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Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9 Platinum
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Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9 Platinum

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Sony Creative has a wide number of high-end video editing suites aimed solely at the professional market. However, the growth in the enthusiast market and the drop in price of quality camcorders have seen an increase in the needs for powerful tools for... >>

Dell Studio 17 notebook
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Dell Studio 17 notebook

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Dell has always had clear lines between its product ranges, such as Inspiron for consumers and Latitude for business. Now, we have the Studio line, which sits awkwardly between Inspiron and XPS and even overlaps some segments. The Studio 17 clearly takes... >>

G Data AntiVirus 2008 - PC
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G Data AntiVirus 2008 - PC

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As we’ve seen with most antivirus suites, G Data takes the simple interface approach to design. The interface is clean and you can immediately tell what activity is being run. The software comes with a Boot-CD, which you can run before you install the... >>

Verbatim MediaStation Pro media streamer
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Verbatim MediaStation Pro media streamer

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So, you have an increasing amount of media files on your PC and want to share them around the house – the best way to do this is with a dedicated multimedia hard drive. Consisting of a 500GB hard drive that Verbatim claims is large enough to store up... >>

Sony VAIO VGN-FW11ZU notebook
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Sony VAIO VGN-FW11ZU notebook

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Sony is better known for its ultraportable notebooks but its multimedia machines are also growing in popularity. The VAIO VGN-FW11ZU has been designed to take advantage of the latest in high-def entertainment, so you'll find a widescreen display and a... >>

Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2 DockStation
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Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2 DockStation

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No matter how many ports you have on your notebook or home PC, there are times you wished you had more. This handy device has been designed with notebook users in mind. However, it isn’t for taking on the road with you, more for leaving on your desk.... >>

Philips SCE7640 Power2Go rechargeable power pack
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Philips SCE7640 Power2Go rechargeable power pack

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The problem with portable devices is that you're reliant on a good battery life, or easy access to a charger. This is a power pack for your portable devices that should take most of the strain out of recharging on the move. Philips claims the SCE7640... >>

Roxio Creator 2009 - PC
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Roxio Creator 2009 - PC

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Roxio’s leading media creator package has reached its twelfth incarnation, and as such has taken on a new look and a trimmed down name. Gone is Easy Media Creator, instead it’s simply known as Creator 2009 but it’s still offers the same vast array... >>

Asus G50v notebook
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Asus G50v notebook

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Asus has a small but effective range of gaming notebooks that often buck the trend for building the largest, heaviest design possible. The look of the G50v tells you it's aimed at gamers, as the black and orange glossy finish has a sporty feel to it.... >>

Freecom Mobile Drive XXS
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Freecom Mobile Drive XXS

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Freecom is calling this drive the world's smallest 2.5-inch external hard drive and measuring 110 x 80 x 13.5mm it's slightly larger than the drive itself. However, it’s not the most robust as in order to make it this size Freecom has done away with... >>

Roxio Elite MyDVD 9 - PC
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Roxio Elite MyDVD 9 - PC

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If you want to edit your home movies there are any number of tools on offer and Windows even has its own Movie Maker. Roxio Elite MyDVD 9 is essentially a DVD authoring tool that allows you to edit your home movies and then burn them to DVD. However,... >>

KWorld PlusTV Dual DVB-T Stick (DVB-T 399U)
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KWorld PlusTV Dual DVB-T Stick (DVB-T 399U)

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If you’re looking to add TV functions to your notebook, then the most logical and cost-effective step is to add a USB TV tuner. This unit from KWorld is typical of those on offer, being slightly larger than a USB memory stick, having a standard connector... >>

Medion Akoya S5610 notebook
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Medion Akoya S5610 notebook

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Where did you buy your last PC? Was it an IT equipment specialist or somewhere like PC World? It’s likely that the next one you buy will come from a supermarket when you're doing the weekly shop. Increasingly supermarkets are the place to find the best... >>

Samsung P500 notebook
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Samsung P500 notebook

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Samsung is aggressively attacking all sectors of the notebook market at present but none quite as aggressively as the entry-level end of the market. The P500 takes the standard Samsung approach of a simple design finished in matt black plastic with little... >>

Arcadia Software PhotoPerfect 2.9 - PC
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Arcadia Software PhotoPerfect 2.9 - PC

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Arcadia Software is a German company and only made an English language version of PhotoPerfect with version 2.8. Launching against the big players in the market, such as Adobe, Corel or even Serif, this product offers one-click batch processing and a... >>

Belkin Powerline AV Starter Kit
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Belkin Powerline AV Starter Kit

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Wireless LAN may be on the increase but what happens if there are areas of your home where a connection simply can’t reach? The best, and cheapest, answer is to use the mains power cabling to carry your data. The Powerline AV Starter Kit consists of... >>

HP Compaq 6720s notebook
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HP Compaq 6720s notebook

