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HP Photosmart 8250 Photo printer
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HP Photosmart 8250 Photo printer

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Fast cars, fast games, now we have fast printers. Hewlett Packard claims that its new Photosmart 8250 inkjet photo printer produces 4 x 6in photos in under a quarter of a minute. We tried it out with borderless prints, which always take a bit longer.... >>

Reebok Pump 2 running trainers
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Reebok Pump 2 running trainers

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Eight out of ten people wear trainers for the sake of appearance rather than sport, says the latest research from the sportswear industry. So why has Reebok spent four years and many millions of dollars developing the Pump 2, a technologically superior... >>

Chuckit!  dog exerciser
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Chuckit! dog exerciser

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Dog walkers know the drill - when you take your dog for a walk you want to do everything in you power to make your dog knackered without you having to walk to the moon and back. In steps Chuckit!, a gadget that aims to help exercise a dog by increasing... >>

SanDisk Sansa e140 MP3 player
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SanDisk Sansa e140 MP3 player

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Here at Gizmogirl, SanDisk is the logical company to buy an mp3 player from. It is the Tupperware of the digital world, with a huge range of tiny containers for storing your digital junk. The company's latest storage device is an mp3 player with some... >>

Lexmark Portable Photo Printer P315
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Lexmark Portable Photo Printer P315

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Tech firms are keen for you to add gadgets to your summer holiday shopping list, none more so than Lexmark with its latest portable photo printer. "It doesn't make sense that consumers can take their digital cameras anywhere, but they have to wait until... >>

Barbara K! girl power toolkit
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Barbara K! girl power toolkit

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You can do it! Whether it is fixing, replacing or improving, Barbara K's Toolkit for women empowers even a complete novice to tackle and complete basic home repair projects. That's the promise from Barbara Kavovit, media savvy CEO of Barbara K Enterprises... >>

Samsung E720 mobile phone
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Samsung E720 mobile phone

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Samsung knows how to pack small handsets with lots of features and the E720 clamshell phone is no exception. It is one of the few new handsets to offer extra features without a penalty when it comes to size. The stylish, two-tone phone weighs a tiny 90g... >>

UCO Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker
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UCO Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker

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When it comes to gifts, most dads prefer ice-cream to a pair of socks. Better than a tub of their favourite flavour is this low-tech gadget which combines football and food preparation. Sounds brilliant in theory, so we decided to put UCO's Play & Freeze... >>

Canon IXUS 50 digital camera
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Canon IXUS 50 digital camera

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Compact and full of gimmicks, but is it enough to impress? We take a look at the Canon Ixus 50, the latest weapon from Canon in the digital compact arena. Playing about with colours is something most of us do after we have transferred digital pictures... >>

Siemens SF65
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Siemens SF65

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The swivel action screen enables the SF65 to work like an actual digital camera. Turning the screen activates camera mode. Holding the phone in landscape, exactly as if it were a digital camera makes it easy to take pictures at any angle. The colour display... >>

Yahoo unveils music service in the US

Yahoo unveils music service in the US

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Music stocks hit a low note Wednesday after Yahoo! Inc. unveiled its new online music subscription service and drastically undercut the prices of the current industry leaders. "Yahoo! Music Unlimited" allows consumers to download an unlimited number of... >>

PE-Design Version 6
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PE-Design Version 6

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A quick search on the internet for embroidery patterns finds the same old selection of flowers, fruit and butterflies. Even the word, embroidery, summons up a craft obsessed with order and tidiness, with Brie Van De Camp as head of the sewing circle.... >>

Philips Azure Precise GC4130 steam iron
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Philips Azure Precise GC4130 steam iron

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Philips's new Azur Precise GC4130 steam iron is a revolution in ironing, according to the consumer electronics giant. The company has redesigned the shape of the iron's soleplate and its steam vents. The Careeza soleplate is now more pointed and the Steam... >>

Sony Vaio VGC V2S Desktop
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Sony Vaio VGC V2S Desktop

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When it was launched late last year, Sony's VGC V2S was the ultimate multi-tasking device. It could do so many things that we wondered who would have enough hours in the day to make use of all its functions. As well as a desktop PC with wireless keyboard... >>

Pacific Digital MemoryFrame
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Pacific Digital MemoryFrame

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Digital photo frames are the latest gadget to offer photographers a way of bringing pictures stuck inside digital cameras to life. Unlike traditional frames, which display a printed photograph, Pacific Digital's MemoryFrame displays digital images on... >>

Fujifilm MP 1000
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Fujifilm MP 1000

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Pocket gizmos don't come much more fun than Fujifilm's MP100. This tiny, wireless device uses IRDA (infra red) to receive images from your mobile phone and print instant colour mini-photos. The printer measures 123mm x 30mm x 97mm so slips easily into... >>

iStation PMP1000
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iStation PMP1000

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Would you say no to having a dozen new movies you're waiting to see, always at your fingertips? As a promise it ranks along with a mobile phone with an everlasting battery. Yet a dozen new movies at your fingertips is what Sigma, a manufacturer of processors,... >>

