PC & Tech Authority Magazine Issue: April, 2010
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Issue: 149 | April, 2010

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

Intel vs AMD CPU Megatest
New CPU technologies have led to rocketing performance whilst power consumption and prices plummet. Whether you’re upgrading or building from scratch, one of the 50 processors in our CPU megatest will fit the bill. But which one?

Internet Security Suite ‘torture test’
Is Commercial Security Software on the way out? We put 15 free and paid security suites head to head to see if there’s still value in buying protection.

Microsoft Office 2010
Microsoft’s latest Office suite is going to be the biggest release of the year. Find out what works, what fails and how to try it free for nine months.

Audio-visual Quality Test
Can the general public tell the difference between high-end AV equipment and bog-standard supermarket kit? We look at the difference between media players, headphones, codecs and DVD vs Blu-Ray.

On the Disc: All Web Menu’s Professional 5.2
Create Menus for your website in just a few clicks.

On the Disc: Firetrust MailWasher Pro 6.5.3
The Ultimate easy-to-use spam blocker software.

On the Disc: Ashampoo Magical Defrag 2.34
Forget about manual defrags with this automated utility.


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What's on the Disc?

All Web Menu’s Professional 5.2 Firetrust MailWasher Pro 6.5.3 Ashampoo Magical Defrag 2.34 Torchlight playable game demo Vitascene StarterKit 1.0.45

Articles in this issue

Acer's Aspire Timeline 5810T has a great battery, but poor performance

Slim and sleek for a 15.6in laptop, and good-looking too, but the Timeline 5810T just falls short of a recommendation

AMD's Athlon II: unmatched by other budget CPUs

The dual- and triple-core Athlon II CPUs are simply unmatched by their budget rivals

AMD's Phenom II reviewed: here's why you should still consider AMD

AMD’s flagship range offers excellent value, even if performance isn’t up there with Intel’s greatest

AMD's Sempron provides cheap processing power for light tasks

Dirt cheap, yet surprisingly capable – as long as you stick to straightforward tasks

Asus ROG G73Jh, here's why it's our new A-List Intel Core i7 laptop

The G73Jh is the first i7 laptop we’ve seen that features an ATI Radeon Mobility HD 5870, and with design based on an F117 Nighthawk fighter jet, it really flies

Asus' UL50 15in laptop squeezes in 11 hours of battery life on light use

A slimline desktop replacement with a mighty battery life, the UL50 could be the laptop you’ve been waiting for

ATI Radeon HD 5670 is a budget priced graphics card suited to media-centre PCs

The Radeon HD 5670 is an ideal graphics card for multimedia enabled PCs

Avast 4.8 Home Edition

It’s free, and works acceptably, but it’s an aesthetic nightmare

AVG Anti-Virus Free 9

Not quite an infallible malware detector, but it’s a free and very lightweight suite

Avira AntiVir Personal

Light and effective, but the built-in advertising is just too intrusive

BitDefender Total Security 2010

Not quite a winner this month, but a solid, well-rounded suite

BitDefender Total Security 2010

Not quite a winner this month, but BitDefender Total Security 2010 is a solid, well-rounded suite

Brother's HL-3070CW uses LED technology for superior prints under $400

This LED printer is great for reading the fine print,and it works out affordably for a small office

BullGuard Internet Security 8.5

Neat online backup and a good malware score, but it’s heavy

ClamWin 0.95.3

Simple and unobtrusive, but malware detection is a disaster

Dell Adamo XPS: We preview the world's thinnest laptop

Gorgeous, refined and instantly iconic, the amazing design masks the few flaws and a high price

Eset Smart Security 4

An elegant design let down by poor results in some tests

F-Secure Internet Security 2010

A capable package that excels at family safety

G Data Internet Security 2010

Twin detection engines yield good results – but they eat up RAM

Google Chrome OS: We look at Google's vision for the OS

We test an early working version of Google’s very first operating system to see what the future may bring

Google's SketchUp 7.1 is still among the best free modellers avaliable

Enhanced online integration, photo texturing and – not before time – 3D export. A great upgrade

How to get a job at…Google, Apple and Microsoft

Fancy a job with one of the biggest tech companies in the world? With the economic hangover starting to wear off, the technology giants are once again recruiting in earnest.

