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Windows 10: What it will bring to Windows Phone (hands-on)
Windows 10: What it will bring to Windows Phone (hands-on) By Chris Holmes

Following the announcement that Windows Phone will be Windows 10 in the near future, does it still feel like a smartphone operating system? We got some Read more

Microsoft HoloLens: What's it really for? We test the Microsoft AR wearable
Microsoft HoloLens: What's it really for? We test the Microsoft AR wearable By Chris Holmes

If you're going to put a computer on your head, what will you do with it? That's the question we asked ourselves when donning Microsoft HoloLens, the wearable Read more

Hands-on: Surface for Windows RT review
Hands-on: Surface for Windows RT review By Chris Holmes

Microsoft has announced that it is going into the tablet hardware business with the new Surface for Windows RT and Surface for Windows 8 Pro tablets. Pocket-lint Read more

Samsung 700G7A GAMER
4.0 stars Samsung 700G7A GAMER By Chris Holmes

Samsung's latest gaming laptop is a monster of a 17-inch machine, with a huge, bright screen and a powerful combination of Core i7 and ATI Radeon graphics. Read more

First Look: Windows 8 tablet
First Look: Windows 8 tablet By Chris Holmes

Windows 8 is dividing opinion. Some love the fresh new look, others find the two interface system a drag. But Windows 8 is all about touchscreen devices, Read more

Dell Vostro V131
3.5 stars Dell Vostro V131 By Chris Holmes

Light and powerful, Dell's Vostro range is intended to add a little style to the small business or the home office. The latest member of the family, the Read more

Kupa K11 Pro
3.5 stars Kupa K11 Pro By Chris Holmes

After years of being relegated to pricey (and heavy) business convertibles, touch and pen are showing up on cheaper and lighter PC slates again, and with Read more

Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T
4.0 stars Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T By Chris Holmes

If you saw the tablets Microsoft gave away to developers at its Build event last year, you'll find the Series 7 Slate a familiar looking device. That's Read more

Samsung NS310
3.0 stars Samsung NS310 By Chris Holmes

The rounded and colourful case of this sleek and shiny Samsung netbook makes it stand out from the pack, as do the backlit keyboard and light weight. But Read more

Acer Aspire 5749
3.5 stars Acer Aspire 5749 By Chris Holmes

Not everyone wants to pay for all the latest and greatest extras on a laptop. From USB 3 to WiDi, and audiophile sound to slim brushed metal design, the Read more

Toshiba Satellite R830
4.0 stars Toshiba Satellite R830 By Chris Holmes

If you're on the go a lot, what you want is a small, light laptop that'll slip in and out of a bag. It should have a good screen, a comfortable keyboard Read more

HP Pavilion dv7 6b04ea
4.5 stars HP Pavilion dv7 6b04ea By Chris Holmes

If the HP dv7 looks slightly familiar, it's because it's the latest version of the 17-inch Pavilion, updating the model we looked at a few months back. Read more

Acer Aspire Timeline X 5830T
3.5 stars Acer Aspire Timeline X 5830T By Chris Holmes

Acer's Timeline small business laptops mix both business and pleasure; you get a good quality, if a little basic, machine for not much cash. The latest Read more

Samsung RV720
3.5 stars Samsung RV720 By Chris Holmes

Cheap, cheerful and just a little chunky, the Samsung RV720 is an impressive budget 17-inch laptop that's a step up from the usual desktop replacement Read more

Toshiba QOSMIO X770
4.0 stars Toshiba QOSMIO X770 By Chris Holmes

Toshiba's QOSMIO X770 is both big and clever, although it's the size, weight and design that strike you first.  Under the textured two-tone case, this Read more

Acer Aspire Ethos 5951G
4.0 stars Acer Aspire Ethos 5951G By Chris Holmes

Aspire Ethos is Acer’s premium entertainment line of notebooks, and the 5951G is the latest member of the family. Built around the combination of a Sandy Read more

Sony Vaio SB VPC-SB1V9E
4.0 stars Sony Vaio SB VPC-SB1V9E By Chris Holmes

At first glance Sony's Vaio SB looks exactly what you'd expect from a business-oriented laptop. Small and light, it mixes a Core i5 processor with AMD Read more

