December 2005


December 2005 - Gear of the Year

The complete PDF archive of the December 2005 edition of Maximum PC, every article included, every page posted! Download it now!

Don't Get Mysty

By Thomas McDonaldThe first words of this column, written almost 10 years ago, were the undeniably childish (albeit accurate) “I hate Myst.” Myst was an anti-game, a desiccated husk of an imaginary world peppered with puzzles that only grew in tedium the further you traveled.

Sizing Up Multicore Processors

By Tom R. HalfhillIf two processor cores are better than one, can we evaluate multicore chips simply by counting cores? Unfortunately, we can’t.

Selecting the Best

By Will SmithThis year, Maximum PC reviewed 420 products. That’s a lot of reviews.

The Maximum PC Auction

We’re selling two kick-ass Maximum PC-built and -blessed PCs on eBay to raise money for the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

Nero 7 Ultra Edition

Don’t let the “bloatware” boogeyman scare you away. Even though the Nero 7 Ultra Edition suite now comes with no fewer than 18 applications, you’ll never even see the ones you don’t want or need.

CMS ABSmini 40GB

When a USB key just won’t cut it, it’s time to bust out a handheld 40-gigger like the ABSmini.

Logitech V20 Notebook Speakers

Notebook PCs have terrific video capabilities, and most can produce excellent audio, too. Unfortunately, notebooks are usually equipped with dreadful speakers—and headphones won’t cut it when you’re presenting to a conference room full of people.
We don’t think much of using USB to drive speakers, but it makes perfect sense with Logitech’s V20 powered notebook speakers.

Tuniq Tower 120 CPU Cooler

Just when we thought CPU coolers couldn’t possibly get any larger, along comes the Tower 120.