Computers

Review: Acer Aspire VERO – A Mostly-Recycled Laptop With a Green Disposition

As far as personal computing goes, we live in a very fortunate time where there are multiple equally-functional (relatively speaking) platforms to choose from, without a huge amount of variability in their essential functions – they all perform the same basic types of tasks, each platform doing so with its own unique “flavor”. Beyond that, as long as you are comparing equivalent specs between machines, each of these platforms is great for certain use cases. What that means, however, is that with hardware and software being a relatively even...

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Review: OWC Thunderbolt 4 Hub – Perfection Amid Quirks and Duty

As someone who grew up with an intrinsic love for the aesthetic of Apple hardware as well as a genuine appreciation for the joy of tinkering with visually inelegant technology – the second of which ended up becoming my full-time profession and thereby my single means of livelihood – I am caught in a perpetual quandary between my longing for the ultimate degree of minimalism and an insistence on uncompromising functionality. The Story of a Use Case Think of a reasonably massive desk, laminated in a matte yet slightly...

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Review: The Insanely Powerful Predator Helios 300 Laptop

Games are becoming more and more realistic than ever! The quality of design for some of the biggest games of the year are so refined and beautiful, that a person can immerse themselves into them without realizing how much time they’ve been playing. That is, until the hardware hiccups and reminds us that we are playing a video game. This is why we need the most powerful computers on the market to keep up with the insane amount of detail. Meet the very powerful Predator Helios 300 Laptop.

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Review: Plugable 4K Displayport – UD-6950PDZ

The Plugable USBC Triple 4k HDMI and Displayport Display Horizontal Docking Station is a very impressive accessory catered to those who have laptops and are looking to expand their ports and displays. Regardless of its ridiculously long name this device has its uses but for the high price point is it necessary? The box that the Plugable Displayport comes in is extremely generic and the initial reveal was lacking. Not to mention the single small instruction “booklet” it came with had four pictures and roughly 25 words on it....

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Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Chromebook Review: Functional, Basic Computing for the Masses (With a Few Caveats)

From my earliest days as a technology user, and in particular since I began reviewing products over a decade ago, I have taken joy in experiencing various different versions of the modern computing concept, whether that means different types of hardware, different operating systems, different interaction concepts such as touch screens, and so forth.  The latest aspect in this journey brought be from the land of souped up personal laptops to the humble ChromeBook – in this case Lenovo’s IdeaPad 5i ChromeBook – here are my thoughts.

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Review: Plugable USB Docking Station – More Than Just a Hub

I recall my introductory computing class in middle school. One of our vocabulary words was peripheral. To this day, I have trouble pronouncing it correctly, and don’t ask me to spell it without the aid of a spellchecker. It is defined as a term meaning, Peripheral: connected to a computer but not an essential part of it. Back then, most of the computers were a single unit. But we knew that a Peripheral could be a light pen or a mouse. The teacher told us a mouse was easier...

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Review: OWC 14-Port Thunderbolt 3 Dock

While Apple’s new custom chips in the latest MacBook Pros, Mac Minis, and iMacs are extremely impressive in terms of boosting performance, reducing power consumption, and providing a smooth computing experience on every level, many users find that they simply need more ports than can be reasonably fit on a laptop without making the device thick and unwieldy. Fortunately for those users, Other World Computing, which has a long history of providing upgraded solutions for Apple’s devices, has just what the doctor ordered: 14 extra ports to help you...

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Review: Acer Nitro XV2 – Faster refreshes than you trying to buy a new graphics card

When choosing the right monitor for you and your specific setup there are a number of factors that you have to keep in mind. The first thing to nail down is what the main purpose of the monitor will be for. I’m someone who uses my PC for both my job and also for gaming. This means that I not only need something with a high refresh rate, but also something that makes it easy to look at code on it all day. Enter the Acer Nitro XV2. This...

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Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano – The Classic ThinkPad, Thinner, Stronger, and More Evolved

When I first switched to the MacBook Pro – my first ever Mac – way back at the very beginning of the Intel transition, it caused me to begin to think differently about how we describe computers, and even evaluate them. I learned very quickly that things like processor speed, RAM, and other raw specs become arbitrary at some point – and what really, truly matters is the experience that using a device provides. As such, when presented with the opportunity to review Lenovo’s thinnest and lightest generation of...

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Review: ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551 – Dual-Screen Dream or Disaster?

Last year, Asus dropped the ROG Zeyphrus Duo 15 GX550, a dual-screen laptop that didn’t disappoint. This year, the Zeyphrus Duo got an upgrade with the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551, so we’re excited to see whether this “new and improved” version is a hit or miss. With the Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551, Asus added a 120Hz 4K display and took advantage of AMD’s octa-core Ryzen 9 5900HX processor. These specs alone will tell you that the Zephyrus Duo 15 SE is a monstrous device, but before...

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Review: Microsoft Surface Go – The Tablet Killer.

When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad in 2010 the mobile computing world went into a state of panic. They had seen first hand the impact the iPhone – with its revolutionary touch-screen power – had foisted upon the likes of Nokia and Blackberry. Thankfully in the years that have passed, the likes of HP, Lenovo and Microsoft have massively upped their laptop game and now make some very powerful and portable PCs available today. We’ve been using the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go for a few weeks now and its...

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