Here you will find detailed reviews of the various hardware devices: video cards, netbooks and more.


Photo Printers. Make Your Own Prints from Digital Photographs!

Photo printers are great to have. They can be your very own digital darkroom. Glossy photo paper can allow you to make very nice looking prints from your digital photos. You can put the sheets of paper into your ink jet printer and then print out the photograph and they look very similar to regular … Read this review…

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PALIT Radeon HD 4870 512MB Sonic Dual Video Card

Introduction Having already taken a crowbar to prices like a spree-killing Yellow Man, the 4870’s refresh seems overdue. The card, stonkin’ as it is, has an annoying stock heatsink and a lot of untapped overclocking potential. There’s a short list of non-stock, factory-overclocked 4870s that need reviewing. First on my list is Palit’s Radeon HD … Read this review…

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Every hard drive will fail at some point in its life

I have had two hard drives connected to my iMac — an 80Gb internal and a 250Gb external (via FireWire) — and yesterday my internal one died – one minute it was working fine, then it started making a noise and then about 30 seconds later it died. Fortunately I was able to simply install … Read this review…

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I like to think of myself as a hi-fi enthusiast – don’t get me wrong, I’m not some kind of nerd who’ll waffle on for hours about tweeters, woofers and valve amps, I just like a good sound. I would love to be able to hear the music as cleanly as possible, i.e. as close … Read this review…

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4830 512MB

Introduction The state of graphics hardware is often predictable. A new generation of chipset is made, it’s faster, it subsequently is improved, and more variation comes out of it. Older hardware is pushed aside, sometimes unnecessarily, but gains appeal through price drops. Saying that the last year or so of developments hasn’t been entertaining is … Read this review…

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Diamond Radeon HD 4870 1GB

Introduction With every single one of the tests I put our many Radeon HD 4870s through, I was impressed. That didn’t mean that I had reservations; I wondered right away why there wasn’t a 1GB model. It seemed like in every benchmark, once the resolution started climbing, once anti-aliasing was turned up, the card seemed … Read this review…

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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 295 1792MB

Introduction You would expect the most expensive gaming video card to also be the most powerful. Because you’re not retarded and this is very much the case. And while it’s an excellent pursuit, getting the best gaming hardware, this card surprised me. ZOTAC made the card in question, a GTX 295. Although it’s not factory-overclocked … Read this review…

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Introduction In the midst of all the rebranding and fine-tuning, NVIDIA managed to make again, the most powerful single-GPU video card. Well, they also made the most powerful dual-GPU video card but that’s not what I’m reviewing, is it. I’m reviewing the GTX 285, the die-shrunk, power-boosted bastard of the GTX 280. It’s really, really … Read this review…

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4550 512MB

Introduction Sometimes a video card needs to be just that. A card for video. Many high-end workstation motherboards don’t have integrated video, but what good is a computer without a display? The Intel i7 is just the perfect example. A lot of people have the need for quad cores of number-crunching power, but they’re not … Read this review…

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4650 512MB

Introduction I was a little noncommittal in recommending the 4670 and I suspect that I’m pretty much in the same boat with regards to the 4650. On the one hand, these are inexpensive cards with impressive performance for the price, but on the other hand, for very little extra, much more capable cards can be … Read this review…

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