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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

Sony Vaio VGN-FE21H laptop
3.5 stars Sony Vaio VGN-FE21H laptop By Stephen Patrick

There was a time when the release of a new Sony notebook was a cause to rejoice, not only did you get innovative new designs but you also got a certain degree of kudos for owning one. However, as prices have dropped and dropped, Sony has had to release... Read more

Dell Inspiron XPS M1210 gaming laptop
4.0 stars Dell Inspiron XPS M1210 gaming laptop By Stephen Patrick

Dell has been successfully touting its gaming laptops for the last couple of years, taking on all comers both here and in the States and pretty much made the market its own – so much so that it’s even bought the main competitor, Alienware. The premise... Read more

Acer Aspire 5652WLMi laptop
4.0 stars Acer Aspire 5652WLMi laptop By Stephen Patrick

The notebook market has become sort of stale lately, as manufacturers fight over price points rather than exciting new concepts, so it’s nice to see a new idea once in awhile. Acer isn’t scared of bringing new ideas to market ahead of the rest of... Read more

ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 6.5
4.0 stars ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 6.5 By Stephen Patrick

For a long time, ZoneAlarm was one of the favoured free applications for protecting and monitoring your PC from online theft. So much so that people forgot there was a beefed-up security package that cost money. The end result was an opinion that the... Read more

Averatec 4360 laptop
4.0 stars Averatec 4360 laptop By Stephen Patrick

Averatec has always impressed us on the style stakes. Sure, the white plastic has never been as slick or as strong as Apple’s and the ultraportable nature of the notebooks, never quite as portable as a Sony but Averatec notebooks have always had one... Read more

Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro V2060 laptop
3.5 stars Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro V2060 laptop By Stephen Patrick

When it comes to notebooks, Fujitsu Siemens is something of a success story. Four years ago you’d have been hard pushed to find anyone who actually owned one of their machines. Today, they are the fourth biggest supplier in Europe and when it comes... Read more

Internet Babysitter tracking software
3.0 stars Internet Babysitter tracking software By Stephen Patrick

We’ve had read the horror stories about the Internet being a breeding ground for perverts and paedophiles and while we should show an increasingly level of caution, we can’t stop our children from using it. Therefore, the logical step is to take a... Read more

TableKiosk EO V7110 UMPC
3.0 stars TableKiosk EO V7110 UMPC By Stephen Patrick

It started out as a buzzword, Origami, and for once, Microsoft managed to keep it something of a secret right up until launch. We’d like to think it was because of some major stealth exercise but in reality it’s because the idea isn’t that new or... Read more

Toshiba Tecra A3X laptop
3.5 stars Toshiba Tecra A3X laptop By Stephen Patrick

Toshiba has been at the forefront of the notebook business for 21 years and in that time has long been considered one of the business world’s manufacturer’s of choice. However, as you can buy it’s machines through places like PC World and from any... Read more

HP Pavilion dv8025EA laptop
3.5 stars HP Pavilion dv8025EA laptop By Stephen Patrick

HP’s Pavilion notebooks are the ones you’ll find on the high street and being sold through reseller websites. The machines are aimed at home users looking for a reliable brand at an affordable price. Increasingly, a number of the Pavilion models have... Read more

Magix Photo Manager 2006 Deluxe
3.5 stars Magix Photo Manager 2006 Deluxe By Stephen Patrick

Digital photography has changed the way we consume images. Lets get personal for a moment, at one time I’d buy a 24 or 36 exposure film for a holiday and that would be it. Now, I have a 1GB SD in my camera, so what do I do, I snap away at all and sundry.... Read more

Samsung Q1 UMPC
3.0 stars Samsung Q1 UMPC By Stephen Patrick

Origami, the art of folding paper to make something delicate and new. At least that’s what it meant until Microsoft turned it into their codename for the Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC), where they’ve created a specification that allows manufacturers to turn... Read more

X-OOM PSP Media Suite - PC
3.5 stars X-OOM PSP Media Suite - PC By Stephen Patrick

So, you have your brand new Sony PSP and if you’ve done the sensible thing, you bought a memory card to go with it – this way you can transfer plenty of movie and movies onto the device, especially movies as the widescreen aspect ratio of the PSP’s... Read more

Asus S6F laptop
4.0 stars Asus S6F laptop By Stephen Patrick

You can’t deny Asus isn’t trying something a little different with the S6F. It’s an ultraportable weighing in at a slim and light 1.4kg but if that isn’t enough they’ve gone and covered the back of the lid and the palm-rests in leather. This... Read more

Iolo System Mechanic 6 Pro
3.5 stars Iolo System Mechanic 6 Pro By Stephen Patrick

Keeping your PC in tip-top condition has never been easy, so much so, most of us tend to ignore regular maintenance until it is a necessity. The name probably gives it away but System Mechanic is a set of tools designed to help you keep your PC running,... Read more

Sony Vaio VGN-AR11S Blu-ray laptop
4.5 stars Sony Vaio VGN-AR11S Blu-ray laptop By Stephen Patrick

