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HP Pavilion dv8025EA laptop
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HP Pavilion dv8025EA laptop

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HP’s Pavilion notebooks are the ones you’ll find on the high street and being sold through reseller websites. The machines are aimed at home users looking for a reliable brand at an affordable price. Increasingly, a number of the Pavilion models have... >>

Magix Photo Manager 2006 Deluxe
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Magix Photo Manager 2006 Deluxe

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Digital photography has changed the way we consume images. Lets get personal for a moment, at one time I’d buy a 24 or 36 exposure film for a holiday and that would be it. Now, I have a 1GB SD in my camera, so what do I do, I snap away at all and sundry.... >>

Samsung Q1 UMPC
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Samsung Q1 UMPC

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Origami, the art of folding paper to make something delicate and new. At least that’s what it meant until Microsoft turned it into their codename for the Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC), where they’ve created a specification that allows manufacturers to turn... >>

X-OOM PSP Media Suite - PC
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X-OOM PSP Media Suite - PC

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So, you have your brand new Sony PSP and if you’ve done the sensible thing, you bought a memory card to go with it – this way you can transfer plenty of movie and movies onto the device, especially movies as the widescreen aspect ratio of the PSP’s... >>

Asus S6F laptop
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Asus S6F laptop

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You can’t deny Asus isn’t trying something a little different with the S6F. It’s an ultraportable weighing in at a slim and light 1.4kg but if that isn’t enough they’ve gone and covered the back of the lid and the palm-rests in leather. This... >>

Iolo System Mechanic 6 Pro
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Iolo System Mechanic 6 Pro

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Keeping your PC in tip-top condition has never been easy, so much so, most of us tend to ignore regular maintenance until it is a necessity. The name probably gives it away but System Mechanic is a set of tools designed to help you keep your PC running,... >>

Sony Vaio VGN-AR11S Blu-ray laptop
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Sony Vaio VGN-AR11S Blu-ray laptop

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We’ve never been too shy about our admiration for Sony notebooks. True, there are cheaper machines out there but when you want something that looks like nothing else on the market and just happens to have multimedia on mind, it’s hard to beat a VAIO... >>

Ahead Nero PhotoShow Deluxe 4
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Ahead Nero PhotoShow Deluxe 4

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Think about how your parents used to store photographs. If they were organised, then you’ll be one of those families with albums with pictures neatly labelled, dated and sorted. If you’re anything like the rest of us, then shoeboxes stuffed at the... >>

Toshiba Qosmio G30 HD-DVD laptop
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Toshiba Qosmio G30 HD-DVD laptop

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The Toshiba Qosmio has become something of an institute, as there really is nothing in its price class or styling. It’s aimed at the high-end media enthusiast, so you’ll find a stunning 17-inch Super-TFT panel that is so bright and clear it makes... >>

Serif MoviePlus 5 DVD authoring software
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Serif MoviePlus 5 DVD authoring software

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At the start of any year you can expect a flurry of activity from online security services. In much the same way, with the advent of the summer and its promise of long hours of video capture, so the software companies update their DVD authoring packages.... >>

Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook S2110 laptop
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Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook S2110 laptop

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Fujitsu Siemens may not be the first company you think of when deciding on an ultraportable notebook but in recent months, the company has stepped up its game and released a number of interesting machines. The styling of the S2110 plays into the sombre... >>

Roxio  MyDVD 8 Premium DVD authoring software
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Roxio MyDVD 8 Premium DVD authoring software

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With the merging of the Roxio and Sonic brands continuing, we find that MyDVD 8 comes along no longer as a Sonic product but sporting the Roxio name. However, it’s a logic upgrade of previous versions with the most noticeable change being the new cleaner... >>

Lenovo Thinkpad X41 laptop
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Lenovo Thinkpad X41 laptop

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Lenovo is a Chinese company that bought the IBM hardware brand last year as well as the trademark for ThinkPad notebooks. The Lenovo ThinkPad X41 is the company’s leading ultraportable design so it comes as no surprise that it has been used as the basis... >>

Roxio Popcorn 2 - Mac
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Roxio Popcorn 2 - Mac

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It’s long been believed that people who buy a PC want it for general usage while those opting for a Mac are more likely to come from the creative side of life, which means designers, musicians and video editing. If that sounds like you then Roxio Popcorn... >>

Acer Aspire 5002WLMi laptop
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Acer Aspire 5002WLMi laptop

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If you had asked us 12 months ago how cheap a notebook could get and still offer plenty of punch, we don’t think we’d have said as little as £565, but we would have said that one company who would be at the front of the super-budget notebook would... >>

Avanquest Ghostsurf Platinum 2006: Identity Protector - PC
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Avanquest Ghostsurf Platinum 2006: Identity Protector - PC

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If nothing else, this program needs a special award for possibly having the longest name on the market. Fortunately, it tells you exactly what it does in the title – it protects your identity online and covers up your tracks. Whenever you log onto the... >>

