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Acer Aspire 1802WSM

Wielding PCI Express graphics (in the form of ATI's 64MB DDR ATI Mobility Radeon X600) in combination with a 3GHz Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor and 512MB of dual channel PC2700 DDR SDRAM pushed the Acer Aspire to impressive heights of performance ...

Tecra M4 P-M 770

Toshiba's 2.8kg Tecra M4 series is the company's third tablet PC release, and the Tecra M4 P-M 770 is one of the most powerful tablets we've seen to date.

LG LT20-4

This stylish convertible has a bright 12.1" display (with wide viewable angle and Wacom digitiser backing) that can be used like a traditional notebook or folded back on itself to become a slate. Using a stylus to scribble down and save notes or diag...

Lenovo ThinkPad X41 Tablet

Apart from the swivelling 12.1" display (which is viewable from side angles and has a 1024 x 768 pixel resolution), the Lenovo ThinkPad X41 Tablet uses the same bottom shell as the Lenovo ThinkPad X41 series. The ThinkPad X41 costs roughly $400 less ...

Archos PMA430

The Archos Pocket Media Assistant PMA430 features a 3.5" touch screen display. When it's propped up (no kickstand is included) it's quite viewable from above. But when the device is laid flat on a desk or your lap, it's much harder to see.

Ricoh Vivitar DVR390H

The DVR-390H is a portable device with a 20GB hard disk and large (3.6") colour LCD that connects to a PC using USB 2.0. It can operate as a still camera, video camera, MP3 and video player, as well as a direct TV/video and voice/audio recorder, digi...

iRiver PMP-120

The Linux-powered iRiver PMP-120 is an alternative to iRiver's own PMC-120, which is similar but based on Microsoft Portable Media Center.

Optima Centoris W259-3165

Optima's latest Centoris looks to be worth more than its price tag would have you expect. You get a DVD writer capable of both (+) and (-) rewriting, in addition to wireless networking with Wi-Fi on/off switch.

Spy infection? Call the Doc: Spyware Doctor 3.1

Many Internet users understand just how annoying and increasingly prolific spyware can be. Even if you use the Firefox browser and antivirus software, programs such as Ad-aware SE Personal Edition, Spybot Search & Destroy or even Microsoft's new Anti...

Online protection: Norton Internet Security 2005

As broadband uptake increases, so does the number of activities we use the Internet for. Instant messengers (IM), chat rooms, peer-to-peer networking, e-mail and Web browsing all come with varying degrees of annoyances, and risks to security and priv...

Mixing 5.1 audio

In previous audio columns we have detailed how to use a variety of tools to help create music, and exclusively in the Digital Music section of our Web site are tutorials for making a video clip in Vegas 3 and remixing songs in ACID Pro 4. Continuing ...

Authoring a surround sound DVD

In the previous Audio Here's How coloumn, we looked at the requirements and fundamental methods of mixing audio in 5.1 space, using Sonic Foundry's fantastic Vegas 4+DVD software. Now we round things off by burning our 5.1 audio mix onto DVD - ideal ...

Increasing MP3 encoding quality

It's not uncommon for even the most casual listener of MP3s to be distracted from the music to which they are listening by an apparent loss in sound quality, either overall or at some stage throughout a song. One way to increase MP3 sound quality is ...

Capturing vinyl with LP Recorder

Recording 33, 45 and 78rpm vinyl, tapes, radio or even audio from a VHS cassette into your computer for future safeguarding can all be undertaken with LP Recorder, found on April's cover CD.

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

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

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Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

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