HP's ProBook 4310s is a nice all-rounder, but battery life could be better

The ProBook 4310s is a competent business laptop with plenty of positive qualities

Intel bets on Blu-Ray: Westmere chip is designed for media playback, not gaming

Intel’s new 32nm architecture dramatically cuts power draw – and brings some new features too

Intel Core i3, i5 & i7-800s: the new mainstream range reviewed

Intel’s new mainstream range holds huge potential for 2010, and seriously dents AMD’s value crown

Intel Core i7-900s are rated for top speed, but are better suited to enthusiasts

Just as Intel's Core 2 Duo smashed all before it, the Core i7 arrived at the tail end of 2008 packing a level of performance AMD still can't match.

Intel's Celeron and Pentium CPUs now only make sense for older motherboards

Slower and dearer than the Athlon II, Intel’s cheapest chips are now a short-sighted purchase

Intel's Core 2 Duo & Quad: you should now think twice about this veteran CPU

A veteran CPU that’s now outpriced by AMD and outperformed by Intel’s own newer parts

iRiver Story packs the features in, but this eBook reader is still too pricey

Nicely designed and packed with features, but a little on the expensive side

JBL's Duel III speakers feature better than average acoustics

JBL's slender Duet IIIs look more like modern, designer vases than a traditional PC speaker set.

Kaspersky's Internet Security 2010

Good ideas, but the interface and detection engine seem weak

Lenovo's G550 laptop isn't up to lofty ThinkPad standards

Lenovo's Value line combines ThinkPad build quality with consumer-friendly features, but it's a disappointing mix

McAfee Total Protection

The web protection is good, but it’s expensive for what you get

Microsoft Security Essentials: our verdict on Microsoft's stripped-down ...

It’s free and works adequately, but it’s generally undistinguished

Netgear Stora MS2110, our review of the simpler alternative to the ReadyNAS Duo

Not as customisable as the ReadyNAS Duo, but NAS novices will find the Netgear Stora MS2110 accessible, and a good performer

PC Tools Internet Security 2010

A good virus catcher, but small problems keep it from greatness

Product Brief: Cyber Snipa Silencer

If you suffer from cramping at all during long gaming sessions, the Cyber Snipa Silencer is a Godsend of a product

Product Brief: LaCie Starck 500GB USB Mobile Hard Drive

If you're looking for extra storage for your music and photos, the LaCie Stark looks stylish, though it's not the best value

Security software: 15 free and paid-for security suites reviewed

It’s vital to pick a security package with a proven ability to detect malware and repel online attacks. But that isn’t the only consideration: what about system resources?

Setup a home office: 7 colour laser printers reviewed

We round up seven of the best colour lasers for the home and small office

Sony's VAIO VGN-NW25GF/S has the stylings, but not the performance dazzle

A swish, stylish laptop at a very reasonable price, but it can’t quite match the performance of the others on test

Time for a new laptop? Six Windows 7 Laptops tested and reviewed

We put six of the new wave of Windows 7 laptops under the PC authority labs microscope

Time to ditch your laptop? Asus' EeeBox PC EB1501 gets dual-core Atom for ...

It’s impressive to see a dual-core Atom, DVD writer and Nvidia Ion in such a tiny PC, but the price is a touch too high

Time to upgrade your PC? 50 old and new AMD and Intel CPUs rated and reviewed

Whether you’re upgrading or building from scratch, one of these 50 processors will fit the bill, but which one?

TomTom's Go 750 Live still among the best GPS devices you can buy

An excellent standalone satnav, even if TomTom is treading water with this release

Trend Micro Internet Security Pro 2010

Spots threats well, but other components are more equivocal

Vue's 8 Infinite/Stream is a powerful modeller worth recommending

Enhanced atmospheric modelling, terrain sculpting and material handling raise the bar

Why Norton Internet Security 2010 is back on our A-list

A highly effective security suite that bristles with features, without being a resource hog

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