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Asus Eee PC 901 notebook
4.0 stars Asus Eee PC 901 notebook By Stephen Patrick

When Asus launched its Eee PC 900 back in May it was seen as a logical upgrade to the original 701 as it offered more memory, a larger screen and better webcam. Little did we know it would be superseded so soon by the Eee PC 901. So what are the differences?... Read more

Samsung R700 notebook
4.0 stars Samsung R700 notebook By Stephen Patrick

Samsung has been aggressively targeting the notebook market of late with a range of machines that offer a powerful specification at low prices. We're usually wary of such bargains as packing too much power into a basic chassis can often lead to problems.... Read more

Acer Aspire One notebook
3.0 stars Acer Aspire One notebook By Stephen Patrick

We had a First Look at the Acer Aspire One at the launch - link below - but how does the One stand-up under closer scrutiny?Acer doesn't want the average user to think of its Aspire One as any other low-cost mini-notebook, they want you to think of it... Read more

Toshiba Portégé R500-11Z notebook
4.0 stars Toshiba Portégé R500-11Z notebook By Stephen Patrick

This year we've seen quite a number of high profile notebook launches aimed at the thin and light segment of the market and while Toshiba may not have made as many headlines with its R500 series, it's a great machine in its own right. Weighing in at just... Read more

Kensington Contour Balance Notebook Case
4.0 stars Kensington Contour Balance Notebook Case By Stephen Patrick

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... Read more

CyberLink MediaShow 4 - PC
4.0 stars CyberLink MediaShow 4 - PC By Stephen Patrick

If you use the Mac OS you’ll be accustomed to using iLife, which is a one-stop solution for editing images and video. Sadly, if you use Windows there is no such solution that comes in one neat package. The best you can hope for is to use separate tools.... Read more

Philips PET830 portable DVD player
3.5 stars Philips PET830 portable DVD player By Stephen Patrick

Portable DVD players come in all shapes and sizes but this Philips player has to be one of the more funky designs. Instead of a laptop-style design, this is more like a tablet that you hold in your hands. The high-gloss finish means it's quickly covered... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-NR21Z/T notebook
4.0 stars Sony VAIO VGN-NR21Z/T notebook By Stephen Patrick

Sony has been making notebooks since 1999 and until recently only played in the high-end market. Increasingly, the company is launching lower priced portables that meet the needs of the more mainstream audience. The Sony VAIO VGN-NR21Z/T is a great example.... Read more

GEAR4 BassStation speakers
4.0 stars GEAR4 BassStation speakers By Stephen Patrick

GEAR4 specialises in gadgets and add-ons for your favourite devices, with an increasing number for the iPod. Take the BassStation for instance, GEAR4 is pitching this device as a 2.1 stereo speaker system for the home but with support for seven different... Read more

PNY Attache Lady Flash USB drive
3.5 stars PNY Attache Lady Flash USB drive By Stephen Patrick

What does your USB memory key say about you? If you're like us, then it's a question you're not likely to have asked yourself. After all, it's merely a tool for swapping and sharing files between machines, isn't it? PNY feels that women should show their... Read more

Toshiba Satellite A300-177 notebook
4.0 stars Toshiba Satellite A300-177 notebook By Stephen Patrick

When it comes to stylish laptops, Toshiba isn't at the top of the list. However, it is currently re-addressing that idea by overhauling many of its consumer notebooks with a far more appealing touch. The Satellite A300 takes the current rounded look of... Read more

Kensington SlimBlade Presenter Mouse
3.5 stars Kensington SlimBlade Presenter Mouse By Stephen Patrick

Kensington's SlimBlade range of accessories covers all aspects of computer peripherals and this mouse also doubles as a professional presentation tool. It’s an attractive device finished in metallic blue plastic. The smooth design feels like a pebble... Read more

Sony DVP-FX850 portable DVD player
4.0 stars Sony DVP-FX850 portable DVD player By Stephen Patrick

