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Acer Aspire 9303WLMi laptop
3.5 stars Acer Aspire 9303WLMi laptop By Stephen Patrick

Acer produces a wide range of notebooks for the home user and flags them up under the Aspire range. The Aspire 9303WLMi is a 17-inch machine that weighs in at a portly 3.6kg. To this end, it’s not designed for mobile use so will spend most of its time... Read more

HP Compaq nx7300 laptop
4.0 stars HP Compaq nx7300 laptop By Stephen Patrick

HP has recently knocked Dell off the number one spot for best notebook seller in the world, according to figures from analyst firm IDC, and it has done this with an aggressive pricing policy and a range of machines that more than live up to expectations.... Read more

Focus Family Tree Genealogy Suite - PC
3.5 stars Focus Family Tree Genealogy Suite - PC By Stephen Patrick

There has been something of a boom in history studies of late with a slue of popularist TVs leading the way. This has resulted in the growing popularity of software that helps you trace your ancestors. Family Tree is one of the most affordable packages... Read more

Dialogue Flybook VM laptop
3.5 stars Dialogue Flybook VM laptop By Stephen Patrick

Dialogue isn’t really a company most people will be familiar with but it had introduced a couple of distinctive notebook designs in the last couple of years that have certainly tested the idea of what a notebook should look and act like. The Flybook... Read more

Samsung R20 laptop
4.5 stars Samsung R20 laptop By Stephen Patrick

When it comes to notebooks, Samsung may be overshadowed by some of the larger far-east manufacturers but we’ve been impressed with almost all the machines they’ve released of late. The Samsung R20 is another great machine that manages to mix portability... Read more

Cyberlink Powerdirector 6 - PC
3.5 stars Cyberlink Powerdirector 6 - PC By Stephen Patrick

If you own a camcorder, the chances are that you’ve quickly outgrown the basic editing tools that will have been bundled with it. So, there is a growing market for editing software that allows the amateur user to get the most from their footage. If... Read more

Sony Vaio VGN-UX1XN UMPC
4.0 stars Sony Vaio VGN-UX1XN UMPC By Stephen Patrick

Sony has never been a company to shy away from innovation and its computer division is no exception. So it was only a matter of time before they released a machine that put the current crop of UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) machines to shame. For starters, it... Read more

Toshiba Satellite P100-168 laptop
3.5 stars Toshiba Satellite P100-168 laptop By Stephen Patrick

The notebook price war is starting to wear a little thin, as it’s forcing manufacturers to think with their specification instead of innovation. To this end, Toshiba has been rather quiet on the design front of late. The Satellite P100-168 is a prime... Read more

Sony NV-U51G GPS receiver
4.0 stars Sony NV-U51G GPS receiver By Stephen Patrick

Sony may not be the first company you think of when considering satnav solutions but it’s dabbled in the market over the years, first with a notebook solution, then a PDA version and now with its own range of dedicated devices. The NV-U51G is a budget... Read more

HP iPaq rx5900 Travel Companion
4.5 stars HP iPaq rx5900 Travel Companion By Stephen Patrick

Before the iPod, there was the HP iPaq, which for a number of years was as synonymous with PDAs as Apple is with MP3 players. However, until now the company hasn’t really been a large player in the satnav market. Satnav companies, such as Garmin and... Read more

Sony Vaio VGN-G11VN/T
4.0 stars Sony Vaio VGN-G11VN/T By Stephen Patrick

Sony ultraportable notebooks dominate the slim and light sector of the market and the company has added to the range with this, the Sony VAIO VGN-G11VN/T, which has been designed to sit in between the tiny TX Series and the all-in-one 2kg machine that... Read more

Fujitsu-Siemens AMILO Si 1848 laptop
3.5 stars Fujitsu-Siemens AMILO Si 1848 laptop By Stephen Patrick

Fujitsu Siemens has had something of a stealth-approach to the top. Only a few years ago it was a company struggling to find a place for itself in the notebook market. Now it’s one of the Top Five sellers in Europe simply by releasing a range of cost-effective... Read more

