Archive for the ‘Personal Computing’ Category

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‚Äôs […]

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 […]

Updating a Dell XPS 13 9370 to Ubuntu 18.04

Friday, July 6th, 2018

The Ubuntu Dell XPS 9370 is a fantastic portable workhorse, but I’ll extol its virtues in another article. One of its downsides is that it comes with the now fairly dated Ubuntu 16.04, this is because 16.04 is the long term support release that, presumably, gives Dell a stable base to build upon for a […]

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 […]

Dell Precision 5520 with Ubuntu 16.04 Reviewed

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

I spent some time with the Dell Precision 5520 and it didn’t take long to fall in love. This absolute beast of a portable workstation has all the trappings of Dell’s beloved XPS lineup, but with a focus on professional workloads that makes it handily overpowered for most things I might want to throw at […]

OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

From the inception of USB-C, and Power Delivery I was jumping up and down with excitement about the concept of a one-cable dock? For the last few months I’ve been using OWC’s Thunderbolt 3 Dock with my late-2016 1060 Razer Blade. How has the docking dream panned out? Read on! I'm super excited about this […]

StarTech USB-C To Dual DisplayPort MST Hub

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

I’ve been using the StarTech USB-C to Dual DisplayPort MST Hub since I received it, and I loathe to admit it’s slipped through my coverage cracks because it’s run flawlessly, hooked up to my OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock, running two 27″ monitors for months now. It’s nice to report back on a piece of tech […]

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 […]

Latitude 5285 2-in-1 Tablet Review

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

I was sceptical of Windows tablets until I spent some time tinkering with the Microsoft Surface. It’s clear there’s a place for these compact productivity machines, a gap that the iPad has left unfilled but is slowly beginning to catch up with. Microsoft’s Surface is a great device, but it’s not the only game in […]