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Top 5 ultraportable notebooks

As long as I can remember, people have been asking me why small, ultra-portable notebooks are more expensive than their 14 and 15in counterparts. "But they're smaller and don't need as much material to build" is one of the arguments I'd hear. I'd cou...

NEC POWERMATE X9320

Don't be fooled by the NEC POWERMATE X9320's short stature: inside it's packed with features that make it perfect for all home computing endeavours -- except for high-end gaming. It's equipped with a quad-core CPU, a four-drive RAID 0 array and 3GB o...

Toshiba Portege R500 (PPR50A-04N05C)

Toshiba's Portege R500 is a small notebook with a big battery. It's designed for business users who just want something that will last them a very long time on the road. And by light, we mean less than 1kg!

Lexar Mobile Memory Kit

Give your phone more storage for music, photos and videos, and transfer those files to your computer using the supplied adapter.

Toshiba Portege M800 (PPM80A-03H009)

The size of the Portege M800 makes it a desirable unit for any mobile professional or student, although at 2.1kg, it is a shade heavier than a typical ultraportable notebook.

Dell Vostro 1510

Business users want a big screen, plenty of storage space and a fast dual-core CPU; and they're willing to pay for it. That's what Dell has learned from its biggest ever research project into the small business market, and it has incorporated all the...

Hewlett-Packard 2133 Mini-Note PC

While it has some similarities to the ASUS Eee PC, the Hewlett-Packard 2133 Mini-Note PC is a different beast altogether: it has a 5400rpm notebook hard drive instead of a solid-state drive, it has a higher screen resolution (despite being 8.9in in s...

TP-Link TL-WR941N

Migrating to an 802.11 draft-n wireless network will cost you well under $200 if you opt to shop around a little and go for the TP-Link TL-WR941N router and one of its associated USB adapters (TL-WN821N). It will distribute either an ADSL2+ or cable ...

LG Super Multi Blue Blu-ray Disc Rewriter (BE06)

You know technology moves fast when a brand new optical drive is released to market and one of its main features is an obsolete disc format! It's easy to make jokes about the demise of HD-DVD, but it's not all bad news for the format -- there are sti...

TI Computers TI Game 1500

If it's a gaming system you're after and your budget is less than $2000, consider this offering from TI Computers, which is equipped with plenty of processing and 3-D power.

NEC VERSA S9100-1203DR

For mobile computing, a strong, yet lightweight notebook is essential. It's also important that it has enough built-in features to tide you over until you reach the office. NEC's VERSA S9100 ticks those boxes and adds great battery life to the mix, t...

Choosing the right stuff: Intel motherboards guide

When buying a motherboard for an Intel CPU, the most important consideration is the chipset. This will determine whether or not it will support the latest connectivity features, memory technology and, most importantly, the latest-model CPUs. There's ...

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

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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.

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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.

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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