From the Magazine

Rio Carbon 5GB MP3 Player

Wherein the iPod Mini suffers a mortal wound

Month Reviewed: January 2005
Verdict: 9 Kick Ass
URL: www.digitalnetworksna.com

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
URL: www.averatec.com

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

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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!

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November 2004: Build Your Own PC

In the PDF archive of the November 2004 issue, you can find:

  • Build Your very own PC
  • The Birth of a CPU
  • PC Trauma Kit
  • Awesome Product Reviews, including the Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Speaker System!
  • Ask the Doctor
  • Rig of the Month
  • The Watchdog
  • And a whole lot more!

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

Epson PictureMate

A decent ink jet, but it can't compete with the dye subs

Month Reviewed: November 2004
Verdict: 7
URL: www.epson.com

Of the four printers here, Epson’s PictureMate is the only ink jet.

Sony DPP EX-50

A fantastic photo printer

Month Reviewed: November 2004
Verdict: 9
URL: www.sonystyle.com

We’ll admit it: Sony’s DPP EX-50 surprised us.

Olympus P-10

Incredibly small and convienient, but image quality and included media is a downer.

Month Reviewed: November 2004
Verdict: 6
URL: www.olympus.com

Don’t be fooled by the CP-220’s strikingly diminutive profile—thanks to the Olympus P-10’s cube shape and small paper tray, it actually has the smallest footprint of the printers reviewed here.

Klipsch ProMedia GMX A-2.1

When Klipsch first released the GMX series of speakers, they were strictly digital and thus offered little value to PC users (nForce users notwithstanding).