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HP iPAQ 214 Enterprise PDA
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HP iPAQ 214 Enterprise PDA

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In this age where being able to communicate with others is often top of the list of priorities, it seems a little strange that HP should continue to roll out unconnected PDAs. However the HP iPAQ 214 Enterprise is the latest update of the line aimed at... >>

Norton AntiVirus 2008 - PC
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Norton AntiVirus 2008 - PC

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When it comes to naming conventions, Norton hasn’t made life easy for itself. It has a range of products that all offer online protection, all with vaguely similar names, so choosing the right one for you can feel a little hit-and-miss. To make matters... >>

Crumpler Beefy Pocket
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Crumpler Beefy Pocket

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When you buy a notebook, it is likely it will come with a cheap and not very attractive carry case. So, the first thing on your list to buy should be a new bag, preferably something stylish and quirky like the Crumpler Beefy Pocket. Crumpler may not deliver... >>

HP Pavilion dv6750ea notebook
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HP Pavilion dv6750ea notebook

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HP has spent the last 2 years re-inventing its notebook offerings, especially improving the look and feel of its consumer offerings. This has paid off, with the company now selling more notebooks worldwide than any other manufacturer. The HP Pavilion... >>

Magix Movie Edit Pro 14 Plus - PC
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Magix Movie Edit Pro 14 Plus - PC

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At one time, editing your own video footage was seen as a high-end task that took serious dedication. However, with even Windows Vista now shipping with Movie Maker, video has gone mainstream and as long as you have a reasonably powerful PC or notebook,... >>

Philips GoGear SA6025 MP3 player
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Philips GoGear SA6025 MP3 player

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We've always been impressed with Philips audio players and while they don't shout about them as much as Apple does with its iPod, they're just as stylish and as easy to use. The build quality is as impressive as the look, being solid in the hand. The... >>

Verbatim SmartDisk Portable Hard Drive
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Verbatim SmartDisk Portable Hard Drive

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Verbatim is better known for it's media discs but it's no surprise that it offers an increasingly diverse range of external storage devices. Taking a standard notebook 2.5-inch drive and placing it in an external box is nothing new but Verbatim has managed... >>

Toshiba Satellite Pro U300 notebook
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Toshiba Satellite Pro U300 notebook

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Toshiba tends to split its business in two quite distinctive trends, you have the full multimedia statements, such as its Qosmio line, and then there is the rather subdued and safe business machine. While the Toshiba Satellite Pro U300 falls into the... >>

SanDisk Tag
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SanDisk Tag

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When it comes to choosing a new USB memory stick, there are two factors you need to consider: capacity and extras. This latest key from SanDisk offers both with a great deal of success. With 4GB of storage for £18 (inc. VAT) you get a lot of space for... >>

Lite-On cenOmax photo frame
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Lite-On cenOmax photo frame

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One of the fastest growing gadget areas at the moment is the digital photo frame. Prices have dropped considerably of late and the most popular size – the 7-inch panel – is now the most affordable. The Lite-On cenOmax has a 7-inch screen with a 480... >>

Kensington SlimBlade Media Notebook Set
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Kensington SlimBlade Media Notebook Set

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Kensington has designed its latest range of media sets with notebook owners in mind. The set consists of three elements: full-sized keyboard, a mouse and a numeric keypad. Connecting wirelessly, the idea is that you can leave the unit on your desk but... >>

Apple Aperture 2.0 review
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Apple Aperture 2.0 review

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Apple has always prided itself on being the platform for designers and those who need quick and easy-to-use art packages and Aperture has been the photo management of choice for professional photographers. While there have been updates for the software,... >>

Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook S6410 notebook
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Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook S6410 notebook

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When it comes to notebooks, large machines tend to be the most popular as they offer more in the way of power but if you need to carry your machine around with you, opting for an ultraportable makes sense. The Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook S6410 walks a fine... >>

Driver Genius Professional 2007 - PC
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Driver Genius Professional 2007 - PC

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In this age of plug-and-play computing where you simply need to attach a device for Windows or Mac OS to identify it, such a program as Driver Genius seems a little redundant. However, when you consider that just like the main operating system itself,... >>

Dell Vostro 1700 laptop
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Dell Vostro 1700 laptop

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Dell's Vostro line is aimed at business users but takes the same standard look as the consumer Inspiron line. However, there are differences, with the build quality being ramped up and, if you’re willing to pay for it, extra services. The Dell Vostro... >>

Dicota BacPac Xtreme Rucksack
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Dicota BacPac Xtreme Rucksack

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With most notebook carry cases made for the urban commute, the Xtreme aims to offer the regular traveller a little more, both in space, as well as rugged design. As the name suggests, the Xtreme is built for rugged use as well as extremes of weather.... >>

LaCie Hard Disk 500GB, Design by Neil Poulton
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LaCie Hard Disk 500GB, Design by Neil Poulton

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If you’re the type of person who is impressed by designer labels, you’ll love this external hard drive as it oozes style. The black glossy finish is more in keeping with the digital home than the average living room or computer desk. However, it’s... >>

