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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

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

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

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

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

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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