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HP expands its laser printer line

Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) is speeding up its LaserJet family, with the release of two new models that build on the LaserJet 4100 workgroup monochrome laser printer.

Image-shrinking tool hits new lows

To reduce the time and space required to store, download, and e-mail digital photographs, a company has released an image-compression tool that supports a compression ratio as high as 1000:1.

NEC equips LCD with speakers

Why buy a separate monitor and speakers when you can get both in the same package? NEC is readying the ValueStar T, an LCD monitor that also functions as a speaker.

PowerQuest Drive Image 2002

Drive imaging, the best way to back up your entire hard drive for disaster recovery, used to require rebooting to DOS. Now you can do much of the chore in Windows.

VCommunications System Commander 7

A lot of people want to upgrade to Windows XP but are scared of losing the operating system they know. Microsoft doesn't make it easy. VCommunications' $140 System Commander 7 does.

CD-RW drives hit 40X -- but where are discs?

With the emergence of fast new CD-RW (CD-rewritable) drives, you can burn CD-RW discs at a full 12X speed, and CD-Rs (CD-recordables) at a stunningly fast rate of up to 40X--sort of. The drive can write that fast; finding the proper discs is another ...

PowerDesk powers up with release 5

Loyal fans of PowerDesk have waited more than two years for an update, and Ontrack Data International is finally answering the call, releasing PowerDesk Pro 5 this week with improvements that continue to justify use of a third-party file manager.

Windows 9x: Transfer Outlook Express settings

Moving your Outlook Express settings to a new machine is not an easy task. Your Outlook Express setup has four different pieces that you may want to move. I suggest that you transfer them in the order listed below.

Invasion of the browser snatchers

Ron Zorko was only trying to get to PC World's web site. But when he accidentally mistyped the URL (Uniform Resource Locator), a porn site popped up.

X-Card Pushes PC Video to MPEG-4

The MPEG-4 standard, released more than two years ago but only now appearing in consumer devices, may be the next big thing for putting a big picture on your TV screen. Now Sigma Designs wants to find out if you're ready to put it in your PC--it has ...

Xbox sales success isn't without bumps

Like a million and half other people, Jonathan Crain set up the family's new Xbox on Christmas morning. The game machine, released by Microsoft Corp. just in time for the holiday season, "worked fine for a little over a week, then it started locking ...

PKZip Suite 4.5, WinZip 8.1

Compressing files is even easier now, thanks to new versions of WinZip and PKZip. Both compress one or more files into .zip archives, and both restore archives.

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Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

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Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

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Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

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Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

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HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

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Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

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