BluBox - PC
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BluBox - PC

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Digital photography has gone mainstream and with it has come a steady increase in image size and the resulting larger file sizes. This means the nation's hard drives are straining under the weight of large image collections. This can also cause problems... >>

Hauppauge XFones PC-2400 headphones
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Hauppauge XFones PC-2400 headphones

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When it comes to getting the best sound from your computer, it pays to invest in a pair of good quality headphones. These latest cans from Hauppauge promise to deliver Dolby 5.1 surround sound with no wires in sight. To do this the headset comes with... >>

Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000  webcam
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Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 webcam

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When it comes to holding a video conference or simply chatting with friends over MSN, a webcam can really enhance the experience. The Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 slips in to any available USB port on your PC. It has a clip that has been designed to attach... >>

Wacom Bamboo Fun Medium Graphics Tablet
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Wacom Bamboo Fun Medium Graphics Tablet

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If you find using a mouse a little awkward and less than natural, a good alternative is to use a graphics tablet as the pen allows you to work far more naturally than a mouse ever can. This latest version from Wacom is an entry-level device that lacks... >>

Ansmann Portable Power Pack Notebook
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Ansmann Portable Power Pack Notebook

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There are times when the average notebook user wishes they had a backup battery. The answer lies in the Ansmann Portable Power Pack as it allows you to charge you system when on the move. The battery pack is slim and can be slipped in to your carry case... >>

Avanquest Fix-it Utilities 8 Pro - PC
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Avanquest Fix-it Utilities 8 Pro - PC

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If you have owned your PC for some time you’ll know how much junk is installed on it, from internet downloads to uninstalled programs, they all leave a trail of debris on your system. Getting rid of such links will often speed up your overall performance,... >>

PC Tools Registry Mechanic 7 - PC
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PC Tools Registry Mechanic 7 - PC

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When you bought your PC or notebook that was the point it ran the smoothest and fastest. This is because the Windows OS, regardless of version, is at its cleanest. Whenever you install a program, add a user or generally change settings, you’re also... >>

CyberLink DVD Suite 6 Ultra - PC
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CyberLink DVD Suite 6 Ultra - PC

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If you’ve bought a new computer at any point in the last 2 years, it’s likely that CyberLink as a name will be familiar to you. After all, it’s PowerDVD movie theatre is the number one choice for most manufacturers to bundle with their PCs. The... >>

Samsung UM10 Optical Mouse
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Samsung UM10 Optical Mouse

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If you thought all computer mice were the same, be prepared to be amazed by the Samsung UM10. At a mere 8mm thick, this is the slimmest optical mouse we've come across. Notebook users who like to take a mouse with them on the move will appreciate the... >>

Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Si 2636 notebook
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Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Si 2636 notebook

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Apple may have stolen all the headlines of late with the release of its 13.3-inc MacBook Air, which is a shame, as the Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Si 2636 has arrived with little or no fanfare but is an equally striking machine to look at. Weighing in at 2.3kg,... >>

Techair 3708 rucksack
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Techair 3708 rucksack

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Almost every notebook rucksack you'll see is advertised to fit large machines measuring 15 inches or above, which makes this latest bag from Techair all the more interesting. Designed for use with 13.3-in machines, it's great for those who own a MacBook... >>

Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo Mobile D9500 laptop
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Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo Mobile D9500 laptop

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Fujitsu Siemens has added to its business range of notebooks with the Esprimo line of machines. The Esprimo Mobile D9500 has been designed as a machine to be used on the move as well as at your desk. With this in mind, the 2.9kg chassis sports a 15.4-inch... >>

Kingston Media Reader
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Kingston Media Reader

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Some gadgets are more practical than desirable and a memory card reader certainly falls into this category. However, rather than just a small box with port slots, Kingston has added a hint of style to this device. For starters, it has been designed for... >>

Golla Flash Laptop Shoulder Bag
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Golla Flash Laptop Shoulder Bag

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When it comes to carrying your notebook around with you it seems there is an ever increasing choice of bags on offer. This shoulder bag isn’t the most robust of designs but it is stylish and certainly makes an impact. Made from waterproof nylon, the... >>

Sony Vegas Movie Studio 8 - PC
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Sony Vegas Movie Studio 8 - PC

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Home movies are slowly becoming all the rage but what turns a bunch of clips into an enjoyable experience is a good video-editing suite. The two market leaders are Adobe with its Premiere Elements and Sony with this, the eighth take on its Vegas Movie... >>

Tritton Audio Xtreme PC Headphones
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Tritton Audio Xtreme PC Headphones

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When we think about 5.1 surround sound speakers, we immedaitely think of a serious Hi-Fi setup in your living room or bedroom. But what if we were to tell you its now possible to have the effect when you’re walking around? These headphones do a reasonable... >>

Kensington Auto Power Adapter with USB Power Port
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Kensington Auto Power Adapter with USB Power Port

