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HP DreamColor LP2480zx

HP calls the 24in DreamColor LP2480zx 'uniquely affordable'. At over $4000, most of us probably don't think that at all. However, professional users who make their living using colour-critical applications might well see the merit in that statement. ...

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro Series

PC audio is often taken for granted. Because pretty much every motherboard has an audio chip built-in, most of us don't need to think about what type of sound card we need. However, for keen gamers who rely on sound effects to avoid getting killed, a...

Toshiba Portege R500 (PPR50A-07S05C)

Working while on the road can be inconvenient if you have to lug around a 15in laptop that weighs 3kg or more, so an ultraportable is the best way to go. For a while now, Toshiba's Portege R500 has perhaps been the best ultraportable on the market fo...

PC Tools Registry Mechanic 8

The Windows registry: no-one knows what it does, how it does it and why it can sometimes cause so many problems. Except for PC Tools; okay, and probably most of you, our loyal readers! PC Tools' Registry Mechanic software purports to solve all regist...

Acer Aspire One: adding RAM

The Linux version of the Aspire One ships with 512MB of RAM. However, there is a free SO-DIMM slot for you to add a DDR2 module but it can be tricky to get to it, as there is no access panel underneath the unit.

Linksys Wireless-N ADSL2+ Gateway (WAG160N)

For the most part, this all-in-one router is great. It has a built-in ADSL2+ modem and an 802.11 draft-n wireless access point, it's easy to set up and use, and it also looks good. But its wireless performance was a little underwhelming in our tests,...

Dell Vostro 410

There's no doubt that Dell's Vostro line-up of PCs is good-looking. The 410, in particular, is black and svelte, with glossy trim and concealed ports. It's easy to forget that this is a PC that is essentially aimed at the small to medium business mar...

Acer Aspire One ZG5 (Linux)

The Aspire One is the most similar to the ASUS Eee PC of all the sub-$1000 ultraportables we've seen so far; it's only slightly bigger, but it has a solid-state drive (SSD) and an 8.9in screen with a native resolution of 1024x600. Two flavours of the...

Samsung GX-20

If a 10-megapixel camera isn't big enough for you, try on Samsung's GX-20 for size. It's essentially the same camera as the Pentax K20D, and also features a 14.6Mp CMOS sensor. This enables it to capture a huge amount of detail and with relatively go...

A look inside the MSI Wind

At 10in, the MSI Wind is perhaps the perfect low-cost ultraportable laptop on the market. It possesses good speed for Web browsing and office applications and plenty of storage, and it's very comfortable to use. Because we're naturally curious about ...

MSI Wind U100

The MSI Wind looks less like the ASUS Eee PC and more like the HP Mini-Note PC. It weighs 1.25kg and has a 10in screen, and it offers a keyboard that is very easy to type on. It's not a unit without failings, but there aren't many.

HP Compaq 8710w Mobile Workstation

The 8710w isn't a typical desktop replacement notebook: it's a professional mobile workstation. It's not flashy and it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of a typical consumer notebook. What it does have is a high-end NVIDIA Quadro graphics chip...

ASUS Eee PC 901

Weighing 1.1kg, the Eee PC 901 is slightly heavier than its predecessor, the 900, and it also sports a slightly different chassis and design. A glossy black finish gives the 901 a touch of menace and street cred, but it's the guts of the unit that ar...

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GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

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

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

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

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

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.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

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