PCR December/January 2021 sector guide: Remote/Home-Working

From the latest laptops and software to connectivity enhancing devices,  PCR rounds up the latest tech to keep you up and running whilst working from home or remotely.

BullGuard Small Office Security

“Central to BullGuard Small Office Security endpoint protection platform is a single Cloud Admin Portal which enables MSPs and IT resellers to remotely manage multiple customers and all their endpoints, including Windows, Android and macOS devices. Whether employees are in an office, working remotely or travelling. MSPs can set up new customers within minutes with simple enrolment via email invitation. The MSP functionality provided also includes activating and deactivating devices, scanning for threats, applying updates, locking lost or stolen devices and creating user groups.”

Specs: single Cloud Admin Portal, remotely manage multiple customers and all their endpoints, Set up new customers within minutes, Activate and Deactivate devices, Scan for threats, Lock lost or stolen devices

Contact: Bullguard

Acer TravelMate P6 Notebook

“Combining feather-light portability and performance with the TravelMateP6. This slim, durable laptop weighs just 1.1kg, yet delivers first-class results with its powerful processors and user-centric design. The TravelMate P6 has numerous security and management features, making it ideal for enterprise.

Specs: 14.0″ display with IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology, Full HD 1920 x 1080, high-brightness (300nits) Acer ComfyView LED-backlit TFT LCD, Intel UHD Graphics 620, Up to Intel Core i7-10510U processor, Up to 24 GB of DDR4 system memory, Up to 1TB Solid State Drive (PCIe Gen3, 8 Gb/s, NVMe), Intel UHD Graphics 620, FHD Webcam, with Windows Hello face authentication (RGB-IR) on selected models, Optional eSIM-enabled 4G LTE and NFC, U.S MIL-STD 810G Tested, Different models available: Optional NVIDIA GeForce MX250 (P614-51G-G2), Optional Multi-Touch Panel (P614-51T-G2)

Contact : Exertis, Techdata, Westcoast

Acer Chromebook Spin 713

“Specifically designed with the needs of business users in mind, the Chromebook Spin 713 offers both design and performance with its Core i Processor and full aluminum military grade chassis. This is also accompanied by a QHD 3:2 ratio touch display and features including Wi-Fi 6, Corning Gorilla Glass touchscreen and touchpad, a backlit keyboard, a built-in HDMI port, as well as dual USB Type-C ports to deal with everyday challenges. Add Acer USI Active Stylus to your CP713-2W to write and draw with greater control and precision. It has precise linearity and excellent moving offset as well as up to 4096 pressure levels. It has a stylish silver design with a button on the barrel for pen wake up.

Specs: Product Type Chromebook – flip design, Processor – Intel Core i3 & i5 (10th Gen) 10110U / 2.1 GHz (4.1 GHz) / 4 MB Cache OR, Memory- 8 GB DDR4 (8 GB (soldered)), Storage – 128 GB SSD, Display – 13.5″ LED backlight touchscreen 2256 x 1504, Graphics – Intel UHD Graphics, Networking Bluetooth 5.0, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wave 2/ax, Battery3-cell – up to 10 hours, Part number NX.HQBEK.001 CP713-2W – i3 10th Gen, Part Number NX.HWNEK.001 CP713-2W – i5 10th Gen

Contact: Exertis, Getech, Westcoast and TD have stock scheduled to around Mar/Apr.

Acer B7 Monitor

“High reliability with outstanding performance, see more of what matters most with a near bezel-less display. The new B7 Series enhances your professional needs with its robust stand and wide range of color-enhancing technologies. B7 series also feature the Acer Display Widget utility software & navigation OSD key design, letting you easily modify monitor settings with flexibility.”

Specs: From FHD to UHD with ZeroFrame Design, Acer Display Widget-simplifies monitor tweaking, 100% sRGB color gamut, Acer ColorPlus & Acer VisionCare technology, Robust stand design with strong stability, ErgoStand-Tilt, swivel and height adjust with flexibility, Built-in webcam, USB Type-C port, Specification vary by model and region

Contact: Techdata, Westcoast and Exertis

HANNspree HP Series Monitors with Built-in Webcam

“Virtual communication has become essential for businesses and schools as well as a ‘normal’ way for friends and family to stay in touch of late. The new monitors HANNspree are introducing to its HP series of ergonomic monitors include a handy built-in webcam. Featuring a pop-up design, the 5MP high definition camera can be securely tucked away when not in use, and revealed with a simple touch when it is time to engage. They also feature height adjust, tilt, swivel and pivot manoeuvrability as standard as with all of HP series monitors, enabling personalised viewing comfort and ideal orientation for specific applications.”

