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BenQ PE8700

Simply one of the biggest projectors we have seen in the Test Centre, the PE8700 has dimensions of 400 x 347 x 116mm and weighs approximately 7.5kgs. The PE8700 is targeted at the home theatre enthusiast after the ultimate home setup, and can be fitt...

Dell W1900 LCD TV

Doubling as an LCD monitor and television, Dell's W1900 LCD TV is a solid performer, although expensive.

Mobile blogging

SplashBlog lets you use your PDA/mobile phone to take a photo and transmit it wirelessly via GPRS to your personal SplashBlog Web page, ready to share with friends or family.

Gaming for the masses

In the past, new PC titles have been priced around $100, but even now games are usually priced in the range of $79 to $89. The possibility a buying a lacklustre game is enough to disgust any gamer.

Protect and back up your data: BullGuard 5.0

Spyware, adware and viruses continue their assault on our PCs and it's proving difficult to keep the Net nasties at bay. Because there's a lot of software available now to help thwart such security and privacy risks, we were interested to see how Bul...

Beefy home theatre projector: BenQ PE8700

Simply one of the biggest projectors we have seen in the Test Centre, the PE8700 has the dimensions of 400x347x116mm (LxWxH) and weighs approximately 7.5kgs. The PE8700 is targeted at the home theatre enthusiast for that ultimate home setup, and can ...

Watching the box: S-Presso S1-111, XCube EA915 AV

Small Form Factor (SFF) PCs are designed to be space-efficient and packed full of features. Since appearing on the market in 2001, they've matured from a fad into respectable Mini PCs ideal for transporting (to your friend's house for example) or bui...

Halo 2

The pre-release hype that surrounded the latest iteration of the Halo series reached never-before-seen levels. Microsoft even took the step of advertising the game launch on one half of the most famous billboard in Sydney (the first company to do so ...

CD/DVD Encyclopedias

Encarta 2005 Premium Suite CD and Britannica Reference Suite 2005 DVD: Encyclopedias are exceptional learning tools and are of great educational value for all types of people. The traditional thick, bound-volume print format used to often make findin...

Home Media Centre HMCSD 160

PCs using Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center Edition for inte­grated TV and multimedia capabilities are set for prime time, but this small form factor Home Media Centre (HMC) offers welcome competition.

PC Games: Tribes Vengeance

The Tribes series was heralded for the fast-paced multiplayer action and expansive maps, but a lot of the Tribes fans thought that Tribes 2 was lacking some key components. Although weapons and vehicles were plentiful, it still didn't have that same ...

PC games: Doom 3

This is the first gaming title I have ever played that made my heart rate increase and made me catch my breath as many of the nasties jumped at my character from nowhere. It's finally here. The much anticipated update of the Doom series, Doom 3, has ...

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