Archive for Stephen Patrick

  • HP iPAQ 214 Enterprise PDA
    4 out of 5

    HP iPAQ 214 Enterprise PDA

    By 16 April 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Norton AntiVirus 2008 - PC

    By 15 April 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Crumpler Beefy Pocket

    By 14 April 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    HP Pavilion dv6750ea notebook

    By 14 April 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Magix Movie Edit Pro 14 Plus - PC

    By 9 April 2008

    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
    3 out of 5

    Philips GoGear SA6025 MP3 player

    By 9 April 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Verbatim SmartDisk Portable Hard Drive

    By 8 April 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba Satellite Pro U300 notebook

    By 7 April 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    SanDisk Tag

    By 4 April 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Lite-On cenOmax photo frame

    By 3 April 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Kensington SlimBlade Media Notebook Set

    By 1 April 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Apple Aperture 2.0 review

    By 1 April 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook S6410 notebook

    By 31 March 2008

    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
    3 out of 5

    Driver Genius Professional 2007 - PC

    By 27 March 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Dell Vostro 1700 laptop

    By 24 March 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Dicota BacPac Xtreme Rucksack

    By 21 March 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    LaCie Hard Disk 500GB, Design by Neil Poulton

    By 20 March 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    BluBox - PC

    By 20 March 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Hauppauge XFones PC-2400 headphones

    By 19 March 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 webcam

    By 19 March 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Wacom Bamboo Fun Medium Graphics Tablet

    By 18 March 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    Ansmann Portable Power Pack Notebook

    By 14 March 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    Avanquest Fix-it Utilities 8 Pro - PC

    By 13 March 2008

    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
    4 out of 5

    PC Tools Registry Mechanic 7 - PC

    By 12 March 2008

    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
    3.5 out of 5

    CyberLink DVD Suite 6 Ultra - PC

    By 10 March 2008

    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...