PC World April 2005 Contents

What's On the CD

COVER STORY

Making movie magic the DV way: DIGITAL VIDEO SPECIAL - PART ONE

Conjure up your own movie magic with these great-value digital video cameras - get "pro" features at a "home user" price. Plus, here's how to bring your old analog archives into the digital era by converting your existing VHS footage. It's all in the first of our two-part guide to creating your own Hollywood at home.

Centrino evolves: NEW SONOMA NOTEBOOKS

Two years down the track, Intel has given Centrino powered portables a new lease on life with the updated Sonoma technology - but how revolutionary is it really? We put 10 of the latest Sonoma portables to the test.

Talk is cheap! SAVE BIG BUCKS WITH VoIP

Use your broadband connection for more than fast Web browsing - save big bucks on your phone bills too! We give you the goss on VoIP and tell you all you need to know to make cut-rate calls over the Internet.

Smart talkers: DO MORE WITH YOUR MOBILE

If you're only talking on your new-fangled phone, you're ignoring its true intelligence. Today's smartphones can do so much more than just chit-chat. Here's a guide to getting the most from your multi-talented mobile.

FIRST LOOKS

Hardware Gigabyte GV-3D1, GA-K8NXP-SLI ABIT Fatality AA8XE, Creative Zen Micro ASUS S-Presso S1-111, AOpen XCube EA915 AV Canon Pixma iP90

Software Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta1, Google Desktop BETA

Quick Takes Foxtel Digital PDR, Linksys WMCE54AG, Starry Night, Enthusiast Version 5 Nikon Coolpix 4800, BenQ PE8700 projector, Acronis , True Image 8.0, WinTasks

Professional 5.0

BEST BUYS

Sweet Spot
CPUs
Graphics cards
Motherboards
System RAM
Optical drives
Hard drives
Monitors
Cases
Power Supplies

PCs: Over $3500
Plus Corporation Altera FX-55
Plus Corporation Aspect A50
Plus Corporation Aries FX-55 SLI
APUS Universe Extreme 3200XE
Plus Corporation Aries A64 3500 SLI

PCs: $1500-$3500
APUS Universe Pro 3500A9
Alsotech Vogue Torosaurus Lite
Trinity International AMD 3500
Emagen Vitesse 64
Infocom mCentre Pro
i-Tech AMD Athlon 64 Award series
APUS Universe 3400P-7X2
PCQuest Gamebox
APUS Universe Pro 3200AR
ARC Spider A643

PCs: Sub-$1500
Altech Gameforce Sniper
Plus Corporation Aspect S45
Trinity International P4 Deluxe 1550
Trinity International AMD Super Deluxe 1500
ARC Spider P4

Notebooks: Over $4000
Pioneer DreamBook Power 900
LG LW70-4LQA
Acer TravelMate 8104WLMi
Alienware Area 51m 7700
Pioneer DreamBook Power 870P

Notebooks: $2500-$4000
Dell Inspiron 9300
ASUS V6000V
IBM ThinkPad T43p (2668 44M)
BluechipIT OpenBook Z71A
ASUS W1000N

Notebooks: Sub-$2500
Viewmaster Portiva 5z70
Protac Excel G900
Pioneer DreamBook Slim 805
ASUS A4L
ModTech CIVIC Diamond 1615.R

Hard drives
INTERNAL HARD DRIVES
Hitachi
Maxtor
Samsung
Seagate
Western Digital

EXTERNAL HARD DRIVES
Iomega Mini Hard Drive
LaCie D2 Hard Drive Extreme
Maxtor OneTouch II 300GB
Seagate External 400GB
Seagate Portable 100GB
Western Digital Passport

HERE'S HOW

OFFICE: Stay in touch
AUDIO: Sites and sounds
DIGITAL VIDEO: Video a go-go
LINUX: Burn, network and search with Gnome
NETWORKING: Home improvement
INTERNET: Flash in the pan
BACK TO BASICS: Optical drives
HELP SCREEN: WINDOWS: Windows XP Serious issues; Picture imperfect; Unclear; Restore restoration; Folder print; Strung up. APPLICATIONS: Problem PDFs. MISCELLANEOUS: DVD editing. SECURITY: Coolweb hijack; Intruder update; Double firewall

DEPARTMENTS

  • EDITORIAL
  • NEWS
  • READERS' FORUM
  • BACKBYTES: Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay Director's Cut; Zalman 5.1 headphone amplifier; Sanyo HDR-B5GM voice recorder; PC Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords; Solar ScotteVest System; PC Sid Meier's Pirates!; Logitech MediaPlay Cordless Mouse; batterylife Activator; The Executive multimedia pool table; Speedballs; Epson Perfection 4990 Photo Scanner;
  • ADVERTISERS INDEX


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