Archive for the ‘Personal Computing’ Category

The Intel NUC: One Year As A Workstation

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

I had a typical man-flu start to 2016. After coming back from Christmas break I was hit with an almighty cold or virus or something. It happens. When I recovered I was greeted by one of those things that reminds me why I love where I work; an Intel NUC had been deposited upon my […]

StarTech Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort Adapter Review

Monday, January 16th, 2017

As I go deeper and deeper down the USB-C and ThunderBolt 3 rabbit-hole, I’m finding the opportunity to test gradually more elaborate products. With quite a few Thunderbolt 3 docks (by far my most anticipated of all the new shinies) on ice temporarily due to Thunderbolt’s “macOS certification” shenanigans, I figured I’d try a Dual […]

Thundergate: Apple’s alleged blocking of Thunderbolt 3 Devices

Friday, January 13th, 2017

There seems to be quite a stir around Apple’s new 2016 MacBook Pro and its Thunderbolt 3 compatibility. Thunderbolt 3 devices released *before* the MacBook Pro that are purported to use the TI TPS65982 chipset are completely incompatible with the MacBook Pro, which allegedly supports only the newer TPS65983. Well, this is what the media […]

Forget Adapters! Upgrade Your External HDD TO USB-C

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Today’s post is a thinly veiled review of the Belkin USB 3.1 USB-C to Micro-B Cable. Cable reviews are perhaps the most boring thing in the universe, so I’ll keep it brief. The presence of USB-C, and only USB-C, on the new late 2016 MacBook Pro (and, indeed, the MacBook) has led to some amount […]

Promate MacHub-12 USB-C to USB3, SD, microSD Adapter

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Welcome to 2017. And happy new year! Whether you like it or not, 2017 is the year of USB-C. With Apple pulling no punches when it comes to the controversial new port, and other manufacturers either including them in their devices already, or starting to add them, it’s clear the transition has begun. I’m not […]

Samsung ATIV Book9 Lite Notebook Review

Monday, November 18th, 2013

While waiting to get my hands on some juicy Chromebooks for testing and, no doubt, a wall of frustration, I decided to take a look at the ATIV Book9 Lite from Samsung. It’s a notebook that had caught my eye in PC World, simply because- unlike almost every other notebook on display- it looks beautiful. […]

Lenovo X230 Laptop Review

Monday, October 7th, 2013

With my MacBook Pro dying a slow death from component failure, rather than jump to immediately fixing it and dragging it on for another few years I thought I’d try my hand at straying away from Mac. Luckily, I managed to get my hands on a ThinkPad branded Lenovo X230. Well known for providing features […]

Concrete Cases Mac Hook 13″ MacBook Pro Case

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Concrete cases is a new kid on the block when it comes to Apple laptop cases, but they’re certainly not the underdog. They’ve made a fantastic start with their Mac Hook case which combines a premium quality of workmanship with a unique, innovative and original design. The Mac Hook case is built around a lightweight […]

Otone Audio Stilo 2.1 Pro Desktop Speakers

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Following on from my review of the great little Otone Aporto portable speakers I wanted to review something a little beefier and aimed at desktop use. Otone were happy to oblige and for the past few weeks I have been almost exclusively using their 2.1 top-of-the-line Stilo 2.1 Pro for audio listening, gaming and more. […]

Simple Tips to Boost your WiFi Security

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Wireless internet has transformed the way we work and communicate. Gone are the days of being physically plugged in to your modem. With a laptop, smartphone, mobile or tablet, we can now connect and get online just about anywhere. If you’re out on the go, you’ll find more wireless hotspots to connect to than ever […]