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PCR's guide to back to school hardware

A collection of all the must-have hardware for the back to school season
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We take a look at the latest hardware aimed at students and schools.

GRIFFIN MULTIDOCK
SRP: 10 bay - £5.99, 20 bay - £1,099, 30 bay - £1,499
DISTRIBUTOR: Computer 2000
THEY SAY: Ideal for the classroom, the Multidock offers tidy cabling, quick charge and the ability to sync 30 iPads at the same time, which will save the teacher precious time at the end of the day. iPads can be secured at night thanks to a lock, and the Multidock slots are big enough to receive iPads in their cases.

IRISCAN MOUSE
SRP: £79
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: Everything you want from a scanner – 300 dpi resolution, small and portable, fast and fluid, high scanning format – in a beautiful, handy and lightweight mouse. Thanks to this all-in-one scanner and mouse, your scanner lies at your fingertips all day long.
SPECS: Slam Scan technology, 1200 dpi laser sensor, up to 400 dpi scan resolution, USB 2.0, 3 mouse buttons, wheel and scan button.

2GB LIVESCRIBE WIFI SMARTPEN STARTERPACK
SRP: £159.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: Record everything you hear, say and write, and link audio recordings to notes. Includes 2GB of memory to record 200 hours of audio and thousands of pages of notes, diagrams and drawings. Tap anywhere on a page to replay audio from that exact moment. Sync notes/ audio to your free Evernote account.
SPECS: 2 smartpen caps, 2 ink cartridges, micro USB cable, starter dot paper notebook (50 sheets).

BROTHER HL-3140CW WIRELESS COLOUR PRINTER
SRP: From £145
DISTRIBUTOR: Brother
THEY SAY: Forget waiting around for your colour printouts – with up to 18 superb quality colour pages per minute you'll have your documents in no time. There's no fiddly wiring either with wireless networking, so it's easier for everyone to use.
SPECS: Less than 22 seconds warm up time, fast print in less than 16 seconds, 250 sheet standard paper capacity, high-speed USB 2.0, wireless network ready.

SPEEDLINK ACUTE PRO MULTI-FUNCTION PRESENTER
SRP: £29.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Meroncourt
THEY SAY: Deliver professional presentations with style and convenience. The Wireless Presenter even replaces your mouse in Mouse Mode. As a fully-fledged input device it offers you easy and convenient wireless control of your PC.
SPECS: 2.4GHz wireless technology with a range of up to 10m, Integrated laser pointer, Non-slip finish, Driverless installation, 350hrs of average use from one AAA battery.

ACER ICONIA W510
SRP: From £470
CONTACT: Acer
THEY SAY: Developing the new ICONIA W510, Acer created a device designed for Windows 8 that offers excellent flexibility, allowing users to enjoy and share content, as well as be productive.
SPECS: 64GB, Intel Atom Clovertrail keyboard, Z2760 1.5GHz Windows 8, full 2GB of LPDDR2, 800MHz eMMC 64GB, 10.1-inch HD LED 1366 x 768, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator, 4.0 Micro USB 2.0, MicroSD up to 32GB, 2MP CrystalEye front and 8MP back cameras, 18- hour battery life.

EDGE 10 ET185A 18.6-INCH MONITOR
SRP: £89
DISTRIBUTOR: Micro-P
THEY SAY: The ET185a is the perfect computer monitor for education and other demanding environments. The glass front of the ET185a protects the screen from sharp objects and accidental knocks, whilst the optical characteristics of the glass enhance the image delivering vibrant colours and a sharp picture. The LED backlight uses up to 30 per cent less power than previous CCFL products saving energy and usage costs.
SPECS: 18.5-inch LCD with LED back light, 8H toughened glass front, integrated stereo speakers, VGA and DVI inputs; is VESA wall mountable.

SPEEDLINK SNAPPY MX WIRELESS OPTICAL PC MOUSE
SRP: £12.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Meroncourt
THEY SAY: The wireless Snappy MX is the all-rounder among mice: its symmetrical shape is perfect for left or right handers, its mid-size form factor makes it ideal both for desktop use as well as for using with a notebook while on the move, and its wireless technology offers up to 8m of freedom to work, surf or game on the computer.
SPECS: 2.4GHz wireless technology, nano USB receiver, high precision 1,200dpi optical sensor, rubberised, non-slip scroll wheel with button function, driverless installation, at least 12-month battery life with typical use, AA battery included.

KINGSTON WI-DRIVE WIRELESS STORAGE DEVICE
SRP: 32GB - £50, 64GB - £75, 128GB - £150
DISTRIBUTOR: Target Components
THEY SAY: Whether at home, studying together or travelling, the Kingston Wi-Drive lets you take more content with you without running out of storage space. Just load your files before you go and wirelessly access them from Wi-Drive when you need them. The files can be accessed wirelessly from any mobile device, regardless of operating system in conjunction with the free app, or plugged in directly to PCs, laptops
or Macs.

PLUSTEK OPTICFILM8100 FILM SCANNER
SRP: £219.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Centerprise
THEY SAY: Plustek OpticFilm 8100 is a dedicated and versatile film scanner with 7200 dpi optical resolution. Its light sources give images more precise colour rendering with less power consumption. Two one-touch buttons make scanning easier and more efficient for sharing on websites such as Flickr, Facebook and Picasa.

THE HL-5450DN MONO LASER PRINTER
SRP: From £236
CONTACT: brother
THEY SAY: Save time with fast 38ppm print speed and a first page out time of less than 8.5 seconds. Less refilling with a 300 sheet paper capacity expandable to 800 sheets. Easy to use roam print features include AirPrint and Google Cloud Print.
SPECS: Power save, toner save, 64MB standard memory, less than five seconds warm up time, up to 1200x1200dpi print resolution.

