Stories by Chris Jager

Which CPU? Intel Sandy Bridge vs. AMD Fusion

Over the next few weeks, Intel and AMD are set to unleash two new families of CPUs: Sandy Bridge (Intel's 2nd Generation Core processors) and AMD Fusion, respectively. These new processing chips offer a range of exciting improvements over existing CPU architecture, including on-board graphics chipsets, increased power efficiency and Full HD video optimisation.

Dell Inspiron 1545 notebook

The Dell Inspiron 1545 is an affordable all-purpose notebook with a 15.6in widescreen LCD. While it's unlikely to turn heads with its pedestrian style, this Dell Inspiron laptop remains a perfectly serviceable notebook that punches well above its weight. (We use the term figuratively, as it is far from a petite notebook.)

ASUS U80V notebook

The ASUS U80V is an all-purpose notebook with some visual surprises under the hood, including a touch-sensitive LED trackpad (altogether now: "Ooooooh! Ahhhhhh!"). The ASUS U80V offers a good range of components for the asking price and will run day-to-day applications without a hitch; it’s also powerful enough for HD video editing and occasional bouts of 3D gaming. On the downside, it isn’t the most visually appealing notebook on the market, despite the funky touchpad. Nevertheless, it remains a good performer for the asking price.

Internode brings naked ADSL to the Tassie masses

Internode has launched its 'NakedExtreme' naked ADSL service in Tasmania, following its mainland launch in August last year. The new service is expected to fill in metropolitan broadband blackspots that currently affect the island.

Dell Adamo (Admire) notebook

The Dell Adamo (Admire) is the latest notebook to strut its stuff down the couture computing runway. It joins the growing parade of chic notebook models that place style over everything else.

Andatech AL6000 Pro Professional Breathalyser

Drinking to the point of inebriation isn’t big, hard or clever -- but we’re all three, which makes us duly qualified to test the Andatech AL6000 Pro Professional Breathalyser.