Archive for the ‘Personal Computing’ Category

StarTech Mini DisplayPort to Dual DisplayPort MST Hub

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Finally, dual 2560×1440 displays on my Razer Blade, without resorting to forcing the HDMI connection into a resolution it really doesn’t want to support. In the process of testing the OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock – review currently in progress – I noticed that it sported a mini DisplayPort 1.2 connector in lieu of multiple different […]

Of Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-C and DisplayPort

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C are a complete and total minefield! I keep bumping up against this topic, and realised it’s a big enough, complex enough rabbit hole to warrant its own post. So here is that post. At the beginning of this year I switched over from an Intel NUC to a Razer Blade […]

OWC USB-C Dock

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

The desktop is dead, but the need to work at a desk, with a proper chair, good posture, a mouse, keyboard and plenty of screen real-estate most definitely isn’t. While traditional business-laptop docks have often required ugly, proprietary ports with screw-in blanking plates or giant letterbox-like flaps on the bottom of your laptop, USB-C heralds […]

Plugable USB Type-C Memory Card Reader Reviewed

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

It’s been a while since I last covered a USB-C peripheral, but true to my determination to try as many as I can get my hands on, I’m back with more. Today it’s the lean, mean and green Plugable Memory Card Reader which sports the fastest card reading chipset they could get their hands on. […]

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 […]