PC & Tech Authority Magazine Issue: December, 2009
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Issue: 145 | December, 2009

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

101 Christmas Gift Ideas.
Feast your eyes on more than 100 products for sports, gaming, photography, music, movies, toys and gadgets to amaze the kids. From home theatre to PVR’s, cameras and the latest gaming gear…we’ve got it all covered to help you fill those Christmas stockings!

Big Brand Laptops
If you walked into PC retailer these days, you’d be faced with a bewildering range of laptops. So we’ve put 14 laptops under the microscope, ranging from simple, affordable systems to high-priced luxury portables to help you find which one is right for you.

Best 24in monitors
Large-format LCD’s have come a long way since they first arrived as expensive luxuries. Now you can extend your desktop for both work and play without breaking the bank. We test seven of the latest 24in LCD’s at all budgets.

Greatest Tech U-Turns
In this special feature, we remember the statements, positions and promises that tech companies would rather everyone forgot.

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Articles in this issue

Alienware's M17x notebook is so good, it's almost out of this world in ...

Superb performance in one of the sturdiest and best-looking gaming laptops we’ve seen – the Alienware M17x is worth the expense.

AMDs Athlon II X4 620 is the best value quad core CPU you can buy

Nothing incredible in terms of design, but it’s an impressively cheap way to get quad-core in your PC.

Apple MacBook can't compete with more stylish laptop siblings

The cheapest way to get OS X, but it has all of the MacBook Pro’s shortcomings and more of its own

Apple's Final Cut Studio 3 is another game changer in video editing

There’s so much to like about this package that it might just be worth switching operating systems to get hold of it.

Apple's Macbook Pro 13 laptop proves there is still design greatness in ...

Apple’s MacBook Pro is a design masterpiece, even if its brilliance is marred by a few annoying niggles.

Asus G60J, an A-List laptop that runs the most demanding games at native ...

Power, strong build and an added splash of style make the Asus G60J a gaming laptop worth paying top dollar for.

BlackBerry's Curve 8520 smartphone is too expensive to be a serious contender

We like the ambition of producing a low-cost BlackBerry, but until it drops in price there’s too much competition.

Canon's Pixma MP640 boasts picture perfect printing

The best Canon home all-in-one yet, with flawless quality and an impressive feature list.

Dell Vostro 1520, an excellent low-cost business laptop

For this price, the Vostro’s plain looks can be overlooked in favour of its impressive battery life

Dell's Studio 17 packs a big screen for a big peformance - pity on the big price

Packed with features, only its value for money lets it escape without an award this month

Dell's U2410f 24in LCD monitor boasts incredible image quality, but price is ...

The Dell U2410f features breathtaking image quality, but the price is steeper than most are willing to pay for it.

Fujitsu's M2010, an appealing netbook but the trackpad needs work

Battery life lets down this otherwise solid netbook from a local manufacturer

Gigabyte's Booktop M1022M can't decide if it's a nettop or a laptop

Part laptop and part nettop, the Gigabyte Booktop M1022M is the first netbook we’ve seen that overcomes the ‘3 USB problem'.

HP Mini 5101 netbook: Now with 7hr battery life (update)

Since we saw the HP Mini for our huge netbook roundup in October, a new 6-cell battery has been released.

HTC delivers smartphone Hero to Android fans with flair

A hugely likeable phone that excels at web browsing and manages to just live up to its ambitious name.

LG Flatron W2442PA: why it's a perfect second monitor for your PC

If you haven't set up your desktop with two LCD monitors, then now's the time. We've picked this LG Flatron as the winning 24in LCD in our latest group test

Move over Apple, Dell's Adamo is irresistible value for a luxury laptop

A stunning piece of design to rival any Apple offering, and the price is surprisingly reasonable

MSI's Wind Top AE1900 WT lacks impact in touchscreen nettop market

MSI’s Wind Top AE1900 takes on the touchscreen nettop competition, but singularly fails to excite.

Netgear's Digital Entertainer Elite EVA9150 is a good media streamer, let ...

Jam-packed with features, but it struggles to compete with the best.

Nirv's Pro SLI is one of the most powerful and perfectly constructed ...

It’s not cheap, but it’s powerful and cleverly constructed to make the most of the components.

Preview: Cisco's Linksys WRT160NL has a UPnP media server inside

A solid draft-n router with NAS and media-streaming features – though it’s a little on the slow side.

Sonos' Bundle 250 is a remarkable network audio player, too bad about the price

A gorgeous new controller makes this the best Sonos system ever – just take note of that high price.

Sony's stunning Vaio X-Series laptop: the good and bad explained

A stunning piece of design matched with excellent battery life, but with an Atom inside the price is surely too high

The best graphics card money can buy: why the ATI Radeon HD 5870 is our new ...

A stunningly powerful card that tops the last generation’s best dual-GPU monsters.

Thecus N5500 NAS may be too pricey for most storage fans

The Thecus N5500 NAS is a pricey option for your storage needs, but its loaded with useful features and delivers decent performance.

X marks the spot with the Mini Capsule Mark II - great sound from a small device

The little R2D2 from Speaker Realm certainly packs a punch - and very cheap too.

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