Sony's new Vaio E range is being billed as comfortable, powerful and affordable, but the manufacturer hasn't scrimped on quality in producing the Sony Vaio VPCEC1, an all-rounder with no big weaknesses. This laptop even had a few surprises in store for us …
Toshiba, meanwhile, is hitting back with the X500. It has great display whose 1080 lines enjoy excellent contrast. The Toshiba Qosmio X500 isn't lacking in powerful though and will allow you to enjoy the most powerful games of the moment.
> Full HD Laptops: Sony Vaio VPCEC1, Toshiba Qosmio X500
We’re continuing our series of interviews with the world’s leading media centre manufacturers. So after Syabas, the people behind PopcornHour, it’s time for Dvico to step into the hot seat.
We interviewed Jeff Lee, CEO of Dvico head office in Korea. For this first interview, our questions focused on the future of the user interface, the implementation of micro-transaction platforms, and HTPCs.
> Interview: Dvico talk to us about Flash, Android and more
The Logitech MK710 keyboard and mouse pack puts user comfort first. The keyboard is pleasant to use thanks to its slightly convex keys and spongy, padded wrist rest. Plus, both devices offer all the convenience of wireless operation and have enormous 3-year battery lives.
As well as all this, the MK710 features ‘longer key travel’ for deeper typing and a discreet black and white LCD showing battery life, Caps Lock, Num Lock and Scroll Lock statuses. Sounds pretty much perfect doesn’t it?
> Keyboard Test: Logitech MK710 high-end keyboard and mouse pack
The HTC Hero was the first Android phone to feel like a finished product and it made a very big impression. But even a Hero can't live forever, and so it's been replaced by the Legend.
HTC has put a lot of work into making the Legend a worthy successor to its popular, well-liked predecessor. Fortunately, its charms weren't lost on us--starting with a unibody shell that seems all too familiar ...
> Android Mobile Test: HTC Legend replaces the Hero
With its 23-inch, touch-sensitive, Full HD screen, the Aspire AZ5610 is the first of Acer’s all-in-one computers we’ve tested.
Acer is marketing the AZ5610 as a PC featuring next-generation touch-screen technology and no-compromise performance all packed into a space-saving, all-in-one design. However, our test showed that in order to offer an alternative to Apple's 27” iMac at half the price, Acer has, on the contrary, had to make a few compromises. Find out more in our product test.
> PC Test: Acer AZ5610 All-in-One Computer
If you're working in an office and need to change your printer, listen up! The Lexmark X203n and X204n are identical apart from one detail: the latter has a fax machine but the former doesn't. What they have in common, though, is that they're thoroughly businesslike printers offering affordable multifunction printing with no frills.
But don't worry, we're not turning into a site just for pros: both of these printers are widely available to individual customers too. If you've got a lot to print, scan and copy in black and white, then these printers could be just the job.
> Laser Printers: Lexmark X203n, X204n
We're starting the four-day week with a pair of monitors that have plenty of potential: one is a low-cost option from Medion, while the other is a new member of the small--but growing--club of 120 Hz monitors, this time from LG.
The LG Flatron W2363D is the latest 120 Hz monitor we've tested, and until now, every new iteration of this technology has brought a slight improvement that pushed the previous generation back a little. Does that mean LG can beat the last contender, Acer's GD245HQ?
Medion has remained more conservative with its Akoya P56005--or so it would seem from the specs in any case. This is a 25'' TN display with a 2 ms response time and a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, something that's increasingly rare. It comes with VGA, DVI and HDMI, and if it lives up its promises, will be excellent value for money.
> Monitor Tests: 120 Hz LG W2363D and good value Medion P56005
Canon’s Ixus range is all about style and performance, and the sleek, super-small new Ixus 130 is the brand’s latest point-and-shoot camera to hit the market.
In spite of its compact design, the Ixus 130 is packed with the latest must-have technology, including 720p HD video, a 14-Megapixel sensor, a stabilised wide-angle optical zoom lens, functions such as face and smile detection, and creative shooting modes like Fish-eye and Miniature.
But are 14 Megapixels really necessary? And do they noticeably improve picture quality? Find out in our product test.
> Camera Test: Canon Ixus 130
Today it’s a new Toshiba TV that’s on its way to our product survey. This 42-inch television has a good selection of features and it won’t break the bank. So how will it get on in our product test?
The ZV625D is one of the brand’s mid-range models and, on paper, the spec looks like it could rival the best. Noteworthy features include an integrated multimedia player and an Active Vision M200 HD image processing system for smooth, flowing pictures in fast-action scenes.
Connections can be found on the rear and the side of the TV and there’s a good selection on offer, including four HDMI sockets, a component connection and a VGA connection. This ZV-series TV has a USB port for access to multimedia files stored external storage devices, as well as a JPEG-only memory card reader.
> TV Test: Toshiba 42ZV625D
Touchscreen devices are everywhere. Not so long ago, they were a futuristic vision, but now, finger-powered interfaces seem to be ready to contribute to the birth of a whole new type of product: the tablet computer. Let's take a look at this next generation of mobile devices.
Our video round-up looks at the first of these high-tech gadgets to arrive. We're still not entirely sure how these products will be received, and tablets, like netbooks before them, seem to suffer from a lot of uncertainty.
But do they have a role in the ever-expanding mobile Internet? What can we expect in the coming months?
> Round-Up: Tablet Computers for 2010
Not everyone has the funds to purchase specific computers for all their different activities. For most of us, one laptop has to do it all. This is what the Asus K52Jr sets out to do: give a good work experience combined with satisfying entertainment for the relaxation afterwards.
A mid-range allrounder, the Asus K52Jr offers a 15.6 inch screen, a good Intel Core i3 CPU and a latest gen ATI graphics card. There, then, the introductions are going well. Are the two of you going to make a thing of it?
> Laptop test: Asus K52Jr