Tough Calls

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

Gateway's M460S notebook PC includes an Intel Celeron-M Processor 350 (1.3 GHz), a 15-inch XGA TFT active matrix display, 256 MB of DDR2 memory, a 40 GB hard drive, a modular 24x/10x/24x CD-RW/8x DVD-ROM combo drive, integrated Intel 802.11g wireless and a six-cell battery. The notebook weighs less than 6 pounds, and has an integrated V.90 56K Modem, integrated Broadcom 10/100/1000 Ethernet adapter, and integrated sound and stereo speakers, headphone/speaker jack and mic jacks. The M460S features a modular bay so users can add an extra hard drive, floppy drive, CD-RW or DVD drive, without powering down.

See Clearly

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.

Miriam Jones  |  Chief Copy Editor