Archive for the ‘Personal Computing’ Category

Razer Kraken Pro V2

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

The chunky Kraken Pro V2 aren’t the sort of headphones I’d normally consider, but in all-black the subtle branding, solid construction and surprisingly comfortable fit have won me over. I haven’t tried a set of Razer headphones since the Barracuda HP-1 back in 2007- a sturdy and complicated set of 5.1 surround headphones that were […]

StarTech USB-C Multi-card Reader

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

My quest for the perfect USB-C multi-card reader continues, and this time I’m looking at the exhaustively named USB 3.0 Flash Memory Multi-Card Reader and Writer with USB-C -SD, microSD, CompactFlash. I’m not kidding, this is actually written word for word on the box. Fortunately they’ve nicknamed it FCREADU3C for short so I don’t have […]

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 […]