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Windows 10: What it will bring to Windows Phone (hands-on)

Windows 10: What it will bring to Windows Phone (hands-on)

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Following the announcement that Windows Phone will be Windows 10 in the near future, does it still feel like a smartphone operating system? We got some time with a preview handset at the Microsoft announcement press conference in Seattle to see whether... >>

Microsoft HoloLens: What's it really for? We test the Microsoft AR wearable

Microsoft HoloLens: What's it really for? We test the Microsoft AR wearable

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If you're going to put a computer on your head, what will you do with it? That's the question we asked ourselves when donning Microsoft HoloLens, the wearable headset that's capable of displaying interactive holographic images.Watch the videos that Microsoft... >>

Hands-on: Surface for Windows RT review

Hands-on: Surface for Windows RT review

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Microsoft has announced that it is going into the tablet hardware business with the new Surface for Windows RT and Surface for Windows 8 Pro tablets. Pocket-lint was at the launch event to get the nitty-gritty. Microsoft’s first tablet PC is crammed... >>

Samsung 700G7A GAMER
4.0 stars

Samsung 700G7A GAMER

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Samsung's latest gaming laptop is a monster of a 17-inch machine, with a huge, bright screen and a powerful combination of Core i7 and ATI Radeon graphics. It's one of the heaviest laptops we've looked at, weighing in at almost 4Kg, but with plenty of... >>

First Look: Windows 8 tablet

First Look: Windows 8 tablet

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Windows 8 is dividing opinion. Some love the fresh new look, others find the two interface system a drag. But Windows 8 is all about touchscreen devices, and with that in mind, Intel is promising touch Ultrabooks this year and there are several touchscreen... >>

Dell Vostro V131
3.5 stars

Dell Vostro V131

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Light and powerful, Dell's Vostro range is intended to add a little style to the small business or the home office. The latest member of the family, the V131, is a Sandy Bridge Core i5 machine, one of a new generation of thin and light 13.3-inch business... >>

Kupa K11 Pro
3.5 stars

Kupa K11 Pro

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After years of being relegated to pricey (and heavy) business convertibles, touch and pen are showing up on cheaper and lighter PC slates again, and with longer battery life. But most of the Atom slate PCs have been underperformers with poor touch screens.Windows... >>

Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T
4.0 stars

Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T

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If you saw the tablets Microsoft gave away to developers at its Build event last year, you'll find the Series 7 Slate a familiar looking device. That's not surprising, as the Build tablet was a modified version of Samsung's Slate.The Slate is an interesting... >>

Samsung NS310
3.0 stars

Samsung NS310

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The rounded and colourful case of this sleek and shiny Samsung netbook makes it stand out from the pack, as do the backlit keyboard and light weight. But do the compromises Samsung has made to achieve the style and slenderness mean it's all flash and... >>

Acer Aspire 5749
3.5 stars

Acer Aspire 5749

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Not everyone wants to pay for all the latest and greatest extras on a laptop. From USB 3 to WiDi, and audiophile sound to slim brushed metal design, the top-end laptops now offer outstanding features at what can quickly add up to a serious hole in your... >>

Toshiba Satellite R830
4.0 stars

Toshiba Satellite R830

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If you're on the go a lot, what you want is a small, light laptop that'll slip in and out of a bag. It should have a good screen, a comfortable keyboard and plenty of processing power plus a battery that just keeps going. Is the latest member of Toshiba's... >>

HP Pavilion dv7 6b04ea
4.5 stars

HP Pavilion dv7 6b04ea

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If the HP dv7 looks slightly familiar, it's because it's the latest version of the 17-inch Pavilion, updating the model we looked at a few months back. There have been changes to both the spec and the styling, which fits the design HP is rolling out across... >>

Acer Aspire Timeline X 5830T
3.5 stars

Acer Aspire Timeline X 5830T

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Acer's Timeline small business laptops mix both business and pleasure; you get a good quality, if a little basic, machine for not much cash. The latest 15-inch model adds good looks to the mix, along with a Sandy Bridge Core i3 processor and plenty of... >>

