CRN Product Reviews


  • Frontier Systems MEGA PC

    For customers who require a PC with good looks and robust capability in a small footprint, the MEGA PC is an excellent solution. The PC is based on an MSI Mega Small Form Factor PC Mainboard and system design.

  • Acer Ferrari 3000

    To help rev up sales, Acer recently launched the Ferari 3000, a new high performance, eye-catching notebook. In 2003 Acer became an official supplier to the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team. In exchange, Ferrari authorized Acer to use the patented red Ferrari paint and prancing horse logo on the screen lid of this latest notebook offering. A matching USB optical mouse is included.

  • ZyAIR B-220 Wireless LAN USB Stick

    Adding Wi-Fi networking to a notebook or desktop computer just got easier with the B-220 Wireless LAN USB Stick from ZyXel. VARs will find the product's compact, all-in-one design a real boon to those needing instant wireless connectivity.

  • D-Link Airspot Public/Private Service Gateway

    With wireless gateways dropping in price and increasing in feature sets, they are becoming a boon for small businesses to increase worker productivity. However, the security issues surrounding wireless networks often elicit immediate trepidation in solution providers and network administrators. D-Link Systems addresses these concerns with its new line of AirSpot gateways, specifically with the AirSpot DSA-3100, and so wins top honors among the year's wireless gateways for SOHO.

  • Maxtor OneTouch 250-Gbyte External Hard Drive

    No matter what type of business a company is in, the quality and availability of its data backup system is virtually as important as the data it protects. Without a solid backup solution, there's no telling what could happen if disaster strikes.

  • Hewlett-Packard TC2120

    For solution providers looking for a robust file server with a rich feature set and low cost to sell to small businesses, the HP TC2120 is the answer.

  • Xerox Phaser 6250

    For this year's printer of the year, the Test Center was looking for an SMB-friendly printer that was easy on the wallet while not making any compromises on features or performance. It also had to be small in size.

  • Hewlett-Packard NX7000

    Notebook computers are available in so many new and interesting shapes and sizes, it's getting harder to choose the best one. In picking the CRN Test Center notebook of the year, engineers wanted something a little different yet representative of the numerous advances in notebook technology in 2003. It had to be portable yet have a big screen. It had to be relatively lightweight yet be loaded with features. Also, a Centrino unit was preferable because of its high efficiency and long battery life.

  • Teros-100 Gateway

    2003 will go down in history as the year of the worm. We saw the Slammer, Sobig and Blaster worms, among others, spread throughout the Internet like wildfire, easily bypassing most security systems and causing widespread loss wherever they went. If the barrage of attacks in 2003 is a portent of what's to come in 2004, every solution provider has a responsibility to provide strong security to their customers.

  • Best Software MAS 90

    Best Software's MAS 90 came out on top of other vendors in the category for its ease of use and wealth of features by excelling in many areas that other ERP vendors find difficult to handle. Out of the box, MAS 90 arrives with more than 25 modules that cover everything from accounts payable to time slips. MAS 90 also includes modules for sales/purchase order, general ledger, material requirements panning (MRP), office link and work order.

  • Samsung 192MP

    In order for a monitor to be display of the year, the CRN Test Center felt it first had to be a flat-panel display at least 19 inches in size because anything smaller simply wouldn't be impressive at all. Then it had to have VGA and DVI inputs, S-Video and composite video inputs and built-in speakers. It was also decided that a built-in TV tuner couldn't hurt.

  • Microsoft Live Communication Server

    This year, two new products from Microsoft are for the first time offering enterprise collaboration capability and extending the Microsoft Office suite well beyond the desktop. This great leap forward propelled Live Communications Server and Windows SharePoint Services to the lead among knowledge management and collaboration products.

  • PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Kyocera Mita FS-C5016N

    Kyocera Mita's new FS-C5016N color laser printer provides a color printing solution that breaks the 5-cent-per-page cost barrier and takes up very little space.

  • QuicKeys For Windows 2.5

    Recently released QuicKeys for Windows 2.5 continues with its brilliance in automation as a flexible software product that simplifies and puts an end to repetitive tasks. The software automates everything and anything with hotkeys, toolbars and timers.

  • Sony DRU-510A DVD Recorder

    Common CD-RW drives have really plummeted in price over the past year or so, and now DVD recorders have started down the same path. Earlier generations of DVD recorders were limited in media compatibility and carried a high cost.

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