New Workstation Technology
HP sent us its latest XW4100 workstation, and it's sporting some brand new technology inside. Revving under the hood is Intel's newest chip, the P4 3.0GHz C, running alongside a fast new 800MHz front-side bus. The new P4 C also uses Intel's tricky hyperthreading technology, making one chip act like two. All this comes in a pleasing package, a fine product that's the first new desktop from the newly-combined Compaq and HP. Let's take a look.

MicroSolutions Backpack DVD+RW (USB 2.0)
If you'd like to take DVD burning on the road or from computer to computer, MicroSolutions has released the Backpack DVD+RW external drive ($300), a unit that can get the job done, but not without a bit of set-up tension. Hooking up to your computer via USB 2.0, the unit works well enough, as long as you follow the instructions on how to set it up and download its proprietary drivers.

Apogee Mini•Me
The Apogee Mini•Me is a sweet little portable box that combines three valuable audio functions: preamplification, compression/limiting, and Analog-to-Digital (A/D) conversion. It’s compatible with both Macs and PCs and connects directly to them via USB – with no hassles.You get instant recognition and connectivity, the way things are supposed to work.

Photoflex FlexDrop2
Lately I have become a chromakey nut. It probably started last year when I wrote the Hologram tutorial and wrote extensively about how to properly light and set up a green or blue screen shoot. Not one who likes to be confined to the studio for my green screen work, I have been looking for portable convenient greenscreens to aid in my many shoots.

Lightning Speed, Indeed
Let's hitch a ride on a new kind of editing system that's as at home with compositing as it is with pure cutting. It's a thoroughbred that's not quite broken in yet, but even at its tender age of 16 months, can already run like the wind. There are good reasons why Media 100's 844/X was code-named Pegasus during its incubation period. It's a kickin' colt that can fly, while learning some sophisticated manners in its newest iteration, version 2.0. Here's our review.

The Palm Tungsten|w
Computers and PDAs have become faster and smaller, and cell phones are adding PDA features and taking pictures. And they are merging into a single device much sooner then most people thought would happen. The Palm Tungsten|w is the first color Palm product to integrate a cell phone and email, and it does it with style and a high degree of functionality.

Perfect Harmony: Remote Control Simplified
Ever wonder why you have to grab a dozen remotes to control all the A/V components you have? I personally have a stroke every time I have to figure out where I left one of the remotes, or worse yet, which is which in the dark. There is quite an industry in selling multi-function remotes -- from the absurdly cheap that control the basic functions of a TV, VCR, and cable box, to almost laptop size devices like Sony's Remote Commander that is a fully programmable LCD touch screen device that is straight out of a some sci-fi show.

Channel Storm Live Channel Pro 2.0
I reviewed the previous version of Channel Storm's Live Channel Pro and said it was not only the best streaming software available, but one of the best-written pieces of software available period. It's fast. It's simple. And it's incredibly efficient. So how does the new version 2.0 stand up against what I had previously considered to be almost a perfect application? It's even better.

Lots to Love
In cooking, it’s just as easy to spoil a dish by adding an ingredient that doesn’t belong as it is by leaving out something that does. That aphorism has a corollary for video projectors, reflected in the $5,929 Toshiba TLP-T701U, which is much better off as the $4,899 TLP-T700U because then it doesn’t include the optional document-imaging camera. Both models are built on a 2,000-ANSI-lumen, XGA-resolution display engine capable of projecting very beautiful images—from anything other than the integrated camera.

Using SnagIt with PowerPoint
Our topic of discussion in this article is screenshots -- there is probably no dispute about the fact that screenshots of any kind can enrich presentations of all kinds. Bajaj takes a look at a product that will make this process significantly easier -- SnagIt from TechSmith.