The new Xerox Phaser 6700 colour printer, with speeds up to 47 pages per minute, is not only fast, but also handles complex jobs with ease, saving customers money by using less energy through patented Xerox technology.  

“The ENERGY STAR qualified Phaser 6700 combines fast performance and exceptional reliability with accurate colour quality, making it ideal for small and medium sized businesses and large workgroups alike,” says Ernest Leong, OPB product manager in the Xerox division at Bytes Document Solutions, the Xerox distributor in sub-Saharan Africa. “The printer offers 2400 x 1200 dpi resolution and “Color by Words 2.0” – an interactive technology that leverages common, everyday words to help users describe intended colour output.”

Leong adds that the Phaser 6700 colour printer raises the bar when it comes to print quality, performance and reliability. “You get exceptional print quality plus incredible performance, with a colour and black-and-white print speed of up to 47 ppm.”

To keep the busiest workgroups productive, the 1.25 GHz processor and standard 1 GB system memory handle a steady stream of complex jobs with ease. The 120 000-page monthly duty cycle supports the heaviest office print volumes.

Other key features include:

•             Xerox’s patented EA-Eco toner, which has a lower fusing temperature, reduces power consumption by up to 20 percent and CO2 emissions by up to 35% compared to conventional toner.

•             Security features, such as Secure Print, along with free standard and built-in support, keep sensitive documents secure.

•             The Print Around feature that keeps work flowing by moving jobs ahead of stalled documents in print queue.

•             A colour touch-screen interface that makes walk-up operation fast and easy; embedded videos provide quick troubleshooting assistance.


Press release courtesy of Xerox.


Enjoy affordable printing and copying using individual inks with this sleek HP e-all-in-one. Get easy wireless printing and sharing too, and discover the freedom of HP ePrint mobile printing – now you can print from virtually anywhere.


·         Enjoy easy printing and sharing – connect to your wireless network with HP Auto Wireless Connect.

·         Discover the freedom of HP ePrint mobile printing – now you can print from virtually anywhere

·         Print e-mails, photos, web pages and more direct from your iPad®, iPhone® or iPod touch® with AirPrint™.

·         Print wirelessly direct from a smartphone using HP mobile printing applications.


Print and copy with affordable individual HP inks

·         Print using affordable, individually-replaceable ink cartridges; optional XL cartridges for frequent printing.

·         Print and copy everything from e-mail and web pages to everyday documents, homework and creative projects.

·         Print calendars, games, notebook paper and more without a PC using HP Quickforms.

·         Choose Original HP print cartridges for high quality, reliable printing and copying.


Do it all with one stylish and easy-to-use device – print, scan and copy

·         Enjoy easy printing, scanning and copying with intuitive buttons and convenient mono display.

·         Print high-quality everyday documents at ISO (laser comparable) speeds of up to 8 ppm black/7.5 ppm colour.

·         Sleek and stylish space-saving design means this e-all-in-one will fit on shelves or bookcases, or almost anywhere else.

·         Save energy with this ENERGY STAR® qualified HP Deskjet e-All-in-One.

Xerox ’s new WorkCentre 5300 Series black-and-white multifunction printers (MFPs) help SME and enterprise users simplify everyday work processes – reducing costs and saving them time.


“The highly modular WorkCentre 5300 series MFP gives today’s fast-paced office environments a critical productivity advantage,” says Sumaya Sathoo, product manager in the Xerox division at Bytes Document Solutions, distributor of Xerox products to 26 African countries. “The tasks you perform daily become more efficient, while intensive workplace processes are optimised with customisable workflow solutions that easily handle your unique business requirements.”


The three new additions to Xerox’s A3 MFP portfolio, the WorkCentre 5325/5330/5335, print speeds of up to 35 pages per minute.


Other key features include:

•             Colour scanning and a front-panel USB port to convert hard copy documents into digital files for routing and archiving.

•             Fax Forward to Email that automatically sends incoming faxes from the device directly to user’s computer email in-box.

