The first touch pad on the market with an additional stylus. The Bamboo Pad is Wacom’s solution for adding navigation gestures, drawing, and handwriting capabilities to the normal PC experience. Once plugged into any Windows 8 (or Windows 7) operated laptop or desktop computer the authentic and natural navigation experience starts at once.“Far from being just another touch pad on the market, the Bamboo Pad caters to the numerous individuals who want to use gestures for navigation. Ideal for adding personal signatures, drawing digitally or writing handwritten comments onto documents, the Bamboo Pad offers the typical experience of a pressure sensitive Wacom stylus”, Rüdiger Spohrer, Vice-President Marketing EMEA, points out.
The Bamboo Pad uses Wacom’s renowned and patented pen technology (Wacom feel IT technologies), while the pad’s ultra-slim design offers comfortable usage that provides comfort throughout long working hours. Unlike a traditional computer mouse, the new pad offers multi-touch gestures (particularly when used in conjunction with Windows® 8) which feel natural. Communication becomes even more visual and fun by adding sketches, drawings or handwriting with the included stylus. Emails can include personal signatures, highlighted words and paragraphs which help readers get straight to the point. Windows 8 users also have the chance to download the new Bamboo Page app from the Windows Store for free. This software allows users to note-take and sketch.
Being an expert in sensor technology for digital pens and touch displays, Wacom now offers a two-in-one interface device that feels natural, looks stylish and gives users the opportunity to add a little bit of fun and creativity to everyday office life. The Wacom technology ensures that gestures and handwriting never interfere with each other as the pad recognises the pen or finger and automatically deactivates either the touch or the pen functions. While running Windows 7 and 8, individuals simply plug the pad in, while Apple computer owners (MacOS 10.7 or later) will need to install a driver first, which can be downloaded from the Wacom support website.
The Bamboo Pad is available with a wireless or a USB cable connection. Available in four stylish designs, users can choose from either a discrete grey with a shiny surface or a white pad with one of three fresh and fashionable colour accents in blue, light green or purple (wireless connection only). Of course every feel ™ enabled Bamboo Stylus can also be used on the Bamboo Pad.
For more information, please visit WebAntics Online (http://www.webantics.co.za/). Founded in 2005, WebAntics Online is a South African company based in Johannesburg. It is one of South Africa’s leading Online Computer and Electronics Stores and their aim is to provide customers with an easy way of shopping from the comfort of their chair while at the same time benefiting from the cost saving from operating online. WebAntics Online is an official Wacom Supplier for South Africa and carries the full range of Wacom products and accessories.
Corel today launched the 2014 Home & Student Edition of their award-winning CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 . Priced at just £99 including VAT and for installation on up to three PCs per household, CorelDRAW Home & Student is fantastic value. Targeted for home use, the software includes built-in training videos and professionally-designed templates that make it easy to design reports, drawings, flyers, logos and more. Plus, this latest version offers powerful font and text support, advanced photo-editing tools, customisable applications and compatibility with the latest versions of Windows.
With a variety of content, users can find exactly what they need to complete their projects. CorelDRAW Home & Student Suite 2014 includes 1000 high-quality clipart and digital images, 100 high-resolution photos, 100 fonts, 100 professional templates, and 400 frames and patterns. Find all the learning tools needed to start smoothly and design with confidence, including valuable video tutorials, helpful tips and tricks, and insights from the experts in an inspiring electronic guidebook.
Key new features included:
NEW! Videos and tutorials – Learn tips and tricks from how-to video tutorials, and insights from design experts.
NEW! Customisable applications – Modify the appearance of CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT on your desktop, including the icon size, menu item, tool, command, feature or application.
NEW! Draw arcs with Polyline tool – With the new Polyline tool you can draw circular arcs to quickly and easily create beautiful designs.
NEW! Adjust brushstroke transparency and feathering – In Corel PHOTO-PAINT you can interactively adjust the transparency and feathering of brushstrokes as you paint with any of the brush tools.
NEW! Draw and modify shapes and lines with precision – Using the Object Coordinates docker, you can specify the position, dimensions, angle and attributes of your object. Instantly see the effects of your adjustments with live preview.
