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Plantronics Audio 480 headset
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Plantronics Audio 480 headset

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Plantronics design a wide range of headphones and this latest set is designed with Skype, video conferencing and general computer use in mind. There are two parts to these headphones, there is the in-ear aspect, and then there is the microphone arm for... >>

Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P8010 notebook
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Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P8010 notebook

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With plenty of attention being lavished on netbooks and the ever-increasing number of Eee PCs hitting the market, it would appear that the standard ultraportable notebook has lost some of its allure. While netbooks have their place, they lack the overall... >>

Pinnacle Studio 12 Ultimate - PC
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Pinnacle Studio 12 Ultimate - PC

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It seems that video-editing suites have locked into the same upgrade cycle as internet security suites, whereby a new version can be expected on an almost annual basis. Studio 12 rather naturally replaces Studio 11, which was a perfectly competent set... >>

HP Compaq 2510p notebook
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HP Compaq 2510p notebook

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HP is currently the best selling notebook manufacturer in the world, largely due to its diverse range of corporate machines. The Compaq 2510p is aimed at business users looking for a fully-featured but lightweight notebook. The look is very much in keeping... >>

Verbatim Store 'n' Go USB Executive drive
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Verbatim Store 'n' Go USB Executive drive

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There seems to be no end to the number of USB memory sticks being released of late. This is due to the fall in the price of Flash memory, making them better value for money than ever before. The Verbatim Executive measures 62 x 21 x 10mm and packs 8GB... >>

ZoneAlarm ForceField - PC
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ZoneAlarm ForceField - PC

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Online security is big business and if you’ve ever been on the receiving end of phishing, keyloggers and even the increasingly diverse range of spyware, you’ll know that is can cost you more than simply time and money to be rid of it. To combat such... >>

Asus U2E notebook
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Asus U2E notebook

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When it comes to trying something a little different with notebook design, Asus more than any other company is willing to go the extra mile. The successor to last year's U1, this year's model has a body that is made from stainless steel that not only... >>

CyberLink PowerDirector 7 Ultra - PC
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CyberLink PowerDirector 7 Ultra - PC

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Chances are, if you’ve bought a camcorder or a TV tuner for your PC in the last few years then you’ll be aware of CyberLink, as it bundles its software with a vast number of devices. Its software tends to be adequate for the entry-level user but it’s... >>

Western Digital My Book Passport Essential hard drive
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Western Digital My Book Passport Essential hard drive

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Western Digital has aggressively been attacking the mobile external storage market in recent months, constantly adding more capacity while dropping the price. This makes the 320GB capacity of this latest My Book Passport even more compelling. The design... >>

Sony VAIO VGN-TZ31MN/W notebook
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Sony VAIO VGN-TZ31MN/W notebook

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With mini-notebooks like the Acer Aspire One and Eee PC 901 grabbing the headlines of late it's easy to forget that ultraportable notebooks you can carry around with you are nothing new. Sony, for instance, has made it a speciality of its range. The Sony... >>

Crumpler The Belly L rucksack
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Crumpler The Belly L rucksack

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Most notebooks ship with a carry case of some sort but they tend to be a little cheap and basic so it pays to invest in something a little sturdier. Crumpler is one of the more unconventional but desirable brands out there with a range that covers all... >>

Nuance PDF Converter Professional 5 - PC
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Nuance PDF Converter Professional 5 - PC

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Adobe may have developed the PDF (Portable Document Format) and made it the perfect format for sharing documents, largely due to the free Acrobat Reader, but Adobe isn’t the only company that makes PDF editing software. Nuance PDF Converter runs a close... >>

Belkin Laptop Cooling Stand
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Belkin Laptop Cooling Stand

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If you use your notebook when sat at a desk for long periods you may find that it grows warm. The best solution is to invest in a stand like the Belkin Laptop Cooling Stand that has a built-in fan that sucks all the heat away. It has a simple wave design... >>

Asus Eee PC 901 notebook
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Asus Eee PC 901 notebook

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When Asus launched its Eee PC 900 back in May it was seen as a logical upgrade to the original 701 as it offered more memory, a larger screen and better webcam. Little did we know it would be superseded so soon by the Eee PC 901. So what are the differences?... >>

Samsung R700 notebook
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Samsung R700 notebook

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Samsung has been aggressively targeting the notebook market of late with a range of machines that offer a powerful specification at low prices. We're usually wary of such bargains as packing too much power into a basic chassis can often lead to problems.... >>

Acer Aspire One notebook
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Acer Aspire One notebook

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We had a First Look at the Acer Aspire One at the launch - link below - but how does the One stand-up under closer scrutiny?Acer doesn't want the average user to think of its Aspire One as any other low-cost mini-notebook, they want you to think of it... >>

Iolo System Mechanic Pro 7.5 - PC
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Iolo System Mechanic Pro 7.5 - PC

