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Canon Pixma MP495 review
3.5 stars Canon Pixma MP495 review By Paul Lester

There’s a growing range of printers and all-in-ones for budget or casual users, and Canon has always had a healthy selection of models that won’t break the bank. It’s newest range includes the MP495 - retailing for £79, it’s currently available... Read more

Samsung ML-1865
3.5 stars Samsung ML-1865 By Paul Lester

As cheap and versatile as all-in-one devices are these days, not everyone wants to pay for features they’re unlikely to use, and the humble monochrome laserjet still has a place in the market. Samsung boosts the range available with the new ML-1865;... Read more

Canon Pixma MG6150 review
4.0 stars Canon Pixma MG6150 review By Paul Lester

Higher up the scale in Canon’s new range of Pixma printers is the MG6150, an all-in-one device that combines print, scan and copy functionality in a sleek black chassis that boasts a 3-inch colour display that can be tilted upwards for better visibility.This... Read more

Mio Navman V575 TV
2.5 stars Mio Navman V575 TV By Paul Lester

Mobile phones have been cutting into the MP3 player market for some time now, and with more and more handhelds offering built-in GPS and car kits to provide navigational aides for drivers and ramblers, we’d expect the dedicated in-car satnav market... Read more

Lexmark Genesis S815
3.5 stars Lexmark Genesis S815 By Paul Lester

It’s not often you see something a bit different in the printer/AIO market but Lexmark has produced a device that should turn a few heads in the Genesis S815. Most immediately striking are the aesthetics, since it utilises an innovative vertical design... Read more

Q-waves Quicklink HD
3.0 stars Q-waves Quicklink HD By Paul Lester

Media streamers and internet connected TVs have provided consumers with some very capable ways in which to watch digital media and online video on the big screen, but it’s surprising not to have seen a capable, generic solution to simply send audio... Read more

HP Photosmart eStation C510
3.0 stars HP Photosmart eStation C510 By Paul Lester

It’s been well publicised that 2011 will be “the year of the tablet”, and with the new version of Android on the way, rumours of a new iPad gathering momentum and a handful of capable devices doing the rounds at the moment, there should be plenty... Read more

HP Photosmart CN503b
3.5 stars HP Photosmart CN503b By Paul Lester

HP takes another stab at the home all-in-one market with its new Photosmart series, which includes the mid-range CN503b - a printer/copier/scanner inkjet device that distinguishes itself from many rivals through the use of a 2.4-inch full colour touchscreen... Read more

Archos 101 Internet Tablet
4.0 stars Archos 101 Internet Tablet By Paul Lester

Apple has done an excellent job of carving an “elitist” niche for itself in the portable audio and video player market, something that has been reaffirmed most recently with the success of the iPad. Since its products frequently come under criticism... Read more

Nokia C3
3.5 stars Nokia C3 By Paul Lester

Touchscreen devices have taken off in a big way in the mobile marketplace, but despite the undoubted benefits of large screens and intuitive controls, many users are still averse to giving up a tactile keypad. Nokia is one of a handful of companies to... Read more

Archos 32 Internet Tablet
3.5 stars Archos 32 Internet Tablet By Paul Lester

Archos has long been at the forefront of the PMP market and by updating its portables with wireless connectivity and most recently the Android OS, it attempts to fight off competition from rivals and high-end mobile phones. The Archos 32 could easily... Read more

Samsung BX2350
4.0 stars Samsung BX2350 By Paul Lester

There’s no shortage of choice in the LCD panel market at the moment, and while many manufacturers are now orienting themselves towards the LED-backlighting market few have done it in such a stylish way as Samsung. While a rather subjective claim, its... Read more

iRiver T8
3.0 stars iRiver T8 By Paul Lester

It would be ambitious to say that iRiver has ever “nailed” the MP3 player market with a killer device, but it's certainly been mentioned in the same breath as some of the major players over the years, so it was with some intrigue that we noted the... Read more

