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Philips 42PF9966

Rich colours, bright images, and good detail helped the 42" 42PF9966 display both standard definition TV and DVDs in excellent quality. Its high-definition quality was a bit lower, but still respectable.

Pioneer PDP-435HD

The PDP-435HD displayed DVDs and standard definition TV with finesse. For high-definition content, however, the Pioneer was disappointing, largely for its lack of ability to display detail--the hallmark quality of HD.

NEC PX-42XR3W

This is the panel for image geeks. It has very good image quality, and outstanding HDTV display.

Polish your TV's picture

Watching a poorly adjusted TV -- whether it's the standard-definition variety or a high-definition set -- is like being served overcooked food: Regardless of how much you paid for it, you're not getting your money's worth. And HDTV benefits from care...

Trend Micro updates PC-cillin

Trend Micro is updating and expanding its antivirus software with the release of PC-cillin Internet Security 2004, a suite of security programs and services for small offices and homes.

Maxtor technique pushes hard drive capacity

MMC Technology, a subsidiary of hard drive maker Maxtor, claims to have found an economical way to transition to perpendicular recording--a disk technology that promises to keep hard drive capacity growing steadily as current recording technology run...

New ZoneAlarm toughens firewall

Zone Labs has released new versions of its popular personal firewall products ZoneAlarm Pro 4 and ZoneAlarm Plus, both featuring new components to identify hackers, block e-mail worms, and fine-tune firewall rules.

Drive Image 7 beefs up backup

Utilities maker PowerQuest Corp. has updated Drive Image, and continues to promote imaging--creating an exact sector-by-sector copy of a hard drive partition--as a data backup strategy for everyday PC users.

Get a grip on digital music

Want to put your entire digital music collection on a huge-capacity device smaller than a paperback novel? Look into Creative Labs's Nomad Jukebox 3 and Sonicblue Inc.1's Rio Riot. Each packs a 20GB, notebook-style hard drive; delivers rich, powerful...

ViewSonic ViewPanel VG191

Toiling away as I do with a 17in screen, even a 19in CRT would be a big improvement, but a 19in LCD monitor - now, that's really something. ViewSonic's new 19in ViewPanel VG191 with supercrisp text is definitely worth a look - if you have a spare $32...

HP Pavilion 2950

WHAT'S HOT: The Pavilion 2950 is a model of space-saving efficiency. The compact case, measuring approximately 14.75 by 13 by 4 inches, can lie flat (to support the monitor) or stand upright, steadied by an included metal foot.

Security crusader punches holes in firewalls

PC security gadfly Steve Gibson has released a simple Trojan horse program that masquerades as a "trusted" application and gains unrestricted access to a PC's Internet connection, slipping past most software firewalls.

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Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

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.

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