WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra review

by Blogger on ‎06-27-2016 11:12 AM - last edited on ‎06-28-2016 11:21 AM by Editor in Chief

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As you build an impressive collection of movies, music and photos, digital storage space becomes a priority. Does the WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS provide enough room for your current needs, and enough expansion space for your 4K video future? What about ease of configuration and use? 

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Multiple monitors on the cheap: how to use your tablet for a second screen

by Blogger ‎06-24-2016 12:49 PM - edited ‎06-24-2016 12:50 PM

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Looking for a way to add a second display to your PC without blowing your budget? If you have a tablet you can use it to get the second screen advantage while saving space and money.

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UPS: how it works and why you need one

by Blogger on ‎06-23-2016 12:22 PM

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UPS isn’t just a package delivery company, the acronym also stands for Uninterruptible Power Supply. And if you own a PC, it should be connected to a UPS. Here’s how a UPS works and why you need one.

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When do you need a really big SD memory card?

by Blogger on ‎06-20-2016 11:08 AM - last edited on ‎06-21-2016 08:50 AM by Editor in Chief

 

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Chances are you have a handful of SD and microSD memory cards kicking around in a drawer or installed in a variety of devices. And chances are they’re pretty low capacity, like 4GB or maybe 16GB. That was plenty of storage a few years ago, but now? Not so much. High capacity SD cards like Lexar’s new 200GB microSD card are becoming much more common. But when do you actually need a really big SD memory card?

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Review: Still the Best Professional Tablet

by Blogger on ‎06-18-2016 06:44 AM - last edited on ‎06-20-2016 12:07 PM by Editor in Chief

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It’s hard to believe, but Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet is in its fourth generation. I spent a week test driving the Surface Pro 4 and despite being an iPad guy, this is the tablet I’d buy if I wanted a 2-in-1 device to replace my laptop.

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How to switch to an SSD to boost the performance of your laptop

by Blogger on ‎06-16-2016 09:42 AM - last edited on ‎06-17-2016 02:19 PM by Editor in Chief

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Does your laptop seem a little sluggish? Replacing its hard drive with a solid state drive (SSD) is a big performance win. Even better, the procedure takes just minutes and just about anyone can do it. Here’s how.

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Philips BD4350UC 43" 4K IPS Computer Monitor Review

by Blogger on ‎06-11-2016 12:39 AM - last edited on ‎06-14-2016 11:09 AM by Editor in Chief

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It’s rare that I get a product from Best Buy that I feel anxiety about sending back, but the Philips BDM4350UC is in exactly that category. It’s far too big for my custom desk, and I need a much more powerful computer to get the most out of it, but it’s very much living in that space. A 43” 4K IPS monitor that looks beautiful and really performs … I definitely don’t want to send this back. Read on to find out more.

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ASUS ROG Spatha Gaming Mouse Review

by Blogger on ‎06-10-2016 07:10 AM - last edited on ‎06-21-2016 02:01 PM by Editor in Chief

188WufqczDZfJgjK_setting_000_1_90_end_500.jpgASUS is releasing a new mouse, designed for optimal MMO performance. Does the ASUS ROG Spatha gaming mouse deliver on the promise of top tier performance and customization? Time to find out!

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What Kind of Computer Suits Your Lifestyle?

by Blogger ‎06-10-2016 01:33 AM - edited ‎06-10-2016 01:35 AM

 

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If you've recently been pondering the possible acquisition of a brand new computer, perhaps you've already considered your needs and determined exactly what type of system best suits your lifestyle. For the rest of us, today's blog attempts to help answer the question. If this sounds like you, join me inside for a detailed look at 3 computing categories & what you need to consider to make a happy decision.

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Review: Microsoft Alcantara Signature Type Cover for Surface Pro

by Blogger on ‎06-08-2016 01:44 PM - last edited on ‎06-08-2016 02:20 PM by Editor in Chief

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Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablets are pretty slick pieces of hardware. Accessorizing the Surface Pro with a new Alcantara Signature Type Cover adds a new premium look and feel to the Surface Pro, making the transformation to laptop even better looking and more luxurious.

