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Epson Stylus Photo 890 Review

Epson’s Photo Stylus 890 is a newly released model that competes in the same arena as the Canon S800 that we reviewed previously. Like other current generation inkjet printers, the 890 sports a multi-ink system, and several advanced technologies to create lush coloured printouts that are perfect for framing.
June 20th, 2001

Thermaltake Volcano II Review

The Volcano II is the latest addition to Thermaltake's line of CPU coolers: with a simple but catching design and great performance, the Volcano II looks to be a worth additon to the Thermaltake line.
June 19th, 2001

CaseAce Gear Grip CRT Review

Are you finding yourself constantly moving your monitor from room to room? How about to those LAN parties all the way across town? Moving 30 plus pounds of dead weight while avoiding cables trying to claim the life of you and your monitor is not a simple task. If you are in need of a saviour, then the CaseAce GearGrip-CRT may be the answer to your prayers.
June 18th, 2001

SOHOware CableFREE NetBlaster II Review

Wireless is the wave of the future. Or so we have been told. In the every day working world it?s not obvious, but technology is ever moving towards the day when wireless communication and networking become easier to integrate into the work and home environment. Right now the products to wirelessly network your office or home are already on the market.
June 14th, 2001

Thermaltake Copper Orb Review

Thermaltake has added a new heatsink to their line of Orb coolers; the Mini Copper orb offers a variety of new features including a copper base and a redesigned clip. Read on as I set out to see how these new features will affect this unit’s performance.
June 12th, 2001

Air Command 3 Review

In AC3, players can have a try at being an air traffic controller in any of several busy major international airports (although the actual airports aren’t simulated, the airspace is). Players get a chance to choose a desired difficulty level and then an airport before being shown the main game screen. This consists of a simulated radar console that displays the various aircraft that are in your airspace as well as their flight paths.
June 8th, 2001

ATI TV Wonder USB Review

As far as consumer-grade video decoding goes, ATI’s All In Wonder line is probably the most widely used solution. The All-in-Wonder cards, unlike the TV Wonder cards, are complete video card / video decoding solutions. They have the advantage of using only one slot, but the obvious disadvantage of not being able to have the video card of your choice (unless it is an ATI video card you are after –then the AiWs are perfect.
June 7th, 2001

E3 2001 Report Day 3

So we managed to survive Day 2 of E3, and now we were back again for the last day. E3 was beginning to wind down and judging by everybody?s look on his or her faces there, it seemed that they were just as tired as we were. Everybody seemed to be moving about a slower pace and the mood appeared to be somewhat muted as well. We took a deep breath and set ourselves to the task of braving E3. I was amazed that there was still so much more to look at.
June 7th, 2001

Thermaltake Memory Cooling Kit Review

I remember back when not even CPUs had heatsinks: back in the day they sat bare to the world, but as technology and speeds increased eventually they became to the overclocker and then ubiquitous and even required. Next came video card cooling as tweakers tried to force out the last ounce of power from their graphics chips; now even motherboard chipsets have cooling on them to allow for more stability at higher speeds.
June 4th, 2001

Warcraft III Preview Part II

Last month was that of May, and for many people it meant term papers, and cramming for finals as everyone prepared for the impending summer. Fortunately for me, this also meant that the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 for all of you uncouth folks out there) would be making its way back to the Los Angeles Convention center. As usual I was as giddy as a schoolgirl at the opportunity to go and rub elbows with the gaming bigwigs as I had done last year. This year’s E3 however was a bit if a disappointment.
June 1st, 2001

E3 2001 Report Day 2

Being fully rested and recharged from a good night?s sleep and a ?hearty? continental breakfast (consisting of grapefruit juice and a bagel for me), we made our way back to the circus that we all call E3. Because we had arrived relatively early, there wasn?t a crowd yet but people were beginning to trickle in. Since we had already explored a lot of South Hall already, we decided to go downstairs to Kentia Hall (the ?Forgotten Hall? as some people call it) where some international developers and other smaller companies made their home at E3.
June 1st, 2001

Belkin Firewire USB Combo Card Review

If you’ve read the Aten Firewire card review, you’ll know that I am a fan of Firewire (IEEE 1394); if not solely for the bandwidth, for the ease of use as well. It’s no secret that SCSI outperforms Firewire on several fronts, but IEEE 1394 is much easier to configurw and work with, which is more important for less experienced user (or for those fed-up with their tools impeding their productivity).
May 31st, 2001

Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Battle Review

Waterloo – The name is synonymous with utter and total defeat, due to what can arguably be the biggest event of 1815. Without going into too much historical background, this was the site of Napoleon Bonaparte’s last battle against the combined might of the Anglo-Allied forces arrayed against France. Even to this day, the subject of Waterloo provides great fodder for debate, especially between historians who like discussing “what if?” scenarios.
May 30th, 2001

AOpen AK73 - 1394 Socket A Motherboard Review

Even though the updated version of the VIA KT133 chipset, the KT133A, was released a number of months ago AOpen choose to use the older version for their AK73-Pro and AK73-1394 motherboards. The only tangible drawback of this for end users is the lack of support for the 133 MHz DDR FSB Athlon CPUs; however, this could be a key feature for some people’s system plans. The upside is that using the older chipset will reduce the cost of the board and money saved is always a good thing.
May 29th, 2001

