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InFocus ScreenPlay LS110

InFocus ScreenPlay LS110

InFocus is usually associated with business projectors, but the ScreenPlay range is aimed squarely at home users. A multitude of inputs, support for 16:9 aspect ratio, colour control options and high contrast make this a great projector for movies, irrespective of whether you're using a DVD player or a PC as your image source. However, the same basic product is available from Toshiba at a lower price.

August 16, 2002 by in Hardware

Epson EMP-TS10

Epson EMP-TS10

Epson’s EMP-TS10 has most of the features required of a home cinema projector: a good range of digital and analogue video inputs, a good contrast ratio, high picture quality from its LCD imaging unit, and plenty of image control settings to cope with different types of input signal. It’s by no means the most lightweight or compact projector we’ve tested, but it looks good and is reasonably quiet in operation.

August 16, 2002 by in Hardware

Canon LV-S1

Canon LV-S1

If you want a decent all-rounder of a projector, you’re prepared to dim the living-room lights a little, and -- most importantly -- you don’t want to break the bank, then Canon's LV-S1 should be on your shortlist. Although it's not ideal for watching wide-screen movies, it offers a relatively inexpensive way of getting bigger images. However, there are similarly priced and specified projectors available, so shopping around is advised.

August 16, 2002 by in Hardware

BenQ PalmPro 7763PA

BenQ PalmPro 7763PA

BenQ has produced a compact, portable and relatively affordable projector that may appeal to those with restricted space and budget. However, its technical specifications aren’t outstanding, and if you're after the highest image quality for movies, you may be disappointed. It has few features that make it suitable for use with DVD players, or DVDs played on a PC.

August 16, 2002 by in Hardware

Ericsson T68i

Ericsson T68i

Sony Ericsson's T68i is nearly identical to its T68 predecessor, but it has a few new features, including more memory for storing digital images, support for MMS (multimedia messaging) and an embedded emergency locator, all of which make this super-compact, feature-rich world phone a good buy.

August 15, 2002 by in Mobility

Dell SmartPC 250N

Dell SmartPC 250N

The first thing you notice about Dell’s SmartPC 250N is that it is silver - or rather, the plastic casing has a silver-effect finish. But the differences between the new SmartPC range and Dell’s dark-grey mainstream Latitude and Inspiron notebooks are more than skin-deep: like most manufacturers, Dell has now succumbed to the temptation to build notebooks around desktop rather than mobile processors -- in this case, a 2.2GHz Pentium 4.

August 14, 2002 by in Laptops

FileMaker Pro 6.0

FileMaker Pro 6.0

Database programs let you store, retrieve, organise and analyse all sorts of data -- from complex billing records to home-video collections. FileMaker Pro 6.0 lets you manage vast quantities of such information and also allows you to share this information quickly with other applications. FileMaker's attractive, straightforward interface and relatively low £219 (ex. VAT) price make it easier and more economical than Microsoft’s Access. We heartily recommend this database program for everyone: although it's simple enough for novices, it also supplies sophisticated, higher-end features that will suit database veterans.

August 12, 2002 by in Developer

HP LaserJet 4600hdn

HP LaserJet 4600hdn

Hewlett-Packard's latest A4 colour laser has all the things you'd expect from HP -- speed, manageability and connectivity -- but succeeds where many lasers fail: photo printing. While not your first choice as a photo printer, the ability to get good quality images in your reports and presentations can only be a good thing.

August 9, 2002 by in Printers

Epson Perfection 2400 Photo

Epson Perfection 2400 Photo

In Epson's new scanner line-up, the reasonably priced Perfection 2400 Photo strikes a comfortable balance between the entry-level Perfection 1660 Photo and the professional-level Perfection 2450 Photo. Its improved design and interface make it almost as easy to capture transparencies as to capture opaque documents; in addition, its USB 2.0 interface boosts performance noticeably. But some quirks in its capture quality may disappoint hard-core photo enthusiasts.

August 8, 2002 by in Hardware

Motorola V70

Motorola V70

The Motorola V70 is by far one of the sleekest mobiles we've seen to date. Its innovative design; silver casing; compact size (9.5x3.8x1.8cm; 83g); and inverse screen (black background, white letters), five-line circular display all contribute to this mobile's "wow" factor. But the real eye-catcher is its 360-degree rotating keypad cover.

August 7, 2002 by in Mobility

Apple PowerBook G4

Apple PowerBook G4

Apple's slim, trim Titanium PowerBook G4 is now in its third generation. In the notebook's most recent revision, Apple has kept the eye-catching, elegant form factor but added a faster processor with 1MB of DDR L3 cache, a bigger hard drive, a more powerful graphics card, and a higher price. Combined with a bright, crisp, 15.2-inch, wide-screen display, this package makes the PowerBook a compelling alternative to a desktop computer, not to mention a Windows desktop-replacement notebook.

August 7, 2002 by in Laptops

InDesign 2.0

InDesign 2.0

Adobe created InDesign to woo you away from QuarkXPress, which currently dominates the high-end desktop publishing (DTP) niche. The first InDesign releases had a lukewarm reception; the program was underpowered and not worth the trouble of converting files from QuarkXPress. InDesign 2.0 is a different story, however. Adobe has supercharged this program with tables, transparency controls, long document features and output in both HTML and XML (a coding language for documents similar to HTML but far more flexible). We think that the new features make InDesign 2.0 the top choice for producing four-colour magazines, books and corporate identity material, as well as on-screen documents such as PDF files, e-books and Web pages. In fact, InDesign's multi-purpose output and fabulous typography tools finally push it through Quark's glass ceiling. Move over, QuarkXPress -- InDesign has finally beaten you.

August 1, 2002 by in Developer

JVC Mini Note MP-XP7210

JVC Mini Note MP-XP7210

JVC, the well-known electronics company, has added ultraportable notebooks to its portfolio of VCRs and hi-fi equipment. Weighing just under a kilogram, the Mini Note MP-XP7210 is the lightest ultraportable we've seen to date. It's built around an ultra-low-voltage 800MHz Mobile Pentium III-M processor, has 256MB of memory, a 30GB hard drive and runs Windows XP. A second model, the MP-XP3210, features a 650MHz Mobile Celeron processor, 128MB of RAM and a 20GB hard drive.

July 31, 2002 by in Laptops

Dell Inspiron 4150

Dell Inspiron 4150

Dell’s Inspiron 4150 caters for people who are prepared to sacrifice a certain amount of portability, so long as, in return, they get a well-featured and fast notebook that can handle most applications with ease. Therefore, although this 2.85kg Mobile Pentium 4 system cannot be described as ultraportable, nor is it anything like as bulky and heavy as the 3.5kg-plus Inspiron 8200 series of genuine desktop replacement systems.

July 30, 2002 by in Laptops

Pinnacle Edition DV

Pinnacle Edition DV

Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro have got new competition. Pinnacle Edition DV is the first offspring of Pinnacle's acquisition of Fast Video, a German company primarily known for professional video-editing software. Edition DV sports a revolutionary contextual-menu interface (you right-click for everything, with no pull-down menus anywhere), a diverse feature set and bundled programs that make it solid competition for any other video-editing program. At £382.13 (ex. VAT; £499 inc. VAT), Pinnacle Edition DV represents incredible value to intermediate or advanced movie-makers. But despite its consumer packaging, this program's unique features and precise editing controls make it too tricky for beginners, who should turn to Pinnacle Studio DV or Video Explosion Deluxe.

July 29, 2002 by in Developer

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