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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

Serif PagePlus X2 - PC
4.5 stars Serif PagePlus X2 - PC By Stephen Patrick

If you want to use your PC for more than just the basic tasks, then you need a Desktop Publishing Package (DTP), which allows you to make a raft of things from simple posters through to brochures and even your own photo-albums. As one of the first packages... 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

Corel Painter X  - PC
4.5 stars Corel Painter X - PC By Stephen Patrick

Ever looked at a painting and not too sure whether it’s been done using traditional paint and brush or been put together pixel by pixel on a screen? Then it’s most likely to have passed through something as powerful and feature rich as Corel’s Painter... Read more

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

BullGuard Backup 7 - PC
3.5 stars BullGuard Backup 7 - PC By Stephen Patrick

If you use more than one PC, or have a computer at home and take a notebook out and about with you, the idea of backing up your important files to the Internet may have crossed your mind. It’s a growth area and one that is proving popular with multiple-PC... 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

PC Tools Spyware Doctor 5 - PC
4.0 stars PC Tools Spyware Doctor 5 - PC By Stephen Patrick

No matter how many times we tell people the Internet is a scary place if you go out unprotected, people still go it alone and end up paying the price. So, it pays to be cautious and get the best line of defence set-up before you even think of going online.... 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

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

Microsoft Expression Web - PC
4.0 stars Microsoft Expression Web - PC By Stephen Patrick

Microsoft FrontPage had many fans but it was never one of the most flexible or user-friendly of pages. Well, for the most part if you’re looking to develop a web page or whole site, you can put that behind you as Expression Web is a whole new ball game.... 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

Symantec Norton 360 - PC
4.0 stars Symantec Norton 360 - PC By Stephen Patrick

We’re all accustomed to protecting our PCs with a variety of security tools and most internet security suites now act, if not feel, as though they are all the same. Enter Symantec with its new Norton 360, which has been designed from the ground-up to... 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

NOD32 2.7  - PC
4.5 stars NOD32 2.7 - PC By Stephen Patrick

Who or what is NOD32? To the average person in the street this may well be a realistic question but don’t let the name of lack of profile deter you, as this is one of the best online defence tools we’ve come across in a long time. What it has in its... 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

EffectsLab Pro - PC
3.5 stars EffectsLab Pro - PC By Stephen Patrick

It’s been 30 years since the first Stars Wars movie was released in cinemas but still our love affair with the series continues to grow. The latest proof of that comes in EffectsLab Pro, a CG authoring tool, which comes with pre-loaded effects that... 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

Roxio Toast 8 For Mac
4.0 stars Roxio Toast 8 For Mac By Stephen Patrick

The Mac OS has always done a great job of providing enough software to keep most people happy, as it comes with its own basic disc creation software and if you want to get a little more fancy there is iDVD for creating menus and impressive transitions.... 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

Ulead PhotoImpact 12 - PC
4.0 stars Ulead PhotoImpact 12 - PC By Stephen Patrick

When you start to think about digital images and editing them, you can opt for the basic tools that crop and remove red-eye but what if you want to do more? You’ll need to consider paying out for a fully-fledged suite of tools, usually from Adobe or... 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

PC-Cillin Internet Security 2007 - PC
3.0 stars PC-Cillin Internet Security 2007 - PC By Stephen Patrick

It’s got all the features of a top-notch security suite but it’s less than ideal at actually locating and cleaning out all problems If you’ve seen the adverts on TV aimed at shaming the youth into donning a condom, then there should equally be adverts... 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

Microsoft Office 2007 Home Edition
4.0 stars Microsoft Office 2007 Home Edition By Stephen Patrick

After Windows, Microsoft Office is the second biggest money-spinner for the company, so it’s no surprise it has been launched on the same day as the new OS. The numbering gives it away but it been 4 years since Microsoft updated Office and while it’s... Read more

Mr Site Takeaway Website - PC
4.0 stars Mr Site Takeaway Website - PC By Stephen Patrick

If you’ve any interest in the Internet at all, which you have as you’re reading this online, then at one time or another you’ll have thought about setting up and running your own website. Maybe for commerce or maybe just for fun, either way it’s... 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

Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 - PC
4.5 stars Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 - PC By Stephen Patrick

For as long as anyone cares to remember, Adobe Photoshop has been one of the world’s leading professional art packages. While Elements trades on it’s name it doesn’t have the same price tag – it’s about fifth the price – and is essentially... Read more