Acer e310 Travel Companion
4.5 stars Acer e310 Travel Companion By Stephen Patrick

Satnav seems to be turning up everywhere. At one time you had to pay for the privilege but with the advent of cheaper chipsets and smaller technology, GPS is here to stay. The Acer e310 Travel Companion is a good case in point. It’s a nice handheld... Read more

Acer Aspire 9423WSMi laptop
4.0 stars Acer Aspire 9423WSMi laptop By Stephen Patrick

We have to admit that we like Acer notebooks. They have a no-frills approach to their design but what they lack in overall looks they make up for in value for money and general quality. Take the Aspire 9423WSMi, the build quality is robust and solid and... Read more

Asus G1 gaming laptop
4.5 stars Asus G1 gaming laptop By Stephen Patrick

The Asus brand name may not carry the same weight as Sony in this country and may not shift as many notebooks as say, Dell but when it says its entering the gaming market with something special, you have to expect something special. The design is great.... Read more

ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 2007
4.5 stars ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 2007 By Stephen Patrick

ZoneAlarm has been around in one form or another for a few years now, starting out as a freeware tool that proved so successful that when it switched to a full-paying version with extra features, it still kept its market happy. This latest version isn’t... Read more

Gateway MX6933b laptop
4.5 stars Gateway MX6933b laptop By Stephen Patrick

If you’re not familiar with the name Gateway then a quick history lesson may be in order. The famous large American brand rivalled Time Computers in the number of stores they had on the high street at the turn of the century. Then the computer slump... Read more

NetObjects Fusion 10 - PC
4.5 stars NetObjects Fusion 10 - PC By Stephen Patrick

Every now and again a tool comes along that does exactly what you want it to do and NetObjects is one of them. If you need to design a website, you need this program How many times have you looked at a website to find the overall design basic and navigation... Read more

Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P1610 tablet PC
3.5 stars Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P1610 tablet PC By Stephen Patrick

Tablet PC has never really caught the imagination of the average computer user. It’s great for business, where the interactive screen can be shared by a couple of people for writing notes. Alternatively, for form filling it’s handy and because you... Read more

Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop
3.5 stars Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop By Stephen Patrick

For as long as we can remember Dell had a stance that it would never release a computer that didn’t have an Intel chip inside. But just as you can now run Windows on a Mac, you’ll find that Dell is offering its first AMD chips in the form of the Inspiron... Read more

Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro V3205 laptop
4.0 stars Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro V3205 laptop By Stephen Patrick

It’s a sad fact of life that notebook battery life is never as good as we’d like it to be. Never more so on ultraportable machines. After all, such notebooks are designed to be carried around with you but the downside is, they have the smallest batteries... Read more

Acronis True Image 10 (home) - PC
4.0 stars Acronis True Image 10 (home) - PC By Stephen Patrick

We all like to think we’re a little more computer savvie than we actually are and one of the ways to tell the grownups from the kids messing about is when it comes to having a backup strategy in place. After all, there are times when only reinstalling... Read more

Apple Macbook Pro 15-inch
4.0 stars Apple Macbook Pro 15-inch By Stephen Patrick

There was a time not so long ago when choosing an Apple Mac made a definite statement, it said you were willing to fight for the underdog, to bring a little bit of difference, and plenty of style, into you life. However, since Apple moved over to Intel... Read more

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium - PC
4.0 stars Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium - PC By Stephen Patrick

The best part of 6 years and any number of false release dates can’t avoid the fact that the release of Windows Vista isn’t a highly anticipated event. After all, anyone who buys a computer in any form from this day on is 99% guaranteed to find Vista... Read more

Acer TravelMate 4285WLMi
3.5 stars Acer TravelMate 4285WLMi By Stephen Patrick

Acer has a worthy reputation for delivering machines before the rest of the market has even considered it, so the arrival of a built-in 3G SIM card is something others have mooted but are still to fully put into production. It also comes as no surprise... Read more

Cyberlink DVD Suite 5 - PC
3.0 stars Cyberlink DVD Suite 5 - PC By Stephen Patrick

