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Network Box - SOHO

The easiest approach to security for many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is to buy an appliance that does it all, and then forget about it. Although this minimises the management burden, it's not optimal, not least because threats change over time -- for example, as new viruses are born and the network's configuration changes.

April 16, 2003 by in Security

 VideoStudio 7

VideoStudio 7

Although it faces stiff competition from Pinnacle's and MGI/Roxio's products (not to mention free applications like Windows Movie Maker 2 and the upcoming FreeDV from Avid), VideoStudio has been around for some time, giving Ulead plenty of opportunity to iron out any wrinkles. Version 7 is the latest, and brings some welcome updates to both the interface as well as the feature set.

April 15, 2003 by in Developer

ViewSonic airpanel V150

ViewSonic airpanel V150

Perhaps it was the sight of Captain James T Kirk scribbling away on his executive starship tablet. Maybe it's the recurring dream of reducing computing to its simplest, starkest elements -- a screen, an input device, perhaps some sound. It could even be the thought that with the technology now just about able to do it, a wireless PC screen is a really cool idea. Whatever the thinking behind Microsoft's Smart Display technology -- a battery-powered notebook screen without a notebook, linked to a PC by wireless networking and taking stylus input -- it doesn't seem to have included what users actually want.

April 15, 2003 by in Hardware

Sony CLIE PEG-SJ22

Sony CLIE PEG-SJ22

Sony's new CLIE PEG-SJ22 is nearly identical to the SJ30 in nearly every way, differing mostly in the software that ships with unit. But we're not complaining; if you can make the software sacrifice, this SJ22 is a capable, colour CLIE that matches the SJ30 hardware and at £126 (ex. VAT) is affordable.

April 11, 2003 by in Mobility

LapLink Everywhere 2.0

LapLink Everywhere 2.0

It seems like only yesterday that LapLink, a company long synonymous with file transfer technology, added an online service to its software portfolio, LapLink Everywhere. That was version 1.5. Just a couple of months later, it has released an updated version, 2.0, which aims to address some of the more glaring shortcomings found in the original release.

April 8, 2003 by in Developer

Epson EMP-735

Epson EMP-735

Epson thinks it has the solution to awkward video cables and having to swap them in multi-person presentations –- simply use wireless instead. The EMP-735 is an otherwise unremarkable projector that features an 802.11b wireless network card allowing you to connect your notebook to it without having to use a VGA cable. While this doesn't support full-motion video, it's fast enough for most slide presentations.

April 7, 2003 by in Hardware

NEC Versa S900

NEC Versa S900

NEC calls the Versa S900 a sub-notebook with a 'thin, lightweight design', but this isn't the first impression it created with us. The Pentium M/Centrino-based S900's 28.4cm by 24.5cm footprint is certainly compact, but not to the extent you'd expect of a subnote. 'Small notebook' is nearer the mark. As for the thin and lightweight design, the S900 weighs 2.25kg, so it's not excessively heavy -- but again, when you consider that most true subnotebooks (or ultraportables) tip the scales between 1kg and 2kg, this is hardly groundbreaking. Nor is the system exactly thin: at 36mm (lid closed), it's the same girth as many a full-sized pre-Centrino notebook.

April 3, 2003 by in Laptops

AIST MovieDV 4.0

AIST MovieDV 4.0

AIST is a German company with a considerable amount of experience in creating digital video software, although it has yet to make a huge impression on the UK market. Its most recent non-linear editor (NLE) is part of the MovieX family and shares the modular design of its siblings, MovieX One, MovieDV Suite, MoviePack VE and MoviePack V6. This allows you to buy the application that most suits your needs and budget, but lets you add plug-ins and modules at a later date should your needs change. It's little like Adobe's Premiere, but starts at a lower entry point and lacks the excessive price tag.

April 2, 2003 by in Developer

Toshiba Pocket PC e750

Toshiba Pocket PC e750

One of the few drawbacks of Toshiba's Wi-Fi-enabled <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/12/1/1494.html">e740</A> was its less than stellar screen. So it comes as no surprise that the company has endowed that model's successor, the e750, with a much-improved display. There's more good news: Toshiba has also thrown in an extra 32MB of storage space and slightly refined the design, making a good handheld even better. If Toshiba had also tossed in a juicy software package to sweeten the pot, the e750 would be irresistible. As it stands, however, the e750 -- which launches in the UK on 7 April -- remains a desirable handheld for power users.

April 2, 2003 by in Mobility

Netgear DG824M

Netgear DG824M

If you've got more than one computer at home, and are thinking of using ADSL to connect them to the Internet, you've got two choices. Either you go for wired Ethernet and put up with Cat5 cables strewn around the house -- which may or may not be acceptable to you and/or your co-habitees -- or you pay a little extra and go wireless, leaving everything neat and tidy. If the main use of your home network is for Internet access rather than for transferring huge files between your home computers, then 11Mbps 802.11b wireless Ethernet will give you ample performance; 54Mbps 802.11g is very nice, but given that the average home ADSL connection is only 512Kbps then it's wasted.

April 2, 2003 by in Reviews

NEC Versa T400

NEC Versa T400

Following its launch late last year, we’re still waiting for the Tablet PC to come of age. True, the first crop of releases contained some promising examples, such as Toshiba’s convertible <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/13/1/2218.html"> Portégé 3500</A> and the slate-style <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/13/1/2221.html"> Stylistic ST4110</A> from Fujitsu Siemens. But in the main, the devices were too big and heavy, and lacking in both performance and battery life.

April 1, 2003 by in Mobility

Canon i950

Canon i950

As successor to the popular but discontinued Canon S900 photo printer, the Canon i950 doubles the S900's resolution and halves its dot size. The result: this photo printer is quick, compact and attractively priced. Most importantly, however, it delivers high-quality pictures for photographers on a budget.

March 31, 2003 by in Printers

PaperPort Pro 9 Office

PaperPort Pro 9 Office

PaperPort is touted as the data hoarder's saviour -- a document management system that can help you sort, organise and, importantly, retrieve any document you may need. Its built-in OCR engine allows you to convert scanned (or photographed) material into an editable form. This means that PaperPort is in a position to manage every aspect of your work and home life, from credit card bills and baby photos to crucial reports and expenses claim forms.

March 28, 2003 by in Developer

GoldMine 6.0 Business Contact Manager

GoldMine 6.0 Business Contact Manager

GoldMine is a business contact manager that competes with the likes of Maximizer, OfficeTalk, ACT! and Outlook. Like all of these products, it stores details of your business contacts -- names, addresses and telephone numbers -- and also provides workgroup scheduling, email messaging, document management and calendar functions such as appointments and to-do lists. It's designed to be equally suited to small businesses and individuals.

March 27, 2003 by in Developer

Vodafone Mobile Connect Card

Vodafone Mobile Connect Card

Vodafone calls its Mobile Connect Card 'The world's largest mobile office', claiming that this package will allow you to get connected anywhere in the world with a compatible network. It comprises a PC Card GPRS adapter, accompanying software and a network contract that allows you to use GPRS data services with your notebook. This means getting a separate contract for data use, but whether this is a plus or minus depends on your particular circumstances. Most of all though, Vodafone claims that this package is simple to install and use, even for non-technical users –- and that's almost right.

March 25, 2003 by in Hardware

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