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Samsung Series 3 300E5A 15in notebook

Ten 15in notebooks for under 400 quid

Product Round-up As much as Intel would like us all to rush out and buy an expensive new Ultrabook, the fact remains that the top-selling laptops for most manufacturers are still low-cost 15.6in models. Laptops for £400 or less have back-to-school appeal written all over them, but the mix of components varies enormously to appeal to different …
Cliff Joseph, 1 Sep 2012
Tomb Raider

Ten movies inspired by video games

Film Round-up Capcom's Street Fighter series celebrates its 25th birthday this week and while the world is awash with various mementos – including boxsets and a dedicated Street Fighter site for fans to reminisce on their favourite moments – we decided it was the perfect opportunity to look back at the film adaptations of video game …
Caleb Cox, 29 Aug 2012
Acer Aspire One 725

Ten netbooks

Product Roundup Tablets may have taken the wind out of the netbook's sales, and prompted some manufacturers, Dell and Sony among them, to stop selling them, but if you're looking for a small and, crucially, cheap personal computer for the kids, for offspring heading off to college, or just for emailing while travelling, a netbook is well worth …
Nick Hawkesmoor, 28 Aug 2012
Huawei Ascend G300 Android smartphone

Ten Androids for under 100 quid

Product Round-up It feels like yesterday smartphones were a luxury only afforded to those with sexy salaries, but as high-end devices push their predecessors down a peg – these yesterday's men are there for the taking for those on a shoestring. There's a fairly wide choice of attractive handset for less than £100 but you'll not find an iPhone …
Caleb Cox, 22 Aug 2012
Cycell Easyphone

Ten phones for seniors

Product Round-up Whatever Philip Larkin may have said about your mum and dad, you probably want them to have a mobile phone they can use. If you think an iPhone is easy you need to reset your sights. There are plenty of people who find switching a phone on a challenge and entering phone numbers daunting. We all suffer reduced eyesight from …
Simon Rockman, 18 Aug 2012
VPlayer Android app

Ten apps to install on your Nexus 7 first

Product Round-up Once you’ve prised your Nexus 7 out of the box, watched your free copy of Transformers: Dark of the Moon (surely "binned it immediately" - Ed) and spent a few hours playing Dead Trigger the time is ripe to start thinking about the first third-party apps that will help you really get the most from your shiny new piece of Google …
Alun Taylor, 15 Aug 2012
Dead Trigger Android game

Ten Android games

Product Round-up Not everyone will agree with me that the Nexus 7 tablet is nigh on perfect but I can't imagine anyone seriously questioning its ability as a gaming machine. With a quad-core CPU and a 720p IPS screen, we're off to a good start. It's also the perfect size and weight to hold in both hands but still give your thumbs free range to …
Alun Taylor, 11 Aug 2012
SketchBook Express

Ten freeware gems for new Macs

Product Round -up It seems that Mac OS is forever moving further towards a closed computing model, especially with the introduction of Gatekeeper in Mountain Lion. Don’t despair just yet though, Mac users can still take advantage of an abundance of free and open-source applications available in the traditional way. We've put found ten top notch …
Shaun Dormon, 4 Aug 2012
Philips 55PFL6007 Ambilight TV

Ten monster tellies to suit all budgets

Product Round-up If you’re gearing up for the London Games, a gargantuan new TV should be top of your shopping list. The good news is that there’s plenty of choice if you want to go large, with prices to suit most pockets: our Top Ten kicks off at a modest £480, before reaching a wallet-busting £7,000. The cheaper end of the market has become a …
Steve May, 28 Jul 2012
Metronome Technologie Kalista reference CD transport

Build a bonkers hi-fi

Product Round-up And lo the command came from El Reg to assemble a hi-fi so extreme, so “bonkers” that only oligarchs, rock stars and the sporting elite would actually be able to afford one. So, avoiding the obvious temptation to simply cherry pick telephone number hardware, I’ve assembled a sound system of such extravagant exquisiteness I …
Steve May, 14 Jul 2012
Brother MFC-J430W budget all-in-one inkjet printer

