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here’s only so far hype can take you. Without delivering solid products and following through on promises, you’ll just fall flat on your face. Apple is a company we constantly watch because of its ability to balance hype with genuine innovation. It’s managed to use product design, marketing, user interaction and consumer psychology to imbibe its products with unmatched levels of desirability. This is what industry watchers call a “reality distortion field”, and Apple has used it to full advantage. This is the effect that glorifies every new feature and makes all faults and omissions seem insignificant in comparison.


The illusion needs careful and regular tending. It’s also worked because Apple has been an underdog for a very long time. Its computers have always had miniscule market share, but a disproportionate (and carefully engineered) amount of media coverage portraying them as the preferred choice of artists, creative professionals, fashionistas, free thinkers and bohemians of all types. These days its iPods and iPhones are everywhere, and apart from outer cases and two body color choices, there aren’t many things differentiating one user from another. The white earphone cords that once advertised your exclusivity now only make you one of a million drones. No longer the underdog, Apple is now one of the most visible success stories in tech— so visible, in fact, that it’s become somewhat of a target. It’s difficult to comment on the justifiability of claims that the company’s latest iPhone antenna design is critically flawed without much firsthand experience using the device, but it’s extremely easy to believe people’s claims that the company deliberately released a flawed product into the market. Whether or not that proves to be true, the company has been unusually high-handed and defensive about dealing with complaints, dragging its competitors into the fray and setting off another storm of high-profile criticism. Telling people to hold the phone differently hasn’t just annoyed users, it’s painted Apple as arrogant. Recommending people buy insanely overpriced slipcovers makes it seem callous. Refusing for so long to acknowledge that there might be a problem turns their pioneering spirit into pigheadedness. If the halo effect proves true in reverse and people start believing that the company’s new product designs severely compromise the most basic functionality, the distortion field might never recover its full strength. Maybe Apple understimated the amount of trust buyers have in it, or maybe it's built expectations up too high over the years. Facebook found itself being similarly demonized everywhere a few months ago, proving that rapid growth earns companies as many critics as fans. Apple needs a serious image fix and a more humble public tone—and everyone else needs to learn that no one is too big or too well loved to fall.
Jamshed Avari Deputy Editor




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Preying on users' fears of viruses that delete important files. the launch date of which is still unknown.1. McAfee Avert Labs now reports that a new variant of the worm has started hijacking DNS instructions. SOLUTION: The company has managed to cement both lapses in its update. is gaining notoriety after it has emerged that it can spread via pen drives in an entirely new fashion. XP will continue to be available as a downgrade option until two years after the introduction of Windows 8. pretty much paralyzing any infected PC. Infected users will also see popups of typically fake antivirus program "AV Security Suite" warning them that their computers are infected.inf still use XP A new rootkit threat. It can be triggered simply by opening the drive location in Windows Explorer or any other file manager. going by the names Stuxnet and Tmphider amongst others. which are essentially drivers that instruct the operating system to mask the threat. version 3.sys and mrxcls. Incidentally. Koobface then blocks all web traffic except to its own websites. Microsoft has published the results of a survey which reveal that 74 percent of office PCs still use Windows XP. attackers can get the complete control of the system. and are an average of 4. SOLUTION: For the VMware products ESX. 74% of office PCs not dependent on autorun. The figure is particularly interesting since the cutoff date for support for Windows XP SP2 as well as Windows 2000 expired in July. APPLE SAFARI About 44 critical lapses have been detected in the Webkit 2 rendering engine. That means an unknown number of PCs will have to be updated to at least SP3 or remain at risk without any future security updates.inf file method. patches are available from the manufacturer’s website. SUN OPENOFFICE Through a weak point in the free Office suite from Sun. ESXi. The threat is currently rated as highly severe. SOLUTION: Buffer overflows are to be blamed for these faults. Once users' accounts are compromised. rather than the well-known autorun. VMWARE Software plug-ins from different manufacturers that contain virtualization ehancements for VMWare have security holes through which hacking software can be sneaked into a system. Photoshop CS5 is not affected at all. SOLUTION: Apple has been quick to release patched versions. a new TLS lapse has been found in the SSL library. hackers can run certain damaging code.lnk". For this the attackers use Python scripts embedded in deliberately manipulated documents. Most EXE files on the system will be prevented from running. the botnetfueled worm that has been around for at least two years in some form or other. The rootkit places two files on a compromised system. the attackers might use them themselves or sell the credentials online. ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS4 If one opens a manipulated Photoshop CS4 file in formats such as ASL or ABR.2. both drivers somehow manage to produce certificates signed by Realtek Semiconductor Corp. poses VoIP attackers fresh danger to users could cost dearly Koobface.2 are safe. A patch is ready and copies updated to the version 11. The organization attributes this to attempts to use brute force attack methods to crack weak passwords. Other signs of infection are files with names similar to "Copy of shortcut to. where users will be directed in order to purchase the full version of the supposed antivirus product for US$ 50–70 and "fix" their computers. popup ads and redirecting search requests across the world. Symantec reported in mid July that nearly 40 percent of infections were in India. Multiple antivirus and security vendors are reporting that on being connected to a system. Apart from this. vCenter and vMA. named mrxnet. SECURITY SECURITY Koobface morphs yet again. 12 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . After spreading password-stealing spyware. has unleashed a new wave of attacks that are more dangerous than ever before. Use of the accounts would then be billed to the original owners and might remain undetected for a long time.0. The Internet Storm Center is warning of increased activity detected on ports usually used by Voice-over-IP applications that use the SIP protocol. the rootkit can use LNK files. on both Windows and Mac OS. This allows it to block off a computer's access to security vendors' sites and other sources of information.sys. You can find the download link on the Sun website.NEWS SNIPPETS NEWSWIRE SECURITY SECURITY SOFTWARE NEW SECURITY RISKS DETECTED AND PATCHED New threat spreads via pen drives.4 years old.

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science is taught largely in classrooms with intermittent lab sessions that allow students to perform hands-on experiments. The Mobile Science Lab is part of NIIT’s endeavor to come up with IT-enabled learning solutions to bring back the joy of learning to young minds. I am delighted to unveil a product that makes teaching and learning of science a 24x7 fun experience. success comes to those who inculcate learning as a 24x7 experience.NEWSWIRE FEATURE Science on the move NIIT’s Mobile Science Lab is an innovative approach to teaching science by encouraging students to conduct experiments. Abraham Tharakan. thus awakening and encouraging the young scientists. it is a portable science laboratory that comes to the students instead of having the entire class going to the lab. BY PRIYANKA TILVE sulfuric acid to sugar? Why is there a cooling sensation when we have antacid pills? It’s easier to get answers to all these questions and many more now with NIIT’s Mobile Science Lab. reducing the impact of what has been learnt in the classroom. For instance. Design and Development at NIIT School Learning Solutions. connect a thermometer and Be it in sports or academics. This means that there is a large time gap between theory W hat happens when the water reaches its boiling point? What happens when you add and practical. Vice President & Head. all you have to do is select the experiment. With Mobile Science Lab. – Viswananthan Anand World Chess Champion and NIIT Mind Champion 18 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us! Story code: NNT to 51818 . we aim to bridge this gap. Today.” The Mobile Science Lab allows you to actually monitor changes that occur every second during the experiment rather than just noting the end result. for checking the boiling point of water. says “Conventional methods of teaching and learning science pose vast challenges both for teachers and students alike.

making it sturdy and capable of withstanding rough handling. is made of ABS plastic. The device is also equipped with standard features such as Internet access. for example. alongwith its other components. they can do so by simply carrying the Mobile Science Lab and carbon dioxide sensor with them. More than 210 experiments from the NCERT-defined curricula for classes 1–10 can be performed on it with the help of various accessories. dip it in a beaker that contains water. word processing. the same will be represented on screen in the form of a graph. and the device will make use of Fourier Systems' Nova 5000 science data logger. NIIT has worked to customize the solution for use in Indian schools. spreadsheets and e-mail. NIIT will make this technology-enabled learning solution available through computer-aided experimentation. This helps students tabulate. Then as the water reaches boiling point. The machine will automatically take readings of all the samples collected. Owing to its portability. including Physics. Chemistry. INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 19 . The NOVA comes with a one-year warranty. The Mobile Science Lab covers a wide range of subjects. Biology and Environmental Sciences. For example. you will see that the graph is stable as the temperature remains constant. If a school decides to introduce the Mobile Science Lab only for class 10 students. Maintenance is easy as it does not consist of any moving parts.NEWSWIRE FEATURE SPECIFICATIONS The mobile science lab is made up of a 7-inch TFT LCD touch screen and it consists of 39 scientific sensors that can be used to measure various factors. and store the data. it will be equipped with only those apparatuses required for the experiments in the curriculum and the cost will be calculated accordingly. but it will cost over Rs 1 lakh.tilve@infomedia18. record and share their observations during an experiment. As the temperature of the water rises slowly. and NIIT provides three days of training at the beginning of every academic year for three Students try out NIIT's Mobile Science Lab at its launch in Mumbai. the students can even carry it during field trips to extract real-time data for conducting experiments. – priyanka. It can typically be used by three students at a time. The case. It comes with integrated Wi-Fi and works on battery. if students want to check the amount of carbon dioxide in the air at various parts of the city.

If you notice the hardware. This machine is built around an IGP chipset. that too at a good price. weight. but even ultra-portable laptops can handle serious gaming. l 5 screen frame are thankfully the only parts on the entire unit with a glossy finish.XXXX GeForce GT335. XXXXXX The Asus G51J and the previous Alienware models XXXx Alienware M11X has changed everything. Then there are lights in the front and even underneath the unit. Typical of Alienware notebooks. specifically the processor and the absence of an optical drive. excellent multimedia experience. In terms of aesthetics. Speaking of underneath the unit. except for the high price. Coming back to the low-voltage processor.TEST CENTER HARDWARE PRODUCT OF THE MONTH VERDICT XXXXX GAMING LAPTOP DELL ALIENWARE MX11 VERDICT: Serious gaming on a Nvidia FOR: XXX AGAINST: XXXX AGAINST: A Gaming notebooks are a dime a dozen.6-inch screen and weighs less than 2 kgs. and exorbitant price XXXX gaming notebooks. and usually.6-inch laptop.khilnani@chip. very little value for money. This fan enables effective air circulation by the side-vent. In terms of build quality. extremely portable. you’ll find lights all over. it’s the size and weight. Let’s find out how. All the ports are at either side and the only connection at the rear is the DC power connector. which is then expelled from the . and the keyboard and power button are backlit. It is gaming m . LAPTOP LAPTOP P tags. and a 11. logo and front grille can be du h X SPECIFICATIONS Rs XXX www. it uses an Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300. an Intel G45. Ergonomically. if there’s anything about this notebook that’s different from other Alienware pulling in . It also has a discrete GPU . including the chassis and hinges. a 256 GB SSD. turn the laptop upside down and you’ll notice an inlet fan (with LEDs) on the bottom. excellent performance. but ushyant. hence easier to carry.khilnani@chip. The new Alienware MX11 gaming notebook offers all of this. it matches up well with other Alienware notebooks. The other hardware includes 4 GB DDR3 RAM. for th o heir h b d. AGAINST: This model is exorbitantly priced. which features an Intel GMA X4500 HD onboard GPU. and offer very little battery runtime. FOR: Great for air from below. they are large (about 15 inches). the overall package. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL XXX XXX XXX RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY hard not to compare it with laptops belonging to the ultra-portable laptops category. is rock solid. are. so you can toggle between the two when required. 22 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us! Story code: HCI to 51818 . they weigh XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX at least 3 kgs. which is common to ULV laptops. It looks super-cool in the dark. XXXXX: XXXXXX. powerful hardware. The entire wrist rest and the textured touchpad have a matte finish. It weighs almost half as much and is slimmer. So gaming is no more restricted to desktop replacements. it’s The illumination color of the keyboard.XXXX.M15X and M17X.6-inch glossy screen with a native resolution of 1366x768. This new entrant has a 12-inch form factor with a 11. The lid and smaller M15X.dushyant. But gaming. A lienw lienware gaming notebooks are known e ware w notebooks o b k known o for their rugged build. g essentially a smaller version of the M15X. are perfect examples. and the mouse buttons are quite comfortable to use.

this option allows you to manually toggle no between discrete and onboard graphics.000.XXXX X Dell India 1800-425-8046 NA This laptop targets a very specific audience. but offers much more in terms of features. So the total cost of this machine comes up to Rs 98. two 320 GB hard drives and good discrete graphics are on offer in the Asus Dimensions (WxHxD): dushyant.000. Over and above. Although the sound wasn’t very loud. especially when you’re using the machine on us the go and when you aren’t using it for gaming.khilna nani@chip. The ports on this machine include VGA. Hard disk: 256 GB SSD.000 machine.000 extra to get an SSD in this machine. Weight: 1.XXXX. Bluetooth CONTACT PHONE EMAIL SPECIFICATIONS SPECIFICATIONS F the case with Left 4 Dead.3 mm. In Crisis Warhead. d do XXXXX XXXXX Ty Typical Alienware features BI BINARY GFX: Common to all Alienware gaming notebooks.khilnani@chip. the clarity was excellent. the model we tested features an SSD that adds Rs 28. and. So why should you spend so much money on the M11X? The standard M11X variant. It makes almost no sense to spend Rs 20. while it also keeps the price in check.TEST CENTER HARDWARE V RD C VERDICT VERDICT so something that this machine is good at. ALIENFUSION: This is a separate interface for power management of the laptop. which is a good price. and this price tag forces us to compare it to a gaming laptop in the same price range. The same was XXXX FOR: XXX ALIENWARE ALIEN FX: This option let’s people who AGAINST:light effects to turn them off completely XXXX X hate those using the AlienFX button on the top-right corner of X the keyboard. This was mainly to see how the machine performs under stress. where at 1366 x 768 and Rs XXX XX medium settings and no AA. The Rs RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY 90. Alienware has smartly used a low-voltage (weaker) processor and a good discrete considering the ultra-portable form factor. especially since itXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX allows you XXXX XXXXXXXXXXX X to play demanding games on the go. 4 GB DDR3 RAM. 1. PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING – Dushyant Khilnani VALUE FOR MONEY ERGONOMICS INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 23 . like the Asus G51J.7 x 233. we ran most of the game benchmarks at the native resolution and with some settings at high. Wi-Fi N. Connectivity: 10/100 Ethernet. The Alienware Command Center lets .XXXX www. which costs Rs 99.000 to the cost. And perhaps that’s the USP of be the M11X. Connectivity US options include 10/100 Ethernet. which costs Rs 70. which we tested. the gaming and multimedia experience. is completely over FEATURES the top. and it’s very be useful. It’s only for someone who wants an affordable laptop PH PHONE XXXXX: XXXXXX.dushyant. But the M11X only meets those RATINGS BUILD QUALITY criteria if you opt for the Rs 70. we started by playing a 720p HD movie on this machine and the playback was flawless and completely stutter-free. An Intel Core i7 QM (which is a powerful quad-core processor). we got playable frame rates in the performance and mainstream modes. SPECIFICATIONS Rs you access these features. and the bundle doesn’t W include much side from an OS recover disc. you XXXx can change the colors from the AlienFX XXXx X control Panel. for those of you who love the XXXXXX lights. It offers the same features as those found in Windows’ power options. STEALTH MODE: This is another common feature. It’s funny in inc that they supply optical media. to get the best value for your money. The machine comes pre-loaded with Blu Windows 7 Home Premium. has never been a forte of ULVs.000 www.30 GHz. which is an ideal combination for gaming notebooks. HDMI and a display port. CONTACT CONTACT N www. ST L LAPTOP which puts the machine into a mode that helps maximize the battery runtime. Wi-Fi N and op Bluetooth. Memory: 4 GB DDR3. three USB.000. which is good enough.7 x 32. FireWire.XX Also.99 kg. when the machine tha doesn’t have an optical drive to read The M11X with a standard 500 GB hard drive costs Rs 70. and the gamer’s mode was playable at lower resolutions. its screen is 3D compliant and the machine bundles with it Nvidia’s 3D vision kit. To test performance.XXXX. X: XXX XXX XXX that can handle demanding games and is EMAIL extremely easy to carry around. Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300. Screen size: 11.000 variant.6 in. Coming to games. However.000. is not very bad. It’s very crucial that you configure this machine properly. we got over 40 fps.

Ports are well-placed at either side and the built-in speakers are in the front. In terms of features. In fact. such as HDMI and VGA ports. . decent price. which isn’t the best thing.Dushyant Khilnani which was merely an inch in thickness and weighed a kilogram.18 x 33 x 208. it’s much more comfortable to use. webcam. but that’s not yet a downside on netbooks. RAM: 2 GB. memory card reader and three USB ports. Graphics: Nvidia Ion.4 kg. The battery runtime under medium load is 3 hours 43 minutes. other RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY 24 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP .4 kg. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Asus India 022–67668800 helpline_west@asus.3 mm. but there are also variants that come with Windows 7 Home Premium.1-inch. This netbook is twice as powerful in terms of processing and graphics when compared to entry-level netbooks. the Asus EeePC 1201N is powered by an Intel Atom N330 processor.1-inch glossy screen (1366x768). Display: 12. It has 2 GB RAM. Nevertheless. which easily drowns out the sound. GeForce 9400M integrated graphics. it is the hardware that distinguishes this machine from all Rs 28. Typing on it is more convenient because the keys aren’t as SPECIFICATIONS crammed as they are on most netbooks. Other features are rather common. a 250 GB hard drive. which feature a black matte coating. Finally. NETBOOK ASUS EEEPC 1201N FOR: Excellent performance. which isn't bad. you might cover the Dimensions (WxHxD): 297. When using the machine placed on the lap. There’s no optical drive. Built around Nvidia’s Ion platform. As a matter of fact. the machine we tested came preloaded with Windows 7 Starter. In terms of multimedia. you can even enjoy light gaming on this machine. Hard disk: 250 GB. thanks to the larger 12-inch form factor. this netbook packs more than double the power and offers the same style and sexy looks. thanks to Nvidia’s Ion platform.TEST CENTER HARDWARE VERDICT A POWERFUL ION-BASED LAPTOP WITH INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCE. ergonomically.asus. it can seamlessly playback HD-movies. Except for the keys and the base.999 www. the entire unit has an overall glossy finish. CPU: Intel Atom N330. at about 1.3-inches in thickness and weighing about 1. and a 12. Weight: 1. T he EeePC 1201N is not as slim or as light as the previous Seashell 1008HA netbook. AGAINST: Volume could have been better.

1 GB built-in memory. At Rs 12.999. but it isn’t bulky either.9 x 65 x 23. as the name suggests . but the video lacks the sort of sharpness and overall picture quality you would expect from an HD video.1.7-inch screen that performs well under direct sunlight. as the images looked too overexposed.1/2000 sec. but it performs well in comparison to other mid-range cameras.Sandeep Balachandran The HDMI and USB ports are neatly concealed behind an air tight flap that prevents water from seeping in. forcing you to press really hard to make things work. Encased The rubber panel (buttons) are not very responsive. HD video lacks quality and sharpness. and it did work after the drop test.tough. The night mode was a bit of a letdown. Another major plus point for this camera is its built-in 1 GB memory. Weight: 160 g. this is an affordable all-weather camera with decent performance. Aperture range: f3.olympus-imaging. SPECIFICATIONS Rs 13. Shutter range: 4 . The camera’s super macro range is a sweet 1.999 www. The device isn’t quite compact.4 mm. though this is only viewable if you scrutinize them Dimensions (WxHxD): 95. T he Olympus Tough-3000 is a point-and-shoot camera that’s built to withstand punishment. it is. The Olympus Tough-3000 is specifically designed to withstand harsh weather conditions.3 cm. while the normal macro is 5 cm. color and saturation is handled well. The rear sports a 2. The Tough-3000 can record in HD at 720p.5 meters. Focal length (35 mm equiv): 28 . which we actually tested. Resolution: 12 megapixels.5 – f5. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Olympus Imaging Corporation 022-22854495 amit_sharma@ot. we weren’t too impressed with the tactility of the device. LITERALLY! DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS TOUGH 3000 FOR: Excellent build.6x optical zoom. .co. with a decent level of sharpness. The camera comes with a 28 mm wide angle lens.TEST CENTER HARDWARE VERDICT THIS ONE'S A TOUGH NUT TO CRACK. First-time users shouldn’t find using this camera difficult as it comes with a detailed in-camera manual that explains almost all functions.olympus. it can withstand a fall from as high as 1. The overall interface is good. It can survive freezing temperatures of -10 degrees Centigrade and is waterproof to a depth of 3 meters. good color reproduction. Overall. Moreover. images tend to lose sharpness towards the top edges.102 mm. but with only 3. AGAINST: Controls are too small. but it feels a little too sluggish and it lacks fluidity when changing modes or settings. The Tough-3000 may not be the best point-and-shoot RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 25 . However. in a rugged plastic While these are all reassuring features.

but at a limited resolution of 2 megapixels. Shutter range: 15 . but the overall image quality is quite usable.8 – which is quite rare in cameras at this price range. . the Canon IXUS 105 will do just fine.8 x 21. It sports a metal build with a matte finish that ensures that the body is free of fingerprints. However. wide angle lens.Sandeep Balachandran palm and quite comfortable to hold. Weight: 140 g. The interface is similar to other Canon cameras. and those can only be detected once you zoom in and scrutinize the image. the camera has surprisingly large The low light mode. with the usual zoom rocker that encircles the shutter release button. For Rs 10. ISO values till 800. AGAINST: No HD recording.5 x 55. making them almost unusable. which makes it quite comfortable to use. The large buttons make the IXUS 105 responsive and easy to use. You also get a decent 4x optical zoom with a 28 mm wide angle lens.9. but overall details are captured quite well.1/1500 sec.995 www. Images aren’t the sharpest. The camera’s macro range is a little disappointing at 3 cm. It is only the finer details that the camera loses out on. The IXUS 105 delivers a near perfect balance of color and saturation. beyond which there is a significant decrease in image quality. the video output is quite well balanced at a resolution of 640x480 pixels. T he Canon IXUS 105’s standout feature is its super compact size. with a total of 12 shooting modes. The camera packs in a decently sized 2. Aperture range: f2. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Canon India 1800-180-33-66 info@canon. Focal length (35mm equiv): 28 .in Dimensions (WxHxD): 90.1 megapixels. The Canon IXUS 105 has a great mix of style and a regular feature in recent Canon cameras. DIGITAL CAMERA CANON IXUS 105 FOR: Good color reproduction. Resolution: 12. But if you’re not too keen on hi-res videos. Also in contradiction to its small size. but it is a little short on features. Images in Low Light mode display a considerable amount of noise. since it doesn’t SPECIFICATIONS Rs 10. which is pretty impressive considering the size of the device. limited RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY 26 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . The IXUS 105 performs well till ISO 800. Button placement is typical of Canon cameras. one would expect at least HD video recording. The video mode was a bit of a letdown though. allows you to shoot at a much higher ISO value (max 5000).2 mm.112 mm. it’s just about the size of your support HD recording. excellent build.TEST CENTER HARDWARE VERDICT A COMPACT CAMERA WITH A GOOD BLEND OF STYLE AND PERFORMANCE.7-inch screen.

The Z550 does a good job of capturing color. which works well. Resolution: 14. Shutter range: 4 . Despite its diminutive size. the playback quality is smooth.1 megapixel CCD sensor that comes combined with a decent 4x optical zoom.7-inch LCD display.Sandeep Balachandran The camera features a high resolution 14.47154346 sachins@casioindiacompany. Sharpness and detail aren’t great though. ISO. the image tends to be too blotched and hazy. even if video quality isn’t the best.1 megapixels. This is a straight forward point-and-shoot aimed at casual users. Amongst these. neat set of shooting options. In night shots. disappointing night mode. It offers a wide range of shooting modes and the ability to record video in Dimensions (WxHxD): 99 x 53 x 20 mm.995 www. Focal length (35mm equiv): 26 .com RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY 28 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . There is considerable loss in details when pictures are viewed at 100 percent. but the overall picture is well balanced.250. and the Super Macro mode allows you to take close up shots from a distance of 2 cm. etc.9.104 mm. the silent mode gives you the freedom to record video in black and white and without audio. Aperture range: f2. the camera manages to accommodate a 2. and options for flash. with a yellow tinge and a slight reduction in color. Video recording is not the SPECIFICATIONS Rs 10. Like all cameras these days. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Casio India company 011 . there is the obvious Intelligent Auto mode.casioindiacompany. thanks to some panning issues. the reds and yellows tend to look a little dull. you cannot ask for much more.1/2000 sec. T he Casio EX-Z550 is a compact little camera with a mixed plastic and metal construction. At times. However. camera's strongest facet. The calendar view allows you to quickly review images taken on a specific date. The Z550 also boasts a wide angle lens (26 mm) that allows you to capture a much wider frame. But with an asking price of Rs 10.TEST CENTER HARDWARE VERDICT AN AVERAGE PERFORMER FOR ITS PRICE. Weight: 140 g.6 – f5.7-inch display. . The Macro mode is one of the camera’s strong points. The interface is quite simple to comprehend. 2. AGAINST: Noise at low ISO. timer. There is also a visible amount of noise when capturing video under low light. The Z550 packs in a whopping 43 shooting modes. but feels too reflective when used in a well lit area. The Z550 also comes with a dedicated record button for video capture. are conveniently located. DIGITAL CAMERA CASIO EXILIM Z550 FOR: Decent color reproduction.

support for TXT files and Flash games. it’s still a very sleek device that’s just offer customizable options to enhance overall audio quality. although it did take over 15 seconds to locate most of the channels. it’s crystal clear and extremely comfortable for viewing.500 and Rs 14. the J3 is a great option for the price. The 3. The J3 also has a built-in voice recorder.9 mm in depth. memory expansion. Connectivity: USB and Bluetooth. That’s not too bad considering its features. T he Cowon J3 is as generic in design as PMPs get. While playing video. the player's memory can be expanded by up to 16 GB. Weight: 76 g. WMA.9 mm. Rs 12.500 respectively.750. is also on-board to further customize the audio. We loaded it with an 8 GB microSD card. The most impressive feature is the inclusion of iAudio’s Jet Effect 3.3-inch. smooth.5 mm standard earphones work quite well and are easy on the ears in both tone quality and comfort.500 www. Audio codecs: MP3. 8 GB and 16 GB that are priced at Rs 10. superb audio quality. great design. It’s also scratch-resistant to quite an extent. That being said. FLAC. which is every bit as responsive as Apple’s. you can drag. Display: 3. BBE+. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Lipap Systems 022-28743457 iaudio@lipap. The bundled 3. which SPECIFICATIONS Rs 12. AGAINST: Lag evident when accessing high resolution images. With music playback on a non-stop loop. OGG. The J3 also employs the use of multiple pages.0 settings. responsive and easy to navigate. drop and play videos of popular formats like DivX and XviD. WAV and APE. as are options for Stereo Enhancement Reverb effect. The J3 also supports multitouch. The FM radio worked quite well too. The Flash-based UI is simple. the J3 ran for a little over 9 hours 45 minutes. 9. PORTABLE MEDIA PLAYER COWON J3 FOR: Lightweight. The Cowon J3 is available in three capacities – 4 GB. Video codecs: DivX. Video playback is also a plus point. XviD and WMV.3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen (capacitive) display sports a resolution of 272x480 pixels and as expected.TEST CENTER HARDWARE VERDICT THE COWON J3 OFFERS AN IN-DEPTH AUDIO EXPERIENCE. the device ran for over 50 hours. which is excellent. For the true audiophile. which is a licensed audio enhancement engine. The J3 can dish out some seriously high quality sound if your music files are optimized. Options can be dragged to different screens just like you would in an iPod Touch or iPhone.5 x 9.0 with Dimensions (WxHxD): 56 x 106. – Shayne Rana Thanks to the microSD slot. and wireless connectivity via Bluetooth 2. and it worked without a hitch and no speed loss during operation. 480 x 272 RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 29 .

excellent browser AGAINST: Music player volume is display is bright and clear with a surprisingly responsive resistive touchscreen. autofocus. but the placement of the keys is Dimensions (WxHxD): 59. so you can download an FM radio app. shortcut and bookmark support. For existing Nokia users. dishes them out at a very low decibel level. but like the N96 or N95. N okia’s N900 is more of a mobile computing device or mobile Internet device than a phone.449 www. Talk time: 6. The slide-out QWERTY keypad takes a while to get used.TEST CENTER HARDWARE VERDICT NOKIA'S N900 HAS PLENTY OF POTENTIAL. Display: 3. but colors seemed a bit dull. supports DivX. Weight: 181 g. One might as well go with the N97 or Mini instead. It’s preloaded FM radio. UI is sometimes sluggish and buggy. Connectivity options include 3G. The 5 megapixel camera is equipped with dual LED flash and has a sliding cover for protection. The N900 doesn’t have SPECIFICATIONS Rs 28. although capable of clear tones. 800 x 480 pixels.5-inch. and the Geotagging function didn’t work too well either. a few of its functions didn’t work. The N900 has the poorest battery amongst Nokia’s handsets. it’s small. Push mail is also fully supported.9 x 18 mm. you get just a little over 12 hours of usage.0. The 3. Wi-Fi. In keeping with today’s multiple-desktop trends. Memory: 32 GB. but it has a built-in antenna. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Nokia India 0124-4833000 NA RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY 30 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . the N900 offers widget. Wi-FI and USB. The video player supports almost all codecs. you can use any and every part of the UI without the use of the pesky stylus. Connectivity: Bluetooth. The music player. As much potential as the N900 may have. On a full charge. which offer almost as much as the N900 does. and USB 2. . FLV. while Android devices and other N-Series handsets manage much more.8 x 110. The handset’s GPS module took quite a while to locate a signal for Ovi Maps. although a few applications took quite a long time to load. BUT COMES OFF AS A WORK IN PROGRESS. Also. it’s still easy to carry around.Shayne Rana bulky. it’s still a work in progress for the Indian market. the N900 also supports MicroSD cards of up to 16 GB. In addition to the 32 GB of built-in memory. SMARTPHONE NOKIA N900 FOR: UI is well designed. switching over to the new OS will be a cinch as they’ve tried to retain as much of the Symbian UI as possible.5 hours.1. enabling quick and easy access to your favorite features. XviD. While the native browser is fantastic. Camera: 5 GPRS/EDGE. including DivX and XviD. Image quality from the standard 5 megapixel autofocus camera was decent. Bluetooth 2.

