Archive for Stephen Patrick

  • Acer Aspire 4920-1A2G12Mi laptop
    3.5 out of 5

    Acer Aspire 4920-1A2G12Mi laptop

    By 31 December 2007

    Acer has recently overtaken Dell to become the second biggest seller of notebooks worldwide. It has done this by offering an ever-increasing number of machines at aggressive price points. Until recently, the styling of Acer's budget notebooks has been...

  • Targus Mini USB Business Card Scanner
    3.5 out of 5

    Targus Mini USB Business Card Scanner

    By 19 December 2007

    If your job means you collect a lot of business cards you’ll know how tedious it can be to keep track of them. What you need is a small portable scanner that can upload the information straight into your contact book. The scanner itself is small, being...

  • LG GSA-E50N slim DVD rewriter
    4 out of 5

    LG GSA-E50N slim DVD rewriter

    By 18 December 2007

    While most notebooks come with a built-in optical drive, there are an increasing number of slim and light machines that keep weight down by excluding such a drive. This slim and light device from LG weighs in at 400g, so won't be too much strain should...

  • Avermedia AverTV Hybrid Express Slim
    3.5 out of 5

    Avermedia AverTV Hybrid Express Slim

    By 18 December 2007

    Notebooks are increasingly becoming the multimedia hub of the home and what better way to celebrate this than by adding TV functions to your portable? The easiest way to add a TV tuner is by adding a USB tuner. However, this latest version from Avermedia...

  • Genius HP-02 Live Headphones
    3 out of 5

    Genius HP-02 Live Headphones

    By 17 December 2007

    If you commute or simply work in a loud environment then it pay to invest in a pair of in-ear headphones as the silicone buds cut out the extraneous noise. Until now we've found such headphones quite expensive but at less than £10, this in-ear set from...

  • HP Compaq 2710p tablet PC
    4.5 out of 5

    HP Compaq 2710p tablet PC

    By 17 December 2007

    Tablet PC has never been anything more than a niche product but as mobile technology develops so battery life improves and devices start to get lighter, we're starting to see Tablet PC make sense. Take the HP Compaq 2710p for instance: it has a brushed...

  • Scandyna Micropod SE iPod speakers
    4.5 out of 5

    Scandyna Micropod SE iPod speakers

    By 14 December 2007

    Multimedia is changing, with an ever-increasing emphasis on sound as well as pictures from our computers. In response, PC speakers are changing and no more so than the Scandyna Micropod SE. The design is stylish, with a modern take on a retro theme. The...

  • Nero 8 - PC
    4 out of 5

    Nero 8 - PC

    By 11 December 2007

    There was a time when CD or DVD burning software simply did that, it allowed you to make a disc and if you were lucky, get to print out a cover for it too. Those days are long gone as both Nero, formerly Ahead, and its main rival Roxio, have sort to add...

  • Lexar ExpressCard SSD 4GB
    3.5 out of 5

    Lexar ExpressCard SSD 4GB

    By 10 December 2007

    It’s not everyday a new way of storing files on your notebook comes along but if you have an ExpressCard slot and have been wondering what to use with it, this great little storage card from Lexar is just the thing. It’s a standard 34mm ExpressCard...

  • HP Pavilion G6032ea laptop
    4 out of 5

    HP Pavilion G6032ea laptop

    By 10 December 2007

    HP has released a number of interesting designs in recent months all at different price points and while the budget end of the market doesn't leave much room for innovation, the Pavilion G6032ea is nevertheless an appealing notebook. Aimed at the entry-level...

  • Trend Micro Internet Security Pro - PC
    4 out of 5

    Trend Micro Internet Security Pro - PC

    By 9 December 2007

    We’re all accustomed to the need for every PC in the house to have internet security software loaded on it. There is an ever-growing choice of tools out there all offering the same sort of protection, ranging from antivirus, spam, spyware and phishing...

  • Kensington LiquidFm Deluxe iPod FM tuner
    3.5 out of 5

    Kensington LiquidFm Deluxe iPod FM tuner

    By 7 December 2007

    Using an iPod FM tuner in your car has been legal since 2006 and there are a variety of makes on the market but this latest version from Kensington is a little more stylish than most. It allows you to use a black radio frequency to broadcast the music...