Samsung RV720
3.5 stars

Samsung RV720

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Cheap, cheerful and just a little chunky, the Samsung RV720 is an impressive budget 17-inch laptop that's a step up from the usual desktop replacement - but perhaps not the powerhouse you might imagine from a notebook this size.It costs less than £500,... >>

Toshiba QOSMIO X770
4.0 stars

Toshiba QOSMIO X770

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Toshiba's QOSMIO X770 is both big and clever, although it's the size, weight and design that strike you first.  Under the textured two-tone case, this is a behemoth of a gaming and multimedia laptop: 17.3" 1080p HD active 3D screen, Sandy Bridge Core... >>

Acer Aspire Ethos 5951G
4.0 stars

Acer Aspire Ethos 5951G

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Aspire Ethos is Acer’s premium entertainment line of notebooks, and the 5951G is the latest member of the family. Built around the combination of a Sandy Bridge Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA graphics, with Dolby Sound, this aims to be a multimedia... >>

Sony Vaio SB VPC-SB1V9E
4.0 stars

Sony Vaio SB VPC-SB1V9E

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At first glance Sony's Vaio SB looks exactly what you'd expect from a business-oriented laptop. Small and light, it mixes a Core i5 processor with AMD Radeon graphics, and wraps it all up in a thin matte black shell. It’s the laptop you imagine Sony... >>

Acer Aspire 5755G
3.5 stars

Acer Aspire 5755G

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Acer's Aspire 5755G is a general-purpose laptop that packs a "Sandy Bridge" Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA Optimus graphics into a sleek, relatively lightweight shell. It's an all-round home machine, suitable for gaming and getting work done.  The... >>

Sony VAIO C VPCCA2SOE
3.0 stars

Sony VAIO C VPCCA2SOE

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The designers of Sony's colourful new VAIO C series notebooks were definitely wearing the brave trousers when they came up with these models. Neon-bright polycarbonate 14" cases in red, green, orange or pink -as well as a more subtle white- that use the... >>

Fujitsu Stylistic Q550
3.0 stars

Fujitsu Stylistic Q550

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Buying a Windows tablet before Windows 8 comes out? It's not a bad idea if you want the Windows 7 tablet features like running PC apps and handwriting recognition now and Fujitsu's Stylistic Q550 combines the power of Windows with a touch screen and stylus... >>

Microsoft talks the future of Windows 8

Microsoft talks the future of Windows 8

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Windows 8, in the words of Windows chief, Steven Sinofsky, is “a bold reimagination of what Windows could be”.This latest big move for Microsoft, as heralded at the Build developer conference in Anaheim, ranges from the chipset changes, to the experience... >>

Samsung Windows 8 preview tablet pictures and hands-on

Samsung Windows 8 preview tablet pictures and hands-on

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With no Windows 8 PCs ready, how could Microsoft get developers building the touch-first Metro apps that the new Windows 8 experience needs to shine on tablets? By taking one of the most compelling Windows 7 PCs and tearing the keyboard off.Actually,... >>

Dell XPS 15z
4.5 stars

Dell XPS 15z

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When you see the XPS 15z your first thought is likely to be about how much it resembles the old titanium MacBook. Its rounded corners, silver metal finish and slot-loading DVD drive all remind us of the Apple machine. Open the XPS up and start using it... >>

Lenovo ThinkPad X1
4.0 stars

Lenovo ThinkPad X1

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Despite the similarity to an increasing number of ultra-slim notebooks, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 stands out from the crowd – especially for ThinkPad fans.Being a ThinkPad means the X1 has a distinctive design that has been given a welcome refresh without... >>

HP EliteBook 8460p
4.0 stars

HP EliteBook 8460p

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The brushed aluminium case over a magnesium chassis makes the HP EliteBook 8640p look business-like and well built, and that's exactly what this Core i5 14" laptop is. Stylish without any extreme design styling, it's crammed with ports and useful features,... >>

