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  1. Aria Home Ultra System review

    Aria Home Ultra System review

    7  

    When you're choosing an all-purpose family PC at a reasonable price, you shouldn't expect leading-edge gaming performance

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    Maxdata Favorit 3000 review

    Maxdata Favorit 3000 review

    7  

    The annals of time are packed with occasions of questionable judgement. On a far, far smaller scale in terms of international gravitas, there were also some questionable decisions made when this Maxdata midrange PC was constructed

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    Apple Mac Pro review

    Apple Mac Pro review

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    We've come a long way since Henry Ford. It's a sign of our choice driven times that Apple is no longer even offering a standard configuration for the Mac Pro, the machine that replaces the long-standing Power Mac brand.

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    Philips MCP9350i review

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    Considering that media centre PCs have been around for a year or two, it's a wonder that the bigger brands haven't already saturated the market with the buggers. But it's an area of home cinema that has remained largely exclusive...

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    Zoostorm 5-7503 Advanced PC review

    Zoostorm 5-7503 Advanced PC review

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    When you're choosing a video- and photo-editing PC, a large case probably isn't high on your list of priorities. Yet the Zoostorm's bulk does have its advantages, such as five drive bays which makes it easy to add more hard drives

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    Watford Aries PowerXS 6444 review

    Watford Aries PowerXS 6444 review

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    The Aries PowerXS is one of those PCs that makes an immediate impression, thanks to its stylish, brushed aluminium case. The heavy metal door at the front gives a feeling of quality, although it does have one or two practical issues

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    Mesh Photo 5000 review

    Mesh Photo 5000 review

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    The average PC display comes with some nasty clip-on stand. So it's just as well that the Mesh Photo 5000 utilises ViewSonic's 20.1-inch VP2030B display, which is as far from 'average' as it's possible to get.

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    Cyberpower Gamer Infinity 990 review

    Cyberpower Gamer Infinity 990 review

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    When something of the dimensions and weight of this rig gets sent to us for review, we can't help but feel rather sorry for the poor chaps as they lug it up the stairs to our base of operations

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    Apple 24-inch 2.16GHz iMac Core 2 Duo review

    Apple 24-inch 2.16GHz iMac Core 2 Duo review

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    Pinning down the iMac and who it's aimed at will always be a difficult job, seeing how effortlessly it doubles as both all-round entertainment centre and ultra-competent office workstation.

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    Apple 1.42GHz eMac review

    Apple 1.42GHz eMac review

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    What relevance does the eMac have, especially when you can buy a1.42GHz Mac mini for £399? Actually, if you look closely at the specifications, benchmarks and prices, the eMac is a Mac worth considering

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    Acer Aspire iDea 500 review

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    Acer might not be an immediately familiar name, but as Europe's third-largest vendor of domestic PCs, the company is in a good position to make a splash in the nascent media centre PC market. Yet the Acer Aspire iDea 500 looks less like a PC

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    Zoostorm 1-2302 Economy PC review

    Zoostorm 1-2302 Economy PC review

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    There are many ways that a budget PC can go wrong. A cramped, badlyorganised case; a noisy little fan; too little RAM; or a small HDD. Fortunately, this Zoostorm from PC Nextday doesn't fall foul of any ofthese common economy PC disasters.

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    Mesh ViVa 940 CA review

    Mesh ViVa 940 CA review

    8  

    Intel's Viiv technology has been so overhyped that it's easy to forgetthere are machines around to actually look at. This system arrived atthe PC Answers office without its all-important Viiv sticker. So is ita Viiv system at all?

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    Zoostorm 7-7401 Downloader's Dream review

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    While most get by fine on 300GB or less of data storage, there are those for whom adding new hard drives to the array is a constant process. These are the BitTorrenters, the media-hoarders; and with the advent of HD content

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    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

    8  

    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

    8  

    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

    8  

    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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