PC/ Laptops Archive

  • What is the Dell XPS 27 All-in-One? I’ve seen many companies try to take on the Apple iMac before, but they’ve largely been PC copies of the same design, rather than something fresh. It’s good, then, to see Dell do something different for its XPS 27 All-in-One, crafting a PC that’s designed to play to Windows’ strengths while adding some unique hardware touches. Related: Best desktop PCs Dell XPS 27 All-in-One – Design and build With its 27-inch display, the XPS 27 is rather an imposing all-in-one measuring 435 x 625 x 80mm. Like the iMac it has a large chin at the bottom, although, in this case, it isn’t just dead space but houses six speakers in the glossy black frame. The result is a computer that looks refreshingly different to the competition and fantastic in its own right. Certainly, this is an all-in-one that’s been built to garner attention, and I’d proudly have it sat on my desk. A common complaint with all-in-ones is that they often have inflexible stands, but this isn’t t..

    Dell XPS 27 All-in-One

    What is the Dell XPS 27 All-in-One? I’ve seen many companies try to take on the Apple iMac before, but they’ve largely been PC copies of the same design, rather than something fresh. It’s good, then, to see Dell do something different for its XPS 27 All-in-One, crafting a PC that’s designed to play to Windows’ strengths while adding some unique hardware touches. Related: Best desktop PCs Dell XPS 27 All-in-One – Design and build With its 27-inch display, the XPS 27 is rather an imposing all-in-one measuring 435 x 625 x 80mm. Like the iMac it has a large chin at the bottom, although, in this case, it isn’t just dead space but houses six speakers in the glossy black frame. The result is a computer that looks refreshingly different to the competition and fantastic in its own right. Certainly, this is an all-in-one that’s been built to garner attention, and I’d proudly have it sat on my desk. A common complaint with all-in-ones is that they often have inflexible stands, but this isn’t t..
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  • What is the Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 910? How an all-in-one computer looks and feels is almost as important as its raw specs and the quality of the screen. After all, these types of computer sit out on display, so they need to look as good as they perform. It’s good to see PC manufacturers acknowledge this, with a spate of good-looking all-in-one computers hitting the market. The latest is the Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 910, which combines an attractive case and speedy components with a smart stand that lets you lay the screen parallel with your desk, making the touchscreen easier to use. Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 910 – Design and Build Lenovo continues its impressive run with another great-looking all-in-one. The case is of a metal-effect plastic, but the quality is high, and you’ll be hard-pushed to distinguish the finish from true metal using sight alone. Rather than building the components into the main unit, Lenovo has fitted them into a stylish base. It means that the screen is impressiv..

    Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 910

    What is the Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 910? How an all-in-one computer looks and feels is almost as important as its raw specs and the quality of the screen. After all, these types of computer sit out on display, so they need to look as good as they perform. It’s good to see PC manufacturers acknowledge this, with a spate of good-looking all-in-one computers hitting the market. The latest is the Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 910, which combines an attractive case and speedy components with a smart stand that lets you lay the screen parallel with your desk, making the touchscreen easier to use. Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 910 – Design and Build Lenovo continues its impressive run with another great-looking all-in-one. The case is of a metal-effect plastic, but the quality is high, and you’ll be hard-pushed to distinguish the finish from true metal using sight alone. Rather than building the components into the main unit, Lenovo has fitted them into a stylish base. It means that the screen is impressiv..
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  • What is the Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240ICGT? Many all-in-one PCs are built to hit a price point, rather than building something nice. But this isn’t the case with the Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240ICGT. This 23.8-inch all-in-one is a high-quality, full-metal computer with a 4K resolution. It goes without saying that this is where the PC fights back against the iMac. Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240ICGT – Design and Build There’s no way to avoid comparisons with the iMac, so let’s get that over with straight away. Yes, the Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240ICGT does look a little like its Apple rival, but that’s more down to the materials used and the fact that there’s only so many ways to put an all-in-one together, rather than a conscious decision to mimic. Besides, Asus has added its own design touches. I like the black front and more evenly spaced bezels, compared to the iMac’s bigger “chin”. Asus has crafted the case out of metal, and it looks and feels gorgeous. There’s no doubting that on seeing the Zen AiO Pro Z2..

    Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240ICGT

    What is the Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240ICGT? Many all-in-one PCs are built to hit a price point, rather than building something nice. But this isn’t the case with the Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240ICGT. This 23.8-inch all-in-one is a high-quality, full-metal computer with a 4K resolution. It goes without saying that this is where the PC fights back against the iMac. Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240ICGT – Design and Build There’s no way to avoid comparisons with the iMac, so let’s get that over with straight away. Yes, the Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240ICGT does look a little like its Apple rival, but that’s more down to the materials used and the fact that there’s only so many ways to put an all-in-one together, rather than a conscious decision to mimic. Besides, Asus has added its own design touches. I like the black front and more evenly spaced bezels, compared to the iMac’s bigger “chin”. Asus has crafted the case out of metal, and it looks and feels gorgeous. There’s no doubting that on seeing the Zen AiO Pro Z2..
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  • What is the Lenovo Ideacentre Y710 Cube? Who said that gaming PCs had to be big and overbearing? With the Ideacentre Y710 Cube, Lenovo has crafted a high-spec PC that you can easily move around, one that can handle games in 4K. However, a high price, relative difficulty in upgrading, and a comparatively slow SSD come as the fairly significant trade-offs especially when the likes of Alienware can offer better value. I’ve reviewed the high-end model with a Core i7-6700 CPU and GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card. A cheaper model with a Core i5-6400 CPU and GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card is also available. Lenovo Ideacentre Y710 Cube – Design and Build Built into a box that measures just 393 x 252 x 314mm, the Ideacentre Y710 Cube is a very small computer that’s easy to position anywhere. I’m a huge fan of its look, too: the classic red and black colour scheme is stylish without being overbearing. From the front, the Y-shaped red light makes the Y710 Cube look a little like a Cylon, but ..

    Lenovo Ideacentre Y710 Cube

    What is the Lenovo Ideacentre Y710 Cube? Who said that gaming PCs had to be big and overbearing? With the Ideacentre Y710 Cube, Lenovo has crafted a high-spec PC that you can easily move around, one that can handle games in 4K. However, a high price, relative difficulty in upgrading, and a comparatively slow SSD come as the fairly significant trade-offs especially when the likes of Alienware can offer better value. I’ve reviewed the high-end model with a Core i7-6700 CPU and GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card. A cheaper model with a Core i5-6400 CPU and GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card is also available. Lenovo Ideacentre Y710 Cube – Design and Build Built into a box that measures just 393 x 252 x 314mm, the Ideacentre Y710 Cube is a very small computer that’s easy to position anywhere. I’m a huge fan of its look, too: the classic red and black colour scheme is stylish without being overbearing. From the front, the Y-shaped red light makes the Y710 Cube look a little like a Cylon, but ..
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  • What is the Corsair One? The Corsair One is the American hardware firm’s second stab at the living room PC market after the compact Bulldog PC that was announced in 2015. Corsair says it’s designed the system from the ground up to be the “ultimate lounge PC” – one that’s powerful enough to play games at 4K and run VR headsets, such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, but small and quiet enough to discreetly sit in a regular person’s living room. From a design perspective it’s an absolute marvel, and thanks to an innovative cooling system, the Corsair One is one of the most powerful mini-ITX gaming PCs Trusted has ever tested. However, its lack of upgradability limits its appeal to hardware fanatics. With pricing starting at a hefty £1799.99 for the most basic configuration, the Corsair One is also seriously expensive. Related: Best gaming PCs Corsair One – Design and build On the outside the Corsair One is one of the most inconspicuous gaming PCs I’ve seen. Unlike most PC builders Cor..

    Corsair One

    What is the Corsair One? The Corsair One is the American hardware firm’s second stab at the living room PC market after the compact Bulldog PC that was announced in 2015. Corsair says it’s designed the system from the ground up to be the “ultimate lounge PC” – one that’s powerful enough to play games at 4K and run VR headsets, such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, but small and quiet enough to discreetly sit in a regular person’s living room. From a design perspective it’s an absolute marvel, and thanks to an innovative cooling system, the Corsair One is one of the most powerful mini-ITX gaming PCs Trusted has ever tested. However, its lack of upgradability limits its appeal to hardware fanatics. With pricing starting at a hefty £1799.99 for the most basic configuration, the Corsair One is also seriously expensive. Related: Best gaming PCs Corsair One – Design and build On the outside the Corsair One is one of the most inconspicuous gaming PCs I’ve seen. Unlike most PC builders Cor..
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  • What is the HP Envy 34 Curved All-in-One? An all-in-one computer often feels like the sensible choice, combining a PC and a monitor to reduce clutter. But, why can’t these computers be just that little bit crazy and more attention grabbing? HP certainly thinks they can, as its Envy 34 Curved All-in-One demonstrates. As the name gives away, this all-in-one has a massive 34-inch curved display, making it immediately different to everything else I’ve seen. HP Envy 34 Curved All-in-One – Design and build Big it may be, but the Envy 34 is also rather attractive and grabbed my attention for all of the right reasons. The size of the screen is something of a boon for design, as it gives HP a bit more room to play with. This is a far cry from HP’s previous attempt at a curved all-in-one. It’s thoroughly grown-up, stylish and would fit into any office or home environment Related: Best desktop PCsRather than a basic stand, as with most all-in-ones, HP’s stand contains all of the computer’s co..

