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Why are Apple MacBooks more reliable?

Why are Apple MacBooks more reliable?

The Consumer Reports survey of 56,000 subscribers established, without a doubt, that MacBooks are more reliable than Windows machines. Is it because MacBooks cost more? I asked CR. Here's what they said.

December 11, 2015 by in Apple

Windows 8 after a year: 21 hardware hits and misses

Windows 8 after a year: 21 hardware hits and misses

Over the past year, I've used Windows 8 (and Windows 8.1) on at least 20 different PCs in a broad range of form factors, ranging from a Vista-era desktop to an amazingly light Haswell-powered Ultrabook with a Gorilla Glass cover. Here's a quick tour of these devices, along with my lessons learned from each one.

September 26, 2013 by in PCs

Dell OptiPlex 9010 AIO review

Dell OptiPlex 9010 AIO review

Dell's business-class 23in. all-in-one desktop has a lot to recommend it, including unfussy design, solid construction, low power consumption and quiet operation. However, its graphics performance is moderate, the screen's viewing angles could be better and it's not cheap.

September 26, 2012 by in PCs

HP Z1 Workstation review

HP Z1 Workstation review

HP's Z1 Workstation is a well-designed, powerful and upgradable all-in-one PC suitable for a range of professional power users. Although not without its flaws, the Z1 is well worth considering if you want something different from the traditional desktop form factor.

July 18, 2012 by in PCs

HP Compaq LA2205wg

HP Compaq LA2205wg

Despite a few build and design issues, HP's latest 22-inch monitor punches above its weight and is perfect for users looking for a budget, widescreen solution that is both versatile and sturdy.

December 15, 2009 by in Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Panasonic PT-LW80NTE

Panasonic PT-LW80NTE

Despite suffering from an ugly exterior and lucklustre inputs, the Panasonic PT-LW80NTE projector produces bright and colourful images.

February 26, 2009 by in Reviews

Dell 2209WA

Dell 2209WA

The 2209WA is a monitor with very few flaws. While we'd love to see 1:1 scaling, and the inset screen may cause some users grief, we wouldn't mind two of these sitting on our desk. This is the best 22-inch monitor we've seen.

January 14, 2009 by in Dell

AOC Jenio 919Pwz

AOC Jenio 919Pwz

AOC's latest 19-inch monitor from its Jenio range has brilliant colours and great ergonomics, but we would have liked to have seen a faster refresh rate than 60Hz at its native resolution.

September 9, 2008 by in Reviews

NEC NP905G2

NEC NP905G2

Despite its thin and flimsy carry case, the NP905G2 projector straddles the line between portability and a full feature set very nicely.

August 10, 2008 by in PCs

Sanyo PLC-XW60

Sanyo PLC-XW60

The Sanyo PLC-XW60 is a small projector promoted as being able to fit into a briefcase or handbag, albeit a very large handbag. While not the perfect picture, it is extremely portable and reasonably priced.

July 29, 2008 by in PCs

Optima WorkPro X860

Optima WorkPro X860

Intel vPro promises to ease desktop management for IT managers but does it really stack up? We review Optima's first vPro machine to find out.

February 4, 2007 by in Hardware

First Take: Optima Centoris RW

First Take: Optima Centoris RW

Optima's Centoris RW is well-suited to mobile professionals on a budget, thanks to its lightweight chassis and pleasing feature-set. It's far from perfect, however.

February 27, 2006 by in PCs

Optima MyPC MCE PC

Optima MyPC MCE PC

A reasonable PC, but totally misses the point of Media Center. As such, it's essentially a PC that happens to be running Media Center rather than the other way around.

December 6, 2004 by in Hardware

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