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HP has taken the notebook market by storm in recent years, so much so that it is now the world's number one seller of notebooks. It’s managed this by offering machines at specific market segments. The latest is the HP Compaq 6720s, which has been designed... >>

Targus Multiplier Backpack
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Targus Multiplier Backpack

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Targus is best known for its wide range of corporate notebook cases but recently it’s been trying to address a younger market with a number of designs that move away from black and business-like. This backpack is a two-tone silver and grey bag with... >>

Magellan Maestro 4215 GPS receiver
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Magellan Maestro 4215 GPS receiver

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It seems that like all gadgets, satnav units are facing a price crash at the moment. This latest Magellan unit is available for around £140, which, considering how much it packs in for the price, is a bargain. The look is attractive, with a black gloss... >>

Sony VAIO VGN-SR19VN notebook
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Sony VAIO VGN-SR19VN notebook

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When you think of fully-featured ultraportable notebooks, the first company that comes to mind is Sony. After all, it produces more small and portable machines than just about any other company. This latest VAIO weighs in at 1.9kg and is aimed at the... >>

Kingston DataTraveler Micro Reader USB stick
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Kingston DataTraveler Micro Reader USB stick

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There was a time when a USB memory stick was something of a novelty that offered nothing more than portable storage. These days, aside from increases in capacity, there is little to differentiate between devices. Which is why Kingston has decided to offer... >>

GData Notebook Security 2008  - PC
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GData Notebook Security 2008 - PC

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Depending on which research you read, notebooks either outsell desktop PCs already or are expected to do so in the coming 12 months. With this growth in popularity it comes as no surprise to find notebook specific software now being released. GData Notebook... >>

KWorld DVD Maker 2 video capture stick
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KWorld DVD Maker 2 video capture stick

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If you're anything like us, then you'll have a couple of boxes somewhere in the house full of VHS recordings still waiting to be copied over to DVD. Video capture and edit boxes are nothing new but this device from KWorld is the smallest we've seen to... >>

HP Pavilion tx2130ea tablet PC
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HP Pavilion tx2130ea tablet PC

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When you think about tablet PCs, it's more than likely you'll think of a business tool. However, HP has taken a slightly different approach with the Pavilion tx2130ea and aimed it at the consumer market. By reducing the price to a more than affordable... >>

Belkin 2-in-1 USB hub review
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Belkin 2-in-1 USB hub review

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No matter how many USB ports your computer has, you'll find that at some point you'll need more. With more and more of us switching to notebooks, extra ports are also an issue. Belkin has hit on a novel idea to offering more UBS ports when at your desk... >>

Toshiba Satellite Pro U400 notebook
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Toshiba Satellite Pro U400 notebook

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Toshiba has updated its notebook range of late by adding a more curved design to its machines. However, the Satellite Pro U400, which is aimed at small businesses, has a rather basic feel about it. The black and silver chassis is boxy and plain but the... >>

PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 6 - PC
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PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 6 - PC

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We’ve grown increasingly accustomed to our online security packages being full Internet Suites and not individual products. This is because the Internet has an ever-increasing number of ways to fool and trick the unwary user. PC Tools continues to offer... >>

Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo Mobile V5505 notebook
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Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo Mobile V5505 notebook

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Fujitsu Siemens has an ever increasing range of notebooks and while it pitches its Lifebook range at the more mobile-focused end of the market, those looking for a workhorse machine on a budget will be well served by the Esprimo range. The design of Esprimo... >>

Corel CorelDRAW X4 - PC
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Corel CorelDRAW X4 - PC

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CorelDRAW X4 is a comprehensive package that allows for vector illustration, page layout, photo-editing and image tracing. This latest version builds on the success of the previous 13 editions but isn’t so much a re-invention, more a steady progression.... >>

ASUS M51SE notebook
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ASUS M51SE notebook

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Asus may be best known at this time for introducing the Netbook to the world but it’s main line of notebooks are aimed at the more power-hungry sector of the market. The Asus M51SE is an attractive machine finished in silver and black plastic that comes... >>

Dell Inspiron 1525 notebook
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Dell Inspiron 1525 notebook

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There was a time that if you wanted to buy a Dell notebook you’d have to order it online and wait for it to be delivered. Thankfully, those days of waiting are over as in recent months Dell has changed its business model to incorporate in-store sales.... >>

Samsung Q70 notebook
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Samsung Q70 notebook

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Samsung may not be the first name you think of when considering a notebook but in the last 12 months, the company has released a surprising number of machines. The Q70 is a stylish and powerful notebook aimed at those who need portability and power. The... >>

Akasa Libra notebook cooler
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Akasa Libra notebook cooler

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The most popular choice of notebook is the 15.4-inch machine and makes up close to 70% of the market. It's a great compromise between size and portability and certainly makes sense if you're after a desktop replacement machine. Running a notebook for... >>

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009 - PC
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Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009 - PC

