This week we preview the iPod Nano MP3 music player (pictured), productivity software downloadable from 4Team and Dell’s latest ultra-slim desktop.
What is it? MP3 music player
How much? The new 2GB iPod nano model in silver is available for €120, the new 4GB models in silver, pink, green and blue are available for €160 and the new 8GB model in black is available for €195
Apple has unveiled the new generation of iPod nano MP3 players, which comes with a new aluminium body, 24 hours of battery life and more than twice the music capacity for the same price as the previous generation. Available in five colours, the second-generation iPod nano is more compact than the original and has a brighter display ideally suited to viewing album art and up to 25,000 photos. Intuitive new features such as Search and Quick Scroll make it easier for music fans to find exactly what they are looking for and enjoy their music on the go.
4Team for Outlook
What is it? Productivity software
How much? Free to try; €40 to buy
Anyone that works in a team environment knows that getting the right information to the right people where and when it matters is vital. 4team is a downloadable program that transforms Microsoft Outlook into a multi-task workgroup project management tool without having to own a server. The software lets you create and share projects’ workspaces including Calendar, Contacts, Documents, Tasks and discussion boards over intranet or internet. The software lets you define members’ access rights and control and centralise their activity. Managers can also post news, organise meetings, discussions and teamwork on shared documents. The software can be trialled for free from www.4team.biz.
Dell XPS 210
What is it? Ultra slim desktop computer
How much? TBC
Dell has introduced a new dual-core Intel-powered desktop that is designed to be about the width of a business card, ideal for space-constrained offices. The new XPS 210 desktop is capable of using the forthcoming Microsoft Vista operating system.
Standing about a foot tall, the front panel on the desktop can slide to reveal the DVD drive, two front USB ports, optional media card readers as well as headphone and microphone jacks. The desktop also boasts five USB ports at the back and can be installed upright or horizontally on a bookshelf.
By John Kennedy