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Gear4 BlackBox speakers
3.5 stars Gear4 BlackBox speakers By Stephen Patrick

If you have all your music on your MP3 player it makes logical sense to invest in a set of active speakers that allow you to access it in your room and allows you to get rid of your current stereo. The Gear4 BlackBox allows you to do exactly that, either... Read more

Genius G-Pen F610 tablet
3.5 stars Genius G-Pen F610 tablet By Stephen Patrick

If you use art packages, whether for drawing freehand or simply for editing photographs, using a pen is often a lot easier than a mouse. The Genius G-Pen F610 is a standard entry-level device that has a slim and neat design. It’s comparable to the Bamboo,... Read more

3.5 stars Laptable By Stephen Patrick

Along with the increased interest in notebooks generally, there has been a steady growth in the mobile peripheral market. There is no better example of this than in the notebook stand, as we’ve seen some interesting examples of late. The Laptable is... Read more

McAfee Total Protection 2008 - PC
4.0 stars McAfee Total Protection 2008 - PC By Stephen Patrick

When you start to think about upgrading your online security, it is often simplest to stay with the suite your PC came with, which is why manufacturers often have to offer more than simple security by bundling other tools along side them. For the main... Read more

Shoreline Act2-GreenSmart bag
3.5 stars Shoreline Act2-GreenSmart bag By Stephen Patrick

We’re all being asked to be more "green" and take part in recycling campaigns, but would you actually be willing to carry your valuable notebook around in a recycled carry case? Well, this is what Shoreline is asking with its Act2-GreenSmart notebook... Read more

SanDisk Sansa Clip MP3 player
4.0 stars SanDisk Sansa Clip MP3 player By Stephen Patrick

SanDisk may be better known for its wide range of memory keys but it’s increasingly getting involved with MP3 players through its Sansa line. This small and palm-sized player is aimed as a direct rival to the iPod Shuffle and the Creative Zen Stone... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-NR11S laptop
4.0 stars Sony VAIO VGN-NR11S laptop By Stephen Patrick

It's not hard to be impressed with Sony's notebook style, as the machines are as innovative as they are good looking. Except for the budget notebooks, which have tended to be a little too basic for our liking. However, the Sony VAIO VGN-NR11S has certainly... Read more

maxdata Belinea 3 laptop
3.5 stars maxdata Belinea 3 laptop By Stephen Patrick

Maxdata may not be the first company you think of when choosing a stylish notebook, afterall it’s better known for its functionality. However, the introduction of three notebook lines in its Belinea monitor and peripheral range could well change that.... Read more

Intuit QuickBooks SimpleStart 2008 - PC
3.5 stars Intuit QuickBooks SimpleStart 2008 - PC By Stephen Patrick

If you run your own business then you’ll need to be accountable for keeping track of the accounts. SimpleStart is basically a stripped down version of the far more expensive and professionally aimed Premier and Pro tools. This is no bad thing, as Intuit... Read more

Dell XPS M1530 laptop
4.5 stars Dell XPS M1530 laptop By Stephen Patrick

When Dell announced it would be overhauling its premium notebook brand, the XPS line, with an ultraportable in the form of the XPS M1330, the company was clearly on to a winning formula. So, it comes as no surprise this latest model is exactly the same... Read more

Panasonic 16GB SDHC memory card
4.0 stars Panasonic 16GB SDHC memory card By Stephen Patrick

SD remains one of the most popular card formats around and it’s easy to see why, it’s small easy to use and the introduction of High Capacity cards means you can now extend your storage further. This latest card from Panasonic packs in an amazing... Read more

MSI Digivox Mini II V3 TV tuner
4.0 stars MSI Digivox Mini II V3 TV tuner By Stephen Patrick

If you’re looking to add a little multimedia action to your notebook, then adding a USB TV tuner is the quickest solution but one that can be tricky to get the best results. USB tuners are made up of two parts: the hardware and the software. This device... Read more

Genius iTempo 800 iPod speakers
3.5 stars Genius iTempo 800 iPod speakers By Stephen Patrick

