Lab Reviews

GCN Lab Review: Goldtouch ErgoSecure 2.0 keyboard with smart-card reader

The Goldtouch is the only ergonomic keyboard that meets Federal Information Processing Standard 201 specifications for personal identity verification.

GCN Lab Review: Logitech Wave Pro wireless keyboard

Logitech’s Wave Pro wireless keyboard is easy to use, with a gentle touch and a powerful wireless signal.

Innovative peripherals broaden the definition of input devices

The GCN Lab looks at the spectrum of input devices, from the not-so-lowly mouse to some high-end touch-screens.

GCN Lab Review: NZXT Avatar gaming mouse

Although the Avatar was designed with gamers in mind, government users who require precision handling on their mice will find it extremely useful.

GCN Lab Review: Smart Board interactive display frame

It’s an interactive frame that fits over any 42-inch to 65-inch display monitor. You can write on it using a finger, keyboard or electronic pencil — with eraser.

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.

Universal Imaging Utility streamlines the task of giving users identical systems

The Universal Imaging Utility can resolve problems before you copy image files from a master system to new clients.

SmartPro UPS is made for shallow spaces

The SmartPro Shallow-Depth Rackmount UPS System performs as well as you would expect from a 2200VA UPS, but has a slightly different form factor to help it fit better into some shallow server racks.

BlueCat Proteus 5000 keeps IP addresses in order

GCN LAB REVIEW: The Proteus 5000 gives administrators a clear look at all of a network's IP addresses, and a lot of flexibility in managing them.

A GIS program for the rest of us

Maptitude 5.0 is surprisingly easy-to-use GIS mapping software for the non-GIS user.

GCN LAB REVIEW: Dell Optiplex 960

The Dell Optiplex 960 high-performance PC would be good for any use, provided that upgrades are a long way down the road.

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.

GCN LAB REVIEW: Lenovo ThinkCentre M58p

Although not the best in some categories, the ThinkCentre M58p would do well at almost any office task, and its extra security is a plus.


ThE Apple iMac MB418LL/A is made for any user who prefers Mac OS X to Windows, though it has enough power, as we found out, to also drive Vista.

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