Combined desktop colour printer and scanner. The built-in scanner is a one-pass carriage scan model and you can choose any resolution between 65 and 600dpi. There are four scanning modes and it is Twain-compliant. The printer uses four separate colour tape cartridges which can be individually replaced. The photo-realistic output is smear-proof, waterproof and does not streak or fade. The company?s micro-dry process produces laser-sharp 1,200x600dpi black-and-white prints, and can output on standard paper, overhead transparencies, T-shirt transfers and glossy paper. It is available in PC and Mac models, has two sizes of document holder and comes with Alps Copystudio software.
Contact: Rotec Distribution on 01932 571800
GSM PC-Cards 4000 Series
All-in-one GSM fax-modem solution for notebook users with Nokia mob-ile phones. It provides fax-modem functionality for every European land-line phone network, as well as GSM and PCN 1800 mobile networks, including Vodaphone, Cellnet, Orange and One-2-One. The 4000 Series offers data, fax and short message service (SMS), and is compatible with the market-leading GSM phones. It also includes a high-speed (33,600bits/sec) analogue fax-modem, which can be used on standard phone lines. The electronics on the 4000 Series are integrated into the card to help boost reliability.
Contact: Grey Cell Systems on 0181 938 1000 or at www.greycell.com
The Perfect Presenter
CD-ROM which can help improve the presentation skills of business professionals. It includes footage of some of the world?s greatest communicators ? from President Kennedy to Margaret Thatcher ? offering real-life examples and pointing out key elements of style. It covers all aspects of presentation training from preparation, content and the correct use of props and visual aids, to delivery and image.
Contact: The Aziz Corporation on 01962 774766
Compaq P50 monitor
A 15in monitor launched to compete with specialist monitor companies. The P50 offers high performance to managers on a budget. It has a maximum resolution of 1,280x1,024 and is optimised to be used at 1,024x768 with an 85Hz refresh rate. It has on-screen controls with 22 modes and a unique vertical cable management at the back, so it can sit flat along a wall which saves on desk space. Because of Insight Manager technology, the monitor can check key performance criteria, including deflection conditions, power supply behaviour and temperature. If there is an error, it then alerts the PC or network. The P50 monitor is also compatible with Macs, and complies with key industry safety standards.
Contact: Compaq on 0181 332 3000 or at www.compaq.com
Price: about #305
Latest in the company?s Nefax range, the 595 model is a fast, plain paper fax-printer that scans new material while simultaneously sending or receiving another document. This multi-function device is ideal for offices which have a lot of fax traffic, as it can print or transmit a page in just six seconds. It has an automatic fax-phone switch, so can be opera-ted on a single line. It is compatible with 14.4Kbits/sec modems and has networking features. The Nefax 595 enhances document images to a resolution of 400x400dpi. It has 1Mb of standard memory, which can be expanded up to 3Mb and so can store up to 280 pages.
Contact: NEC on 0181 993 8111 or at www.euronec.com
Viewsonic E641 & E655
Two new Mac and PC-compatible monitors which support Windows 95 with plug-and-play. The E641 is a 14in monitor for small business and personal users. It has digital controls, a fine dot pitch of 0.28mm and a high 86Hz refresh rate at 800x600 resolution, which gives sharp images and vivid colours. The E655 has a flat, square screen, a fine dot pitch of 0.28mm and an 81Hz refresh at 1,024x768 resolution for a virtually flic-ker-free image. Both models comply with MPR-II safety regulations.
Contact: Viewsonic on 01293 643900
Price: E641 is #159; E655 is #219
PRD-650 CD-ROM Discman
Portable CD-ROM drive which provides notebook users with faster data transfer. It can be used to load multimedia applications on to a notebook for users on the move, or can be connected to a desktop computer. Weighing 291g and measuring 132x27x171mm, it fits comfortably into a briefcase or laptop case. It can run on Lithium batteries, AA alkaline batteries or off an AC adaptor. The PRD-650 offers plug-and-play functionality with PCs running Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0, and has a standard SCSI-2 interface card for easy installation. It can also be used as an audio CD Discman so users can listen to their CDs on stereo headphones, which are supplied with the drive.
