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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

Encyclopaedia Britannica 2008 Ultimate Edition - PC
3.5 stars Encyclopaedia Britannica 2008 Ultimate Edition - PC By Stephen Patrick

There was a time when all good homes had a row of books on a shelf that could be referred to whenever a question or homework topic arose. Technology condensed this to DVD form but now that we have the Internet and all the information we could ever need... 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

Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 - PC
4.0 stars Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 - PC By Stephen Patrick

The explosion in digital photography has meant there are hundreds of photos on our computers at any one time that need editing if there to be viewed at their best advantage. This has resulted in software manufacturers having to design ever more complex... 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

Verbatim STORE'N'GO
3.5 stars Verbatim STORE'N'GO By Stephen Patrick

The USB memory stick has replaced the humble floppy disc as the easiest way to share files and with capacities growing, and prices falling, they make an essential purchase for any PC user. The only thing that seems to differentiate different makes of... 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

Roxio Easy Media Creator 10  - PC
4.5 stars Roxio Easy Media Creator 10 - PC By Stephen Patrick

If you already have a software suite for creating and copying discs, it seems unlikely that you’ll want to do to the expense of upgrading to a newer, sleeker suite. After all, every new PC or notebook comes with some form of burning software. This is... 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

Webroot Window Washer 6.5 - PC
4.0 stars Webroot Window Washer 6.5 - PC By Stephen Patrick

With the increased interest in the Internet and the ever growing number of notebooks now being sold, PC security is something of a growing and hotly debated topic. This is even more true if you share your machine with others, as the potential to have... Read more

BitDefender Total Security 2008 - PC
4.5 stars BitDefender Total Security 2008 - PC By Stephen Patrick

The time of the year has arrived when the online security manufacturers swoop on mass to release their latest wares and so it is with BitDefender Total Security 2008, which from the look of the new interface has been designed to go head-to-head with Symantec... 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

Yosemite Backup 8.5 - PC
3.5 stars Yosemite Backup 8.5 - PC By Stephen Patrick

There are quite a few different ways to backup your personal folders and files and we’ve grown accustomed to doing so. Yosemite may not be a name we’re used to as their main target audience is providing backup solutions for big businesses. However,... 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

X-oom Internet Movies 3 YouTube Edition
3.0 stars X-oom Internet Movies 3 YouTube Edition By Stephen Patrick

It seems that video clips are no longer the preserve of "You’ve Been Framed" as everyone and his brother is now posting them on social sites such as YouTube and MySpace. However, getting your video clips from your mobile phone has always been a little... 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

Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.5 with AntiVirus
4.0 stars Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.5 with AntiVirus By Stephen Patrick

As the name of Webroot’s looking malware tool suggests, it didn’t begin life as an all-encompassing anti-virus suite but as a very effective tool for rooting out and beating malware that has found its way onto your computer. However, when it comes... 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

Magix Xtreme Photo Video Suite  - PC
3.0 stars Magix Xtreme Photo Video Suite - PC By Stephen Patrick

Magix is best known for its range of cheap-and-cheerful applications for editing MP3s, audio cleaning and entry level CD/DVD burning. However, the emphasis has always been on "cheap". So it comes as something of a shock to find Xtreme Photo Video comes... 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

Iolo System Shield 3 - PC
3.0 stars Iolo System Shield 3 - PC By Stephen Patrick

If you own a computer and it’s hooked up to the Internet then you need to make sure you have a security suite installed. This isn’t scare mongering it's everyday fact. However, it seems there are as many security suites as there are threats and with... 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

Symantec Norton Ghost 12 - PC
4.0 stars Symantec Norton Ghost 12 - PC By Stephen Patrick

It's the same old story, ask anyone, most of us forget to backup or make copies of our important files and folders until we've been burnt and had a system failure. Norton Ghost allows you to make regular backups not only of your files and folders but... 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

Avantquest Media Now - PC
4.0 stars Avantquest Media Now - PC By Stephen Patrick

When it comes to burning and copying CDs and DVDs there are already plenty of options to choose from, ranging from Roxio to Nero, and that’s without even considering the options Microsoft bundle with Windows for free. It may be hard for us to think... Read more

Pinnacle Studio Plus 11 - PC
4.5 stars Pinnacle Studio Plus 11 - PC By Stephen Patrick

It would seem that video editing is all the rage at the moment with Corel and Pinnacle both releasing new versions of their software at the same time. This latest package from Pinnacle certainly offers plenty of material, as it spans two DVDs. To be fair,... 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

Corel VideoStudio 11 Plus
4.0 stars Corel VideoStudio 11 Plus By Stephen Patrick

Until recently, Ulead was a well-established brand in its own right, which is why Corel bought the company and thereby strengthened its own video editing portfolio. If you own a camcorder, then it’s likely you’ve experienced what Microsoft’s own... Read more

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

With even the most humble mobile phone now sporting a 2MP digital camera, and let's not forget the growing number of 5MP camera phones, it seems the age of digital is truly here. Which is why there are now a wide number of digital image suites on the... 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

VCOM Fix-It Utilities Pro 7 - PC
4.0 stars VCOM Fix-It Utilities Pro 7 - PC By Stephen Patrick

Once you’ve had your PC for some time you may well start to notice that it no longer runs as quickly as it once did and that the occasional system bug will have crept in. This is where Fix-It Utilities 7 comes as is the latest upgrade to the maintenance... 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

Avanquest Perfect Image 11 - PC
4.0 stars Avanquest Perfect Image 11 - PC By Stephen Patrick

It’s a common fact that no one thinks to back up their PC’s hard drive until it’s too late. After all, it’s not one of the most glamorous tasks we needs to perform but we should all do it. Which is where tools like Perfect Image 11 come into play,... 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

Swiss Security Wireless Security Suite
2.5 stars Swiss Security Wireless Security Suite By Stephen Patrick

If you’ve ever been tempted by the idea of wireless broadband – being able to surf the Internet from the comfort of your living room sofa seems to be the main advantage – and have a couple of notebooks about the house, this software should help... Read more