Archive for the ‘Personal Computing’ Category

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‚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 […]