Lab Reviews


Security software suites offer more than antivirus protection

Antivirus protection has become the routine part of network security. Each of the five suites tested in this review had no trouble handling any bug the Lab threw at it. But they are a diverse group when it comes to other layers of security.

Red Condor Hosted Service

Red Condor provides a comprehensive system that inspects all incoming and outgoing network traffic for bugs and malware.

Trend Micro Version 6.0 Advanced

The WFBS was designed for offices or agencies that have few or no network administrators or bare-bones IT support. Trend Micro engineered this small, robust piece of software to be almost completely automated.

Can Windows 7 resurrect ancient PCs?

Amid rumors of Windows 7's ability to resurrect old PCs, the GCN Lab tested the performance of Microsoft's new operating system on some PCs reclaimed from the junk pile.

Trimble Yuma handheld puts a full OS and a lot of toughness into a small space

The Trimble Yuma might be small, but it packs quite a punch with a full Windows Vista Operating System.

Pocket-sized Joybee GP1 projector travels well, as long as your destination is dark

The Joybee GP1 Mini Projector might be small, but it performs adequately as long as you can control the room.

TuneUp Utilities 2009 gives you a window on Windows

TuneUp Utilities 2009 offers an easy way to view the inner world of your Windows machine, plus it works as a defragger and disk cleaner.

eSoft security appliance covers the network

The eSoft InstaGate can be configured in a variety of ways to protect your network while only using 1U of rack space.

A water-cooled system, for when air isn't enough

If you need precise control over a computer's temperature, or if you want to extend the life of an older system, the CoolIT Domino ALC is a fairly easy, inexpensive way to get the job done.

Hedgehog Enterprise 2.2 provides a comprehensive view of database activity

Hedgehog can monitor activity involving SQL requests of all of your databases, instantly block anything that is explicitly proscribed, and isolate and report on anything that looks suspicious.

GCN Lab Review: ViewSonic VG2427wm LCD monitor

The 24-inch widescreen LCD aced every performance and image quality test we threw at it, yet comes with a reasonable $499 price tag.

GCN Lab Review: HP LP2475w LCD monitor

The HP LP2475w is a good all-around 24-inch LCD with few flaws but little to offer in terms of major strengths. It should perform well in most office situations.

GCN Lab Review: Dell UltraSharp 2709W LCD monitor

If you play a lot of video on a large screen, the 2709W is a good choice. But if color accuracy or more mundane tasks hold sway, a 24-inch panel might better suit your office needs.

LCD monitors go big, with mostly good results

Six 24- and 27-inch LCDs try to break the law that states that as size increases, quality decreases. And a few of them succeed.

GCN Lab Review: Eizo FlexScan EcoView EV2411W LCD monitor

If you are looking for a high-quality monitor that is easy on energy consumption and the eyes of those working on it, the EV2411W is a great choice.