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Palm TX Wi-Fi PDA

It's not so long ago that Palm launched the LifeDrive, the first PDA to include a hard drive, and Palm set itself up with a tough act to follow. Its twin autumn launches comprised one PDA designed to get newcomers interested - the £80 Z22, and one for the more serious PDA fan, the T|X, writes Sandra Vogel. Palm TX PDA Palm has …
Trusted Reviews, 28 Oct 2005
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NEC N411i i-mode phone

I remember getting my first WAP phone. The hype surrounding the technology was massive and I was expecting an amazing experience. Unfortunately I was sorely disappointed, and WAP proved to be slow, poorly implemented and often expensive. One of the things that annoyed me most about WAP, was that I was well aware that the …
Trusted Reviews, 26 Oct 2005
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Pentax Option S55 5mp digicam

It seems like every other week I'm reviewing yet another tiny Pentax five megapixel compact camera. In fact a quick browse through my camera samples folder shows that this is the eighth one that I've written about this year. Come on Pentax, give my aching fingers a break, writes Cliff Smith. Pentax Optio S55 Officially priced …
Trusted Reviews, 05 Oct 2005
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Leadtek Xeye movie-viewing goggles

Many dubious products have stumbled on the rocky road to true innovation. Before the mobile phone reached mass-market saturation, yuppies lugged around lumps of plastic that were closer to army field radios than items of desirable personal technology, writes Jonathan Bray. Leadtek Xeye Once, Sony marketed the infamous …
Trusted Reviews, 30 Sep 2005
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ATI CrossFire multi-GPU platform

If you have even a passing interest in 3D graphics, you've probably been waiting for the appearance of ATI's dual-GPU solution. It seems like aeons ago that ATI announced that it would produce a platform to rival Nvidia's tremendously successful SLi, but now, finally I have a CrossFire system in front of me and it's time to see …
Trusted Reviews, 28 Sep 2005
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Panasonic Toughbook CF-51 semi-rugged notebook

Panasonic Toughbook CF-51 Panasonic has been making notebooks for a long time, but you may not have come across the Toughbook brand before. The reason for this is that Toughbooks tend to attract a buyer who is more concerned with durability than design and performance. To get an idea of who the Toughbooks appeal to, next time …
Trusted Reviews, 22 Sep 2005
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Orange SPV C550 music phone

In the early days of Windows Mobile smart phones Orange was the UK's leading light, launching the first UK device way back at the tail end of 2002. Since then Orange has been joined by other operators and by operator-agnostic vendors, but the company has kept its own line flowing with a steady range of new entrants. The latest …
Trusted Reviews, 19 Sep 2005
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Apple iPod Nano

Unless you were hiding in a cave last week, you'll have heard about the latest changes made to Apple's iPod range. Out went the iPod Mini, which on the surface seemed like a strange decision. The Mini enjoyed a fanatical reception from the millions of style-conscious consumers who realised that they'd never fill a 20GB iPod no …
Trusted Reviews, 14 Sep 2005
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Sapphire Radeon X550 low-cost graphics card

If you aren't a gamer, integrated graphics may seem the best imaging option to choose for your next PC. Integrated graphics engines may be cheaper than add-in cards, but they can hit system memory performance hard, and since on-board graphics are usually only available on budget chipsets and motherboards, you may also miss out …
Trusted Reviews, 12 Sep 2005
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Orange Mobile Office Card 3G PC Card

Just under a year ago I reviewed the original 3G Orange Mobile Office Card and was decidedly unimpressed. Sub-standard hardware and poorly considered software added up to a package that, quite simply, wasn't up to the job at hand. This situation was made worse for Orange by the fact that only a few weeks earlier I had reviewed …
Trusted Reviews, 07 Sep 2005
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DFI Lanparty UT nF4 SLI-D mobo

DFI's popularity has risen steadily ever since it launched its Lanparty range of motherboards a couple of years ago. Since then the Lanparty family has grown with the introduction of a 'lite' version in the shape of the Lanparty UT, writes Lars-Goran Nilsson. DFI Lanparty UT nF4 SLI-D DFI hasn't stripped out all of the …
Trusted Reviews, 05 Sep 2005

Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 500GB HDD

We've never done a review of a single hard disk before, but this Hitachi drive justifies the attention. It's the first 500GB disk drive to hit the shelves - Hitachi has got its drive to market ahead of the likes of Maxtor and Seagate, who have announced drives but not yet shipped them. Half a terabyte in a single drive. Blimey! …
Trusted Reviews, 31 Aug 2005
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AMD Athlon X2 3800+ dual-core CPU

