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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.

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.

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HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

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