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Is Windows 7 good value?

Exclusive Microsoft announced the full details on Windows 7 pricing and availability today, with new PCs bought after 26 June receiving a free W7 upgrade this October, and knocked-down pre-orders of Microsoft's new OS starting next month from £49.99 'while stocks last'.

Is Windows 7 good value?

How to make a laptop cooling stand

Laptops might have been designed with portability and long battery life in mind, but they weren't designed for comfort. Use a laptop on your coffee table for more than five minutes and you're transformed into a warped and twisted, hunchbacked visage of a human being. What we need is something that raises and angles your fine laptop into a more human-friendly angle...

How to make a laptop cooling stand

The ultimate guide to overclocking

Some chips are slapped with a lower official clockspeed and sold for less groats than their beefier brethren. The potential for their intended glory remains, however. Overclocking techniques can unlock at least some of that potential, albeit at the risk of frying the chip completely

The ultimate guide to overclocking

YoYo Tech Warbird 9550 review

9

With so many £500 bargains appearing recently, we've begun to wonder why you'd even consider paying more for a gaming PC. And then along came this wondrous offering from YoYoTech and it all makes sense again. If nothing else, it has made us fall in love with our big Dell thirty-incher all over again.

YoYo Tech Warbird 9550 review

Zotac 9800 GTX+ Zone review

8

Graphics card releases tend to follow a set pattern – firstly, the vanilla cards are released at a high price point, then a few months later companies release 'extreme' editions, which tend to be overclocked and feature better, or more 'extreme' cooling. I'm sure that one day a graphics card is going to come out which features such 'extreme' cooling that I'm going to have to hollow out a Tauntaun just to stay alive.

Zotac 9800 GTX+ Zone review

Scudo GN-02 review

9

There's been a glut of incredibly-cheap-but-capable machines of late. All made possible by the war of graphics between AMD and NVIDIA, though AMD on the cheap side of the wallet claim not to have even considered NVIDIA when pricing up its latest bits.

Scudo GN-02 review

Novatech X50 MV review

8

One of the most important things to bear in mind when buying a laptop for gaming is display size. Choosing between 17 wonderful inches of screen estate for admiring details in a particularly pretty graphics engine and playing a game in non-blurry native resolution is like being told you can either walk through a major art gallery wearing a blindfold or swim in a vat of whiskey with your mouth sewn shut.

Novatech X50 MV review

Belkin Speedpad n52te review

8

Now, it has to be said that I find most of these keyboard extension doohickeys thoroughly unpleasant, ever since I had the misfortune to use the horrific WolfClaw game board. The Speedpad, though, in contrast, has gotten me through some tough times.

Belkin Speedpad n52te review

Fanatec Headshot Controller review

9

It's not everyday that something this plasticky, this tastelessly strewn with LEDs, this needlessly gimmicky, lands on my desk – yet today, I've been blessed. After torturing my digits with Fanatec's atrocious, articulated Speedster gaming pad last month, I felt duty-bound to check out its Headshot mouse and pad combo

Fanatec Headshot Controller review

*Belkin Network USB Hub review

9

Plugging directly into any ol' router, the Belkin Network USB hub allows you to access any ol' USB device plugged into it from anywhere on your network. If multiple users are on there wanting to use the device, you can easily send a usage request through the hub's software; unfortunately, two people can't use the same device at any one time.

*Belkin Network USB Hub review

YoYo Tech Spartan 300 review

9

With cheap graphics cards come cheap gaming computers. That is the adage of our modern (PC gaming) times. Five hundred clams really is the sweet spot these days for a low cost desktop machine that will deliver decent gaming performance out of the box. The performance of these bargainous boxes of tech has reached new highs too with the launch of AMD's latest cost-cutting card, the HD4850.

YoYo Tech Spartan 300 review

Sapphire Radeon HD4870 review

8

Can't beat them? Then undercut them. That's the message from AMD about graphics cards. It's the same logic that helped the firm establish its CPU business, and it could work just as well in the world of video. With so few games engines on the horizon that are going to test current hardware, it's hard to argue with that logic.

Sapphire Radeon HD4870 review

HannsG HG281 review

9

With 30-inch PC monitors commanding the thick-end of £1,000, a 28-inch panel retailing at £294 looks a little suspicious. How has Hanns.G pulled it off?

HannsG HG281 review

Acer G24 review

9

We're not going to be harsh on Acer for wrapping this 24-incher in a sparkly orange costume. It's a slightly adolescent look. But at least it has pizzazz.

Acer G24 review

LG Flatron W2252TQ review

6

For some cold hearted technology hacks, doling out abusive reviews is a sort of cruel sport. Never mind that real people with real jobs and real feelings are behind all of the products we review. But sometimes a piece of kit is so woefully disappointing the gloves must come off.

LG Flatron W2252TQ review
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