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Hardware

HARDWARE -- INPUT

Microsoft IntelliMouse

The greatest pointing device for use with new 32-bit application software. (1/97)

$85

Microsoft Corp.

206-882-8080

NMB ConcertMaster RT-9100W

The best multimedia keyboard. (3/96)

$100

NMB Technologies

818-341-3355

Wacom ArtZ II 6x8 Tablet with DuoSwitch Erasing UltraPen

The best input device going for precision work, such as drawing. (1/97)

$389

Wacom Technology Corp.

360-750-8882

MASS STORAGE

Iomega Jaz Drive

The best high-end removable media drive; our 1996 hardware product of the year. (8/96)

$499

Iomega Corp.

801-778-1000

Mitsumi FX-1200 12X CD-ROM drive

The fastest, least-expensive 12X CD-ROM drive. (1/97)

$199

Mitsumi

214-550-7300

Olympus SYS.230

Lowest-cost MO drive we've seen, and it offers good performance. (1/97)

$359

Olympus Image Systems

516-844-5000

Plasmon Afterburner CDR4240e

The best CD-ROM recorder for easy setup and ease of use. (1/97)

$699

Plasmon Data

612-946-4100

Plextor 12PleX

The fastest SCSI CD-ROM drive we've seen. (1/97)

$399

Plextor

408-980-1838

Quantum Fireball TM 3.2GB Ultra SCSI

Best moderately priced high-capacity fixed SCSI hard drive. (1/97)

$525

Quantum Corp.

408-894-4000

SyQuest EZFlyer 230

The best midrange removable media drive. Stores 230MB per cartridge. (9/96)

$299

SyQuest Technology

510-226-4000

MISCELLANEOUS

APC Back-UPS Office

The only UPS we've seen that accommodates power transformers. (10/96)

$179

American Power Conversion

401-789-5735

APC Smart-UPS 700

The top networked UPS for full server protection with all the bells and whistles. (11/96)

$499

American Power Conversion

401-789-5735

HP NetBeamIR LAN Access Point

The best instant wireless network connectivity at up to 4MB per second. (6/96)

$289

Hewlett-Packard Co.

800-533-1333

Mylex/BusLogic FlashPoint DL

The best SCSI adapter we've seen; permits separate Ultra SCSI-2 channels. (11/96)

$339

Mylex/BusLogic

510-796-6100

Tripp Lite TouchMaster

UPS TM-420

The best UPS incorporating a power director. (7/96)

$199

Tripp Lite

312-755-5400

Xircom CreditCard Ethernet Adapter

The best PCMCIA Ethernet adapter, it works on 10BaseT or 100BaseT networks. (9/96)

$269

Xircom

805-376-9300

MODEMS

Amquest Hypermodem 28800

A great internal modem. (3/96)

$139

Amquest Corp.

800-577-3335

Hayes Office Communications Manager

The best external modem, with great price, reliable data handling, fax and voice. (9/96)

$199

Hayes Microcomputer Products

770-441-1617

Jetstream Front Desk 1.0

Best ISDN multiline connection, and ISDN hookup is included. (1/97)

$1,395

Jetstream Communications

408-777-4300

Motorola Montana 33.6 Modem/Fax PC Card

The best 33.6 PCMCIA fax modem. (2/97)

$240

Motorola

800-4A-PCMCIA

Ositech Jack of Diamonds

The most reliable combination V.34 /10BaseT card we've found. (4/96)

$399

Ositech Communications

519-836-8063

U.S. Robotics Courier I-Modem

Best single-line ISDN modem we've seen. (1/97)

$399

U.S. Robotics

847-676-7010

MULTIMEDIA

Bose Acoustimass Multimedia Speaker System

The best computer speakers you can buy. (1/97)

$699

Bose Corp.

508-879-7330

Creative Labs Performance 8X

The best multimedia upgrade kit. (12/96)

$350

Creative Labs

408-428-6600

Philips PCA20TV

Easiest-to-add TV adapter for your PC that we've seen. (8/96)

$229

Philips Electronics

408-453-7373

SCANNERS

Agfa SnapScan

The lowest-priced flatbed scanner to give this kind of image quality. (12/96)

$339

Agfa Div., Bayer Corp.

