Archive for Chris Holmes

  • Alienware M11x R3 review
    3.5 out of 5

    Alienware M11x R3 review

    By 8 August 2011

    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   review
    4.5 out of 5

    MSI GT680 review

    By 18 July 2011

    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   review
    4 out of 5

    Dell Vostro 3450 review

    By 12 July 2011

    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   review
    4.5 out of 5

    Toshiba Portégé R830-138 review

    By 4 July 2011

    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....

  • Dell Inspiron 15R (N5110)  review
    4 out of 5

    Dell Inspiron 15R (N5110) review

    By 28 June 2011

    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? Design This is the new Dell style...

  • Asus U36J   review
    3.5 out of 5

    Asus U36J review

    By 20 June 2011

    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 review
    4 out of 5

    HP Pavilion dv7 review

    By 13 June 2011

    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   review
    2 out of 5

    Asus Lamborghini Eee PC VX6 review

    By 30 May 2011

    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?...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Google I/O edition) review
    4 out of 5

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

    By 23 May 2011

    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   review
    4 out of 5

    HP Pavilion dv6 review

    By 23 May 2011

    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   review
    4 out of 5

    Acer Aspire 5750G review

    By 16 May 2011

    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

    By 13 May 2011

    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   review
    3.5 out of 5

    Acer Iconia Tab W500 review

    By 9 May 2011

    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   review
    3.5 out of 5

    Sony Vaio VPC-EB4E1E review

    By 2 May 2011

    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   review
    4 out of 5

    HP Envy 17 3D review

    By 18 April 2011

    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   review
    4.5 out of 5

    Asus NX90Jq review

    By 11 April 2011

    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   review
    3 out of 5

    Lenovo ThinkPad T510 review

    By 4 April 2011

    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   review
    3.5 out of 5

    Asus N53Jn review

    By 28 March 2011

    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 review
    3.5 out of 5

    Firefox 4 review

    By 23 March 2011

    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 out of 5

    HP ENVY 14-1195ea Beats Edition review

    By 21 March 2011

    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 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Internet Explorer 9 review

    By 15 March 2011

    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   review
    3 out of 5

    Dell Vostro V130 review

    By 14 March 2011

    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   review
    4 out of 5

    Samsung SF310-S02UK review

    By 7 March 2011

    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...

  • Toshiba NB550D-10G mini   review
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba NB550D-10G mini review

    By 28 February 2011

    One of the first notebooks with AMD's new “APU” - that's a CPU and discrete GPU combined into one - packed into the case of a netbook that's also crammed with extras like Harman Kardon speakers, the Toshiba NB550 mini is a bit different. Is it an...

  • Dell Inspiron Duo   review
    3.5 out of 5

    Dell Inspiron Duo review

    By 21 February 2011

    Screen-flipping, keyboard-packing, rugged yet stylish; with its rotating touchscreen, real keyboard and dual core Atom processor, the Inspiron Duo looks as if it ought to be the perfect combination of high-end netbook and tablet. Things start well, for...