December 2004

Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite for Bluetooth

Second-gen keyboard/mouse makes steady advances

Month Reviewed: December 2004
Verdict: 8

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

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

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


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!