BenQ-Siemens EF81 mobile Viewsonic VG2021m LCD

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Viewsonic VG2021m 20.1-inch LCD monitor



20.1-inch viewable area, with 1400 x 1050 native resolution

8ms response time gives fluid rendition of fast moving images

Built-in stereo speakers (2 x 1.5W)

Good build quality

Stylish design

Kensington security port





Lacks DVI (digital) graphics input



Competitive Internet Price: £225.46 inc. VAT


Star Rating: 8 Stars  Large flat screen, good quality, excellent value for money


BenQ-Siemens EF81 Mobile Phone



Solidly constructed from Magnesium, brushed steel and anodised Aluminium

Features a two MegaPixel digital camera

3G capability for video calling and fast internet access

Integrated audio and video media player

Built-in memory 64MB

Also utilises Micro-SD cards of up to 1GB storage capacity

2.2 inch high resolution QVGA (240 x 320 pixel) internal screen

Additional 1.3 inch QQVGA (120 x 160 pixel) screen

Bluetooth capable




Design is similar to the highly successful Motorola RAZR phones, although some would say the Motorolas are a tad more stylish.


Star Rating: 8.5 Stars  An excellent phone that out does Motorolas RAZR phones! Other phone manufacturers should beware that BenQ-Siemens is now a mobile phone brand that must be taken seriously.


Roberts RD-14 Sports DAB/FM Personal Radio



Small (65mm x 95mm x 23mm (wxhxd) and lightweight (105g)

Picks up both DAB and FM radio stations

Large LCD display

RDS station name display on FM Stations

Runs off standard AA batteries

Auto shut off (30, 60, 90 min)

Mains adaptor is supplied as standard

Automatic time/date setting on both FM and DAB



Batteries dont last very long so rechargeable NiMH batteries are recommended

Not the most attractive design



Price: c £100 inc. VAT


Star Rating: 7.5 Stars  Also check out the offerings from Sony and Pure