841028 Hannspree SNNPDI1Hanns G Mini PC

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 17 Apr 2015
Small is perhaps an inadequate word in this case. I have reviewed mini PC’s before but never something smaller than even a small mobile phone and this PC runs Windows 8.1 so can something that slips into a pocket deliver?
This is a very nice 27inch flat panel designed to show 2560x1440 resolution using Display Port, it also has Digital, D-Sub and HDMI connections that will show at 1920x1080, but assuming your graphics chip has HDMI 1.4a this unit has a big plus.
The Freecom Mini Tough Drive SSD meets the need for a portable drive that has adequate capacity for most normal needs and is robust enough to withstand any hard knocks of everyday use by those who spend an amount of their time on the move.

840787 zyxel NAS540 NAS storage 4 baUnpopulated NAS

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on 9 Apr 2015
NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices come in populated or unpopulated format. In the case of the former, the NAS manufacturer gets to select the make and type of drive to be used by the product. With an unpopulated NAS, the purchaser can use drives which are already in their possession or buy new units from their favourite drive manufacturer. The ZyXEL NAS box, which is the subject of this next review, is a new 4-Bay Personal Cloud Storage

840791 Acer VN7 591G 15 touchscreen notebook computeAcer Aspire V Nitro

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 8 Apr 2015
This nice looking notebook is also powerful and has an Full HD 1080P screen although it is only 15.6inches. The surprising thing is that it looks the right size even though the majority of 15.6inch offering give a much lower resolution.
Those of us that have seen the size and weight of a hard disc fall while its capacity has increased have seen the capacity of memory sticks increase in the same way. An 8GB memory stick is almost entry level and larger ones have more capacity than a lot of older even quite recent hard drives.

840514 Asus X5555MA notebooAsus Notebook X555MA

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 1 Apr 2015
The Asus Notebook X555MA is a 15.6inch screen notebook from Asus that runs Windows 8.1, it has an Intel i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard disc. The price is quite reasonable so what is not to like about this offering as it even has a DVD drive?
TP-Link’s Archer C7 AC1750 wireless dual-band gigabit router can be used on DSL, fibre or cable Internet services and is targeted at gamers and other demanding users who need ultrafast data transfer speeds and don’t want their router to be a bottleneck.

840192 hp envy x360 touch screen notebooHP Envy Notebook X360

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 11 Mar 2015
This is both a notebook and a tablet. It has touch screen ability as well as the latest HP touchpad technology. So is there anything in this unit that is not to like, well it is Windows 8.1 and there are cheaper units out there but nothing really.

840242 Buffalo LinkStation 441D SATA Network Attached StoragLinkStation 441

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on 10 Mar 2015
Like my waist band, the amount of storage space I require continues to grow which encouraged me to check out a Buffalo NAS device.
The AOC M2870VQ is a 28 inch 1920 x 1080 full HD wide screen monitor with the performance and connectivity to meet most office and home needs and, being a “value line” product, it is not priced out of the reach of those who want a very large screen.
The IRIScan Book is a portable, cordless, battery-powered scanner. Hence, it is easy to take it to the material to be scanned rather than vice versa and so one can capture material wherever you are.
A rather nice business notebook with a range of security features from both Intel and HP. The items not immediately available on this unit are available via a dock, so you not end up taking extra weight out and about with you.
A rather unusual piece of kit that can be used to solve problems that you thought were not resolvable. In effect this plugs into a USB3 port to give you HDMI, VGA and Ethernet connections and increase the range of your PC/Notebook.
The TP-LINK AV500 Passthrough Powerline WiFi Kit provides three Ethernet ports as well as a local WiFi hotspot access at some point remote from one’s router via the mains wiring. This enables one to extend connectivity and minimise wireless dead-spots across the house or office while the up to 500Mbps data rate will support multiple fast data streams.
The Philips 231P4 Notebook Docking Display is an ideal complement to users who wants to use their laptops back at base as well as on the move. With its inbuilt docking station, it is only the work of a few moments to make a single USB connection and then be up and running with this 23inch monitor.
This is the latest – and largest – Fire I have seen. Unless you have a poachers pocket in your coat I doubt it will fit. The latest Amazon Fire version 4.51 is installed and this gives some significant advantages for the user to have.

838312 BenQ EW2740L LED VA 27  inch W 1920 x 1080 MonitoBenQ EW2740

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 26 Dec 2014
Not quite the specifications – or price - of the last offering from Ben Q but still a rather nice 27ince flat panel, this one suitable for those of us who cannot quite justify the price tag associated with the higher specification that it offered.

838310 Asus Transformer Book Flip TP30ASUS Notebook TP300LA

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 19 Dec 2014
This is a Windows 8.1 notebook but it has an ability that most notebooks do not have, the screen can flip through 360degrees so not only is it a notebook but also a Tablet and because it’s a Tablet then it also has touchscreen ability.

837357 ViewSonic VG2438SM 24 Inch Screen LED Lit MonitoAn Adjustable Monitor

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on 6 Dec 2014
As the window on to your computer inspired world, the monitor has an important role to fulfil as you word, play and carry out any tasks.

837852 BenQ BL2710PT LED IPS 27  inch W MonitoBen Q 27inch BL2710

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 5 Dec 2014
Not just a large screen panel but a very high resolution one. In fact the only way you will get to use it at the highest resolution is if you connect it via Display Port, but I am told that the next version of HDMI should support it.
Now that SSDs are becoming more affordable it is a now a good time to enhance the performance of one’s PC. The SSDNow 300 upgrade kit from Kingston Technology provides the parts together with the necessary instructions to upgrade either a laptop or desktop.
While most think of Samsung for mobile phones and their more of less consistent war with Apple they also do a whole raft of other excellent products including Smart TV’s so flat panels for computers will be no surprise is another of their group of expertise.

837331 BUFFALO TeraStation 5200 SAN storagTera Station 5200

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 12 Nov 2014
For those who are serious about security it is not a case of extra cameras you need somewhere special to keep the evidence and here it is a box that can record everything from up to sixteen different cameras and keep it all securely.
The Linksys WRT 8-port Gigabit Ethernet switch model SE4008 provides an easy means of adding additional Ethernet-connected devices to one’s home network. It is simple to install and has been styled so that it will not look out of place in a family room.
Available from Samsung, the SD590 takes a different approach to adjusting its settings.

836978 Binatone HomeSurf 844 8 inch Multi Touch Tablet Binatone HomeSurf 844 8 inch Multi Touch TableHomeSurf844

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 27 Oct 2014
This is a 7.85inch Android Tablet from a company that has loads of other brands Binatone. It has almost the latest version of Android operating system and something that a novice user will appreciate a 68 page printed User Guide.
The Freecom Mini Solid State Drive, mSSD, is a small and physically robust portable USB 3.0 device that will meet the needs of the road warrior who needs to have a safe, fast and convenient lightweight backup drive with him at all times.

836510 Acer Iconia W4 820 Acer W4 Windows Tablet

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on 10 Oct 2014
I have reviewed quite a lot of Android Tablets this looks similar but is a Windows Tablet. This means that all your Windows programs will be able to run. It has an SSD and will accept OTG or USB sticks up to 64GB as well.
Power users will often find that increasing the amount of RAM over and above the “basic” amount that is generally installed in a PC will produce a worthwhile increase in performance as the performance of serious gaming or video type applications is frequently tied to the amount of available memory. Using the Memory Search on the Kingston Technology (KT) website enables one to identify what RAM is required for a particular machine and provides guidance in carrying out the upg