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Sony PlayStation Portable PSP-1000

Review I can still vividly remember buying my PlayStation 2. I had spent the best part of two hours wandering around the legendary Golden Arcade in Hong Kong and finally decided to give up on haggling over a few dollars and just put my credit card down. Of course, I picked up pretty much every game that was available at launch while I …
Trusted Reviews, 01 Feb 2005
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VIA PT-series P4 chipsets

Preview Much later than initially anticipated, VIA this week launched its latest chipsets, which provide PCI Express support for Pentium 4 processors. Having had several meetings with VIA in the past year, I was originally told these chipsets would launch before VIA's AMD solution was ready, but somewhere along the line the company …
Trusted Reviews, 01 Feb 2005
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NEC 338 3G mobile phone

Review When 3G service 3 in the UK a couple of years ago, it was heralded as a huge step forward in mobile technology. However, the phones were bulky, unattractive, difficult to use and tended to have battery life that was shorter than the attention span of an MTV junkie, writes Benny Har-Even. As you might expect, handsets have got …
Trusted Reviews, 25 Jan 2005
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AOpen i855GMEm-LFS desktop Pentium M mobo

Review With more computers making their way into the living room, consumers are demanding quiet systems that don't spoil the relaxed atmosphere. Trying to address this point, AOpen has produced a motherboard that should become very popular with anyone looking to build a low-noise PC, writes Lars-Goran Nilsson. The cryptically named …
Trusted Reviews, 19 Jan 2005
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Dell Axim X50v wireless PocketPC

Review While recently we've seen big names like Sony and Toshiba leave the PDA market, Dell has become a major player in the Pocket PC arena with its Axim line, most likely due to its ability to offer a well specced yet attractively priced device, writes Benny Har-Even. Dell Axim X50 Pocket PC And here comes its latest line-up: the …
Trusted Reviews, 17 Jan 2005
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Sapphire Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition

Review It's been just over a month since we took a good look at ATI's Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition reference board. To follow it up, we took a look at a retail version of the card. It's made by Sapphire, the company that actually manufactures ATI's reference boards and indeed boards for several other manufacturers too. It's no …
Trusted Reviews, 13 Jan 2005
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Samsung Q30 ultra-portable notebook

Review Last year I reviewed Sony's Vaio X505 notebook and was stunned at just how wafer-thin and light it was. Although I've looked at a number of ultra-portable notebooks since then, I've yet to see anything as slim, light or sexy as the Sony - until now. There are few technology products that I'd describe as beautiful, but the …
Trusted Reviews, 04 Jan 2005
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ATI Radeon Xpress 200G reference board

Review ATI is something of an underdog in the chipset market and some of its early products had, shall we say, low appeal. However, with the introduction of the Radeon 9100 Pro IGP, ATI gained a lot of ground in the mobile market, writes Lars-Goran Nilsson. ATI has shied away from AMD-oriented chipsets for a while, but the recent …
Trusted Reviews, 13 Dec 2004
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Leadtek WinFast PX6600TD GeForce 6600 card

Review This may come as a surprise, but according to id Software you shouldn't play Doom 3 with the Leadtek WinFast PX6600TD. As you'll see on the Doom 3 system requirements here: a GeForce 4 MX graphics card is fine, and so is a GeForce 6800, but the GeForce 6600 doesn't get a look-in. This is nonsense of course, …
Trusted Reviews, 07 Dec 2004
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Sony Vaio U70P Wi-Fi micro PC

Preview Sony is a company that never ceases to amaze me. Every time I think that it can't produce another groundbreaking product, it does just that. When I looked at the Sony Vaio X505 ultra-slim notebook earlier this year, I was amazed at how small and light it was, while remaining a usable mobile tool. But with the …
Trusted Reviews, 03 Dec 2004
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ATI Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition

Review Way back in May I looked at the ATI Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition graphics card. This was ATI's next generation graphics solution, and it took graphics performance to the next level. However, even though the X800 XT PE was a great card, it soon became apparent that no one could buy one. As the days, weeks …
Trusted Reviews, 01 Dec 2004
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Sapphire Hybrid X700 Pro graphics card

Review The Sapphire Hybrid X700 Pro has a certain elegance, sporting a small blue heatsink on the ATI Radeon X700 Pro GPU and a total of eight heatsinks on the GDDR 3 memory chips. It's a mid-sized card with no need for an extra power connector and the PCI Express x16 connector is still novel enough to excite a …
Trusted Reviews, 26 Nov 2004
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Sony Network Walkman NW-HD1