Display: 2. chromed body. The device comes bundled with Opera Mini. good QWERTY keypad. quick interface. If you're on a tight budget and want to try a goodlooking QWERTY phone. though there is support for memory cards of up to 8 GB.TEST CENTER HARDWARE MOBILE PHONE LEMON iQ 707 VERDICT: The iQ 707 is certainly no lemon. Its 800mAh battery is capable of less than a day’s usage and it had to be charged quite frequently. Rated talk time: Up to 10 hours. inconvenient dual SIM sockets. T he S10 is a rather masculine looking handset encased in its all metal. which seems sturdy and responsive. There’s no Wi-Fi and 3G. Rs 4. then the Lemon iQ 707 may be a good starting point.Shayne Rana exactly lightweight. Memory: 20 MB.5 hours talk time. The keypad looks small and compact. comfortable design. The only social networking option available is an MSN Windows Live chat app. The 3. Camera: 3.2-inch. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Lemon Mobiles 9810924618 lopa. Talk time: 4. AGAINST: Average music RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY MOBILE PHONE ZEN S10 DUAL SIM VERDICT: A good looking handset. just Bluetooth and Network support: GSM 900/1800.5 x 111.5 mm adapter is included. There's an email app that supports POP3 and IMAP4. The audio out is through the mini-USB port. . FOR: Good looking.2 megapixel camera works well only in well-lit environments. W SPECIFICATIONS ith a shiny chrome ring running all around.5 hours. AGAINST: Dodgy software. and there are shortcuts to Facebook. The dual-SIM feature sports slots on top of each other. but you’ll quickly get used to it.lemonmobiles. Other connectivity features include Bluetooth and USB. but bright. Unfortunately. A power button is located at the top and a universal mini USB port for the headset and charger is located at the bottom.9 mm.2-inch TFT display is a bit tiny. The battery life is one of the phone’s biggest drawbacks.999 www. It also doubles up as a webcam when connected to a PC. Connectivity: USB and Bluetooth.zenmobile. etc. but it can be a bit frustrating at times. but we couldn't get it to work with Gmail.2 MP. good FM reception. poor battery life. Camera: 2 megapixels. 128x160 pixels.2-inch display is quite clear for viewing in all conditions. but you will be able to send and receive MMS. . Zen has included a 2 GB card. quick interface. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Zen Mobiles 011-46555676 NA RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY 32 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP .com Dimensions (WxHxD): 61. poor camera. but on the plus side. It isn’t comes to the UI.9 x 11. When it SPECIFICATIONS Rs 4. This means no email. The S10 employs a Nokia Sirocco series-like slider with an enclosed keypad. Display: 2. FOR: Lightweight. making it quite inconvenient to insert a SIM card. decent battery life. the Lemon iQ 707 is certainly a looker.2 in. Nokia users should find the transition comfortable. The 1100 mAh battery comes pretty close to the manufacturer's claim of 4. The quick access shortcut bar on the desktop is reminiscent of a Nokia Series 40 handset. but holding it gives you a reassuring feel. The 2. The music and video players are basic. but there is nothing truly special about it. The iQ 707 comes with a nice. Weight: 96 g. The S10 also packs in a 2 megapixel camera with an LED flash.499 www.mohanty@lemonmobiles. but a USBto-3. and Nimbuzz IM. Internal memory is a measly 20 MB. Twitter. It sports but we were unable to play any AVI files. the S10 doesn’t have hot swap for the microSD card.Ivor Soans a QWERTY keypad. Basic GPRS/WAP is all the S10 has to offer in terms of network connectivity. The 2.

but the screen size and resolution don’t make it easy to watch for too long. Connectivity: Bluetooth. autofocus. Display: 2.55-inch. The music player is simple and capable of providing loud and clear tones. and IM turned on. it really isn't. The Xperia X10 Mini is very compact. good battery life. but for all it has to offer. MOBILE PHONE SONY ERICSSON XPERIA X10 MINI FOR: Comfortable design. but the battery is not removable. and it packs in GPS with apps like Google Maps. AGAINST: The glossy face attracts dust and fingerprints. Talk time averaged at around 3 hours 15 minutes. easy to operate. well. GeoTags and WisePilot. making the UI extremely zippy. so if the handset hangs. . The Mini is 3G-enabled and it also supports EDGE and Wi-Fi. Sony Ericsson’s TimeScape UI works well and is easy to navigate using just your thumb. However. geotagging. Talk time: 4 hours. It’s small. great camera. The phone packs a very capable 5 megapixel camera into its tiny body. and comfortable to hold. the handset handles the GPS software really SPECIFICATIONS Rs 16. The FM radio didn’t work out too well. is easy to use.sonyericsson. The 950 mAh battery allowed over a day and a half of usage with email.TEST CENTER HARDWARE VERDICT THE XPERIA X10 MINI MIGHT BE SMALL BUT IT PACKS SOME HEAVY DUTY FEATURES. but we were unable to access any of the settings except for the scene mode and flash. smooth UI.5inch capacitive touchscreen. you can’t go wrong with the X10 Mini. The Android browser is great. there’s no quick fix. Bluetooth v2. Photos came out really well. with colors and clarity that do justice to the price. The Android OS (v1. Memory: 128 MB. and is as cute as button.Shayne Rana The lightweight handset features a 2. good audio quality. which is quite impressive. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Sony Ericsson 1800 11 1800 NA RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 33 . the battery cannot be removed.1 with A2DP is also available. Camera: 5 MP. If you’re looking for a handset that does everything.475 price tag may seem a little steep. 240 x 320 Dimensions (WxHxD): 50 x 83 x 16 mm. Wi-Fi and USB. Weight: 88 g. Although the small screen becomes an issue. The Mini supports 3GP and MPEG4 video. T here’s never a dull moment with the Xperia X10 Mini. Push email is also available and it’s really easy to set up your email accounts. The X10 Mini’s Rs 16. as sound reception wasn’t very good. and its zoom feature is a real blessing.6) runs on the Mini’s Qualcomm MSM7227 600MHz processer.475 www.

com RATINGS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY 34 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . this SPECIFICATIONS board supports quad-CrossFire and up to 3-way SLI. At the bottom of the board. a FireWire 400 port.1-channel QuantumWave soundcard that fits into the PCIe x1 slot. and DIP switches for over-volting. There's a lot to tinker with at the bottom — OC Genie. Memory: DDR3-1333 (24 GB max). The rear panel has a pair of eSATA and USB 3. and two run at x4. no drivers required. Even the power and reset buttons are touch-sensitive. The package also includes eSATA and USB rear brackets. There are six of them. buttons for overclocking and over-volting. Serious overclockers will like the provision of check points for measuring votages with a multimeter. run cooler and facilitate overclocking. The first thing that you’ll notice is a fleet of PCIe x16 slots. dual gigabit LAN jacks and a proprietary socket to which a bundled overclocking device (OC Dashboard) hooks up. Big Bang XPower features the Intel X58 chipset.0 ports.000 www. We feel MSI should have gone all out and added another NF200 bridge to offer 4-way SLI support. etc. Rs 19. Expansion slots: 6x PCIe x16 and 1x PCIe x1.msi. It allows you to adjust Bclk and voltages and displays fan speed and CPU temperature. – Anand Tuliani with features that will blow your socks off. The Big Bang XPower packs in some uber-cool features on-board. it uses military class components (Hi-C caps and new generation ferrite core chokes) that MSI claims have eight times longer life-span. two run at x8. which means it supports Intel Core i7 CPUs that come in socket LGA 1366 package. LAN: Dual gigabit. voltage check points. two run at full x16 speed. Chipset: Intel X58. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL MSI Computer India 011-41758808 sanyam@msi. over-volting DIP switches. plus MSI has thrown in an NF200 bridge for SLI. The OC Dashboard works straight out of the box. three SLI links and a 7. an automatic overclocking button (OC Genie). AGAINST: Dual NF200 bridges for 4-way SLI support would have been Socket: LGA 1366. M SI’s Big Bang series of enthusiast motherboards has some insane models packed to the gills you’ll find touch-sensitive buttons for adjusting base clock (BClk) on the fly. We configured three GTX 470s in SLI on this board just for kicks and it worked without any hiccups. Support for CrossFire is offered by the X58 chipset. First of all. SATA | USB: 8 | 11 (four via headers). Thus.TEST CENTER HARDWARE VERDICT DEFINITELY A YES IF YOU’RE SERIOUS ABOUT 3-WAY SLI OR QUADCROSSFIRE. MOTHERBOARD MSI BIG BANG XPOWER FOR: 4-way CrossFire

FOR: Good sound quality at mid-level volumes.TEST CENTER HARDWARE DESKTOP SPEAKERS CREATIVE INSPIRE S2 VERDICT: The S2 is slightly expensive considering its overall performance. the S2 sounds best when listening to genres like pop and hip hop. The bass is rich. the system is compact and rather well designed. . The speakers sound good at up to 70 percent volume level beyond which it sounds very harsh. Nevertheless. and a knob that allows you to Dimensions (WxHxD): satellite . but needs to be adjusted depending on the music you are listening to. On the other hand. making it uncomfortable to operate when placed on the to the woofer. The right speaker consists of an aux in and a provision to connect your headphones. The S-Dual USB FM is a great choice.5-inch driver each. T he Creative Inspire S2 is a 2. playback. Signal-to-noise ratio (rated): 75 db CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Creative India 022-64510751 india_getcreativek@ctl. It features a USB and MMC card reader along with a few buttons to control the input selection. Power rating (RMS) (subwoofer/satellites/total): 17/6/39. desktop multimedia speaker set with a power output of 2800 Watts PMPO. The highs were also handled well while the mids were on the weaker side. so you can’t unplug it.232 x 180 x 200 mm.Francis Dsa speakers without compromising on sound quality and features. AGAINST: Weak mids. however. but only for those who like listening to music at low volume levels.artis. FOR: Decent highs and bass. Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 KHz. SNR: 65 DB. C SPECIFICATIONS hoosing desktop speakers can be a very tricky decision.700 www. The bass is pleasant but it lacks ‘thump’. RATINGS BUILD QUALITY FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 35 . It delivers quite a punch. Power output: 1400 Watts + 700 Watts x 2 PMPO. The speakers are controlled via an in-line volume control pod. but there are times when the bass tends to be quite boomy. AGAINST: Inconvenient placement of the control panel. which also features line-in and headphone jacks.1 desktop audio system that features a very slick design. The subwoofer has a Rs 2. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Kunhar Peripherals 022-66345758 mail@kunhar. The rear of the woofer has left speaker audio out. the right speaker comes fixed SPECIFICATIONS Rs Dimensions (W x H x D): subwoofer .250 x 195 x 270 mm.Sandeep Balachandran package consists of a direct throw subwoofer and a pair of satellites. bass tends to get boomy at high volumes. harsh at high volume.creative. The product features a built-in FM radio and MP3 player with support for flash storage via the USB and MMC card RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY DESKTOP SPEAKERS ARTIS S-DUAL USB FM VERDICT: Good budget desktop speakers with pleasant sound quality.73 x 175 x 75 and select/scan FM radio stations. The Creative Inspire S2 speakers deliver rather decent sound and listening to music is quite a joy. especially when you’re looking for budget small control panel on the top. The Artis Dual USB FM is a 2. while the two satellites have a single 2.74 x 73 x 103 mm. it can only control the input via the aux input from the computer. The satellites connect to the sub-woofer. The S2 also handled music at near full volumes well. The rear of the subwoofer features the FM antenna and the bass control.creative. but listening to genres like rock and metal threw out a boomy bass. The speakers performed surprisingly well with average bass and mid tones along with extreme highs. The sub-woofer comprises of two 4-inch drivers. satellites .999 www. The adjust the bass. subwoofer . you will also find the volume control slider that doubles up as a power knob. .





FOR: Simple installation, loads of features, good performance, USB ports. AGAINST: No network status indicators.
Gigabit Ethernet ports and two USB ports for sharing printers and storage are highlighted on the rear panel.


f you are unfamiliar with setting up a wireless router and want to avoid the hassles of configuring its tedious

Setting up the Play Max is simple. We simply plugged in the router to the Internet modem, powered it up, and the device was instantly visible in the WLAN list on the laptop. The router includes a small card containing SSID and security key details. After entering the details, we were ready to surf the Internet. The router performed well even in constricted spaces and from a distance of 50 meters, providing sufficient signal strength. Network performance and Internet connectivity was comparable to standard Wi-Fi routers, but transfer of data from the laptop to the USB storage on the router wirelessly was a bit slow. Overall, the Belkin Play Max is intended for those who are looking for a simple and feature-rich router with good performance and simple installation. But using advanced features such as backup, music gadgets and the automatic torrent handler can be a little complicated for those who are new to Wi-Fi routers. - Francis D'sa

security, Belkin’s Play Max can be of great help. The 802.11 N-based router is preconfigured with security for straight-outof-the-box use. The Play Max supports dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) 802.11 N with MIMO technology for faster speeds of up to 300 Mb/s. The security features include 256-bit WPA and WPA2/PSK encryption and 64-bit WEP encryption. Other standard features such as NAT, SPI firewall and WPS are available. The Play Max has a rugged build and


Rs 8,199

Dimensions (WxHxD): 75 x 175 x 180 mm; Weight: 369 g; Network standards: 802.11a/b/g/n; Bandwidth: 20 MHz, 40 MHz, auto; Encryption: 256-bit WPA/WPA2, 64/128-bit WEP; Interface: Gigabit Ethernet (4 x LAN, 1 x WAN), 2 x USB 2.0 (printer/storage)

houses twin antennae internally. The rear features five gigabit Ethernet ports, including one for the Internet connection. Two USB 2.0 ports to share USB storage or printers over the network are the icing on the cake. The router bundles the Belkin Router Manager, which includes useful applications such as Bit Boost, Music Mover, Daily DJ, Music Labeler, Memory Safe, Torrent Genie and Self-healing.

Belkin India 0124-6688800







VERDICT: One of the smallest and fastest mono laser printers on the market. FOR: Speedy printing, small footprint, rugged build. AGAINST: Slightly expensive.


laiming to be the world’s smallest laser printer, the Samsung ML-2526 is truly a laser printer with the

few seconds. If you hold the button for more than two seconds, the printer prints only the active window. The print quality, especially in graphics, was unsatisfactory. The linearization test exposed the inability of the printer to handle smooth gradation of black to grey. However, regular text and standard graphics for presentations print extremely well. The toner cartridge costs Rs 2,493 and yields 1,500 pages, pegging the print economy at just Rs 1.75. Considering the performance, feature set, print economy and small footprint, this printer is best suited for home use, small offices and SMBs. - Francis D'sa

smallest footprint we have seen till date. It can print at resolutions of 1200x600 dpi with blazing speeds of 24 ppm. The enclosed input paper tray can hold 250 sheets, providing a dust-free environment for the paper sheets. A simple control panel is located on top, comprising of just three buttons - Power, Cancel and Print Screen, along with two indicator LEDs, one each for power and errors. The ML-2526 brings back the Print Screen function, which lets you print the exact contents of the entire screen in just a


Rs 8,999

Dimensions (W x H x D): 360 x 197 x 389 mm; Weight: 7.3 kg; Print resolution: 1200 x 600 dpi; Input paper tray: 250 sheets; Monthly duty cycle: 12,000 pages.

Samsung India 0124-4881234



VERDICT: The small size is its USP, but upgrading it is near impossible. FOR: Small footprint, feature-rich, roomy hard drive, ample RAM installed. AGAINST: Below average build quality, non-upgradable.


he Panache Black Current is a slim desktop PC with some character below the hood. Though the unit

provided is a slim line DVD writer. Six USB ports, VGA and DVI interfaces, gigabit Ethernet and a 5.1-channel audio-out show up on the rear panel, while the front panel features two USB ports and audio in/out jacks. The interior of the cabinet seems quite cluttered, with absolutely no room for any additional components. But there is sufficient space for air flow and a single exhaust fan does the job. The Panache is aimed at those who require a simple entry-level desktop PC for space-constrained homes or offices. All that you need to get started are a mouse, keyboard, monitor and a pair of speakers. The Black Current 2.0 ships with SUSE Linux operating system. - Francis D'sa

looks tiny, it is a fully functional computer and can be used for basic-to-mainstream computing for homes or small businesses. Graphic designers and gamers can look elsewhere; this one is not a workhorse and you cannot upgrade the onboard display with a graphics card. The slim cabinet is an all-black metal casing with a powder-finish but glossy paint, and it attracts dust and scratches quite easily. The PC is built around a nForce 630i chipset with an Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 processor clocked at 2.93 MHz, and 4 GB of DDR2 RAM. The 2.5-inch hard drive is a roomy 500 GB and the optical drive

Rs 21,990

Dimensions (WxHxD): 88 x 253 x 230 mm; Weight: 3.13 kg; CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7500, 2.93 MHz; RAM 4 GB DDR2; Chipset: Nvidia nForce 630i; HDD: 500 GB; DVD writer: Slim; USB: 8 ports.

Panache Infotech 022-25007002









VERDICT: The ideal personal backup solution. FOR: Good aesthetics, upgradable. AGAINST: Glossy body. SPECIFICATIONS

VERDICT: Perfect for high-end workstations and gaming rigs. FOR: Fully modular design, flat cables, 7-year warranty. AGAINST: None.

VERDICT: A very convenient USB hub with four fully-powered ports. FOR: Superb design, excellent build quality, fully-powered ports. AGAINST: None.



Rs 7,100

$260 (approx Rs 12,300)

Rs 2,500

Dimensions (WxHxD): 44 x 158 x 124 mm; Weight: 944 g; Capacity: 2 TB; Interface: USB 2.0.

Fortune Marketing 011-26414468

Dimensions (WxHxD): 150 x 87 x 200 mm; Max wattage: 1204.8 W; Current on +12 V: 100.4 A; Connectors: 6x peripheral and SATA, 8x PCIe and CPU and 1x 24-pin ATX; Fan: 130 mm.

Dimensions (WxHxD): 130 x 65 x 130 mm; USB 2.0 ports: 4; Additional power source: 5 V, 2A.


Corsair Memory 1800-425-5464

Mihira Tech 9893086869




he Seagate GoFlex Desk kit is a superbly built external storage


e it a 4-way CrossFire or 3-way SLI setup using high-end graphics


he RoccatApuri is no ordinary USB hub. It sports a whacky design

drive, which comprises of two units the storage device and the base, which is basically a SATA-to-USB adapter with a power indicator and capacity gauge. The unit has a rugged build with a glossy face and matte sides. The drive performs just like any other external USB storage drive, with average read and write speeds of 29 MB/s and 25 MB/s respectively. Alternatively, you can get higher performance from the drive by attaching the optional FireWire 800 or USB 3.0 adapters. Also available are GoFlex Desk Drive Only packs, which contain only the storage drives in 1 TB, 2 TB and 3 TB capacities. The drive bundles the Memeo automatic backup, sync and encryption software stored on the hard drive itself. - Francis D'sa

cards, throw in a bunch of hard drives in RAID, and this massive 1200 W PSU will handle it all with great ease. The Corsair AX1200 sports a fully modular design and bears the 80 Plus Gold seal. Corsair claims this PSU delivers more than 90 percent efficiency at full load with a 230 V input. The advantage of modular design is that you can use only those cables that you need, thereby reducing cable clutter. The package includes one 24-pin ATX cable, two EPS 12V CPU cables, six PCIe cables, five SATA cables, four 4-pin Molex cables, and two FDD adapters. All the cables are flat, with ribbon design and the ones for graphics cards and main power are meshed. All these come neatly packed in a nylon case. - Anand Tuliani

and convenient features, which include four fully-powered USB ports and a flexible cable mount called a mouse bungee. Although it works when you hook it up to a USB port, a 5V adapter is provided so that multiple powerhungry devices, such as portable hard drives, when plugged in simultaneously, receive adequate power. The mouse bungee, which looks like a scorpion’s tail, is a flexible rubber cable mount that holds the mouse cable so that it doesn’t drag or stretch when you move the mouse. The device stays glued to the desk thanks to its rubberised feet. The all-black Apuri has a smooth rubberised finish and looks great in the dark with the illuminated logo on the base lighting up the ports and the surface on which it rests. - Anand Tuliani




0. Interface: USB 2. FOR: Good design. Write speeds are ridiculously slow. while also securing the micro USB receiver within it. This flash drive has very disappointing performance when compared to regular pen drives. The rubber body has a provision for use as a keychain and the snug-fitting USB cap ensures that you won’t lose the cap easily. . but if you wish to capture videos or images.3 megapixel. The package includes only the Rashi Peripherals 022-67090828 Rs 1. enough for a few movies or a bunch of documents or Rs 999 www. Focus range: 5 cm to infinity. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Resolution: 640x480. It features a 1200 dpi laser sensor that smoothens out movements and improves accuracy to a great extent. Moreover. The read speed is average at 9.rptechindia.775 www. AGAINST: Sluggish performance. small size. you’ll need a thirdparty application. The drive can store 4 GB of data. We transferred a single 1 GB file as well as multiple files amounting to 1 GB between the drive and our test PC's hard drive. is easily detachable as it is only held in place by three magnets. . a driver disc isn’t included because the webcam doesn’t need any drivers for installation. you will find a well designed retention system that holds the two AA batteries in place. average build. reducing the chances of accidental drops.Anand Tuliani mouse that can be used with laptops as well as desktops.4 GHz. Interface: USB 2. Flip the mouse over and you will find a battery life indicator that displays the amount of power left. Weight: 8 g. FOR: Rubberized body.0.6 inches. but also mislead the customer. Weight: 118 g. Just plug it into a USB port and Windows will automatically install a generic driver. AGAINST: Ultra smooth scroll wheel. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Technology and Gadgets 022-23823331 sales@technologyandgadgets. Here. TAG 20 MP WEB CAM VERDICT: A simple webcam with an effective resolution of 0. FOR: Good image quality. we found it was a plain Jane webcam with a resolution of 640x480 pixels.technologyandgadgets. while the read speeds were above average. Operating range: 33 feet. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Dimensions: 57 x 34 x 108 mm. When we hooked this webcam to our PC. a meagre 0.TEST CENTER HARDWARE USB FLASH DRIVE WEBCAM WIRELESS MOUSE PATRIOT XPORTER MINI VERDICT: Ideal for storing and sharing small amounts of data. AGAINST: Misleading specifications.8 MB/s. rubberized grip. where the bottom half sports a soft rubberized layer that provides superior grip and comfort. Capacity: 4 GB.3 megapixel.4 GHz frequency gives it an operating distance of up to 33 feet. The top layer of the mouse. SPECIFICATIONS SPECIFICATIONS Rs 485 RATINGS BUILD QUALITY FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY RATINGS BUILD QUALITY FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY M easuring just 1.Sandeep Balachandran INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 39 . this USB flash drive by Patriot has a A 20 megapixel webcam! A manufacturer shouldn’t go this T he Targus AMW51AP is an ergonomically designed wireless rugged build. . The webcam works with chat clients such as Yahoo Messenger and MSN Messenger. The rubberized exterior makes it easy to grip. Connectivity: RF 2. The only thing we liked about this webcam was its stand that allows mounting on the frame of an LCD monitor or laptop. The mouse features a very lucid design. but the write speed is dismal at a sluggish 3. Focus: Manual. Battery: AA x 2. its 2.technologyandgadgets.3 MB/s (single file).com Technology and Gadgets 022-23823331 sales@technologyandgadgets. no bundled application.Francis Dsa far to create gimmicks that not only sound ridiculous. mounts on TFT monitors and laptop screens. SPECIFICATIONS TARGUS WIRELESS COMFORT LASER MOUSE VERDICT: Exquisitely designed keeping both right and left handed users in Dimensions: 42 x 8 x 18 mm. where your palm rests.

FOR: Tethered shoot support. watermarking support. and you can preview the photos in the specified location. print photos and create web photo galleries.0. models. The Watermark Editor lets you create graphic and text watermarks. you can now publish your photos to Flickr. you can now upload photos to Flickr. The new version looks and feels the same. TETHERED CAPTURE: Connect a Canon or Nikon DSLR camera to your PC using a USB cable and you can capture images directly into Lightroom 3. IMPROVED NOISE CORRECTION: The noise reduction function has undergone a big change and the results are stupendous. tags and comments from Lightroom 3. 40 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us! Story code: ASM to 51818 . improved noise reduction. this is a very powerful workflow-based solution that helps import and organize your photos. Additions have also been made to the list of templates for web photo galleries. It does a great job at eliminating grains and color artefacts while retaining the contrast and detail.0 is a big one that brings a slew of new features to the table. PUBLISH YOUR PHOTOS TO FLICKR: Yes. but you’ll discover new features as you keep working.TEST CENTER TESTED SOFTWARE SPOTLIGHT PHOTO ENHANCING AND ORGANIZING TOOL ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM 3. IMPROVED PREVIEW AND IMAGE RENDERING: Rendering/refreshing of thumbnails in a large catalog used to take quite a few seconds in Lightroom 2. The Export Video function is a new feature of Lightroom 3. If you’re an avid Lightroom user. manage photo sets. Photos can be added to the catalog directly from the location or they can be moved to another location prior to importing. enhance them. So you won’t need to hone your skills towards something that’s drastically different. Here’s a list of the biggest additions and improvements in the latest version of Lightroom: A dobe Photoshop Lightroom2 received minor updates that fixed small issues and added support for newer camera IMPROVED MODULE FOR IMPORTING PHOTOS: You can now import photos from a storage device or digital camera from a single module. AGAINST: None. You can specify advanced parameters such as opacity. The move to version 3. MORE TEMPLATES AND PRESETS: You now have a bunch of new black and white filters and other cool effects to play around with. angle and shadows. Slide shows can be exported to full HD videos in MP4 format. and even zooming in and out of photos is now much faster.0 VERDICT: One of the finest tools for enhancing and organizing photos just got a lot better.0. Hovering over presets displays a thumbnail preview. and clicking on one applies it to the selected image. giving standalone noise removal tools a run for their money. For those who aren’t familiar with Lightroom. This was most evident when files were added or while scrolling through a collection of photos. create slideshows. you’ll discover and learn to use most of the new features in a day. Lightroom 3 is significantly speedier.

0 Adobe Air 2. Final words Professional photographers and hobbyists will benefit largely from the new features that improve speed and enhance productivity.0..1..6 Puppy Linux 5. Disk space: 1 GB.3 Firefox 4. EXPORT SLIDESHOWS TO VIDEOS: Previously..6000 Microsoft Download Manager 1. MOBILE Daniusoft iTransfer 2.232 Keyparc 0.amount.0 CleanSkinFX 1.0.0.. GAME DEMOS Bubbly Burst Lite 2..9 Google Chrome 6.12610 SPECIFICATIONS Rs 16.9. Profiles for the Apple iPhone camera and a variety of f lenses by Canon.5 Photo Card Maker and more.5. Nikon.3.10 Vista Codec Package 5.1 (Build 1649) Firefox 3...0.20 Free Digital Camera Enhancer 1..150.. set background music.0.0.1. and customize slide duration and fading.2525 Microsoft Money Plus Home & Business Experimental Portable Aximion 1. opacity.04 and more.0 and more.0.6 Martik File Eraser 1. You can get astounding results with just a few clicks and managing photos is a breeze.609 Silverlight 4.5 or v10.6. CONTACT Adobe India RATINGS FEATURES PERFORMANCE EASE OF USE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY SYSTEM ACS Avira Update Backup Creator 1.0 E-BOOKS CHIP ARCHIVES MARCH 2010 to MAY 2010 . FULL GAMES Cursed Cave Crusade v1.1.5.21 F-Secure Anti-Theft for Mobile F-Secure Mobile Security for Series 60 Nimbuzz 2.0 Cubix Mania Lite 2.0.01 VideoPad Video Editor 2.0 and more.7 and more.0 DiskGetor Data Recovery Free 2.21 WHQL Shockwave Player 11.0 Nokia Map Loader 3 3.27 and more.0.43 Kaspersky Anti-Virus 11. FULL SOFTWARE AAA Photo Album 1.11. we suggest you start with Lightroom. OS: Windows XP/Vista/7 and Mac OS X v10.1 Build 100518 FileGee Backup & Sync Personal Edition 9.545 Sencrypter 1.0 Beta 1 Candidate Free Online TV Player 2.0 Adobe Camera Raw Presets Adobe Lightroom Presets cam2pc 4. With options to add shadows. If you’re already using Lightroom 2.961.0 Jumpin' Juju v1. which also has an addition called Grain. RAM: 2 GB.0.0c (Jun 10) Flash Player 10. .1 ColorCastFX 1. which ensures they are aligned and don’t overlap. MUST HAVES .0.7 JetDrive 2010 5. PERSPECTIVE CORRECTION AND LENS PROFILES: The Lens Correction section is one of the major additions.7874.0 has a built-in watermark editor in which you can set text or images as logos.15 PC Tools AntiVirus Free 7.1 FExplorer (S60 3rd Edition) 1.0 Beta Google Earth 5.0 Loaris Trojan Remover 1..353 www. DigiBookShelf 11.2 Beta SQLite PHP Generator 10. – Anand Tuliani i DesktopSlides 2.2 Linux Mint 9 Me TV 1.594 AVG Anti-Spyware 7.0 and more.0 Flash Cricket 2 Flash Strike 1.0 Automatic System Cleaner 2.0 Avast! Free Antivirus 5.1... you could export slideshows as a single PDF file or individual JPG slides.. Hulk Central Smashdown v1.0 Hulk Bad Altitude 1.. you can create greatlooking slideshows to flaunt your photos.16.0 Pinoteo 0.62.6 Vista ATI Catalyst Drivers 10.0 Color Correction Wizard 1.6777-r Audio Editor Master 5. angle and position of the watermark. Sony.2.186 Baby Paint 1. Photos automatically snap into place.1 Beta IncrediMail 2 Build 4631 Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 3 1.2 Build 152 GreenForce-Player 1.0 Nokia Messaging for IM beta Ovi Maps 3 3. shadow.08 DocX Viewer 1. etc are built in.64 Java Runtime Environment 1.7 VSuite Ramdisk and more.0.336 RC1 Simple Groupware 0.0..0 Beta Macrium Reflect 4.0.10 Microsoft Windows Media Player 11 Stereoscopy 1. You can either apply a lens profile or correct the perspective manually..1 ooVoo 2.2.0 PeaZip 3.20 NVIDIA Forceware 257.0 and more. You can now control the highlights in vignettes and prioritize attention to highlights or colors.0.1.5 Comfort Typing Pro 4.5.TESTED ON DVD CUSTOM PRINT PACKAGES: This feature lets you to create custom layouts as opposed to choosing from predefined templates.34 dBpowerAMP Music Converter 13.1.0 PilotEdit Lite 3.. Now.1 TuneUp Utilities 2010 9. then this upgrade is a musthave.0 Daffy Studio Adventure v1. Watermarking is available in the export.6 XP DirectX 9. It’s as simple as dragging photos onto the blank layout and resizing them.. Even if you’re new to enhancing and managing photos.3817 MiniTool Drive Copy 5.3. The Grain effect has three sliders . size and roughness. SECURITY Ad-Aware 8.0.53.NET Framework Version 4.6. slideshow and print modules. ADOBE PLAYERS ATI Catalyst Drivers photoshoplightroom SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS TOOLS MULTIMEDIA AKVIS ArtWork 3. The controls under the Transform section let you correct distortions caused by the properties of the optics. INTERNET Avant Browser 2010 Build 1 Core FTP LE 2.2. you can export them to MP4 video with the option to set the resolution from 320x240 pixels right up to 1080p.0.3.0 No Autorun Sumatra PDF 1.3 HotPixels Eliminator Light Artist 1.0 Frog Fury Lite 2.4.50401 and more.0.1.0 Great Juju Challenge 1.2 Synfig 0. The editor allows setting the font..0.adobe. FILM GRAIN EFFECT AND BETTER VIGNETTES: The Vignettes section under the Develop module is now a subsection of the Effects section.1 KAlarm 2.8. RED HOT APPLICATIONS Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4 Corel Paint it! Corel PaintShop Photo Express 2010 Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 WATERMARK YOUR PHOTOS: Lightroom 3.6.0 Soluto 1. LINUX LINUX TOOLS Arista 0.00 Build 1147 K-Lite Mega Codec Pack Kijio . Norton Removal Tool 2011.0..5.0.621 Simpo PDF Creator Lite 3.5 FastPictureViewer 1.5 Gaupol 0.Subtitle Editor (formerly SubMaster) 0.2.0 International Cricket Captain 2010 Jisei 1.

such a complete cataloguing is necessary only after the first installation.400) www. Images can be imported from a memory card. if required. it doesn’t work in combination with stack your hard drive. hard disk. The user can now use optical markers to identify pictures. with a variety of new features. optical drive or any other storage medium. speedy. com account with 2 GB of storage. I f your memory cards are overflowing and you don’t know how to go about managing thousands of photos on scanned. but you’ll have to import them into the catalog first. it also has an integrated FTP client. Unfortunately. The user can then add notes or other metadata. scanner. then it’s time to use a photo managing tool such as ACDSee Photo Manager 12. However. Photo Manager 12 even manages images on CDs and DVDs without the disk being present in the drive. RAM: 1 GB. PHOTO MANAGEMENT TOOL ACDSEE PHOTO MANAGER 12 FOR: Improved user interface. even the performance is quite convincing. the program supports the IPTC standard for metadata. Photo Manger manages web space and transfers photos even to Facebook. It’s a big move from the previous version. .acdsee. you get a free ACDSeeonline. After that.99 (approx Rs 3. For those who have their own website or file server. Edit and Online) is similar to those in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. What’s evident instantly is the new interface of the image database. In addition to the look and feel. CONTACT EMAIL ACD Systems NA RATINGS FEATURES PERFORMANCE EASE OF USE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 43 . integrated FTP client. but only when editing individual pictures. which is faster than many other programs of its SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS OS: Windows XP/Vista/ On purchasing Photo Manager 12. The introduction of four modules (Manage.500 images into the database. When organizing photos. The built-in image editor has several easy-to-use tools for enhancing images. Disk space: 1 GB. which isn’t a coincidence. View.TEST CENTER TESTED VERDICT A VERSATILE PHOTO MANAGER WITH WELL THOUGHT-OUT FUNCTIONS. AGAINST: None. it took just 45 minutes to import around 6. the user has to feed the images into the catalog gradually as and when they are shot or SPECIFICATIONS $69.

you’ll have to purchase the software for $60 (approx Rs 3. What makes this software really powerful is the fine-grain $72 (approx Rs 3. and each section can be further tweaked with effects such as Freeware www.Francis D'sa the use of this simple free software. pan and zoom. which shows up in the work area and a preview box displays the effect of the various parameters.Anand Tuliani painting? With Akvis ArtWork. We recommend referring to the online SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7. burn DVDs. Once you’re done editing. The software is very simple to use. give transition SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS OS: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7. you can clip out boring and uninteresting parts of a video clip. Mac OS X 10.400) www. in the Painting mode. you can do that and much more with just a click of a button. FOR: Ease of use. Pen & ink and Linocut. You can also record your own narration and insert the audio track in the video.nchsoftware. watermarks and text tiles. CONTACT EMAIL AKVIS support@akvis. add a voiceover or a music track. encode it for a portable device. With VideoPad Video Editor. you can get more impressive results by tweaking the parameters manually. AGAINST: No built-in help. FOR: Artistic results. you’ll have to learn your way through the features. You can drag the box over the portion you wish to preview. You can also capture video from a webcam or simply download the video clips from any camcorder. thickness and length of brush strokes. split into sections. upload to YouTube. You can also select the texture of the canvas and tweak the brightness.4-10. You can choose to apply one of four styles to the image you’re working on . brightness. You start by opening a JPG. H SPECIFICATIONS ow about converting the sunset scene you shot with your digital camera into a realistic looking oil control over the styles. but if you need technical support. The main controls lie in the vertical pane to the right. details and embossing of the texture. AGAINST: Intimidating interface for beginners. This software is an excellent choice for those who'd like to try editing their own videos at home without spending a dime. . lots of tweakable parameters. BMP. which cites very useful examples and explains each parameter in detail. E dit your home videos yourself and make them seem like a professionally edited movies with color. The projects can be saved with the option of importing and sharing clips between projects too. Disk space: 100 MB. The VidePad Video Editor is free. TIF or PNG image file. Comics. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL NCH Software NA NA RATINGS FEATURES EASE OF USE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY 44 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . Clips can be selected from the original video. although first-time users might find it SPECIFICATIONS quite confusing as there are no help wizards.500). save it on the computer. Although the built-in presets deliver good results. you can finalize your video on a DVD disc. .TEST CENTER TESTED PHOTO TO PAINTING AKVIS ARTWORK VERDICT: Convert your photos into great looking pieces of RATINGS FEATURES PERFORMANCE EASE OF USE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY VIDEO EDITING VIDEOPAD VIDEO EDITOR VERDICT: A free and easy-to-use professional-like video editing software. or simply upload it to YouTube.akvis. you can tweak the intensity.6.Oil. rotate and crop. RAM: 1 GB. and much more. For example. curvature. We tried converting photos into paintings and comic characters and the results were incredible.

very easy to use. Hard disk: 2 MB. auto channel updates. 98SE. faster streaming. FOR: Plenty of free channels.ahusoft.Francis D'sa INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 45 . XP. which allows recording. Browser: IE 5. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Ahusoft NA NA RATINGS FEATURES PERFORMANCE EASE OF USE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY huge list of channels from different countries the world over.TEST CENTER TESTED MULTIMEDIA SUPER INTERNET TV VERDICT: An excellent application for internet-based radio and TV entertainment. W atching TV or listening to the radio over the internet cannot get any simpler than this.0 or later. AGAINST: Channels are often off-air. . you would end up watching the whole show in frequent pauses due to buffering of the video feed. 2003. Channels were streamed flawlessly. The interface is very simple to operate and different skins can be applied too. A single click on the radio or TV icons pops up a menu window with a SPECIFICATIONS Freeware www. All you need is this application and a broadband connection with at least 512 Kb/s speed. Super Internet TV is a free application using which one can watch television feeds and listen to radio channels broadcast over the internet for free. ME. but there were quite a few channels that were off-air when we tried.750). Vista. Additional plug-ins for Windows Media Player and Real Player are installed automatically. The premium version is available for $35 (approx Rs 1. 2000. reliable connections. and technical assistance. 98. Although you can use it over a slower SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS OS: Windows 7. You can apply filters such as countries and genre and even create a list of your personal favorite channels.