Made from plastic, the look is sophisticated and the overall feeling is one of quality. It opens like a notebook, so can be rested on a table. Alternatively, you can twist the panel around and fold it down, which makes it easier to mount on the back of... Read more

SanDisk Sansa View MP3 player
3.5 stars SanDisk Sansa View MP3 player By Stephen Patrick

SanDisk has been giving Creative a run for its money of late, releasing a host of Flash-based players that are not only competitively priced but also sleek and easy to use. Pitched against the Creative ZEN, the Sansa View is a music player that can also... Read more

Acer Extensa 5620 notebook
3.5 stars Acer Extensa 5620 notebook By Stephen Patrick

Acer creates a wide range of notebooks for both the business and consumer markets but we're not too sure where the Extensa range fits in to the scheme of things. For instance, the design is clearly a business-like one, after all it's based on the old... Read more

Dicota BacPac Element rucksack
3.5 stars Dicota BacPac Element rucksack By Stephen Patrick

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... Read more

Acer Aspire 6920G-603G25Bn notebook
4.5 stars Acer Aspire 6920G-603G25Bn notebook By Stephen Patrick

The Aspire range of notebooks from Acer are aimed at home users who want a portable machine for multimedia purposes, whether that's simply watching movies or TV, listening to music, or increasingly, actually editing content for themselves, as well as... Read more

Buffalo Super High Speed USB Flash Type R
3.5 stars Buffalo Super High Speed USB Flash Type R By Stephen Patrick

There is nothing particularly new about a USB pen drive and as the price of flash has dropped considerably of late, it's now possible to pick up a 4GB one for less than £20. At first appearances, this makes the latest pen drive from Buffalo all the more... Read more

Verbatim External Hard Drive
4.0 stars Verbatim External Hard Drive By Stephen Patrick

With 2.5-inch notebook hard drives constantly rising in capacity and dropping in price, it seems easy to forget that for low-cost but high-capacity storage, the desktop drive is still a viable option. While we were expecting the Verbatim drive to be larger,... Read more

Serif WebPlus X2 - PC
3.5 stars Serif WebPlus X2 - PC By Stephen Patrick

Producing a website design that you’re happy with can be a time consuming and complicated matter, especially if you’re not fluent in coding HTML. This has seen an increased use of template-based packages that hide the code away. With its eye on the... Read more

Asus M70SA notebook
4.5 stars Asus M70SA notebook By Stephen Patrick

When it comes to notebooks, you can't deny Asus has caused something of a stir of late with its Eee PCs. However, its core business is larger fully-featured machines, of which the M70SA has to be one of the most impressive. Made from thick plastic that... Read more

LG DP271 Portable DVD player
3.0 stars LG DP271 Portable DVD player By Stephen Patrick

If you want to watch DVD movies on the move, there are an ever-increasing number of ways but the most cost-effective remains a portable DVD player. The LG DP271 has been designed to be an entry-level model and with a price of just £100 (inc. VAT), it... Read more

Saitek Cyborg 5.1 Headset
4.0 stars Saitek Cyborg 5.1 Headset By Stephen Patrick

Saitek's gaming range incorporates a wide range of peripherals designed to enhance the gaming experience. These headphones claim to offer 5.1 surround sound using it's own integrated sound card. The headphones have a good amount of adjust to them and... Read more

Brenthaven MetroLite II  notebook case
3.5 stars Brenthaven MetroLite II notebook case By Stephen Patrick

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... Read more

Samsung P200 laptop
4.0 stars Samsung P200 laptop By Stephen Patrick

Samsung may not be one of the biggest notebook sellers but this year it has been making some serious advances both in terms of design and price. The Samsung P200 costs £599 (inc. VAT) but the minute you pick it up you feel as though you're holding a... Read more

Family Tree Heritage 7 - PC
3.5 stars Family Tree Heritage 7 - PC By Stephen Patrick

