673874 Gemini JoyTAB 9.7 inch Android Tablet ComputeJoyTab 9.7inch

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Oct 19, 2012
This is the larger sibling to the offering reviewed on the 13th August, that was 8inches this that bit larger at 9.7inches. So apart from the larger screen what else has this to offer both are running the latest version of Android.

669391 Acer TravelMate P 653Acer TravelMate P-653M

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Sep 26, 2012
After recently reviewing a couple of light offerings that had SSD to give rapid booting, its back to a larger business notebook but as its high end you lose that horrible shiny black screen surround that shows all the fingermarks.
Its not often the weight on something is the first thing I mention, this notebook is 1155grams and is also extremely thin. But it still has a 13.3inch screen and good connectivity. The only thing missing is an optical drive.

667467 Samsung Series 5 530U4B 14 inch UltrabooSamsung Ultrabook

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Sep 10, 2012
Not just another thin notebook - it is very thin Ė but this has a far bigger selling point. Simple figures, initial boot time 70 seconds, initial shutdown time 25 seconds, once the 16GB SSD second drive gets to work boot is 20 seconds and shutdown 10 seconds

667460 Hanns G HP225DJB 21.5 inch LCD Widescreen MonitoHanns.G 22inch Panel

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Aug 29, 2012
This 22inch LED backlite unit has a circular base and support arm that allows much more adjustment than with other such units. It also has a range of multiple video modes for those who like the colour set to go with changes.

667459 Acer Aspire V3 571 laptoAcer Aspire V3 571

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Aug 27, 2012
Due to a rearrangement in the way Acer contact their press relations it has meant an extended period with no new products being available for review. Here the first to emerge an Intel i5 2450m bearing the Acer Aspire V3 571 name.
Fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and cable now offer faster broadband speeds even though they are still lower than can be achieved over the LAN. Despite this users are demanding higher wired and wireless LAN data rates. TRENDnetís TEW-692GR 802.11n router has Gigabit wired ports as well as 450Mbps concurrent dual band wireless and so is targeted at those who want the highest possible level of performance for gaming and video streaming around the house.
Just that little bit smaller than most current Android Tablets. This has the advantage of the latest version of Android (Ice Cream Sandwich) 4. Being that bit smaller can increase battery life and is that bit easier to handle.

665783 AOC 21.5 inch E2251FWU USB Powered LED MonitoAOC Monitor USB

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Aug 10, 2012
A fully USB monitor meaning it has a single lead only. So no power lead all the power comes down the USB lead. This does have one drawback it can only be a second monitor or be used as a monitor for your laptop or notebook.
This LED display is light and easy to move something you could not have said for the CRT displays of much smaller size not that many years ago. It is also brighter has better contrast and all in all a very nice item on the desk.
A major challenge faced by all travellers is how to keep all the electronic devices working that are now considered so important. The iGo Green Laptop Travel Charger offers a simple solution to enable the busy traveller to keep his laptop and USB devices charged irrespective of whether it is at the hotel or in a car or, increasingly, in the passenger compartment of a plane.

665777 apple ipad 3 tablet computeThe New Apple iPad

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jul 30, 2012
While various versions of the Apple iPad have been around for a while their PR in the UK is less than happy to let journalists review their kit, so it falls upon others to loan out their kit, in this case it was T-Mobile who loaned the unit.

665776 WirelessUFOMouse_4_64Untethered Mice

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jul 29, 2012
Here I am looking at a Bluetooth mouse from a company that makes PCís, Cameras, Phones and Audio Systems Sony. Second a Wireless offering that looks like a UFO and this one from Brando in Hong Kong is Wireless.
The Seagate Backup Plus is a quick and easy back-up system. Available in 500GB, 750GB and 1TB versions it supplied with Dashboard software which is designed to be simple to use as well as supporting social networks. It supports USB3.0 for high speed data transfer but is also backwards-compatible and so can operate at the lower USB 2.0 speeds. Hence, it provides a useful degree of future proofing for those who only have USB 2.0 at present.

664185 Huawei S7 312U MediaPaHuawei MediaPad

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on Jul 19, 2012
Towards the end of last year I attended the launch of a new product and then had to wait patiently for over six months before the promised review unit arrived.
For some, the Windows interface is not easy to understand. So Simplicity together with a mature personís icon Valerie Singleton have made an interface with just the options you need, email, photos, documents and Skype.

664698 kingston ssdnow V200 ssd 240G storage drivSSD Drives

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jul 11, 2012
SSD drives are more expensive than standard hard drives but they are faster. Here I am looking at an internal unit from Kingston and also the first USB3 external unit I have seen, this from OCT technology it is called ENYO.

663840 Lenovo IdeaCentre B320 desktop touch screen computeLenovo B320 All In One

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jul 6, 2012
I am not talking a printer, scanner, copier here, but a screen that has a computer and all the connections built into it, the screen is controlled either from the supplied Bluetooth keyboard and mouse or touch should you wish.

663838 kingston wi drive mobile storagWi-Drive or SSD

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jul 4, 2012
First a drive to let you easily stream files to an Ďií device and it has USB so getting them from the PC to wi-fi drive is easy too. Second a new generation of internal SSD drive small in size and above all very fast transfer rate.

663326 AOC E2251Fwu Portable 22inch LCD monitoAOC's Portable Monitor

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by adrianmorant on June 24, 2012
The AOC Model E2251Fwu Portable 22inch LCD display can be configured to work as a duplicate monitor to that on the PC or to provide an extended display so that it is a versatile solution for those who need to be able to use large spreadsheets or give presentations when away from their home base.
A four letter acronym often heard with respect to computers is KISS -- Keep It Simple, Stupid. Homekey from Simplicity Computers follows this precept and actually provides a simple and easy-to-learn jargon-free approach to being able to send/receive emails, surf the web and doing other PC-related tasks. Furthermore, it does this without our needing to invest in the latest expensive technology.