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 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.
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.
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.
Slim and stylish
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.