Technology round-up

18 Sep 2009 by Sara Turner

Samsung X-series Notebooks

Samsung has launched three additions to its notebook range – the all new ultra-lightweight X-series: X520, X420 and X120. The X-series features Intel’s latest ultra-thin, dual-core mobile processor technology, and a six-cell battery. With a slimline design, the X420 weighs in at just 1.76 kg, the X520 2.09 kg and the X120 1.36 kg. Other features include a robust and durable casing, crisp LED displays (15.6”, 14”, or 11.6”), integrated web camera and High Definition graphics. The X-series’ HDMI port enables you to connect your notebook to a bigger screen, and you’ll get high speed wireless LAN, Bluetooth 2.1, three USB 2.0 ports and a 3-in-1 memory card reader. The Samsung X120 is available this month, with the X520 and X420 coming in October.

Price £610 – £780 depending on size and specification


Vodafone One Net

Vodafone One Net is a hosted service offering small to medium-sized businesses one number for landline and mobile phones, one voicemail for all messages, one contract, and the option of one flat price for all fixed and mobile calls. Ensuring businesses are able to work effectively whether in the office or out and about, customers can switch between their mobile and landline phone depending on where they are. You can opt to pay a predictable flat call rate, per user subscription, with the cost of the call remaining the same whether fixed or mobile. The Vodafone One Net service also offers customers the opportunity to have a virtual switchboard, fully hosted by Vodafone UK, which can support businesses with multiple office locations. Rather than having a fixed switchboard, Vodafone UK takes care of the management of communications between locations, routing the call via the most effective channel. One Net also offers call quality monitoring.

Price Varies


Wire-Free Chargers from WildCharge

WildCharge are offering new wire-free chargers for iPhone and iPod touch. WildCharge Skins enable the Apple devices to be charged by placing them on the WildCharger Pad. The iPhone skin is compatible with all iPhone models, including the new 3G S. Durable, protective and form-fitting cases transfer wire-free power from the Pad to the device inside the skin. The WildCharger Pad, used in conjunction with the skins, delivers full power to multiple devices, allowing them to simultaneously charge together on the Pad.

Price WildCharge Skins $34.99


Toshiba Camileo S20, H30 and X100

Toshiba has launched three new Camileo Full HD digital camcorders – the Camileo S20, H30 and X100 models. They all offer Full HD resolution (1920x1080p), whilst the S20 launches as one of the slimmest HD camcorders in the world at 17mm thick. The camcorders shoot high quality video in almost all lighting conditions, thanks to an optimised night mode. All models also double up as digital still cameras, delivering snapshots at resolutions of 5MP (S20) and 10MP (H30 and X100). The images shot can be viewed instantly on rotating LCD displays. A touch-screen, which is available on the H30 and X100 models, makes it easy for users to navigate menus, while the S20’s hard-key menu also makes it easy to capture, view and transfer images. Other features include integrated HDMI inputs and USB 2.0 and Composite Video (PAL and NTSC), increasing the number of ways consumers can connect Camileo models to compatible devices.

Price S20: £119.99; H30: £189.99; X100: £269.99


Coming soon…

Canon EOS 7D digital SLR camera

new EOS 7D is packed with new features. The digital camera incorporates
an 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor, Dual “DIGIC 4” processors to offer fast,
high quality performance in all light conditions, an ISO range
expandable to 12 800 and continuous shooting at 8 frames per second.
Other features are EOS Movie, allowing users to shoot Full HD video, a
magnesium alloy body offering protection against moisture and dust, and
compatibility with all EF and EF-S lenses. The EOS 7D is available from
early October 2009.

Price £1699.99


By Catherine Mitchell

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