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Shuttle DVD ReWriter CR40

The brushed silver finish of this drive looks elegant, and matches the colour schemes and styling of a lot of the small form factor enclosures in Shuttle's range. It is interesting too that Shuttle has chosen to build this drive with a 19cm depth. Sh...

Sony DRU720A

Even though this drive technically supports 48X CD burning, Sony throttles it to 40X straight out of the box, citing reliability and safety concerns when the disc spins at very high speeds. Having experienced high-speed disc-shattering firsthand in t...

BenQ DW1620 Pro

Reliability is a key concern when creating discs, and the faster transfer rates get, the more prone to errors disc creation becomes. Because of this, BenQ has implemented technologies that aim to make every single burn as reliable as possible, especi...

ASUS DRW-1608P

This silent runner from ASUS has one of the fastest speed ratings for double layer burning: 6X. This means it should be capable of burning up to 8GB of data in about--or even under--20min. However, in our tests we found that the drive could not handl...

ABIT RX700 Pro

This card has a memory capacity of 128MB of GDDR3, which is half the capacity of many other cards that use the same processor. It is based on the ATI Radeon X700 PRO GPU, and its clock speeds are 425MHz for the GPU and 866MHz for the memory.

ASUS Extreme N6600GT

Looking at the performance results of this card, it quickly becomes obvious why ASUS has decided to bill this card as "Extreme". It beat other cards in its class in every single test that we ran and it did so very convincingly. In particular, Unreal ...

ABIT RX600 Pro Guru

While this card is based on the X600 Pro chip, it has a feature that have not seen on other cards: a jumper setting that can be manipulated to make the GPU run at X600 XT speeds. The GPU/memory clocks are set at 405MHz/512MHz by default, but when the...

Lexmark P6250

This good-looking Lexmark model has plenty of user-friendly features. It has a colour LCD, a memory card reader and supports PictBridge.

HP Photosmart 2710 All-in-One

The Photosmart 2710 is well designed, good looking and very functional. It has a rare built-in wireless network adapter in addition to a 10/100 Ethernet port and it will work on existing 802.11b or 802.11g networks. It also has both a memory card rea...

HP PSC 1315

This rather attractive and compact unit from HP is inexpensive yet well featured and fast at printing text documents. It was not excessively loud during print operations, but its paper-feed mechanism produced some loud clunking.

Epson STYLUS CX6500

The vendor's spiel about this multifunction unit has a lot of large numbers relating to resolution and speed. They don't even mention the fact that the printer in this unit is one of the quietest on the market. The moving print head and rollers can b...

Epson STYLUS CX3500

The CX3500 distinguishes itself by having four individual ink cartridges rather than one black and one tri-colour. Its ink uses Epson's DuraBrite technology, which improves protection against strong light. It does not have a built-in card reader, nor...

Epson STYLUS CX1500

The inexpensive CX1500 is noisy and slow at photo printing. It doesn't support PictBridge nor does it have a memory card reader, so all photo prints must be made through the PC. Nevertheless, its print and scan quality was impressive.

Canon PIXMA MP780

Printer, scanner, photocopier, PictBridge, fax machine, CD/DVD printer; physically and functionally, the PIXMA MP780 is a beast to be reckoned with, possessing many uncommon features.

Brother MFC-620CN

Priced at $399, this unit is among the smallest MFCs we've seen, yet it packs a lot of features and versatility. It will print, scan, copy and fax documents, and uses Brother's new Capillary Tube printing system. This is the same system that can be f...

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First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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