From the Magazine

Plextor PlexWriter PX-716A DVD Burner

Holy smokes! Plextor pulls out all the stops with its best drive ever

Month Reviewed: April 2005
Verdict: 10 Kickass

Put on your party hat, because if Plextor’s PX-716A DVD burner doesn’t make you want to get naked and dance a jig, then you’re either a hopeless Luddite or dead.We’re not all that surprised that the PX-719A turned in a record-breaking time writing 4.25GB to a single-layer DVD+R disc in 5:50 (min:sec); we’re accustomed to cutting-edge speeds from Plextor, and that’s only a second faster than the results from NEC’s much cheaper ND-3500A.

Sunbeam Transformer

More than meets the… ah, never mind

Month Reviewed: April 2005
Verdict: 8

No, this case does not transform into anything.

March 2005

Massive Multimedia How-To
Now that music and movies have gone all-digital, it's time to take control of your media.

I am the Firestarter

By Michael Brown

Greetings, Maximum PC readers. My name is Michael Brown. If you’ve been following Maximum PC since the beginning—way back in 1996 when this magazine was called boot—you might remember me as the magazine’s founding senior editor.


March 2005 - Massive Digital Media How-To

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

  • How To: Copy Every Disc You Own!
  • Digi-Cam Shoot Out!
  • Case Painting: How to Paint Like a Master Modder
  • Behind the Scenes Look at Product Testing
  • 11 New 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!

February 2005

The Perfect OS for the Perfect PC
You drew up the blueprints. You bought the best components.

MSI NX 6600 GT

Exactly how much speed must you sacrifice for a $200 part?

Month Reviewed: March 2005
Verdict: 7

We admit it: Mid-range videocards—those in the $200 to $300 price range—just don’t fry our bacon these days.

Linksys Wireless-G Router with VoIP

Who knew phone service could kick this much ass?

Month Reviewed: March 2005
Verdict: 9 Kickass

A bumpy setup notwithstanding, we’re unabashed fans of the Linksys WRT54GP2A-AT.

D-Link DGL-4300 Gaming Router

The first “gaming” router surprises us with excellent multitasking performance

Month Reviewed: March 2005
Verdict: 9

You already have a smokin’-fast DSL line and sub-20ms pings on more than 200 servers.

Kick Ass Gaming PC Katana SLi

Overkill defined

Month Reviewed: March 2005
Verdict: 8

A Katana is a thin Japanese sword with graceful lines, fashioned for slashing-and-thrusting melee.