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Logitech today unveiled two new PC headsets that are claimed to make PC-Internet calling, listening to music and gaming more comfortable experiences. The Logitech ClearChat Pro USB headset features proprietary laser-tuned audio drivers, an audio equalizer switch and a noise-canceling microphone. The Logitech ClearChat Comfort USB headset features a padded headband and plush ear pads for exceptional comfort.
For people who demand high-performance audio in addition to comfort, the versatile ClearChat Pro USB headset features proprietary laser-tuned audio drivers. In addition, the headset includes the Logitech SoundSwitch equalizer, a headset-based switch that instantly optimizes audio performance for the three most common headset activities: PC-Internet calling, music listening and gaming. The PC calling mode accentuates the human voice. For PC playlists and Internet radio, the music mode provides a well-balanced sound. And the gaming mode enhances gaming audio, increasing the level of realism.
Logitech ClearChat Pro
Located conveniently on the headset, the controls for the ClearChat Pro headset give people quick access to volume and mute functions. For a more personal fit, the headset features an adjustable noise-canceling microphone with a flexible boom that easily adjusts to the desired distance from the mouth. And as an added convenience, the microphone boom emits a soft, red glow when muted so users can be confident no one else can hear them speaking.
For headset users looking for comfort, the ClearChat Comfort USB headset features a padded headband and plush ear pads. The headband and microphone are easily adjustable for each individual user. For additional convenience, the headset is equipped with in-line volume and mute controls.
Logitech ClearChat Comfort
Both headsets work with popular PC Internet calling applications, including Skype, Windows Live, Yahoo! and AIM.
The Logitech ClearChat Pro USB and Logitech ClearChat Comfort USB headsets are expected to be available in the U.S. in September and in Europe in October. The Logitech ClearChat Pro USB headset will have a suggested retail price of $49.99 (U.S.). The Logitech ClearChat Comfort USB headset will have a suggested retail price of $39.99 (U.S.).
S-LCD Corporation, a joint venture between Samsung Electronics and Sony Corporation, today announced the shipment of LCD panels produced from its 8th Generation Line. S-LCD's 8th Generation Line is capable of processing the world's largest motherglass substrates, measuring 2,200mm by 2,500mm.
LCD panels shipped from this 8G line marks a major turning point in the market for LCD TVs in the 50-inch (diagonally) class. With 7G line which is already in operation, S-LCD has sufficient capacity to meet demand for 40-inch panels. The 8G line is slated to supply 46-inch and 52-inch panels, and that plan was evident by the contents of the first shipment of 52-inch LCD panels for full-HD TVs.
The new line would reach its full monthly output of 50,000 panels by the end of the year.
Iomega Corporation announced a new line of network hard drives available in 320GB, 360GB and 500GB models.
The network capabilities of the new Iomega Home Network Hard Drive are based on 10/100 Ethernet technology, the connectivity standard in today's home networks. With the included Ethernet cable, setting up an Iomega Home Network Hard Drive is as easy as connecting it to an available network port on the home router and running the included Discovery Tool Home utility for Windows on each PC (for Mac and Linux users on the network, configuration is a simple manual process).
All three models of the new Iomega Home Network Hard Drive feature 7200 RPM SATA-II hard drives with 8MB cache. Once a Home Network Hard Drive is set-up and the network is operating, the device can save files from up to four networked PC or Mac computers.
All three models of the new Iomega Home Network Hard Drive include a USB 2.0 port for use with a single computer, making the Home Network Hard Drive an external hard drive for incremental storage.
Iomega includes backup software with its new Home Network Hard Drive. Two client licenses of EMC Retrospect HD backup software allow users to set up automated backup schedules or perform immediate backups; create progressive backups that capture only the changes from the previous backup; restore a file to any previous backed-up point in time; compress backups; and much more. (Additional client licenses are available from Iomega.)
Iomega Home Network Hard Drives are compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional; XP Home/XP Professional/XP Professional x64; Windows Vista Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Ultimate; Mac OS X 10.2.7 or higher; and Linux distributions including Redhat 9, Mandrake 10, Debian 3.0, Gentoo, and FedoraCore 3.
Network drive operation requires an available 10/100 Ethernet port; a network hub, switch or router is recommended. A DHCP configured network is recommended.
The 320GB Iomega Home Network Hard Drive is available now worldwide for $149.00; the 500GB Iomega Home Network Hard Drive is also available now for $199.00. The 360GB Iomega Home Network Hard Drive is expected to be available in late September for $149.00. The 500GB model (as well as the 360GB model in September) is available from VARs, resellers, distributors and select retailers. The 320GB Iomega Home Network Hard Drive is available only at Iomega's online store, www.iomega.com. (All pricing listed here is U.S. suggested retail.)
Source: Iomega Corporation
Fusing PC performance with an LCD, Sony today introduced a new high-definition PC/TV model. Featuring a floating glass design, the VAIO LT HD PC/TV serves as a computer entertainment center, where you can watch and record analog, digital and cable television programming, including premium HD channels. A Cable CARD is required.
Part of a series, the new LT PC/TV comes in multiple configurations, including a standard and an HD model. The high-definition version features a Blu-ray Disc optical drive so you can enjoy high-definition movies, as well as record, store and play back personal content on high-capacity BD media (up to 50 GB on a single disc).
The unit features a 22-inch diagonal WSXGA+ widescreen display, with Sony’s XBRITE-HiColor LCD technology. A unique feature in a PC, the LT model has a mounting capability that allows users to attach a VESA-compatible mount (sold separately) to the unit and hang it on the wall of your bedroom, kitchen, office or attach to your desk.
Since the LT PC/TV can be used for television viewing as well as computing functions, an A/V power button lets you shut down the TV function, while your PC continues to run in the background. This lets you quickly turn the TV off and on without waiting for the PC to shut down or boot up.
The model features a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera and an echo-cancelling microphone for video messaging. A broadband connection is required.
The unit features an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM and a discrete graphics card. It also ships with a roomy hard drive and allows for expandable hard drive capacity, providing plenty of space for HD recording. It also incorporates built-in wireless 802.11n LAN technology. The unit comes pre-installed with Windows Vista Ultimate.
A wire organizing tab on the back of the chassis ensures that wires are discreetly routed, while ample ports are conveniently located on the sides. Wired connections are further minimized with the included fold-up wireless keyboard, mouse and remote control.
The LT standard model will start at about $1,900, while the LT HD model with a Blu-ray Disc optical drive will go for around $2,900. The VAIO LT series will go on sale in October.
OCZ Technology Group today introduced 1GB and 2GB microSD cards and adaptor kits to their flash memory series. The OCZ microSD utilizes the latest technology in flash memory, and at one-fourth the size of a standard Secure Digital card it is the convenient portable media device. OCZ microSD cards come complete with an SD adaptor to make transferring and viewing data between various devices easier while a second version also includes a miniSD adaptor for better compatibility.
All OCZ microSD flash cards come backed with a 1 year warranty.
Source: OCZ Technology Group
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