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Crossing over: LM729 and SDMX53 LCD monitors

If you’ve dabbled with PCs over the last two decades you will be very familiar with the AOC brand name in monitors. It has traditionally championed the budget end of the CRT monitor market with low-priced products. Sony is another veteran of the moni...

Canopus Imaginate software

Imaginate is a hardware-independent software package designed to allow high-level manipulation and animation of still images for video production. It comes on a single CD, is installed within minutes, and supports Windows Me, 2000 and XP Home and Pro...

Sweet Spot: March 2003

Prices continue to drop, but the Sweet Spot for graphics cards remains with the Radeon 9000 and GeForce4 Ti 4200, still priced between $200 and $500 depending on the bundle and memory configuration.

mStation Car Jukebox

You can get 10 CDs' worth of music in MP3 format onto one CD and many car stereo manufacturers have started producing stereos that will recognise and play MP3s. At the moment, most people with car CD sound systems either have a CD stacker or they car...

MSI 845E Max2 Motherboard

MSI is one of the quickest vendors to market with new technologies and has wasted no time with this motherboard based on the Intel 845E chipset.

Leadtek WinFast A250 Ultra TD

The WinFast A250 Ultra TD is the first card we've tested to crack the 10,000 point mark in the latest 3DMark 2001 3D graphics benchmark.

Creative Labs Extigy

The arrival of Creative Lab's stylish, external Dolby Digital 5.1 SoundBlaster audio solution answers the prayers of many notebook users who have put up with inferior sound.

Panasonic DMR-E20

PC technology takes another step farther into the living room with the arrival Panasonic's latest DVD recorder, the DMR-E20. Many home entertainment enthusiasts have been waiting for a device such as the DMR-E20, which provides video recorder feature...

Guillemot Hercules XPS210

In this era of digital sound, multiple speaker sound systems, decoders and multi-jack sound cards, there is still some joy to be found in the simpler audio things. One such example is the Hercules XPS210 speaker system designed for multimedia sound e...

HiTi Photo Printer 630PL

The 630PL is a dedicated USB photo printer that uses special media stock in conjunction with dye diffusion thermal transfer print technology to produce standard 6x4in photos. This makes it an ideal companion for digital cameras, especially since it i...

Creative Blaster CD-RW ED2400 and TDK VeloCD

If you're looking for a solid, portable, external CD burner with buffer underrun protection and dual connectivity (and don't mind forking out $699), look no further than Creative's Blaster CD-RW ED2400.

Ricoh MP5120A DVD+RW

Ricoh has established itself as a reliable vendor in the CD-ROM, DVD-ROM and CD-R/RW burner market over the last couple of years, and now has launched its latest combination drive. The MP5120A is an internal ATAPI (IDE) drive weighing less than 1.2kg...

Sharp PC-AX40

The B4-sized, ultralight Sharp PC-AX40 features a silver casing that surrounds its super-bright and clear 12.1in active TFT display.

Essentials

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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Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

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

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