StarTech produce a wide range of adapters and other useful PC peripherals. Today, I’m looking at their Mini DisplayPort to DVI Dual Active Adapter. The idea here is to connect a computer with a Mini DisplayPort output to a monitor that doesn’t support the advanced (and expensive) DisplayPort standard.
In my case, this was to connect a MacBook Pro (early 2011 model) to a Crossover 27Q 1440p monitor. The Crossover 27Q is a brilliant low-price 1440p monitor, but as a consequence of its low price point it only has a single output: DVI-D. Its high resolution means that a standard mini Display Port to DVI adapter won’t work, so we turn to an active adapter [...]
I wrote a review of the 23andMe genetic testing service. The idea is that you provide a saliva sample and in exchange you receive some genetic analysis. Specifically, you receive information on both health and ancestry. You might find out conditions that you’re genetically predisposed to, a long-lost cousin or at least some weird traits you’re likely to have. I found the experience both exciting and daunting at times, but overall I’d recommend the experience – even at £125.
If you’re interested, please read the full article at giffgaff.com
I was looking for a cheap router to add better wireless coverage in the living room, as my existing modem/router is on the far side of the house, in one of the bedrooms. One router I considered was the Buffalo WHR-1166D, which Ebuyer have very graciously sent me to review.
The WHR-1166D is so-named because it promises maximum speeds of 866 Mbps on the 5GHz band, while also transferring up to 300 Mbps on the 2.4GHz band; 1166 Mbps in total. In this review, I’ll be testing that claim with real-world benchmarks. Let’s get started!
Running out of battery sucks. That low battery warning is like a shambolic friend, always stumbling in at the worst possible moment to make things all about him. Trying to find your hotel? He’s there. Want to finish that movie? He’s there. On an important call? Oh yeah, he’s there too. Just dealing with him is bad enough, but you even start changing your plans to work around him, turning down stuff you’d enjoy because it’d upset him. Thankfully, there’s a way to pacify him – the Innergie PocketCell. This portable power pack steps in on your behalf, charging your devices and showing your inconsiderate friend the door.
People love really tiny things. There’s something intrinsically satisfying about seeing something small produce something big – whether it’s a dose of truth from a kid or a wall-sized screen from a pico-projector.
The ZBOX EN760 benefits greatly from this phenomenon. It is a small black box that looks like a router – it even has two antennas sticking out of it – but it’s actually a gaming PC. And a media PC you can screw to the back of your HDTV. And yes, even a router, if you want it to be.
In this review, we’ll see what this small black box is truly capable of, as it challenges machines many times its size and price in [...]
Today I’m having a look at something different compared to our usual laptop-and-monitors fare. It’s the Zotac Zbox EI730 Plus, which looks like a crazy router but is actually a tiny, complete PC. The EI730 can be attached to the back of a TV or monitor, placed on a stand or tucked into a small messenger bag. With a Core i5 processor and integrated graphics, it’s capable of running some games too. The EI730 is an interesting package, so let’s take a closer look at what’s inside.