There was a time when the typical DVD software could only play movies, leaving the likes of Roxio and Nero to handle disc creation as a separate package. However, in this age of multimedia things are changing, as Cyberlink DVD Suite 5 offers a comprehensive... Read more

Asus W2P laptop
4.5 stars Asus W2P laptop By Stephen Patrick

When it comes to designed luxury notebooks, Asus is very much in a league of its own. Whether it’s the Lamborghini range, or the its leather finish machines, they have a look all their own. The latest example is the W2P, which isn’t so much an upgrade... Read more

ASUS F3Jp laptop
4.5 stars ASUS F3Jp laptop By Stephen Patrick

Asus bills the F3Jp as its "Revolutionary Notebook", which is something of a high claim indeed. We’re big fans of the company’s line of notebooks but we’re not too sure which revolution this machine is either about to take part of or start. Weighing... Read more

HP Compaq nx9420 laptop
4.0 stars HP Compaq nx9420 laptop By Stephen Patrick

Considering HP is one of the world’s largest notebook manufacturers, it isn’t a brand you’d immediately think of choosing a new machine. They tend to sell into corporate circles and that until recently, their consumer machines haven’t had as much... Read more

Fujitsu Siemens AMILO Pi 1505 laptop
4.5 stars Fujitsu Siemens AMILO Pi 1505 laptop By Stephen Patrick

Notebook prices have dropped so much in recent months that you can now find machines with a decent specification at a fraction of what they were a year ago. Even so, you need to be wary of some as they offer than you think. Thankfully, that isn’t the... Read more

Asus R1F Tablet PC laptop
4.0 stars Asus R1F Tablet PC laptop By Stephen Patrick

Since it’s introduction, Tablet PC has had something of a tough ride, with opinion falling into either the love it or hate it camp with very little opinion in the middle. In response to this, most manufacturers have downplayed the tablet aspect, opting... Read more

Acer TravelMate laptop
4.0 stars Acer TravelMate laptop By Stephen Patrick

Whenever a new technology comes along there will always be the early adopters, those people who must have the latest features regardless of the price. If you fall into that category then you’ll be in for a treat with the Acer TravelMate 8215WLMi. Sony... Read more

Serif PhotoPlus 11 PC software
4.0 stars Serif PhotoPlus 11 PC software By Stephen Patrick

One of the complaints levelled at digital photography is that it’s a flat medium. What this means is that the camera doesn’t understand the nuances of a 3D world, which is why every digital photo comes to life with even the most basic of edits. It... Read more

Lenovo 3000 C100 laptop
4.0 stars Lenovo 3000 C100 laptop By Stephen Patrick

Lenovo may be a name new to most people and rightly so. Until last year, it wasn’t widely known outside its native China. However, with the acquisition of the IBM hardware line, Lenovo suddenly became the world’s largest unknown notebook brand. The... Read more

Ahead Nero 7 Premium Reloaded
4.0 stars Ahead Nero 7 Premium Reloaded By Stephen Patrick

The Matrix movies have a lot to answer for; not just the stop-frame 360-degree camera angle but also the notion that you don’t need to call a follow-up Part Two, but something far more exotic like "Reloaded". This package is essentially an update of... Read more

Acer Ferrari 5005WLMi  laptop
4.0 stars Acer Ferrari 5005WLMi laptop By Stephen Patrick

Acer and Ferrari have been in partnership for close to 4 years now and in that time the Ferrari-branded notebook has gone from a novelty, to a mainstay of the Acer line-up. It’s under gone a number of changes but the core essentials have always stayed... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-AR21S laptop
4.0 stars Sony VAIO VGN-AR21S laptop By Stephen Patrick

Sony may be best known for its ultraportable notebooks but it isn’t afraid to take a few chances at the other end of the scale, as this 3.8kg desktop replacement can attest to. Sure, you wouldn’t want to carry it around too often but it’s got a... Read more

Samsung Q1 SSD Ultra Mobile PC
4.0 stars Samsung Q1 SSD Ultra Mobile PC By Stephen Patrick

