New Products for Mobile Workers -- February 2007

— February 01, 2007

The Fujitsu LifeBook P1610 convertible notebook is a 2.2-pound powerhouse that doubles as a Tablet PC. Its 8.9-inch indoor/outdoor display uses hybrid technology so you can see the screen equally well indoors or out. And because the screen is touch-sensitive, you can use your finger to navigate through applications or the Web, or use the stylus to draw or take notes as you would on a pad of paper. There's also a biometric fingerprint reader for heightened security, and the screen - which swivels both ways to equally accomodate rightys and leftys--is squat enough to remain useful on an airline tray table, even after your neighbor has reclined himself. (For a full review, visit Price: Starts at $1,599.

Scanning Made Easy
At first glance, the DocuPen 700+ simply looks like a fancy writing instrument. But on closer inspection the features that set PlanOn's latest scanning device apart from its predecessor, the DocuPen R700, become clear. Still about the size of a pen and weighing only 1.75 ounces, the 700+ scans documents at higher color resolutions and has double the memory capacity of the 700, enabling it to store up to 200 scanned items. The 700+ is equipped with a built-in processor and rechargeable Litium battery and can connect to various programs, such as Outlook, Notepad, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Photoshop. Price: $199.99.

All in One Scanner
Not your average attractive bar code scanner, the 4600r Retail 2D Imager from Hand Held Products not only scans bar codes but takes digital pictures, reads drivers' licenses and downloads software. Adaptus imaging technology enables the scanner to read bar codes at high rates of speed, which significantly reduces scan time. It also enables the scanner to take, crop, rotate and enhance digital photographs and read e-forms to validate ages and signatures. Price: $464.

Number One Fan
Computer fans can usually be found on the insides of machines. RAM Mounts, however, has made one that goes on the outside. This fan attaches to the bottom of the LS800 Tablet PC mount, blowing cool air into the bottom center vent. Air then passes over the processor and leaves the computer, keeping it from overheating. The fan is powered by the computer through a USB connection, so there are no additional wires running to a power supply. Price: $51.73.

World Traveler
The iGo everywhere universal power adaptor is true to its name--it really can go everywhere. Equipped with a five-inch retractable cord, the adaptor comes with interchangeable wall and car chargers, and a travel organizer to fit all three pieces. The iGo everywhere is designed to charge most mobile electronic devices such as cell phones, handhelds and iPods. And it can be plugged into any standard AC/DC power source, including a cigarette lighter or outlet. Price: $49.99.

Easy Wireless Printing
With the new HP Wireless Upgrade Kit users can print, fax, scan documents or access photo memory cards through 802.11g connectivity from otherwise unwired desktops or notebooks. The kit's printer receiver and PC receiver plug into the printer and PC via USB, and a secure connection protects the wireless signal from interception. The kit works with most HP printers, desktops and notebooks. Price: $129.

A Card that Connects
Break free from cable lines and WiFi hotspots with the PX-500 Mobile Broadband Card from Pantech.
This tiny, lightweight card is certified to work on the EV-DO Revision A-capable Sprint Power Vision Network. The flip-up antenna improves signal strength, and a new chipset supports increased data speeds of 450 to 850 Kpbs for downloads and uploads at 300 to 400 Kpbs in coverage areas. Price: $199.99, or free with a two-year subscription and mail-in rebate.

Printing on the Go
Extech Data Systems takes the challenge out of mobile printing with the S1500T, a compact, battery-operated thermal printer that can be used in the office or on the road. Weighing less than a pound, the S1500T can print receipts with bar codes, logos and other graphics, thanks to a microprocessor and flash-based integrated CPU memory. Changing the paper is as easy as pushing a button to release the paper door, and charging the battery is simple, too--it can be done either in the office or in the car. Price: $575.

Password Conundrum
Still writing passwords on Post-Its? RoboForm2Go puts the security back into passwords by remembering passwords for you. The software program from Siber Systems memorizes usernames and passwords and automatically logs users into online accounts. RoboForm2Go also fills in online registration forms and can access your address book, notes and contacts from Microsoft Outlook, or retrieve bookmarked Internet sites. And because the program is loaded onto a USB drive, personal information never appears on the computer, making it safe to use at Internet cafes or convention halls. Price: $39.98.


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