Archive for Stephen Patrick

  • Toshiba NB200-11H notebook
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba NB200-11H notebook

    By 6 July 2009

    Although it wasn’t widely acclaimed, we rather liked the original Toshiba NB100 - a netbook sticking to the small and cheap ethos as the original netbooks. The NB200 represents a slight departure from this, falling more in line with its rivals. As such,...

  • Sony VAIO VGN-FW41 notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Sony VAIO VGN-FW41 notebook

    By 30 June 2009

    Along with a great range of ultraportables, Sony’s VAIO range has also led the way when it comes to multimedia machines, being the first to bring Blu-ray to the laptop market. The VAIO FW41E/H is a mid-spec machine, offering impressive media capabilities...

  • Acer Aspire 3810T notebook
    4 out of 5

    Acer Aspire 3810T notebook

    By 22 June 2009

    With skinny designs and the promise of great battery life, Acer’s Timeline range is perfectly suited to corporate users. We were highly impressed with the 14-inch Aspire 4810T, but it’s the smaller 3810T that promises to be an even better portable...

  • Acer Aspire One 531 notebook
    4 out of 5

    Acer Aspire One 531 notebook

    By 17 June 2009

    Acer has impressed on several occasions with its cut-priced netbooks, but its Aspire One lags behind rivals when it comes to quality and usability. The Aspire One 531 looks set to change this, with a highly attractive design, decent mobility and good...

  • Toshiba Portege A600-122 notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Toshiba Portege A600-122 notebook

    By 8 June 2009

    Toshiba’s Portégé A600-122 is the company’s mid-range ultraportable offering, targeting corporate users wanting a similar experience to the range-topping Portégé R600 at a cheaper price. It’s not quite as thin as it’s more expensive sibling,...

  • Sony VAIO VGN-Z21ZN/X notebook
    4.5 out of 5

    Sony VAIO VGN-Z21ZN/X notebook

    By 1 June 2009

    Sony’s VAIO range has offered some of the most impressive ultraportable laptops over the past few years, from the tiny VAIO TZ and TT, to the larger and more powerful VAIO SZ. The 13.1-inch VAIO Z21ZN/X is the latest, and sits at the top of the VAIO...

  • Dell Studio 1555 notebook
    4 out of 5

    Dell Studio 1555 notebook

    By 25 May 2009

    Dell’s Studio 15 has been around for a little while now, impressing on a number of levels. The widespread adoption of 16:9 widescreen displays meant it was only a matter of time before a major update appeared, and the latest Studio 1555 has a lot to...

  • Sony Vaio VGN-P11Z/W notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Sony Vaio VGN-P11Z/W notebook

    By 20 May 2009

    The boom in netbooks over the past year has seen nearly every laptop manufacturer release at least one model, with Sony and Apple the two noteable exceptions. Instead, Sony has produced the P-series - a netbook-sized, Intel Atom powered, highly portable...

  • Samsung R522 notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Samsung R522 notebook

    By 18 May 2009

    Samsung’s R-series targets those on a budget, offering impressive features and quality at decent prices. The R522 is a 15.6-inch laptop that offers comfort, style and decent office performance. As with most laptops we’ve seen recently, the R522 features...

  • Samsung Q320 notebook
    4 out of 5

    Samsung Q320 notebook

    By 5 May 2009

    Over the past few years Samsung has released an impressive range of affordable laptops, mixing quality with features and usability. The Q320 continues this trend, and its portable nature makes it a great choice for business users. The inside of this lappy...

  • Dell Inspiron Mini 10 notebook
    4 out of 5

    Dell Inspiron Mini 10 notebook

    By 27 April 2009

    Dell's Inspiron Mini netbook range has done remarkably well, considering its late entry into the market, although neither the Mini 9 or Mini 12 have proved perfect. The Inspiron Mini 10 is an attempt to change this, taking the best features from both...

  • HP Pavilion dv2-1030ea notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    HP Pavilion dv2-1030ea notebook

    By 20 April 2009

    HP’s Pavilion dv2 strikes a balance between laptop and netbook - offering budget, low-powered components in order to keep the price below £500, combined with fantastic portability that rivals ultra-portable machines costing three times the price. The...

  • Toshiba Satellite A350-11N notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Toshiba Satellite A350-11N notebook

    By 15 April 2009

    When it comes to multimedia laptops, Toshiba is best known for its high-end Qosmio range, although spending 2 grand on a laptop during a recession may not seem like the smartest idea. This is where the Toshiba Satellite A350 comes in - a budget media...

