883972 Acer Predator Orion 3000 i5 Desktop Gaming PAcer Predator Orion 3000

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on May 15, 2019
Size matters and here this is a small tower that can deliver as much as most large towers except of course take up far less desk space. So if you need expansion then this unit can give it as there are three slots although one is occupied in the setup sent to me by the graphics card. So what has Acer squeezed into this small format desktop tower.
This flat panel from Dell ticks a lot of boxes it can be viewed Landscape or Portrait, you can connect to it via Display Port, HDMI or USB ‘C’ and it also has USB ports, and for good measure a screen that does take up unnecessary space.

883785 Toshiba Canvio Premium 400Toshiba 4TB USB Drive

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Apr 22, 2019
External hard drives used to be large and also require external power now not only are they powered by the USB lead they are also very capacious and often far larger than the hard disc of the PC that they are often connected to.

883594 AOC G2868PQU LCS 4K Ultra HD LEAOC 4K G2868PQU

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Apr 15, 2019
Having the ability to display four screens at once is possible for all users of this panel and while technically you could do the same manually with a 1920x1080 display I am not sure how long most people’s eyes would last and indeed how much you could see with it. Here however once used to the AOC software moving things is a breeze.
Last year Dell showed their new rugged range in London and as spring dawns one of their offerings arrives for me to give it the once over. Of course it will be in my office and the around surroundings and not as the early sample was in far flung places with very inhospitable conditions when things like battery life were truly life challenging.
The Philips 27 inch monitor 273V7Q is a no frills basic 1920 x 1080 unit offering reasonable performance and so will meet the needs of many users who want to keep their eyes on their budget.

882976 Acer Nitro 5 Gaming NotebooAcer Nitro 5

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Mar 15, 2019
A powerful Windows 10 notebook for those who still need all the connections yes it even has Ethernet. So suitable for both work and dare I say the word PLAY. This is a solidly constructed offering that may even reduce the need for so many visits to the gym.

882978 AOC CQ32G1 31.5 inch Widescreen Curved MonitoAOC 31.5 inch Panel

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Mar 13, 2019
A large curved panel is often the solution that may just get a panel to fit a smaller space as the curve allows slightly more to be shown in a smaller desk area. First however your eyes need to discount the fact that the curve is there.
This is a compact panel that will turn your PC into a touch PC. Windows 10 was always marketed with the strap line of ‘made for touch’ and while a good number of notebooks have touch built in a far smaller number of Desktop offerings have that ability supplied as standard.
A 34inch curved panel is large and probably larger than most TV’s of a couple of years ago. However the 3440x1440 display makes it a joy to look at. It supports two screens in side by side display using PeP or the second screen top right with PiP.
This is one of the Predator gaming range, most of which are big heavy powerful notebooks, this is slightly different in that it is a big heavy Tower system, it has a rather unusual configuration of external connections in the supplied unit.

881702 AOC 27E1H 27 Inch Widescreen IPS LED MonitoAOC 27E1H 27inch Monitor

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jan 16, 2019
Not everyone can afford all the bells and whistles available from top of the range panels, so here a basic offering that still offers a good sharp image and it is of course flicker free to give an excellent panel available at a budget price.

881699 Toshiba N300 8TB NAS Toshiba 8TB Drive N300

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jan 11, 2019
While a 1TB hard drive for a decent desktop machine is now the norm larger drives are available and as the size of the machine gets smaller a second drive bay gets rarer so having multiple partitions may be the way to go with a single larger drive. However with Windows making the formatting of anything over 2TB more difficult this 8TB offering may be more for those with more specialised uses.

881698 Acer Swift 7 SF714 51T NotebooAcer Swift 7

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jan 7, 2019
One of the latest batch of notebooks to come on the market from Acer and not only is it powerful but has the absolutely latest version of Windows 10 that is V1809. Another of the recent inclusions is just USB ‘C’ ports on the unit. However for those that still need standard USB2 and USB3 an adapter unit is supplied in the box to attach.
The 27P1 is AOC’s universal 27 inch business monitor. It has the features and facilities that businesses want today and, at the same time, can still be used as a replacement for legacy monitors.
A lot of devices say ‘fast charge’ however fast charge will never be achieved by plugging the device into a USB port on a PC or even a wall socket unless you have a special plug capable of getting more power to your device which means higher power.
While a NAS has long been something for larger organisations and even smaller companies it now has a place for the SOHO or even the Home user as Synology have recently launched a single bay NAS and also Seagate have launched a drive designed for NAS use so a recent visit to London had me finding my way around the chaos at Euston caused by Crossrail for the construction of the Elizabeth line.