External speakers for your MP3 player have been a growth market in recent months, with almost as many sets being launched as there are players on the market. The Genius iTempo 800 speakers offer 20 Watts of power, which is more than enough to blast your... Read more

Freecom DataBar 8GB USB drive
4.0 stars Freecom DataBar 8GB USB drive By Stephen Patrick

If you need to carry data around with you or use your notebook on the move and want to backup files, then a USB memory key makes perfect sense. This small, black and rather nondescript memory key sports 8GB of storage, which is more than enough for most... Read more

Edifier M3200 PC speakers
3.0 stars Edifier M3200 PC speakers By Stephen Patrick

When it comes to adding external speakers to your PC, the sound quality generally tops the list but Edifier seem to think the aesthetic appeal of speakers is what drives most users. This can be seen the design of the Edifier M3200 speaker set, as they... Read more

Norton Internet Security 2008 - PC
4.0 stars Norton Internet Security 2008 - PC By Stephen Patrick

Norton produces a range of internet security tools, with Internet Security Suite being its main package. However, in recent times Norton 360 has stolen some of the limelight largely due to a far simpler interface and the addition of backup tools. If you... Read more

Philips 15NB5800 laptop
4.0 stars Philips 15NB5800 laptop By Stephen Patrick

Philips may be a household name in terms of domestic appliances but it has never been really known for its notebooks. To this end, it doesn’t really have a presence in this country other than to be sold directly through PC World stores. This means that... Read more

Akasa Gemini Notebook Cooler
4.0 stars Akasa Gemini Notebook Cooler By Stephen Patrick

If you own a desktop replacement notebook, it's likely that when you're using it for long periods of time, you'll find the casing grows warm, if not hot, to the touch. The addition of a cooling stand can often make this disappear. A cooling stand may... Read more

Logitech V20 Notebook Speakers
3.5 stars Logitech V20 Notebook Speakers By Stephen Patrick

If you own a notebook then you'll know how poor the audio quality can be. The only real way to improve matters is with a pair of external speakers. The idea is that these speakers can be taken on your travels; the v20 speakers measure 255 x 185 x 55mm... Read more

Bullguard Internet Security 8 - PC
4.0 stars Bullguard Internet Security 8 - PC By Stephen Patrick

Bullguard isn’t an instantly recognised brand name when it comes to internet security but this latest suite has enough features to make it a worthy rival to everyone’s favourites: Norton and McAfee. As soon as you’ve installed the software you’ll... Read more

HP Pavilion dv9655ea laptop
3.5 stars HP Pavilion dv9655ea laptop By Stephen Patrick

HP refers to the dv9655ea as a Media Centre and it’s easy to see why, the large screen, TV tuner, webcam and addition of digital ports makes it ideal for watching movies and TV programs or simply recording them and sending them to external sources.... Read more

Philips Voip080 Internet Phone
4.0 stars Philips Voip080 Internet Phone By Stephen Patrick

We may be getting used to the idea of making phone calls using our PC and services such as Skype but it seems that people still prefer to talk into something that looks like a traditional phone instead of using a headset. The look of the Voip080 isn’t... Read more

Acronis True Image 11 Home PC
4.5 stars Acronis True Image 11 Home PC By Stephen Patrick

If you download or install a variety of programs then you’ll know that it’s important to have a clean version of your computer's image – this is an exact copy of the OS, including all your programs as well as the latest updates. If your hard drive... Read more

Pakuma Choroka K3It laptop bag
4.0 stars Pakuma Choroka K3It laptop bag By Stephen Patrick

When it comes to carrying your notebook around, you can either opt for the safe and business like briefcase, or you can go cool and urban. Something like the Choroka K3lt fits the second choice perfectly. It's available in two colours; either Chilli red... Read more

Targus Defcon 1 Notebook Lock
4.0 stars Targus Defcon 1 Notebook Lock By Stephen Patrick

With notebooks becoming ever more visible on the daily commute, and a recent survey stating that 89% of burglars targeted notebooks during a break-in, the risk of theft is ever more present. The Targus Defcon 1 is a lock and theft-deterrent in one small... Read more

Acer Aspire 4920-1A2G12Mi laptop
3.5 stars Acer Aspire 4920-1A2G12Mi laptop By Stephen Patrick