Samsung Series 9 900X3A
4.5 stars

Samsung Series 9 900X3A

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Before you get your hands on the Samsung Series 9 you know it’s going to be thin and light, but it’s only when you lift it out of the box you realise just how thin and how light it really is and how sleek it feels.The first time you see it, you’re... >>

Sony Vaio VPC-F21Z1E
4.0 stars

Sony Vaio VPC-F21Z1E

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Sony's monster Vaio F is a hefty beast, weighing in at a knee-crunching 3.1kg. It's a Sandy Bridge Core i7 multimedia powerhouse that'll handle pretty much anything you can throw at it. Nvidia graphics give it 3D video, and the large screen is ready for... >>

Alienware M11x R3 review
3.5 stars

Alienware M11x R3 review

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Gaming laptops don't need to be great hulking brutes. They can be small and (relatively) light while still giving you the power you need, like the Alienware M11x which packs a Sandy Bridge Core i7 and an Nvidia GT540M graphics card into an 11.6-inch frame... >>

MSI GT680
4.5 stars

MSI GT680

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If you want the power of a desktop in a laptop (or, obviously, if you want to do some serious gaming) you're going to need a gaming laptop. They give you all the power you want and then some, eschewing the current portability trend of slimming down. So... >>

Dell Vostro 3450
4.0 stars

Dell Vostro 3450

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Dell's latest Vostro small business laptop packs quite a punch in its 14-inch frame. A Core i5 Sandy Bridge processor and 4GB of RAM make sure you've got the power and memory you need for most day-to-day tasks, if not for high-end gaming and image editing.... >>

Toshiba Portégé R830-138
4.5 stars

Toshiba Portégé R830-138

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Want an ultraportable notebook that concentrates on features rather than style? Optical drive, full speed processor, wireless display, USB 3.0, light weight, long battery: Toshiba delivers again with the Sandy Bridge update to the Portege range - mostly.Ultraportables... >>

Dell Inspiron 15R (N5110)
4.0 stars

Dell Inspiron 15R (N5110)

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Dell's Inspiron 15R N5110 is, like all Inspirons, a mid-range laptop. With a large 15.6-inch screen and a second generation Core i5 processor - and wireless display - it promises much, at a budget price. Does it deliver?DesignThis is the new Dell style... >>

Asus U36J
3.5 stars

Asus U36J

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Want a thin and light notebook that really is thin and light - and really is a notebook, rather than a netbook with a larger keyboard and screen? With a 13-inch screen and a Core i5 processor in a fingerprint-proof chassis that's less than 20mm thick... >>

HP Pavilion dv7
4.0 stars

HP Pavilion dv7

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Looking for something bigger and better than the HP dv6? It could be the HP Pavilion dv7, but we have more reservations about this model. This is a hefty machine, weighing in at just under 3.5kg and it's quite clearly the dv6's big brother; actually... >>

Asus Lamborghini Eee PC VX6
2.0 stars

Asus Lamborghini Eee PC VX6

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Beautifully presented in Asus's signature black coffer, the VX6 is all dramatic angles and chrome inserts as it tries to bring the feel of Lamborghini design to what's essentially a high-end netbook. But is it a luxury sports car or a tricked out go-kart?Supercar... >>

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Google I/O edition)
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Google I/O edition)

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The limited edition of the Samsung Galaxy tablet handed out to developers at the Google I/O conference gives a good example of what you can achieve with an Android tablet, as well as the limitations.When we first tried out the 10-inch Galaxy Tab in and... >>

HP Pavilion dv6
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HP Pavilion dv6

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There's a certain HP style these days, with curved edges, large trackpads and subtle engravings on the case. That signature style is there in the Pavilion dv6, a machine designed to look good in a modern home. Combining a Core i5 processor with AMD's... >>