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Review: The new HP Spectre laptop is ready to impress

by Blogger on ‎06-05-2016 06:08 PM - last edited on ‎06-08-2016 09:58 AM by Editor in Chief

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The new HP Spectre laptop is a beautiful marriage of luxurious design and raw horsepower that stands out from the crowd.

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Create a stylish home office

by Blogger ‎05-31-2016 12:07 PM - edited ‎05-31-2016 04:29 PM

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Home offices are becoming increasingly common, especially as more companies move to make working from home an option. If you’re going to spend any time in it and not dread entering the room, your home office should be both functional and stylish. I recently moved into my new home office and consulted with other Plug-in editors about their tips for how to make the space as inviting (and productive) as possible. Here are some tips for creating your own stylish home office, from us.

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Review: ASUS 34” ROG Swift Ultrawide Curved IPS G-Sync Gaming Monitor

by Blogger on ‎05-31-2016 08:45 AM - last edited on ‎06-03-2016 03:35 PM by Editor in Chief

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With its wide panoramic 34" display, wide colour range and curved display, is the ASUS 34" Republic of Gamers monitor the ultimate gamer experience? The 21:9 aspect ratio will have you thinking about how to position this screen while the plasma copper and armor titanium accents are going to have you thinking this monitor is from the future. Is it? Read on to find out...

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Boost your PC with Bluetooth speakers

by Blogger ‎05-30-2016 08:15 PM - edited ‎05-30-2016 08:16 PM

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Your computer’s built-in speakers are fine for system notifications, but for playing music, watching movies or gaming? You’ll be much happier connected to a sound system. For the ultimate PC audio experience, that connection can be wireless. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speakers let you boost your PC audio experience, while being able to place the speakers virtually anywhere in a room.

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Review: BenQ SW2700PT 27" Colour Monitor for Photographers

by Blogger on ‎05-30-2016 12:38 PM - last edited on ‎06-02-2016 04:40 PM by Editor in Chief

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Not all monitors are created equal, and in fact, some monitors are now designed for very specific purposes. The BenQ SW2700PT 27" colour monitor is designed specifically for photographers and video editors. Does it live up to this lofty goal? What other features make it stand out in this space? Read on to find out all that you can expect with this monitor and maybe learn just a little of what you didn't expect.

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Enhanced PC Gaming: learn more about keyboards

by Blogger on ‎05-27-2016 01:47 PM - last edited on ‎05-27-2016 02:01 PM by Editor in Chief

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Keyboards are often the most common peripheral we have connected to our computers and yet a lot of us don't really give them a second thought when it  comes to what we have connected to our computers. Perhaps the one that came with your computer is just not good enough, certainly if you plan on doing any gaming on your machine. This article explores the details of why you might want to consider a better keyboard for yourself and some of the common things to look for.

 

 

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HP ENVY 860 Phoenix gaming PC review

by Blogger on ‎05-27-2016 01:40 PM - last edited on ‎05-27-2016 02:38 PM by Editor in Chief

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When you hear the name Hewlett-Packard, you might think business. As in business PCs. Durable, competent but maybe a bit on the boring side. However, HP has a wild side and there’s nowhere it’s shown off more than with the new HP ENVY Phoenix gaming PC. I had the time to test one out and the ENVY Phoenix blew away my perceptions of what HP is capable of.

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Mechanical keyboards aren’t just for gamers

by Blogger on ‎05-24-2016 07:33 PM - last edited on ‎05-27-2016 04:27 PM by Editor in Chief

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Gamers love mechanical keyboards like the Razer BlackWidow Expert. The precision of mechanical switches is a big advantage in high stakes video games, but you don’t have to be fighting off a pack of feral ghouls in Far Harbor to appreciate what mechanical keyboards have to offer. In fact, I use one every day where it is unbeatable at the decidedly more mundane task of writing.

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How to set up a multiple display workstation

by Blogger on ‎05-23-2016 08:24 AM - last edited on ‎05-23-2016 10:14 AM by Blogger

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If you're at all curious about setting up a multiple display workstation to help you spread out your work and entertainment across multiple screens then today is your day as we take a look at the basics to get you started.

