Bretford’s new NETBOOK32 Mini Computer Laptop Cart (www.bretford.com) includes two shelves with eight compartments per shelf to hold up to 32 netbooks. Its 32-outlet UL electrical system has an automatic timer/charger unit to charge all netbooks using one circuit. It includes a large working surface and an extra four-outlet power source for an additional netbook and printer. This cart has ventilation holes on all sides for maximum airflow within yet is made from durable steel with bolting doors and a reprogrammable padlock to deter theft. The 2642NSKIT AV Cart Retrofit Kits give institutions a safe, affordable, and sustainable way to lengthen the life of their current AV carts.
Dell introduces the Latitude Z, a 16-inch laptop with the security, wireless, service, and support options of the Dell Latitude family. The tapered design starts at slightly more than half an inch thick (14.5 mm) and 4.4 lb (2.0kg). Backlit wide-screen, high-definition 16-inch LCD with integrated 2 MP autofocus Webcam provides a larger visual workspace for viewing several files at once and for easy collaboration both in and out of the office.PROS: “Easy Scan and Copy” allows users to use the built-in Webcam as a scanner to capture documents to PDFs. There is also a cordless inductive docking station available. The overall design is very professional. It also has a feature that allows users to assign several applications to a “quick launch” bar on the right side of the screen.CONS: To reduce weight and thickness, there are no built-in speakers or optical drivers. This is not necessarily a negative, but it should be noted that these devices are add-ons.OVERALL EVALUATION: This is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a sleek, lightweight box that can do the work alongside the big boys. Even though the box is only half an inch thick, this 32-bit powerhouse packs enough computing power to handle those large spreadsheets and databases. Unlike those on some laptops, the touch of the keyboard is smooth and effortless, and the backlit keys are a nice feature. Everything about this computer says three things: power, speed, and elegance.www.dell.comRetail price: Starts at $1,799—Joe Huber
Listen to the podcast Question: How do you prolong the battery life on a laptop computer? Is it true that leaving the laptop plugged in all the time will ruin the battery life? The IT Guy says: This is a really good question, and the answer is the always-helpful "it depends"! If your laptop is older,