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Dell Debuts Dimension 4100

The Dell Dimension 4100 series of desktop PCs are available with a choice of 800/866/933 MHz or a 1 GHz Intel Pentium III processor, says Dell Computer Corp.

The units also come with 128 MB SDRAM, a 10GB hard drive, and 48x variable speed CD-ROM. Users also choose from a selection of flat or digital flat panel displays or Trinitron monitors, the company says.

Dimension 4100 models are also equipped with a v.90 Data/Fax Modem for Windows, QuietKey keyboard and Microsoft IntelliMouse. Dell also offers a choice of operating systems and software: Windows Millennium, 98 Second Edition, 2000 Professional, or Works Suite 2000 with Money 2000 Basic.

Information: Reader Response 200.

DESKTOP PCS

MicroFLEX 1.1G

MicroFLEX 1.1G is a 1.1 GHz multimedia PC from Micro Express that features an AMD Athlon processor. The PC is equipped with 128-MB of SDRAM and four disk drives: a 12X DVD drive; a 30-GB Ultra DMA hard disk drive; a CD-RW drive and a 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, reports the company, based in Irvine, Calif.

The computer includes Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition and a Microsoft Natural keyboard is also utilized. The MicroFLEX also comes with a 17-inch monitor, a 56K V.90 FAX/modem, and a 10/100 Base T Ethernet card.

Information: Reader Response 201.

Equium 8000S

The Equium 8000S desktop PC features a "works-in-a-drawer" chassis design that lets users slide out the PC's components for servicing and upgrading, says Toshiba Information Systems Inc.

The unit also features Toshiba's Intelligent Cooling technology that focuses a low speed fan on the exact area in the desktop that produces heat.

The Equium 8000S also utilizes EPAK, a heat-resistant, anti-static foam for noise reduction, the company says. The PCs also come with a choice of processors ranging from an Intel Celeron 566 MHz to a Pentium III 1 GHz.

Information: Reader Response 202.

PC VIDEO CAMERAS

Kodak DVC325

The Kodak DVC325 Digital Video Camera can capture still and video images at up to 640 by 480 pixel resolution, says Eastman Kodak Co. The unit measures four-by-two-by-three inches and can be attached to a PC monitor, laptop, tripod or other surface, or, can be used as a handheld device, the company says. It comes with Microsoft Net Meeting software and USB connection for Internet videoconferencing on Windows supported systems.

Information: Reader Response 203.

WebCam Go Plus

The VideoBlaster WebCam Go Plus functions as a videoconferencing and video capture device when it is plugged into a PC. Unplugged, the unit functions as a digital camera and digital voice annotation recorder, says Creative Labs.

The device has eight MB of built-in memory and can store more than 200 images at 640 by 480 resolution, and more than 400 images at 320 by 240 resolution, the company says. It connects to a PC through the USB port and supports Windows 98/2000 systems.

Information: Reader Response 204.

IBM PC Camera

The IBM PC Camera connects to PCs via a USB port to allow for video e-mail or for videoconferencing using NetMeeting or the Internet. It comes with an adjustable lens for close-up to infinity focus, according to IBM.

Information: Reader Response 205.

SCANNERS

Digital Office

Digital Office ScannerTools 1.5 allows for the scanning of documents with front and back copy on a desktop scanner, according to Cincinnati-based Jetsoft Development Co.

Users can place a stack of original pages on a desktop scanner's flatbed or ADF unit, specify if they want to copy the odd or even pages first, and have all pages scanned to a file in correct page order of the document, the company says.

ScannerTools can also scan directly to a user's e-mail account to send a document directly to another e-mail address. The software works for both color and black-and-white documents, and can crop originals and resize according to standard picture frame sizes, or a user specified size, the company says.

Information: Reader Response 206.

AstraNET

The AstraNET e5420 and e5470 scanners offer 1200 by 2400 dpi and four push buttons to allow for instant scanning, copying, and custom, power saving functions, says UMAX Technologies Inc. The San Francisco-based company says that both models allow users to scan directly to a disc for storage, to a printer for making copies, to e-mail, or to a Web-based personal photo album. The e5470 comes with a built-in universal transparency cover for scanning slides, negatives, and positives up to four by five inches in size directly to the Internet. Both scanners run on Windows 98 or later operating systems.

Information: Reader Response 207.

PRINTER

DisplayMaker

DisplayMaker Esprit is designed to print on sheet-fed, rigid media up to one-eighth of an inch thick, as well as roll-fed paper, says Minneapolis' MacDermid ColorSpan Inc. The printer features a 52-inch print width and the capacity to print in either a four-, six-, or eight-color mode, with a resolution of 600 dpi, the company says.

Information: Reader Response 208.

SECURITY DEVICES

COMSEC C3I

COMSEC C3I can detect legal and illegal remote extension drawn loop wiretaps on telephone lines, says Communications Security, based in Houston, Texas. A remote extension drawn loop is an additional line created on an existing phone line. The device monitors the signature patterns of incoming calls to determine a normal call or one that is being tapped into, the company says. An LED shows the pattern of the signature so users can see if there is any abnormal connection. The COMSEC C3I is the size of a computer modem and connects directly to the phone line. An extension line on the device connects back to a user's phone.

Information: Reader Response 209.

PROJECTOR

MVP800x

The MVP800x is a three-panel LCD multimedia projector from Microtek Lab of Redondo Beach, Calif. It offers a 1.3x zoom and focus, creating images ranging from 30 feet to 127 feet diagonally.

With 640 ANSI lumens, the projector can be used with the lights on or off, according to the company. It comes with a wireless remote with built-in laser pointer and can be plugged into a laptop, PC, Mac, workstations or DVD for multimedia functioning.

Information: Reader Response 210.

Conference Projector

Sharp Electronics Corp. has released its XG-V10WU Conference Series projector, which it says is designed for use in large conference rooms and lecture halls. The XG-V10WU is powered by three 1.8-inch LCD panels and two UHP lamps offering 4700 ANSI lumens. The projector includes software to monitor and control the device remotely. The Professional Edition of Sharp Advanced Presentation Software is also included, which allows the projector to be connected to a PC to diagnose and locate system errors in the projector.

Information: Reader Response 211.

MULTI-FUNCTION MACHINES

KM-6230

The KM-6230 digital copier/printer/scanner system from Kyocera Mita America Inc. can print and copy at a resolution of 600 DPI, and scan at resolutions of 200 DPI to 600 DPI. It has an 8.5 GB hard disk drive with a capacity of more than 16,000 letter pages. It comes equipped with a Saddle Stitcher that can center stitch folded ledger/letter documents. It can also edge staple 50 sheet sets, and has a paper capacity of 2,000 sheets. The unit is equipped with a Virtual Mail Box which offers up to 100 password protected boxes, which can be assigned for secure printing, the company says. It is compatible with both Windows, Macintosh and networking operating systems. It can output onto ledger, legal, letter, invoice, or 110-pound index paper, as well as envelopes.

Information: Reader Response 212.

TRANSCRIPTION

Voice It

The Voice It Digital Transcription System uses SmartMedia removable memory cards that can be handed to a transcriptionist, or the files can be transferred by e-mail, says VXI Corp. The Voice files can be downloaded to a PC via the 3.5-inch floppy drive using a FlashPath floppy disk adapter. The recorder is compatible with Dragon Systems and IBM voice-to-text software, so the voice files can be automatically converted to text, then edited for accuracy, the company says. The recorder system is compatible with Windows 95/98/NT.

Information: Reader Response 213.

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