Lab Reviews


Last of the red-hot dual cores

Quad technology waits in the wings, but dual-core systems still have a lot to offer. The GCN Lab tested six dual-core desktop PCs whose power and price can make them attractive to government offices.

GCN LAB REVIEW: Supermicro SYS-5035B-TB

If physical security is paramount, desktop space is abundant and you have extra input devices you need to use, the Supermicro SYS-5035B-TB might be the system for you.

Kanguru e-Flash drive burns candle at both ends

The Kanguru e-Flash is the Clark Kent of flash drives. It looks ordinary at first but use it to transfer a gigabyte or two of data and you’ll realize that it almost has super powers.

A tune-up for old computers

The GCN Lab kicks the tires on System Mechanic 8.5 and finds that it can breathe new life into an old system.

Cruise control for TCP

The FastSoft E 10 can speed all file transfers on a network, but the larger the files being transferred, the more the technology tends to shine.

If you've got the time, Xerox Phaser's prints are worth the wait

Xerox’s Phaser 6128MFP offers gorgeous color at a nice price, but impatient folks should beware.

A switch to security

The Avocent SwitchView SC540 is a secure keyboard-video-mouse switch that locks out rogue USB devices but will work with Common Access Card readers.

HP EliteBook looks like an art major but is all business

The HP EliteBook 2730p notebook PC at first seems too arty for rugged work, but it ends up getting the job done.

NEC NP62

GCN LAB REVIEW: The $1,399 price tag might seem a little steep, but this is a case of getting what you pay for, and the NP62 is the best projector of the bunch.

Samsung L300

GCN LAB REVIEW: The Samsung L300 was extremely accurate in almost all of our testing, but its extreme size keeps it out of the portable market.

Sharp PG-F255W

GCN LAB REVIEW: If you want to hook up your projector to a high-end desktop PC using a DVI cable to maximize the display properties, the PG-F255W is the only game in town.

Epson PowerLite 1735W

GCN LAB REVIEW: If ambient light levels aren't a concern, the Epson PowerLite 1735W is a good choice for an accurate presentation projector.

Portable projectors that carry the load

The GCN Lab tested seven portable projectors for brightness, color accuracy, features and portability.

Mitsubishi XD95U

GCN LAB REVIEW: If you are looking for an inexpensive projector that will work well in most situations, you won’t find a better value than the XD95U.

Toshiba TLP-X150U

GCN LAB REVIEW: The TLP-X150U is a good value at $899. It won’t blow you away with its performance but won’t disappoint you either.