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Pioneer DreamBook Slim 400AE

The Pioneer 400AE packs in a lot of muscle for its sub-$2000 price, however, you are going to need a bit of muscle to carry it. Weighing in at a hefty 3.6kgs, the 400AE will provide a good supplement to that expensive gym pass you rarely use.

Pacstar AMD Gaming PC

Gaming performance usually comes with a hefty price tag, and with Unreal Tournament 2007 on the horizon, it doesn't look like that is going to change. However, in the meantime, you could do a lot worse than get yourself Pacstar's latest offering for ...

Dell Dimension 5150

Even though it would void the warranty, this Dell looks like a prime candidate for overclocking. Behind the front panel of the BTX case is a gaping hole for maximum airflow. This flows straight through the PC via the fins of a huge CPU heat sink with...

Acer TravelMate 8105WLMi

Staying true to the signature Acer notebook style is the Acer TravelMate 8105WLMi. Weighing 2.9Kgs, the 8105 is pushing the envelope for sheer power, setting WorldBench and 3D Mark scores on par with the Alienware m5700 (the fastest notebook in the t...

Acer TravelMate 4064 WLMi

Acer continues to dominate in the notebook market when balancing power, performance and price. The 4064 WLMi is no exception, scoring extremely well in our tests. Running an Intel Pentium M 2GHz processor, the 4064 WLMi scored a very respectable 84 ...

PC Game -- X-Men Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse

Rise of Apocalypse, the action-packed sequel to X-men Legends, is sure to entertain even the most fair-weather comic fan. Arcade action meets role playing game (RPG), in a stylised dungeon crawler with lots of gnarly flashes and huge explosions. We l...

Sony VGN-TX17GP

Good things come in small packages. For instance, Sony's VGN-TX17GP, that weighs a mere 1.2kg (with battery) and has a footprint of 27.5x18.5x2.5cm

Fujitsu Pinion

The Fujitsu Pinion is a lightweight tablet weighing a slight 1kg. With a footprint of 21x15x3cm, it is extremely portable, although it does look a little bit chunky. The screen can swivel 180 degrees and be used as a tablet in a vertical or horizonta...

PC Game -- Kingdom of Loathing

Kingdom of Loathing (KoL) is a unique HTML-based Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG). While most great MMORPGs end up costing you time and money, KoL will only cost you the former, because it is absolutely free and utterly compell...

Free Radio Donnelly

IF YOU THINK YOU CAN BEAT COMMERCIAL RADIO AT ITS OWN GAME, THEN WHY DON'T YOU GIVE ONLINE RADIO A TRY? DAMIEN DONNELLY SHOWS YOU HOW.

Acer TravelMate 4064 WLMi

Acer continues to dominate in the notebook market when balancing power, performance and price. The 4064 WLMi is no exception scoring extremely well in our tests. Running an Intel Pentium M 2.0 GHz processor, the 4064 WLMi scored a very respectable 84...

BenQ DW1640

Stepping up from the BenQ DW1620 Pro, BenQ is still trailblazing with the DW1640. This 8x DVD+R DL is setting the benchmark in double-layer burning, as is BenQ's $89 price tag. Across the board for all media this is a fast drive, only falling down a ...

ASUS DRW-1608P2S

If you are looking for fast dual-layer burning, then the buck stops with the ASUS DRW-1608P2S. It is the fastest double-layer and single-layer DVD burner we have had and it comes with support for every DVD and CD format.

Memorex U3 TravelDrive

It's the ultimate convenience for travellers without their own computer - a new USB drive lets you run apps on any PC without leaving your data on the host machine.The applications (which must be U3-compliant) all reside on the portable drive, along ...

Samsung SH-W162C/RSWN

Replacing the Samsung TS-H552, the SH-W162C/RSWN is the latest in the Writemaster range. It has made a great leap from 4x DVD +/- RW to 16x. In our tests we only had 6x DVD +R available, which burnt 4GB in 7min (a data rate of 9MBps). This was slight...

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