7-Port USB Hub, which lets users connect up to five devices on the front ports and up to two devices on the rear ports. The USB Hub can be used to download digital content from a computer (Windows or Mac) to up to seven devices, such as an MP3 player, at the same time. This hub is ideal for transferring content, audio recordings, and other data to any device with a USB port, including the Califone MP3 Player.
Premier Mounts (www.mounts.com) announces the UNI-STA, a new universal mount for short-throwprojector wall mounting. Designed to fit all short-throw projectors currently on the market, the UNI-STA features a universal mount with expandable reach and a lockable GearBox designed to secure a small PC or other control device.With a wall-mounted projector, installers don’t have to worry about removing ceiling-tile waste or the possible environmental remediation that accompanies a ceiling installation.
Impulse Bluetooth technology access product. New features include software updates and translated instructions for international distribution. The enhanced Impulse now offers a 24-hour battery life, nearly double that of the previous, 13-hour battery. The new design of the product features the same 1.9-inch size but includes a curvaceous shape and a repositioned charge jack to accommodate the new battery.
with HP to include an offering that combines the HP Z800 Workstation (www.hp.com) with Parallels’ Workstation 4.0 Extreme and select NVIDIA SLI Multi-OS Quadro FX graphics cards. Parallels’ Workstation 4.0 Extreme is a high-end workstation-virtualization solution that offers users near-native performance in resource-intensive applications. The product leverages key virtualization technologies from Intel, including VT-x for accelerated virtual CPU performance, VT-d for direct high-performance NVIDIA FX graphics card and NIC assignment, and Extended Page Tables (EPT) for improved performance in memory management.
Epson’s BrightLink 450Wi is an intelligent projector that allows educators to turn any standard whiteboard or smooth wall into an interactive-learning area. This enables educators to easily integrate interactive capabilities and eliminates the need to purchase and install dedicated interactive whiteboards. The ultra-short-throw Epson BrightLink 450Wi interactive projector comes with two digital infrared pens and wall-mount hardware for easy installation.PROS: The BrightLink 450Wi has all the functionality of an interactive whiteboard without the cost or trouble of mounting an IWB. The projector can be permanently mounted as close as 2.8 inches to the wall. It is easy to set up, and the controls are well defined. Because of the USB plug-and-play, there is no need to use a VGA cable to project when using a Windows PC or Mac. The BrightLink 450Wi projects in native wide-screen aspect ratio as well as 4:3 aspect ratio. The built-in microphone input for voice amplification is good for narrating presentations.CONS: It would be nice if this projector included auto keystone adjustment, as found in other Epson projectors (users can adjust keystone manually). The built-in speakers may not amplify enough for all locations. Users must use the pen to manipulate objects, versus the finger-touch technology found in some IWBs.OVERALL EVALUATION: In addition to providing the functionality of an IWB, the BrightLink 450Wi projects an image larger than that of most IWBs. The variety of inputs and the clarity of the controls make the product an excellent choice for any school looking for an ultra-short-throw projector with interactive functionality.www.epson.com/brightlinkRetail price: less than $2,000—Joe Huber
ViewSonic Corp. (www.viewsonic.com) introduces the PJL3211, PJD5351, and PJD5111 projectors with enhanced network and multimedia capabilities. The PJL3211 is a bright, portable short-throw LCD projector. The product’s six picture modes allow it to display highquality images in the dark, in daylight, or onto a whiteboard or blackboard. The PJD5351 is ViewSonic’s new lightweight, portable shortthrow DLP projector. It enables digital zoom and manual focus, so it’s easy to place on a tabletop, mount on the ceiling, or pair with a short-throw-projector arm. The PJD5111 projector features eight picture modes for a clear, balanced image on many surfaces in various lighting conditions.