  • HP Compaq Mini 703EA notebook
    4 out of 5

    HP Compaq Mini 703EA notebook

    By 6 April 2009

    We thought HP’s original Mini-note 2133 netbook was a great machine, offering one of the best keyboards available on a netbook. The Compaq Mini 703EA looks to continue the trend, also bringing more up-to-date internals and a change of colours. The 10.2-inch...

  • Acer Aspire 6930G-583G notebook
    4 out of 5

    Acer Aspire 6930G-583G notebook

    By 30 March 2009

    We were particularly impressed with Acer’s high-end Aspire 6920G when we tested it last year, but there’s no getting away from the fact it was a pricey laptop. The range has since been replaced by the 6930 and 6935, which proves to be an update rather...

  • Dell Studio 1525 notebook
    4.5 out of 5

    Dell Studio 1525 notebook

    By 23 March 2009

    Sitting between Dell’s entry-level Inspiron and high-end XPS ranges, the Studio range offers a great mix of style and quality at a reasonable price. Until it’s replaced by the cunningly titled Studio XPS, you’ll still be able to get a Studio 1525...

  • Asus Eee PC 1000HE notebook
    4 out of 5

    Asus Eee PC 1000HE notebook

    By 16 March 2009

    The Asus Eee PC 1000HE looks like any other netbook, but has one big distinction - a claimed battery life of over 9 hours. This extra mobility, for some, makes it a proper rival for machines such as Sony’s VAIO TT, as long as you don’t mind the lower-res...

  • Dell Studio XPS 13 notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Dell Studio XPS 13 notebook

    By 9 March 2009

    The Dell Studio XPS brand combines the company’s high-end XPS range with the more affordable Studio range. The Studio XPS 13 is the first model we’ve managed to get our hands on, and sports a 13.3-inch screen. Despite the compact display, however,...

  • Lenovo ThinkPad X301 notebook
    4 out of 5

    Lenovo ThinkPad X301 notebook

    By 2 March 2009

    Lenovo’s ThinkPad X300 impressed us more than most, taking a similar design approach to the achingly desirable MacBook Air, but making the incredibly thin form factor more usable. The ThinkPad X301 is an update which Lenovo hopes will continue to steal...

  • HP Touchsmart TX2-1015ea tablet PC
    3.5 out of 5

    HP Touchsmart TX2-1015ea tablet PC

    By 26 February 2009

    HP’s Touchsmart TX2 is unusual among Tablet PCs in that it’s intended for home use rather than corporate use. You’ll find glossy patterned plastics more in-keeping with the company’s Palivion range than its Compaq machines. The only question is,...

  • Samsung X460 notebook
    4 out of 5

    Samsung X460 notebook

    By 16 February 2009

    Following the staggering amount of publicity Apple’s super-skinny MacBook Air received, with Mac fanatics waxing lyrical about how you can stick it in an envelope and risk accidentally posting it, South Korean manufacturer Samsung decided it could do...

  • HP Pavilion dv5-1110em notebook
    4 out of 5

    HP Pavilion dv5-1110em notebook

    By 9 February 2009

    HP’s Pavilion dv5-1110em is the ideal laptop for the recession, cramming in loads of features at a bargain basement price. Billed as an Entertainment Notebook PC, the dv5 comes with an integrated Blu-ray optical drive - a surprise at this price. You’ll...

  • Toshiba Tecra M10-10H notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Toshiba Tecra M10-10H notebook

    By 2 February 2009

    Toshiba’s Tecra range is aimed firmly at corporate users, with machines offering great usability and build quality. The Tecra M10-10H fits perfectly into the role of business workhorse, also offering useful performance and a great keyboard. The 14.1-inch...

  • Dell Inspiron Mini 12 notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Dell Inspiron Mini 12 notebook

    By 26 January 2009

    While the first netbooks featured 8.9-inch displays, with later models usually boasting larger 10.1-inch panels, Dell’s Inspiron Mini 12 is the first we’ve seen to use a 12.1-inch screen. It’s bound to appeal to some users - the larger screen inevitably...

  • Lenovo IdeaPad S10e notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Lenovo IdeaPad S10e notebook

    By 19 January 2009

    In the UK, Lenovo is known for its corporate ThinkPad range - which it bought the rights to from IBM a couple of years ago. As such, it’s easy to forget that the company also produces a range of consumer laptops. The latest to arrive is the IdeaPad...