In the October issue of PC Authority, on sale now:
Your Ultimate Home Entertainment Box.
Instead of sitting in front of a computer to watch movies on the web into the lounge room along with digital TV and your DVD collection? From digital TV to Blu-ray, movies on demand and TV downloads, Adam Turner compares the hardware.
Massive Netbook Megatest
There is a vicious battle going on in the world of laptops. On one side sit the budget machines, on the other the burgeoning tribe of netbooks. In this group test we try a massive 25 ultraportables and provide you with our verdicts.
64-bit Windows – should you switch?
64-bit editions of Windows have been available for several years now, and most new processors are capable of running them, but the majority of us are still running a 32-bit OS. With Windows 7 about to launch, we ask if the time is right to switch.
For power on a budget, AMD’s Phenom II processors can’t be beaten; we’ve tested four boards to partner onea with.
On the Disc: Demigod
The All-Father has vanished, creating an opening in the pantheon. Wage war to ascend to true godhood.
On the Disc: Ashes Cricket 2009
Revised, improved and better than ever - take revenge and lead the Aussies to victory.
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* Demigod demo
* Bryce 6.1
* Ashampoo Music Studio 2009
* Magix Music Maker Silver 188.8.131.52
* Paragon Hard Disk Manager 9.5 Special Edition
Ableton’s flair for innovation shows no sign of diminishing. This is the best version of Live yet.
Slim and stylish, this isn’t the most powerful quad core we’ve seen, but it’s by far the cheapest.
Not the most attractive, but this Eee PC defies expectations. Another machine that's going onto our netbook shopping shortlist
If you can’t stretch to the Samsung N110, the 1005HA makes an excellent lower-cost alternative
The best value heatsink we’ve tested for all sockets and systems.
It’s lovely to look at, with a full size keyboard and glorious screen. See why the Benq Joybook Lite U121 is one of the best rated in our latest netbook roundup
The Canon EOS 500D is capable of great results, but a wallet-draining way of getting HD video on a DSLR.
MP3 fans will either love or hate the Cowon D2+ design, a player squarely aimed at the iPod crowd - but with more multimedia options that most Apple offerings for the same price.
Small, sleek, easy to use and capable of producing excellent results, no matter where you are.
A simple package whose two detection engines ensure great malware detection,
but it fails to inspire in other areas.
Well made, lots of goodies and an improved interface make this the best touch-only phone from HTC so far.
Nvidia’s long-awaited 3D kit finally arrives and when it works, it’s every bit as good as we’d hoped it would be.
The Touch Pro2 is the ultimate corporate smartphone in terms of features, but it’s just too big and beefy.
A powerful and capable suite with some excellent features, although it isn’t the easiest to use, nor the cheapest around.
This aluminium storage box is a prime candidate for a living-room media network, especially if you need 1TB of storage space.
Lightweight but perfect for heavy duty business, this ultraportable is sure to impress.
A digital notetaker that records sounds, meetings, interviews and the like - for later transcription. Perhaps the best dictation gadget you're likey to find on the market.
Neither cheap nor beautiful, MSI’s Atom powered nettop is sadly second among equals.
Combines simplicity with more advanced backup features, but rival products offer more for less.
Packed with features, but the keyboard is terrible and the touch-enabled OS confusing.
It may be costly, but if you need accurate OCR for mass document digitisation, this package fits the bill admirably.
An entry-level HD camcorder with an identity crisis, but at this price, it puts quality in the hands of everyone.
Satisfyingly clear audio from a relatively cheap pair of closed ear headphones. The Plantronics GameCon headset gets our seal of approval
A good quality netbook pipped at the post by its own stablemates.
Strong performance and noticeably quieter than its predecessor. The Barracuda 7200.12 1TB is more than good enough for an OS drive, but also good bottomless storage for your movies and music
Washable, rugged headphones perfect for sports and work-outs, these just might be the perfect addition to your mp3 player.
It’s missing a couple of key features, but nevertheless, Vegas Pro is highly sophisticated and quick to use for serious video editors.
The A330 is a competent, fully featured and easy to use DSLR, but a backward step in some respects.
Superb build quality, battery life and usability – quite simply the best netbook around