Specs: 23.8”-27”, 1920 x 1080, 178° Ultra- Wide Viewing Angle, Built-in Webcam, Height Adjust, Pivot, Swivel, Tilt and Wall-Mountable (VESA), Triple Input: DP, HDMI, VGA, USB 3.0 Hub, Built-In Stereo Speakers, , Low Blue Light & Flicker Free

Contact: Exertis / Ingram Micro / Westcoast

HANNspree HS322UPB Monitor

“The 31.5” HS322UPB features a 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution which offers superior picture quality for demanding graphic intensive professional applications, gaming and much more. Enjoy over 77% more workspace compared to conventional 1920 x 1080 FHD monitors and increased pixel density for super sharp, crisp images. Ideal for countless hours spent in front of displays working, gaming for long hours or watching movies, the HS322UPB monitor has Flicker-Free Technology, Low Blue Light mode and an anti-glare panel to ensure a comfortable viewing experience during continuous use.”

Spec: 31.5”, 2560 x 1440 WQHD, 178° /178° Ultra-Wide Viewing Angle, DP + HDMI, USB 3.0 Hub, PiP / PbP, Built-In Stereo Speakers, Tilt and Wall-Mountable (VESA), Low Blue Light & Flicker Free

Contact: Exertis / Ingram Micro / Westcoast

Vivitek NC-X700

“The Vivitek NC-X700 is a new addition to Vivitek’s range of NovoConnect devices. It’s an add-on device that’s ideally suited to those who already have a screen or a projector, but wish to enhance or extend their existing AV infrastructure with wireless presentation functionality, or to maximise their screen use with digital signage.”

Specs: Wireless collaboration & digital signage integrated, Windows 10 Miracast screen mirroring, Supports 4K display resolution, Wireless screen-out duplication 1-way (NT receiver)

Contact: Vivitek

Dynabook’s Portégé X30W-J

 “A slim, light, 13.3″ convertible laptop that delivers every tool you need. Engineered to exceed Intel’s Evo classification, empowering unfettered productivity, creativity and collaboration. Equipped with a full-power 28W 11th gen Intel Core processor, Intel Xe graphics, 16-hour battery life and Instant Wake capability, Fast connectivity with Intel 802.11ax (WiFi 6) and Thunderbolt 4-enabled USB Type-C ports, plus premium audio and video.”

 Specs: Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit – dynabook recommends Windows 10 Pro for business, Processor: 11th Gen 10nm quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, Display: 33.8cm (13.3″), Non-reflective Full HD Touch display with Corning Gorilla Glass, 1,920 x 1,080, Battery life: Up to 13h30min (MobileMark 2014 running Windows 10), Storage: M.2 PCIe 512GB, Weight: Starting at 989g

Contact: Dynabook Europe GmbH

Dynabook’s Portégé X30L-J

“The dynabook Portégé X30L is a 13.3” ultra-lightweight business laptop specifically crafted to bring the latest technology to on-the-go workers.

Weighing in at only 906g, every element has been considered to equip this ultralight device with the latest technology, including a full-power 28W 11th generation Intel Core processor, comprehensive set of connectivity ports and high brightness display. The Portégé X30L is ready to take on your workload and empower your flexibility.

Specs: Size and weight: 306mm x 210mm x 17.9mm; from 906g, Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 Intel Celeron, Memory: 2x DDR4 (3200MHz) – 1x on-board up to 16GB and 1x S0-DIMM up to 16 GB, selection of different PCIe SSDs up to 1TB, 4-cell battery with 53Wh and up to 15hrs of Battery life, Screen: 13.3” FHD SHARP IGZO low power, high brightness 470 NIT, 13.3” FHD 400 NIT with privacy function, 13.3” FHD 300 NIT with In-Cell touch, 13.3” HD 220 NIT,

Peripheral connectivity: 2x USB Type-C w/ Thunderbolt 4, 2x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1x HDMI 2.0, 1xRJ45, Wireless connectivity: Intel AX WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1,

Camera: 0.9MP HD camera or FA camera with camera shutter, Chassis: Magnesium alloy (MIL STD 810G), Hinge: 180 degrees

Contact: Dynabook Europe GmbH

Dynabook’s Portégé X40-J

“With a sleek, mobile and robust design, the Portégé X40 is elegantly engineered to help you power through every working day with the utmost security. With the latest full-power 28W 11th generation Intel Core processors and new Separated Airflow cooling technology, the Portégé X40 helps you create and react faster than ever.

It meets Microsoft’s strict Secured Core device requirements and an optional switchable e-privacy filter keeps your screen from prying eyes when you’re on the move. And you won’t even have to stop to plug in, thanks to its battery life of more than 14 hours (MobileMark 2014 running Windows 10).”

