17-Inch MacBook Pro
Apple has unveiled its 17-inch MacBook Pro notebook, featuring a 2.16 GHz Intel
Core Duo processor and the latest release of the Mac OS X Tiger Version 10.4.6
operating system. The MacBook Pro is up to five times faster than Apple’s Power-
Book G4, and includes a built-in iSight video camera for videoconferencing,
recording a video podcast, or taking digital snapshots on the go. Also included is iLife ’06, Apple’s suite of digital lifestyle
applications such as iPhoto, iDVD, GarageBand, and iWeb, a new iLife application that allows users to create Web sites
with photos, blogs, and podcasts, and publish them on .Mac with one click. The 17-inch MacBook Pro is 1 inch thick and
weighs 6.8 pounds. MSRP: $2,799; $2,599 with education discount.
New Installation Projector Line
Projector and plasma display vendor NEC Visual Systems is now
shipping a new line of digital installation projectors, the NP1000 and NP2000. The NPs include integrated high-speed wireless LAN
IEEE 802.11b/g (via an optional wireless card), and are equipped with presentation, broadcast, data conferencing, and
training modes, to ensure flexibility for virtually any wireless application. The projectors also feature remote diagnostics,
increased lamp life, sensors to prevent overheating, and security settings. MRSP for the NP1000 and NP2000: $5,995
and $6,995, respectively.
Toshiba’s Digital Products Division has announced the Portégé M405-S8003, its latest highperformance
tablet PC. The Portégé M405-S8003 has an Intel Core Duo processor T2400 that
reduces power consumption while boosting overall performance, from graphics to wireless
capabilities. The tablet also features Toshiba’s EasyGuard technology, a series of hardware
and software enhancements designed to improve mobile security, system integrity, and network
connectivity. Its 12.1-inch XGA diagonal display easily switches from monitor to “slate” mode, and users can manipulate
information with a mouse, keyboard, digital-ink-enabled pen, or their voice. Price: $1,999.99.