SMART OS: Windows XP/2000/Vista/7. In addition to this. such as defragmenting storage files. .TEST CENTER TESTED LANGUAGE TOOL DEFRAGMENTER HARD DISK TOOL COMFORT TYPING PRO VERDICT: A typing application with an array of features and keyboard shortcuts. – feedback@chip. you first have to choose the settings and apply all of them in one go. An advanced feature of Partition Manager 3 is the ability to shred storage devices. SPECIFICATIONS O&O PARTITION MANAGER 3 VERDICT: A reliable partition tool. FOR: Disk shredding. Hard disk: 10 There was no way in which data could be restored from it after that. the Windows Disk Manager. Disk space: 20 MB.oo-software. the tool makes every change the right SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS $49.950) www. the sorting according to the storage location took thrice as long as the standard method on our test system. It features a built-in multilingual auto-complete function that lets you replace words you type. CONTACT EMAIL Comfort Software Group support@comfort-software. but not so much in Windows Vista and Windows 7. The performance benchmarks returned better results after running this tool.95 (approx Rs 920) 46 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . AGAINST: Takes a little getting used to. addresses etc. upper case or you can choose to capitalize each word – a feature that is already present in Word 2007. SPECIFICATIONS ABELSSOFT JETDRIVE 2010 ULTIMATE VERDICT: Defragmenting for beginners.Sandeep Balachandran efficiently than the standard Windows tools. It is more or less like the T9 dictionary in your mobile phone. which allows you to quickly complete frequently used phrases. RAM: 1 GB. . this one is safer and easier. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/ RATINGS FEATURES EASE OF USE PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY RATINGS FEATURES EASE OF USE PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY RATINGS FEATURES EASE OF USE PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY T his little application allows you to replace specific keywords with J etDrive is a defragmenter that aims to get the hard disk working more O &O Partition Manager can be considered an upgraded version of predefined text. SPECIFICATIONS $19. CONTACT EMAIL O&O Software GmbH support@oo-software. dates. which let you sort files based on the last time they were accessed. including conversion between MBR to GPT SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Euro 30 (approx Rs 1. start files and registry. AGAINST: Expensive. because they perform their own clean-ups. In our test. Templates can also be created. The difference is noticeable on flooded Windows XP systems. However. However. AGAINST: None. signatures. as selecting the appropriate word from the drop down menu would surely take up more time than typing the word out. which isn’t present in OS: Windows XP/Vista/7 CONTACT EMAIL Abelssoft contact@abelssoft. FOR: Easy-to-use interface. a wizard helps you as soon as you select a function. the tool defragments drives and displays the SMART information of hard drives.400) www. but also for converting dynamic volumes. it took two hours to delete the contents of a 1 GB USB flash drive using the highest security level. Seven clean-up algorithms have been added.95 (approx Rs 2. The new program can be used to not only create new partitions and move or expand existing ones. Often used messages or documents can also be created using the template.abelssoft. In addition to this. With other programs. or arrange them in a spacesaving manner. FOR: Easy to use. RAM: 64 MB. this tool will take some getting used to and those with fast typing speed wouldn’t quite require this. creation of templates. The program interface is intuitive enough even for amateur users. selected text can be changed to either lower case. JetDrive 2010 Ultimate offers a variety of functions.

2000. The free version has a few limitations. FOR: Simple operation. 1-253-243-2809 sales@free-audio-editor. Inc. paste. reverb. noise reduction. Vista. WMA.0 or later. Tracks can further be tweaked with effects like normalize. and equalization filters. The application supports audio file formats such as WAV. or office presentations. XP. Using this utility. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL FAE Distribution. ME. you would need the Deluxe version. F ree Audio Editor is a simple. etc. insert. 98. It also features ripping of audio tracks directly from an audio CD. easy to use. Additional features SPECIFICATIONS Freeware www. Free Audio Editor can import audio tracks directly from YouTube videos using the Internet SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS OS: Windows 7. which costs approximately Rs 1. 98SE. and text to speech are also included. . pitch. echo. batch converting. you can edit the audio tracks using a range of functions such as cut. batch processing. chorus. school/college projects. Hard disk: 2 MB. no real-time sampling. delay. Free Audio Editor is a great utility for those who would like to try their hand at basic audio editing.TEST CENTER TESTED MULTIMEDIA FREE AUDIO EDITOR 2010 VERDICT: A basic and easy-to-use audio editing utility with loads of features and functions. amplify. and a few more. such as the ability to only save output files in WAV RATINGS FEATURES PERFORMANCE EASE OF USE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY such as ID3 editing.500. Browser: IE 5. For other formats and the option to burn audio CDs. copy. AGAINST: No wizard. powerful and handy application for editing audio files and music. MP3.Francis D'sa INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 47 . OGG. The application can be useful for creating ringtones.

ideal if you’re upgrading with a tight budget in hand.45 3. The Intel Core i7-875K at the third position deserves special attention.2 72.92 3.5 63. III x. which makes it perfect for HTPCs. this CPU cannot outperform the Intel Core i5-520M.16 2. our recommendation is the HD 4770.0 71.6 56.83 2.80 2.4 68.5 12 12 0.19 3. it runs without any problems with a fully-passive cooler.93 3. In spite of its three physical cores.5 2 0. The AMD Phenom II X3 N830.66 3.33 2. The AMD Athlon II X3 435 costs only Rs 4. which is the first of its kind. It costs one-third as much as the i7-975 Extreme Edition and offers a much better bang for the buck.5 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 3 2 1 0. the first model based on the new Danube architecture. Our purchase recommendation this month comes from the entry-level segment.7 62. BY ANDREAS VOGELSANG T he latest from Intel are two new CPUs that will excite enthusiasts. Our purchase recommendation DESKTOP CPUs n ei nc x de So t cke typ e N b um er of CP ore Uc C s sp ee d (GH z) ac 2c he (M B) m ste Sy n ect ion u od Pr cti on p e ss roc ) (nm mb er o an f tr tor sis ) fps * 4( c.50 2.5 6 6 4 6 4 2 6 0.80 3.32 2. If you want a powerful GPU for an attractive price.2 76. It’s slightly less powerful than the Intel Core i7-620M.33 3.10 2. it has enough power for seamless HD video playback and gaming.93 3.66 2. The Core i5-655K also has an unlocked BClk multiplier. – feedback@chip.20 3.0 58.83 3.8 68.33 2.20 3.) ng 02 g (se 10 sec) ge codi x1 ( d i n ot nta s er co n kn nch R PUs 80 Va Tran w en a 12 e C po ark dio eo ordi ineb ax.66 3. but as far as its performance Desktop CPUs: The top three desktop Graphics chips: The ATI Radeon HD 5550 is a new entrant in the entry-level segment. but it offers the best value for money out of all the 30 mobile CPUs. processors come from the market leader.80 Mobile CPUs: There’s now a triple-core CPU for the mobile platform.0 87. is that the i7-875K can be overclocked without any problem.4 66.7 79.3 68.5 1366 1366 1156 1366 1156 1366 AM3 1366 1156 1366 AM3 AM3 1156 1156 AM3 1156 1156 775 775 1156 775 775 775 775 775 AM3 775 1156 AM3 AM3 6 4 4 4 4 4 6 4 4 4 6 4 4 2 4 2 2 4 4 2 2 4 4 2 4 4 2 2 2 3 3. What’s even better. from the mobile CPU segment is the Intel Core i5-520M.0 81.8 70. 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Story code: HCG to 57007 . which cost less.40 2.5 74.5 0.80 2.00 2.000 and with three cores.9 70.4 61. are more powerful. Even Radeon HD 4670 and HD 4650.1 82.5 1 1.06 3.7 62. This new feature was available earlier in only the Extreme Edition Core i7 CPUs that came in the socket LGA 1366 package. However. it’s too expensive considering it’s a dual-core CPU. AMD too has a new mobile CPU goes.5 85.1 56. features in the middle section of our top 30 mobile CPUs.20 2. thanks to the unlocked BClk multiplier. The reason for its meagre performance is the slow DDR2 memory.CPU GPU GUIDE HARDWARE CHIP CPU-GPU Guide This CHIP guide provides you the necessary perspective on the processors and graphics chips market.2 67.8 68.3 59. or the Intel Core i3-330M.3 59. which is a dual-core CPU.20 2.2 77.

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Memory: Up to 8 GB. Biostar TA785G3 Rs Asus M4N68T-M Rs ANAND'S PICKS Asus M4A78LT-M LE Rs 3. hate There should have been additional USB ports instead of PS/2 ports on the rear. HDMI output.asus. Memory: Up to 8 GB. SATA | USB: 4 | 12. hate Slightly overpriced for its features. SATA | USB: 5 | 12. love Great features and performance for the price. Video: DVI and D-sub. good layout. love Four RAM slots. SPECIFICATIONS Chipset: AMD 785G. SPECIFICATIONS Chipset: AMD 760G. but it should have been a little cheaper. SPECIFICATIONS Chipset: GeForce Video: DVI and D-sub. verdict An excellent board for a home/ office PC. verdict You can get something much better for just a few hundred rupees more. Video: DVI and verdict A decent 785G chipset motherboard but with a few quirks. no DVI port. SPECIFICATIONS Chipset: AMD 785G. eSATA port.100 in. love Excellent layout. ENTRY-LEVEL MOTHERBOARDS FOR AMD PROCESSORS The cheapest motherboards with DDR3 memory support for socket AM2+ and AM3 AMD processors.850 www. Memory: Up to 16 GB. Video: DVI and D-sub. love Color-coded connectors. love The cheapest motherboard with DDR3 support for AMD CPUs. hate None. this board is perfect for a home theater PC. attractive price. hate None. SATA | USB: 4 | 8.150 www. overclocking switch. Video: D-sub. overclocking switch. 50 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . Gigabyte GA-MA74GMT-S2 Rs 3.TE CENTER T E ST C ENT TEST CE N TE R ES TER PC CONFIG PC CONFIGS CONFIGS GS MSI 785GM-E51 Rs 3.biostar.gigabyte.700 www. good verdict Pick this if you want something really good without shelling out much. SATA | USB: 6 | verdict Packed with ample features.msi.asus. hate Outdated chipset with DirectX 9 graphics. SATA | USB: 4 | 10. Memory: Up to 8 GB. SPECIFICATIONS Chipset: AMD 740G.850 in. Memory: Up to 8 GB.

He called me one fi ne day to ask if I could build an affordable. browsing the Internet. Deciding on the rest of the components was easy.000. Starting from the Athlon II X2 245 2. When it comes to building a low-cost PC. Power supply units that come bundled with cabinets suffice for entry-level PCs.000.500 1.050 1. and both D-sub and DVI inputs.500 2. TAG and VIP have good designs to choose from.600 700 450 22. Brands such as Circle. 500 GB LG 22x SATA DVD-writer iBall Pride (250 W PSU) Samsung SyncMaster B2030 Microsoft Wired Desktop 500 Creative SBS A35 Price (Rs) 3. I started off with the hard drive. My friend chose the iBall Pride.200. I got a 22x model by LG with SATA interface M DUAL-CORE GOODNESS for Rs 1. I chose to go with the Athlon II X2 255 3. IT MAKES SENSE TO OPT FOR THE LATTER – anand. Since the prices of DDR2 and DDR3 memory are now at par.TECHNICAL SINCE PRICES OF DDR2 AND DDR3 MEMORY ARE AT PAR. yet powerful PC. email. So I settled for the Gigabyte GA-MA74GMT-S2 motherboard and a 2 GB DDR3-1333 stick. The total cost of the hardware came to Rs 22. I sourced all components from a reliable system integrator. Its front panel features two USB ports and audio jacks. who gave me a bill mentioning all items and their respective serial numbers.9 GHz that costs Rs 3. The appropriate monitor for the budget was the 20-inch Samsung SyncMaster B2030.300) and a 600 VA UPS (Rs 1. picking a 500 GB Western Digital Caviar Green with 32 MB buffer for Rs 2.tuliani@chip. you cannot go wrong with the AMD 740G chipset-based MA74GMT-S2. which performs better.150. who runs a small office from his home. His applications were basic day-today tasks such as accounting. ANAND TULIANI. So if you want to upgrade only your CPU. the fi rst thing that comes to my mind is AMD’s line-up of entry-level dual-core CPUs. the DVD writer. It’s a sleek LCD panel with a native resolution of 1600x900 pixels.1 GHz.150 2. 3. For Rs 3. which is an elegant micro-ATX case that comes-fit with a 250 W power supply. I took up this build as a small project to fi nd out how much one would have to shell out if he/she were to assemble a good dual-core PC on a shoestring budget. motherboard and RAM. DEPUTY EDITOR . Additional expenses included Windows 7 Home Basic (Rs 4.000 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 51 .050. printing invoices. iBall.400. I picked the Microsoft Wired Desktop 500 combo (PS/2 keyboard and USB optical mouse) and Creative SBS A35 speakers. which costs Rs 3.500.ANAND'S COLUMN PC CONFIGS TEST CENTER A DECENT DUAL-CORE PC FOR BASIC HOME OR OFFICE USE FOR RS 22. which offers both D-sub and DVI ports. and scanning.1 GHz Gigabyte GA-MA74GMT-S2 Strontium 2 GB DDR3-1333 WD Caviar Green. As for the final internal component.650 6.400 3. AMD has a good range of entry-level CPUs. it should cost you around Rs Component CPU Motherboard RAM Hard disk Optical drive Cabinet LCD monitor Input device Speakers Total Model AMD Athlon II X2 255. it makes absolute sense to opt for the latter.550).000 y latest build was for a friend.

1 GHz or higher. HARD DISK 320 GB. GRAPHICS On-board. Wi-fi. BT. GRAPHICS On-board. DISPLAY 14. Card reader.20 GHz.500 CPU Intel Core i5-430M. OTHER DVD-writer. HARD DISK 500 GB.1 in. WEIGHT 2.6-inch GRAPHICS On-board WEIGHT 1 Kg to 1.000 CPU Intel Atom N450. BT.000 to Rs 30. Wi-fi ACER ASPIRE ONE 532H Rs 15.1-inch or 15. DISPLAY 15. WEIGHT 2. BT. BT. DISPLAY 14 in. Wi-Fi. Webcam. 2. GRAPHICS On-board. BT. MEMORY 2 GB or 3 GB HARD DRIVE 250 GB or 320 GB DISPLAY 14.000 NETBOOK PROCESSOR Intel Atom N450 or higher MEMORY 1 GB to 2 GB HARD DRIVE 160 GB.66 GHz.000 CPU Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4400. 2. Webcam.500 CPU Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4400. OTHER DVD-writer. WEIGHT 2. 2. Card reader DELL INSPIRON 1464 Rs 38. 2 GHz or higher.4 kg. HARD DISK 160 GB. MEMORY 3 GB. Wi-Fi b/g or n. Pentium Dual-Core. DISPLAY 10. Wi-Fi b/g. WEIGHT 2.20 GHz.2 Kg OTHER Bluetooth.6 in. Wi-fi 52 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . HARD DISK 320 GB. OTHER Bluetooth. Wi-fi HP COMPAQ PRESARIO CQ42-116TU U Rs 28. Card reader. 2. 250 GB. Card reader PRICE RANGE Rs 15.000 CPU Intel Atom N450.000 MAINSTREAM PROCESSOR Intel Core 2 Duo. HARD DISK 320 GB. WEIGHT 2.6 in. WEIGHT 1.2 kg.4-inch GRAPHICS On-board or Discrete WEIGHT 2. HARD DISK 320 GB. GRAPHICS On-board. MEMORY 1 GB.500 CPU Intel Core i3-330M.3 Kg to 2.1 in. BT. Card reader SONY VAIO VPCEA25 Rs 48. WEIGHT 1. OTHER Bluetooth.000 CPU Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4200. 2.1 in. Card reader ACER 5740G Rs 45.1 in.26 GHz. HARD DISK 320 GB. Wi-fi SONY VAIO M 126AG Rs 23. 2. Wi-fi. OTHER DVD-writer. 320 GB DISPLAY 14. BT. OTHER DVD-writer.000 To Rs 45.1 in.7 Kg OTHER Bluetooth. Webcam.66 GHz. MEMORY 4 GB. Webcam. 1. DISPLAY 14.26 GHz. Card reader. Card reader HP PAVILION DV4-2101TU Rs 42. HARD DISK 250 GB.000 CPU Intel Core i3-350M.66 GHz.3 Kg to 3 Kg OTHER Bluetooth.35 kg.2 GHz.000 CPU Intel Atom N450. MEMORY 1 GB. DVD-writer.5 kg.500 CPU Intel Core i3-330M. WEIGHT 2.L APTOP CON S LAPTOP CONFIGS AP PTOP CONFIGS NFIG LAPTOP CONFIGS BUDGET PROCESSOR Intel Celeron.000 CPU Intel Atom N450. OTHER DVD-writer. 2. WEIGHT 2. DISPLAY 10. MEMORY 2 GB. Webcam. Wi-fi LENOVO IDEAPAD G550 9495 Rs 27. Webcam PRICE RANGE Rs 23. Card reader. 1. DVD-writer ACER ASPIRE 4736Z LINUX UX Rs 27. 1. OTHER Bluetooth.1 GHz MEMORY 1 GB or 2 GB HARD DRIVE 160 GB. Card reader.4 kg. GRAPHICS On-board. 250 GB. Wi-fi.000 CPU Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4400. 320 GB DISPLAY 10-inch to 11.36 kg.13 GHz. DISPLAY 15. Webcam.26 GHz or higher.000 SAMSUNG R528-DA01IN Rs 24. WEIGHT 1. GRAPHICS ATI Radeon HD 5145.2 kg. MEMORY 4 GB. WEIGHT 2. Webcam. DVD-writer. Webcam. MEMORY 2 GB.22 Kg. MEMORY 3 GB. Webcam. GRAPHICS On-board. DISPLAY 15. Wi-fi HP MINI 210-1095TU Rs 23. DISPLAY 14 in. OTHER DVD-writer. MEMORY 2 GB. GRAPHICS On-board. WEIGHT 1. Webcam. Webcam. DISPLAY 10.0 GHz. HARD DISK 320 GB. Wi-fi LENOVO IDEAPAD S10-3 Rs 18.1-inch or 15. 2. GRAPHICS On-board.66 GHz. HARD DISK 500 GB. Webcam.6-inch GRAPHICS On-board WEIGHT 2.1 in. 2.6 in. Wi-fi.6 in.73 GHz to 2 GHz AMD Turion X2. Intel Core i5. Webcam PRICE RANGE Rs 33.8 kg. 1. DISPLAY 10. GRAPHICS On-board. HARD DISK 250 GB. 2. DISPLAY 15.13 GHz. OTHER DVD-writer. MEMORY 2 GB. 2. GRAPHICS ATI Radeon HD 4670. GRAPHICS On-board. MEMORY 3 GB. HARD DISK 320 GB.000 to Rs 30. Card reader.5 Kg OTHER Bluetooth. OTHER Bluetooth. 1. Intel Core i3. MEMORY 4 GB.5 kg.5 kg. Wi-fi.

COVER STORY FEATURED We tell you exactly what you need to know before you buy. BY JAMSHED AVARI 54 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP Nirmal Biswas SMS us! Story code: CGG to 51818 .

We've also evaluated assembled systems where possible. We've identified five key niches and scoured the markets for the best branded PCs available. With prices falling every year. and the vast differences between segments.COVER STORY FEATURED There is no single PC that can be the best for everyone. INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 55 . The graph below gives us an idea of the proportionate costs of various components. one needn't spend anything more than the bare minimum for a perfectly good machine.

etc. What we’re looking for here is solid value that will not only give people a respectable level of power and run all current software.000 or so for a Core 2 Duo system. which will be more than enough to run Windows 7. But we draw the line at the cheapest nettops based on Intel Atom CPUs. Branded PC manufacturers sometimes obfuscate lesser-known but important component specifications such as the chipset. Practically everything required will be onboard—sound. to be sure one can fit.300 5.93 GHz Gigabyte G41M-ES2L. Manufacturers are bringing out innovative colors and designs so you might want to browse around a little before buying.000 in price.600 2. but USB 3. 500 GB On-chip graphics (Intel HD) LG GH22 SATA 22x DVD-writer Samsung SyncMaster B2030. Avoid slim cabinets if you think you might add a graphics card later. You might get a system that supports the new SATA 600 Mbps standard.200 2. but i3 CPUs will be more common by the end of the year. Because of its low demands. The expected uses for this PC will include Web surfing. audio/video playback and streaming.1 stereo Circle Delight Grey Windows 7 Home Basic Rs 28.050 6. The emphasis here is not on cutting corners.COVER STORY FEATURED BUDGET A PC that fits into the budget segment needn’t be cut-rate in any way.300 Power supply unit Included with the PC Case TOTAL 56 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . Our market survey unsurprisingly showed that all major brands had a presence in this segment. Office 2010.500 – 1.500 2. in fact we’re willing to pay a little more for components that will help keep this computer in use for as long as it needs to be. Intel G41 chipset 2 GB Strontium DDR3-1333 Western Digital Caviar Green. Don’t expect panel quality and response time ratings. but also continue to meet those expectations for at least four years. so a solid warranty could make a huge difference here. which is quite a good thing considering the amount of music and video even beginners can accumulate today. but 18–19 inches or above will definitely be more comfortable than the 15-inch baseline. you can expect to find Core i3-based systems starting at around Rs 28. or any kind of earth-shattering quality here. 20-inch Microsoft Desktop 500 Creative SBS A300. but we recommend a bit more muscle so the PC will last at least three years. RAM speed rating.0 ports will be highly unlikely. 2.000 (including montior) from Dell and HP/Compaq. replacement parts such as the motherboard and RAM might become expensive or difficult to find. including both Indian and MNC options. and you might need to buy an add-in card in a year or so. It’s unlikely that we’ll get the latest and greatest 2010 series Intel Core CPUs at this price today. The hard drive will be anywhere from 320 to 500 GB. audio/video playback. There won’t be any exotic components in this PC.000 (including monitor and operating system). One limitation we’ll face is that a few years down the line. These can dip as low as Rs 20. While the prices from smaller companies such as Panache and Chirag start at Rs 20. and of course AMD’s Athlon II and Phenom II lines provide excellent value. a budget system will be fairly compact and quiet. Our target for this budget-minded box is around Rs 25. and quality of the cabinet and power supply. We’re happy to stick with Pentium Dual Core and Core 2 Duo models. The good news is that with the prices of some components dipping after a long time.600 700 1.400 1. BUDGET PC OPTION FOR ASSEMBLERS Processor Motherboard RAM Hard disk Graphics card Optical drive Monitor Keyboard and mouse combo Speakers PC Case Operating system Intel Core 2 Duo E7500. 2. Pretty much every single brand has a few models to offer in this segment. the choices will be limited to screen size. you should be able to get a 3-4 GB of RAM. graphics.450 4.300 28. new-gen rich Web browsers and heavy Flash websites. simple games. If your choice comes bundled with a monitor. and a network adapter at the very least.

or even a solid-state drive. You’ll need at least a 1 TB hard drive. You’ll need at least an ATI Radeon 5770 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 (approx Rs 11. For faster load times.050 16. 1 GB LG GH22 SATA 22x DVD-writer BenQ V2400 Eco. They might work now. Generic RAM will do. If not a decent set of speakers.499 1.700 2.250 3. and those who are willing to spend anything it takes to get the best possible experience. While there’s plenty of hardware to fulfill the needs of the first type of buyer. pay attention to the monitor and speakers.COVER STORY FEATURED GAMING Gamers generally fall into two categories: those who want to play games but don’t want to spend on high-end hardware. high-performance kits. at least get a really good pair of headphones. The biggest variable in the budget is the graphics card (or cards). you might not be able to run at a high resolution with all the graphical effects turned on. 24-inch Razer Arctosa Razer Abyssus Altec Lansing Octane 7 VS4621 Cooler Master Gladiator 600 Windows 7 Home Premium Rs 79. but you’ll never get all the effects and image quality that games now promise.500 4. so you might get better results with a smaller monitor at a lower resolution with more image quality settings pumped up.000 and Rs 15.000 for the highest-end multi-card solutions! Keep in mind the additional power and cooling requirements these high-end cards will impose on your system. speed rating and timings of the RAM going into your new machine. but don't just buy the biggest one you can afford. but while most internal parts are easy to come by. Finally. Above that level. Core i7 CPUs are for the most demanding gamers. it’s the second lot who get to have the most fun configuring a PC! That said.0 GHz Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H.000 5.999 1. with AMD’s Phenom II X2 and X4 chips competing at the same price levels. which happily populates the other extreme end of the pricing scale). since games today weigh in quite heavily. Boutique system integrators in the larger cities are more likely to have solutions available.700 5. mostly due to lack of demand and poor volumes (the most notable exception being Dell’s Alienware lineup.300 6. or be willing to build and customize them for you to a large extent.700 14. You won’t regret an investment in good speakers either.00. or throw away the bundled ones and invest in good aftermarket replacements. 22-inch full HD monitors are quite cheap and easily available today.297 Power supply unit Tagan Stonerock Series TG600 TOTAL INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 57 . a gaming PC’s sticker price could go up by as much as Rs 1. which is more affordable now. Gamers' mouse surfaces also make a big difference.297 8. 3.000 in retail respectively). consider two drives striped in RAID. While older ones might be fast. budget parts won’t do. they won’t get the warranty support or the high-end fit and finish that branded gaming PCs abroad offer. Discerning gamers should ensure the keyboard and mouse are sensitive and comfortable enough for their standards.699 3.300 79. but you can also get branded. With a lowerend graphics card. All games today support and fully utilize surround sound. GAMING PC OPTION FOR ASSEMBLERS Processor Motherboard RAM Hard disk Graphics card Optical drive Monitor Keyboard Mouse Speakers PC Case Operating system AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition.600 5. The most discerning gamers are undoubtedly better off assembling their own PCs. Intel’s Core i5 series is where you should start. Even on the lowest end. but the overall cost including motherboard and RAM will skyrocket. AMD 880G chipset 2 x 2 GB Strontium DDR3-1333 Western Digital Caviar Black. 1 TB Zotac GeForce GTX 460. Stick to the latest generation GPUs. new ones generally support new and better image quality enhancements and other neat features. Ask for the brand. there aren’t that many brands which offer high-end gaming rigs. and the next generation of titles will leave you even more disappointed.

The Entertainment PC costs quite a bit more than the budget box.300 – 6. and don’t make much noise either. a graphics card will always provide more power.000 3. 7.750 Power supply unit Included with the PC Case TOTAL 58 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . so a large monitor is absolutely necessary. We’re primarily looking at HD entertainment.1 and 5. but don’t be surprised to see older Core 2 Duos/Quads still in the market.450 8. which include DVI.1 TB Sapphire Radeon HD 5550 Sony BC-5100S-OB.1-channel GlacialTech Altair A381 Windows 7 Home Premium Rs 80. this PC can also be integrated with your home theater or simply plugged into a large LCD or plasma TV. this will be the way to go.700 6. It’s important to pay attention to the motherboard chipset here as well: stick with the latest possible generations. The processor should ideally be a quad-core Intel i5/i7 or AMD Phenom II X4 model. quiet. You can opt for a Wi-Fi adapter to eliminate wires. The smaller the device. the higher the chances that manufacturers have cut corners somewhere in order to manage heat and power. 3. With a huge amount of streaming media freely available online today. HOME ENTERTAINMENT OPTION Processor Motherboard RAM Hard disk Graphics card Optical drive Monitor Keyboard and mouse combo Speakers PC Case Operating system Intel Core i5-650. since pretty much all software today is optimized to take advantage of the ability to handle multiple simultaneous operations of this type. Blu-ray drives are extremely rare in branded PCs today.200 10. HDMI and optical audio outputs at the very least. Four gigabytes of RAM should be the minimum level you consider. A cordless keyboard and mouse set will let you sit comfortably on a sofa or bed and still control media playback.500 1. 24x SATA Blu-ray combo BenQ V2400 Eco. but check the specifications thoroughly. a good Internet connection will transform your entertainment PC.COVER STORY FEATURED HOME ENTERTAINMENT While our budget build is perfectly fine for most ordinary home uses. If style is a major concern. All this functionality is facilitated by the full complement of connectivity options that we expect on a PC of this class. Integrated graphics solutions are now powerful enough to handle HD and Blu-ray decoding. Intel H55 2 x 2 GB Strontium DDR3-1333 Western Digital Caviar Green . limiting the combinations of components that can be used. Some of the 2. If you want. but makes up for it with plenty of muscle as well as style. or to make Internet connection sharing easier. you could even opt for a TV tuner with the computer. since Intel’s latest solutions place the graphics on the CPU rather than the motherboard. allowing the PC to double up for light gaming and providing quicker overall performance. to allow you to test their sound quality at leisure and make your decision. dedicated living-room system.1 sets available today are also quite compact and stylish. this type of computer goes after those who want a bit more power to handle high-def entertainment and other media-intensive duties. a GeForce GT 220 /240 or Radeon 5450/5550 will suffice.400 4.700 17. but you could consider the upgrade for more choices of what you can watch. You don’t need the highest-end graphics card. AMD currently has the advantage when it comes to system flexibility.300 80. so if you want a cool. These models don’t require extra space.400 8. On the other hand. 24-inch TFT (LED) Logitech Cordless Desktop EX90 Creative Inspire T7900. ensure your tuner has the required audio and video inputs to work with a set-top box.2 GHz Gigabyte H55M-S2H. Multiple cores are really utilized during media file ripping and conversion. You should probably pick up the speakers separately though. In areas where DTH is mandatory.750 8. power and cooling. look for the quietest and most compact computer around. Finally.800 5.

you might want a dedicated graphics card. Consumer workstations are available Workstation graphics cards look like desktop ones with different ports. Depending on your type of work. Graphics cards are also interesting today because of their ability to perform superfast parallel calculations for general computing. and you can count on the latest and greatest technological advances in this price segment. Needless to say. and a proper workstation. ECC preferred 10k RPM hard drive. RAID array or solidstate drive preferred Workstation-class Quadro FX/FirePro graphics card 64-bit operating system External storage for backups. The main difference between consumer and professional cards is the ability of the latter to execute extremely accurate calculations and work with specific enhancements for CAD and design software. CHECKLIST Single or dual workstation-class Xeon/ Opteron preferred 6 GB RAM minimum. Suitable current CPU models include the Xeon 34xx and 36xx series and the AMD Opteron series. but very expensive. additional remote backup location preferred Minimum three-year warranty commitment with same day or next business day on-site service from Dell and Lenovo amongst others. This ought to blaze through heavy graphical and numbercrunching tasks. and has used a high-quality power supply. you’ll be looking at a significant investment. But there’s a difference between a high-end PC assembled from common retail parts. Highperformance LCD monitors that display a wide color gamut with 24-bit accuracy are available. But there are serious benefits to dedicated workstation-class hardware. or medical imaging. such as AMD’s FirePro/FireGL and Nvidia’s Quadro products. including those that would have been impossible just a few years ago. Graphics professionals will need the best quality monitor(s) available. INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 59 . For a true workstation. with prices on request. providing a massive speed boost for repetitive tasks including simulations. These cards may also have much more memory and different display output options. These are designed to accelerate heavy tasks beyond the capabilities of regular desktop components. If you need rock-solid stability and the highest possible levels of performance for demanding tasks such as heavy scientific calculations. heat and power consumption details. renders. and encryption. you’ll need an Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron CPU with matching ECC (Error Correction Code) memory. Storage will obviously be important and you’ll want the fastest drives (or RAID arrays) around. Finally. It would be fairly simple to build or buy a super-high-end desktop to keep costs manageable. Computers in this class aren’t found at neighborhood shops. The world's current fastestperforming desktop CPU is the Core i7 980X. then it’s time to get serious about workstations. The latest Nvidia GeForce and ATI Radeon graphics cards will also take care of high-end computational tasks. since stability is key here) and RAM. This is a good middle ground for serious enthusiasts or self-employed professionals. It will work with ordinary consumer motherboards (you don't have to spend on gamertargeted overclocking features. but are quite different inside.COVER STORY FEATURED WORK STATION Today’s high-end computers can handle some incredibly intense workloads. 3D visualization. with six cores. make sure the manufacturer has specified noise. External network shares or servers are preferable for backups in a workstation environment. animation. but the kind of warranty and on-location support that big brands provide are important to keep in mind if you’re considering an assembled solution for your work. so you can save some money here too.

