Archive for Stephen Patrick

  • Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9 Platinum
    4 out of 5

    Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9 Platinum

    By 30 September 2008

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    Dell Studio 17 notebook

    By 29 September 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    G Data AntiVirus 2008 - PC

    By 25 September 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Verbatim MediaStation Pro media streamer

    By 23 September 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Sony VAIO VGN-FW11ZU notebook

    By 22 September 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2 DockStation

    By 19 September 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Philips SCE7640 Power2Go rechargeable power pack

    By 18 September 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Roxio Creator 2009 - PC

    By 18 September 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Asus G50v notebook

    By 17 September 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Freecom Mobile Drive XXS

    By 16 September 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Roxio Elite MyDVD 9 - PC

    By 11 September 2008

    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)
    3.5 out of 5

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

    By 11 September 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Medion Akoya S5610 notebook

    By 10 September 2008

    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
    3 out of 5

    Samsung P500 notebook

    By 8 September 2008

    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
    3 out of 5

    Arcadia Software PhotoPerfect 2.9 - PC

    By 5 September 2008

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    Belkin Powerline AV Starter Kit

    By 4 September 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    HP Compaq 6720s notebook

    By 4 September 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Targus Multiplier Backpack

    By 3 September 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Magellan Maestro 4215 GPS receiver

    By 2 September 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Sony VAIO VGN-SR19VN notebook

    By 1 September 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Kingston DataTraveler Micro Reader USB stick

    By 28 August 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    GData Notebook Security 2008 - PC

    By 28 August 2008

    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
    3 out of 5

    KWorld DVD Maker 2 video capture stick

    By 27 August 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    HP Pavilion tx2130ea tablet PC

    By 27 August 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Belkin 2-in-1 USB hub review

    By 26 August 2008

    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...