Archive for the ‘Personal Computing’ Category

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 […]

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. […]