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Toshiba NB200-11H notebook
4.0 stars Toshiba NB200-11H notebook By Stephen Patrick

Although it wasn’t widely acclaimed, we rather liked the original Toshiba NB100 - a netbook sticking to the small and cheap ethos as the original netbooks. Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-FW41 notebook
3.5 stars Sony VAIO VGN-FW41 notebook By Stephen Patrick

Along with a great range of ultraportables, Sony’s VAIO range has also led the way when it comes to multimedia machines, being the first to bring Blu-ray Read more

Acer Aspire 3810T notebook
4.0 stars Acer Aspire 3810T notebook By Stephen Patrick

With skinny designs and the promise of great battery life, Acer’s Timeline range is perfectly suited to corporate users. We were highly impressed with Read more

Acer Aspire One 531 notebook
4.0 stars Acer Aspire One 531 notebook By Stephen Patrick

Acer has impressed on several occasions with its cut-priced netbooks, but its Aspire One lags behind rivals when it comes to quality and usability. The Read more

Toshiba Portege A600-122 notebook
3.5 stars Toshiba Portege A600-122 notebook By Stephen Patrick

Toshiba’s Portégé A600-122 is the company’s mid-range ultraportable offering, targeting corporate users wanting a similar experience to the range-topping Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-Z21ZN/X notebook
4.5 stars Sony VAIO VGN-Z21ZN/X notebook By Stephen Patrick

Sony’s VAIO range has offered some of the most impressive ultraportable laptops over the past few years, from the tiny VAIO TZ and TT, to the larger Read more

Dell Studio 1555 notebook
4.0 stars Dell Studio 1555 notebook By Stephen Patrick

Dell’s Studio 15 has been around for a little while now, impressing on a number of levels. The widespread adoption of 16:9 widescreen displays meant Read more

Sony Vaio VGN-P11Z/W notebook
3.5 stars Sony Vaio VGN-P11Z/W notebook By Stephen Patrick

The boom in netbooks over the past year has seen nearly every laptop manufacturer release at least one model, with Sony and Apple the two noteable exceptions. Read more

Samsung R522 notebook
3.5 stars Samsung R522 notebook By Stephen Patrick

Samsung’s R-series targets those on a budget, offering impressive features and quality at decent prices. The R522 is a 15.6-inch laptop that offers comfort, Read more

Samsung Q320 notebook
4.0 stars Samsung Q320 notebook By Stephen Patrick

Over the past few years Samsung has released an impressive range of affordable laptops, mixing quality with features and usability. The Q320 continues Read more

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 notebook
4.0 stars Dell Inspiron Mini 10 notebook By Stephen Patrick

Dell's Inspiron Mini netbook range has done remarkably well, considering its late entry into the market, although neither the Mini 9 or Mini 12 have proved Read more

HP Pavilion dv2-1030ea notebook
3.5 stars HP Pavilion dv2-1030ea notebook By Stephen Patrick

HP’s Pavilion dv2 strikes a balance between laptop and netbook - offering budget, low-powered components in order to keep the price below £500, combined Read more

Toshiba Satellite A350-11N notebook
3.5 stars Toshiba Satellite A350-11N notebook By Stephen Patrick

When it comes to multimedia laptops, Toshiba is best known for its high-end Qosmio range, although spending 2 grand on a laptop during a recession may Read more

HP Compaq Mini 703EA notebook
4.0 stars HP Compaq Mini 703EA notebook By Stephen Patrick

We thought HP’s original Mini-note 2133 netbook was a great machine, offering one of the best keyboards available on a netbook. The Compaq Mini 703EA Read more

Acer Aspire 6930G-583G notebook
4.0 stars Acer Aspire 6930G-583G notebook By Stephen Patrick

We were particularly impressed with Acer’s high-end Aspire 6920G when we tested it last year, but there’s no getting away from the fact it was a pricey Read more

Dell Studio 1525 notebook
4.5 stars Dell Studio 1525 notebook By Stephen Patrick

Sitting between Dell’s entry-level Inspiron and high-end XPS ranges, the Studio range offers a great mix of style and quality at a reasonable price. Read more

Asus Eee PC 1000HE notebook
4.0 stars Asus Eee PC 1000HE notebook By Stephen Patrick

