Affordable 19" LCD Monitors
Sep 2, 2003 - in Reviews
Many 19" LCD monitors that will debut this fall will cost less than 1000 euros (US $1100). Here, we survey these new monitors and gauge their performance in games, movies, colors, and calibration.
High-End Scanning: Epson Perfection 3200 Photo
Aug 22, 2003 - in Reviews
OEMs today try to squeeze everything they can into a single box. Scanners are more often than not combined with a printer or a fax. The days of testing single-task scanners were long over, we thought. But evidently, demand exists for high-end scanners that offer resolutions and performance beyond what all-in-one models offer. We thus decided to test the most popular stand-alone scanners. Much touted by professional photographers ever since it entered the market, Epson's Photo Perfection 3200 proved to meet our high-end criteria.
The Little Keyboard That Can: Auravision EluminX
Aug 15, 2003 - in Reviews
Auravision claims it has produced a unique concept in keyboards with the EluminX, which the company says is commanding a lot of attention in the gaming community. Indeed, the backlit keyboard concept could be an ideal solution for low-light gaming enviroments, while serving specialty mainstream needs as well.
Multi-purpose Printers: Canon i450 and i470D
Jul 25, 2003 - in Reviews
Canon has launched four new multi-purpose printers. In addition to the i550 and i850 that are still featured in the catalog, Canon stands ready to introduce the i250, i350, i450 and i470D - they are less expensive, faster and simply better, all around. Here is a preview of what awaits you once the summer vacation is over, in September, just in time for back to school.
17" LCD Part IV: Six Panels With 16 And 20 ms
Jun 26, 2003 - in Reviews
The 20-ms line has now been crossed. And with it, most of the afterglow problem common to flat panels is solved. For our fourth set of comparative tests of the best currently available 17" monitors, we had two questions to address: can you play games and edit images on them?
Comparison: Low-Price Multifunction Devices
May 20, 2003 - in Reviews
Why buy a printer when for less than $200 you can have a photo printer, flatbed scanner and color photocopier all in one? Four models are in the running: Canon, Epson, hp and Lexmark. The results are in images and figures.
Photo Printer: Canon i950
May 9, 2003 - in Reviews
With the release of the i950 we have a perfect occasion to take a look at all the brands and see what the quality of their prints is like. How does the i950 compare to the i850, and to the latest HP, Epson and Lexmark printers? Are six colors better than four? The images give the answer!
Entry-Level Printer: Canon i320
Apr 24, 2003 - in Reviews
No, despite the way it looks, this is no toy. The general public may even like the color scheme chosen for it. In any case, the inner workings of a printer are more important than the cover. And it's those workings that we were determined to test.
Scanning, Copying, Printing and Faxing: Multifunctional Devices
Apr 7, 2003 - in Reviews
We test the latest multifunctional devices available on the market. Although they're less expensive than individual units, some models will rack up huge consumables bills. We put ten units to the test.
A Standalone, at a Price: hp photosmart 7350
Apr 3, 2003 - in Reviews
The 7350 may have card readers and turn out magnificent photos, but it still leaves something to be desired. Read on for the pros and cons we found with HP's version of direct printing.
Penalty: An Autopsy Of Dead LCD Pixels
Mar 19, 2003 - in Reviews
Sales of LCD flat panels have gone through the roof and their prices go down by the day, but there still remains a point that is not exactly emphasized in the specifications: how many dead pixels does it take before the manufacturers agree to replace a monitor We asked 36 manufacturers this question. The answers came back in dribs and drabs. Looks like there are some things they are not too proud of.
17" LCD: Samsung 171N & NEC LCD1760V vs. Everyone Else
Feb 21, 2003 - in Reviews
Any self-respecting buyer of a 17" LCD monitor starts out by making a list of self-respecting monitors. This list would naturally include the Hitachi CML174SXW and the Iiyama AS4314UTG, both of which have been tested by Tom's. But we hadn't yet tested the 171N, a 25 ms, or the LCD1760V, a 16 ms. Well, this is now remedied, and for good measure we've thrown in some general details on LCDs: frequencies, technologies, interfaces, etc.
Logitech MX Mice: The Weapon for Quakers!
Jan 10, 2003 - in Reviews
The optical mouse is increasingly taking over trackball technology, and that is not a bad thing. The latest Logitech and Microsoft products are accurate and responsive. But the MX range takes it all a step further. The new sensor is unmatchable for precision and speed, and a new cordless technology does away with lag time.
An LCD Screen to Start the Year: Hitachi CML174SXW
Jan 9, 2003 - in Reviews
Hitachi's new LCD screen pushes the envelope. The response time of the CML174SXW is the fastest of all at only 16 ms! The rest of the characteristics are just as impressive - contrast of 400:1; brightness of 260 cd/sq. m.; 160° angles of vision; etc.
Inkjet Printer: End of the Year Roundup
Dec 23, 2002 - in Reviews
We have tested printers all year long, bringing the results to you so you can keep up to date on what's new technically, as well as price-wise. Here, in what will be our last installment of 2002, we'll get you up to speed with our lab results for six new printers: the Canon i850, the HP Deskjet 3820, the Epson Stylus C62, the Epson Stylus C82, the Canon S330, and the Epson Stylus Photo 830.
17" LCD Part III: It's Christmas Already!
