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ASUS P5AD2-E Premium

ASUS's P5AD2-E Premium, an Intel 925XE-based board, produced scattershot performance results during our tests. Though it was a very fast Pentium 4 board in our WorldBench 5 tests, it didn't distinguish itself in the gaming tests. Go figure. Neverthel...

ASUS A8V-E Deluxe

The A8V-E Deluxe uses VIA's K8T890 chipset, which turned out to be an adequate performer, producing WorldBench 5 and gaming scores right in line with the competition during our tests. The A8V-E Deluxe fell a bit short of its nForce4 counterparts in t...

Flash memory to speed up hard drives

No more long waits for your PC to wake up. Longer laptop battery life. Data that survives a drop. These are the promises of solid-state-memory disks (SSDs), which use flash memory to supplement or replace today's hard drives.

Dantz Retrospect Professional 7

I've been using Dantz's Retrospect backup software for years, and while I've always prized the app's wonderfully powerful backup capabilities, the program's interface has long been a stumbling block. I had high hopes when Dantz said Retrospect Profes...

Intel joins the 64-bit desktop fray

Intel on Sunday announced the availability of Pentium 4 Extreme Edition and Pentium 4 processors featuring the company's EMT64 64-bit extensions. With the imprint of competitor Advanced Micro Devices's x86-64 64-bit Athlon 64 processors continuing to...

Pioneer DVR-520H-S

The more you archive video from this unit's 80GB hard drive to DVD-R, the happier you'll be that you bought it. With an 8X DVD recorder built-in, the Pioneer transferred movies to disc at a blistering rate during our tests.

Roxio’s friendly new look: Easy Media Creator 7

Roxio’s Easy Media Creator (for-merly Easy CD/DVD Creator), a set of programs that assist you in burning digital files to discs, has undergone an impressive makeover in Easy Media Creator 7. Gone is the hodgepodge of graphical user interfaces that ma...

All-in-one burning Nero 6 Ultra Edition

Think you need more than one software package to take full advantage of your CD/DVD burner? Think again: Ahead’s Nero 6 Ultra Edition can handle all of your burning, authoring and playback needs - and then some.

Bye-bye CD-RW?

A CD burner used to be the only practical and affordable option for a rewritable optical drive. That has changed radically. Selecting DVD burners over older CD-RWs is becoming a no-brainer, with the future clearly moving to DVD. And now multiple gene...

LG GMA-4020B, Sony DRU-500A Multi-format DVD Writers

One of the most exciting DVD drive newcomers is Sony’s ground­breaking $899 DRU-500A. Not only does this suber-burner write DVD+RW and +R at 2.4x, it also writes the competing DVD-R and DVD-RW formats. And get this: it does so at 4x and 2x — twice as...

WinDVD pushes PC DVD boundaries

Intervideo Inc. has embraced the cutting edge of DVD and audio technologies with new versions of its video recording and DVD movie playback programs, both available this month.

Hewlett-Packard DVD100i

After years of promises, HP has finally shipped a DVD+RW drive. The good news? It stores up to 4.7GB of data per disc, and rewrites discs more than twice as quickly as rival Pioneer's DVR-A03 DVD-R/RW drive. It also runs rings around its rivals in wr...

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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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