Archive for the ‘Personal Computing’ Category

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 […]

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 […]