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Samsung unveils its Central StationBy Hanleigh Daniels 13 January 2011 | Categories: news
Samsung has introduced the Samsung Central Station, a Unified Desktop Hub that connects elements of the IT workspace, such as a notebook PC, display and peripherals, to provide users with a simple and convenient way to increase their productivity.
The Central Station boasts auto wireless detection that finds a notebook (equipped with the included wireless USB dongle), once it is moved within a one meter radius. It also functions as a second display alongside a connected laptop, to instantly enlarge the user’s available display real estate.
There’s also an auto configuration function which enables users to easily set up the screen with optimal resolution and screen settings. Users can also charge their mobile devices via the unit’s provided USB ports (2 x USB 2.0 ports as well as 2 x USB 3.0 ports).
Samsung’s Central Station also features an HDMI input, enabling users to connect Blu-Ray players, set top boxes, or gaming devices like a PlayStation 3 in order to make use of the Central Station’s 1080p LED backlit display.
“The Samsung Central Station answers a real need for consumers and business professionals looking to simplify their IT environment so they can move easily from a mobile to desktop setting,” said Bennie Budler, product manager for IT at Samsung Electronics SA.
“It enables users to effortlessly connect or disconnect their notebook PC to a wide range of peripheral devices without the inconvenience of having to constantly plug and unplug every time they do so.”
All of the four Central Station consumer models sport a dual hinge base, allowing users to adjust their height, whilst the two additional professional models both feature a more traditional, fully height-adjustable stand that is more suited to the office environment.
“Central Station is designed to reduce companies’ long-term equipment costs. By eliminating the need to purchase device-specific docking stations, a single Central Station will last through multiple generations of PCs,” stated Budler.
The Central Station will be available locally during Q2 of 2011 and is expected to retail for about R2499.
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