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Chargers on the go - Motorola P790 vs. Exspect ReCharge4

Review Are you one of those people who live and die by your mobile phone? Or your PDA? Or your PSP? Does the world collapse around you when it runs out of power? Fret not, as from now on this is only a distant memory. Both Motorola and Exspect are now shipping mobile battery chargers, but are they all they're cracked up to be... …

Rock Pegasus P665-T76 Core 2 Duo laptop

Review Rock may not be up there with the Dells and HPs of this world, but this UK laptop manufacturer has been around for almost 15 years and has a proven track record of producing high-performance notebooks, especially for gamers. The Pegasus P665-T76 isn't a hardcore gaming laptop per se, but with a top-of-the-range Core 2 Duo …

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 quad-core CPU

Review So here we are, not quite four months since Intel launched its Core 2 Duo processor and we're already moving up yet another level. Intel will today officially announce 'Kentsfield', aka the four-core Core 2 Extreme QX6700. Some may claim it isn't a true quad-core CPU as Intel has fitted two Core 2 Duo CPUs together in a single …
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Virgin Mobile Lobster 700TV

Review Portable TVs are evolving and moving into the digital age, not least with the help of 3G data streaming to push programming to mobile phones. However, Virgin has taken a different approach: a technology called DAB-IP. You might be familiar with DAB, which is a standard for digital radio, but what the heck does it have to do with …

Abit AW9D-Max 975X-based mobo

Review Abit was synonymous with top-performance motherboards, but of late its products have been less than impressive. Abit has set out to correct this with its latest line-up of boards, including the AW9D-Max, designed to be a top-of-the-range Core 2 Duo mobo based on Intel's 975X chipset. But does it live up to the expectation? …

Mobiboo UTstarcom F3000 Wi-Fi VoIP phone

Review Most Wi-Fi VoIP phones on the market today are designed to work with Skype, and almost all of them a candybar handsets. Not so the UTstarcom F3000, which UK VoIP company Mobiboo is pitching as the Mobiboo 3000. It not only works with the standard SIP VoIP protocol but it's also a clamshell handset... Mobiboo_F3000 If you …
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PowerColor ATI Radeon X1950 Pro

Review ATI's Radeon X1950 XTX proved to be an excellent performer, but the price tag was high, which put it out of reach for most of us. Today, ATI launches the X1950 Pro, a cut down version of the X1950 XTX. It comes in at an amazing price point and it's also got a couple of new features, in particular internal CrossFire connectors. …
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Netgear SPH101 Wi-Fi Skype phone

Review To date you've been very much PC-bound if you wanted to use Skype for making VoIP calls, something that has limited its appeal to a degree. Not so any more, as the first set of Wi-Fi phones for Skype has hit the market and Netgear was the first to submit one to Reg Hardware for review... Netgear_sph101_left The not so …

Supermicro PDSBA G965-based mobo

Review Intel's G965 chipset has finally arrived, and the perhaps unlikely mobo maker to have the first product based on it is Supermicro, better known for its server boards. The rather un-fetchingly named PDSBA is also Supermicro's first Core 2 Duo-enabled motherboard. It's also the first mobo we've come across that doesn't support IDE …

Ageia preps PCI Express games physics card

Physics processor chip specialist Ageia is about to launch a PCI Express version of its PhysX card, the company told Reg Hardware today. Considering that Ageia had PCI-E and PCI production samples in March, it's a wonder it has taken them this long to announce product. Ageia admitted there won't be any performance benefits …
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Sony Ericsson and Fossil launch Bluetooth watches

Today Sony Ericsson announced its MBW-100 Bluetooth 2.0 watch which it has developed together with Fossil. The watch features analogue dials and a small OLED screen. With the MBW-100 you can accept incoming calls and control the MP3 playback features of your Sony Ericsson Bluetooth-equipped mobile phone. Sony_Ericsson_MBW- …

T-Mobile launches Motorola KRZR in the UK

T-Mobile is the first network in the UK to announce the new Motorloa KRZR - or the K1 as it's also known. Just 4.2cm wide, this slimmed down version of the RAZR offers superior features such as a two megapixel camera and Bluetooth wireless stereo. motorola_krzr_open At a mere 10.3 x 42 x 1.6cm, the KRZR is a dinky phone, …
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Nokia opens up on N75 multimedia flipper

