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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

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

Serif Desktop Publishing Suite 2008 - PC
4.0 stars Serif Desktop Publishing Suite 2008 - PC By Stephen Patrick

If you have ever needed to quickly design a leaflet for a project, put together a brochure, or simply needed a coversheet for a presentation, it’s likely you’ll have used a Desktop Publishing Suite (DTP). They make such tasks simpler and as with the... Read more

Samsung Q45 laptop
3.5 stars Samsung Q45 laptop By Stephen Patrick

Samsung continues to overhaul its notebook range with the Q45. This is a lightweight entry-level machine that uses its new Aura design, which includes a piano-lacquer style of finish. This gives the Q45 a great look that is highly reflective but it soon... Read more

PNY Attache Pro USB drive
3.5 stars PNY Attache Pro USB drive By Stephen Patrick

With the capacity if USB memory keys rising all the time, it pays to opt for one with a faster controller chip. This allows you to copy large files back and forth a lot quicker. The PNY Attaché Pro is a great example as; the company claims it has a 25Mbps... Read more

Crumpler The Dark Side laptop case
4.0 stars Crumpler The Dark Side laptop case By Stephen Patrick

If you own a notebook then it’s likely that you’ve considered investing in a carry case. Crumpler has made a name for itself as the most flamboyant of companies, they call their rubber laptop sleeve The Gimp, after all. So we were actually surprised... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-N31M/W laptop
3.5 stars Sony VAIO VGN-N31M/W laptop By Stephen Patrick

We’re great fans of Sony’s ultraportable and high-end notebooks but we’ve never been too taken with the company’s entry-level machines. The main problem is they tend not to live up to the build quality or innovation of the more expensive machines.... Read more

Memorex Ultra TravelDrive portable hard drive
4.0 stars Memorex Ultra TravelDrive portable hard drive By Stephen Patrick

Notebook external hard drives are small and compact and make a great device for backing up your computer's hard drive. The price of disks has dropped of late so such things are now suprisingly cheaper than ever. This new drive from Memorex has a neat... Read more

Targus RS Vertical Messenger bag
4.0 stars Targus RS Vertical Messenger bag By Stephen Patrick

If you find yourself often taking your notebook with you on the daily commute, you’ll know how infuriating it can be to have it knocked and jostled about. We’ve found the best way to avoid this is by opting for a vertical carry case. After all, it... Read more

HP Pavilion HDX9095EA laptop
4.0 stars HP Pavilion HDX9095EA laptop By Stephen Patrick

When it comes to releasing a large screen notebook, HP has been a little slow off the mark. After all, both Acer and Dell have been selling theirs for close to a year now. However, the HP Pavilion HDX9095EA is well worth waiting for and certainly lives... Read more

Philips SPC1300NC Webcam
4.0 stars Philips SPC1300NC Webcam By Stephen Patrick

It seems no matter what you buy these days that it comes with a webcam built-in and we’re all looking for that next YouTube moment. However, if you really want to have fun online then it pays to invest in something a little more impressive than the... Read more

Targus ExpressCard Docking Station
4.0 stars Targus ExpressCard Docking Station By Stephen Patrick

If you own a notebook then you’ll know that docking stations are nothing new as they can add a host of extra features. However, in this age where digital and multimedia is becoming increasingly popular; this dock is the first one we’ve seen that adds... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-CR21Z laptop
3.5 stars Sony VAIO VGN-CR21Z laptop By Stephen Patrick

The popular perception of Sony notebooks is that they’re the best on the market. So much so, whenever we asked to recommend a notebook, the first question as is often "should I get a Sony" or "is it as good as a Sony"? This is because Sony has always... Read more

Buffalo Minisation Turbo USB hard drive
4.0 stars Buffalo Minisation Turbo USB hard drive By Stephen Patrick

The price of hard drives have tumble din recent months, which makes buying an external backup drive great financial sense at the moment. This 120GB HDD from Buffalo costs a mere £60 (inc. VAT) has been designed with the mobile user in mind. The drive... Read more

