In the June issue of PC Authority, on sale now:
ULTRAPORTABLES VS NETBOOKS
The humble netbook rose to meteoric fame with good reason, but now it has a challenger – the consumer ultra low voltage (CULV) laptop. We pitch eight CULV machines head to head with seven netbooks to find out which is best.
100 ESSENTIAL PHONE APPS
Even a few years ago, only the most die-hard techie would bother to download – let alone pay for – apps on their smartphone. We count down the definitive downloads – paid-for and free – for every major phone operating system.
12 WIRELESS ROUTERS TESTED
Not getting the range, speed or reliability you want from your wireless router? If so, it may be time to upgrade. We put 12 of the fastest 802.11N routers through our real-world tests to find out which performs best.
Nvidia’s newest (and long-delayed) graphics card, Fermi, is here at last. Can it trump ATI’s take-all-before-it 5800 series? We put the GTX 470 and GTX 480 to the test to find out.
On the Disc: New Ubuntu OS
New features galore in this, the new Lucid Lynx LTS (long term support) version of this popular Linux distro.
On the Disc: The Gimp
Versatile free image manipulation software for photo editing, graphic design and illustration.
On the Disc: Acronis True Image Home 2010
Featuring its patented disk imaging technology, with round the clock full-system protection, compatibility with Windows 7, and expanded support for virtual hard disks.
Head to your nearest newsstand now and get your copy!
Perfoming an almost perfect balancing act, the Aspire 3810TZ is an accomplished ultraportable at a bargain price
A fine specification at a keen price, but the keyboard on the Acer Aspire Timeline 1810T disappoints
Not the most energy-efficient server, but well specified and comparatively affordable
The desirable MacBook Pro now bears Intel’s Core i7 processor and shows the limitations of design
A solid, dependable netbook at a keen price, but very nearly hobbled by some pointless design changes
Impressive specifications and features at a surprisingly bargain price
Asus' UL30A delivers a classy, all-round package with truly outstanding battery life
Cut-price but not light on features, Sibelius First hits all the right notes for amateur composers and arrangers
The fastest performer in our tests, with blistering 5GHz speed
A well-priced ADSL router, but the feature set is basic
A lot of router for the money, coupled with solid performance.
Blue's new USB microphone is the definition of simplicity. And it could be the perfect tool for home audio recording.
No dual band, but this router is cheap and particularly quick
A host of welcome improvements and additions, but Corel’s PaintShop Pro still lags behind its rivals
Poor range and a high price tag put paid to this router’s chances
D-Link's DSL-2740 has been around in some shape or form since 2006 now, and it shows in the design: this is one box you'll want to hide away in a dark corner.
An affordable laptop whose appeal is ruined by its odious trackpad
A somewhat middling performer, suited to power users but lacking the oomph to make it something special
The DrayTek's Vigor 2110n is a great value router that's stuffed with features
Beautiful build combined with stunning good looks in a budget laptop of rare pedigree
A decent touchscreen PC, but it’s a little too expensive for what it offers
32nm technology hits the high end for record-breaking performance – but at a wallet-breaking price
Opinion: Paul Nesbitt outlines why the best PC for the job is an Apple Mac and how Apple controls its computers more than Microsoft ever did
A slick business laptop, without the battery life of some of its competitors
Great value coupled with superb ergonomics; but battery life lags behind the best
Slim, beautiful, powerful; this is a business laptop that anyone would be proud to carry in their briefcase or handbag
With one radio, this router may as well not bother being dual band.
The Linksys by Cisco WRT610N is a quick, competent dual-band router with good range in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands
Some notable features, but battery life undermines the MSI Wind U135
A decent specification, but terrible speakers and an average screen undermine its appeal
A dual-band ADSL router, but performance is poor.
A fast, well-featured router, but its range is only average.
Basic web browsing, but this slim, lightweight phone boasts great battery life and a low price
A powerful smartphone with all the features, but it’s just too slow for us to recommend
The new version of Norton Ghost is a very capable package but not the easiest to use, nor particularly cheap
Excellent security and a simple backup client equals an attractive, if slightly schizophrenic, package
Fermi is here at last, but can Nvidia’s newest (and long-delayed) graphics creation trump ATI’s take-all-before-it 5800 series? We put two cards to the test to find out
The new OS shows promise, but the N900’s competition is hot and it fails to make the grade
Robust NAS for business use, with excellent options for backup and load balancing
It’s an original concept but one that doesn’t really solve any problems, while the price is only a little short of absurd
Impressive from a technology standpoint, but RIM"s BlackBerry Storm2 9520 web browsing is below par
A fresh face in Samsung’s netbook range, the N210 puts in a solid all-round performance
Ever dreamt of taking your small business online? Here's the basics you need to know about finding the right software and getting your site noticed by Google
Ergonomically excellent, powerful and with solid battery life, it’s a business winner
Cramming a Core i7 processor into a small frame results in a staggeringly fast portable laptop
Good speed and a huge array of features, but it’s the print quality that makes this such an attractive all-in-one
Toshiba's previous netbook, the NB200, dared to be different. Now, Toshiba has put its miniature marvel under the knife
Toshiba’s daintily proportioned Satellite T110 is lacking in power, but it’s got it where it counts
Cheap with plenty of features, but the TP-Link TL-WR1043ND range is poor
A great motherboard, at a great price. The Asus M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 motherboard is designed for the next generation of AMD CPUs.
Enhanced speed, efficiency and features make VideoStudio Pro X3 ideal for entry-level video editing