201-440-2500

PacificImage ScanAce III

The best 36-bit color, 600x1200 resolution, under-$1000 flatbed scanner. (2/97)

$899

PacificImage Electronics

310-214-5281

Visioneer PaperPort ix

Easiest-to-use sheetfed monochrome scanner, integrated with a keyboard. (9/96)

$349

Visioneer

800-787-7007

VIDEO CARDS

ATI 3D Xpression

The best 2MB entry-level video card. (11/96)

$156

ATI Technologies

905-882-2600

Hercules Terminator 3D

The best 4MB entry-level card. (12/96)

$139

Hercules Computer Technology

510-623-6030

Number Nine Imagine 128 Series 2

The fastest 2-D and 3-D acceleration we've seen at any price. (8/96)

$499

Number Nine Visual Technology

617-674-0009

MONITORS

ArtMedia TN2185T

The best 20-inch image, and it supports 1280x1024 resolution at 77Hz. (5/96)

$1,888

ArtMedia USA

408-980-8988

Compaq V70

Most distortion-free image for a 17-inch monitor, with easy-to-use on-screen controls. (10/96)

$729

Compaq Computer Corp.

800-345-1518

Nokia Multigraph 449X

The best 15-inch image around. (6/96)

$599

Nokia Display Products

800-296-6542

Panasonic PanaSync E21

Lowest price for a 21-inch monitor with this picture quality. (1/97)

$1,499

Panasonic Computer Peripheral Co.

201-348-7000

Princeton EO70

Crispest, cleanest text in a 17-inch monitor, and for an extremely low price. (11/96)

$599

Princeton Graphic Systems

714-751-8405

Proxima Lightbook

Best lightweight portable computer projection device. (2/97)

$4,999

Proxima Corp.

619-457-5500

ViewSonic P815

Highest resolution and refresh rate in a 21-inch monitor. (1/97)

$2,195

ViewSonic Corp.

909-869-7976

PRINTERS

Alps MD-4000 Printer/Scanner

The best economical high-resolution color output, plus 24-bit color scanner. (2/97)

$699

Alps Electric

408-432-6000

Brother HL-720 Laser Printer

Best low-cost laser printer. (9/96)

$350

Brother International Corp.

800-276-7746

Canon BJC-620

Best color ink jet printer at this price, with good output speed. (12/96)

$399

Canon Computer Systems

800-848-4123

Canon BJC-4550

Best dual-platform ink jet printer with excellent photo-realistic output. (12/96)

$499

Canon Computer Systems

800-848-4123

Canon MultiPASS C2500

The only multifunction office machine we've seen with a color printer. (10/96)

$599

Canon Computer Systems

800-848-4123

Epson Stylus Color 500

Best printer for delivering color photographs as easily as text. (10/96)

$279

Epson

310-782-0770

HP DeskJet 870Cse

Fastest output with great color at this price point. (12/96)

$499

Hewlett-Packard Co.

800-752-0900

HP LaserJet 5M

Most widely compatible network laser printer. (6/96)

$1,799

Hewlett-Packard Co.

800-752-0900

HP LaserJet 6P

Best small-sized laser printer with add-on networking capability at a reasonable price. (1/97)

$800

Hewlett-Packard Co.

800-752-0900

NEC SuperScript 860

The best printer for those with Pentium computers with 16MB RAM. (9/96)

$449

NEC Technologies

800-NEC-INFO

Okidata OL1200/PS

The most fully featured PostScript network printer. (7/96)

$1,839

Okidata

800-OKIDATA

Sharp F-2700M

The best low-cost multifunction office machine. (2/97)

$1,249

Sharp Electronics Corp.

201-529-8200

Tektronix Phaser 350

Best laser color-printing and easy to use. (11/96)

$3,495

Tektronix

800-835-6100


Windows Magazine, February 1997, page 185.

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