Simply Cook Potato Masher
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Simply Cook Potato Masher

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Whether you're making potato pancakes, bubble and squeak or just plain mash, the first ingredient you need is perfectly smooth mashed potato. Simply Cook's new potato masher uses a roll-and-rotate method to mash potatoes instead of pounding. According... >>

Sony NW-HD3 MP3 Player
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Sony NW-HD3 MP3 Player

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Sony finally cracks to the power of MP3, but it is enough to win those iPod lovers over? We take a look and a listen to find out. MP3 is not the only new feature on the latest version of Sony's pocket sized music player. Battery life on Sony's players... >>

Remington Wet 2 Straight ceramic irons
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Remington Wet 2 Straight ceramic irons

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What separates Nicole Kidman and Kylie Minogue from Jennifer Aniston and Catherine Zeta Jones? Hairstyles, of course. The first two are fashionably curly, whereas Jennifer and Catherine have dead straight hair. For the Jennifer look, the breakthrough... >>

Celebrity Big Brother on 3
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Celebrity Big Brother on 3

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Celebrity Big Brother has made it onto mobile phones this year. Customers with the 3 network can watch 2 minute video clips of the latest celebrity tears and tantrums for 50p a clip. With several other TV programmes set for your handset, Gizmo Girl decided... >>

Orange SPV C500
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Orange SPV C500

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Can Orange's smartphone and winner of Girl's Best Friend wireless category award at CES 2005 take on the more established models from Palm and HP and more to the point will the small form factored device be able to replace both your phone and your PDA?... >>

BenQ PE 5120 Digital Projector
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BenQ PE 5120 Digital Projector

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We never knew it, but BenQ is the world's largest manufacturer of DLP projectors. Until recently, it has made projectors for better-known companies like Hewlett Packard. The PE5120 is BenQ's first home cinema projector bearing the company's name. Aimed... >>

Aigo MP3 F660
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Aigo MP3 F660

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The surprise with this portable music player was not the size, which at 66mm x 56mm x 15.5mm makes it small but not the smallest. Nor was it the fact that we could drop it without the casing showing any sign of damage. The surprise was that the F660 would... >>

Shure E3C Sound Isolating Musician's Earphones
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Shure E3C Sound Isolating Musician's Earphones

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One way to find a quiet place to relax, away from the modern world, is to don a pair of the most modern, sound isolating earphones. Shure, best known for personal monitor systems used by professional musicians on stage, has designed the EC3 earphones... >>

Acme Wallet for iPod Mini
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Acme Wallet for iPod Mini

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This line up of iPod mini cases looks almost good enough to eat. Like so many other gadgets this year, The Wallet has had a fashion makeover and is available in three iPod mini colours: blue, pink and lime green. The Italian leather with suede lined protective... >>

Samsung SGH D500 mobile phone
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Samsung SGH D500 mobile phone

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With the SGH D500, Samsung has begun to resolve some of the problems of adding lots of features to a phone without ending up with a dog's dinner of a handset. The D500 has plenty of impressive features - bluetooth, tri-band, a 1.3megapixel digital zoom... >>

NEC VT47 home cinema projector
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NEC VT47 home cinema projector

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Gizmogirl has long been baffled by the interest in home cinema systems. Even the jargon 'home cinema in a box' makes little sense when the product is most often a collection of surround sound speakers and a DVD player. Since when has hooking up a DVD... >>

Roberts Radio Gemini 1
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Roberts Radio Gemini 1

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Unlike some of the DAB products that pocket-lint has seen recently, the Gemini 1 DAB digital radio is built around radio's age-old strength of portability. Long before Wi-Fi, radio was wireless. A useful household radio should be portable. Tying a radio... >>

Panasonic Breadmaker SD253
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Panasonic Breadmaker SD253

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Panasonic's breadmaker leaves little for the aspiring Jamie Oliver to do. As long as you can accurately measure ingredients and press the right buttons, then you can bake an evenly shaped, decent loaf. Once the ingredients are in the bread pan, it's just... >>

Boots Electronic Head Lice Comb
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Boots Electronic Head Lice Comb

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Head lice, which for families with school age children can become a huge nuisance, face a fresh onslaught this Autumn. A new electronic comb from Boots claims to detect and kill these small insects that live on human scalps. Insecticide-based lotions... >>

Skip Dr
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Skip Dr

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You're speeding along enjoying a bit of road rage when all of a sudden the Miami freeway in front of you just disappears and it's game over. A scratch on your disc has crashed the game. You can start again but it is very likely the problem will happen... >>

Motorola E398
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Motorola E398

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If it is the sound of your phone that you really care about then Motorola has a new handset just for you. The mobile phone manufacturer claims that its E398 is the first handset to feature loud, 3D stereo surround sound. The promise is one of 'total music... >>

Canon PowerShot A95
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Canon PowerShot A95

