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Fujitsu Siemens AMILO Pi 1505 laptop
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Fujitsu Siemens AMILO Pi 1505 laptop

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Notebook prices have dropped so much in recent months that you can now find machines with a decent specification at a fraction of what they were a year ago. Even so, you need to be wary of some as they offer than you think. Thankfully, that isn’t the... >>

AVG Internet Security Suite 7.5 - PC
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AVG Internet Security Suite 7.5 - PC

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AVG has been offering its security suite as a free download for quite some time but this is the first time the company has offered a paid-for alternative. It promises to offer better support and stronger tools and on first impressions it manages to live... >>

Norton Internet Security Suite 2007 - PC Software
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Norton Internet Security Suite 2007 - PC Software

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We all know that if you have a computer and it’s hooked up to the Internet then you need as much protection as possible to stop it being infected by all and sundry. This latest version of Norton’s ever popular single-user security solution comes with... >>

Asus R1F Tablet PC laptop
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Asus R1F Tablet PC laptop

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Since it’s introduction, Tablet PC has had something of a tough ride, with opinion falling into either the love it or hate it camp with very little opinion in the middle. In response to this, most manufacturers have downplayed the tablet aspect, opting... >>

Acer TravelMate laptop
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Acer TravelMate laptop

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Whenever a new technology comes along there will always be the early adopters, those people who must have the latest features regardless of the price. If you fall into that category then you’ll be in for a treat with the Acer TravelMate 8215WLMi. Sony... >>

Serif PhotoPlus 11 PC software
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Serif PhotoPlus 11 PC software

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One of the complaints levelled at digital photography is that it’s a flat medium. What this means is that the camera doesn’t understand the nuances of a 3D world, which is why every digital photo comes to life with even the most basic of edits. It... >>

Lenovo 3000 C100 laptop
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Lenovo 3000 C100 laptop

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Lenovo may be a name new to most people and rightly so. Until last year, it wasn’t widely known outside its native China. However, with the acquisition of the IBM hardware line, Lenovo suddenly became the world’s largest unknown notebook brand. The... >>

Ahead Nero 7 Premium Reloaded
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Ahead Nero 7 Premium Reloaded

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The Matrix movies have a lot to answer for; not just the stop-frame 360-degree camera angle but also the notion that you don’t need to call a follow-up Part Two, but something far more exotic like "Reloaded". This package is essentially an update of... >>

Acer Ferrari 5005WLMi  laptop
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Acer Ferrari 5005WLMi laptop

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Acer and Ferrari have been in partnership for close to 4 years now and in that time the Ferrari-branded notebook has gone from a novelty, to a mainstay of the Acer line-up. It’s under gone a number of changes but the core essentials have always stayed... >>

Tesco PhotoRestyle
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Tesco PhotoRestyle

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If you own a digital camera then at some time or other you’ll want to edit, correct them or simply edit them for a tighter image. There are a variety of applications out there that will readily do the job, with PaintShop being our long-term favourite.... >>

Sony VAIO VGN-AR21S laptop
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Sony VAIO VGN-AR21S laptop

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Sony may be best known for its ultraportable notebooks but it isn’t afraid to take a few chances at the other end of the scale, as this 3.8kg desktop replacement can attest to. Sure, you wouldn’t want to carry it around too often but it’s got a... >>

Tesco Complete Office - PC
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Tesco Complete Office - PC

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Tesco shoppers have long been able to buy a PC, or even a notebook, along with their weekly shop, so it was only a matter of time before the shopping giant brought out its own range of software. Tesco Complete Office is exactly what it sets out to be... >>

Samsung Q1 SSD Ultra Mobile PC
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Samsung Q1 SSD Ultra Mobile PC

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Microsoft has a habit of coming up with ideas and then leaving it to the hardware manufacturers to make it happen. In recent memory we’ve had the home display, which died a death and the Tablet PC, which is still around but not in the form MS first... >>

Visual Creation Studio Pro PC software
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Visual Creation Studio Pro PC software

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There was a time when digital photography was an expensive medium. It was likely you wouldn’t also be interested in capturing and editing video. However, with even the most basic camera phone being capable of capturing video, as well as the price of... >>

Dialogue Flybook V33i 3g Lux Pro laptop
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Dialogue Flybook V33i 3g Lux Pro laptop

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Ask someone about Tablet PC and they’ll either not know about it, or more likely, not entertain the idea of using a notebook to physically write notes onto the screen. It’s a concept that initially sounds unappealing but once you’re accustomed to... >>

Intuit Quicken Premier 2007
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Intuit Quicken Premier 2007

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Look after your money and it’ll look after you. If this is one of your mottos then you’ll be aware there are a wide variety of software tools out there to help you keep track of your money. Quicken Premier 2007 is the daddy of all tools and allows... >>

