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Canon Pixma MP495
3.5 stars

Canon Pixma MP495

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There’s a growing range of printers and all-in-ones for budget or casual users, and Canon has always had a healthy selection of models that won’t break the bank. It’s newest range includes the MP495 - retailing for £79, it’s currently available... >>

Samsung ML-1865
3.5 stars

Samsung ML-1865

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As cheap and versatile as all-in-one devices are these days, not everyone wants to pay for features they’re unlikely to use, and the humble monochrome laserjet still has a place in the market. Samsung boosts the range available with the new ML-1865;... >>

Canon Pixma MG6150  review
4.0 stars

Canon Pixma MG6150 review

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Higher up the scale in Canon’s new range of Pixma printers is the MG6150, an all-in-one device that combines print, scan and copy functionality in a sleek black chassis that boasts a 3-inch colour display that can be tilted upwards for better visibility.This... >>

Mio Navman V575 TV
2.5 stars

Mio Navman V575 TV

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Mobile phones have been cutting into the MP3 player market for some time now, and with more and more handhelds offering built-in GPS and car kits to provide navigational aides for drivers and ramblers, we’d expect the dedicated in-car satnav market... >>

Lexmark Genesis S815
3.5 stars

Lexmark Genesis S815

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It’s not often you see something a bit different in the printer/AIO market but Lexmark has produced a device that should turn a few heads in the Genesis S815. Most immediately striking are the aesthetics, since it utilises an innovative vertical design... >>

Q-waves Quicklink HD
3.0 stars

Q-waves Quicklink HD

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Media streamers and internet connected TVs have provided consumers with some very capable ways in which to watch digital media and online video on the big screen, but it’s surprising not to have seen a capable, generic solution to simply send audio... >>

HP Photosmart eStation C510
3.0 stars

HP Photosmart eStation C510

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It’s been well publicised that 2011 will be “the year of the tablet”, and with the new version of Android on the way, rumours of a new iPad gathering momentum and a handful of capable devices doing the rounds at the moment, there should be plenty... >>

HP Photosmart CN503b
3.5 stars

HP Photosmart CN503b

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HP takes another stab at the home all-in-one market with its new Photosmart series, which includes the mid-range CN503b - a printer/copier/scanner inkjet device that distinguishes itself from many rivals through the use of a 2.4-inch full colour touchscreen... >>

Archos 101 Internet Tablet
4.0 stars

Archos 101 Internet Tablet

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Apple has done an excellent job of carving an “elitist” niche for itself in the portable audio and video player market, something that has been reaffirmed most recently with the success of the iPad. Since its products frequently come under criticism... >>

Nokia C3
3.5 stars

Nokia C3

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Touchscreen devices have taken off in a big way in the mobile marketplace, but despite the undoubted benefits of large screens and intuitive controls, many users are still averse to giving up a tactile keypad. Nokia is one of a handful of companies to... >>

Archos 32 Internet Tablet
3.5 stars

Archos 32 Internet Tablet

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Archos has long been at the forefront of the PMP market and by updating its portables with wireless connectivity and most recently the Android OS, it attempts to fight off competition from rivals and high-end mobile phones. The Archos 32 could easily... >>

Samsung BX2350
4.0 stars

Samsung BX2350

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There’s no shortage of choice in the LCD panel market at the moment, and while many manufacturers are now orienting themselves towards the LED-backlighting market few have done it in such a stylish way as Samsung. While a rather subjective claim, its... >>

iRiver T8
3.0 stars

iRiver T8

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It would be ambitious to say that iRiver has ever “nailed” the MP3 player market with a killer device, but it's certainly been mentioned in the same breath as some of the major players over the years, so it was with some intrigue that we noted the... >>

LaCie Rugged Safe
4.0 stars

LaCie Rugged Safe

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Lacie continues its range of “ruggedised” portable storage/media access devices with the new Rugged Safe, a similarly styled device with one immediately redeeming feature - the presence of a biometric authentication module. Or, to you and me, a fingerprint... >>

Benq V2410T monitor
4.0 stars

Benq V2410T monitor

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If you're looking for something a little more "flexible" than your average LCD screen, you'll find a fairly limited selection of displays that offer height, tilt and swivel adjustment that are complemented by decent performance and a reasonable price.... >>

HannsG HL231 monitor
4.0 stars

HannsG HL231 monitor

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HannsG has been setting its stall out in the LCD display market in recent times, and has recently made the transition to LED-based displays with the slimline HL231.Impressively slight at around 18mm thick, this is a 23-inch model at 16:9 aspect and a... >>

Viewsonic VX2739wm monitor
3.5 stars

Viewsonic VX2739wm monitor

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Developments in modern displays and associated devices have made it increasingly feasible to watch video and television on "computer" monitors, with the only real drawback being their relatively small size. Viewsonic addresses this particular issue with... >>

Kaspersky PURE - PC
3.5 stars

Kaspersky PURE - PC

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Kaspersky has recently updated its range of security software to include the new Kaspersky PURE, an all-singing, all-dancing suite that does far more than simply protect against and remove threats. Elevating this particular group of tools above many rivals... >>

