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Primera Bravo Pro Duplicator Review

In the duper wars, speed and the set-and-forget factor rule. No one wants to baby-sit a robot as it churns through a burn run of 100 discs, especially if it's printing labels. The BravoPro, the latest integrated duplicator and printer from Primera Technology, addresses these issues and more. Designed for businesses and studios in need of a turnkey solution for small-run duplication, the BravoPro features two Plextor 716 drives, Lexmark 4800 dpi print resolution and faster robotics than past efforts. The BravoPro also includes a Kiosk mode that allows it to print up to 100 DVDs and CDs in a single run.

I'm happy to see that Primera is now using Plextor drives, as Plextor diligently tests a wide range of media with its drives and publishes the results. The firmware seems to be stable, and the BravoPro can burn some discs beyond their rated speeds. However, your computer will have to keep up.

SageTV 2.2 Hauppauge PVR-150 Bundle Review

The SageTV PVR software combined with the Hauppauge PVR-150 is a powerful combination that gives a TiVo-like front end to a very capable MPEG card. The SageTV software is mostly for watching and recording TV but it can play other media on the PC as well.

The SageTV software can be purchased separately or as part of a bundle that includes a TV tuner card such as the Hauppauge 150 for capturing video in the MPEG format. We highly recommend the bundle. The folks at Frey Technologies, the developers of SageTV, sent us the Hauppauge PVR-150 bundle with the latest version of the SageTV software. Previously we tried SageTV with a Kworld card we tested here recently but couldn't get it to work. That's not surprising since the Kworld 883 barely works as it is. The folks at Frey Technologies tell us they plan to make SageTV compatible with a wider range of cards in the future but for now we suggest you stick with a bundled package. The Hauppauge PVR-150 is a pretty good card all by itself and comes with its own software suite. Combined with the SageTV software it really shines.

Cambridge PC SoundWorks Review



We once DJ'd a house party with an MP3 player and two Cambridge SoundWorks speaker systems in tandem. Yes, we know that sounds crazy but in a small this system packs quite a punch.

The PC SoundWorks package under $80 is one of the best values in PC sound. It's a simple three piece system with a pair of small satellite speakers and a subwoofer. The three 3-channel amp located in the subwoofer provides all the juice and the package includes a handy wired remote volume control.

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