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Canon describes its new, 5-megapixel, 3 x optical zoom PowerShot A95 as an entry-level camera. This is certainly true if you leave the shooting mode dial on Auto and then point and shoot. Pressing the shutter button half way sets off the auto focus and... >>

Chargehand Cable Tidy
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Chargehand Cable Tidy

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Wires are a modern day nightmare around the home and while wireless networks rid you of plenty of wires it still leaves power cables. This is where the Chargehand device can be useful. It works with small, portable devices like mobile phones, PDAs and... >>

Canon PIXMA iP4000
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Canon PIXMA iP4000

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Canon's iP4000 is one of several new PIXMA printers from Canon, styled to look like anonymous cubes of shiny black slate, edged with silver grouting. The company has dubbed PIXMA its 'designer' brand. Its appeal is that it prints photos and documents... >>

Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
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Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005

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Gizmogirl is a fan of tablet PCs so she was keen to try out Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, Microsoft's free system upgrade. We tested it on Hewlett Packard's Tablet PC TC1100. Software has been the Achilles' heel of tablet PCs compared to their brilliant... >>

Expedia Bargain Fares
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Expedia Bargain Fares

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If you leave booking your bank holiday or weekend breaks to the last minute, then finding a bargain online can be difficult. Fares seem to rise and rise the closer you get to departure dates. Expedia's Bargain Fares work in the opposite way. They offer... >>

Adidas ClimaCool running shoes
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Adidas ClimaCool running shoes

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There is nothing like the Olympics to focus attention on running and track and field. Running is Adidas's biggest sports category and many athletes in Athens are using its ClimaCool kit. Designed to reduce the debilitating effects of heat, ClimaCool technology... >>

Franklin 5-Language European Translator
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Franklin 5-Language European Translator

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Continental Europeans may be able to speak our language but the reverse is not often the case. Most of us are pretty dumb as soon as we arrive on holiday in France, Germany, Italy or Spain. Franklin's portable device promises to make up for our ignorance.... >>

Rio ProAirbrush Tanning System
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Rio ProAirbrush Tanning System

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Rio's ProAirbrush Tanning System promises to make you look good and feel great. It uses airbrush technology for an all-over fake tan without the need for sunbathing or sun beds. Spray-on tanning booths are still fairly new in salons so how would this... >>

Philips Bikini Trimmer
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Philips Bikini Trimmer

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The first thing you'll notice about the Philips Bikini Trimmer is its ergonomic design designed, making it a lot easier to use than your boyfriend's shaver. The contoured head has a blade similar to hair clippers, and a detachable, sliding comb. Using... >>

WALKMAN Hi-MD MZ-NH700
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WALKMAN Hi-MD MZ-NH700

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Sony's latest high capacity minidisc player is for recalcitrants who don't want a solid state MP3 player. The MD Walkman plays a 1GB disc that holds up to 45 hours of music. Sony has dubbed its new disc format Hi-MD. Since the recorder plays discs rather... >>

Samsung SGH D410
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Samsung SGH D410

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There are plenty of reasons to like this phone, aside from the appeal of its clever, slider mechanism. Samsung's D410 is easily the most fun slider phone on the market. Size wise, it fits nicely in an average sized hand when shut. The phone's opening... >>

Giant FCR Zero road bike
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Giant FCR Zero road bike

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Le Tour de France may be an all-male affair but the latest hybrid racing bikes with flat handlebars are a perfect fit for women. Gizmogirl took Giant's FCR Zero racing bike on a road test through the Oxfordshire countryside. When this bike arrived, I... >>

Panasonic NNA873S combination microwave oven
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Panasonic NNA873S combination microwave oven

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Panasonic's combination microwave caught our eye because it promised to bake, roast and grill as well as defrost and reheat. The oven combines the efficiency of a microwave with the traditional browning and roasting of a conventional oven and grill. Panasonic... >>

SafetyText.com texting website
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SafetyText.com texting website

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Is it wise to rely on a mobile phone for your personal safety? Gizmogirl and Kent Police put a new, delayed texting service to the test. SafetyText is a personal safety service that uses delayed text messaging. Users send text details to a central phone... >>

Napster Download Music Store
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Napster Download Music Store

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If you are thinking of giving up buying pre-recorded CDs in favour of downloading tracks from Napster, you could be in for a shock. While a CD collection sitting neatly on a shelf counts as contents on your home insurance policy, the equivalent collection... >>

Apple iTunes Download Music Store review
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Apple iTunes Download Music Store review

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AOL teamed up with iTunes last month to offer a music download service to its broadband subscribers. The ISP launched its service at the same time as Apple opened its music download store iTunes in the UK. The main advantage for AOL subscribers is that... >>

Dyson DC 11 Allergy
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Dyson DC 11 Allergy

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We get down-to-earth with the dirt and tests Dyson's DC11 Allergy compact vacuum. Will a machine small enough to fit into a 60cm kitchen cupboard eat up all the dirt in my house? If you thought vacuum cleaners were on a par with sanitary towels as a conversation... >>