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5 quick fixes for 'Net connection hang-ups

When you start up Firefox or Internet Explorer, the last thing you want to see is a plain, white screen declaring 'The page cannot be displayed'. But if you ever do encounter one, we have the fix. Whether you work in Windows XP or Vista, tracking dow...

VOIP phone looks and sounds good

Designed for use with Voice over IP (VOIP) services from brands such as Skype, MSN, Yahoo, and Google, Kensington's $US90 (list) Vo200 BT Internet Phone is way cool. The svelte design is the picture of minimalism, and the phone works quite well.

Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000

Poor typing posture can wreak havoc on your wrists, but few people take the time to correct such hazardous habits. Enter Microsoft's Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000. Although it took us a while to get used to the keyboard's unconventional design, the...

Palm Zire 72

Palm's Zire 72 was obviously the brainchild of a committee in which everybody got what they suggested. The slim, royal blue-and-silver device is so jam-packed with hardware and software features that it's the PDA for all reasons. For business, there ...

Toshiba Libretto U100

"That's just like a computer, only smaller!" a friend exclaimed when he spied the preproduction version of Toshiba's new Libretto U100 mini-notebook I was testing. About the size of a videocassette and weighing just over 900 grams, the Libretto is sm...

PDA/mobile phone hybrid: Tungsten W

People call PDA/mobile phone hybrids ‘smart phones’ for a reason: you have to be smart to use them. That’s certainly the case with the Palm Tungsten W.

Alphasmart Note-Book/Pda Hybrid

Alphasmart’s $999 Dana is an affordable and lightweight notebook alternative: a mini-portable with a full-size keyboard, it runs on Palm OS 4.1 and can store 8MB of data or programs, and even more with cards in its two built-in Secure Digital slots.

Logitech MX700 Cord­-less Optical Mouse

The MX700 comes with a rapid-charge base station in which you dock the mouse when you’re not using it. Logitech says a 10-minute charge keeps the mouse going all day, and six to seven hours of recharging gets you 10 days of service. But that’s optimi...

Easy label printing

With most desktop label printers, threading the roll of labels into the device is a major hassle. Dymo’s nifty, petite LabelManager PC eliminates that headache by working with rolls stored in pop-in cartridges that come in assorted background hues an...

Evoluent VerticalMouse

Unlike a conventional mouse, which you grip with your hand parallel to the desktop, the optical VerticalMouse lets you work in a relaxed handshake position that eliminates unnatural forearm twisting — a potential factor in carpal tunnel syndrome and ...

Tote-Remote, Cordless Presenter and Cordless PC presenters

If you often present PowerPoint slides, you've probably yearned to be untethered from your laptop. Atek Electronics' Tote-Remote and Logitech's versatile Cordless Presenter give you the freedom to conduct a presentation without touching a keyboard --...

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GGG Evaluation Team

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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