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Asus MyPal A600

Asus MyPal A600

Asus is not a name you immediately associate with Microsoft’s Pocket PC platform, but that may change with the launch of the MyPal A600 in Europe. According to Asus, the MyPal A600 is the world’s smallest, lightest, thinnest and most powerful handheld. So much for manufacturers’ claims: what really matters is how the £387 (inc. VAT; £329 ex. VAT) MyPal A600 stands up against its immediate competition in terms of functionality and usability. Here's what we found in a preview of a pre-production device.

September 17, 2002 by in Mobility

Philips DVDRW228

Philips DVDRW228

The DVDRW228 is Philips's second-generation DVD+RW drive. Like its predecessor, it reads and writes CD-R, CD-RW and DVD+RW media. However, the new model also adds support for DVD+R write-once discs so that you can prevent important data from being overwritten. Philips rounds out the package with a multimedia-rich software bundle, making the DVDRW228 a must-have for digital video enthusiasts.

September 13, 2002 by in Storage

Pinnacle Studio 8.0

Pinnacle Studio 8.0

It's been well over a year since Pinnacle Systems Studio DV took top honours in our roundup of low-cost video editing solutions. Now, Pinnacle looks to dominate once again with Studio 8, the company's newest editing program that includes DVD authoring, new 3D transitions and a host of useful, well-integrated editing tools for both the novice and intermediate video editor.

September 12, 2002 by in Developer

Epson Stylus Photo 2100

Epson Stylus Photo 2100

The phrase ‘light black’ might seem like an oxymoron, but in the case of the Epson Stylus Photo 2100, it makes perfect sense. This printer’s enhanced seven-colour UltraChrome pigment-ink set and increased maximum resolution of 2,880 by 1,440 dote per inch (dpi) combine to deliver some of the best archival-quality inkjet output we've ever seen. Although it’s very expensive, the Stylus Photo 2100 is well worth the price for photography professionals who demand high-quality prints that will last.

September 10, 2002 by in Printers

Norton AntiVirus 2003

Norton AntiVirus 2003

There's a lot to love in Norton AntiVirus 2003. Its interface is simple enough for beginners yet offers plenty of flexibility for discerning geeks. It scans and cleans attachments from popular instant messengers -- a first for Norton AntiVirus (NAV) -- and automatically repairs infected files without troubling you. Plus, its script- and worm-blocking technologies stop email viruses, including SirCam and Klez. If you use the Internet on a Windows machine and are looking for your first anti-virus program, this £34.03 (ex. VAT; £39.99 inc. VAT) package will serve you well. Current NAV users should stick with NAV 2002, however -- version 2003 doesn't justify the £21.27 (ex. VAT; £24.99 ex. VAT) upgrade price.

September 9, 2002 by in Security

Microtek ScanMaker 4800

Microtek ScanMaker 4800

Microtek’s low-cost ScanMaker 4800 promises a big return on a small investment. It features 48-bit colour, a 2,400 by 1,200 dots per inch (dpi) maximum resolution, and a film/slide attachment. But our tests revealed that although some of the ScanMaker 4800's features are exceptional, others are just for show.

September 5, 2002 by in Hardware

BTopenworld / Linksys Instant Wireless Network Access Point

BTopenworld / Linksys Instant Wireless Network Access Point

Given BTopenworld's involvement in DSL broadband, you might be forgiven for assuming that its first branded product would be a home gateway. Not so: this is straightforward 802.11b wireless networking kit. You might also think, bearing in mind the number of home users who will be interested in this product, that it would be easy to install and use. If so, you'll be disappointed.

September 3, 2002 by in Reviews

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

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