  • Creative GigaWorks T40 speakers
    4.5 out of 5

    Creative GigaWorks T40 speakers

    By 6 December 2007

    With multimedia becoming ever more important, having the right pair of speakers connected to your PC of notebook are essential. The Creative GigaWorks T40s are a neat and good looking solution. The gun-metal grey design is neat and you can choose to use...

  • Acoustic Energy Aego M-System PC speakers
    4.5 out of 5

    Acoustic Energy Aego M-System PC speakers

    By 5 December 2007

    Acoustic Energy is a British company better known for its Hi-Fi speakers than its PC peripherals, so you won't find the standard array of connections. For instance, there are three sets of spring clips for left, centre and right outputs, although it only...

  • Q-Jays Dual Micro Earphones
    4 out of 5

    Q-Jays Dual Micro Earphones

    By 4 December 2007

    There are earphones then there are serious earphones and the Q-Jay Dual Micro certainly fall into the latter category. Before you even get to use the earphones you’ll be impressed with what’s on offer. The packaging is great, as you’ll find a wide...

  • Packard Bell EasyNote XS20  laptop
    4 out of 5

    Packard Bell EasyNote XS20 laptop

    By 3 December 2007

    Asus may have grabbed all the headlines in recent weeks with the release of its Eee PC but it's not the only company to be thinking small as Packard Bell has introduced its own 7-inch notebook. Packard Bell may not be known as an innovator but it's taken...

  • SimpleTech SimpleDrive 160GB HDD
    3.5 out of 5

    SimpleTech SimpleDrive 160GB HDD

    By 30 November 2007

    If you own a notebook or share multimedia files between a number of machines, then it pays to have a small and compact hard drive. This hard drive takes a standard notebook 2.5-inch drive with a capacity of 250GB and wraps it in a designer case. Pininfarina,...

  • Targus CityLite Retro Notebook Case
    3.5 out of 5

    Targus CityLite Retro Notebook Case

    By 29 November 2007

    Just because you have to carry a notebook around with you on a daily basis doesn’t mean you have to advertise even acknowledge the fact. This is why Targus has designed this notebook carry case for women with a hint of style and elegance. The black...

  • Targus Car/plane Power Inverter
    4 out of 5

    Targus Car/plane Power Inverter

    By 27 November 2007

    No matter how good notebook power management gets you can always use a longer battery life, especially when working on the move. This handy device from Targus won't extend your battery but it'll help getting a recharge easier. Roughly twice the size of...

  • Corel DVD Copy 6 Plus - PC
    4 out of 5

    Corel DVD Copy 6 Plus - PC

    By 27 November 2007

    What do you look for from software to copy your video content? Does it need to be easy to use, handle all the latest formats and have a simple interface that takes the guesswork out of the process? Corel seems to think so, as version 6 of its latest software...

  • Western Digital My Book Studio Edition
    4 out of 5

    Western Digital My Book Studio Edition

    By 26 November 2007

    The PC in the typical home is becoming the hub for all our media – music, photos and videos, so it pays to have as much backup storage has possible. The My Book range is about at attractive as current external hard drives get. As the name suggests,...

  • Dell XPS M1730 laptop
    4.5 out of 5

    Dell XPS M1730 laptop

    By 26 November 2007

    If you have any passing interest in PC gaming then you’ll have found it impossible to ignore Dell’s XPS gaming range, as it’s the most powerful brand out there. There is still a great deal of controversy on whether a gaming notebook is a logical...

  • Roxio Crunch - PC
    3.5 out of 5

    Roxio Crunch - PC

    By 20 November 2007

    There is an argument that follows the lines that the Apple iPod was a successful device amongst fans of Apple fans but it would never have reached mass appeal if the software hadn’t been changed so users of Microsoft Windows computers could synchronise...

  • Acer Aspire 9304WSMi laptop
    3 out of 5

    Acer Aspire 9304WSMi laptop

    By 19 November 2007

    When we think of desktop replacement notebooks, we think of high-end machines sporting the latest in processing power and features with a large panel display sitting on the top of it. Well, the Acer Aspire 9304WSMi manages to deliver on the screen, as...

  • Philips SHM3100 headphones
    3.5 out of 5

    Philips SHM3100 headphones

    By 15 November 2007

    Skype and similar tools have has a great impact on how we use our PCs and the Internet, so much so that we all need to have headsets. These stereo headphones from Philips are a cost-effective and compact way of adding a microphone and headphones without...