Archive for Paul Lester

  • BullGuard Internet Security 9 - PC
    3.5 out of 5

    BullGuard Internet Security 9 - PC

    By 24 February 2010

    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 out of 5

    Creative Sound Blaster Wireless Headphones

    By 4 February 2010

    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 out of 5

    Lacie LaCinema Mini HD media streamer

    By 1 February 2010

    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 out of 5

    Cowon iAudio E2 MP3 player

    By 29 January 2010

    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 out of 5

    Conceptronic Grab'N'GO Full HD Media Player

    By 22 January 2010

    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 out of 5

    Creative Sound Blaster Wireless for iTunes

    By 7 January 2010

    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 out of 5

    Western Digital WD TV Live

    By 2 December 2009

    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 out of 5

    Compro VideoMate Vista U2800F TV tuner

    By 27 November 2009

    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
    4 out of 5

    Creative Zen X-Fi 2 MP3 player

    By 20 November 2009

    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 out of 5

    AVG 9.0 security software

    By 5 November 2009

    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 out of 5

    Wildcharge wireless charger

    By 29 October 2009

    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....

  • Norton AntiVirus 2010 - PC
    4 out of 5

    Norton AntiVirus 2010 - PC

    By 1 October 2009

    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 out of 5

    Guitar Hero 5 - Nintendo Wii

    By 18 September 2009

    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 out of 5

    Lexmark Prevail PRO705 printer

    By 11 September 2009

    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 out of 5

    Dane-Elec SO G-Stream media streamer

    By 4 September 2009

    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
    4 out of 5

    Iolo System Mechanic 9 - PC

    By 12 August 2009

    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 out of 5

    RealNetworks RealPlayer SP - PC

    By 6 August 2009

    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 out of 5

    LaCie LaCinema Black MAX media streamer

    By 31 July 2009

    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 out of 5

    Grand Designs Self Build and Development - PC

    By 30 July 2009

    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 out of 5

    LG W2353 monitor

    By 23 July 2009

    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
    4 out of 5

    Guitar Hero Greatest Hits - Nintendo Wii

    By 15 July 2009

    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 out of 5

    HP Officejet 6000 printer

    By 9 July 2009

    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 out of 5

    ABBYY PDF Transformer 3.0 Pro - PC

    By 8 July 2009

    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 out of 5

    Cyberlink MediaShow Espresso - PC

    By 2 July 2009

    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
    4 out of 5

    Creative Zen MX MP3 player

    By 24 June 2009

    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...