Lab Reviews

iPad: 10 reasons feds should be eager

The GCN Lab finds 10 reasons why feds will love the iPad, starting with a couple of things it doesn't have.

iPad: 10 reasons feds should be wary

The GCN Lab has offered 10 reasons(plus a bonus reason) why iPads would be good for government use. But what's right for one user isn't always right for another. So here are 10 reasons why government employees might want to take a pass.

Linux is looking ready for mainstream users

The GCN Lab reviews four flavors of Linux and finds that three are easy to use and two have extensive Microsoft compatibility.

With all-in-one PCs, one size doesn't fit all

The GCN Lab reviews five desktop systems where everything is bundled together -- for better or worse.

Zinstall lets you take XP with you when upgrading to Windows 7

With Zinstall, you don’t have to leave your old desktop behind when moving from XP to Windows 7.

DVD can save on training costs when getting users ready for Windows 7

The Class On Demand DVD will help you learn the basics of Windows 7.

Reviewers Choice

Acer Aspire 1810T: A laptop for practically all occasions

With strong performance, great battery life and lots of connections, the Acer Aspire is a good general-purpose laptop, at a good price.

LCD monitors continue to break new ground

LCD monitors continue to evolve, with LED backlights, IPS displays and some built for specific purposes. The lab tests eight large-screen LCD models that run the gamut.

6 databases and how to pick one

But as long as you stick to five general principles for selecting a database, you’ll be able to sift through the bells and whistles and find the right fit for your needs.

OmniPage Pro 17 can re-write (personal) history

Nuance’s OmniPage Professional 17 does what it says it will do: Quickly turn scanned documents into text documents that can be easily edited. One could even rewrite a little personal history this way.

BlackBerry Tour

BlackBerry Tour's features qualify for the job

The BlackBerry Tour hits the middle ground between stripped down and loaded with options. It functions perfectly well as a BlackBerry e-mail device and has some nice extra features that might come in handy.


Secure AppGuard can help defend against unknown threats

AppGuard can provide a safety net for traditional antivirus software, stopping even the latest threats that normal protection misses.


RedSeal Network Advisor can keep security devices in compliance

RedSeal's Network Advisor can get a network's security devices under one compliance umbrella.

Reviewers Choice

The great 8 products of 2009

The GCN Lab spent the year testing and reviewing hundreds of technology products, from hardware and software to gadgets. Here is the cream of the crop for 2009.

Motorola Droid

Droid does it better

The new Verizon Wireless Droid by Motorola is a phone that could really change the industry, and the way the federal government does its job.