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Wi-Fi equipped mobo: K8V deluxe

ASUS has added another string to its motherboard bow with the inclusion of Wi-Fi capabilities via a plug-in module on its K8V Deluxe motherboard.

Perfection 3170 photo, Scanjet 5530

I tested Epson’s $649 Perfection 3170 Photo and Hewlett-Packard’s $599 Scanjet 5530. Both work with prints, slides and negatives. I discovered, however, that they weren’t equally adept at image-fixing magic.

Portable computer: B165V Desknote

Notebook-style ‘desknote’ computers can match the speed of desktops but at an affordable price. The catch? To save costs, a power outlet is required (they can’t run from a battery), and they can sometimes be quite large.

Anti-spam software: InBoxer 1.0

Most spam filters work by applying a specific set of rules and lists to each incoming message, but InBoxer is different. It uses language-processing technologies to identify more accurately which messages are unwanted.

Scratch MP3s with turntables and Windows

As always, the first of this year’s International Music Products Association conventions (the Winter NAMM show, held around the same time as CES) brought with it a barrage of new musical product announcements.

File deletion utility

SecureClean from WhiteCanyon has been around for much longer than most packages of its nature: utilities that delete files and wipe drives.

Impressive handheld

This unit combines an organiser with Palm influences, a mobile phone, a keyboard, and a camera in a sleek, silvery 167g package that isn’t much bulkier than less capable competitors. I looked at a preproduction GSM/GPRS model — a CDMA version is avai...

Windows-based smart phone

The MPx200’s clamshell design allows a large screen and big, usable buttons. There’s also an external display so you can see who’s calling and direct unwanted calls straight to voicemail without opening up the device.

LaCie 400GB external hard drive

The 400GB version of LaCie’s Big Disk should offer more than enough storage for all but the most extravagant of users. Even if you fancy doing a lot of video editing, with DV taking up 13GB an hour you’ll still have space for over 25 hours. When form...

XPhone phone home

As PDAs and mobile phones merge functions, different users approach the market with different perspectives. Veteran PDA users, for example, take quickly to using PDA/phones such as the XDA and Handspring (now Palm) Treo. Never used a PDA? These devic...

Desktop customisation software

Windows has allowed us to personalise our desktops for quite some time, adding pictures of our babies, pets or favourite football team to brighten up a dull PC screen. Vivi Desktop Pro goes one further by letting you add moving images to your desktop...

Improve notebook audio

Although notebooks lack quality audio, this new release from Creative is about the best external sound solution currently available. It’s a worthwhile buy for anyone who wants the best possible output for home entertainment audio applications.

Inexpensive gigabit

In the past, gigabit networking (1000Mbps, or 1Gbps) over copper wiring appeared primarily in very large businesses due to its high costs. Last year, gigabit Ethernet controllers started showing up on PC motherboards, but gigabit switches suitable fo...

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Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

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