867006 ASUS VX279Q 27 WIDE LED MONITOAsus Panel VX279Q

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 9 Mar 2016
While I think of ASUS for notebooks and Tablets and – although I have yet to review one – All In One systems which of course all have screens I was not aware until a recent visit to the BETT education event that they sold standalone screens.

867000 penclic k2 mini computer keyboarPenclic Keyboard

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 4 Mar 2016
However big your desk is there never seems enough room. So things got moved away the tower or mini tower went under the desk, a lot of recent panels have USB hubs what else can you move away, possibly the keyboard or at least have a smaller one.
Not the smallest PC I have looked at but probably the one with the most connectivity from such a small box. Things did not start that well but after the initial problems I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed testing this product.
The lasest offering from Philips should be able to support you whatever connection you need as it has VGA, Digital, HDMI and DisplayPort not to mention a rather nice USB3 Hub. So whatever and however you connect you are supported here with this 23.5inch panel showing 1920x1080.

866374 WD My Passport Ultra Portable External USB 3 Hard DrivWD 3TB USB3 Drive

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 12 Feb 2016
In September I told you about 1TB and 2TB WD portable drives and now I can tell you about the 3GB version that the press release said was released in July sadly it only arrived on my desk at the end of the year, still better late than never.
The Philips Brilliance P-line model 241P6EPJEB is a 24 inch LED professional monitor which has the facilities and ergonomics to meet the needs of those who sits in front of their computers all day long.

866370 HP EliteBook Folio 1020 Bang Olufsen Limited EditioHP EliteBook Folio G1

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 3 Feb 2016
Although Windows 10 was available to some to download as early as August last year this is the first unit that I have reviewed that was designed to use Windows 10 and by that I mean it can use all the features that Microsoft had as selling points when they tried to persuade people to upgrade. A natively installed product this is what Windows 10 should be.

866325 gigabyte p55kv5 high performance laptoA Gaming Laptop

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on 30 Jan 2016
While better known for its range of motherboards, Gigabyte does have some other strings to its bow. The company also manufactures desktop systems, tablets and the subject of this next review, a gaming laptop. This is the Gigabyte P55 product.
A sub £100 flat panel is not unusual, a near £100 flat panel from a company like AOC is. This offering has cut a few of the ‘bells and whistles’ but nothing has been cut that matters and with everyone now worrying about ‘Blue Light’ this gives reassurance.
Once a home has several computers the file or files you need will always be on another PC. Of course you can transfer most by USB stick or assuming they are connected by a Network by Wi-Fi or Ethernet, surely there is a better way.

866036 QNAP QG 103N 7 in 1 Mobile Network Attached StoragSeven In One

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 10 Jan 2016
While some may think this is a printer on steroids or even a multi-use Swiss army knife it is neither. This device is a 32GB SSD which has seven different uses the main one being able to move data from one source to another quickly.

866033 BenQ GW2870H 28 Inch Widescreen VA LED Full HD MonitoBenQ 28inch GW2870H

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 6 Jan 2016
This flat panel from BenQ is one of a growing range that not only want to give you a crisp clear but also are aware of the damage that can be done to eyes by Blue light so that is possibly the one stand out selling point for eye health.

865712 androidparallelParallels Access

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 30 Dec 2015
There are several programs about that allow you to control one PC from another remotely very useful for teaching purposes. Here however a program that allows you to run Windows PC programs on an Android Tablet.
A Tablet computer running Android intended for use by the young. It looks like a rugged device used on say a building site with lots of protection around the sides of the unit and of course the average pre school child is just as tough on toys if not tougher.
The TP-Link Touch P5 AC1900 Wi-Fi router is a stylish versatile gigabit unit that has a touchscreen and so will appeal to a number of users even though the usual browser-based access to its control panel is still important.
Along with available storage space, one aspect of my computer system that has grown in size is the monitor with 24-inch being a popular choice.

865509 Asus Z380C 1L017A ZenPad Asus ZenPad 8

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 2 Dec 2015
The Asus ZenPad 8 Android Tablet is shaped more like a mobile phone than a tablet as it is taller than you think and also less wide than the normal. This shape means it is easier to hold in a hand than a lot of other similar devices, so possibly less easy to drop.
The Netgear Powerline PLP1200 is the latest and fastest kit to provide network connectivity via the household wiring.
This is described as a wide format panel from Philips, however to my old eyes it looks the same proportions as most panels, it displays 1920x1080 when you plug in a VGA lead, yes the display is sharp and clear so what is its secret.
The Store’n’Go super speed USB 3.0 500GB portable hard drive is one of a new series from Verbatim that provide a convenient way to back up the files on one’s laptop.

865185 PHILIPS 227E6EDSD E line LED monitoA SoftBlue Monitor

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on 19 Nov 2015
If available space on your desktop is at a premium then this next monitor might be able to squeeze into a small gap.

865318 Gigabyte P34W V3 CF1 14 Inch Gaming LaptoP34W V3 Gigabyte

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 18 Nov 2015
This latest offering from Gigabyte will have gamers interested, as most will know the Gigabyte brand is built on fast motherboards and everything else builds on that, a lot of Desktops have Gigabyte motherboards but they brand notebooks themselves.
This is the first unit I have reviewed that was supplied with Windows 10 pre-installed. This told me several things including the fact that my upgrade on an old notebook just before launch had not gone entirely as it should have done.

864559 Acer Chromebox CXI Desktop PAcer Chromebox CXI

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 5 Oct 2015
I have reviewed several Chromebooks before, they are small laptops running the Chrome operating system. This however was the first Chromebox I have reviewed it is a full featured PC all you need to add is a panel via HDMI or DisplayPort.
This small touch notebook is ideal for anyone needing to travel with a Windows PC. With most standard notebooks having the connections on the sides this goes about things differently, having almost everything at the rear.
Small portable USB3 drives are not uncommon, WD have just enhanced their range by including a 3TB version. I will not bore you about my first internal hard drive of just a few MB or the early small MB USB sticks, just be content that 3TB can store a lot of movies and so many images and MP3 files that the numbers are huge.
The Philips USB Docking Stand provides a quick and easy means of connecting a laptop to a large external monitor, external peripherals and the network. It will be especially useful to those who use their laptop both at the home and in the office and need a wide range of facilities.

863775 BenQ RL2755HM 27 Inch LCD Gaming MonitoBen Q Panel RL2755HM

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 12 Aug 2015
This is a 27inch flat panel designed for those you need accurate and rapid display, yes it’s something designed for gamers. As it says on the carton ‘Gaming is in the details’ so this 27inch panel gives all the detail with rapid refresh rates.
With capacities from 30 to 240GB the datAshur SSD USB 3.0 flash drives provide the security-conscious data-hungry user with a satisfactory means of storing and transporting files. These drives are robust pocketable units that offer military grade protection from unauthorised access.

846404 ViewSonic VP2780 4K Ultra HD SuperClear LED MonitoViewsonic 4K Panel

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 31 Jul 2015
This panel will give almost all users a little bit more automatically and assuming you have a suitable graphics card/chip a great deal more. Out of the box using an HDMI cable I got 2048x1152 and once things are adjusted 3840x2160 is available.