We’ve never been too shy about our admiration for Sony notebooks. True, there are cheaper machines out there but when you want something that looks like nothing else on the market and just happens to have multimedia on mind, it’s hard to beat a VAIO... Read more

Toshiba Qosmio G30 HD-DVD laptop
4.5 stars Toshiba Qosmio G30 HD-DVD laptop By Stephen Patrick

The Toshiba Qosmio has become something of an institute, as there really is nothing in its price class or styling. It’s aimed at the high-end media enthusiast, so you’ll find a stunning 17-inch Super-TFT panel that is so bright and clear it makes... Read more

Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook S2110 laptop
4.0 stars Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook S2110 laptop By Stephen Patrick

Fujitsu Siemens may not be the first company you think of when deciding on an ultraportable notebook but in recent months, the company has stepped up its game and released a number of interesting machines. The styling of the S2110 plays into the sombre... Read more

Lenovo Thinkpad X41 laptop
4.0 stars Lenovo Thinkpad X41 laptop By Stephen Patrick

Lenovo is a Chinese company that bought the IBM hardware brand last year as well as the trademark for ThinkPad notebooks. The Lenovo ThinkPad X41 is the company’s leading ultraportable design so it comes as no surprise that it has been used as the basis... Read more

Acer Aspire 5002WLMi laptop
3.5 stars Acer Aspire 5002WLMi laptop By Stephen Patrick

If you had asked us 12 months ago how cheap a notebook could get and still offer plenty of punch, we don’t think we’d have said as little as £565, but we would have said that one company who would be at the front of the super-budget notebook would... Read more

Sony Vaio VGN-FE11S laptop
3.5 stars Sony Vaio VGN-FE11S laptop By Stephen Patrick

Sony has always pitched its notebooks as something a little out of the ordinary; even the name is an acronym, with VAIO standing for Video, Audio, Integrated Operation. So what’s better for a notebook aimed at the heavy video and audio user than a dual-core... Read more

Acer TravelMate 4401LCi
3.5 stars Acer TravelMate 4401LCi By Stephen Patrick

Acer continue to be one of the fastest selling notebook manufacturers in Europe, with most of this reputation based around their cost-effective business machines. It's hard to complain about a machine that costs as little as £550 (inc. VAT) but you need... Read more

Dell Inspiron 630m laptop
4.5 stars Dell Inspiron 630m laptop By Stephen Patrick

Everyone knows Dell, you can't avoid their adverts either in the press or on the TV and the message constantly pumped out is one of “outstanding value for money” and it's one there is little arguing with. After all, everyone loves a bargain. Which... Read more

Acer Aspire 1652WLMi laptop
4.0 stars Acer Aspire 1652WLMi laptop By Stephen Patrick

We have to ask ourselves, how much do you think you need to spend on a notebook and still get a machine that manages to do what we need from it? Well, Acer would like us to think its £749 (inc. VAT) and they'd be right. After all, the Aspire 1652 manages... Read more

Roxio Easy DVD Copy 2 Deluxe
3.5 stars Roxio Easy DVD Copy 2 Deluxe By Stephen Patrick

It seems the world is becoming increasingly obsessed with its media files and how to store them. Easy DVD Copy 2 Deluxe allows you to make multiple copies of your DVDs and CDs at the click of a button. Let’s get things straight - this program won’t... Read more

Sony Vaio VGN-TX2HP laptop
4.0 stars Sony Vaio VGN-TX2HP laptop By Stephen Patrick

Sony has quite a reputation to uphold with its ultraportable range, especially with companies like Fujitsu Siemens and Lenovo closing in on their style and size formats. Fortunately, Sony is ahead of the game and judging by the VAIO VGN-TX2HP it has little... Read more

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch laptop
4.0 stars Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch laptop By Stephen Patrick

Apple may well be renowned for its striking designs and while the move to Intel's chipset may be a major technology change for the company, they haven't used it to change the basic style and shape. Finished in the lightweight aluminium chassis of previous... Read more

Averatec 3715 notebook
3.0 stars Averatec 3715 notebook By Stephen Patrick

Averatec is essentially an American notebook manufacturer that is backed by Taiwanese money and know-how. The premise behind this partnership is to being a range of machines that are not only attractive to look at but also affordable. The 3715 costs a... Read more

Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P7120 notebook
4.0 stars Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P7120 notebook By Stephen Patrick

Fujitsu Siemens has had a great couple of years. At one time they were little more than a curious brand with nothing to claim as their own. Now, they’re one of the top five notebook names in Europe and it’s all down to matching great prices with interesting... Read more

ASUS A6J notebook
4.0 stars ASUS A6J notebook By Stephen Patrick

Intel's dual-core mobile processor was the worst kept secret of 2005, but when it was made official in January of this year there were a few samples flying around but the Asus A6J is one of the first few actual machines to be made available. Dual-core... Read more

Toshiba Portege R200 notebook
3.5 stars Toshiba Portege R200 notebook By Stephen Patrick

