Charles McLellan

Charles has been in tech publishing since the late 1980s, starting with Reed's Practical Computing, then moving to Ziff-Davis to help launch the UK version of PC Magazine in 1992. ZDNet came looking for a Reviews Editor in 2000, and he's been here ever since.

Latest Posts

500,000 Classmates for Portugal

Amid rumours of a 'third-generation' Classmate PC, Intel has announced that it's to supply half a million of its second-generation (9in. screen) netbooks to the Portuguese government for use in elementary schools.

July 31, 2008 by


Eee Box to ship in September

Having already used the 'Eee PC' name for its successful and rapidly expanding range of mini- (and increasingly not-so-mini — see the latest 1000 model) notebooks, ASUS must have scratched its collective head when seeking a name for its Eee-branded mini-desktop. It came up with the catchy 'Eee Box', and it'll be available in the UK for £199 from September.

July 30, 2008 by


Coming Soon: Dialogue Box Series 4

Believe it or not (and we have trouble believing it ourselves) Dialogue Box has been recommissioned for a fourth series — and we didn't have to resort to Alan Partridge-style babbling about 'Monkey tennis' to get the nod!We filmed the first episode yesterday, and without giving too much away, I can reveal that we shed (rather bright and exciting) new light on a subject we covered in the first series last year.

July 3, 2008 by

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HP's 'colour-critical' LCD

One of the key products introduced at HP's 'Connecting Your World' event in Berlin earlier this week was the 24in. DreamColor LP2480zx, a 30-bit (10 bits per primary colour channel) LED-backlit monitor featuring HP's DreamColor Engine technology (first seen in a number of printers last year).

June 12, 2008 by


Coming soon: HP's EliteBook

I'm in Berlin with HP for its 'Connecting Your World' shindig, the sun is shining, HP's top brass are keynoting and new products are appearing at an impressive rate.Among the highlights is the HP EliteBook 6930p, the first of a new range of business notebooks combining military-standard (MIL-STD 810F) build quality with attractive industrial design.

June 10, 2008 by


OLPC The Second

Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child project has been hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons recently, but that hasn't stopped OLPC from unveiling the successor to its XO notebook.When we say 'unveil', what was actually revealed at yesterday's MIT Media Lab event was a concept design — the finished product isn't due to appear until 2010.

May 21, 2008 by

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Tablet trouble

We've had Dell's Latitude XT convertible tablet at ZDNet Towers for a couple of days, and been impressed with its sleek brushed aluminium finish, near-ThinkPad-quality keyboard, integrated HSPDA, diminutive AC adapter and capacitative touchscreen.About the touchscreen.

May 14, 2008 by


Telescopic oversight

Microsoft Research's new WorldWide Telescope, in the brief time we've had to play with the beta, looks wonderful. A real productivity-killer, in fact -- especially as I'm lucky enough to have a powerful PC and a 30in.

May 13, 2008 by