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Posted on Monday, March 31 2003 @ 12:44 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck

Fortron/Source Technology 300watt & 530watt PSU
Many times a power supply is very much overlooked. People think that when they get their new case, the included 350watt PSU will do just as fine. And it will perform just as well as the other 350watt PSU that costs more then the case they just ordered. They unfortunately learn later on that not all power supplies are created equal. Many experience random reboots, crashes and freezes, all caused by that cheap, inadequate power supply that they are using. Today I have the pleasure of presenting two quality power supplies to you. Both come from a company that I was not familiar with Fortron/Source Technology, but after a few email exchanges with Anthony I now know them very well. They supplied me with a 300watt and 530watt unit so let’s take a closer look.

Review Link : Systemcooling

Asus SATA Dongle review
To complement our many Serial-ATA reviews to date, we decided to take a look at an IDE to S-ATA interface dongle or adapter card. This allows you to use IDE hard disks and optical drives with Serial-ATA cabling and controllers. However, all is not well in ‘gender-bender’ land... Here’s a snip:

“With all the recent hype over the new SATA technology, many of you probably own SATA enabled systems. Today we will be taking a look at the Asus SATA dongle when used with the A7V8X motherboard. How will it perform with the Western Digital 80GB Caviar? Caveat Emptor!”

Review Link : EnvyNews

Prolink PixelView PlayTV personal video recorder add-in card
Since most people will be buying the card to watch television, the image quality is the most important part. I found the reception to incredibly sharp, almost as good as a separate television. The card allows you to scale the screen anywhere from a postage size television up to the entire screen. There is even the unusual choice of replacing your background with the television, which is more novelty then of any real use. In my image captures, I had to switch a video option from Overlay to Preview, which degraded the picture quality noticeably. In short the picture quality is much better than the pictures I have provided.
Review Link : AMDZone

USBDrive Pro
With the number of Portable USB key drives available on the market, it's not enough to just hold megabytes of information. Manufacturers are now including applications and other handy tools with their products. USBDrive is One Company that offers more bang for your buck with its USBDrive Pro

Review Link : TechTastic

Samsung SCX-5312F Digital Laser Multifunction Printer Review
With units like this all-in-one printer reviewed today, I have no idea why a company or office would separately buy a photocopier, a fax machine, a laser printer and a scanner. The pure space that all these peripherals would take up would amount to about three completely filled desktops.

Review Link : TweakNews

Antec Door and Window Mod
Have you ever wondered if there was an easier way of adding a case window to your case? Antec sells the perfect item for the lazy case modder. What could be easier than installing a side panel on an Antec case with a case window already in it? The Antec side panel with case window that we will look at today is part number SP10WB.

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