There’s an obvious tradeoff in processing power. it’s hard to match this one. low-cost PCs based on lowpower AMD Athlon Neo. which add a unique dimension to computer usage and make it fun. almost everything needed for comfortable operation is now integrated onto motherboards. and thereby leaving mostly empty air inside those roomy cabinets. If you’re not going to play games that demand a graphics card or use professional accessories. so they’re worth buying only if they aren’t going to be used for anything more than basic Web surfing and document work. Quite simply. Zotac and Panache do sell such products. One interesting development in recent times has been the use of touchscreens. and the lunchbox style. Dell. card reader. since these will pretty much be your only avenues for upgrades. unlike boxy desktops. all that space is wasted. and you might find yourself throwing out a perfectly good monitor when the PC parts become too old. On the other hand. HP. More commonly. As stylish as all-in-one designs are. or at least trying to make them as compact as possible. There are often some compromises to the hardware. but for those whose main concern is looks. you are limited in choice for the same reasons. These are usually perfect for bedrooms. when coupled with software designed to take advantage of this feature. Lunchbox-style PCs can look quite cute. Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth. The most famous all-in-one is of course Apple’s iMac. Dell. However they aren’t all that easy to upgrade.COVER STORY FEATURED COMPACT & STYLISH Beige boxes are dead. Still. this shouldn’t be a problem. and prices tend to be on the premium side. largely eliminating any need for expansion cards. or wherever you might want an unobtrusive computer for any reason. but all at a price of course. separate box connected to everything else. noisy computers that were the norm a decade or two ago. or vice versa if the panel happens to die. and you’re free to match them with whatever type of monitor you like to bring down the cost. most computers are still designed the same way as always even though times have changed. 60 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . kitchens. FireWire and eSATA ports. Lunchbox-style boxes are more difficult to come by. which shoves all the guts behind an LCD in one single enclosure. Lunchbox designs on the other hand are typically easy to open and customize. If you’re looking for a style statement. including some with multitouch screens. You won't get extremely powerful hardware because the compact size makes cooling difficult. Use wireless peripherals to eliminate trailing wires. All-in-one PCs are the most stylish and almost totally eliminate wires running around your desk. While LCD monitors have now completely replaced their unsightly CRT cousins. your upgrade paths will be highly limited. Look for plenty of USB. studies. Zenith and Lenovo also offer a variety of such designs. especially for children. HP has a few models that allow for multitouch gestures. which still remains a small. you're likely to get built-in goodies such as include a webcam. and there’s no need for ordinary home and office users to put up with the same ugly. There are two main types of compact computers: the all-in-one panel PC style. It uses high-end desktop parts and even offers some pretty powerful graphics options. even if you just need more storage space. Intel Atom CPUs or even low-powered laptop components are also available in these form factors. Plenty of brands have now realized this and are selling PCs in “slim” cabinets. although assorted companies including Apple.

INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 61 . fr from specialized keyboards and mice with tons keyboa of extra buttons. keyboard and mouse. This appears to be the sweet spot around which most models are concentrated. we find more stylish “lifestyle”-branded PC models with increasingly powerful hardware. You’ll save money on the OS and other included software. but luckily some excellent aftermarket models ls are available from companies including uding Microsoft and Micro Logitech. though some extra unnecessary programs are bound to be present. do consider buying a UPS. Some of the functions we take for granted on laptops today are optional on most types of desktops. Some models come with automatic backup software. And depending on where you live. Buyers are caught between paying way more than market rates for simple upgrades like extra RAM. gamers and extremely discerning consumers are often better off seeking out local system integrators who can build something as a custom order. and promises of qualified at-home service and phone support are making it extremely tempting to forget about buying individual parts for good.0 standard. Mass production also allows the brands to offer better moulded plastics. pre preferen Budget-minded Budge buyers buyers who didn't spend on the largest possible large hard drive. If you need higher quality sound and video or more comfortable peripherals. speakers. These help prevent damage due to fluctuating line conditions. to speciality headsets and even head mousepads (better known mous surfaces) which are as su available in various textures availa depending on personal depend preferences.jamshed. Big brands offer high quality construction and attractive finishes in various designs. Choices and customization options are often limited. And as far as full-blown workstations go. considering the kind of component choices. A good pair of headphones will help you enjoy late-night games and movies without disturbing the rest of the family. Going higher up the price range. construction quality and aftersales support the target audience for these machines would value. Rather than opening up the cabinet and struggling with connections. . intelligent cable management. THE VERDICT: BRANDED vs ASSEMBLED The price difference between branded and assembled PCs has largely eroded. Log Gamers have a all kinds of choices available to them. Choose from plain USB. but a few additional accesories will add a ton of fun and functionality to them. mostly due to the poor availability of affordable highquality cabinets and the manufacturers’ constant efforts to differentiate their products’ exteriors. and qualified installation at home. and also targets buyers who won’t want too many customizations to their PC configurations. Here. in the middle and at the upper end of the price range. and give you enough time to save your work when the power suddenly goes After analyzing product datasheets from nearly every major player in India. Choices are also often limited when it comes to the monitor.avari@chip. most notably wireless adapters for Bluetooth and nd Wi-Fi. eSATA or the latest USB 3. webcams aren't all that common either. and voiding their warranties by having it installed later.COVER STORY FEATURED ADDONS: ESSENTIAL ACCESSORY IDEAS All of the types of PCs here are quite complete on their own. but the choices of components do not generally represent the best possible distribution of money to make them optimal for gaming. our very clear conclusion is that the best branded offerings are in the sub-Rs 35. However you are limited in other ways. you’ll be out of luck.000 category. external hard drives aren't very expensive any more at all. or simply buy the parts and assemble a desktop themselves. The fit and finish of a branded PC is almost always superior these days. goodies like built-in card readers. Apart from that. or those with thos cramped all-in-one PCs needn't fear. the tide turns swiftly in favor of branded options again. FireWire.

the hardware required for a 3D experience is expensive. to enjoy games in 3D. Certain video editing applications use the GPU’s stream processors for transcoding and applying filters on the fly. At present.GRAPHICS CARDS COMPARISON FEATURED Want the ultimate gaming experience? Take your pick from some of the fastest graphics cards on the market to satiate your desire for extreme eye candy. Let’s find out which one takes the crown and what you should pick if you want a good bang for the buck. Visual effects such like reflections. you can transcode videos more than twice as fast as a powerful desktop CPU. The game has a dark environment with an eerie score playing in the background. ATI and Nvidia have been churning out one GPU after another. You turn around to find yourself face-to-face with a dreadful monster. Today’s games look so life-like and immersive that they literally make you feel like you’re in some other world. You hear footsteps behind you. making them perfect for home theater PCs. with a decent number of options to choose from. we bring you an exciting roundup of 18 high-end graphics cards. The high-end segment now looks more or less complete. The power of the GPU can be harnessed to accelerate HD video playback. HDR lighting and detailed textures make games look movie-like. However. 3D will become mainstream.3 ports and audio processors that decode Dolby display and surround sound. So you pull out that big fat gun and blast the beast into a hundred pieces. water ripples. But again. The latest graphics cards are equipped with HDMI 1. BY ANAND TULIANI AND FRANCIS D'SA Fast and Furious magine you’re playing a first-person shooter wearing 3D glasses on a home theatre setup with a massive high-end desktop processors will fall short. Some games are so visual effect-heavy that they bring even top-end graphics card to their knees. The need for graphics cards is not limited to gaming alone. You can go completely 3D with Nvidia’s 3D vision kit. and some have even introduced their own PCB designs and custom coolers that outperform the stock design. With a powerful graphics card. Manufacturers are ready with models that use these GPUs. In the last few months. but a few years down the line. This month. a suitable graphics card and a compatible monitor. imaging and video editing applications. only with a high-end graphics card can you enjoy games in full glory. you need a powerful graphics card because processing graphics for 3D is even more intensive than rendering regular graphics. That’s how powerful and complex graphics processors are! The latest in the world of gaming and entertainment is 3D technology. 62 Jagdish Limbachiya SMS us! Story code: FLC to 57007 . Rendering graphics is such an intensive task that even a dozen I TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

GRAPHICS CARDS COMPARISON FEATURED TEST RIG CPU: Intel Core i5-661. with four clusters less. N udging its way past the Zotac GTX 480 by a single point. custom coolers and factory-overclocked core and memory. the Sparkle T he GeForce GTX 460 is Nvidia’s latest addition to its lineup of GTX 480 bagged the Best Performance title. AGAINST: Hogs power. which is just a tad higher than the consumption of HD 5850. Extra points were awarded to cards with custom coolers that were more RATINGS FEATURES PERFORMANCE WARRANTY OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY RATINGS FEATURES PERFORMANCE WARRANTY OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY Features: The GPU architectures of Nvidia and ATI are completely different. 80 GB LCD monitor: ViewSonic VX2433wm SPARKLE GTX 480 ZOTAC GTX 460 TEST PROCESS In this roundup. Vendors were welcome to send variants with different memory sizes. The card not only performed better in most sections. 465. After running benchmarks. 63 . But considering its overall performance. make sure that you also invest in a roomy cabinet with a good number of exhaust fans. We noted the average frame rate after a one-minute run and the power consumption. the GPU can touch a whopping 95 degrees Centigrade. at 1920x1080 with tessellation disabled. You also won't require an expensive high-end power supply unit to feed this card. It is built on the GTX 480 GPU with 480 stream processors and is clocked at 724 MHz. FOR: Excellent performance. but also scored decently in the features section. power efficient. performance and warranty scores against the price. amount of video memory and memory bus width. 1024 MB. AGAINST: None. 8xCSAA Crysis Warhead: Enthusiast mode. we've only included models based on the latest Radeon HD 5800 series (HD 5830. As far as performance goes. high-end GPUs. Bonus points were awarded to cards that offered greater warranty.500 Core speed: 701 Aditya Infotech 011-46665666 sales@adityagroup. The final test was FurMark with 8xAA and post-processing enabled. We evaluated cards on the following parameters: SPECIFICATIONS SPECIFICATIONS Rs 27. DisplayPort. It consumes a little more than 250 Watts under load. Supporting the GPUs performance is the 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 924 MHz tied to a 384-bit bus. Stream processors: 480. This section was allotted a weight of 75 percent. Even stressful benchmarks such as Unigine Heaven and FurMark ran smoothly. both may be equally powerful. INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 Performance: We ran 3DMark Vantage in Performance mode and noted the GPU score. which costs around Rs 4. serious graphics designers and animation specialists. Features accounted for 25 percent of the overall score. Demanding games such as Crysis Warhead and Just Cause 2 ran smoothly at over 30 fps with all the visual effects maxed out.000 more. enthusiasts.33 GHz Motherboard: MSI H57M-ED65 Memory: 4 GB DDR3-1333 SSD: Intel X25-M. So if you go in for this card. But the downside of this card is that it runs extremely hot and the power consumption of the system goes as high as 430 Watts under load. 768 MB and 1 GB. 5850 and 5870) and GeForce GTX 460. the GTX 460 is much leaner.1. the GTX 460 is almost as powerful as the GTX 465 and comes very close to the Radeon HD 5850. 3. The Zotac GeForce GTX 460 is the first graphics cards in the market to feature the new GPU. 924 MHz. However. Value for money: This was calculated by stacking up features. look no further than this graphics card. Ports: DVI. which takes away 128 stream processors (4 x 32). So while an ATI GPU may have more stream processors. The GTX 460 is available in two variants. As compared to the GTX 465.999 Core speed: 675 MHz. we didn’t assign any weight to the number of stream processors. No AA and 4xAA We ran Unigine Heaven 2. and extreme tessellation. VERDICT: If you’re looking for pure value for money. Ports: DVI. runs extremely hot and hence needs a lot of cooling. which has 11 clusters of stream processors. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Abacus Peripherals 022-40914600 enquiry@abacusperipherals. it runs both the core and memory faster than the GTX 465 at 675 MHz and 900 MHz respectively. Fewer stream processors means lower power consumption and less heat generation. mini HDMI. VERDICT: An excellent choice for gamers. 470 and 480 series GPUs. Warranty: Most vendors offer 3 years warranty. This model features 1 GB DDR5 memory tied to a 256-bit wide bus. we ran the following games at 1920x1080: Left 4 Dead: Very high. FOR: Very good performance for its price. because in spite of a gigantic cooler. Memory: 1536 MB. 8xMSAA Just Cause 2: Very high. Stream processors: 224. So. Memory: 900 MHz. we let the rig settle for five minutes and noted the idle power consumption. For the real-world tests. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Rs 14. a DirectX 11 benchmarking tool. HDMI. The Fermi architecture finally showed its true potential when sheer performance was the need of the hour. it’s definitely a better bargain than the HD 5850. We did consider the core and memory speed. We also took note of contents like HDMI adapters and cables. normal tessellation.

To keep your heart right.No AA 1920x1080 .Very High .999 64 59 0 0 86 50 50 50 100 100 85 GeForce GTX 480 480 701 MHz 924 MHz | 1536 MB GDDR5 384-bit ✖ Stock DirectX 11 | 6 + 8 pin ✔ ✖ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✖ GeForce GTX 480 480 701 MHz 924 MHz | 1536 MB GDDR5 384-bit ✖ Stock DirectX 11 | 6 + 8 pin ✔ ✖ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✔ FRANCIS D'SA francis.09 fps 47. 64 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . Retailing at Rs 15.4xAA .1 fps 36.zotac.Very High . They can do a whopping 30 fps with tessellations enabled in extreme tests.8XAA with post-processing Power consumption Idle | Load WARRANTY Warranty period Zotac GTX 480 Aditya Infotech 011-46665666 sales@adityagroup.000 with a 5-year warranty.GRAPHICS CARDS COMPARISON FEATURED PERSONAL TAKE SpecScan 1 ANAND TULIANI anand. such as As this roundup is for gamers and enthusiasts. of stream processors Core speed Memory Speed | Amount Bus width Factory overclocked Cooler type DirectX support | 6-pin power connector Backpanel Ports DVI DisplayPort HDMI Mini HDMI Package contents Bundled games Mini HDMI to HDMI connector HDMI to DVI connector HDMI cable PERFORMANCE 3DMark Vantage (Performance) GPU Left 4 Dead 1920x1080 . Check out the GeForce GTX 480 series cards. Zotac has the latest GTX 460 well within the budget line of high-end cards.dsa@chip. which look awesome in action. these rigs can send your electric bills through the roof by sucking almost 430 Watts of power. If you don’t mind lightening your pocket.40 fps Rs. 27.00 fps 61. the Zotac GeForce GTX 460. buy a pair of GTX 460s and put them in SLI. The Radeon HD 5000 series graphics cards are comparatively powerfriendly but they can’t match up with Nvidia’s GPUs when it comes to tessellation and PhysX. It’s almost as powerful as the GTX 465 and offers similar performance as the Radeon HD 5850 for a much lower price.20 fps 30.Enthusiast .1 1920x1080 .tuliani@chip.20 fps 32. A graphics card should also be energy-efficient and run cool. No doubt Nvidia’s GTX 480 and GTX 470 offer top notch performance. Also. taxes extra. it doesn’t heat up as much as its elder siblings and neither does it hog power. But www. I do have a few recommendations myself.Extreme tess Furmark v1.39 fps 47. My favorite from this round-up is the winner of the Best Value www. these cards offer true performance.4xAA .2 1920x1080 .62 fps 32.8xCSAA Crysis Warhead 1920x1080 .4xAA . 29.81 fps 61.Disabled tess 1920x1080 .in 2 Sparkle GTX 480 Abacus Peripherals 022-40914600 enquiry@abacusperipherals.5 fps 38.8. NAME Contact Phone E-mail Website Price* OVERALL Features (25%) Performance (70%) Warranty (5%) Overall (out of 100) Value For Money FEATURES Chipset No. I would rather sit this one out.00 fps 43 fps 89 W | 427 W 5 years 17786 76. 17416 77. but they heat up like crazy and drink up Rs.8 fps 44 fps 90 W | 426 W 3 years * Prices are indicative and are subject to change. and can handle demanding games like Crysis Warhead and Just Cause 2. Based on the Fermi architecture.00 fps 37. an excellent choice for those looking for sheer performance from demanding games.Normal tess 1920x1080 .2 fps 29.Enthusiast . But having been involved in the test process. a card that offers topof-the-line performance should be your choice. If you want sheer power. this card is great value for money.4xAA Unigine Heaven 2.500 84 78 93 100 88 60 0 50 100 66 94 Good performance doesn’t mean only high frame rates.8xMSAA Just Cause 2 1920x1080 . it defeats a single GTX 480 and costs the same.

in. 30.8 fps 34 fps 73 W | 301 W 3 years INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 65 .36 fps 48.82 fps 46.000 57 79 60 0 50 100 81 79 79 74 73 Radeon HD 5870 1.8 fps 28.GRAPHICS CARDS COMPARISON FEATURED 3 ASUS Matrix 5870 Platinum Ed.S. 23.4 fps Rs.22 fps 42.54 fps 30.1 fps 31.6 fps 41 fps 62 W | 277 W 3 years 17395 84.500 73 82 60 0 50 100 6 Galaxy GTX 470 Technology and Gadgets 022-23823331 sales@technologyandgadgets. 25.1 fps 34 fps 93 W | 369 W 3 years 14049 68.asus. 38.000 78 83 60 0 50 100 4 ASUS EAH5870 Asus India 022–67668800 reachus@asus.1 fps 39 fps 74 W | 307 W 3 years 17346 Rs.I 011-41758808 sanyam@msi.55 fps 39.9 fps 31.8 fps 24.99 fps 27.600 875 MHz 1300 MHz | 1024 MB GDDR5 256-bit ✔ Stock DirectX 11 | 6 + 6 pin ✔ ✔ ✔ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ GeForce GTX 470 448 625 MHz 837 MHz | 1280 MB GDDR5 320-bit ✔ Custom DirectX 11 | 6 + 6 pin ✔ ✖ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✔ GeForce GTX 470 448 608 MHz 837 MHz | 1280 MB GDDR5 320-bit ✔ Custom DirectX 11 | 6 + 6 pin ✔ ✖ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✖ 17635 www.69 fps 39.15 fps 33.6 fps 22.000 71 83 60 0 50 100 5 XFX HD 5870 Rashi Peripherals 022-67090828 response@rptechindia. Asus India 022–67668800 reachus@asus.rptechindia.600 894 MHz 1200 MHz | 2048 MB GDDR5 256-bit ✔ Stock DirectX 11 | 8 + 8 pin ✔ ✔ ✔ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✔ ✖ Radeon HD 5870 1.81 fps 38.technologyandgadgets. 27.8 fps www.2 fps 16.79 fps 39.04 fps 34.97 fps Rs.8 fps 27.82 fps Rs.33 fps 28.1 fps Rs.asus.94 fps 44.1 fps 26.7 fps 42 fps 64 W | 278 W 3 years 14207 70.8 fps 40.2 fps 45.48 fps 33.63 fps 48.000 64 79 60 0 50 100 7 MSI GTX 470 Twin Frozer II M.600 850 MHz 1200 MHz | 1024 MB GDDR5 256-bit ✖ Stock DirectX 11 | 6 + 6 pin ✔ ✔ ✔ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ Radeon HD 5870 www.

8xMSAA Just Cause 2 1920x1080 .23 fps 40. of stream processors Core speed Memory Speed | Amount Bus width Factory overclocked Cooler type DirectX support | 6-pin power connector Backpanel Ports DVI DisplayPort HDMI Mini HDMI Package contents Bundled games Mini HDMI to HDMI connector HDMI to DVI connector HDMI cable PERFORMANCE 3DMark Vantage (Performance) GPU Left 4 Dead 1920x1080 .com www.52 fps 34.7 fps 35 fps 65 W | 253 W 3 years 13560 70.12 fps 29.49 fps 38.41 fps 27.2 fps 25.250 67 76 10 Zotac GTX 470 Aditya Infotech 011-46665666 sales@adityagroup.440 765 MHz 1125 MHz | 1024 MB GDDR5 256-bit ✔ Stock DirectX 11 | 6 + 6 pin ✔ ✔ ✔ ✖ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✖ GeForce GTX 470 448 608 MHz 837 MHz | 1280 MB GDDR5 320-bit ✔ Stock DirectX 11 | 6 + 6 pin ✔ ✖ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✖ 15582 81.Enthusiast .8 fps 34 fps 66 W | 257 W 3 years 15359 Rs.2 1920x1080 . 19.53 fps 34.S. 22. taxes extra.4xAA .8xCSAA Crysis Warhead 1920x1080 .Normal tess 1920x1080 .Very High . 21.3 fps www.I 011-41758808 sanyam@msi.7 fps 30.Extreme tess Furmark v1.89 fps 38.4xAA .Disabled tess 1920x1080 .440 765 MHz 1125 MHz | 1024 MB GDDR5 256-bit ✔ Stock DirectX 11 | 6 + 6 pin ✔ ✔ ✔ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ Radeon HD 5850 1.3 fps 15.rptechindia.GRAPHICS CARDS COMPARISON FEATURED SpecScan 8 NAME Contact Phone E-mail Website Price* OVERALL Features (25%) Performance (70%) Warranty (5%) Overall (out of 100) Value For Money FEATURES Chipset No.Enthusiast .1 fps 25. 66 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP .3 fps 15.44 fps 40.500 67 76 60 0 50 100 0 50 60 100 0 50 9 XFX HD 5850 Rashi Peripherals 022-67090828 response@rptechindia.83 fps 38.4xAA Unigine Heaven 2.999 52 79 100 100 73 73 73 Radeon HD 5850 1.8.msi.4xAA .6 fps Rs.1 fps 34 fps 84 W | 320 W 5 years * Prices are indicative and are subject to change.1 1920x1080 .Very High .8XAA with post-processing Power consumption Idle | Load WARRANTY Warranty period MSI R5850 M.36 fps 31.61 fps 48.No AA 1920x1080 .com www.

64 fps 35 fps 25.48 fps 38.500 55 66 60 0 50 100 15 Galaxy GTX 465 Technology and Gadgets 022-23823331 sales@technologyandgadgets.3 fps www.technologyandgadgets.440 725 MHz 1000 MHz | 1024 MB GDDR5 256-bit ✖ Stock DirectX 11 | 6 + 6 pin ✔ ✖ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✖ GeForce GTX 465 352 608 MHz 802 MHz | 1024 MB GDDR5 256-bit ✖ Stock DirectX 11 | 6 + 6 pin ✔ ✖ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✔ GeForce GTX 465 352 608 MHz 802 MHz | 1024 MB GDDR5 256-bit ✖ Custom DirectX 11 | 6 + 6 pin ✔ ✖ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✔ 14048 70.75 fps 31.GRAPHICS CARDS COMPARISON FEATURED 11 ASUS ENGTX470 Asus India 022–67668800 reachus@asus.14 fps 31. 14.5 fps 33 fps 64 W | 220 W 3 years 11475 59.42 fps 37.46 fps 38.9 fps 27 fps 64 W | 255 W 5 years 14805 77.580 52 79 60 0 50 100 12 Zotac GTX 460 Aditya Infotech 011-46665666 sales@adityagroup.03 fps Rs.1 fps 24.49 fps 26.79 fps 26 fps 22.91 fps 26.000 60 63 60 0 50 100 71 69 66 63 62 GeForce GTX 470 448 608 MHz 837 MHz | 1280 MB GDDR5 320-bit ✔ Stock DirectX 11 | 6 + 6 pin ✔ ✖ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✖ GeForce GTX 460 224 675 MHz 900 MHz | 1024 MB GDDR5 256-bit ✖ Stock DirectX 11 | 6 + 6 pin ✔ ✔ ✔ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✖ ✖ Radeon HD 5850 1. Rs.04 fps www.66 fps 37.abacusperipherals.999 66 68 100 0 50 100 13 ASUS EAH5850 Asus India 022–67668800 www.97 fps Rs.asus.3 fps Rs.asus. www.6 fps 18.250 54 70 60 0 50 100 14 Sparkle GTX 465 Abacus Peripherals 022-40914600 enquiry@abacusperipherals.9 fps 30.9 fps 34 fps 74 W | 303 W 3 years 11580 55.zotac.97 fps 38.2 fps 13.3 fps 16.9 fps 27 fps 74 W | 293 W 3 years INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 67 .7 fps 21.32 fps 31.9 fps 22. www.91 fps 30. 29.1 fps 27 fps 74 W | 258 W 3 years 11486 59.5 fps 23.83 fps 32.08 fps 28.

taxes extra.16 fps 28.42 fps 39.Disabled tess 1920x1080 . www.83 fps 38.7 fps 27 fps 73 W | 251 W 5 years 11462 59.8 fps 27. 20.999 48 63 100 100 17 18 ASUS ENGTX465 Asus India 022–67668800 reachus@asus.14 fps 27.Enthusiast .8 fps 25. of stream processors Core speed Memory Speed | Amount Bus width Factory overclocked Cooler type DirectX support | 6-pin power connector Backpanel Ports DVI DisplayPort HDMI Mini HDMI Package contents Bundled games Mini HDMI to HDMI connector HDMI to DVI connector HDMI cable PERFORMANCE 3DMark Vantage (Performance) GPU Left 4 Dead 1920x1080 .8xCSAA Crysis Warhead 1920x1080 .1 fps 16.Enthusiast .11 fps 25.98 fps 22.Normal tess 1920x1080 .asus.68 fps 21.4xAA .4xAA Unigine Heaven 2.8XAA with post-processing Power consumption Idle | Load WARRANTY Warranty period MSI GTX 465 Twin Frozer II Golden Ed.000 55 64 60 0 50 100 0 50 Zotac GTX 465 Aditya Infotech 011-46665666 Rs.5 fps 23.Extreme tess Furmark v1.4xAA .26 fps 21.No AA 1920x1080 .zotac.1 fps 21. CARDS COMPARISON FEATURED SpecScan 16 NAME Contact Phone E-mail Website Price* OVERALL Features (25%) Performance (70%) Warranty (5%) Overall (out of 100) Value For Money FEATURES Chipset Rs.Very High .95 fps www.Very High . 68 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP .8xMSAA Just Cause 2 1920x1080 .9 fps 17.3 fps 27 fps 72 W | 256 W 3 years 11224 58.9 fps 27 fps 79 W | 280 W 3 years * Prices are indicative and are subject to Rs.4xAA .500 48 63 60 0 50 100 62 61 59 GeForce GTX 465 352 608 MHz 802 MHz | 1024 MB GDDR5 352-bit ✖ Custom DirectX 11 | 6 + 6 pin ✔ ✖ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✖ GeForce GTX 465 352 608 MHz 802 MHz | 1024 MB GDDR5 256-bit ✖ Stock DirectX 11 | 6 + 6 pin ✔ ✖ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✖ GeForce GTX 465 448 608 MHz 802 MHz | 1024 MB GDDR5 256-bit ✖ Stock DirectX 11 | 6 + 6 pin ✔ ✖ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✖ 11505 59. M.2 1920x1080 .1 1920x1080 .I 011-41758808 sanyam@msi.msi.85 fps 25.5 fps 16.65 fps 38.S.

Optical zoom: Good optical zoom value allows you to zoom into the subject without compromising on the overall picture quality. Since this roundup had a limiting price factor of Rs. are now being phased out because flash and hard drive-based camcorders are far more compact and offer richer feature sets. We suggest you test the camcorder at full zoom to test the IS. In addition. The second most important factor is their ability to record in high definition. but will also capture decent still images. One thing’s for sure.000. SMS us! Story code: FCC to 57007 Jagdish Limbachiya INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 69 . It will help in maintaining a jitter-free video at full zoom. as the Samsung HMX-H200BP and the Panasonic SDR-S26 were devoid of internal memory and a hard disk. flash and hard disk based camcorders allow you to record hours of video over a fixed 90-minute MiniDV tape/disc. As of now. HD camcorders almost fall in the same price range as most standard definition camcorders. flash memory supports just about 16 GB of space. Also. Before we dig in. thereby producing a much cleaner. MiniDVs. It’s ultimately for you to decided whether you would like to own an HD camcorder or an SD one. you wouldn’t want to be squinting while going through the menu settings. they can record at a much higher resolution. crisper and clearer image. this didn’t hold true for all test subjects. we could only get our hands on camcorders with a maximum of 80 GB space. This gives you the freedom to even record and store more than what you might actually need. 35. BY SANDEEP BALACHANDRAN C amcorders have gone through major transitions over the years. However. here are a few tips on what to look out for before purchasing a hard drive or flash-based camcorder – Storage capacity: Look for a camcorder with a high capacity drive as it will allow you to record for a longer timeframe. further allows you to add more space should you run out of it. all test products featured an SDHC expansion slot. which dominated the market until recently. whereas their hard disk counterparts can give you as much as 240 GB. flash memory-based camcorders are less likely to break down as they have fewer moving parts. After all. Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS): This is probably the most important factor when purchasing a camcorder with high optical zoom.CAMCORDER COMPARISON F E ATUR FE AT UR ED FEATURED T URED U HD or SD? You Decide Need help in deciding which camcorder to buy? Here are a chosen few to get you started. Now when it comes to storage. which Resolution: A camcorder with a higher sensor resolution will not only deliver a better video output. So in comparison. even though HD camcorders are a tad expensive. both flash and hard disk-based camcorders offer substantial storage space. LCD screen size: Look out for a camcorder with a decently sized screen and a bright display. and interestingly.

a better build also ensures that parts don’t come lose over extended use. focus and white balance. Since performance is considered to be a very important aspect in all of our tests. performance and warranty and pitting it against the price. build quality. Camcorders are certainly a more viable option if you plan on recording video rather than capturing still images. it still makes the Samsung HMX-H200BP a cheaper proposition. and the user interface. mainly for its rich feature set and 16 GB of flash memory. That’s the main reason I still consider the Sony HDR-CX150E a better purchase over the Samsung HMX-H200BP. Ergonomics: A good camcorder is designed with the user in mind. We looked at the overall design. Irrespective of my likes and dislikes. For some. ergonomics. such as battery compartment lid and port flaps. then the Sony DCR-SR68 seals the deal. performance accounted for 40 percent of the overall score. Here. A total of 5 percent of the overall score was assigned to this section. Settling for a camcorder with no flash memory or hard drive definitely doesn’t suite my taste. button size/spacing. then the Samsung HMX-H200BP should be on your list. I would still settle for the Sony CX150E. Both scenes were captured with the highest recordable resolution along 70 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . Quality-wise the HMX200BP is almost flawless in almost all aspects of recording. Each category was given a decent amount of weightage in accordance with their features. For this. Points were also awarded to camcorders that could capture acceptable still images. IS performance at full zoom. Performance: The performance section is the biggest distinguishing factor between camcorders. which is often the most overlooked aspect when buying a camcorder. performance and warranty. Ergonomics accounted for 20 percent of the overall score. the total number of service centers in the country. But deciding on a particular brand and model of camcorder is just as confusing as choosing a camera. Value for Money: Last but not least was value for money. also on its overall performance. video/audio format. and the warranty period of each camcorder were taken into account. the camcorder segment is still much of an unexplored area.balachandran@chip. still image quality. Considering that a 16 GB SDHC card will set you back at least Rs 2. So to get an idea of each camcorder’s performance. which was derived by clubbing the features. mode selection dial. nor does it come with a memory card. The Sony CX150E is also one of the most versatile camcorders under Rs 35. with the mode set to program with the best possible setting. better the value for money rating. one of the main reasons for it being the cheapest HD camcorder in the roundup. Moreover. In other words. the overall design should be such that the user finds it easy to use and navigate between the various functions. ergonomics. it is the overall video quality that is of great importance. the number of cities in which these centers are present.CAMCORDER COMPARISON FEATURED PERSONAL TAKE Test Process The test process was based on five parameters: features. The overall menu navigation and interface were also taken into consideration as it is the ease of use that adds value to the camcorder. firmness of moving parts. but SANDEEP BALACHANDRAN sandeep. if you are not too concerned about recording in high definition and space is of more concern. It delivered exceptional video and audio clarity that outdid my personal favourite – the Sony HDR-CX150E. a camcorder’s size and capacity are of more importance. but have also thrown in an extra 16 GB SDHC card. Build quality accounted for 5 percent of the overall score. Each level was analysed stringently and points were awarded on the overall clarity and sharpness of the video captured and of the audio. Moreover. What you get are a whole bunch of features that allow you to manually set the exposure. That In comparison to cameras.000. the total zoom. ISO speeds. Both grip and menu navigation were given a fair chunk of points.000. On the other hand. maximum video resolution. Audio tests were conducted both indoor and outdoor at a distance of eight feet. Not only has Sony embedded the CX150E with 16 GB of flash memory. and built-in help. It should offer decent grip along with easily accessible controls during and after the shoot. and since camcorders are considered expensive and delicate. Although not a very important aspect. But what good is video quality if you can only record 10-15 minutes of high definition video? This brings me to our Best Performer . Warranty: You can never predict the life of any electronic gadget. If you are looking for better image quality and don’t really care about recording space. it is important for them to be backed up by warranty and support. 20% ERGONOMICS 5% BUILD QUALITY Build Quality: The overall build quality is vital as camcorders aren’t exactly an affordable proposition. build quality.the Samsung HMX-H200BP. what good is a camcorder if it features a weak image stabilizer? Features accounted for 30 percent of the overall score. the tests also included low light performance. Higher the score. camcorders were given scores on their overall image stabilization. After all. playback smoothness/sharpness and overall audio quality. given a choice between the two. The only major drawback was that the Samsung features no built-in memory. We also looked for the presence of navigational aids such as joystick. So let’s walk you through each of them. The test process was started by noting down the CMOS sensor size/resolution. while for others. Camcorders that came with additional or extra features were given greater scores. The camcorders were finally awarded Best Performer and Best Value according to the final score that they returned. WEIGHTAGE USED FOR EVALUATING CAMCORDER 40% PERFORMANCE 5% WARRANTY 30% FEATURES Features: The versatility of a camcorder depends on not only its feature set. the overall quality of construction. it still adds up as an extra feature. This was needed especially for outdoor tests (audio) as the recordings sounded rather muffled due to excessive ambient noise. was evaluated. shutter speed and the number of preset scenes. we recorded an indoor scene and an outdoor scene.

