Hiptop Slide, Network Magic Pro, Canon PIXMA MP610

Hiptop Slide
RRP: $679

The Telstra co-branded Motorola Hiptop Slide isn’t like any mobile you’ve had before. It’s the size of most popular smartphones around at the moment — 11x6cm with a 5x4cm screen on the front. But slide the main part of the 15mm thick body upwards and you’re faced with the closest thing to a small PC there’s been in ages, with a full alpha numeric keypad that — despite the tiny buttons — is surprisingly comfortable to use.

You navigate around the menus with a small trackball that doubles as your enter key, so functionality is simple and intuitive. The battery life isn’t the best and it isn’t very customisable but it’s a great tool with a unique form factor you’ll quickly come to love. 4/5

Canon PIXMA MP610
RTRP: $299

The multifunction (sometimes called all-in-one printer) market continues to overtake the desktop printing field, and if the Canon PIXMA MP610 is a yardstick, it’s a welcome change.

Faster than most, the MP610 offers a full suite of copy controls such as four pages on one and double sided copies. It has a compact, foldaway design that makes it very unobtrusive and has the largest, most user-friendly display. A single button allows you to check ink levels but there’s no image tinkering software. It had some glitches with drivers when installed on a Mac, but as long software updates or tech support can help you, it’ll make a great addition to your desktop. 3.5/5

Network Magic Pro
RRP: $49.99 (US)

If you use several computers and peripherals with different operating systems in your home or office, you know how agonising networking can be. Even an all-XP or all-Vista environment is fiddly.

Network Magic does the same job that’s already built into your operating system, using connectivity protocols to identify devices and computers across your network. But it’s a separate application that does so in plain English with easy to operate and understand controls that makes networking headache free.

The pro version networks up to eight computers and includes controls to share, text network speed, Internet connection, security and reporting both cabled and wireless. Download from networkmagic.com 4/5

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