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How to protect your computer from malware and viruses

by Blogger on ‎05-22-2016 01:24 PM - last edited on ‎05-26-2016 08:48 AM by Editor in Chief

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You may not know how to keep your computer protected from malware and viruses. You may not be aware that is something you need to do no matter what type of computer you have. You may even not be aware of what those things are in the first place. Don't worry. Today we'll take a look at some basic steps you can take to get your system secure.

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Is your PC ready for the arrival of Virtual Reality?

by Blogger on ‎05-21-2016 06:11 PM - last edited on ‎05-26-2016 08:49 AM by Editor in Chief

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Virtual reality is coming to the PC world in the form of VR headsets like the Oculus Rift. The experience promises to be amazing. Video gaming in particular will never be the same. But replicating an environment you can explore and interact with—in three dimensions—takes an incredible amount of computing horsepower. Is your PC ready for the arrival of virtual reality?

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1 2 3 infinity: multiple monitors are good for everyone

by Blogger on ‎05-17-2016 12:20 PM - last edited on ‎05-17-2016 01:04 PM by Editor in Chief

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Many people are still using a single computer display, whether that’s a laptop screen or a computer monitor. Most of those people would enjoy a significant benefit from doubling that, adding a second display. Even for home use! Here’s the science behind why multiple monitors are good for everyone.

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5 essentials for a successful business (big or small)

by Blogger on ‎05-15-2016 06:11 PM - last edited on ‎05-17-2016 12:44 PM by Blogger

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The right technology and the right equipment are a crucial part of doing business. In this post, I take a look at the steps to help you get your business set up for success with all the right gear.

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Five Essential Items Every Home Office Needs

by Blogger on ‎05-12-2016 10:51 PM - last edited on ‎05-13-2016 11:07 AM by Editor in Chief

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So, you’ve decided to give up your long commute to work and set up your own home office. However, to really create a solid working environment, you know you’re going to need to do a bit more than just slap your laptop down on the kitchen counter. But, what do you really require to create a decent work space in your abode? Read on and I’ll show you the five essential items every home office needs.

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USB-C: everything you need to know about the one port to rule them all

by Blogger ‎05-09-2016 12:48 PM - edited ‎05-11-2016 01:53 PM

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Like most people, I was initially confounded by the switch to USB Type-C. The new charging and connectivity platform is appearing in newer smartphones, tablets and notebook PCs as a way to make devices sleeker, more versatile and help them to charge a lot faster. Is this really the one port to rule them all?

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OnHub from Google: now with IFTTT functionality

by Blogger on ‎05-05-2016 08:54 AM - last edited on ‎05-18-2016 04:17 PM by Editor in Chief

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The newest feature for the OnHub Wireless Routers isn't a Google feature at all. So what is it, where did it come from, and why does it make your connected digital home more useful than ever before?

 

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There is perhaps nothing more personal than a headset when it comes to your computer. What works for one person may not work for another and vice-versa. No matter what your personal preference is, however, there is no denying that headsets have come a long way.  This article takes a look at some of the features to look out for in headsets for gaming, and whether or not the price difference between the low end and the high end is worth it.

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Review: Samsung CF591 27" Frameless, Curved Monitor [Video]

by Blogger on ‎05-02-2016 06:34 AM - last edited on ‎05-05-2016 12:06 PM by Editor in Chief

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Computer monitors have come a long way since the green and amber screen monochrome views into the digital world we once had. You might have heard about curved screens and how effective they are, especially with gaming. This article explores that and more.

 

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Review: Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 router is a beast for those who need it

by Blogger on ‎04-30-2016 06:57 PM - last edited on ‎05-06-2016 02:03 PM by Editor in Chief

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Comparing a router to a muscle car probably wouldn’t seem like an apt analogy, but in the Nighthawk X8, Netgear has built a unit that is designed to roar with power. Outfitted with a variety of features and unique hardware connections, this is a router aimed at users who know their home networking situation and want to raise it to another level.

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Good, better and best tech solutions for your home office

by Blogger on ‎04-29-2016 01:46 PM - last edited on ‎04-29-2016 01:57 PM by Editor in Chief

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a post making the case for a PC, router and smartphone being the three most important technologies for your home office. Today, it’s time to get down to specifics, with good, better and best options in each of these categories.

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