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How many gadgets do you carry around on a daily basis? There’s your mobile phone, music player and if you drive, even your satnav device. Inevitably, we're using our mobile gadgets for longer periods away from the home. This means we have to take an... >>

LaCie D2 Quadra hard drive
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LaCie D2 Quadra hard drive

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No matter how large the hard drive in your PC, it pays to have an external backup source and this latest device from LaCie is both stylish and easy to use. The white box is rather attractive in an understated way and while there is only enough room for... >>

BHV Recover My Files - PC
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BHV Recover My Files - PC

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How many times have you gone to look for a file and found that it has been deleted? The Windows Recycle Bin may be a great safety net for stuff inadvertently deleted but what happens if you’ve had a viral attack, or even a simple partition failure?... >>

Samsung X22 laptop
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Samsung X22 laptop

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Samsung has introduced some great notebook designs of late and the X22 continues this trend with a semi-lightweight machine intended for power users on the move. Other models we've seen from Samsung have ad a glossy finish but this latest machine has... >>

Sony SRS-T10PC Travel Speakers
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Sony SRS-T10PC Travel Speakers

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Notebooks may be all the rage but one area where they still suffer is in the sound quality department. To remedy this, there are a host of external speakers that offer portable assistance. This being Sony, you have to expect something a little different... >>

ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 7.1 - PC
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ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 7.1 - PC

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ZoneAlarm has built its reputation over the last decade by providing a firewall for free that has been both secure and easy to use. Since then, it has tried to develop its name by expanding the ZoneAlarm name into a full-blown security suite. For the... >>

Apple MacBook Air laptop
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Apple MacBook Air laptop

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Every Apple launch is something of an event and it's no different with the MacBook Air, as this is the thinnest notebook in the world. At its thickest point it's 20mm, and a mere 4mm at its thinnest. It has managed to achieve this size by jettisoning... >>

Toshiba Satellite U300-13V laptop
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Toshiba Satellite U300-13V laptop

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Toshiba has been making notebooks for over 20 years and in that time has specialised on corporate machines but increasingly in the last few years it has released a number of machines for the home user too. The Toshiba Satellite U300-13V fits in the middle... >>

MSI StarCam Genie webcam
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MSI StarCam Genie webcam

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If you’re thinking of adding a webcam to your PC for video messaging it often pays to opt for a camera with a strong sensor. This 1.3-megapixel sensor offers a standard 1280 x 1024 pixels, which is more than enough for most people. However, it does... >>

Trust Notebook Power Adapter PW-1700P
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Trust Notebook Power Adapter PW-1700P

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The biggest problem facing the mobile user is having enough power for your notebook and all your peripherals when out and about. If you’re a frequent traveller, this multi-purpose recharger from Trust is a great all-round solution. While mainly designed... >>

Magix Audio Cleaning Lab 12 Deluxe - PC
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Magix Audio Cleaning Lab 12 Deluxe - PC

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If you’re of a certain age, you’ll no doubt have a collection of vinyl albums and singles gathering dust in a box somewhere. Sure, you can buy replacements on CD or even download digital versions. With Audio Cleaning Lab 12 you can use this software... >>

Pentax DSmobile 600 portable scanner
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Pentax DSmobile 600 portable scanner

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There are tasks the average computer user needs to carry out that are often better suited to the office, such as printing or scanning. However, there are an ever-increasing number of tools that allow you to do more on the move. This scanner from Pentax... >>

Iomega eGo Portable 250GB hard drive
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Iomega eGo Portable 250GB hard drive

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Whether it’s for backing up your computer’s hard drive or taking files with you on the move, portable hard drives have never been larger, or cheaper, than right now. Portable drives aren’t as cost-effective as desktop versions, or as quick, but... >>

Sony VAIO VGN-FZ21M laptop
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Sony VAIO VGN-FZ21M laptop

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The Sony VAIO VGN-FZ21M is a great example of a notebook aimed at those who want to do more than just write documents and answer emails when on the move, as Sony has designed it to be a multimedia machine. Weighing in at 2.6kg, it is not the lightest... >>

Gear4 HouseParty Blu speakers
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Gear4 HouseParty Blu speakers

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The HouseParty Blu has a stylish but rarher conservative styling. The glossy black finish is tempered by a silver grill across the front and won't look out of place in the living room, or bizarrely, the typical meeting room. Measuring 280 x 140 x 100mm,... >>

Microsoft Works 9.0 - PC
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Microsoft Works 9.0 - PC

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Microsoft Works has always been a stripped down version of MS Office, aimed at casual users and those with basic needs. It is most often found bundled on new PCs. It comprises a single disc from which you can install the staple applications of Word, Spreadsheet,... >>

Maxdata Belinea s.book 1 laptop
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Maxdata Belinea s.book 1 laptop

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Belinea may not be a notebook name you’ll instantly recognise. It’s a sub-brand of Maxdata but until now it was only used for TFT monitors and matching peripherals. This new range of notebooks is aimed at the consumer and, like the monitors, will... >>