Selling tech for education

SA educators are keen to get their hands on STEM and tech tools for learners, but public schools lack skills and budget.

Experience is the new key to tech attention

The term 'sensory overload’ could have been crafted for the CES tech expo in Las Vegas. So overwhelming is the array of new products, new brands and new concepts, it’s difficult to keep focused, whether one is a consumer, distributor or reseller.

Gary Pickford, Tarsus Distribution

A little bit more to the left, that's it

Digital transformation is the elephant among the daisies, stomping on traditional channel models and creating capex havoc.

WiFi6: What’s the fuss?

Like Christmas, there’s a new flavour of WiFi on the horizon, but will it bring a sack-load of opportunities for the channel?

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Vostro 13 5000Category: NotebookBrand: DellRRP: Starting from R14699 ex VATDistributors: Axiz, Drive Control Corporation, Pinnacle and TarsusDate of availability: Available nowSpecifications:Intel 8th Gen Core Processors up to Core i713.3 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) TrueLife LED backlight non-touch wide viewingangle displayUp to 8GB onboard memoryM.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State storage, up to 512GBMicrosoft Windows 103-year basic warrantyUSPs:Stylish design: 14.9mm thin with a diamond cut finish on the touchpad, a 3-sidednarrow border and FHD display.Redesigned hinge: the notebook lifts slightly off the table when open past a135-degree angle, allowing for improved air circulation and a more comfortabletyping experience.Seamless connectivity: Dell Mobile Connect pairs iOS or Android smartphoneswith the notebook and the USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port supports data, DisplayPort,and power delivery.Business security features: Optional SSO power button fingerprint reader andhardware. LG G8SThinQCategory: MobileBrand: LG ElectronicsRRP: G8s - R11, 999.00Date of availability: Available nowSpecifications:G8sChipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile PlatformDisplay: 6.2-inch 18.7:9 FHD+ OLED FullVision (2248 x 1080)Memory: 6GB RAM / 128GBCamera: ea 13MP Super Wide (F2.4 / 1.0μm / 137˚), 12MP Standard (F1.8 /1.4μm / 78˚), 12MP Telephoto (F2.6 / 1.0μm / 48˚). Front: 8MP Standard (F1.9/ 1.12μm / 80˚), Z Camera (ToF Technology)Battery: 3550mAhOperating System: Android 9.0 PieSize: 155.3 x 76.6 x 7.99mmWeight: 181gNetwork: 3G / 4G LTE-AConnectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 5 / NFC / USB Type-C (USB3.1 Compatible)Biometrics: Hand ID / Face Unlock / Fingerprint SensorColours: Mirror Black, Mirror Teal, Mirror WhiteUSPs:Z Camera: The Z camera uses a Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor technology tobring versatile choice of biometric recognition for any circumstance. It enables atouchless phone interface, adds extraordinary depth and resolution to selfies.Multi ID: (Hand ID / Face Unlock). Unlock with a quick look or simple wave.Sensors can scan facial features or unique vein patterns in the hand so phoneaccess is now touchless, effortless, and more secure.Air Motion: Discover a new way to interact with the phone. Give commandsusing simple hand actions to access a variety of functions and features.Triple Camera: Shoot in super-wide, telephoto, and standard at once, withcontinuous zoom that has no lag or colour distortion when zooming in and out.Video Depth Control: Shoot with beautiful background blur while taking a movie-like video.  G3Category: Gaming laptopBrand: DellRRP: From R22 999Distributors: Axis, Tarsus, Pinnacle and Drive Control CorporationDate of availability: Available nowSpecifications: Game Shift technology to enable optimal performance during periods of intense gaming Powerful NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 16 Series discrete graphics, up to 1660Ti FHD display with optional 144Hz Optional 4-zone RGB keyboard Alienware Command CenterUSPs: With Game Shift, pressing the G Key (F7) maximises the fans’ speed to keep the system cool, allowing the processors to work harder for short periods of intense gaming without having to leave the gameplay. See what the game is capable of with the powerhouse NVIDIA® GeForce GTX® 16 Series graphics cards and up to 6GB GDDR5 dedicated memory. A two-sided narrow bezel 15.6” full HD display panel gets the user deeper into the game, or opt for 144Hz for a smooth gameplay. Engineered with 9th Gen Intel Core processors, up to i7, for powerful performance in gameplay and other CPU intensive activities. Optional WASD 4 zone RGB backlit keyboard is customisable through the Alienware Command Center. Alienware Command Center enables control over hardware and software, so users can easily adjust the hardware performance and system settings, and customise gaming profiles in one interface. For more immersive gaming, Nahimic 3D Audio for Gamers is integrated into Alienware Command Center to provide a 360°sound experience, dynamic voice volume control, and audio recon for an on screen visual sound overlay. Multiple single and dual drive storage options, up to 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 40) with 2TB 5400 RPM HDD for faster loading and more space for games, pictures, and videos. Available in Eclipse Black or Alpine with blue accents. WorkForce Enterprise WF-M20590D4TWCategory: Business inkjet printerBrand: EpsonRRP: R170 000.00 including VATDistributors: Tarsus Technologies, Mustek and Mia TelecomsDate of availability: Available nowSpecifications: Radically fast mono printing: up to 100ppm plus high-speed dual scan High reliability: simple mechanism for environments where downtime is not an option High capacity: print up to 120 000 black pages without replenishing ink Cut environmental impact: use up to 82% less energy compared to laserjet Built for business: take advantage of a wide range of software solutionsUSPs: Enjoy consistently superb image quality at 600 x 2400dpi and print speeds up to 100 images per minute in simplex and duplex. Additionally, it has a fast 60ipm simplex/110ipm duplex ADF scan speed. The paper feed mechanism minimises paper jams, double feeds and no feeds – even at high speeds. With reduced waste and a simple working mechanism, it reduces the environmental impact of print by providing a low-power solution with fewer supplies required. The combination of Epson’s PrecisionCore linehead inkjet technology, waterbased pigment inks and efficient paper transport mechanism ensures the printer delivers consistently. From remote management to accounting and pull printing solutions, a wide range of software solutions can be integrated into an existing IT infrastructure to improve productivity and increase efficiency.