Stories by Chris Jager

  • New Panasonic Blu-ray recorders launched

    Panasonic Australia today launched two new Blu-ray disc recorders, the DMR-BW750 and DMR-BW850. The Panasonic DMR-BW750 is equipped with a 250GB hard drive (HDD) while the Panasonic DMR-BW850 comes with 500GB of onboard memory. Both models are VIERA CAST enabled, which allows viewers to access YouTube videos and Google Picasa Web albums when connected to the Internet via an Ethernet cable.

  • Stimulus package bargain buys

    This month, the Federal Government began rolling out its $42 billion stimulus package to citizens nationwide (along with overseas foreigners and corpses, it says here).

  • Microsoft releases blood-red Xbox 360 to coincide with Resident Evil 5

    Microsoft today unveiled its new Xbox 360 Resident Evil Limited Edition console bundle. The bundle has a recommended retail price of $569 and includes a red Xbox Elite console with a 120GB hard drive, along with a matching red wireless controller and Xbox 360 Wireless Headset. Naturally, a copy of Capcom's highly anticipated Resident Evil 5 is also included in the bundle, along with a free bonus card to download Capcom's Super Street Fighter II: Turbo HD Remix (via Xbox LIVE Arcade).

  • ViewSonic Precision Pro8100

    The meteoric rise of the widescreen TV has robbed home theatre projectors of much of their former allure. Once considered the ultimate in cinematic luxury, they have since become something of an endangered species -- rather like the bearded, middle-aged men who swear by them (you know the type we’re talking about: most of them are also fans of Betamax and/or LaserDisc).

  • HP Compaq 6730s (FV305PA)

    The HP Compaq 6730s (FV305PA) is an entry-level business notebook geared towards unpicky professionals. Characterised by a workmanlike performance, moderate price tag and fearsomely dull design, it’s not the sort of notebook that jumps out at prospective buyers.

  • Asus Lamborghini VX3

    In recent years, car enthusiasts have been treated to a veritable showroom of automobile-sponsored notebooks, including the Asus Lamborghini VX2s (AK039G), Itronix Hummer VR-1, Acer Acer Ferrari 1100 and Toshiba Portege R500 (okay, so the last one isn't actually a car, but it sure does sound like one). It seems that as long as there are millionaire-wannabes in the world, there will be sports car laptops.

  • Netgear Storage Central Turbo SC101T

    The Netgear Storage Central Turbo SC101T is a rather curious entry into the network storage market. Utilising SoIP technology, the device appears in your My Computer window as a regular external hard drive (as opposed to a 'mapped' hard drive over your network connection). While this makes for an easier set up process and eliminates the need for complex security measures, it also means you can't run applications from it or access the Internet. As such, the SC101T is really only suitable for people who require a single storage space for multiple PCs.

  • Linksys NAS200

    The Linksys NAS200 is an affordable network-attached storage enclosure aimed primarily at home users. With its twin SATA hard-drive bays, pre-installed backup software, built-in media server and HTTP/FTP client capabilities, it certainly appears to have all major networking requirements covered. However, the absence of a Gigabit Ethernet connection hamstrings transfer speeds; an oversight that will deter many users. Furthermore, a range of design and interface flaws reduces its overall appeal.

  • Acer Aspire Gemstone 5920G (602G25Hn)

    Thanks to the versatile nature of modern technology, consumers now have the luxury of tailor-fitting a notebook to meet their specific needs. Whether you want the bare-bones edition of a particular model or a powerfully decked-out alternative, the range of choices on offer is usually there for the taking.

  • It's Not Easy Being Green - Unless you own Vista

    The emerging threat of global warming has changed various aspects of our everyday lives - from the world's political landscape to the way we view a light switch. However, when it comes to using our PCs, many of us ignore energy conservation for the sake of business or convenience. This is a mindset that we all need to break.