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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.

 

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Netgear Orbi Pro Wi-Fi 6 review: Super-fast and super pricey
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wifi & hotspots

Netgear Orbi Pro Wi-Fi 6 review: Super-fast and super pricey

Top Wi-Fi 6 performance with good range and easy meshing but this doesn’t come cheap
31 Jan 2022
Buying a video conferencing system in 2022
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video conferencing

Buying a video conferencing system in 2022

Looking to upgrade the quality of your video calls? We explain what to look for in the age of hybrid work
28 Jan 2022
Netgear WAX630 review: Astounding performance for dense networks
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wifi & hotspots

Netgear WAX630 review: Astounding performance for dense networks

This very affordable AP is easy to deploy, with top-notch cloud management and masses of bandwidth
20 Jan 2022
Canon Image Formula R10 review: Makes scanning a dream
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peripherals

Canon Image Formula R10 review: Makes scanning a dream

Embedded software makes this lightweight scanner convenient as well as highly portable
19 Jan 2022
Qnap TVS-675 review: Noteworthy, but not impressive
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network attached storage (NAS)

Qnap TVS-675 review: Noteworthy, but not impressive

This desktop NAS has some great features and a novel choice of CPU – but the price is high for what you get
17 Jan 2022
DrayTek VigorAP 1060C review: Pedal to the metal
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wifi & hotspots

DrayTek VigorAP 1060C review: Pedal to the metal

A versatile Wi-Fi 6 AP offering great performance, plenty of management features and smart meshing
13 Jan 2022
Synology DiskStation DS2422+ review: A cube of great capacity
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network attached storage (NAS)

Synology DiskStation DS2422+ review: A cube of great capacity

Despite limitations, this mighty desktop appliance delivers a heap of network storage at a good price
10 Jan 2022
Sophos XGS 3300 review: Xstream firewall performance
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Security

Sophos XGS 3300 review: Xstream firewall performance

A powerful firewall appliance combining hardware acceleration with a vast array of security measures
7 Jan 2022
Bose Videobar VB1 review: A videoconferencing bar with excellent audio
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video conferencing

Bose Videobar VB1 review: A videoconferencing bar with excellent audio

There are cheaper options but this high-quality VC unit delivers a slick, professional meeting experience
5 Jan 2022
Buying business backup software in 2022
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backup software

Buying business backup software in 2022

What’s the first rule of business club? Back up, back up, back up. We explain what to look for in a solution
3 Jan 2022
Poly Studio P15: A high-quality videoconferencing bar that's small enough to clip onto your monitor
Poly Studio P15 photograph
video conferencing

Poly Studio P15: A high-quality videoconferencing bar that's small enough to clip onto your monitor

A strong choice for home workers wanting to look their best, though the price may be a discouragement
29 Dec 2021
Maxhub UC S10 review: Affordable, versatile videoconferencing for SMBs
Maxhub UC S10 photograph
video conferencing

Maxhub UC S10 review: Affordable, versatile videoconferencing for SMBs

This all-in-one conferencing bar works with all the popular platforms and doesn't need a host computer
22 Dec 2021
HP DesignJet Studio 24in review: Scandi-style printing
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Hardware

HP DesignJet Studio 24in review: Scandi-style printing

HP’s slinky DesignJet Studio inkjet plotter has its eye on the big picture
20 Dec 2021
TP-Link Omada EAP615-Wall review: Simple, affordable Wi-Fi 6
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wifi & hotspots

TP-Link Omada EAP615-Wall review: Simple, affordable Wi-Fi 6

An affordable AP that combines Wi-Fi 6, Gigabit LAN and PoE in a discreet, easily managed package
17 Dec 2021
Logitech Rally Bar review: An ideal all-in-one conferencing solution for larger rooms
Logitech Rally Bar photograph
video conferencing

Logitech Rally Bar review: An ideal all-in-one conferencing solution for larger rooms

It's pricey, but the Rally Bar takes care of all your telepresence needs in one convenient unit
15 Dec 2021