PC World September 2005 Contents

What's On the CD

Cover Story

Software Supercharge

Make your favourite programs do more! PC World presents 50 add-ons to enhance Windows, Office, browsers, e-mail clients, and other packages with powerful new features - many for free!


The future is dual-core

Ready to go dual-core? We test the latest motherboards head-to-head to help you get ready for the upgrade. Want a system ready-made? Read on for reviews of dual-core desktop PCs.

Hardware torture tests

How tough is your tech gear? We find out! Can your notebook, PDA and phone survive in the real world? You might be surprised!

PC in a browser

Get access to your PC anywhere via a Web browser. We look at fast, secure, and affordable options that let you phone home - and take control!


Industry news

  • Instant messaging "undefended"
  • Microsoft patches IE, Windows and Word
  • AMD files antitrust suit
  • Worldwide crackdown on illegal 'warez'
  • Seagate preps hard-disk encryption
  • Philips tips $30 mobile phones

Sweet Spot

  • When the chips are down...
  • Performance on a budget
  • Motherboard price comparison site

Quick takes

  • Smart phone gets smarter
  • Big monitor, competitive price
  • Simple NAS solution
  • This is planet earth

First looks


  • Acer Ferrari 4005WLMi
  • AOpen Mini XC Cube MZ855-II;LG LT20-4
  • HP DX5150 Small Form Factor; Pioneer DreamVision Media Centre
  • Leadtek WinFast PX 7800 GTX TDH, MSI NX7800GTX
  • Epson PictureMate 500;
  • Ricoh Caplio GX8; Canon Ixus 50


  • Inkline Global PC Booster 4.0
  • Corel WordPerfect Office 12 Small Business Edition
  • Netscape 8; Opera 8
  • Ulead VideoStudio 9
  • 31 Symantec NIS 2005 Antispyware Edition; Serious Magic Ultra 2
  • 33 Windows Longhorn 64-bit Build 5048

Here's how

  • Helpscreen: Windows XP, Windows 98, Security, Hardware
  • Imaging
  • Digital Video
  • Linux
  • Internet
  • Networking
  • Audio

Every month

  • Editorial
  • Readers Forum
  • Backbytes
  • Advertiser index


  • Alsotech Vogue Torosaurus Lite
  • PCQuest Gamebox
  • TI AMD Dual Core 4200
  • Infocom Gamestation eX, Pacstar Powerhouse PC 775
  • Plus Corporation Altera FX-57
  • Plus Corporation Altera AX2
  • Plus Corporation Altera FX-55
  • APUS Universe Pro 4000A9-64A
  • Octek XB828 Professional


  • Pioneer DreamBook Slim 805
  • HP Compaq nx6120
  • ModTech Civic Panoramic
  • Optima Centoris W259-3165
  • ASUS A4L, Dell Inspiron 9300
  • Acer Ferrari 4005WLMi
  • ASUS V6000V
  • BenQ Joybook S72 v33
  • Pioneer Power Notebook 900T

DVD Burners

  • LG GSA-4163B Multi
  • Samsung WriteMaster TS-H552
  • BenQ DW 1620 Pro
  • Sony DRU-720A
  • Pioneer A09XLA
  • Gigabyte GO-W1616 C
  • Lite-On SHOW-1673S
  • Panasonic SW-9585-C
  • Shuttle DVD ReWriter CR40
  • ASUS DRW-1608P

Digital Cameras

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7
  • Fujifilm FinePix F10
  • Nikon Coolpix 5600
  • Canon PowerShot S70
  • Nikon Coolpix 7900
  • HP Photosmart R717
  • Canon Digital IXUS 700
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T33
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S90
  • Olympus C-5500 SportZoom

19in LCD Monitors

  • PolyView S/V 293
  • Acer AL1912M
  • Viewsonic VA912
  • NEC AccuSync LCD92V
  • Philips 190S
  • Mitsubishi DV191B
  • Sony SDMHS95PS
  • BenQ FP91G, Samsung 913V
  • LG Flatron L1950S

Photo Printers

  • Canon CP400
  • Kodak EasyShare Dock Series 3 with Z700 camera
  • Olympus CAMEDIA P-10
  • Epson PictureMate
  • HP PhotoSmart 375
  • Canon DS700
  • Lexmark P315

Inkjet Multi-function devices

  • Canon MP780
  • Brother DCP-110C
  • Epson Stylus CX 6500
  • HP PhotoSmart 2710
  • Lexmark X7170
  • Brother MFC-620N
  • Lexmark P6250
  • Epson Stylus CX 3500
  • Epson Stylus CX1500
  • HP PSC 1315

Digital Projectors

  • Optoma EP748
  • InFocus X2
  • Toshiba TDP-T90
  • Toshiba TDP-S25
  • NEC VT470G

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