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Issue: 148 | March, 2010

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In the March issue of PC Authority, on sale now:

Everything on your TV
With the explosion in digital entertainment comes the need for one streaming media box to rule them all. We rate the best 9 products on the market and tell you those that do the job, and those that fall short.

Shoot like a Pro: Photo & Video Tips & Tricks
We explain how to capture photos and videos that a professional would be proud of. From advice on how to set up your shots, to mastering the camera settings, and enhancing your shots in the editing suite.

Best Colour Laser Printers Rated
Choosing a printer is all about picking the right tools for the job. We round up seven of the best colour lasers for the home and small office and put them through their paces.

Windows 7 laptops
If you’ve been holding off buying a laptop until you could get one with Windows 7 ready to roll, look no further. We’ve done the hard work with six of the best laptops put through our grueling tests and benchmarks.

On the Disc: Avatar - the game (demo)
If you couldn’t get enough of the biggest movie of all time then play the game!

On the Disc: The Panorama Factory V4.5 Legacy Edition
The Panorama Factory takes your digital pictures and stitches them together into the perfect panoramic image.

On the Disc: Uniblue DiskRescue 2009
Combining clear controls with a powerful disk defragmentation engine and scheduler, DiskRescue improves disk/write speeds, improving your computers bottom line performance.


Head to your nearest newsstand now and get your copy!


What's on the Disc?

Avatar Game demo
Panorama Factory V4.5
Uniblue DiskRescue 2009
Paragon System Backup 2010
Ubuntu Studio 9.10

Articles in this issue

Acer's Aspire Z5610, an impressive touchscreen pc even if the graphics are ...

An impressive touchscreen PC at a very attractive price. A fine alternative to our A-Listed Sony

ATI's Radeon HD 5970 has the speed, but not the price to suit gamers

The fastest graphics card on the market, but it’s too expensive and bulky to be practical

Brothers HL- 4040CN has everything you might need in a home or office printer

A workhorse designed for larger networks, the Brother offers a good mixture of speed, print quality, price and features

Bust those dust mites with the iRobot Roomba 577

A robot that vacuum's your home? This isn't an episode of the Jetsons - it's real.

Canon's i-SENSYS LBP5050 laser printer: all-in-one toner cartridge doesn't ...

Cleverly designed and capable of superb results, the Canon misses out on an award mainly due to running costs

Dell Inspiron 11z is a budget laptop with lots of potential, but one major flaw

A poor touchpad and below-par build quality undermine a budget laptop with plenty of potential

Dell Studio 15, it's an impressive value Core i7 laptop

If there's one thing we didn't expect to find in our latest laptop group test, it was a laptop with a new Core i7 processor inside. But that's exactly what Dell has done, cramming the entry-level Core i7-720QM into its Studio 15.

Dell's 1320cn laser printer features great quality printing at a very low cost

Great quality, fast and astonishingly cheap, the Dell should be on most people’s shortlist

Digital radio gets support with OXX Digital Classic DAB+

OXX's newest take on the future of radio looks promising with the OXX Digital Classic DAB+

Dvico M-6600N, tries to stream your network videos AND record TV

Dvico's M-6600N wants desperately to be the love child of a TiVo and an Apple TV, but in practice it's far from a device that "just works"

Epson's Stylus Photo TX710W, an excellent value photo printer and scanner

Top-quality photos at fast speeds, along with a good design and low running costs. Only text lets it down

External Hard Disks: 9 drives rated and tested

We put 9 high-capacity portable drives through their paces to find the fastest, the most affordable – and the most stylish

Get fit with the Timex Ironman Race Trainer Kit for better workouts

For anyone serious about getting fit, a heart-rate monitor is a must.

High printing costs keeps Samsung's CLP-315 out of reach

Good design, great results, and a low price but the high TCO makes the Samsung a poor choice

HP Envy 13 is lavishly designed, but the trackpad frustrates

It's taken a while, but PC manufacturers are increasingly seeking to recast the dowdy PC laptop as a stylish lifestyle accessory.

Konica Minolta's 1650EN can't escape the threat of high running costs

Struggles to stand out from the crowd in performance terms, and the running costs are high

Lenovo's ThinkCentre A58 is a well engineered desktop PC

Lenovo’s ingenious engineering is partnered with decent components for the price

Lexmark's C540n is a strong contender for best in class for price and ...

Fast, top-quality prints, good running costs and a competitive price but it’s not quite enough to topple the Brother

LG's Chocolate BL40 has a stunningly unusual design, but it's not without flaws

Strangely shaped like a chocolate bar, LG's Chocolate BL40 can't compete with other, more sophisticated smartphones

Maxon's Cinema 4D 11.5 Broadcast Edition inspires creative pulse in the ...

Advanced clone-based tools and deep integration turn Cinema 4D into a powerhouse for 3D motion graphics

Native Instruments Komplete 6 may bring out the musical genius in you

An outstanding plugin collection at a low price; an excellent investment for anyone producing music with a computer

Noontec's MovieDock A6 lacks critical features and poor video resolution

The MovieDock A6 lacks UPnP and has only mediocre video playback

Oki's C130n printer has the right price, but there are better deals out there

Not terribly fast even though its cheap – it isn’t a bad machine, but there are good reasons to look elsewhere

Pure Siesta Flow, for a premium priced digital radio we're disappointed

It's capable, but this DAB radio’s build quality and control system don’t match its premium price tag

RIM's BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone is great for email addicts

Beautifully built, with a good keyboard; an excellent smartphone for intensive emailers

Trend Micro Internet Security Pro 2010, this year's version is a mixed blessing

Good malware detection, and the Pro version includes some nice features, but it isn't the lightest or cheapest suite

USB 3: The future arrives

It’s always the same: you wait ages for a bus, then two come along at once. This month, both USB 3 and SATA/600 arrived in the form of the Asus U3S6 PCI Express x4 combined controller card.

Western Digital's WD TV Live is our favourite media streaming device

Lots of features at the right price, but a cumbersome interface

Whatever happened to Second Life?

It's desolate, dirty, and sex is outcast to a separate island. Barry Collins returns to Second Life to find out what went wrong, and why it's raking in more cash than ever before

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