PC Magazine 1996 Computer Buyer's Guide

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John Dvorak
Ziff-Davis Press, 1995 - Microcomputers - 522 pages
No buyer's guide to personal computers is as comprehensive, timely, and reliable as this annual offering from the world's most widely read computer columnist. This updated version includes information on many multimedia and CD-ROM products, plus tips on buying equipment, recommendations on best buys, and more.

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Contents

Chapter Two Smart PC Shopping
10
TABLE OF CONTENTS
20
Chapter Four Computers
32
A Look at Some Typical Desktop Systems
47
TABLE OF CONTENTS
55
Chapter Five Monitors
58
Monitors in the Market
69
Chapter Six Video Cards
76
Table A 2 HomePCs
224
Table A 5 90MHz Pentium PCs
259
Comparison Chart B Monitors
268
Comparison Chart C Video Cards
294
Comparison Chart D Printers
318
2 InkJet Printers
341
4 Shared Laser Printers
369
Comparison Chart E Tape Backups
382

Bus
83
Chapter Seven Printers
84
Color Page Printers
90
Color DotMatrix Printers
99
Dvoraks Printer Buying Tips
106
Chapter Eight Multimedia and CDROM
108
TABLE OF CONTENTS
114
Choosing a New Hard Disk
125
Chapter Ten Input Devices
136
Scanners
161
Chapter Eleven Modems
164
The Need for Speed
170
TABLE OF CONTENTS
172
Uninterruptible Power Supply UPS
179
Key to Comparison Charts AJ
189
Comparison Chart G Input Devices
404
Table G 3 Portable Pointing Devices
420
Comparison Chart H Modems
422
Table H 2 High Speed Modems
427
Comparison Chart I 16Bit Sound Cards
434
Comparison Chart J Surge Suppressors
442
Comparison Chart J Surge Suppressors 422
452
Input Devices
461
Modems and Telecommunications Equipment
469
Printers and Related Equipment
480
Backup and Storage
483
Glossary
487
Index
512
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About the author (1995)

Dvorak is a computer author and columnist who now writes the Inside Track column for PC Magazine.

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