    HP Envy 34 Curved All-in-One

    What is the HP Envy 34 Curved All-in-One? An all-in-one computer often feels like the sensible choice, combining a PC and a monitor to reduce clutter. But, why can’t these computers be just that little bit crazy and more attention grabbing? HP certainly thinks they can, as its Envy 34 Curved All-in-One demonstrates. As the name gives away, this all-in-one has a massive 34-inch curved display, making it immediately different to everything else I’ve seen. HP Envy 34 Curved All-in-One – Design and build Big it may be, but the Envy 34 is also rather attractive and grabbed my attention for all of the right reasons. The size of the screen is something of a boon for design, as it gives HP a bit more room to play with. This is a far cry from HP’s previous attempt at a curved all-in-one. It’s thoroughly grown-up, stylish and would fit into any office or home environment Related: Best desktop PCsRather than a basic stand, as with most all-in-ones, HP’s stand contains all of the computer’s co..
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  • What is the Asus ROG GR8 II-T017Z? The PC is the greatest gaming platform on earth, but the size of many such rigs makes them rather inflexible. Not so with the Asus ROG GR8 II, since this little PC is console-sized and will be as at home under a TV as it is connected to a monitor. A low price for this mid-range model (the T01Z) makes it all the more exciting, although a few hardware upgrades may be necessary to make the most of this computer.Update: Since my inital review, Asus has informed me they plan to sell a version with an SSD in the UK. It’s a good move, as flash storage would make the PC much faster to boot and load applications. If you want a GR8 II, it might be worth waiting. Asus has also announced that several new specifications will be launching later this year, including a 6GB GTX 1060 model along with a cheaper GTX 1050 Ti version as well. It might pay to wait until then, although right now some retailers are selling the ROG GR8 with a mouse, keyboard, headset and mou..

    Asus ROG GR8 II

    What is the Asus ROG GR8 II-T017Z? The PC is the greatest gaming platform on earth, but the size of many such rigs makes them rather inflexible. Not so with the Asus ROG GR8 II, since this little PC is console-sized and will be as at home under a TV as it is connected to a monitor. A low price for this mid-range model (the T01Z) makes it all the more exciting, although a few hardware upgrades may be necessary to make the most of this computer.Update: Since my inital review, Asus has informed me they plan to sell a version with an SSD in the UK. It’s a good move, as flash storage would make the PC much faster to boot and load applications. If you want a GR8 II, it might be worth waiting. Asus has also announced that several new specifications will be launching later this year, including a 6GB GTX 1060 model along with a cheaper GTX 1050 Ti version as well. It might pay to wait until then, although right now some retailers are selling the ROG GR8 with a mouse, keyboard, headset and mou..
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  • What is Samsung DeX? A phone that can double up as a PC has long been a dream of techies. The business case for having one complete computing device for on-the-go tasks and desk-bound work is pretty strong. Windows 10 Mobile Continuum made a commendable first step into this world, but it’s Samsung that’s taken up the mantle with DeX, a £120 dock that supports the latest Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. Buy the Samsung Dex from Mobile Fun – £129.99 Samsung DeX – Dock As a piece of design the DeX looks pretty cool, but it’s rather impractical. Think of it as a small black plastic pie, with the pastry lid that can be slid back to reveal the USB-C connector and which forms a resting place for your docked phone. The innards of the dock contain a cooling fan for the heatsink, with the external ports consisting of the following: USB-C for power, HDMI, two USB 2.0 ports and an Ethernet connector for wired internet. The DeX dock is annoyingly inflexible. Unlike Microsoft’s Display Dock, w..

