Computers

Review: Synology DS220+ NAS – Sleek Home Storage

The concept of a NAS is not a new one. Network-Attached Storage (NAS) has been around for quite some time – especially if you’re old enough to have shared a folder on a network from a Windows PC back in the day. And with the rise of music and video streaming, demand for in-home storage of mp3 (music) and mp4/mov (video) files has waned. That is if you look at NAS from the perspective of a decade ago. Today the NAS is fundamental to any content creator that needs...

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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: ASUS TUF Gaming AX5400 Router

Elevate Your WiFi Experience With Asus Do you live in a house full of device loving people and are always fighting for WiFi signal? Well, look no further because, Asus has created another technologically advanced product that can solve all of your WiFi problems. The TUF Gaming AX5400 router not only enhances WiFi, but ensures security for all of your wired and wireless devices. Let’s find out why. An Out Of This World Gaming Router That Offers The Best In Functionality And Design The sleek, modern and futuristic design...

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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: OWC Envoy Express Thunderbolt Enclosure – DIY Addition

Three things come in limited supply—Time, Space, and Money. The challenge comes in balancing all of them. That can be especially true when it comes to our laptops. To be mobile, they are generally light and expensive. However, they are sadly limited in space. That is to say, insufficient memory. You may find the easiest way to expand your device’s memory capacity is an external storage medium. OWC has come up with a way to help you stay within those three, your Time, Space, and Money. The Envoy Express...

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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: SanDisk 1TB Thumb Drive and “Extreme” Micro SD Cards

SanDisk has proven to be one of the all time leaders in personal storage devices. From Internal and External Hard Drives to SD Cards and Thumb drives, SanDisk has you covered. As the years move forward, file sizes for photos, videos and even some documents have gone up drastically. As a random comparison, today a single five minute uncompressed raw video from a mid to high level camera can be around the same file size as an entire video game that runs on a PC or console. This means...

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Review: OWC Envoy Pro FX SSD 480GB – The Faster Monster

My product from OWC provided for this review included the SSD with 480GB, a Thunderbolt 3 cable, an Acronis license, and an adapter from TB3 to USB-A (type-A adapter). The SSD comes in a compact and stable packaging. The SSD itself is embedded again in a foam. The OWC Envoy Pro FX is available in various sizes from 240 GB to 2TB memory. It can be used on Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS or iPadOS. The chassis: The SSD was installed in a high-quality, charcoal, grey aluminium chassis with...

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Review: ASUS 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: ASUS ZenWiFi XD6 Router

In every home, whether in rural areas or big cities, getting access to the internet is probably among the top 5 most wanted aspects of the household. Whether it’s for online work, watching streamed movies, buying products, or playing video games, the internet is always needed. But gaining access to Wifi can be a problem with a router that only covers a small section of the home or has issues with certain devices. We want a user friendly mesh router that covers the entire house seamlessly and works with...

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Review: SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Luxe 128 GB – Data Sharing Made Simple

The feature that you’ll immediately notice the very first time you touch the SanDisk how solid the product feels. Most flash drives are made out of plastic, but the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Luxe is all metal, and the extra versatility this provides is something that won’t go unappreciated – especially since there’s a good chance this flash drive will go *everywhere* with you. If you’re all in on Apple’s ecosystem then the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Luxe will fit right in. Even the color comes pretty close to...

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