Archive for Stephen Patrick

  • Gear4 BlackBox speakers
    3.5 out of 5

    Gear4 BlackBox speakers

    By 31 January 2008

    If you have all your music on your MP3 player it makes logical sense to invest in a set of active speakers that allow you to access it in your room and allows you to get rid of your current stereo. The Gear4 BlackBox allows you to do exactly that, either...

  • Genius G-Pen F610 tablet
    3.5 out of 5

    Genius G-Pen F610 tablet

    By 30 January 2008

    If you use art packages, whether for drawing freehand or simply for editing photographs, using a pen is often a lot easier than a mouse. The Genius G-Pen F610 is a standard entry-level device that has a slim and neat design. It’s comparable to the Bamboo,...

  • Laptable
    3.5 out of 5


    By 30 January 2008

    Along with the increased interest in notebooks generally, there has been a steady growth in the mobile peripheral market. There is no better example of this than in the notebook stand, as we’ve seen some interesting examples of late. The Laptable is...

  • McAfee Total Protection 2008 - PC
    4 out of 5

    McAfee Total Protection 2008 - PC

    By 29 January 2008

    When you start to think about upgrading your online security, it is often simplest to stay with the suite your PC came with, which is why manufacturers often have to offer more than simple security by bundling other tools along side them. For the main...

  • Shoreline Act2-GreenSmart bag
    3.5 out of 5

    Shoreline Act2-GreenSmart bag

    By 29 January 2008

    We’re all being asked to be more "green" and take part in recycling campaigns, but would you actually be willing to carry your valuable notebook around in a recycled carry case? Well, this is what Shoreline is asking with its Act2-GreenSmart notebook...

  • SanDisk Sansa Clip MP3 player
    4 out of 5

    SanDisk Sansa Clip MP3 player

    By 28 January 2008

    SanDisk may be better known for its wide range of memory keys but it’s increasingly getting involved with MP3 players through its Sansa line. This small and palm-sized player is aimed as a direct rival to the iPod Shuffle and the Creative Zen Stone...

  • Sony VAIO VGN-NR11S laptop
    4 out of 5

    Sony VAIO VGN-NR11S laptop

    By 28 January 2008

    It's not hard to be impressed with Sony's notebook style, as the machines are as innovative as they are good looking. Except for the budget notebooks, which have tended to be a little too basic for our liking. However, the Sony VAIO VGN-NR11S has certainly...

  • maxdata Belinea 3 laptop
    3.5 out of 5

    maxdata Belinea 3 laptop

    By 25 January 2008

    Maxdata may not be the first company you think of when choosing a stylish notebook, afterall it’s better known for its functionality. However, the introduction of three notebook lines in its Belinea monitor and peripheral range could well change that....

  • Intuit QuickBooks SimpleStart 2008 - PC
    3.5 out of 5

    Intuit QuickBooks SimpleStart 2008 - PC

    By 22 January 2008

    If you run your own business then you’ll need to be accountable for keeping track of the accounts. SimpleStart is basically a stripped down version of the far more expensive and professionally aimed Premier and Pro tools. This is no bad thing, as Intuit...

  • Dell XPS M1530 laptop
    4.5 out of 5

    Dell XPS M1530 laptop

    By 21 January 2008

    When Dell announced it would be overhauling its premium notebook brand, the XPS line, with an ultraportable in the form of the XPS M1330, the company was clearly on to a winning formula. So, it comes as no surprise this latest model is exactly the same...

  • Panasonic 16GB SDHC memory card
    4 out of 5

    Panasonic 16GB SDHC memory card

    By 18 January 2008

    SD remains one of the most popular card formats around and it’s easy to see why, it’s small easy to use and the introduction of High Capacity cards means you can now extend your storage further. This latest card from Panasonic packs in an amazing...

  • MSI Digivox Mini II V3 TV tuner
    4 out of 5

    MSI Digivox Mini II V3 TV tuner

    By 17 January 2008

    If you’re looking to add a little multimedia action to your notebook, then adding a USB TV tuner is the quickest solution but one that can be tricky to get the best results. USB tuners are made up of two parts: the hardware and the software. This device...