HANNspree HannsBook SN10E24 notebook
3.5 stars

HANNspree HannsBook SN10E24 notebook

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There's no shortage of choice if you're in the market for a netbook at the moment, and HANNspree has recently extended this further with the introduction of its Hannsbook SN10E24.Available in a choice of three colours - pearl black, burgundy red or pearl... >>

Viewsonic VMP74 media streamer
4.0 stars

Viewsonic VMP74 media streamer

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Viewsonic has recently taken a bold step into the media streamer market with its VMP74 HD digital media player, a superbly slimline rival to larger and more expensive alternatives that offers a range of modern features and functionality.Capable of streaming... >>

Sunbelt Software VIPRE Antivirus Premium - PC
4.0 stars

Sunbelt Software VIPRE Antivirus Premium - PC

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Sunbelt Software has been quietly plying a trade in a crowded market with its own form of antivirus and system security, the most recent of which is Antivirus Premium 4.0. Aimed at those who prefer a "set and forget" solution to being bogged down with... >>

Dell 1130 printer review
3.5 stars

Dell 1130 printer review

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Dell has proven itself pretty capable in the printer market in the past and adds a couple of dedicated mono lasers to its range in the 1130 series. Aside from the fact that the 1130n adds network access and faster print speeds, they are effectively the... >>

PC Tools Spyware Doctor with Antivirus 2010
3.0 stars

PC Tools Spyware Doctor with Antivirus 2010

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PC Tools has its work cut out with Spyware Doctor and Antivirus these days, and with a range of low-priced rival suites available it’s left to those who are happy with the Windows firewall or have a dedicated alternative handy to consider a purchase.... >>

Popcorn Hour C-200 Networked Media Tank
3.5 stars

Popcorn Hour C-200 Networked Media Tank

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Following our report that AdvancedMP3Players has begun to stock the Popcorn Hour C-200 for the UK market, we’ve managed to get our hands on a unit and have put it through its paces.The successor to the popular A-100/110 builds on the key areas that... >>

Norton 360 4.0 - PC
4.5 stars

Norton 360 4.0 - PC

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Symantec came up with some interesting new developments in system security last year, with the well publicised Quorum and System Insight tools offering faster, more efficient scans and an unprecedented amount of information for users who would benefit... >>

BullGuard Internet Security 9 - PC
3.5 stars

BullGuard Internet Security 9 - PC

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BullGuard Internet Security has been a worthy rival to more established names in the security arena for the last couple of years, and though what is already a feature-packed collection of tools hasn't been significantly updated during this time, it has... >>

Creative Sound Blaster Wireless Headphones
3.0 stars

Creative Sound Blaster Wireless Headphones

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Riding along on the back of the recently reviewed Creative Sound Blaster Wireless for iTunes is the accompanying Creative Sound Blaster Wireless Headphones, a rather expensive pair of cans with an impressive range of up to 30 meters.Unfortunately this... >>

Lacie LaCinema Mini HD media streamer
4.0 stars

Lacie LaCinema Mini HD media streamer

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Many companies are cottoning on to the fact that the increasing range of set top boxes that might typically sit under an HDTV puts portability at a premium, something that is reflected quite nicely by Lacie’s new addition to its LaCinema range - the... >>

Cowon iAudio E2 MP3 player
3.5 stars

Cowon iAudio E2 MP3 player

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A couple of years ago we saw the beginnings of a brief but significant splurge of screenless MP3 players, most notably highlighted by the iPod shuffle. With a focus on portability and convenience, these are designed to be small and light enough to carry... >>

Conceptronic Grab'N'GO Full HD Media Player
3.5 stars

Conceptronic Grab'N'GO Full HD Media Player

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With its black, heavy-set, brushed aluminium body and stylish M-shaped stand, the Conceptronic Full HD Media Player is one of the more aesthetically pleasing streamers on the market and would coordinate nicely with a modern home cinema setup. Power and... >>

Creative Sound Blaster Wireless for iTunes
3.5 stars

Creative Sound Blaster Wireless for iTunes

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Most people who have large collections of music stored on a home computer would benefit from some sort of streaming solution to send their favourites tunes around the home, but many of the excellent solutions on offer from Philips and Logitech, among... >>

Western Digital WD TV Live
4.5 stars

Western Digital WD TV Live

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Western Digital had been rather quiet on the media streaming/jukebox market until it turned up with the barnstorming WD TV late last year; a device that offered the support, usability and performance the market was screaming for and only lacked the ability... >>

Compro VideoMate Vista U2800F TV tuner
4.0 stars

Compro VideoMate Vista U2800F TV tuner

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Portable TV Tuners are a useful way to watch and record digital channels on the move, and Compro is undoubtedly one of the biggest suppliers on the market with its VideoMate series. The Vista U2800F Hybrid offers both digital and analogue viewing/recording... >>

Creative Zen X-Fi 2 MP3 player
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Creative Zen X-Fi 2 MP3 player