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Data backup on your PC should be high on your list of priorities but sadly for most people it isn’t. Should your system fail, will you lose all your media files? This is the question you should ask yourself. If the answer is yes, then can you afford... >>

Toshiba Portégé R500-11Z notebook
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Toshiba Portégé R500-11Z notebook

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This year we've seen quite a number of high profile notebook launches aimed at the thin and light segment of the market and while Toshiba may not have made as many headlines with its R500 series, it's a great machine in its own right. Weighing in at just... >>

Kensington Contour Balance Notebook Case
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Kensington Contour Balance Notebook Case

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Ladies, just because you've been asked to carry a notebook around by your employer doesn't mean you need to lose that female edge as this latest carry case from Kensington proves. There is no mistaking its feminine styling, as the shape manages to echo... >>

CyberLink MediaShow 4 - PC
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CyberLink MediaShow 4 - PC

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If you use the Mac OS you’ll be accustomed to using iLife, which is a one-stop solution for editing images and video. Sadly, if you use Windows there is no such solution that comes in one neat package. The best you can hope for is to use separate tools.... >>

Philips PET830 portable DVD player
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Philips PET830 portable DVD player

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Portable DVD players come in all shapes and sizes but this Philips player has to be one of the more funky designs. Instead of a laptop-style design, this is more like a tablet that you hold in your hands. The high-gloss finish means it's quickly covered... >>

Sony VAIO VGN-NR21Z/T notebook
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Sony VAIO VGN-NR21Z/T notebook

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Sony has been making notebooks since 1999 and until recently only played in the high-end market. Increasingly, the company is launching lower priced portables that meet the needs of the more mainstream audience. The Sony VAIO VGN-NR21Z/T is a great example.... >>

GEAR4 BassStation speakers
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GEAR4 BassStation speakers

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GEAR4 specialises in gadgets and add-ons for your favourite devices, with an increasing number for the iPod. Take the BassStation for instance, GEAR4 is pitching this device as a 2.1 stereo speaker system for the home but with support for seven different... >>

Yosemite FileKeeper Pro 2.8 - PC
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Yosemite FileKeeper Pro 2.8 - PC

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When was the last time you backed up your hard drive? We bet it wasn’t recently enough to protect you from losing vital data should it crash right now? A recent study carried out by Yosemite revealed that 76% of notebook users never backup their data,... >>

PNY Attache Lady Flash USB drive
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PNY Attache Lady Flash USB drive

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What does your USB memory key say about you? If you're like us, then it's a question you're not likely to have asked yourself. After all, it's merely a tool for swapping and sharing files between machines, isn't it? PNY feels that women should show their... >>

Toshiba Satellite A300-177 notebook
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Toshiba Satellite A300-177 notebook

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When it comes to stylish laptops, Toshiba isn't at the top of the list. However, it is currently re-addressing that idea by overhauling many of its consumer notebooks with a far more appealing touch. The Satellite A300 takes the current rounded look of... >>

Kensington SlimBlade Presenter Mouse
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Kensington SlimBlade Presenter Mouse

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Kensington's SlimBlade range of accessories covers all aspects of computer peripherals and this mouse also doubles as a professional presentation tool. It’s an attractive device finished in metallic blue plastic. The smooth design feels like a pebble... >>

Sony DVP-FX850 portable DVD player
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Sony DVP-FX850 portable DVD player

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Made from plastic, the look is sophisticated and the overall feeling is one of quality. It opens like a notebook, so can be rested on a table. Alternatively, you can twist the panel around and fold it down, which makes it easier to mount on the back of... >>

Norton Ghost 14.0 - PC
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Norton Ghost 14.0 - PC

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When was the last time you backed up the hard drive of your notebook or PC? It’s a question worth asking yourself because if the answer is “never” then what happens if the system fails? You lose everything. With the price of external storage dropping... >>

SanDisk Sansa View MP3 player
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SanDisk Sansa View MP3 player

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SanDisk has been giving Creative a run for its money of late, releasing a host of Flash-based players that are not only competitively priced but also sleek and easy to use. Pitched against the Creative ZEN, the Sansa View is a music player that can also... >>

Acer Extensa 5620 notebook
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Acer Extensa 5620 notebook

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Acer creates a wide range of notebooks for both the business and consumer markets but we're not too sure where the Extensa range fits in to the scheme of things. For instance, the design is clearly a business-like one, after all it's based on the old... >>

AVG Internet Security 8 - PC
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AVG Internet Security 8 - PC

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AVG Internet Security has something of a mixed history, it offers all the standard tools you’d expect from such a suite, including anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall and anti-spam protection. However, these tools are a mix of in-house developed programs... >>

Dicota BacPac Element rucksack
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Dicota BacPac Element rucksack

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Dicota has close to 400 different bag styles to choose from and its latest Actives range is aimed at those who need to take their notebook in to extreme conditions. Made from tough nylon and available in a range of colours, this rucksack is intended for... >>

Acer Aspire 6920G-603G25Bn notebook
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Acer Aspire 6920G-603G25Bn notebook

