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690037 Gemini Joytab DC7 Dual Core Duo 8Gb TableJoyTab Duo 7

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on May 13, 2013
Having looked at a couple of larger Android tablets from Gemini here it’s the turn of one that can fit into a larger pocket. So for those who want something bigger than the screen on a phone but not one as large as a notebook.

689107 Asus S200E  VivoBook Touchscreen LaptoAsus VivoBook S200E

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Apr 24, 2013
Finally months after its release I receive a small touch notebook designed for Windows 8. While the 11inch screen may be a little small for some the touch features work well as you will naturally sit with the screen well within reach.
Over the years I have been asked quite often what e-mail clients can read the Outlook Express files. This now becomes more pressing as Windows XP support ends very soon. Here is one item that reads these and other file formats, and, if you have one or two mail accounts then it’s FREE.

688352 Samsung S27B970 27 inch Widescreen LED PLS Ultra Thin Professional MonitoSamsung27inch S27B970D

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Apr 15, 2013
This is another large flat panel, and, what a unit this is. Not only is it big at 27inches but it also can display a lot more that that seen on most other panels as the maximum resolution is 2560x1440 and not the glass ceiling of 1920x1080.
This is a 10inch Android Tablet with a few extras that are unique to Samsung. A lot has been written about a device made by Apple and the apparent similarities this bears to it, as I have no close knowledge of the former I cannot comment.
This is a thin and light notebook – claimed as the thinnest – but as soon as you boot it up you notice it is also very fast so without looking you know that a ten second boot and seven second shutdown means it has an SSD drive.

687477 philips Monitor Lcd 27in 278g4dhsd monitoPhilips 27inch Gioco

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Mar 27, 2013
A slim and light panel from Philips, it is capable of 1920x1080 and the unit has a good range of forward and backward movement available on its base. There is no side to side movement but as its light its easy to move around.
Although the majority of laptops now incorporate a webcam, and they are also widely available for one’s desktop, there are many occasions when it would be useful to employ a camera for other tasks and not just using it to provide images of one’s face for Skype. The HueHD Visualiser is a versatile unit that will handle a whole range of imagery tasks on the desktop in addition to being a useful webcam.
Way back in 2012 I attended a presentation where Thecus were involved, I heard nothing from their better known UK partner but a trickle of press releases emerged from Europe which eventually led to the unit arriving for review.

686580 AOC M2752PQU 27 inch Widescreen MVA LED Multimedia MonitoAOC 27inch M2752P

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Mar 15, 2013
Another excellent offering in the larger panel field from AOC this can connect via VGA, DGI, HDMI or Display Port the last more commonly found on MAC computers. This is an offering from their professional range.

682907 vodafone smart tab 2 android tablet computeVodafone Smart Tab II

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on Feb 26, 2013
It wasn’t so long ago that the mention of a tablet would refer to a medication. Now entertainment and browsing are more likely to be related topics.

682651 viewsonic VSD220 android 22 inch desktop tableA Desktop Tablet

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on Feb 19, 2013
As many move from the desktop to a touch-enabled tablet, ViewSonic takes us in the opposite direction with a large screen AIO touch screen device.
This is the second such device I have seen that comes with a separate keyboard; the other was the excellent offering from Archos whose only real problem was the price. This seems to be more reasonable in the price department.

682704 HP SPECTRE XT Ultrabook 13 2100eHP Spectre XT Ultrabook

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Feb 13, 2013
Yes finally a HP unit I know its taken 18 months since their last offering but at last they have reverted to their original PR agency and so review items have started to become available to be tested, here a rather nice Ultrabook.
SSD drives are slowly getting bigger, more quickly they are becoming lower priced. So is now the time to get one? Certainly the PC/notebook units I have reviewed that have at least a small SSD drive show a huge increase in booting speed.
Now that Windows 8 is here we will have to get to grips with it. Even if we haven’t bought a new machine with it installed, all too often, friends and relatives assume we know it all -- even if we haven’t even used it. Windows 8 for Dummies follows on in the wake of previous Windows books in the series and is suitable for both the beginner who is new to computers and the more experienced user who is also faced with something new.
All Android tablets are the same is something I have heard stated, well I disagree and here is a great example of a company giving more than you normally get, one such added extra is a full size USB port so importing or exporting is just a matter of attaching a USB stick.

682048 netgear ready nas duo vNetgear's Duo NAS

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by adrianmorant on Jan 28, 2013
Netgear’s readyNAS duo V2 is arguably the ideal storage centre for the advanced home user or small business. Documents, images, and video files etc. can be uploaded to the readyNAS and then shared across the LAN or even remotely over the Internet. As it can accommodate 1 or 2 SATA drives each having a capacity of up to 3TB, and has two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 ports, it will prove more than adequate for the vast majority of users.

Notebook Devices

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jan 21, 2013
The wise think of fitting surge strips in their home but what about for the notebook when on your travels. The second is a device to allow you to get an e-SATA connection from a USB port, designed for USB3 but works with USB2.

681944 Philips E Line 237EQPHSU 23 inch IPS LCD MonitoPhilips 23inch 237E4

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jan 16, 2013
This should be the first of several Philips items to come to be reviewed as they now have a PR Person to oversee things. Certainly I have requested things before but the requests always seemed to disappear into a black hole.

681379 Prestigio MultiPad Ultra 9.7 inch LED TablePrestigo MultiPad 9.7

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jan 4, 2013
The Prestigo MultiPad is a 9.7inch Android device with things provided as standard that a lot of other manufacturers say are extras. However this is somewhat of a ‘curates egg’ device as it has faults to go along with the rather nice bits.