Buffalo MiniStation Turbo USB hard drive
4.0 stars Buffalo MiniStation Turbo USB hard drive By Stephen Patrick

The price of hard drives has tumbled in recent months, which makes buying an external backup drive great financial sense at the moment. This 120GB HDD from Buffalo costs a mere £60 (inc. VAT) and has been designed with the mobile user in mind. The drive... Read more

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

It’s the time of year when internet security suites start to appear in mass numbers, all of them boasting new features for the coming year ahead. This latest version of Panda Internet Security is a mid-priced offering, as the £43 asking price allows... Read more

Toshiba Satellite X200-20s Laptop
4.5 stars Toshiba Satellite X200-20s Laptop By Stephen Patrick

Toshiba notebooks have long fallen into two distinct camps: there are those machines for the office worker and then there is the amazing Qosmio line of machines aimed at the high-end multimedia user. However, Toshiba has never played in the gaming end... Read more

Dell XPS M1330 laptop
4.5 stars Dell XPS M1330 laptop By Stephen Patrick

Dell may offer notebooks at amazingly aggressive prices but one thing you can never accuse the company of, is designing good looking machines. Even the XPS range of gaming notebooks, while having a nod to the stylish with the coloured lights and gaming... Read more

Toshiba Satellite Pro L40 laptop
4.0 stars Toshiba Satellite Pro L40 laptop By Stephen Patrick

Toshiba may not be one of the first company's you think of when opting for a budget notebook but in recent months the company has released a number of interesting, and price-conscious, machines. The Satellite Pro L40 certainly isn't the most impressive... Read more

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

Serif has had something of an overhaul of all its key products this year, moving away from the yearly naming convention of DrawPlus 2006, to the far more enigmatic X2 branding. The X2 means that it is works with the Vista operating system, so new buyers... Read more

Acer Aspire 5920G laptop
4.0 stars Acer Aspire 5920G laptop By Stephen Patrick

Notebooks are evolving and no more so than in their presentation. There was a time when manufacturers would be happy with a simple grey box. Now, they’re trying to tempt us with an array of designs and styles. Take, the new Aspire 5920G, which has been... Read more

Toshiba Portege R400 tablet PC
4.0 stars Toshiba Portege R400 tablet PC By Stephen Patrick

If you’ve ever spent some time with a Tablet PC then you’ll find features you’ll like but more often than not, you’ll come away thinking that it’s just a little too heavy and the battery life doesn’t warrant the extra expense over a standard... Read more

Genie Backup Manager Pro 8 - PC
4.5 stars Genie Backup Manager Pro 8 - PC By Stephen Patrick

If there is even one photo, video file or document on your PC or notebook that you cherish or need for work, then you need to have a backup plan in place. This needn’t be anything too elaborate, simply copying everything you use to a DVD-RW is easy... Read more

Asus F5V Laptop
3.5 stars Asus F5V Laptop By Stephen Patrick

We’ve grown accustomed to notebooks costing less than £500 and offering basic power for the price, so what happens if you increase your budget a little? The Asus F5v costs £629 (inc. VAT) and comes with a chassis that is well-built and looks good... Read more

Samsung R70 laptop
4.0 stars Samsung R70 laptop By Stephen Patrick

Samsung may be better known for its mobile phones but it’s had a wide range of notebooks for the best part of 5 years now and with the latest design refresh, the company has opted for a high-gloss finish that looks impressive and certainly feels cool... Read more

VYE Mini V Ultra S18PA laptop
4.0 stars VYE Mini V Ultra S18PA laptop By Stephen Patrick

If you need to use a notebook and about for long periods of time and haven't got the best part of two-grand to spend on an ultraportable machine from the likes of Sony or Toshiba, then the choices are a little limited. We not saying the Vye Mini V Ultra... Read more

HP Pavilion DV9341EU laptop
3.5 stars HP Pavilion DV9341EU laptop By Stephen Patrick

HP has been something of a revelation in recent months, releasing a number of great notebooks that have hit different price points but have always hit their target market firmly and squarely. So it comes as something of a surprise to find the dv9341eu... Read more

Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop
4.5 stars Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop By Stephen Patrick

Dell hasn’t refreshed its consumer notebook line for close to two years, so the introduction of the 1720 is something of a welcome surprise. There are two models in the new line with this being the larger version with a 17-inch Super-TFT panel – the... Read more

Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC
3.5 stars Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC By Stephen Patrick

When it comes to the UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC), Samsung has really got behind the idea of what handheld computing should be. This is the third version in less than twelve months and is a move away from the original concept. UMPC was designed to be a keyboard-less... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-TZ11XN/B laptop
4.5 stars Sony VAIO VGN-TZ11XN/B laptop By Stephen Patrick

With the world seemingly obsessed with ever cheaper and cheaper notebooks, it’s great to see that Sony has continued to strive for portable perfection with the release of the VAIO VGN-TZ11XN/B. This machine won’t satisfy the everyman looking for a... Read more

Medion RIM 1000 UMPC
3.0 stars Medion RIM 1000 UMPC By Stephen Patrick

The UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) market is still in its formative stages, so manufacturers are still experimenting with size and format. The initial designs opted for no keyboard and Microsoft’s TouchPack software that allows you to type directly on to the... Read more

Gateway MT6839b laptop
4.5 stars Gateway MT6839b laptop By Stephen Patrick

If you owned a PC 10 years ago then it’s likely you’ll have come across the name Gateway, as they were a major player on the high street. The high street strategy didn’t work and the company retreated to its native America but has been back in the... Read more

HP Pavillion dv9398ea laptop
3.5 stars HP Pavillion dv9398ea laptop By Stephen Patrick

HP is currently the world’s favourite notebook manufacturer, overtaking Dell and everyone else in sales. It’s business notebooks make up the majority of such sales but the Pavilion line, which is aimed at home buyers, has now been overhauled. The... Read more

HP PAVILION TX1138EA Tablet PC
4.0 stars HP PAVILION TX1138EA Tablet PC By Stephen Patrick

HP is the biggest seller of Tablet PCs in the corporate space. To be fair, there aren’t too many players in that space but HP made headway first with a funky space-age design and latterly with something a little more corporate. The HP Pavilion tx1138ea... Read more

Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook P7230 laptop
4.0 stars Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook P7230 laptop By Stephen Patrick

Fujitsu Siemens may be better known for its cost-effective desktop replacement series but it also does an interesting line in ultraportables aimed at the business traveller. The Lifebook P7230 is the latest release and weighing in at 1.4kg, it certainly... Read more

Roxio Copy and Convert 3 - PC
4.0 stars Roxio Copy and Convert 3 - PC By Stephen Patrick

If you’ve shopped around for a media player recently you may have been overwhelmed by the variety of formats most of them need to support in order to gain a place in the market. Add to this proprietary formats, such as the PSP and iPod, and it becomes... Read more

Asus Lamborghini VX2 laptop
4.0 stars Asus Lamborghini VX2 laptop By Stephen Patrick

The Asus Lamborghini notebook has been in existence for over 12 months now but has recently been given a fine-tuning to make it one of the fastest machines on the market. For this reason alone we felt it was time to give it another test drive. As you... Read more

Philips X200 laptop
4.0 stars Philips X200 laptop By Stephen Patrick

The Philips X200 is only available in the UK from PC World, who has dubbed this notebook "The Longneck", which is fitting as it’s the first machine to be released with a screen a little different from the norm. Instead of being attached to the main... Read more

Laplink PCMover - PC
4.0 stars Laplink PCMover - PC By Stephen Patrick

Buying a new PC or notebook can be great, it's new, fresh and faster than your old one but there is something important missing: all your stuff.You can spend ages re-installing all your programs and copying files over but with Laplink PCmover you can... Read more

Asus U1F laptop
4.0 stars Asus U1F laptop By Stephen Patrick

Asus is probably better known for its larger notebooks with emphasis on multimedia and style and left slim and light machines to the likes of Sony. Things are changing though and the U1F is a great example of what slim and light really means. Weighing... Read more