At the beginning of the month AMD launched its latest budget processor, the Sempron 3400+. Launched on the same day was the dual-core Athlon 64 X2 3800+. Right now you have the choice between single core or dual-core but before long dual-core will become very much the norm, writes Benny Har-Even. AMD Athlon X2 3800+ It's easy …
Trusted Reviews, 12 Aug 2005
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Brother MFC-620CN multi-function printer

This Brother All-in-One is more all-in-one than most. Although it has a footprint not much bigger than an A3 sheet of paper, it can print, scan, copy, fax, download your digital photos, answer the phone and make you a nice cup of camomile tea. OK, the tea's just on our wish list, but all the other tasks are within the compass of …
Trusted Reviews, 11 Aug 2005
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Acer Ferrari 4000 notebook

The general consensus here regarding Acer's Ferrari 3200 notebook was that it was a decent, well-featured machine, but no one was really sure that they wanted a bright red laptop. It seems that Acer has taken this on board, and the new Ferrari 4000 is more understated - in fact the general opinion this time around is that it …
Trusted Reviews, 08 Aug 2005
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Nokia 3230 smart phone

Whereas a few years ago Nokia was big enough to see off the likes of Ericsson and Siemens, it's not quite the giant it once. Part of the reason for that is the fact it's made some odd decidedly odd handset design choices in recent years. It let Sony Ericsson overtake on styling, its early 3G offerings misfired and its more …
Trusted Reviews, 05 Aug 2005
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AMD Sempron 3400+ CPU

The arrival of AMD's Sempron 3400+ will come as no great surprise to anyone who has heard the rumours about its imminent launch. When it comes to budget processors AMD doesn't normally make big announcements, so those who've not kept up to date with the latest processor developments might wonder what the all the fuss is about, …
Trusted Reviews, 01 Aug 2005
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Alienware Aurora Star Wars Edition gaming PC

I've got a bad feeling about this, I thought to myself when I first heard that Alienware was going to build a Star Wars-branded PC. I know how much licences like these cost - my wife used to work in licensing for LucasFilm. Believe me, Mr Lucas knows all too well the power of his brand, and he's never likely to undervalue it. …
Trusted Reviews, 26 Jul 2005

SanDisk Ultra II SD Plus USB/SD card

SD cards aren't exciting products. They do what they're supposed to: slip into your digital camera, PDA or whatever as removable storage. Most of the time there's little to differentiate one from another, bar read and write speed. But this particular SD card is very different from any other SD card you're likely to find and it's …
Trusted Reviews, 25 Jul 2005
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Scan 3XS Hoojum CUBIT 5 media centre system

Last month I took a look at a complete Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) 2005 system from small form-factor king Shuttle and was generally impressed. Now system integrator Scan has created its own Media Center system, the CUBIT 5, using the guts of Shuttle's SFF MCE system but employing a housing from Hoojum, writes Benny …
Trusted Reviews, 22 Jul 2005
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OQO Model 01 handheld PC

There's no denying that the OQO Model 01 is one of the coolest devices that I've ever got my paws on. It is an amazingly compact yet fully featured PC, in a very similar vein to the Sony Vaio U series. However, there are some obvious advantages that the Model 01 has over the U70P. Top of that list has to be size: the Sony was …
Trusted Reviews, 21 Jul 2005
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Samsung SPP-2040 dye-sub photo printer

Better known for its laser printers, Samsung is the second major manufacturer to produce a photo-printer based on dye-sublimation technology. Its SPP-2040 is a direct competitor to Canon's Selphy CP-500 and even appears to use the same print engine and consumables, writes Simon Williams. Samsung SPP-2040 colour photo printer …
Trusted Reviews, 14 Jul 2005
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Asus P5WD2 Premium i955X mobo

In the midst of the SLi craze Intel launched two new chipsets, including its latest performance solution, the 955X. The Asus P5WD2 Premium is the first partner product to arrive in our labs and Asus hasn't spared any expense making this one of the best 955X boards on the market, writes Lars-Goran Nilsson. Asus P5WD2 Premium …
Trusted Reviews, 11 Jul 2005
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Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5

You've got to hand it to Sony. The iPod may be the portable music boss, but it's not stopped trying to take Apple's baby out. It was some time before it seriously plucked up the courage to do so, with the release last year release of the NW-HD1. That was back in late 2004, and it was followed only a few months later by the NW- …
Trusted Reviews, 07 Jul 2005
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Acer TravelMate 4401LMi Turion notebook

Acer has always priced its products aggressively, but even we were surprised when we learned the Acer TravelMate 4400LMi could be picked up for less than £700. Yes, you can buy cheaper laptops, but will they boast a 15in screen and ATI Radeon X700 graphics? asks Benny Har-Even. Acer TravelMate 4400LMi The machine also features …
Trusted Reviews, 20 Jun 2005
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Shuttle XPC SN25P barebones SFF PC

