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iRiver U10

If small, ultralight media players are your cup of tea, iRiver's U10 could be just what you need. This flash-based device weighs just 70g and is approximately the same size as a small stack of business cards.

Kenwood VRS-N8100

With computer vendors targeting the lounge room, it wasn't going to be too long until home theatre vendors hit back with their own products addressing the digital lifestyle trend.

ATI Radeon X850 CrossFire Edition

Nearly a year since NVIDIA won over graphics enthusiasts with its SLI dual-graphics card technology, ATI is finally rolling out its own dual-card platform also targeting those seeking the best graphics money can buy. ATI has dubbed its technology Cro...

HP Compaq TC4200

Have you noticed the surge in new Tablet PC products in recent months? They're just like normal notebooks, but with screens that can swivel around and fold over the keyboard. This lets you navigate Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 with a stylus pen ...

Pioneer DreamBook Power 870P

The 870P's features include (big breath here): a 3.4GHz P4 processor, two 60GB 7200rpm hard disks in RAID configuration, 256MB Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics controller, multi-card reader plus built-in 640 x 480 pixel CCD Web camera and analog TV tune...

AOpen Mini XC Cube MZ855-II

AOpen's newest barebones (motherboard and case) small form factor PC is the first we've seen to use an Intel Pentium M (notebook) processor--perfect for reducing noise and heat. Processor installation was easy enough, but the circuit board to which t...

Hallmark Viewmaster Portiva 5z70

The powerful 5z70 may use the now older, original Centrino platform, but that doesn't stop it being good value for money. The Portiva is originally manufactured by ASUStek in Taiwan (as the Z7000 series) and then rebadged by Hallmark.

Twinhead Efio 14B

This value-orientated model from Twinhead would be ideal for students and mobile professionals alike.

Toshiba Satellite M40

Toshiba has packed quite a bit of performance into the Centrino-equipped Satellite M40's stylish silver chassis. However, our 3kg test model (PSM40A-03k009) also proved to have limited battery life, with the battery lasting just 62 minutes in our wor...

Pioneer CentriNote 805

The CentriNote 805 is a Centrino-branded notebook model. Its core specifications include Intel's new Dothan Pentium M CPU (with 2MB L2 cache and a 400MHz frontside bus) running at 1.7GHz along with 512MB of DDR SDRAM, a 60GB Hitachi hard disk and a m...

Optima Centoris G595

The Optima Centoris G595 has a multiformat (-/+) DVD writer, 802.11b/g wireless networking, four-in-one card reader and a great worst-case scenario battery life of 98 minutes--all for less than $2200.

ModTech CIVIC Diamond 1615.R

This Diamond 1615.R has great performance and great features, such as single format (-) DVD writer, 802.11b/gwireless networking and a 128MB ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics controller.

LG LS50-8

The LS50-8 is a great-looking slim (2.7kg) silver machine with great battery life (worst-case scenario of 85 minutes). It features a 15" display capable of a maximum on-screen resolution of 1400 x 1050. This crisp display and the 128MB ATI Mobility 9...

HP Compaq nc6220

The nc6220 is a Compaq sub-branded business notebook from HP that includes Intel's second-generation Centrino (Sonoma) technology.

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Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

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Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

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Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

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Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

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HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

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Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

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