William Judd

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BenQ RL2755HM monitor review: console gaming special

The BenQ RL2755 is a stylish gaming monitor, measuring 27 inches along the diagonal.

The BenQ RL2755 is a stylish gaming monitor, measuring 27 inches along the diagonal.

Console gamers often use HDTVs for their games, but a smaller and less expensive monitor like BenQ’s RL2755HM seems like a strong alternative. BenQ are promising plenty of console gaming extras you won’t often find on TVs or other gaming monitors: features like places to store your headphones and controllers, screen modes optimised for different genres, and dual HDMI inputs that can be used simultaneously for side-by-side gaming or lag-free mirroring to an HDTV for people to watch you play.

In this review, we’ll see how well these added features work, and whether the RL2755HM does enough to distinguish itself from the flood of 27-inch 1080p monitors on the market.

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Startech.com USB 3.0 M.2 SSD enclosure review: the Samsung 850 Evo makes for a fast USB drive

SM2NGFFMBU33.mainM.2 solid state drives are normally used in laptops, but they’re also small enough that you can also use them as really incredibly fast and spacious USB drives. Most USB drives use slower eMMC memory, so moving to a proper SSD provides a big step up in terms of transfer and access speeds. Startech.com have produced a M.2 enclosure, letting you take an M.2 SSD on the go. Let’s see how well it works!

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Zotac Zbox PI320 pico review: a little bigger, a little better

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Small Windows PCs definitely seem to be in vogue. Last week we looked at the Hannspree Micro PC, and today we’re looking an (admittedly larger) alternative: the Zotac ZBOX PI320 pico. Zotac are something of pioneers in the field of really small but still useful computers, and the Zbox Pico is their smallest effort so far. Let’s see how it stacks up.

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Hannspree Micro PC review: a fantastic contraption

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Today we’re taking a look at something rather special – Hannspree’s Micro PC. This tiny HDMI stick packs an Intel Atom quad-core processor, 32GB of flash storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, and even USB and micro SD ports… not bad for a 38 gram dongle. What makes the Micro PC truly crazy though, is its operating system: not Android, not some weird version of Linux, but a full version of Windows 8.1. Let’s see what it’s capable of.

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Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum review: a true RGB mechanical keyboard for cheap

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Tesoro have been on a tear recently, rapidly improving their mechanical keyboards with the latest technologies while maintaining a competitive price point. We first looked at the Excalibur, their no-nonsense gaming keyboard with a traditional design and static one-colour backlighting. They then followed that up with the Excalibur RGB, which allowed you to choose from a range of colours for the backlight. Now we’ve reached the ultimate form with the Excalibur Spectrum, which allows you to choose each key’s backlight colour individually to make the keyboard of your dreams.

I’m excited to see how the Excalibur performs and how much of a difference the new backlighting system makes, so let’s move right into this review!

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4TB Seagate 3.5″ NAS hard drive review: exactly what you’d expect

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NAS. It stands for network attached storage, and it means a hard drive in a box with a tiny low-power PC, connected to your home network. It’s possible to pick up a NAS box with its own hard drives built in, but it’s often cheaper to pick up the box and add your own drives separately – either using what you have spare or getting something new. That brings us to today’s review item – the Seagate 4TB NAS hard drive. Seagate brag that this is the only 4TB drive optimised for NAS use: loads of storage, minimal noise, vibration resistant and designed for 24×7 use. Ebuyer were kind enough to send a unit our way, so let’s get to testing!

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Gigabyte P34W v3 review: a brilliantly compact top-end gaming laptop

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Today we’re looking at the P34W v3, the latest compact gaming laptop from Taiwanese manufacturers Gigabyte. The P34W v3 is powered by some of the latest and greatest components, including a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor and a Nvidia GTX 970 graphics card. Somehow, this is packed into a 1.8 kilogram design that measures just 21.9 millimetres thick. That should allow for impressive gaming performance in a tiny package, but how is it balanced by design, cooling and battery life? Let’s take a look.

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BenQ BL3201PT review: a premium 32-inch 4K monitor with all the trimmings

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The BL3201PT is a beast of a monitor: 4K resolution, 32 inch diagonal and more ports and features than you can shake a stick at. Last year we loved its 1440p predecessor, the BL3200PT, so surely a 4K version is going to be even better? Let’s find out!

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Element Gaming triple desk mount review: Cerberus would be proud

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Multiple monitors is the dream of any computer nerd worth her salt. You can play games at ridiculously wide resolutions, you can gain an impressive amount of screen real estate, and it makes your desk look like a NASA control centre. You could have your monitors just sitting next to each other on a desk, but the next level is to pick up a mount so that your monitors sit next to other in the air. It gives you more desk space, more options for adjustability and of course it looks way cooler too.

This desk mount from Element Gaming promises to raise three monitors, each up to 28 inches, without demanding to be clamped onto your desk. Ebuyer were nice enough to send one over, so we’ll see how well it achieves that goal.

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Samsung T1 portable SSD review: the best things come in small packages

pressToday we’re looking at the Samsung T1, a business-class SSD designed for portability. The T1 brings SSD speeds to a form factor somewhere between a USB flash drive and a full-size SSD, with USB 3.0 allowing that speed advantage to actually be realised. Let’s take a look at how it performs.

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