•             Ability to copy, print, scan, fax and route files while other print jobs are running.

•             Security features, such as Secure Print, which requires users to input a personal identification number for secure document retrieval, and Image Overwrite, which electronically “shreds” information stored on the printer’s optional hard drive.

•             Green options which reduce printing power consumption through Xerox’s patented EA Toner and an LED scanner, along with a standard two-sided copying and printing feature.


“With exceptional performance and the option of adding powerful scanning and faxing, the WorkCentre 5300 series is built to perform at a consistently high level,” adds Sathoo. “Plus, multiple levels of standard cost-control capabilities let you easily manage expenses by limiting, tracking and assigning costs.”


The Energy Star qualified WorkCentre 5300 Series replaces the WorkCentre 5225/5230 in Xerox’s black-and-white MFP portfolio.


Business Equipment Research & Test Laboratories (BERTL), a leading independent testing laboratory for imaging devices and workflow solutions, recently named the  Xerox WorkCentre 5330 the Best Segment 2 A3 Monochrome Multifunction Printer,  and the Xerox WorkCentre 5335 the Best Segment 3 A3 Monochrome Multifunction Printer. The Xerox WorkCentre 5325/5330/5335 was also recognised for Best Security Features.


BERTL’s Best Awards recognise the superior performance of individual devices, software, management utilities, and entire product lines. BERTL analysts review current product lines and new product introductions to identify the select group of devices and software that out-shine the others.


Work, meet, play. Create, stream, watch, listen, and do more on this durable, stylish notebook. This versatile, secure HP ProBook boasts a 15.6-inch diagonal HD display sure to make an impression in and out of the office.



Featuring Genuine Windows 7 Professional and/or other operating systems

• Optimized for Genuine Windows 7 Professional, you gain strong Intel processor capabilities, wireless functionality, and a choice of three display sizes.

Equipped to get the job done

• Gain strong processor capabilities, wireless functionality and a 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch diagonal HD display.

Stylish design

• Secure access to your information using optional HP Face Recognition or fingerprint-reading technology, and protect your notebook, and its sensitive data, with HP ProtectTools.


Easy productivity

• Use HP QuickWeb to access the Internet, email, contacts, and calendar fast—at the touch of a button—without long boot-up times.

• Reduce your communication costs and improve your productivity with an optional HD webcam, dual-array microphones, and SRS Premium Sound—ideal for high-qualityweb casting.

Always on, always available

• Stay connected in more places with WLAN or optional WWAN.

• The HP ProBook 4530s offer a choice of a 6-cell battery with HP Fast Charge or a longer-life 9-cell battery—all designed to meet the needs of mobile professionals.


The best of both worlds

• With Switchable Graphics, you can get high performance from discrete graphics, or the long battery life of integrated graphics, in the same notebook.

• The HP ProBook 4430s and 4530s offer a choice of a 6-cell battery with HP Fast Charge or a longer-life 9-cell battery, and the HP ProBook 4730 features an 8-cell battery—all designed to meet the needs of mobile professionals.

Gammatek, a leading distributor of Branded Technology Accessories in Southern Africa has introduced the ultimate accessories for the New iPad which includes global brands Golla, Speck, Ozaki , Zagg and Body Glove. Expected to be equally as popular as its predecessors, the New iPad is ideally suited to an array of great-looking, practical and resilient accessories.  Gammatek readily meets this need with a range of accessories that will undoubtedly offer the right fit, functionality and styling to meet a variety of iPad requirements. “The highly anticipated New iPad no doubt requires accessories that enhance its features while at the same time looking amazing and protecting it.  At Gammatek we provide all these and more to the SA marketplace,” comments Zev Cherniak at Gammatek.



