By Claire Reilly

SYDNEY, NSW: Sharp has launched a new Microwave Oven targeted at Australians who want to stay in and cook, rather than heading out.

The R350Y Midsize Inverter Sensor Microwave Oven offers users cooking convenience that doesn’t require them to slave over a hot stove, according to Sharp’s national marketing manager, Mark Beard.

“Sharps Inverter technology has been incorporated into the R350Y to ensure even cooking results through the use of descending cooking sequences,” said Beard. “These sequences directly control the power by adjusting the levels gradually, much similar to the ‘volume control’ of a radio.”

“Sharps integration of inverter and sensor functions ensures cooking is faster and more controlled and in turn allowing entertainers to socially interact whilst dinner cooks itself” said Beard.

The Microwave Oven features 1200 watts of power, 11 power levels and an auto-start option with additional ‘More/Less’ settings. The sensor cook and sensor reheat functions automatically detect cooking times for food, and it also boasts several auto menus – including express defrost, easy defrost and melt/soften.

The Microwave oven is available with a white fascia (R350YW, RRP $209) or in stainless steel (R350YS, RRP $229).

Sharp's new stainless steel Midsize Inverter Sensor Microwave Oven.

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In other Sharp product news, the company has bolstered its Information Display Panel range with the launch of the PN-T322B – a flat panel display designed for schools, lecture theatres and commercial use.

“With its sleek style and touch-and-know appeal, the PN-T322B gives users in an array of venues fast and easy access to information that can bring them one touch closer to their end result, ” said Beard.

The 32-inch “interactive digital signage solution” is 62 millimetres thick and weighs 11 kilograms, making it suitable for portrait or landscape wall mounting. It boasts VGA, HDMI and USB connectivity, as well as an audio output and two built-in 8 watt speakers.

In addition, the LED backlit display features a proprietary infrared detection system to increase the touch-screen responsive, and when coupled with Windows 7, the panel is capable of supporting dual touch-screen applications.

The Sharp PN-T322B Touch-Screen display.