New Products for Mobile Workers -- October 2007

— October 23, 2007

Always On

Solis Energy's AC/DC UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) is designed to keep the juice flowing to critical devices - video cameras, security systems - during power outtages emergencies. The lightweight, rugged UPS provides 30 watts of 12-volt DC power, is ideal for installation atop streetlights and towers and can be wall-mounted if necessary. It is configured for the U.S. 110 and European 220 AC power input standards and functions in harsh environments, powering up in temperatures ranging from -20° to -60° C. Price: Under $750.

Business on the Go

HP's new iPAQ 200 Series Enterprise Handheld brings business applications out of the office. The Windows Mobile 6 Classic device features a 4-inch screen that's ideal for indoor and outdoor  viewing and the usual array of headphone, microphone, voice record and USB ports. Enterprise-class connectivity means users can always access Internet and email at the office or via WiFi  otspots; and Bluetooth connects peripherals such as keyboards or headsets. 256 MB of Flash ROM and 9-way navigation round out the iPAQ 200's amenities. Price: Unavailable.

Presentation Creation

Roxio created its Easy Media Creator 10, a giant upgrade to the company's suite of digital media software, with consumers such as soccer moms and high-tech grandpas in mind. But it's nonetheless a quick and easy way for professionals to create and edit presentations, easily compress them and transfer the finished product to smartphones, iPods or USB sticks. Easy Media Creator works well with Windows Vista, and the user interface is as straightforward as the company claims. (This writer was particularly impressed with the clever soundediting options.) Price: $99.99

Scanning for Size

Good things come in small packages. Meet the world's smallest portable document scanner, Planon's DocuPen RC800. Tipping the scales at just 2 ounces, the pen-sized scanner can capture a page of text and graphics in 4 seconds. The RC800 operates in 24-bit color, 12-bit color or monochrome mode, can store hundreds of pages in its 8 MB of onboard Flash memory, and includes a bonus slot for users requiring additional Transflash memory. Powered by a lithium ion battery, the scanner is rechargeable through a USB port and comes with software that enables users to convert scanned text into editable, searchable documents - no reformatting necessary. Price: $299.

Big Screen, Little Price

Designed for business and education end-users, Toshiba's new TLP-WX2200U widescreen mobile projector comes with all of the bells and whistles of a highend machine - without the high-end  price. Featuring a WXGA native resolution of 1,200 x 800 (equal the display on a laptop), the 6.2-pound 3LCD projector is HDTV and DTV compatible and easy to use, with one-touch auto setup on the accompanying remote control. Stepped-up security features include a removable panel that, when disconnected from the device, renders it inoperable unless the correct password is keyed into the remote. There's no need for a cool-down period with this projector; once unplugged from a power source, it turns off immediately. And because it generates as little as 31 decibels of noise when operated in low mode, the focus stays on the presentation, not the technology behind it. Price: $999.

Power in Your Pocket

Explosive gases? Dangerous chemicals? These are no match for the Archer ultra-rugged field PC from Juniper Systems. The non-incendive handheld can safely be used around oil and gas pipelines and refineries, chemical plants and other sites where hazardous materials may be found. A lightweight magnesium case protects the Archer, which meets military standards for drops, vibration, immersion, humidity and operating temperatures. The Windows Mobile 5.0 device runs on an Intel XScale processor, allows storage of up to 512 MB and is configurable in 16 languages. Price: Starts at $1,495.

Toting Green

Targus' tagline is "Making your mobile life easier" and now it's making it greener, too. The company's new EcoSmart line of laptop cases uses materials with a less harmful impact on the environment. All plastics used in the bags are recyclable; metal components are nickel-free; and the line contains no PVC material whatsoever. EcoSmart bags come in four designs - sling backpack, top-loading case, messenger and a messenger/backpack convertible, all in military green with orange trim - and can accommodate laptops up to 15.4 inches wide. Price: Starts at $49.99.


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