Microsoft Mobile Memory Mouse 8000, NEC Versa P8310, Omnipage Pro 16

NEC Versa P8310
RTRP: $2,599

Building on the spectacular local success of the Versa P8210 comes the new generation. It looks the same — same 15.4′ widescreen picture, same welcome extended keyboard, same easy-to-reach innards for simple upgrading — but leverages the latest components and wires them together in a very clever way to maximise your performance.

Options include a 9 cell battery and a port replicator which gives you more connectivity to more devices than ever before from a laptop. One of three in the 8310 range, this top of the line model runs Windows Vista Ultimate and folds almost completely flat. The graphics and processing capabilities are far beyond what you’d expect in a notebook of the price. 4/5

Microsoft Mobile Memory Mouse 8000
RRP: $149.95

Wireless mice are nothing new, but that bulky transceiver plugged into your USB port could be put to better use. Microsoft thought so too, and have built a 1Gb flash memory card into it.

The mouse itself is on the small side and the several programmable buttons around the body are a little difficult to reach. It recharges by attaching the transceiver to the body with a small, unobtrusive magnetic cable that snaps into place and allows you to keep using it while it charges. The documentation claims 15 minutes of charging enables the mouse for a day’s use, and after a full charge (5 hours) you’re said to get a month out of it.

If nothing else, it’ll free up one more USB port because until now, your flash memory card and wireless mouse needed two, but keep the cost in perspective. But keep in mind; as you can buy a wireless mouse and a separate flash card for a lot less, you’re paying a premium to have them in one. 3.5/5

Omnipage Pro 16
RRP: $999

OCR technology isn’t new but it’s very underused in today’s world. With the promise of the paperless office now long forgotten, how many times do you wish you had an electronic version of a hard copy document? Enter OCR.

OmniPage Pro 16 is the most fully featured OCR tool The West has ever seen. Using a basic workflow of scan, convert and output, you can end up with astounding results in editable text — with layout and images intact – every time and quickly. Coolest of all is the feature of saving your documents as audio files, spoken by a range of computer-generated voices. If you’ve ever wanted to produce your own podcast but not use your own nasal twang, it’s perfect.

Omnipage converts straight off your scanner after a quick set-up process, from incoming files as PDFs or straight from a digital photo, realigning and skewing the image accordingly to give you the best recognition result. 4/5

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