First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
Product News: The latest products for the week commencing 30th July, 2008
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Extreme Altitude 450/451 WLAN Access Points
Extreme Networks' Altitude 450/451Wireless LAN Access Points (APs) are based on 802.11n wireless technology, can be installed using a single Ethernet cable and feature a PoE switch port supporting 802.3af PoE standards. The vendor claims the access points enhance wireless LAN performance, supporting data and convergence. The independently managed radios operate in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands and provide up to 300Mbps over-the-air and 160Mbps (TCP payload) throughput per radio. They form part of Extreme's wireless LAN portfolio, which also consists of its Summit WM wireless system for distributed wireless LAN architecture. The controller system includes intelligent traffic management to optimise the performance of existing wired networks, even with a wireless traffic increase of five times. The vendor claims this provides a scalable, enterprise-grade wireless LAN solution supporting services for high-speed multimedia applications and real-time voice without the need to upgrade the WLAN controller or core network. Maximum power sourced from the Extreme Networks switch port is 12.2W with maximum bandwidth throughput of over 280Mbps (TCP streams).
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RRP: from $1365
AOC Rivio 2230Fm
The back of this 22-inch monitor is clad in black aluminium bodywork and embossed with a "diamond cut" texture that gives it a look and feel more usually associated with luxury goods, according to AOC. Its glossy finish has also been designed to take the monitor beyond typically bland office equipment styling. The Rivio 2230Fm is the first of AOC's monitors to feature a shiny multidirectional "Navi Ring" instead of the traditional row of menu navigation buttons. The TFT has VGA, DVI and HDMI inputs, a two-port USB hub and an integral Digital Media Player (DMP) so users can play videos, music and slideshows even when their PC is off or disconnected. The DMP accepts a range of popular memory card types as well as USB storage devices. The monitor has a response time of 2ms, a contrast ratio of 20,000:1 and a typical brightness of 300cd/m2. It uses AOC's Dynamic Colour Boost system to improve colours on-screen. The vendor has also released a lower-priced Rivio 2230Fa model, without the media player or HDMI input, but with the same exterior design. The Rivio series is Windows Vista Premium ready.
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Kingston DataTraveler BlackBox
The vendor's first Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS)-validated USB flash drive, the DataTraveler BlackBox, is available in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities. FIPS standards have been developed by the United States Federal Government to cover computer use by all non-military government agencies and government contractors. Products that gain FIPS 140-2 certification have to go through a validation process set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a non-regulatory agency whose mission is to advance measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security. The DataTraveler BlackBox flash drive features 256-bit hardware-based AES encryption via a dedicated processor which automatically encrypts and decrypts data on the fly. FIPS Level 2 standard requires the DT BlackBox to run a power-on self test which verifies that the encryption architecture is functioning each time it is plugged into a USB port. The drive also automatically locks down after 10 consecutive failed password attempts, helping to prevent unauthorised access if the drive is lost, stolen or misplaced.
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RRP: 2GB-$189; 4GB-$279; 8GB-$489