Archive for Stephen Patrick

  • Serif Desktop Publishing Suite 2008 - PC review
    4 out of 5

    Serif Desktop Publishing Suite 2008 - PC review

    By 13 November 2007

    If you have ever needed to quickly design a leaflet for a project, put together a brochure, or simply needed a coversheet for a presentation, it’s likely you’ll have used a Desktop Publishing Suite (DTP). They make such tasks simpler and as with the...

  • Samsung Q45 laptop review
    3.5 out of 5

    Samsung Q45 laptop review

    By 12 November 2007

    Samsung continues to overhaul its notebook range with the Q45. This is a lightweight entry-level machine that uses its new Aura design, which includes a piano-lacquer style of finish. This gives the Q45 a great look that is highly reflective but it soon...

  • PNY Attache Pro USB drive review
    3.5 out of 5

    PNY Attache Pro USB drive review

    By 12 November 2007

    With the capacity if USB memory keys rising all the time, it pays to opt for one with a faster controller chip. This allows you to copy large files back and forth a lot quicker. The PNY Attaché Pro is a great example as; the company claims it has a 25Mbps...

  • Crumpler The Dark Side laptop case review
    4 out of 5

    Crumpler The Dark Side laptop case review

    By 9 November 2007

    If you own a notebook then it’s likely that you’ve considered investing in a carry case. Crumpler has made a name for itself as the most flamboyant of companies, they call their rubber laptop sleeve The Gimp, after all. So we were actually surprised...

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica 2008 Ultimate Edition - PC review
    3.5 out of 5

    Encyclopaedia Britannica 2008 Ultimate Edition - PC review

    By 6 November 2007

    There was a time when all good homes had a row of books on a shelf that could be referred to whenever a question or homework topic arose. Technology condensed this to DVD form but now that we have the Internet and all the information we could ever need...

  • Sony VAIO VGN-N31M/W laptop review
    3.5 out of 5

    Sony VAIO VGN-N31M/W laptop review

    By 5 November 2007

    We’re great fans of Sony’s ultraportable and high-end notebooks but we’ve never been too taken with the company’s entry-level machines. The main problem is they tend not to live up to the build quality or innovation of the more expensive machines....

  • Memorex Ultra TravelDrive portable hard drive review
    4 out of 5

    Memorex Ultra TravelDrive portable hard drive review

    By 2 November 2007

    Notebook external hard drives are small and compact and make a great device for backing up your computer's hard drive. The price of disks has dropped of late so such things are now suprisingly cheaper than ever. This new drive from Memorex has a neat...

  • Targus RS Vertical Messenger bag review
    4 out of 5

    Targus RS Vertical Messenger bag review

    By 1 November 2007

    If you find yourself often taking your notebook with you on the daily commute, you’ll know how infuriating it can be to have it knocked and jostled about. We’ve found the best way to avoid this is by opting for a vertical carry case. After all, it...

  • Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 - PC review
    4 out of 5

    Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 - PC review

    By 30 October 2007

    The explosion in digital photography has meant there are hundreds of photos on our computers at any one time that need editing if there to be viewed at their best advantage. This has resulted in software manufacturers having to design ever more complex...

  • HP Pavilion HDX9095EA laptop review
    4 out of 5

    HP Pavilion HDX9095EA laptop review

    By 29 October 2007

    When it comes to releasing a large screen notebook, HP has been a little slow off the mark. After all, both Acer and Dell have been selling theirs for close to a year now. However, the HP Pavilion HDX9095EA is well worth waiting for and certainly lives...

  • Verbatim STORE'N'GO review
    3.5 out of 5

    Verbatim STORE'N'GO review

    By 29 October 2007

    The USB memory stick has replaced the humble floppy disc as the easiest way to share files and with capacities growing, and prices falling, they make an essential purchase for any PC user. The only thing that seems to differentiate different makes of...

  • Philips SPC1300NC Webcam review
    4 out of 5

    Philips SPC1300NC Webcam review

    By 26 October 2007

    It seems no matter what you buy these days that it comes with a webcam built-in and we’re all looking for that next YouTube moment. However, if you really want to have fun online then it pays to invest in something a little more impressive than the...

  • Targus ExpressCard Docking Station  review
    4 out of 5

    Targus ExpressCard Docking Station review

    By 24 October 2007

    If you own a notebook then you’ll know that docking stations are nothing new as they can add a host of extra features. However, in this age where digital and multimedia is becoming increasingly popular; this dock is the first one we’ve seen that adds...

