Optiplex Gs500 and Optiplex GXi500
Two additions to Dell's family of business PC systems which incorporate many features for reducing the cost of ownership. These include a new chassis that is easily serviced, upgraded and recycled. The entry-level Gs5133, which has a 133MHz Pentium processor, 16Mb of RAM, a 1Gb hard disk and a 15in monitor, is aimed at the budget-conscious business user. The GXi5166 is a mainstream corporate system and features a 166MHz Pentium processor, 32Mb of RAM, a 1Gb hard disk, 15in monitor and Windows NT 4 installed.
Contact: Dell on 01344 720000 or www.dell.com
Price: from #1,129
First of a new generation of modems featuring Host Signal Processing (HSP) technology. With HSP, a PC's processor can do all the digital signal processing functions normally carried out by a dedicated processor, so producing a cheaper modem that is easy to use. This high-speed (33.6Kbits/sec) data, fax and voice modem is designed for Computer-Telephony Integration (CTI). This means the user can more efficiently surf the Internet, transfer files and fax directly from the screen. As a software-driven modem supplied in the form of an ISA card, the Voicesurfer can be fully upgraded with new software to keep up with advances in comms technology.
Contact: Dataflex Design Communications on 0181 710 1700 or www.ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/datafelx
A range of powerful Mac/OS-compatible workstations aimed at high-end graphics and publishing markets. Built around the PowerPC 604e processor, the systems run at speeds of 166MHz or 200MHz. The Pulsar range is supplied with 16Mb of memory (expandable to a maximum of 1Gb), 512Kb Level 2 cache, eight-speed CD-ROM drive, six PCI card slots and five drive bays for adding SCSI devices. There is also a model which uses the dual processor 180MHz PowerPC 604e.
Contact: IMC Distribution on 01344 872800 or www.imcnet.com/imc
Price: from #2,495 to #3,995
Scenic Pro D5
Latest addition to the company's range of modular PCs designed for businesses which want high levels of environment and security standards and ergonomics, combined with low-cost ownership. The Scenic Pro D5 is available with Pentium processors from 120MHz to 200MHz, 256Kb or 512Kb of Level 2 cache, up to 128Mb of EDO RAM, and a total of five free slots and five drive bays for full expandability. There are three standard configurations on offer, designed with various professional users in mind: Basic, for workplace computing; Office, which is network-ready with a LAN adaptor card and CD-ROM for office and client-server applications; while Topclass adds 16-bit audio for dealing with the latest comms technologies. The Scenic Pro is compatible with all major operating systems including Windows 3.x/NT, SCO UNIX, OS/2 and Netware.
Contact: Siemens Nixdorf on 01344 862222 or www.sni.co.uk
Price: from #916
Recognita Plus 3.2
New version of Recognita's leading professional optical character recognition (OCR) software. This release has 32-bit processing for use in Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 environments. The program uses OCR-specific correction tools in its fully-featured WYSIWYG text editor. Features such as image verifiers and dictionaries further improve the accuracy. In addition to reading typed or printed documents, it recognises faxes, bar-codes, hand-printed numerals and dot-matrix text from almost any scanner to any output format. It also adds OCR tools to Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes so that incoming faxes are recognised in the Microsoft Fax file format (AWD).
Contact: Recognita on 00 361 201 8925 or www.recognita.hu Price: on application
Brother Professor 200 Multimedia Powerhouse PC
Multimedia system designed around the high-performance 200MHz Pentium-Pro processor. The specification includes: 32Mb of EDO RAM, 256Kb cache and a 2Gb hard drive as standard supplied in a mini-tower case with one parallel, two serial and one games port. The multimedia features on the Powerhouse include an eight-speed CD-ROM drive, Creative Labs Vibra soundcard, ATI Video Expression graphics card, 64-bit PCI graphics and 2Mb of EDO VRAM. With this combination the system supports full-screen MPEG images so that video CDs can be played. It comes with a 17in multimedia monitor with built-in stereo speakers.
Contact: Kyodai Electronics on 01279 416888 or www.voxcomm.co.uk/voxcomm/
CD of high-quality, royalty-free images for designers who want to create eye-catching Web pages, multimedia titles and other interactive projects.
Animation Series contains eight CD-ROM titles of 120 moving objects each.
