While a number of NAS units tend to require a good amount of knowledge to get them up and running correctly this is not the case with those produced by Buffalo, here I was sent a two bay offering that arrived pre populated with drives.

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Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 22 Feb 2017
This notebook is both light and thin, it also has a metal chassis and for good measure it boots quickly. Anyone on the move that needs a PC has probably only one more request that it runs all day without the need to search out mains power, it can do that as well.

871737 BenQ GL2706PQ 27 Inch Widescreen TN LED Multimedia MonitoBenQ Panel gl12706pq

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 12 Feb 2017
Apart from being a large panel in dimensions it also looks different as it is not a normal 1920x1080 offering. Just looking at it tells you it must have a larger width, this turns out to be 2560x1440 and of course you see so much more than 1920x1080.

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Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 10 Feb 2017
If all you want from a Notebook is to be able to collect your emails and browse the WWW then something like this should high up your wish list, nowadays it is possible to work off line with Chromebooks so word processing and dare I say it games are possible when not online.

871730 Alcatel Plus 10 Tablet with KeyboarAlcatel Plus 10

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 1 Feb 2017
A tablet that comes with a keyboard, when the keyboard is attached then Hotspots become available so while out and about you can get 3G and even 4G coverage. When detached from the keyboard it’s a tablet that can take advantage of Wi-Fi wherever you are.

871739 Acer Aspire R3 131T 1Acer Aspire R3-131T

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 27 Jan 2017
This is a Notebook and a Tablet; the 11.6inch screen can show 1366x768. As it’s a Tablet as well as a Notebook it of course has touch and then Windows 10 starts to make sense, not for Cortana but for the on screen annotation ability.
While this company seems to have been in the UK since 2012 the first of their products I saw was the excellent P9 Smartphone earlier in 2016, then I get to see their ‘cheaper’ brand the Honor 5C SmartPhone and now this rather smart Windows Notebook/Tablet the MateBook12.

871362 BUFFALO TeraStation 3210D 2 Bay 8 TB RAID NABuffalo TeraStation

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on 12 Jan 2017
The need for storage capacity continues to grow. To help ease this situation, Buffalo has released a new TeraStation series.
Carrying your personal data in your pocket requires hardware such as the subject of this next review.

871315 philips 276E7QDAB LCD Monitor E LinPhilips 27-inch Monitor

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on 7 Jan 2017
It has been a while since I last took a look at a monitor but that period has come to an end with the Philips UltraColor.

871222 Acer Swift 3 S3 471 14 Inch NotebooAcer Swift 3

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 6 Jan 2017
This is the first of my reviews for machines launched at the very end of November by Acer in Glasgow, those who saw my launch report will know it was not cold, wet or snowy; I got the very cold bit almost as soon as I got back to the south of England.

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Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on 24 Dec 2016
With this next product I had to combine the roles of a reviewer and a brother.

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Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on 15 Dec 2016
Designed specifically for young children, the LeapPad takes a walled-garden approach to the access and content available to its users.
The Toshiba Canvio Alu portable USB 3.0 hard drives, which form part of the company’s Advanced range, are solidly built 2.5 inch units and are available in a choice of capacities from 500GB to 2.5TB
Is it a notebook? Is it a tablet? No it is both.
A long weekend in Glasgow in late November was not high on my list of places to visit, nothing against Glasgow or Scotland but the week previously it had been -10 degrees in Glasgow so armed with my long johns I ventured north of the border.
This Toshiba unit should be available in sizes up to 8TB by the time you read this. I was sent the 6TB offering as the 8TB has been delayed from the initial launce briefing earlier this year 34 floors up the Shard near the supposedly soon to be finished London Bridge station.

870269 G Technology 3TB G DRIVE Mobile Portable Hard Drive USB G-Drive 3TB

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 18 Nov 2016
There is often a long interval between requesting an item and it arriving, this is certainly the case here with this well constructed USB external drive. The manufacturer G Drive calls this a mobile USB drive that works on both MAC and Windows.
The Kensington USB 3.0 hub model UA3000E provides three USB 3.0 ports as well as a Gigabit Ethernet connection and so could be a useful add on to a netbook or laptop which lacks necessary ports.
Having recently covered a couple of Notebook/Tablet offerings this item from ASUS is different in that the keyboard is detachable so without it it’s a true Windows Tablet and with it then you have a small touch enabled Notebook

870273 BenQ GW2455H 2BenQ GW2455H

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 14 Nov 2016
This is a multi-connection easy to use and to setup 24inch flat panel. It is literally open the box clip the connection between the base and back into the back of the panel and then clip the base into that, plug in the leads and you are done, two minutes at most.

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Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 4 Nov 2016
Part of a new range of units recently launched, this is currently exclusive to Dixons/Currys and is a unit designed with the student in mind, either those off to university or maybe college, so it has to be a strong unit. It is 37x25.5x2cm and weighs 2121 grams.

870087 BenQ EW2775ZH 27 Inch Wide VA LED Gaming MonitoBenQ EW2775ZH

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 2 Nov 2016
A rather nice 27inch panel from BenQ but while I am not greatly in favour of long names I would have thought of something that flows off the tongue better than EW2775ZH. Still this is about the usability of the unit and not its name.
If you move around then the most important things with a notebook/tablet are good battery life and unless you spend a good bit of time in the gym the weight of the unit or to be precise the lack of weight, this unit from ASUS ticks both boxes.
BenQ manufacturers a range of monitors for different situations including this business model
The word convertible brings my mind to cars where the roof opens out and in a way turning a Notebook into a Tablet is much the same transformation. This Pavilion unit from HP can be a standard Notebook however push the screen back through 180 degrees and you have a Tablet.
For those who need a larger screen than even the largest phone can offer and need to be able work when out of Wi-Fi range then a Tablet such as this sold by Vodafone may well solve all your needs just don’t hold it to your ear for answering a phone call.

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Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by adrianmorant on 3 Oct 2016
As the start of the school year comes rushing up both parents and students start looking at new laptops. While the former want value for money and an assurance that it will do what is wanted of it, for the latter, style is also important.
A very powerful gaming notebook from HP with a screen resolution that I have only previously seen on very large monitors 3840x2160, lots of memory and the latest Intel i7 processor and just for good measure Bang & Olufsen speakers.

869369 Toshiba EXCERIA N301 SDXC 64 GB UHS Toshiba Cards

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 11 Sep 2016
Having recently told you about a 64GB micro SD card from Toshiba, here a standard SD card and a coloured USB stick get put through their paces in a range of devices and also with computers with different operating systems.