Archive for the ‘Personal Computing’ Category

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 […]

StarTech USB-C to NVMe SSD Enclosure Reviewed

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

I’ve had StarTech’s USB Type-C to M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Enclosure (boy that’s a mouthful) in my possession for some months now. Specifically the older M2E1BMU31C and not the newer, rugged, IP67-rated M2E1BRU31C. It’s been languishing for so long both because it’s so useful in my day-to-day workflow and testing that I forget I should […]

YubiKey 5Ci Reviewed (iOS 13.5, Raspberry Pi, WSL)

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

The YubuKey has been on my radar for a while now, but it’s not until the iPhone-compatible 5Ci that I’ve thought “now’s the time” and made a concerted effort to reach out to them. Yubico were quick on the draw and shipped me a 5Ci to try out. My goal? Find out how many services […]

Dell XPS 13 9370 Ubuntu 18.04 to 19.04

Monday, April 29th, 2019

If you’re rocking a Dell XPS 13 9370 Developer Edition with Ubuntu 18.04 you might be interested in taking a look at the bleeding edge “Disco Dingo” 19.04. The good news is that this short term support release of Ubuntu seems to run well on the XPS 13, but the bad news is that you’ll […]

Azulle Lynk Multi-Function Remote/Keyboard/Microphone Reviewed

Friday, March 8th, 2019

A mini media PC needs a mini media remote, and fortunately Azulle not only sell their own – absurdly multi-functional – remote, but were happy to send one my way. I have some experience with small keyboards and IR remotes from working with the Raspberry Pi. For something like the Pi they’re extremely useful to […]

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. […]

Plugable USB Type-C Mini Docking Station Reviewed

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Many USB Type-C docking stations are fairly desk dominating but the mini USB-C docking station from Plugable- at around 9cm by 10cm and just over 3cm deep -is different. But its small size doesn’t mean it compromises on ports. With a typical array of HDMI, 3.5mm audio and Gigabit Ethernet, plus 4 USB 3.0 ports […]

StarTech DKT30CHVSCPD MultiPort USB Type-C Adapter Reviewed

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

While USB Type-C docking stations are excellent for home and office use, tied to a desktop, they don’t really solve the ports problem on the go. Enter StarTech’s range of USB Type-C multiport adaptors. In this post I’ll be looking at the DKT30CHVSCPD and if that name means absolutely nothing to you… well I’m hardly […]

Zotac AMP Box Mini Thunderbolt 3 PCI Enclosure

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

I spent around two months test Driving The Zotac AMP Box Mini. Read on to find out what devices I tested, how they fared and why you might want to consider this enclosure for a one-cable dock setup with your shiny new Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C laptop. Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C are the future, there’s […]

Dell XPS 13 9370 Ubuntu 18.04.1 Review

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

For a while now I’ve been using the Dell XPS 13 9370 Developer Edition as a mix of workhorse and entertainment laptop. I’ve become relatively comfortable with using it – to the point where it makes using my daily-driver awkward – and think I’ve run into most, if not all, of its quirks. The unit […]