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Epson EMP-TW10H

The successor to Epson's EMP-TW10, the EMP-TW10H improves on its predecessor's brightness and contrast, but uses the same LCD resolution.

DViCO TViX

If you've ever spent a weekend wrestling with a recalcitrant media server, you'll be relieved to hear that there's a much simpler alternative.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5

Panasonic's new Lumix DMC-FZ5 is an upgrade to the popular DMC-FZ3, and brings with it a higher resolution CCD and a slightly tweaked design. Although seemingly identical to its predecessor, closer inspection reveals a more substantial grip and a be...

Video editor tops for audio: Vegas 5

Sonic Foundry's Vegas non-linear editor (NLE) now carries Sony's livery as well as a new version number. It's still a software-only NLE, so you'll need a powerful host system to see it at its best.

Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition

Symantec's latest security suite now includes a new anti-spyware element. Having tried this while it was in its beta form, we weren't hugely impressed, finding that it failed to block many common spyware applications (like Hotbar, Xupiter, and Total ...

Canon XL2

Once you're over the disappointment that it's not the high-definition model many were predicting, you'll find Canon's XL2 a worthy successor to the successful XL1 and XL1s MiniDV camcorders.

JVC GR-D250AA

The single-CCD (charge-coupled device) GR-D250AA is an entry-level MiniDV camcorder with some interesting new features. It's extremely compact, but the key selling point has to be the impressive 25X optical zoom lens.

Adobe Creative Suite 2.0

It's easy to overlook that a new release of Adobe's popular Creative Suite (CS) means an entirely new version of Photoshop. Not only that, CS2 brings with it new versions of all the applications within. For CS2 Standard, this means Photoshop, Illustr...

HDV out of the box: Pinnacle Liquid Edition 6

Liquid Edition 6 is Pinnacle's video editing package for the studio pro­­fessional or serious video hobby­ist. Although undeniably powerful, it's previously been criticised for poor usability but Pinnacle has taken steps to improve this situation by ...

Video editor gets on track: Studio Plus 9

Anyone familiar with Pinnacle Studio 9 will know that it's one of the most accessible consumer video editors available, but has notably lacked key features found in competing products. These limitations have now (largely) been addressed with the rele...

Sony DCR-HC1000E

The new DCR-HC1000E camcorder replaced Sony's previous mid-range MiniDV model, the DCRTRV950E. It has the majority of its predecessor's features, but Sony has made several operational and design decisions that may not appeal to everyone.

BenQ DC C50

Aluminium and high-gloss plastic styling aside, the 5 megapixel CCD and low price are sure to bring the DC C50 attention. At the DC C50's top resolution of 2560 x 1920 pixels and highest quality setting, you can fit about 10 shots on the supplied 32M...

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Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

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Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

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Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

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HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

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Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

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Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

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