Archive for Stephen Patrick

  • HP PAVILION TX1138EA Tablet PC
    4 out of 5

    HP PAVILION TX1138EA Tablet PC

    By 18 June 2007

    HP is the biggest seller of Tablet PCs in the corporate space. To be fair, there aren’t too many players in that space but HP made headway first with a funky space-age design and latterly with something a little more corporate. The HP Pavilion tx1138ea...

  • 4.5 out of 5

    Serif PagePlus X2 - PC

    By 12 June 2007

    If you want to use your PC for more than just the basic tasks, then you need a Desktop Publishing Package (DTP), which allows you to make a raft of things from simple posters through to brochures and even your own photo-albums. As one of the first packages...

  • Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook P7230 laptop
    4 out of 5

    Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook P7230 laptop

    By 11 June 2007

    Fujitsu Siemens may be better known for its cost-effective desktop replacement series but it also does an interesting line in ultraportables aimed at the business traveller. The Lifebook P7230 is the latest release and weighing in at 1.4kg, it certainly...

  • Roxio Copy and Convert 3 - PC
    4 out of 5

    Roxio Copy and Convert 3 - PC

    By 5 June 2007

    If you’ve shopped around for a media player recently you may have been overwhelmed by the variety of formats most of them need to support in order to gain a place in the market. Add to this proprietary formats, such as the PSP and iPod, and it becomes...

  • Asus Lamborghini VX2 laptop
    4 out of 5

    Asus Lamborghini VX2 laptop

    By 4 June 2007

    The Asus Lamborghini notebook has been in existence for over 12 months now but has recently been given a fine-tuning to make it one of the fastest machines on the market. For this reason alone we felt it was time to give it another test drive. As you...

  • Philips X200 laptop
    4 out of 5

    Philips X200 laptop

    By 28 May 2007

    The Philips X200 is only available in the UK from PC World, who has dubbed this notebook "The Longneck", which is fitting as it’s the first machine to be released with a screen a little different from the norm. Instead of being attached to the main...

  • Laplink PCMover - PC
    4 out of 5

    Laplink PCMover - PC

    By 22 May 2007

    Buying a new PC or notebook can be great, it's new, fresh and faster than your old one but there is something important missing: all your stuff. You can spend ages re-installing all your programs and copying files over but with Laplink PCmover you can...

  • Asus U1F laptop
    4 out of 5

    Asus U1F laptop

    By 21 May 2007

    Asus is probably better known for its larger notebooks with emphasis on multimedia and style and left slim and light machines to the likes of Sony. Things are changing though and the U1F is a great example of what slim and light really means. Weighing...

  • Corel Painter X  - PC
    4.5 out of 5

    Corel Painter X - PC

    By 15 May 2007

    Ever looked at a painting and not too sure whether it’s been done using traditional paint and brush or been put together pixel by pixel on a screen? Then it’s most likely to have passed through something as powerful and feature rich as Corel’s Painter...

  • Acer Aspire 9303WLMi laptop
    3.5 out of 5

    Acer Aspire 9303WLMi laptop

    By 14 May 2007

    Acer produces a wide range of notebooks for the home user and flags them up under the Aspire range. The Aspire 9303WLMi is a 17-inch machine that weighs in at a portly 3.6kg. To this end, it’s not designed for mobile use so will spend most of its time...

  • BullGuard Backup 7 - PC
    3.5 out of 5

    BullGuard Backup 7 - PC

    By 8 May 2007

    If you use more than one PC, or have a computer at home and take a notebook out and about with you, the idea of backing up your important files to the Internet may have crossed your mind. It’s a growth area and one that is proving popular with multiple-PC...

  • HP Compaq nx7300 laptop
    4 out of 5

    HP Compaq nx7300 laptop

    By 7 May 2007

    HP has recently knocked Dell off the number one spot for best notebook seller in the world, according to figures from analyst firm IDC, and it has done this with an aggressive pricing policy and a range of machines that more than live up to expectations....

  • Focus Family Tree Genealogy Suite - PC
    3.5 out of 5

    Focus Family Tree Genealogy Suite - PC

    By 1 May 2007

    There has been something of a boom in history studies of late with a slue of popularist TVs leading the way. This has resulted in the growing popularity of software that helps you trace your ancestors. Family Tree is one of the most affordable packages...

