Product Previews: Lenovo N100, Sage ACT! 2007 and

31 Oct 2006

This week’s round-up of products includes the latest widescreen notebook from Lenovo, Sage ACT! business software (pictured) and information website.

Lenovo N100
What is it? Widescreen notebook
How much? Starts from €922

Lenovo’s N100 widescreen notebook PC is the company’s first own-brand machine to run Intel’s Core Duo processor. Aimed at small business users, the notebook also includes Wi-Fi and wireless connectivity options and enhanced multimedia features. Customers can choose from a 14.1-inch or 15.4-inch display and the system has two options of graphics cards for with higher memory for better performance. The N100 also includes Lenovo Care productivity tools that help automate many routine security and maintenance tasks, such as one-button system recovery. Another feature automatically downloads and installs critical updates for Lenovo software to help keep the machine running at peak performance.

Sage ACT! 2007
What is it? Business software
How much? Starts from €298

For any business, building better relationships with customers and managing information more effectively are cornerstones of success. To that end, ACT! 2007 from Sage aims to deliver business processes that enhance marketing effectiveness, drive sales performance and management an insight into how their business is working. New to this version is a more complete integration with Microsoft Outlook that lets users create ACT! Histories and contacts as well as attaching emails to ACT! Contacts, all from within Outlook. An improved company/contact integration function allows users to maintain up-to-date information across the entire customer record. Users can specify which fields they want linked between the Company and Contact Records so when the field changes on a company, users are prompted to change that field for all contacts linked to the company.
What is it? Information website
How much? Free

Employers of people with disabilities can now get information online about assistive technologies available in Ireland. The site,, includes advice and information as well as case studies. According to the site, assistive technology is about supporting people and implementing innovative practice in a wide range of workplace settings. It includes alternative keyboards, mice, voice recognition software and screen magnifiers, as well as solutions such as Windows accessibility features that are standard in all PC operating systems. is an international collaboration and has been led by Irish partners Athlone Institute of Technology, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology and Enable Ireland.

By John Kennedy