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A Crucial question

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by adrianmorant on Jul 14, 2014
Within reason, the more RAM you have, the faster your PC will run. A RAM upgrade in an existing machine could well be a viable alternative to buying a new machine that, most likely, will come supplied with Windows 8 installed. The Crucial website offers the information and guidance to make this a realistic option.

834433 Acer C720P 11.6 inch Touchscreen ChromebooAcer Touch Chromebook

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jul 11, 2014
Having recently told you about an Acer Chromebook this has more or less exactly the same specifications but it also has Touch. While touch on a Windows 8 PC gives far more and Touch on an Android or iOS Phone is normal touch on a Chromebook is new.
If you are like me and have old PC’s that you would happily give to charity – my oldest is Windows 95 – but worry about the wrong people getting access to data on its hard disc, then I may have found a solution. This is really intended for business use on the grounds of cost.

830240 AOC I2473PWY LCD MonitoA Miracast Monitor

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on Jul 3, 2014
Once again my trusted LG flat panel monitor is put into cold storage as I check out a new release from AOC.

830238 hp chromebook Q012SWorking in the Cloud

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on Jul 1, 2014
They say “Every Cloud has a silver lining” but perhaps that lining should be chrome.

834162 Acer Iconia A1 Acer Iconia A1

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on June 23, 2014
A not so small Android Tablet that is advertised as useable in one hand. Certainly for those with smaller hands this maybe a slight problem. It is however a near 8inch screen and means normal web pages display without any problems.
When putting good money on the line for a PC that will meet the demands of high-end games or other applications such as intensive photo-editing it makes sense to get an equivalent high-end monitor. The 27 inch q2770Pqu from AOC’s professional line, having a native resolution of 2,560 x1,440 WQHD, good colour rendition and a wide range of connectivity options will meet these demands as well as being a possible option for those planning upgrades.
This is a large screen All In One device – not a print/scan/copy – but an Android device built into the screen of this 24inch offering so you have touch. If you wish you can connect any other PC or notebook to the screen using HDMI to get a large display.
An Android Tablet with an added plus it can be used when Wi-Fi is not available so it can be a phone or with the correct service with Mobile Data. So what does this recent offering from French company have to offer the user?

822723 Multipad 4 Diamond 7_85_blacPrestigio 3G Multipad 4

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by adrianmorant on June 10, 2014
The Prestigio Multipad 4 Diamond 7.85 3G is an Android tablet with a number of installed apps aimed at business users. Having both 3G and Wi-Fi, it will enable the user to keep in touch virtually anywhere while on the move and, in addition, will be able to handle movies and music for leisure time.

811168 BenQ GW2265M LED LCD 21 inch monitoBen Q 22inch Flat Panel

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on May 23, 2014
Looking at this panel alongside others of a like size makes it look tiny. It isn’t but the borders around the screen are so despite it being a 22inch panel that offers full 1920x1080 display it still looks a lot smaller and takes up less space.

811166 Acer C720 1Acer Chromebook

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on May 21, 2014
A Chromebook is an option to a standard Android Tablet. It works in much the same way and the biggest problem it had at first launch of not being able to work offline is now overcome although there are currently less options than with other Android offerings.

796912 Buffalo LinkStation 210 2 TB NAS Personal Cloud Storage and Media Server LS210D020Buffalo Cloud

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on May 18, 2014
On the face of it a similar device to the WD My Cloud reviewed a few months ago. Two Terra Bytes of storage available for you to share across your Network. However due to various initial problems a lot of time was spent before all was perfect.

796904 Gigabyte Ultrablade 14 inch Gaming LaptoGigabyte P34

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on May 16, 2014
This is a smaller notebook offering from Gigabyte that comes with Windows 8. Whilst I did all the necessary updates this time I resisted the offer to upgrade to Windows 8.1. I instead completed my review with just what was delivered and the updates.

796910 AOC A2472Pw4t 23 inch touch screen monitoAOC Android All In One

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on May 14, 2014
This is a Touch Screen Unit from AOC, it is also an Android unit in the same case, however it can also be used to connect to a PC/notebook via D-Sub or HDMI and if you add the supplied USB cable this gives you a PC/notebook with full touch screen ability.

789805 AOC Style i2472Pwhut touch sceen LCD monitoA Touch Screen Monitor

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on May 8, 2014
While ruling the roost on tablets and smartphones, touch screens have yet to do more than scratch the surface with computer desktop monitors.

789800 ViewSonic VSD241 24 inch Android Display with Touch CapabilitieA Tablet for the Desktop

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on May 6, 2014
The Android operating system and touch capability go together like fish & chips even when served up on the desktop.

790667 Kingston Digital 32GB Data Traveler MicroDuKingston Micro Duo OTG

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on May 2, 2014
A lot of my time recently has involved showing screens of one device on another device (Mirroring) this is a young task and the solutions sometimes do and sometimes don’t work. This tiny device from Kingston is rather better at transferring data between two incompatible devices.

780779 kindle fire hdx 7 inch android tableKindle Fire HDX7

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Apr 16, 2014
I have looked at several different Kindles, the HDX7 breaks new ground in that apart from it being an excellent book reader – the thing Kindle started as – it is now almost a full Android tablet so the screen is in colour at 1920x1080.

777112 AOC e2451FH 24 inch Widescreen LED MonitoA Style Line Monitor

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on Apr 10, 2014
Last year I attended a press event and requested to review a couple of monitors from one company. The first one to arrive is the subject of this review.

774348 Gigabyte P27K laptop computeGigabyte P27

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Mar 31, 2014
The last unit from Gigabyte had a problem with battery loss when not in use so one of my first jobs here was to charge this fully and then leave it, four days later it still had 99% so no problems there. Maybe it was the lid colour that was bright yellow this is a more sober orange.