NEW! OpenType options in Dockers – Access the OpenType buttons from within both the Text and the Object Properties docker. All typography choices are centrally located within the CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT dockers.
Pricing and availability CorelDRAW Home & Student 2014 is now available at a retail price R1.,299.99 including VAT from WebAntics Online. Use of this software is for personal, non-commercial purposes only. Customers who intend to create commercial projects may choose to buy the full version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6, which permits commercial use and includes more content and additional features geared towards the professional user.
For more information about CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6, please visit www.corel.com/coreldraw or contact WebAntics Online (http://www.webantics.co.za/)
Enjoy widescreen performance, any way you want it. With a 24″ 16:10 panel, IPS technology and LED backlight, the U2412M provides a brilliant view, plus amazing adjustability to suit any style:
Powerful: Experience IPS technology, featuring a wide viewing angle with high-quality color representation for a peerless viewing experience.
Flexible: Pick the view that works best for you with an almost unlimited range of tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjustments.
Customizable: Change your energy usage settings, text brightness and color temperature with the touch of a button to help conserve energy with this eco-designed arsenic-free and mercury-free panel
The Dell UltraSharp U2412M does indeed live up to its name. The sharpness of the display along with its clarity are easily one of its most sought after aspects. Indeed, the key element that makes the Dell U2412M so attractive is the fact that it has a high quality IPS panel rather than the more conventional TN panel. The difference between the two? A significant improvement in visual quality at the expense of negligible response time and refresh rates.
Often, you’ll hear gamers claiming that the latest monitors with the highest refresh rates and the fastest response time have given them an edge to win over their opponents. Perhaps it would make a slight difference if you’re a professional gamer and you’re competing in an FPS match like CounterStrike or Call of Duty but these only apply in such limited circumstances. If you’re an average gamer like myself, you’d be able to enjoy a much more pleasant and enjoyable experience from the enhanced visuals that an IPS panel would provide you with.
What exactly are these advantages in terms of the Dell U2412M’s visual quality? First of all, it has great viewing angles. This means that there is little to no deviation in colour contrast when the display is viewed from the sides or the top of the screen. This is important so that regardless of how you’re positioned in front of the monitor, the colour and clarity of the display will always be consistent. Plus, the improvement in clarity and colour accuracy that an IPS panel provides over and above that of a TN panel is tremendous.
In terms of this aspect, the monitor comes with 4 x USB ports, 1 x DVI, 1 x VGA and 1 x DisplayPort. Two of the USB ports are conveniently located at the left side of the monitor for easy accessibility while the other ports are placed at the back of the monitor. As for its display menu, it can be accessed via 4 buttons at the bottom right area of its bezel facing forwards.
It has all 3 height, tilt and pivot adjustability options which means that you no longer have to stack it on top of books like some of the older monitor displays and you could also use it in the portrait mode if you wish.
All in all, this monitor is a powerhouse and will be excellent for both gaming and general purposes. If you’re still not convinced, you might want to take note of the fact that the Dell UltraSharp U2412M has an astounding 4.5/5 rating in Amazon out of a total of 470 reviews.
At the price of R3664.58 Incl VAT, you’ll be hard pressed to find any other 24″ monitor that has an IPS panel of this quality.
It’s that time of year again, when all the photo and video software comes out in shiny new versions. Adobe Photoshop Elements, Photoshop CS’s little brother and our most popular enthusiast photo-editing software, is anything but an exception: Its annual appearance in new guise is as predictable as the first rays of Summer sun.
This year’s entry, Photoshop Elements 12 (available at R1,299.99 Incl VAT from WebAntics Online), is not a massive overhaul from version 11; instead it adds a lot of mobile integration with the creative software makers’ Revel online service, as well as several new dazzling photo effects. One thing hasn’t changed – the price. At R1,299.99 Incl VAT standalone or R1842.42 Incl VAT bundled with the Premiere Elements video editor, Photoshop Elements remains a great value, especially compared with its elder sibling.
Lots of powerful image-manipulation tools. Strong face- and geo-tagging with integrated maps. Excellent output options?printing, online, photo books. Good help with performing advanced edits.
Separate organizer app is less integrated than that of other photo apps. Help system scattered. Not native 64-bit.