In addition to the phones announced earlier today, Nokia also unveiled the N75 in New York. This S60 phone has front mounted music controls and an external 1.36 in (160 x 128 pixel) display which allows you to control your music playback without having to open the flip. The N75 will play back MP3, M4A, AAC, eAAC+ and WMA files …
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Asus Lamborghini VX1 laptop

Review It seems that having a laptop stamped with an Italian sports car brand is the in-thing these days. Acer has been hanging around the pit-lane with Ferrari, and Asus has teamed up with Lamborghini to create the VX1. It comes in a choice of black or yellow trim - Lamborghini's corporate colours - although there's more to the VX1 …

Shuttle XPC SD37P2 CrossFire-ready SFF PC

Review The SD37P2 is the first Core 2 Duo-ready small form-factor XPC from Shuttle, but it has far more than support for Intel's latest processor on offer. For anyone looking at building a high-end SFF system, the SD37P2 supports ATI's CrossFire - the first SFF PC to do so - although you're limited to single slot cards. Is this the …
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Akasa Integral P2 LAN

Review Network attached storage – or NAS as it’s widely known – isn’t the easiest thing to set up, but it can be very useful, especially if you want to be able to share data between several computers in an easy and affordable manner. Enter NDAS - Network Direct Attached Storage – a much simpler way of getting shared storage onto your …

Nokia to integrate satnav into N-series devices

Nokia last week kicked off its plan to build GPS-based satellite navigation technology onto its N-series "multimedia computer" handsets with the acquisition of German route-planning software developer Gate5. Gate5 has produced route-planning software since the late 1990s and has developed software for several platforms …

ATI shows Dell XPS 700 with X1950 XTX CrossFire

IFA 06 Reg Hardware spotted a Dell XPS 700 powered by an ATI X1950 XTX CrossFire setup on ATI’s stand at IFA. Rather interestingly this configuration is not as yet available from Dell and indicates the use of a different motherboard than the Nvidia one in the current XPS 700 systems. Dell_XPS_CrossFire Current models of the XPS …
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LG shows off 32in 3D display

IFA 06 3D displays have been long coming, but the models so far have been fairly small in size and have been fairly unimpressive. However, LG showed of a 32in 3D display at IFA in Berlin which did quite a good job of adding to the depth of field. LG_3D_TV The only downside was the 4m ideal viewing distance, although this shouldn' …
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Sandisk unveils V-mate MPEG-4 recorder

IFA 06 Sandisk_V-mate Sandisk has launched its new V-mate MPEG-4 video recorder for mobile devices this weekend at IFA. It allows you to record your favourite TV programs or any other kind of video straight onto a memory card, much like the Neuros MPEG-4 recorder. The V-mate offers the ability to select the playback device and will …

LG shows off skinny HSDPA clamshell

IFA 06 LG has presented its upcoming 'super 3G' clamshell handset - a slimline phone that may ship as part of the company's Chocolate line - at a sneak peek event it the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. LG_U830 The U830 is a very thin clamshell model with HSDPA support. It may well be Chocolate-branded by the time it …

Logitech VX Revolution 'freewheeling' cordless mouse

Review If you're an avid laptop user, you'll know how clumsy most notebook touchpads and thumbsticks are and that you really can't go wrong with a good mouse. Enter the VX Revolution, Logitech's latest laptop-friendly input device. But this time there's more on off than just a fancy new design: specifically, the mouse maker's new …
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Orange SPV M3100 3G handset

Review Although the Orange SPV M3100 is a version of the HTC TyTN, Orange has come up with a better-looking design. That said, the two devices are otherwise identical. The black device with silver trim looks great and that's only the beginning of it, as this is a really terrific smart phone... The SPV M3100 has taken all the good …
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Pioneer BDR-101A internal Blu-ray disc burner

Review It's now well over five months since we reviewed the pre-production version of Samsung's Blu-ray drive and there's still no sign of retail units. Fortunately, if you really must have a BD drive for your PC right now, Pioneer has the goods and you can have one today - if you can afford it... The Pioneer BDR-101A looks very …

PowerColor ATI Radeon X1950 XTX

Review Although today is only the paper launch of the long anticipated ATI Radeon X1950 XTX, it's worth waiting until 14 September when you can actually buy one. Not only is it ATI's fastest card, but it's also incredibly affordable and, thanks to a new cooler, it has put the noise problems the plagued past ATI cards behind it... …