Shuttle's latest small form-factor barebones is certainly a stylish box. The light blue metallic and black front shows Shuttle's usual attention to design. The blue bits hide the drives and the front ports, which might or might not be to your liking, writes Lars-Goran Nilsson. Shuttle XPC SN25P Internally, the SN25P is very …
Trusted Reviews, 16 Jun 2005
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Sony Vaio VGN-T2XP

An ultra-portable notebook is a wonderful thing, especially for someone in my line of work. When you're regularly globetrotting, covering technology expos and product launches, you need to have a notebook with you in order to write up your stories. But you don't want something big and heavy weighing you down, especially on those …
Trusted Reviews, 13 Jun 2005
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Netgear RangeMax MIMO wireless router

Netgear's marketing hype about its latest wireless router makes for good reading. It claims a 1000 per cent improvement in coverage and speed over standard 802.11g products and a total of half a million square feet of uninterrupted coverage, writes Dave Mitchell. Netgear MIMO router As expected, MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple …
Trusted Reviews, 07 Jun 2005
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ATI X600 Pro All-in-Wonder

Whether they'd top your list when it comes to gaming or not, few can argue that ATI's All-In-Wonder series of graphics cards have continued to lead the way with their powerful blend of multimedia features. Fending off the competition for a year or two is a noteworthy achievement in the cutthroat world of PC graphics, but the …
Trusted Reviews, 20 May 2005
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Garmin iQue M5 GPS PocketPC

Garmin was the first company to release a PDA with an integrated GPS receiver, the Palm OS-based iQue, and the M5 is its first Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition version. As soon as I opened the box and started playing with the device I realised that this was a GPS/PDA combo that meant business, writes Benny Har-Even. Garmin …
Trusted Reviews, 13 May 2005
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Dell Inspiron XPS Gen 2 gaming notebook

I've looked at quite a few gaming notebooks, some of them good, some of them not so good. I've looked at mobile gaming solutions from hardcore players like Voodoo and Alienware, as well as lightning-fast machines from the likes of Rock and MV. But sitting before me right now is, without a doubt, the best gaming notebook I have …
Trusted Reviews, 11 May 2005
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AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ dual-core CPU

AMD announced the dual-core Athlon 64 X2 on 22 April. The chip won't ship until June, when it will be formally launched. Until then, all we have to go on is the pre-release technical preview kit AMD has been hawking of late, writes Leo Waldock. AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ It's not a fully fledged Athlon 64 X2-based PC but an Asus …
Trusted Reviews, 09 May 2005

Seagate 400GB Pushbutton Backup HDD

With hard drive capacities increasing at an exponential rate backing up your PC has become an increasingly difficult task. As far as capacities go, Hitachi is in the lead at the moment, thanks to its recently announced 500GB drive. The Seagate 400GB Pushbutton Backup external hard drive might not be able to back up the Hitachi …
Trusted Reviews, 04 May 2005
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Gigabyte GA-8N-SLi Royal nForce 4 Intel mobo

It's finally arrived: the first retail Nvidia nForce4 SLi Intel Edition mobo. Considering this is Nvidia's first attempt at creating a chipset for Intel CPUs it's no mean feat to make it an SLi solution at the same time. Of course, Intel doesn't have a consumer-level SLi-capable chipset at the moment, though there are some …
Trusted Reviews, 28 Apr 2005
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Acer TravelMate 8100 'Sonoma' notebook

Acer must be making life very difficult for other notebook manufacturers. The company has built a solid reputation for manufacturing high-quality portables at very attractive prices, and the TravelMate 8104WLMi is no exception, writes Riyad Emeran. Acer TravelMate 8104WLMi The 8104WLMi is Acer's first 'Sonoma' notebook, and it …
Trusted Reviews, 14 Apr 2005
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Apple iPod Mini 6GB

In a hundred years' time, if there one object was to be chosen to represent the Western world of the early 21st Century, the iPod would be a strong contender. Once merely a music player it's become the 'must have' fashion accessory of the moment. And even with its ubiquity, there's no backlash yet in sight, writes Benny Har-Even …
Trusted Reviews, 12 Apr 2005
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Intel Pentium Extreme Edition dual-core CPU

Once you've invested a few billion dollars in a fabrication plant and have a team of skilled engineers beavering away, you'll find it relatively easy to design and build an x86 processor. As time goes by you have to develop it to reduce production costs, raise efficiency and to increase its speed. Over the last 20 years we've …
Trusted Reviews, 05 Apr 2005
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Dell Latitude D410 sub-notebook

