Stories by Melissa J. Perenson

App gets serious about slide shows

You've retired your old Kodak Carousel, but you still want to create slide shows that you can easily share with family, friends, or clients via a PC or television. Photodex's specialized utility ProShow Gold is up to the task, as it offers a broader ...

HP TouchSmart IQ770 PC with Vista

The elegant, Microsoft Vista Home Premium-based HP TouchSmart IQ770 PC is Hewlett-Packard's first stab at an all-in-one PC--and the company's first desktop system to incorporate a touch-screen display.

CES - Lite-On shows 20x DVD burner, Blu-ray drive

Off the CES show floor Lite-On was displaying its new Blu-ray Disc drive, the 2X Blu-ray Disc Triple Writer LH-2B1S, available with a SATA interface for just US$650. For those keeping track at home, that's a 35 percent price drop in just the first si...

CES - HP introduces PC with touchscreen

Among HP's many announcements at CES was this beauty: the HP TouchSmart IQ770 PC. HP's first all-in-one PC sports a unique, slick-looking industrial design, one which puts the slot loading DVD burner and media card slots at the front, along with dedi...

SanDisk shows solid state drive

SanDisk has showcased its newly introduced 32GB Solid State Drive at the Storage Visions conference in Las Vegas. SanDisk's model joins Samsung in the nascent Solid State Drive market; Samsung announced its drive in March 2006.

CES - Bring-your-own-drive storage gain traction

Maybe you want flexibility. Maybe you just enjoy shopping around for hard drives on deep-discount rebate sales. Whatever your reasoning, the future is looking good for network-attached storage (NAS) owners. New NAS products are a big trend here at CE...

Philips Blu-ray player proves competitive

The Philips BDP9000 is the second dedicated Blu-ray Disc set-top player to hit the market, following Samsung's BD-P1000, which released last summer. I looked at a shipping version of the US$899 (AUD$1131, as of 12/21/06) Philips device and found that...

CES - LG to launch combo Blu-ray disc, HD DVD player

It was bound to happen: In the mess known as the high-def format wars, eventually, it was clear a manufacturer would cross party lines and release a single player capable of handling both Blu-ray Discs and HD DVD discs. The question wasn't if; it was...

Fujitsu laptop offers premium portability

Pick up the svelte Fujitsu LifeBook P1610, and you'll barely feel as if you're carrying a notebook PC. And no wonder: At 2.2 pounds, the US$2,419 (AUD$3045, as of 12/18/06) P1610 puts the "ultra" in ultraportable.

AACS next-gen content protection cracked?

For months, we've heard how bullet-proof the new Advanced Access Content System (AACS) is. This is the system used in Blu-ray and HD DVD discs to protect content stored on disc from illegal duplication.

PS3--The Blu-ray movie experience

From the outset, Sony has considered the PlayStation 3 an all-around entertainment console, with tendrils that extend well beyond the realm of game play. Perhaps chief among these is its support for the Blu-ray Disc format, which lets you play high-d...

Avoid tech travel hell

Worried that security issues will prevent you from carrying your notebook onto a plane? Here's our advice on how to cope.

Fox announces details of X-Men on Blu-ray disc

Let's face it: Twentieth Century Fox has some great movies you'd want to see in high-def in its archive. On Thursday the company's home entertainment division announced that its first salvo of Blu-ray Disc movies will include X-Men: The Last Stand. T...

Sleek Shuttle PC embraces form

Slim and stylish, with its matte-black and brushed-silver finish, the Shuttle XPC X100 is a striking attention-getter that would fit well in your office or your living room. This US$1323 system (based on our test configuration) is more about form tha...

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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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