Available in two colours, when I delved into what colour I was sent I find it was listed as Pink but to me it’s more like a light violet. This is a rather nice and quiet powerful Laptop from a company known for producing top quality items.
While there are a good number of units that are stated to withstand both heat and cold as well as dust and wet there are a lesser number designed to work for longer periods in places where there is zero or very limited mains power available so this triple battery model might be the answer.

891774 Philips 243B9 24 Inch FHD MonitoPhilips 243B9

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jul 2, 2021
This is a rather nice 24inch flat panel from Philips. It takes up only a limited amount of desk space and has a good amount of height adjustment, all the normal connection types are supported and it can also be used portrait as well as landscape and just for good measure it has three USB ports - one always on – built into the unit.
Tablets are great when out and about, however when back in the office be it at home or at work it is nice to have a larger screen to view the output but a lot of Tablets have few connections on the unit to save space, some in fact have just a single USB ‘C’ port used for charging and connecting external devices so this USB ‘C’ to HDMI lead can solve the problem.
This is a very powerful and also rather expensive offering but when you get a boot at six seconds and shutdown at two seconds this immediately tells you it will not be ‘cheap’ so what exactly does this latest offering from Porsche and marketed by Acer offer.

891461 Acer Swift 5 SF514 54T 14 inch LaptoAcer Swift 5

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on May 16, 2021
This latest version of the Swift 5 is small and powerful and while it is intended for use when out and about, as it has a full size HDMI port there is no reason while it should not be used at home or even in the office if it is the latter then make good use of the Kensington Lock socket or someone else will be using it.

891445 Creative Sound Blaster PLAY 4 Hi res External USB C DASoundBlaster Play 4

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on May 12, 2021
The SoundBlaster Play 4 is a DAC, a plug in device to USB or USB ‘C’ that improves the sound quality of music and indeed of the spoken voice be in from a phone call or any other source. As a plus it can also improve your voice be it a phone call or any other connection with other people. In the simplest of terms a DAC is a Digital (to) Analogue Converter.

891375 Acer Chromebook Spin 511 R752TN C32Acer Chromebook Spin 511

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Apr 14, 2021
This is one of the new breed of Chromebooks that give you much more functionality and even allows access to the Google Play Store and that also allows you to link to your Android phone. In fact it bears little resemblance to an early Chromebook that did not even have the ability to store things offline. This should really be considered a totally new category of product.

891300 Philips 242B1G 24 Inch FHD MonitoPhilips 24 inch 242B1G

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Mar 29, 2021
This is both a landscape and a portrait panel that has plenty of back tilt and some forward tilt as well as side to side movement available. It is close to 24 inches in corner to corner display size and has built in speakers as well as a USB3 hub; so far however it has stubbornly refused to make my morning coffee, oh well I suppose you can’t have everything.

891211 Acer N50 610 i5 8GB 1TB SSD GTX1660 Super Gaming PAcer Nitro 50

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Mar 8, 2021
This Desktop offering is very different to the small and compact offering that I had previously reviewed on 10th February this year. While that could sit quietly and just do its job this is big and not only has a large illuminated ‘V’ on its front the left side has lots of holes that show the inside and also omit a good amount of light to its surroundings.

891225 espresson display lightweight portable monitoA Portable Monitor

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on Mar 2, 2021
Sitting between a desktop and laptop viewing area, this next product reminds me of a cup of coffee.
Unlike other ‘rugged’ notebooks I have reviewed this one is a Tablet as it has no cover, and no keyboard other than an onscreen offering. It is not light as it weighs 2619 grams and the screen is 14 inches, totally touch operated either with finger, glove or the provided stylus. It has eight touch controls below the landscape screen.

891059 Acer TC 885 Windows 10 DesktoAcer Desktop XC-885

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Feb 10, 2021
This is now becoming a rare beast a Desktop PC rather that a Notebook. Sadly it has one thing missing – from my point of view – an optical drive. However during my testing period it has performed well in all departments that will satisfy most people.
This is a 27inch flat panel 1920x1080 that shows everything just that little bit larger, it also has something that most other flat panels do not have a decent set of speakers so external speakers should not be required, so what else does this recent offering from Philips have to tempt you.
Straight from the box this screen shows 3440x1440 which has the ability to show three screens of information at near to full HD IE 1920x1080 side by side with no real overlap and after a small amount of pruning this means no switching of screens just move your mouse to the bit you want and work away.