Dec 11, 2002 - in Reviews
Iiyama has won the gold medal yet again for the best screen of the selection. And good news, it's the cheapest as well. The competition consists of Belinea, Hitachi, Mitac, QDI, and Sony.
Joysticks and Wheels: The Winter 2002 Collection
Dec 5, 2002 - in Reviews
The market for PC joysticks and wheels is in the doldrums, and there is not exactly a rash of new releases. Yet we know how a lot of you really love to play games that need these devices, so we have decided to test the latest three, namely the cordless joystick and Momo Racing wheel by Logitech and the Thrustmaster F1 wheel. To round off the tests, and as it has never had a run on this site, we have added the Microsoft force feedback joystick with its new facelift.
4800 dpi: Canon i550
Nov 8, 2002 - in Reviews
The i550 uses the same cartridges as the S750, has a very similar, very fast print motor, a maximum resolution of 4800 dpi versus the 2400 dpi of the older version, and costs less. Has the time come for a change?
4800 dpi All-In-One: HP PSC 2110
Oct 25, 2002 - in Reviews
Hardly any bigger than a deskjet 5550, the psc 2110 prints in 4800 dpi, can reach 10 ppm, produces perfect photos in three minutes and, with its integrated flatbed scanner, works as a color photocopier. A complete review of the new HP all-in-one.
15" LCD Comparison Part III: Better and Cheaper
Oct 15, 2002 - in Reviews
At last - the price of LCD screens is finally coming down! In just a few weeks, the price of the monitors tested has dropped by between 8% and 21%, especially on the best of the bunch, the Samsung 152T. The average price of the new selection is around US$400 (460 Euros)!
Alternatives to HP: Canon S520 and S750
Sep 26, 2002 - in Reviews
As the new season gets under way, many of us are wondering whether we should opt for the Canon S750, which is considered to be very fast and sparing with the ink, or for the lovely, brand new HP deskjet 5550. Or maybe the S520, which is even cheaper and barely slower than the S750. So, who will get the THG stamp of approval?
HP DeskJet 5550: The Star Of The New Season
Sep 6, 2002 - in Reviews
The competition can start worrying. HP has taken a technological leap forward. Out goes the PhotoRet III and in comes the PhotoRet IV with a million colors. The new Deskjet 5550 prints text perfectly, and its pictures are as good as those of the best photo printers. There are a few caveats, however...
Comparison: Seven 21" and 22" CRT Monitors
Aug 5, 2002 - in Reviews
While monitors of 17 and even 19 inches are now commonplace for the average user, the larger formats are mostly still reserved for the graphics business. It's true that 21" and 22" monitors are usually beyond the reach of the ordinary wallet, though actually you can find low-range 21" models for a reasonable price. But this raises the question: is it worth making the switch to 21" and 22"?
17" LCD Part II: The Heavyweights Enter The Ring
Jul 9, 2002 - in Reviews
Hercules, Iiyama, NEC, LG, Samsung and ViewSonic have entered the lists for the best 17" LCD. Hercules has focused on the design of its PV920, NEC on price, Samsung on the tuner option...
Multifunction Devices: More Space On The Desktop!
Jul 3, 2002 - in Reviews
Printers and scanners blend into one - this is the multifunctional age. Lexmark, Canon and HP jostle for the leading position, but a newcomer, Brother, attempts to change all that.
The New Speed Freak: Lexmark Z65
Jun 20, 2002 - in Reviews
Lexmark has improved on its previous performance as far as speed and functionality are concerned. The new Z65 is clearly the finest printer that this American manufacturer has ever produced. But although the Z65 beats its rivals on paper, how well does it really perform when compared to the competition? To answer this question, we compared it with the Canon S520, the Epson C70, the HP Deskjet 940, as well as the company's own Lexmark Z53.
PC Racing: Much Easier With A Steering Wheel!
May 24, 2002 - in Reviews
There are lots of PC racing games, but they are really hard to handle with the keyboard. A wheel gives you a great advantage and is well worth the investment, especially if you are a racing fan. We have taken the best of them apart, literally dissected them. So here is a little lesson in anatomy.
Thrustmaster HOTAS Cougar: The Luxury Joystick!
Apr 30, 2002 - in Reviews
Thrustmaster has launched a new joystick, the HOTAS Cougar, which will is destined to become the Rolls Royce of peripherals for PC-based games. This is partly due to the price - a massive $299! The high production quality and programming options are just as mind-blowing! So this is the question: is the Cougar worth such a huge investment? It's our job to try and find out.
17" LCD Part I: Six Sexy Panels
Apr 29, 2002 - in Reviews
In the first part of this review, we examined six monitors in close detail. We tested products from ADI, Compaq, CTX, NEOVO, Philips and Solarism. They are based on a variety of technologies, including TN + Film, IPS, and MVA. We especially spent a lot of time studying the ergonomics of the various models, real-time response, and the color spectrum-not forgetting the technical improvements that are expected by the end of the year.
Under Scrutiny: Four 1200 dpi Scanners
Mar 27, 2002 - in Reviews
The new generation of scanners uses all of its wiles to tempt you. Scanners have plenty of attractive selling points for 2002, and even the most modest of the bunch is happy to add a range of buttons to the front of the casing and improve the design. Scanners with the most functionality have already adopted the USB 2.0 interface, so they are able to offer spectacularly fast processing time. Others offer units for scanning slides. Yet, in spite of being very different from each other, all of these models have two important points in common: they all have 1200 dpi CCD optical detectors and cost less than $200.