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Dynabook enhances security for enterprise laptops

Dynabook (previously Toshiba) has refreshed its laptop range with fingerprint and IR biometric options that strengthen multi-layered device security.

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The recently rebranded Dynabook Europe (previously known as Toshiba Client Solutions Europe) laptop maker has announced a series of upgrades to three devices within its Satellite Pro and Tecra 15” series of laptops, focused on enabling immediate connectivity, enhanced security, and efficient mobile working. The refreshed products are the Satellite Pro R50-EC, Satellite Pro A50-EC, and Tecra A50-EC.

Enhanced productivity and connectivity

A USB-C port adds to a comprehensive array of connectivity options – including HDMI and RGB ports. This allows for USB 3.1 connectivity and subsequently increased data transfer speeds of up to 5GB/s, but also brings the benefit of an increasingly common port to connect with a growing range of peripherals. These include Dynabook’s optional USB-C Dock, which enables fast connectivity with other devices, minimises cable clutter via a single wire and can extend hard drive space with the use of Dynabooks’s external storage drives.

Enhanced security

Featuring multiple layers of security inside and out, such as HDD password and Advanced Encryption (TPM 2.0), the Satellite Pro A50-EC includes the option of SecurePad with Synaptics Natural ID fingerprint sensor, a new touchpad with a built-in fingerprint sensor. In addition to the SecurePad, the Tecra A50-EC also features an IR camera which enables facial authentication via Intel Authenticate and Windows Hello face sign-in. The presence of these biometric features provides an added-layer of protection to the already highly-secure E-Generation series.

Alongside these security options, the Tecra A50-EC’s silent heavy-typer keyboard – designed to withstand demanding workloads – is now backlit, offering the flexibility to type efficiently and accurately in non-optimal lighting environments. These ultra-portable products all boast battery life of up to 10.5 hours.

Damian Jaume, Managing Director, Dynabook Europe, said: “These cutting-edge updates to devices in our business range demonstrate our goal to provide the fastest, most powerful, secure and functional laptops for professionals on the move. We understand that working patterns are evolving and we want to ensure that our technology moves in tandem with those shifts. These updates deliver the right mix of convenience, connectivity and robust security for the contemporary business user”.

For more information about the Dynabook E-Generation range, please visit http://www.toshiba.co.za/generic/business-homepage/

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Acer’s latest Chromebook means serious business

The latest Acer Chromebooks for business have arrived in South Africa. BRYAN TURNER reviewed the Acer Chromebook 715.

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The Chromebook market has been perceived as very consumer-focused, until the recent introduction of management tools for Chrome OS.

To complement these corporate management tools, Acer has released the Chromebook 715, aimed at the business person that works in the cloud, in South Africa.

The unit we reviewed contained an Intel Core i5-8250U, 16GB of RAM, and 128GB of eMMC storage. All of this was housed in a sturdy aluminium body. 

On the left side, the computer features a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer, a standard USB Type-A port, and a headphone jack, while on the right it has a Kensington Lock, another USB Type-C port just for connectivity and a microSD card slot. 

When open, the narrow bezelled 15.6″-inch display has a Full HD resolution for crisp lettering in documents. The wide colour gamut also ensures that colours are accurately represented on screen. 

The keyboard features a first for Chromebooks: a num-pad. This is especially useful for those working with spreadsheets on Google Sheets or Excel Online, or accountants working in web apps like Xero.

The overall design of this computer shows the professional look Acer was going for with a business-facing Chromebook. It has a grey aluminium body, which looks heavy, but comes to a mere 1.8kg. It’s much lighter than it looks for an almost 16″ laptop.

The performance is great and switching between web apps is fast. This is thanks to the embedded i5 processor, which doesn’t make as much of a noise as its Windows counterparts.

The computer isn’t for the “slashie”: those who run their personal and business lives on the same device. As a result, games don’t run on the computer because it doesn’t run applications. This asserts the device’s status as a purely business-focused device.

Apart from the hardware features, the computer is handled via the lightweight Chrome OS. 

Chrome OS is Google’s answer for those who only work with web apps, and don’t want their computer’s performance hindered by unnecessary apps. With the increasing power offered from web apps, the computer application as we know is likely to disappear eventually. 

With Google’s Apps for Work platform, the Chromebook lends itself to the same admin management tools that exist on other platforms. 
The integrated 45 Wh battery may seem small but operates for around 9 hours, thanks to the lightweight software and good battery management.  

Overall, for those who want a no-nonsense approach to computing, the Acer Chromebook 715 may be their best next device. However, its pricing at R7,999 may deter those who would expect to pay less.

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Philips’s new toothbrush does more than clean teeth

Philips’s new Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush comes with five brushing modes, including one focused on gum care.

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Brushing one’s teeth and following a daily oral healthcare routine has more than just cosmetic gain.

Plaque forms a film of bacteria between one’s teeth and gums, that if not properly removed can lead to gum disease and a range of diseases like diabetes and coronary heart disease. With statistics from Philips indicating that an estimated 90% of South Africans suffer from gum disease at some point in their life, good oral health has never been more important.

This is why the company has created the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush.

The Philips Sonicare is tough on plaque but gentle on gums.

Its brushstrokes drive fluid deep between a user’s teeth and along the gumline. According to Philips, one brush with this toothbrush does more than a manual toothbrush does in a month.

It features 5 modes to cover more brushing needs, such as Clean, Polish, White Sensitive and Gum Care, it offers a customisable experience providing up to 7x more plaque removal than a manual toothbrush. Philips says the users of this brush can also get a whiter smile in one week with the DiamondClean brush head and improved gum health in just 2 weeks.

For the person on the go, the USB travel case doubles up as a charger to ensure the device remains charged. For home charging, the charger glass doubles as a glass for rinsing after brushing. To activate charge, place the brush into the glass to experience two weeks of regular use from a single charge.

Available in a range of colours at Takealot and Dis-Chem for a recommended retail price of  R3299.

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