Acer Aspire 5755G
3.5 stars Acer Aspire 5755G By Chris Holmes

Acer's Aspire 5755G is a general-purpose laptop that packs a "Sandy Bridge" Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA Optimus graphics into a sleek, relatively Read more

Sony VAIO C VPCCA2SOE
3.0 stars Sony VAIO C VPCCA2SOE By Chris Holmes

The designers of Sony's colourful new VAIO C series notebooks were definitely wearing the brave trousers when they came up with these models. Neon-bright Read more

Fujitsu Stylistic Q550
3.0 stars Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 By Chris Holmes

Buying a Windows tablet before Windows 8 comes out? It's not a bad idea if you want the Windows 7 tablet features like running PC apps and handwriting Read more

Microsoft talks the future of Windows 8
Microsoft talks the future of Windows 8 By Chris Holmes

Windows 8, in the words of Windows chief, Steven Sinofsky, is “a bold reimagination of what Windows could be”.This latest big move for Microsoft, as Read more

Samsung Windows 8 preview tablet pictures and hands-on
Samsung Windows 8 preview tablet pictures and hands-on By Chris Holmes

With no Windows 8 PCs ready, how could Microsoft get developers building the touch-first Metro apps that the new Windows 8 experience needs to shine on Read more

Dell XPS 15z
4.5 stars Dell XPS 15z By Chris Holmes

When you see the XPS 15z your first thought is likely to be about how much it resembles the old titanium MacBook. Its rounded corners, silver metal finish Read more

Lenovo ThinkPad X1
4.0 stars Lenovo ThinkPad X1 By Chris Holmes

Despite the similarity to an increasing number of ultra-slim notebooks, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 stands out from the crowd – especially for ThinkPad fans.Being Read more

HP EliteBook 8460p
4.0 stars HP EliteBook 8460p By Chris Holmes

The brushed aluminium case over a magnesium chassis makes the HP EliteBook 8640p look business-like and well built, and that's exactly what this Core i5 Read more

Samsung Series 9 900X3A
4.5 stars Samsung Series 9 900X3A By Chris Holmes

Before you get your hands on the Samsung Series 9 you know it’s going to be thin and light, but it’s only when you lift it out of the box you realise Read more

Sony Vaio VPC-F21Z1E
4.0 stars Sony Vaio VPC-F21Z1E By Chris Holmes

Sony's monster Vaio F is a hefty beast, weighing in at a knee-crunching 3.1kg. It's a Sandy Bridge Core i7 multimedia powerhouse that'll handle pretty Read more

Alienware M11x R3 review
3.5 stars Alienware M11x R3 review By Chris Holmes

Gaming laptops don't need to be great hulking brutes. They can be small and (relatively) light while still giving you the power you need, like the Alienware Read more

MSI GT680
4.5 stars MSI GT680 By Chris Holmes

If you want the power of a desktop in a laptop (or, obviously, if you want to do some serious gaming) you're going to need a gaming laptop. They give you Read more

Dell Vostro 3450
4.0 stars Dell Vostro 3450 By Chris Holmes

Dell's latest Vostro small business laptop packs quite a punch in its 14-inch frame. A Core i5 Sandy Bridge processor and 4GB of RAM make sure you've got Read more

Toshiba Portégé R830-138
4.5 stars Toshiba Portégé R830-138 By Chris Holmes

Want an ultraportable notebook that concentrates on features rather than style? Optical drive, full speed processor, wireless display, USB 3.0, light weight, Read more

Dell Inspiron 15R (N5110)
4.0 stars Dell Inspiron 15R (N5110) By Chris Holmes

Dell's Inspiron 15R N5110 is, like all Inspirons, a mid-range laptop. With a large 15.6-inch screen and a second generation Core i5 processor - and wireless Read more

Asus U36J
3.5 stars Asus U36J By Chris Holmes

Want a thin and light notebook that really is thin and light - and really is a notebook, rather than a netbook with a larger keyboard and screen? With Read more