880900 Toshiba 32GB EXCERIA PRO N502 SD CarToshiba 32GB Exceria Pro

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Nov 23, 2018
Stated to be capable of copying 8K video as captured according to the box. I can certainly confirm capture of 4K video without any problem on two separate devices. It is an SDHC UHS-II Card, mine was 32GB but they do other capacities.

880810 BenQ EX3203R 31 Inch QHD 2K HDR 144 Hz Curved Gaming MonitoBenQ 32inch panel

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Nov 14, 2018
This is a large curved computer panel which can show up to 2160x1440. So if your room can support such a large screen then you will get reasonable sound, great images and once you get used to the curve a more than satisfactory viewing experience.

880712 Philips BDM4037UW 40 Inch 4K UHD Curved LED MonitoPhilips Big and Curvy

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Nov 9, 2018
This is big and I mean ‘big’ larger than most TV’s and it’s a monitor/panel for use with a PC, however with the software provided it can show up to four screens on it’s one screen. This 40inch display is capable of showing 4K which is 3840x2160.

880636 Dell G3 15 3579 Gaming LaptoDell Gaming Laptop G5 15

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Oct 31, 2018
Like a number of Dell offerings it comes with a choice of hard disk, memory and processor options all under the same name of G5 15. So you can choose exactly what options you want at least until next year and then who knows what.
The C27G1 is a member of AOC’s range of curved screen gaming monitors. With a 27 inch full HD screen with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync it is targeted at the keen gamer.

880600 shadow virtual cloud gaming PMe and My Shadow

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on Oct 25, 2018
Unlike our personal shadows, which follow us where ever we go, whether visible or not, the Blade company’s Shadow (note the capital letter indicating its different status) is an entirely different entity. Let me explain
With the 24V2Q well-known brand AOC offers a 1920x1080 16:9 IPS panel slim-line monitor in a stylish package aimed at those who want reasonable performance without breaking the bank.

880437 AOC I1601FWUX 15.6 Inch 3AOC USB C Monitor

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Oct 3, 2018
The first monitor that I have seen that takes both its power and video signal from a USB ‘C’ port. In fact it has just one connection the USB cable – the other end goes to a USB ‘C’ port on your Notebook or Tablet and an on/off button.
This is a 24inch curved gaming monitor from AOC as the title might tell you. While I have other curved monitors including the first TV that was widely available in the UK they have all been substantially larger than the 24inches of this offering.

880182 HP ENVY 13 ad015na 1HP Envy Laptop

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Sep 10, 2018
It’s taken a while, 18 months in fact from change of agency to the first arrival of an HP notebook. Its thin its light and it has connectivity so what is not to like about this 13inch offering called very appropriately by the name of ENVY.

880066 BenQ GW2780 27 Inch FHD 1080p Eye Care LED MonitoBenQ GW2780

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Aug 27, 2018
As you might get from the title this is a 27inch panel. Like most recent offerings it manages to take a minimal amount of desk space and also to supply an excellent image while at the same time looking after your eyes with flicker free 1920x1080 resolution.

879966 dell XPS 13 inch 2 in 1 laptrop tableDell XPS 13 9365

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Aug 22, 2018
This is neither large nor heavy so ideal to use when out and about. A black sandwich with silver grey slices, it is a Notebook and a Tablet running the latest version of Windows 10 V1803. Three sides of the screen have tiny edges the forth the bass is the less than usual place to find the webcam. There are other surprises like only USB ‘C’ ports.
The Philips monitor 272B7QU is a high-end QHD 2560 x 1440 display that offers, in addition to high performance, good ergonomics and a built-in docking station.