2004

Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite for Bluetooth

Second-gen keyboard/mouse makes steady advances

Month Reviewed: December 2004
Verdict: 8
URL: www.microsoft.com

This latest Bluetooth wireless keyboard and mouse combo corrects many of the problems we had with Microsoft’s initial Bluetooth desktop.

HP F2304

The best LCD we've seen

Now imagine the glory of SDM-P234 times two! While we were evaluating Sony’s monitor, the f2304 was by its side running the exact same DisplayMate scripts and real-world content via a DVI splitter box.

Rio Carbon 5GB MP3 Player

Wherein the iPod Mini suffers a mortal wound

Month Reviewed: January 2005
Verdict: 9 Kick Ass
URL: www.digitalnetworksna.com

You’ve got to hand it to Apple—the iPod family of MP3 players is so iconic that every new MP3 player is immediately challenged with the same review cliché: “Is it an iPod killer?” The Rio Carbon is not, but paradoxically, it’s a superior device.The Rio Carbon uses Seagate’s miniature 5GB drive, putting it a gigabyte over the capacity of the iPod Mini.

Averatec 6200

We think of it as a big-ass DVD player

Month Reviewed: December 2004
Verdict: 7
URL: www.averatec.com

We’ve never been impressed by low-cost notebooks, which tend to sacrifice so many features they feel like a car without a spare tire or rear window defroster.

Philips Ultimate Edge PSC724

A complete alternative to Sound Blaster arrives, but with a cost in performance

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December 2004 - Gear of the Year

In the PDF archive of the December 2004 issue, you can find:

  • Maximum PC Names 2004's Best PC Parts
  • CPU Shootout
  • 25 Must-Have Upgrades
  • How To: Take Better Digital Pictures
  • 32 Reviews
  • Ask the Doctor
  • Rig of the Month
  • The Watchdog
  • And a whole lot more!

Click the big giant cover image to the right to download the PDF archive today!

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November 2004: Build Your Own PC

In the PDF archive of the November 2004 issue, you can find:

  • Build Your very own PC
  • The Birth of a CPU
  • PC Trauma Kit
  • Awesome Product Reviews, including the Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Speaker System!
  • Ask the Doctor
  • Rig of the Month
  • The Watchdog
  • And a whole lot more!

Click the frickin' huge cover image to the right to download the PDF archive today!

Epson PictureMate

A decent ink jet, but it can't compete with the dye subs

Month Reviewed: November 2004
Verdict: 7
URL: www.epson.com

Of the four printers here, Epson’s PictureMate is the only ink jet.

Sony DPP EX-50

A fantastic photo printer

Month Reviewed: November 2004
Verdict: 9
URL: www.sonystyle.com

We’ll admit it: Sony’s DPP EX-50 surprised us.

Olympus P-10

Incredibly small and convienient, but image quality and included media is a downer.

Month Reviewed: November 2004
Verdict: 6
URL: www.olympus.com

Don’t be fooled by the CP-220’s strikingly diminutive profile—thanks to the Olympus P-10’s cube shape and small paper tray, it actually has the smallest footprint of the printers reviewed here.