PC World February 2007 contents

In the February 2007 issue of PC World, available now:

What's On the DVD

Cover Story

Home entertainment gear

Your best bets for products as well as tips for buying the right gear. We review LCD and plasma TVs, home theatre systems, DVD recorders, set-top boxes and media streamers, and remote controls.

Ultimate Vista guide

We check out Vista from top to bottom to find out what it does better than XP, where the clunkers are and how to step through this major upgrade.

CPU showdown

Need a new CPU? We test the latest and greatest quad-core processors, plus some options for all budgets from Intel and AMD.

Ahead of the class

It's that time of year! Send your kids back to school with gadgets that make school fun and a lot easier.


Industry news -- Important issues and events in the world of IT.
Quick takes -- Previewing the hottest new high tech each month.

Every month

  • Editorial
  • Readers Forum
  • Backbytes

First Looks


  • Digital camcorder Hitachi DZ-HS303
  • Smartphone RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8100
  • Graphics card ASUS 8800GTX
  • Media centre Acer Aspire iDea 500; Core 2 DUO PC Plus Corp Atlas AM2 5200
  • Core 2 DUO notebooks HP Pavilion dv9018TX Entertainment Notebook PC; Lenovo 3000 N100
  • Hard drive Iomega USB 2.0 70GB Rev Drive
  • Photo printer Canon Selphy CP730
  • Digital camera Casio Exilim EX-S770; HD Camcorder Canon HV10
  • TV tuner Compro U500
  • Digital music players Apple iPod shuffle; Sony Walkman NW-S205F


  • EMC Retrospect Express HD 2.0
  • Security Software AVG Internet Security 7.5; Panda Internet Security 2007; Sophos Security Suite SBE 2.0
  • Image editing Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 and Ulead PhotoImpact 12.0
  • Data encryption SecurStar DriveCrypt Plus Pack 3.5 and PGP Whole Disk Encryption 9.5
  • Reference Macquarie WordGenius Reference Library

Here's How

  • Helpscreen: Your PC questions answered
  • Hassle-free PC: Switch to free antivirus
  • Bugs & fixes: Bugs in IE 7 and worms in iPods
  • Windows: Speed up your PC
  • Office: Talk naturally with your PC
  • Networking: Lose the cables and go Wi-Fi
  • Security: Clear unwanted files
  • Business: Sharing content online

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