Archive for the ‘Personal Computing’ Category

Zotac Magnus One ZBOX ECM53060C RTX3060 i5-10500 Review

Friday, May 28th, 2021

Zotac’s ZBOX range has run the full gamut from the smallest of the small to absurd back-mounted VR-ready rigs. They are giants when it comes to mini PCs, but nothing in their lineup has quite captivated my attention like the Magnus One. Perhaps it’s because the One is One of the first barebones systems to […]

TP-Link RE505X Range Extender/Access Point Reviewed

Saturday, May 22nd, 2021

No. I’m not using this as a range extender. I’ve connected it via Ethernet to my TP-Link router and am using it as a dedicated access point to get WiFi through our exterior wall(s) (WiFi doesn’t like steel beams?) and into the home office. I can’t seem to mention WiFi range extension without an inevitible […]

Herman Miller Cosm Chair Reviewed

Monday, January 11th, 2021

You’ve probably heard of Herman Miller and if the brand doesn’t ring a bell the name Aeron might. This adjustable, award-winning and tenured – it’s been around since 1994 – masterpiece of a task chair is sworn by and eagerly recommended, albeit most people will tell you to buy pre-owned. ????? pic.twitter.com/x5M7LT1u5n — Phil Howard […]

Star Labs Lite MKIII Reviewed

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

Before I start gushing about the Star Labs Star Lite MKIII I’m going to set the tone. I like this laptop. I like this laptop a lot. It’s going to be very difficult for me to write about without sounding like I’m spewing out the greenest of corporate sponsored astro-turf. I am, however, completely sincere […]

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock Reviewed

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

In my continuing mission to explore new USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 devices I’ve delved into something a little more “Pro” than usual: the aptly-named OWC Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock. OWC’s Pro offering is targeted specifically at professionals of the media variety and offers a set of featured intended to supplement a typical 4K+ video […]

HDMI capture network broadcast with Azulle Access 4, OBS and NDI

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

I picked up an HDMI capture card recently to hook my barely used Canon EOS M3 up to my PC as a fancy webcam. Since I’m not going outdoors these days it felt like a better use of the camera than gathering dust in a drawer. Unfortunately Canon’s baffling market segmentation make the expensive EOS […]

Azulle Access 4 Reviewed

Friday, October 9th, 2020

The Access 4 brings the exciting world of USB Type-C to Azulle’s tiny fanless PC lineup. Now it can rock dual displays or take advantage of USB Type-C hubs and docking solutions to expand its limited IO. On the test bench this morning… or at least until a small person robbed me. The @BenQEurope PD2705Q […]

Alienware M15 R3 SSD Upgrade – Crucial Mystery Edition

Saturday, September 12th, 2020

Upon finding out the Alienware m15 r3 included two 2280 NVMe SSD bays plus a smaller 2230 bay I figured it would be an excellent opportunity to get up to speed with the latest and greatest in absurdly-fast-storage-devices. What I didn’t expect was to happen upon a mystery. In this article I’ll be walking you […]

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 Review

Sunday, August 16th, 2020

Dell has finally made a 2-in-1 ultrabook you can open without a crowbar. 10/10. End review. Holy shit you can open it one handed without a crowbar 10/10 must buy five stars pic.twitter.com/qR47Vt33Mj — Phil Howard (@Gadgetoid) July 28, 2020 Ha! I kid. It’s no secret that I wasn’t a fan of the XPS 13 […]

Azulle Byte 3 Reviewed

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

The Azulle Byte3 is one of many mini PCs to cross my desk… or, rather, stay on my desk for over a year and find use in myriad different roles. Again it’s fallen into that trap of being so useful I forget I’m supposed to be reviewing it. Think I’m going to have a busy […]