PC World November 2004 Contents

What's On the CD


Shop-smart tech gear superguide: What to look for and how to buy it better

Desktops, notebooks, hard drives, printers, scanners, digital cameras, DV camcorders, CD/DVD drives, monitors plus more. Our third annual buying guide special has expert advice for buying everything you need. This easy-to-read guide clearly explains what works - and what doesn't - so you can buy better, whatever your price range. Don't go tech-shopping without it!

Web and you: Live music on the web

You don't have to download MP3 files to enjoy digital music. Streaming audio from the Web means you can tune-in to the "global radio" - live! We look at the top streaming audio players and check out six of the best sites to get your toe tapping!

Moving pictures: Home video heaven

You don't have to be Steven Spielberg - or have his money - to make a great home video. Now even budget-priced movie cameras can give you the features and quality to make your next at-home epic. We look at four sub-$1000 digital camcorders and show you how to take the professional approach to fun film-making.

Better backups: don't lose the lot!

We test fast, vast and cheap new storage options that take the pain out of keeping your vital data safe. A regular backup can be a real lifesaver. We look at five common scenarios and evaluate all-in-one products and software programs to help you build a suitable backup strategy - and give you peace of mind.


Development One Home Media Centre HMCSD 160
Optima MyPC D9 DCE, Pioneer Power Media Center
Kodak EasyShare DX7440, Epson Stylus CX6500

Serious Magic ULTRA, ScanSoft PDF Converter 2.0 Professional
McAfee Active VirusScan Suite SBE

Quick Takes
HP iPaq h6365, iRiver PMP-120, Apple iMac G5, IBM, ThinkCentre S50, Panasonic PT-LB10NTE, Roxio PhotoSuite 7.0 Platinum Edition, Microsoft Digital Image Suite 10


Sweet Spot
Graphics cards
System RAM
Optical drives
Hard drives

PCs: Over $3500
Plus Corporation Altera A38
PCQuest 3D Guru
APUS Universe Extreme 3200XE
Emagen Lightspeed FX
Adrenalin A38

PCs: $1500-$3500
Alsotech Vogue Torosaurus Lite
Trinity International AMD 3500
Emagen Vitesse 64
i-Tech AMD Athlon 64 Award series
PC Quest Paradox
APUS Universe Pro 3200AR
ARC Elite Gamer 64
i-Tech AMD Athlon 64 Award Pro series
Scorpion Technology Z Box
Acer Aspire T310

PCs: Sub-$1500
i-Tech AMD Athlon XP Award series
Plus Corporation Aspect S45
Trinity International P4 Deluxe 1550
Trinity International AMD Super Deluxe 1500
APUS Universe 2800AX
97 Notebooks

Notebooks: Over $4000
Pioneer Power Notebook 870P
ITC Millennia 7201
Acer TravelMate 8005LMi
IBM ThinkPad T41p (2373 GEM)

Notebooks: $2500-$4000
Dell Inspiron 9100
Pioneer Power Notebook 470K
Fujitsu Lifebook E8010
Acer Aspire 1681WLMi
Pioneer Power Notebook D520E

Notebooks: Sub-$2500
Optima Centoris G595
ModTech CIVIC Diamond 1615.R
Astone Z9
Pioneer SOHO Notebook
ModTech CIVIC Diamond Pro

Abit AA8 3rd Eye
Albatron PX865PE7 Pro
AOpen i85PEa-7ILFR
Asus P5AD2 Premium
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D
MSI 925X Neo Platinum Edition
Soltek SL-915GPRO-FGR


BACK TO BASICS: Inside your PC
IMAGING: Gaining a sense of perspective
VIDEO: Going green with envy
AUDIO Money for nothing, ringtones for free
WINDOWS: Battening down the hatches
LINUX: System Update with YUM
INTERNET: Simplified XML with PHP 5.0
HELP SCREEN: Windows All Windows - Colour conniptions; Illegal entry; Windows XP Yellow card; Internet Go home; Wide load; Hardware Not tickled pink; Security Freeze, punk; Spybot oversight; Miscellaneous Chunky monkey


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  • READERS' FORUM Plus Dilbert
  • BACKBYTES: Gadgets and Gizmos - Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter; Energizer Hardcase LED; Samsung SPH-V5400 multimedia phone; Archos Gmini 400; MonsterGecko PistolMouse FPS; Atmosfear DVD boardgame; d_skin protective disc skins; Sony HDR-FX1 high definition camcorder

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