Product News: external hard drive, cordless phone and laptop lock


5 Sep 2006

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On preview this week we have the Iomega Hi-Speed external hard drive, Siemens Gigaset cordless phone (pictured) and Kensington MicroSaver notebook combination lock.

Iomega Hi-Speed USB 2.0
What is it? Desktop data storage unit
How much does it cost? €119 (250GB) or €159 (320GB)

Data storage doesn’t have to be complicated: Iomega’s newly refreshed external hard drive line-up adds higher capacities to let small office or home office users keep important files or photos. The value series devices are preformatted so that they are easy to set up: they just plug and play. The slim-line units can be tucked away on a desk and they come in a range of capacities starting at 250GB. Compatible with a Mac or a PC, they offer fast data transfer of up to 60MB per second when connected via a USB 2.0 port.

Siemens Gigaset C450 IP
What is it? Hybrid phone
How much does it cost? Available for €129.95 or less, it will be in stores from October
One of the first cordless hybrid phones available on the Irish market, Siemens’ Gigaset C450 IP, lets you make calls over the standard phone network or through voice over IP (VoIP) without the need to turn on a PC. Promising to save businesses and consumers money on their phone bills, the handset works like a regular cordless phone but has a local area network port as well as a phone line socket. It works by short press to make a PSTN call and long press to make a call over the VoIP network and Siemens claims the phone is easy to set up. Other functions include a colour display, SMS facility and the ability to store frequently called numbers.

Kensington MicroSaver
What is it? Laptop security tool
How much does it cost? €37 (MicroSaver Combination); MicroSaver range starts at €54

Sometimes when it comes to securing valuable items, nothing beats a great big lock. Kensington has launched it latest line of locks for laptops: the ‘Safe’, ‘Safe Pro’ and ‘Safe Premium’ ranges. In the Safe range, the MicroSaver Combination Notebook Lock is based on a four-wheel combination lock with 10,000 possible combinations and uses Kensington’s T-bar lock system. This technology is also used in the Safe Pro locks, which have a strong carbon-tempered steel cable and are locked with a key. The Safe Pro range includes the MicroSaver Notebook Lock and the MicroSaver Twin Notebook Lock, which enables users to lock two pieces of equipment with one cable.

By Gordon Smith