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HP Compaq Presario CQ50-114AU

Good looks and plenty of functionality are a couple of the traits of HP's Compaq Presario CQ50-114AU, which is a laptop that's been designed primarily with the home user in mind. It's a 15.4in model that weighs 2.8kg without its power supply, and unl...

VYE Mini-v S37

The popularity of ultraportable laptops is undeniable. You only have to look at how many competitors the inexpensive ASUS Eee PC has spawned, all vying to be better-designed and more comprehensively featured.

ASUS Eee PC 1000H

ASUS is the company responsible for starting the sub-$1000 ultraportable notebook craze -- 'netbooks', as they've been dubbed -- but the company is not resting on its laurels.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y430

Lenovo's first Intel Centrino 2-based offering is among the best midsized laptops available. Specifications aside, here's why: it’s a joy to use!

HP Pavilion a6560a

You really can't go wrong with this PC. It looks good, has plenty of processing power and memory for multitasking, and it's got all the requisite slots and ports for loading photos and plugging in peripherals. It's also got a little room left to upgr...

ASUS Eee Box B202

One thing's for sure: the ASUS Eee Box, like the Eee PC, is tiny and inexpensive. But while we like the idea of a slim PC for the home or the office, we wish that the Box was a better product straight out of the box.

Upgrading the HP Mini-Note

The HP Mini-Note PC is one of the best ultraportable laptops on the market for under $1000. The best part is that its RAM and hard drive are easily upgradeable.

Compro VideoMate Vista E900F

With the Olympics in full swing, there's no better time to buy a new digital TV tuner card for your PC. Well, a better time may have been before the Olympics started. Nevertheless, there is still a good two weeks of action worth capturing, and with C...

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.

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STYLISTIC Q702

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

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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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