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Netscape 7.0

Netscape 7.0

There's something magical about the number seven -- take, for example, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Will Netscape 7.0 benefit from that number's lucky reputation? In short, no. Netscape 7.0 delivers reliable, fast performance, ease of use, competent email and IM support. But the new browser spoils the soup with too many ad-related glitches. We're deeply disappointed that Netscape crowds its browser with AOL ads and, worse, omits one of Mozilla's best features: a pop-up-advert suppressor. At present, give or take a feature or two, Netscape 7.0 and Internet Explorer 6 are created just about equal, so version 7.0 offers no compelling reason to switch browsers or upgrade from version 6.x. Current Mozilla users should stick to Mozilla 1.1.

August 29, 2002 by in Developer

Dell Dimension 8200 (2.8GHz Pentium 4)

Dell Dimension 8200 (2.8GHz Pentium 4)

Intel’s latest processor is the 2.8GHz, 533MHz-bus Pentium 4, which becomes the flagship of the desktop range until the 3GHz barrier is breached later this year. As usual, Dell was first through ZDNet UK’s door with a PC showcasing the new chip. It’s no surprise to report that the Dimension 8200 is one of the fastest systems we’ve ever tested – it’s the fastest when running content creation-type applications and 3D games, and the second fastest when running mainstream business programs. But what else do you get for your £1,699 (ex. VAT)?

August 29, 2002 by in Hardware

Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar

Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar

Jaguar, Apple's new version of Mac OS X, packs a much bigger upgrade punch than its 10.2 version number suggests. Part of that punch is the price: Jaguar costs £99 (inc. VAT), and you only get an upgrade discount if you bought a new Mac without version 10.2 on or after 17 July. But its slightly improved interface, powerful new networking tools, three new applications, and better performance and stability finally bring Mac OS X's potential to fruition. If you bought OS X 10.1 before 17 July and you're not looking for networking support, £99 is too much to pay. But if you're a business user or you have a cross-platform home network, take a serious look at Jaguar.

August 23, 2002 by in Enterprise Software

Poweroid 8001

Poweroid 8001

Best Price Computers, whose PCs go out under the Poweroid brand, prides itself on its ability to build high-performance systems at a good price. So it was with particular interest that we approached the review of the 8001 model, a power-user’s desktop PC featuring Intel’s 533MHz-bus Pentium 4 processor. In fact, the 2.4GHz Poweroid 8001 turned out to be the fastest desktop PC we’ve tested to date.

August 21, 2002 by in Hardware

Modular Technology DAB digital radio

Modular Technology DAB digital radio

UK radio listeners will have heard about DAB -- Digital Audio Broadcasting. You’ll know it’s got lots of extra channels, that the BBC is dead keen on it, and that receivers are scarce and expensive. But if you’ve got a PC running any modern version of Windows, then the price of entry has gone down. Modular Technology has produced a £99 (inc. VAT) DAB PCI card that pops in a free slot and works with your sound card.

August 21, 2002 by in Hardware

CorelDRAW 11

CorelDRAW 11

Several years ago, the author of a book about an illustration program -- not CorelDRAW -- created his book's graphics with CorelDRAW. Why such blasphemy? Primarily because the application he was writing about was harder to use and had fewer features. To this day, we agree: CorelDRAW is an easy-to-master, exceptionally powerful program with a luxuriant toolset and a lucid interface. Version 11 adds several new illustration tools and better import/export filters. Although CorelDRAW won't set any speed records when handling complex files, its many outstanding features make it the best illustration program in its class.

August 20, 2002 by in Developer

D-Link DCS-1000W

D-Link DCS-1000W

Ever fancied a Webcam you could install anywhere, with no need for wired network access or lengthy USB cables? D-Link's DSC-1000W could be the answer. This 802.11b-enabled camera includes a Web server that allows you to use either ActiveX or Java to view streaming video from pretty much anywhere.

August 19, 2002 by in Hardware

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

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