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Iomega NAS P850m

Iomega NAS P850m

There aren't many computer manufacturers who sell kit with price points ranging from £50 to £15,000, but Iomega is one of them. The company boldly entered the NAS market about a year ago and recently launched its second iteration of NAS (Network Attached Storage) solutions, adding five new devices to its range, which now offers capacities from 120GB to 1.44TB. The previous range was confined to the 1U form factor, while the current range now features two high-capacity 2U devices. We examined the P850M, the most fully-featured (and expensive) model.

July 24, 2003 by in Storage

Palm Tungsten T2

Palm Tungsten T2

The Tungsten T2 succeeds the <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/12/1/2134.html">Tungsten T</A> which was the first handheld to ship with version 5 of Palm OS. The company has since announced new devices at both ends of the market, including the camera-equipped <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/12/1/3878.html">Zire 71</A> for consumers and the Wi-Fi-enabled <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/12/1/4081.html">Tungsten C</A> for business users. The Tungsten T2 is very much an evolutionary development, offering only a smattering of changes over the Tungsten T.

July 23, 2003 by in Mobility

Dell Latitude D400

Dell Latitude D400

Dell's Latitude D400 series is one of the best-looking and most affordable Pentium M ultraportables on the market. We have tested an entry-level 1.3GHz version with 128MB of RAM, which predictably isn't a great performer; also, its 2 hour 41 minute battery life trails the scores posted by most competing Pentium M/Centrino notebooks. Nevertheless, the D400 offers an impressive array of wireless options, ranging from standard 802.11b (which can make this a true Centrino system), to various combinations of 802.11a, b and g. Businesses will also like the built-in smart-card reader, and everyone should appreciate the low starting price.

July 22, 2003 by in Laptops

HP LaserJet 2300dtn

HP LaserJet 2300dtn

Hewlett-Packard's LaserJet 2300dtn (along with the rest of the LaserJet 2300 monochrome laser product line) gives offices a useful mid-range option between desktop lasers for individuals and 'big box' models for business. The most basic LaserJet 2300L, with its 20 page per minute (ppm) engine and a single stacked input tray (plus a multipurpose tray), is a step up in speed, paper capacity and print volume from the HP LaserJet 1300. It could serve one or two people who print a lot of documents, or it could be networked for an office. The LaserJet 2300dtn shows how the product line can grow to fit your needs. It has a faster engine, loads of paper capacity and a higher monthly print volume, plus a 10/100 Ethernet interface and automatic duplexing. Compared to its higher-end cousins, the LaserJet 4200 series, it offers many of the same features -- but at a lower cost. And as our tests show, the LaserJet 2300dtn fills its role with aplomb.

July 21, 2003 by in Printers

iChat AV Beta

iChat AV Beta

With iChat AV Beta, Apple brings one-step video and audio to its still-new instant-messaging tool. In beta form, iChat's performance is spotty, but it's easier to use and configure than the video-enabled <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/41/1/4803.html">MSN Messenger 6.0 public beta</A> and better implemented than the video chat in Yahoo Messenger (both are for Windows only). iChat AV is a pleasure to use while it's free, but Apple plans to charge $29 for it when the current beta expires on December 31 2003 (UK pricing TBA), unless you upgrade to the £99 (inc. VAT) OS X 10.3 Panther. Using it also requires either a free AOL Instant Messenger account; a free, iChat-only .Mac screen name; or a £69 per-year .Mac account. Toss in Apple's new £119 (inc. VAT) iSight FireWire camera (which isn't specifically required, although some brand of FireWire cam is), and iChat AV is starting to look like an expensive corporate tool.

July 18, 2003 by in Developer

Sony CLIE PEG-NX73V

Sony CLIE PEG-NX73V

The NX73V's predecessor was the <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/12/1/2372.html">NX70V</A>, a device with a similar hardware design and list price to this one. Things have moved on since the NX70V won our Editors' Choice award back in December 2002, though, and this device updates the earlier model.

July 17, 2003 by in Mobility

Philips DesXcape 150DM

Philips DesXcape 150DM

Just because Philips's DesXcape 150DM is a wireless monitor that you can use away from your desktop PC shouldn't mean compromising on performance -- although you will have to accept higher costs until more Smart Displays reach the market and economies of scale bring the price down. The DesXcape 150DM certainly doesn't compromise on style: it's sleek, elegant and stylish and has an optional wireless keyboard that wouldn't look out of place on an executive desk. The 88-key keyboard is comfortable to use, and is equipped with a trackpad so you don't need to balance a mouse on your knee.

July 16, 2003 by in Hardware

Acer Aspire 1705 SCi

Acer Aspire 1705 SCi

Acer was the first PC manufacturer to announce a notebook with a 17in. screen. Since then a number of others, including Toshiba, have followed suit, but the Aspire 1705 SCi is the first system we've had in for review. Can any computer with an integrated 17in. display really be called a notebook? Perhaps it can. However, any use of the term 'portable' with reference to this 7.1kg monster will certainly raise eyebrows.

