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Powerhouse flatbed scanner

Canon’s new $799 CanoScan 9900F is a powerhouse flatbed scanner that captures crisp, colourful images from film or prints — and can automatically clean up old, damaged photos.

Video conversion tool

When you’re ready to convert your stacks of cherished (but now only rarely watched) videotapes to DVD, consider Hewlett-Packard’s clever new DVD Movie Writer Dc3000.

Charting the workflow: Office Visio 2003

Visio has long been the application of choice for business and technical professionals who produce flowcharts, organisation charts, time lines, network diagrams and the like. If you’re new to Visio, the Getting Started tutorial should have you constr...

Multiformat DVD writer

Not that long ago, the debate among DVD enthusiasts was which writeable format would win out. LG’s new DVD writer is compatible not just with the major DVD+R/+RW and DVD-R/-RW formats, but also with the increasingly obscure DVD-RAM.

PC games: Halo - Combat Evolved

When Steve Jobs first announced Halo at the MacWorld Expo in New York in 1999, and showed some limited footage, it caused a huge buzz in the gaming community. The game was originally slated for the PC and Mac platforms, but Microsoft changed the plan...

PC games: Gothic II

The land of Khorinis is in turmoil. An uprising of the slaves -- long entombed in the iron ore mines of the valley -- has left it in disarray, with bandits and thieves ruling outside the town walls and the all-powerful militia in charge of the town i...

PC games: F1 Challenge '99-'02

Driving titles can, broadly speaking, be divided into two categories. You’ve got the instant-thrill games -- so easy that you don’t even have to take your foot (or finger) off the accelerator. Second, the painfully complicated titles aim to be as aut...

DevPartner 7.1 is a powerful suite

The transition to Microsoft's brave new world of managed code will probably take a decade, during which time Windows programmers will struggle with the complexities of a hybrid managed/unmanaged environment -- both in the Windows OS itself and in the...

PC games: Star Trek Elite Force II

It has fallen to the Star Trek franchise to make something of the final outing for the Quake lll engine. What they’ve come up with -- Star Trek Elite Force II -- is decent enough, though perhaps not the swansong the veteran platform deserves.

PC games: Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness

When Core Design went for a developmental reinvention, the world’s favourite cyberbabe returned to PlayStation 2, to mixed reviews. New camera angles and different controls made for frustrating play, and the inclusion of stealth felt like an aftertho...

Barebones PC slim PC

Based on Intel Pentium 4 tech­nology and a small form factor ATX motherboard, this QDI bare­bones system (it ships with only case and motherboard) will accommodate 533MHz front side bus CPUs and up to 2GB of memory.

Wireless PDA and more, Blackberry 7230

Research In Motion’s BlackBerry is a PDA with a built-in GPRS modem, so there’s no dialling in — e-mail is delivered to your handset automatically and sent when you press send.

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Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

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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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Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

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

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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

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

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I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

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