Sony Vaio VGN-FE11S laptop
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Sony Vaio VGN-FE11S laptop

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Sony has always pitched its notebooks as something a little out of the ordinary; even the name is an acronym, with VAIO standing for Video, Audio, Integrated Operation. So what’s better for a notebook aimed at the heavy video and audio user than a dual-core... >>

Ulead Movie Factory 5
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Ulead Movie Factory 5

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The way we create and store media on DVD is about to change, as Blu-ray and HD-DVD will offer storage capacities that even two years ago would have seemed impossible. So, it was only a matter of time before software supporting the new standards arrived.... >>

Acer TravelMate 4401LCi
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Acer TravelMate 4401LCi

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Acer continue to be one of the fastest selling notebook manufacturers in Europe, with most of this reputation based around their cost-effective business machines. It's hard to complain about a machine that costs as little as £550 (inc. VAT) but you need... >>

V-COM Fix-It Utilities Pro 6
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V-COM Fix-It Utilities Pro 6

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It's common for the even the most powerful of PCs to slow down over time. Whether it's the programs we install, badly organised file systems, or the amount of files clogging up the cache, it can all add up to a drastic slow down in system performance.... >>

Dell Inspiron 630m laptop
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Dell Inspiron 630m laptop

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Everyone knows Dell, you can't avoid their adverts either in the press or on the TV and the message constantly pumped out is one of “outstanding value for money” and it's one there is little arguing with. After all, everyone loves a bargain. Which... >>

Acer Aspire 1652WLMi laptop
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Acer Aspire 1652WLMi laptop

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We have to ask ourselves, how much do you think you need to spend on a notebook and still get a machine that manages to do what we need from it? Well, Acer would like us to think its £749 (inc. VAT) and they'd be right. After all, the Aspire 1652 manages... >>

Roxio Easy DVD Copy 2 Deluxe
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Roxio Easy DVD Copy 2 Deluxe

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It seems the world is becoming increasingly obsessed with its media files and how to store them. Easy DVD Copy 2 Deluxe allows you to make multiple copies of your DVDs and CDs at the click of a button. Let’s get things straight - this program won’t... >>

Sony Vaio VGN-TX2HP laptop
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Sony Vaio VGN-TX2HP laptop

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Sony has quite a reputation to uphold with its ultraportable range, especially with companies like Fujitsu Siemens and Lenovo closing in on their style and size formats. Fortunately, Sony is ahead of the game and judging by the VAIO VGN-TX2HP it has little... >>

S.A.D. TuneUp Utilities 2006
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S.A.D. TuneUp Utilities 2006

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We all know that we should take better care of our computers but we like installing new programs and generally downloading to our heart's content and only deal with clearing out various caches and uninstalling when we start to see the system slow down.... >>

Corel Draw X3 Graphics Suite
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Corel Draw X3 Graphics Suite

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At one time, if you were serious at design then you'll have used Corel. Now in its 20th year, it's a leading application that has recently been superseded by the likes of Adobe's Illustrator package. X3 hopes to re-address this balance by introducing... >>

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch laptop
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Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch laptop

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Apple may well be renowned for its striking designs and while the move to Intel's chipset may be a major technology change for the company, they haven't used it to change the basic style and shape. Finished in the lightweight aluminium chassis of previous... >>

McAfee Internet Security Suite 2006 - PC
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McAfee Internet Security Suite 2006 - PC

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We’ve looked at quite a few online security packages of late and we’ve been impressed with how comprehensive they have been. However, McAfee, the long-established leader in this space isn’t about to let others lead the way. When we say they’re... >>

Averatec 3715 notebook
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Averatec 3715 notebook

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Averatec is essentially an American notebook manufacturer that is backed by Taiwanese money and know-how. The premise behind this partnership is to being a range of machines that are not only attractive to look at but also affordable. The 3715 costs a... >>

Microsoft Student 2006
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Microsoft Student 2006

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If your parents ever had any pretension to giving you a better education than they ever had, you’ll have grown up with a full range of encyclopaedias gathering dust on a shelf. Thankfully, those books can now fit onto a DVD and even better, they’re... >>

Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P7120 notebook
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Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P7120 notebook

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Fujitsu Siemens has had a great couple of years. At one time they were little more than a curious brand with nothing to claim as their own. Now, they’re one of the top five notebook names in Europe and it’s all down to matching great prices with interesting... >>

ASUS A6J notebook
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ASUS A6J notebook

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Intel's dual-core mobile processor was the worst kept secret of 2005, but when it was made official in January of this year there were a few samples flying around but the Asus A6J is one of the first few actual machines to be made available. Dual-core... >>

Paragon Drive Backup 7
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Paragon Drive Backup 7

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Making a backup of your computer's hard drive is one of those chores we know we should carry out on a regular basis but never seem to get around too. No matter how many times we hear the alarm bells ringing from friends and colleagues, it's not until... >>

