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Issue: 170 | Jan, 2012

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Australia's premier computer magazine, PC Authority gives you the facts, opinions and insight to make informed PC and tech purchasing decisions. Every issue is packed with the latest products, reviewed by an expert team of technical writers and guarantees more Aussie exclusives and first looks than any other Australian PC magazine.

Trusted for its reliable & objective product reviews, the foundation of the magazine is the comprehensive and thorough evaluations of every product tested by the tech team in our Labs. Its readers are both PC enthsusiasts at home and small-medium business decision makers at work.

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-         A full 360 degree interactive view of the Nikon V1
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-        The interactive A-List.
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 Killer Tech 2012



This is it - the uber buyer's guide covering 10 categories, 35 killer products that should be on your shortlist this year. We've got everything from iPad 2, to the Zenbook, Kindle Keyboard 3G, and Netgear ReadyNAS NV+. If it's time to give your PC a much needed speed boost, make sure you don't miss this issue for our motherboard and graphics recommendations.

Home Wi-Fi not exactly working smoothly?


Time to go dual-band. This month we've put a cache of cutting edge dual band routers through their paces, testing to see which has the speed and best value for money. If you want a reliable, fast home wireless network, this hardware is what you need.

Say hello to Intel's new monster


We can confirm, the new Sandy Bridge E chip from Intel is stonkingly quick. It's also expensive. But coupled with an X79 chipset motherboard, you will be the envy of performance enthusiasts everywhere. Not for the faint hearted.

Apps roundup


There's something about a big monitor setup that just looks, well...impressive. If you've been putting up with a piddlingly small LCD for years, you'd do worse than these two beautiful 27in panels from Samsung and Apple. Frankly, we want them ourselves. Also, for $139, the Kindle is still a seriously good purchase, but now so is the Sony Reader Wi-Fi Touch. Read our face-off.

Is this your next laptop?


OK, let's end this - is the new ASUS Zenbook better than a MacBook Air? Read the review to find out.

How to create and manage partitions


If you want to try out and new OS or carve up a big hard disk, this is what you need to do.

Mech warrior


These keyboards are making a comeback. Find out people love them.


Demo: Anno 2070


City building moves to the future, with an island of technologies and a deep economic system and game world.

Exclusive 6 month trial: Total Security 2012


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But wait, there's more

Other highlights from our January issue include our guide to how the CPU works, this month's best phone apps, more reviews. It's all in the January edition of PC & Tech Authority.

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What's on the Disc?

As a special offer this month, you get an exclusive six-month free trial of Total Security 2012. Plus, get a dose of future city building with the demo of Anno: 2070.


Articles in this issue

Apple iPhone 4S reviewed: is it a worthy upgrade?

Everything you need to know about Apple's iPhone 4S, including design, Siri, the camera and IOS 5.0. Read our review.

ASUS RT-N56U: A fast, attractive and user-friendly wireless router

A high speed router that looks good and is easy to use. All that, coupled with a reasonable price, makes this a tempting buy.

AVM FRITZ!BOX FON WLAN 7390: a feature-packed wireless router with some ...

Performance isn't the best, but it's laden with features and even works as a mini telephone exchange.

Broadband: testing your DNS speed

Understanding DNS and how to change your settings, can speed up your web connection and improve security. David Fearon shows how it's done.

BUFFALO WZR-HP-G450H: a fast single-band router with support for three streams

If raw speed and range is important, and you don't need 5GHz, this beast is the cable router for you.

Edimax BR-6475ND: best-value product in our wireless router test

The Edimax BR-6475ND is one of the cheapest dual-band routers we've tested in recent times.

Group test: 12 dual-band routers reviewed

Unhappy with your wireless network performance? With the 2.4GHz frequency band becoming ever-more congested, the best way to give your Wi-Fi the boost it needs is with a dual-band router.

Netgear DGND3700 N600: why it won our latest wireless router test

Jam-packed with features, ports and sockets, and combines that with the best all-round performance in our recent Group Test. Read our review.

NETGEAR WNDR4000 N750: A fast, feature-packed router

A quick wireless router that boasts lots of features. There are better Netgear offerings on the market though.

Opinion: It's time to boot out the bad stuff

Jon Honeyball sticks his neck out and says he doesn't see why the majority of PC users should be at risk just because an alternative OS won’t support secure boot

Product Brief: QNAP TS-119 II

If you are looking for a small NAS with powerful features, the QNAP TS-119 II is a great option and well worth the price.

Review: Buffalo WZR-HP-AG300H

This dual-band cable router comes with plenty of features but isn't the best performer.


An affordable router that's sadly lacking in some key areas.


An attractive router with some good features, but not the best when it comes to performance.


This smart-looking router from Cisco is now available at a more affordable price.


A pricey, feature-packed wireless router aimed primarily at business users.

Reviewed: D-LINK DIR-815

A no-frills wireless router lacking in speed and key features.

Reviewed: Intel Sandy Bridge E

Sandy Bridge E is both enormous and expensive, but it is also the fastest consumer CPU ever released. Read our review.

Reviewed: X79 Chipset Motherboards

The X79 chipset motherboard is the power behind the Extreme Edition throne. Read our review of two boards.

What goes on inside the CPU

A CPU is a terrifically complex piece of hardware. Here's what actually goes on inside that slug of silicon at the heart of your CPU.

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