In the January issue of PC Authority, on sale now:
2009 PC Authority Best Tech Awards
Don’t be fooled by salespeople. Arm yourself with our hype-free guide to the best cameras, laptops, broadband and more. With over 17,000 votes, this is the definitive record of what you love - and hate.
Huge DSLR group test – 10 of the best tested
The development of the low-cost digital SLR camera has been mesmerizing. Today they pack in more features, for less than ever before. We’ve put ten of the best through their paces and give you our verdict.
Windows’s 7’s missing piece
We’ve poked and prodded, ruminated and cogitated, we’ve debated its worth and benchmarked it to within an inch of its life. Now, we’re ready to deliver the PC Authority verdict on Windows 7.
Does Sci-Fi still matter?
From the earliest days of Jules Verne and HG Wells, science fiction has long inspired real-world technology. But have the authors of sci-fi stories finally run out of steam?
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90 days of free internet security protection, including antivirus, antispam, firewall, web guard, rootkit, anti-spyware and anti-phishing protection, plus a backup and rescue system
On the Disc: Ubuntu-9.10 Netbook Remix
The distro that’s perfect for running your netbook, without overwhelming it!
On the Disc: Football Manager 2010
Demo version of the latest FM, still the most popular soccer strategy game ever!
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Xara XS 18.104.22.1681
Info Layout 2.4.4
Ashampoo Burning Studio 2010
O&O DiskImage 4 Express
The Nonstop Backup feature and support for virtual hard disks make this an excellent companion for Windows 7
Adobe Premiere Elements 8 is still the top consumer video-editing tool, with key additions for newcomers. However, existing users will find less to tempt them.
Still the most powerful low-cost photo-editing package – but attempts to make it easier to use have backfired.
Excellent hardware that’s let down by the Kindle Store and the irritating proprietary format on which it depends.
Core i7 for laptops looks set to change the face of portable computing forever
The Canon Digital Ixus 120 is seriously attractive and capable of some great shots. But it’s simply too expensive
It’s a great deal at this price, but Canon’s 1000D is fractionally edged out by the Sony Alpha A330
Hugely capable and with a great video mode, the 500D is only a whisker from an award this month
If you’re looking to spread your creative wings as a photographer, the Canon EOS 7D DSLR camera will give you everything you need
Today’s DSLRs pack in more features than ever before. We put ten of the best through their paces
Offers great protection, but there are some wrinkles to be ironed out of the new interface.
Simple menus, voice control, advanced lane guidance and superior mounting add up to make our first impression of the TomTom GO 750 very good indeed
A well-designed, premium appliance that stretches the limits of what a home server can do.
An excellent and keenly priced desktop replacement, as long as you can live with the extrovert design.
Windows mobile 6.5 makes its debut, but the changes won’t convince Android or iPhone users to switch.
The video camera and FM radio are the standout new features, but it’s the nano’s super slim styling that marks it out from the family.
A portable screen for your travels? The Mimo UM-710S may be the answer.
Nikon’s D3000 is a good choice for first-timers, but potential buyers should wait for the price to come down
A huge amount of camera for the money, and with HD video to boot, the D5000 walks away with the award this month.
More features than ever to keep you safe online, Norton Internet Security 2010 is a slam dunk in a pleasingly nimble package.
An interesting body design, but it isn’t comfortable, and doesn’t compare well with the Sony A330
The new OS is good enough to ensure a devoted following, but this phone isn’t without its weaknesses. The big CES hit of 2009 fails to live up to the hype as a iPhone killer.
An interesting camera with a flexible lens, but it can’t compete with a traditional DSLR on image or value
Simply superb value for money, combined with very few missing features, make this camera a good choice
Simon Jones gets a sneak preview of the latest version of Office 2010 and finds that it’s been given more than just a cosmetic makeover
The GX-20 has some very good features for the technically minded, but it’s too expensive
Some great features and the best Live View mode on test make the A330 superb value at this price
It’s good value, but the Alpha A230 is too close in price to the superior Sony A330 to make it a viable choice