Sound and vision permeate consumer electronics. And computers, too – from the day that the graphical user interface arrived, and a workstation's built-in speakers went beyond the sporadic 'blip'.
Take monitors these days: you expect a decent image, and one that you can see clearly (no, this isn't a digression to my personal bête noire of reflective gloss screens).
Nowadays, an impressive display image can be found for relatively little money, as we found with the 22in TopView A2281Wd+, while a huge 27in panel from Iiyama is not so out of reach at around £250. Designers and discerning eyes will need to spend more on their monitors, but we were impressed by what's on offer at entry prices.
To power those screens, you need a graphics processor. We've reviewed ATI’s latest 6800-series card, confusingly pitched just below the brand's top 5800 series; and nVidia's new champ, the GTX 580. If you want your visual experience in Windows games to fly by with unerring realism, these cards won't disappoint.
You want good sound on the move? We've looked at two devices, from the companies that invented the iPod and the audio cassette - Apple's sixth-generation iPod nano and Philips' GoGear Muse. Or for stay-at-home sound, yet with the potential to unlock super-fi sound quality, we auditioned a M2Tech USB adaptor that is something of a missing link between the digital audio worlds of computers and real hi-fi systems.
Whether you're feeling photographically creative, or just want to take fantastic-looking snaps easily and without a shoulder's worth of digital SLR, take a peek through one of 2010's compact system cameras, with our latest reviews of the Sony NEX-5 and Samsung NX100.
And in laptop and tablet PCs, we need a good union of sound and vision, hopefully allied to slick computing performance. For laptops that really want to entertain you, we've reviewed Sony Vaio, Toshiba Satellite, Samsung, HP, Acer and Medion models.
If you need to carry that PC with you, we might point you toward an ultraportable or tablet. But would we recommend either the latest Apple MacBook Air or perhaps Samsung's iPad-inspired Galaxy Tab? Perhaps our brand-new reviews will help you decide.