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Download This: Tame devilish data

Are you missing some files? Stuck with more data than you can handle? Either extreme can make you break out in a cold sweat. This month, PC World covers two programs to keep your body temperature at a happy medium: a sharp synchronization tool and a ...

Download This: Freebies that save time, clicks

Finding what you need can take too much typing, too much clicking, and too much waiting. Cut back your search time and trouble with these freebies from PC World's Downloads library. This month, we look at one tool that speeds up Web browsing, another...

JVC goes Kaboom

Not everyone enjoys the isolation of headphones for enjoying music. Those who wish to share their tastes with everyone on the block will welcome the JVC RV-NB10 Kaboom, the latest incarnation of the well-liked but long-discontinued line of boom boxes...

Download This: Top download picks of 2005

In the second year of Download This I tried out dozens of ingenious programs. But by year's end, many of them have fallen into disuse on my PC -- or have been removed. Here are the ones I use regularly, plus a few that deserve more frequent workouts....

ViewSonic VP171b

With physical adjustments including tilt, height, and swivel, ViewSonic's VP171b is comfortable to work with. Along with a pivoting screen--handy for scrutinizing full pages of letter-size text documents--the VP171b comes with Perfect Portrait, ViewS...

HP iPAQ Hx2755

HP's iPAQ Hx2755 packs plenty of processing power and RAM, and its simple design makes it easy to use. The unit's most notable shortcoming, though, is also its most distinctive feature: a biometric fingerprint reader.

IBM ThinkVision L190

The IBM ThinkVision L190 is as simple as an LCD monitor gets. This analog-only model takes a just-the-facts-ma'am approach, eschewing advanced extras in favor of simplicity and a low price. As its boxy, businesslike shape suggests, the L190 performs ...

BenQ FP91V+

Most glossy screens show remarkably crisp text and saturated colour, and the bright, "polish type" screen on the BenQ FP91V+ is no exception, producing excellent results in our tests. On text, the BenQ, though less of a standout, still performed very...

Dell UltraSharp 2405FPW

At its native wide-screen resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, the Dell 2405FPW showed remarkable colour and clarity. On test screens, text looked sharp, and images looked crisp and saturated. The 24" wide screen performed particularly well on our Web p...

Samsung SyncMaster 243t

Samsung's 24" SyncMaster 243t has no desire to be a TV; it just wants to be a great monitor. It's one of the few wide screens we've tested that offers no component, composite or S-Video inputs.

ViewSonic VP231wb

Switched off, the ViewSonic VP231wb looks businesslike and understated, thanks to its thin bezel and monochromatic, two-footed design. But once you fire up the 23" wide screen, you'll discover that vivid colour reproduction and sharp text are the VP2...

Samsung SyncMaster 242MP

Samsung touts the SyncMaster 242mp's included TV tuner as the model's major draw. But this 24" wide-screen LCD monitor deserves a closer look instead for its stellar still-image quality.

BenQ FP231W

Benq's 23" wide-screen LCD monitor--the FP231W--makes an impressive desk trophy. I can't tell you how many co-workers stopped by to cast covetous glances at its business-class beauty. But unfortunately, its performance doesn't live up to the great fi...

Philips Brilliance 230W5VS

The Philips Brilliance 230W5VS offers inputs and a design that are remarkable even in luxury monitors. We wish we could say as much of its image quality.

HP Photosmart R717

With its rubberised black body and brushed-metal face plate, the 6.2-megapixel HP Photosmart R717 bears a marked family resemblance to its 5.1-megapixel predecessor, the R707. However, it upgrades many of its older sibling's features.

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Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

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Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

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Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

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