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Azulle Access3 HDMI Mini Stick PC Review

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

If you didn’t notice by now, I love small-form-factor PCs. Perhaps it’s my Raspberry Pi focused career, but I’d like to think I’ve had a keen eye for compact computers for many years. Not least of all the early Mac Mini, in its day at least. I miss that thing! The Access3 is no exception. […]

LG 32GK850G QHD G-Sync Gaming Monitor Reviewed

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

When it comes to gaming monitors I’ll admit to having little experience and perhaps even little concern for what window I view my gaming through. I don’t play many fast-paced action games, so that competitive edge is meaningless to me. For the most part, in fact, I’m writing words or writing code. But despite being […]

Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 Review

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

I’ve always associated Plantronics with business-grade headsets, the sort of thing you’d expect to find in a call centre. Apparently they do consumer headphones too, and they aren’t afraid to show off their expertise in features, audio quality and functionality. Plantronics make headsets, headphones and earphones which appear to many to be uniformly ugly, but […]

Hard Disk Archaeology With The StarTech USB2SATAIDE

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

For many, many years now I’ve had a small but growing stack of hard drives I just haven’t found the time to archive and throw away. They’d got to the point where I didn’t expect to be able to rescue anything from them, but I figured attempting to do so would make a great article […]

StarTech USB-C Travel AV Adapter Reviewed

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

As laptops get thinner we see more and more ports left by the wayside in the quest for lighter and smaller. Video out ports have been some of the hardest hit, but they’ve always been replaced with something better. Some of the first to go were DVI and VGA, caving in to mini DisplayPort and […]

Plugable USB Type-C DisplayLink Triple Display Dock

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

My quest for docking nirvana has lead me to Plugable, specifically their USB Type-C Triple Display Dock with DisplayLink. Plugable are an approachable team of engineers who, in their own words, focus on better products, better information and better support. My interactions with them seem to confirm this. I’ve been watching and interacting with them […]

Travelling with Tech: Knomo Harpsden Backpack Review

Friday, June 9th, 2017

I’ve been a backseat fan of Knomo ever since I tested their Saxby and Bungo messenger bags. I love their combination of clean, business-like exterior finish with sometimes playful, vibrant colours inside. That’s why I practically fell over myself to say “yes” to trying one of their newer backpacks. I was keen both to see […]

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 […]

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 […]