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By SmallBusinessComputing Staff | Posted July 01, 2000
by Jamie McAfee & Liz Levy

ERGO-TYPE
Reduce keyboard-related injuries with the Goldtouch Adjustable keyboard. Align the left and right hand sections of the keyboard both horizontally and vertically to suit individual comfort. The adjustment ranges between zero and 30 degrees. Editing keys are placed for left-to-right movement.

Goldtouch Technologies Inc.; 800-593-2453 www.goldtouch.com; $129.00

SLEEK SERVER
The RedRak from NetMachines is a Linux-based e-mail and Web server appliance. The unit can be outfitted with 6.4GB to 20GB of hard drive storage for file sharing on Windows, Apple, and Unix networks. It can be stacked or rack-mounted. Administrators can access the device over the Web through its HTML interface. The basic configuration includes a 300MHz or 333MHz Celeron processor, 32MB of RAM, a 6GB hard drive, and four cooling fans.

NetMachines Inc.; 925-830-0388; www.netmachines.net $999 for basic configuration

BACKPACK FOR NOTEBOOKS
For carrying those heavy desktop replacement notebooks with less back and shoulder pain, take a look at Fellowes' Computer Backpack. It features top loading and has several pockets for storage. Two large folio dividers organize files or papers. A hidden exterior pocket, which rests against the user's back, provides a hiding place for valuables. A mesh compartment for water or other drinks can also be zipped into the bag.

Fellowes; 800-945-4545; www.fellowes.com; $59.99

BACKFLIP FOR PDAS
Before the days of wireless modems, the acoustic coupler was a big way to transfer data from a remote location. Well, they're back with the PocketMail BackFlip from PocketScience. With this gadget snapped on to any Palm device, users can send and receive both fax and e-mail messages from anywhere using any digital or analog phone. By dialing a toll-free number and holding the device over the phone's headset, messages are transferred directly to the PDA where they can be read, stored, replied to, or forwarded to another address. Use existing corporate e-mail accounts by forwarding all e-mail to your PocketMail account. Users can also consolidate up to three Web-based e-mail accounts (POP3,IMAP4, or AOL) via a personal interface on the PocketMail Web site.

PocketScience Inc.; 800-390-5034; www.pocketmail.com; $99

LIGHT ON THE EYES
The improved image quality and space saving benefits of LCD flat panel monitors are more affordable than ever. Proview Technology has introduced the PT-580, a 15-inch, liquid crystal display (LCD) flat panel monitor. Designed for either PC or Macintosh systems, the PT-580 sharply displays both text and multimedia content. The two-inch-thick paneling and 9.5-inch base allow maximum use of desk space. The PT-580 delivers flicker-free image quality through a maximum resolution of 1,024dpi x 768dpi, a 0.29mm dot pitch, and a maximum video refresh speed of 72Hz.

Proview Technology; 877-377-6843; www.proview.net; $849

HANDHELD PROTECTION
Protect PDAs from scratches and life's daily hard knocks with the Bumper. Fellowes' water-resistant Bumper has a flip top lid that adds privacy when viewing at an angle or straight on. It comes equipped with two side slots for storage and has a built-in infrared window for transferring data to other infrared-equipped hardware.

Fellowes; 800-945-4545; www.fellowes.com; $29.99

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