August 31, 2007 By Miriam Jones
Bird's Eye View
ViewSonic introduced the VA1916w widescreen, 19-inch LCD monitor, which offers a 1440 x 900 native resolution and 2000:1 dynamic contrast ratio for crisp text and bright images. The monitor boasts 5 ms response time and 300 nits of brightness, and is Windows Vista Basic Certified. The unit incorporates a textured cabinet with thin-bezel design and features a clean cable-management system.
Axis Communications' fixed-dome 216MFD network camera features a 1.3 megapixel sensor that uses progressive scan to reduce motion blur. The camera provides up to 12 frames per second in full 1280 x 1024 pixel resolution, and 30 frames per second in 800 x 600 pixel resolution. The standard unit has a tamper-resistant plastic cover for indoor video surveillance, while AXIS 216MFD-V features a rugged, vandal-resistant casing with a metal base.
The Panasonic Toughbook 52 laptop is constructed of magnesium alloy and includes a shock-mounted 15.4-inch widescreen and easily removable 120 GB hard drive. The Intel Core 2 Duo processor offers 4 MB L2 cache and speed of 2.0 GHz, 800 MHz FSB. The semi-rugged Toughbook withstands drops of up to 2.5 feet on all six sides, and the hard drive is tested to withstand a 3-foot drop. The laptop also includes a spill-resistant keyboard.
The Microtek ScanMaker s450 makes 4800 x 9600 dpi resolution, 48-bit color scans from photos and documents. Its built-in 35 mm transparency adapter scans entire filmstrips (up to five frames) or as many as four 35 mm slides at a time. Faded photos can be restored with automatic color restoration. Scanned documents are converted to editable electronic files through optical character recognition, and documents can also be saved as PDF files. The unit has an 8.5 x 11.7-inch scan bed.
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