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Kaspersky is one of a number of names in the antivVirus and online security market that is growing in stature due to product improvements. This latest version takes many of the features we’ve seen in earlier editions and sensibly builds on them. The... >>

Sony VAIO VGN-NR31J/S notebook
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Sony VAIO VGN-NR31J/S notebook

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Sony is best known for its ultraportable notebooks, which are among the best on the market. It hasn't faired so well with its more cost-effective machines, largely due to their specification never matching the rest of the crowd. Take the Sony VAIO VGN-NR31J/S,... >>

AverMedia AverTV Hybrid STB 1080i
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AverMedia AverTV Hybrid STB 1080i

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Television on your PC is nothing new but this digital set-to box can deliver a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels either directly to your PC or if you wish plug it straight into an exteral monitor, the idea being that you can skip the HD ready TV completely... >>

Etymotic E.D.G.E. GX400 gaming headphones
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Etymotic E.D.G.E. GX400 gaming headphones

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Getting the right sound balance when playing games can often make the difference between a good or great gaming experience, which is why choosing the right headphones is important. E.D.G.E. stands for Enhanced Definition Gaming Earphones, which is a division... >>

Sony VAIO VGN-AR61E notebook
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Sony VAIO VGN-AR61E notebook

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At one time the VAIO VGN-AR61E was the flagship model of the Sony range. The basic design has now been around for well over 18 months and this latest version is merely an upgrade. The black box is made from plastic but the build quality is high and the... >>

Webroot Secure Backup – PC software
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Webroot Secure Backup – PC software

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Online storage seems to be a growth area – we recently reviewed Bullguard Backup 8 and liked it – now we have Webroot with its Secure Backup. With the price of external hard drives now more affordable than ever, you have to wonder why such services... >>

NEC Versa S9100 notebook
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NEC Versa S9100 notebook

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NEC is best known for its range of business notebooks and even those tend to be on the rather dull and basic side. This makes the release of the Versa S9100 all the more interesting, as it's an ultraportable notebook that manages to mix a fair degree... >>

Eastpak Parker notebook bag
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Eastpak Parker notebook bag

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Eastpak has recognised that notebook users are getting younger and more fashionable and don’t want to carry their portable around in something that looks like a briefcase. So, this shoulder bag comes in a range of colours and designs from pin-stripes... >>

Dell Latitude XT tablet PC
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Dell Latitude XT tablet PC

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Tablet PC as a platform has never really caught the imagination as much as Microsoft imagined it would. The result being that it is seen as a niche product selling predominantly to business users. Dell's entry into this market should raise the profile... >>

Serif PagePlus X3 - PC
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Serif PagePlus X3 - PC

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Serif’s PagePlus package is one of the stalwarts of the home DTP market and while it continues to be overlooked by professionals, Adobe InDesign and QuarkXpress are still dominant forces; but this latest addition has plenty to offer the home or small... >>

Plantronics Audio 770 headphones
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Plantronics Audio 770 headphones

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Headphones for gamers seems to be a growth industry of late and the arrival of the Plantronics Audio 700 only adds to the range: at less than £50 they are good value for money. The first thing you’ll notice is how big they are. The crossbar is metal,... >>

Asus Eee PC 1000 notebook
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Asus Eee PC 1000 notebook

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It’s seems that every time a company announces a rival to Asus’s Eee PC crown, the Taiwanese company sees this as a direct challenge and announces another model in the Eee PC range. So, hot on the heels of the 901 comes the 1000. It takes the same... >>

Toshiba Satellite L300 notebook
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Toshiba Satellite L300 notebook

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The price of the average notebook has dropped considerably in the last 12 months, which has forced all the major manufacturers to release machines aimed specifically at the budget market. The Toshiba Satellite L300 is one such machine but at first appearance... >>

Eastpak Floyd rucksack
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Eastpak Floyd rucksack

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Notebooks have increasingly become mainstream and are no longer the preserve of the travelling businessman. With this in mind, Eastpak has put together a range of notebook backpacks aimed at the urban mainstream. The Floyd is a backpack that comes in... >>

Belkin Power and Go travel adapter
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Belkin Power and Go travel adapter

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Notebook performance may being improving all the time but portability is often marred by battery life. If you travel a good deal, you'll be looking for multi-purpose charger that can be used in a number of locations. Consisting of a main powerbrick, which... >>

Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 - PC
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Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 - PC

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We may only be only half way through the year but we’re already starting to see the emergence of the latest crop of Internet Security Suites. To get a head start on the competition, Kaspersky has decided to call its latest version, Internet Security... >>

MSI Digivox Duo TV tuner
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MSI Digivox Duo TV tuner

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Adding a TV tuner to your notebook can be a great way to cheaply turn it into a multimedia centre. Consisting of a USB port at one end and a DVB-T antenna port at the other, the MSI Digivox Duo looks like an oversized memory stick. As we’ve come to... >>