Specs:Size and weight: 323mm x 220mm x 17.9mm; from 1.4kg, Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7, Memory: 2x DDR4 (3200MHz) – 1x on-board up to 16GB and 1x S0-DIMM up to 16 GB, selection of different PCIe SSDs up to 1TB, Battery: 4-cell battery with 53Wh and up to 14hrs of Battery life, Screen: 14.0” FHD 400 NIT with privacy function, 14.0” FHD 300 NIT with In-Cell touch, 14.0” FHD 250 NIT, Peripheral connectivity: 2x USB Type-C w/ Thunderbolt 4, 2x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1x HDMI 1.4, Wireless connectivity: Intel AX WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1,

Camera: 0.9MP HD camera or FA camera with camera shutterChassis: Magnesium alloy (MIL STD 810G), Hinge: 180 degrees

Contact: dynabook Europe GmbH

TP-Link UK KP303 Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip

“With three smart outlets that can be separately managed and two always-on USB ports, the Kasa Smart WiFi Power Strip supports multiple appliances independently or simultaneously. Control up to three devices from anywhere with the Kasa Smart app and remotely turn on and off plugged-in devices, such as lamps and fans. Simply connect to any secured 2.4GHz wireless network to control directly, with no need for a separate hub or extra equipment. Improve convenience and cut down on power consumption with schedules/timers and shield sensitive appliances with surge protection.”

Specs: “Supports up to 5 appliances, 3 independently controllable smart outlets and 2 always-on USB ports, Surge protection, Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip, Free remote control via Kasa Smart app, Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, Voice command enabled, Create schedules/timers, Combine all 3 smart plugs with other Kasa Smart devices, Enable smart device interconnections and home automation, Create Motion Sensing, Schedule a Scene, Auto-off Timer

Contact: TP-Link UK

TP-Link UK KP105 Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug (Slim)

“Smarten up your home for an advanced working set-up with TP-Link’s KP105. This space-saving plug fits into any standard socket without blocking adjacent ones with its sleek, rectangular, compact design. Control appliances remotely on your phone or tablet with no need for extra equipment – just a secure 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network. Compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings, use voice commands to control your connected devices. With quick and easy setup via the Kasa Smart app, set countdown timers for plugged-in devices and create schedules to follow your daily routine. Remote control and multiple safety guarantees help minimise burning hazards.”

Specs List: Smartphone remote control, Compact Design – 2.85 × 2.03 × 1.48 inch dimensions,Voice Control, Alexa, Google Home, and Bixby compatible, Set a schedule or timer to switch your devices on or off automatically, Multiple Safety Guarantees, Child safety cover, Use Grouping to combine all 3 of your smart plugs on the power strip with other Kasa Smart devices, Enable device interconnections and home automation for your Kasa devices. Create Motion Sensing, Schedule a Scene, Auto-off Timer

Contact: TP-Link UK

TP-Link UK’s Deco X60 Whole Home Mesh WiFi 6 System

“Armed with next-generation Wi-Fi 6 technology and supporting MU-MIMO, OFDMA, and 1024-QAM, the Deco X60 dramatically increases the capacity and efficiency of the whole network, especially in dense usage scenarios. The Deco X60 builds a more efficient network that increases the average throughput by four times on connected devices in dense environments. This improves the network capacity, cuts down the latency and ensues a responsive network. The Deco X60 is tested to connect up to 150 devices without restricting performance.”

Specs List: Wi-Fi 6 speeds up to 3,000 Mbps – 2,402 Mbps on 5 GHz and 574 Mbps on 2.4 GHz, OFDMA and MU-MIMO technology quadruple capacity to enable simultaneous transmission to more devices, Wi-Fi signal generated by Wi-Fi 6,

Greater reduction in latency, Multiple units form a whole-home network auto-select the best connection, WPA3 encryption, TP-Link HomeCare provides Parental Controls and Antivirus, Deco app simplifies setup

Contact: TP-Link UK

TP-Link’s Archer MR600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router

“TP-Link’s Archer MR600 router provides you with the ability to work wherever you want, with improved performance even in areas with poor broadband. Fully Gigabit Ethernet ports provide warp speeds and reliable connections for high-intensive wired devices. Enjoy unmatched convenience and versatility. Tested in the field for years to ensure universal compatibility, with two advanced LTE antennas to deliver a smooth connection. Simply plug in a micro SIM card and power on this elegant piece of technology to utilise fast and stable Wi-Fi, whether you’re at home or working remotely.”

Specs: TP-Link’s First 4G+ Router – supports 4G+ Cat6 to boost the data speeds of up to 300 Mbps, Full Gigabit Ports, Plug a SIM card and play, Two external LTE antennas, Wi-Fi router mode – plug an Ethernet cable into the LAN/WAN port for flexible access as a backup option if you can’t get a 4G connection,

Supports TP-Link OneMesh

Contact: TP-Link UK

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