PC & Tech Authority Magazine Issue: August, 2009
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Issue: 141 | August, 2009

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Australia's premier computer magazine, PC Authority gives you the facts, opinions and insight to make informed PC and tech purchasing decisions. Every issue is packed with the latest products, reviewed by an expert team of technical writers and guarantees more Aussie exclusives and first looks than any other Australian PC magazine.

Trusted for its reliable & objective product reviews, the foundation of the magazine is the comprehensive and thorough evaluations of every product tested by the tech team in our Labs. Its readers are both PC enthsusiasts at home and small-medium business decision makers at work.

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In the August issue of PC Authority, on sale from today:

The 101 greatest websites you’ve never seen
Finding one of these is like stumbling across a virtual goldmine. From amazing photography, to awe-inspiring stories, and incredibly useful places to visit, these sites are the hidden gems of the Web.



13 stunning compact cameras
When PC Authority first started reviewing digital cameras over a decade ago, you’d pay over $1600 for what was, in hindsight, a gimmick. In this issue we show you how far things have come.
 

Affordable Laptops Tested
Portables a little up the price scale pack a surprising amount of punch for the money these days. We test six of the best on the market.


The Tech history Hall of Shame
From video phones to zip drives, we look back in time and blow the dust off 20 old technology ‘innovations’, and hail all those that dared to fail.

 

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What's on the Disc?

• DAZ Studio 2.3.3.146
• East-Tec Backup 2008
• Puppy Linux
• Cryostasis Demo
• Paragon Rescue Kit 9 Express Edition

Articles in this issue

Acer Aspire Timeline 4810t might be the perfect laptop for business travellers

Slick looks and astonishing battery life make this the pick of the bunch for travelers, especially for the business person on the go.

ASUS F50GX, a bigger screen than a netbook for less than $1,500

Asus's model may not look like the bee's knees, but if you're after features, it's worth a look

ATI Radeon HD 4770 is the best mid-price A-list graphics card for serious gamers

ATI’s 40nm GPU is an exciting development and takes over from the 4850 as the best mid-range card.

Avira Premium Security Suite 9, why it's the best alternative to Norton

Comprehensive, competent and configurable protection at a good price. This is the best security suite out there

Belkin's 12' Messenger bag is built for business travellers on the go

Belkin's new line of Belkin Netbook bags are perfect for business travellers, seeking a light, functional and stylish fit.

Canon Digital Ixus 95 IS: why it's our new A-list compact camera

Beautiful, ultra-compact, super-slick and friendly to use, plus great quality. A winning combination from Canon.

Creative Vado HD fails to impress in 720p

A step forward in resolution for pocket video cameras, but it’s far too pricey for the features and quality on offer

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 suffers from disapointing battery life and a poor keyboard

An attractive design, but several core flaws keep the Mini 10 far from the top of the netbook pile.

Dell S2209W: 22 inches of excellent image quality on a medium budget

Very good image quality, some stylish curves and a bargain price make this a strong home contender.

Fujitsu's Lifebook P8020 laptop combines sharp business sense with great ...

Fantastic battery life and a transflective screen aren’t enough to justify a price this high for the everyday business user.

HP EliteBook 6930p offers perfection with incredible 24 hour battery life

Its longlife 24-hour battery makes it significantly less portable, but this laptop is classy in every sense of the word.

HP HDX X16-1040 gets our attention with impressive HD screen, TV and Blu-Ray

An HD screen, Blu-ray drive, TV tuner and competitive price result in an excellent-value entertainment laptop.

Intel Xeon 5500 series: 14 CPUs tested and compared

The Nehalem-based Xeons are a landmark release, with exceptional performance married to great power.

JVC Everio GZ-HD300 camcorder can't compete with cheaper HD cameras

Better HD image quality than you’d expect for such a small camcorder, but the price is still a little high.

Kingston Data 32GB Traveler Privacy USB is a frequent flyer's best friend

While it's won't come cheap, this portable 32GB USB stick may be just be what frequent business travelers have always wanted. Now there's space for everything - except the office water cooler.

Kyocera FS-1350DN laser might cost a pretty penny, but offers versatility ...

Ignore the price – incredibly low running costs Make this a winner.

Logitech G-19 keyboard, an impressive way to put the finishing touch on your ...

It's got an LED panel on the top, backlight colours, and enough functions to make WOW and Crysis players happy. An impressive gaming keyboard

Logitech G9x Laser Mouse, how does it stack up against the G5, G6 and G7 series?

We've lauded Logitech's G5, G6 and G7 series of mice. Now, here comes the G9x with all the features from previous versions and some new tricks.

MSI X-Slim X340, a laptop that claims to be lighter than Air

It's very, very thin, and very light. MSI’s X340 somehow manages to be sleek, sexy and undesirable all at the same time.

Nikon's Coolpix S220 takes on Canon camera throne with well priced, quality ...

Simple controls, friendly design and a tiny size make the Nikon Coolpix S220
a great choice for summer snaps.

Nokia E75 mobile offers A-list flair and functionality

A great phone that combines business and personal functionality in one neat and sturdy package.

PacStar Core i7, a clever affordable system with good 3D performance

Powerful, well price and a worthy addition to the A-List. The PacStar Core i7 is a PC we wouldn't be unhappy to take home and spend the weekend gaming on

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-TZ6 scores top marks for impressive zoom lens, great ...

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ6 is the best option here for pure image quality and flexibility, if you can live with its size and quirks.

Panasonic's Toughbook CF-19 feels tough as nails, but rough on your bank balance

A rough, tough laptop with serious attitude, but its keyboard proves an Achilles heel.

Pioneer Computers M86 packs incredible power for an incredible price

Incredibly powerful laptop system, with a few small issues that hold it back from true glory.

Torrent Machine: meet the QNAP TS-119 Turbo NAS

A veritable Swiss Army Knife of a NAS drive, the QNAP TS-119 Turbo NAS has every feature under the sun

Toshiba Satellite A350, a standout mid-price laptop for both student work ...

It’s not the most powerful, but its games performance and features help the Toshiba A350 stand out in the price bracket for mid-price laptops

ZoneAlarm Extreme Security, clearly gunning for Norton 360

A few disappointing extras make this an unappetising upsell from the standard ZoneAlarm suite

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