Archive for the ‘Personal Computing’ Category

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 […]

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 […]