The only part that feels a little out of place is the shutter release button as you will need to stretch your index finger to be able to access it. Optical/Digital zoom: 60x/2000x. responsive touch screen. Video recording is offered in three modes – standard definition and high definition at 720p and 1080i. it’s free of conventional rubber port flaps. It can record a maximum of 30 minutes at its lowest mode.7-inch touch screen that’s quite vibrant and crisp. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Sony India 1800-103-7799 sonyindia. the Samsung HMX-H200BP is extremely impressive and maintains a very good balance of color and contrast. Skin tones were also exceptional as the results produced were quite sharp and detailed. The DCR-SR68E comes with a fully functional 2. making it almost impossible to view the video. The camcorder features a user friendly design that makes everything from navigation to usability easy. Storage media: 80 GB HDD | SD/ SAMSUNG HMX-H200BP in this roundup.990 Dimensions (WxHxD): 56 x 65 x 115 mm. IS works well at full zoom. Focal length: 1. no bundled memory. but allows recording in three other modes . AGAINST: No dedicated hard drive. Placed towards the extreme left. However. with the quick menu. Moreover.990 Dimensions (WxHxD): 58. SONY DCR-SR68 and ergonomics. Weight: 275 g.8 – 108 RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 71 .CAMCORDER COMPARISON FEATURED T he Samsung HMX-H200BP is one of the best camcorders we’ve tested Those who like to have the functionalities of a digital camera in their camcorders will like being able to manually adjust aperture and shutter speed.high quality (20 hours). Being a mid-range camcorder. It also features one of the most responsive touch interfaces amongst the seven we tested. you can squeeze in 10 and 7 minutes respectively on a 4 GB card. it does not support recording in HD. IS is not the best at full zoom. record and zoom buttons placed alongside it. Take it into a brightly lit area and the screen almost turns into a mirror. you will have to either use a tripod or place the camcorder on a stable surface to get a steady picture. while in 720p and 1080i. Video/Audio format: H. Storage media: SD/SDHC. SPECIFICATIONS Rs 19. 80 GB hard drive. SPECIFICATIONS Rs 21.9 mm. Unlike the others.8 MP. Still image resolution: 4. but only when viewed under the shade. This allows you to choose the subject that you'd like to focus on rather than the whole picture. Sensor size: 1/8-inch. however. good macro range. The SR68 performs quite well and delivers a decent blend of color and contrast. focussing issues under low light. the camcorder doesn’t allow you to take pictures when in video mode or vice For instance. The positives. That apart. are the massive 60x optical zoom and 80 GB of recording space. very good balance of color and contrast. Focal length: 3. FOR: Good reproduction of colors. The placement of the mode selection also feels off. This model is devoid of a built-in hard drive and comes with just an SD card slot that supports upto 32 GB. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Samsung India Electronics Pvt Ltd 0124-4881234 NA RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY T he Sony DCR-SR68 leaves very little to fret about in terms of performance the responsive and precise touch panel works very well. Optical/Digital zoom: 20x/200x. Weight: 300 g. it cannot be considered one of the best as the image stabilization struggles to maintain a steady frame at full zoom.5 x 59.7 megapixels. and instead features a hardened plastic cover that effortlessly flips out when required. The Samsung features a Magic Touch Shot that allows you to shift focus anywhere on the screen by simply touching that area of the LCD. responsive touch interface. thereby ensuring sharper results. FOR: Decent low light recording.2 – 64 mm. However.3 x 111. AGAINST: Extremely reflective LCD screen. the SR68 also features an SD card slot. Unlike other camcorders in its category. the overall fringing does multiply when you zoom into the subject. the DCR-SR68 does a very good job at maintaining the overall saturation of blues and reds. If you go beyond 80 percent of its zoom. standard quality (29 hours) and low quality (61 hours).264/AAC.7/2. However. It features the usual swivel touch screen. Even though the camcorder features 60x optical zoom.9 in. Video/ Audio format: MPEG2/MPEG1. it allows you to focus on the subject before taking still images. Sensor size: 1/4. There isn’t much noticeable fringing unless the video is shot under direct sunlight. Still image quality is decent enough as long as the resolution is scaled down to 800x600. VERDICT: The Samsung HMX-H200BP is a great camera with a decent set of features and impressive performance. On the performance front. Still image resolution: 0. VERDICT: A compact camcorder with a chunky storage space. the screen feels a little reflective when shooting under broad daylight. it is impossible to toggle between picture and video modes using one hand. Performance was equally good under broad daylight and low light conditions.

7-inch 7 5 4 ✔ H.2 25x | 300x Rs. 72 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP .com Rs.95 mm 275 g 1/ 29.264 NA | NA 5|5 5|5 5 5 5|5|5 ✔|✔|✔ Touchscreen ✖ 5 4 4 5 5 5 4.5 3 2 years * Prices are indicative and are subject to change.2 to 64 mm F1.990 96 100 75 90 50 50 100 0 50 50 100 70 95 64 100 3 Canon Legria HFR17 Canon India Pvt Ltd 1800-180-33-66 info@canon.5 mm F1.30 x 111.264 8 GB | NA 5|5 5|5 4.32 MP 1920 x 1080 3. 32. 21.5 1 year 60 x 64 x 124 mm 270 g 1/5.995 73 100 58 62 100 0 50 100 HIGH DEFINITION Sony HDR-CX150E Sony India 1800-103-7799 sonyindia.39 MP 1920 x 1080 3 to 60 mm F1.50 x 59.990 Overall (out of 100%) Value for money FEATURES Dimensions (WxHxD) Weight CMOS sensor: Size | Resolution Max video resolution Focal Length Aperture: Wide | Tele Zoom: Optical | Digital LCD display No of preset scene modes No of white balance modes No of Color modes Image stabilizer Video Format Memory: Onboard | Bundled BUILD QUALITY Shell | Buttons (out of 5) Flaps | Battery compartment lid (out of 5) ERGONOMICS Grip (out of 5) Menu navigation ease (out of 5) Buttons: Size | Spacing | Tactility (out of 5) Shortcut buttons: IS | Smart auto | Photo Navigation aid Built-in help PERFORMANCE Clarity (out of 5) Low light performance (out of 5) Still image quality (out of 5) Playback Smoothness (out of 5) Overall Sharpness (out of 5) IS performance at full zoom (out of 5) Audio quality (out of 5) WARRANTY Warranty period 87 79 68 50 x 56 x 114 mm 215 g 1/4-inch | 3.5-inch | 20x | 200x 2.5 to 62.7-inch 7 3 0 ✔ H.8 | F3.5 3.6 20x | 800x 5 5|5|5 ✖|✖|✔ Joystick ✖ 4 1.9-inch | 3.8 | F3.CAMCORDER COMPARISON FEATURED SpecScan 1 CATEGORY Name Contact Phone E-mail Price* OVERALL Features (30%) Build quality (5%) Ergonomics (20%) Performance (40%) Warranty & support (5%) 0 2 Samsung HMX-H200BP Samsung India Electronics Pvt Ltd 0124-4881234 NA Rs.5 1 year 58.8 | F2.1 MP 1920 x 1080 2.264 16 GB | 16 GB 5|5 5|5 5 5 4|5|5 ✖|✔|✔ Touchscreen ✔ 4.5 3 3 3.5 4 4 5 5 4 4. taxes extra.7-inch 10 3 6 ✔ H.

panasonic.5 3 4 2.48 to 104 mm F1.8 | F6 60x | 2000x 2.7 78x | 3500x 2.6 to 84 100 71 69 33 0 50 100 5 Canon Legria FS305 Canon India Pvt Ltd 1800-180-33-66 info@canon.5 3.7-inch 8 3 5 ✔ MPEG2 NA | 8 GB 5|5 5|5 4.2 mm F2 | F5.8 MP 704 x 480 1 year 55 x 59 x 121 mm 235 g 1/6-inch | 0.7 70x | 100x 2.sethi@npi.8 MP 720 x 480 1.990 64 100 69 58 100 0 50 100 74 71 70 66 56 x 65 x 115 mm 300 g 1/8-inch | 0.5 3 years 56 x 65 x 107 mm 250 g 1/8-inch | 0.CAMCORDER COMPARISON FEATURED 4 STANDARD DEFINITION Sony DCR-SR68 Sony India 1800-103-7799 sonyindia.9 | F5. 14. 25.8 to 108 mm F1.5 5 5|5|4 ✖|✖|✔ Joystick ✖ 3 3 3 4 3.sethi@npi.5 2.7-inch 9 1 0 ✔ MPEG2 80 GB | NA 5|5 5|5 5 5 4|5|5 ✔|✖|✔ Joystick ✔ Rs.5 3.8 MP 704 x 480 1.48 to 104 mm F1. Rs.8 MP 934 x 576 2.5 5 4 2 years 53 x 67 x 107 mm 350 g 1/8-inch | 0.7-inch 5 0 0 ✔ MPEG2 NA | NA 5|5 5|5 5 5 4|5|4 ✔|✖|✔ Joystick ✖ 2 9 3 0 ✔ MPEG2 80 GB | NA 5|5 5|5 5 5 4|5|5 ✖|✖|✔ Touchscreen ✔ 4 3 4 4 3.2 37x | 1800x 2.990 84 100 72 52 100 0 50 100 7 Panasonic SDR-S26 Panasonic India Pvt Ltd 0124-4596600 richa.995 70 100 65 72 67 0 50 100 6 Panasoninc SDR-H85 Panasonic India Pvt Ltd 0124-4596600 richa.9 | F5. 19.5 2 2 4 2 4 3.5 4 3 years INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 73 .care@ap.

Twitter or YouTube come to mind. then social media management is just the right career for you. Having a social media manager is no longer a fad. He says. Founder and CEO WATMedia Pvt Ltd. Approximately 22 million people are active on social media. according to him. who will create an official presence for the brand in social media. Looking at these numbers. maintaining engagement 74 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us! Story code: FSM to 51818 . It’s still at a very nascent stage but more and more companies have started investing their money on social media. BY PRIYANKA TILVE Y ou will find that almost every brand today has a presence on one of the many social communicate well to manage their virtual image. Social networking today forms a crucial part of companies' marketing and communication strategies. other forms of content. Facebook. is to engage the community. or engaging in already active communities across the web. blogs. if you have a huge following on Twitter.FEATURED CAREERS Be a Social Media Manager If writing a blog comes naturally to you. thus enabling users to communicate their feelings about the brand. A social media manager is required also because social media is two–way communication platform. And it’s not just a happy coincidence or some brand aficionado who is doing it for them. companies are looking for dynamic young people who know their way across the various social platforms and have the ability to important to have a social media manager who will look into these pages/ conversations. it’s important to understand that these users would be sharing information about various brands. According to Rajiv Dingra. As Robin Jacob Abraham. Increasingly. He says. creating videos. which could be positive or negative experiences.” He states further. A crisis situation can be well handled on social media with the presence of a social media manger. given that over 50 percent of the world’s population is under 30 years-old and spends the better half of their day on social networking sites. will manage them and create official presence of their brands on social media. “You need to understand what conversations and Sachin Pandit content works in generating engagement and buzz.” The most challenging aspect. but social media goes beyond these platforms. it’s It’s important to have a social media manager.” What constitutes social media? When we think of social media. presentations. creating a branded community itself. “There are 71 million Internet users in India according to the IAMAI (Internet & Mobile Association of India) report in 2009. says “How do you create meaningful dialogue and establish communities? This could involve going offline to generate conversations online. “These users create pages of their favorite brands and start conversations which can be harmful as these won’t be the official presence. if you have more videos on YouTube than your peers. social media in India has taken a serious turn over the years. Solutions Architect. if your Facebook profile is the center of activity. networking sites. Drizzlin Media. Thus.

Salaries are typically based on experience. To know more about Social Media Club. which is the local chapter of the What does the job entail? Broadly speaking. Thinking of social media like mass media. if one is an introvert. Also. He should be able to identify threats and opportunities. but must have the ability to learn new things and keep oneself abreast with what is happening. are looking at having social media specialists. etc. One has to unlearn some of the mass media communication principles in order to be successful in social media.FEATURED CAREERS as well as reacting to negative and sometimes abusive comments. must possess excellent communication and writing skills.Robin Jacob Abraham. you can log on to www.Rajiv Dingra. you have to be street smart and internet smart. “Anyone who's passionate about the web and understands the flow of conversations between people can become a social media manager. communication is the biggest hurdle. visit www. marketing or social networking is in sync and conveys the same Rao. recently INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 75 . my own startup company has seen a 600% growth. In the past 12 months. Get on the job and explore your interests in social media. be it PR. Drizzlin Media “Social media is a specialized subject and one needs to have a good understanding of the medium in terms of technology as well as in terms of understanding how social media communications need to be created. It’s all about talking with people rather than talking to people. and from personal experience. Solutions Architect. – priyanka. I wouldn't advice joining a formal training program at this stage. Courses available Looking at the increasing demand for social media managers. It is sun rise industry and growth prospects are very bright. It is also his/her job to ensure that all the communication flowing from the organization. The four week program is designed to aid the corporate as well as the student communities to demystify social media and its practices. become entrepreneurs employing social media in your activities.” says Aditya Rao.” . listen to the experts in the Required skill set If you are looking at taking up social media as a career. He should also have the ability to manage multiple priorities in a limited timeframe. he should have a deep knowledge and understanding of all social media platforms. launched India’s first social media course. The ideal candidate should be proficient with Microsoft Office products. Of course. “It is not an easy task to handle communities with thousands of people in them. Growth is totally dependant on you. The growth prospects are huge since the social media concept has taken everyone by storm. smcmumbai. Basically.000 and Rs 20. but it’s also important that you execute them with efficiency.” . Social media is an upcoming field and therefore the career growth of an individual depends on his/her capability and interest in this field. Another important aspect of the job is keeping an eye on the activities of the competitors and always being prepared to combat bad publicity. Apart from that.000. anyone with street smarts and common sense can become one. You can attend workshops that are held there. the job of a social media manager is to communicate with the customers and clients. On the personal front. especially all the marketing and advertising agencies in the world. you should have thorough knowledge of all the social networking sites and you must keep yourself abreast with the latest trends and newer sites. then Founder and CEO WATMedia Pvt Ltd. The industry is a fast evolving one and a lot of PR/ advertising/digital and specialist social media agencies. meet new people.” . along with many brands. Co-founder and Director. and make quick decisions. must have a deep knowledge of online marketing. social media facilitates two-way communication. community managers to brands. you have to be "sociable". they outsource it to smaller agencies. and if they don’t have one. Every such agency has an inhouse team. Superchooha “Experience in this field as a social media executive is necessary to graduate to the level of a social media manager.Hareesh Tibrewala. You can also join the Social Media Club. The salary model is based mostly on the PR model. so that a suggestion can be implemented or a query resolved. Social Wavelength International Social Media Club Group. become consultants. For further information on this program.” EXPERT SPEAK “Anyone from a communications background with a fair knowledge of the Internet can become a social media manager. Analytical as well as out-of-box thinking abilities can come in handy. Social Business Strategy. Co-founder and Director. learn about industry trends and even develop business leads. with an addition of two members to the team every month. A part of the job is also to pass on the communication across the various platforms to the relevant department in the organization. And hard work of course! The starting salary can be between Rs 15. You could go ahead and become digital heads in agencies. You should not only be able to identify and develop communication strategies for the brand. Superchooha. It is the job of the social media manager to identify the proper channels of communication for the brand and come up with meaningful strategies. you need to be a social and outgoing person.socialmediacourse. Most importantly. You have to say the right things at the right time. Joint CEO. Mumbai. share case studies. one does not need to be tech savvy. A good psychology and common sense are plus points. What sets it apart from PR is that while PR is one-way communication. then pursuing a career as a social media practitioner is not easy. Social Business Strategy. advertisement. It's the best training module available.” . IAMAI (Internet & Mobile Association of India) together with WATMedia Pvt Ltd.

recharging your mobile to booking movie tickets. then while making the payment. movie tickets. it has tied up with Nokia. wait for your turn. but a reality. and much more. accounts linked with PayMate. you can start by paying your utility bills. PAY USING YOUR MOBILE Obopay lets you pay utility and mobile bills and lets you transfer money to other Obopay users. It allows you to key in details for a credit card and a debit card. While there is still a long way to go before you can actually pay the local vegetable and fish vendors. There’s also an Easy Send service that allows you to transfer money from person-to-person or pay merchants for their products/services. all you have to do is share your mobile number. you will see an option to pay using mChek. This service is activated within 24-48 hours. the mobile revolution promises to make banking a breeze. this amount will be credited to your Obopay account. flight tickets. Its Easy Money option is just like a mobile top-up. you will have to go to a Nokia Priority store and download the application. flight tickets. PayMate has been around for a while. When you wish to conduct a financial transaction (online or offline). All you have to do is feed in your mobile number and then you will receive a payment authorization request on your phone.MOBILE MONEY FEATURED PayMat PayMat PayMate PayMate ayMate ayMat a Mate Banking on the move Banking has never been simpler. and for this. utility bills. and you can even shop. it lets you choose between the two cards as your mode of payment. otherwise the money won’t be transferred when doing a person-to-person money transfer. To activate this service. mChek links your mobile phone to your Visa/Mastercard credit or debit card. completes the transaction. allowing you to make payments through your phone. or even maintain cheque this amount to pay all your utility bills and recharge/top-up cell phones. If Internet banking made going to the bank passé. Remember that ad for a leading cellular network that has a woman haggling with a fisherman over the price of fish. BY PRIYANKA TILVE Intuit Money Manage mCheck obopay N o longer do you need to go to the bank. and for every transaction. We take a look at the various banking services. You can then use PayMate's Green Money Transfer service lets any mobile user send/receive money almost instantly. If you have more than one You can link your credit/debit cards to your mChek account to make payments through your mobile. All you have to do is walk into a Nokia Priority store and pay cash. and online shopping. you will have to fill a know-your-customer form (as per RBI rules) to open a YES Bank account. letting you pay for online purchases. and you will instantly receive an automatic IVR call-back confirming the transaction. Currently. Obopay services are available only in Pune and Chandigarh. online and mobile media have revolutionized banking. your payment will be processed and you will receive an SMS confirming the status. While Obopay and mChek are fairly newer services. Once you authenticate the same with your PIN. that is no longer just an idea. The only catch is that the recipient has to be an Obopay member. which will make you a more efficient money manager. only to end up paying using her mobile phone? Well. you can choose 76 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP Jagdish Limbachiya SMS us! Story code: FMM to 51818 . insurance premiums. fill in slips. which when confirmed. Right from transferring money to paying bills. It links your mobile phone to books. you must authenticate the transaction by entering your mChekPIN number. utility bills. Obopay is an application that allows you to do this. After selecting the payment mode. your existing bank account or credit/debit card. Then. using your mobile phone. you can securely pay for your phone bills. Another great payment gateway using the mobile phone is mChek. mChek has a comprehensive list of merchant partners and when you shop online. Through this service. and shopping to managing your finances.

including banks and brokerage firms. loans. let’s now look at something that will help us save some money. We came across Intuit Money Manager (www. which account you wish to use. thanks to live price updates. the application blocks itself on feeding three consecutive wrong PIN entries. investments. Currently. Once the verification is complete. All the recipient has to do is walk to a nearby Tata Green PCO and share his transaction code. just follow the m-banking link of your bank and download the application. Currently. A person who wishes to send money has to go to a Tata Green PCO and submit in cash the amount to be transferred. which provides a 360-degree view of one’s personal finances. The best part about it is that it allows you to consolidate all your financial accounts. Apart from SMS alerts regarding transactions and checking balance. etc. credit/debit cards. THE BANK COMES TO YOU If you don’t trust third-party applications. – priyanka. He will receive an IVR call asking him to confirm the transaction with his mPIN. wherein any mobile phone user can send or receive money almost instantly. If you do not wish to transact using your credit or debit card. Another website you can look at is Perfios. it supports over 40 major financial institutions in India. mutual Perfios. You can conduct funds transfers and Perfios transactions involving purchase of goods/ services to a maximum of Rs 50. He will then receive an IVR call asking him to authenticate the transaction with his mPIN. Getting started is simple. and taxes. under one platform. Mobile banking is absolutely safe as it is user-specific and requires a four-digit PIN code for any transaction.MOBILE MONEY FEATURED er out full-fledged banking transactions. you can also invite your family members to share accounts and integrate the same with your portfolio. As of now. It is a person-to-person mobile money bank accounts and credit cards. look no further than your own bank. ULIPs. With Intuit Money Manager. This will help you keep tabs on your family’s finances and plan better. you can go for an annual subscription at Rs 365. With Perfios. which allows you to map your spending trends and even set budget goals. but this may vary from bank to bank.tilve@chip. It thus acts as a constant reminder of your financial health and motivates you to save more. to mutual funds. which allows you to transact using a pre-paid balance. the services are limited to registered customers of Corporation Bank in Kerala and offers you a 360-degree view of your personal finances. After this. It even calculates your tax liabilities. simply call the 24-hour customer care and request them to block the application. you can now carry INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 77 . date. loan accounts. as with the ATM. It also allows you to set reminders for all your payments. Almost all major banks now offer their customers the convenience of mobile banking at no extra cost. you can even purchase a GiftMate voucher. the cash will be handed over to him. Your expenses are categorized. and even your bills. you are good to go. but they are planning to launch premium services in the near future at a nominal cost. which helps you to set aside money and invest it later. and if you like it.000 per day. you can even monitor your stock investments. right from MANAGE YOUR MONEY ONLINE With all this talk of paying bills and shopping. you will receive an SMS or email alert asking you to stop spending. After logging in. You can fix a budget for each category and when you reach the limit. After keying in your login details and getting verified. the service is free. so you don’t have to worry about missing a due Intuit Money Manager helps you plan. save and grow your money. which is an online personal finance tool that helps you plan. This service is available with a 90-day free trial. PayMate has also come up with a Green Money Transfer service in association with Corporation Bank and Tata Teleservices. save and grow your money. you’ll have to feed in the details for all your accounts and then you can easily keep a track of all your expenses at a glance. Also. The best part is that this website even provides mobile access. Almost all major banks offer the convenience of mobile banking at no extra cost. he will get a transaction code on his mobile to be shared with the recipient. In case you lose your phone. be it your bank accounts.

over 77 percent of children in India have had a negative online experience. children feel that their actions online will go unnoticed and cannot be traced back to them. you can easily restrict that here by setting time limits for usage. Parents will have to communicate openly about safe Internet practices to ensure that children don’t feel like they aren’t trusted or their privacy isn’t being respected.tilve@chip. It also tracks words. Already. terms and phrases your kids search for online. But surprisingly. And with this aim in mind. according to the Norton Online Family Report 2010. This ever-increasing online presence exposes the children to threats such as identity theft. The survey further reveals that not many of them are aware that few things are ever permanently deleted and that anything they say or do can come back to haunt them later.KIDS ONLINE SECURITY FEATURED Caution! Kids Online With the ever increasing number of children logging on to the web. If you are worried about children spending a lot of time online. we have witnessed several instances where adults posing as teenagers have befriended young children and have coerced them into inappropriate activities or even duped them into divulging sensitive financial details of their families. Once the set limit has been crossed. etc. It allows you to create up to ten accounts and once activated. which gives you an idea about their online interests. you need to set rules for the cyber world as well. software like the Onlinefamily from Norton comes in handy to keep a vigil on their online activities. It goes without saying that young children today are far more tech savvy then previous generations were at the same age. it allows you to monitor their activities on social networking sites as well as online forums. OnlineFamily also includes the option to allow users to chat only with people you explicitly approve of. it’s not safe”.in talk to strangers” and “don’t go there. BY PRIYANKA TILVE I n the real world. cyber bullying. parents are not so foresighted when it comes to the cyber world. This is particularly dangerous since. but unlike other monitoring sites. A recent survey conducted by Norton in over 14 countries underlines some startling facts. And by looking at Internet penetration figures. an astonishing 68 percent of children download music and video games online. it’s not hidden and the children are aware of it. such as “don’t doing school work. it will automatically cause the system to shut If you don’t like a particular site. Norton has responded with a free Web monitoring tool called onlinefamily. While the majority of parents believe that their children spend time playing games or PO P-U P S OFFERS Indian children are not following some commonsense rules when they surf the Web. Most importantly. you can easily block it and it even allows you to customize settings for each child’s account depending on his or her age. making it very transparent. You can continue to monitor their online activities when you are away as you will receive email alerts in case your child ignores a warning or tries to visit a blocked web site. Don't watch out for too-good-to-be-true offers 66% 56% 55% 100 Don't always distrust online offers at first glance Aren't wary of too many pop-ups 0 50 78 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us! Story code: FKO to 51818 . parents often drill words of caution into the minds of their young children. – priyanka. they do not seem to be concerned about what their children are doing when they’re online. stalking by pedophiles. and profile picture). age. the growth in recent years speaks for itself. it gives you an overview of your child’s profiles and how they represent themselves (name. Just as there are set rules in physical environments. and what’s alarming is the rise in the number of children being victimized on the As far as social networking sites are concerned. Over the years. as they allow their children unrestricted access to the Web. we are witnessing an increase in cyber crime. you will be able to see a list of all the websites visited by the user of each account. While parents today are concerned about the amount of time their children spend on the Internet. According to the survey. This may seem like a spying tool. This service monitors Web surfing as well as instant message conversations and interactions on social networking sites. You can easily monitor what they chat about and with whom.

According to a report by consulting fi rm Zinnov. Microsoft. You could have saved yourself a whole lot of trouble if your data was on the cloud. First up. you can buy more space as required or you can even temporarily scale down usage when you experience a slump in business. SOHOs and several midsized business establishments are increasingly taking it up owing to its several benefits.CLOUD COMPUTING FEATURED CLOUD COMPUTING CAN PROVIDE A SAFE AND SECURE WORK ENVIRONMENT FOR YOUR BUSINESS. your hard disk crashes and your IT technician tells you it will take a few days to restore your system. There are many service providers in the market. and Infosys. Cloud computing will dramatically cut down your hardware and software expenditure and you will also require less IT support staff. Orange Space. it also gives employees the flexibility to work from home. you only pay for what you use. See what kind of technical assistance will be provided as well as their downtime assistance. Plus. CLOUD COMPUTING WILL DRAMATICALLY CUT DOWN YOUR HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE EXPENDITURE. as they can easily access the documents they require and even make changes if required. All machines are prone to breakdowns and a hard disk crash can also result in permanent data loss. . and then all you would have had to do is simply access it using another system. The biggest consideration causing the shift towards cloud computing is naturally the cost factor. It even saves you the cost of setting up infrastructure to host servers at your end. PRIYANKA TILVE. so this cuts down unwanted expenditure. to local service providers Zenith Infotech.priyanka. Also. you have to consider a few points before fi nalizing the cloud provider. who offer cloud computing services. cloud computing is here to stay. Most crucially. Secondly. It is especially beneficial for those employees who have to be in the field. read about the policy regarding retrieval of data in case you want to switch your service provider in the INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 79 . look at the cloud provider’s security and privacy terms. and Salesforce. Maintenance or even regular updates is no longer your headache as they will be taken care of by the service provider. especially on days when they can’t make it to the office due to a strike or other calamity. While moving your data into the cloud is very straightforward. ranging from international companies including Amazon. TCS. Cloud computing is valuable from the point of view of employees as it provides them with the freedom to access all their fi les from virtually anywhere. it is important for you to determine your requirement and select a plan best suited to you. Also.084 million by 2015 from the current US$ 110 million. HCL. look for tutorials to familiarize yourself and your staff with the cloud environment for ease of usage. SENIOR FEATURES WRITER POWER YOUR BUSINESS A s much as naysayers may want you to believe otherwise. as your needs increase. While individuals may still be skeptical about adopting cloud technology.tilve@chip. Another advantage is higher security and reduced threat of data loss. Imagine you are working on an important presentation. Apart from this. Wipro. the market for cloud computing in India is expected to grow nearly ten times to US$ 1.



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or those of you who are hooked on to soap operas on TV, here’s good news. If you miss an episode of your favorite show, you need not worry, as there are many websites that

now stream popular shows on TV. First up of course, there is YouTube, where you will find all you need. But since videos are uploaded by users, the quality isn’t great. And very often, you will find that the videos have to be taken off due to copyright issues. As an alternative, you will find many popular TV channels have now started their own online entertainment websites, where you will find complete episodes of all the popular shows, which you can enjoy at your convenience.. Star TV, for instance has (, where you will find shows from Star Plus, Star One, Star World, Star News and Channel V. You can watch complete episodes online or even record them and view them later. If bandwidth is a problem, you have the option of choosing between standard and high quality videos. However, keeping in mind the dimensions of the video, watching it in full screen may not be a good idea. Instead, you can just select the ‘switch off lights’ option to

VERDICT is a good website to catch your favorite shows across the Star network on a single platform, unlike other channel-specific websites.

enjoy your video without distractions. An interesting feature is the ability to watch some of the old shows that have gone off air form their archives.

If there is too much of work stress or if you’re just bored to death, a quick online game or two can perk you right up. Amongst the many online gaming websites, Miniclip and Mindjolt are undoubtedly the most popular. Even though Mindjolt can be accessed by going to, it is more popularly accessed through Facebook. It hosts over thousand games, and it has close to four million fans and almost 20 million active users on Facebook. You can choose from various categories like action, puzzle, strategy, sports, shooter, etc. and you can either compete with your friends or play by yourself. It also shows you scores and statistics so that you can keep track of your friends’ progress.. Miniclip ( has list of game categories than Mindjolt and does not require a login to play games. However, if you choose to login, you can compete with other users and set records to earn rewards. The games here have a high quality graphics, yet they load quickly and are surprisingly devoid of irritating advertisements. This means that you aren’t

The biggest USP of Miniclip, apart from the great graphics, is the fact that it does not require a login to be able to play games. It is also devoid of advertisements.

forced to watch adverts each time you want to play a new game or replay a game. With over 500 addictive games to choose from, it is the largest online games site. At Miniclip, you have a vast variety of free games to choose from.






A selection of interesting websites you might want to visit.

Thanks to smartphones and e-book readers, books have been given a whole new meaning. No longer do you have to lug around books with you. All you have to do is get a PDF or a compatible version of the book for your portable gadget. A great site to start with is (, which offers books across various categories. Once you sign up, you can search for your favorite books and download them in the desired format. The website offers two kinds of memberships; the free membership will grant you unlimited access to HTML books and up to 5 PDF versions each month, whereas the VIP membership is available for a small fee, but allows unlimited download of HTML and PDF books. VIP members can also download unlimited books in the MobiPocket and ePub formats. You must also visit Project Gutenberg (, which is the first and single largest collection of free electronic books. Be it a classic that you are looking for or essays or reference works, with over 33,000 titles to choose from, you can be sure you will find it here. You can choose between ePub, Mobipocket, HTML and simple text formats. In terms of application, TextOnPhone is a great application for reading books on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, whereas BooksInMyPhone is a great application for users of other smartphones.

VERDICT is a great website, where you will find most of the popular titles. And if you subscribe to their newsletter, you will receive information about the latest books available for download along with a synopsis.

A chocolate calculator, a duct tape mug, a pay and sit bench, a self high-five machine, a sleep enhancing toothpaste. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Visit to find such crazy contraptions. True to what it claims, Nerd Approved is indeed a website dedicated to all things weird and interesting in the world of gadgets and toys. The weird looking gadgets that are featured on this website do actually find buyers. The website also recently launched three sister websites Fashionably Geek, CubicleBot and That’s Nerdalicious. CubicleBot will have you in splits with write ups like ‘How to respectfully quit your job’ and ‘Start an army of cloned co-workers’, etc. It also features comics, videos, and photos from all over the web. You might also want to check out Retrothing (www. and take a trip down memory lane. It’s a beautiful vintage gadget website that showcases classic gizmos and books every month. You will see phones with ancient dials, mechanical handheld games, the earlier versions of PCs, robots, VCRs, boxy television sets, vintage cars, bikes and much more. It is divided into sections like automobiles, bikes, books, cameras, phones, flying things, games, timepieces, classic computing, musical instruments, etc. The website also features do-it-yourself guides as well as videos.

Nerd Approved is definitely a fun website. While most of the gadgets may seem weird and silly, at times you will come across some practical and cool gizmos that you may actually put to use.





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Hi Dr CHIP. I have lots of

better, thus making the computer more powerful. Previously, motherboards did not include an onboard GPU and a VGA card was needed for video output to the monitor. A GPU needs its own memory for processing data just like a CPU does. The CPU utilizes the system RAM for this and a built-in GPU utilizes part of the system RAM known as shared video memory. This memory can be adjusted from the BIOS and one can allot around 32 MB to 1 GB for the GPU. This would also reduce the system memory for the CPU and slow down the computer. Hence, a graphics card, which has its own GPU and dedicated video memory, is needed. This card is sold separately and is available in a variety of processing speeds and memory capacities. Hope this answers your query.

Windows XP. But when I use Windows 7, the speed is reduced, and I get a maximum speed of only 25 Kbps. Can you please tell me why this is happening? – Nikhil Sawane

questions to ask you, but I’ll only ask a few for now. I want to know about the GPU. How much is the expandable memory? Where could I get a GPU? Which motherboard would be the best for high-end gaming? What is a VGA card? What is the difference between GPU and graphics card? Which one is better? Please reply. Thank you. – Akash Ajayghosh


Hello Nikhil. The broadband

connection seems fine, but there are many applications that might be running in the background (including the Windows Automatic Updating service), which are utilizing the Internet bandwidth. You will have to monitor and stop the ones that are using your bandwidth. Also, certain virus and spyware are known to be sending information up and down the internet lines, which cause the internet to be slower. Ensure a virus-free operating system and your internet should be as fast as before.