HP Pavilion dv7 review
4.0 stars HP Pavilion dv7 review By Chris Holmes

For sheer performance we much prefer the dv6, but a 17-inch system of this quality at this price is a bargain - as long as you’re happy with the heat, the limitations of the AMD/Radeon combination and the sheer size of the beast. Read more

Asus Lamborghini Eee PC VX6
2.0 stars Asus Lamborghini Eee PC VX6 By Chris Holmes

Beautifully presented in Asus's signature black coffer, the VX6 is all dramatic angles and chrome inserts as it tries to bring the feel of Lamborghini Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Google I/O edition)
4.0 stars Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Google I/O edition) By Chris Holmes

The limited edition of the Samsung Galaxy tablet handed out to developers at the Google I/O conference gives a good example of what you can achieve with Read more

HP Pavilion dv6
4.0 stars HP Pavilion dv6 By Chris Holmes

There's a certain HP style these days, with curved edges, large trackpads and subtle engravings on the case. That signature style is there in the Pavilion Read more

Acer Aspire 5750G
4.0 stars Acer Aspire 5750G By Chris Holmes

Inside the textured blue case of the Acer Aspire 5750G is an interesting mix of new technology (the second generation Core i7 processor and the new Nvidia Read more

Acer Iconia Tab W500
3.5 stars Acer Iconia Tab W500 By Chris Holmes

How do you make a Windows tablet usable? You include a keyboard. That's not actually a fair description of the Acer Iconia Tab W500 (which is nowhere near Read more

Sony Vaio VPC-EB4E1E
3.5 stars Sony Vaio VPC-EB4E1E By Chris Holmes

With almost everything apart from netbooks sporting a Core series processor these days, you could be forgiven for thinking Intel didn't make Pentium chips Read more

HP Envy 17 3D
4.0 stars HP Envy 17 3D By Chris Holmes

You might not know it from the range of notebooks on the market but Nvidia isn't the only graphics company with 3D technology. The HP Envy 17 3D pairs Read more

Asus NX90Jq
4.5 stars Asus NX90Jq By Chris Holmes

The Asus NX90 comes in what may be the largest notebook packaging we've ever seen; its very own stylish black monolith, designed to make you feel you're Read more

Lenovo ThinkPad T510
3.0 stars Lenovo ThinkPad T510 By Chris Holmes

You know what you're getting when you get a ThinkPad. You’re getting a black laptop that’s sturdy and strong, with a very distinctive design. It’ll Read more

Asus N53Jn
3.5 stars Asus N53Jn By Chris Holmes

If you think of Asus just for Eee netbooks, it's time to think again. With its sleek curves, Blu-ray drive and Bang & Olufsen audio the N53 is a high-end Read more

HP ENVY 14-1195ea Beats Edition review
3.5 stars HP ENVY 14-1195ea Beats Edition review By Chris Holmes

From the stylish packaging to the aluminium case emblazoned with the Beats logo to the impressive specs (which include colour-coded Beats Solo headphones Read more

Internet Explorer 9
4.5 stars Internet Explorer 9 By Chris Holmes

For years Internet Explorer has been a bit of a joke; buggy, slow, insecure and breaking web standards. Well, IE 6 might have been all that; IE 7 had so Read more

Dell Vostro V130
3.0 stars Dell Vostro V130 By Chris Holmes

If you need a notebook to get work done, that no longer means it has to be big, boxy and dull. Dell's Vostro V130 is targeted at small business and home Read more

Samsung SF310-S02UK
4.0 stars Samsung SF310-S02UK By Chris Holmes

The first thing you notice about the Samsung SF310 isn't the 13.3-inch screen, the Core i5 processor, the nice complement of ports and features (including Read more

Toshiba NB550D-10G mini
4.0 stars Toshiba NB550D-10G mini By Chris Holmes

One of the first notebooks with AMD's new “APU” - that's a CPU and discrete GPU combined into one - packed into the case of a netbook that's also crammed Read more

Dell Inspiron Duo
3.5 stars Dell Inspiron Duo By Chris Holmes

Screen-flipping, keyboard-packing, rugged yet stylish; with its rotating touchscreen, real keyboard and dual core Atom processor, the Inspiron Duo looks Read more

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