Archive for Stephen Patrick

  • Plantronics Audio 480 headset
    3.5 out of 5

    Plantronics Audio 480 headset

    By 15 July 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P8010 notebook

    By 14 July 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Pinnacle Studio 12 Ultimate - PC

    By 9 July 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    HP Compaq 2510p notebook

    By 7 July 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Verbatim Store 'n' Go USB Executive drive

    By 3 July 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    ZoneAlarm ForceField - PC

    By 3 July 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Asus U2E notebook

    By 30 June 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    CyberLink PowerDirector 7 Ultra - PC

    By 27 June 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Western Digital My Book Passport Essential hard drive

    By 26 June 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Sony VAIO VGN-TZ31MN/W notebook

    By 23 June 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Crumpler The Belly L rucksack

    By 20 June 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Nuance PDF Converter Professional 5 - PC

    By 19 June 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Belkin Laptop Cooling Stand

    By 17 June 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Asus Eee PC 901 notebook

    By 17 June 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Samsung R700 notebook

    By 16 June 2008

    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
    3 out of 5

    Acer Aspire One notebook

    By 13 June 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Iolo System Mechanic Pro 7.5 - PC

    By 11 June 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba Portégé R500-11Z notebook

    By 9 June 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Kensington Contour Balance Notebook Case

    By 6 June 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    CyberLink MediaShow 4 - PC

    By 5 June 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Philips PET830 portable DVD player

    By 4 June 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Sony VAIO VGN-NR21Z/T notebook

    By 2 June 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    GEAR4 BassStation speakers

    By 30 May 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Yosemite FileKeeper Pro 2.8 - PC

    By 29 May 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    PNY Attache Lady Flash USB drive

    By 27 May 2008

    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...