Hello Akash. A GPU is a Graphics

Processing Unit or a processor that helps in accelerating the performance of a graphics job. This is used in high-end applications such as games in which the CPU or Central Processing Unit cannot do the job sufficiently. The role of a GPU is to process all the graphical commands from the CPU. This in turn helps the CPU do its own functions by offloading the graphics processing part, and the CPU can do the other crucial data crunching jobs. The CPU and GPU together perform


Dear Dr CHIP. I have a BSNL

Telecom broadband connection with a Rs 900 Internet plan. I get speeds between 60 Kbps and 70 Kbps using


Hello Dr. Chip. I am facing a

problem while installing windows XP on my laptop. When the installation of windows starts, it shows a blue screen and some technical error, and when I went to my uncle, who is computer engineer, he said that it contains viruses. Kindly help me to solve this problem. – Ankur


Hello Ankur. Your uncle may be right

as viruses can also hamper the operating system installation, but there can also be other reasons apart from virus issues
This is an open AGP graphics card, showing the GPU and video memory. Windows can automatically get updates over the Internet and consume a lot of Internet bandwidth.

for the erratic behavior. Firstly, there can be a possibility of a faulty hardware;




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and your data is secure. you should try booting your system form a live operating system CD/DVD such as Ubuntu or Knoppix. XFX Radeon 5670 1 GB DDR5 and WD 320 HDD. To do this without disrupting the existing operating system and software. He would use the air conditioner at very low temperatures throughout the night. it used to work fine for the whole day thereon. [A] Hello Harshal. Also check for any viruses and hard drive errors by running a scan on the system and hard drive respectively. if your laptop is a new series. Secondly. You should check if the CPU fan is installed properly. as dust can retain moisture during the monsoons. Your system should be working fine. Check for viruses and ensure that the system is clean and safe from any virus or malware attacks. MSI 865gm chipset motherboard. then your existing operating system needs reinstallation. surprisingly the problem didn’t appear at all. it restarts automatically. But if your system hangs even in Linux. There is no problem of voltage fluctuation. To rectify the problems and install Windows XP on your laptop. for example. then your hardware is at fault. To verify that the optical media is not damaged. Clean the memory module using Isopropyl alcohol and ensure that the RAM slot and the memory are cleaned thoroughly. Biostar H55 mother board. Thanks in advance. The extreme cold draft was creating moisture droplets inside the computer and hence the system would either hang or not start up at all. If Windows XP still does not function. The configuration is Intel Core i3. To confirm. Ensure antivirus and operating system updates are installed and are the latest. Whenever I start my system. or a hard drive failure or bad sector. Use the Windows XP installation CD to boot and create new partitions and proceed with the installation. [Q] Hello Dr CHIP. The problem appears to be small but very critical. 2 GB RAM. I am Harshal from Ranikhet. Please tell me what should I do? – Indrajit A good antivirus ensures that the OS is virus-free. where I found that he faced the problem especially during the summer and monsoons. a problem with the motherboard or the RAM. ask a hardware engineer to look into the matter and resolve the problem. It is not certain as to when it might restart. then it will not support Windows XP as the hardware is incompatible with older operating systems and you would have to use Windows Vista or Windows 7. I have bought an assembled PC just a month ago. 160 GB SATA HDD. you should try cleaning the internal components of the laptop and check if it solves the problem. but it restarts again. There could be some heating issues with your hardware. I’m sure you guys will definitely help me out with a solution. Install the memory module and try. Later in the day when the temperature of the room stabilized to normal room temperature of around 30 degrees Celsius. It restarts after 5 or 10 minutes or maybe at the time of Windows startup too. then I would suggest that you shift the computer to a room where the temperature and humidity is normal. The main reason seems that the either there is a virus problem or the processor is overheating. the PC runs efficiently. confirm that the operating system is not corrupt and your hardware is properly functioning. The problem is surely weird. If you are in a similar situation. enter the BIOS of the motherboard and check if the CPU fan RPM is normal and the temperature is [Q] Hi Dr Chip. In your case. try installing the same on another computer to confirm. I tried formatting the system. If the system works fine with Linux. If you are able to open the laptop case. the moisture would evaporate and his system would work perfectly without even a trace of a problem. Please help and reply soon as it is very urgent. One day. the problem reappeared. I remember a similar erratic behavior of my friend’s computer. The reason was that his computer was placed in his bedroom and was facing in the direction of the air conditioner’s ducts. After restarting from this situation. 1 GB DDR RAM. a dusty RAM module. and a 400 Watt PSU (which is surely enough for this configuration). Next. I would recommend a complete cleanup of the internal components to ensure a dust-free interior. remove the memory stick by carefully opening the RAM compartment. We highly recommend not opening the laptop yourself unless you have the know-how. INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 83 . The configuration is Pentium D processor. but not unheard of. – Harshal [A] Hello Indrajit. is dust-free and is spinning normally (not slow). If you are still facing problems. I also changed the CMOS battery.HANDS ON DR CHIP the computer used to frequently freeze up within five minutes from the time of booting. try these steps: Backup all the data from your hard drive and delete all existing partitions. Finally. But for the last few days when I again started to work in the mornings. I used to work on it every morning for the first two weeks and Make sure the insides of your computer are clean. I have a strange problem for which you guys are my only hope. when I started to work on it at around 11 AM. Make sure there is sufficient CPU cooling paste between the CPU and the CPU fan. ensure that the operating system CD you are using is an original copy and does not have any scratches.

0x00000000)” and recommends to disable or remove any anti-virus or disk defragmentation application. If the fan seems to be stopping or spinning slowly. Finally. [A] Hey Anuj. try using another graphics card. the system restarted and started showing a Partition Magic progress bar before booting into the operating system and the bar went up to 70 percent and froze. using Windows XP on it. Follow instructions strictly. download the latest drivers for the display card and install it on both operating systems. reason no 3’ and hence I cannot use the internet through the default browser. Thirdly. I noticed that after starting the machine. but after restarting it again. Thank you. RAM. Check if your phone is infected with a virus. but there is a high possibility that you might lose some or all the data present on the partition. hard drive. ensure that you are not using pirated operating systems. if the problem still persists. Finally.0xc0000102. check your system for viruses. I have a PC with following configuration: Intel Pentium Quad Core 2. Also ensure that there are no other overheating components (motherboard chips. I am not able to do this because Windows does not start and the blue screen shows immediately after the Windows logo. Dr CHIP. There is a very tiny possibility that you can repair the partition table and rectify the size. Thanks. and 3 GB of RAM. I get the error ‘Application closed web. I have a strange problem with my mobile phone. I wanted an additional partition on the hard drive and hence I used Partition Magic. You can try using the option that the blue screen states—‘CHKDSK /F’ after choosing the ‘Safe Mode with Command Backup all phone data to a PC before attempting a firmware update. the HDD light glows for a while before the power LED glows. Usually it is difficult to solve such an issue easily. it installs the drivers and again the same thing happens. I have an IBM R60 laptop. Your phone has a minor problem with either the firmware or the application. kern-exec. etc). Please suggest me a way out of this. NVidia Geforce 9400 GT graphics card. 0x8A 298068. Whenever I open my default internet browser. I have installed Ubuntu (thanks to you guys for the OS on the CHIP DVD) in dual-boot. When I created the new partition. replace it immediately. Please help me out here as you are my last hope. If there seems. [Q] Hello Dr CHIP. The graphics card might be faulty. while the HDD light keeps glowing as though there is some data being accessed. Please provide a solution for me. I have tried going to Safe Mode and removing the graphics card’s drivers and then restarted the machine and it worked. You waited for a long time and had to force shutdown the PC due to which Partition Magic did not get a chance to finalize the entries in the partition table. Firstly.0x00000024 (0x00190203 .HANDS ON DR CHIP below 60 degrees. ASUS P5QVM Motherboard. sometimes the display gets blurred while running the PC for around 3 to 4 hours at a stretch. Thank you. – Anuj Shrivastava prompt’ in the boot menu. The fan blades and the heatsink of the CPU fan should also be clean. My phone is a Sony Ericsson P1i model and since last week I have been experiencing a strange problem. I would strongly recommend that you save all possible data to an external storage drive using the Ubuntu operating system that you installed and repartition the entire hard drive before installing the operating system. The problem here is pretty straight-forward. The system takes a long time to start up as well. inspect if the CPU fan is properly installed on the CPU and also make sure that there is sufficient amount of CPU cooling paste between the CPU and the CPU fan. – Black Raven [A] Hello. I have a dual boot operating system with Windows XP and Windows 7. Thanks to you guys for helping us in keeping our PCs in really good shape. and to perform a ‘CHKDSK/F’ command on the hard drive. And now when I power up the laptop. However. I am able to go online using applications such as Opera. Partition Magic did not complete its job of resizing the existing partition. [A] Hello Anirban. Although Windows XP works fine without any issues. Windows’ CHKDSK utility will try recovering the partition table errors and fixing the errors. it is recommended that you back up Try using ‘CHKDSK /F’ option after choosing ‘Safe Mode with command prompt’ in the boot menu. it shows a blue screen with an error “Technical information :. I would suggest you your mobile data and contents to your computer and update the firmware with to do the following. The boot menu can be availed by pressing the ‘F8’ button immediately before or while you see the Windows logo when the machine starts up. I am 84 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . – Anirban [Q] Hello Dr CHIP. I waited for almost 8 hours and then had to forcefully shut down the computer. [Q] Hello Dr CHIP I am a hard core fan of CHIP Magazine. However I face difficulties as I cannot download files (as my phone switches to my default browser when I try download any file). The error comes in boot options and also in Safe Mode or CMD mode. to be a problem. possibly due to some error.66 GHz. but you had no choice. the display blacks out after the boot logo is displayed. Use a mobile antivirus such as Kaspersky or Quickheal to scan the mobile. Then there’s a beep sound and the machine starts booting. Whenever I switch to Windows 7. a petty old chap. I am a student and have to use Visual Studio 2010 frequently. Secondly.

[A] Hello Darwin. ASROCK G31M-S motherboard. 1 GB DDR2 RAM. the setup shows an error. but the monitor shows no signal or display. What should I do? Now I am unable to upgrade my Windows operating system. you will find the problem difficult to solve. – Prakash Kumar partition table is wrongly reporting the size and space on your motherboard. you can also start the Windows Automatic Update and update the entire operating system from the internet. then you will have to send the motherboard for repairs. I am downloading it with the help of Download Accelerator Plus. – Karan Datwani [Q] Hey guys you all are doing a great work and as I think you are also doing a good job of educating on the topic of computers and IT. This keyboard has [Fn] keys and helps to execute some functions. I have a HP USB keyboard model KU-0841. [A] Hello Shanky. Ensure that the Windows XP you have installed is not [Q] Sir. Whenever I try to start my computer. [Q] Hi Dr Chip. then download the older version and choose the compatibility option and try using it.will Windows 7 run smoothly on my Computer? Its configuration is 160 GB HDD. 2 GB RAM. Please help me out. But in June 2010 it got damaged and I had sent it for repairs. If your RAM chip is working on another computer and a working RAM is still not solving the problem with your computer. else contact the manufacturer. or the motherboard RAM slots are faulty. So I downloaded and installed a host controller for window 7. I am having a problem while downloading Windows XP SP3. You can also download the application from the website. [A] Hello Karan. Thank you for your time. A continuous beeping sound from the system indicates that the processor has detected a fault with the system RAM. Your ideas are very useful and if anyone has any question. What is the problem? – Shanky Use Windows Update Downloader to download Windows XP or Vista updates for use when needed. But when I upgraded my operating system from Windows Vista to 7. [Q] Sir. Also ensure that the SATA cable is not faulty as you stated that your previous hard drive also went bad. Ask a friend to try your RAM chip on his computer to confirm if the RAM is working. If the beeping continues. If the 160 GB hard drive has bad sectors or is faulty. but I recommend that you install another 1 GB or RAM for a smoother performance. clean the RAM slots and the connection end of the RAM chip. but that didn’t work either. If the driver is not available for Windows 7. but these keys are still not working. But the problem is that when I want to install windows 7 on it. then try using another RAM chip. It is recommended that you backup all hard drive data and repartition it before installing a new OS. Make sure your phone is charged and the cable connecting the phone to the PC is firmly attached. As the 160 GB hard drive was partitioned on another computer and a different operating system.0 GHz. I tried to reboot. You can install Windows XP Service Pack 3 from the CHIP DVD (April 2010 DVD). Windows 7 should work fine on your system configuration. You will have to delete the entire partition that previously existed and recreate it again using the new Windows 7 operating system. Remove the RAM chip carefully. and reinstall the chip a pirated version or else the Service Pack will not install. the hard drive shows a single 160 GB partition. Alternatively. I am a big fan of CHIP. Your problem should be solved. Try using a new SATA cable. My PC configuration is Intel Pentium Dual CPU 2. Because of this reason I am presently using my friend’s Western Digital 160 GB Hard Disk with windows XP SP3 already installed on it. there are chances that the — Send your queries to Francis D’Sa at drchip@chip.HANDS ON DR CHIP the latest version available from the Sony Ericsson website using the Sony Ericsson PC Suite application bundled with your phone. Strictly follow the procedure given in the firmware update application. Remove the RAM chips. Check with your local computer vendor or a computer engineer to help solve the issue. – Darwin [A] Hello Prakash. Earlier I had a Seagate 500 GB hard disk that I had bought in July 2009. When I tried to partition it. But every time it fails due to a broken link. Either the RAM chip is faulty or has a loose connection. the download is broken. NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS graphics card 512 MB. and clean the slots and connection end of the chips with Isopropyl alcohol. I recommend CHIP. the [Fn] keys and also the sound related shortcut keys have stopped working. Download the driver and software for Windows 7 from the manufacturer’s website and install it. The additional function keys require the software bundled with the keyboard to function. on the motherboard. Even while downloading it from the official website of Microsoft. the motherboard keeps making a beeping sound. Please help me out as you are my only hope. I think my motherboard has a INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 85 . And one more query .

you can use a simple Ethernet cross-cable. but the cost would be Rs 1. and an RJ45 crimping tool. but the transfer would be slower as it involves copying the data to the storage and then again to the other computer. Making the cross cable Requirements: A minimum of two RJ45 connectors. be it using Ethernet switches or routers. Now straighten all the wires in a neat line and align them in the following manner — White Orange Orange . This can be achieved with flash drives and external storage devices.5 cm. videos or documents. For connecting only two computers to each other.500 or higher.Blue. In such a situation. Separate the four colored and white wire pairs from each other.WORKSHOP HA N D H A ND S O N HANDS ON Networking @ home Connecting multiple computers usually requires an Ethernet switch or a router. Data would also be scattered across these computers. transferring and synchronizing data between the computers is the need of the hour. and it only makes sense if you need to network more than two computers. neatly cut the edges of the wire in a manner that all the wires are now of the exact same length. BY FRANCIS DSA W ith laptops and netbooks becoming growingly affordable by the day. Peel off the insulating sleeve at both ends by approximately 2. Keep the blue and the orange pair and chop off the remaining two pairs as we need any two pairs for a cross-cable. Networking the two computers is the ideal solution. 86 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP Jagdish Limbachiya SMS us! Story code: HNH to 51818 .White Blue . We show you how to network two computers in a simple two-section workshop. CAT5 Ethernet cable (the length will depend on the distance required). which can be made in just Rs 100 or less. Make sure the length of the would definitely have more than one computer. most homes Cut the required length of the CAT5 cable you need. We show you how to network two PCs with a simple cross-cable in under Rs 100. be it music. Next.

You should also hear a click sound when crimping to indicate INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 87 . Apply a little force on the cable to push the sleeve and the wires as far as they can go into the connector and immediately press the tool’s handle to crimp the connector.2’ on the other while keeping the subnet mask common as ‘255. This workshop can be carried further to share a single internet connection between the two computers by adding another Ethernet card on one computer and sharing the internet with the other.dsa@chip.1’ on one PC and ‘192.Blue . Carefully match the colors with the pins and confirm they are in the exact order and groove. follow the order of the colors as follows — White Blue . Networking the computers In order to network two computers together. The rest of the procedure is the same. but the only 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 12345678 difference now will be the order of the cable colors. enter the IP address ‘192. – francis.Orange. To change the names of the computer and workgroup. select ‘Properties’. and double-click on the ‘Internet Protocol TCP/IP’.White Orange . Finally.WORKSHOP HANDS ON RJ45 Pin# RJ-45 Male White Orange Orange White Blue Not Connected Not Connected Blue Not Connected Not Connected Pin# RJ45 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 White Blue Blue White Orange Not Connected Not Connected Orange Not Connected Not Connected 87654321 the sleeve has been locked in position inside the connector. Choose to restart later. Click on the radio button to enable ‘Use the following IP address’ and enter unique IP addresses along with the Subnet Mask in each computer’s network card. each computer has to have a unique name and a similar workgroup name. and 3. Now separate the last wire (Blue) from the others . keeping a gap of around ½ cm. Apply the settings by clicking on ‘OK’ twice. Keep the DNS and Gateway fields blank. This time. and for Windows 7: ‘Start | Control Panel | Network and Internet | Network Connections’) and right-click on the Ethernet card.255. a few settings need to be altered in each computer’s network card properties section. 2. Make sure that the wiring matches the diagram to avoid connectivity issues at a later stage. do the following .0.5 cm. Enter a different computer name for each computer and a similar workgroup name for both. insert the connector into the crimping tool.168.right-click on the ‘My Computer’ icon on the desktop and click on ‘Properties’.in wires coming out of the sleeves is around 1. To crimp the other connector to the other end. study the pinout of the RJ45 connector properly. Your cable should now be ready for use. Else. follow the same procedure above. Now carefully insert the wires into the connector.255. Now open the network section (For Windows XP: ‘Start | Settings | Network Connections’. after ensuring that all wires are in place inside the connector.168. For example. Select the ‘Computer Name’ tab (in Windows 7: ‘Advanced system settings | Computer Name’) and then click on the ‘Change’ button. Apply the changes and the system will prompt you to restart the computer. Connect the cable to each computer’s Ethernet port and you are ready for the next step. Push the wires all the way inside the connector using a little force. Now all you need is to share some folders or drives on each computer in order to exchange data. The first three wires will connect to pin numbers 1. Firstly. and the last wire will connect to pin number 6 of the RJ45 connector. step out and buy a readmade cable.0.0’. Before crimping the connectors. Your computers are now networked.

they appear in the context menu that shows up when you right-click on any folder. usually because they aren’t STEP 1 STEP 2 WinBubble This is one of the best Windows 7 tweaking tools. In the next tab.3 MB Download link unlockforus. share and download content. you get the option to copy selected files/ folders to a specified location. These options are useful for offices or cyber cafes. gain hard drive space. lengthy boot times and start up. There is also a bunch of tools that are part of Windows. Some utilities have tweaks that are otherwise accessible only via the Windows registry. The ‘Specific’ tab has a collection of 15 tools.blogspot. We all surf the web. Some useful options here are ‘Copy to’ and ‘Hide this folder’. especially if your usage is extensive. change passwords. When activated. On the other hand. Size 700 kB 3. Music and Videos).piriform. from where you can add more options to the context menu and customize desktop items. You can also add ‘Turn On/Off Aero’ and ‘Device Manager’ to the context menu of the 'Computer' icon on the desktop. you can set a wallpaper for the Welcome screen. you’ll find it has become sluggish. Display Before we move on you’ll need the following applications Application WinBubble CCleaner Description A tweaking utility for Windows Vista and 7. but you should know where they are located and how to access them. the most interesting of them being the User Accounts CP. You can also hide hard drive partitions STEP 3 O ptimizing system performance is something many users ignore. redundant entries in the registry. to tinker with. Start with the ‘General’ tab. Cleaning and optimizing tool. enable/ disable accounts. create. On selecting ‘Copy to’. tweaking and system tuning utilities present all the necessary settings and tools in one user-friendly package. install/ uninstall programs. Thus these specialized programs provide a very convenient means for system www. If you haven’t optimized your laptop or PC since the time you bought it or re-installed the operating system. The ‘Icons’ tab lets you customize the icons for drive partitions. Here’s how you can optimize your system’s performance using some of the best freeware tools out there. Favorites. BY ANAND TULIANI aware or they don’t know how to go about it. The program features a tabbed interface and the tweaks are in the form of checkbox options. The ‘Security’ tab allows you to enable or disable access to critical items such as Control Panel. Windows can be optimized from the Control Panel and using the built-in system tools. where you don’t want people tinkering with system settings. etc. but it’s nice to have them all in one place. You can hide/ unhide users in the login screen. The sluggishness is more prevalent in the case of outdated or entry-level PCs. fragmented hard drive partitions. and run various applications on our PCs and laptops. So all you have to do is select the tweaks from each tab and click the ‘Apply’ button. with plenty of tweaks 88 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us! Story code: HTN to 51818 . and faults that hamper system performance. etc. and do much more that isn’t possible from Windows Control Panel. play games. Recycle bin and Settings. You can breathe fresh life into your operating system if you tweak and optimize certain settings. Pictures. These activities lead to creation of temporary files that hog drive space. Writing to USB flash drives. folders (Documents.WORKSHOP HANDS ON Tweak ‘n’ Tune Optimize system performance. which allows you to manage user accounts. beef up security.

Windows tweaks need to be applied just once. desktop. entries of obsolete software. Take care not to disable the antivirus. history and passwords. Start menu. You can access Disk Defragmenter from ‘Start | All programs | Accessories | System tools’. CCleaner needs to be run at least once a week as a maintenance task. Check the security program. Control Panel and display settings. removable storage access. etc. firewall or any other STEP 7 Also defragment your drive partitions at least once a month.Windows and Applications. – anand. It is recommended that you disable the ones that aren’t important (such as chat clients and download managers) to reduce startup time. However. disable or delete program entries that run as soon as Windows loads.WORKSHOP HANDS ON STEP 4 STEP 5 STEP 6 and restrict access to certain features of Internet Explorer. The ‘Optimize’ tab has tweaks for speeding up shutdown. The ‘Cleaner’ tab has two sections . Now run CCleaner to get the registry into good shape and clear junk files. and enabling/disabling searching the file index during searches. or you can enable/disable the ones you like at any point of time. and so on. It will keep your hard drive healthy and reduce seek times. like disabling download. missing fonts. boosting NTFS performance. Then click ‘Run Cleaner’ to get rid of them and gain disk space. items you wish to clean and click the ‘Analyze’ button to see the details of the files that are going to be deleted. cookies.tuliani@chip. There’s also a separate tab for Internet Explorer. with more tweaks and tools for clearing temporary files. missing shared DLLs. CCleaner fixes unused file extensions. The ‘More Policies tab’ has the most interesting tweaks related to taskbar. The ‘Tools’ tab has the Startup manager from which you can enable. disabling right-click. STEP 8 STEP 9 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 89 . disablling Internet Options. The Registry cleaner works the same CCleaner Reboot your PC to let all the changes take effect.

and subnet mask). CHIP shows you how. Note: If this address doesn’t work. you will need to change your WAN connection type depending on the type STEP 3: Securing your network Switch to ‘Wireless | Basic Wireless Settings’. Leave the network mode at default settings and enter a name for the router’s wireless network (SSID). You would need to manually add the SSID name while connecting if you do so. STEP 1 STEP 2 TIP: You can choose to disable the SSID from being viewed. you'll need to find out which type of internet connection is installed at your premises (Static/DHCP/ PPPoE). click ‘Wireless Security’ and choose a security mode. Click ‘Change adapter settings’. You should be able to view a setting where you can specify the number of users. Leave the encryption type to the chosen default and enter an 8 to 13 character password. Save your settings and again login into your router with the new password. this is used to identify your network. Not doing so could allow unknown people to gain access to your network. right-click on the connected adapter and choose ‘Properties’. ‘PPPoE’ users will just need to select the same from the drop down menu and enter the required username and password provided by the provider. Make sure you do so before proceeding to the next stage. but securing your router and wireless Accessing router settings Once the router is connected. gateway. Once done. of Internet connection you have (Static IP or Dynamic IP). There a handful of routers that have different interfaces and menu systems. Enter the ‘Router username’ and ‘password’ when asked. and choose ‘Details’.1’ to configure it. BY SANDEEP BALACHANDRAN A ccessing the internet wirelessly at home is very convenient.1. The ‘Physical Address’ that you see is the MAC address. Double click ‘Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)’ and note down all the entries mentioned there (such as IP.168. you will need to change the connection type to ‘Automatic Configuration – DHCP’.balachandran@chip. Limiting computers from gaining access You can limit the number of computers that can access the router. Click on ‘Advanced’ and note down DNS settings. Click on ‘Change adapter settings’. This hides your wireless network so nobody can see it. right-click on the network icon in the task bar and select ‘Open Network and Sharing Center’.WORKSHOP HANDS ON Wi-Fi For Dummies Secure your wireless network from unwanted snoopers. STEP 4: Enabling the MAC filter STEP 3 STEP 4 Enabling ‘Wireless MAC Filter’ helps either prevent PCs from accessing the network or let's you permit specific PCs depending on their MAC addresses. refer to your router manual for the IP address and username. STEP 2: Configuring the Internet or WAN connection Navigate to ‘Setup | Basic setup’. Do this by right-clicking on the network icon (system tray) and selecting ‘Open Network and Sharing Center’. preferably ‘WPA2 Personal’ as ‘WEP’ is weaker. If your connection uses an automatic IP address. secure your connection with a password. Save your settings and login to the router once again. open your browser and enter the following IP in the address bar – ‘192. Here. right-click on the wireless adapter and select ‘Status’. Here enter a new password in the ‘Router password’ field and re-enter to confirm. STEP 1: Changing the router’s administration password Click on ‘Administration’ and navigate to ‘Management’. First. To know a PC’s MAC address. Here is a basic tutorial on how to setup and secure your wireless network. – sandeep. NOTE: Some routers need to restart at each page. connection is very 90 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us! Story code: HWD to 51818 . else you will need to switch to ‘Static IP’ and enter the settings that you jotted down earlier. For this.

For this. You can save further filter configurations as views in the same manner. 6. 2003 SAVING AND APPLYING FILTER SETTINGS FASTER Excel has effective filter functions for evaluation of table data.x Checking the ‘fingerprint’ of your own system Restricting excessive data transmission to Google Tracing no longer available info on websites Avoid double virus checks of downloads Re-releasing the suddenly blocked right mouse button Photos with mosaic effect. Defective Hard Disk 17. but you have to set the criteria newly each time after editing the data. and confirm with [Enter]. enter a new name. 5. Drag the element through drag-and-drop to the desired place in the toolbar. 8. 3. 3. create a button on the toolbar. Windows XP. Set all the desired filter criteria for the worksheet. a user-defined view retains the settings made. Photography 14. Firefox 2. The filter can now be called by selecting this combination field. 9. open ‘View | Custom views’. PlayStation 3 Exchange hard disks with Windows 7 tools without reinstallation Use your notebook as a repeater to get a better wireless connection? 99 92 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us! Story code: HTT to 51818 . Then select the ‘View’ category on the left side and search for the ‘Custom views’ entry towards the right. Panoptic lick Google Chrome Firefox 2. 7 Windows XP Windows 7 Windows XP. now click in the input area of the symbol. Opera 10.5 12. For quick access. interesting patterns Optimizing and retouching baby portraits Convert DVD films and video files for the media player Optimum mood lighting through creative white balance 95 10. This is saved along with the document. Though there is no specific function to save the filter settings. After setting the filters. Vista. The view is then always applicable for a certain worksheet and cannot be applied to other tables. Photoshop CS 1. 4. Click ‘Close’ in the ‘Adjust’ dialog. Vista.x. Vista. 7 Windows XP. 3.x HARDWARE 16.x–4. Then open ‘View | Custom views’ and click ‘Add’. In order to call. select the saved entry from the list and click ‘Show’. As ‘Name’ enter a brief explanatory name and confirm with ‘OK’. open ‘Tools | Adjust’ and change to the ‘Commands’ tab. Photography 13.x 11.TIPS & TRICKS HANDS ON Tips & Tricks AUGUST 2010 SHARE YOUR TIPS. 2. 7 Easily share folders with the help of integrated wizards Automatically deleting references to recently opened documents Creating customized data back-up using on-board tools Easily customize operating system with tools Not deleting necessary files in spite of their old date of creation Integrating an FTP server in Windows Explorer directly as a drive 93 APPLICATIONS Sachin Pandit TIP OF THE MONTH Excel 2000. iPod 15. 7 Windows Vista. Separate filters can also be set for individual columns.x. Write to: tnt@chip. XP. Now that’s tedious. WINDOWS 1.

type ‘regedit’ and press the [Enter] key. the system Windows 7 already features considerably improved functions for data back-up. For this purpose. You can activate this function in the registry. Highlight the user and activate the access rights applicable for the account provided below. in if desired. For this option. The selected user now appears in the ‘Group or usernames’ list. command under ‘Open’ and click on ‘OK’. anyone who has access to the PC can see the data you were working on and open them. Windows first asks for the target location for the data back-up. define a ‘Share name’ and. Vista. Does Windows 7 support with such routine tasks? 2 Windows XP Automatically deleting references to recently opened documents 3 DEFINING ALLOCATIONS: On the first page of the wizard. In the result window. However. If you wish to allow write and read folder access to all users in the network. select the folder that is to be shared. it is very well hidden. Right-click on a free space on the right side of the editor and in the context. ‘Edit’ and ‘Read’ entries. Name the In order to configure this backup option. and set its ‘Value’ to ‘1’ in the ‘Edit DWORD value’ dialog box. 1 This value specifies that Windows must delete the list of recently opened documents on shut down. click on the ‘shrpubw’ entry under ‘Programs’. and then on ‘Next’. all. DEFINING ACCESS RIGHTS: On the following page. With help of the ‘User defined’ option. open ‘Start | Run’. either type the complete path under ‘Shared folder’ or select the directory using the ‘Search’ button and the following selection dialog box. Regularly create a back-up of important data on external hard disks. 7 Easily share folders with the help of integrated wizards Windows can be easily integrated in a network. select the folder. Windows features a wizard especially for this task. The selection of a user or a group and their authorization to the shared folder can be repeated similarly for other users. which are registered to the PC. select the checkbox in the ‘Allow’ column in front of either ‘Complete access’. 3 Windows 7 Creating customized data back-up using on-board tools LAUNCHING WIZARD: In Vista and Windows 7. As soon as it begins. click on ‘Control Panel | System and Security | Backup your computer | Set up backup’. The wizard displays a summary. it gets a little botchy. you can select the desired user for the access rights separately. However. if you wish to allow access to a folder for other users in the LAN. As it has been explained earlier. as well as complete access and write protected access rights. specify the folders to which the other users in the network are allowed. specify the users who will have read and write access rights to the data in the shared folder. click on ‘Start’’ and enter the ‘shrpubw’ command in the search field of the start menu.TIPS & TRICKS WINDOWS HANDS ON object names to be used’ in the ‘Select users and groups’ dialog box. which you can once again confirm with ‘Apply’. simply mark ‘All’ and activate the ‘Complete access’. Windows can delete the list at the time of shut down. Therefore. new entry as ‘ClearRecentDocsOnExit’. ATTENTION: Shared folders are like a soft spot for possible attacks from outside. at any instance your computer must be protected by a firewall. Confirm with ‘OK’. Subsequently. Open it by double-clicking. When operated using a normal user account. In this regard. Confirm your settings by clicking on ‘OK’ and ‘Finish’. The ‘Documents’ folder in the start menu displays the references to the recently used files. Enter the names of the users and click on the ‘Check names’. Windows offers three options in this respect. IT WORKS AS FOLLOWS IN XP: Open ‘Start | Run’. 2 1 Windows XP. Note: This function can also be used for creating a backup of a pre-defined folder on a regular basis. In the next step. either allocate the ‘ClearRecentDocsOnExit’ with ‘0’ value or simply clear the value field. Thereby. click on ‘Next’. a ‘Sharing description’ in the corresponding fields. In the next step. For this purpose. If you wish deactivate this automatic deletion of the references function. Windows requests for the selection of an admin account and the corresponding password for the same. enter the ‘shrpubw’ In this dialog box. In the tree structure on the left side of the editor. click on the ‘Add’ button under ‘Select the INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 93 . navigate to the ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Policies\Explorer’ key. select ‘New | DWORD Value’. which differs between administrators. you can now allocate access rights separately to users. For this purpose. or other users. Confirm this change with ‘OK’ and close the registry editor with ‘File | Close’.

