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Dell Vostro 3555

Despite a number of drawbacks, the Vostro 3555 could be a good buy if you're looking for a low-cost business workhorse. It's also the first business notebook we've seen with three USB 3.0 ports.

May 8, 2012 by

Dell Latitude XT3 Tablet PC

Dell's convertible Latitude XT3 tablet has some neat features and a good choice of configurations. However, it lacks USB 3.0 and an optical drive, battery life is disappointing and it's relatively heavy for a 13.3in. notebook. As a result, we'd hesitate to recommend it for everyday use.

March 20, 2012 by

Lenovo ThinkPad T420s

Much of this ThinkPad's design — and particularly the excellent keyboard — is traditional, but it packs plenty of up-to-date specs too: Core i7 CPU, hybrid discrete/integrated graphics, solid-state drive, USB 3.0 and a high-quality multimedia subsystem. All this makes for an expensive notebook, but it's one we're happy to recommend.

March 15, 2012

Edifier Aurora notebook speakers

Not long ago we looked at the Edifier Soundbar, a speaker that is attached to your notebook via USB and provides better sound than most notebooks can while still remaining quite portable.The Aurora, also from Edifier, is a rather different proposition.

December 22, 2010

Toshiba Dynadock and StorE

When you think Toshiba, you think notebooks (and TVs), but the company is also doing a thriving line in accessories. Its Dynadock U10 universal docking station is already the best-selling USB docking station on the market, says Toshiba storage business manager Graeme Simons (especially in the public sector where purchasing switches between different notebook brands and models frequently, so dedicated docking stations just don’t work).

February 19, 2010

FireWire-to-USB cable, Windows-only for now

In Apple's drive to differentiate its professional and less-professional notebook lines, the company left out support for FireWire on its new Aluminum MacBook. While some Mac sites are pointing to composite video-transfer boxes as a way to get video from a camera to the MacBook, there is at least one FireWire-to-USB bridge cable on the market for transferring video.

October 28, 2008 by

Is encryption just a waste of time?

Faced with the thought of a USB drive, notebook PC or backup tape going missing, most IT managers look to some form of encryption as the first layer of defence. However, according to one storage security expert, that's largely a pointless exercise.

September 25, 2008 by

Wi-Fire high-gain Wi-Fi antenna doesn't always ignite

In my quest for a wider-reaching Wi-Fi signal, I took notice when I stumbled upon a new (to me) company called hField Technologies. It markets a directional USB antenna that can deliver a signal up to 1,000 feet. But what really got me? A review from MacEnstein.com that claimed hfield’s $79 Wi-Fire antenna resulted in 5x the range of a typical notebook antenna.

March 10, 2008 by

Orange Option ICON2 USB Modem

It's not particularly stylish and the desktop software is short on features, but if you want a reliable USB 3G modem that's ready for 7.2Mbps operation, Orange's Option ICON2 seems like a good choice.

November 12, 2007 by

Wireless USB notebooks appear

Wireless USB finally comes to Dell and Lenovo notebooks. It's been announced today that Dell's Inspiron 1720 notebook and Lenovo's ThinkPad T61 and T61p models are the first PCs to be certified for Wireless USB.

July 23, 2007 by

Focus on the user experience

Little things like poor placement of USB ports in a notebook computer, or bad layout of radio buttons on a Web registration page, can affect the user experience.Do you wonder why it doesn't take just three clicks but more, to find what you're looking for on your latest mobile phone?

February 14, 2007 by

Focus on the user experience

Little things like poor placement of USB ports in a notebook computer, or bad layout of radio buttons on a Web registration page, can affect the user experience.Do you wonder why it doesn't take just three clicks but more, to find what you're looking for on your latest mobile phone?

February 14, 2007 by

Mandriva Flash

Mandriva Flash gives you a well-stocked and flexible Linux distribution in an extremely portable and secure USB flash drive format. If you're confident of finding a host system that you can reboot on your travels, this could be all the computer you need.

January 5, 2007

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