The first title in the range is Metaphorically Blinking which includes such objects as a goose cackling and laying a golden egg, a construction sign with a blinking light and traffic sounds, and Eddy the chimpanzee.
Everyday Objects Live is the second title which features chattering teeth, a car skidding, an alarm clock shaking, ticking and ringing, plus over a hundred more animated images. Each title is available with or without sound, while Pro Versions of the titles include the source files for customising images and sounds.
Contact: Photodisc on 0800 697622 or www.photodisc.com
Price: #99; Pro Versions are #139
BT's enhanced and updated Internet access software. This version features Microsoft Internet Explorer, which makes it easier to browse news services and access company Web sites. Other new features include five free email boxes which can be used by different departments in an organisation; free Web space (2.5Mb) so users can create their own Web site; faster connection with a 33.6Kbits/sec modem; and optional ISDN connection. Included in the price of the software is unlimited access to the Web with a local rate phone number.
Contact: BT on 0800 800801 or www.bt.internet.com
Price: #12.75 a month or #150 per year - with free upgrades to existing subscribers
Tape Station 410
Backup system for Windows for Workgroups and Windows 95 environments where there is no file server, or for company departments which cannot easily access the file server. The unit allows professional tape backup systems to be connected directly to an Ethernet network, with the facility to connect capacities of up to 16Gb without complex installation or even a file server. The Tape Station 410 is accessed across the network directly from each users' PC using DOS, Windows or Windows 95 clients.
Contact: Cristie Electronics on 01453 823611 or www.theplanet.net/cristie
Fujitsu Lifebook 500 Series
New series of notebooks targeted at the professional mobile computing market. The Lifebook 500 Series includes mid-range and value models. The top-of-the-range 530T features a 133MHz Pentium processor, 1.3Gb hard disk, 24Mb of RAM, six-speed CD-ROM drive and TFT screen. All the systems are modular in design so users can swap the floppy drive with a second hard drive, second battery or CD-ROM drive. They also feature a full-sized keyboard, wide palm rest and pointing device, which all together weigh just 2.8kg. Pre-installed software includes Windows 95, Microsoft Works and the Fujitsu's Roadoffice software.
Contact: Fujitsu ICL Computers on 01344 475555 or www.fujitsu-computers.com
Price: from #1,640; #2,575 for the 530T
QMS Colorscript 310 and Colorscript 330
Two new dye-sublimation printers - one A3, the other A4 - aimed at graphic artists and publishing professionals to use in proofing, CAD/CAM, computer modelling and medical-imaging applications. Both printers have a resolution of 300x300dpi, and produce true continuous-tone, photo-quality prints.
With network support, RISC-based controllers and high-capacity hard disks, the printers can handle rapid spooling of complex print jobs. Both printers support Apple Colorsync 2.0, Agfa Fototune 2.0 and Pantone Colordrive to ensure accurate colour matching. In addition, the Colorscript 330 has full bleed A3/B output with crop marks. Both printers also come as standard with Serial, Parallel, SCSI and built-in Ethernet connectivity.
Contact: QMS on 01784 442255 or www.qms.nl
Price: #5,995 and #11,495
Software program that combines contact management, workflow and Internet technologies. As this is a Web-based product, the support costs are lower, and it simplifies reporting and system integration with easy access from anywhere, at any time. Salesnet is ideal for mobile salesforces which can keep in touch with the office through laptops, or with mobile phones featuring an integrated Web browser. Staff can update notes, make enquiries, take orders and allocate tasks to colleagues - all on the job. It has a comprehensive SQL database design which resolves the problems associated with managing several complicated sales campaigns at once. Salesnet also improves communication within a company through email integration.
Contact: SDS Applications 01494 766636 or www.sdsapps.co.uk
Price: to be announced
XG3795E and XG3785E
Two new LCD projectors for presentations and training. Each projector weighs just 7.5kg and measures 380x165x310mm, while providing full multimedia compatibility. Both models also have direct connection to a PC or Mac.
The XG3795E has an SVGA display and provides 800x600 resolution, with the XG3785 providing 640x480 in VGA. For true portability, the units have a built-in carrying handle together with plug-and-play technology, while the on-screen display is available in eight languages. Presentations can be made more impressive with the built-in stereo sound, and there is a backlit infra-red remote control which adjusts the speaker volume, input and status selection.
Contact: Sharp Electronics on 0800 262958
Price: #5,995 and #3,995.
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