E3 2001 Report Day 1

So there I was, with Allan (who was along for the ride and acting as my photographer) at E3. Supposedly, this is where the best, the ?l33t? folks of the gaming community go to hang out every year in order to show off their new products or to take a closer look at said products. Although the conference portion of E3 had started a day earlier, the exhibits opened that day on May 17. Being an E3 virgin, I didn?t really know what to expect other than the fact that there would be new games, assorted gaming paraphernalia, and booth babes on display. There is one thing that I have to say at this point, and that is no matter how much you?ve read about E3 in the past, or how many pictures you?ve seen, nothing prepares you for the sheer size of the event.
May 28th, 2001

Samsung 1100p Plus 21inch Monitor Review

After our first look at 19inch CRT monitors, it came to our attention that there are a number of designers, developers, and gamers who really want to get something even bigger. So here we are, with the Samsung 1100p+, a beautiful 21” monitor with 20.0 inches of viewable area.
May 25th, 2001

Matrox G450e-TV Review

While not at the forefront of gaming solutions, Matrox has made quite a name for themselves in the business community with their superior image quality and unique features like the uber-cool DualHead technology. (DualHead, if you aren’t already aware, provides support for two displays to run on a single card – while it may not sound all that great at first, once you go dual, you can’t look back.)
May 23rd, 2001

Iwill DVD266-R Dual Socket 370 Motherboard Review

We don’t get too many dual mobos coming through these parts, but when we do I am always slightly more giddy than usual. There is something about being at the helm of two phat CPUs that I find most excellent, which you already know if you’ve read our last dual mobo review, that of the EPoX D3VA.
May 22nd, 2001

Fallout Tactics Review

Incorporating elements from X-Com, Jagged Alliance, and Baldur’s Gate, Fallout Tactics is a squad based action/strategy game that allows you to control a maximum number of six grunts. There are six races to choose from and these include humans, super mutants, ghouls, deathclaws, dogs, and robots. There are a total of twenty missions occurring on very large maps. Online play can support up to 18 people and there are two modes of game play.
May 14th, 2001

Evil Dead: Hail to the King Review

So I was walking out of the kitchen after picking up a baloney sandwich, when I heard this ungodly scream coming from the living room. I turn around and there’s this stupid ‘deadite’ floating around, waving its freaky arms and puking ectoplasm all over me. Yeah yeah I get it, you’re scary and evil. So what? I’VE GOT A CHAINSAW FOR A HAND. Needless to say, I finished him off by gutting him and sticking a shotgun in his mouth and blowing his head off whilst quipping “Say hi to disco”.
May 11th, 2001

Soyo SY-7VDA Socket 370 Motherboard Review

The Apollo Pro 266 chipset is VIA’s latest offering for the Intel Pentium III processor. As the successor to the Apollo Pro 133A, the 266 is a significant release on several fronts, the reasons for which we will take a look at in a moment. The 266 is comprised of the VT8633 V-Link Host North Bridge and the VT8233 V-Link Client South Bridge (V-Link is one of the significant improvements). The South Bridge is quite similar to the 686B except the 8233 contains the PCI bus interface, it can support up to 6 USB ports, and it has an integrated 10/100 Ethernet controller.
May 11th, 2001

ATEN IC-1394 Firewire PCI Card Review

Firewire is currently the hot ticket interface in the multimedia world and has been for some time. This isn’t surprising considering Firewire, which is also known as IEEE 1394, was developed by Apple – the kings of audio / video computing – and has a maximum data transfer throughput of 400Megabits/s or 50Mbytes/s. This is leagues faster than USB which maxes out at 12Mb/s or 1.5MB/s – no wonder why those USB webcams can be so jerky.
May 10th, 2001

Logitech Cordless MouseMan Optical Review

In late March, Logitech announced that they would be shipping the world’s first cordless optical mouse: the Cordless MouseMan Optical. It was a ripe time for the announcement since the public was beginning to wonder just when a company would marry the two coolest advances in mousing technology into a single product. People were also beginning to ask whether they should buy a cordless mouse, for convenience, or an optical mouse, for accuracy and reliability. Which is what makes the cordless optical such a cool option: you don’t have to choose between two of the hottest technologies, you can get both in one package.
May 9th, 2001

Samsung SyncMaster 955DF 19" Monitor Review

When we took a look at the professional grade flat screen 19” CRT monitors a few weeks ago, I also received Samsung’s popular 955DF 19” monitor for review. Although one of the most popular products on the market right now (in the Top 100 List of most popular priced items), the 955DF wasn’t included in our roundup because it was more targeted towards the budget sector. Yet, even with net prices as low as $275, the 955DF managed to fare rather well in our objective and subjective tests.
May 8th, 2001

Canon S800 Colour Bubble Jet Photo Printer Review

Now that digital cameras are such a big thing, more and more amateur and do-it-yourself photographers are looking into their own, digital studio. And why not? It’s relatively easy, it’s fun, and it gives you a lot more creative and qualititative control over your pictures.
May 4th, 2001