From the Magazine

Seagate 40GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive

A rugged drive that gets the job done

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

Now that Seagate is manufacturing 2.5-inch notebook drives, it makes perfect sense the company would enter the booming portable storage market by slipping one of its new drives into a rugged shell and slapping a USB 2.0 bridge on it.

Logicube Sonix Drive Duplicator

Drive copying doesn’t get any easier than this

Month Reviewed: February 2005
Verdict: 8
URL: www.logicube.com

It’s obvious the Sonix is meant for IT folks, given its fat price tag and limited usage for the consumer market, but we ask you this: What hardcore PC fanatic wouldn’t want the portable drive copier and its sleek G-man-esque briefcase pictured above? You might not use it often in the “real world,” but when duty calls, this cool-looking drive copier performs flawlessly.Operation is simple.

Strata 3D CX

3D imaging program compromises high-end tools for ease of use

Month Reviewed: February 2005
Verdict: 6
URL: www.strata.com

Strata 3D is a 3D design and illustration package that’s been popular with Mac addicts for awhile.

Westinghouse W3301 30-inch LCD

It’s a good thing it’s big, because it looks best from afar

Month Reviewed: February 2005
Verdict: 7
URL: www.westinghousedigital.com

Westinghouse probably isn’t the first name that comes to mind when you think about computer LCDs, but the company is a big player—at least in terms of screen size.

Enermax CS-10182

A case aimed at geeks who have a sense of aesthetics

Month Reviewed: February 2005
Verdict: 9
URL: www.enermax.com.tw

Over the last few years, computer stores have been invaded by legions of factory-modded cases featuring preinstalled windows, wild paint jobs, and neon LEDs.

Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook

Good audio on a notebook. No, really!

Month Reviewed: February 2005
Verdict: 9 Kickass
URL: www.soundblaster.com

In its search for fertile markets, Creative has finally tackled the last bastion of piss-pour audio: notebooks.

ATI Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition

The fastest videocard we’ve ever tested--by a hair

Month Reviewed: February 2005
Verdict: 8
URL: www.ati.com

We’re starting to get tired of the old videocard leapfrog game, which goes something like this: The two major videocard manufacturers start with a major refresh of their product lines, releasing new GPU cores that demonstrate incredible performance advancements over the previous generation of chips.

January 2005

Big Gigantic Technology Preview
Take a look at the gear of next year! Concepts taht were once little more than geek bedtime fantasies are finally arriving.

New Year, New Projects

By George Jones

This month, we take a long, hard look at 19 new PC technologies that promise to evolve your PC’s performance and functionality to new levels.