Archive for Stephen Patrick

  • Yosemite Backup 8.5 - PC
    3.5 out of 5

    Yosemite Backup 8.5 - PC

    By 18 September 2007

    There are quite a few different ways to backup your personal folders and files and we’ve grown accustomed to doing so. Yosemite may not be a name we’re used to as their main target audience is providing backup solutions for big businesses. However,...

  • Toshiba Portege R400 tablet PC
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba Portege R400 tablet PC

    By 17 September 2007

    If you’ve ever spent some time with a Tablet PC then you’ll find features you’ll like but more often than not, you’ll come away thinking that it’s just a little too heavy and the battery life doesn’t warrant the extra expense over a standard...

  • Genie Backup Manager Pro 8 - PC
    4.5 out of 5

    Genie Backup Manager Pro 8 - PC

    By 11 September 2007

    If there is even one photo, video file or document on your PC or notebook that you cherish or need for work, then you need to have a backup plan in place. This needn’t be anything too elaborate, simply copying everything you use to a DVD-RW is easy...

  • Asus F5V Laptop
    3.5 out of 5

    Asus F5V Laptop

    By 10 September 2007

    We’ve grown accustomed to notebooks costing less than £500 and offering basic power for the price, so what happens if you increase your budget a little? The Asus F5v costs £629 (inc. VAT) and comes with a chassis that is well-built and looks good...

  • X-oom Internet Movies 3 YouTube Edition
    3 out of 5

    X-oom Internet Movies 3 YouTube Edition

    By 4 September 2007

    It seems that video clips are no longer the preserve of "You’ve Been Framed" as everyone and his brother is now posting them on social sites such as YouTube and MySpace. However, getting your video clips from your mobile phone has always been a little...

  • Samsung R70 laptop
    4 out of 5

    Samsung R70 laptop

    By 3 September 2007

    Samsung may be better known for its mobile phones but it’s had a wide range of notebooks for the best part of 5 years now and with the latest design refresh, the company has opted for a high-gloss finish that looks impressive and certainly feels cool...

  • Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.5 with AntiVirus
    4 out of 5

    Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.5 with AntiVirus

    By 28 August 2007

    As the name of Webroot’s looking malware tool suggests, it didn’t begin life as an all-encompassing anti-virus suite but as a very effective tool for rooting out and beating malware that has found its way onto your computer. However, when it comes...

  • VYE Mini V Ultra S18PA laptop
    4 out of 5

    VYE Mini V Ultra S18PA laptop

    By 27 August 2007

    If you need to use a notebook and about for long periods of time and haven't got the best part of two-grand to spend on an ultraportable machine from the likes of Sony or Toshiba, then the choices are a little limited. We not saying the Vye Mini V Ultra...

  • Magix Xtreme Photo Video Suite  - PC
    3 out of 5

    Magix Xtreme Photo Video Suite - PC

    By 21 August 2007

    Magix is best known for its range of cheap-and-cheerful applications for editing MP3s, audio cleaning and entry level CD/DVD burning. However, the emphasis has always been on "cheap". So it comes as something of a shock to find Xtreme Photo Video comes...

  • HP Pavilion DV9341EU laptop
    3.5 out of 5

    HP Pavilion DV9341EU laptop

    By 20 August 2007

    HP has been something of a revelation in recent months, releasing a number of great notebooks that have hit different price points but have always hit their target market firmly and squarely. So it comes as something of a surprise to find the dv9341eu...

  • Iolo System Shield 3 - PC
    3 out of 5

    Iolo System Shield 3 - PC

    By 14 August 2007

    If you own a computer and it’s hooked up to the Internet then you need to make sure you have a security suite installed. This isn’t scare mongering it's everyday fact. However, it seems there are as many security suites as there are threats and with...

  • Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop
    4.5 out of 5

    Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop

    By 13 August 2007

    Dell hasn’t refreshed its consumer notebook line for close to two years, so the introduction of the 1720 is something of a welcome surprise. There are two models in the new line with this being the larger version with a 17-inch Super-TFT panel – the...

  • Symantec Norton Ghost 12 - PC
    4 out of 5

    Symantec Norton Ghost 12 - PC

    By 7 August 2007

    It's the same old story, ask anyone, most of us forget to backup or make copies of our important files and folders until we've been burnt and had a system failure. Norton Ghost allows you to make regular backups not only of your files and folders but...

  • Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC
    3.5 out of 5

    Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC

    By 6 August 2007

    When it comes to the UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC), Samsung has really got behind the idea of what handheld computing should be. This is the third version in less than twelve months and is a move away from the original concept. UMPC was designed to be a keyboard-less...

  • Avantquest Media Now - PC
    4 out of 5

    Avantquest Media Now - PC

    By 31 July 2007

    When it comes to burning and copying CDs and DVDs there are already plenty of options to choose from, ranging from Roxio to Nero, and that’s without even considering the options Microsoft bundle with Windows for free. It may be hard for us to think...

  • Pinnacle Studio Plus 11 - PC
    4.5 out of 5

    Pinnacle Studio Plus 11 - PC

    By 24 July 2007

    It would seem that video editing is all the rage at the moment with Corel and Pinnacle both releasing new versions of their software at the same time. This latest package from Pinnacle certainly offers plenty of material, as it spans two DVDs. To be fair,...

  • Sony VAIO VGN-TZ11XN/B laptop
    4.5 out of 5

    Sony VAIO VGN-TZ11XN/B laptop

    By 23 July 2007

    With the world seemingly obsessed with ever cheaper and cheaper notebooks, it’s great to see that Sony has continued to strive for portable perfection with the release of the VAIO VGN-TZ11XN/B. This machine won’t satisfy the everyman looking for a...

  • Corel VideoStudio 11 Plus
    4 out of 5

    Corel VideoStudio 11 Plus

    By 17 July 2007

    Until recently, Ulead was a well-established brand in its own right, which is why Corel bought the company and thereby strengthened its own video editing portfolio. If you own a camcorder, then it’s likely you’ve experienced what Microsoft’s own...

  • Serif AlbumPlus X2 - PC
    3.5 out of 5

    Serif AlbumPlus X2 - PC

    By 11 July 2007

    With even the most humble mobile phone now sporting a 2MP digital camera, and let's not forget the growing number of 5MP camera phones, it seems the age of digital is truly here. Which is why there are now a wide number of digital image suites on the...

  • Medion RIM 1000 UMPC
    3 out of 5

    Medion RIM 1000 UMPC

    By 9 July 2007

    The UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) market is still in its formative stages, so manufacturers are still experimenting with size and format. The initial designs opted for no keyboard and Microsoft’s TouchPack software that allows you to type directly on to the...

  • VCOM Fix-It Utilities Pro 7 - PC
    4 out of 5

    VCOM Fix-It Utilities Pro 7 - PC

    By 3 July 2007

    Once you’ve had your PC for some time you may well start to notice that it no longer runs as quickly as it once did and that the occasional system bug will have crept in. This is where Fix-It Utilities 7 comes as is the latest upgrade to the maintenance...

  • Gateway MT6839b laptop
    4.5 out of 5

    Gateway MT6839b laptop

    By 2 July 2007

    If you owned a PC 10 years ago then it’s likely you’ll have come across the name Gateway, as they were a major player on the high street. The high street strategy didn’t work and the company retreated to its native America but has been back in the...

  • Avanquest Perfect Image 11 - PC
    4 out of 5

    Avanquest Perfect Image 11 - PC

    By 26 June 2007

    It’s a common fact that no one thinks to back up their PC’s hard drive until it’s too late. After all, it’s not one of the most glamorous tasks we needs to perform but we should all do it. Which is where tools like Perfect Image 11 come into play,...

  • HP Pavillion dv9398ea laptop
    3.5 out of 5

    HP Pavillion dv9398ea laptop

    By 25 June 2007

    HP is currently the world’s favourite notebook manufacturer, overtaking Dell and everyone else in sales. It’s business notebooks make up the majority of such sales but the Pavilion line, which is aimed at home buyers, has now been overhauled. The...

  • Swiss Security Wireless Security Suite
    2.5 out of 5

    Swiss Security Wireless Security Suite

    By 19 June 2007

    If you’ve ever been tempted by the idea of wireless broadband – being able to surf the Internet from the comfort of your living room sofa seems to be the main advantage – and have a couple of notebooks about the house, this software should help...