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  • MiniStation Air review: a wireless hard drive with your smartphone, sir?

    The Buffalo MiniStation Air HDW-PU3 isn’t a unique product – we’ve seen wireless external hard drives such as the Kingston Wi-Drive andSeagate GoFlex Satellite use Wi-Fi connections as a means of expanding smartphone and tablet capacities. While they’ve promised much, we have often been disappointed by the awkward interfaces and sluggish media playback of the drives and the apps that are used to access your content via Wi-Fi. So does the Buffalo MiniStation Air break with the disappointing tradition? First off, as an average external hard drive, the Buffalo MiniStation Air is a solid performer, which is no surprise, judging by Buffalo’s pedigree with impressive...

  • Logitech Harmony Touch review: for all your remote computing needs

    Logitech’s Harmony range of universal remote controls are decent attempts at uncluttering our living rooms by providing us with a single remote for all our devices, and the Logitech Harmony Touch is the latest model. There’s no keypad, and the colour screen of previous versions has been enlarged and given a touchscreen make over. Setting up the Logitech Harmony Touch is a simple process, and as long as you have the model numbers for your devices (which are often found on the devices themselves) then you shouldn’t have a problem. The software included on the CD is clear, informative and easy...

  • It’s Mine Bluetooth Bracelet review: protect your mobile devices

    The more portable our mobiles devices become, the easier they are to lose. And the more powerful they get, the more desirable they are to thieves. Perhaps what you need is some of knowing if your prized gadget has wandered off, and that’s what the It’s Mine Bluetooth bracelet wants to be. It’s Mine links up to your mobile device and vibrates if the link is broken by either the bracelet or the device going out of range. The idea is that if you leave the device behind or someone tries to walk off with it, you’ll know before it’s...

  • Logitech T620 Touch Mouse review: yet another Windows 8 mouse

    To say we weren’t completely enamoured with Logitech’s earlier M600 Touch Mouse would be a bit of an understatement, so it was with a slight hint of trepidation that we opened the packaging for the touch-responsive Logitech T620 Touch Mouse. We liked what Logitech was attempting with the M600, but a muddled design and cheap feel got in the way. But is the Logitech T620 Touch Mouse any better? The good news is that for the most part the Logitech T620 Touch Mouse is a big improvement on its predecessor. Gone is the hollow feel of the M600 that gave it a rather...

  • Logitech T650 Wireless Touchpad review: Windows 8 love

    It’s no secret that Windows 8 is an operating system that’s geared towards touchscreen devices. This means if you haven’t got a touch-enabled computer then you’ll miss out on quite a few features and shortcuts of Windows 8. Logitech’s T650 Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad is a solution to this, since it enables you to perform Windows 8 gestures no matter what your hardware is. Connecting it up to a PC is perfectly simple, and it comes with a Logitech Unifying USB dongle, which enables you to connect up to six compatible Logitech devices — such as the Logitech M600 Touch Mouse – to a single dongle....

  • Logitech T400 Zone Touch Mouse review: no replacement for touchscreens

    The Logitech T400 Zone Touch Mouse is another entry in Logitech’s range of peripherals that are aimed at making the switch to Windows 8 more palatable for those of us who don’t have touch-enabled laptops or desktop PCs. We weren’t too impressed with the touch-responsive Logitech M600 Touch Mouse before, so does the T400 improve on its predecessor? Rather than having the whole of the face of the mouse be touch-responsive, as it is with the M600 and the new Logitech T620 Touch Mouse, only a small part of the Logitech T400 Zone Touch Mouse is touch enabled – hence the ‘Zone’ in the product...

  • Toshiba LX830-10F review: a Windows 7 all-in-one PC

    Somehow the Toshiba LX830-10F feels both current and out of date at the same time. The idea of an all-in-one PC that sits in the front room and handles media, games and even office programs with ease, all packaged up with an interface that’s easy and intuitive to use on a touchscreen, is an attractive one. But for years they’ve been lumbered with operating systems that might be fine with a keyboard and mouse, but just don’t work well with touchscreens. However, now that Windows 8 is here, we are begging to see some excellent all-in-ones, such as the Dell XPS One 27...

  • Toshiba Tecra R940 review: a decent business laptop

    The tagline behind the Toshiba Tecra R940 is designed to be a serious business laptop. More recently, this is an area where Ultrabooks such as the Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and Samsung Series 9 have been making waves, with their long battery life and speedy solid-state drives. For the most part, though, Ultrabooks tend to be light on features, and if there’s one thing the Tecra R940-1CW has, it’s business features. A fingerprint scanner, Intel WiDi, a ThinkPad-style pointer as well as a trackpad, eSATA, an Express Card slot, a self-encrypting hard drive and an Intel vPro CPU, offering embedded security features, are...

  • Dell XPS One 27 Touch review: Windows 8 goes large

    The release of Windows 8 has led to a resurgence in all-in-one PCs such as the Dell XPS One 27 Touch. While Windows 7 was an excellent desktop operating system, it sat awkwardly on touchscreens, which prevented all-in-ones such as the MSI Wind Top AE2210 and the Sony Vaio L Series from reaching their full potential. Things were even worse when manufacturers slapped their own clunky touchscreen interfaces over Windows 7. With Windows 8, Microsoft has built an operating system with touch interfaces at the forefront, which means that navigating the operating system by touch alone is now a much more pleasurable experience in both the new...

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