  • Genius iTempo 800 iPod speakers
    3.5 out of 5

    Genius iTempo 800 iPod speakers

    By 17 January 2008

    External speakers for your MP3 player have been a growth market in recent months, with almost as many sets being launched as there are players on the market. The Genius iTempo 800 speakers offer 20 Watts of power, which is more than enough to blast your...

  • Freecom DataBar 8GB USB drive
    4 out of 5

    Freecom DataBar 8GB USB drive

    By 16 January 2008

    If you need to carry data around with you or use your notebook on the move and want to backup files, then a USB memory key makes perfect sense. This small, black and rather nondescript memory key sports 8GB of storage, which is more than enough for most...

  • Edifier M3200 PC speakers
    3 out of 5

    Edifier M3200 PC speakers

    By 15 January 2008

    When it comes to adding external speakers to your PC, the sound quality generally tops the list but Edifier seem to think the aesthetic appeal of speakers is what drives most users. This can be seen the design of the Edifier M3200 speaker set, as they...

  • Norton Internet Security 2008 - PC
    4 out of 5

    Norton Internet Security 2008 - PC

    By 15 January 2008

    Norton produces a range of internet security tools, with Internet Security Suite being its main package. However, in recent times Norton 360 has stolen some of the limelight largely due to a far simpler interface and the addition of backup tools. If you...

  • Philips 15NB5800 laptop
    4 out of 5

    Philips 15NB5800 laptop

    By 14 January 2008

    Philips may be a household name in terms of domestic appliances but it has never been really known for its notebooks. To this end, it doesn’t really have a presence in this country other than to be sold directly through PC World stores. This means that...

  • Akasa Gemini Notebook Cooler
    4 out of 5

    Akasa Gemini Notebook Cooler

    By 9 January 2008

    If you own a desktop replacement notebook, it's likely that when you're using it for long periods of time, you'll find the casing grows warm, if not hot, to the touch. The addition of a cooling stand can often make this disappear. A cooling stand may...

  • Logitech V20 Notebook Speakers
    3.5 out of 5

    Logitech V20 Notebook Speakers

    By 8 January 2008

    If you own a notebook then you'll know how poor the audio quality can be. The only real way to improve matters is with a pair of external speakers. The idea is that these speakers can be taken on your travels; the v20 speakers measure 255 x 185 x 55mm...

  • Bullguard Internet Security 8 - PC
    4 out of 5

    Bullguard Internet Security 8 - PC

    By 8 January 2008

    Bullguard isn’t an instantly recognised brand name when it comes to internet security but this latest suite has enough features to make it a worthy rival to everyone’s favourites: Norton and McAfee. As soon as you’ve installed the software you’ll...

  • HP Pavilion dv9655ea laptop
    3.5 out of 5

    HP Pavilion dv9655ea laptop

    By 7 January 2008

    HP refers to the dv9655ea as a Media Centre and it’s easy to see why, the large screen, TV tuner, webcam and addition of digital ports makes it ideal for watching movies and TV programs or simply recording them and sending them to external sources....

  • Philips Voip080 Internet Phone
    4 out of 5

    Philips Voip080 Internet Phone

    By 7 January 2008

    We may be getting used to the idea of making phone calls using our PC and services such as Skype but it seems that people still prefer to talk into something that looks like a traditional phone instead of using a headset. The look of the Voip080 isn’t...

  • Acronis True Image 11 Home PC
    4.5 out of 5

    Acronis True Image 11 Home PC

    By 4 January 2008

    If you download or install a variety of programs then you’ll know that it’s important to have a clean version of your computer's image – this is an exact copy of the OS, including all your programs as well as the latest updates. If your hard drive...

  • Pakuma Choroka K3It laptop bag
    4 out of 5

    Pakuma Choroka K3It laptop bag

    By 3 January 2008

    When it comes to carrying your notebook around, you can either opt for the safe and business like briefcase, or you can go cool and urban. Something like the Choroka K3lt fits the second choice perfectly. It's available in two colours; either Chilli red...

  • Targus Defcon 1 Notebook Lock
    4 out of 5

    Targus Defcon 1 Notebook Lock

    By 2 January 2008

    With notebooks becoming ever more visible on the daily commute, and a recent survey stating that 89% of burglars targeted notebooks during a break-in, the risk of theft is ever more present. The Targus Defcon 1 is a lock and theft-deterrent in one small...