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IFA 2017 Top picks for the office

Technology trade show IFA 2017 took place in Berlin from September 1-6, attracting more than 253,000 visitors and 1,805 exhibitors. While the focus of the event is consumer electronics and home appliances, a number of products launched at the show also have applications in the office.

No more mess

Epson: Ecotank Printer
Epson: Ecotank Printer

Epson showcased its next generation of economical EcoTank printers, featuring a reconfigured design and three years’ worth of ink. The ink tank is now on the front for easier access and the bottles have been improved for mess-free refilling. In addition to models for home offices and small businesses, Epson has introduced two five-colour models for high quality photo printing.

www.epson.co.uk

Convertible upgrade
Lenovo showcased the follow-up to its Yoga 910 convertible. The Yoga 920 features new smart pen functionality; voice recognition; biometric security with Windows Hello; up to 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processors; and a 4K IPS touchscreen in a 13.9-inch frame. It also launched its most compact Yoga 720 model to date. The 12-inch Yoga 720 is just 0.62 inches thick and weighs 2.53 pounds.

www.lenovo.com

Content creation
LG unveiled a new V series smartphone optimised for content creation. In addition to voice and face recognition technologies, it features a 6-inch 18:9 OLED FullVision display; F1.6 aperture and glass Crystal Clear Lens; and Cine Video mode for producing movie-quality videos.

www.lg.com/uk

Slim and stylish

Acer Swift 5
Acer Swift 5

Acer has expanded its portfolio of convertible and detachable Windows 10 devices with a number of new models: Swift 5, an ultra-slim and ultra-light notebook with an interactive multi-touch Full HD IPS2 touchscreen; Spin 5, a convertible, available in 13 and 15-inch versions; and Switch 7, a fanless 2-in-1 notebook. All incorporate 8th Generation Intel Core processors.

www.acer.com

Flippable laptop
ASUS describes the ZenBook Flip 14 as the world’s thinnest 2-in-1 laptop. Just 13.9mm thick and weighing 1.4kg, it features a 360-degree flip-able touchscreen; 14-inch NanoEdge Full HD display with thin bezel; ASUS Pen support; 8th Generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor; 16GB RAM; NVIDIA GeoForce MX150 graphics; a 512GB PCIe x4 SSD; and a Harman Kardon audio system.

www.asus.com

Keyboard for creatives
Logitech has introduced a smart keyboard for creatives. Called CRAFT, it incorporates a touch-sensitive input dial that recognises the app being used and provides context-specific functions at a tap. For example, it can be used to adjust image brightness, contrast and saturation in Adobe Photoshop, or to create and adjust charts in Microsoft Excel. A smart illumination feature detects the user’s hands and automatically adjusts keyboard backlighting to suit ambient light levels.

www.logitech.com

High-performance LED
LG Electronics launched two new LED projectors: the ProBeam UST (Ultra Short-Throw) laser projector (HF85JA) and the LG MiniBeam (PH30JG). The ProBeam UST, which requires just 4.7-inches of space to display a Full HD image up to 100 inches in size, offers up to 1,500 ANSI lumen of brightness, a contrast ratio of 150,000:1 and a host of connectivity options including Bluetooth for use with Bluetooth-enabled wireless speakers or headphones. The more compact MiniBeam has a built-in 9000mAh battery for wireless presentations, USB Type-C compatibility for connecting other devices and Multi-Angle Projection, which allows it to be tilted up to 70 degrees to display an image high on a wall or on the ceiling.

www.lg.com/uk

World’s biggest microSD card
Data storage company Western Digital launched the world’s highest capacity microSD card for use in mobile devices. The 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card can hold up to 40 hours of Full HD video and features superfast transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s. At this transfer speed, consumers can expect to move up to 1,200 photos per minute.

www.sandisk.com

 

 

 

 

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