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HP Pavilion DV5-1010TX_01

When it comes to the cut-throat notebook market, aesthetics can often make or break a sale. With this in mind it’s no surprise that laptop makers experiment in an effort to stand out from the crowd.

Sony VAIO VGN-FW17GU

The mysterious absence of the latest features and slow performance have been recurrent qualms in our previous reviews of Sony laptops. With the FW series, it seems the tables have turned slightly.

The Icon A5 -- a flying car?

Now people with a spare $160,000 can choose to buy the Icon A5 -- a two-seater aeroplane that can land and take off from land and water despite having an interior that resembles a passenger car's.

Emprex Cheetah 9051H

When it comes to keyboards, gamers want a unit that has all the necessary keys in a convenient location -- as well as something that looks good. While the Exprex Cheetah 9051H does well with the latter, it falls down when it comes to fundamental game...

Virgin brings quasi-astronauts one step closer to space

Virgin Galactic showed off its newest carrier aircraft, the WhiteKnightTwo, to media and pre-booked passengers at the Mojave Air and Space Port north of Los Angeles. Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson has named the vehicle "Eve" after his mother.

Dell Studio 17 (1735)

Dell's new Studio 17 is a stylish leviathan of a notebook that's geared towards home users, with an emphasis on multimedia. It's well designed and has a good array of features, but its lime-coloured lid wasn't a pleaser. Luckily, it's only one of man...

Cuil.com: A Google-killer?

A group of former Google engineers have banded together to form what they hope will be a new superpower in Internet search engines.

Scary robots: Now with empathy!

Have you ever loved your robot and wished it could love you back? Now a team in the UK has combined puppetry, sensors, robotic actuators and 'emotions' to create the Heart Robot.

NEC Versa P9210-2500DR

Despite recent drops in notebook sales growth, laptop sales continue to outstrip desktops thanks to their versatility and increasingly powerful hardware. The well-performing NEC Versa P9210-2500DR is a case in point, with good home entertainment opti...

Pioneer DreamBook Light IL1

Since the runaway success of the Asus Eee PC 701 4G, notebook makers have been tripping over themselves trying to cash-in on the popularity of ultraportable laptops. Devices such as the MSI Wind U100 and the latest Asus Eee PC 901 combine surprisingl...

Pioneer Dreambook Tough V10

It's fairly ugly and it's often difficult to use, but if you need your data to survive a drop from a table then the Pioneer Dreambook Tough V10 is a unit worth considering.

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