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Great broadband bundle: Billion 743GE + wireless adapters

If you are looking to supply your own modem for a new ADSL connection, then the Billion 743GE from PC Range is worth every cent of its very reasonable $299 price tag. It is an ADSL modem capable of supporting data rates up to 8Mbps/1Mbps (download/up...

Barebones PC slim PC

Based on Intel Pentium 4 tech­nology and a small form factor ATX motherboard, this QDI bare­bones system (it ships with only case and motherboard) will accommodate 533MHz front side bus CPUs and up to 2GB of memory.

Desktop Board D865PERL

Few people are aware that Intel makes and sells motherboards for consumers. They are usually very plain boards focused on reliability rather than extravagance. With the release of the D865PERL, though, Intel has shipped a reliable board with all the ...

Great value burner: DVR-A06

With a comprehensive software bundle, fast specifications, sup­­­port for both popular DVD writing formats and a competitive price tag, the DVR-A06 builds on Pioneer’s line of market-leading DVD writing units for the PC.

Reigning supreme: Pentium 4 3.2GHz

We've already looked at AMD's new Athlon XP 3200+ processor, which operates at an actual clock speed of 2.2GHz. Now we test Intel's new 3.2GHz Pentium 4 processor. Our results indicate that the AMD equivalent CPU does not match this processor for gru...

Best Buys Reviews: GeForce FX-based graphics cards

In the Best Buys section in the November 2003 issue of PC World (starting page 125) we reviewed a selection of the latest entry, mid-range and high-end graphics cards to hit the market. As we couldn't fit all of those cards we initially tested in the...

Cylindrical sound device

The cylindrical JNC SSF-302 digital audio player is a cinch to use and has extensive functionality. It offers MP3 and WMA playback, has built-in FM radio, and also acts as a data storage device.

Pricey Athlon? Athlon XP 3200+

AMD has released the latest in its line of Athlon XP processors, the 3200+, which is built on the same Barton core as the previous high-end flagship, the 3000+. Improvements over the 3000+ chip are in the areas of clock speed and front side bus (FSB)...

Radeon 9700 All-In-Wonder

For gaming, TV and video on a per­sonal computer, the 128MB DDR PowerColor Radeon 9700 All-In-Wonder graphics card is brilliant. It can be used for applications such as capturing TV (including time shifting) and video on your PC in AVI format or a wi...

Shrinking form factors: Dream PC

Styled with acrylic and best orientated vertically, the pre-production Dream PC we saw packs all of the functionality expected of a mid-tower PC, plus the mobility, but without the expansion possibilities.

Voice recorder and MP3 player

This device is perfect for professionals and students who want a versatile music player, voice recorder, FM radio and data transfer capabilities all in one tiny, very solidly built unit.

PSC 1210 image centre

HP’s recently released PSC 1210 is a compact printer, scanner and copier in one, which connects to a PC via USB. It’s perfect for students or home office users who want a good workhorse that won’t take up a gluttonous amount of real estate.

ImageCLASS MPC600F

It looks bulky, but this behemoth from Canon is a Bubble Jet printer, scanner, copier and fax machine in one, and is best suited to the office environment that needs photo quality output and input capabilities, as well as a good old fax machine.

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GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

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

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

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