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Dave Mitchell

Dave is an IT consultant and freelance journalist specialising in hands-on reviews of computer networking products covering all market sectors from small businesses to enterprises. Founder of Binary Testing Ltd – the UK’s premier independent network testing laboratory - Dave has over 45 years of experience in the IT industry. He started his career working on mainframe computers including ICL and Unisys within the pharmaceutical, services and corporate financial sectors and managed one of the largest Unisys mainframe installations in the world. Since moving into journalism in 1994, Dave has produced many thousands of in-depth business networking product reviews from his lab which have been reproduced globally. Writing for IT Pro and its sister title, PC Pro, he covers all areas of business IT including servers, storage, network security, data protection, cloud, infrastructure and services.

 

Zyxel XS1930-12HP review: In a league of its own
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network switches

Zyxel XS1930-12HP review: In a league of its own

A powerful switch with a network connection for every occasion and powerful PoE++ services
9 Aug 2022
Synology DiskStation DS3622xs+ review: Big storage for small offices
A photograph of the Synology DiskStation DS3622xs+
network attached storage (NAS)

Synology DiskStation DS3622xs+ review: Big storage for small offices

Huge capacity, slick data-protection apps and great performance make this an ideal on-site storage vault
4 Aug 2022
Gradwell Wave review: Capable cloud-hosted VoIP
A screenshot of Gradwell Wave's main dashboard
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

Gradwell Wave review: Capable cloud-hosted VoIP

A classy cloud VoIP service that’s swift to deploy, with great call-handling features at a price to please SMBs
28 Jul 2022
Zyxel WAX610D Unified Pro Access Point review: Leaves the rest in the dust
A photograph of the Zyxel WAX610D Unified Pro Access Point
routers

Zyxel WAX610D Unified Pro Access Point review: Leaves the rest in the dust

It’s pricey, but this fast Wi-Fi 6 AP offers plenty of business-class features and great cloud management
26 Jul 2022
How to choose the right cloud supplier for your business
A laptop on a table surrounded by small clouds
cloud hosting

How to choose the right cloud supplier for your business

Whether you've already moved your servers to the cloud or are in the market for something new, here's what to look out for
25 Jul 2022
Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1300 review: Affordable, versatile and impressive
A photograph of the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1300
peripherals

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1300 review: Affordable, versatile and impressive

The compact ScanSnap iX1300 combines great scan speeds and output quality in a space-saving package
25 Jul 2022
3CX Phone System Enterprise 18 review: Unbeatable value
A screenshot showing the 3CX Phone System Enterprise 18 main dashboard
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

3CX Phone System Enterprise 18 review: Unbeatable value

Whether it’s on-premises or cloud-hosted, 3CX’s affordable Phone System 18 is perfect for SMBs
19 Jul 2022
Dell EMC PowerEdge R250 review: A powerful package at a promising price
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Server & storage

Dell EMC PowerEdge R250 review: A powerful package at a promising price

A compact and powerful Xeon E-2300 rack server with room to grow and great remote management
14 Jul 2022
Epson WorkForce DS-790WN review: Scanning that covers every angle
A photograph of the Epson WorkForce DS-790WN
peripherals

Epson WorkForce DS-790WN review: Scanning that covers every angle

A fast and affordable networked desktop scanner with a great software bundle
13 Jul 2022
Sipgate Team review: Cost-conscious cloud calling
A screenshot of the Sipgate Team main dashboard
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

Sipgate Team review: Cost-conscious cloud calling

An affordable hosted service for small businesses, with flexible licensing plans and good call-handling features
4 Jul 2022
Maxhub UC M40 review: The big picture
A photograph of the Maxhub UC M40
peripherals

Maxhub UC M40 review: The big picture

Maxhub’s clever little panoramic camera delivers video meetings at a great price
1 Jul 2022
EnGenius ECW220S review: Peerless protection
A photograph of the EnGenius ECW220S
routers

EnGenius ECW220S review: Peerless protection

An affordable Wi-Fi 6 access point with top cloud management and innovative wireless security measures
30 Jun 2022
Canon imageFormula R40 review: Capable performance at a good price
A photograph of the Canon imageFormula R40
peripherals

Canon imageFormula R40 review: Capable performance at a good price

It lacks network support, but the R40 is an efficient desktop scanner with good management software
28 Jun 2022
WatchGuard Firebox M590 review: Big red network security
A photograph of the WatchGuard Firebox M590
unified threat management (UTM)

WatchGuard Firebox M590 review: Big red network security

A powerful mid-range UTM appliance with top-notch security features at a sensible price
27 Jun 2022
Dell EMC PowerEdge R350 review: A compact and powerful server
A photograph of the Dell EMC PowerEdge R350
Server & storage

Dell EMC PowerEdge R350 review: A compact and powerful server

Dell EMC’s entry-level rack server packs a great specification into a space saving chassis
23 Jun 2022
How to buy the right printer for your business
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Hardware

How to buy the right printer for your business

Some things never change – such as the choice between laser or inkjet. But there are plenty of other issues to consider before buying
13 May 2022
Qnap TS-1264U-RP review: Space to spare
A photograph of the Qnap TS-1264U-RP
network attached storage (NAS)

Qnap TS-1264U-RP review: Space to spare

Qnap’s affordable 12-bay business NAS puts big storage in small spaces
4 May 2022
Zyxel NWA90AX review: Wi-Fi 6 at a bargain price
A photograph of the Zyxel NWA90AX
wifi & hotspots

