The latest business tools can help you save time, protect business critical data, and enhance your business image.
Utilities that keep your hard drive healthy and moving along speedily can save you time and even help prevent the loss of business critical data. For several years we have relied on Diskeeper to automatically and intelligently defrag files on our hard drives. Diskeeper 2008's InvisiTasking provides defrag operations transparently and in real time. With this new release, optimization is enabled even if the available free space on your hard drive is as low as 1%. Diskeeper Administrative Console provides real-time performance metrics on-demand or via e-mail, and is included in the Diskeeper Small Business Edition ($400).
Data security is another area where an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of repairs. Norton 360 from Symantec is an all-in-one solution that makes data security and maintenance a no-brainer for remote employees and laptop users. Once preferences are established, this suite of well-honed programs automates virus protection updates, intrusion prevention, firewall maintenance, phishing protection, and other essential tasks. The $80 package also provides automated disk cleanup and optimization, and free online backup of important data.
The Need for Speed With the increasing use of large photo, video, and presentation files, the ability to quickly store, retrieve and deliver multimedia content has become a very basic need.
A new media reader from Kingston Technology makes short work of transferring data from 19 different types of Flash memory cards. Requiring no adapters or power cable, the $17 Kingston Media Reader is an external, high-speed reader that is useful for moving data between Flash cards and a computer or other device via a USB port. The unit houses a short USB cable, and a detachable 3-foot extension USB cable is also included in the package.
Konica Minolta's new magicolor 4650 series printers feature time-saving direct print options. With these high-performance units, you can print files directly from a USB Flash drive, or drag and drop the files for print using PageScope Direct Print. They also feature a fast first page delivery of 14.5 seconds in color or black-and-white, and 25 pages per minute for multi-page documents. The EN model is priced at $699; the DN model, with a built-in automatic duplexer for two-sided printing, costs $799.
Cutting the Cord With the increasingly rapid pace of work and play, cordless devices provide greater flexibility and ease of use. Logitech's diNovo Mini is a palm-sized, cordless mini-keyboard that provides access to and control of your PC media center. It features Microsoft Windows Media Center controls and navigation, an integrated ClickPad, and backlit keys. The $150 Bluetooth wireless remote works effectively within a range of 30 feet.
There's no need to stress out trying to get online. NetGear's RangeMax NEXT Wireless-N routers provide stable connections and the bandwidth necessary for streaming applications. The $110 WNR834B unit we tested featured 3 preset internal antennas that significantly extended the range of connectivity and provided good throughput. The unit is compliant with 802.11n Draft 2.0, the wireless standard t hat utilizes advanced MIMP (Multi-In, Multi-Out) technology. To get maximum performance with the RangeMax router, you may want to install NetGear's high-speed wireless notebook adapter (WN511B) in your laptop. The $80 card will help you get consistent wireless connections, and enjoy file sharing, Internet phone calls, and music downloads without bandwidth issues.
New tools designed to streamline your work processes can improve productivity and reduce the frustration of downtime and delays.
Sleek, Smart and Speedy.
Modern design meets efficiency in the magicolor® 4650 series of color laser printers. These stylish printers deliver eye-catching documents at top speeds without sacrificing quality. At 25 pages per minute and with impressive 9600 x 600 dpi-class contone color, the magicolor 4650EN and magicolor 4650DN produce professional, high-quality prints in a flash. And these quiet powerhouses won't disturb your office -- keeping noise levels at a minimum so your productivity can be maximized. Time saving print options and user-friendly design make the magicolor 4650 series the perfect complement to any productive workgroup.
Learn more at www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us.