Toshiba Tecra A6 laptop
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Toshiba Tecra A6 laptop

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With the number of notebooks now on the market it is hard to imagine that at one time, Toshiba had the game all to itself. With over 21 years of experience in portable computing it knows a thing or two about mobility. Take the Tecra A6 for instance, it... >>

Encyclopaedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite 2007
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Encyclopaedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite 2007

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Thankfully, gone are the days of having to search for facts in the reference area of the local library as you can now find the entire Britannica reference suite on one handy sized DVD. Essentially an upgrade of last year’s version, there have been a... >>

Acer Aspire 9802WKMi laptop
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Acer Aspire 9802WKMi laptop

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How large do you want your notebook screen to be? If you’re looking to carry it about, smaller is definitely better but if you’re thinking of the ultimate desktop replacement, then there is no other option than to go for a 20.1-inch screen. Acer and... >>

Roxio Easy Media Creator 9 PC software
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Roxio Easy Media Creator 9 PC software

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It hardly seems no time at all that we were testing Media Creator 8 and while it ticked a number of boxes, we were disappointed with how resource heavy it felt when doing anything other than creating DVDs and how many of the tools simply didn’t want... >>

Asus V1J laptop
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Asus V1J laptop

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Perhaps the first question you need to ask yourself about this notebook is; why would you want to spend £1400 on a machine when you can get a machine with a decent specification at a similar weight for half the price? On the surface you’d be hard pressed... >>

McAfee Internet Security Suite 2007
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McAfee Internet Security Suite 2007

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When it comes to Internet Security, you can’t afford to take half-measures, not unless you want a computer riddled with viruses and being hijacked on a regular basis, that is. McAfee is one of the big names in the business and constantly goes head-to-head... >>

Samsung X11 laptop
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Samsung X11 laptop

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Samsung has a reputation for delivering ultraportable notebooks at an aggressive price and the X11 follows a similar theme. At £750 (inc. VAT) it comes with an affordable price tag, especially when you consider it’s running a dual-core processor in... >>

ACDSee Photo Editor
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ACDSee Photo Editor

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Anyone who has a digital camera will know there is no shortage of editing software on the market. Even if you buy an entry-level camera you are likely to get basic editing tools. In recent times we’ve been split between Corel Paintshop Pro, which is... >>

Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook Q2010
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Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook Q2010

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There is an important fact you need to know about this notebook: it isn’t a notebook, it’s a status symbol. Fujitsu Siemens has designed it in collaboration with a number of executives, who are it’s target market here, asking them what they need... >>

Webroot Spy Sweeper 5
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Webroot Spy Sweeper 5

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In recent years, Webroot has become something of a favourite of anyone who takes protecting their computer seriously. Sure, there are bigger names out there that work just as well, but none really offer the simplicity Webroot has become known for. This... >>

Dell XPS M2010
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Dell XPS M2010

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When you think of innovation, Dell isn’t the first company you’re likely to think of. After all, it’s built its business on being aggressive in established markets rather than exploring new ones. Which makes the Dell XPS M2010 even more of a curiosity.... >>

Norton Save and Restore
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Norton Save and Restore

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If you’ve ever had one of those days when nothing you do on your PC seems to go right – install a bugged program or download a cranky file - then you’ll know how vital rollback or even restoring software can be. As it can effectively turn back the... >>

HP Compaq nx6325 laptop
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HP Compaq nx6325 laptop

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Dual-core processing is changing the way we look at notebooks. At one time, you’d expect a notebook to be able to run MS Office applications with ease and hopefully give you a couple of hours battery life too. Now, you can run multiple applications... >>

Iolo Search and Recover 4
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Iolo Search and Recover 4

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Have you ever sent a file to your Recycle Bin then suddenly remembered that you need it? Imagine if you’d emptied the bin straight away, it would have been gone forever and irretrievable, or would it? When files are deleted from the system, the actual... >>

Acer Aspire 5602WLMi laptop
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Acer Aspire 5602WLMi laptop

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If you’ve ever tried buying a notebook from PC World or even Dixons on the high street, then you’ll have come across Acer notebooks. True, they aren’t the most attractive machines you’ll see, being little more than grey boxes for the most part... >>

JDPSoft Digital Vault software
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JDPSoft Digital Vault software

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In this age where notebooks now outsell desktop PCs it’s likely that you’re carrying all your information around with you on a regular basis. However, it’s also likely that you treat it just like your desktop, and don’t hide away any of those... >>

Toshiba Tecra M5 laptop
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Toshiba Tecra M5 laptop

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Notebooks can be many things, they can be ultraportables stripped of everything and used for little more than email and word processing or then again, you can have a hulking desktop replacement with enough power to run a small empire. However, job specific... >>