Contact: Sony Information Technology Group on 0181 760 0500 or at www.sony-cp.com
Epson Stylus Color 600
Colour inkjet printer which provides an output of 1,440dpi, aimed at the home and business user. It produces vibrant images and true black mono printing for laser-sharp text, with print speeds up to 4ppm in colour and 6ppm in mono. Supplied with a fast PC parallel and Apple Mac serial port as standard, it provides total connectivity in the office and at home. The new printer driver includes a video-digital camera mode which selects settings for imported images. The software bundle includes Sierra Print Artist, Adobe Photo Deluxe and various free designs, fonts and images.
Contact: Epson on 01442 61144 or at www.epson.co.uk
Image Stream 97 Version 2.0
Latest version of add-on component for users who want to improve their documents and Web sites with digital images, technical drawings and flow charts. With this version, users can instantly import 35 graphics file formats into Microsoft Office 97 and Publisher 97 applications without manually converting the images beforehand. Users can capitalise on the new HTML export feature in Office 97 and Publisher 97 ? this product allows you to add valuable graphics to Internet and intranet sites, regardless of the original format.
Contact: Inso on 0181 947 1122 or at www.europe.inso.com
Global Access Credit Card Token Ring+Modem 33.6
Latest in the company?s family of 33.6Kbits/sec PC-Card modems aimed at the increasing number of portable PC users who want anytime- anywhere access to their Token Ring networks. The device combines a high-speed 33.6Kbits/sec data-fax modem with a 16/4Mbits/sec Token Ring adaptor. Key features include simultaneous Token Ring LAN and 33.6Kbits/sec modem operation; automatic sensing of unshielded twis-ted pair or shielded twisted pair cabling; and plug-and-play functiona-lity with Windows 95.
Contact: Xircom on 00 3203 450 0811 or at www.xircom.com
Price: #389 for a single unit
Notebook with a built-in SVGA overhead projector tablet, so the screen can be placed on top of an overhead projector for presentations. The Showman Pro is available with Pentium processors from P75 to P166, a 10.4in or 12.1in TFT screen, with SVGA resolution of 800x600 pixels. It also has a 3.5in floppy disk drive, trackpad, one Type III and one Type II PCMCIA slot, infra-red port, 8Mb of RAM expandable to 72Mb, and interchangeable hard disks from 1Gb up to 2Gb. Multimedia features include an eight-speed CD-ROM drive; 16-bit sound card, microphone and speakers.
Contact: DIP Systems on 01483 202070
Getting Started with Java
CBT program on CD-ROM for Java developers of Internet and intranet applications, as well as for managers who need to understand how to specify projects to Java suppliers. To get the best from the product, users should ideally be capable of searching for and downloading information from the Internet. The CD starts by describing the origin and uses of Java, and then guides the learner through the hands-on processes in easy stages. The CD covers other topics, such as HTML pages, applet construction and functions, making it a useful reference tool.
Contact: Electrovision on 01703 452221 or at www.electrovision.com
Latest in the company?s Armada 4100 notebook family. This is a high- end model which has a 12.1in colour TFT display with 800x600 resolution, a 133MHz Intel Mobile Pentium processor and a 1.4Gb hard drive as standard. It can be easily transformed from a slimline notebook weighing only 2.3kg, to a standard notebook configuration with an integrated floppy disk drive at 2.7kg, to a full multimedia model. This can be done by attaching a mobile CD unit which has an eight-speed CD-ROM drive, two additional speakers, an extra battery slot, a Midi/joystick game port and wavetable support.
Contact: Compaq on 0990 134456 or at www.compaq.com
Viglen Dossier CL
Range of entry-level notebooks. Models are available with a 120MHz or 133MHz Pentium processor and choice of removable hard disks from 540Mb to 2.1Gb. Measuring 299x545x232mm and weighing 3.6kg, all models feature as standard a 10.4in dual-scan colour screen with a resolution of 640x480; a 3.5in floppy disk drive; one Type II and one Type III PCMCIA slot; infra-red port; built-in trackpad; multimedia stereo sound speakers and microphone. Accessories include a PCI docking station, Mpeg module, PCMCIA modem and network cards.
Contact: Viglen on 0181 758 7000 or at www.viglen.co.uk
Price: from #1,173
Sparcstation 5 Model 170
New model of the Sparcstation 5 desktop system range which offers cost-effective PC-compatibility. This workstation has double the processing power of the previous model, and can be used for software development and mechanical CAD drafting systems. It includes Sun?s Solaris Internet Access Pack, which provides Internet and intranet develop-ment tools. The SunPC card will be bundled with the system until 30 March for users who want to run Unix, Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and DOS applications on one desktop. The basic specification also includes a 17in colour monitor, turbo GX graphics, 32Mb of memory and a 2.1Gb disk capacity.
