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Philips 42PF9966

Rich colours, bright images, and good detail helped the 42" 42PF9966 display both standard definition TV and DVDs in excellent quality. Its high-definition quality was a bit lower, but still respectable.

Pioneer PDP-435HD

The PDP-435HD displayed DVDs and standard definition TV with finesse. For high-definition content, however, the Pioneer was disappointing, largely for its lack of ability to display detail--the hallmark quality of HD.

NEC PX-42XR3W

This is the panel for image geeks. It has very good image quality, and outstanding HDTV display.

Polish your TV's picture

Watching a poorly adjusted TV -- whether it's the standard-definition variety or a high-definition set -- is like being served overcooked food: Regardless of how much you paid for it, you're not getting your money's worth. And HDTV benefits from care...

Trend Micro updates PC-cillin

Trend Micro is updating and expanding its antivirus software with the release of PC-cillin Internet Security 2004, a suite of security programs and services for small offices and homes.

Maxtor technique pushes hard drive capacity

MMC Technology, a subsidiary of hard drive maker Maxtor, claims to have found an economical way to transition to perpendicular recording--a disk technology that promises to keep hard drive capacity growing steadily as current recording technology run...

New ZoneAlarm toughens firewall

Zone Labs has released new versions of its popular personal firewall products ZoneAlarm Pro 4 and ZoneAlarm Plus, both featuring new components to identify hackers, block e-mail worms, and fine-tune firewall rules.

Drive Image 7 beefs up backup

Utilities maker PowerQuest Corp. has updated Drive Image, and continues to promote imaging--creating an exact sector-by-sector copy of a hard drive partition--as a data backup strategy for everyday PC users.

Get a grip on digital music

Want to put your entire digital music collection on a huge-capacity device smaller than a paperback novel? Look into Creative Labs's Nomad Jukebox 3 and Sonicblue Inc.1's Rio Riot. Each packs a 20GB, notebook-style hard drive; delivers rich, powerful...

ViewSonic ViewPanel VG191

Toiling away as I do with a 17in screen, even a 19in CRT would be a big improvement, but a 19in LCD monitor - now, that's really something. ViewSonic's new 19in ViewPanel VG191 with supercrisp text is definitely worth a look - if you have a spare $32...

HP Pavilion 2950

WHAT'S HOT: The Pavilion 2950 is a model of space-saving efficiency. The compact case, measuring approximately 14.75 by 13 by 4 inches, can lie flat (to support the monitor) or stand upright, steadied by an included metal foot.

Security crusader punches holes in firewalls

PC security gadfly Steve Gibson has released a simple Trojan horse program that masquerades as a "trusted" application and gains unrestricted access to a PC's Internet connection, slipping past most software firewalls.

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STYLISTIC Q702

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

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STYLISTIC Q572

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

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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.

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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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