879343 Lenovo Ideacentre 620A Compact Tower

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on 7 June 2018
When space is at a premium you might like to consider a tower system from Lenovo.

878824 Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Quad Core CPU motherboarRaspberry Pi 3 B+

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 4 June 2018
I had read a good bit about this tiny bare board computer that a lot will use for a single purpose. Then I was offered the chance to review one of the new batch that can take the required power from an Ethernet cable which seemed unusual at least.

878517 BenQ SW2700PT Photographer MonitoBenQ 27inch

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 25 Apr 2018
For those who have an interest in photography then a specialised ‘RGB’ unit such as this offering from BenQ could well solve the problem of getting the colour correct, this unit guarantees 99% correct Adobe RGB colour space.
The 276E9QJAB/00 is one of a series of three 27 inch 1920 x 1080 full HD computer monitors employing what Philips describes as Ultra-Wide Color technology aimed at the home & office markets.
While this can be used as a notebook the keyboard is not fixed and the screen would need propping so this Latitude device is really a Tablet with a keyboard attached so probably best described as a Tablet/Notebook to be accurate.

878465 benq QHD Designer Monitor PD2700A Designer Monitor

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on 19 Apr 2018
Offering a wide range of viewing features is a monitor from BenQ aimed at designers.

878452 Zyxel Multy X Tri Band AC3000 Whole Home Wi Fi Mesh SysteZyxel Multy X

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 13 Apr 2018
Do you suffer from poor Wi-Fi coverage then Zyxel may have a solution for you. This Tri-Band Router allows you to increase the area covered over that offered by the majority of other similar devices simply by not sticking to one waveband.
The Filofax EniTAB360 Tablet Holder is a folding prop stand that has been designed to be attached to the rear surface of a tablet larger than 8.5 inches to enable it to be set at a convenient reading angle.

878289 Acer Nitro 5 1Acer Nitro 5

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 6 Apr 2018
Most people think of Acer for their comprehensive Aspire range which varies hugely from entry level to really powerful business machines, they also have the Predator range of gaming systems and as I recently found another range call Nitro, here I am looking at the Nitro 5.

878288 Toshiba HDTC920EK3AA 2TB Canvio Advance Portable External Hard DrivToshiba Advance 2TB

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 1 Apr 2018
The latest range of USB3 small external drives from Toshiba sees the Canvio Advance (highest specified of three) cross my desk to be given the real world test over a matter of weeks, using transfer by USB2, USB3 and this time also USB ‘C’ for good measure.
A tiny device that arrived in a small plastic sleeve and this still in a not large clear plastic envelope with the lettering USB ‘C’. It is designed to fit in any device that has a USB ‘C’ port like the majority of recent mobiles or some recent lightweight Notebook/Tablets, that are lacking the thing that most people still require a full size USB port.

877997 ASUS ZenBook Flip S Touchscreen LaptoASUS ZenBook

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 21 Mar 2018
I saw this at the launch last year and despite two representatives of ASUS saying it would be available from tomorrow, it has taken a whole lot of tomorrows to pass before I managed to finally get one into my hands to review.
This is part of a range of gaming notebooks from Acer. While I openly admit that I am no gamer other reviews will tell you what this and other units in the Predator range can accomplish in the gaming area I concentrate on its other features.
This is a larger Android Tablet that has an ‘approved by Google’ label. I am told not many tablets have. It comes in quite a large box for an Android Tablet. There are three different Android Tablets in the range I was sent the largest the 10inch offering, I hope to get a smaller one soon.

877209 ASUS VivoBook L402NA GA042TASUS VivoBook L402N

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 5 Feb 2018
Small enough to use on your lap and it comes with ‘ice cool’ technology to keep your palms cool something you will appreciate in the warmer months. The touchpad – a dirty word for some – has intuitive gestures and there is even decent sound from the Sonic Master chip.

