Archive for Stephen Patrick

  • Fujitsu-Siemens AMILO Si 1848 laptop
    3.5 out of 5

    Fujitsu-Siemens AMILO Si 1848 laptop

    By 26 March 2007

    Fujitsu Siemens has had something of a stealth-approach to the top. Only a few years ago it was a company struggling to find a place for itself in the notebook market. Now it’s one of the Top Five sellers in Europe simply by releasing a range of cost-effective...

  • Acer e310 Travel Companion
    4.5 out of 5

    Acer e310 Travel Companion

    By 24 March 2007

    Satnav seems to be turning up everywhere. At one time you had to pay for the privilege but with the advent of cheaper chipsets and smaller technology, GPS is here to stay. The Acer e310 Travel Companion is a good case in point. It’s a nice handheld...

  • EffectsLab Pro - PC
    3.5 out of 5

    EffectsLab Pro - PC

    By 20 March 2007

    It’s been 30 years since the first Stars Wars movie was released in cinemas but still our love affair with the series continues to grow. The latest proof of that comes in EffectsLab Pro, a CG authoring tool, which comes with pre-loaded effects that...

  • Acer Aspire 9423WSMi laptop
    4 out of 5

    Acer Aspire 9423WSMi laptop

    By 19 March 2007

    We have to admit that we like Acer notebooks. They have a no-frills approach to their design but what they lack in overall looks they make up for in value for money and general quality. Take the Aspire 9423WSMi, the build quality is robust and solid and...

  • Roxio Toast 8 For Mac
    4 out of 5

    Roxio Toast 8 For Mac

    By 13 March 2007

    The Mac OS has always done a great job of providing enough software to keep most people happy, as it comes with its own basic disc creation software and if you want to get a little more fancy there is iDVD for creating menus and impressive transitions....

  • Asus G1 gaming laptop
    4.5 out of 5

    Asus G1 gaming laptop

    By 12 March 2007

    The Asus brand name may not carry the same weight as Sony in this country and may not shift as many notebooks as say, Dell but when it says its entering the gaming market with something special, you have to expect something special. The design is great....

  • ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 2007
    4.5 out of 5

    ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 2007

    By 6 March 2007

    ZoneAlarm has been around in one form or another for a few years now, starting out as a freeware tool that proved so successful that when it switched to a full-paying version with extra features, it still kept its market happy. This latest version isn’t...

  • Gateway MX6933b laptop
    4.5 out of 5

    Gateway MX6933b laptop

    By 5 March 2007

    If you’re not familiar with the name Gateway then a quick history lesson may be in order. The famous large American brand rivalled Time Computers in the number of stores they had on the high street at the turn of the century. Then the computer slump...

  • NetObjects Fusion 10 - PC
    4.5 out of 5

    NetObjects Fusion 10 - PC

    By 27 February 2007

    Every now and again a tool comes along that does exactly what you want it to do and NetObjects is one of them. If you need to design a website, you need this program How many times have you looked at a website to find the overall design basic and navigation...

  • Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P1610 tablet PC
    3.5 out of 5

    Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P1610 tablet PC

    By 26 February 2007

    Tablet PC has never really caught the imagination of the average computer user. It’s great for business, where the interactive screen can be shared by a couple of people for writing notes. Alternatively, for form filling it’s handy and because you...

  • Ulead PhotoImpact 12 - PC
    4 out of 5

    Ulead PhotoImpact 12 - PC

    By 20 February 2007

    When you start to think about digital images and editing them, you can opt for the basic tools that crop and remove red-eye but what if you want to do more? You’ll need to consider paying out for a fully-fledged suite of tools, usually from Adobe or...

  • Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop
    3.5 out of 5

    Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop

    By 19 February 2007

    For as long as we can remember Dell had a stance that it would never release a computer that didn’t have an Intel chip inside. But just as you can now run Windows on a Mac, you’ll find that Dell is offering its first AMD chips in the form of the Inspiron...

