Archive for Stephen Patrick

  • Toshiba Satellite Pro U400 notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Toshiba Satellite Pro U400 notebook

    By 25 August 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 6 - PC

    By 22 August 2008

    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
    3 out of 5

    Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo Mobile V5505 notebook

    By 21 August 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Corel CorelDRAW X4 - PC

    By 20 August 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    ASUS M51SE notebook

    By 20 August 2008

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    Dell Inspiron 1525 notebook

    By 18 August 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Samsung Q70 notebook

    By 15 August 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Akasa Libra notebook cooler

    By 13 August 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009 - PC

    By 12 August 2008

    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
    3 out of 5

    Sony VAIO VGN-NR31J/S notebook

    By 11 August 2008

    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
    2.5 out of 5

    AverMedia AverTV Hybrid STB 1080i

    By 7 August 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

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

    By 6 August 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Sony VAIO VGN-AR61E notebook

    By 4 August 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Webroot Secure Backup – PC software

    By 1 August 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    NEC Versa S9100 notebook

    By 31 July 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Eastpak Parker notebook bag

    By 30 July 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Dell Latitude XT tablet PC

    By 28 July 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Serif PagePlus X3 - PC

    By 24 July 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Plantronics Audio 770 headphones

    By 23 July 2008

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    Asus Eee PC 1000 notebook

    By 23 July 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba Satellite L300 notebook

    By 21 July 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Eastpak Floyd rucksack

    By 18 July 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Belkin Power and Go travel adapter

    By 17 July 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 - PC

    By 17 July 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    MSI Digivox Duo TV tuner

    By 16 July 2008

    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...