877379 AOC PDS241 24 inch Class IPS Ultra Slim LED MonitoAOC 24 inch Thin Panel

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 29 Jan 2018
This is very thin in fact so thin that the only connection is in the leg of the base of the unit which in turn goes to a fitment that looks rather like a power brick and then everything power and computer connection via HDMI goes from there.

877205 BenQ BL2706HT 27 inch 1080p Business MonitoBenQ BL2706HT

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 10 Jan 2018
A large flat panel showing 1920x1080 may seem like overkill for spreadsheets or word processing but of course if you have 20:20 vision you can change the % rate shown, as an example a notebook will often show the display at 150% or 125% this defaults to 100% so you see a lot more.

877101 Dell Inspiron 15 5000 15 Inch NotebooDell Inspiron 15

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 5 Jan 2018
A big silver grey notebook from Dell was their latest offering to land on my desk. A large screen and a surprisingly small keyboard almost lost with lots of free space all around it may not sound that encouraging for you to read on.
As a member of Philips S Line range of business monitors, the Quad-HD 27inch 272S4LPJCB ticks all the right boxes for the discerning user. It provides 2560 x 1440 native resolution, is mounted on an ergonomic stand, provides a range of features and offers a choice of connectivity. In addition, Philips claims that it is built using 25% recycled materials.
Combining the functionality of a notebook and tablet elements is a product from Acer

876927 Dell S2218H 22 inch IPS MonitoDell 22inch Panel

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 8 Dec 2017
For me anyway the extra sound - quality and amount – that Dell can give you from a panel is a big plus if only from the point of desk space and the fact that you no longer need a pair of speakers on your limited amount of desk space.
The Swift range was launched a year ago in Glasgow and I have previously looked at a different model from the same range. This is a rather smart looking Notebook with the screen capable of going back to 180 degrees.

876922 startech MST30C2HDPPD Dual Monitor USB C Docking StatioStarTech MST30C2HDPPD

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 29 Nov 2017
StarTech is a company that has those had to find things that others do not have. Here something that could be a larger seller with more small notebooks being marketed with only USB ‘C’, so how do connect a standard USB device as well as other components.
This Toughbook looks ‘normal’ which while it may sound like a criticism, it isn’t, some Toughbook’s are very rugged as they are used on building sites and other places where they get abused, here one that would not look out of place in a boardroom.
Big it is, and the curve means that the centre is 3cm further in than the outside and unless you are viewing from a good distance away it is certainly noticeable. However while sound is often low on this list of priorities here there are fantastic up facing speakers mounted in the rear.
Normally when I hear ‘All In One’ it refers to a printer and scanner unit. This however is a PC everything is built into the touch screen with the only external bits the wireless keyboard and mouse so much less desk space is required.

876520 Lenovo YOGA 520 14IKB Ultrabook convertablLenovo Yoga 520

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 10 Nov 2017
This is a lightweight Windows Notebook/Tablet with – for me anyway – the all-important touch ability. Other things that might tempt you are USB ‘C’ and narrow screen borders on either side or the screen and the lack of Bloatware pre-installed.

876297 acer spin 7 convertible windows PC laptop tableAcer Spin 7

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 25 Oct 2017
This is both a Notebook and a Tablet computer. It is of course quite light which is nice if you are walking around with it all day but that means compromises the main one for me was the lack of a full size USB port which for some might be a problem.

875814 ASUS ZenBook Full HD Nano Edge Screen LaptoAsus UX410U Zenbook

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 9 Oct 2017
A notebook with decent Harman Kardon speakers, a not that reflective screen brushed metal front and a mushroom back which means not much to show finger marks all things that are plus points before we get on to what’s inside.
This is part of the Dell back to school/university range. A Chromebook is able to do a lot of things that a Windows or Apple computer can do, it can browse the Internet, collect and send emails and you can these days even store word processing and spreadsheets on it. What it cannot do is run Apple or Microsoft programs.