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Packard Bell Dot U

The Packard Bell Dot U is being marketed by the company as its latest netbook, but while it definitely shares some features with those mini machines, some of the components used here place it more in the ultra-portable laptop category. Netbooks are currently being prodded from the spotlight by the influx of tablet devices anyway,  Full Article…

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Review: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (Beta)

Ever since Internet Explorer beat Netscape and turned into the web industry’s least favourite boat anchor, Microsoft has been struggling to turn the tide. IE7 was little more than a statement that it planned to become a contender again, and IE8 was a decent overhaul, but one whose success came firmly from being a Microsoft  Full Article…

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Review

Review based on Lightroom 3.0 The ubiquity of Adobe’s Photoshop software is staggering.¬†Photoshop is 20 years old this year and in 2010 Adobe’s flagship product is still arguably the standard against which all other image manipulation software is judged. Originally developed primarily for graphic design professionals, in the past decade Photoshop has expanded enormously to  Full Article…

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Review: Jolicloud 1.0

Jolicloud is one of the more interesting entrants in the near-future competition for a cloud-based netbook OS. Like its closest competitor, Google Chrome, it’s a shade of Linux that’s unrecognisable on the surface, built over an older version of Ubuntu with a browser-based veneer. Installation and performance are essentially identical to Ubuntu’s 9.04 UNR, so  Full Article…

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Review

Review based on a production Alpha DSLR-A390 This is the latest in our series of new ‘Quick Reviews.’ We will be using this format for cameras that are operationally similar and identical in terms of output to models we’ve already reviewed. We test to confirm the image quality is identical, then concentrate the review on  Full Article…

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Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS (IXUS 300 HS / IXY 30S) Review

The SD/IXUS range is made up of Canon’s ‘style-orientated’ compact cameras and, as the rest of the market has fragmented into innumerable niches, the range has grown to accommodate an increasing variety of needs. The SD4000 IS tops the current lineup, offering a 3.8x wide-angle zoom and (despite its underlying point-and-shoot disposition) aperture and shutter  Full Article…

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Review: Asus GeForce GT 430

Nvidia has taken its time about it, but now we’re seeing its DirectX 11 Fermi GPU filtering down into the mainstream sector with the ¬£70 GeForce GT 430. AMD has had its lineup of DX11 cards set up since February this year, around which time the green side of the graphics divide was starting to  Full Article…

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Ricoh GXR P10 28-300mm F3.5-5.6 VC

Review based on a production Ricoh GXR body with firmware v1.18 and P10 28-300mm lens unit with firmware v1.18 This camera has been reviewed using our ‘Quick Review’ format which we use for cameras that are in terms of operation and/or image quality very close to either their predecessors or other models in the line  Full Article…

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Alcatel OT-980

Alcatel makes no bones about the aim of the OT-980. This handset is about the mass market, and its ¬£99.95 pay-as-you-go price from Carphone Warehouse indicates that it is a pretty affordable option as far as Android is concerned. Still, it is a 3G handset with Wi-Fi, and GPS, and while it is more closely  Full Article…

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Advent Sienna 510 review

Advent is PC World’s in-house brand, producing a broad range of budget desktop PCs and laptops. Here, we take a look at one of its latest notebooks: the Sienna 510. The main selling point of the Sienna 510 is that it provides powerful Intel Core i5 performance for a reasonable sum, and there’s no doubt  Full Article…

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