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Panasonic NV-GS500

On top of great quality video the Panasonic NV-GS500 MiniDV video camera also produces still images of a respectable 4 megapixels, even allowing images to be saved while simultaneously shooting video.

Auditek KMEPC SN-8520 7.1 Home Theatre Speakers

Overall the Auditek speakers are at best average, which usually wouldn't warrant our recommendation. As it is though, these speakers represent possibly the lowest priced 7.1 system on the market, and for such little cost they're a bargain.

Topfield TF7000HT

Overall the Topfield TF7000HT is a great set top box. It has all the necessary connections, is easy to use and offers good performance. It may lack the advanced features that would have made it an outstanding product, but the average user will not re...

TEAC PVR-160T

The advent of digital television has brought many advantages but if you only have a standard set top box, recording programs is not one of them. TEAC's PVR-160T is a good device to both receive and record digital TV. It offers twin standard definiti...

Sony HDR-HC3

The Sony HDR-HC3 is an excellent entry to the HD video camera market. At a price comparable to similar high-end Mini DV camcorders - and with quality that puts many of them to shame - the HC3 makes a great choice for anyone who wants to enter the wor...

Sony DAVDX155

The Sony DAVDX155 is a good 5.1 system for entrants into the world of home theatre and, with the exception of the lack of digital audio inputs, performs well against similarly priced systems. The product is bolstered by the unusual inclusion of a fiv...

Canon MV960

The sub $1000 camcorder market is still primarily the domain of Mini DV tapes. While a few manufacturers have managed to bring out well priced DVD video cameras, these are still fairly rare. Canon has wisely taken heed of budgetary concerns and produ...

Sony HT-DDW1500 MU.TE.KI

Sometimes one just isn't enough. How many people do you see riding round on unicycles?. And it wouldn't be much of a pop duo with just one Veronica. Sony has taken this mantra to heart with their oddly named MU.TE.KI 6.2 home theatre system. The .2 s...

Hewlett-Packard Scanjet 5590

The Hewlett-Packard Scanjet 5590, predominantly aimed at home office or small businesses, offers a mixed set of results. For the rapid scanning of monochrome documents and conversion to editable text files, the automatic document feeder enabled scann...

LG LX-D5640

The latest offering from LG is a strange concept; a Micro Hi-Fi DVD Home Theatre Karaoke Cassette Deck system. The quirky LX-D5640 is unlike any micro Hi-Fi we've ever seen previously, nor is it like any home theatre system. Nevertheless, we like it.

Broderbund Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 17

You may be shocked to hear this, but we're afraid it's the truth: Mavis Beacon does not really exist. The smiling face that has graced the box for 17 consecutive versions of the product is in fact a Caribbean model. Nevertheless, Mavis Beacon remains...

HP Scanjet 2400

Way, way down at the bottom of Hewlett Packard's lineup of scanners sits their Scanjet 2400. This really is a bargain offering and one of the cheapest scanners on the market at present. Novices will be well served by the simplicity and low cost of th...

Panasonic SDR-S100

Positioned at the high end of Panasonic's new range of video camcorders is the SDR-S100, billed as the the smallest video camera of its type in the world. The SDR-S100 is one of the new wave of video cameras that write data to SD cards, hence its red...

Denon S-101

There seems to be a curious fixation in the home theatre market of promoting 2.1 systems as some kind of revolutionary technological advancement. We are seeing more and more home theatre systems claiming the acoustics of 5.1 can be replicated 'virtua...

Sony Walkman NW-E003F

Another day, another contender for the iPod's crown. Once again it's Sony lining up to wage war against Apple, and with their Network Walkman NW-E003F they have the iPod shuffle squarely in their sights. After spending some time with Sony's new playe...

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HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

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.

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