NUANCE Dragon Naturally Speaking 9
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NUANCE Dragon Naturally Speaking 9

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There was a time when speech recognition programs were all the rage – simply record your messages and have your PC turn it into text. However, language is such a large moving target, consider how many accents you hear on a daily basis before you even... >>

Samsung X60 laptop
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Samsung X60 laptop

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Samsung is something of a dark horse in the notebook world. As one of the largest component manufacturers in the world, it produces over 90% of the parts for its own machines, which means it can offer something a little more special than the average run... >>

FastTrak XP Tuning Suite 3 software
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FastTrak XP Tuning Suite 3 software

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Windows XP has been a great OS but it’s not without its flaws. One of the biggest crimes has been Microsoft’s hiding away of many features. This has led to a mini-industry of software suites offering tweaks for the OS. XP Tuning Suite 3 does exactly... >>

Sony Vaio VGN-FE21H laptop
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Sony Vaio VGN-FE21H laptop

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There was a time when the release of a new Sony notebook was a cause to rejoice, not only did you get innovative new designs but you also got a certain degree of kudos for owning one. However, as prices have dropped and dropped, Sony has had to release... >>

Diskkeeper 10 defraging software
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Diskkeeper 10 defraging software

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It’s a simple fact of life the storage space on your hard drive is in worse shape than you think it is. Every time you save a file, download something or install a program, Windows will scatter that data across your hard disk in something akin to a... >>

Dell Inspiron XPS M1210 gaming laptop
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Dell Inspiron XPS M1210 gaming laptop

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Dell has been successfully touting its gaming laptops for the last couple of years, taking on all comers both here and in the States and pretty much made the market its own – so much so that it’s even bought the main competitor, Alienware. The premise... >>

Avanquest Drive Erase Pro
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Avanquest Drive Erase Pro

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In this day and age of the Recycle Bin sitting quietly in the corner of our PC’s desktop it’s hard to remember a time when deleting a file simply was that: deleted. The recycle bin gives us the breathing room to reclaim any files we may have inadvertently... >>

Acer Aspire 5652WLMi laptop
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Acer Aspire 5652WLMi laptop

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The notebook market has become sort of stale lately, as manufacturers fight over price points rather than exciting new concepts, so it’s nice to see a new idea once in awhile. Acer isn’t scared of bringing new ideas to market ahead of the rest of... >>

ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 6.5
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ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 6.5

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For a long time, ZoneAlarm was one of the favoured free applications for protecting and monitoring your PC from online theft. So much so that people forgot there was a beefed-up security package that cost money. The end result was an opinion that the... >>

Averatec 4360 laptop
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Averatec 4360 laptop

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Averatec has always impressed us on the style stakes. Sure, the white plastic has never been as slick or as strong as Apple’s and the ultraportable nature of the notebooks, never quite as portable as a Sony but Averatec notebooks have always had one... >>

G Data AntiVirus Internet Security 2006
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G Data AntiVirus Internet Security 2006

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We’re already half way through the year and still updates of antivirus software are coming through the door. It’s always good to see internet tools being supported and updated but G Data has arrived a little late on the market that is already saturated... >>

Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro V2060 laptop
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Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro V2060 laptop

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When it comes to notebooks, Fujitsu Siemens is something of a success story. Four years ago you’d have been hard pushed to find anyone who actually owned one of their machines. Today, they are the fourth biggest supplier in Europe and when it comes... >>

Internet Babysitter tracking software
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Internet Babysitter tracking software

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We’ve had read the horror stories about the Internet being a breeding ground for perverts and paedophiles and while we should show an increasingly level of caution, we can’t stop our children from using it. Therefore, the logical step is to take a... >>

TableKiosk EO V7110 UMPC
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TableKiosk EO V7110 UMPC

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It started out as a buzzword, Origami, and for once, Microsoft managed to keep it something of a secret right up until launch. We’d like to think it was because of some major stealth exercise but in reality it’s because the idea isn’t that new or... >>

Family Tree Legends: Starter Edition
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Family Tree Legends: Starter Edition

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The Internet may have been blamed for many things in recent years but there is no denying all that information at the tip of your fingers means you can do so much with it. Take genealogy, the researching and tracing of family lines. The Internet has opened... >>

Toshiba Tecra A3X laptop
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Toshiba Tecra A3X laptop

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Toshiba has been at the forefront of the notebook business for 21 years and in that time has long been considered one of the business world’s manufacturer’s of choice. However, as you can buy it’s machines through places like PC World and from any... >>

Paragon Drive Copy 8 Personal
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Paragon Drive Copy 8 Personal

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To anyone who has owned their current PC for well over 18 months, we bet you’ve lost track of the number of updates that’ll have been made to the OS, let alone drivers and other registry tweaks. And did we mention the software you’ve installed and... >>