For a long time, Toshiba was the businessman’s number one choice of laptop, which resulted in the company sitting complacently on its laurels. However, with the notebook market not being aggressively fought over, the company has had to bring innovation... Read more

HP COMPAQ NC4200 notebook
4.0 stars HP COMPAQ NC4200 notebook By Stephen Patrick

HP's notebooks have had something of a re-birth in recent months. A year ago it seemed the company had lost their way, now with its back to basics approach it seems that it can't do any wrong. Take the Compaq nc4200, weighing in at £1000 (inc. VAT) it... Read more

Acer TravelMate 8204WLMi notebook
4.5 stars Acer TravelMate 8204WLMi notebook By Stephen Patrick

Intel has done away with its Pentium line of processors and in one foul swoop moved its mobile computer chips to use the new Core Duo processors. These dual-core chips offer twin cores on the one piece of silicon, which allows you to multitask far easier,... Read more

Acer Aspire 9504WSMi notebook
4.0 stars Acer Aspire 9504WSMi notebook By Stephen Patrick

Acer continue to release more notebooks than anyone else, making them one of the obvious choices for most people. What’s more, they are sold in most major computer stores so you can check them out before you buy. The Acer Aspire 9504WSMi is the latest... Read more

ASUS A6KM laptop
4.0 stars ASUS A6KM laptop By Stephen Patrick

We have reviewed Asus notebooks before on Pocket-Lint and have never failed to be amazed at how well built they are. It's not so much they are solidly built, usually with plenty of brushed aluminium and neat curves on show but they also have a pleasing... Read more

HP mp2220 projector
4.5 stars HP mp2220 projector By Stephen Patrick

It seems that the world has gone big screen mad of late, whether it's gearing up for the arrival of HDTV in the UK or simply having the best picture possible for the price, it seems size truly does matter. So why not opt for a projector, so you can get... Read more

Sony Vaio VGN-BX196SP laptop
3.5 stars Sony Vaio VGN-BX196SP laptop By Stephen Patrick

It may be better known as the consumer’s favourite but in the last 12 months, Sony has made a big play for the corporate buyer. Has it got itself a winner with the VGN-BX196SP? We take a closer look. The company’s reasoning behind this is one of scale... Read more

Samsung X1 laptop
3.5 stars Samsung X1 laptop By Stephen Patrick

The Samsung X1 is a novel new take on the idea of the ultraportable, but can it deliver the goods? Samsung is a name better associated with more consumery devices such as televisions or mobile phones rather than computer equipment but its notebook line... Read more

SONY VAIO VGN-FJ1S
3.5 stars SONY VAIO VGN-FJ1S By Stephen Patrick

Let’s cut to the chase, when you’re thinking of buying a notebook there is one PC brand that makes it onto the shopping list without having to check out what’s on offer, and that’s a Sony VAIO. It’s not that they make the best or most affordable... Read more

Dell Inspiron XPS M170
4.5 stars Dell Inspiron XPS M170 By Stephen Patrick

Dell has made no bones about wanting to be the leading player in the gaming market not only with its desktop XPS systems but with its notebook offerings too, but is this the machine to convince the public it should be crowned King? We take a look and... Read more

AVERATEC 1050 Laptop
4.0 stars AVERATEC 1050 Laptop By Stephen Patrick

Averatec may fall into the category of 'who the hell are they?' but unlike many of the no-brand notebook makers out there, this start-up company is starting to make waves that should be noticed. Controlled by a huge Taiwanese manufacturer but fronted... Read more

Acer Travelmate 2403WXCI
3.5 stars Acer Travelmate 2403WXCI By Stephen Patrick

How cheap can the average notebook get? As little as 12 months ago, you’d have been hard pushed to find a notebook that would meet even basic needs for less than a grand. Today we’re falling over machines that cost almost half that sum but can they... Read more

Toshiba Tecra M4 Tablet PC
3.5 stars Toshiba Tecra M4 Tablet PC By Stephen Patrick

Tablet PC was supposed to change the way we work, or even more importantly, change the way we interact with computers. If you’re anything like us, then one of the main reasons you like computers is the keyboard - no one can tell how bad your handwriting... Read more

Acer Aspire 5024WLMi
3.5 stars Acer Aspire 5024WLMi By Stephen Patrick

Acer possibly releases more notebooks than any other company. Some weeks it seems that you can’t turn around for another model falling onto your desk. To give their models a little differentiation, Acer is part of the growing trend of splitting business... Read more

Mio Digiwalker 269 plus
3.0 stars Mio Digiwalker 269 plus By Stephen Patrick

If there is one technology that is driving handsets sales it is GPS (Global Positioning Systems). While an in-car solution will cost upwards of £2000 as part of a new car installation, the DIY route taken by the DigiWalker and its ilk comes in at a fraction... Read more

Toshiba Satelite M50 laptop
3.5 stars Toshiba Satelite M50 laptop By Stephen Patrick

There was a time when Toshiba was seen as a company that was only appealing to the business user. Thankfully, those days are over, with Toshiba offering machines to suit all walks of life. The Satellite M50 is aimed at home users who are looking for a... Read more