Ten budget inkjet printers

Product Round-up As money continues to be tight, buying a new all-in-one often takes a back seat. However, if an old machine has died, or a son or daughter needs something to print coursework, you may be forced to flex a card. On the up side, you could be surprised at some of the bargains which are available in the inkjet market. You can pick …
Motorola Motoluxe Android smartphone

Ten... Androids for under 200 quid

Product Round-up At the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona earlier this year, Google chief Eric Schmidt famously said that he expected Android smartphones to be as cheap as normal phones as soon as 2013. The current sub-£200 Sim-free sweet spot in 2012 means you can expect large screens and a variety of processors. Yet don't expect …
Ten active camcorders

Ten... active camcorders

Product Round-Up Focus in on the camcorder market and you’ll find a boom in active compacts underway. Despite the ubiquity of video in smartphones, there’s plenty of demand for pocket shooters that are more rugged and versatile than the average mobile. Typically, these compact cams are used to create clips for YouTube and social media sites, but …
Steve May, 23 Jun 2012
AVM Fritz!Box WLAN 7390 dual-band wireless router

Ten... dual-band wireless routers

Product round-up A wireless routers is one of the most important items in any gadget lover’s home. Performance, range and reliability are essential criteria to consider when deciding when buying a router. Also, bear in mind the configuration software, as routers can do quite a few tricks these days and accessing features from the on-board …
Bob Marley Redemption Song Midnight

Ten... celeb headphones

Product Round-up It's boom time for celebrity obsessed audiophiles. The headphone market explosion has seen everyone from 50 Cent to Earth, Wind and Fire slap their names on a pair, whether lending their names to existing products or getting involved in the production process. The spiel accompanying each pair of headphones often makes a case for …
Samsung SSD 830 solid state drive

Ten... Sata 3 SSDs

Product Round-up It wasn’t that long ago that it would’ve been a struggle to put together a list of ten consumer SSDs. Now it's case of asking: only ten? Indeed, the rise of flash based storage in the last 18 months or so has been truly astounding. Increased competition and cheaper NAND prices have combined to force prices well below the …
Simon Crisp, 9 Jun 2012
Mobile Cases

Ten... bits of Jubilee tat tech

Product round-up The Jubilee weekend has landed. All that exists now is junk, drunks, plums and parties. And we've all got an additional 48 hours off from the world, man. Here in London, though, you've never seen so much human traffic. For those in the nation's capital, it isn't just the wave of tourists that are proving hard to avoid. Solar …
Caleb Cox, 4 Jun 2012
Ten... Freeview HD 42-47in TVs

Ten... Freeview HD 42-47in TVs

Product Round-up Looking for a top deal on a 42-47-inch Freeview HD TV? Then you’re in luck, there’s a wide choice in screens out there for less than £1K and a tight budget doesn’t necessarily mean cutting back on all the nice toys, if you shop smart. So which one will be your next TV? Finlux 46S6030-T
 RH Numbers The Finlux brand has been …
Steve May, 2 Jun 2012
Adonit Jot Flip stylus

Ten... tablet survival accessories

Product Roundup Reg Hardware Mobile Broadband Week We like tablets. Way more portable than most laptops - even netbooks - they're nevertheless no less functional. Notebooks clearly have the edge when it comes to outright performance, but you can get a lot done with a fondleslab - and that's before you think about them as entertainment …
Nick Hawkesmoor, 26 May 2012
Novatel MiFi 2352

Ten... Mi-Fi HSPA 3G wireless mini-routers

Product Roundup Reg Hardware Mobile Broadband Week If you want cellular data connectivity when you're out and about you can cough up for a laptop or tablet with a Sim card slot, but they are hardly cheap. Or you can tether your phone if your telco lets you. Another alternative is a portable router. These can be bought with data contracts …
Alun Taylor, 23 May 2012
Qwerty keyboard

Ten... Qwerty mobiles

Product round-up As the speedy texter generation grows longer in the Bluetooth and touchscreen technologies improve, the range of Qwerty phones on offer gets smaller by the day. But for many, they wouldn't use anything else. Indeed, for RIM, Qwerty keys have been the hallmark of it BlackBerry handsets. Sliderphones aside, Qwerty mobiles have …
Caleb Cox, 19 May 2012
Ten Ultrabooks