Immediately available from Gammatek, the Speck Fitfolio comes in black, red, sprinkle twinkle grey and pink and megaplaid (black) and features a padded cover, soft micro-suede interior and custom-fit hard shell cradle.  It also folds into a multi-position stand which is perfect for viewing or typing.  The plastic snap closure keeps the case shut and the integraded magnet activates the iPad’s sleep/wake function. Speck’s MagFolio lounge, WanderFolio, Pixel Skin HD Wrap and Shieldview Screen Protectors for the New iPad are also available from Gammatek.  The Wanderfolio, for example, features a tri-fold design and six pockets for cash, cards, IDs and passports and more.  It also includes a built-in stand with multiple viewing angles and a redesigned cradle that holds the iPad securely. The MagFolio Lounge features a custom, crescent-shaped stand that enables you to use your iPad on your lap. The vegan-leather cover provides padding and the hard polycarbonate cradle holds the iPad securely in place.Lastly, Speck’s PixelSkin HD Wrap (made with TPU polymer) offers lightweigh, grippy protection with a new snap closure and revamped four-panel cover and ShieldView anti-glare matte screen protector sticks perfectly to your iPad screen keeping it clean and free of scraches and smudges. 


The Ozaki 2012 Red Dot Design Award Winning iCoat-Slim-Y case, available in Futurism black, Mechanism green and Post Modernization pink , offers 360 degrees stability, front and back protection, adjustable multi-angleviewing hold, free stylus and detachable stylus holder.  The ‘Y’ shape, for example, creates a tri-axial stand, offering four or more angles and a stable platform. Also launching is the Ozaki Smart Cover which unlike the orginal “Smart Cover” it offers solid protection for the front and back of the ipad while offering the wake/sleep function. Available in stylish grey and pink colours. It also has space to slip in your Ozaki stylus/pen. For improved accuracy, Gammatek has also introduced Ozaki’s O!Tool Stylus which offers replaceable tips and is available in a range of colours: fuchsia; silver; white; and purple.  Optimised for the iPad it can also be used with iPods and iPhones. 


The new Golla Flip Folder for both iPad 2 and the new iPad  comes in a variety of colours and styling such as pink, black, red and white.  The folder also offers an array of features: smart stand function for multiple viewing angles; anti-slip imitation suede lining; rubber band enclosure and frame mounting system. Additionally, Gammatek is also launching the Golla Sleeves in blue and white which, when you take your iPad out of the sleeve, it can actually stand up. This is a very nifty design by Golla.


Zagg & Body Glove

Another offering is the Zagg Invisible Shield and the magnificent Body Glove detachable bluetooth keyboard or folio as well as the Body Glove Anti Glare Screen Guard.

Gammatek, leading distributor of Branded Technology Accessories in Southern Africa has introduced Golla, the popular mobile lifestyle company’s 2012 range of fun and fashion-forward accessories that include laptop bags, smartphone hard covers and tablet sleeves.

Showcased at the recent, renowned Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Golla has undoubtedly taken its approach to design to the next, eye-catching level which makes any mobile device look like a true fashion accessory while offering the necessary protection against falls, bumps and scratches.

The 2012 range is available exclusively through SA partner, Gammatek at major retail, photo and luggage stores. The range features the following products: Superbee Earbud; iPhone 4/4s Hardcases; Mobile Bags; Mobile Wallets; Smart Bags; Table Bags; Laptop Bags; Laptop and Tablet Sleeves; Laptop Backpack; Camera Bags and Digi Bag.

The Laptop and Tablet Sleeves offer protection coupled with eye-catching motifs that suite a range of tastes and needs.  The Golla Laptop Bags are resilient and are available with numerous carrying options, enabling you to customise it to suite your needs.

The new Golla G-Bag is light-weight, versatile and offers a cushioned gadget compartment which makes it ideal for people and their tablets on-the-go.  The iPhone 4/4s Hardcover casing also offers important protection and is made from durable polycarbonate, which makes scratch and shatter resistant.

The range also features fun, colourful Superbee earphones (in red, black, white and charchaol) and swanky camera bags and Digi Bags that make carrying your camera equipment a breeze while featuring padding to safeguard it against bumps and falls.