Photoshop Elements continues to be the best way to get some of Photoshop’s coolest effects without requiring you to attend a night course. This version streamlines the interface, adds some cool new effects, and exports to Vimeo.
The ASUS RT-AC66U 802.11ac wireless router builds on the success of the RT-N66U model. ASUS has been busy looking to the future, and the new IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. While it’s not officially approved, it does appear to be stable, and there are products on the market already from all the serious players in wireless networking. While 802.11n was a step forward, and many of us have been appreciative of the additional legroom that the 5GHz band allows, there is still plenty of room for improvement in Wi-Fi performance. The ASUS RT-AC66U looks great sitting on the shelf, better than the majority of routers on offer today, but it’s the higher throughput and expanded signal coverage that’s going to win over most consumers.
Calling all online speed lovers! A next generation 802.11ac wireless router that goes up to 1.75Gbps with 2.4GHz/5GHz bands! That’s a lot of smooth multiplayer gaming, HD streaming, and downloading.
The RT-AC66U offers very fast Wi-Fi on the 5GHz frequency band, both with Wireless-N clients and AC clients. In fact it’s the fastest of the few 802.11ac routers currently available on the market. The router also has very good range and its USB ports provide more than just the support for external storage and printers
The RT-AC66U wireless router has three high gain external antennas, and each of them can transmit simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz signals. With three data streams running concurrently on each band, you have simultaneous access to 450Mb/s on the 2.4GHz 802.11n channel and 1300Mb/s on the 5GHz 802.11ac channel. A word of caution; those throughput numbers represent the raw data rate that the wireless signal can support. They do not take into account the communications overhead associated with typical data streams such as TCP/IP or UDP. So don’t be disappointed with the results you get; real world throughput is much lower, even for loosely structured protocols like UDP.
The router is feature-rich, too, with DLNA compatibility for home entertainment use, a built-in iTunes server, an integrated BitTorrent client, and more. And Asus has produced an attractive, user-friendly front-end for tweaking its firmware. More router manufacturers should follow Asus’s example of using external antennas that allow users to fine-tune range and performance. As a 5GHz router the RT-AC66U offered stellar performance, with the fastest data rate seen yet. On the 2.4Ghz band, the router wasn’t the fastest but still performed decently. If you’re ready to take the plunge into 802.11ac Draft 2.0 and you don’t mind its hefty price tag, the Asus RT-AC66U is the router to buy.
Just after refreshing its X51 gaming desktop, Dell has shared the news, gamers have really been waiting for. The company unveiled some fresh Alienware laptops, complete with a new look and even a new naming scheme: Alienware 14, 17 and 18 (relating to their respective screen sizes) and feature a new angular design across the range. As you’d expect, they come with the new 4th generation Haswell processors, the latest NVIDIA graphics and 802.11ac wireless, but the real story is that they’ve received the first serious makeover for six years. Ditched is the plastic body and it’s been replaced with a metal chassis with an aluminum lid and magnesium alloy chassis.
As befits an Alienware, there are LEDs aplenty, including lights around the edges and a touchpad that fully lights up. And though the alien logo on the lid always glowed, that colour is now customizable like other zones on the laptop. On the keyboard you get 10 colour zones on the 17 / 18 and five on the 14, and it promises improved travel, too, thanks to some retooled key caps. Dell also added Klipsch speakers, backed by Dolby Audio Theater. All told, it’s a nicer design, but don’t expect the dimensions to have been slimmed…they haven’t really budged. As far as Alienware is concerned, that whole aesthetic movement may as well have never occurred.
The new laptops are dark, bulky, and heavy – just like the majority of gaming laptops. Even the new Alienware 14, the smallest of the trio, is thick and blocky. It and its bigger counterparts are comprised entirely of angles and lines. But that’s okay – it means the company knows its audience. The company itself will tell you that these laptops can be used for any heavy duty and intensive creative processes, which, considering the specs, we believe. In all three models, you can jam an extra hard drive inside by foregoing the optical drive, allowing for multiple terabytes of storage even in the smallest one. Video editors in particular will appreciate that. But let’s be honest: these machines are really built for one function: gaming.
