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Palm TX Wi-Fi PDA

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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 …
Trusted Reviews, 12 Aug 2005
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Brother MFC-620CN multi-function printer

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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