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AMD Phenom 9900

The Phenom won't turn heads with its performance, but this 9900 model is a top upgrade option for users who already have AM2 socket-based AMD systems -- or is it? More on that later. It'll boost productivity and 3D rendering performance noticeably ov...

Kogan Technologies 7in Digital Photo Frame

As a picture-displaying device, the Kogan 7in widescreen Digital Photo Frame is far from ideal. Luckily, it's more than just a picture frame: it'll play MP3 files, it'll play MP3 files while displaying photos, it'll play video files and it'll display...

Qstarz BT-Q1000 Travel Recorder

QStarz's BT-Q1000 Travel Recorder is a Bluetooth GPS device that can be used as a navigation device, or to track your movements and record your places of interest. Best of all, it can upload data to Google Earth to give you a clear visual of where yo...

Nitro PDF Professional

PDF files are a great way to distribute reports and brochures, as you can be sure the final layout of the file will be retained once it's sent to your recipient, and let's face it, everyone has access to PDF reader software. Manaccom's Nitro PDF Prof...

D-Link DHP-300

Sharing large files or a high-speed ADSL2+ connection over a wireless network can sometimes be a frustrating experience if the signal is too slow from the access point to the client devices. But while wireless has been touted as the best solution aga...

Kyocera Mita Ecosys FS-C5025N

For offices where space is at a premium, but large volumes of colour output are needed, Kyocera Mita's Ecosys FS-C5025N is a good option. It's fairly compact compared to other colour laser printers on the market and easy to maintain.

AMD Phenom X4 9600

Let's get this out of the way first: AMD's Phenom micro-architecture isn't going to produce results as fast as Intel's Core 2 micro-architecture, especially not against Intel's 45nm-based chips, but it sure as heck is competitive against Intel's 65nm...

Philips 220XW

There's no shortage of gloss on this monitor. Its screen, bezel and base are all glossy and, as such, very prone to light reflections. That isn't a good thing for a monitor, where reflections can make it hard to view text and images, but this monitor...

Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DQ6

While AMD's latest CPUs aren't likely to win back many enthusiast users on its own, the motherboard vendors are doing everything in their power to entice power users back to the AMD platform, which was once a performance champion. In fact, Gigabyte's...

BullGuard Internet Security 8.0

BullGuard's latest suite is comprised of antivirus, anti-spyware, firewall, backup, spam filter and kitchen sink applications. Well, I made the last one up, but the point is that this suite has all the essentials you need to keep your PC and data sec...

Hewlett-Packard Compaq Presario V3500 (V3641AU)

Bright blue lights, a glossy screen, plenty of ports, a latch-less lid and scratch-resistant exterior allow the HP Compaq V3500 to make a positive first impression. The next impression will depend on how patient you are because the initial setup proc...

Samsung SyncMaster XL20

This monitor is designed for professional graphics artists and photographers. It's a 20in monitor with a native resolution of 1600x1200; it relies on LED backlighting, instead of fluorescent tubes, and it ships with a colour calibration tool.

Belkin SATA II ExpressCard

Belkin's SATA II ExpressCard is an expansion device for modern notebook computers, which can add up to two e-SATA (external SATA) ports to a compatible notebook. It gives users the opportunity to connect to external hard drives at a faster rate than ...

ASUS EAH3870 TOP/G/HTDI/512M

Despite having a boring product name, the ASUS EAH3870 TOP/G/HTDI/512M graphics card will bring nothing but excitement to anyone who buys it. It's based on ATI's new Radeon HD 3870 GPU (graphics processing unit), which runs cooler and faster than the...

ASUS P5E-VM HDMI

Aimed at users who want a compact motherboard for a home theatre PC, the P5E-VM HDMI certainly has plenty of enticing features and, despite being an integrated design, it doesn't sacrifice on performance.

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