The bigger picture
Philips has expanded its line-up of monitors with a SuperWide 32:9 display designed to support more efficient multitasking. With its 49-inch curved screen, the Philips 499P9H removes the need for multiple screens in environments such as financial institutions and trading ﬂoors. Useful features include USB-C docking, a Windows Hello pop-up webcam, a SmartErgo base and an energy-saving Zero Power Switch.
Acer has improved comfort and hygiene levels on its new Windows Mixed Reality headset with a detachable design that enables the lens and head-strap to be removed individually for easy cleaning and storage. The Acer OJO 500 features two front-hinged, 2.89in high-resolution LCDs offering a 100-degree field of view, 2880 x 1440 resolution and refresh rate of up to 90Hz for clear and realistic images.
Adaptable and secure
Toshiba’s latest 2-in-1 detachable device, the Portégé X30T-E, combines the performance of a business laptop, including bundled keyboard dock and up to 15 hours of battery life, with the freedom of a tablet. It features a 13.3in full HD non-glare high-brightness touchscreen with kickstand, 8th generation Intel Core processor, LPDDR3 RAM, ultra-fast SSD storage and optional face authentication and fingerprint scanner.
The perfect device for mono-lingual Brits, Pocketalk is a portable, AI-powered instant voice translator with dual microphones and built-in speakers. It connects to the internet via WiFi, mobile data or a personal hotspot and provides fast, accurate translations of more than 70 languages. The user speaks as they normally would and Pocketalk provides either an audio or an on-screen text translation.
Optoma has launched an entry-level range of projectors for meeting rooms, conference rooms and classrooms. The S322e, S334e, X342e and W334e models offer a range of resolutions (WXGA, XGA and SVGA) and brightness ratings of 3,700-3,800 lumens. They weigh 3kg and feature a built-in 10W speaker (excluding the S322e), an energy-saving Eco+ mode and a lamp life of up to 15,000 hours.
The ADATA HD830 rugged external hard disk drive is protected by an aluminium exterior, triple-layer construction and shock sensors that automatically stop drive activity on impact. IP68-rated and compliant with MIL-STD-810G 516.6, it can survive falls of up to 1.22 metres and up to 3000kg of downward pressure. It is available with 2TB, 4TB or 5TB of storage capacity.
At 990g, Acer claims the Swift 5 (SF515-51T) to be the world’s lightest 15-inch notebook. Featuring a full HD 1920×1080 IPS touchscreen with ultra-narrow bezels, the Swift 5 is powered by 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U and Core i5-8265U processors and comes with up to 16 GB of DDR4 SDRAM and an NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 1 TB).
Successor to predictive text
Thingthing Ltd, developer of the mobile keyboard extension Fleksy Keyboard, has released an evolution of predictive text called Next-Service Prediction (NSP). NSP maps user behaviour to predict not only the next word you want to type, but also the next app or service you might want. For example, a suggestion to ‘meet sometime next week’ could trigger your phone’s calendar.