Archive for Stephen Patrick

  • Toshiba Satellite A300-177 notebook
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba Satellite A300-177 notebook

    By 26 May 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Kensington SlimBlade Presenter Mouse

    By 23 May 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Sony DVP-FX850 portable DVD player

    By 22 May 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Norton Ghost 14.0 - PC

    By 22 May 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    SanDisk Sansa View MP3 player

    By 20 May 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Acer Extensa 5620 notebook

    By 19 May 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    AVG Internet Security 8 - PC

    By 15 May 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Dicota BacPac Element rucksack

    By 13 May 2008

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    Acer Aspire 6920G-603G25Bn notebook

    By 12 May 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Buffalo Super High Speed USB Flash Type R

    By 9 May 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Verbatim External Hard Drive

    By 7 May 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Serif WebPlus X2 - PC

    By 6 May 2008

    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
    4.5 out of 5

    Asus M70SA notebook

    By 5 May 2008

    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
    3 out of 5

    LG DP271 Portable DVD player

    By 2 May 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Saitek Cyborg 5.1 Headset

    By 1 May 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Brenthaven MetroLite II notebook case

    By 30 April 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Webroot Parental Controls - PC

    By 29 April 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Samsung P200 laptop

    By 28 April 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Family Tree Heritage 7 - PC

    By 24 April 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    iRiver E100 MP3 player

    By 23 April 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    SanDisk microSDHC with MobileMate Micro Reader

    By 23 April 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    TrekStor DataStation microdisk external hard drive

    By 22 April 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    AgfaPhoto AF5070M BT

    By 21 April 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Lenovo ThinkPad X300 notebook

    By 21 April 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    GEAR4 World Tour charger

    By 17 April 2008

    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...