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New and Noteworthy: PC Mag G5 review; Flat panel costs rising

New and Noteworthy: PC Mag G5 review; Flat panel costs rising

PC Mag G5 review PC Magazine has weighed in with its own benchmarks and evaluation of the Power Mac G5 dual 2 GHz. "Think Macs are slow? The Apple Power Mac G5 has the horsepower to hang with any of the leading Windows PCs. During testing at PC Magazine Labs this fall, it even outperformed the competition in many cases. Of course, Apple continues to excel in other areas. The Power Mac provides impeccable surround sound, whether you hook it to an AV receiver via the bundled Toslink cable or simply attach Apple's 5.1 speakers. It offers an 800-MHz FireWire port and a DVD-R drive, great ways to capture and burn video. But the real story is the speed." More.

Flat panel costs rising According to eWeek, shifts in thin-film-transistor liquid crystal display production here may bring changes to the product mix offered by PC makers to customers in the U.S. and Europe. Analysts said recently that manufacturing transitions and market demands will bring something unfamiliar to consumers of flat-panel displays: a rise in prices. "For the first half of 2003, the dramatic fall in prices for LCD screens encouraged U.S. PC vendors to bundle these slimmer footprint displays with their new PCs. The market also boomed as consumers and businesses bought these flat-panel displays to replace the bulky CRT (cathode-ray tube) screens in existing systems." More.

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