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The best hardware devices you can buy

PC Advisor reviews the best hardware devices you can buy in the UK today.

5. Kyocera Mita FS-1320D

Kyocera Mita FS-1320D
  • Reviewed on: 18 January 11
  • RRP: £177.6 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

With low running costs, high performance and strong paper handling, the Kyocera Mita FS-1320D could be a brilliant acquisition for businesses seeking fast text output. The lack of network facilities is the only significant flaw, and even this can be fixed by paying a little more for the FS-1370DN.

4. Veebeam HD

Veebeam HD
  • Reviewed on: 20 January 11
  • RRP: £139 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

We're very impressed by the Veebeam HD. Those who’ve already bought an HD TV and don’t want to start looking at Internet-Ready options or Google TV boxes will be hard pushed to find a better device for getting their content from their computer to a TV.

3. Chillblast Fusion Corona

Chillblast Fusion Corona
  • Reviewed on: 3 February 11
  • RRP: £749 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

With 140 points scored in WorldBench 6, Chillblast’s Fusion Corona is one of the fastest Core i5-760 PCs we’ve seen. In addition to the standard 4GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, you get a fast Radeon HD 6850 graphics card, a 25in Hannspree full-HD monitor, an external speaker set and a Blu-ray drive. The motherboard supports both SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0. Gaming performance is good, and there’s potential to add a second graphics card.

2. CyberPower Infinity Achilles GT

CyberPower Infinity Achilles GT
  • Reviewed on: 4 February 11
  • RRP: £1399 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

As the first PC we've seen to run a 3.4GHz Intel 'Sandy Bridge' Core i7-2600K CPU, the CyberPower is incredibly fast. We recorded 171 points in WorldBench 6 - the best we’ve seen. It comes with a 60GB SSD and 1TB hard drive, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 24in BenQ display and an HD 6950 graphics card - we’d like to have seen a 6970. The Cooler Master Elite 310 case is unimpressive for a PC of this calibre, and external speakers aren't supplied.

1. Motorola Xoom

Motorola Xoom
  • Reviewed on: 24 February 11
  • RRP: £499 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 0 out of 10

The virtual buttons in the bottom left, apps in the top right, and combination of widgets and icons in multiple screens all point to a device that trades instant accessibility for wider customisation features and increased functionality; this is something that could frustrate Xoom owners as much as please them. Longer term testing will tell.

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