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Issue: 146 | January, 2010

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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?

On the Disc: Avira Premium Security Suite
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 Info Layout 2.4.4 Ashampoo Burning Studio 2010 O&O DiskImage 4 Express AVG Anti-Virus

Articles in this issue

Acronis' True Image Home 2010, why it's our A-List home backup suite

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 best consumer editing suite around

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.

Adobe's Photoshop Elements 8 is still the best consumer editing package for ...

Still the most powerful low-cost photo-editing package – but attempts to make it easier to use have backfired.

Amazon Kindle International: clunky proprietary formats, woefuel e-book ...

Excellent hardware that’s let down by the Kindle Store and the irritating proprietary format on which it depends.

Asus M60J: Core i7 powered laptops don't get much better than this

Core i7 for laptops looks set to change the face of portable computing forever

Canon's Digital Ixus 120 IS is let down by price - but image quality remains ...

The Canon Digital Ixus 120 is seriously attractive and capable of some great shots. But it’s simply too expensive

Canon's EOS 1000D is one of the best value DSLRs under $780

It’s a great deal at this price, but Canon’s 1000D is fractionally edged out by the Sony Alpha A330

Canon's EOS 500D is another strong Canon performer and well worth the money

Hugely capable and with a great video mode, the 500D is only a whisker from an award this month

Canon's EOS 7D boasts exceptional image quality and HD video for less than a ...

If you’re looking to spread your creative wings as a photographer, the Canon EOS 7D DSLR camera will give you everything you need

Digital SLR cameras:10 models tested and reviewed

Today’s DSLRs pack in more features than ever before. We put ten of the best through their paces

F-Secure's Internet Security 2010 software still needs to sort a few ...

Offers great protection, but there are some wrinkles to be ironed out of the new interface.

First Look: TomTom GO 750 boasts voice guidance and "active dock" for under $400

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

HP's MediaSmart Server EX490 is a powerful server let down by price

A well-designed, premium appliance that stretches the limits of what a home server can do.

HP's Pavilion dv6 laptop is a budget priced desktop replacement well worth ...

An excellent and keenly priced desktop replacement, as long as you can live with the extrovert design.

HTC's Touch Diamond2 is still a great smartphone, regardless of Windows OS

Windows mobile 6.5 makes its debut, but the changes won’t convince Android or iPhone users to switch.

iPod nano gets FM radio, video camera and grabs top spot on Santa's list

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.

Mimo UM-710S: the perfect portable screen?

A portable screen for your travels? The Mimo UM-710S may be the answer.

Nikon's D3000 has the potential, but the price is still too high

Nikon’s D3000 is a good choice for first-timers, but potential buyers should wait for the price to come down

Nikon's D5000, the best DSLR you can currently buy for less than $1500

A huge amount of camera for the money, and with HD video to boot, the D5000 walks away with the award this month.

Norton Internet Security 2010, feature packed and pleasingly nimble

More features than ever to keep you safe online, Norton Internet Security 2010 is a slam dunk in a pleasingly nimble package.

Olympus' E-450 lacks the quality comforts that you'd expect from other DSLRs

An interesting body design, but it isn’t comfortable, and doesn’t compare well with the Sony A330

Palm Pre: Innovative OS isn't enough to rival iPhone and Android smartphones

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.

Panasonic's DMC-GH1 is just too expensive to compete with better DSLRs

An interesting camera with a flexible lens, but it can’t compete with a traditional DSLR on image or value

Pentax's K-m is one of the great performing DSLR underdogs in the category

Simply superb value for money, combined with very few missing features, make this camera a good choice

Preview: Microsoft Office 2010

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

Samsung's GX-20 is let down to by high price and chunky stylings

The GX-20 has some very good features for the technically minded, but it’s too expensive

Sony Alpha A330: The best DSLR for under $900, with stunning image quality ...

Some great features and the best Live View mode on test make the A330 superb value at this price

Sony's Alpha A230 can't match the superior value of other DSLRs

It’s good value, but the Alpha A230 is too close in price to the superior Sony A330 to make it a viable choice

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