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Lenovo IdeaPad S10

Look out world: it's another netbook. This one comes courtesy of Lenovo, and it's definitely a winner. It runs Windows XP, has a 10in screen, a conventional (spinning) hard drive, weighs 1.3kg, and is quite easy to use. It costs $699, so it's not too...

ASUS U6 Bamboo (U6V-2P048G)

Remember the good old days, when your TV and amplifier sported wooden panels and gave you a sense of warmth and comfort? Well, the days of consumer electronics with wood features are back: ASUS, the tech company that is always up on the latest fashio...

ASUS N10J-HV009G

Following on from the success of the Eee PC, ASUS has taken the same concept and created an ultraportable laptop with slightly beefier specifications, more security features and better looks. Its name is the N10J, and it puts more emphasis on style t...

Intel's Core i7 Sydney media briefing

Intel celebrated the launch of the Core i7 at a party in Sydney's Cruise bar. Intel boasted about releasing the fastest CPU on the planet, and provided some real-time demonstrations of video encoding and physics processing, with the Core i7 leaving t...

Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition

Major changes to Intel's CPU line-up are afoot with the introduction of Core i7 (codenamed Nehalem), which improves on the design of the Core 2. We won't beat around the bush: it looks like it's the CPU line-up to go for if you want to own the fastes...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB

You would think that a big fat drive like Seagate's 1.5 terabyte Barracuda 7200.11 would be a slowcoach at pushing around data. However, unlike an athlete who has overindulged in the off-season, Seagate's most capacious drive to date has added plenty...

Dell Precision M6400

The Precision M6400 is a mobile workstation that offers the latest in fast hardware to crunch data for design, animation and engineering users. Residing in its aluminium chassis are an Intel Core 2 Extreme CPU, NVIDIA Quadro graphics, 4GB of RAM and ...

Quantum of Solace -- now showing at a torrent site near you

James Bond: Quantum of Solace comes out here in Australia next week, but audiences in the UK have been the first to see it. And there are many pirates among them! Torrent sites already have the movie listed in various forms and file sizes, and the mo...

HP Pavilion dv3539TX (FZ917PA#ABG)

It has only taken six months, but HP's Pavilion dv3000 has already been refreshed. The new and improved model, the dv3539TX (FZ917PA#ABG), has a more impressive design as well as tougher guts under the hood, making it faster than its predecessor by a...

Acer Aspire Predator

Acer has gone all-out audacious with the Predator PC, which is aimed at hardcore gamers and fans of all things orange. It has more moulded plastic than a Honda Civic at La Perouse on a Sunday night, and the plastic on the Predator's case, like the pl...

BenQ E2200HD

BenQ is the first vendor we've seen to jam a 1920x1080-resolution panel into a 21.5in widescreen monitor frame, and the results are definitely pleasing. Compared to a regular 22in LCD monitor with a native resolution of 1680x1050, you get an extra 30...

Fujitsu Lifebook L1010

There is more to this Centrino 2-certified 14.1in laptop than meets the eye. It might seem like it's just for those who want something shiny and stylish, but beneath its fingerprint-prone exterior is a configuration that will easily deal with most da...

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First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

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The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

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