Toshiba Portege R200 notebook
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Toshiba Portege R200 notebook

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For a long time, Toshiba was the businessman’s number one choice of laptop, which resulted in the company sitting complacently on its laurels. However, with the notebook market not being aggressively fought over, the company has had to bring innovation... >>

Serif Pageplus 11 desktop publishing
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Serif Pageplus 11 desktop publishing

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Chances are, if you've owned a computer for some time you, are likely to have come across Serif PagePlus at some point. Whether it's for designing a leaflet for the local Scout club or for getting that homemade Christmas card looking just right, PagePlus... >>

HP COMPAQ NC4200 notebook
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HP COMPAQ NC4200 notebook

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HP's notebooks have had something of a re-birth in recent months. A year ago it seemed the company had lost their way, now with its back to basics approach it seems that it can't do any wrong. Take the Compaq nc4200, weighing in at £1000 (inc. VAT) it... >>

Pinnacle Studio Plus 10
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Pinnacle Studio Plus 10

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If you got a digital video recorder for Christmas you’re probably at that point now where you’ve downloaded hours of footage onto your PC and your wondering how to make the most of it? The likelihood is you’ll have got a bundled copy of editing... >>

Acer TravelMate 8204WLMi notebook
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Acer TravelMate 8204WLMi notebook

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Intel has done away with its Pentium line of processors and in one foul swoop moved its mobile computer chips to use the new Core Duo processors. These dual-core chips offer twin cores on the one piece of silicon, which allows you to multitask far easier,... >>

Steganos Security Suite
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Steganos Security Suite

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If you talk to someone who isn't too IT savvie, the main problem they will worry about is privacy. The notion that you're PC is connected to a broadband link and the world can get access to your data is a scary one. It's easy to lock down your system... >>

Acer Aspire 9504WSMi notebook
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Acer Aspire 9504WSMi notebook

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Acer continue to release more notebooks than anyone else, making them one of the obvious choices for most people. What’s more, they are sold in most major computer stores so you can check them out before you buy. The Acer Aspire 9504WSMi is the latest... >>

Microsoft Works Suite 2006
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Microsoft Works Suite 2006

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Computers are great, we love them, as they make like easier - whether it’s getting the family budget in order, or mapping out your route to the coast. But you need to have the right software installed. What’s that you say? Microsoft’s latest update... >>

ASUS A6KM laptop
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ASUS A6KM laptop

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We have reviewed Asus notebooks before on Pocket-Lint and have never failed to be amazed at how well built they are. It's not so much they are solidly built, usually with plenty of brushed aluminium and neat curves on show but they also have a pleasing... >>

HP mp2220 projector
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HP mp2220 projector

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It seems that the world has gone big screen mad of late, whether it's gearing up for the arrival of HDTV in the UK or simply having the best picture possible for the price, it seems size truly does matter. So why not opt for a projector, so you can get... >>

Sony Vaio VGN-BX196SP laptop
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Sony Vaio VGN-BX196SP laptop

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It may be better known as the consumer’s favourite but in the last 12 months, Sony has made a big play for the corporate buyer. Has it got itself a winner with the VGN-BX196SP? We take a closer look. The company’s reasoning behind this is one of scale... >>

Samsung X1 laptop
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Samsung X1 laptop

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The Samsung X1 is a novel new take on the idea of the ultraportable, but can it deliver the goods? Samsung is a name better associated with more consumery devices such as televisions or mobile phones rather than computer equipment but its notebook line... >>

SONY VAIO VGN-FJ1S
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SONY VAIO VGN-FJ1S

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Let’s cut to the chase, when you’re thinking of buying a notebook there is one PC brand that makes it onto the shopping list without having to check out what’s on offer, and that’s a Sony VAIO. It’s not that they make the best or most affordable... >>

Dell Inspiron XPS M170
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Dell Inspiron XPS M170

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Dell has made no bones about wanting to be the leading player in the gaming market not only with its desktop XPS systems but with its notebook offerings too, but is this the machine to convince the public it should be crowned King? We take a look and... >>

AVERATEC 1050 Laptop
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AVERATEC 1050 Laptop

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Averatec may fall into the category of 'who the hell are they?' but unlike many of the no-brand notebook makers out there, this start-up company is starting to make waves that should be noticed. Controlled by a huge Taiwanese manufacturer but fronted... >>

Acer Travelmate 2403WXCI
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Acer Travelmate 2403WXCI

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How cheap can the average notebook get? As little as 12 months ago, you’d have been hard pushed to find a notebook that would meet even basic needs for less than a grand. Today we’re falling over machines that cost almost half that sum but can they... >>

Toshiba Tecra M4 Tablet PC
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Toshiba Tecra M4 Tablet PC

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Tablet PC was supposed to change the way we work, or even more importantly, change the way we interact with computers. If you’re anything like us, then one of the main reasons you like computers is the keyboard - no one can tell how bad your handwriting... >>