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Packard Bell EasyNote LM notebook
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Packard Bell EasyNote LM notebook

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The EasyNote LM is a desktop replacement. Its large screen (17.3-inches, so not just a 17-incher, Packard Bell boasts) would dominate any desk, though it is not as heavy as you'd think at 3.3kg, certainly not so heavy that you'd need to anchor it to one... >>

Sony VAIO VPC-Y11M1E notebook
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Sony VAIO VPC-Y11M1E notebook

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Sony's Y-series laptop is good-looking and light. The case is brushed aluminium all over apart from the plastic undercarriage and parts of the edges. Still, with its chrome VAIO label on the lid, there's enough metal to make it a snazzy machine. While... >>

Dell Studio 17 (2010)
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Dell Studio 17 (2010)

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The Dell Studio 17 1747 is a hefty beast. You'll want to use it as a desktop replacement rather than a portable to carry around with you. Still, the glossy black case with subtle patterning and red edging looks pretty neat, so it won't be out of place... >>

Samsung N210 notebook
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Samsung N210 notebook

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Last year Samsung released some cool-looking coloured netbooks which stood out in the crowd. For its latest model, the Korean manufacturer has gone for a more demure look with its gloss-black N210. The new netbook has a 10.1-inch screen, though the frame... >>

Fujitsu Lifebook T4410 notebook
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Fujitsu Lifebook T4410 notebook

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The iPad is not the only tablet. Of course, Microsoft had invested in a touchscreen laptop interface way before Apple did, it just never took off. Maybe now the iPad is rolling out, interest in Windows touchscreens will flourish. Mind you, at £999, this... >>

Toshiba NB305 notebook
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Toshiba NB305 notebook

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Last year's NB200 netbook from Toshiba was a neat, effective performer from a manufacturer known for its reliability and strong build quality. Now, the successor, wittily titled the NB300, has arrived. This is the NB305 variant, most noticeably differing... >>

Five tips for buying a digital SLR camera

Five tips for buying a digital SLR camera

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Thinking about upgrading or investing in a digital SLR camera? Then check out these helpful tips below: Are you trading up from a compact? In that case, remember you'll need Live View if you want to frame your shots using the LCD screen. While most compacts... >>

Seven Android applications you can't do without

Seven Android applications you can't do without

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All the programs available at launch on Android were free, so if you've got a G1, make the most of this – here's our guide to some choice cuts. 1 Google Maps Of course we know Google Maps from other mobiles, but this is the program at its purest. Sure,... >>

Seven ways to get the best out of your satnav

Seven ways to get the best out of your satnav

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Satellite navigation is a real boon - but there are ways to make the most of it, and things to avoid. Here are seven tips on what to do - and what not to do. 1 Be discreet Satnavs have memories with easily accessible data. Don't be tempted to specify... >>

Seven ways to make mobile typing easier

Seven ways to make mobile typing easier

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Whether you're sending texts or composing complicated emails, we'll show you how to get the best out of typing on the move. 1 Make the most of shortcuts Oh the joy of pressing space space on a BlackBerry or iPhone and watching as the system magically... >>

Seven ways to keep your life in sync

Seven ways to keep your life in sync

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Get through the week ahead with our daily tips for tech happiness: 1 MobileMe Apple’s MobileMe (£59.99 a year) is a simple but impressive example of cloud computing, where your data is not only on your computer but on a remote server, too. Of course,... >>

Sim Animals – Nintendo Wii – First Look

Sim Animals – Nintendo Wii – First Look

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Since The Sims and all its sequel editions add up to the most successful PC game franchise ever, it’s no surprise that the publisher, Electronic Arts, has major plans to keep the series fresh. You may have sniffed at recent releases such as the Ikea... >>

Apple iPhone 3G – First Look

Apple iPhone 3G – First Look

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So what do you want from the new iPhone? Do you want 3G, so you can surf the net faster when you’re not in Starbucks? For sure. Push email, so you don’t have to go searching for your mail all the time? Natch. A lower price? Are the Kennedys gunshy?... >>