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Pinnacle Edition 5

Pinnacle Edition 5

When Pinnacle released <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/40/2/1650.html">Edition DV</A> last year, it was obvious that little work had been done on the product since it was acquired from FAST Technologies. Now that Pinnacle's engineers have had a chance to make a few changes, there are even more reasons for you to choose this non-linear editor (NLE).

June 11, 2003 by in Developer

IBM ThinkPad T40

IBM ThinkPad T40

IBM's long-lasting ThinkPad T40 series combines a svelte, thin-and-light chassis with Intel's Pentium M processor, the 855PM chipset and a choice of wireless adapters. Choosing Intel's PRO/Wireless adapter (as fitted in our review sample) makes your T40 a true Centrino notebook. The ThinkPad T40 also offers a dual-band, 802.11a/b antenna; an excellent keyboard; and wafer-thin swappable modules. It's not the fastest Pentium M notebook we've tested, but it's a business traveller's dream nonetheless: an extra-thin system with superb battery life if you buy the bigger of the two batteries. Those who crave more speed should consider another Pentium M notebook, the <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/13/1/3243.html">Acer TravelMate 800</A>, but businesses who add the ThinkPad T40 to their lineup can rest assured that they're getting an exceptional notebook. It's an Editors' Choice winner, despite its relatively steep price.

June 11, 2003 by in Laptops

IBM ThinkVision L200p

IBM ThinkVision L200p

As with most things, there are flat panel monitors and there are flat panel monitors. IBM’s ThinkVision L200p is the latter sort -- the kind of flat panel yours would like to be when it grows up. It’s big (20.1in.), and comes with a price tag to deter the casual shopper: £1,233 (ex. VAT) -- enough to place it in the ‘professional’ bracket.

June 9, 2003 by in Hardware

Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook S-6120

Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook S-6120

Fujitsu Siemens has a reputation for producing stylish and well-featured notebooks, although they're not always the most affordable systems. The new LifeBook S series, some of which feature Intel's Centrino technology, is not going to shake that reputation, if our experience of a pre-production sample of the S-6120 model is any indication. This Centrino system, which provides 802.11b and Bluetooth along with a zippy 1.6GHz Pentium M processor, comes in at £1,499 (ex. VAT), which is a little more than we'd like.

June 4, 2003 by in Laptops

3Com Network Jack NJ-95

3Com Network Jack NJ-95

Running out of network ports is a common occurrence, even in sites with good structured cabling systems. The usual solution is to install a hub or switch where more ports are needed and uplink to the central comms room. 3Com's Network Jack does exactly this, but promises to be more durable and manageable than a normal desktop switch. It does this by plugging directly into a wall outlet and taking power over Ethernet.

June 3, 2003 by in Reviews

Sharp LL-T17A3-H

Sharp LL-T17A3-H

Sharp’s LL-T17A3-H (the ‘A’ stands for analogue -- a digital version called the LL-T17D3 is also available) is a relatively nondescript design, more appropriate for the business user than those seeking a stylish desktop.

May 27, 2003 by in Hardware

Sony SDM-HS73

Sony SDM-HS73

Unlike some monitor manufacturers, who joined the LCD market when it became popular, Sony has been involved in flat panel production from the start. The company was also among the first to consider the aesthetic appeal as well as the performance of its LCD monitors, and the results are evident in products like the SDM-HS73. This uses a 17in. panel with a 0.264mm pixel pitch to provide a native resolution of 1,280 by 1,024. It's an analogue-only product, the only ports at the rear being for power and a 15-pin VGA cable, hidden behind a large and easily removable cable-tidy panel.

May 23, 2003 by in Hardware

Parrot DriveBlue

Parrot DriveBlue

With both legislation and social stigma inhibiting phoning while driving, the next best thing is a hands-free kit. Such devices are usually both intrusive into the fabric of the vehicle and expensive to install. Until now.

May 23, 2003 by in Hardware

Samsung SGH-V200

Samsung SGH-V200

Following the colour clamshell dual-band SGH-T100 from Samsung comes the high-end SGH-V200, a tri-band GPRS phone with a built-in 'wow factor': a digital camera with a 180-degree rotating lens.

May 22, 2003 by in Mobility

Sharp Zaurus SL-5600

Sharp Zaurus SL-5600

A year and a half ago, Sharp introduced its Linux-based <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/review/12/1/322.html">Zaurus SL-5500</A>, which featured a 206MHz StrongARM processor, 64MB of memory and a unique mini-keyboard. But lacking the speed, the polished interface and the software of a Pocket PC or Palm OS handheld, it merely registered a loud yawn. Enter the SL-5600, an evolutionary development with a 400MHz processor, 96MB of storage and a slew of software. The new Zaurus is now one of the fastest and best-equipped handhelds available -- although it's a bit big, needs a brighter screen and can't touch the established order's third-party software.

May 20, 2003 by in Mobility

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

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