Zyxel NWA90AX review: Wi-Fi 6 at a bargain price

Despite modest performance, this low-cost Wi-Fi 6 AP offers plenty of business-class features
20 Apr 2022
Arcserve 9288DR Appliance review: The backup host with the most
A photograph of the Arcserve 9288DR Appliance
Server & storage

Arcserve 9288DR Appliance review: The backup host with the most

Ideally suited to securing physical and virtual environments with a superb range of data protection features
14 Apr 2022
Tresorit Business Plus review: Perfect for handling confidential data
Tresorit Business Plus
cloud storage

Tresorit Business Plus review: Perfect for handling confidential data

A seriously secure cloud collaboration and file-sharing service that’s very easy to use and great value for SMBs
11 Apr 2022
Dell EMC PowerEdge R550 review: High on storage, low on price
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Server & storage

Dell EMC PowerEdge R550 review: High on storage, low on price

A powerful 2U rack server with a big storage capacity for the price of a 1U model
7 Apr 2022
Ionos HiDrive Pro review: Simple, straightforward backup
A screenshot of Ionos HiDrive Pro
cloud storage

Ionos HiDrive Pro review: Simple, straightforward backup

Basic cloud file sharing and syncing services at a reasonable price with a raft of handy backup tools
4 Apr 2022
Auvik Network Management review: A breeze to deploy
Auvik Network Management screenshot
Network & Internet

Auvik Network Management review: A breeze to deploy

Auvik’s cloud-hosted monitoring is quick to provide a complete picture of your network
1 Apr 2022
WatchGuard Firebox T40-W review: Powerful yet classy
WatchGuard Firebox T40-W ports
unified threat management (UTM)

WatchGuard Firebox T40-W review: Powerful yet classy

A powerful desktop security appliance with classy remote monitoring and configuration services
30 Mar 2022
Files.com review: A great all-round cloud collaborator
Screenshot of Files.com features
cloud storage

Files.com review: A great all-round cloud collaborator

An excellent range of features backed up by strong security and integration with third-party productivity apps
28 Mar 2022
Box Business Plus review: Cloud storage that’s very hard to beat
A screenshot of Box Business Plus
cloud storage

Box Business Plus review: Cloud storage that’s very hard to beat

Simple, affordable file sharing with great collaboration tools and a superb range of third-party app integrations
21 Mar 2022
Paessler PRTG Network Monitor 21.4 review: Hard to beat
A screenshot of Paessler PRTG Network Monitor 21.4
Network & Internet

Paessler PRTG Network Monitor 21.4 review: Hard to beat

This affordable and versatile monitoring solution suits all types of networks with a sensor for every occasion
15 Mar 2022
Trust Iris review: A mighty lozenge of video conferencing goodness
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video conferencing

Trust Iris review: A mighty lozenge of video conferencing goodness

An affordable business video solution with top-notch image quality and clever speaker tracking features
11 Mar 2022
Dell EMC PowerEdge R450 review: Rack-dense server power for SMBs
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Server & storage

Dell EMC PowerEdge R450 review: Rack-dense server power for SMBs

A versatile all-round rack workhorse with plenty of hardware choices at a good price
9 Mar 2022
D-Link Nuclias DBA-X1230P review: Pricey but powerful
A photograph of the D-Link Nuclias DBA-X1230P
wifi & hotspots

D-Link Nuclias DBA-X1230P review: Pricey but powerful

Not the best value, but this cloud-managed Wi-Fi 6 AP is a good performer with top-notch guest services
7 Mar 2022
Poly Studio P21 review: Lights, camera, action
A photograph of the Poly Studio P21
video conferencing

Poly Studio P21 review: Lights, camera, action

This video meeting solution isn’t cheap, but it’s perfect for home workers seeking the professional touch
25 Feb 2022
WatchGuard Firebox M290 review: Stiff security at a great price
A photograph of the WatchGuard Firebox M290
unified threat management (UTM)

WatchGuard Firebox M290 review: Stiff security at a great price

The Firebox M290 delivers an incredible range of gateway security measures priced right for SMBs
23 Feb 2022
VirtualMetric review: Let down by poor support
A screenshot of the VirtualMetric dashboard
Network & Internet

VirtualMetric review: Let down by poor support

This server-focused solution exposes a remarkable amount of information, but its flaws are hard to overlook
22 Feb 2022
Dell EMC PowerEdge R750xs review: A pocket-friendly power plant
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Server & storage

Dell EMC PowerEdge R750xs review: A pocket-friendly power plant

The PowerEdge R750xs offers a surprisingly powerful rack package at a tempting price
7 Feb 2022
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi U6-LR review: A wealth of features for a very fair price
A photograph of the Ubiquiti Networks UniFi U6-LR
wifi & hotspots

Ubiquiti Networks UniFi U6-LR review: A wealth of features for a very fair price

Good speeds, decent range and excellent management services make this a great AP for a reasonable price
4 Feb 2022
TP-Link Omada EAP620 HD review: No speed demon
A photograph of the TP-Link Omada EAP620 HD
wifi & hotspots

TP-Link Omada EAP620 HD review: No speed demon

A low-cost business Wi-Fi 6 AP with classy cloud management and acceptable performance
2 Feb 2022