The Golla Mobile Wallet combines a simple compartment for your smartphone with several slots for cards and a zip pocket for other essentials. Your smartphone is therefore easily accessible and your screen remains scratch-free. Carry it from the belt loop or in your bag.

Lastly, the Golla Mobile Bag comes with an extra pocket perfect for small items like earphones, small change or a bank/credit card.  It features: a carabiner for attaching the bag in a variety of places such as a belt loop, bigger shoulder bag or backpack; a separate neck-strap; zipped pocket on the back for earphones, coins etc; and soft lining material to protect the screen of the device

“The range from Golla epitomise the saying form meets function, these products are all great to look at but offer the necessary protection which is so crucial in a mobile world,” comments Zev Cherniak at Gammatek.



Gammatek SA, a leading distributor of Branded Technology Accessories in Southern Africa has introduced I-Dice, an eye-catching, giant dice shaped iPhone/iPad and iPod docking station and speaker system that is not only fantastic to look at but packedwith great functionality. Manufactured by S-D-Starking and available immediately from Gammatek, the I-Dice system comes in a black or white dice design, measuring 190 x 190 x 220 mm in size.  Under the hood it features two speakers – 4 W left/right and a 15 W subwoofer bundled with a remote control. Coupled with its great aesthetics you are definitely ready to roll be it for a blazing Saturday party or lazy Sunday afternoon.  It’s extremely easy to use, whether you want to play your favourite song from your iPad, iPhone or iPod, simply slot it into the docking station and the let the dice do its magic. “The new I-Dice is such a great addition to your Apple accessories collection.  With its fantastic dice design, it is a sleek yet fun docking station and speaker system that will undoubtedly make a few heads turn.  We have no doubt that I-Dice offers a fun alternative to more the traditional options out there,” comments Zev Cherniak at Gammatek.”

Retail Price

The I-Dice docking station and speaker system is available at Istore, Musica and other select consumer electronic stores at the recommended retail price of R1699. 

The company has launched the next generation of its award-winning prepress workflow, :Apogee Suite 8.0, which features new tools, including cloud-based applications, which help print service providers produce better output, work more efficiently and extend their market reach.
The new tools are designed to help printers in offset and digital print or hybrid environments become more innovative and interact more efficiently internally and with their customers while optimising every step in the production process. :Apogee Suite 8.0 will be running live and available for demonstrations at the company’s stand at drupa (Hall 8A). It will be available in the third quarter of 2012.

Among the innovations in :Apogee Suite 8.0 is the new interactive :Apogee StoreFront, the new cloud-based, web-to-print solution. :Apogee StoreFront makes it easy to set up online stores for both printed and non-printed products. Seamless integration with :Apogee Prepress or any other workflow software ensure that orders are automatically downloaded and setup for production based on job specifications. Because it is cloud based and easy to use, printers can launch multiple, customised storefronts with no additional staff or costly infrastructure investment. :Apogee StoreFront gives printers the means to reach new markets and enrich customer experience, thus expanding business.

:Apogee Impose now supports web offset printing. Designed for the specific needs of web printing operations, this unique rule-based imposition software takes all specifications into account, including web folding and finishing requirements, to generate the optimal imposition scheme. A last minute change of press is no problem for :Apogee Impose. It also supports single, dual and multiple web deliveries. :Apogee Impose lowers setup cost while delivering the level of automation web printers demand.

A new Merge Jobs function lets :Apogee 8 determine which jobs can be combined in one production run. This cuts costs by optimising press runs. An innovative algorithm places different jobs on the sheet in the most optimal manner. As a result, there are fewer cuts which translates to less paper waste.

‘:Apogee 8 is loaded with innovations that cater to every type of operation—sheet and web offset as well as hybrid operations including wide format. New 64-bit support combined with virtualisation (VMWare) lets high-volume printers consolidate processing. Other tools reduce costs with efficient output management such as the job merge function. All of these improvements are the result of carefully listening to our customers all over the world and incorporating their feedback,’ said Andy Grant, Head of Software, Agfa Graphics, worldwide.