The Asus Eee PC 1000HE looks like any other netbook, but has one big distinction - a claimed battery life of over 9 hours. This extra mobility, for some, Read more

Dell Studio XPS 13 notebook
3.5 stars Dell Studio XPS 13 notebook By Stephen Patrick

The Dell Studio XPS brand combines the company’s high-end XPS range with the more affordable Studio range. The Studio XPS 13 is the first model we’ve Read more

Lenovo ThinkPad X301 notebook
4.0 stars Lenovo ThinkPad X301 notebook By Stephen Patrick

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X300 impressed us more than most, taking a similar design approach to the achingly desirable MacBook Air, but making the incredibly Read more

HP Touchsmart TX2-1015ea tablet PC
3.5 stars HP Touchsmart TX2-1015ea tablet PC By Stephen Patrick

HP’s Touchsmart TX2 is unusual among Tablet PCs in that it’s intended for home use rather than corporate use. You’ll find glossy patterned plastics Read more

Samsung X460 notebook
4.0 stars Samsung X460 notebook By Stephen Patrick

Following the staggering amount of publicity Apple’s super-skinny MacBook Air received, with Mac fanatics waxing lyrical about how you can stick it in Read more

HP Pavilion dv5-1110em notebook
4.0 stars HP Pavilion dv5-1110em notebook By Stephen Patrick

HP’s Pavilion dv5-1110em is the ideal laptop for the recession, cramming in loads of features at a bargain basement price. Billed as an Entertainment Read more

Toshiba Tecra M10-10H notebook
3.5 stars Toshiba Tecra M10-10H notebook By Stephen Patrick

Toshiba’s Tecra range is aimed firmly at corporate users, with machines offering great usability and build quality. The Tecra M10-10H fits perfectly Read more

Dell Inspiron Mini 12 notebook
3.5 stars Dell Inspiron Mini 12 notebook By Stephen Patrick

While the first netbooks featured 8.9-inch displays, with later models usually boasting larger 10.1-inch panels, Dell’s Inspiron Mini 12 is the first Read more

Lenovo IdeaPad S10e notebook
3.5 stars Lenovo IdeaPad S10e notebook By Stephen Patrick

In the UK, Lenovo is known for its corporate ThinkPad range - which it bought the rights to from IBM a couple of years ago. As such, it’s easy to forget Read more

Acer Aspire 5735-583G16Mn notebook
4.0 stars Acer Aspire 5735-583G16Mn notebook By Stephen Patrick

Towards the end of 2008 we saw several high-end multimedia laptops featuring ultra-wide 16:9 aspect ratio displays. Love ‘em or loath ‘em, they’re Read more

HP HDX16-1010EA notebook
4.0 stars HP HDX16-1010EA notebook By Stephen Patrick

HP’s HDX range is the company’s flagship multimedia brand, going head-to-head with established rivals such as Toshiba’s Qosmio and Sony’s new VAIO Read more

Toshiba Qosmio G50-115 notebook
4.0 stars Toshiba Qosmio G50-115 notebook By Stephen Patrick

Over the past few years Toshiba’s Qosmio range has led the field when it comes to multimedia laptops. Following the death of HD DVD, however, and Toshiba’s Read more

HP EliteBook 6930p notebook
3.5 stars HP EliteBook 6930p notebook By Stephen Patrick

HP’s EliteBook brand sits above the Compaq range, offering similar quality and usability, but adding premium materials, power and features to the list. Read more

Toshiba Satellite A300D-15B notebook
3.5 stars Toshiba Satellite A300D-15B notebook By Stephen Patrick

With recent performance leaps from Intel’s Core 2 Duo mobile processors, it’s few and far between we see an AMD-based laptop capable of competing on Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-BZ11MN notebook
4.0 stars Sony VAIO VGN-BZ11MN notebook By Stephen Patrick

We’ve seen plenty of top-quality ultraportables from Sony’s VAIO range, and it’s easy to forget about larger, more mainstream options such as the Read more

Lenovo ThinkPad X200 notebook
4.0 stars Lenovo ThinkPad X200 notebook By Stephen Patrick

Lenovo’s ThinkPad range carries with it the expectation of quality, reliability and excellent usability. The ThinkPad X200 continues this trend, and Read more

