
The Sony Vault Tiny range of USB drives are not small in every department. While each is about as big as a thumbnail (measuring 14.5 x 2.7 x 30.0mm), they come in 1GB, 2GB and now a 4GB model, so there’s plenty of memory to store large multi-media files to keep you mobile. The built-in Virtual Expander technology means files can be dragged, dropped and compressed, and then decompressed when opened or removed from the Vault, allowing up to three times as much information to be stored as a regular USB drive.
Compatibility with most operating systems
Product: Sony Micro Vault Tiny
RRP: $234.95 (4GB version)
5) Blackberry with GPS
Not only is this latest BlackBerry the thinnest available at 14mm, it’s the first one with built-in GPS. This means it can support a number of location-based applications and services, in addition to the other standard BlackBerry features, such as web browser, organiser and multimedia applications. And light-sensing technology automatically adjusts the screen, keyboard and trackball to surroundings. The low-distortion speakerphone adds to the mobility, and used in conjunction with the BlackBerry Internet Service it can manage up to 10 personal and corporate email accounts.
Full QWERTY keyboard
MicroSD expandable memory slot
RIM trackball navigation system
High capacity battery
Product: BlackBerry 8800
RRP: $899 approx (check with provider)
6) GPS Rear Vision
The GPS is fast putting roadmaps out of business, and now even the humble rear-view mirror is in danger. Reverseasy’s GPS Rear Vision Camera System adds up to two rear vision cameras to a standard GPS and monitor. The system automatically switches to reverse camera mode when the car is put into reverse, and uses a wide-angle camera lens to give you a greater view of the area behind you—especially useful in large vehicles where there may be obscured vision. With one monitor, one set of wiring and one installation service covering the two systems, it’s twice as easy to cover yourself on the road.
12.7cm touch screen
Turn-by-turn voice prompting
Auto re-route and multiple routing
Product: Reverseasy GPS Rear Vision Camera System
RRP: From $1,145