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Toshiba TDP-MT5

Toshiba TDP-MT5

A rebadged version of InFocus's ScreenPlay LS110, this projector offers all the same features, advantages and disadvantages of the InFocus-branded model. There's only one important difference: its list price is considerably lower.

August 16, 2002 by in Hardware

Theme Scene H55

Theme Scene H55

If you want high-quality movie viewing, and you're prepared to pay for it, Theme Scene's H55 may well be the projector for you. High brightness and contrast, a range of inputs and a compact design all make for a very good projector. However, it's the most expensive product in this group test.

August 16, 2002 by in Hardware

Sanyo PLV-60

Sanyo PLV-60

No-compromise cinephiles will be tempted by the Sanyo PLV-60, as it's the only projector in this group test to have a native 16:9 resolution. It also features high brightness and contrast and lens shift capability. You don't get this for nothing -– this is a bulky and expensive unit, but its lens shift does allow it to be mounted in a variety of positions without compromising image quality.

August 16, 2002 by in Hardware

Philips Monroe

Philips Monroe

If quiet operation and ease of use are more important to you than high resolution and large numbers of different inputs, Philips may have the projector for you. Although it's not especially suited to wide-screen viewing, the Monroe will work with DVD or PC analogue sources, has a low noise level and a long lamp life.

August 16, 2002 by in Hardware

Packard Bell iView

Packard Bell iView

Packard Bell's iView projector offers many features that make it suitable for entertainment use, yet isn't the most versatile unit in our group test. It won’t necessarily be a movie buff's first choice, but its low price makes it suitable for people seeking an affordable all-rounder.

August 16, 2002 by in Hardware

LG LP-XG2

LG LP-XG2

The LP-XG2 is bright, has a high native resolution (XGA) and a simple-to-use interface. Unfortunately it has few extra features that make it suitable for home theatre use, such as component inputs or wide-screen modes.

August 16, 2002 by in Hardware

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

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