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64-bit consumer computing

With the release of the Athlon 64 3200+ and Athlon 64 FX-51 processors, AMD has brought 64-bit computing to the desktop environment. 64-bit computing is now no longer the domain of high-end workstation computers and servers that require extreme power...

Great broadband bundle: Billion 743GE + wireless adapters

If you are looking to supply your own modem for a new ADSL connection, then the Billion 743GE from PC Range is worth every cent of its very reasonable $299 price tag. It is an ADSL modem capable of supporting data rates up to 8Mbps/1Mbps (download/up...

DesktopX marks the spot

If there is one thing we would like to do for our users it's make their lives simpler. And the way we'd like to do that is limit what they can do. If we could lock down their PCs so they could do only five or seven things and not the 120,915,412 thin...

Graphics editor with extras: PhotoImpact XL beta

For a long time, PhotoImpact has been positioned in the mid-tier image editing market. Competing products include Adobe’s PhotoShop Elements and Jasc Software’s Paint Shop Pro, from which Ulead’s PhotoImpact differs in its packaged bundle and the eve...

All-in-one burning Nero 6 Ultra Edition

Think you need more than one software package to take full advantage of your CD/DVD burner? Think again: Ahead’s Nero 6 Ultra Edition can handle all of your burning, authoring and playback needs - and then some.

Crossing over: LM729 and SDMX53 LCD monitors

If you’ve dabbled with PCs over the last two decades you will be very familiar with the AOC brand name in monitors. It has traditionally championed the budget end of the CRT monitor market with low-priced products. Sony is another veteran of the moni...

DVD playback software: PowerDVD 5.0

PowerDVD has been one of the leading video and audio playback packages for some time now. While it may be difficult to get too excited about the improvements made to version 5.0, the program is both simple and powerful enough to be the first choice f...

External multimedia card

Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum ProThe $499 ZS Platinum Pro, the new flagship model in Creative’s always-evolving family of sound cards, packages an internal sound card, external connector hub and infrared remote control. The basic version of the ...

AMD 64-bit notebook: QDI A520

The A520 is the first notebook we’ve seen with the 64-bit AMD Athlon 64-M, the mobile version of the processor. The pre-production A520 we tested featured a 3200+ processor (2GHz) with improved AMD PowerNow! power saving technology.

T2: PDA improves

The Tungsten T was the first PDA to feature Palm’s new operating system, Palm OS 5.0, when it was launched last year. It was a relative success, but as with all first-generation products there are always improvements that can be made. Enter the Tungs...

Value Pocket PC device

There is another pretender to the crown of the low-cost Pocket PC device — ViewSonic’s V35. This handheld joins the company’s array of diversified products that lifts the brand out of its familiar monitor maker niche.

Gimme five: Kodak EasyShare DX4530

In the past, happy snappers keen for point-and-shoot models were often limited to low-megapixel models that restricted their printing options. Now, Kodak has added a 5Mp model to its range of EasyShare digital cameras — the EasyShare DX4530.

Data security software: Steganos Security Suite

Steganos Security Suite is a collection of tools that promises to keep your data safer than the crown jewels. Steganos Safe creates a secured area on your hard drive, up to 1.2GB in size, which shows up as a virtual hard drive in Windows Explorer.

EasyRecovery utility

EasyRecovery has been available to PC users for some time, offering effective data recovery — but at a price. Costing six times less than its big brother, EasyRecovery Lite unfortunately emphasises ‘lite’ rather than recovery.

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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.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

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.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

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