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

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

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 is a former chief copy editor of Government Technology, Governing, Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines.
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