Category Archives: Technology

Kingston 2TB NV2 PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD review

Kingston’s NV2 is a fast PCIe 4.0 NVMe (non-volatile memory express) M.2 solid-state data storage drive. It is primarily intended for laptops and small form-factor PCs.

Even with the proliferation of cloud-based data services, you can never have enough local data storage. But gone are the days of finding space for large hard disk drives and their associated cabling. It’s great to finally see mechanical drives going the way of the dodo, replaced by tiny, energy-efficient NVMe M.2 drives no bigger than a stick of Juicy Fruit. Continue reading Kingston 2TB NV2 PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD review

Asus CM3 Chromebook review

Does the Asus 10.5-inch CM3 Chromebook offer a viable alternative to a Windows notebook? I find out.

For reasons unknown, whilst I’ve reviewed more than my fair share of laptops and notebooks, I’ve never used a Chromebook. So, when Asus asked me to take a look at their CM3000DV Chromebook, I jumped at the chance. Continue reading Asus CM3 Chromebook review

Kobo Clara 2E e-reader review

The Kobo Clara 2E is an e-reader made with recycled plastic. But is it any good?

I’ve never used an e-reader before. I’m old school and prefer paper books, hardbacks if possible. You can’t get further from an e-reader user than me. But I was keen to see if the Kobo Clara 2E would sway me. Continue reading Kobo Clara 2E e-reader review

Poly Voyager 4320 UC headset review

Plantronics’ Poly Voyager 4320 UC is a stylish lightweight headset designed for a corporate environment.

The headset comes with a BT700 Bluetooth dongle and a USB Type-C to Type-A cable for charging. There’s also a cloth storage drawstring bag, to store the headset, which also has a small pocket for the dongle. There’s a handy “Start here” label attached to the headset to get you going with the basic controls. Continue reading Poly Voyager 4320 UC headset review

God of War Ragnarök early impressions

God of War Ragnarök is almost upon us. I’ve been playing a preview of the new PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 game and what follows are some of my early impressions of the first few hours of the game.

To the uninitiated, God of War Ragnarök is the latest game in a franchise that goes all the way back to the PlayStation 2. There were known for their button-mashing combat and, later in the series, their huge set pieces. The games follow Kratos, a former Spartan soldier tricked by Ares into killing his family. The original games up to the fourth main game in the series, 2013’s God of War Ascension, had Kratos seeking revenge on the Greek gods of Mount Olympus. Continue reading God of War Ragnarök early impressions

Intel 13th Generation “Raptor Lake” Core i9-13900K review

Intel has released its new flagship desktop CPU, the Core i9-13900K. Boasting 24 cores and 32 threads with a maximum boost clock of 5.80 GHz, does this new processor have the chops across productivity, creative, and gaming applications? We take a look.

Unlike last year’s Alder Lake CPUs, it’s not all change this year. Intel’s Raptor Lake CPUs use the LGA1700 socket introduced with the 12th-generation chips. The 13th gen CPUs also work with Z600-series motherboards, although you may need to update the BIOS for the new generation of CPUs. Raptor Lake supports both DDR4 and DDR5. All-in-all, they are pretty upgrade-friendly CPUs, especially if you are thinking of transitioning from, say, a 12th-gen i5 to a 13th-gen 19. Continue reading Intel 13th Generation “Raptor Lake” Core i9-13900K review

AMD Ryzen 7 7700X and Ryzen 9 7950X review

AMD has unleashed its Ryzen 7000 series desktop CPUs based on the company’s 5nm Zen 4 architecture. We were sent a Ryzen 7 7700X and a Ryzen 9 7950X to test. Continue reading AMD Ryzen 7 7700X and Ryzen 9 7950X review

Corsair K60 RGB Pro TKL keyboard review

The Corsair K60 Pro TKL is an optical-mechanical wired RGB keyboard designed to take up less desk real estate.

The keyboard’s smaller footprint is achieved by the omission of the numeric keypad (which I never use, anyway). You still have the arrow keys, print screen, scroll lock, pause/break, page up/down etc. Continue reading Corsair K60 RGB Pro TKL keyboard review