HAMA K212 BASIC KEYBOARD
SRP: £8.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Hama
THEY SAY: The Hama K212 is a standard keyboard for all common PC applications which provides Softtouch keys for smooth and quiet keystrokes. The design also features laser-etched buttons for a high resistance to wear and made splash-proof thanks to drain.
SPECS: Adjustable tilt, USB connection, cable, black.

ASUS X501A 15.6-INCH NOTEBOOK
SRP: From £299.99
DISTRIBUTOR: VIP Computers
THEY SAY: ASUS X501A notebooks deliver the best mobile performance in their class for both work and play. Only ASUS notebooks offer you true two-second instant on resume from sleep or hibernate.
SPECS: Intel Core i3, Celeron dual- core or Pentium dual-core processor, Windows 7, 15.6-inch HD display, DDR3 1600MHz SDRAM, 2-in1 card reader, 0.3MP web camera.

HANNSG HX193DPB 19-INCH SQUARE LED MONITOR
SRP: £99.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Ingram Micro, Micro-P, Midwich
THEY SAY: The HX193DPB is a hi-res square display perfect for those that require the old aspect ratio format for particular programme applications but demand modern performance. It offers the very latest LED technology which allows for a sleek, thin design that is wall mountable, as well as super low power consumption to keep energy bills down.
SPECS: LED, 5:4, 1280x1024, VGA, DVI-D (HDCP), Tilt, Audio 2W x 2, Multi-Video Modes.

HAMA RF2200 WIRELESS KEYBOARD
SRP: £14.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Hama
THEY SAY: The Hama RF2200 wireless keyboard with a nano receiver is designed with a compact, frameless structure and Softtouch keys for smooth and quiet keystrokes. The ultra-small USB receiver is suitable for permanent installation in a notebook or PC with smart-link technology for easy start-up.
SPECS: Wireless connection, black, 104-key layout for intuitive typing (arranged as on any standard keyboard), 2.4 GHz radio technology for reliable, interference-free and fast signal transmission with a range of up to 8m.

IIYAMA 17-INCH PROLITE LCD/TFT MONITOR
SRP: £164.80
DISTRIBUTOR: Midwich
THEY SAY: The ProLite P1705S meets the increasing demand for protected LCDs within education. In addition to having toughened safety glass fitted behind the bezel at 8H hardness rating, capable of resisting above normal impacts to the display, Liyama has enhanced the range to include the latest high performance and energy saving technology. Features include a 5msec response time, 1,000:1 contrast ratio enhancing colour, and analogue and DVI inputs.
SPECS: Toughened safety glass screen, 250cd/m2 brightness, key lock for screen settings, 1,000:1 contract ratio, 1280 x 1024 resolution, 5ms response time, 80 degree tilt angle screen.

EDGE 10 23.6-INCH MONITOR
SRP: £77.49
DISTRIBUTOR: KMS Components
THEY SAY: Sporting a huge 23/6-inch screen, the ES240d offers room to have two word documents side by side as well as running multiple applications. Repetitive scrolling is a thing of the past as you can fit more information onto this handsome display. With dual inputs including DVI, Full Hi-Definition clarity is available enhancing your work or playtime experience.
SPECS: Full HD 1920 x1080 resolution, 10,000:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response time, 170-degree horizontal and 160-degree vertical view angles, Kensington Lock anti-theft security.

EDGE 10 ET220A 21.5-INCH LED MONITOR
SRP: £104
DISTRIBUTOR: Micro-P
THEY SAY: The latest Edge10 hard glass product and the first with Full Hi-Definition resolution makes this display perform superbly in all office applications, but exceptional in more demanding environments like education.
SPECS: 21.5” Full HD LCD with LED back light, 8H toughened glass front, Integrated stereo speakers, VGA and DVI inputs, VESA wall mountable.

GENIUS NETSCROLL 100 OPTICAL MOUSE
SRP: £9.99
DISTRIBUTOR: VIP Computers
THEY SAY: The latest optical mouse from Genius is sure to add style to any desktop, plus it fits great in either hand. With no mouse ball to get dirty, the NetScroll 100 optical mouse makes your life easier. There’s no mouse pad required and no cleaning necessary.
SPECS: Magic-Roller button, 800dpi optical engine, metallic-black design.

FUJITSU ETERNUS DX60 S2 ISCSI BUNDLE DEAL
SRP: £5,499
DISTRIBUTOR: Entatech
THEY SAY: This bundle includes a DX60 S2 Disk Storage System Base Unit, eight DX8090 SAS hard drives, and a three-year service pack with four-hour response for the DX60 S2.
SPECS: 3.5-inch base unit, 2.5-inch hard drives with 600GB and 10,000RPM.

LOGITECH M105 MOUSE
SRP: £12.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: The M105 is the cool, colourful corded mouse at a comfortable price. This Logitech mouse is simple to set up and use, with full-size comfort and an ambidextrous design.
SPECS: Requires Windows Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.5 or later, or Linx Kernal 2.6+ and a USB port.

CONTACTS
ACER: www.acer.co.uk
BROTHER: 08444 999 444
CENTERPRISE: 01256 378071
COMPUTER 2000: 0871 880 3000
ENTATECH: 0333 101 1000
GEM DISTRIBUTION: 01279 822 822
INGRAM MICRO: 0871 973 3000
KMS COMPONENTS: 02920 713713
MERONCOURT: 01462 680 060
MIDWICH: 01379 649 200
TARGET COMPONENTS: 01977 739 300
VIP COMPUTERS: 0871 622 7500

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