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The Aspire range of notebooks from Acer are aimed at home users who want a portable machine for multimedia purposes, whether that's simply watching movies or TV, listening to music, or increasingly, actually editing content for themselves, as well as... >>

Buffalo Super High Speed USB Flash Type R
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Buffalo Super High Speed USB Flash Type R

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There is nothing particularly new about a USB pen drive and as the price of flash has dropped considerably of late, it's now possible to pick up a 4GB one for less than £20. At first appearances, this makes the latest pen drive from Buffalo all the more... >>

Verbatim External Hard Drive
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Verbatim External Hard Drive

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With 2.5-inch notebook hard drives constantly rising in capacity and dropping in price, it seems easy to forget that for low-cost but high-capacity storage, the desktop drive is still a viable option. While we were expecting the Verbatim drive to be larger,... >>

Serif WebPlus X2 - PC
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Serif WebPlus X2 - PC

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Producing a website design that you’re happy with can be a time consuming and complicated matter, especially if you’re not fluent in coding HTML. This has seen an increased use of template-based packages that hide the code away. With its eye on the... >>

Asus M70SA notebook
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Asus M70SA notebook

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When it comes to notebooks, you can't deny Asus has caused something of a stir of late with its Eee PCs. However, its core business is larger fully-featured machines, of which the M70SA has to be one of the most impressive. Made from thick plastic that... >>

LG DP271 Portable DVD player
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LG DP271 Portable DVD player

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If you want to watch DVD movies on the move, there are an ever-increasing number of ways but the most cost-effective remains a portable DVD player. The LG DP271 has been designed to be an entry-level model and with a price of just £100 (inc. VAT), it... >>

Saitek Cyborg 5.1 Headset
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Saitek Cyborg 5.1 Headset

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Saitek's gaming range incorporates a wide range of peripherals designed to enhance the gaming experience. These headphones claim to offer 5.1 surround sound using it's own integrated sound card. The headphones have a good amount of adjust to them and... >>

Brenthaven MetroLite II  notebook case
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Brenthaven MetroLite II notebook case

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Brenthaven's new range of notebook cases use what it calls Zero Impact, which refers not only to the damage you can expect should you drop the bag while carrying your notebook, but also to your body, as it has been designed to be more ergonomic. The first... >>

Webroot Parental Controls - PC
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Webroot Parental Controls - PC

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If you have children and allow them access to the Internet, who monitors the sites they visit, and more importantly, the links they are exposed to? Even though Windows Vista has taken this into account by adding parental controls into the OS, not everyone... >>

Samsung P200 laptop
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Samsung P200 laptop

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Samsung may not be one of the biggest notebook sellers but this year it has been making some serious advances both in terms of design and price. The Samsung P200 costs £599 (inc. VAT) but the minute you pick it up you feel as though you're holding a... >>

Family Tree Heritage 7 - PC
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Family Tree Heritage 7 - PC

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The Freedom of Information act, and a little help from a TV show called “So who do you think you are” has had a large impact on those who at one time found genealogy less than interesting. We’ve now seen a boom in the number of people trying to... >>

iRiver E100 MP3 player
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iRiver E100 MP3 player

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It has long been thought that if anyone was likely to knock the Apple iPod off the MP3 top-spot that it would be iRiver. After all, the company has released more players in the last 4 years than just about any other company. That said, the iRiver E100... >>

SanDisk microSDHC with MobileMate Micro Reader
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SanDisk microSDHC with MobileMate Micro Reader

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If you have a micro memory card in your mobile phone then you’re likely to have a memory card reader attached to your PC at home. However, when you’re out and about it can often be tricky to share files with your others. The obvious way is to use... >>

TrekStor DataStation microdisk external hard drive
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TrekStor DataStation microdisk external hard drive

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If you carry data around with you, a high-capacity USB memory stick is often enough but what if you need even more space? This drive from TrekStor takes a standard 1.8-inch notebook drive – the sort you'll find in most iPods – and places it in a compact... >>

AgfaPhoto AF5070M BT
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AgfaPhoto AF5070M BT

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The growth in digital photography has had to find new ways to exhibit images, with the result being the continued interest in digital photo frames. The Agfa Photo AF5070M BT is a standard 7-inch LCD panel sporting a resolution of 480 x 234 pixels, which... >>

Lenovo ThinkPad X300 notebook
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Lenovo ThinkPad X300 notebook

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There has been a great deal of interest in ultraportable notebooks recently. Whether it's the budget Asus Eee PC or the design-led Apple MacBook Air, they keep grabbing the headlines. Now, we have Lenovo with its latest high-end business ultraportable.... >>

GEAR4 World Tour charger
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GEAR4 World Tour charger

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MP3 player capacities are on the increase and as a result we're listening to them for longer than ever before, which makes having a charger with you at all times an essential purchase. Designed with the Apple iPod in mind, you'll find the GEAR4 WorldTour... >>