Archive for the ‘Personal Computing’ Category

Starlabs Star Lite MK IV Review

Tuesday, July 5th, 2022

I finally got my hands on a Star Lite MK IV (not supplied by Star Labs this time), the successor to the MK III I tested back in 2020. What’s improved? More than you might think! The MK IV is not a revolutionary improvement over the MK III, but evolves a handful of little details […]

Keychron K7 Slim Mechanical Keyboard Review

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

With my tendency to tinker on the Steam Deck I quickly found myself in dire need of a decent typing companion for my dinky gaming handheld. Absurd, I know, but the on-screen keyboard in Steam Deck’s “Desktop Mode” is an unmitigated disaster, and I’d already found myself deep in the weeds of Konsole, hacking on […]

Das Keyboard 4C TKL Reviewed

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022

For a few months now I’ve been using an official Raspberry Pi keyboard as my daily driver. It’s… ok. It has a USB hub which is incredibly useful and seems to work rather happily from a single USB port (the specified limit of 500mA seems to be very fuzzy and soft with USB these days). […]

Flo Dual Monitor Arm Reviewed

Monday, January 3rd, 2022

This time last year our home office was a pipe dream. Fast forward twelve months and it’s an expensive reality. I’ll admit, if the office hadn’t been absolutely essential for working effectively 100+ miles from my employer I’d have abandoned it in the planning phase and tucked a desk into the living room. The costs […]

Yubikey Bio Reviewed (GitHub Auth & Linux Login)

Sunday, December 5th, 2021

I’ve been using Yubikey products for some time now, after they hooked me up with their 5Ci and NFC. They have become integral to my workflow. Since I work across a number of devices, including many freshly provisioned Raspberry Pi’s, I tended to scp private keys between devices to save the hassle of provisioning a […]

Toshiba Canvio Basics – Special Edition – 2TB Reviewed

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

Caught up in the allure of gloriously fast NVM.e SSDs, I sometimes forget that the maligned “spinning rust” drives of yore and old are still a great solution for data archival and backups. Think I’ve found some cold storage for my Steam Deck! pic.twitter.com/zvie8WNuNI — Phil Howard (@Gadgetoid) August 25, 2021 At a third the […]

OWC Envoy Pro SX

Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

Finally. It took me the best part of a year of subtle hints and gentle nudges, but I’ve got my hands upon a Thunderbolt-capable external hard drive. And- ho boy- was it ever worth the wait. While USB 3.1 Gen 2 was previously the standard for fast-as-heck portable consumer drives (nobody has eSATA, shh) it […]

Kioxia U365 256GB USB Flash Drive Reviewed

Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

Kioxia’s U365 flash drive is what I’d describe as “big, but slow.” Weighing in at 256GB the drive I tested is far beyond the capacity you might need for “sneaker net” transporting of files between computers. USB in. USB out! pic.twitter.com/Uf7YQuELsi — Phil Howard (@Gadgetoid) August 24, 2021 I decided to use it with Ventoy, […]

Kioxia Exceria 128GB High Endurance microSD Card

Monday, July 19th, 2021

With the Steam Deck on the horizon and a renewed interest in fast, high-capacity SD cards (my day job working with Raspberry Pi’s doesn’t normally necessitate anything larger than 16GB) it’s a great time to introduce you to the Kioxia Exceria. Formerly Toshiba Memory the Kioxia brand carries on the flame, bringing a third option […]

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 […]