The GCN Lab looks at the spectrum of input devices, from the not-so-lowly mouse to some high-end touch-screens.
Although the Avatar was designed with gamers in mind, government users who require precision handling on their mice will find it extremely useful.
Because the lettering on the keys is transparent, the backlight shines through them, which means you can use the keyboard in total darkness.
The Anoto pen system would be useful if you need to collect a lot of signatures in both ink and digital formats, such as in a government office that processes forms.
The Goldtouch is the only ergonomic keyboard that meets Federal Information Processing Standard 201 specifications for personal identity verification.
It’s an interactive frame that fits over any 42-inch to 65-inch display monitor. You can write on it using a finger, keyboard or electronic pencil — with eraser.
The Universal Imaging Utility can resolve problems before you copy image files from a master system to new clients.
The SmartPro Shallow-Depth Rackmount UPS System performs as well as you would expect from a 2200VA UPS, but has a slightly different form factor to help it fit better into some shallow server racks.
GCN LAB REVIEW: The Proteus 5000 gives administrators a clear look at all of a network's IP addresses, and a lot of flexibility in managing them.
Maptitude 5.0 is surprisingly easy-to-use GIS mapping software for the non-GIS user.
The Dell Optiplex 960 high-performance PC would be good for any use, provided that upgrades are a long way down the road.
Although not the best in some categories, the ThinkCentre M58p would do well at almost any office task, and its extra security is a plus.
ThE Apple iMac MB418LL/A is made for any user who prefers Mac OS X to Windows, though it has enough power, as we found out, to also drive Vista.
Quad technology waits in the wings, but dual-core systems still have a lot to offer. The GCN Lab tested six dual-core desktop PCs whose power and price can make them attractive to government offices.
If physical security is paramount, desktop space is abundant and you have extra input devices you need to use, the Supermicro SYS-5035B-TB might be the system for you.