Microsoft has a habit of coming up with ideas and then leaving it to the hardware manufacturers to make it happen. In recent memory we’ve had the home display, which died a death and the Tablet PC, which is still around but not in the form MS first... Read more

Dialogue Flybook V33i 3g Lux Pro laptop
3.0 stars Dialogue Flybook V33i 3g Lux Pro laptop By Stephen Patrick

Ask someone about Tablet PC and they’ll either not know about it, or more likely, not entertain the idea of using a notebook to physically write notes onto the screen. It’s a concept that initially sounds unappealing but once you’re accustomed to... Read more

Toshiba Tecra A6 laptop
3.5 stars Toshiba Tecra A6 laptop By Stephen Patrick

With the number of notebooks now on the market it is hard to imagine that at one time, Toshiba had the game all to itself. With over 21 years of experience in portable computing it knows a thing or two about mobility. Take the Tecra A6 for instance, it... Read more

Acer Aspire 9802WKMi laptop
4.0 stars Acer Aspire 9802WKMi laptop By Stephen Patrick

How large do you want your notebook screen to be? If you’re looking to carry it about, smaller is definitely better but if you’re thinking of the ultimate desktop replacement, then there is no other option than to go for a 20.1-inch screen. Acer and... Read more

Asus V1J laptop
4.0 stars Asus V1J laptop By Stephen Patrick

Perhaps the first question you need to ask yourself about this notebook is; why would you want to spend £1400 on a machine when you can get a machine with a decent specification at a similar weight for half the price? On the surface you’d be hard pressed... Read more

Samsung X11 laptop
4.0 stars Samsung X11 laptop By Stephen Patrick

Samsung has a reputation for delivering ultraportable notebooks at an aggressive price and the X11 follows a similar theme. At £750 (inc. VAT) it comes with an affordable price tag, especially when you consider it’s running a dual-core processor in... Read more

Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook Q2010
3.5 stars Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook Q2010 By Stephen Patrick

There is an important fact you need to know about this notebook: it isn’t a notebook, it’s a status symbol. Fujitsu Siemens has designed it in collaboration with a number of executives, who are it’s target market here, asking them what they need... Read more

Dell XPS M2010
4.5 stars Dell XPS M2010 By Stephen Patrick

When you think of innovation, Dell isn’t the first company you’re likely to think of. After all, it’s built its business on being aggressive in established markets rather than exploring new ones. Which makes the Dell XPS M2010 even more of a curiosity.... Read more

HP Compaq nx6325 laptop
4.0 stars HP Compaq nx6325 laptop By Stephen Patrick

Dual-core processing is changing the way we look at notebooks. At one time, you’d expect a notebook to be able to run MS Office applications with ease and hopefully give you a couple of hours battery life too. Now, you can run multiple applications... Read more

Acer Aspire 5602WLMi laptop
3.5 stars Acer Aspire 5602WLMi laptop By Stephen Patrick

If you’ve ever tried buying a notebook from PC World or even Dixons on the high street, then you’ll have come across Acer notebooks. True, they aren’t the most attractive machines you’ll see, being little more than grey boxes for the most part... Read more

JDPSoft Digital Vault software
4.0 stars JDPSoft Digital Vault software By Stephen Patrick

In this age where notebooks now outsell desktop PCs it’s likely that you’re carrying all your information around with you on a regular basis. However, it’s also likely that you treat it just like your desktop, and don’t hide away any of those... Read more

Toshiba Tecra M5 laptop
3.5 stars Toshiba Tecra M5 laptop By Stephen Patrick

Notebooks can be many things, they can be ultraportables stripped of everything and used for little more than email and word processing or then again, you can have a hulking desktop replacement with enough power to run a small empire. However, job specific... Read more

Samsung X60 laptop
4.0 stars Samsung X60 laptop By Stephen Patrick

Samsung is something of a dark horse in the notebook world. As one of the largest component manufacturers in the world, it produces over 90% of the parts for its own machines, which means it can offer something a little more special than the average run... Read more