:Apogee Suite 8.0 gives prepress operators more process control. A toolbox of plugins allows them to easily manipulate PDF pages in the workflow. A varnish plugin, for example, lets them create a spot varnish on top of text or an image. The new CSR Dashboard gives customer service representatives or production managers detailed job status reports, allowing them to interact more efficiently and accurately internally and with customers. CSRs can record notes and add customer requests. All information stays with the job to ensure absolute job integrity.

:Apogee Preflight offers improved colour management. The new document-based capability verifies that profiles are attached to all objects and automatically updates incorrect profiles. :Apogee Preflight also makes the necessary adjustments should the output target change. A new customer profile wizard generates the optimal calibration profiles for any substrate. This is a critical capability in operations that have offset, digital and industrial inkjet printing. The end result is consistent color output over different media types regardless of the output device or if the operator is generating a proof.

ICC Profile Regularisation is an Agfa patented technology that avoids discontinuities in profiles due to folding. This is especially important for wide-format applications and results in better and more consistent colour output. :Apogee Suite 8.0 is also built to support digital printing, including variable data printing, giving users an edge when it comes to providing new services for their customers.

Article courtesy of Africa Print.


Sapphireblue offers some handy, green-friendly tips for the office which are simple ways all staff member can contribute to helping save the planet.



Tip 1:

Provide trays to collect and reuse print and copy error sheets.

Tip 2:

Provide bins/recycling containers and zone them appropriately for collectionof old technology (e-waste), newspapers magazine and plastic bottels.

Tip 3:

Buy recycled paper whenever possible.

Tip 4:

Look for the recycled option in all products you buy.

Tip 5:

Use reusable and recyclable containers for shipping your products and reuse newspaper, shredded paper, bubble wrap and cardboard boxes for packaging.

Tip 6:

When planning events think of items that you can reuse or recycle at other events.




Galaxy Note 10.1 coming in May

The 10.1-inch Galaxy Note has been officially unveiled by Samsung and will be available in SA from May. The Galaxy Note 10.1 is the tablet-sized version of the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note “phablet” that was punted as both a smartphone and a tablet in a single device.

A core selling point of the new tablet is the incorporation of the “S Pen” (a specially designed stylus), which Samsung says provides more “intuitive ways to maximise efficiency”. Together with the S Note application, the S Pen allows for writing, sketching and note-taking. The application allows users to combine notes with Web content and other media. Phoenix custom software developers from Tech Fabric provide such a service.

The Galaxy Note 10.1’s S Pen has enhanced pressure sensitivity and improved accuracy, providing what Samsung calls an “analogue pen writing experience on a digital device”. The tablet runs the latest iteration of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, and has a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and HSPA+ connectivity.

Another key feature of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is its multi-screen functionality that allows for simultaneous viewing of Internet pages, videos and other applications, while also allowing for side-by-side writing and sketching.

Samsung is also punting the tablet as a learning device. “Students can watch a lecture live-streamed on video, while writing down comments on S Note; they can research a college essay on the Web while taking notes; or even read a full e-textbook while annotating it.”

The tablet comes pre-loaded with Adobe Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas. According to Samsung, these programs have been specially optimised for use with the S Pen to allow for PC-like editing and drawing.

Extending mobile

Samsung Electronics SA MD Deon Liebenberg says: “The Galaxy Note 10.1 takes productivity on a Note to a whole new level. With a larger, multifunctional screen and superior performance, it combines the intuitiveness of handwriting with all the versatility of digital content.

“With the Galaxy Note 10.1, we are demonstrating Samsung’s commitment to extend the mobile category and are working with key partners like Adobe to provide extraordinary experiences for users.”

Samsung says the local recommended retail price will be in the region of R8 699.

Article by Kathryn McConnachie, digital media editor at  ITWeb:

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