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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.

681378 Freecom 56157 2TB Drive External Hard DrivExternal Hard Discs

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jan 2, 2013
Here I have two external USB drives, the first from Freecom is large at 2GB and the second is 500GB but they do make a 1GB version, the first is intended for PC use while the second is made for use in the Apple market.
A powerful notebook with lots of memory and joy of joys no shiny black in sight anywhere as the whole thing is silver grey. The screen is of course reflective but not nearly as much as a lot of other offerings I have used.
While we all know that it is essential to back up our data, all too often we don’t do it routinely. As Verbatim’s new Store’n’Go USB3.0 portable hard drive is small and comes with back-up software so making it just that bit more convenient to use. Hence, it is just the device to make it more likely for us to get into the habit which will reduce the risk of coming to grief.

680348 AOC I2757FM 27 inch Widescreen IPS LED Multimedia MonitoAOC Flat Panel

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Dec 24, 2012
This is a 27inch flat panel that has a smooth edge at the top and sides. It has the ability to show multiple screens on one screen and perhaps the newest feature via a micro USB to USB lead the screen from recent mobile devices.
As laptops are increasingly becoming the computers of choice, users want speakers which do not take up a lot of space and yet deliver the required performance. The SoundBlasterAxx SBX8 is the smallest in the series from Creative Technologies which, in addition to providing improved audio, incorporates a microphone so is also ideal for Skype and other VoIP services.
Having spent good money on a new laptop, it is only sensible to look after it. One of the first things to do is to choose a suitable laptop bag that will protect it from knocks and other damage as well as ensuring that the necessary cables and power brick are all in one place. STM and Techair are two of the manufacturers producing ranges of bags to fit the different machine sizes and to meet a wide variety of needs. The shoulder (messenger) bags that I’ve looked at fr

677899 viewsonic VP2770 LED hi res monitoViewsonic VP2770

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Dec 7, 2012
A large panel that is not limited to 1920x1080 resolution. In fact in can display up to 2560x1440 which is a good step up from 1920x1080, this of course can be used to show more detail or just to display more than a single window.

677898 Archos G10 Gen10 101 XS Turbo 10 inch Tablet PArchos 10.1 XS

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Dec 5, 2012
This is possibly the best Android Tablet that I have used so far. I will qualify that statement by saying it is most like a standard PC notebook and therefore easiest to use by anyone coming from a PC background to use an Android device.
Netgear XAVB5201 Powerline 500Mbps adapter kit provides a viable alternative to wireless or long Ethernet cables for adding an extra device in another part of the house onto one’s network. It is quick and easy to set up and has the speed to meet virtually every need including online gaming or HD TV streaming or even providing a convenient means of connecting a printer, that lacks a wireless connection, connected as one moves it from one room to another around the house.

677895 acer travelmate TMP633 notebook computeAcer TravelMate P6

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Nov 30, 2012
A small notebook from Acer that I assume is aimed more at the office market as joy of joys no shiny screen surround to show your fingermarks. It also comes with a rather large battery that protrudes down at the rear of it.

676835 Viewsonic VG2439M LED 1080p monitoViewSonic VG2439m

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Nov 19, 2012
This is another in a range of larger flat panels to have recently crossed my desk. This one has VGA, DVI and Displayport connections as well as USB to power a hub. Here however you can control how high off the desk it is.
A long time ago in the early years of ‘PC’s’ there was a phrase around saying ‘no one ever got sacked for buying IBM’. While things have changed a huge amount you still see a lot of ThinkPads around in everyday use.

Upgrading to Windows 8

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Nov 12, 2012
A few days ago I was sent a link and passcode to download Windows 8. So with fingers crossed I embarked on making a two year old notebook that has become slower and slower become a more useful member of society.
The buzzword around today is Ultrabook not simply because they are small and light but they also boot exceedingly fast. So what exactly does this Acer unit have to offer that will make you reach into your wallet to buy.