Darien Graham-Smith
What to look for in a mesh Wi-Fi network
wifi & hotspots

What to look for in a mesh Wi-Fi network

There’s plenty of choice when it comes to mesh systems: here’s how to pick the one that’s right for you
16 Sep 2020
Best mesh Wi-Fi alternatives
wifi & hotspots

Best mesh Wi-Fi alternatives

Don’t want to spend three figures on an expensive mesh system? There are other ways to extend your wireless signal
16 Sep 2020
Asus ZenWiFi AC review: Boxy but brilliant
wifi & hotspots

Asus ZenWiFi AC review: Boxy but brilliant

This imposing mesh system is insanely fast and loaded with high-end router features
16 Sep 2020
Can you put SSDs in a NAS?
network attached storage (NAS)

Can you put SSDs in a NAS?

Most NAS drives will accept SSDs as well as mechanical hard drives - but is it a good idea?
4 Aug 2020
What is Windows PowerShell?
Microsoft Windows

What is Windows PowerShell?

Find out everything you need to know to get started with the most powerful part of Windows you've never used
24 Jul 2020
Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 review: Outstanding, but possibly overkill
wifi & hotspots

Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 review: Outstanding, but possibly overkill

The first 802.11ax mesh system leaves its rivals in the dust – but does anyone actually need it?
2 Jul 2020
Keep yourself protected with our list of the best security suites
cyber security

Keep yourself protected with our list of the best security suites

With more malware lurking in the shadows than ever before, it’s critical that you keep yourself safe
4 Jun 2020
LG Gram 17 (2020) review: Do it for the Gram
Laptops

LG Gram 17 (2020) review: Do it for the Gram

Not the fastest performer, but this plus-sized laptop has a fantastic screen and is astonishingly light
2 Jun 2020
Google Nest Wifi review: A solid improvement, but not for long
routers

Google Nest Wifi review: A solid improvement, but not for long

Seamlessly combines mesh Wi-Fi and smart speaker functions, but other solutions are faster and more versatile
14 Feb 2020
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2019) review: Flipping brilliant
Laptops

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2019) review: Flipping brilliant

A superb laptop by any measure – its convertible design is simply the icing on the case
20 Jan 2020
Asus RT-AX88U review: The next step in Wi-Fi technology
wifi & hotspots

Asus RT-AX88U review: The next step in Wi-Fi technology

Wi-Fi 6 finally hits the mainstream, and it’s as fantastic as it is expensive
29 Jul 2019
8 killer new Windows 10 features for 2019
Microsoft Windows

8 killer new Windows 10 features for 2019

Android phone mirroring, smoother updates and a sandbox to test suspicious files all come part of the latest Windows 10 refresh
24 Jun 2019
The cable-free household is already here... if we want it
wifi & hotspots

The cable-free household is already here... if we want it

WiGig is a technology that missed the boat, but with a little push it could yet be transformative
25 May 2019
AmpliFi Instant Home Mesh Wi-Fi review
wifi & hotspots

AmpliFi Instant Home Mesh Wi-Fi review

Don't let the name fool you - this simple mesh system is ideal for small businesses
19 Apr 2019
Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream review: A meaty slab of a router
wifi & hotspots

Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream review: A meaty slab of a router

This mammoth piece of hardware delivers the good when it comes to performance
27 Mar 2019
McAfee Internet Security 2019 review: Redemption at last
Security

McAfee Internet Security 2019 review: Redemption at last

The old dog has finally learnt some new tricks
8 Mar 2019
Panda Free Antivirus review: Bamboo-zle the hackers
Security

Panda Free Antivirus review: Bamboo-zle the hackers

Panda remains our top choice for free AV protection, with a fresh look and less pushy reminders
6 Mar 2019
Avast Free Antivirus review: Capable but annoying
antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus review: Capable but annoying

A feature-packed offering, but prepare to be peppered with prompts to upgrade
28 Feb 2019
Bitdefender Internet Security 2019 review
Security

Bitdefender Internet Security 2019 review

We miss the Autopilot mode, but otherwise this 2019 update sticks to Bitdefender’s core strengths
22 Feb 2019
Synology RT2600ac review
wifi & hotspots

Synology RT2600ac review

This router has one of the nicest web consoles around, with tons of nifty features to boot
19 Feb 2019
Kaspersky Internet Security 2019 review: Unbeatable value
Security

Kaspersky Internet Security 2019 review: Unbeatable value

Old reliable does it again, with supreme effectiveness, extensive features and minimal performance impact
12 Feb 2019
It's time for Microsoft to deactivate its kill switch
Microsoft Windows

It's time for Microsoft to deactivate its kill switch

Free software advocates warned us about the dangers of product activation - and they were right
12 Jan 2019
Is Google the best way to shop online? I’m not buying it
user experience (UX)

Is Google the best way to shop online? I’m not buying it

Google’s sponsored Shopping service lets users down – we should demand better
22 Dec 2018
Sooner or later, new tech turns us all into old fogeys
Technology

Sooner or later, new tech turns us all into old fogeys

Computer systems are constantly evolving and changing; our brains, and our expectations, not so much
13 Oct 2018
The best Registry hacks for fixing annoying Windows features
Microsoft Windows

The best Registry hacks for fixing annoying Windows features

Some of the best tweaks you can safely make to the Registry to enhance your OS experience
24 Sep 2018
Looking back, my 3D-printing dream was never a goer
3D printing
Hardware

Looking back, my 3D-printing dream was never a goer

In this increasingly cynical age, it's getting harder to buy into seductive visions of the future
22 Sep 2018
A hacker's guide to the Windows Registry
Microsoft Windows

A hacker's guide to the Windows Registry

Demystifying the Registry so that you can take full control of Microsoft's OS
10 Sep 2018
We needn't reinvent books – but they can be smarter
Mobile

We needn't reinvent books – but they can be smarter

Calls to jazz up the humble book may sound naive, but we can create a better reader experience
8 Sep 2018
IPVanish review: A very versatile and vibrant VPN
virtual private network (VPN)

IPVanish review: A very versatile and vibrant VPN

Slick and speedy, with in-depth options that techies will love, but note the lack of support for US Netflix
5 Sep 2018
Tenda Nova MW3 review: Cheap but very cheerful mesh Wi-Fi
wifi & hotspots

Tenda Nova MW3 review: Cheap but very cheerful mesh Wi-Fi

The cheapest mesh wireless kit we’ve come across: what it loses in speed, it makes up for in convenience
15 Aug 2018
Zyxel Multy X review: Screamingly fast mesh Wi-Fi
Two Zyxel Multy X nodes
wifi & hotspots

Zyxel Multy X review: Screamingly fast mesh Wi-Fi

Wide coverage and great speeds for an attractive price
15 Aug 2018
Email isn't dying - it's about to show its true value
email providers

Email isn't dying - it's about to show its true value

Instant messaging may be all the rage, but the advent of GDPR highlights the strengths of email
14 Jul 2018
Apple might achieve what Windows 10 never could
operating systems

Apple might achieve what Windows 10 never could

Putting the same chips into MacBooks and iPhones opens up exciting possibilities
16 Jun 2018
Block viruses by all means, but leave the ethics to me
antivirus

Block viruses by all means, but leave the ethics to me

Security software has an important job, but it's hard to trust a tool that oversteps its role
19 May 2018
We're creating more data than we can cope with
Server & storage

We're creating more data than we can cope with

The problem isn't just storage – it's how to organise and manage an ever-growing hoard of files
17 Mar 2018