Toshiba NB100-11R notebook
4.0 stars Toshiba NB100-11R notebook By Stephen Patrick

With over 20 machines available, it's fair to say the netbook party is in full swing, but it's still missing one or two of the big players. Toshiba is Read more

Asus N80VC notebook
3.5 stars Asus N80VC notebook By Stephen Patrick

We were promised when we reviewed the Asus N10 Netbook that there would be other laptops in the range, but we didn’t realise just how similar they’d Read more

Nero 9 - PC
4.0 stars Nero 9 - PC By Stephen Patrick

When you think about copying and burning CDs and DVDs there are only two real contenders on the market, Roxio and Nero and with Roxio releasing Creator Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-AW11M/H notebook
4.0 stars Sony VAIO VGN-AW11M/H notebook By Stephen Patrick

We've made no secret of our love for Sony's ultraportable VAIO notebooks, as they are some of the best machines money can buy. However, when it comes to Read more

Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 notebook
4.0 stars Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 notebook By Stephen Patrick

Lenovo's ThinkPad range has always been aimed at the business user, someone who puts in an order and has the company pay for their expensive new piece Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B notebook
4.5 stars Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B notebook By Stephen Patrick

The fact that Sony hasn't given in to market forces and released its own netbook is proof that it's core focus remains in fully featured, but ultraportable, Read more

Asus N10J notebook
4.0 stars Asus N10J notebook By Stephen Patrick

Asus releases netbooks under its Eee PC sub-brand and at first glance you'd be forgiven for thinking this was just another one. However it seems Asus has Read more

Zoostorm FizzBook Bang notebook
4.0 stars Zoostorm FizzBook Bang notebook By Stephen Patrick

Netbooks have hijacked the headlines this year but in the rush it seems that most people have forgotten their initial intent, to be small and affordable Read more

Asus Eee PC S101 notebook
4.5 stars Asus Eee PC S101 notebook By Stephen Patrick

If you thought that the netbook, or budget mini-laptop market, had reached saturation point and that there were few surprises left then you'll be stunned Read more

Toshiba Qosmio X300-11s notebook
3.5 stars Toshiba Qosmio X300-11s notebook By Stephen Patrick

Toshiba is best known for its rather staid and business approach to notebooks but on occasion it throws in a curve ball both in terms of design and performance. Read more

Samsung Q310 notebook
4.5 stars Samsung Q310 notebook By Stephen Patrick

Samsung has overhauled its range in recent months, first with the 12-inch Q210 and now with its slightly larger sibling, the 13.3-inches of the Q310. It’s Read more

Dell Studio 15 notebook
3.5 stars Dell Studio 15 notebook By Stephen Patrick

Dell took the world by storm when it introduced its portable XPS range last year. The portables gathered so many plaudits it was inevitable the line would Read more

Toshiba Qosmio G50-10H notebook
4.0 stars Toshiba Qosmio G50-10H notebook By Stephen Patrick

The Toshiba Qosmio range of high-end multimedia notebooks has always been a little bit different, as it tries to mix unique style with some of the latest Read more

Toshiba Portege M800 notebook
4.0 stars Toshiba Portege M800 notebook By Stephen Patrick

Toshiba seems to have lost its way of late. At one time it was the biggest seller of notebooks worldwide but now it takes a lower third position. Hopefully Read more

Dell Studio 17 notebook
4.5 stars Dell Studio 17 notebook By Stephen Patrick

Dell has always had clear lines between its product ranges, such as Inspiron for consumers and Latitude for business. Now, we have the Studio line, which Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-FW11ZU notebook
4.0 stars Sony VAIO VGN-FW11ZU notebook By Stephen Patrick

Sony is better known for its ultraportable notebooks but its multimedia machines are also growing in popularity. The VAIO VGN-FW11ZU has been designed Read more

Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2 DockStation
3.5 stars Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2 DockStation By Stephen Patrick

No matter how many ports you have on your notebook or home PC, there are times you wished you had more. This handy device has been designed with notebook Read more

Philips SCE7640 Power2Go rechargeable power pack
4.0 stars Philips SCE7640 Power2Go rechargeable power pack By Stephen Patrick

The problem with portable devices is that you're reliant on a good battery life, or easy access to a charger. This is a power pack for your portable devices Read more

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