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Samsung To Offer $449 Color Laser Printer

LAS VEGAS — Samsung IT offerings at CES will include a low-priced color laser and a group of LCD monitors. The CLP-510 color laser printer will carry a $449 suggested retail price and ship this month. Its print rates are six pages per minute for color projects and 24ppm for text. Samsung has lowered the unit's noise output by incorporating fewer moving parts, which also helps increase reliability. The CLP-510 comes with 64MB of memory, which can be increased to 192MB. The model has optional wired and 802.11b wireless networking and automatic duplexing.

PDA Watch From Fossil

LAS VEGAS — Fossil will introduce a PDA watch based on the Palm operating system this week at CES. The Fossil Wrist Net is part of a family of watches using Microsoft's MSN Direct Wireless service, which enables it to wirelessly receive and display information like news, sports, and weather. The addition of the Palm OS gives the watch PDA-like functionality; allowing it to store personal management information; run third-party Palm software; and hot sync with a computer.

Nvidia Showcases New 3D Technology

LAS VEGAS — Graphics card maker Nvidia will show its Scalable Link Interface (SLI) technology at CES. SLI allows users to have a better 3D game playing experience by taking advantage of the increased bandwidth available through the PCI Express bus.

Seagate Shows 5GB CF II Drive

LAS VEGAS — Hard drive maker Seagate will show three new devices during CES this week.

The lone product that will make its way into retail is the 5GB CompactFlash Photo Hard drive. The drive, which will also come in a 2.5GB size, is targeted at the prosumer market or those with high-end digital cameras featuring a CF II slot. Pricing and shipping were not available. Two OEM products will also be shown, the DB35 400GB hard drive for DVRs and the ST1 5GB 1-inch drive for channel system builders.

New Standard Keyboards Introduces Non-QWERTY Keyboard

LAS VEGAS — Computer keyboard maker New Standard Keyboards will unveil its first product, the New Standard Keyboard, at CES this week. Unlike standard QWERTY models, this keyboard's keys, of which there are only 53 instead of 101, are alphabetically-oriented and aligned with the natural movement of the fingers, and are color coded. In addition, the board's keys do not have to be depressed as far to create a softer feel and reduce finger movement. The keyboard will ship in April with a suggested retail of $69.95.


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