Archive for Dan Leonard

  • Sony Ericsson HBH-PV700 headset
    3.5 out of 5

    Sony Ericsson HBH-PV700 headset

    By 14 December 2006

    The hands-free law for all drivers wanting to use a mobile phone in the UK is coming up on its first anniversary, there is no better time to invest in a Bluetooth headset if you hoping to make that important call when out on the road. Sony Ericsson thinks...

  • Sony Ericsson HBH-610 Bluetooth headset
    4 out of 5

    Sony Ericsson HBH-610 Bluetooth headset

    By 6 December 2006

    Sony Ericsson thinks it has the answer with two new headsets. Sony Ericsson were the first company to use Bluetooth connectivity in mobile headsets and both the HBH-610 and the HBH-PV700 are Bluetooth2.0. Here we look at the HBH-610. Using Digital Signal...

  • Sonic Rush - Nintendo DS
    4.5 out of 5

    Sonic Rush - Nintendo DS

    By 4 December 2005

    The first instalment of the Sonic series on the Nintendo DS, and the fourth on Nintendo handhelds, might well be the best Sonic yet- regardless of console. We take a closer look. Sure, the marriage of the MegaDrive software kings with arch rivals Nintendo...

  • Serious Sam 2 - Xbox
    2.5 out of 5

    Serious Sam 2 - Xbox

    By 3 December 2005

    You may have loved the first person shooter Serious Sam, but will the second in the series do the same again? We get blasting and find out. Coming straight out of Croatia, the follow up to Serious Sam is a cheeky little first person shooter featuring...

  • Sony Ericsson W900 mobile phone
    4 out of 5

    Sony Ericsson W900 mobile phone

    By 3 December 2005

    The W900 is the 3G follow on to the hugely successful and popular W800 from Sony Ericsson, but do we really need it? We get listening to find out. The W900 is billed as the latest and greatest in the 3G Walkman series. Spotted at the launch in October...

  • KISS Technologies DP-558 DVD Player
    4 out of 5

    KISS Technologies DP-558 DVD Player

    By 9 November 2005

    KISS, having been bought out by Linksys owner Cisco, is starting to introduce more network friendly devices. It’s latest offering - the DP-558 starts to blur the lines between PVR, DVD and media bridge, but can the network company simply buy its way...

  • Sony Ericsson W550i  mobile phone
    4 out of 5

    Sony Ericsson W550i mobile phone

    By 8 November 2005

    Placed firmly in the musical youth market, the W550i is one of latest edition to the Sony Ericsson Walkman series - a tri-band GSM phone with music/Java/internet and email capability. As with the K750i/D750i, Sony Ericsson has again introduced a cluster...

  • Nintendo DS handheld games console
    4 out of 5

    Nintendo DS handheld games console

    By 27 May 2005

    With the UK release of the Sony PSP delayed until September, Nintendo have the summer to assert their authority on the handheld market with the new DS console. Reports from the Nintendo camp suggest they are well on the way to their target of 6 million...

  • Ulead v9 Video Editing Software - PC
    3.5 out of 5

    Ulead v9 Video Editing Software - PC

    By 17 May 2005

    If you haven't delved into video editing software before, Ulead and rival Pinnacle are the forerunners in the hobby market. They lack the editorial advances of the two leading online desktop editing tools, Final Cut Pro and Premier, but bring the domestic...

  • JVC DR-MX1SEK Combi
    3.5 out of 5

    JVC DR-MX1SEK Combi

    By 10 May 2005

    Combination DVD and VHS players may seem a little 1980s, but don't let the yuppie passion for questionable combination products dissuade you entirely. Sure, when one half claps out, you might be left wishing you had separate units, but find a well made...

  • Sony PSP handheld console - First Look
    0 out of 5

    Sony PSP handheld console - First Look

    By 6 May 2005

    Although still awaiting release in the UK, eager gamers are snapping up imported versions of the console from America and Japan. We give a Japanese version of the handheld console a first look. The value pack we tested came with PSP, case, headphones,...

  • AverMedia DVB-T USB 2.0
    3.5 out of 5

    AverMedia DVB-T USB 2.0

    By 29 March 2005

    Possibly the most interesting product so far from peripheral lead kings AverMedia, this nifty box will slip inside a cigarette box, yet has the power to pluck digital terrestrial TV from the air and display it on your Windows driven desktop or laptop...