Acer Aspire 5750G
4.0 stars

Acer Aspire 5750G

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Inside the textured blue case of the Acer Aspire 5750G is an interesting mix of new technology (the second generation Core i7 processor and the new Nvidia GeForce GT540M), multimedia features - and the odd compromise to keep the price down, which make... >>

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Google I/O edition) hands-on

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Google I/O edition) hands-on

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Google I/O (Google's annual developer conference) attendees in San Francisco got a very nice surprise this week, a shiny new limited edition Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to take away with them. Of course Pocket-lint was on hand to grab a hands-on with the... >>

Acer Iconia Tab W500
3.5 stars

Acer Iconia Tab W500

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How do you make a Windows tablet usable? You include a keyboard. That's not actually a fair description of the Acer Iconia Tab W500 (which is nowhere near as ungainly as its name), but the Tab doesn't manage to solve all the issues with using Windows... >>

Sony Vaio VPC-EB4E1E
3.5 stars

Sony Vaio VPC-EB4E1E

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With almost everything apart from netbooks sporting a Core series processor these days, you could be forgiven for thinking Intel didn't make Pentium chips any more. They're still in the lineup though, powering budget laptops like this E Series Vaio from... >>

HP Envy 17 3D
4.0 stars

HP Envy 17 3D

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You might not know it from the range of notebooks on the market but Nvidia isn't the only graphics company with 3D technology. The HP Envy 17 3D pairs ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 5850 with a 120Hz 1080p LED backlit screen, active shutter glasses and Blu-ray... >>

Asus NX90Jq
4.5 stars

Asus NX90Jq

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The Asus NX90 comes in what may be the largest notebook packaging we've ever seen; its very own stylish black monolith, designed to make you feel you're getting something seriously high end. Open it up and you might think you've bought a mirror by mistake.... >>

Lenovo ThinkPad T510
3.0 stars

Lenovo ThinkPad T510

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You know what you're getting when you get a ThinkPad. You’re getting a black laptop that’s sturdy and strong, with a very distinctive design. It’ll have plenty of power, ready to keep you up and running wherever you might be. One of the latest members... >>

Asus N53Jn
3.5 stars

Asus N53Jn

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If you think of Asus just for Eee netbooks, it's time to think again. With its sleek curves, Blu-ray drive and Bang & Olufsen audio the N53 is a high-end 15-inch notebook intended to compete with the HP Envy and Dell XPS; but this excellent specification... >>

Firefox 4
3.5 stars

Firefox 4

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The browser wars are hot again, and Firefox is struggling to keep up with the ever updating Chrome and a revitalised Internet Explorer. So it’s about time the open source browser unveiled a new version, with a new look and feel and new features. Firefox... >>

HP ENVY 14-1195ea Beats Edition review
3.5 stars

HP ENVY 14-1195ea Beats Edition review

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From the stylish packaging to the aluminium case emblazoned with the Beats logo to the impressive specs (which include colour-coded Beats Solo headphones courtesy of Dr Dre), the HP Envy 14 is a desirable beast. Even the power supply has thoughtful touches... >>

Internet Explorer 9
4.5 stars

Internet Explorer 9

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For years Internet Explorer has been a bit of a joke; buggy, slow, insecure and breaking web standards. Well, IE 6 might have been all that; IE 7 had so much catching up to do that it didn’t address enough standards, although it did make significant... >>

Dell Vostro V130
3.0 stars

Dell Vostro V130

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If you need a notebook to get work done, that no longer means it has to be big, boxy and dull. Dell's Vostro V130 is targeted at small business and home office workers but it is also a thin, light and stylish PC. Is it possible to look good and be smart... >>

Samsung SF310-S02UK
4.0 stars

Samsung SF310-S02UK

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The first thing you notice about the Samsung SF310 isn't the 13.3-inch screen, the Core i5 processor, the nice complement of ports and features (including NVidia Optimus graphics and a DVD-RW drive), the excellent build quality or the battery life; it's... >>