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SMS from a PC

Sending a text message is a quick and easy way to contact people. The only problem is that creating complex messages with lots of numbers and non-standard words is a real hassle when you’re using a tiny mobile keypad and predictive text. This is wher...

HP 39g+ calculator

Maths, surveying and engineering students who are beginning or returning to college or university in the coming weeks will be the people most likely to take an interest in the HP 39g+ graphing calculator.

Web design software: Dreamweaver MX 2004

Macromedia’s Dreamweaver is well known as an industrial-strength Web-authoring tool — with a learning curve to match. This latest version of the program does little to alter its reputation as a powerful creative tool for Web designers, but it does at...

Create rich Web content

Of all the programs in Macro­media’s Studio MX 2004 suite, Flash is the one that rings the most changes. It has historically been the most troublesome program, on account of its unique user interface, so bringing it into line with Macromedia’s new ‘H...

Desktop Google searches

Internet search giant Google is looking to make inroads into the desktop with the roll-out of its free Google Deskbar software, which allows Windows users to search the Web and applications without opening a browser.

Smaller, lighter Dell PDAs

When word hit the market in 2003 that Dell was planning to bring out a Pocket PC PDA, the reverberations were felt throughout the industry. Would it match its success in the PC market with handhelds?

Professional DVD authoring

It may be a latecomer in the race but Encore DVD has got it where it counts, particularly for existing users of Adobe products, with which Encore DVD integrates perfectly. You can import PSD files from Photoshop, use them as layered backgrounds, menu...

Wireless media adapter

The living room is one place you don’t want any more cables. And, too, you don’t want to trek over to your PC to look at digital photos or listen to MP3s. Linksys (which is now owned by Cisco) has released its new Wireless-B Media Adapter that plugs ...

Entry-level graphics tablet

Wacom has up­-dated its line of pressure-sensitive pens and digital pads with the release of the Graphire3 series. The entry-level tablet has an active area of roughly 4x5in (smaller than its 6x8in sibling) and is aimed at amateurs.

PC monitoring software

Let’s cut straight to the chase: eBlaster is a snooping tool, pure and simple. Once installed, it runs in super-stealth mode, can only be sum­moned with a customis­able key combination and password, and continuously monitors all keyboard and applicat...

3D design software

Eovia’s Designer 7.0 is an odd program. This isn’t due to its quirky interface (a feature shared by just about every 3D application on the market) but because, rather than indulging in traditional feature-bloat, it drops many of the program’s non-cri...

Lexmark’s so-so all-in-one

This easy-to-use $249 photo-orientated multifunction device has one-touch scanning and copying, as well as a driver that makes setting up, editing and printing photos easy, even for novices.

Hundreds of hours of music

If you’re going on a long trip — or if you need to have all your music with you all the time — you’ll want a digital music player with lots of storage.

DVD Copier

Despite DVD X Copy’s claim that you can use the program to create backup copies of your DVDs, it is still illegal under current Australian law to make a copy of a DVD movie — unless you own the copyright. So you will probably be breaking the law if y...

23 inch Flat-Panel Display

Despite its glorious 23in screen space, the L2320A is just 6.6cm thick and its 14.4kg frame makes it relatively comfortable to carry over short distances.

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Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

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.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

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