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Computer buying guide
new 2001 edition.
Publication Information:
Lincolnwood, Ill. : Publications International, Ltd., [2000]

Physical Description:
160 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Added Uniform Title:
Consumer guide.
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QA76.5 .C612562 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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This handy, comprehensive guide offers clearly written reviews, detailed specifications, and information on how and where to shop for personal-computer needs. Complete with easy-to-understand definitions of computer terminology, this is the perfect guide for first-time computer consumer as well as the bargain-hunting technophile.

Author Notes

Consumer Guide The Consumer Guide is a resource that helps consumers make informed buying decisions. A team of editors review thousands of products and every new car each year. They provide information that includes pricing, features and specifications and provide feature-by-feature comparisons to make the choices easier. Once the consumer has chosen a specific product, Consumer Guide provides nationwide price comparisons and retailer listings to find the best place to purchase the item. They also provide, for after the purchase, updated information on product recalls.

In evaluating vehicles, Consumer Guide drives them each as the typical owner would for use in shopping, commuting, long trips and stop and go traffic. They avoid using racetrack performance to evaluate vehicles in meeting everyday needs. They also keep detailed records of the real world fuel economy and test each vehicle with at least four drivers. Each driver fills out an evaluation form, commenting on specific areas of performance or comfort, and note the type of driving they did and the fuel mileage they got. Their used car reports are drawn from their first-hand experience with the vehicles through the years and from federal safety recall records. The editor then writes the final report using the evaluations, as well as his own experience, to prepare the final evaluation.

In evaluating consumer products, Consumer Guide places them in three major groups: Home & Family, Electronics and Home Office. The products are rated by criteria that includes effectiveness, reliability, durability, ease of use and value. The products are then assigned one of three ratings: Best Buy, Recommended or Budget Buy. Best Buy is considered by their experts to be the highest quality product available at a reasonable price. Recommended is given to products that are good but have not measured up to the Best Buy standard. They may have a high price tag, limited appeal or new on the market, so they could not test their performance or durability. Finally, Budget Buy is considered well constructed with good performance but may have fewer standard features than other models, and they are available at a lower price.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 4
Computers and Computer Hardwarep. 7
Desktop Computersp. 8
CyberMax Enthusiast K7-750
Micron Millennia Max 600
Brick Computer Co. ThunderBrick2
Hewlett-Packard Pavilion 8665c
Quantex M667v
eMachines eMonster 550
Portable Computersp. 20
Compaq Presario 1600-XL500
Brick Computer Co. NoteBrick 5
Hewlett-Packard Omnibook XE2
Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)p. 23
Handspring Visor
Palm IIIxe
Casio Casiopeia E-115
Hewlett-Packard Jornada 820
Peripheralsp. 27
Monitorp. 28
Sony GDM-F400
Flat-Panel Monitorsp. 30
Mitsubishi LCD52
Samsung SyncMaster 570p-Plus
Samsung SyncMaster 700NF
Printersp. 34
Canon BJC-6000
Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 970Cse
Lexmark 3200 Color Jetprinter
Photo Printersp. 38
Epson Stylus Photo 1270
Hewlett-Packard PhotoSmart P1000
Lexmark/Kodak PM1000
Dymo-CoStar LabelWriter Turbo
Data Storage Devicesp. 43
Smart and Friendly CD-Pocket RW
Castlewood Orb 2.2GB
Iomega Zip 250 SCSI
CD-RW Drivesp. 47
MicroSolutions backpack bantam dual port cd-rewriter
Philips PCRW404K
Multimedia Hardwarep. 50
Gravis Xterminator
Microsoft SideWinder Force Feedback Wheel
Dazzle Digital Video Creator
Multimedia Speakersp. 54
Midiland MLi-490
Yamaha YST-MS55D
Multimedia Video Camerasp. 57
Creative Video Blaster Web Cam GO
iREZ KritterUSB
Scannersp. 60
Visioneer OneTouch 8600
Hewlett-Packard ScanJet 4200C
Tamarack ArtiScan 636DX
Modemsp. 64
Boca Research 56K Tidalwave
Diamond Multimedia SupraSonic II
Viking 56K PCI Modem
Video Cardsp. 68
3dfx Interactive Voodoo3-3500 TV
ATI Rage Fury
Graphics/Writing Tabletp. 71
Interlink Electronics ePad
Input Devicesp. 73
Key Tronic Lifetime Mouse
Microsoft IntelliMouse Trackball
Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite
Key Tronic Tag-A-Long Keyboard/Mouse
Home Network Devicesp. 78
Diamond HomeFree
Intel AnyPoint Home Network Parallel Port Adapt
3Com HomeConnect Phoneline Kit
MP3 Playersp. 82
RCA Lyra RD2204
S3 Rio 500
i2Go eGo
Sony MC-P10 Music Clip
Computer Software and Internet Servicesp. 87
Operating Systemsp. 88
Microsoft Windows 2000
Apple Mac OS 9.0
E-Mail Softwarep. 93
MSN Hotmail
Fax Softwarep. 96
Symantec TalkWorks PRO 3.0
Symantec WinFax PRO 10.0
Internet Service Providers (ISPs)p. 99
America Online
AltaVista FreeAccess
CompuServe 2000
Web Browsersp. 105
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
Netscape Communicator 4.7
HTML Editorsp. 108
Microsoft FrontPage 2000
Symantec VisualPage 2.0
Online Auctionsp. 110
Plug-Insp. 114
RealJukebox Plus 1.0
The Learning Company Cyber Patrol
Telephony and Teleconferencing Softwarep. 117
Cybration ICUII 3.1
Microsoft NetMeeting
White Pine Software CU-SeeMe Professional 4.0.1
Multitude Firetalk
Multimedia Softwarep. 122
The Learning Company Compton's Encyclopedia 2000
Reader Rabbit's Complete Learn to Read System
The Learning Company Clue Finders 5th Grade Adventures
Hasbro Interactive: Risk II
Interplay Descent 3
Maxis The Sims
Sierra Sports NASCAR Racing 3
Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase Through Time
Activision Toy Story 2
Financial Softwarep. 132
Microsoft Money 2000 Deluxe
Intuit QuickBooks Pro 2000
Word Processing Softwarep. 135
Microsoft Creative Writer 2.0 for Windows 95
Microsoft Word 2000
Desktop Publishing Softwarep. 139
Microsoft Home Publishing 2000
Spreadsheet Softwarep. 140
Microsoft Excel 2000
Lotus 1-2-3 Millennium Edition
Database Softwarep. 144
askSam 3.0/Professional
Microsoft Access 2000
Presentation Softwarep. 145
Microsoft PowerPoint 2000
Personal Information Managers (PIMs)p. 147
Lotus Organizer 6.0
Symantec ACT! 4.0
Suites and Integrated Packagesp. 149
Microsoft Works Suite 2000
Lotus SmartSuite Millennium Edition
Utilitiesp. 152
IBM ViaVoice Millennium
Lernout and Hauspie VoiceXpress Professional 4.0
Network Associates McAfee Office 2000
Symantec Norton SystemWorks Professional Edition
Glossaryp. 157