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Big Brand Laptops
If you walked into PC retailer these days, you’d be faced with a bewildering range of laptops. So we’ve put 14 laptops under the microscope, ranging from simple, affordable systems to high-priced luxury portables to help you find which one is right for you.
Best 24in monitors
Large-format LCD’s have come a long way since they first arrived as expensive luxuries. Now you can extend your desktop for both work and play without breaking the bank. We test seven of the latest 24in LCD’s at all budgets.
Greatest Tech U-Turns
In this special feature, we remember the statements, positions and promises that tech companies would rather everyone forgot.
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Superb performance in one of the sturdiest and best-looking gaming laptops we’ve seen – the Alienware M17x is worth the expense.
Nothing incredible in terms of design, but it’s an impressively cheap way to get quad-core in your PC.
The cheapest way to get OS X, but it has all of the MacBook Pro’s shortcomings and more of its own
There’s so much to like about this package that it might just be worth switching operating systems to get hold of it.
Apple’s MacBook Pro is a design masterpiece, even if its brilliance is marred by a few annoying niggles.
Power, strong build and an added splash of style make the Asus G60J a gaming laptop worth paying top dollar for.
We like the ambition of producing a low-cost BlackBerry, but until it drops in price there’s too much competition.
The best Canon home all-in-one yet, with flawless quality and an impressive feature list.
For this price, the Vostro’s plain looks can be overlooked in favour of its impressive battery life
Packed with features, only its value for money lets it escape without an award this month
The Dell U2410f features breathtaking image quality, but the price is steeper than most are willing to pay for it.
Battery life lets down this otherwise solid netbook from a local manufacturer
Part laptop and part nettop, the Gigabyte Booktop M1022M is the first netbook we’ve seen that overcomes the ‘3 USB problem'.
Since we saw the HP Mini for our huge netbook roundup in October, a new 6-cell battery has been released.
A hugely likeable phone that excels at web browsing and manages to just live up to its ambitious name.
If you haven't set up your desktop with two LCD monitors, then now's the time. We've picked this LG Flatron as the winning 24in LCD in our latest group test
A stunning piece of design to rival any Apple offering, and the price is surprisingly reasonable
MSI’s Wind Top AE1900 takes on the touchscreen nettop competition, but singularly fails to excite.
Jam-packed with features, but it struggles to compete with the best.
It’s not cheap, but it’s powerful and cleverly constructed to make the most of the components.
A solid draft-n router with NAS and media-streaming features – though it’s a little on the slow side.
A gorgeous new controller makes this the best Sonos system ever – just take note of that high price.
A stunning piece of design matched with excellent battery life, but with an Atom inside the price is surely too high
A stunningly powerful card that tops the last generation’s best dual-GPU monsters.
The Thecus N5500 NAS is a pricey option for your storage needs, but its loaded with useful features and delivers decent performance.
The little R2D2 from Speaker Realm certainly packs a punch - and very cheap too.