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IFA 2017 Top picks for the office (2)

Rugged tech

Cat S31 rugged tablet
Cat S31 rugged tablet

Cat phones introduced a successor to the Cat S30 rugged smartphone and its first rugged tablet. The Cat S31 with 4000 mAh battery meets MIL SPEC 810G specifications and is IP68 waterproof, dust resistant and drop proof to 1.8m onto concrete. Its bright 4.7-inch touchscreen HD display (protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3) can be read in direct sunlight and works even with wet fingers or when wearing gloves. The Caterpillar T20 tablet is IP67-certified and meets MIL SPEC 810G military standards. It is waterproof for 30 minutes at a depth of one metre; drop-resistant up to a height of 1.8 metres; and can withstand extreme air pressure and fluctuations in temperature.

Office wayfinding
The Nimway smart office solution, a product of Sony’s Seed Acceleration Program (SAP), uses mobile applications and digital floorplans to help staff locate colleagues, find available meeting rooms and navigate their way around large offices.

Adaptive sound
Sony expanded its 1000X series of wireless noise cancellation headsets with three new models: the WF-1000X in-ear buds, with sleek charging case for up to 9 hours of usage; the WI-1000X, featuring a practical behind-the-neck style and up to 10 hours of battery life; and the WH-1000XM2, with headband and up to 30 hours of battery life in wireless. A companion app, Sony Headphones Connect with Adaptive Sound Control, detects what you are doing (i.e. standing/sitting, walking, on the bus) and automatically switches to your preferred noise cancellation settings for that activity.

Mixed reality

Dell headset for Windows Mixed Reality
Dell headset for Windows Mixed Reality

Dell was one of many vendors to showcase a headset for Windows Mixed Reality. The Dell Visor features a flip-up visor for convenient transitions; well-cushioned head and face padding; thumbwheel band adjustment for any head size; a weight balanced headband to take pressure off nose and cheeks; and cable management that routes cords to the back of the headband for better freedom of movement. Dell Visor takes advantage of the same technology used in the Microsoft HoloLens, including inside-out tracking cameras, with a 360-degree panoramic view.

Work-proof tablet

Latitude 7212 Rugged
Latitude 7212 Rugged

Dell announced its Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet for harsh work environments. Offering enterprise-ready security and manageability, the tablet weighs just over 2.8 lbs, has Intel 6th and 7th Generation Core I-series 15 watt processors and delivers up to 19 hours of battery life with dual hot-swappable batteries. The 7212 is backward compatible with existing desk and vehicle docking solutions.

Slim all-in-one
The Aspire S24 is Acer’s slimmest all-in-one desktop PC. Featuring a 23.8in borderless display with a side profile of only 5.97mm, it comes with 8th Generation Intel Core processors, with optional Intel Optane memory; up to 256 GB of SSD and 2 TB of HDD storage space; and a wireless charging base to power Qi-enabled devices.

Pay-as-you-go print
Introduced for the first time in Europe, Epson’s ReadyInk technology powers a new pay-as-you-go ink replenishment service with no monthly subscription fees. Epson monitors your ink usage and automatically supplies a new cartridge before your existing one runs out. Check online to see if your printer is supported.

Large venue projector
Featuring built-in Texas Instruments XPR technology, the Acer P8800 projector delivers an UltraHD 4K experience, with more than 8.3 million on-screen pixels, four times that of a Full HD screen. Suitable for larger spaces and public venues, the projector has up to 5,000 lumens of brightness and a contrast ratio of 1,200,00:1, enabling it to project clear, vivid images in all light conditions, regardless of throw distance or venue size.

Right priorities

Dell Inspiron 7000
Dell Inspiron 7000

Dell’s new Inspiron 7000 line of 13 and 15in 2-in-1s feature FHD IPS touch displays that support active pen for digital drawing, writing and note taking and SmartByte streaming technology, which prioritises movie streaming and conferencing over other network activities. The 2-in-1s feature 8th Generation Intel Core processors, DDR4 memory and flexible connectivity options including USB Type-C with support for DisplayPort and Power Delivery.

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