As for performance, all 3 models come standard with a quad-core Core i7 processor, though they won’t each be configurable with the same range of CPUs. 750GB of HDD storage is the minimum, and SSDs will be available too. On the 14, in particular, you can add up to three HDDs, while the two larger notebooks have room for four. Graphics-wise, NVIDIA’s GTX 765M (2GB) is standard on the 14 and 17, whilst the 17 also offers a NVIDIA’s GTX 770M (3GB),. And on the 18 you get two GPUs by default, in an SLI setup. As for displays, they’re all non-touch, and 1080p.
They’re all available to pre-order, with starting prices at R24,166.79 for the Alienware 14, R24,770.99 for the Alienware 17 and R33,833.99 for a 3D version of the Alienware 17. Pricing and specifications of the Alienware 18 have yet to be released.
Acer, the fourth-largest maker of PCs in the world, has become well-known in projector circles for building affordable home theater projectors that perform exceptionally well for the price. Their latest effort, the H6510BD, is a 1080p projector with Full HD 3D capability that sells for R12,392.03 Incl VAT.
The H6510BD has Full HD 3D compatibility, making it one of the least expensive Full HD 3D projectors on the market. As such, it is getting a lot of attention as an affordable way to bring 3D into the home. While it certainly has its issues, chief among them being colour performance, for certain users the H6510BD is a good choice. Whether you need a projector for the theater or the living room, the H6510BD can hold its own.
Much like the previous Acer H6500, the H6510BD is small and light enough that if you don’t have a room to set it up in permanently, you can easily store it away when you’re not using it, and then set it up only when you need it. In fact, it’s even lighter than the H6500, at 2.20 kilograms.
The H6510BD comes with a soft carrying case, which makes it easy to store, or even carry to a friend’s house for a movie night or the like.
If you need the portability, that gives the H6510BD an important advantage over other projectors that can weigh more than twice as much.
Setting up the H6510BD is straight forward enough, with manual focus and a 1.3x manual zoom, which gives you some pleasing flexibility in how far you can put the projector from the screen for a given size image.
Connectors for image sources include two HDMI ports, an S-Video port, three RCA plugs for component video, and the usual VGA and composite video ports. There’s also a VGA pass-through port, which is unusual for a home entertainment projector, and two stereo mini plugs for audio in and audio out.
Acer’s home theater projectors have always been alluring specifically because they outperform users’ expectations for the price. And for the price, it’s hard to find fault with the H6510BD. The H6510BD is a bright projector with solid shadow detail and colour that, while it might need some work out of the box, can be calibrated to a reasonable approximation of 6500K without too much work. The picture is sharp and clear, and detail from high-definition sources comes through cleanly.
The H6510BD can crank out up to 2524 lumens in its brightest image mode, called Bright. What Bright mode lacks in colour fidelity and contrast it makes up in sheer lumen power. But the H6510BD has other modes, like Standard and Movie, which still produce north of 1300 lumens after calibration to 6500K. That makes the H6510BD a wonderful projector for living rooms where light control is not perfect, or very large screens in a more traditional dark-room theater environment.
Full HD 3D.
The H6510BD is one of the least expensive ways to show 3D movies and television. It lacks a lot of the fancy bells and whistles you find on more expensive 3D projectors, like frame interpolation and super-fast refresh rates. It uses DLP Link for synchronization rather than infra-red or radio-frequency sync. It does not come with any 3D glasses, though DLP Link glasses are fairly common and often inexpensive.
Often, small bright projectors are quite loud. While the H6510 isn’t whisper-quiet, its fan noise is a low rush of air rather than a loud blast or a high whine. It is easy to ignore, especially if you are seated more than a couple of feet away from the projector.
Long life lamp.
The H6510BD’s estimated lamp life is 4,000 hours in full power mode and 7,000 hours in Eco mode. This is impressively high for any projector. There is no guarantee that any lamp will last its entire specified life, but the manufacturer’s estimation is the closest thing to real data that exists on a projector this new.
