From the Magazine

iBuypower Battalion-101

Mean, green, and lean, this laptop combines fast performance with a ridiculously low price

Month Reviewed: July 2004
Verdict: 8
URL: www.ibuypower.com

Someone at iBuypower must be a Mopar fan, because the Battalion-101 SL-series laptop has to be, just has to be, an homage to Plymouth’s muscle cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which sported the same hi-glow Limelight green colors.But the Battalion-101 has more than color in common with those big block, hemispherical box cars of yore.

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June 2004: The Speed Issue

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

  • Speed Matters
  • Power Supply Primer
  • Geek Quiz
  • Awesome Game Reviews, including Unreal Tournament 2004 and Far Cry!
  • Ask the Doctor
  • Rig of the Month
  • The Watchdog
  • And a whole lot more!

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Dell UltraSharp 2001FP

On the surface, the 2001FP clearly has the edge. It’s got a generous 20.1-inch viewable area with a 1600x1200 resolution, a handsome midnight-gray enclosure with silver accents, and an ultra-flexible neck that lets you not only tilt the screen forward and back, but rotate it to a portrait orientation (any videocard worth owning will let you configure the content on your display accordingly).

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April 2004 - The Ultimate Do-It-Yourself Guide!

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

  • 28 Ingenious Projects You Can Start and Finish Today
  • Use your PDA as a Universal Remote
  • Notebook Shootout
  • Six Hot New Digital Cameras
  • How To: Make Microsoft Word Work for You!
  • Ask the Doctor
  • Rig of the Month
  • The Watchdog
  • And a whole lot more!

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Philips Aurilium

This 5.1 external "sound card" should let you add 5.1 sound to any PC, even a laptop.

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March 2004: The Perfect Wireless Network

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

  • Join the wireless revolution!
  • P4 Prescott, all you need to know
  • Your one all end all Guide to RAM
  • Awesome Product Reviews, including AVG Anti-Virus and Adobe Photoshop CS!
  • Ask the Doctor
  • Rig of the Month
  • The Watchdog
  • And a whole lot more!

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Intel's Prescott CPU--Behind the Scenes

By Gordon Mah Ung

In our March issue (“Why isn’t Prescott Pentium 5”, page 28), we take a deep look at Intel’s brand new CPU and find that, while feature-rich and full of promise for the future, the 3.2 GHz Prescott runs slower than Intel’s 3.4GHz P4 Extreme Edition.

In this exclusive feature for the website, senior editor Gordon Mah Ung explains how he ran his benchmark tests, and why the results didn’t surprise him.

For more info—including all of our findings and comprehensive explanations of Prescott’s new features and what they mean for end users, don’t miss our March issue--on sale now!When Intel first briefed us on the Prescott, it was obvious that this new CPU would not initially be the performance king or Athlon 64 FX killer everyone expected.

Western Digital 740GD Raptor

The fastest ATA drive on the market just got faster (and bigger)

We can sum up the performance of Western Digital’s 74GB Raptor with two words: “holy” and “schnikes.” This drive goes beyond fast.

Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum

After facing some minor 24-bit soundcard competition last summer (which has since all but fizzled out), Creative Labs could’ve easily settled into a simple holding pattern with its Sound Blaster Audigy 2, the company’s top offering.