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April 2005: How to Pick the Best PC Parts

In the PDF archive of the Holiday 2005 issue, you can find:

  • Hardware Gospel
  • The Geek Quiz
  • Turn your Videotapes into DVD's
  • Head2Head - Smartphone square off
  • Product Reviews including the M-Audio StudioPro 4!
  • Ask the Doctor
  • Rig of the Month
  • The Watchdog
  • And a bunch more!

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

M-Audio StudioPro 4

Audio accuracy on a budget

Month Reviewed: April 2005
Verdict: 8
URL: www.m-audio.com

If you have a home recording studio, you shouldn’t use a subwoofer-based speaker system because it will present an inaccurate representation of what you’re creating.

Deck BL82 Illuminated Keyboard

A little-bit pretty, a whole-lot uncomfortable

Month Reviewed: April 2005
Verdict:
URL: www.deckkeyboards.com

We love a good illuminated keyboard.

m:robe MR-500i Music Player

All dressed up with little to show

Month Reviewed: April 2005
Verdict: 4
URL: www.olympusamerica.com

The Olympus m:robe MR-500i appeals to your biological instincts so brazenly that it’s downright smutty.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 400GB

It draws blood but misses the takedown

Month Reviewed: April 2005
Verdict: 8
URL: www.seagate.com

It’s been all quiet on the Seagate front for more than a year, but the world’s largest hard drive manufacturer is back on the offensive with its new, eighth-generation Barracuda.

Kaos Extreme Game36

Extreme machine packs some unextreme components

Month Reviewed: April 2005
Verdict: 6
URL: www.kaospc.com/

It seems as though an eternity has passed since we last reviewed a PC with an Intel badge on it.

Abit Fatal1ty AA8XE

A gamer's dream come true

Month Reviewed: April 2005
Verdict: 8
URL: www.abit.com

If it’s possible for George Foreman to devise a mean, lean, fat-burning machine, than it shouldn’t be much of a stretch for the world’s greatest videogame player to design a mean, lean gaming mobo, should it? We can’t picture Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel standing over a PCB and popping in TSOPs by hand, but Wendel says he did have a lot of input in the design of the AA8XE board.Some of the features are classic Abit, including the dual outside thermal-exhaust system (OTES).

ASUS P5AD2-E Premium

Asus pulls performance out of the ether to trounce the competition

Month Reviewed: April 2005
Verdict: 9
URL: www.asus.com

Maximum PC readers will find the P5AD2-E Premium strikingly similar to the motherboard we used in last year’s Dream Machine.