The Index of Reviews

Vickie stevens Digital cameras, inkjet printers, and affordable color laser printers lead off our summary this issue of the latest tests in the computer press.

In this section, we link to respected expert reviews of the best Windows-compatible hardware products available today. Only head-to-head ratings of competing products — not individual reviews of single products — are indexed here.


Konica minolta dimage x50
CNET puts Minolta at top of list
You no longer have to settle for a tiny LCD when you’re looking for a compact camera. CNET compares six compact camera models that offer large, 2- to 2.5-inch LCD displays.
Konica Minolta Dimage X50 (Score: 7.6/10.0)
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Canon pixma ip4000r
PC World selects Canon and Epson
PC World brings 11 photo printers to its labs and compares cost per print, speed, and quality.
Canon Pixma IP4000R (Photo printer category, Best Buy, Score: 4.0/5.0)
Epson PictureMate (Snapshot printer category, Best Buy, 4.5)
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Dell 3100cn
CNET likes Dell color printer
CNET’s editors test four affordable color laser printers and find that the Dell 3100cn is worth the price for the small business set.
Dell 3100cn (Score: 7.8/10.0)
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Plextor px-716a
Plextor wins PC Extreme’s Editor’s Choice
PC Extreme Magazine’s lab benchmarks 10 of the top DVD writers and finds that the Plextor PX-716A is the very best of the best.
Plextor PX-716A (Editor’s Choice, Score: 90%/100%)
Toshiba SD-R5372 (Good Stuff, 81%)
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Archos gmini400
Laptop Mag’s editors choose Archos jukebox
Laptop Magazine compares seven of the newest multi-tasking MP3 players that include color screens and photo capabilities. The editors find that the Archos meets the challenge of the iPod Photo.
Archos Gmini400 (Editors’ Choice, Score: 4.0/5.0)
Apple iPod Photo (Editors’ Choice, 4.0)
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Asus a8n-sli deluxe
Asus board excels in PC World tests
PC World breaks down your motherboard-buying options by putting five Athlon 64 and five Pentium 4 boards head to head. The Asus and Abit boards come out on top in both price and features, making them PC World’s Best Buys.
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe (Athlon 64 boards, Best Buy, Score: 4.5/5.0)
Abit Fatal1ty AA8XE (Pentium 4 boards, Best Buy, 4.0)
Link to all ratings and full review

Nintendo ds
Laptop Mag gives nod to Nintendo DS
A new generation of mobile gaming is coming and Laptop Magazine breaks out the newest models. While due respect was paid to the new Sony PSP (which was yet to be released when this article was published) the Nintendo DS takes the top spot.
Nintendo DS (Score: 4.0/5.0)
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Wilsons leather paris business tote
WSJ picks Wilsons laptop bag
The Wall Street Journal puts five laptop-friendly women’s handbags to the test, and finds that it is possible to get a stylish bag for your laptop PC.
Wilsons Leather Paris Business Tote (Best Overall)
Samsonite “Park Avenue” Nylon Tote (Best Value)
Link to all ratings and full review

Note: The links above lead to information from U.S. sources. For information from sources in other countries, enter the name of a reviewed product into a search box at one of the following links: Canada / Elsewhere

Vickie Stevens is research director of