Visioneer, Acer, New Standard Keyboards, Unotron, Saitek, Kensington, G-Technology, Starkey Laboratories

by / September 7, 2006

Made to Order
The Visioneer Patriot 680 duplex flatbed scanner can be programmed to automatically scan as many as 99 different destinations for whatever documents or files are being scanned, and can be customized for each person or workflow in a department. Destination examples include converting scanned documents into searchable PDFs or printed documents, scanning to an archive, scanning to a network, scanning to an optical character reader, and scanning to e-mail. The scanner's 8.5x14.5-inch flatbed accommodates documents up to legal size, and scans as many as 40 pages per minute and 80 images per minute for double-sided documents. The Patriot 680 offers a 100-page (16-pound paper) automatic document feeder and 600x1200 dpi optical resolution.

53-Key Salute
Although the New Standard Keyboards' NSK 535 S USB-interface computer keyboard has 53 keys, as opposed to the traditional 101-key design, it retains the full standard keyboard functionality. All 53 keys are within easy reach of the home position. The approach offers an alternative for media PCs, assistive living users and swift business data entry where a typical QWERTY keyboard isn't needed. Shift keys are centralized and users can type shift characters with one hand. The NSK 535 S also occupies much less desk space, measuring just 12.5(L)x5(W)x.9(D) inches.

Squeaky Clean
The Unotron M10 ScrollSeal Washable Optical Mouse incorporates a removable scroll wheel, and has smooth optical tracking and an ergonomic three-button design. The mouse can be washed/immersed and sterilized with most detergents and antibacterial agents. Every recess can be sterilized, including the scroll wheel, which can be easily removed and clipped back into place. The mouse is available in black or gray.

Sound and Vision
Aspire 9800 notebook comes with a 20.1-inch screen and a 240 GB (120/120) SATA hard drive, 5,400 rpm. The Aspire has 2 GB of memory (1 GB installed in each of two memory slots) DDR2 667 SDRAM, an Intel Core Duo Processor T2600, 2 MB L2 cache, 2.16 GHz and 667 MHz front side bus. The notebook contains two integrated 1.5 watt stereo speakers and one subwoofer. Its array of input/output ports include four USB 2.0, IEEE 1394, fast infrared (FIR), S-video, VGA, serial, parallel, integrated ExpressCard/54 and a 5-in-1 card reader. Various CD/DVD-ROM options are available.

Glow in the Dark
Eclipse II is a slim computer keyboard with backlighting that shines through laser-etched keys. The keyboard offers a choice of colors -- purple, red and blue -- selectable and is adjustable via a dimmer mechanism. The key characters and keypad illuminate for use in any lighting environment. The unit has a silver casing; its weighted base and large area rubber feet are designed to keep it firmly placed on a desk, while cushioned and silent keys are intended for fatigue-free use. The keyboard also features media keys for volume control, play/pause and skip tracks.

Take a Load Off
The Kensington Contour Balance Notebook Roller is made of durable, water-resistant microfiber and is as much as 30 percent lighter than traditional rolling bags. It offers a detachable shoulder strap, luggage strap, accessory hook and telescoping handle. Its contour panel and padded shoulder strap are designed to increase comfort and reduce fatigue. The DropShield padding and SnugFit sleeve protect most notebooks up to 15.4 inches. The bag has a ticket pocket and key drop keep, as well as a front organizational panel for pens, MP3 player, cell phone, business cards and flash drive. It also has a rear compartment for power and accessory storage.

Make Room for Data
G-SPEED storage device features a 4-Gb Fibre channel interface -- small form-factor pluggable to LC optical -- and RAID 6 (supports RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5 and 6) technology specifically designed for content creation applications. The compact desktop tower stores up to 3 TB using SATA II drives, with sustained data rates of up to 250 Mbps. The unit contains hot-swappable disk drive modules and fans, and offers a redundant power supply option. The tower is storage area network-ready, as well as Mac OS X- and Windows XP-compatible.

Cut the Static
The Starkey Laboratories Ear Level Instrument (ELI) offers wireless communication between hearing aid wearers and a growing assortment of modern Bluetooth signal sources, including telephones, TVs and computers. Cell phones and other portable electronics sometimes create feedback, poor signal strength and electromagnetic interference. When paired with a Bluetooth-enabled phone, for example, ELI's signal automatically overrides the hearing instrument's microphone signal, improving the signal and clarity for the user. ELI is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. A single charge provides 140 hours in standby mode or 2.5 hours of continuous use.
Miriam Jones Chief Copy Editor

Miriam Jones is chief copy editor of Government Technology, Governing, Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines. She joined e.Republic in 2000 as an editor of Converge magazine.