Toughen Up

Panasonic's semi-rugged Toughbook W4 contains an Intel Pentium M 1.20 GHz processor, a 40 GB shock-mounted and removable hard drive, an integrated DVD/CD-RW combo drive and 512 MB SDRAM that's expandable to 1024 MB. The lithium-ion battery operates as long as 6 hours and 38 minutes, with a charging time of 5 hours with the machine off or 6.5 hours with it running. The machine weighs 2.8 pounds and has a 12.1-inch anti-glare LCD with 1024x768 resolution.

Shrink to Fit

The Cybernet ZPC-9000 is a PC enclosed in a normal 104-key keyboard. Features include an 80 GB hard drive, Intel Pentium 4 HT processor up to 3.2 GHz, up to 2 GB of DDR-400 MHz memory, 1 GB Ethernet LAN, an optional 7-in-1 card reader, two-button touchpad and a CD-RW/DVD. It comes with an optional removable 2.5-inch hard disk drive and two built-in 2-watt stereo speakers with three audio jacks for audio out, line-in and microphone. The Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound delivers six channels of enhanced sound quality. A ZPC-9000 uses a 120-watt power supply, which is lower than the 250- to 300-watt power supply of a traditional PC.

Diminutive Drive

G-Technology's G-DRIVE mini offers 160 GB storage capacity with 8 MB cache. It comes in dual FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 versions and is packaged in an aluminum enclosure with built-in heat sink. The unit measures 4.9 x 3.2 x .88 inches and weighs less than 9 oz. It is powered via FireWire or USB so no AC adapter is required. The unit is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows XP, and comes in titanium or black finishes, along with cables and a leather carrying case.

Print Support

The Lexmark MarkNet N7020e external Gigabit Ethernet print server provides secure, manageable network printing for up to four USB printers or multifunction products. This saves time and balances workload by routing print jobs to the next available printer. Users can configure printing and devices directly from a USB flash memory device. The server offers IPSec support, a method of encrypting all data coming from the host to the printer to help prevent unauthorized access to digital information. Security options such as disk wiping, encryption and user authentication can control data access, helping facilities keep important documents secure.

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.