Review Sony knows a thing or two about design, but when it came to portable digital audio, Apple stole the crown that Sony had worn since the launch of the original Walkman, writes Riyad Emeran. The iPod has been around since 2001, and there have been competing products launched from a host of other manufacturers, …
Trusted Reviews, 24 Nov 2004
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Evesham Axis Xcelsior Athlon 64 4000+ PC

Review A few weeks back AMD launched its latest and greatest processors, the Athlon 64 4000+ and the FX-55. Evesham has supplied its first PC based on these new processors: the Evesham Axis Xcelsior. The Axis Xcelsior is based on the Athlon 64 4000+, but you can change the CPU to an FX-55 for an additional £117.50, …
Trusted Reviews, 16 Nov 2004
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HP iPaq h6340 Wi-Fi, GSM PocketPC

Review I've been an advocate of the PDA pretty much since its inception. I've had everything from a Psion Organiser to a Compaq iPaq travelling around with me over the years, and during that time I've seen the PDA evolve significantly, writes Riyad Emeran. These days a PDA can no longer be a glorified Filofax, …
Trusted Reviews, 03 Nov 2004
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Orange Mobile Office 3G data card

Review Vodafone's Mobile Connect 3G data card is an invaluable tool for anyone who needs to stay connected on the move. One of the things that make the Mobile Connect so great are reduced connection prices. The reason for the drop in tariffs was increased competition, in particular from Orange's Mobile Office Card, …
Trusted Reviews, 27 Oct 2004
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Samsung X10 Plus slimline notebook

Review There's something about being able to carry all the computing power you need in your bag that's quite compelling. And although I can fully appreciate the merits of a high-power desktop replacement machine, it tends to be the slim and light notebooks that always catch my eye. Models like the Sony VAIO VGN-S1VP …
Trusted Reviews, 21 Oct 2004
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Creative Sound Blaster Wireless Music

Review With so many PC owners now having large collections of music on their hard drives, it's no surprise that we're seeing more and more devices designed to get that music off the computer and into the living room. Creative's Sound Blaster Wireless Music attempts to do all of this without the hassle of network …
Trusted Reviews, 19 Oct 2004
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Evesham e-box Media Center 2005 PC

Review Evesham's first attempt at a Media Center PC, the eMedia, was, to be honest, far from perfect. But the UK PC maker learned from the mistakes it made, and went back to the drawing board. The result of that redesign is the machine in front of me now, the e-box, writes Riyad Emeran. One of my major criticisms …
Trusted Reviews, 14 Oct 2004
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Dell Axim X30 Wi-Fi PocketPC

Review This may be a somewhat negative way to start a review of a good product, but it seems to me that PDAs are a dying breed. It can't be a good sign that Toshiba has stopped selling its Pocket PCs in the US, while Sony has pulled its Clié everywhere but Japan. It seems that the flexibility of the PDA hasn't …
Trusted Reviews, 07 Oct 2004
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Biometric IBM ThinkPad T42

Review Last week I attended an IBM briefing, held at The Clink Museum near London Bridge. The Clink was an old Prison and the museum is full of gruesome memorabilia relating to the bad old days of sadistic incarceration. The reason that IBM chose this particular venue is because the theme of the evening was security …
Trusted Reviews, 05 Oct 2004
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DDR RAM Round-up

Group Review It may at first seem a little odd that with DDR 2 on the verge of a consolidated mainstream push, some manufacturers are still making a significant play for regular 'old' DDR users, but perhaps on closer inspection it's not as odd as it seems. DDR 2 is the future, of that there's little doubt, but for the …
Trusted Reviews, 01 Oct 2004
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ATI Radeon X700 XT

Review There's a definite 'halo effect' when it comes to graphics cards, just like with cars. Take Subaru, for example. It leverages off the back of its WRC pedigree by producing the Impreza WRX STi - a very fast road-going version its rally car. Subaru knows that only a small number of its customers will be able to …
Trusted Reviews, 27 Sep 2004
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ATI TV Wonder USB 2.0

Review It's been pretty lean pickings of late for laptop owners and technophobes interested in watching television on their PC. Whether you're unwilling to open up your PC, or a laptop owner who didn't have that option, you were forced to purchase an external PC TV card. And these - to be quite honest - have tended …
Trusted Reviews, 17 Sep 2004
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Pegasus Mobile NoteTaker

Review For many people, my mum included, it's still easier to organise life with a pen and paper rather than a notebook, PDA or smart phone. There is still something more immediate about being able to grab a pen and a scrap of paper and to scribble. There's no boot up, no need to be able to touch type and for the …
Trusted Reviews, 13 Sep 2004
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Nvidia 6800 Ultra head-to-head