  • Dialogue Flybook VM laptop
    3.5 out of 5

    Dialogue Flybook VM laptop

    By 30 April 2007

    Dialogue isn’t really a company most people will be familiar with but it had introduced a couple of distinctive notebook designs in the last couple of years that have certainly tested the idea of what a notebook should look and act like. The Flybook...

  • PC Tools Spyware Doctor 5 - PC
    4 out of 5

    PC Tools Spyware Doctor 5 - PC

    By 24 April 2007

    No matter how many times we tell people the Internet is a scary place if you go out unprotected, people still go it alone and end up paying the price. So, it pays to be cautious and get the best line of defence set-up before you even think of going online....

  • Samsung R20 laptop
    4.5 out of 5

    Samsung R20 laptop

    By 24 April 2007

    When it comes to notebooks, Samsung may be overshadowed by some of the larger far-east manufacturers but we’ve been impressed with almost all the machines they’ve released of late. The Samsung R20 is another great machine that manages to mix portability...

  • Cyberlink Powerdirector 6 - PC
    3.5 out of 5

    Cyberlink Powerdirector 6 - PC

    By 17 April 2007

    If you own a camcorder, the chances are that you’ve quickly outgrown the basic editing tools that will have been bundled with it. So, there is a growing market for editing software that allows the amateur user to get the most from their footage. If...

  • Sony Vaio VGN-UX1XN UMPC
    4 out of 5

    Sony Vaio VGN-UX1XN UMPC

    By 16 April 2007

    Sony has never been a company to shy away from innovation and its computer division is no exception. So it was only a matter of time before they released a machine that put the current crop of UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) machines to shame. For starters, it...

  • Microsoft Expression Web - PC
    4 out of 5

    Microsoft Expression Web - PC

    By 10 April 2007

    Microsoft FrontPage had many fans but it was never one of the most flexible or user-friendly of pages. Well, for the most part if you’re looking to develop a web page or whole site, you can put that behind you as Expression Web is a whole new ball game....

  • Toshiba Satellite P100-168 laptop
    3.5 out of 5

    Toshiba Satellite P100-168 laptop

    By 9 April 2007

    The notebook price war is starting to wear a little thin, as it’s forcing manufacturers to think with their specification instead of innovation. To this end, Toshiba has been rather quiet on the design front of late. The Satellite P100-168 is a prime...

  • Sony NV-U51G GPS receiver
    4 out of 5

    Sony NV-U51G GPS receiver

    By 7 April 2007

    Sony may not be the first company you think of when considering satnav solutions but it’s dabbled in the market over the years, first with a notebook solution, then a PDA version and now with its own range of dedicated devices. The NV-U51G is a budget...

  • HP iPaq rx5900 Travel Companion
    4.5 out of 5

    HP iPaq rx5900 Travel Companion

    By 4 April 2007

    Before the iPod, there was the HP iPaq, which for a number of years was as synonymous with PDAs as Apple is with MP3 players. However, until now the company hasn’t really been a large player in the satnav market. Satnav companies, such as Garmin and...

  • Symantec Norton 360 - PC
    4 out of 5

    Symantec Norton 360 - PC

    By 3 April 2007

    We’re all accustomed to protecting our PCs with a variety of security tools and most internet security suites now act, if not feel, as though they are all the same. Enter Symantec with its new Norton 360, which has been designed from the ground-up to...

  • 4 out of 5

    Sony Vaio VGN-G11VN/T

    By 2 April 2007

    Sony ultraportable notebooks dominate the slim and light sector of the market and the company has added to the range with this, the Sony VAIO VGN-G11VN/T, which has been designed to sit in between the tiny TX Series and the all-in-one 2kg machine that...

  • NOD32 2.7  - PC
    4.5 out of 5

    NOD32 2.7 - PC

    By 27 March 2007

    Who or what is NOD32? To the average person in the street this may well be a realistic question but don’t let the name of lack of profile deter you, as this is one of the best online defence tools we’ve come across in a long time. What it has in its...