Contact: Sun Microsystems on 01276 451440 or at www.sun.com
Price: from #3,720
Active Office 1.0
A companion product for Microsoft Office 95 and 97 which allows users to transform text and numbers within Word, Excel and Powerpoint into eye-catching visual graphics. The product features SPC?s Intelligent Formatting Technology, which helps produce instant graphics ? users do not need to leave their documents and learn complicated graphics packages. It installs an icon in Microsoft Office for quick access to the graphical user interface, which has an easy-to-use point-and-click approach.
Contact: Software Publishing Corporation on 01344 867100
Price: #39.95 until 30 April, then #49.95
Epson Stylus Colour 1520
Colour inkjet printer which replaces the company?s Stylus 1500 wide-format model. The Stylus Color 1520 is aimed at design engineers and small graphic-design houses which want to lower the cost of colour output by bringing it in-house without affecting the image quality. It is a four-colour, 1,440dpi inkjet printer, with print speeds of 8ppm in mono and 4ppm in colour. The printer has a Mac serial port and a bi-directional parallel interface, so it can be used with Macs and PCs.
Contact: Epson on 01442 61144 or at www.epson.co.uk
Prioris XL 6000 and MX 6200
Two low-cost server families based on the Intel Pentium Pro processor and optimised to run on the Windows NT Server operating system. Designed to reduce the cost of ownership for businesses which require high-performance servers, the systems are suitable for mail, messag- ing and Internet/intranet applications. Both lines include 200MHz Pentium Pro processors with 256Kb of on-chip cache, an integrated Ultra/Wide SCSI-2 controller, PCI Fast 10/100 Ethernet controller and 12-speed CD-ROM drive.
Contact: Digital on 0345 227228 or at www.windows.digital.com
Price: XL 6000 from less than #1,600; MX 6200 from less than #3,200
Upgrade of virus-scanning software for improving macro virus detection and on-access protection of portable and standalone machines running Windows 3.x. The product works by ensuring that files are virus-checked before they are accessed. Files are scanned with Sweep, the company?s virus scanner. By maintaining a list of clean files, Intercheck limits requests for subsequent virus checks to programs which have not previously been authorised. This version filters all files regardless of format as protection against the new generation of macro viruses, which conceal themselves in Word documents.
Contact: Sophos on 01235 559933 or at www.sophos.com
Price: included in Sweep which starts at #99.50
Rugged hand-held computer which is ideal for field applications, such as surveying or mapping, parking control and meter reading. This small-format portable can withstand rain, low temperatures ? and even a 2m drop. The FS/3 is powered by an Intel 386 25MHz processor, an internal Type II PC-Card slot, and has both high-speed parallel and RS232 serial ports for fast processing and data transfer. It also features Compactflash from Sandisk, a non-volatile storage medium which ensures the performance and reliability of complex hand-held applications. There is an infra-red feature which means there are no external cables, making it easier to communicate with the office and print documents in the field.
Contact: Husky Computers on 01203 604040 or at www.husky.co.uk
A complete communications solution for the remote office. This single device integrates router, terminal server and voice technologies to combine data and voice traffic over LANs and WANs. The unit works in both Unix and Netware environments to link PCs, printers, terminals, phones and fax machines over an ISDN and/or leased line. There is no need for separate phone lines so costs are kept to a minimum. The phone plugs straight into the unit and the four compressed voice channels give high-quality voice over IP or IPX traffic.
Contact: Zeta Communications on 01978 853900
Digital printer for small businesses and home users. It provides a complete digital input-output solution when used with the company?s DS-7 digital camera. The user just has to take a picture with the DS-7 camera, download it onto a computer and the NC-3D produces a photo-quality print within minutes. The print quality is similar to that achie- ved with a dye-sublimation printer but, at around 40p a copy, it is a fraction of the cost. The NC-3D can also be used with Fujifilm?s AS-1 Advanced Photo Systems film scanner.
Contact: Computers Unlimited on 0181 358 5858 or Northamber on 0181 296 7066
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