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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... >>