    Samsung DeX

    What is Samsung DeX? A phone that can double up as a PC has long been a dream of techies. The business case for having one complete computing device for on-the-go tasks and desk-bound work is pretty strong. Windows 10 Mobile Continuum made a commendable first step into this world, but it’s Samsung that’s taken up the mantle with DeX, a £120 dock that supports the latest Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. Buy the Samsung Dex from Mobile Fun – £129.99 Samsung DeX – Dock As a piece of design the DeX looks pretty cool, but it’s rather impractical. Think of it as a small black plastic pie, with the pastry lid that can be slid back to reveal the USB-C connector and which forms a resting place for your docked phone. The innards of the dock contain a cooling fan for the heatsink, with the external ports consisting of the following: USB-C for power, HDMI, two USB 2.0 ports and an Ethernet connector for wired internet. The DeX dock is annoyingly inflexible. Unlike Microsoft’s Display Dock, w..
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  • What is the Asus VivoMini VC66R? One of the main reasons for people not wanting to invest in a desktop PC is because of the associated bulk. However, computers don’t have to be so huge, as the tiny Asus VivoMini VC66R shows. Despite its small size, the VivoMini doesn’t sacrifice power and can do more than your average laptop. Available only on a build-to-order basis, the VC66R will hopefully be on mainstream sale later in the year.I’ve not yet given the VivoMini VC66R a rating due to its lack of a price in the UK. When Asus announces a price, I’ll revisit this review to deliver my final verdict. Related: Best desktop PC Asus VivoMini VC66R – Design and Build I love the VivoMini VC66R: it’s modern-looking, minimalist and very small (177 x 153 x 74mm). The case has a subtle dimpling effect, with a pattern of squares. It helps break up the case, giving it a fresher look. Although the VivoMini VC66R is compact, the case has everything that you could want on it. At the front, there ar..

    Asus VivoMini VC66R

    What is the Asus VivoMini VC66R? One of the main reasons for people not wanting to invest in a desktop PC is because of the associated bulk. However, computers don’t have to be so huge, as the tiny Asus VivoMini VC66R shows. Despite its small size, the VivoMini doesn’t sacrifice power and can do more than your average laptop. Available only on a build-to-order basis, the VC66R will hopefully be on mainstream sale later in the year.I’ve not yet given the VivoMini VC66R a rating due to its lack of a price in the UK. When Asus announces a price, I’ll revisit this review to deliver my final verdict. Related: Best desktop PC Asus VivoMini VC66R – Design and Build I love the VivoMini VC66R: it’s modern-looking, minimalist and very small (177 x 153 x 74mm). The case has a subtle dimpling effect, with a pattern of squares. It helps break up the case, giving it a fresher look. Although the VivoMini VC66R is compact, the case has everything that you could want on it. At the front, there ar..
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  • What is the Asus Tinker Board? Single-board computers have become very popular over the last five years, with the Raspberry Pi getting in on the act early on, winning the hearts and minds of children, teachers and coding hobbyists with its low price, easy software and vibrant community. The Tinker Board, then, is Asus’ attempt not so much to cash in on this world of single-board PCs, but offer a slightly more premium piece of hardware to sate the demands of enthusiasts who want better performance. It’s a commendable effort and it is a great piece of hardware, but software and support is a real sticking point. Asus Tinker Board – Design and features Although at first glance it looks just like a Raspberry Pi 3, some tweaks to the Tinker Board’s design help it feel more like a premium product. The board is covered with icons depicting its various functions, so you’re unlikely to get your camera and display connectors mixed up. The general-purpose input/output (GPIO) header is colour-co..

    Asus Tinker Board

    What is the Asus Tinker Board? Single-board computers have become very popular over the last five years, with the Raspberry Pi getting in on the act early on, winning the hearts and minds of children, teachers and coding hobbyists with its low price, easy software and vibrant community. The Tinker Board, then, is Asus’ attempt not so much to cash in on this world of single-board PCs, but offer a slightly more premium piece of hardware to sate the demands of enthusiasts who want better performance. It’s a commendable effort and it is a great piece of hardware, but software and support is a real sticking point. Asus Tinker Board – Design and features Although at first glance it looks just like a Raspberry Pi 3, some tweaks to the Tinker Board’s design help it feel more like a premium product. The board is covered with icons depicting its various functions, so you’re unlikely to get your camera and display connectors mixed up. The general-purpose input/output (GPIO) header is colour-co..
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