890719 Acer TravelMate PAcer Travel Mate P6

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Dec 7, 2020
Certainly not a cheap notebook, however it is a very powerful offering that is capable of doing everything you ask and it does it all within a small footprint so easy to use at home, in the office, or on your travels. So the name is right this is a Travel Mate.

890619 Elite Pro Dual USB C and 3 Port Hub EnclosurExternal Storage

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on Nov 12, 2020
Combining extra functionality connections and plenty of storage capacity is a device from OWC.
Think of this large Tablet that can be used in the home, the office, and anywhere in between as it has a Sim and can therefore keep you in contact anywhere. It has rather good speakers however few will want to hold it to their ears because of size, so Bluetooth for a headset and some form or privacy for your phone calls.

890315 ACER Aspire 5 A514 5Acer Aspire A514-52

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Oct 28, 2020
Acer seem reluctant to bring in new names, as I have reviewed an Aspire 5 in the past, only the bit after the ‘5’ varies here however there is doubt that this a different unit as the previous one weighed over 2kilos and this one only clocks in a tad over 1.5 kilos so what else is new on this small and light laptop?

890267 HONOR MagicBook PrHonor MagicBook Pro

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Oct 23, 2020
I am used to review samples coming with a US keyboard where only a few keys are differently placed but this arrived with a German keyboard and when you use a UK keyboard overlay on it a number of keys move the most obvious is that the Y and Z are transposed but harder to fathom is where other keys have gone the most vital on initial setup of this Notebook is the ‘@’ key as try entering an email address without it, once booted you can investigate further.

890261 ViewSonic VP3481 34 Inch WQHD Curved MonitoViewSonic Monitors

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on Oct 6, 2020
I must admit to have heard little of ViewSonic recently, that is until the company showcased some of its home/office products.

890048 HUAWEI MatePad 10.4 Inch 2K FullView TableHuawei Mate Pad 10.4

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Sep 30, 2020
A substantial Tablet in that the screen is over ten inches, it runs Android 10, however as you probably know Trump had a falling out with Huawei and because of that certain features cannot be included, probably the biggest miss is the Google Store for Apps.

890000 Acer Swift Acer Swift 314-57

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Sep 14, 2020
Not a new name but certainly the contents are a lot more powerful than the unit I reviewed three years ago. This is a light Notebook that is powerful at the same time; it can happily show a presentation onto an external HDMI panel so ideal for those that travel around.

889826 SanDisk Ultra microSD UHS I CarPlenty of Storage Space

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on Aug 25, 2020
Often when used as a mobile entertainment device, a smartphone requires plenty of storage space.
The lack of ports is often a problem for a lot of small Tablets as they have as little as a single USB ‘C’ port, this means that unless everything is online you need a hub; earlier hubs were full size USB offerings. This hub is right up to date being USB ‘C’ and the only driver you might require is if you decide to use the HDMI port to output your display to it.

889425 philips LCD PowerSensor monitoPhilips 24inch 245B1

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jul 15, 2020
This is quite like the last couple of flat panels that have passed onto my desk however this has one thing to commend it over them a slightly increased resolution as this has 2560x1440 resolution while not a huge amount you can work with more windows open without straining your eyes.

889148 Acer Chromebook 14 CB514 1HAcer Chromebook 514

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on June 22, 2020
A Chromebook can do a lot of the things that a Microsoft Windows Laptop can do however they normally cost less money. This is a ‘Touch’ version so assuming what you want is available in a Chrome App then this offering may suit your needs.

888973 ACER XC 88Acer XC-885 Desktop

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on June 8, 2020
A rare find these days a Desktop offering, rather than a Laptop/Tablet/Notebook. This is a very small offering the dimensions are below and it comes with a Wireless keyboard and mouse set so nothing apart from the panel needs to be on your desk.

888961 HONOR MagicBook 1Honor MagicBook 14

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on May 22, 2020
This is a small and light 14inch screen notebook with an AMD processor from Honor. It is a fast product, so what if anything is there that could be improved, first it is not that cheap but then all the components are high end, second there is only a single SSD drive of 256GB divided into ‘C’ and ‘D’ and on an office desk you could be short of connections.

888862 Philips B Line 243B1 computer monitoPhilips Panel 243B1

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on May 18, 2020
This 24 inch flat panel from Philips is one of their ‘B Line’ range. It gives 1920x1080 HD resolution and has a range of connections which includes USB ‘C’. Other reasons to purchase include a small stand, very easy assembly, the ability to swing it from side to side on the stand and narrow bezels.