Stories by Danny Allen

Fine-tuned fingers

WE KNOW THAT TYPING TUTORS CAN HELP US TYPE FASTER, BUT NOW INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE CAN MAKE LEARNING MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND EVEN THEORY FUN. HERE'S HOW TO GET STARTED.

Magix Ringtone Maker

As I write this, a song called Axel F by Crazy Frog (who first reached notoriety as a ringtone mascot) sits at number two on the Australian Top 50 singles chart - evidence that Australia's appetite for mobile phone personalisation is growing.

Pioneer DreamBook Power 870P

The 870P's features include (big breath here): a 3.4GHz P4 processor, two 60GB 7200rpm hard disks in RAID configuration, 256MB Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics controller, multi-card reader plus built-in 640 x 480 pixel CCD Web camera and analog TV tune...

AOpen Mini XC Cube MZ855-II

AOpen's newest barebones (motherboard and case) small form factor PC is the first we've seen to use an Intel Pentium M (notebook) processor--perfect for reducing noise and heat. Processor installation was easy enough, but the circuit board to which t...

Hallmark Viewmaster Portiva 5z70

The powerful 5z70 may use the now older, original Centrino platform, but that doesn't stop it being good value for money. The Portiva is originally manufactured by ASUStek in Taiwan (as the Z7000 series) and then rebadged by Hallmark.

Twinhead Efio 14B

This value-orientated model from Twinhead would be ideal for students and mobile professionals alike.

Toshiba Satellite M40

Toshiba has packed quite a bit of performance into the Centrino-equipped Satellite M40's stylish silver chassis. However, our 3kg test model (PSM40A-03k009) also proved to have limited battery life, with the battery lasting just 62 minutes in our wor...

Pioneer CentriNote 805

The CentriNote 805 is a Centrino-branded notebook model. Its core specifications include Intel's new Dothan Pentium M CPU (with 2MB L2 cache and a 400MHz frontside bus) running at 1.7GHz along with 512MB of DDR SDRAM, a 60GB Hitachi hard disk and a m...

Optima Centoris G595

The Optima Centoris G595 has a multiformat (-/+) DVD writer, 802.11b/g wireless networking, four-in-one card reader and a great worst-case scenario battery life of 98 minutes--all for less than $2200.

ModTech CIVIC Diamond 1615.R

This Diamond 1615.R has great performance and great features, such as single format (-) DVD writer, 802.11b/gwireless networking and a 128MB ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics controller.

LG LS50-8

The LS50-8 is a great-looking slim (2.7kg) silver machine with great battery life (worst-case scenario of 85 minutes). It features a 15" display capable of a maximum on-screen resolution of 1400 x 1050. This crisp display and the 128MB ATI Mobility 9...

HP Compaq nc6220

The nc6220 is a Compaq sub-branded business notebook from HP that includes Intel's second-generation Centrino (Sonoma) technology.

BenQ Joybook S72 v33

This mid-sized, thin and light (2.2kg) notebook features a bright (200cd/m²) and unusually sized 14" widescreen display.

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