LaCie Rugged Safe
4.0 stars LaCie Rugged Safe By Paul Lester

Lacie continues its range of “ruggedised” portable storage/media access devices with the new Rugged Safe, a similarly styled device with one immediately redeeming feature - the presence of a biometric authentication module. Or, to you and me, a fingerprint... Read more

Benq V2410T monitor
4.0 stars Benq V2410T monitor By Paul Lester

If you're looking for something a little more "flexible" than your average LCD screen, you'll find a fairly limited selection of displays that offer height, tilt and swivel adjustment that are complemented by decent performance and a reasonable price.... Read more

HannsG HL231 monitor
4.0 stars HannsG HL231 monitor By Paul Lester

HannsG has been setting its stall out in the LCD display market in recent times, and has recently made the transition to LED-based displays with the slimline HL231.Impressively slight at around 18mm thick, this is a 23-inch model at 16:9 aspect and a... Read more

Viewsonic VX2739wm monitor
3.5 stars Viewsonic VX2739wm monitor By Paul Lester

Developments in modern displays and associated devices have made it increasingly feasible to watch video and television on "computer" monitors, with the only real drawback being their relatively small size. Viewsonic addresses this particular issue with... Read more

Kaspersky PURE - PC
3.5 stars Kaspersky PURE - PC By Paul Lester

Kaspersky has recently updated its range of security software to include the new Kaspersky PURE, an all-singing, all-dancing suite that does far more than simply protect against and remove threats. Elevating this particular group of tools above many rivals... Read more

HANNspree HannsBook SN10E24 notebook
3.5 stars HANNspree HannsBook SN10E24 notebook By Paul Lester

There's no shortage of choice if you're in the market for a netbook at the moment, and HANNspree has recently extended this further with the introduction of its Hannsbook SN10E24.Available in a choice of three colours - pearl black, burgundy red or pearl... Read more

Sunbelt Software VIPRE Antivirus Premium - PC
4.0 stars Sunbelt Software VIPRE Antivirus Premium - PC By Paul Lester

Sunbelt Software has been quietly plying a trade in a crowded market with its own form of antivirus and system security, the most recent of which is Antivirus Premium 4.0. Aimed at those who prefer a "set and forget" solution to being bogged down with... Read more

Dell 1130 printer review
3.5 stars Dell 1130 printer review By Paul Lester

Dell has proven itself pretty capable in the printer market in the past and adds a couple of dedicated mono lasers to its range in the 1130 series. Aside from the fact that the 1130n adds network access and faster print speeds, they are effectively the... Read more

Popcorn Hour C-200 Networked Media Tank
3.5 stars Popcorn Hour C-200 Networked Media Tank By Paul Lester

Following our report that AdvancedMP3Players has begun to stock the Popcorn Hour C-200 for the UK market, we’ve managed to get our hands on a unit and have put it through its paces.The successor to the popular A-100/110 builds on the key areas that... Read more

BullGuard Internet Security 9 - PC
3.5 stars BullGuard Internet Security 9 - PC By Paul Lester

BullGuard Internet Security has been a worthy rival to more established names in the security arena for the last couple of years, and though what is already a feature-packed collection of tools hasn't been significantly updated during this time, it has... Read more

Creative Sound Blaster Wireless Headphones
3.0 stars Creative Sound Blaster Wireless Headphones By Paul Lester

Riding along on the back of the recently reviewed Creative Sound Blaster Wireless for iTunes is the accompanying Creative Sound Blaster Wireless Headphones, a rather expensive pair of cans with an impressive range of up to 30 meters.Unfortunately this... Read more

Lacie LaCinema Mini HD media streamer
4.0 stars Lacie LaCinema Mini HD media streamer By Paul Lester

Many companies are cottoning on to the fact that the increasing range of set top boxes that might typically sit under an HDTV puts portability at a premium, something that is reflected quite nicely by Lacie’s new addition to its LaCinema range - the... Read more

Cowon iAudio E2 MP3 player
3.5 stars Cowon iAudio E2 MP3 player By Paul Lester

A couple of years ago we saw the beginnings of a brief but significant splurge of screenless MP3 players, most notably highlighted by the iPod shuffle. With a focus on portability and convenience, these are designed to be small and light enough to carry... Read more