Dell's Latitude D410 is based on the latest version of Intel's Centrino notebook platform, 'Sonoma', which brings support for PCI Express, Serial ATA hard disks, DDR 2 memory and the new Express Card format. However, the D410 employs only two of these - PCI Express and DDR 2, writes Benny Har-Even. Dell Latitude D410 The …
Trusted Reviews, 04 Apr 2005
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Sapphire Radeon X800 PCI Express

I recently looked at a PCI Express version of Nvidia's GeForce 6800 Ultra from Leadtek. While not a new graphics chip, the support for PCI Express incarnation was reason enough to take a look, and the same applies to this Sapphire Radeon X800 board, writes Benny Har-Even. Sapphire Radeon X800 PCI-E When the X800 originally …
Trusted Reviews, 31 Mar 2005
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Buffalo TeraStation Network-Attached Storage

The Network-Attached Storage (NAS) appliance may be the easiest way to communal storage to your network, but these products are often overly expensive, particularly for small businesses. Take Iomega's NAS 200d, for example. It offers an impressive range of storage management features but the bottom line is you're getting barely …
Trusted Reviews, 30 Mar 2005
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Nintendo DS handheld games console

Let's get this out of the way. In a conventional battle of the year's big two handheld consoles, Sony's PSP would make mincemeat of the Nintendo DS. In terms of graphics and audio performance the DS is at least half a generation behind. It doesn't look as good. It doesn't feel as good. It won't - for the moment at least - play …
Trusted Reviews, 16 Mar 2005
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Netgear MP101 wireless music player

Netgear has always focused on the SOHO market and has consistently delivered a range of keenly price networking products. The MP101 represents a new direction for the company as this box is a digital media player that will play MP3 and WMA music files over wired and wireless networks. And, in keeping with Netgear's philosophy …
Trusted Reviews, 15 Mar 2005

Seagate 5GB USB 2.0 Pocket Hard Drive

With USB Flash drives growing in capacity and falling in price, it's a brave move on Seagate's part to release its 5GB USB 2.0 Pocket Hard Drive. It's certainly not be a revolutionary product, but while Flash drives are hovering around the 2GB mark, having 5GB of storage in your pocket can't be a bad thing, writes Lars-Goran …
Trusted Reviews, 14 Mar 2005

Belkin Wireless Pre-N Router

The plethora of wireless networking standards is confusing enough and Belkin's Wireless Pre-N Router muddies the water even further. Despite the suggestive name, this access point doesn't support the draft 802.11n high-speed wireless standard and will not be compatible with it when it is ratified, probably sometime late in 2006 …
Trusted Reviews, 07 Mar 2005
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Sony Vaio VGN-FS115B 'Sonoma' notebook

The Vaio VGN-FS115B is one of the first machines we've seen based on Intel's new 'Sonoma' platform. Intel launched Sonoma as the next generation Centrino standard back in January, and it brings with it some key advantages over the outgoing technology, writes Riyad Emeran. Sony Vaio VGN-FS115B The major advancement with Sonoma …
Trusted Reviews, 01 Mar 2005
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IBM ThinkPad T42p mobile workstation

IBM's ThinkPad T42p is the high-end, workstation model of the T42 range and as such, it doesn't come cheap. But it's also a quality product with a look and feel that most other notebooks can only aspire to, writes Riyad Emeran. IBM ThinkPad T42p mobile workstation After opening the tactile, but very tough black-coated titanium …
Trusted Reviews, 17 Feb 2005
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ViewSonic VP171b 8ms LCD monitor

Right, let's make this clear from the start: the ViewSonic VP171b has been upgraded from a 16ms panel to a faster, 8ms one. This should be good news to folk who claim that they can notice differences in response time when gaming and watching movies. Myself, I'm sceptical - surely you should be concentrating on taking out the …
Trusted Reviews, 16 Feb 2005
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MSI K8N Diamond SLI mobo

PCI Express has changed the world of computer graphics. It has also enabled Nvidia to resurrect an almost legendary graphics technology: SLI. Although Nvidia announced SLI many months ago, it still seems to be one of the most discussed technologies of the moment, writes Lars-Goran Nilsson. MSI K8N Diamond SLI mobo Affordable …
Trusted Reviews, 11 Feb 2005
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ViewSonic NextVision N3000w 30in LCD HDTV

You may have read about HDTV in the news, but just to fill you in, broadcast High Definition TV is only a year away in the UK. Well that's not entirely true, as a Belgian company has already set up a European service known as HD1 which is available now but only to those that don't mind realigning their older dishes to point to …
Trusted Reviews, 04 Feb 2005