Computers

Review: OWC ATLAS S Pro Media Card

Most SD Cards and Micro SD cards would fall into basic usage needs. However, with some higher end photography jobs and video projects, we may need something a little more hefty. Something suited for a professional grade performance with the highest grade of premium quality reliability. This is where OWC ATLAS media cards come into play.

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Review: ASUS ROG Strix Arion Enclosure

There are so many reasons you may be looking for fast storage. Whether it is to organize projects, access information on different devices, or backing up data. I personally have used storage drives to store photos and projects that have sentimental value. They are small, reliable and easy to use. One thing I found using different models are certain formats and resolutions may not be supported. Allow me to help you see the ASUS ROG Strix Arion is right for you.

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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: Seagate and Lacie SSD’s – Fast, Tiny, and Ultra Portable

Solid-state drives were made commercially available back in 1991. Since then, technology has overhauled the size, the price, and the speed of these drives, while at the same time lowering the cost and raising the storage limit. We all want safe and reliable solutions for saving our personal files locally. Keeping these items stored carefully and securely while not leaving a huge footprint is the hope. Well, today we’re checking out two of the tiniest external SSD’s on the market. Seagate’s One Touch and Lacie’s Smallest Portable Solid-State Drives.

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Review: OWC’s Rover Pro Wheels Kit – Safety Wheels for Your Mac Pro

Imagine this: you have a Mac Pro (2019), an amazingly powerful workstation that can run your processor-demanding software like 3Ds Max or Adobe Substance 3D Stager. But one day you want to move it from one place to another. You might even find yourself turning it around to put your respective ports in. You also start to notice that this is becoming a bit more frequent over time to a point that it even damages your unit the more you shift and carry it around. So, you finally decide...

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Review: Logitech’s G502 HERO – The New Heroic Budget Gaming Mouse

Logitech, one of the best electronics manufacturing brands, has produced another great mouse fit for the everyday gamer. If you haven’t bought a gaming mouse yet, the Logitech G502 HERO is a great buy or upgrade if you’re planning on upgrading your gaming gear. With its ergonomic design, style, and specs, it deserves to be your new go-to! This versatile unit has everything you need to level up your productivity and gaming. Think it’s time to upgrade to a new high-end wired gaming mouse? Then let’s take a deep...

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Review: Huion Inspiroy Keydial Model KD200

For digital artists, deciding on a quality drawing tablet can be a tricky experience in a market seemingly overflowing with options. There’s so many different models of drawing pads that each have their own individual features and quirks, both as their own electronic devices as well as add-ons to your existing devices through plug-ins or Bluetooth. The wealth of choices can be a bit overwhelming to buyers at times, so it’s important to decide which aspects of a tablet are most important to you and your workspace. Whether you...

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Review: LaCie’s 1big Dock SSD Pro – The BIG Storage Dock for Your Professional Needs

Many creative professionals, especially videographers, editors, and graphic artists, use peripherals for different kinds of projects every day. However, with such devices, comes the need for extra adapters, ports, hubs, and extra storage space. High-quality hubs and docks, especially, are usually pricey. And the pricier ones are almost most likely the ones that you would need to get your devices to work properly and efficiently. LaCie, a computer hardware company, specializes in external hard drives, RAID arrays, optical drives, Flash Drives, and computer monitors. And today we will be...

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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: Acer Helios 300 – The Insanely Powerful Predator

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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Review: OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mini – The Perfect Data Solution

External storage is an essential tool for the modern computer user to utilize. With the sizes of files rapidly increasing as the years go on, it’s imperative to have more storage to hold your precious data. Life is also very completed and accidents can happen. Backups of your important data are needed as your computer equipment can get lost, broken or stolen.  This is where the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mini hard drive comes in. The OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mini provides users with the functionality of a conventional...

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Review: Roccat Burst Core Gaming Mouse

A Mouse for Gaming? Gaming mice are a dime a dozen these days. It seems most tech companies have their own brands and even sub brands within them. It can be extremely overwhelming trying to find one that completely fits your needs. Chances are when you bought your PC it came with a default mouse that covers all the bases, left click, right click, mouse wheel, etc… Why should you care about getting a gaming specific mouse or, more specifically, the Roccat Burst Core – Extreme Lightweight Optical Core...

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Review: Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Chromebook – 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: Turtle Beach Recon Wired Controller

Ever since gaming got popular there have been a large number of companies trying to cash in. A lot of them by making off brand controllers. I had one for my SNES back in the day. It wasn’t licensed by Nintendo, but the bonuses it came with made it worth it. Brands like MadCatz became known as the “little brothers’ controller” companies. The companies who made off-band products that never truly matched the quality of the real thing. That being said, I was extremely surprised by the quality of...

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