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Looks match performance

Sony has released limited edition Vaio CS Series Crocodile Skin. As its name suggests, this laptop not only imitates the appearance of crocodile skin (if nature created red, brown and pink versions), it also replicates its texture. This is very much design-led product, featuring gold trim and gold Vaio logo but in typical Sony style, also has more than enough grunt to be fully functioning business machine.
It has 4GB main memory (upgradeable to 8MB) and an Intel Core Duo Processor which means it should be able to handle multiple windows and programmes effortlessly and speedily. 320GB hard disk is enough space to comfortably house documents, large images and video files while the 14.1-inch TFT colour display lets you work and play comfortably. Add the webcam and integrated Bluetooth and you can touch base with the office remotely. It comes pre-installed with the Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit operating system.
RRP: $2899.95

Safe data storage

The DataTraveler Vault – Privacy Edition (DTVP) USB Flash drive can be used with both Apple Macs and PCs. Data onboard the DTVP is secured by hardware-based, on-the-fly, 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). The Kingston Technology drive has fast data transfer rates and is protected from brute-force attacks by locking down after 10 unsuccessful login attempts. After lockdown, reformat is necessary to make the Flash drive operable again. For additional protection, the DTVP is made of aluminium and is waterproof up to depth of four feet. It is available in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities.
RRP 16GB: $1148
RRP 32GB: $1490

Multitasking wonder

A lot of people view the iPhone as nothing more than toy, but this smartphone comes packed with number of features that make it invaluable as business tool. The newly released Apple iPhone 3G S boasts twice the speed of the iPhone 3G, with longer battery life, high-quality, three megapixel autofocus camera, easy to use video recording and hands free voice control. It also includes the new iPhone OS 3.0, an advanced mobile operating system with over 100 new features such as
Cut, Copy and Paste, MMS, Spotlight
Search and landscape keyboard and more. iPhone 3G S customers get access to more
than 50,000 applications from Apple’s App Store, which has number of business solutions to choose from. iPhone 3G S offers twice the capacity with 16GB model and new 32GB model.
RRP: To be announced in July

Professional results in compact package

At some point, you or member of your team is going to need to have high-resolution digital image ready at short notice. Small, compact cameras will often suffice but in the hands of novice can yield less than satisfactory results, with ‘red eye’ and blurred focus. The Canon PowerShot G10 is perfect solution, capable of delivering high quality 14.7 megapixel images while still being an easy to use compact. It features an ultra-high definition CCD sensor, 28mm wide angle lens, 5x zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) for crisp shots even at high zoom or in low-light conditions without flash and RAW mode.
Face Detection Technology allows perfect focus, exposure and lighting when photographing people while Motion Detection Technology freezes the moment and gets clearer action shots.
A three-inch LCD screen (approx 461,000 dots) with wide viewing angle makes for quick decision making – you can clearly see at glance whether you need to reshoot or if the shot meets muster. Additional features include 1cm macro shooting, dedicated ISO and exposure dials, full creative control, Servo AF for continuous focusing of moving subjects, i-Contrast to control the exposure and tone optimally for each scene and Digital Photo Professional software.
RRP: $999.95

Coffee break

Long gone are the days where every personal office had bar and coffee machine. However, the CitiZ from De’Longhi is perfect excuse to bring back the coffee component. The CitiZ&Milk is by far the easiest way to brew barista tasting coffee without wasting time or using up excess amounts of desk retail. It uses Nespresso capsules which are popped into the top of the machine and automatically ejected into backlit capsule container after use. The integrated Aeroccino whips up heated milk to perfect cappuccino consistency in less than two minutes. Its new compact brewing unit technology features 19 bar high pressure pump, Thermoblock water heating system and one litre removable water reservoir.
Compact, stylish in appearance and simple to operate with 40ml espresso setting and 110ml lungo setting; the CitiZ also comes with sample pack of 12 capsules and two espresso cups and saucers.
RRP:$549.00

Time capsule

Western Digital’s WD ShareSpace network storage systems now offer 8TB (terabytes) of capacity, up to 30 percent faster transfer speeds, and DLNA media streaming capabilities. Combined with its ease-of-use and small footprint, WD ShareSpace is now more compelling solution for small offices and digital media enthusiasts who want to store, protect and share massive amounts of content. Responding to small-business customers’ needs for increased shared storage, WD incorporated its industry-first 2TB WD Caviar Green drive into WD ShareSpace’s flexible four-bay design, creating massive 8 TBs of storage in small footprint. The included WD Anywhere Backup software provides automatic and continuous protection for the valuable data from every PC and Mac on the network.
To meet the needs of digital media enthusiasts, WD added DLNA Certified media server to the WD ShareSpace system, making it easy to stream music, photos and videos to popular DLNA-Certified devices including Windows Vista PCs, PlayStation3, and Xbox 360. The previously included iTunes Music Server lets anyone on the network stream the music collection on WD ShareSpace to any PC or Mac running iTunes. Best of all for busy professionals, you can plug USB drive into the front-mounted USB 2.0 port and push button to transfer automatically all the data on the drive to the WD ShareSpace system.
RRP: $4499.99

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