The combination of full 1080p HD, good image quality, and full support for 3D with video sources make the Acer H6510BD Projector a seductively attractive choice for the price. At a couple hundred rands over R12k, it delivers an attractive image that’s great for high-definition films and video in either a darkened theater or a living room. Whilst other projectors have advantages over the H6510BD in several important areas, they also cost about 20% more. These days, especially when working with entry-level projectors, any price gap can be important to some people. As always, it is up to the user to determine whether the additional image quality is worth the extra money.
The Acer H6510BD DLP Full HD 3D Home Entertainment Projector is available now from WebAntics Online. You can view the full datasheet on the Acer H6510BD here.
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Responding to customer demand for low cost, hassle-free printing, Epson has launched its first inkjet photo printer that features an integrated ultra-high-capacity ink tank system in South Africa.
The Epson L800 photo printer is designed to offer reliable, high quality and cost effective colour photo printing.
The L800 is a single function photo printer and is supplied with six individual 70ml Epson genuine ink bottles – black, cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan and light magenta. The high capacity ink tank is fully integrated into the printer, making it easy to top up the various colours as required. All refills are manufactured by Epson, and each refill comes complete with a unique 13 digit code that ensures its authenticity, giving users the peace of mind that they will indeed benefit from Epson’s superior quality, purpose-made inks.
The L800 features Epson’s Fast Ink Top-up (FIT) technology which minimises ink leakage. This technology includes specially designed air-tight caps and filters, as well as a choke valve that controls the flow of ink to prevent backflow.This also means users can easily and safely transport the printer to wherever they need to work, without hassle.
Users can print high-quality borderless photos up to A4 size, and they can print directly onto printable CDs and DVDs with life-like, long-lasting results. Photo printing can be completed quickly and efficiently: printing a 10 x 15cm photo takes as little as 12 seconds.
Kelvin Reynolds, general manager of Epson South Africa says: “With our new ultra-high-capacity ink tanks, and high-volume ink bottles for easy refills, the Epson L800 prints photos effortlessly, and at an extremely low cost.
It has been a few years since the UltraSharp’s last new breakthrough, but Dell is back with a new 30-inch WQXGA monitor, the UltraSharp U3014. And if you’re in the market for a high-quality, large display, the Dell Ultrasharp U3014 is worth considering
According to Dell, the high-performance display offers detailed images and colour accuracy up to industry standards with its 16:10 aspect ratio and 2560×1600-pixel resolution. Its design features an eco-friendly approach that meets various environmental standards, and it provides ergonomic flexible viewing options. The U3014 also boasts several nice-to-have features and a long list of on-board controls for tuning your image on screen.
The U3014′s matte IPS panel has a very wide viewing angle, which is important for a display of this size
You will most certainly need some help in attaching the heavy monitor to its stand but once you’ve done that, you can connect it to your computer using your choice of DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, or Mini DisplayPort.
Dell typically includes a four-port USB hub on its professional displays. This model sports two downstream USB 3.0 ports on its left side, along with a handy memory card reader, and two more downstream USB 3.0 ports (plus an upstream port) in the back. The display does not have built-in speakers, but you can attach Dell’s optional speaker bar to the bottom of the unit. The display is calibrated at the factory for both colour and brightness uniformity, but the U3014 offers a comprehensive set of onscreen menus if you’d like to make your own tweaks. The panel on which the U3014 is based is a “wide gamut” model, which means it’s capable of delivering more colours than you might be accustomed to seeing.
Create precision work with the high-performance 30″ Dell UltraSharp U3014 monitor offering wide-ranging flexibility, efficiency and factory calibration. Making the jump from a 27-inch display to a 30-inch display is a substantial investment: Dell’s U3014 is much more than the Dell’s 27-inch U2713H or Apple’s 27-inch Thunderbolt displays. According to Dell the U3014 is “coming soon” with a price tag of R14,199.90.But if you need a professional feature set in a very large monitor, The UltraSharp U3014 delivers.
The ASUS VivoBook S200E ‘Netbook’ – Nearly an Ultrabook but Definitely the Cheapest Win 8 Touch Laptop
More and more touchscreen laptops are hitting the South African market and they’re coming in at both ends of the spectrum. The Acer Aspire V5 Touch is a good example of an Ultrabook-alternative with Touchscreen. The ASUS VivoBook series is another.
