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  1. Scan 3XS NF5/7950 review

    Scan 3XS NF5/7950 review

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    The world of PC performance is shifting at this very moment, with the balance swinging from one super power to the other. While the battle for processor supremacy still rages, companies are trying to make a buck from the kit that already exists

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    Apple Mac mini 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo review

    Apple Mac mini 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo review

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    So near, and yet so far. The new Mac mini comes within a whisker of being the ultimate home media centre.It'stiny, so it fits perfectly into that shelf underneath your TV. It'sattractive, so no one will complain about having it on public display.

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    Gladiator Proteus PCA200 review

    Gladiator Proteus PCA200 review

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    No, you haven't misread the price - the Gladiator Proteus PCA200 PC can be yours for a shade under £200. However, when you take a look at the specifications you'll notice that there's something missing: Windows XP

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    Evesham Knockout Pro review

    Evesham Knockout Pro review

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    With the introduction of Media Center, we were promised chassisinnovations that would turn the bulky and boxy PC into a sleek design piece. Whirring fans and ungainly design were a thing of the past

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    Apple Mac mini review

    Apple Mac mini review

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    Given Apple's transition to the x86 architecture, we decided that despite being a Mac, it's worthy of our attention. The Mac mini is a small form-factor PC that's been around for about a year in various incarnations.

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    Carrera Octan review

    Carrera Octan review

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    This PC impresses from the moment you take it out of the box, with a base unit that's both stylish and solid enough to survive the occasional knocks. Plug it in and a blue light shines out at the base. This is very impressive with the lights out

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    Lewis MC800 review

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    Generally speaking, home PCs running Media Center Edition 2005 are shrinking. Today, they're more likely to resemble conventional DVD players than typical desktop computers.However, Lewis has adopted a different approach

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    Acer Aspire L200 review

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    Looking for all the world like a go-faster DVD player from the Far East, Acer's elegant Aspire L200 is actually a multimedia PC running the latest (2005) variant of Windows XP MCE. It may be low-profile, but it weighs the same as a high-end DVD player

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    Hush E3 MCE review

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    As its name suggests, Hush is pioneering the quiet PC. The company's mini-ITX and ITX systems have led the way, defined by their precision engineering and techno-industrial good looks

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    Hewlett-Packard EP7122 review

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    You would probably have been able to hear the brain cells ticking away: 'This is going to be a home cinema projector and not just another data projector warmed over. So let's make it look really exciting in the home, a proper talking point'

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    Hi Grade XC Cube MZ855-II review

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    The problem with most Media Center PCs is this: they're too loud. Nine out of ten MCE systems are based around muscle processors like the P4, and these have a tendency to run hot and need constant cooling

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    Hi-Grade DMS II 3400 review

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    Hi-Grade's Digital Media Station (DMS) may not have the sleek finish of the Elonex, but the machine is a good match for conventional home entertainment kit - looking much like a high-end DVD player. it's quiet too.

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    Evesham E-box review

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    Evesham's second media PC has been redesigned to be rack mounted or stacked. It's better specified too, with a Pentium 4 processor, 160GB hard disk, two digital tuners and a DVD-RAM writer and is one of the first to adopt a...

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    Apple Mac Mini review

    Apple Mac Mini review

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    Admit it. You're sorely tempted by Apple's new Mac because it's well priced, reasonably powerful and... well, it just looks so damn cute. It's the perfect excuse to dump that ugly old beige Wintel box in the corner of the room

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    Shuttle XPC G5 8300M review

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    When it comes to building Media Center PCs, Shuttle's small form factor designs have always seemed the ideal enclosure: the company was instrumental in bringing low-size, high-performance PCs to mainstream attention

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    Philips MT2000 Digital Home Solution desktop review

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    Heard about this networked-home malarkey and fancy having a go, but can't be bothered to piece the bits together yourself? Well, then you're exactly the type of person Philips has in mind for this networked-home package

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    Watford Aries Media Experience review

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    PCs are generally all about raw power rather than their suitability for your living room. Switch on the latest and greatest systems, and your ears will be assaulted by the sound of air being drawn through the system to keep the innards cool

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    Sony Vaio VGC-V2M review

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    The idea of an all-in-one computer is hardly new. The likes of Elonex and Hi-Grade have been building PC systems into monitors for several years now, while Mac users have spent the past few months purring over the stylish G5

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    ECS EZ-Buddie 2 review

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    Not simply a buzz word anymore, media PCs are becoming strong contenders for living room space, even though, at present, it's hard to envisage them replacing existing kit

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