Products from Belkin, Skype, Other World Computing, Genius, VXL Instruments

Desktop Internet phone, portable storage drive, touch speaker system and thin client news.

by / September 9, 2008 0

Free Chat
Belkin International's Desktop Internet Phone for Skype lets users make free Skype Internet calls without turning on their computer. The phone features speaker, speed dial, call hold/release, call pickup/park, mute, redial, hold, call-timer display and a contact list. The phone plugs into the port on a wired/wireless router or a live Ethernet port so users can immediately begin making calls.

Take Along
Other World Computing claims the Mercury On-The-Go 320 GB, 7,200 RPM portable storage drive is the highest-capacity, portable, bus-powered storage unit on the market. It has models available with USB 2.0, USB 2.0+eSATA, FireWire 400+USB 2.0 and FireWire 800/400+USB 2.0 interfaces. The drive is designed to work with Macs, PCs, digital cameras and camcorders. It includes a carrying case, connecting cables, Prosoft Data Rescue III for OS X and NovaStor NovaBackup for Windows. Additional 7,200 RPM models have capacities of 100 GB to 200 GB.

Listen Up
The black-onyx Genius SP-T1200 2.0 Touch Speaker System features a touch-sensitive surface to control function, volume, bass and treble. The two-channel system also features a headphone jack, audio cable and an accessible mute button. Its signal-to-noise ratio is 70 decibels and frequency response is 100 hertz to 20 kilohertz. The compact, 30-watt speakers are designed to complement laptops and notebooks.

Slim Down
VXL Instruments' Itona TC23xx thin client is a high-performance, $229 system that contains a 1 GHz VIA C7 processor; 256 MB RAM and 32 MB Flash RAM; a 32-bit graphics controller; four USB 2.0 ports; and support for Linux or Windows CE .Net operating systems. The graphics controller displays up to 1680x1050 resolution at 85 Hz. The device includes autosensing, 10/100 Ethernet and RJ-45 networking.


Miriam Jones Chief Copy Editor