Review If 'the way it's meant to be played' is Nvidia's marketing mantra, then the ATI equivalent right now has surely got to be, 'it was never meant to be this way', writes Benny Har-Even. It seems a long time ago since ATI proudly made its pact with Valve to give away Half Life 2 with each Radeon 9600 XT and 9800 …
Trusted Reviews, 06 Sep 2004
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HP iPaq rx3715

Review HP has established its handheld computing name firmly in the corporate sector. It proudly holds a pivotal position here: you'll see executives toting their iPaqs on trains far more often than you'll see them with rival Pocket PCs, and only RIM's Blackberry seems to come near the iPaq for popularity. You might …
Trusted Reviews, 31 Aug 2004
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Acer Ferrari 3200 Athlon 64 notebook

Review Though it's a familiar sight for PC and notebooks to be adorned with logos it's a fair bet that a yellow one featuring a prancing pony and the initials 'SF' are not usually among them. 'SF' stand for Scuderia Ferrari, one of the most famous marques in automotive history and it's here because Acer is the …
Trusted Reviews, 18 Aug 2004
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Hush ATX silent PC

Review Hush ATX If you want a PC that's truly silent, you need it to be completely passive, and that means that you can't go for your run of the mill, mix and match PC build - you're going to have to go to a specialist and one such specialist is Hush Technologies, writes Riyad Emeran. The Hush ATX system is a full …
Trusted Reviews, 13 Aug 2004
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Sony SDM-HS73P 17in X-Black monitor

Review Sony SDM-HS73P I've been a fan of Sony's X-Black (aka X-Brite) screen technology ever since it was introduced on Vaio notebooks, and I've always asked myself why Sony didn't produce desktop monitors using the same process. Well now I can stop asking that question, because sitting in front of me right now is …
Trusted Reviews, 05 Aug 2004
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AMD Sempron desktop CPU

Review AMD's new budget processor, the Sempron, has finally arrived. The speculations behind what the Sempron would be were confusing and didn't seem to make sense at the time, and it's still not quite clear why AMD has released some of the models, writes Lars-Goran Nilsson. A range of different speed chips were …
Trusted Reviews, 30 Jul 2004
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HP Compaq nc4010

Review Anyone that has to travel a lot with a notebook in their bag will appreciate that a super powerful desktop replacement machine is not always the best option. If you always need to have your computer with you, no matter where you are, something sleek and portable is definitely the preferred solution. The HP …
Trusted Reviews, 29 Jul 2004
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Sony Vaio VGN-S1VP notebook

Review It seems like Sony has a never-ending stream of slimline notebook computers in its stable. Just when one has bolted free, another one slips its rope and makes its way into the market place. It was only a matter of weeks ago that I reviewed the VAIO X505VP, but already a new thin, light and desirable notebook …
Trusted Reviews, 12 Jul 2004
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Sapphire Radeon X800 Pro

Review It's been over two months since I was in Toronto at the launch of the Radeon X800 platform, and during that time I've done a lot of testing and writing about the latest generation of graphics cards. However, it has taken this long for that announcement to turn into a tangible retail product, writes Riyad …
Trusted Reviews, 06 Jul 2004
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Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo A1630 Athlon 64 notebook

Review This is a double first for Fujitsu-Siemens. Not only is it the first widescreen notebook that the company has sent us, but it's also the first Athlon 64-based machine. The Amilo A1630 is a notebook that should appeal to power users. With a mobile Athlon 64 3400+ processor, 512MB of PC2700 DDR SDRAM and a …
Trusted Reviews, 29 Jun 2004
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Intel i915P, G and i925X chipsets

Review Usually little happens at weekends in the world of computers, but for some reason, Intel has today decided to launch a completely new PC platform. Today's launch will impact the way PCs work for the foreseeable future with a wide range of new technologies that will, over time replace many of the things we're …
Trusted Reviews, 19 Jun 2004
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XFX GeForce 6800 Ultra

Review It's finally here, the first retail GeForce 6800 Ultra card and it hasn't come from one of the usual board partner suspects. That said, supplier XFX isn't a new company. It's backed by the Pine group which has been around for a good few years, but never really made a big noise. The card itself is based …
Trusted Reviews, 16 Jun 2004
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Sony Vaio VGN-X505VP

Review Let's get the obvious out of the way first. This latest Vaio from Sony is, without a shadow of a doubt, the coolest notebook computer ever. It's that simple. This is the kind of product that just stops people in their tracks when they see it. Pull this out of your bag in an aiport departure lounge, and your …
Trusted Reviews, 11 Jun 2004
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AMD Athlon 64 Socket 939

