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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

Ahead Nero PhotoShow Deluxe 4
3.5 stars Ahead Nero PhotoShow Deluxe 4 By Stephen Patrick

Think about how your parents used to store photographs. If they were organised, then you’ll be one of those families with albums with pictures neatly labelled, dated and sorted. If you’re anything like the rest of us, then shoeboxes stuffed at the... 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

Serif MoviePlus 5 DVD authoring software
3.5 stars Serif MoviePlus 5 DVD authoring software By Stephen Patrick

At the start of any year you can expect a flurry of activity from online security services. In much the same way, with the advent of the summer and its promise of long hours of video capture, so the software companies update their DVD authoring packages.... 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

Roxio  MyDVD 8 Premium DVD authoring software
4.0 stars Roxio MyDVD 8 Premium DVD authoring software By Stephen Patrick

With the merging of the Roxio and Sonic brands continuing, we find that MyDVD 8 comes along no longer as a Sonic product but sporting the Roxio name. However, it’s a logic upgrade of previous versions with the most noticeable change being the new cleaner... 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

Roxio Popcorn 2 - Mac
4.0 stars Roxio Popcorn 2 - Mac By Stephen Patrick

It’s long been believed that people who buy a PC want it for general usage while those opting for a Mac are more likely to come from the creative side of life, which means designers, musicians and video editing. If that sounds like you then Roxio Popcorn... 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

Avanquest Ghostsurf Platinum 2006: Identity Protector - PC
3.0 stars Avanquest Ghostsurf Platinum 2006: Identity Protector - PC By Stephen Patrick

If nothing else, this program needs a special award for possibly having the longest name on the market. Fortunately, it tells you exactly what it does in the title – it protects your identity online and covers up your tracks. Whenever you log onto the... 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

Ulead Movie Factory 5
4.0 stars Ulead Movie Factory 5 By Stephen Patrick

The way we create and store media on DVD is about to change, as Blu-ray and HD-DVD will offer storage capacities that even two years ago would have seemed impossible. So, it was only a matter of time before software supporting the new standards arrived.... 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

V-COM Fix-It Utilities Pro 6
4.0 stars V-COM Fix-It Utilities Pro 6 By Stephen Patrick

It's common for the even the most powerful of PCs to slow down over time. Whether it's the programs we install, badly organised file systems, or the amount of files clogging up the cache, it can all add up to a drastic slow down in system performance.... 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

S.A.D. TuneUp Utilities 2006
3.5 stars S.A.D. TuneUp Utilities 2006 By Stephen Patrick

We all know that we should take better care of our computers but we like installing new programs and generally downloading to our heart's content and only deal with clearing out various caches and uninstalling when we start to see the system slow down.... Read more

Corel Draw X3 Graphics Suite
3.5 stars Corel Draw X3 Graphics Suite By Stephen Patrick

At one time, if you were serious at design then you'll have used Corel. Now in its 20th year, it's a leading application that has recently been superseded by the likes of Adobe's Illustrator package. X3 hopes to re-address this balance by introducing... 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

McAfee Internet Security Suite 2006 - PC
4.5 stars McAfee Internet Security Suite 2006 - PC By Stephen Patrick

We’ve looked at quite a few online security packages of late and we’ve been impressed with how comprehensive they have been. However, McAfee, the long-established leader in this space isn’t about to let others lead the way. When we say they’re... 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

Microsoft Student 2006
3.5 stars Microsoft Student 2006 By Stephen Patrick

If your parents ever had any pretension to giving you a better education than they ever had, you’ll have grown up with a full range of encyclopaedias gathering dust on a shelf. Thankfully, those books can now fit onto a DVD and even better, they’re... 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

Paragon Drive Backup 7
3.5 stars Paragon Drive Backup 7 By Stephen Patrick

Making a backup of your computer's hard drive is one of those chores we know we should carry out on a regular basis but never seem to get around too. No matter how many times we hear the alarm bells ringing from friends and colleagues, it's not until... 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

Serif Pageplus 11 desktop publishing
4.5 stars Serif Pageplus 11 desktop publishing By Stephen Patrick

Chances are, if you've owned a computer for some time you, are likely to have come across Serif PagePlus at some point. Whether it's for designing a leaflet for the local Scout club or for getting that homemade Christmas card looking just right, PagePlus... 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

Pinnacle Studio Plus 10
4.5 stars Pinnacle Studio Plus 10 By Stephen Patrick

If you got a digital video recorder for Christmas you’re probably at that point now where you’ve downloaded hours of footage onto your PC and your wondering how to make the most of it? The likelihood is you’ll have got a bundled copy of editing... 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

Steganos Security Suite
4.0 stars Steganos Security Suite By Stephen Patrick

If you talk to someone who isn't too IT savvie, the main problem they will worry about is privacy. The notion that you're PC is connected to a broadband link and the world can get access to your data is a scary one. It's easy to lock down your system... 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

Microsoft Works Suite 2006
4.0 stars Microsoft Works Suite 2006 By Stephen Patrick

Computers are great, we love them, as they make like easier - whether it’s getting the family budget in order, or mapping out your route to the coast. But you need to have the right software installed. What’s that you say? Microsoft’s latest update... 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