  • PC-Cillin Internet Security 2007 - PC
    3 out of 5

    PC-Cillin Internet Security 2007 - PC

    By 13 February 2007

    It’s got all the features of a top-notch security suite but it’s less than ideal at actually locating and cleaning out all problems If you’ve seen the adverts on TV aimed at shaming the youth into donning a condom, then there should equally be adverts...

  • Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro V3205 laptop
    4 out of 5

    Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro V3205 laptop

    By 12 February 2007

    It’s a sad fact of life that notebook battery life is never as good as we’d like it to be. Never more so on ultraportable machines. After all, such notebooks are designed to be carried around with you but the downside is, they have the smallest batteries...

  • Acronis True Image 10 (home) - PC
    4 out of 5

    Acronis True Image 10 (home) - PC

    By 6 February 2007

    We all like to think we’re a little more computer savvie than we actually are and one of the ways to tell the grownups from the kids messing about is when it comes to having a backup strategy in place. After all, there are times when only reinstalling...

  • Apple Macbook Pro 15-inch
    4 out of 5

    Apple Macbook Pro 15-inch

    By 5 February 2007

    There was a time not so long ago when choosing an Apple Mac made a definite statement, it said you were willing to fight for the underdog, to bring a little bit of difference, and plenty of style, into you life. However, since Apple moved over to Intel...

  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium - PC
    4 out of 5

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium - PC

    By 30 January 2007

    The best part of 6 years and any number of false release dates can’t avoid the fact that the release of Windows Vista isn’t a highly anticipated event. After all, anyone who buys a computer in any form from this day on is 99% guaranteed to find Vista...

  • Microsoft Office 2007 Home Edition
    4 out of 5

    Microsoft Office 2007 Home Edition

    By 30 January 2007

    After Windows, Microsoft Office is the second biggest money-spinner for the company, so it’s no surprise it has been launched on the same day as the new OS. The numbering gives it away but it been 4 years since Microsoft updated Office and while it’s...

  • Mr Site Takeaway Website - PC
    4 out of 5

    Mr Site Takeaway Website - PC

    By 29 January 2007

    If you’ve any interest in the Internet at all, which you have as you’re reading this online, then at one time or another you’ll have thought about setting up and running your own website. Maybe for commerce or maybe just for fun, either way it’s...

  • Acer TravelMate 4285WLMi
    3.5 out of 5

    Acer TravelMate 4285WLMi

    By 29 January 2007

    Acer has a worthy reputation for delivering machines before the rest of the market has even considered it, so the arrival of a built-in 3G SIM card is something others have mooted but are still to fully put into production. It also comes as no surprise...

  • Cyberlink DVD Suite 5 - PC
    3 out of 5

    Cyberlink DVD Suite 5 - PC

    By 23 January 2007

    There was a time when the typical DVD software could only play movies, leaving the likes of Roxio and Nero to handle disc creation as a separate package. However, in this age of multimedia things are changing, as Cyberlink DVD Suite 5 offers a comprehensive...

  • Asus W2P laptop
    4.5 out of 5

    Asus W2P laptop

    By 22 January 2007

    When it comes to designed luxury notebooks, Asus is very much in a league of its own. Whether it’s the Lamborghini range, or the its leather finish machines, they have a look all their own. The latest example is the W2P, which isn’t so much an upgrade...

  • ASUS F3Jp laptop
    4.5 out of 5

    ASUS F3Jp laptop

    By 15 January 2007

    Asus bills the F3Jp as its "Revolutionary Notebook", which is something of a high claim indeed. We’re big fans of the company’s line of notebooks but we’re not too sure which revolution this machine is either about to take part of or start. Weighing...

  • HP Compaq nx9420 laptop
    4 out of 5

    HP Compaq nx9420 laptop

    By 8 January 2007

    Considering HP is one of the world’s largest notebook manufacturers, it isn’t a brand you’d immediately think of choosing a new machine. They tend to sell into corporate circles and that until recently, their consumer machines haven’t had as much...

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 - PC
    4.5 out of 5

    Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 - PC

    By 2 January 2007

    For as long as anyone cares to remember, Adobe Photoshop has been one of the world’s leading professional art packages. While Elements trades on it’s name it doesn’t have the same price tag – it’s about fifth the price – and is essentially...