K.G. Orphanides
Slack review: Free your business comms
collaboration

Slack review: Free your business comms

The industry-leading business chat system stands up to its big-name rivals
19 May 2020
Cobian Backup 11 (Gravity) review: Business-friendly freeware
backup software

Cobian Backup 11 (Gravity) review: Business-friendly freeware

This popular backup tool hasn’t been abandoned but it feels a little dated and lacks proper backup restoration features
23 Mar 2020
Areca Backup review: Capable but flawed
backup software

Areca Backup review: Capable but flawed

A powerful file-level backup and recovery tool that requires a little too much user intervention to automate
19 Mar 2020
Duplicati review: Our new favourite backup tool
backup software

Duplicati review: Our new favourite backup tool

A cutting edge file-level backup utility with a browser-based interface that’s easy to install and use on any desktop OS
13 Mar 2020
EaseUS ToDo Backup Free 12.0 review: Enterprise-unfriendly
backup software

EaseUS ToDo Backup Free 12.0 review: Enterprise-unfriendly

One of the few file-level backup tools to also provide disk imaging, but you’ll see a lot of upgrade adverts
10 Mar 2020
Amazon Web Services review
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Amazon Web Services review

Amazon's one cloud service provider to rule them all isn't always the most economical option for SMBs
2 Aug 2019
Microsoft Azure review
Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure review

A clear and cost-effective path for deploying your Microsoft office network in the cloud
19 Jul 2019
Salesforce Essentials review
software as a service (SaaS)

Salesforce Essentials review

The SMB edition of one of the world's most popular sales tools dials down both cost and complexity
11 Jun 2019
Microsoft Teams review: A no-brainer for Microsoft shops
Software

Microsoft Teams review: A no-brainer for Microsoft shops

Existing Office 365 subscribers will love this - others, not so much
23 May 2019
FreshBooks review: Slick, but shallow
software as a service (SaaS)

FreshBooks review: Slick, but shallow

Cloud accounting designed for freelancers and service-based small enterprises
23 Apr 2019
FreeAgent review: Financial software you can count on
software as a service (SaaS)

FreeAgent review: Financial software you can count on

A hugely feature-packed small business cloud accounting suite, based in the UK
17 Apr 2019
Xero review: Xero to (almost) hero
software as a service (SaaS)

Xero review: Xero to (almost) hero

Comprehensive cloud accounting that's particularly well suited to sales-based businesses
15 Mar 2019
Zoho Books review: Everything but the kitchen sink
software as a service (SaaS)

Zoho Books review: Everything but the kitchen sink

A relatively low-cost accounting suite with a huge range of features at all tiers, but lacking integrated payroll
11 Mar 2019
Intuit QuickBooks review: Quick to impress
software as a service (SaaS)

Intuit QuickBooks review: Quick to impress

QuickBooks provides polished, well documented and very easy to use cloud-based business accounting suite
5 Mar 2019
Startech ST10000SPEX 10GBase-T Ethernet Network Card review
Network & Internet

Startech ST10000SPEX 10GBase-T Ethernet Network Card review

Effective and relatively inexpensive 10 Gigabit Ethernet adaptor, ideal for servers
6 Sep 2016
Netgear ProSAFE XS716T review
Network & Internet

Netgear ProSAFE XS716T review

An extremely capable 16­port 10 Gigabit managed switch with support for 16 copper connections and two ports with optional fibre support
2 Sep 2016
Linksys LRT214 review
virtual private network (VPN)

Linksys LRT214 review

This VPN-capable business router won't leave your wallet black and blue
27 Jul 2016
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B review
Reviews

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B review

The latest version of the compact computer adds more power and built-in wireless connectivity
20 Jun 2016
bbc microbit review
Reviews

bbc microbit review

The BBC Micro lives again to teach a new generation of kids! Well, sort of.
10 Jun 2016
Raspberry Pi Zero review - the £4 mini PC
Internet of Things (IoT)

Raspberry Pi Zero review - the £4 mini PC

The tiniest and cheapest computer we've ever squeezed it into an office environment
16 Feb 2016
Ruckus Unleashed review
Network & Internet

Ruckus Unleashed review

Stop using consumer routers for your business
22 Jan 2016
Amanda Network Backup review
storage backup
backup

Amanda Network Backup review

Advanced network backup for free
21 Jan 2016
Zimbra Collaboration Suite (Open Source Edition) review
mail server

Zimbra Collaboration Suite (Open Source Edition) review

The free alternative to Microsoft Exchange and Google Apps
14 Jan 2016
Spiceworks Network Monitor review
Reviews

Spiceworks Network Monitor review

Free network monitoring software, but there’s a catch
17 Dec 2015
microsoft office 2016 for windows review
Software

microsoft office 2016 for windows review

Office finally catches up with Google Docs. Well, sort of...
12 Oct 2015
Microsoft Office Mobile for Windows 10 review
business apps

Microsoft Office Mobile for Windows 10 review

It's not Office 2016 - it's even better than that
14 Aug 2015
Android for Work review
Mobile

Android for Work review

Android for Work introduces some brilliant mobile device management features but feels rough around the edges
15 May 2015
Cortado Corporate Server 7.2 review
Mobile

Cortado Corporate Server 7.2 review

Mobile Device Management on your own server, focused on Apple and Samsung hardware
3 Feb 2015
Teamviewer 9 review
Software

Teamviewer 9 review

A comprehensive but expensive remote access tool for the enterprise.
3 Jan 2014
Livescribe 3 smartpen review
Mobile

Livescribe 3 smartpen review

A smartpen which syncs your notes to iPads/iPhones in real-time.
18 Nov 2013
3CX Mobile Device Manager review
Mobile

3CX Mobile Device Manager review

Manage employee Android and iOS devices with this web-based console.
4 Sep 2013
Ubuntu vs. Windows 7 on the business desktop
Ubuntu Desktop
Software

Ubuntu vs. Windows 7 on the business desktop

Microsoft Windows may be the de facto standard desktop operating system in business environments, but high costs, restrictive licences and constant se…
9 Feb 2012
Swyx SwyxExpress X20 review
Swyx logo
Network & Internet

Swyx SwyxExpress X20 review

Voice over IP systems can save money and reduce support hassles for time-starved system administrators. Unless it's a Swyx VoIP system, as Andrew Webb…
8 Dec 2011
LG Scanner Mouse review
LG Scanner Mouse
Reviews

LG Scanner Mouse review

A mouse that's also a scanner: do they go together like a horse and carriage or is LG's latest gadget more like chalk and cheese? Kat Orphanides finds…
6 Dec 2011
Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 91z review
The ThinkCentre Edge 91z gets its name from its edge-to-edge glossy panelling covering the 21.5in screen.
Hardware

Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 91z review

It may not be quite as stylish as an iMac, but the latest all-in-one PC from Lenovo is a surprisingly compelling alternative as we find out in our rev…
26 Sep 2011