Lab Reviews


Motion Computing J2500

Motion Computing J3500 is a light, rugged tablet with surprising power

This sleek slate tablet lets you cheat and plug into a clever docking station that adds a full-size, waterproof keyboard to the configuration.

ioSafe SoloPro

With SoloPro, backup data is safe at home

The ioSafe secure drive comes in a solid casing that can protect against fires and floods for on-site backup, and it can transfer data at USB 3.0 speeds, although most administrators will need to use a adapter port for that.

Filemaker screenshot

FileMaker Go brings databases to iPad, iPhone

Although you need to have Filemaker Pro on a separate system, the FileMaker Go iPad application takes advantage of that device's ease of use.

Lenovo IdeaCentre

Footprint? This desktop PC has a toeprint

The Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150 might be among the tiniest desktops, but it holds up pretty well in our tests.

BlackBerry Bold

BlackBerry Bold 9650 is an easy-to-use workhorse

With Version 5 of the RIM Blackberry operating system, the Bold ushers in a new set of features including a high-end, 3.2-megapixel camera with flash and 3G, Code Division Multiple Access or Wi-Fi capabilities.

HTC EVO

HTC Evo’s 4G service takes smart phones to new dimensions

The Evo is hands-down a Reviewer’s Choice winner in this roundup because of two crucial things: the device's bountiful jaw-dropping features and the outstanding performance of those features on the device.

Palm Pre

Palm Pre Plus has the tools but can be a drain

The Pre is a sleek flip phone that conceals an easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard and runs on the intuitive webOS, which in some ways is better to use than the iPhone’s operating system.

Samsung Captivate

Samsung Captivate makes good use of its Android OS

For most agencies, the Captivate would be a perfect mobile device because it walks a careful balance between the easy-to-manage BlackBerry and the power and capabilities of the Evo.

Apple iPhone 4

iPhone 4.0 a great device that deserves better reception

Despite its problems with AT&T, the iPhone’s easy-to-use navigation and sleek construction makes it easy to overlook the antenna nightmares. I reviewed a $199, 16G unit running Version 4.0.1 of Apple's iPhone operating system and found it hard to criticize anything else about the phone.

5 smart choices in smart phones

The GCN Lab tests five new models, including one with 4G capabilities, and finds they have a lot for offer on-the-job users. Android phones come out on top.

Rocsafe MX Rocstor

Rocsafe drive weds portability and security

The Rocsafe MX Rocstor is a FIPS-certified, 500G portable hard drive with two-factor authentication.

Redfly Mobile Companion C7

Redfly swats tiny cell phone screens

The Redfly mobile Companion C7 can solve the problem of working with tiny cell phone screens.

System Mechanic 9.5

System Mechanic 9.5 keeps PCs up-to-speed and secure

System Mechanic 9.5 follows up on Version 8 and earns our Reviewer’s Choice designation for being a utility suite that can keep even older PCs running at top speed.

6 powerhouse laptops reviewed

The GCN Lab puts several hardcore laptops through their paces and finds more differences than similarities.

Multifunction printers finally get their act together

This is the first year when almost every multifunction printer has really delivered, combining faxing, copying, scanning and, of course, color printing into a solid, inexpensive unit. Some even come with high-security functions, which are a must at almost any government office.