July 15, 2003 by in Laptops

Orange SPV E100

Orange SPV E100

When a new iteration of Microsoft’s <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/12/1/4778.html">Pocket PC operating system</A> was announced recently, the absence of any news on the Smartphone platform was notable. The additional fact that Microsoft has only one Smartphone partner in the UK (Orange) might suggest that the company’s assault on the mobile phone market is in trouble. However, Orange clearly thinks otherwise, because it has just revamped its original SPV (the acronym sounds for Sound, Pictures, Video) with a new model, the SPV E100. This phone fixes a number of deficiencies of the <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/15/1/2142.html">original SPV</A>.

July 9, 2003 by in Mobility

Samsung X05 XTC 1500

Samsung X05 XTC 1500

These days Samsung has enough notebooks in its range for things to get confusing, but if you think of the X05 series as being the slightly more affordable alternative to the full-spec X10 systems, you won’t be far off the mark. This isn’t to say that the X05 has been cut down mercilessly to fit a budget. Our review sample came with a 1.5GHz Pentium M processor, 512MB of PC2100 DDR memory, a 40GB hard disk, a DVD/CD-RW combo drive and a Centrino motherboard with built-in 802.11b wireless networking, which covers most of the bases.

July 7, 2003 by in Laptops

IBM ThinkPad X31

IBM ThinkPad X31

How long before the electronics industry makes a major breakthrough in battery power? In the meantime, power-conserving computer chips can do more with less -- at least if Intel's Pentium M is any indication. The low-power processor shows up in IBM's ThinkPad X31 and delivers impressive working time in an ultra-lightweight system. The X31 that we looked at was configured as a true-blue Centrino, although you can also specify IBM's 802.11a/b wireless and built-in Bluetooth. Beyond its 3.5-hour battery life (6 hours with a second battery fitted), the X31 offers flawless design and flexible configurations. The ThinkPad X31 makes a desirable package for someone who travels a lot and relies on long-running batteries.

July 3, 2003 by in Laptops

Safari 1.0

Safari 1.0

Can Safari fill Internet Explorer's shoes? That's the question on everyone's lips since Microsoft dropped out of the OS X browser arena in June. Apple released <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/41/1/2656.html">Safari 1.0 Beta</A> in January, and is now offering shipping version 1.0, which fixes rendering problems that dogged both betas. The OS X-only browser shares its open-source foundations with Konqueror, a standalone browser and the file manager for the Linux KDE Desktop Environment. Apple says it improved on the tiny Konqueror kernel to meet its goal -- the fastest Mac Web browser. We think Safari meets this claim, and in informal testing, it's faster than both Internet Explorer and <A href="http://downloads.zdnet.co.uk/downloads/detail/1002-2143-10191457.html">Camino</A>.

July 2, 2003 by in Developer

HP iPAQ H1940

HP iPAQ H1940

HP's iPAQ H1940 is effectively the <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/12/1/2888.html">H1910</A>, with a faster processor, an updated operating system, Bluetooth and a Secure Digital (SD) slot that supports SDIO cards. With the introduction of the £299 (inc. VAT) H1940, the H1910 has had its price reduced to £199 (inc. VAT). HP still hasn't worked out how to give its most compact handheld a standard-sized headphone jack, so you need an adapter in order to use your favourite headphones with the H1940. And alas, there's no protective case included -- again. Those gripes aside, this is a sweet handheld that will appeal to those who can live without the iPAQ H2200's extra expansion slot.

July 1, 2003 by in Mobility

IBM ThinkPad G40

IBM ThinkPad G40

There have never been so many notebook-specific processors about, what with Pentium III-Ms, Pentium 4-Ms and now the Pentium M silicon providing the muscle behind Intel's Centrino mobile technology. This makes it slightly surprising to find a brand-new notebook with a desktop CPU inside it. Nevertheless, we can see the common sense behind the idea: keep the price down but don't compromise on build quality, offer a carefully considered set of features with the emphasis on practicality, and package the results as an affordable desktop replacement.

June 30, 2003 by in Laptops

Samsung SyncMaster 172W

Samsung SyncMaster 172W

Aspect ratio is a piece of jargon you don’t hear all that much about. Attention tends to focus more on resolution, so a monitor is typically described as delivering, say, 1,024 by 768 resolution rather than as having an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 (or 4:3). This is hardly surprising, since the aspect ratio -- the relationship between the width and the height of the image -- deriving from standard screen resolutions is the same from 640 by 480 VGA, through 1,024 by 768 XGA and up to 1,600 by 1,200 UXGA: 1.33:1.

June 25, 2003 by in Hardware

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