HIDE CURSOR DURING INPUT For this purpose. Windows can be extensively configured and adapted. For example. Although the search function offers special options. whereby you simply remove the checkmark in front of the respective entries. click on ‘Save settings and run backup’. Windows once again summarizes the settings and recommends an automatic schedule for future repetitions of this backup plan. Deactivate the ‘Save data for newly created user’ option and click on the arrow in front of ‘Libraries’. depending on the selected menu item. For this purpose. QUICKLY TURN-OFF FIREWALLL In Windows 7. QUICK TIPS QUICKLY CREATE NEW FOLDERS In order to quickly create a new folder in Windows Explorer. Windows automatically creates back-up of your important data on the external hard disk as long as it is connected to the system. On the left side of the tool. whereby you can select or exclude folders and libraries individually for the backup. it is not always as easy as it sounds. click ‘Next’. To begin with. whereas on the right side. your system. In the future. GROUPING IN THE TASKBAR ‘TaskbarGroupSize’ in the ‘HKEY_CURRENT_ USER\Software\Microsoft\Win dows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\’ key determines when the grouping takes place. open ‘Mouse’ in the Windows Control Panel and deactivate ‘Hide pointer during keyboard entry’ option in the ‘Pointer options’ registry. you must execute the search and delete processes manually. Using ‘forfiles /?’. and press the [Enter]. deactivate the ‘Integrate system image of drives’. Windows will create a copy of the complete system drive.TIPS & TRICKS HANDS ON automatically recommends an external hard disk as long as one is connected. you can enter the ‘netsh advfirewall set currentprofile state off’ command in the prompt in order to turn off the Firewall. The ‘-s’ parameter ascertains whether the search should include all subfolders. activate the ‘Let me choose’ option and click on ‘Next’. Subsequently. you may specify whether Windows should select the data to be backed-up or you would specify the same manually. you can integrate the search path with the ‘-p’ parameter. Unfortunately. select the ‘Enable’ entry on the right side of the tool located near ‘Auto Logon’ and highlight the user in the ‘User List’. You can use the date filter either by directly entering the date in the form of 94 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . Vista.chm’ in the ‘Open’ field and confirm it with ‘OK’. Click on ‘Windows Logon’. On the other hand. and click on ‘Next’. The default selection is same as the previous Windows recommendation. You can even uninstall programs using the ‘Uninstall Program’ function in the ‘Windows Cleaner’. which allows editing of files based on their date 4 Windows XP. You can prevent the start of such applications. TweakNow WinSecret 2010 supports Windows 7 and Vista as well as Windows XP. you may continue with the Windows recommendation. set the value ‘Daily’ and also select the desired ‘Time’. The application of configuration tools is simple and less error-prone. For a few settings. As other options. click on the ‘Change schedule’ button on left side. open ‘Start | Run’. NOTE: The ‘Restore Backup’ menu item enables you to easily and quickly reverse the changes made by you in the above described fields. type ‘%windir%\Help\keyshort. and confirm the schedule with ‘OK’. or you must authorize the launch of the tool by selecting an account with computer administrator rights. you should either log in with such an account. press [Ctrl]+[Shft]+[N] and enter the desired name. With the help of the ‘System Information’ and subordinate menu items. You can allow this task to be performed by a script. Since the application compulsorily requires administrator rights. Select this drive. you can receive help with the tool. In the end. Also ensure that multiple backup processes do not start at the same time. it is necessary to edit the registry. information and configuration options appear. use ‘Windows Secret’. Moreover. Now. click on ‘Save’ in order to activate these changes in the configuration. otherwise every time the backup process starts. In ‘Password’. Subsequently. any erroneous entries in the registry can cripple the system such that it fails to even start again. the current folder is selected as default. 7 Easily customize operating system with tools 4 of creation. 7 Not deleting necessary files in spite of their old date of creation Certain data and temporary files must be deleted automatically by Windows based on their date of creation. In order to create a system backup. open a prompt by typing ‘cmd’ in the search field of the start menu. use the ‘for files.exe’ prompt program. Windows can be easily customized for certain requirements. It is also possible to create a backup of the most important directories on a regular basis. you can get information about 5 Windows Vista. without actually having to switch to the Control Panel. DISPLAYING SHORTCUT KEYS In order to see all shortcut keys. you will see a menu in large letters. You can now customize it. The page is classified in the registry as ‘Applications’. In order to configure the system. In order to carry out backup on a daily basis. ‘Control Panel’ or ‘Desktop’ so that Windows automatically logs in with a specific user. enter the password of the user. ‘Windows Cleaner | Startup Manager’ informs you about the programs that start automatically at system start-up. simply leave the ‘Documents’ library activated. With TweakNow WinSecret 2010 tools. In the ‘Frequency’ field. the date filter with ‘-d’ as well as a search sample with ‘-m’. In the end. Without the path entry. In such a case.

and the access data. whereby a preset plus character selects the new files and a minus character selects all files before the specified date. In order to test this. This in combination with the ‘Import’ function makes it easy to set-up the tool on other computers.2010. you can allocate yet another command to the forfiles command with the ‘-c’ parameter. The table containing the individual components shows the data reported by your browser and also how important the information content in it is.YYYY’. As an alternative.eff. Here. ‘Server Type’. complete all necessary parameters such as ‘URL’. if you do not wish the same. Select the drive under which NetDrive must integrate an FTP server into Windows Explorer. you could unknowingly delete too many files. Enter a name and on the right hand side.bat’. A few servers of well-known companies and universities are already set-up as sample access. click on ‘Options’. Browser characteristics provide more information than most of us can imagine. Vista. you can set the date entry in form of ‘-DD’ for the selection of files. For more output variables.2010 With the help of the forfiles p C:\Temp -s -m *. click on the desired item in the folder structure and subsequently click on ‘New Site’. you can save the complete server list in an INI file. For creating another FTP access. However. on the left hand side. These display the extension. you can do little to prevent this information transmission. you can even use the ‘@EXT’. The following is applicable in the process: the more customized the configuration of the browser and computer. 7 Panoptic lick Checking the ‘fingerprint’ of your own system When surfing on the Internet. This way. Using the ‘Export’ command. be saved on the desktop as a batch file with the name ‘Kill_old. Start the tool after the installation is complete. simply deactivate the ‘Automatically run NetDrive when I log on to Windows’ option and confirm the change with ‘OK’. Even if you do not reveal any personal data via cookies or direct inputs to a website. 7 Integrating an FTP server in Windows Explorer directly as a drive Numerous users use a special tool such as FileZilla for exchanging data with a remote FTP server. forfiles p E:\Date m *.xls -d +23. for instance. INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 95 . automate the integration procedure with ‘Automatic login when NetDrive starts’.MM. you will have complete access to it. for instance -c cmd /c echo @FILE Thereby. the following command is used: It would have been so much easier if the FTP server could be directly activated from the Windows Explorer just like a network drive. Windows deletes all JPG files in the temporary and click ‘Test me’ there. jpg -d -10 command. repeat these steps for other servers. At present. A simple click on ‘Connect’ creates the link-up within seconds and opens the Windows Explorer. the command in the prompt enlists all searched files. The Panoptic lick project determines how unique your computer-browser combination is using statistical figures. which were changed after 23. one needs to first start it and then log in.TIPS & TRICKS APPLICATIONS HANDS ON ‘DD. select a free alphabet for the drive. You can now connect NetDrive. The following analysis shows which information can be read out by the website and how specific this configuration is. the complete path name and the file size respectively. Similarly. test the command by replacing ‘del’ with ‘echo’ and thereby check the output of the script without actually running it. for instance. the data transmitted by the browser can be enough to identify the PC. go to http:// panopticlick. Most of the special features are due to the browser plug-ins and fonts of the PC. Hence. It is advisable to use the latest version of ATTENTION: First of all. highlight an entry in the list and under ‘Drive’. In case you use this entry on a regular basis. Now. For example. which shall be applied for the files in the search results. the easier it is for a website to detect that it is the same computer again. be as follows: 6 forfiles p E:\Date -m *jpg -s |d -14 -c cmd /c del @FILE Your commands with the necessary parameters can be copied in a text file and can. The link-up in form of a drive has an advantage that you can access it directly from the applications and thereby immediately work on the FTP server.04. Otherwise. This is exactly what the freeware NetDrive manages to do.4. which are older than ten days. A command for deleting older files from the ‘E:\Date’ folder can. and it then remains active in the system tray. You thus get an idea how visible you are on the Internet. without even knowing the personal data. you can specify whether the tool must be automatically activated with the Windows boot-up. To integrate the FTP server as a drive. especially in case of recursive processing. to search all Excel files in the ‘E:\Date’ folder. which are older than the specified number of days. you wish to check what data is being revealed by the browser without being asked and to what extent it is suitable for identification and tracking. which is a repetitive process. 7 6 Windows XP. in the main window of the program. Subsequently. for this. ‘@PATH’ or ‘@FSIZE’ parameters. you have doubts that your surfing habits are being spied on by the websites you are visiting.

8 server to begin with so that the process of calling links in future will be faster. The transmission of usage statistics and failure reports is deactivated by default. NOTE: you can also open the archive on a current website.TIPS & TRICKS HANDS ON a common browser and install only the necessary plug-ins and fonts. Click ‘Close’ to confirm the new settings . The extension is available after re-starting the surfing program. For that. click the tool icon right above 8 Google Chrome Restricting excessive data transmission to Google in the browser and open the ‘Options’ menu. Detailed information on this topic can be found at https:// www. You will find details for certain Google services. because it is relevant for every second person on an EXPAND TABLES QUICKLY Select one cell or column at a time and press [Ctrl] + [+] to insert new cells or columns in the Excel table calculation fast. it provides one bit information.g. Is it still possible to access this information which was available previously? You have a good chance of finding older information using the web archive. which you can deactivate in ‘Under the Hood’ tab. with the code 404 if you click a few outdated links because the relevant website is no longer available online. the browser sends all the links on one website to a DNS Google’s browser is particularly fast. you can block the function to a great extent using the ‘NoScript’ tool. open ‘Tools | Language | Hyphenation’ and activate ‘Automatically hyphenate document’. e. which you just have to confirm by clicking ‘OK’. in which you select the desired old version for a certain time by clicking a particular link. From now on. you can query the archive using the new ‘Tools | Archive’ command. you can do without Chrome's additional protection. You will find more than thousand older versions of the site there. There is no separate menu command for it. but also other information such as URLs and DNS requests. the CHIP homepage for instance. QUICK TIPS OPEN FILE DIRECTLY Press [Ctrl] + [O] to open files directly in Google Chrome. The free of charge extension ‘404 Error’ simplifies the tracing process considerably. It checks in the background whether the ‘Page not found’ result is displayed in the title line on calling a page. the older version of the individual sites that is being searched is available immediately. If you use the ‘DNS prefetch for improving the page loading performance’. Switching off Javascript completely is the most effective option since the detection of plug-ins and fonts is prevented. We have included the program with this issue’s DVD/CD. The supplies for Google’s data hunger can be restricted in the Chrome’. it is true of just every 365th person.x.php. The same principle also applies to the data from browser information. The result of the archive search often turns out to be different. 3. The browser opens an error page ENABLE HYPHENATION In Word. if the desired site cannot be accessed. but if you are using other systems to protect from malware and phishing sites. This gets saved as a template file ‘Normal. Open the XPI file with the browser using the ‘File’ menu and click ‘Install now’. there is a formula entry that extends over three cells when you click the double arrow at its right end. If the sex is known. if the birth date is known without the year. the private mode of the browser should also ensure simplified and standardized data transmission to the user-agent and plug-ins. for instance.eff. but also rather communicative. In comprehensive archives. with a CRX extension. 3. the tool automatically offers a search in the web archive. In addition. BACKGROUND: Purely from the statistical point of view. In most cases. You can get more information at http:// panopticlick. The ‘Activate phishing and malware protection’ service is useful. The next option ‘Use a suggestion service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar’ relates to the suggestion service of Google on entering the web addresses and search terms. In addition. You can thus prevent Google from creating your exact user profile.x. and deactivate this option.x Tracing no longer available info on websites 10 Firefox 2. at least partially. The ‘Show suggestions for navigation errors’ service shows similar websites for instance. 9 Firefox 2. COPY GRAPHIC OBJECTS EASILY In Word. Google not only records search queries in its browser. If you use Firefox. You can decide on your own which of these functions you actually want to activate. about 33 bit of independent information is required (233) to distinguish all the 6 billion people.x Avoid double virus checks of downloads 96 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP .org/self-defense. The Wayback machine can be used to search the Internet archive for earlier websites and versions. If this is the case. keep [Ctrl] pressed and drag a copy of the object via drag and drop to the new position.eff. 9 MORE SPACE FOR ENTERING FORMULAE From Excel 2007 onwards. there is a choice at staggered intervals. This is applicable only for suspended objects.

You can ban JavaScript actions dedicatedly only for certain websites so that you do not have to give up this which is not provided at all in reality. While earlier THE PROBLEM: The example image is fascinating due to the vivid Make your pictures stand out without the need for expensive lenses by adding effects and filters. This just feigns security. the notification appears in the dialog box of the browser even if no virus scanner is installed. For that. enter ‘about:config’ in the address bar and press [Enter]. For that. Before that. interesting patterns 11 Opera 10. taking the picture from another perspective was not possible. However. As a filling method. Depending on the subject ‘+30’ is a good approximate value. you can deactivate this function safely if you have an updated virus scanner installed. it takes a fair bit of time before the browser displays them. Additionally. From now on. However. Make the colors more vibrant with ‘Picture | Adjust | Tonal correction’. it can be moved a little to intensify the effect. the photo has to be color corrected. Deactivate double checking of downloads in the upgraded configurations of the browser. Some websites use a JavaScript to block the right mouse button and thus the context menu. A good result will be achieved if the layer is reduced in size before rasterizing. In the example. instructions. Duplicate the mosaic layer and use it on the new layer ‘Filter | Stylize filter | Find contours’. Subsequently. Unavoidably. PHOTOGRAPHING DIFFERENTLY: A polarizing filter could have increased the color saturation level. The mosaic appears exceedingly large if it is enlarged later. In addition. Then switch to the ‘Advanced’ tab and select the ‘Content’ category to the left. OPTIMIZING ON THE PC: Mosaic effect can be used as the cover page of a photo book. Duplicate the corrected layers. Performing checks twice does not really improve safety. However. select ‘Overlap [‘ and click ‘Filter | Pixilation filter | Mosaic effect’. enter ‘30’ and ‘240’ as minimum and maximum values and to darken. Confirm again by clicking ‘OK’. because it checks all the downloaded files anyways. Your computer is certainly up-to-date with respect to the hardware and software so there should be no performance-related problems. enter a value between the two values ‘0. you can ban it. scanwhendone’ in the ‘Filter’ field. but its perspective is distorted. INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 97 .5 Re-releasing the suddenly blocked right mouse button and is suitable as a starting point for a photo book. downloads are no longer checked twice for viruses. click the Opera button and open ‘Settings | Preferences | Manage Site Preferences’. but only ends up delaying the process. something isn’t right with the perspective and that ‘something special’ is missing. glare’. Confirm the warning by clicking ‘I promise to be careful!’. The reason for the delay is an automatic virus check when downloading files. blue and red. click the new Opera button and open ‘Settings | Preferences’. Deactivate the ‘Allow scripts to detect context menu events’ checkbox. In the example image. Balancing the perspective distortion is possible only with an expensive tilt-shift lens. the current browser runs the JavaScript. right-click the entry with the same name in the list and select the ‘Switch’ context command. further adjust the section with the ‘Crop’ tool. a value of ‘-35’ for the vertical perspective leads to the desired alignment. Select ‘Soft light’ with an ‘Opacity’ of ‘33 %’ as layer fill. After rotating it by a few degrees. For that. specifically emphasize important colors for effective results. Then enter the search term ‘browser. The mosaic effect is often weak on images with a large homogeneous surface. Click ‘Add’ and switch to the ‘Scripting’ tab. a few websites use scripts in order to offer more options in the context menu. Places that versions of Opera had ignored such After downloading bigger files. experiment with different cell sizes. The value must be set to ‘false’.manager. If you do not want to allow any change in the context menu. Through ‘Selective color correction’. For ‘Tonal inclination’. it is worthwhile to intensify the shades of cyan. Confirm the open dialog box with ‘OK’.TIPS & TRICKS HANDS ON 10 11 colors. Keep the ‘Activate JavaScript’ option activated and click ‘JavaScript options’ next to it. which seems to be a good idea at first glance. Move the sign with the Photoshop function ‘Reduce Double virus checks of downloads do not improve security. Close the tab of the configuration.87’ in the field. Can this behavior be changed without deactivating JavaScript completely? 12 12 Photography Photos with mosaic effect. You can now deactivate the ‘Allow scripts to detect context menu events’ option individually for this site. The subject is primarily interesting The options for JavaScripts can be specified in detail in the new version. but do take up a lot of time Deactivating this option prevents blocking of the right mouse button via JavaScript on websites.

It is not really a time for a well thought-out set structure. As long as the DVD is loaded. The process is resourceintensive and time consuming. Even automatic cameras have a chromatic adaptation. the target device. Select ‘Select | Feather’ and a radius of 3 to 5 pixels. both in terms of intensity and color. of hair. Optimize the brightness. many cameras have a hard time with artificial light and twilight. illumination. With automatic white balance. HandBrake sets the options on the tabs ‘Picture’. However. You can make the basic choice with the magic wand. With the freeware HandBrake. Leave out the eyes and mouth with a Layer Mask.NET Framework. it quickly spoils the daylight mood. In addition.TIPS & TRICKS HANDS ON are too dark due to a high contrast can be lightened again in the first layer with the dodge tool. you can thus adjust the values later on. allow the baby’s eyes to sparkle. You can control the effect using the Layer Opacity. The tool Handbrake processes videos in different file formats for mobile players like the iPod. Finally. Open ‘Tools | Options’ and click the ‘General’ tab next to ‘Output files’ in ‘Browse’. The finished M4V file can now be transferred to the iPod. the eyes glowed much more in real life. colors and contrast using ‘Image | Adjustments | Levels’. set the default path for the task. a greater part of the image is good and thanks to the RAW format. click on ‘Start’ at the top. Navigate to the desired folder and select the file that needs to be converted. You have an optimum start position if you shoot simultaneously with RAW and JPEG format with automatic white balance. Even with high quality cameras. On a music DVD. The overall time taken to convert will depend on the computer performance. the gadget misses the color temperature of the ambient light and adjusts the colors in the photo accordingly. THE PROBLEM: Baby photos are often snapshots. Select the eyes using the Lasso and Feather and increase the highlights and midtones using ‘Levels’. Our eyes adjust to different lighting conditions. use the standard defaults for Selective changes help you grab the viewer’s attention without deviating from the subject. 15 13 Photography Optimizing and retouching baby portraits The photo looked rather brilliant on the camera display. However. intuition and trial are required to achieve the best results. 15 iPod Convert DVD films and video files for the media player 16 Photoshop CS 1. especially if harsh edges are not available due to the narrow focus range just like in this case. ANALYZE IMAGES: White balance cannot 98 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . PHOTOGRAPHING DIFFERENTLY: A bigger blur in the background can be achieved if the baby is photographed at a longer distance and with a light tele-focal length. In the input field for ‘Destination’. In case of indoor shots. define the file names for the task. HandBrake analyzes the source and adjusts the dialogues. Unwanted color casts reduce the overall white balance. Through ‘Source’ select the source.x Optimum mood lighting through creative white balance DVD films and video files in formats such as DivX can't be transferred and viewed on an iPod or iPhone directly. Use ‘Video file’ for an individual file or ‘DVD/ VIDEO_TS Folder’ to convert an existing DVD folder on the hard disk. select ‘Filter | Blur | Make matter’ with values around ‘5’. And even a large aperture is not sufficient in a camera having an APSC sensor in order to get a completely blurred background of a close-up shot. You can now touch up minor flaws in the skin with the Stamp tool. Therefore you don’t have to be concerned about the photograph. make the background blur with ‘Filter | Blur’ by using ‘Reduce depth sharpness’ repeatedly. ‘Audio’ and ‘Chapters’ automatically. the greater must be the shutter speed. To convert. Even ‘Gaussian Blur’ works well. The title or chapter to be taken from the source can be selected with combo boxes in the section ‘Source’. etc. It is best if you make the correction in an Adjustment Layer.the bigger the focal length. Immediately after starting. but you were in for a disappointment on the PC. Right-click in ‘Presets’ on ‘Apple’ and subsequently on ‘iPod’. However. the photo situation does not permit this in most cases. Do not waste your time on single strands 13 SELECT RECORDING FORMAT: A mixture of technique. For all additional settings. Duplicate the background layer. you must ensure additional lighting if you do not wish to flash in the baby’s eyes. settings and size of the video. select the individual titles through ‘Chapters’. You will need to install the Microsoft’s . you can do that later using a Layer Mask.x–4. the color reproduction in photographs does not conform to the colors of the scenery in your memory. You can simulate extremely clear skin this way. it gives the protographer freedom to adjust the white balance in important photographs later. Another problem . you may not be able to copy DVDs if they are copy-protected. OPTIMIZING ON THE PC: Selecting the background takes up maximum time during image editing. ‘Video’. which you can then extend with a lasso by keeping the [Alt] key pressed. Above all. The function is not always satisfactory. films can be converted for iPod and iPhone. If you have the option. The background was not blur enough and diverted from the subject. it can be selected directly.

After entering the serial number. or back it up on an USB hard disk. Then start the PC with the Windows 7 installation DVD. Distorted results often seem more interesting. ensure that the external hard disk has enough free space and that it is in the NTFS format. Therefore. setting the mood for a candle-light dinner. The PC must then be be switched off before any defective data is exchanged from mass storage. can do all of that itself. the porting is done and Windows starts up just fine. Finally.TIPS & TRICKS HANDS ON 16 17 ‘Restore computer completely’. Windows asks for details about hard disk partitions. Our 60 GB installation via USB 2. ensure significant variation in mood lighting in daylight shots. but it has to be a ‘basic data carrier’. there are some colors that are too warm. Re-work your way to the ‘Manage Network connection’ point. Dynamic drives are rejected as target drives must be converted into a basic data carrier in the data carrier management. Activate the option ‘Use the following IP address’ and enter the IP ‘192. The tool searches for backup files and finds the backup on the connected external drive. Finally. Allow access for the Internet connection and click on the protocols stated under ‘Install’. You can also back up everything on a second internal hard disk. For this. right-click on the WLAN connection and confirm the UAC prompt. the installation routine begins. you only have to change the setting on the PS3 from ‘WLAN’ to ‘Join cables’ under ‘Network settings | Internet connection’. From the following options. you have a creative tool with which you can make the color mood of the pictures intentionally unnatural. select ADJUST WHITE BALANCE: With the subsequent white balance. The options ‘Light bulb’ or ‘Fluorescent tube’. Click on ‘Next’. 18 Consciously selecting ‘Artificial light’. HARDWARE 17 Defective Hard Disk Exchange hard disks with Windows 7 tools without reinstallation Windows 7 has notified you that your hard disk is defective. You can use your notebook as a relay station. The PS3 should support the Internet connection when you restart it. Select the ‘Repair’ option instead of ‘Installation’. go to ‘Backup and restore’ and select ‘Set up Backup’. Windows will ask where you’d like to backup the hard disk. From the context menu. Control Panel. will provide an atmospheric blue color in the scene. PlayStation 3 Use your notebook as a repeater to get a better wireless connection? If the wireless connection between your WLAN router and PS3 is poor. Windows 7 does not find any damaged partition. After booting. Select the ‘Approve’ tab in the window. wireless connectivity might be very good when you use your notebook. The quick formatting method is almost always sufficient. Confirm that the Windows 7 tool may overwrite the data on the target drive. select ‘Properties’ and confirm the UAC prompt. try all the default settings. Partition the new hard disk and format it in the NTFS format. The Windows 7 tool for a complete backup of the PC is the key to a smooth hard disk exchange. for example. an Ethernet patch cable is the only hardware you’ll need. go to ‘System control | Network and Internet | Network and sharing centre | Manage network connections’ and right-click on the LAN connection.0 was copied onto the external hard disk in less than half an hour.168.0. You can burn everything onto a DVD. However. In INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 99 . like Vista. For this. Notice the ‘Internet connection version 4’ entry in the window that just popped up. Now. First. your system is working fine and you aren't in the mood to reinstall be accurate for every photo.1’. Windows 7. – Compiled by Sandeep Balachandran send your tips to tnt@chip. ‘Artificial light’ ensures a blue coloration in sunset scenes. Gone are the days when you needed expensive programs like Norton Ghost to exchange hard disks. only the WLAN connection needs to be approved. Cancel the Windows installation and restart the PC with the Windows 7 installation DVD. the technically right white balance isn’t always ideal. The medium of choice is the RAW converter. Assign an IP address to the network connection so that your PS3 is recognized. Before starting the backup process. After 30 minutes.

100 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . THIS MONTH 104 Pure Football The not-so-beautiful game Ubisoft's first football title fails.GAME REVIEW UNWIND Split/Second 102 An explosive thrill ride that will have you on the edge of your seat. 106 International Cricket 2010 A new way to play last year's game.

If anything. there really is no second-hand games market to speak of. It’s a rather ingenious way of making used game sales less attractive. Those without codes will have to pay $5 to “buy” the online features. what THQ has done will make the buyer seriously reconsider his used game purchase. and profiting from it at the same time. like in EA’s The Saboteur. or unlocked content that you could do just as well without. For those of us who buy new games. But THQ. or add a few bonus weapons. Legally. the retailers have just been too powerful.COLUMN UNWIND SOME GAMES NOW INCLUDE CONTENT THAT IS LOCKED OUT IN AN ATTEMPT TO CURB SECOND-HAND SALES GAME ON LOCK T he used games market is massive in the West. and everyone’s happy. GameStop. We still get the complete game at the same price. Publishers who take up the issue risk their games being pulled off shelves. Going forward. you’re stuck without that content unless you pay EA another $10 to buy it for yourself. PUBLISHERS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE BOLD. In the beginning. in effect excluding pirates from that locked or bonus content. nothing changes at all. has taken the aggressive step of completely locking out online game modes from UFC Undisputed 2010 until the code is entered. hand and the code has already been used by the original owner. . Unlike a few additional weapons or mini-games which you could do without. They’d seriously consider picking up a new copy instead. EA introduced what is being dubbed "Project Ten Dollar". the largest video game retail chain in America. If you buy the game second- SAMEER DESAI IF THIS INITIATIVE IS TO WORK. and up until now. and publishers aren’t happy because they make no money from used game sales. Being unable to play a game online is a massive deal breaker and used games aren’t cheap enough to justify the purchase plus the $5 fee. If this initiative is to work in the long term. get what they’re rightfully due.sameer. particularly the US. But what does this mean for gamers in India? Barring a few online forums where you can buy and sell used games. With the release of Dragon Age: Origins last year. earns a majority of its revenue from used game sales. which locks certain in-game features until the player enters a one-time-use code that is included in the box. publishers are going to have to be bold.desai@chip. And for once. you really aren’t making a strong enough case for a new purchase. these codes either gave you bonus content that wasn’t necessary to enjoy the game. we’ll probably see more publishers following THQ’s lead and locking used game buyers out of major chunks of their games. It’s an interesting cat-and-mouse situation between retailers and publishers who are both desperate to up their revenues in a somewhat stagnant market. this will dampen piracy. this is a grey area. the publishers. as in Battlefield: Bad Company 2. publisher of the popular WWE INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 101 . who are often made to look like the bad guys in this industry. So it was only a matter of time before they found another way to strike back. This has caused a drop in the sale of new games. If you lock out mini-games.

thereby allowing you to pay attention to the environment around you rather than worrying about negotiating the next corner. and you will earn 102 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP Jagdish Limbachiya SMS us! Story code: USS to 51818 . Various areas on and around the track. the career is reasonably long. muscle. which is designed like one season of a reality TV show. fills up your powerplay meter. are rigged to blow. each with six events. the cars here look more like Matchbox scale cars with their large tires and low profile.5/5 A thrilling ride that runs out of steam after a while. BY SAMEER DESAI G ames are constantly evolving and developers are redefining genres to appeal to an ever- Split/Second is best described as an arcade combat racer. although you won’t see power ups and weapons for your car to use. This season comprises 12 components. You won’t find real world cars in Split/Second. namely drifting. In all of this. For example. and Air Revenge – where you can deflect missiles back to the chopper to blow it out of the sky. but it’s still very arcadey and responsive.GAME REVIEW UNWIND RATING 3. the guys behind ATV racer Pure. Each category excels in certain driving attributes. is the powerplays. so you’ll need to pick your car depending on the event type. namely Race – lapped races against the AI. Air Attack – you against a chopper that launches missiles onto the track. and one that is fairly unique to this game. drafting and jumps. However. Instead. or episodes. Vehicle handling isn’t as easy as. Instead. So with 72 events. almost all shooters now feature deep and reward-based multiplayer components to keep players coming back. Survival – where you must overtake trucks that drop exploding barrels in your path. say. a slew of new racing games are aiming to change that. Driving skillfully. the game relies on powerplays in the form of triggerable environmental destruction to help the player tilt the race in his/her favor. be it structures like walls and bridges or buses and petrol stations. which is divided into three parts. are at the forefront of this change. The standout feature. a Burnout. the racing genre seems to have remained somewhat stagnant. growing audience with a diminishing attention span. The game's career mode revolves around a reality TV show in which you are a participant. and Split/ Second: Velocity from Blackrock Studios. Events are of six types. The main game mode is the career. Eliminator – where the last placed car is eliminated at regular intervals. Dominator – a time trial where the environment is your enemy. Vehicles fall under three categories – sports. Fill up one or two parts. Everthing from bridges to powerplants are rigged to blow in order to create a visual spectacle and gameplay challenge. and SUV.

there just isn’t enough of it.499). There are only 11 environments in the game. you’ll be able to memorize the locations of the powerplays. Each track only has two level 2 powerplays. and although each features multiple layouts. where everyone can take advantage of the powerplays. Level 1 powerplays are also used to open up short cuts. Split/Second is a commendable effort from Blackrock. but there’s not enough depth to the online multiplayer to make you keep playing. and these powerplays are easily the highlight of the game. So after a while. as barebones as it may be. Xbox 360 (Rs 2. The racing is chaotic and explosive. but the fictional rides are spread across sports. The implementation of powerplays is spot on. So while the content that is there is fantastic. the game’s presentation and AI do go a long way towards making the game enjoyable even once you’ve seen all the environments. Split/Second is quite an impressive visual showcase. and muscle styles.GAME REVIEW UNWIND RATINGS RACING Split/Second: Velocity PRICE PUBLISHER DEVELOPER DISTRIBUTOR PHONE EMAIL PLATFORM PS3 (Rs 2. but the destructive power and scale of these powerplays is astonishing. AGAINST Only 11 environments. Imagine having the ability to make a massive commercial jet plane crash land onto the track with parts coming loose and flying across the track as cars approach it head-on.the lack of replay value. PC FOR Powerplays are well implemented. there’s also two-player splitscreen as well as online racing for up to eight players. everyone is just as adept at using them. – sameer. so enjoy it while it lasts. Level 2 powerplays can either cause widespread devastation and take out multiple enemies. Fun multi-player. the powerplays tend to skew races in your favor. and online multiplayer. thereby taking away the element of surprise. Accessible gameplay. they also expose the game’s biggest drawback . the ability to trigger level 1 powerplays. and the core gameplay is accessible without being too easy. SUV. When you have a powerplay INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 103 .in PS3. Time it right and you can take out one or more enemies to gain an advantage. The game is best played in multiplayer. There are no unlockables and no perks. and that will keep you on your toes. The first time you see one happening before you. Level 2 powerplays are game changers. just a very basic leveling system.desai@infomedia18. who would have surely been under pressure to top their previous effort – Pure. However.499). Apart from the career. The lack of environments is made very apparent in the second half of the career. The structure is fairly generic and there isn’t much depth in the online multiplayer. and thankfully they didn’t overdo it by featuring characters and a story line. Repetitive. Split/Second doesn't feature real-world cars. but not enough quantity. Still. The environments are painstakingly created and it makes triggering powerplays and watching them unfold all the more rewarding. repetition soon sets in as you race through the same set of environments again and again. Xbox 360. PC (Rs 999) Disney Interactive Blackrock Studios Excel Interactive 022 40500778 customercare@excelgroup. Well created environments. But while the powerplays are Split/ Second’s standout feature. Online lacks depth. There’s quality here. In the career. the combination of powerplays and a field full of human opponents is a potent one. but online. it’s overwhelming. or drastically alter the layout of the track. with some designs taking obvious inspiration from real-world cars. In singleplayer. the powerplays remain the same. Level 2 powerplays are only available when you fill up all three parts of the powerplay meter. a powerplay icon shows up over enemy cars when they are in the vicinity of a powerplay attack. but there’s never a drop in frame rates. The reality TV show fits the game well. is the best way to experience Split/Second.

isn’t a direct competitor to those games. The AI doesn’t help matters either. however. There’s even a bar for fouls. score 3 Pure Shot goals to unlock Fernando Torres. and regardless of where you direct them. you must create a custom player and team that is full of nobodies. BY SAMEER DESAI RATING 1. Gameplay is where Pure Football suffers the most. Stiff animations and clunky player movement make you feel like you’re controlling elephants rather than the world’s top pro footballers. 104 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP Jagdish Limbachiya SMS us! Story code: UPF to 51818 . All passes and shots almost seem to travel on rails. So even though you may see a teammate in an open space. This being an arcade game. arcade sports games can be a lot of fun. the ball seems to only travel along predetermined paths. its implementation is inconsequential. Matches are spread across European cities in locations that vary from factories to rooftops. you’ll have to forget everything those games have taught you to be able to play Pure Football. there are shot meters and power bars galore. Teammates have a knack for making runs straight into opponents. and there’s no coming back from that. for example. they run around everywhere but in the direction of the ball. It’s a good system. it’s all gone horribly wrong as it fails to implement even the most basic gameplay mechanics that you would usually take for granted in football games.5/5 P ure Football is Ubisoft’s entry into the football games genre. All 17 national teams are licensed with real players. Hit the green area for a good shot. In Pure Football. and it ensures that you adapt your style of play to the player objectives rather than just looking to win. It’s a fairly good unlock system. pure and simple. which is currently dominated The poor animations also affect the responsiveness of controls. there is a chance that your pass will be directed closer to an opponent instead. Pure Football though. and the red for a misdirected one.GAME REVIEW UNWIND A broken game. it’s instead a 5-on-5 arcade game much like the FIFA Street games. but thanks to the broken gameplay. as evident from the early NBA Street titles. you may just find the campaign mode tolerable. Before a match. which has a greater chance of hitting the back of the net. with an emphasis on over-the-top action and a blatant disregard for the laws of physics. You can also earn Pure Shots by playing well and filling up your pure bar. But if you are able to get to grips with the controls and compensate for its inadequate gameplay. and that’s got more to do with how bad this game is than anything else. fill it up all the way through mistimed tackles and your opponent will be awarded a penalty. First. to races to X number of goals. You must then take on 17 of the world’s top national teams over 28 days in order to qualify for the final tournament. but if you manage to hit the small white area. If done right. Achieving objectives for a player unlocks him for use in your team. whom you can transfer to your team. but only just. resulting in delayed passes and shots on goal. There’s also variety in match types – from timed matches. you’ll earn a Pure Shot. to mini leagues and tournaments. In defence. If you’re a FIFA or PES player. You by EA Sport’s FIFA and Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer. The success or failure of a cross or shot on goal depends on which part of the power meter you release it on. objectives are set for each opposition player.

Visual presentation is slick at times. especially if you’ve played the good football games.999 Ubisoft Ubisoft Vancouver E-Xpress Interactive 022 29661017 info@expressgames. Just pretend this game doesn’t exist. Internationally. so there’s no incentive to play the campaign again. There’s no commentary to speak of. Short on content. The campaign is a bit of a Xbox 360. but not for long. The campaign is. Horrible AI. INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 105 . because there was absolutely no one playing this game on Xbox LIVE. Pure Football was released at a budget price. Playing it feels like a punishment. Even if the intention was to go after a cartoony art style. – sameer.also earn points after each match to level up your created player’s skills. but the player models are poor. So a short campaign is really all there is. It’s short on content and the gameplay is broken. Bland presentation. just a barely noticeable soundtrack and the occasional sounds of players calling for passes So like in every other department. but mostly quite bland and lacking in detail. there’s not much to do in this game. the game also falls short in graphics and audio. at times. You’ll almost max out your custom player’s abilities in your first playthrough. and from the game’s presentation and content. No matter how much you love football.desai@infomedia18. it’s quite short. We didn’t really have the opportunity to play the online mode. Some environments look good. Pure Football is not a game you should be playing. but there are just too many flaws in every department to make it even remotely enjoyable. the detail and texture work are way below par. let alone buying. and beyond that. you can easily see why. PS3 FOR Tolerable campaign. almost bearable enough to make you forget about the horrible RATINGS SPORTS Pure Football PRICE PUBLISHER DEVELOPER DISTRIBUTOR PHONE EMAIL PLATFORM Rs 1. AGAINST Broken gameplay. Further.

