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Choosing the right stuff: Intel motherboards guide

When buying a motherboard for an Intel CPU, the most important consideration is the chipset. This will determine whether or not it will support the latest connectivity features, memory technology and, most importantly, the latest-model CPUs. There's ...

ASUS Eee PC 900 (Linux version)

While it's physically identical to its Windows-based counterpart, the Linux version has a larger internal storage capacity and is therefore more expensive. Who would've thought that a Linux-based notebook would ever be more expensive than a Windows X...

ASUS Eee PC 900 (Windows XP version)

The Eee PC is back! This time around it's bigger, more potent, and also available in a Windows XP version. Called the Eee PC 900, the new model sports an 8.9in screen, 1GB of RAM and a 12GB solid state drive (SSD).

ASUS P5Q Deluxe

A new chipset isn't the only thing to look forward to with this ASUS motherboard: it also employs technology that allows you to save power and even get on the Internet with your newly built PC without loading Windows! It uses Splashtop to do this. Wh...

Top 5 home entertainment notebooks

A desktop replacement notebook is perfect if you don't have the space for a fully fledged desktop setup, but today's desktop replacement notebooks are often much more than typical notebooks: in many cases they are complete entertainment systems, and ...

Lenovo ThinkCentre A57 (6395-A11)

Occupying a very small space on a desk, the Lenovo ThinkCentre A57 will suit any corporate or small business environment that requires inconspicuous yet powerful and easy to manage desktops. It has the necessary grunt to run most office applications ...

AMD Phenom X3 8750

Tri-core CPUs have emerged as a differentiating product for AMD — Intel can't build CPUs with three individual cores yet. However, the company will have to re-think its pricing strategy if it wants to attract new PC builders and users looking t...

ASUS M70SA

More than a desktop replacement notebook, the M70SA has all the necessary features to be seriously considered as a media centre for a home theatre setup. Not only does it ship with a Blu-ray player and a hybrid TV tuner, it also features 1TB of inter...

Lenovo IdeaPad Y710-200

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y710-200 is a desktop replacement notebook aimed at gamers and home theatre users. It's big, well-equipped and reasonably powerful, but ultimately falls a little short of what it's trying to accomplish.

ASUS M70SA

If it's a home entertainment notebook you're lusting after, look no further than the latest offering from ASUS.

Driving Licence Success

Learning how to handle a vehicle is paramount to a young person's development as a driver, but knowing the road rules inside-out is also a must. And there's perhaps no better way to teach budding drivers the rules than by giving them an easy-to-use p...

Driving Licence Success

Learning how to handle a vehicle is paramount to a young person's development as a driver, but knowing the road rules inside-out is also a must. And there's perhaps no better way to teach budding drivers the rules than by giving them an easy-to-use p...

Aspire Gemstone Blue (8920G)

The Gemstone Blue is large and useful, both as a desktop computer and a media centre. It sports a 16:9 widescreen LCD, as well as a Blu-ray drive and HDMI, so it's primed for high-definition content playback. In fact, the Gemstone Blue is an entire h...

Billion BiPAC 7402GX

While it's a fully featured ADSL2+ modem/router, the BiPAC 7402GX is also capable of distributing a 3G mobile data-card connection. It doesn't have a card slot for this functionality; instead, it supports USB 2.0-based 3G data cards.

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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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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

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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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