Lab Reviews


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: Acer B273HU LCD monitor

The Acer B273HU, a 27-inch LCD with a surprisingly low price, did well enough at every task to make it a good value for anyone who wants to upgrade to a huge screen without breaking the bank.

GCN Lab Review: Upgraded Toughbook 30 is ready for duty

Although it looks like a standard Toughbook 30, this is an upgraded model with features that will appeal to military troops and undercover police officers.

GCN Lab Review: BounceBack Ultimate 9.0 provides excellent backup in a friendly interface

With BounceBack Ultimate 9.0, you can boot your system from an external drive via the USB port if your main hard drive dies, and your computer won’t even know the difference.

GCN Lab Review: Redfly Companion gives your smart phone a bigger screen

Redfly Mobile Companion takes whatever is on your smart phone display and puts it on a bright, readable eight-inch screen.

GCN Lab Review: NEO Pro 4.0 e-mail organizer can tame the Outlook monster

NEO can take an Outlook mailbox that is filled with junk, and filter the cream from the crop — and the rot.

GCN Lab Review Reviewer's Choice: Microsoft Access 2007

The options are endless, and the learning curve is, too. But with Microsoft Access you get more bang for the buck than with any other program of its kind.

GCN Lab Review: Corel Paradox X4

Corel’s new Paradox X4 has the most features of any database in this review. The hard part is finding them.

GCN Lab Review Reviewer's Choice: FileMaker Pro 10 Advanced

Features such as conditional formatting and e-mail links to hosted databases have helped widen the gap between FileMaker and Microsoft Access on ease-of-use.

GCN Lab Review: Do-it-all databases

The GCN Lab tested five personal database programs, several of which can do just about anything you want to do with your data, as long as you've got the time to learn how.

GCN Lab Review: Alpha Five Version 9 Platinum

Nothing with Alpha Five is easy, but it has other databases beat when it comes to advanced features, such as script building and Web application development.

GCN Lab Review: askSam Professional Version 7

Despite its limited capabilities, askSam 7 is still a good piece of software for novice to intermediate users who need to run simple database functions.

GCN Lab Review: Scan Station 500 adds jazzy features to network scanning

Kodak’s Scan Station 500 network scanner lets you save scanned files to network, e-mail or flash drive and packs extra features such as security and voice annotation capability.

GCN Lab Review: Das Keyboard Ultimate

It was a joy to type on the Ultimate. As a touch typist since high school, I didn’t have a problem with the unmarked keys, but one of my co-workers found it intimidating.

GCN Lab Review: Saitek Eclipse II illuminated keyboard

Because the lettering on the keys is transparent, the backlight shines through them, which means you can use the keyboard in total darkness.