Conceptronic Grab'N'GO Full HD Media Player
3.5 stars Conceptronic Grab'N'GO Full HD Media Player By Paul Lester

With its black, heavy-set, brushed aluminium body and stylish M-shaped stand, the Conceptronic Full HD Media Player is one of the more aesthetically pleasing streamers on the market and would coordinate nicely with a modern home cinema setup. Power and... Read more

Creative Sound Blaster Wireless for iTunes
3.5 stars Creative Sound Blaster Wireless for iTunes By Paul Lester

Most people who have large collections of music stored on a home computer would benefit from some sort of streaming solution to send their favourites tunes around the home, but many of the excellent solutions on offer from Philips and Logitech, among... Read more

Western Digital WD TV Live
4.5 stars Western Digital WD TV Live By Paul Lester

Western Digital had been rather quiet on the media streaming/jukebox market until it turned up with the barnstorming WD TV late last year; a device that offered the support, usability and performance the market was screaming for and only lacked the ability... Read more

Creative Zen X-Fi 2 MP3 player
4.0 stars Creative Zen X-Fi 2 MP3 player By Paul Lester

It seems strange to think that one-time MP3-player market leader and current "catch-up merchant" Creative has only just arrived with its first touchscreen player, but in an attempt to appeal to the tactile generation it has upgraded its impressive Zen... Read more

Wildcharge wireless charger
3.5 stars Wildcharge wireless charger By Paul Lester

The Wildcharge comes in the form of a slim black pad with silver conductive strips running along its surface and can either be picked up by itself or bundled with an optional adaptor depending on which device you’re primarily looking to use with it.Skins... Read more

Guitar Hero 5 - Nintendo Wii
4.5 stars Guitar Hero 5 - Nintendo Wii By Paul Lester

It may come as some surprise to hear that the Guitar Hero series has averaged about four core-platform games per year since the birth of the franchise in 2005, far more if you include portable versions and spin-offs, and in this time the only major change... Read more

Lexmark Prevail PRO705 printer
3.5 stars Lexmark Prevail PRO705 printer By Paul Lester

Such is the frequency at which Lexmark churn out new printers and multi-function devices, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is one of the most rapidly-evolving markets in tech-circles. No less than eight new models have just been added to its... Read more

Dane-Elec SO G-Stream media streamer
3.0 stars Dane-Elec SO G-Stream media streamer By Paul Lester

While media streamers are certainly becoming more versatile at the top-end, with support for DRM-encoded content, web access and a wealth of media-management features, there’s clearly still a market for a basic, no-frills device such as the Dane-Elec... Read more

LaCie LaCinema Black MAX media streamer
3.5 stars LaCie LaCinema Black MAX media streamer By Paul Lester

LaCie hasn’t been quite as influential as rivals such as NetGear, Archos and D-Link in the media streamer market, so it may come as a surprise to hear that it has quite a wide range of devices in its collection. The most recent addition comes in the... Read more

Grand Designs Self Build and Development - PC
3.5 stars Grand Designs Self Build and Development - PC By Paul Lester

Grand Designs 3D Self Build and Development combines two other applications from the range – Kitchen & Bathroom and Renovation & Interior – to offer an all-in-one solution to home design. As with most high-end packages of this ilk, it’s pretty easy... Read more

LG W2353 monitor
4.5 stars LG W2353 monitor By Paul Lester

Monitor manufacturers have cottoned on to the fact that home users are spending just as much time watching video and playing games as typing documents and browsing the web. For this reason, most now incorporate various optimisation features designed to... Read more

Guitar Hero Greatest Hits - Nintendo Wii
4.0 stars Guitar Hero Greatest Hits - Nintendo Wii By Paul Lester

Ah, Guitar Hero. Where would the world of rhythm-rocking be without thee? Well, 14 iterations of the game later we’re sitting on the precipice of Guitar Hero 5, wondering exactly what else the genre can bring to the world of plastic music peripherals... Read more