The Freedom of Information act, and a little help from a TV show called “So who do you think you are” has had a large impact on those who at one time found genealogy less than interesting. We’ve now seen a boom in the number of people trying to... Read more

iRiver E100 MP3 player
3.5 stars iRiver E100 MP3 player By Stephen Patrick

It has long been thought that if anyone was likely to knock the Apple iPod off the MP3 top-spot that it would be iRiver. After all, the company has released more players in the last 4 years than just about any other company. That said, the iRiver E100... Read more

SanDisk microSDHC with MobileMate Micro Reader
3.5 stars SanDisk microSDHC with MobileMate Micro Reader By Stephen Patrick

If you have a micro memory card in your mobile phone then you’re likely to have a memory card reader attached to your PC at home. However, when you’re out and about it can often be tricky to share files with your others. The obvious way is to use... Read more

TrekStor DataStation microdisk external hard drive
4.0 stars TrekStor DataStation microdisk external hard drive By Stephen Patrick

If you carry data around with you, a high-capacity USB memory stick is often enough but what if you need even more space? This drive from TrekStor takes a standard 1.8-inch notebook drive – the sort you'll find in most iPods – and places it in a compact... Read more

AgfaPhoto AF5070M BT
3.5 stars AgfaPhoto AF5070M BT By Stephen Patrick

The growth in digital photography has had to find new ways to exhibit images, with the result being the continued interest in digital photo frames. The Agfa Photo AF5070M BT is a standard 7-inch LCD panel sporting a resolution of 480 x 234 pixels, which... Read more

Lenovo ThinkPad X300 notebook
4.0 stars Lenovo ThinkPad X300 notebook By Stephen Patrick

There has been a great deal of interest in ultraportable notebooks recently. Whether it's the budget Asus Eee PC or the design-led Apple MacBook Air, they keep grabbing the headlines. Now, we have Lenovo with its latest high-end business ultraportable.... Read more

GEAR4 World Tour charger
4.0 stars GEAR4 World Tour charger By Stephen Patrick

MP3 player capacities are on the increase and as a result we're listening to them for longer than ever before, which makes having a charger with you at all times an essential purchase. Designed with the Apple iPod in mind, you'll find the GEAR4 WorldTour... Read more

HP iPAQ 214 Enterprise PDA
4.0 stars HP iPAQ 214 Enterprise PDA By Stephen Patrick

In this age where being able to communicate with others is often top of the list of priorities, it seems a little strange that HP should continue to roll out unconnected PDAs. However the HP iPAQ 214 Enterprise is the latest update of the line aimed at... Read more

Norton AntiVirus 2008 - PC
4.0 stars Norton AntiVirus 2008 - PC By Stephen Patrick

When it comes to naming conventions, Norton hasn’t made life easy for itself. It has a range of products that all offer online protection, all with vaguely similar names, so choosing the right one for you can feel a little hit-and-miss. To make matters... Read more

Crumpler Beefy Pocket
4.0 stars Crumpler Beefy Pocket By Stephen Patrick

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... Read more

HP Pavilion dv6750ea notebook
3.5 stars HP Pavilion dv6750ea notebook By Stephen Patrick

HP has spent the last 2 years re-inventing its notebook offerings, especially improving the look and feel of its consumer offerings. This has paid off, with the company now selling more notebooks worldwide than any other manufacturer. The HP Pavilion... Read more

Magix Movie Edit Pro 14 Plus - PC
3.5 stars Magix Movie Edit Pro 14 Plus - PC By Stephen Patrick

At one time, editing your own video footage was seen as a high-end task that took serious dedication. However, with even Windows Vista now shipping with Movie Maker, video has gone mainstream and as long as you have a reasonably powerful PC or notebook,... Read more

Philips GoGear SA6025 MP3 player
3.0 stars Philips GoGear SA6025 MP3 player By Stephen Patrick

We've always been impressed with Philips audio players and while they don't shout about them as much as Apple does with its iPod, they're just as stylish and as easy to use. The build quality is as impressive as the look, being solid in the hand. The... Read more