Meet the Asus Vivobook S200E that we’ll be reviewing and that is available from WebAntics Online for R4,923.57 incl VAT including delivery to all main centres. Even without touchscreen that would not be a lot. It doesn’t look like a cheap laptop however, with not a lot of plastic (only the bottom cover) and a stylish brushed aluminium finish similar to the (much more expensive) Zenbook series. The net result is that the entire notebook is remarkably rigid and resilient. The build quality is very high: the transition between the different sections is without flaws, the corners are nicely rounded, and the gaps are even and unobtrusive. It is Asus’ best-selling laptop and currently one of the better selling ones at Amazon.com and it is easy to see why
The concept seems simple: use a touchscreen and combine it with Windows 8 so the VivoBook can be used like a tablet, while preserving the advantages of a full-fledged notebook. Dell follows a similar strategy with their XPS 12 though it is clearly in a different league as far as the price point is concerned (over R18,500.00 incl vat)
There is a downside to these new products, and that’s how much they cost. But it’s that way with any new product cycle, and it’s no different with Windows 8 products. The OS has now been out for a number of months, and we are finally starting to see manufacturers bringing more affordable products to market.
At 1.3KG with an 11.6” High Definition 1336×768 touchscreen, Windows 8 and an Ultrabook-like design, you’d be forgiven for thinking the ASUS S200E is an Ultrabook. With full-size VGA, 2 -in-1 card reader, HDMI and 3 USB ports (1xUSB3.0 and 2xUSB2.0) you might even think it has some advantages over Ultrabooks. There are a few downsides though that don’t put it into the ultrabook grade. The processor is an Intel® ULV Celeron® 847 1.1GHz Dual Core Processor and it takes a maximum of 2GB DDR3 memory . There’s no SSD cache, no Ultrabook security features and it only has a 2Cell 5136 mAh 38 Whrs Polymer Battery, giving a maximum possible run time of around 5 hours and 17 minutes.
But isn’t that all you’d expect at this price. Think of this as 70% netbook, 30% touchscreen plaything. Nothing flips out or turns into a stand, but within that standard notebook form you’ll find a fine keyboard/trackpad combo plus all you’ll need for serious work. There’s also sufficient grunt to handle Photoshop, various music apps and the odd bit of light video editing too but don’t plan on running any demanding (3D) applications
In use the Asus has the feel of a premium device, despite an underlying lack of user-friendliness from the Windows 8 desktop (but blame Microsoft for that). The trackpad is a tad unresponsive and there’s a bit of fan noise (more or less inaudible in most environments), but otherwise it all looks and feels like money well spent – which indeed it is. For casual movie viewing the Asus is more than capable enough for an 11-incher. Playback is smooth, but keep in mind that 1080p vids are scaled down to its lower-res HD 1366×768 screen. As for sound, colour us impressed! The VivoBook has the ASUS exclusive SonicMaster technology with Waves MaxxAudio 3 for a more powerful sound and richer bass through the speakers. It most certainly provides the best audio experience in its class, far outshining the competition…and I wouldn’t have expected anything less from ASUS.
Another feature we just couldn’t stop playing with was the Exclusive ASUS Super Hybrid Engine II technology that offers smartphone-like 2-second instant on from sleep or hibernate modes, so you can resume without delay. Open files and tasks are kept safe in memory, plus should the battery drop below 5% charge while you’re away, data gets automatically backed up. Your valuable content is always secure and within reach. Definitely something you”ll find hard to live without once you’ve had it.
The black chiclet-style keyboard is seamlessly integrated into the aluminum chassis, which in turn adds to the impression of high quality. The aluminum keyboard area is also responsible for exceptionally high rigidity - even when firm pressure is applied. With the exception of the arrow keys, which are a bit undersized, the layout is pretty standard and doesn’t take a long time to get used to.
Although the click point could be slightly better defined and the key travel longer, we were happy with the very good feedback and the typing experience overall. The VivoBook does not suffer from the usual issues that plague low-priced notebooks.
The ASUS S200E is by far the cheapest touchscreen Windows 8 laptop on the market in South Africa right now. If you’re looking for a ‘new-age’ netbook alternative or an entry level portable, ultrabook-alternative, you’ll certainly be very happy with this as your purchase