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.

8 inch Tablet for £99

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Mar 24, 2014
Marketed as a way of saving the overweight placed on a number of children’s backs with all the text books they have to carry to a from schools a 8 inch Android tablet and a Bluetooth Pen could be the future to save later life back problems.

774342 Philips 231C5TJKFU Brilliance 23 inch Full HD Widescreen LCD MonitorPhilips Touch Panel

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Mar 19, 2014
This rather nice unit from Philips turns any PC or Notebook of recent vintage into a touch unit with the aid of any normal connection method and a USB lead, so all your finger messages are transferred from the screen to the PC.

765735 HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15 b129sa SleekbooHP Pavilion TS 15

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Mar 17, 2014
If you are considering Windows 8.1 for you next PC then it really should have touch and this offering from HP has it. Windows 8 was made for touch so if you can change your working style then this could well be a good way to adapt.

765729 Prestigio PMP5785 Quad Core ProcessoPrestigio Multipad 4

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Mar 7, 2014
This is an Android device that will fit in a larger pocket. It has one huge difference in that it can only be used in portrait mode as there is no way to flip the screen into landscape mode. This may or may not matter but it is certainly different.

756513 Gigabyte P25Gigabyte P25

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Feb 12, 2014
Certainly a unit to be considered as a Desktop replacement, it is large and heavy and for me anyway does not sit comfortably on the lap. It is however very fast and powerful. One feature I have not come across previously a yellow lid.

753107 kobo arc 10HD ebook readeA Kobo 10-inch Tablet

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on Feb 6, 2014
As a store within a store, Kobo offers readers a viable alternative to that available from the Amazon Kindle family. Kobo even offers a full fledged tablet option.

752572 AOC I2460PXQU Ecran flat panel monitoAOC i2460Pxqu Panel

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jan 24, 2014
This is – as you may guess from the name – a 24inch panel. I have yet to look at any offering from AOC that I would not be happy to put on my desk and use daily and this offering is no exception, a well-made unit with excellent response.
This can be lighter than an Android Tablet, however it runs Windows 8.1. The transformer part is a near full size detachable keyboard so all your Windows programs should run and it comes with Microsoft Office installed.

747741 HP EliteBook 840 GHP EliteBook 840 G1

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jan 13, 2014
For some reason this is classed as a business product. For that reason I am told it comes with Windows 7 Pro but also Windows 8 upgrade ready on the unit at no extra cost so you can choose. I was sent the non-touch version.

747739 binatone appstar 7 inch childrens tableAppStar 7 Tablet

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jan 10, 2014
These days’ kids seem to be using such devices before they can walk. So the age level suggested seem almost pointless to mention. The only mention on the box is a circular road sign with a picture of a young person and a red line. The age beside it is 0-3. 4+ is mentioned on the side of the box, at four most children know far more.
I am told that the Android Tablet will replace the PC as the way we all connect to the world. Certainly as they get faster, have more memory and get screen resolution nearer to that we all have on our PC’s then this could well come true.

747736 HP Envy TouchSmart 15 j002ea 15.6 inch LaptoHP Envy TouchSmart 15

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jan 3, 2014
Certainly not a small and light offering, ideal for a tower/desktop replacement, the native resolution is 1920x1080 just like what a standard panel will display. The advantage it can travel with you when required to do so.

742320 xplore rangerx rugged android tableRugged Android Unit

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Dec 18, 2013
I always hesitate to be hard on review units, however the RangerX tablet is one that is designed to take more vigorous day to day use than standard products not survive. Here an Android device designed for the harder life.
First a multi card reader that works via USB 3, this is designed for USB 3 ports but will work with most USB 2 ports. Second a large capacity SD Card, so this can transfer large amounts of data via the card reader above and it is 64GB.

737592 Archos Xenon 80 8 inch Android TableArchos 80 Xenon

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Dec 11, 2013
Perhaps the name gives a clue to the screen size if not its 8inches. This is an Android Tablet that is ideal to use over Wi-Fi. Of course its touch and with the creamy white surround to the screen it does not show your fingermarks, joy.

737589 Western digital 2TB My Cloud Personal Cloud StorageWD My Cloud

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Dec 6, 2013
I saw this at a recent event which was itself ‘In The Cloud’ as 27 floors up on a misty damp day is certainly in the clouds. However while this storage and backup package lives in your home or office, not as ‘The Cloud’ often means far away.

737588 BenQ BL2411PT 24 inch Widescreen LCD MonitoBen-Q Panel BL2411PT

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Dec 4, 2013
This is a nice sharp panel, it has the ability to be used as one of a multiple panel display and can also be rotated 90degrees to be used as portrait which for those writing long items or viewing endless web pages saves a lot of scrolling.