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Issue: 131 | October, 2008

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Hmm. Actually, I don’t think I’ve seen a virus in my email for well over two years, let alone had an infection, but viruses are being discovered at exponential rates. So, many viruses, but none
on my computer?

‘What gives?’ I wondered. I bet you’ve wondered, too.

To answer the question, we trawled the internet, looking for the online equivalents of slums, red-light districts and the very worst parts of town. We’ve condensed our findings into a handy guide to the risks you really face, and you can only read it in this issue.

A wireless router is the first step towards a solution for many home networking problems, and we’ve rounded up every draft-N (version 2.0) router we could to find the fastest and most flexible around. In October PC Authority, you can find our networking weapons of choice.

Something a bit less practical (but considerably more brag-worthy) is our round-up of camcorders. Solid-state HD is where it’s at, and you may be surprised to find that it doesn’t break the budget.

Also one for the show-off stakes is our head-to-head comparison of Acer’s stylish and portable Aspire One against the current king of the netbooks, Asus’ Eee PC. See who gets our vote for best of the microportables?

And don’t forget to vote in our annual reliability and service awards – your chance to serve brickbats and bouquets to the manufacturers who make the products you use. You’ve got the chance to win one of 40 fabulous prizes, as well as knowing that your feedback will find its way to the people that make the big decisions about customer service in major companies.

What's on the Disc?

• Space Siege demo
• BB FlashBack Express 2
• iolo System Mechanic 8
• Ashampoo UnInstaller Platinum 2
• Iolo Search and Recover 5

Articles in this issue

Adobe Acrobat 9

With Flash media handling and integration with Acrobat.com the Acrobat platform embraces the Internet – at last

Adobe Lightroom 2

New image editing tools and a more powerful library mode makes Lightroom 2 compelling. It's also compatible with Vista 64-bit.

Asus Eee PC 901

An improvement over the Eee PC 900, with longer battery life and sleeker looks – but its rivals are catching up

Asus VW223B

A great way to extend your desktop once you’re out of DVI ports

Belkin N1 Vision

Innovation and solid performance in an attractive package make the N1 Vision stand out, but it’s expensive

Big Questions: The 64-bit Windows FAQ

You've been raising some big questions in the forums about 64-bit. Here's our FAQ to 64-bit Vista vs XP, and whether it's worth the hassle if you're not a workstation user, but a gamer or power user.

Biostar TPower I45

Meet a new player in the local motherboard market, with great features and solid performance

Brother MFC-7840W

It’s not quite an office grade product, but the MFC-7840W is a great choice for a busy home office.

Can your neighbour see if you're stealing wireless?

Wondering if your neighbour can tell if you're leeching their bandwidth and see what you're doing online?

Corsair Mini Voyager 4GB

It's like the Tardis: small on the outside, but extremely capacious on the inside, with 4GB storage and some classy touches that make the Corsair Mini Voyager a cut above regular USB flash drives.

CyberLink PowerDirector 7

Another big improvement, but this time it’s enough to make PowerDirector a worthy alternative to its mainstream rivals

D-Link DSL-2740B

Good value, but without the decent performance or the feature set of our current award winners this time

Draytek Vigor 2820n

Good value, but without the decent performance or the feature set of our award winners this month

Eee Box 202

Lacks in power, but terrific hardware design makes this an intriguing take on the Eee brand.

Hp Laser Jet P1005

A tiny, fast personal laser printer with a temping price and great quality.

HTC Touch Diamond

Excellent touches promise so much, including a great screen and browser, but in use it’s unbearably slow

InFocus LiteShow II

We’ve reviewed projectors with built-in wireless features before, but this is the first standalone box we’ve come across.

LaCie Little Big Disk Quadra

The LaCie Little Big Disk Quadra is less than the size of a Harry Potter book, yet crams in two 500GB 2.5in hard disks.

Linksys WAG160N

Fast performance, slick design and excellent software, all at the right price

MSI K9N2 SLI Platinum

A decent board, but the Hybrid SLI feature doesn’t justify the high asking price

Netgear DG834N

Striking looks but limited features, average performance and a high price put paid to the Netgear’s chances

Pocket digital camcorders

Pocket-sized digital camcorders are becoming more capable all the time. We round up ten of the best

SanDisk Sansa Fuze 8GB

There are more iPod nano challengers on the market than we’d care to mention, but not many put up too much of a fight, except this one.

Video: Best old school video game tunes of all time

We rank the top 7 old school video game theme songs of all time, with a little help from Youtube.

What’s new in Windows 7

Stewart Mitchell delivers his verdict on the features rumoured to be ready for Windows 7, including the new kernel, multi-touch, and virtual drives.

Which is the best draft-n wireless router?

Faster wireless networking is finally within reach. We test and rate every draft-n 2.0 ADSL modem router on the market.

Wireless Jargon Demystified

We explain port forwarding and triggering, firewalls and traffic filtering, the DMZ and other broadband bits you should know.

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