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Clickfree Wireless Backup (500GB)

The Clickfree Wireless Backup is an external 500GB USB 2.0 hard drive with built-in 802.11n networking that makes ongoing data backup -- particularly for laptops — a cinch. It's small and elegantly designed, and it can be used to easily back up multiple computers (including Macs). The best part is that it doesn't have to be permanently connected to your computers in order to keep them backed up.

Written by Elias Plastiras24 Nov. 10 11:00

Sony VAIO E Series (VPCEB36FG) notebook

The aqua colour of the Sony VAIO E Series (VPCEB36FG) may not be appealing to many people, but don't fret: it's also available in white, red, black and green. It's a 15.5in notebook that has many things going for it; it feels very well built, it has a Full HD screen and its keyboard is excellent. However, it doesn't run a top-end Core i7 or mid-range Core i5 CPU. Instead it's available with an Intel Core i3 CPU, which seems a little mismatched against the Full HD screen.

Written by Elias Plastiras22 Nov. 10 11:00

Dell Vostro V13 slimline laptop

Dell's Vostro V13 is a slimline, 13.3in business notebook with plenty of style and a very sturdy body. It feels great to use and it has a decent amount of power under the hood. Best of all, it only weighs around 1.5kg. It's an almost perfect combination of size, speed and mobility.

Written by Elias Plastiras18 Jan. 10 12:30

ASUS Eee Top ET2002 nettop PC

The ASUS Eee Top ET2002 is an all-in-one PC with a 20in touch-screen display and the latest Intel Atom CPU and NVIDIA graphics for mainstream users. It's designed for everyday tasks such as Web browsing, office work and playing videos and music; it would definitely suit students looking for something neat and simple for their bedroom, as well as families looking for a space-saving and basic PC for the lounge room.

Written by Elias Plastiras20 Jan. 10 15:00

Lenovo ThinkPad X100e ultraportable notebook

Lenovo's ThinkPad X100e is an ultraportable notebook aimed primarily at business users who want something mobile but affordable. It weighs only 1.5kg, has an 11.6in screen and costs $999. It features one of the best keyboards in its class and it's also very sturdy.

Written by Elias Plastiras19 Jan. 10 10:40

Dell Precision M2400 Mobile Workstation notebook

Dell's Precision M2400 Mobile Workstation is a 14.1in notebook built for users who desire a powerful yet portable computer on which to run graphic design and engineering applications. It looks big and menacing at first glance, but it's not actually as heavy as it looks.

Written by Elias Plastiras23 Nov. 09 16:00

Fujitsu LifeBook T5010 tablet-convertible notebook

Fujitsu's LifeBook T5010 is a 13.3in tablet-convertible notebook with excellent build quality, good speed and plenty of features. It's powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 CPU, and has a bright touch screen with Wacom's interface technology built in.

Written by Elias Plastiras03 Dec. 09 11:40

ASUS Eee PC 1008HA (Seashell) netbook

When we picked up the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA (or the Seashell, as it is known), we could tell that it was one of the nicest netbooks on the market -- if not the nicest.

Written by Elias Plastiras08 Dec. 09 16:50

Sony VAIO CW Series (VPCCW15FGW) notebook

If there is one overwhelming opinion about the Sony VAIO CW Series (VPCCW15FGW) notebook at PC World, it's that it should not be available in pink. Everyone who saw it in our Test Centre despised the colour, wishing instead for black or white (or even the champagne colour that adorns part of the base). The good news is that the CW Series is available in black or white and it's a fine notebook with plenty to offer.

Written by Elias Plastiras09 Dec. 09 17:10

ASUS UL80Vt notebook

ASUS' UL80Vt is a 14in notebook that's built for people who want plenty of features and good speed, yet want a laptop that's reasonably light and capable of lasting a long time away from a power outlet. It weighs approximately 2kg and ships with an 8-cell battery, and it comes with a stack of ASUS utilities that allow you to tweak its performance, power profiles and start-up speed.

Written by Elias Plastiras14 Dec. 09 11:30

Fujitsu LifeBook P3110 notebook

The Fujitsu LifeBook P3110 is an 11.6in notebook that's bigger and more powerful than a typical netbook. At only 1.6kg, it's still just as easy to carry around as a 10in netbook, but the increased size makes it more comfortable to use. We think the best thing about the P3110 is its battery life; if you configure your power plan correctly, this notebook could last almost an entire work day without being plugged into a power outlet.

Written by Elias Plastiras16 Dec. 09 10:00

Lenovo ThinkPad T400s Multitouch notebook

With the release of Windows 7 and its inbuilt support for multitouch input and gestures, touch-screen computing is gathering steam. Not only can you get all-in-one PCs with touch screens and tablet-convertible notebooks, you can also get regular notebooks equipped with touch-sensitive displays. Lenovo's ThinkPad T400s Multitouch is one such laptop: it features a 14.1in touch screen that can recognise up to four finger inputs.

Written by Elias Plastiras18 Dec. 09 15:20

Sony VAIO X Series (VPCX113KGB) notebook

Sony's VAIO X Series (VPCX113KGB) ultraportable laptop is designed for executives who want something stylish and very light. It has an 11.1in screen, it's made out of carbon fibre and aluminium and it weighs just 655 grams.

Written by Elias Plastiras08 Jan. 10 16:20

HP Mini 311 netbook

HP's Mini 311 is an 11.6in netbook that weighs 1.4kg. It's one of the first netbooks to come with Windows 7 Home Premium preinstalled. It's also one of the first to use NVIDIA's ION platform, with an NVIDIA system chipset and integrated GeForce 9400M graphics processor.

Written by Elias Plastiras23 Oct. 09 14:15