Acer has recently overtaken Dell to become the second biggest seller of notebooks worldwide. It has done this by offering an ever-increasing number of machines at aggressive price points. Until recently, the styling of Acer's budget notebooks has been... Read more

Targus Mini USB Business Card Scanner
3.5 stars Targus Mini USB Business Card Scanner By Stephen Patrick

If your job means you collect a lot of business cards you’ll know how tedious it can be to keep track of them. What you need is a small portable scanner that can upload the information straight into your contact book. The scanner itself is small, being... Read more

LG GSA-E50N slim DVD rewriter
4.0 stars LG GSA-E50N slim DVD rewriter By Stephen Patrick

While most notebooks come with a built-in optical drive, there are an increasing number of slim and light machines that keep weight down by excluding such a drive. This slim and light device from LG weighs in at 400g, so won't be too much strain should... Read more

Avermedia AverTV Hybrid Express Slim
3.5 stars Avermedia AverTV Hybrid Express Slim By Stephen Patrick

Notebooks are increasingly becoming the multimedia hub of the home and what better way to celebrate this than by adding TV functions to your portable? The easiest way to add a TV tuner is by adding a USB tuner. However, this latest version from Avermedia... Read more

Genius HP-02 Live Headphones
3.0 stars Genius HP-02 Live Headphones By Stephen Patrick

If you commute or simply work in a loud environment then it pay to invest in a pair of in-ear headphones as the silicone buds cut out the extraneous noise. Until now we've found such headphones quite expensive but at less than £10, this in-ear set from... Read more

HP Compaq 2710p tablet PC
4.5 stars HP Compaq 2710p tablet PC By Stephen Patrick

Tablet PC has never been anything more than a niche product but as mobile technology develops so battery life improves and devices start to get lighter, we're starting to see Tablet PC make sense. Take the HP Compaq 2710p for instance: it has a brushed... Read more

Scandyna Micropod SE iPod speakers
4.5 stars Scandyna Micropod SE iPod speakers By Stephen Patrick

Multimedia is changing, with an ever-increasing emphasis on sound as well as pictures from our computers. In response, PC speakers are changing and no more so than the Scandyna Micropod SE. The design is stylish, with a modern take on a retro theme. The... Read more

Nero 8 - PC
4.0 stars Nero 8 - PC By Stephen Patrick

There was a time when CD or DVD burning software simply did that, it allowed you to make a disc and if you were lucky, get to print out a cover for it too. Those days are long gone as both Nero, formerly Ahead, and its main rival Roxio, have sort to add... Read more

Lexar ExpressCard SSD 4GB
3.5 stars Lexar ExpressCard SSD 4GB By Stephen Patrick

It’s not everyday a new way of storing files on your notebook comes along but if you have an ExpressCard slot and have been wondering what to use with it, this great little storage card from Lexar is just the thing. It’s a standard 34mm ExpressCard... Read more

HP Pavilion G6032ea laptop
4.0 stars HP Pavilion G6032ea laptop By Stephen Patrick

HP has released a number of interesting designs in recent months all at different price points and while the budget end of the market doesn't leave much room for innovation, the Pavilion G6032ea is nevertheless an appealing notebook. Aimed at the entry-level... Read more

Trend Micro Internet Security Pro - PC
4.0 stars Trend Micro Internet Security Pro - PC By Stephen Patrick

We’re all accustomed to the need for every PC in the house to have internet security software loaded on it. There is an ever-growing choice of tools out there all offering the same sort of protection, ranging from antivirus, spam, spyware and phishing... Read more

Kensington LiquidFm Deluxe iPod FM tuner
3.5 stars Kensington LiquidFm Deluxe iPod FM tuner By Stephen Patrick

Using an iPod FM tuner in your car has been legal since 2006 and there are a variety of makes on the market but this latest version from Kensington is a little more stylish than most. It allows you to use a black radio frequency to broadcast the music... Read more

Creative GigaWorks T40 speakers
4.5 stars Creative GigaWorks T40 speakers By Stephen Patrick

