Verdicts on the Latest & Greatest Technology

April 2002
by Reid Goldsborough

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What’s hot these days in PC technology? What’s merely hyped?
With the caveat that this is at least somewhat subjective, here’s a rundown of some of the latest and greatest gadgets, gizmos, and gewgaws, along with a recommendation of which are worth opening your wallet for.

Superfast CPUs

A superfast central processing unit can speed up processor-intensive tasks such as digitizing music or video. The latest chips from Intel, AMD (Advanced Micro Devices), and Motorola that I’ve tested deliver smaller improvements in such common activities as word processing and surfing the Web.
When buying a new computer, it’s most cost-effective to opt for the “sweet spot”–a CPU one to three notches down from the top of the line–unless you absolutely need the slightly increased performance of the very fastest chips.

Verdict:

Qualified thumbs up.

Rewritable DVD Drives

 

Rewritable optical drives are replacing other auxiliary storage media, including Zip and Jaz drives and, in some cases, tape backup drives.“CD-RW drives” have dropped in price lately. Plus, the cost of the discs on a per-megabyte basis is less than the cost of other storage media, and unlike with tape backup drives, your data is quickly accessible. Those CD-RW drives I’ve looked at are terrific for backing up data and burning audio CDs.
The just-released “DVD+RW drives” have seven…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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