Verbatim SmartDisk Portable Hard Drive
4.0 stars Verbatim SmartDisk Portable Hard Drive By Stephen Patrick

Verbatim is better known for it's media discs but it's no surprise that it offers an increasingly diverse range of external storage devices. Taking a standard notebook 2.5-inch drive and placing it in an external box is nothing new but Verbatim has managed... Read more

Toshiba Satellite Pro U300 notebook
4.0 stars Toshiba Satellite Pro U300 notebook By Stephen Patrick

Toshiba tends to split its business in two quite distinctive trends, you have the full multimedia statements, such as its Qosmio line, and then there is the rather subdued and safe business machine. While the Toshiba Satellite Pro U300 falls into the... Read more

SanDisk Tag
4.0 stars SanDisk Tag By Stephen Patrick

When it comes to choosing a new USB memory stick, there are two factors you need to consider: capacity and extras. This latest key from SanDisk offers both with a great deal of success. With 4GB of storage for £18 (inc. VAT) you get a lot of space for... Read more

Lite-On cenOmax photo frame
3.5 stars Lite-On cenOmax photo frame By Stephen Patrick

One of the fastest growing gadget areas at the moment is the digital photo frame. Prices have dropped considerably of late and the most popular size – the 7-inch panel – is now the most affordable. The Lite-On cenOmax has a 7-inch screen with a 480... Read more

Kensington SlimBlade Media Notebook Set
3.5 stars Kensington SlimBlade Media Notebook Set By Stephen Patrick

Kensington has designed its latest range of media sets with notebook owners in mind. The set consists of three elements: full-sized keyboard, a mouse and a numeric keypad. Connecting wirelessly, the idea is that you can leave the unit on your desk but... Read more

Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook S6410 notebook
3.5 stars Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook S6410 notebook By Stephen Patrick

When it comes to notebooks, large machines tend to be the most popular as they offer more in the way of power but if you need to carry your machine around with you, opting for an ultraportable makes sense. The Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook S6410 walks a fine... Read more

Dell Vostro 1700 laptop
3.5 stars Dell Vostro 1700 laptop By Stephen Patrick

Dell's Vostro line is aimed at business users but takes the same standard look as the consumer Inspiron line. However, there are differences, with the build quality being ramped up and, if you’re willing to pay for it, extra services. The Dell Vostro... Read more

Dicota BacPac Xtreme Rucksack
4.0 stars Dicota BacPac Xtreme Rucksack By Stephen Patrick

With most notebook carry cases made for the urban commute, the Xtreme aims to offer the regular traveller a little more, both in space, as well as rugged design. As the name suggests, the Xtreme is built for rugged use as well as extremes of weather.... Read more

LaCie Hard Disk 500GB, Design by Neil Poulton
3.5 stars LaCie Hard Disk 500GB, Design by Neil Poulton By Stephen Patrick

If you’re the type of person who is impressed by designer labels, you’ll love this external hard drive as it oozes style. The black glossy finish is more in keeping with the digital home than the average living room or computer desk. However, it’s... Read more

Hauppauge XFones PC-2400 headphones
3.5 stars Hauppauge XFones PC-2400 headphones By Stephen Patrick

When it comes to getting the best sound from your computer, it pays to invest in a pair of good quality headphones. These latest cans from Hauppauge promise to deliver Dolby 5.1 surround sound with no wires in sight. To do this the headset comes with... Read more

Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000  webcam
3.5 stars Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 webcam By Stephen Patrick

When it comes to holding a video conference or simply chatting with friends over MSN, a webcam can really enhance the experience. The Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 slips in to any available USB port on your PC. It has a clip that has been designed to attach... Read more

Wacom Bamboo Fun Medium Graphics Tablet
4.0 stars Wacom Bamboo Fun Medium Graphics Tablet By Stephen Patrick

If you find using a mouse a little awkward and less than natural, a good alternative is to use a graphics tablet as the pen allows you to work far more naturally than a mouse ever can. This latest version from Wacom is an entry-level device that lacks... Read more