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ATI unveils next-generation Radeons

After teasing with technology announcements, ATI Technologies Inc. is finally unveiling the line of graphics boards that implement its advances, notably the Radeon 8500 gaming board that features twice as many transistors as its predecessor.

Jabber Instant Messenger 1.6.0.3

Instant messaging is great when everyone you need to reach uses the same system, but it can become a Tower of Babel nightmare when they don't. With the free Jabber Instant Messenger, you're able to chat with ICQ, MSN Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger us...

ATI Radeon 64 DDR

Not only is this one of the more affordable 3D accelerator video cards to include 64MB of DDR SDRAM, it delivers excellent performance for the price, relative to other high-end products.

Boston Acoustics BA7500 and Cambridge DTT3500

Dolby Digital 5.1, now available for desktop PCs, distributes six channels of sound through a central speaker, four satellites, and a subwoofer. I looked at shipping units of two speaker sets - one with true six-channel sound and one with a virtualis...

Crank It Up With Dolby Digital Sound Cards

Before your new digital PC speakers can perform at their best, you need to give them appropriate sound-card support. I tried out two options for the Dolby Digital 5.1 format: the Sound Blaster Live Platinum 5.1 card from Creative Labs and the Acousti...

NVidia unveils GeForce3 chip set

Late last year NVidia swallowed its primary rival, the struggling 3dfx Interactive, to make the graphics board race a two-horse one. With the unveiling this week of the GeForce3 chip set and its programmable NfiniteFX engine, NVidia is pressing its l...

NVidia GeForces its way into Mac

A few years back, graphics chipmaker NVidia could have been called a respected upstart in the industry. These days it's a behemoth, leading the marketplace after recently absorbing the previous graphics king 3dfx Interactive, and now it's putting it...

Optimise your Web connection

Kiss Software's Modem Wizard doesn't rely on hocus pocus; it doesn't promise to speed up your Web connection. But it does optimise your existing hardware and software so that it runs as efficiently as possible, maximising transfer rates.

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Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

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Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

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