RoomLink Network Offers Hotel Access
PCRoomLink 1.1 is a network of computers being installed in hotel rooms across the country, which come with e-mail clients, high-speed Internet access and Microsoft Office programs installed, says Solar Communications Group Inc. The in-room PCs will allow road warriors to travel without having to lug a laptop computer, the company says.
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Compaq Computer Corp. says its new thin, lightweight Prosignia Notebook 170 models offer Intel Pentium II and III processors and hard drive capacity of up to 18 GB.
Less than six pounds, the Prosignia uses MultiBay technology and can be configured with CD-ROM, DVD, and second batteries or hard drive. Software choices include Windows 98, Microsoft Office 2000 SB and Norton antivirus.
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Packard Bell NEC Inc., of Sacramento, has introduced three new notebooks:
* The Versa FX ships with up to a 12 GB hard drive, Intel Pentium III 400 MHz processor, a full size keyboard, and a three-cell battery, with options of six- and nine-cell batteries, says NEC.
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* The Versa VX notebook incorporates Intel's Pentium III processors up to 500 MHz or Intel's 400/433 MHz Celeron processor, says NEC. It includes a swappable 6 GB hard drive and a port replicator for one-step attachment to peripherals or LANs.
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* The Versa LXi comes with an Intel Pentium III 500 MHz processor, a built-in floppy or SuperDisk 120 MB Drive, and a 15-inch XGA TFT display, according to Packard Bell NEC.
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Sony Electronics Inc., of San Jose, Calif., has added two models to its VAIO Z505 SuperSlim notebook line:
* The PCG-Z505R weighs 3.5 pounds, has an Intel Pentium II 366 MHz processor running Windows 98, 6.4 GB hard drive, and 64 MB SDRAM expandable to 192 MB. It offers two USB ports, an integrated 56K V.90 modem, and 10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet, says Sony.
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* The PCG-Z505RX includes many of the same features as the Z505R, but with an Intel Pentium III 400 MHz processor and 128 MB SDRAM, says Sony. It has 8.1 GB hard disk space and two USB ports.
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Sharp Electronics Corp. has introduced its Actius PC-A800 notebook computers. Run by a 366 MHz Mobile Pentium II processor, they include 64 MB SDRAM, an 8.1 GB hard drive, and a standard modular 24X CD-ROM that can be swapped with a floppy drive, Sharp reports. USB ready, the notebook has a battery life of up to two hours of continuous use, says the company.
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Mobility Electronics Inc. has unveiled the EasiDock 3000, a 32-bit docking product for notebook computers. It accommodates all kinds of portable computers to provide desktop system performance.
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HANDHELD COMPUTERS: Quicksheet 4.1
Cutting Edge Technology has unveiled the latest upgrade to its spreadsheet application for PDAs, Quicksheet 4.1. New features include support for Microsoft Office 2000, new menus and a new charting function, Quickchart 1.0.
The new module contains five charting types: line, pie, scatter, bar and stock charts, and provides an unlimited number of views in which the chart can be displayed, says the company, based in Plano, Texas.
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PROJECTORS: Sanyo Fisher
Sanyo Fisher Company has introduced three new LCD projectors, the PLC-EF10NA and the PLC-XF10N. The former produces 3300 ANSI lumens brightness; the latter, 3000. Both have PanelLink, a digital PC interface that has a graphics accelerator board, and a power lens shift so the units can be stacked.
The PLC-SU10N, its smallest model, weighs 8.6 pounds and has a 600 ANSI lumens brightness.
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Electronics for Imaging says its eBeam is a portable device that fits around any regular marker for whiteboards, and electronically captures anything being written on the whiteboard and save it to a PC. Web-enabled, it can allow notes to be broadcast real-time to remote participants using Java-enabled browsers.
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ERGONOMICS: Lap Lounger
The Lap Lounger is a "why didn't I think of that" gadget that stabilizes, lifts, and correctly positions a laptop computer when placed on a person's lap. It prevents the unit from sliding around, says DMA Product Design and Marketing LLC, which is based in Stanford, Conn.
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