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Toshiba Pocket PC e350

Toshiba Pocket PC e350

Toshiba's range of handhelds comprises a high end and an entry-level range. Both strands have recently been refreshed with new models, the entry-level newcomer being the Pocket PC e350. In many ways, it's typical of the increasing number of low-cost Pocket PCs that are emerging today. But affordable handhelds appeal to consumers as well as business buyers, and Toshiba may have missed a trick by failing to include a strong software bundle.

May 19, 2003 by in Mobility

Dell Dimension 8300

Dell Dimension 8300

Dell has rolled new Intel and ATI technology into its latest performance-class desktop, the Dimension 8300. Match Intel's new 875P ('Canterwood') chipset and 3GHz Pentium 4 processor with ATI's latest graphics card -- the Radeon 9800 Pro -- and you have a PC built for both work and play. Dell adds a strong set of features to the Dimension 8300, including a stellar 18in. flat-panel display, and the company keeps the Dimension line's convenient case design. All of this adds up to a competitively priced system for gaming, digital video editing and all small office/home office tasks.

May 16, 2003 by in Hardware

Plextor PX-504A

Plextor PX-504A

Plextor's PX-504A is a reasonably affordable DVD+RW drive rated at 4X write and 2.4X rewrite. This is both a speed and a cost improvement on some previous +RW drives we've reviewed.

May 14, 2003 by in Storage

Red Hat Linux 9 Professional

Red Hat Linux 9 Professional

Only a few months after the release of Red Hat 8.0, the company has released a brand-new upgrade, Red Hat 9. We're not sure why Red Hat was in such a hurry, but the appearance of competitor <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/42/1/3839.html">Mandrake Linux 9.1</A> might have had something to do with it. Red Hat's latest version offers an improved interface and easier installation, but not many other major changes and no improvement in price. Like its predecessor, Red Hat Linux 9.0 Professional clocks in at a hefty £152, compared to £48 for Mandrake Linux 9.1 and £59.99 for SuSE Linux 8.2 Professional. Companies already committed to Red Hat should upgrade for its interface improvements, but anyone new to Linux should save a few pounds and try the lower-cost SuSE or Mandrake distributions instead. As always, if you're simply curious about Red Hat, you can download the free version, which gives you everything but technical support.

May 13, 2003 by in Enterprise Software

Destinator

Destinator

Destinator, from PowerLOC Technologies, transforms a Pocket PC handheld into a well-featured in-car navigation system. First experiences with Destinator are remarkable: it locks on quickly to accessible GPS satellites to map and display your location on the Pocket PC screen; then you are literally talked to your destination -- corner by corner and roundabout by roundabout. But, as with many first-generation products, a few glitches emerge when it is put through its paces.

May 13, 2003 by in Mobility

Palm Tungsten C

Palm Tungsten C

The Tungsten C is Palm's first handheld to have 802.11b built in. It's also the first to break the 16MB RAM barrier, and the first to come with a 400MHz Intel XScale processor. Palm has opted for the new PXA255 chip, which Intel says is designed to provide significant speed gains and improved power management over the PXA250.

May 9, 2003 by in Mobility

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred 7

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred 7

Neatly dovetailing with its OCR portfolio, ScanSoft's latest speech recognition software, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 7, continues the good work of its predecessors. Like previous editions, NaturallySpeaking 7 is available in several flavours -- the Preferred version tested here, as well as the £68 Standard version and the entry-level £40 Essentials. The top-end Professional Solutions version retails at £467 (ex. VAT).

May 8, 2003 by in Developer

SnapAppliance Snap Server 1100

SnapAppliance Snap Server 1100

The most compact of the three NAS products reviewed here, the Snap Server 1100 is a professionally presented device that simply does what it says on the tin. It offers file sharing from a single 120GB disk, with access control by user and/or group. Occupying perhaps a quarter the volume of Linksys's product, the Snap Server 1100 includes a copy of PowerQuest's DataKeeper, a package that monitors your data and backs it up when it can.

May 7, 2003 by in Storage

Evesham NAS-2108R

Evesham NAS-2108R

For a small, DSL-connected network, this tidy-looking box could be the only appliance you need. The hardware consists of an eight-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and a wireless router/switch in addition to two 120GB hard disks that can be set up as RAID 0 (a single, striped volume for extra performance), two mirrored RAID 1 volumes for greater redundancy and data protection, or as two separate volumes.

May 7, 2003 by in Storage

Linksys EFG80 GigaDrive

Linksys EFG80 GigaDrive

In line with Linksys's packaging style, the EFG80 GigaDrive consists of an attractive blue box containing an 80GB IDE drive, with a second bay to add an optional second drive of up to 120GB.

May 7, 2003 by in Storage

Apple PowerBook G4 (1GHz, 17in. TFT)

Apple PowerBook G4 (1GHz, 17in. TFT)

Apple's high-profile 17in. PowerBook G4 took on legendary status as would-be owners waited for this portable giant to start shipping. We can't deny that this is a rock-star's notebook, what with its hot new design, built-in DVD burning as standard, wireless networking and awesome backlit keyboard. But the £2,211.91 (ex. VAT; £2,598.99 inc. VAT) 17in. PowerBook performs about the same as its 15in. predecessor, and it's extremely awkward to carry. If you want an attractive, not-very-portable Mac with a 17in. LCD and a DVD burner, an <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/9/1/117.html">iMac</A> is more than £1,000 cheaper. If you're after a slick-looking G4-based Apple notebook, the original <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/13/1/1694.html">Titanium PowerBook</A> remains our top choice.

May 6, 2003 by in Laptops

CommuniGate Pro

CommuniGate Pro

CommuniGate Pro is a step up in terms of cost – it starts at $499 (~£310) for up to 50 users and five mailing lists. But it offers a working Web interface, so that remote users can log in via the Web from anywhere, as well as just about any forwarding or distribution option you could possibly want. It also runs on more than 30 different computing platforms, so it would be difficult to find a system that couldn't run it.

May 2, 2003 by in Developer

MailGate

MailGate

Like VPOP3, MailGate is a British product. Reasonably priced, lean and very stable, MailGate lets you collect email from multiple external accounts and distribute it appropriately according to whatever schedule you care to set.

May 2, 2003 by in Developer

VPOP3

VPOP3

VPOP3, a UK product from Paul Smith Computer Services, comes in two main versions: standard and Enterprise. The main difference between the two is that the Enterprise version accepts plug-ins that enable virus-scanning, content filtering and SMS messaging. In addition, the Enterprise version supports real-time blacklist checking to minimise spam, as well as IMAP4 and ODBC. Both are downloadable in 30-day trial versions. There’s also a simplified Home version with reduced business functionality (no listserver, external auto-responders, LAN forwarding and so on).

May 2, 2003 by in Developer

Palm Tungsten W

Palm Tungsten W

Palm announced its Tungsten W handheld/mobile phone combo towards the end of last year. It wasn't the first wireless Palm, but it was the one on which the company pinned its hopes for wider market share -- particularly in Europe. However, the device is only now becoming available, having been delayed by carrier issues. The delay between announcement and availability has meant that what was in some respects a cutting-edge handheld when it was announced now has some decidedly 'old hat' aspects to it.

May 1, 2003 by in Smartphones

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