HP Officejet 6000 printer
3.5 stars HP Officejet 6000 printer By Paul Lester

There are reams of cheap and cheerful printers doing the rounds at the moment and if you’re in the market for a low-yield device for home use, HP’s range has plenty to offer. The Officejet 6000 is a colour inkjet that promises to make short work of... Read more

ABBYY PDF Transformer 3.0 Pro - PC
4.0 stars ABBYY PDF Transformer 3.0 Pro - PC By Paul Lester

Thankfully there are a range of ways to convert and manage PDF documents without shelling out for the full Adobe package, and ABBYY’s PDF Transformer 3.0 Pro attempts to offer a worthy alternative to rivals such as Expert PDF. The bulk of PDF Transformer’s... Read more

Creative Zen MX MP3 player
4.0 stars Creative Zen MX MP3 player By Paul Lester

The Creative Zen MX is the newest media player from a company that has been rather quiet in recent times, and observant audiophiles will already be pointing out its similarity to the regular Zen. Perhaps rather sensibly, Creative seems to have focused... Read more

Mini Coyote GPS safety camera alert system
3.0 stars Mini Coyote GPS safety camera alert system By Paul Lester

Five or 6 years ago radar/speed camera detectors used to ply a good trade, though admittedly their target audience mainly consisted of boy racers and those looking to push a flashy new sports car to the limits. Today there’s not as much of a calling... Read more

Gyration Air Mouse Go Plus
3.5 stars Gyration Air Mouse Go Plus By Paul Lester

Gyration has been churning out air mice for some time now, with the Go Plus on test another entry into the range offering access from up to 30 meters away and a wide range of custom configurations through the supplied software. The device hasn’t changed... Read more

e-pens Mobile Notes
4.0 stars e-pens Mobile Notes By Paul Lester

The emergence of electronic forms of communication has all but eliminated the need for handwritten notes, but for one reason or another it is still necessary to resort to old-school scribble to keep a record of important information. More often than not,... Read more

Hauppauge WinTV MiniStick HD TV tuner
3.5 stars Hauppauge WinTV MiniStick HD TV tuner By Paul Lester

The WinTV-MiniStick HD is the latest portable tuner from Hauppauge, promising to offer a range of digital Freeview channels along with any free-to-air HD programming in the area. It’s the smallest we’ve seen to date, being around the same size as... Read more

Sennheiser CX 380 Sport II headphones
4.0 stars Sennheiser CX 380 Sport II headphones By Paul Lester

Sennheiser has got just about every possible application and environment covered when it comes to headphones and has recently expanded its range further with five new additions to its Sport Line. The CX 380 Sport II on test is a new in-ear model and carries... Read more

EZY MyXerver MX3600 media server
4.0 stars EZY MyXerver MX3600 media server By Paul Lester

NAS (network attached storage) devices fit nicely into that grey area between "why bother" and "pretty useful" in today’s digital-media-centric times. The fact that there are so many around indicates clear demand, yet the more dedicated digital media... Read more

CyberLink PowerDVD 9 Deluxe - PC
3.5 stars CyberLink PowerDVD 9 Deluxe - PC By Paul Lester

If you’re proud of your extensive collection of DVDs and growing army of Blu-ray titles and are partial to enjoying the odd film or three through a PC, something a little more dedicated than Windows Media Player could well be on the cards. PowerDVD... Read more

Teufel AC 9050 PH headphones
4.5 stars Teufel AC 9050 PH headphones By Paul Lester

A decent pair of in-ear bud ‘phones would be our weapon of choice for portable music players and mobile phones, but if you’re enjoying tunes in the home or playing games, you can’t beat a set of over-ear cans. Teufel has just launched a set at this... Read more

HDX 1000 media streamer
4.0 stars HDX 1000 media streamer By Paul Lester

We're still patiently waiting for a media streamer that offers decent access to the wide range of content stored on a typical PC and the wealth of services available online, and while there have been some worthy contenders to date, the "definitive solution"... Read more

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