  • Roxio Easy Media Creator 10  - PC review
    4.5 out of 5

    Roxio Easy Media Creator 10 - PC review

    By 23 October 2007

    If you already have a software suite for creating and copying discs, it seems unlikely that you’ll want to do to the expense of upgrading to a newer, sleeker suite. After all, every new PC or notebook comes with some form of burning software. This is...

  • Sony VAIO VGN-CR21Z laptop review
    3.5 out of 5

    Sony VAIO VGN-CR21Z laptop review

    By 22 October 2007

    The popular perception of Sony notebooks is that they’re the best on the market. So much so, whenever we asked to recommend a notebook, the first question as is often "should I get a Sony" or "is it as good as a Sony"? This is because Sony has always...

  • Buffalo Minisation Turbo USB hard drive review
    4 out of 5

    Buffalo Minisation Turbo USB hard drive review

    By 19 October 2007

    The price of hard drives have tumble din recent months, which makes buying an external backup drive great financial sense at the moment. This 120GB HDD from Buffalo costs a mere £60 (inc. VAT) has been designed with the mobile user in mind. The drive...

  • Buffalo MiniStation Turbo USB hard drive review
    4 out of 5

    Buffalo MiniStation Turbo USB hard drive review

    By 19 October 2007

    The price of hard drives has tumbled in recent months, which makes buying an external backup drive great financial sense at the moment. This 120GB HDD from Buffalo costs a mere £60 (inc. VAT) and has been designed with the mobile user in mind. The drive...

  • Panda Internet Security 2008 - PC review
    4 out of 5

    Panda Internet Security 2008 - PC review

    By 16 October 2007

    It’s the time of year when internet security suites start to appear in mass numbers, all of them boasting new features for the coming year ahead. This latest version of Panda Internet Security is a mid-priced offering, as the £43 asking price allows...

  • Toshiba Satellite X200-20s Laptop review
    4.5 out of 5

    Toshiba Satellite X200-20s Laptop review

    By 15 October 2007

    Toshiba notebooks have long fallen into two distinct camps: there are those machines for the office worker and then there is the amazing Qosmio line of machines aimed at the high-end multimedia user. However, Toshiba has never played in the gaming end...

  • Dell XPS M1330 laptop review
    4.5 out of 5

    Dell XPS M1330 laptop review

    By 10 October 2007

    Dell may offer notebooks at amazingly aggressive prices but one thing you can never accuse the company of, is designing good looking machines. Even the XPS range of gaming notebooks, while having a nod to the stylish with the coloured lights and gaming...

  • Webroot Window Washer 6.5 - PC review
    4 out of 5

    Webroot Window Washer 6.5 - PC review

    By 9 October 2007

    With the increased interest in the Internet and the ever growing number of notebooks now being sold, PC security is something of a growing and hotly debated topic. This is even more true if you share your machine with others, as the potential to have...

  • BitDefender Total Security 2008 - PC review
    4.5 out of 5

    BitDefender Total Security 2008 - PC review

    By 2 October 2007

    The time of the year has arrived when the online security manufacturers swoop on mass to release their latest wares and so it is with BitDefender Total Security 2008, which from the look of the new interface has been designed to go head-to-head with Symantec...

  • Toshiba Satellite Pro L40 laptop review
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba Satellite Pro L40 laptop review

    By 1 October 2007

    Toshiba may not be one of the first company's you think of when opting for a budget notebook but in recent months the company has released a number of interesting, and price-conscious, machines. The Satellite Pro L40 certainly isn't the most impressive...

  • Serif DrawPlus X2  - PC review
    3.5 out of 5

    Serif DrawPlus X2 - PC review

    By 25 September 2007

    Serif has had something of an overhaul of all its key products this year, moving away from the yearly naming convention of DrawPlus 2006, to the far more enigmatic X2 branding. The X2 means that it is works with the Vista operating system, so new buyers...

  • Acer Aspire 5920G laptop review
    4 out of 5

    Acer Aspire 5920G laptop review

    By 24 September 2007

    Notebooks are evolving and no more so than in their presentation. There was a time when manufacturers would be happy with a simple grey box. Now, they’re trying to tempt us with an array of designs and styles. Take, the new Aspire 5920G, which has been...