With multimedia becoming ever more important, having the right pair of speakers connected to your PC of notebook are essential. The Creative GigaWorks T40s are a neat and good looking solution. The gun-metal grey design is neat and you can choose to use... Read more

Acoustic Energy Aego M-System PC speakers
4.5 stars Acoustic Energy Aego M-System PC speakers By Stephen Patrick

Acoustic Energy is a British company better known for its Hi-Fi speakers than its PC peripherals, so you won't find the standard array of connections. For instance, there are three sets of spring clips for left, centre and right outputs, although it only... Read more

Q-Jays Dual Micro Earphones
4.0 stars Q-Jays Dual Micro Earphones By Stephen Patrick

There are earphones then there are serious earphones and the Q-Jay Dual Micro certainly fall into the latter category. Before you even get to use the earphones you’ll be impressed with what’s on offer. The packaging is great, as you’ll find a wide... Read more

Packard Bell EasyNote XS20  laptop
4.0 stars Packard Bell EasyNote XS20 laptop By Stephen Patrick

Asus may have grabbed all the headlines in recent weeks with the release of its Eee PC but it's not the only company to be thinking small as Packard Bell has introduced its own 7-inch notebook. Packard Bell may not be known as an innovator but it's taken... Read more

SimpleTech SimpleDrive 160GB HDD
3.5 stars SimpleTech SimpleDrive 160GB HDD By Stephen Patrick

If you own a notebook or share multimedia files between a number of machines, then it pays to have a small and compact hard drive. This hard drive takes a standard notebook 2.5-inch drive with a capacity of 250GB and wraps it in a designer case. Pininfarina,... Read more

Targus CityLite Retro Notebook Case
3.5 stars Targus CityLite Retro Notebook Case By Stephen Patrick

Just because you have to carry a notebook around with you on a daily basis doesn’t mean you have to advertise even acknowledge the fact. This is why Targus has designed this notebook carry case for women with a hint of style and elegance. The black... Read more

Targus Car/plane Power Inverter
4.0 stars Targus Car/plane Power Inverter By Stephen Patrick

No matter how good notebook power management gets you can always use a longer battery life, especially when working on the move. This handy device from Targus won't extend your battery but it'll help getting a recharge easier. Roughly twice the size of... Read more

Corel DVD Copy 6 Plus - PC
4.0 stars Corel DVD Copy 6 Plus - PC By Stephen Patrick

What do you look for from software to copy your video content? Does it need to be easy to use, handle all the latest formats and have a simple interface that takes the guesswork out of the process? Corel seems to think so, as version 6 of its latest software... Read more

Western Digital My Book Studio Edition
4.0 stars Western Digital My Book Studio Edition By Stephen Patrick

The PC in the typical home is becoming the hub for all our media – music, photos and videos, so it pays to have as much backup storage has possible. The My Book range is about at attractive as current external hard drives get. As the name suggests,... Read more

Dell XPS M1730 laptop
4.5 stars Dell XPS M1730 laptop By Stephen Patrick

If you have any passing interest in PC gaming then you’ll have found it impossible to ignore Dell’s XPS gaming range, as it’s the most powerful brand out there. There is still a great deal of controversy on whether a gaming notebook is a logical... Read more

Roxio Crunch - PC
3.5 stars Roxio Crunch - PC By Stephen Patrick

There is an argument that follows the lines that the Apple iPod was a successful device amongst fans of Apple fans but it would never have reached mass appeal if the software hadn’t been changed so users of Microsoft Windows computers could synchronise... Read more

Acer Aspire 9304WSMi laptop
3.0 stars Acer Aspire 9304WSMi laptop By Stephen Patrick

When we think of desktop replacement notebooks, we think of high-end machines sporting the latest in processing power and features with a large panel display sitting on the top of it. Well, the Acer Aspire 9304WSMi manages to deliver on the screen, as... Read more

Philips SHM3100 headphones
3.5 stars Philips SHM3100 headphones By Stephen Patrick

Skype and similar tools have has a great impact on how we use our PCs and the Internet, so much so that we all need to have headsets. These stereo headphones from Philips are a cost-effective and compact way of adding a microphone and headphones without... Read more