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It seems strange to think that one-time MP3-player market leader and current "catch-up merchant" Creative has only just arrived with its first touchscreen player, but in an attempt to appeal to the tactile generation it has upgraded its impressive Zen... >>

AVG 9.0 security software
3.5 stars

AVG 9.0 security software

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AVG has been one of the most popular free antivirus tools for many a year, and updates its software for 2010 with the new AVG 9. We’ll kick off by summarising the different versions of the software, which still includes a free version for those who... >>

Wildcharge wireless charger
3.5 stars

Wildcharge wireless charger

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The Wildcharge comes in the form of a slim black pad with silver conductive strips running along its surface and can either be picked up by itself or bundled with an optional adaptor depending on which device you’re primarily looking to use with it.Skins... >>

Norton AntiVirus 2010 - PC
4.0 stars

Norton AntiVirus 2010 - PC

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We’ve seen a few new arrivals in the security software market for 2010 so far but are yet to experience any dramatic improvements, certainly in terms of new features and innovations. Rarely one to rest on its laurels, Symantec has been busy putting... >>

Guitar Hero 5 - Nintendo Wii
4.5 stars

Guitar Hero 5 - Nintendo Wii

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It may come as some surprise to hear that the Guitar Hero series has averaged about four core-platform games per year since the birth of the franchise in 2005, far more if you include portable versions and spin-offs, and in this time the only major change... >>

Lexmark Prevail PRO705 printer
3.5 stars

Lexmark Prevail PRO705 printer

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Such is the frequency at which Lexmark churn out new printers and multi-function devices, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is one of the most rapidly-evolving markets in tech-circles. No less than eight new models have just been added to its... >>

Dane-Elec SO G-Stream media streamer
3.0 stars

Dane-Elec SO G-Stream media streamer

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While media streamers are certainly becoming more versatile at the top-end, with support for DRM-encoded content, web access and a wealth of media-management features, there’s clearly still a market for a basic, no-frills device such as the Dane-Elec... >>

Iolo System Mechanic 9 - PC
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Iolo System Mechanic 9 - PC

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System Mechanic has long been a favourite in the speedup and optimisation software market and the new version 9 promises to offer smarter, faster and deeper tuning with the benefit of new research into tune-up standards. Perhaps the most notable additions... >>

RealNetworks RealPlayer SP  - PC
3.5 stars

RealNetworks RealPlayer SP - PC

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If you were to use the words "software", "audio player" and "bloated" in the same sentence amidst a crowd of audio-aficionados, nine of out then of them would assume that you’re referring to RealPlayer. Real Media hasn’t had the best of press over... >>

LaCie LaCinema Black MAX media streamer
3.5 stars

LaCie LaCinema Black MAX media streamer

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LaCie hasn’t been quite as influential as rivals such as NetGear, Archos and D-Link in the media streamer market, so it may come as a surprise to hear that it has quite a wide range of devices in its collection. The most recent addition comes in the... >>

Grand Designs Self Build and Development - PC
3.5 stars

Grand Designs Self Build and Development - PC

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Grand Designs 3D Self Build and Development combines two other applications from the range – Kitchen & Bathroom and Renovation & Interior – to offer an all-in-one solution to home design. As with most high-end packages of this ilk, it’s pretty easy... >>

LG W2353 monitor
4.5 stars

LG W2353 monitor

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Monitor manufacturers have cottoned on to the fact that home users are spending just as much time watching video and playing games as typing documents and browsing the web. For this reason, most now incorporate various optimisation features designed to... >>

Guitar Hero Greatest Hits - Nintendo Wii
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Guitar Hero Greatest Hits - Nintendo Wii

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Ah, Guitar Hero. Where would the world of rhythm-rocking be without thee? Well, 14 iterations of the game later we’re sitting on the precipice of Guitar Hero 5, wondering exactly what else the genre can bring to the world of plastic music peripherals... >>

HP Officejet 6000 printer
3.5 stars

HP Officejet 6000 printer

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There are reams of cheap and cheerful printers doing the rounds at the moment and if you’re in the market for a low-yield device for home use, HP’s range has plenty to offer. The Officejet 6000 is a colour inkjet that promises to make short work of... >>

ABBYY PDF Transformer 3.0 Pro - PC
4.0 stars

ABBYY PDF Transformer 3.0 Pro - PC

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Thankfully there are a range of ways to convert and manage PDF documents without shelling out for the full Adobe package, and ABBYY’s PDF Transformer 3.0 Pro attempts to offer a worthy alternative to rivals such as Expert PDF. The bulk of PDF Transformer’s... >>

Cyberlink MediaShow Espresso - PC
4.0 stars

Cyberlink MediaShow Espresso - PC

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Perhaps the most frustrating thing about the meteoric rise of digital video is the massive range of format types, resolutions and codecs available, which in most cases are tied specifically to platforms and portable devices. MediaShow Espresso is the... >>

Creative Zen MX MP3 player
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Creative Zen MX MP3 player

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The Creative Zen MX is the newest media player from a company that has been rather quiet in recent times, and observant audiophiles will already be pointing out its similarity to the regular Zen. Perhaps rather sensibly, Creative seems to have focused... >>