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Upgrade your PC to run cooler and quieter

Liquid coolers were once the preserve of hardcore modders with money to burn: the kit was expensive and notoriously leaky, but it was the only way their high-end processors could cope with the heat generated from all-night gaming sessions.

Fuji FinePix Z2

Getting natural-looking shots in low light without a flash is tricky - especially for ultracompact cameras, which don't tend to have high-sensitivity ISO settings. Surprisingly, though, their ability to shoot with ease on the move means ultracompacts...

Canon Selphy CP510

Like Canon's Selphy CP400 the new CP510, lacks an LCD screen, any onboard options or storage card slots But the CP510 faces a lot more competition and, despite being cheaper than its predecessor, it doesn't stand out.

MSI StarCam 370i

this age of Big Brother and home-cooked voyeurism, MSI's new StarCam 370i is ready to facilitate all your snooping tendencies. This webcam can do just about anything except make the tea, but MSI has stuck to a cut-throat price that will shock the com...

Sanyo Xacti VPC-C5

When we reviewed <a href="http://www.goodgearguide.com.au/index.php/taxid;2136212591;pid;543;pt;1" target="new">Sanyo's Xacti VPC-C1</a>, we were quite enamoured with the hybrid digital camera and mini-camcorder approach. We were less impressed by th...

Alienware Aurora 7500

Laughing in the face of your normal price/performance balance, Alienware's Aurora 7500 is all high-end speed, top-drawer internal components and attention to detail. This is a beast of a PC.

Economical mono-laser printer: FS-920

Few manufacturers can match Kyocera for overall cost of ownership. The company's ECOSYS technology means this printer is quiet and low-maintenance. Add a price tag of $519 (including $145 toner cartridge) to the reasonable print speeds and quality ou...

Star Wars Battlefront

The brilliant PC game Battlefield 1942 was an ambitious amalgam of the best in first-person shooters. Simplified strategy and vehicle sims, writ large on huge playing vistas for up to 64 online players. This unique setup created a new genre of online...

Simple way to quality shots: EasyShare DX7440

Kodak's range of entry-level digital cameras has come on in leaps and bounds since we saw the first products several years ago. No other manufacturer has managed quite as well to combine ease of use with quality results.

30GB hard disk MP3 player

If we mentioned an MP3 player offering gigabytes of storage, all wrapped up in a small white case with matching white headphones and white cabling, you’d think we were talking about Apple’s iPod. You’d be wrong. Creative’s styling is reminiscent of A...

Improve notebook audio

Although notebooks lack quality audio, this new release from Creative is about the best external sound solution currently available. It’s a worthwhile buy for anyone who wants the best possible output for home entertainment audio applications.

PC games: Aquanox 2: Revelation

A couple of years ago the original Aquanox set the benchmark for graphically endowed games. We were waiting with bated breath to see if the follow-up could surpass such high expectation.

PC games: Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness

When Core Design went for a developmental reinvention, the world’s favourite cyberbabe returned to PlayStation 2, to mixed reviews. New camera angles and different controls made for frustrating play, and the inclusion of stealth felt like an aftertho...

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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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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

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

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Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

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

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