Ten... Ultrabooks

Product round-up Reg Hardware PC Week It took a little while for the production lines to get going, but the first few months of 2012 have seen super-slim Ultrabooks completely outnumbering every other type of desktop or laptop PC coming our way. Intel’s tight definition of the Ultrabook category means that there are certain things you can …
Cliff Joseph, 12 May 2012
Ten free apps for new PCs

Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

Product round-up Reg Hardware PC Week If you’ve just purchased a spanking new Windows PC, what to slap on there often leaves pause for thought. The trial bloatware that inevitably came with your machine might keep you busy for a while until the payment nag screens start. Yet those costs and curses aside, there are plenty of free apps out …
Shaun Dormon, 11 May 2012
Kyocera Mita FS-1035MFP

Ten... mono laser all-in-one printers

Product Roundup The mono laser all-in-one has taken the place of the friendly photocopier in many an offices, at home or at work. In some cases, it has incorporated the fax machine, too. Although in essence it’s a laser printer with a scanner stuck on top, it’s more than the sum of its parts. Most folk use laser all-in-ones as much, if not …
Navigon 20 Easy satnav

Ten... Satnavs to suit all budgets

Product Round-up The squeeze is on for satnav makers stuck between the rock of smartphone navigation apps and the hard place of the built-in systems that are finding their way into ever cheaper showroom models. Of course, there are still a heck of a lot of cars on the road that don’t have built-in navigation and while using your phone is fine …
Alun Taylor, 21 Apr 2012
Samsung Galaxy S II

Ten... smartphone survival accessories

Product round-up As the weather starts to improve and the knobbly knees of British sun seekers start gracing the public eye, weekends away untangling guy-ropes and blowing up inflatable mattresses draws close. But the organic world of planet Earth is no safe place for a man of modern comfort, and taking a survival kit with you specifically for …
Caleb Cox, 18 Apr 2012
Harvard TV bed

Ten... Bedroom Gadget Treats

Product Round-up Reg Hardware Gizmo Week logo small Sleep deprivation: a tactic for special ops assignments and a gift of nature to parents with newborns. Either way, not enough kip can feel like torture and likewise failing to get a chance to unwind of an evening will take its toll. Given current property prices, the bedroom often doubles …
Kenny Hemphill, 14 Apr 2012
Bosch T65

Ten... Kitchen Gadget Treats

Gizmo Week Reg Hardware Gizmo Week logo small Most of us actually have more gadgets in the kitchen than anywhere else in the house. And looking at the list here, it’s easy to see why. There are gizmos for every conceivable task, from opening a tin of beans to knocking up a homemade Scotch broth. Most of the gizmos here are genuinely …
Kenny Hemphill, 12 Apr 2012
Premier Home Cinema chair

Ten... Living Room Gadget Treats

Gizmo Week Reg Hardware Gizmo Week logo small Once, living rooms were the places kept solely for entertaining guests. Now they’re games rooms, home cinemas – and places to crash when you’re just too exhausted from all the fun to do anything else. But kitting out your living room isn't just a matter of picking a TV and a console. There' …
Kenny Hemphill, 10 Apr 2012
Pentax Optio WG-2 rugged camera

Eight... Rugged Cameras

Product Round-up Has anybody not trashed a digital camera at some point while out and about? Dust or sand, water or ice-cream, the great outdoors ruthlessly claims its tech victims on a daily basis. While manufacturers have busily carved out a niche of rugged ‘adventure-proof’ cameras, the truth is that most people, whether on the slopes, at the …
Giles Hill, 7 Apr 2012
Ten ADF printers

Ten... ADF-based inkjet all-in-one printers

Product Round-up Inkjet all-in-one printers have two different focuses: photos and documents. Those aimed at document handling often forsake things like card readers and twin paper trays, in favour of fax and Automatic Document Feeders (ADFs). With an ADF you can scan or copy multi-page documents unattended, giving you extra time to drink hot …
Asura's Wrath

