PC World February 2006 Contents

What's On the DVD

Cover Story

Software giant killers

Here's some free and low-cost alternatives to essential programs, that provide power without the high price.

Modern motherboards

Thinking of upgrading? Don't do anything before you read our guide to the latest motherboards.

What's new for 2006

PC World's one-stop guide to some of the hottest new technologies.

15 Great Graphics cards

Whether you want top performance graphics or top value, read our review roundup before you go shopping.

New kids on the block

New video formats make finding the right camcorder confusing. We tell you what you really need to know.

Startup

Industry news -- Important issues and events in the world of IT
Sweet Spot -- Highlighting the best value in PC components
Quick takes -- Previewing the hottest new high tech each month

Every month

  • Editorial
  • Readers Forum
  • Backbytes
  • Advertiser index

First looks

Hardware

  • DO-IT-ALL ADSL MODEM Netcomm NB9W MyNetGateway
  • NOTEBOOKS Fujitsu Lifebook Pinion P1510; Sony VAIO VGN-TX17GP
  • AUDIO MINI Creative Zen Nano Plus; STORAGE Netgear Storage Central SC101
  • HARD DRIVES Seagate Barracuda 7200.9; Hitachi Deskstar 7K500
  • NOTEBOOKS Acer TravelMate 8105WLMI; Pioneer Dreambook Slim 400AE
  • DESKTOP PCs TI AMD Deluxe 3800; CWSydney SER62209-001
  • DIGITAL CAMERA Olympus E-500
  • MEDIA CENTRE Fujitsu Deskpower TX
  • DIGITAL CAMERA Konica Minolta Dynax 5D
  • MOTHERBOARD Foxconn NF4K8AC-8EKRS DVD BURNER Pioneer DVR-110
  • WIRELESS ROUTER TP-Link TL-WR642G; WI-FI CAMERA Kodak EasyShare-One

Software

  • DIGITAL VIDEO EDITING Pinnacle Studio Plus 10
  • VIDEO PRODUCTION SUITE Ulead MediaStudio Pro 8
  • SECURITY SOFTWARE Devicewall 3.1
  • DIGITAL IMAGE MANAGEMENT ACDSee 8.0 Photo Manager

Here's how

  • HELPSCREEN: Your PC problems solved
  • Windows: Windows XP and managing your photo collection
  • Internet: Developing Web pages for mobile devices
  • LINUX: Meet SUSE 10.0, the Lizard King
  • Networking: Hooking up to your LAN from outside the office
  • Imaging: Macromedia Studio spells suite success for Adobe
  • AUDIO: Using BitTorrent to get your music heard

In the Test Centre

  • Half-a-terabyte hard drives
  • Digital camcorders for all
  • Do-it-all ADSL modem
  • New cheap PCs chart-topper

REVIEWS THIS MONTH

PCs
The top 10 PCs in the Sub-$1500 and $1500-$3000 price categories

NOTEBOOKS
The top 10 notebooks: Sub-$2500 and $2500-$4000

TV TUNERS
The top 7 TV tuners for your PC

CAMCORDERS
The top 10 MiniDV digital video camcorders

DVD Burners
The top 10 DVD burners from only $49

19in LCD MONITORS
The top 10 monitors from only $499

WIRELESS NETWORKING
We rate the top 10 wireless routers

MOTHERBOARDS
The top 5 motherboards from both Intel and AMD

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