Archive for Debbie Davies

  • Aigo MP3 F660
    3.5 out of 5

    Aigo MP3 F660

    By 4 January 2005

    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
    4 out of 5

    Shure E3C Sound Isolating Musician's Earphones

    By 20 December 2004

    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
    2.5 out of 5

    Acme Wallet for iPod Mini

    By 6 December 2004

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    Samsung SGH D500 mobile phone

    By 22 November 2004

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    NEC VT47 home cinema projector

    By 8 November 2004

    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
    4 out of 5

    Roberts Radio Gemini 1

    By 4 November 2004

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Panasonic Breadmaker SD253

    By 11 October 2004

    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
    2 out of 5

    Boots Electronic Head Lice Comb

    By 4 October 2004

    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
    4 out of 5

    Skip Dr

    By 30 September 2004

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Motorola E398

    By 29 September 2004

    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
    4 out of 5

    Canon PowerShot A95

    By 24 September 2004

    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
    3 out of 5

    Chargehand Cable Tidy

    By 10 September 2004

    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
    4 out of 5

    Canon PIXMA iP4000

    By 8 September 2004

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005

    By 3 September 2004

    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
    4 out of 5

    Expedia Bargain Fares

    By 27 August 2004

    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
    3 out of 5

    Adidas ClimaCool running shoes

    By 24 August 2004

    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
    3 out of 5

    Franklin 5-Language European Translator

    By 23 August 2004

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Rio ProAirbrush Tanning System

    By 12 August 2004

    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
    3 out of 5

    Philips Bikini Trimmer

    By 12 August 2004

    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
    4 out of 5

    WALKMAN Hi-MD MZ-NH700

    By 9 August 2004

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    Samsung SGH D410

    By 3 August 2004

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    Giant FCR Zero road bike

    By 25 July 2004

    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
    2.5 out of 5

    Panasonic NNA873S combination microwave oven

    By 20 July 2004

    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
    3 out of 5

    SafetyText.com texting website

    By 20 July 2004

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Napster Download Music Store

    By 1 July 2004

    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...