May 26, 2005 By Miriam Jones
Nextel and Motorola introduced the Motorola i325 IS handset, a ruggedized phone with off-network communications capabilities. The handset offers Direct Talk, which allows users outside the Nextel coverage area to manually transfer to a two-way radio-to-radio communication mode with a range of up to six miles depending on specific conditions, such as terrain. The phone is approved for use where flammable gases or vapors may exist. The durable handset also meets military specifications (810 F tests) for resistance to blowing rain, dust, shock, vibration, high/low temperatures and pressure, solar radiation, humidity, and salt fog. It has a rubber overmold, a sealed bottom connector cover to protect from liquid or dust damage, and a fixed antenna.
Notebook to Go
The 17-inch Acer AL 1732 monitor offers anti-reflective coating, 1280 x 1024 resolution, 500:1 contrast ratio and weighs 5.2 pounds. The monitor has 12-millisecond response time, built-in 2 x 2W speakers and viewing angles of 140 degrees (horizontal and vertical). The LCD sports digital input (DVI), rear-cable management, typical brightness of 400 cd/m2 and 16.7 million display colors as well. It's also available in 19- and 20-inch models.
Park and Play
The Targus Universal Notebook Docking Station with video allows users to easily connect to an external monitor, keyboard, Ethernet, mouse, printer, speakers or other devices through a single USB connection. Users can connect a monitor or LCD directly to the docking station with no additional cable connection required. A button on the back of the device allows two of the four USB ports to always have power, whether the notebook is powered down or in sleep mode.
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