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Issue: 171 | Feb, 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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The new February issue of PC & Tech Authority and iPad edition go on sale today, jam-packed with reviews, features, expert buying advice and more.

Here's why you should get this month's February magazine at your newsagency:

50 things every PC owner should know



So you've just unwrapped a shiny new laptop or PC? Maybe you want to teach your existing machine some new tricks. Here is a list of tweaks, tricks and power user tips that frankly, should be on every PC owner's desk. We cover tips for novices up to more advanced tricks, from increasing your battery life to speeding up boot times. Beyond the desktop, there's tips for faster wireless, backing up and audio. Buy it, stick it on the bookshelf, or buy a friend a copy so you don't have to point out all this stuff.

eReaders - 10 tested and rated


Amazon's Kindle has been at the top of the bestsellers list for over a year, but with new stores and eReaders on the market, can it hold onto the top spot? If you've been thinking about taking the plunge and getting your first eReader, or upgrading, grab this issue for reviews of 10 eBook readers, including Kindle and Kindle Keyboard, Sony Reader Wi Fi, Kobo Wi Fi, BeBook, iRiver and more.

PC workshop: Image your system


For archiving, disc images are more convenient than keeping physical discs, since you can store hundreds of DVD images on a single hard disk. It's also more convenient for distribution: rather than waiting for a colleague or company to send you a disc, you can download an ISO file and recreate the disc in minutes, using either a burning tool such as ImgBurn or Windows 7's built-in burner. This issue includes or four page breakdown of imaging tips and a step-by-step walkthrough.

Reviews, reviews, reviews


So, what's been through our test lab for this issue? Heading up the list is our big eBook Reader Group Test - the definitive comparison of 10 devices on the market. In this issue you also get our review of a laptop that should be on every laptop buyer's radar: Dell's XPS 14Z. Gamers, feast your eyes on the ASUS ROG TYTAN, truly a mammoth PC that managed to crank out 81 frames per second in our Very High Detail tests. Yep, very high detail. Plus we've tested cameras, external hard drives with "cloud " capabilities, Samsung's controversial lawyer-fee generating Galaxy Tab 10.1, a $10.49 version of Photoshop on the iPad (yes, $10.49), phone apps and more.

Introducing the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic


It's a printer that prints...well, actuall objects. Read the feature and discover the fasincating, emerging technology called 3D printing.

Workshop: Batch files for power users


Never used batch files? Roll up your sleeves and learn how to make these scripts do things for you automatically.

Face-off: Office 365 vs Google Apps


So you've heard about Office 365, and you've heard about Google Apps. What are they? Which is best?


Demo: LEGO Harry Potter


The little guy's LEGO. Do we need to say more? For anyone who's played the LEGO Star Wars, take a look at how the wizard world looks in LEGO. If you've never played the LEGO games, see what the fuss is about.


But wait, there's more

Other highlights from our February issue include our feature on Video on Demand, overclocking, opinion pieces, reviews and more. It's all in the February edition of PC & Tech Authority.

Get the February edition of PC & Tech Authority on sale at newsstands from today.


What's on the Disc?

For anyone who's played the LEGO Star Wars, get this monht's magazine for the LEGO Harry Potter game demo. The little guy's LEGO. Do we need to say more? Also included is K7 Ultimate Security 60 day trial.

Articles in this issue

10 eReaders reviewed: We compare the Kindle with the rest

Amazon's Kindle has been at the top of the bestsellers list for over a year, but with a clutch of new stores and devices weighing in, can it hold onto the top spot? We test ten readers and their ebook stores to find out

Amazon Kindle Keyboard reviewed

Last year's rebranded Amazon Kindle Keyboard model is still a good option for travellers, or those who annotate. Read our review.

Amazon Kindle reviewed: Amazon has a new winner on its hands

The new Amazon Kindle is faster, slimmer and lighter than before, and it's cheaper too. Read our review.

BeBook Club S reviewed

The BeBook Club S is a usable reader, let down by a chunky case and a lack of networking capabilities. Here is our review.

BeBook Neo reviewed

The BeBook Neo handles myriad file formats,but its bulk and slow performance leave it lagging behind. Here is our review.

Dell XPS 14z review: A MacBook Pro for the Windows set?

A powerful, portable and handsome-looking system that won't break the bank.

Opinion: Wrong directory, wrong text, wrong button

So you're asked to click "Next", but there isn't a "Next". If there is one thing that annoys Jon Honeyball, it's lazy coding.

Product Brief: TP-Link AV200 Mini Powerline Starter Kit

If you haven't tried powerline networking, this TP-Link AV200 Mini Starter Kit is an excellent and affordable alternative to wireless.

Review: iRiver Story HD

The iRiver Story HD has a great screen, but suspect ergonomics and a lack of display options put paid to its chances. Here is our review.

Review: Kobo Touch

The Kobo Touch is a superb ebook reader, with a top-notch screen and excellent store. Read our review.

Reviewed: Asus ROG Tytan CG8568 (HE) gaming desktop

A big, beefy gaming system with the price tag to match.

Reviewed: Kobo Wi FI

The Kobo Wi FI is lightweight with a smart interface and store, but too many flaws to trouble the award-winners. Here is our review.

Reviewed: Personal Cloud Drives

These web-connected external drives from Western Digital and Buffalo don’t need networking skills to set them up.

Reviewed: PocketBook Pro 602

The PocketBook Pro 602 has broad format support and a long list of features, but is too slow and pricey to be competitive. Here is our review.

Reviewed: PocketBook Pro 902

The PocketBook Pro 902's large screen may appeal to some, but it’s unresponsive and expensive. Read our review.

Sony Reader Wi-Fi reviewed

The Sony Reader is a light and portable ebook reader with an excellent display, sensitive touchscreen and masterful PDF-handling capabilities. Read our review.

Stone Cold Computing: a journey into overclocking

We take a journey into the weird and wonderful world of sub zero overclocking

We can rebuild it: 12 weekend PC projects

Some trash it, others rebuild. Here are 12 upgrades done time and time again by thousands of PC owners the world over.

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