Review It's finally here: the long-awaited Socket 939 Athlon 64 platform. But what does it bring with it and does it live up to the hype? So far there has been much speculation about the support of unbuffered dual-channel memory, which should boost the performance of the Athlon 64 close to the level of the high-end FX range of …
Trusted Reviews, 07 Jun 2004
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Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook E8010

Review With the recent launch of Intel's new 'Dothan' Pentium M processor, every laptop manufacturer is rushing out new models and the Lifebook E8010 is Fujitsu-Siemens' attempt to show off the new CPU. We managed to secure the first pre-production sample in the UK, writes Lars-Gîran Nilsson. Apart from the 1.8GHz Pentium M 745 …
Trusted Reviews, 26 May 2004
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Abit VT7 Pentium 4 mobo

Review We had a look at a reference board from VIA based on its VIA PT880 chipset back in February and it performed admirably. But now it's time to see how the first production boards measure up. The Abit VT7 is fairly basic compared to many of Abit's other motherboards, but at under £45 it's understandable that you don't get all the …
Trusted Reviews, 24 May 2004
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Acer Aspire 1355XC budget notebook

Review It wasn't so long ago that the PC industry made a big fuss about sub-£1000 desktops, machines deemed to be affordable without too much compromise. More recently, we hit the sub-£1000 laptop market, and again these machines were deemed "affordable" yet powerful. But £1000, or even close to that figure, is still a lot of money for …
Trusted Reviews, 19 May 2004
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ATI Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition

Review There's always been pretty heavy rivalry between ATI and Nvidia, but this time around it seems a lot more tangible. With both companies launching completely new parts at roughly the same time, it's understandable that there was a lot of pressure going around in both camps, writes Riyad Emeran. By the time ATI was getting into …
Trusted Reviews, 04 May 2004
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eMachines M5116 budget notebook

Review trusted reviews logo eMachines is a brand associated with budget desktops, but it also offer a range of laptops. The M5116 is a very affordable desktop replacement that can handle most applications barring 3D gaming. The M5116 is like a budget version of the HP nx7000. This is not saying that the M5116 is a bad laptop in any …
Trusted Reviews, 19 Apr 2004
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Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

Review trusted reviews logo After the arguably disappointing GeForce FX family of products, Nvidia has launched its latest graphics chip, which has been the subject of rumours from all corners of the world over the past few weeks. But now it's finally here and it's officially called the GeForce 6800. That's it, no fancy moniker in …
Trusted Reviews, 14 Apr 2004
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Biostar iDEQ 200N small form-factor PC case

Review trusted reviews logo The problem with having an ordinary PC in the home is that it looks ugly and spoils whichever room you happen to put it in. Well, that has traditionally been the opinion of the PC as a consumer product, and it's something that Apple has capitalised on with its iMac. Apple's jibes at the PC being a boring …
Trusted Reviews, 05 Apr 2004
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AMD Athlon 64 FX-53

Review It was September 2003 when we last saw an Athlon 64 FX break cover. That was the much applauded, if slightly pricey 2.2GHz FX-51. The latest FX CPU from AMD is the FX-53, featuring an architecturally identical core to the FX-51 but running instead at a slightly faster core speed of 2.4GHz, writes Wayne Brooker. The FX range of …
Trusted Reviews, 29 Mar 2004
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Poweroid 1204 silent PC

Review Usually the beige box that houses all your PC components is the least remarkable part of a system, but not so with the Poweroid 1204. This is the first PC to hit the shores of the UK based on the Zalman TNN 500A. So why is this case so special? Well, for starters it's not beige, but much more importantly, it is completely …
Trusted Reviews, 22 Mar 2004
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Asus SK8V AMD Athlon FX-51 mobo

Review I'm fairly sure that a lot of you have glanced at AMD's Athlon 64 FX-51 at one stage or another and wished you could afford one. But it's not only the processor that will set you back a small fortune as you need special memory and a specific type of motherboard for it to work. A cheaper alternative would be to get one of the 14x …
Trusted Reviews, 15 Mar 2004
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Acer Aspire 1705SCi

Review It's hard to know exactly where to start when reviewing the Acer Aspire 1705SCi, since it's such a strange mix of positives and negatives. A laptop the size of a suitcase, boasting some truly exceptional specifications and yet some basic errors. In fact, is it even a laptop? asks Gordon Kelly. After all, how do you define a …
Trusted Reviews, 08 Mar 2004