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Microsoft’s new mouse, keyboard

The new Microsoft Wireless (radio frequency) Optical Desktop Elite keyboard desktop bundle consists of a new wireless optical mouse with tilt wheel technology and the Elite keyboard with improved functionality.

Movieshop Beginners’ package

With its Movieshop Deluxe package, Mindscape has done its best to simplify matters so that people with little or no experience can cut together footage with relative ease.

Top DVD writer

As with most new DVD writers, the DRU-510AK supports both DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW. The user-friendly DVD-RAM standard has been omitted, but with DVD+RW and DVD-RW both supported, users are unlikely to find media becoming obsolete any time soon.

Feature-packed camcorder

Canon has launched the MVX3i, a single-chip MiniDV camcorder with the kind of features you'd expect from a three-chip model.

Secure messages with IMsecure Pro

The company behind ZoneAlarm now offers IMsecure Pro, which supports such popular IM clients as AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, and Trillian — but not ICQ or IRC. (There also is a free basic IMsecure program.)

Phone also does games

The new Nokia N-Gage, a palm-sized 137g wireless gaming unit with mobile phone, is now available and can also play MP3s. The device allows mobile multiplayer gaming over GPRS networks, in addition to Bluetooth connectivity for local N-Gages in close ...

Network through your power point

Whether they’re taking advantage of high bandwidth services such as ADSL or creating a small manageable LAN, PC users are embracing networking technology.

Casio's First Projector

Casio enters the data projector market with its XJ-350 DLP data projector - a well-designed product to suit both business and home users. We tested a shipping version with everything from PowerPoint presentations and digital photos to DVD movies an...

Making the Most of MYOB Business Software, 5th Edition

MYOB may be an ever-increasingly powerful accounting tool, but for many smaller business owners who would rather be out making money than filling in GST details, getting to grips with the software is a time-consuming pain. This latest edition of Maki...

PC games: Darkened Skye

It’s not a new theme — good versus evil — but it certainly is the stuff fairy tales are made of. And every so often a game comes along that puts a new spin on a tired genre. Darkened Skye is one such title.

PC games: Aquanox 2: Revelation

A couple of years ago the original Aquanox set the benchmark for graphically endowed games. We were waiting with bated breath to see if the follow-up could surpass such high expectation.

All-in-one media player

For a long time, Linux has lacked an all-in-one media player along the lines of Windows Media Player. All this changed with the launch of MPlayer, an all-purpose media player and encoder supporting most popular audio and video file formats. In this c...

PC games: Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight

Another flight sim to add to Microsoft’s already generous collection, but this one puts the others to shame. The graphics are brilliant and the ‘lastability’ factor has been vastly improved. Microsoft’s previous offering was okay for just flying arou...

Broadband on the go

Personal Broadband Australia (PBBA) is launching a high-speed wireless alternative called iBurst- and things are looking promising for the new wholesaler.

Books: Firewalls for Dummies

If you’ve read all the scary reports of hackers using the PCs of unsuspecting home users to run porn sites or launch attacks, but aren’t sure what you should do, Firewalls for Dummies could be your knight in shining armour.

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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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