Cricket games have always stuck with the broadcast camera angles. It topped sales charts. and more often than not these days. The Action Cam isn’t without its flaws though. because from the looks of it. it seemed identical to Ashes Cricket 2009. But this year. but at a slight angle. Bowling is also more challenging now. but with this new C odemasters’ announcement of International Cricket 2010 came as quite a surprise. you stay in the third-person perspective. Playing using the Action Cam is definitely a fun and refreshing experience. BY SAMEER DESAI firstly because we’re not used to annual iterations of cricket games. and second. judging the delivery length becomes much more difficult. but mostly thanks to England’s Ashes triumph that luckily coincided with the game’s release. One of my favorite implementations of the Action Cam is in running between the wickets.GAME REVIEW UNWIND RATING 3/5 A new way to play a year-old game. for most part. game-changing addition – the Action Cam. developers Trickstar have introduced the Action Cam. or right behind the bowler as he runs in. identical to Ashes Cricket 2009. There’s almost no change in gameplay between International Cricket 2010 and Ashes Cricket 2009. It adds a brilliant sense of urgency to what is a mundane task in the broadcast view. you’re given a new way to play the same game. and you can either keep your focus on the ball. but a little higher). It makes placing shots between gaps in the field feel more natural. I’m personally not a big fan of the new Power Stick feature for strokeplay. and it does significantly alter your approach. or change it to your non-striker or the crease you’re heading towards. although you will 106 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP Jagdish Limbachiya SMS us! Story code: UIC to 51818 . While batting. This makes the line and angle of the oncoming delivery more difficult to judge. but it certainly adds some variety and gives you an alternate way to bat. partly due to the quality of the game. Since the camera is much lower than the broadcast view. perspective. a successful game is followed up with a sequel. the camera isn’t right behind the batsman. International Cricket 2010 is. which puts you in a third-person perspective just over the batsman’s shoulder as he takes strike (like a wicket-keeper’s point of view when standing up to the stumps. and gamers have always been comfortable with them. But a success it was. and watching the bowlers’ arm speed and the ball coming at you helps time your shots better as well. Last year’s game was a phenomenal commercial success in the UK. When you set off for a run. with one fairly big.

022 39816600 helpdesk@zapak. There is a slight improvement in the AI. It’s astonishing that Codies would allow a game to ship with such a messy net code. etc. There’s no noticeable difference to any area of the game over Ashes when played from the broadcast view. even if its implementation is a little rough around the edges. such as accurate shot selection and the ability to vary the severity of swing. The existence of International Cricket 2010 feels unnecessary. There are no licenses besides England and Australia.desai@infomedia18. which just isn’t there. International Cricket 2010 is a very lazy effort. Although the AI is improved this year. but it does through you off your game a little bit. this game is no different from last year’s Ashes Cricket 2009. It’s the sort of “milking” EA Sports’ titles used to be accused of. In terms of game modes. cut.999 Codemasters Trickstar Games Zapak Digital Entertainment Ltd. plays and feels the same. there is still a lot of room for improvement. Test). but International Cricket 2010 is still without it. To sum it up. all you get is the option to play through the various formats of the game (T20. Online is unplayable. but it would at least let you play through one full match. If Codies had instead waited another year and worked on other areas. Stay away from the online multiplayer though. Jonathan Agnew. you’ll have to play through them all. it’s not enough to justify a new game. so it’s still a good game at its core. This is probably done so that the batsman’s body doesn’t block your view of the bowler. And as good as that feature no career. PS3 FOR Action Cam is a great new addition. The annoying part of it is that if you’ve played Ashes. The Action Cam is the only worthwhile new feature in International Cricket 2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 107 . which also had issues. we would have undoubtedly been playing a much better game. Ian Bishop. despite its flaws. so you’ll have to go into edit mode and painstakingly rename the players of other teams to their real names. you can’t skip the basics and get to the advanced tutorials. But as a full priced game. Speaking of budget titles. The Action Cam. comprising of lengthy unwanted anecdotes and history lessons rather than ball-by-ball commentary. this is a year-old game with one new worthwhile feature. The visuals look dated and the animations are jerky and RATINGS SPORTS International Cricket 2010 PRICE PUBLISHER DEVELOPER DISTRIBUTOR PHONE EMAIL PLATFORM Rs 1. it bowls better and bats a little more aggressively. you expect at least a subtle evolution. You’ll be lucky if you make it through a match without the dreaded ‘connection lost’ message. and it’s all very Xbox 360. Improved AI. but it isn’t a significant change. Commentary is also reused from Ashes. ODI. you would be forgiven for thinking that International Cricket 2010 was one. Lack of game modes. you’ll get bored quite fast. It’s even worse than Ashes. because it’s plagued with connection issues. and you will need to make some adjustments to your stroke selection as a result. Non-licensed players don’t look anything like their real-life counterparts either. – sameer. But the angle gets even wider when a left-handed batsman is on strike.the best way to play International Cricket 2010. Action Cam is a welcome step forward for cricket games. which in turn. Whether that’s due to the AI’s poor shot selection or a limitation of the animation system. there is also a Tutorial mode. Like Ashes. so offline multi-player is – like in any other sports game . and spin. and a customizable tournament option. AGAINST Mostly a straight port of Ashes 2009. is a great addition. even budget games like Pure Football manage to squeeze in a career mode. It’s all too similar to Ashes 2009. It’s very barebones. It’s quite common to see a batsman square cut a delivery that’s well pitched up. You still have all the elements that made Ashes one of the best cricket games. but apart from that and some AI improvements. In this day and age. and the editing options are too scarce to change that a whole lot. beyond the Action Cam. and unless you have a friend to play with. for those new to the game and cricket games in general. On the whole. it isn’t pretty. You have the same commentary team of Shane Warne. it looks. had a lot of recycled commentary from Yuvraj Singh/Brian Lara International Cricket 2007. But sadly.GAME REVIEW UNWIND learn to compensate for that over time.

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1 2.0 2.0 11.1 2.100 5.110 22.0 11.0 10.370 6.340 25.0 10.760 6.1 2.1 2.1 2.640 14.260 6.1 as on 15 July 2010.1 2.230 RADEON PCIE X16 DIRECT X GPU HD 5450 HD 5450 HD 5550 HD 5570 HD 5750 HD 5750 HD 5770 HD 5770 HD 5770 HD 5750 HD 5830 HD 5850 HD 5850 HD 5870 HD 4870 HD 5870 HD 5870 2.0 10.590 10.0 11.1 2.030 4.0 2.0 11.1 2.0 10.0 10.1 2.1 2.800 21.1 2.700 29.340 3. VAT) by www.1 2. 110 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP .0 10.0 2.0 2.1 2.0 10.0 10.0 11.1 2.0 MEMORY TYPE DDR2 DDR3 DDR2 GDDR3 DDR5 GDDR5 DDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 DDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 CHIP brings you a roundup of all MEMORY/BUS WIDTH 1 GB / 64 bit 1 GB / 64 bit 1 GB / 128 bit 1 GB / 128 bit 1 GB / 128 bit 1 GB / 128 bit 1 GB / 128 bit 1 GB / 128 bit 1 GB / 128 bit 1 GB / 128 bit 1 GB / 256 bit 1 GB / 256 bit 1 GB / 256 bit 1 GB / 256 bit 1 GB / 256 bit 1 GB / 256 bit 2 GB / 256 bit STREAM PROCESSORS 80 80 320 400 720 720 800 80 800 720 1120 1440 1440 1600 1600 1600 1600 CORE/MEMORY SPEED (MHZ) 600 MHz / 800 MHz 650 MHz / 800 MHz 550 MHz / 1600 MHz 650 MHz / 1800 MHz 700 MHz / 1150 MHz 700 MHz / 1160 MHz 850 MHz / 1200 MHz 850 MHz / 4800 MHz 850 MHz / 1200 MHz 700 MHz / 1150 MHz 800 MHz / 4000 MHz 725 MHz / 1000 MHz 765 MHz / 4200 MHz 950 MHz / 1200 MHz 725 MHz / 4000 MHz 850 MHz / 1200 MHz 850 MHz / 4800 MHz GRAPHICS CARDS: Nvidia NAME XFX Nvidia GeForce 9400 GT 1GB Zotac GT220 with CUDA DVI Audio Palit Nvidia GeForce 220 GT220 Zotac GT220 with CUDA DVI Audio Zotac GT220 with CUDA DVI Audio Zotac GT240 with CUDA DVI Audio Zotac Nvidia ECO GeForce 9600 GT ZT-96TEY3G-FSL XFX Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT Fully Loaded Palit Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 Zotac Nvidia ECO GeForce 9800 GT ZT-98GEY3G-FSL Palit Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 XFX Nvidia GeForce 250 GTS GS-250X-ZDFL Asus Nvidia GeForce GTS250 ENGTS250/HTDI/52MD3 XFX Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT Zotac Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 ZT-X26E3KD-FSP Palit Nvidia GeForce GTX 275 NE3TX257FT394_01 Palit NE5TX470F09DA GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) Palit Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 NV GTX 285 Zotac Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 ZT-285E3LA-FSP Zotac ZT-40201-10P GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) Zotac Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 ZT-40101-10L Palit GTX4801586MBD5 GeForce GTX 480 PRICE (RS) GEFORCE GPU 3.0 10.0 11.0 11.0 11.1 2.bitfang.0 11.190 9.0 2.520 5.1 11.0 2.0 10.0 2.0 2.180 8.0 2.0 11.1 2.1 2.200 7.0 10.1 2.0 11.900 8.0 10.1 2.0 2.0 MEMORY MEMORY/BUS WIDTH TYPE DDR3 1 GB / 512-bit DDR3 1 GB / 128-bit DDR2 1 GB / 128-bit DDR3 1 GB / 128-bit DDR3 1 GB / 64-bit DDR5 512 MB / 128-bit GDDR3 1 GB / 256-bit DDR3 512 MB / 256-bit GDDR3 512 MB / 256-bit GDDR3 1 GB / 256-bit GDDR3 1 GB / 256-bit DDR3 1 GB / 256-bit DDR3 512 MB / 256-bit DDR3 1 GB / 256-bit GDDR3 896 MB / 448-bit GDDR3 896 MB / 448-bit DDR5 1280 MB / 320-bit GDDR3 1 GB / 512-bit GDDR3 1 GB / 512-bit GDDR5 1280 MB / 320-bit DDR5 1536 MB / 128-bit GDDR5 1536 MB / 384-bit STREAM CORE/MEMORY PROCESSORS SPEED (MHZ) 16 1400 / 800 48 625 / 800 48 635 / 1600 48 625 / 800 96 550 / 800 96 550 / 800 64 600 / 1800 112 1675 / 1950 128 700 / 1100 112 550 / 1800 128 700 / 1800 128 738 / 2000 128 740 / 1100 64 1790 / 1790 216 576 / 1998 240 400 / 2268 448 607 / 3348 240 648 / 2484 240 648 / 2592 448 607 / 3348 720 700 / 3696 480 480 / 3696 NOTE: Street prices (incl.820 4.810 22.1 2.700 10.800 9400 GT GT 220 GT 220 GT 216 GT 240 GT 240 9600 GT 9800 GT GTS 250 9800 GT GTS 250 GTS 250 GTS 250 9600 GT GTX 260 GTX 275 GTX 470 GTX 285 GTX 285 GTX 470 GTX 480 GTX 480 PCIE DIRECT X X16 2.0 11.460 5.0 10.240 3.0 11.0 11.MARKET WATCH MARKET WATCH GRAPHICS CARDS: ATI NAME Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5450 Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5450 Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5550 Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5570 Powercolor AX5750 1GBD5-PDH Radeon HD 5750 Sapphire ATI Radeon HD5750 11164-00 Powercolor AX5770 1GBD5-MDHV2 Radeon HD 5770 Sapphire ATI Radeon HD5770 11163-02 MSI ATI Radeon HD5770 R5770-PM2D1G MSI R5750-PM2D1G Radeon HD 5750 Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5830 MSI ATI Radeon HD5850 R5850-PM2D1G Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850 Powercolor ATI Radeon HD5870 AX5870 Sapphire ATI Radeon HD5870 21161-00 XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5870 PRICE (RS) 3.0 2.0 11.0 11.0 10.1 2.310 5.560 4.920 16.1 2.1 2.690 9.660 16.0 2.0 11.0 10.0 10.0 11.400 3.0 10.280 8.220 23.000 30.810 29.080 10.440 19.400 22.0 2.0 10.750 15.0 11.0 11.210 13.

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150 1.1-inch Intel HM55 15.50 Kg 27.510 1.04 Kg 18.19 Kg 2.46 Kg 22.6-inch Intel T4400 14.770 2.3-inch Intel HM55 14.bitfang.50 Kg 31.1-inch AMD RS780MN+SB710 13.780 2.20 Kg 29.530 2.30 Kg 27.1-inch Intel GL40 15.26 Kg Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4400 27.10 Kg PROCESSOR Intel Atom Intel Atom Intel Atom Intel Atom Intel Atom Intel Atom Intel Atom AMD Athlon Neo Intel Core2 Duo Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Pentium Dual Core Intel Atom AMD Athlon II Intel Core 2 Duo AMD Athlon II MEMORY 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB 2 GB 4 GB 1 GB 2 GB 2 GB 3 GB 3 GB 2 GB 3 GB 3 GB 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB 4 GB 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB 4 GB 2 GB 3 GB 4 GB 3 GB 3 GB 3 GB 2 GB CHIP brings you a roundup of all CHIPSET DISPLAY Intel 945GSE + ICH7M 10.1-inch Intel GM45 14.1-inch Intel X58 Extreme 14.49 Kg Intel Core 2 Duo AMD Athlon Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core i3 Intel Core i3 Intel Core 2 Duo AMD Athlon Neo AMD Athlon X2 Intel Core i3 Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core 2 Duo AMD Athlon Intel Core 2 Duo AMD Turion Mobile Intel Core i3 Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core i3 Intel Atom 28.1-inch MV-40 12.68 Kg 31.1-inch AMD RS780 + SB710 14.1-inch Intel GME965 15.670 1.22 Kg 17.20 Kg 32.920 1.1-inch Intel ICH8-M 10.30 Kg 24.MARKET WATCH MARKET WATCH LAPTOPS NAME MSI Wind U100 Asus Eee PC 1001HA HP Pavilion Mini 210-1084 Acer Aspire One D250 HP Pavilion Mini 210-1085 MSI Wind U135 Atom Lenovo IdeaPad S10 Asus Eee PC 1201T MSI Wind 12 U200 Acer Aspire 4736z Toshiba L510-P401B Sony Vaio VPCW125AG Lenovo G455 59-033063 Acer Aspire 5738z Lenovo G555 HP Compaq Presario CQ40-732TU HP Compaq Presario CQ40-601 MSI X430 Dell Inspiron 1440 HP Compaq Presario 610FD MSI CR620 Acer Aspire 4740 Dell Vostro 1015 Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 Asus Eee PC K40AF HP Compaq Presario CQ62-103TU Lenovo G450 HP Compaq Presario CQ61-413TU Lenovo ThinkPad X100e Lenovo G450 MSI EX310 HP Compaq Presario CQ42-173TU Dell Studio 14 Toshiba Satellite C650-I5010 Sony Vaio VPCW217AG PRICE WEIGHT (RS) 14.830 1.780 2.1-inch Intel 45 Express 15.810 2.1-inch Intel NM10 10.6-inch RS880M 15.35 Kg 30.410 2.500 1.990 2.240 2.040 2.290 2.25 Kg 21. 112 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP .1-inch Intel GM45 14.88 Kg 26.49 Kg 26.70 Kg 27.68 Kg 33.22 Kg 16.720 1.30 Kg 32.38 Kg 33.48 Kg 29.700 2.1-inch Intel 945GSE Express 10.1-inch Intel ICH8-M 10. VAT) by www.1-inch Intel 945GSE Express 10.750 2.1-inch Intel GM45 15.36 Kg 27.58 Kg 29.04 Kg 15.6-inch Intel HM55 15.3 Kg 23.430 2.6-inch Intel NM10 10.660 1.1-inch Intel GL40 14.1-inch RS880M 14.570 2.070 1.450 26.30 Kg 29.50 Kg 30.000 1.640 1.000 1.790 1.040 2.270 2.1-inch Intel GL40 14.88 Kg 27.1-inch Intel GL40 14.490 2.1-inch HDD 160 GB 160 GB 160 GB 160 GB 160 GB 160 GB 250 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 250 GB 250 GB 250 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 250 GB 250 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 250 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 250 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB OPTICAL DRIVE DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW - OS Win XP Home Win XP Home DOS Win XP Home Win 7 Starter Win 7 Starter Win 7 Starter DOS Win Vista HP LINUX DOS Win 7 Starter DOS LINUX DOS DOS DOS WIN 7 HP DOS DOS WIN 7 HP LINUX LINUX WIN 7 HP DOS DOS Win 7 HB WIN 7 HP Win 7 HB DOS Win Vista HP DOS DOS DOS Win 7 Starter 15.6-inch M780G 13.6-inch AMD RS780 + SB710 11.490 2.1-inch Intel NM10 10.3-inch AMD M870 14.10 Kg 16.1-inch Intel 945GSE Express 10.6-inch Intel GL40 14.9 Kg 32.290 1.730 as on 15 July 2010.1-inch Intel PL40 15.30 Kg 31.1-inch Intel GS45 + ICH9M-SFF 12.6-inch Intel GM45 14.580 1.33 Kg NOTE: Street prices (incl.

360 2.50 Kg 36.94 Kg as on 15 July 2010.810 2.630 46.5-inch Intel GM45 14.460 48.88 Kg 39.3-inch ATI Radeon HD 4200 15.88 Kg 52.the latest and greatest products on the market.3-inch Intel Hub US15W 11.120 2.010 2.350 41.140 2.6-inch Intel HM55 15.78 Kg 105.51 Kg 2.370 2.1-inch Intel GS45 +ICH9M-SFF 13.70 Kg 2.1-inch Intel HM55 15.35 Kg 52.090 2.49 Kg 1. VAT) by www.3-inch HDD 320 GB 320 GB 250 GB 320 GB 320 GB 500 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 500 GB 320 GB 320 GB 500 GB 320 GB 500 GB 320 GB 320 GB 500 GB 64 GB 320 GB 500 GB 250 GB 500 GB 1TB 128 GB 128 GB OPTICAL DRIVE DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW OS DOS DOS WIN 7 HP WIN 7 HP Win 7 HB LINUX Win 7 HB Win 7 HB Win 7 HB WIN 7 HP WIN 7 HP WIN 7 HP Win 7 HB WIN 7 HP WIN 7 HP WIN 7 HP DOS Win 7 HP Vista HP WIN 7 HP Win 7 HP WIN 7 HP WIN 7 HP WIN 7 HP WIN 7 HP WIN 7 HP Vista HP WIN 7 HP Win 7 HB WIN 7 HP WIN 7 HP WIN 7 HP WIN 7 HP 33.770 2.1-inch Intel HM57 13.70 Kg 51.65 Kg 53.850 2.1-inch AMD 780E 13.6-inch Intel HM55 15.50 Kg 40.3-inch Intel GM45 15.1-inch Intel GL40 15.960 2. INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 113 .6-inch Intel HM55 15.70 Kg 0.5-inch Intel PM45 15.26 Kg 34.1-inch Intel PM55 16.0-inch Intel PM45 17.38 Kg NOTE: Street prices (incl.120 2.70 Kg 2.770 1.6-inch Intel GS45 14.26 Kg 41.380 2.030 2.6-inch Express Chipset (HM57) Intel HM55 15.950 2.110 2.5-inch Intel GM45 15.1-inch Intel HM55 15.880 45.200 2.6-inch Intel Chipset GM45 10.50 Kg 34.130 2.50 Kg 38.47 Kg PROCESSOR Intel Core i3 AMD Athlon X2 Intel Pentium Intel Core i3 Intel Core i3 Intel Core i5 Intel Core i3 Intel Core i3 Intel Core i3 Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core i3 Intel Core i3 Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core 2 Duo AMD Turion Intel Core i3 Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core 2 Duo AMD Turion Neo Intel Core i3 Intel Core i3 Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core i5 Intel Atom Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core i3 Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Atom Intel Core i5 MEMORY 3 GB 3 GB 2 GB 3 GB 3 GB 4 GB 2 GB 3 GB 3 GB 1 GB 4 GB 4 GB 2 GB 2 GB 3 GB 3 GB 4 GB 3 GB 3 GB 4 GB 3 GB 4 GB 2 GB 8 GB 3 GB 2 GB 4 GB 4 GB 3 GB 4 GB 4 GB 2 GB 6 GB CHIPSET DISPLAY Intel GM45 15.620 2.70 Kg 34.6-inch Mobile Intel 5 Series 15.890 2.02 Kg 55.990 2.6-inch Intel GM45 14.920 47.3-inch Intel HM55 15.88 Kg 36.6-inch NVIDIA MCP79D 15.75 Kg 60.6-inch Intel Hub US15W 11.bitfang.26 Kg 61. LAPTOPS NAME Dell Inspiron 1564 Toshiba Satellite L640-M4010 Sony Vaio VGN-NW23NE HP Compaq Presario CQ62-105 TU Dell Inspiron 5010-15R Acer Aspire 5740 HP Pavilion DV4-2110TU Sony Vaio VPCEB14EN Dell Inspiron 1564 Toshiba Satellite L500-D5310 Acer Aspire 5740 Lenovo G560 Lenovo U450P MSI X350 HP Pavilion DV6-2113 AX Toshiba Satellite L650-I5310 Asus K50ID-SX069V Lenovo Y450 Lenovo Y450 HP Pavilion DM3-1111AX Dell Studio 15 Sony Vaio VPCEB16FG Sony Vaio VGN-NW25GF Toshiba M500-D4311 HP Pavilion DV6-2165TX Sony Vaio VPCX113KG Dell Studio XPS 13 Lenovo Y550P Toshiba Portege A600-U2530 Dell Studio XPS 16 HP Pavilion DV7-2213 TX Sony Vaio VPCX128LG Sony Vaio VPCZ116GG PRICE WEIGHT (RS) 33.47 Kg 37.20 Kg 37.49 Kg 2.68 Kg 41.6-inch Intel GS45 14.570 3.60 Kg 39.5-inch Intel HM55 15.91 Kg 2.6-inch AMD RS880M 14.1-inch Intel HM55 15.020 37.020 2.720 1.10 Kg 39.1-inch Intel PM45 13.88 Kg 78.1-inch Intel GM45 14.080 86.210 0.090 2.6-inch Intel HM55 14.

6 – F8.0x 4.5 in.190 as on 15 July 2010.120 12. 2.770 7.5 F2.8 – F5. 3.7 – F5.7 in.bitfang. 2.5 mm 35 mm 36 mm 28 mm 26 mm 26 mm 28 mm 5.8 – F4.0x 4.9 F3.0x 14x 12x 5x 26x 3.7 F2. 2.190 8.8 – F5.3 F2.0x 3. 2.1 – F5.5 in.MARKET WATCH MARKET WATCH DIGITAL CAMERAS NAME Nikon COOLPIX L21 (Pink) Kodak EasyShare C182 (Red) Olympus Digital Camera T-100 (Black) Kodak EasyShare C913 Canon PowerShot A495 (Silver) Panasonic Lumix DMC FS42 Nikon COOLPIX L22 (Black) Kodak EasyShare M1063 Nikon COOLPIX S3000 (Black) Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS Sony Cybershot DSC-W310 Kodak EasyShare Z915 Canon Powershot A3100 IS (Silver) Olympus Digital Camera MJU-1010 (Black) Canon Digital IXUS 105 IS (Pink) Sony Cybershot DSC-W320 (Black) Sony Cybershot DSC-W350(Blue) Canon Powershot SX120 IS (Black) Olympus MJU 550WP Olympus MJU 9000 Canon Digital IXUS 130 IS (Black) Sony Cybershot DSC-W380 (Black) Nikon COOLPIX L110 (Red) Panasonic Digital Camera Lumix ZR1 Panasonic Digital Camera Lumix SDR H80 Panasonic LUMIX DMC FT1 Canon Powershot SX210 IS (Gold) Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 Canon Digital IXUS 210 IS (Black) Olympus SP series SP-590 UZ Canon Digital IXUS 960 IS (Silver) Canon Powershot D10 IS (Silver) Canon Powershot SX20 IS (Black) PRICE (RS) 4. 3.4 in.1/1000 Sec 1 – 1/1500 Sec 1/4-1/2000 Sec 1/8–1/1250 Sec 1 – 1/1600 Sec 1/4-1/2000 Sec 1 – 1/1500 Sec 1/8-1/1600 Sec 2 .8 – F4. 2.3 mm 24 mm 0.0 mm 35 mm 3.0 in.7 F2.0x 5x 15x 8x 70.0 in.630 13.290 8.0x 10.5 F2.3 mm 28 mm 24 mm 24 mm 28 mm 25 mm 37 mm 5.1 mm 28 mm 5.0x 7x 4.8 F2.5 – F5. 2.9 F4.7 – F5.7 in.7 in.940 15.5 in. 2.7 in. 2.6 – F8.1 F3.360 17.9 F2.9 F3.690 18.600 9. 2.8 – F8. 114 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP .7 – F4.1/1500 Sec 8-1/2000 Sec 1/30-1/500 Sec 8-1/2000 Sec 1 – 1/3200 Sec 8-1/2000 Sec 1 – 1/3000 Sec 1/4-1/2000 Sec 1 – 1/1600 Sec 1 – 1/1500 Sec 1 – 1/3200 Sec NOTE: Street prices (incl.0x 3x 4. 2.5 in.0 F4.7 in.8 – F5.5 in.530 12. 2. 3.880 10.0x 10.0 in.9 F3.8 – F5.3 – F4.7 in.5 – F5. VAT) by www.5 F3.440 13.5 in.0x 4.1 – F5.520 6.0x 4.1/1600 Sec 15 . 2.3 – F5.0x 3x 10.1 mm 24 mm 35 mm 28 mm CHIP brings you a roundup of all APERTURE F3. 2.310 6.7 in.490 13.7 in.680 18.0 – F4.7 in.5 in.890 19. 2. 2. 2. 3.650 4.7 in.7 in.6x 3x 3x 3x 4.0 in.7 LCD SIZE 2.1/1600 Sec 1 – 1/2500 Sec 1/2-1/1000 Sec 1/4-1/2000 Sec 1 – 1/1500 Sec 2 .2 – F5.8 – F4.690 8.0 mm 27 mm 28 mm 28 mm 0.5 in.8 F2.970 RESOLUTION 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000 3968 x 2976 3472 x 2604 3648 x 2736 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000 3664 x 2442 4000 x 3000 3648 x 2736 640 x 480 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000 3968 x 2976 4000 x 3000 4320 x 3240 4320 x 3240 3648 x 2736 3648 x 2736 3968 x 2976 4320 x 3240 4320 x 3240 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000 640 x 480 1280 x 720 4320 x 3240 3648 x 2736 4320 x 3240 2560 x 1920 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000 OPTICAL ZOOM 3.6x 3x 4. 2. 2.570 6.9 F3.290 8.8 – F5. 3. 2. 2.9 F2.4 in.0 F2.1/4000 Sec 0. 2.5 F2.6 F2.7 in.7 in.3 F3.3 – F5.940 22.4 – F5.5 F2.4 F3.840 9.5–1/1400 Sec 1/2-1/2000 Sec 1/2–1/1400 Sec 1 – 1/2000 Sec 8-1/2000 Sec 1/4-1/2000 Sec 4–1/1400 Sec 4 .9 F2.2 F4. 2.0x 4.9 F2. 3.800 20.6 F3.0 F2.9 – F5.3 F1.0 in.530 26.5 in.950 5.060 6.7 – F5.7 in.8 – F5.5 – F5.9 F2. 2.910 21.8 – F5.8 – F5.7 in.100 12.0x 4.2 mm 37 mm 22. SHUTTER SPEED 2 . 3.9 F3.070 8.1 – F6. 2. 2.7 in.7 F2.7x 3x 12x WIDE ANGLE 35 mm 35 mm 36 mm 3.640 13.0 in.

910 6.700 4.111 2.9 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 2 ms 5 ms 3 ms D-SUB ✔ ✔ ✔ ✖ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✖ ✖ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✖ ✔ ✔ ✖ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✖ ✖ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ DVI HDMI ✖ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✖ CABINETS NAME iball NetTop 009 iball Cabinet 6363 Red CIRCLE CC623 CIRCLE Cosmo Red CIRCLE Royal Cooler Master Elite 335 Thermaltake Matrix Cooler Master Elite 100 Cooler Master Gladiator 600 Cooler Master RC690 Thermaltake M9D Cooler Master HAF 922 Cooler Master HAF 932 Thermaltake Kandalf Cooler Master COSMOS S PRICE as on 15 July 2010.890 5.780 7.990 9.5-INCH BAYS 1/1 3/6 6/1 6/1 5/1 1 4/2 0/0 5/1 5/1 3/1 1 5/1 6/2 4/0 NUMBER OF FANS 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 4 3 5 NOTE: Street prices (incl.140 TYPE ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX HTPC/SFF ATX ATX ATX ATX Full ATX ATX Full ATX POWER SUPPLY ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ Standard ATX PS2 ✖ Flex ATX 150W.430 24.6-inch ✔ 24-inch ✔ 22-inch ✔ NATURAL RESOLUTION 1366 x 768 1360 x 768 1920 x 1080 1440 x 900 1360 x 768 1440 x 900 1366 x 768 1366 x 768 1600 x 900 1366 x 768 1680 x 1050 1600 x 900 1600 x 900 1360 x 768 1920 x 1080 1440 x 900 1680 x 1050 1680 x 1050 1280 x 1024 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1200 1680 x 1050 RESPONSE TIME 8 ms 8 ms 2 ms 8 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 8.250 5.595 9.bitfang.020 15.120 6.570 6.960 6.the latest and greatest products on the market.540 4.530 8.370 1.6-inch ✔ 15.870 2.850 7. INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 08/2010 115 .5-inch ✔ 19-inch ✔ 20-inch ✔ 22-inch ✔ 19-inch ✖ 24.6-inch ✔ 17-inch ✔ 18.600 4.010 14.630 3. VAT) by www.060 6.0-inch ✔ 21.25-INCH BAYS 1 3 4 3 0 4 4 0 5 5 6 5 6 9 7 3.420 13.6-inch ✔ 15.5-inch ✔ 20-inch ✔ 18.5-inch ✔ 20-inch ✔ 20-inch ✔ 20-inch ✔ 22-inch ✔ 21.5-inch ✔ 18.770 11.00-inch ✔ 18.500 6.830 8.5-inch ✔ 23.5-inch ✔ 19. Active PFC ✖ Standard ATX PS2/ EPS 12V ✖ ATX PS2 / EPS 12V ✖ ✖ ✖ 5. MONITORS NAME BENQ G610HDA ASUS VH162D ViewSonic VA 1601W Dell E1709W ASUS VH192D BENQ G920WL AOC F19 ViewSonic VA 1913W Acer W V203H BENQ G922HDL Samsung 2033SN AOC 2036Sa LG W2043T AOC 2236Vw ASUS VH222D HP LE1901W ViewSonic VA2026W ViewSonic VX2237wm ViewSonic square VA926 BENQ G2420HD BENQ LED V2200 Eco ViewSonic VA 2433WM Samsung SyncMaster T240HD ViewSonic VX2268WM PRICE 4.860 5.230 1.560 5.570 9.340 14.090 13.220 6.030 3.810 5.490 1.240 1.400 SCREEN WIDESCREEN SIZE 15.

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Whether football is in season or not. It’s a fairly common situation across offices. ensuring the list is fresh and the reasons are genuine. One friend in particular had another grouse because of the situation.jamshed. not everyone was as lucky. run VoIP conversations and use every rich app out there. there are no checks and balances regarding who needs YouTube and who doesn’t. probably with someone challenging someone else’s judgment. but for some reason. others would at least come to see what was going on or glare disapprovingly. one person wouldn’t start playing a loud song or video in the middle of an office. and few companies can scale their bandwidth expenses to such levels for every single user. If he didn’t immediately get shushed. I've emerged with my sanity. The issue he raises is interesting: YouTube and other high-bandwidth sites are restricted for a reason. but judging by the stories I’ve heard this past 130 08/2010 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . so self-imposed protocol checks go out the window and the speakers get cranked up with no thought to anyone else who might be within range.PERSONAL TECH IF YOU DO HAVE PRIVILEGED INTERNET ACCESS AT WORK. In ordinary situations. with a few exceptions for those whose work demanded access. I did tune out when the trickle status updates turned into floods of anguished/triumphant/defiant ALL-CAPS YELLS!!!. EVERYONE ELSE MIGHT GET CUT OFF TOO. the world cup gave everyone the license to disturb others! Perhaps it has to do with crowd mentality.avari@chip. The group approval is already built in. which I with my lifelong indifference to the sport. In an ideal world. In this situation. As a result. chances are there was already a group of people animatedly recapping some fine point of the match or the other. who then enjoy gathering folks around their desks to show off videos of interesting moments while their frustrated cubicle neighbors wait eons for a simple search results page to load. started getting annoyed by all the noise around them. and thankfully the desire to bludgeon some rabid sports fan only came every 100th time up I heard that damned Shakira caller tune. And companies looking to cut their service bills ought to take regular audits to check that resources aren’t being wasted. But every person’s usage does add up. TRY NOT TO ABUSE IT. we’d all be able to monitor social media. YouTube is technically banned in his office. but according to him. he says. JAMSHED AVARI. So shouldn’t offices take this into account. A bunch of friends and colleagues in various offices around the country had to put up with replay YouTube videos constantly playing at loud volume on various parts of their office floors. . workplace etiquette demands that those wasting time at least do so with headphones on. These are the ones. greatly appreciated. and leading naturally to YouTube for evidence to settle the debate. and simply suspend all such privileges during periods of expected misuse? Doing this every few months also provides the perfect excuse to force individuals and departments to reapply for access. and are tempted to use it indiscriminately. stream videos. Yet people who are granted access don’t respect the fact that it’s a privilege. some use fl imsy excuses with the IT department and then waste their time and the office’s bandwidth watching funny videos all day. Even fans who’d stayed up at night watching the match. Top bosses have no such restrictions. DEPUTY EDITOR LOW BANDWIDTH T his year’s football world cup seemed to pass with less than the usual fanfare. and a few even have private cellular Internet access dongles for their laptops.

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