PC & Tech Authority Magazine Issue: May, 2010
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Issue: 150 | May, 2010

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

Mobile broadband – every Australian network tested
We reveal the best value plans, and the fastest providers, as we test all Australian providers and their claims of more coverage, cheaper plans and bigger quotas. Find out if the hype matches reality.

Smartphones do battle!
iPhone vs Nokia, Samsung, Blackberry, HTC and more. We evaluate the performance, battery life and features of 17 of the best smartphones on the market.


Inside the iPad…
It’s been dissected, debated, and now the iPad is due to arrive in Australia this month. We look at Apple’s wonder-tablet.

Five Touchscreen PCs reviewed
The release of Windows 7 has given the touchscreen PC a new lease of life, but which of these five all-in-one models is worth a prod?

On the Disc: OpenOffice.org 3
Free, Open Source office software with all the apps you need.


On the Disc: DOS Box
Run ancient programs with this DOS emulator.


On the Disc: Blender
Create stunning 3D content with this suite of tools.


Head to your nearest newsstand now and get your copy!


What's on the Disc?

OpenOffice.org 3
Portable Apps
Acronis True Image Home 2010

Articles in this issue

3 is among the cheapest wireless broadband, but speeds are horrific

Still technically the cheapest, but horrifically slow in our testing

Acer's Aspire Z5610 is a well priced stylishly presented package

A stylish, powerful and fully-featured all-rounder that represents excellent value

Alienware's Aurora reviewed: this $5,000+ Geiger-esque PC is stunning, and ...

Looks, accessories, features – the Aurora pretty much has it all... except for the price

Apple's iPhone 3GS is still the best smartphone you can buy

Super fast, brilliantly flexible and easy to use – the iPhone 3GS is still the best smartphone around

Asus' Eee PC Seashell 1005P has excellent battery life, but makes us ...

Intel’s Pine Trail massively improves battery life, but some unwise design changes drag the Asus back down

Asus' Eee Top ET2002T uses 1.6GHz Atom to its advantage

Accomplished and, thanks to a good range of features, the Asus' Eee Top ET2002T is a decent Atom-based PC

Believe it or not, but Telstra BigPond is our new winner for best wireless ...

Telstra’s reputation as expensive crumbles in our wireless broadband test. Read why we believe Telstra is changing their ways, and why Telstra wireless is now finally attractive

BenQ's M2700HD monitor offers 27inches at a resonable price

27 inches of monitor at an excellent price; with connections galore for your media centre setup

Canon's PowerShot S90 is a worthy compact alternative to a low-end DSLR

Nicely made and capable of great images, the S90 is a worthy alternative to a low-end DSLR

Clone your face with Reallusion iClone4 Pro, first rate compositing software

Facial puppeteering and video compositing add to existing strengths – just don’t expect Hollywood production values

Cowon's iAudio 9 has some useful extra features, but lacks iPod flair

Cowon's 8GB player disappoints, especially in light of Apple's iPod range.

CyberLink's Media Suite 8 Ultra: should this be your video editing, Blu-Ray ...

Good value for money, but its main competitors are just that little bit more polished

Dell's Inspiron Zino HD, a desktop PC around the size of a lunch box

A nicely designed, compact chassis is the main draw, but the price is too high for what you get

Fuji-Xerox's C1110 balances cheap printing costs with excellent quality

Well-priced, fast and with excellent print quality, the Fuji-Xerox also works out cheap to run

Fujitsu's LifeBook SH760 has a brilliant keyboard, strong build quality and ...

A premium laptop with a decidedly budget appearance, but fortunately, appearances can be deceiving

HP's mini 210 lacks the winning elements of a useful netbook

HP has taken a winning formula for netbooks and then removed the winning elements

HTC Tattoo reviewed: an excellent value budget Android phone

A basic screen, but this budget Android phone is better than it looks

HTC's Hero is a worthy budget-priced alternative to the iPhone 3GS

An excellent smartphone at a reasonable price, the Hero is a fine alternative to the iPhone 3GS

HTC's Touch HD2 is impressive if you must have Windows Mobile, but it's a ...

A brilliant screen, gorgeous design and build, but not the most practical or easy to use

Is the CPU dead? The fuss about GPU computing, and why it's a big deal

Could the CPU become a bit-part player in the future of computing? Nvidia's bold new vision for graphics could change PCs forever

Leader's Visionary 3310 is a great core i3 system for under $1000

There’s little in the way of bells and whistle, but it does the job as an entry level system, with a new Core i3 onboard

Mini roundup: Four H55 motherboards using Intel's latest chipset

Intel’s H55 chipset supports integrated graphics on Core i3 and i5 CPUs.
We test four boards that take advantage

Mini roundup: Three of the latest external hard drives to use USB 3.0

USB 3.0 drives and enclosures are starting to appear in our labs, but how do they compare, and is it worth upgrading?

Motorola's DEXT scores top marks for Facebook users, but keyboard is a let-down

Great social networking software, but it’s bulky, the keyboard is poor and the screen is small

Need a phone for email with great battery life? RIM's BlackBerry Bold 9700 ...

Top battery life, responsiveness and messaging capabilities – a great email phone

Need an affordable home server? Asus' Home Server TS mini might just be what ...

It lacks polish, but the mini is an affordable and practical choice to serve any home

Need to safeguard your photos and movies? We put Acronis Online Backup to ...

Straightforward online backup, but given the price, this is best used in conjunction with True Image Home 2010

Nokia's N97 Mini is small on size, yet big on battery life with an excellent ...

Fully featured, good battery life and very attractively priced

Optus wireless broadband performs well in our speed test, but the value ...

Optus defies our speed expectations, but plan values are woeful

PCmover Professional moves mountains dragging your old system to a new ...

Our tests show PCmover Professional an effective tool for migrating between two Windows systems, but the single-use price is a real turn-off

Samsung's Galaxy Icon I7500 fails to outshine smartphone competition

Competent, but with no bells or whistles, the Galaxy just fails to impress enough

Samsung's N210, a small but mighty netbook with impressive battery life

With the N210, Samsung takes its excellent netbook range, and improves the looks and usability

Sony's VAIO EB Series laptop shines with strong Core i3 performance, though ...

Intel’s mobile Core i3 chip comes hotly anticipated, and it makes a powerful debut in Sony’s sensibly priced VAIO laptop

Sony's VAIO VPC-L118FG, the finest touchscreen PC we've seen so far

Expensive, but worth every cent. Sony’s touchscreen PC is the perfect mix of power, looks and quality

The TI Power i7-860: a PC for the enthusiast who favours performance over looks

There’s a lot of new tech in this older case, and performance is sharp thanks to overclocking

Virgin's wireless broadband isn't high speed, but it's solid value

Optus’ wireless broadband subsidiary runs parallel everywhere except in value... and Darwin. See how it fared in our tests

Vodafone isn't the fastest, but it's the value wireless broadband to buy

Vodafone wireless broadband is an excellent value prospect as long as ‘fast’ isn’t on your horizon. See why it fares so well against Telstra, Optus, Three and Virgin

Why Lenovo's A-list ThinkPad X100e is superior to any netbook and many CULVs

With netbook portability and Lenovo’s ThinkPad quality, the X100e is an absolute steal

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