Ten... new games you may have missed

Product round-up Following a fairly quiet January in the world of videogames, the release schedule picked up and publishers started to push hordes of titles to the shop front again, minus those ever-depleting shelves at Game, of course. Here's a collection of ten you may have missed over the past couple of months that have certainly kept my …
Caleb Cox, 24 Mar 2012
Ten FireWire External Hard Drives

Ten... FireWire 800 hard drives

Product round-up FireWire interfacing has been around since the mid-1990s and, as far as Apple is concerned, looks set to be ousted by its new Thunderbolt technology in due course. However, it still features on most new Macs, is available for PCs and remains popular in desktop audio and video environments. It's also a convenient option for …
Shaun Dormon, 14 Mar 2012
Gadgets for cars

Ten... in-car gadgets and accessories

Car Week Reg Hardware Car Week With so much tech being built into the even the most mundane of motors, writing round-ups of car gadgets isn’t as easy as it used to be. For this list, the brief was even more exacting: only include kit that if you were given one for Christmas it wouldn’t be on eBay come Boxing Day. There’s a lot here to …
Alun Taylor, 10 Mar 2012
Geneva Motor Show visitor

Ten... stars of the Geneva Motor Show

Car Week Reg Hardware Car Week The annual automotive get-together on the shores of Lake Geneva is arguably now the premier annual European car show. With auto makers having a better time of the current economic situation than many other manufacturing concerns, there was a definite feeling of optimism about the halls of the 82nd Geneva …
Alun Taylor, 9 Mar 2012
Vauxhall Ampera E-Rev e-car

Ten... e-cars and hybrids

Car Week Reg Hardware Car Week What started out as a dribble in 2011 is becoming a deluge in 2012 as e-cars in the form of pure electrics, range extenders and plug-in hybrids capabilities start to become ever more common. Until we see a major breakthrough in battery tech, the day will belong to the plug-in hybrids and REs, but that’s …
Alun Taylor, 7 Mar 2012
ten_Gaming_Mice

Ten... gaming mice

Product round-up The three qualities I look for in a gaming mouse are: comfort, aesthetics and accuracy. And considering the imminent financial meltdown of the entire world, I'd like to think that I can get these three qualities for less than a week's shopping at Sainsbury's. Compared to last year prices, what's on offer seems to be slightly …
Lucy Orr, 3 Mar 2012
Samsung ML-2165W mono laser printer

Ten... sub-£100 mono laser printers

Product Round-up Mono laser printers still produce better black text than any inkjet. If you want clean, pin-sharp characters on the page and don’t print colour, buy a laser. If you have a limited budget, look for one at under £100. Here are 10 you should consider, which can print fast, don’t take up much room on the desk and are very easy to …
Simon Williams, 22 Feb 2012
Valentine's gift

Ten... Valentine's Day gifts for him

Product round-up Reg Hardware Sex Week Valentine's Day is all about sharing, and while you can show your affection in many ways that won't cost a penny, it's also an opportunity to enhance your other half's lifestyle. Whether it's brightening up a dreary flat or indulging a passion, the choice is yours and so here are are ten treats that may …
Caleb Cox, 13 Feb 2012
Gift

Ten... Valentine's Day gifts for her

Product round-up Reg Hardware Sex Week It's that time of year again, when chocolate manufacturers rub their hands with joy and florists dream of blooming profits. Yes, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Of course, those of you with girlfriends who appreciate originality, will know the traditional catalogue of Valentine's gestures …
Caleb Cox, 11 Feb 2012
Ten... Freesat receivers

Ten... Freesat TV receivers

Product round-up Whether you’ve cut the cord and churned away from Sky, or need to survive the digital switch-over without recourse to Pay-TV or aerial, it’s worth considering Freesat. The gratis satellite TV service matches Freeview for SD channels, and offers a smattering of high-def plus the BBC iPlayer, hardware permitting. It’s a good bet …
Steve May, 8 Feb 2012
Eight... HD phonecams

Eight... HD camera smartphones

Product round-up You know that really annoying person who is videoing the gig with their camera phone to stick on Facebook when they get home? That's me. These days my TV is HD and my games console is HD, so it only makes sense that my phone – the device I use the most, day in and day out – should be HD too. Luckily, HD on smartphones is …
Lucy Orr, 4 Feb 2012