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Whats new from Dynabook, Sharp, Skyroam, BenQ, Starleaf and more

The new X factor

Dynabook Europe has completed its X-series with the launch of a 15inch business laptop to go with the existing 12in, 13in and 14in models. Weighing just 1.36kg and with a battery life of 17 hours, the lightweight, durable Tecra X50-F brings the benefits of a 15in LCD screen to mobile workers who have traditionally relied on desk-based products for the same experience. Key design features include an ultra-lightweight magnesium chassis – 40% lighter than plastic – with a honeycomb construction for extra durability and a Sharp-developed IGZO LCD screen that consumes half the battery power of a standard LCD screen.

Compact colour

With the smallest footprint of any A3 colour toner MFP on the market, or so Sharp claims, the BP20C20 and BP20C25 MFPs are ideal for organisations with limited space and/or budgets. The entrylevel devices offer print/scan speeds of 25/37 pages per minute, direct USB printing, the ability to scan to multiple destinations and a one-button ID card copy feature for copying the front and back of ID cards onto a single page. Options include additional paper trays, giving a maximum paper capacity of 1,850 sheets, and wireless connectivity for printing from mobile devices, tablets and laptops.

Past perfected

F(x)tec, a Londonbased startup dedicated to bringing back features missing from current mobile phones, unveiled its first product at IFA ShowStoppers. The Pro1 is a premium unlocked Android smartphone featuring a sliding and angled landscape QWERTY keyboard with five staggered rows and responsive, tactile feedback with every keystroke. It costs £649. Company founder Adrian Li Mow Ching said: “Our vision of the ideal smartphone blends a modern handset with the very best features and functionality we loved and miss. Our goal is to be the best at niche functional devices, re-creating them in a better and more modern way.”

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Truly pocket-sized

Global WiFi company Skyroam has launched a 30% smaller and lighter version of its portable WiFi hotspot for travellers. The pocket-sized Solis Lite 4G LTE mobile WiFi hotspot gives travellers on-demand access to Skyroam’s mobile data network in 130+ countries, with one flat rate worldwide and the ability to connect up to 10 devices simultaneously. Users can buy WiFi and set up and manage their Skyroam Solis Lite using the accompanying Solis WiFi App.

An easy touch

StarLeaf is introducing a new touchscreen controller for any meeting room equipped with a StarLeaf system. Engineered in the UK, the StarLeaf Touch 2045 incorporates StarLeaf Sense proximity technology, which wirelessly detects StarLeaf users’ smartphones and synchronises their StarLeaf meetings with the room system. This enables users to join their meetings at the touch of a button.

Seamless collaboration

New from BenQ, the InstaShow WDC20 wireless presentation device supports seamless collaboration during presentations, switching between presentations from up to 32 participants and allowing up to four split-screen presenters to collaborate simultaneously. With both wireless and HDMI connectivity, the plug-and-play, all hardware solution streams Full HD 1080p video and 16-bit stereo audio between mobile devices and nearly any display. It is compatible with any OS or hardware platform, requires no driver installation and supports touch-back control of a source device directly from the display screen, allowing presentation material on a laptop or smartphone to be manipulated from the touch display.

Personal trainer

HONOR is tapping into the popularity of fitness trackers with the HONOR Band 5. Costing £29.99, it provides 24-hour heart rate monitoring (with alerts when the heart rate exceeds pre-set limits), sleep quality monitoring and fitness tracking for multiple sports. As well as tracking workouts and suggesting improvements, the HONOR Band 5 can be paired with a smartphone to alert users of incoming calls, SMS, email and SNS notifications and to remotely control the smartphone camera. It is available in blue, black or pink and comes with a choice of eight customised watch faces.

Lower cost printing

Kyocera Document Solutions Europe is introducing three mono A4 ECOSYS devices – the P3260dn printer and M3860idn and M3860idnf MFPs – with ultra-high yield toners (40,000 pages) for lower running costs and 20% faster ‘first print out’ times for increased productivity and energy efficiency. The ECOSYS M3860idnf has the added benefit of an internal finisher and built-in automatic stapler.

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