Archive for Stephen Patrick

  • Acer Aspire 5735-583G16Mn notebook
    4 out of 5

    Acer Aspire 5735-583G16Mn notebook

    By 12 January 2009

    Towards the end of 2008 we saw several high-end multimedia laptops featuring ultra-wide 16:9 aspect ratio displays. Love ‘em or loath ‘em, they’re here to stay, and the Acer Aspire 5735 is proof of this. It’s the first budget model we’ve seen...

  • HP HDX16-1010EA notebook
    4 out of 5

    HP HDX16-1010EA notebook

    By 30 December 2008

    HP’s HDX range is the company’s flagship multimedia brand, going head-to-head with established rivals such as Toshiba’s Qosmio and Sony’s new VAIO AW series. Up until recently, the only machine available was the 20.1-inch HDX Dragon, a desktop...

  • Toshiba Qosmio G50-115 notebook
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba Qosmio G50-115 notebook

    By 22 December 2008

    Over the past few years Toshiba’s Qosmio range has led the field when it comes to multimedia laptops. Following the death of HD DVD, however, and Toshiba’s pigheadedness in refusing to adopt Blu-ray, can the latest Qosmio laptops compete with high-end...

  • HP EliteBook 6930p notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    HP EliteBook 6930p notebook

    By 15 December 2008

    HP’s EliteBook brand sits above the Compaq range, offering similar quality and usability, but adding premium materials, power and features to the list. The EliteBook 6930p is a compact and well-made choice, but has its work cut out tempting corporate...

  • Toshiba Satellite A300D-15B notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Toshiba Satellite A300D-15B notebook

    By 8 December 2008

    With recent performance leaps from Intel’s Core 2 Duo mobile processors, it’s few and far between we see an AMD-based laptop capable of competing on anything other than price. Toshiba’s Satellite A300D-15B is based on an AMD chipset, but it’s...

  • Sony VAIO VGN-BZ11MN notebook
    4 out of 5

    Sony VAIO VGN-BZ11MN notebook

    By 1 December 2008

    We’ve seen plenty of top-quality ultraportables from Sony’s VAIO range, and it’s easy to forget about larger, more mainstream options such as the latest BZ range. However, if you’re looking for something a little more affordable, the VAIO BZ-11MN...

  • Lenovo ThinkPad X200 notebook
    4 out of 5

    Lenovo ThinkPad X200 notebook

    By 24 November 2008

    Lenovo’s ThinkPad range carries with it the expectation of quality, reliability and excellent usability. The ThinkPad X200 continues this trend, and is similar in style to the larger X300. Prices at under £1300, it’s a more mainstream choice, and...

  • Toshiba NB100-11R notebook
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba NB100-11R notebook

    By 17 November 2008

    With over 20 machines available, it's fair to say the netbook party is in full swing, but it's still missing one or two of the big players. Toshiba is no longer one of them, having recently launched the NB100, and it's definitely a case of better late...

  • Asus N80VC notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Asus N80VC notebook

    By 12 November 2008

    We were promised when we reviewed the Asus N10 Netbook that there would be other laptops in the range, but we didn’t realise just how similar they’d look. The Asus N80VC features an identical glossy black bezel around its screen, and you’ll also...

  • Nero 9 - PC
    4 out of 5

    Nero 9 - PC

    By 11 November 2008

    When you think about copying and burning CDs and DVDs there are only two real contenders on the market, Roxio and Nero and with Roxio releasing Creator 2009 a matter of weeks ago, the arrival of Nero 9 wasn't too much of a surprise. Users looking for...

  • Sony VAIO VGN-AW11M/H notebook
    4 out of 5

    Sony VAIO VGN-AW11M/H notebook

    By 10 November 2008

    We've made no secret of our love for Sony's ultraportable VAIO notebooks, as they are some of the best machines money can buy. However, when it comes to larger machines, our love affair with Sony is a little more hit and miss. On the style and build quality...

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 - PC
    4 out of 5

    Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 - PC

    By 3 November 2008

    Adobe is the leading name in image editing, so any new release is of interest. However, this latest edition doesn’t so much bring about a re-invention of the photo editing suite but starts to integrate features from Adobe’s higher end products into...

  • Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 notebook
    4 out of 5

    Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 notebook

    By 3 November 2008

    Lenovo's ThinkPad range has always been aimed at the business user, someone who puts in an order and has the company pay for their expensive new piece of kit. So, what happens if you're a sole trader looking for a notebook that can be business machine...

  • Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B notebook
    4.5 out of 5

    Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B notebook

    By 31 October 2008

    The fact that Sony hasn't given in to market forces and released its own netbook is proof that it's core focus remains in fully featured, but ultraportable, notebooks. The latest such model is the Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B, which weighs in at a highly portable...

  • Asus N10J notebook
    4 out of 5

    Asus N10J notebook

    By 30 October 2008

    Asus releases netbooks under its Eee PC sub-brand and at first glance you'd be forgiven for thinking this was just another one. However it seems Asus has gone in to competition with itself as the N10J has been released with Asus branding. The company...

  • Nero Move It - PC
    3.5 out of 5

    Nero Move It - PC

    By 23 October 2008

    At one time, everything we owned, whether it was a photograph, a song or even video clip, was a physical item. In this age of digital this is no longer the case, as downloads and digital cameras have become the norm. Collecting, storing and sharing all...

  • Zoostorm FizzBook Bang notebook
    4 out of 5

    Zoostorm FizzBook Bang notebook

    By 22 October 2008

    Netbooks have hijacked the headlines this year but in the rush it seems that most people have forgotten their initial intent, to be small and affordable notebooks for children. With its kid-friendly plastic design, bright green protective sleeve and neat...

  • Asus Eee PC S101 notebook
    4.5 out of 5

    Asus Eee PC S101 notebook

    By 20 October 2008

    If you thought that the netbook, or budget mini-laptop market, had reached saturation point and that there were few surprises left then you'll be stunned by the Asus Eee PC S101. Netbooks may have been intended to be cheap, basic mini-laptops but at £449...

  • Toshiba Qosmio X300-11s notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Toshiba Qosmio X300-11s notebook

    By 15 October 2008

    Toshiba is best known for its rather staid and business approach to notebooks but on occasion it throws in a curve ball both in terms of design and performance. The Toshiba Qosmio X300-11s is a great example of that curve ball. This is a gaming notebook...

  • Norton Internet Security 2009 - PC
    4.5 out of 5

    Norton Internet Security 2009 - PC

    By 14 October 2008

    Choosing the right internet security package is often a case of personal preference as all the leading brands offer pretty much the same array of tools. One of the biggest names is Symantec with its Norton 360 and this, the 2009 version of its leading...

  • Samsung Q310 notebook
    4.5 out of 5

    Samsung Q310 notebook

    By 13 October 2008

    Samsung has overhauled its range in recent months, first with the 12-inch Q210 and now with its slightly larger sibling, the 13.3-inches of the Q310. It’s made from plastic but build quality is high and we were impressed with how solid it felt to the...

  • CyberLink PowerDVD 8 Ultra - PC
    4 out of 5

    CyberLink PowerDVD 8 Ultra - PC

    By 9 October 2008

    If you watch movies on your PC then it’s likely you’ve already come across CyberLink as its software is bundled with more PCs and notebooks than just about anyone. CyberLink PowerDVD 8 Ultra takes that basic movie watching experience and moves it...

  • Dell Studio 15 notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Dell Studio 15 notebook

    By 8 October 2008

    Dell took the world by storm when it introduced its portable XPS range last year. The portables gathered so many plaudits it was inevitable the line would be broadened. The Studio line takes the same styling as the XPS machines but uses cheaper components...

  • Toshiba Qosmio G50-10H notebook
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba Qosmio G50-10H notebook

    By 6 October 2008

    The Toshiba Qosmio range of high-end multimedia notebooks has always been a little bit different, as it tries to mix unique style with some of the latest mobile technologies around. The Toshiba Qosmio G50-10H is a hulking 5kg in weight and isn’t the...

  • Toshiba Portege M800 notebook
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba Portege M800 notebook

    By 1 October 2008

    Toshiba seems to have lost its way of late. At one time it was the biggest seller of notebooks worldwide but now it takes a lower third position. Hopefully the Portege M800 is a return to former glories, as our first impressions of this highly portable...