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  1. Apple Mac mini 1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo review

    Apple Mac mini 1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo review

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    Apple quietly upgraded its entry-level Mac desktop with Core 2 Duo chips this month. It was a long overdue bump up. The new clock speeds are 1.83GHz and 2.0GHz. It carries forward exactly the same format as before; the same shell, ports, graphics card, and drives

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    RL Modula 4400-HM Home Multimedia Machine review

    RL Modula 4400-HM Home Multimedia Machine review

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    You may not have heard of RL Supplies. That's no surprising, given that it relies on word of mouth and reviews in the media to bring in business. It's been going for ten years though, so the company must be doing something right.

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    Apple Mac mini 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo review

    Apple Mac mini 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo review

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    While Apple was stealing headlines with its latest iMac design, it also quietly upgraded the Mac mini with a Core 2 Duo processor, thereby completing the integration of the faster Intel chips across its whole Mac line-up

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    Apple iMac 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo review

    Apple iMac 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo review

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    We have two methods to gauge the impact of a new Mac. The first is to talk to customers at our local Apple reseller. The second is to set up the new Mac in the office and wait for our colleagues' reactions. In both cases, the new iMac seems like a winner

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    Beast Computers Tauros review

    Beast Computers Tauros review

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    This is a small form factor machine for those that might need to lug a PC around a bit - or those that are after something a little less intimidating. Of course, it's Shuttle that is synonymous with small form factor PCs, but those that have built a system inside one of that company's barebones systems will be acutely aware of how loud such machines can get when under full load

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    Cyberpower Infinity SLI 960 review

    Cyberpower Infinity SLI 960 review

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    More and more PCs are being sold pre-overclocked, and it's not hard to see why. Not only is it desirable to squeeze extra performance from your machine, but the job is now arguably easier

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    Chillblast Fusion 6320 OC P35 review

    Chillblast Fusion 6320 OC P35 review

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    The £600 - £800 desktop market is competitive and you can see marked differences in performance for just a few pounds either way. One such PC that excels in this price bracket is the Chillblast Fusion 6320 OC P35

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    NEC PowerMate ML460 Pro review

    NEC PowerMate ML460 Pro review

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    NEC may not quite share the same spotlight as Dell when it comes to business machines, but it's been doing solid business all these years, and the latest PowerMate shows that it has enough to give the other big guns something to think about

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    Medion 6486 review

    Medion 6486 review

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    Computer shops, once the domain of the over-zealous and ill-informed, have all but been replaced. The Internet was the first to stick the boot in, now it seems that thanks to PCs like the Medion 6486, big-name supermarkets are going to finish the job

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    Zoostorm 2-3423 Versatile E2160 review

    Zoostorm 2-3423 Versatile E2160 review

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    The £500 price tag is clearly the big attraction in this PC, which boasts a feature-packed version of Vista, 2GB RAM, a 250GB SATA hard drive and a powerful graphics card. This latest Zoostorm from the Versatile range has a lot going for it

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    Cyberpower Media Centre HD review

    Cyberpower Media Centre HD review

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    Cyberpower is a well-established manufacturer of gaming PCs, and its Media Centre HD represents the company's push into the high-definition arena. Question is, should Cyberpower have stayed in its comfort zone?

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    HSC Dark Whisper review

    HSC Dark Whisper review

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    HSC Dark Whisper review: High Speed Computers says that its aim is to produce the computing equivalent of a Bentley. Like that classic British manufacturer, HSC builds every PC that comes out of its small production facility by hand

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    PC NextDay Zoostorm 2-3423 review

    PC NextDay Zoostorm 2-3423 review

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    Any sight of the word 'Pentium' either makes us think of ugly boxes coated in 'Intel Inside' decals, or piping-hot Prescotts with haughty heatsinks. Our collection of processors enter and leave PCs with more frequency than a Dell returns department

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    HSC Dark Whisper review

    HSC Dark Whisper review

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    We are steadily seeing more and more machines coming straight from the retailers that are overclocked to the hilt. Originally, the overclocker was someone who wanted to get their machine to go as fast as possible before going into melt down

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    Shuttle X 200M Vista review

    Shuttle X 200M Vista review

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    Shuttle pioneered the small-form factor PC, and we're sure there are plenty of those shoe-box sized systems up and down the country. So it's refreshing to see the company is trying something new with this slimline, stylish PC

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    Power Tower review

    Power Tower review

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    To say that the off-the-peg rig market is competitive would be an understatement on a scale akin to Chernobyl's general manager phoning his boss to explain things might get 'a bit warm today'

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    Shuttle XPC Mini X200 review

    Shuttle XPC Mini X200 review

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    That hulking PC you've got hooked up to your TV really isn't doing your stylish living room justice is it? What you need is a quiet, good-looking machine to cater for all your media centre needs. Enter Shuttle's latest mini media centre PC, the X200M

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    HP Touchsmart IQ770 review

    HP Touchsmart IQ770 review

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    The all-in-one is hardly a new idea, but in terms of modern computing it does appear to be something of an enigma for PC manufacturers. Manufacturers have tried, but it's only really Apple that has managed to make any headway with the idea

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    Armari Magnetar QX2 review

    Armari Magnetar QX2 review

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    There are significant benefits to buying a workstation-class PC. First up, there's the general standard of manufacture. The whole unit in this case was wonderfully constructed, and internally it's by far the neatest PC we've seen in many years

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    Apple Mac Pro review

    Apple Mac Pro review

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    Since announcing its intention to move to Intel chips two years ago, Apple has been keen to keep apace with the processor developments of the Windows-based mainstream

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    Apple Mac Pro Two 3GHz Quad review

    Apple Mac Pro Two 3GHz Quad review

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    The ceiling has just been raised at the top end of the Mac line interms of raw processing power. Although we knew the 8-core Mac Pro was imminent, in true Apple fashion its launch was anything but predictable

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    Shuttle XPC Mini X100 review

    Shuttle XPC Mini X100 review

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    Like a homosexual clergyman, the X100 is confused. Unfortunately, itseems not to know what it was created for. At first glance it looks like a neat media centre; like something you wouldn't mind sitting next to

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    PC Specialist 182612 review

    PC Specialist 182612 review

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    When buying a new PC, it usually pays to cut out the middle man. This means ignoring the usual high-street suspects such as PC World. PC Specialist is an online retailer that enables you to do just that, competing with the likes of Dell and Mesh.

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    Evesham EBox HD review

    Evesham EBox HD review

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    We've seen standalone R690 motherboards. We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the M690 mobile platform. And now the first media centres pre-built with an R690 motherboard are rolling off production lines.

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    Dell Dimension XPS 710 H2C review

    Dell Dimension XPS 710 H2C review

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    We're still recovering from the battering to our self-esteem that the last XPC gave us. It was designed to humble, to make men feel like boys. A glance at the core spec of its follow-up, however, shows that Dell has raised the bar to a whole new level

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