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Shuttle XPC SN25P barebones SFF PC

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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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ATI HyperMemory vs Nvidia TurboCache

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Trusted Reviews, 29 Apr 2005
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Gigabyte GA-8N-SLi Royal nForce 4 Intel mobo

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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

Review 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