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    Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse gets a literal hands-on

    By 7 September 2013

    We wrote about this super svelte mouse being announced only a while back and now here we are touching and tapping it for real. In a rare treat the reality is even better than the pictures. As you can imagine from a mouse of this size, it's light. But...

  • Laptops 4 out of 5

    Toffee messenger satchel review

    By 25 March 2013

    Increasingly compact laptops like the MacBook Air, Ultrabook and perhaps even devices like the Microsoft Surface mean we no longer want, or need, the hideously unfashionable laptop bag of old. And thank goodness, because the death of those ugly monstrosities...

  • Online 2.5 out of 5

    Philips SDC5100 notebook CushionSpeaker review

    By 24 March 2010

    Admit it, you sit there, laptop on knee, browsing the Internet whilst watching TV and eating spaghetti hoops. We're sure a lot of people run the gauntlet everyday, suffering warmed legs and audiological horrors. As a result there are a number of accessories...

  • Laptops 3.5 out of 5

    Exspect MiBag customisable laptop bag review

    By 15 January 2010

    Laptop bags can be thought of as the unsung hero of the laptop world, carrying (pardon the pun) out an invaluable task in the transport of our latest netbooks and laptops. So when we were sent the Exspect MiBag we set about to find out whether it could...

  • Laptops 1.5 out of 5

    Logitech Cooling Pad N100 review

    By 18 May 2009

    We are sure you know this, but notebooks used to be called laptops. The name change came as manufacturers realised that although most people use them on their laptops, if they haven't got a desk doing so without some form of protection is like trying...

  • Online 3 out of 5

    Genius NB Stand 200 notebook cooling stand review

    By 31 March 2009

    People go to great lengths to cool their computers, leading to some magnificent designs in desktop ranges to keep things cool and working efficiently. There is less you can do for a laptop, with laptop stands being the mainstay of the offering. The Genius...

  • Online 4 out of 5

    Kensington ComboSaver Combination Notebook Lock Ultra review

    By 2 February 2009

    Notebooks have always been easy to pinch: their practicality is also their downfall. Kensington have been securing notebooks for many years, being the name in notebook security. Most notebooks features a Kensington lock slot, and many other devices such...

  • Online 3.5 out of 5

    Kensington MicroSaver Keyed Retractable Notebook Lock review

    By 30 January 2009

    If you are a mobile worker, then your worst nightmare is losing your laptop. One opportunist will see your work, research, contacts, perhaps even confidential documents, running away from you. Can the Kensington MicroSaver Keyed Retractable Notebook Lock...

  • Online 4 out of 5

    Eastpak Parker notebook bag review

    By 30 July 2008

    Eastpak has recognised that notebook users are getting younger and more fashionable and don’t want to carry their portable around in something that looks like a briefcase. So, this shoulder bag comes in a range of colours and designs from pin-stripes...

  • Online 4 out of 5

    Crumpler The Belly L rucksack review

    By 20 June 2008

    Most notebooks ship with a carry case of some sort but they tend to be a little cheap and basic so it pays to invest in something a little sturdier. Crumpler is one of the more unconventional but desirable brands out there with a range that covers all...

  • Online 4 out of 5

    Kensington Contour Balance Notebook Case review

    By 6 June 2008

    Ladies, just because you've been asked to carry a notebook around by your employer doesn't mean you need to lose that female edge as this latest carry case from Kensington proves. There is no mistaking its feminine styling, as the shape manages to echo...

  • Online 3.5 out of 5

    Dicota BacPac Element rucksack review

    By 13 May 2008

    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...

  • Online 3.5 out of 5

    Brenthaven MetroLite II notebook case review

    By 30 April 2008

    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...

  • Online 4 out of 5

    Crumpler Beefy Pocket review

    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...

  • Online 3.5 out of 5

    Cubebyte laptop lock review

    By 1 April 2008

    You like your laptop and so do probably a lot of other people given the chance, but do you really need to invest in a laptop lock? We don a mask and gloves and see if the Cubebyte from Autosafe is up to the job. Out of the box and you basically get a...

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