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PC games: Midnight Club II

Midnight Club II perpetuates the notion that young people like to take to the streets to illegally race each other in souped-up motor cars. Forget the fact that most of these young ’uns don’t even look like they could afford their next meal, let alon...

Books: Burning Down the House

Napster and KaZaA made digital music big news, but there’s loads more you can do than just listen to MP3s you’ve downloaded. Van Buskirk’s book will have you creating DJ mixes, running a Net radio station or creating mash-ups.

64-bit consumer computing

With the release of the Athlon 64 3200+ and Athlon 64 FX-51 processors, AMD has brought 64-bit computing to the desktop environment. 64-bit computing is now no longer the domain of high-end workstation computers and servers that require extreme power...

Great broadband bundle: Billion 743GE + wireless adapters

If you are looking to supply your own modem for a new ADSL connection, then the Billion 743GE from PC Range is worth every cent of its very reasonable $299 price tag. It is an ADSL modem capable of supporting data rates up to 8Mbps/1Mbps (download/up...

DesktopX marks the spot

If there is one thing we would like to do for our users it's make their lives simpler. And the way we'd like to do that is limit what they can do. If we could lock down their PCs so they could do only five or seven things and not the 120,915,412 thin...

Graphics editor with extras: PhotoImpact XL beta

For a long time, PhotoImpact has been positioned in the mid-tier image editing market. Competing products include Adobe’s PhotoShop Elements and Jasc Software’s Paint Shop Pro, from which Ulead’s PhotoImpact differs in its packaged bundle and the eve...

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.

Crossing over: LM729 and SDMX53 LCD monitors

If you’ve dabbled with PCs over the last two decades you will be very familiar with the AOC brand name in monitors. It has traditionally championed the budget end of the CRT monitor market with low-priced products. Sony is another veteran of the moni...

DVD playback software: PowerDVD 5.0

PowerDVD has been one of the leading video and audio playback packages for some time now. While it may be difficult to get too excited about the improvements made to version 5.0, the program is both simple and powerful enough to be the first choice f...

External multimedia card

Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum ProThe $499 ZS Platinum Pro, the new flagship model in Creative’s always-evolving family of sound cards, packages an internal sound card, external connector hub and infrared remote control. The basic version of the ...

AMD 64-bit notebook: QDI A520

The A520 is the first notebook we’ve seen with the 64-bit AMD Athlon 64-M, the mobile version of the processor. The pre-production A520 we tested featured a 3200+ processor (2GHz) with improved AMD PowerNow! power saving technology.

T2: PDA improves

The Tungsten T was the first PDA to feature Palm’s new operating system, Palm OS 5.0, when it was launched last year. It was a relative success, but as with all first-generation products there are always improvements that can be made. Enter the Tungs...

Value Pocket PC device

There is another pretender to the crown of the low-cost Pocket PC device — ViewSonic’s V35. This handheld joins the company’s array of diversified products that lifts the brand out of its familiar monitor maker niche.

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Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

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Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

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Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

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HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

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Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

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