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Fluid Mask 2.0 review

Review:  Fluid Mask 2.0 review

There are two important aspects to a masking plug-in. First is the ability to deal with painstakingly complex detail such as hair and…

Perfection V700 Photo review

Review:  Perfection V700 Photo review

It’s been a while since a scanner aimed specifically at professional creatives was released, so it’s a surprise that both Epson and HP are…

Review:  Inspiron 9400 review

Dell’s first laptop to offer Intel’s new Core Duo line of processors features the same chip as Apple’s MacBook Pro (left), but places it within a…

Cordless Desktop S530 review

Review:  Cordless Desktop S530 review

The Cordless Desktop S530 is the first keyboard-&-mouse combo we’ve seen that’s aimed squarely at Mac-based designers, video editors, and…

MacBook Pro 15.4-inch review

Review:  MacBook Pro 15.4-inch review

Apple’s first laptop since the move from Motorola to Intel processors isn’t the groundbreaking machine that many were expecting. If anything, the…

Review:  FireGL 7350 review

Innovations in 3D graphics cards usually appear first in the gaming market. However, the first board to boast 1GB of RAM is the FireGL 7350, which…

Review:  xw9300 workstation review

HP released the xw9300 workstation over a year ago, but this version is the first model we’ve seen to offer two Quadro FX 3450 graphics cards,…

120 LCD Monitor review

Review:  120 LCD Monitor review

There was a time when almost every designer had a LaCie monitor. The move from CRT to LCD hasn’t been kind to the company though, with many…

Review:  M50 review

Samsung describes the M50 as the ‘world’s thinnest and lightest 17-inch notebook’. At just under 3kg, the latter is completely true – but the M50…

After Effects 7.0 review

Review:  After Effects 7.0 review

Adobe hasn’t taken its foot off the pedal for AE’s seventh major release. High-end users working on digital intermediate (DI) and digital film…

Review:  DualHead2Go review

The DualHead2Go adds multi-display output to laptops – allowing you to connect two monitors to the laptop’s VGA output port.

UltraSharp 3007WFP review

Review:  UltraSharp 3007WFP review

Dell’s upwardly expanding line of LCD displays has been great for designers. Not only have the products been impressive in their own right and…

Review:  Phaser 7400 review

Xerox may be known to designers for high-spec laser printers, but the Phaser 7400 is a low-cost A3+ unit going up against the likes of HP’s Color…

Review:  SilverSTOR XS review

Storage can be a problem for small creative studios. You want to have a central place on your network to keep your projects to make them easier to…

Review:  FlexScan S2110W review

Every creative wants a widescreen monitor. Palette-laden applications – DTP tools such as InDesign and QuarkXPress, and editing software such as…

Data Animator review

Review:  Data Animator review

An After Effects plug-in that creates charts and graphs is not the most creatively exciting effects tool you’ve ever seen, but the huge time…

Review:  FP202W review

BenQ’s PF202W is the lowest priced model we’ve seen so far, and while it’s a solid, basic performer, most creatives will need to spend a little…

Imagine FX840DC review

Review:  Imagine FX840DC review

It used to be the case that Macs looked great and PC workstation were ugly beige boxes. Now G5s look like air-con units and it’s left to PC makers…

MediaStudio Pro 8 review

Review:  MediaStudio Pro 8 review

The newly-released version 8 of Media Studio Pro adds features in an attempt to take on its old adversaries such as Premiere Pro, but it’s still…

Review:  DVR-110D review

As is the standard now, Pioneer’s new DVR-110D burns DVD-R and +R discs at 16x speed. Taking six minutes and three seconds on average to create a…

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