Archive for the ‘Personal Computing’ Category

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 […]

Sandberg Micro WiFi USB Dongle Review

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

USB Wireless Adaptors are a curious product category with what would initially appear to be a rapidly dwindling market. It’s hard to find anything these days without WiFi built right in. But there’s an ever-growing demand for USB WiFi Dongles in an unlikely place; the world of homebrew hardware, Raspberry Pi’s, Beagle Boards and OpenPandora […]

Otone Aporto USB/Battery Powered 2.0 Speaker Review

Monday, January 30th, 2012

I’ve never been a huge fan of portable speakers, this is probably because they’re traditionally quite awful. The Otone Aporto, however, combines reasonably decent sound with a quirky transforming trick. Its creator, Otone Audio, is a home-grown rising star in the audio world, headquartered in Manchester. They’re a relatively new and largely unknown company who […]

Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 USB Speakers Reviewed

Friday, October 7th, 2011

The moniker “USB Speakers” might not inspire confidence in a product, but the name B&W should, and for good reason too. They’re no stranger to top notch sound, so when they bring compact speakers aimed at delivering that quality in a 2.0 desktop form factor you can rest assured that they wont under-perform. The Bowers […]

Three Huawei E586 High-Speed Mobile Broadband Router Reviewed

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Ever since I first reviewed the Novatel MiFi 2352 I’ve been evangelising mobile broadband routers to everyone who’ll listen. And for a good reason, too; they’re awesome. Why? Well, rather than buy a 3G version of, for example, an iPad; you can buy a mobile router and share its connection with every WiFi-enabled device you […]

hardwrk SATA Adaptor Kit For MacBook Pro Reviewed

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

With the recent addition of an Air to our Mac family, I found myself in envy of its absolutely superb hard drive performance. It’s hard to put into words how nice it is not to wait for things to start, and it’s harder still to go back to using a sluggish, spinning-platter hard drive for […]

Parallels Desktop 7 Impressions

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

As you might have expected, the release of Lion has been very closely followed by a new version of Parallels Desktop. The new version, 7, adds support for the new Lion window management features, Mission Control, plus a host of other additions, enhancements and performance improvements. I run Parallels in two different usage cases; on […]

Gaming On The 11″ MacBook Air

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Perhaps the most common question asked about the MacBook Air is: “How does it handle gaming?” With the Air now representing the entry-level of Apple laptops it’s no surprise that prospective buyers would be interested in how it handles games. Gaming on the Mac is still in its infancy, but there are plenty of titles […]

Port Designs Shanghai 11.6″ Laptop Bag Reviewed

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

So, you’ve got an 11″ Laptop. It’s probably a MacBook Air. And you need a similarly svelte and aesthetically pleasing laptop bag to tote it around in? Port Designs have just the thing in the form of the Shanghai 11.6″ Notebook Messenger Bag. It’s a compact bag with a reversible flap which will squeeze in […]