You can take all the power of advanced office technology with you on the road.
Portable and versatile gear including smartphones, scanners, and projectors can help you make the most of your time away from the office.
The Samsung BlackJack II global phone with AT&T Global Roaming service provide a simple way for you to talk, surf, and e-mail your way around the globe. This new smartphone packs a bright 2 x 2-inch color screen and a full alpha keypad into a sleek unit. On a recent trip to Europe and Asia, I was able to work efficiently using AT&T's wireless voice and data service. Windows Mobile functionality, and full multimedia and stereo Bluetooth capabilities make the BlackJack II a real iPhone alternative for travelers with a preference for buttons you can touch.
High-Tech to Go
The new super-slim XJ-S31 projector from Casio ($999.00) fits easily in a briefcase, and delivers 2000 lumens of native XGA (1024 x 768) picture power -- more than enough for even a well lit conference room. This 1.69-inch thick, DLP-powered unit weighs 3.9 lbs., and includes a 2x optical powered zoom. A built-in USB host function enables PC-free presentations from a thumb drive.
Productively dealing with piles of assorted documents, including handwritten notes, receipts, and business cards can be a real challenge for those who spend a lot of time on the road. We put the ScanSnap S300 from Fujitsu through its paces and were pleased with its performance. The $295 portable scanner offers real office capabilities -- including double-sided color scanning, a 10-sheet document feeder, 600 dpi resolution, and a top delivery speed of 8 pages per minute. The compact S300 measures only 11.2 x 3.7 x 3.0 inches and fit easily in the accessory compartment of my laptop case. Connecting to a Windows PC via a USB connection, the unit can be powered either with the included A.C. adapter or via a second USB port. Bundled ScanSnap software made it easy to create searchable PDF files, and Card Manager V3.2 let me quickly capture both sides of business cards and export the resulting contact info to MS Outlook.
Carrying around a portable hard drive with all your gigabytes of graphics, video, and other data can be anything but dull with the new ruggedized, Pininfarina-designed portable drives from SimpleTech. The compact Signature Mini drives are available in seven colors and capacities (120 GB up to 320 GB), with list prices ranging from $120 to $230. These USB 2.0 drives are Mac- and PC-compatible, and include a free account for online storage of 2 GB; unlimited capacity for $4.95 per month.
Another great portable device for mobile professionals, Kingston's DataTraveler Mini -- Migo Edition, is now available in a 4-GB capacity for less than $40. I was able to carry all my computer settings and data files on this USB 2.0 Flash device attached to my keychain, and was able to work on different computers during my travels.
A particularly useful device, the Power Bug from DLO, is a $20 miniature plug for charging smartphones, iPods, Bluetooth headsets, and just about any other USB device anywhere A.C. power is available. You'll need to use the USB cable that shipped with your device.
The right portable devices can deliver powerful performance and a real productivity boost to overloaded business travelers.
Full-Featured Portable Color Scanner
The Fujitsu ScanSnap S300 Document Scanner is a compact and mobile alternative for personal and professional use inside or outside of the home or office. The ScanSnap S300 delivers double-sided color scanning performance at 8 pages per minute (simplex) or 16 images per minute (duplex).
ScanSnap comes with an AC adapter, but for added traveling convenience, the S300 can be powered via USB connectivity. So whether its storing away that mountain of paperwork at home or capturing those mission critical documents on a business trip, come see why ScanSnap leads the way in document scanning made simple... anywhere!
For more information, please call 888-425-8228, or visit http://us.fujitsu.com/scanners.
Using color and high-quality images to create powerful communications is easier than ever.
The new compact 8-megapixel FinePix Z100fd digital camera features a 5x Fujinon optical zoom lens (equivalent to a 36-180 mm lens on a 35 mm film camera). Fujifilm's latest pocket-sized camera produces good pictures in available light without a flash -- thanks to a maximum sensitivity of ISO 1600 and mechanical image stabilization. The $250 digicam's high-res 2.7-inch, color LCD is protected by a scratch-resistant glass coating.
The new magicolor 8650DN color laser printer from Konica Minolta features a powerful 1 GHz PowerPC processor, making it a speedy workhorse unit that can deliver up to 35 pages per minute in color or black-and-white, with a fast first b&w page in less than 6 seconds. The unit supports a variety of media, from postcard to 12.25 x 47.24 inches, and 12 x 18 inches for full-bleed tabloid proofs with cropmarks. The versatile 8650DN can be used with Windows, Macs, and Linux computers.
Time and Space Machines
The Apple Time Capsule combines an automatic network backup appliance with an 802.11n base station in the kind of simple sexy package we've come to expect from Steve Jobs and company. What make this Mac-only device a real standout is the very reasonable list price -- 500 gigabytes for $299 and a one terabyte unit for just $499. One small but significant limitation of this great new device -- the bundled automatic Time Machine backup and restoration software only works with Macs running Apple's latest Leopard operating system.
Short-throw projectors, such as the new CP-A100 from Hitachi's Ubiquitous Platform Systems Division, help you create innovative displays for commerce and collaboration. Projecting a 60-inch image from a distance of only 1.4 feet, this 3-LCD model delivers a healthy 2500 lumens of native XGA image to a variety of passive and touch-screen projection surfaces. Ideal for tight spaces or applications where a long-throw projector would cast annoying shadows, the CP-A100 costs $2,995, and includes a LAN connection for remote maintenance and control. An E-Shot function with still image transfer and storage from a PC provides four-frame, in-projector storage memory for logos and other key graphic content.
3M's high-contrast Vikuiti rear-projection film can be used on shop and office windows to create a wide range of high-impact digital signage applications. Vikuiti film is easily applied and works with powerful, small projectors to deliver clear images to people passing by -- even in high ambient light. A wide range of sizes is available, with a pre-cut 45-inch diagonal screen listing for around $750.
With a little imagination and some smart technology, you can deliver your message with style and efficiency.
Color Powerhouse with the Creative Edge
The magicolor® 8650DN from Konica Minolta opens a portfolio of printing possibilities to business and creative professionals. Featuring 35 ppm speeds and a powerful 1 GHz processor, this network color laser printer can deliver pages fast to the entire work team. Exceptional 19,200 x 600 dpi-class quality and support for an enormous range of media sizes and stocks opens an outlet for your most creative concepts. And for documents ready for distribution, equip the magicolor® 8650DN with staple, hole punch and booklet-making options.
Learn more at www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us