  • JVC GRPD1EK Mini DV Cam
    3.5 out of 5

    JVC GRPD1EK Mini DV Cam

    By 28 March 2005

    JVC, having produced one of the first ever mini consumer DV cameras, may have become a relative stranger to the DV camcorder market but is hoping that its new model the JVC GRPD1EK will put it back in the frame. Pitched between the domestic and professional...

  • Ministry of Sound STIKAX
    3.5 out of 5

    Ministry of Sound STIKAX

    By 16 March 2005

    The STIKAX is a handheld device for mixing sound and images on a PC. One part hardware, one part software, the STIKAX package comprises a handheld device, desktop software and a sample loop CD. The aim of the product is to allow individual and groups...

  • Astro Boy - PS2
    3 out of 5

    Astro Boy - PS2

    By 11 March 2005

    Unless you have delved into anime (or manga- as it is colloquially known, thanks to its most successful distributor to the UK), you may never have heard of Astro Boy, Ultraman or Akira. These fundamental successes have influenced comics, movies and pop-culture...

  • Force FX Star Wars Lightsabers
    4.5 out of 5

    Force FX Star Wars Lightsabers

    By 23 February 2005

    First thing to say is these are large! The packaging is 10.5 x 10.5 x 115.5cm in size, and the saber is approximately 110 cm in length. These Jedi weapons are heavy too- the hilt is made from solid metal and then packed with batteries. From a series including...

  • Motorola HF800 Bluetooth Speaker
    3.5 out of 5

    Motorola HF800 Bluetooth Speaker

    By 10 February 2005

    Handfree doesn’t have to mean wearing one of those silly headsets. We look at Motorola’s answer to the problem - a Bluetooth wireless speaker. The bundle includes the speaker, lanyard, car charger and neoprene open fronted case, with clip. The unit...

  • Tiny NB 64-3700+ E01315 laptop
    3 out of 5

    Tiny NB 64-3700+ E01315 laptop

    By 9 February 2005

    Thanks to the ever popular direct sale policies of the likes of Apple, Dell and Tiny, buying online these days is easy, with a range of power and drive options available across the various screen (machine) sizes. Spotting the difference between models...

  • iriver IFP-990 MP3 player
    4.5 out of 5

    iriver IFP-990 MP3 player

    By 8 February 2005

    The IFP-990 is a 256Mb flash player and the most compact colour-screened player I've seen to date, weighing in at just 62g (w 64mm x l 51 mm x d 20mm) and roughly the length of an AA battery it’s small and compact, but does iriver’s IFP-900 live up...

  • Zen Gennum Bluetooth headset
    3.5 out of 5

    Zen Gennum Bluetooth headset

    By 3 February 2005

    What should you be looking for in the latest Bluetooth headset? We look at the Zen, a headset that hopes size doesn't matter, but will it by the time we're done with our tests? The first thing you'll notice with the Zen is the large ear clip will draw...

  • LG DP8821 7in Portable DVD Player
    4 out of 5

    LG DP8821 7in Portable DVD Player

    By 25 January 2005

    Should you opt for a separate DVD player over a laptop? We got the LG DP8821 into the office to see if the portable DVD player still has a place in our gadget bag. This 7in TFT portable DVD from LG looks, feels and sounds good. The exterior is topped...

  • Logitech IO2 Digital Pen
    3 out of 5

    Logitech IO2 Digital Pen

    By 19 January 2005

    The Logitech IO pen enables the user to write in ink on special paper, then pass information to a miniature camera attached to a pen. The pack comprises the pen, a well designed ergonomic desktop cradle, two electronic paper pads and MyScript Notes software...

  • Junior board games  - PS2
    2.5 out of 5

    Junior board games - PS2

    By 14 January 2005

    How the mighty have fallen. Once the choice of the caravanning community and the housebound, board games ruled the roost come holidays, Christmas or a rainy afternoon. However with the advent of the PC and then the console you're more likely to find kids...

  • T-Mobile MDA III
    4.5 out of 5

    T-Mobile MDA III

    By 6 January 2005

    Do we really want to be carrying around a PDA and a mobile phone? Of course not. We want a device that can be all singing and all dancing, all the time. For most, this means the Blackberry or the PalmOne Treo 600, however T-Mobile, not wanting its customers...

  • Logitech Rally Vibration Feedback Wheel and pedals for PS2
    4 out of 5

    Logitech Rally Vibration Feedback Wheel and pedals for PS2

    By 5 January 2005

    The main problem with gaming wheels is finding a solid surface to stick them on. With all the thrills and spills, yanking the whole unit into the air is often a problem. While the suction cups offer one solution, it doesn't work as well as a clamp system....