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Reviewing the ASUS PCE-AC68 PCI-Express Wireless Adapter for PCs

ASUS PCE-AC68Have you considered removing the network cables in your house and going full-wireless, including on your desktop PCs? If you have, then you should consider purchasing a wireless adapter for your desktop computers. ASUS PCE-AC68 is one such device that is able to work with all modern wireless standards, including 802.11ac. We were very curious to test it and learn more about what you lose when you recplace your wired Ethernet connection with a wireless one. We also wanted to see how well this device fares when compared to the wireless network cards found in most laptops and tablets. Read this review to learn what we have found.

Reviewing the Nokia Lumia 525 – Is it Better than the Lumia 520?

nokia lumia 525Nokia has launched an upgrade to their most popular Windows Phone device - the Lumia 520. The new model is named Nokia Lumia 525 and it is almost identical to its predecessor both in its design and hardware configuration. There are only two very notable differences: the Lumia 525 has 1GB of RAM memory instead of 521 MB and a very glossy look. Since the Lumia 520 is so successful, we were curious to learn whether the Lumia 525 is a good upgrade. Does it provides an even better smartphone experience? Read this review to see what we have learned:

Asus Transformer Book T100 Review - Mixing the Netbook with a Tablet

Asus T100In these last few months we went to several events where different Windows 8.1 devices were showcased and launched to the public. Out of all of the devices we have seen, there's one that stood out from the pack as being interesting and rather promising: the ASUS Transformer Book T100. We wanted to test it for a long time and finally, we got the chance to do so, thanks to ASUS. They gave us a test device for a couple of days and we would like to share what we have learned about it, in this review:

Reviewing the ASUS RP-N14 Range Extender for Wireless Networks

ASUS RP-N14I live in a reasonably large apartment and I have a few rooms where the signal of my wireless network is not that great. That's why I was very curious to test a wireless range extender and see whether it can deliver a much required boost in those problematic rooms. We have received the RP-N14 range extender from ASUS - an affordable device for people who want to improve and extend the coverage of their 2.4GHz wireless networks. We tested it for about a week and now we are ready to share our conclusions. Is the ASUS RP-N14 a good purchase to make when you need to extend the range of your wireless network? Let's find out from this review:

Reviewing the Nokia Lumia 1020 - The Ultimate Camera Smartphone

nokia lumia 1020When I first learned about the launch of the Nokia Lumia 1020, I was very excited. I wanted to know if this smartphone could truly replace my point-and-shoot camera. A couple of months later, I managed to get my hands on a test unit and today I'm ready to share my opinion about this unique Windows Phone device. Is the hype behind the Lumia 1020 truly deserved? Learn the answer to this question and more, from this review:

The Surface Pro 2 Review - Microsoft's Flagship Windows 8.1 Device

Surface Pro 2During my recent visit to the US, I purchased a Surface Pro 2 for myself. I was really curious to learn more about this device and whether it has great potential or not. Before publishing this review, I have used the Surface Pro 2 for over a month, in different environments, including when traveling or working in an office or at home. If you would like to learn more about its strengths, weaknesses and whether it can be a great device for you, don't hesitate to read this detailed review.

The Toshiba Encore Review - Is it a Good Windows 8.1 Tablet?

Toshiba EncoreUntil I got my hands on the Toshiba Encore, I had not used a Windows device that is made to be a tablet, except the Surface Pro 2. While testing the Toshiba Encore I have learned a lot about what it truly means to use a Windows 8.1 tablet and the strengths and weaknesses of this device. If you want to learn more about the Toshiba Encore, what it offers and how well it works, don't hesitate to read this review.

Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse Review - A Good Companion for Mobile Users

Microsoft Sculpt Comfort MouseAfter the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft decided to redesign its keyboard and mouse lineup, so that they are more useful when working with modern devices, including tablets and hybrids like the Microsoft Surface. One of the most interesting mice that were launched is the Sculpt Comfort which has a big blue button with the Windows logo on it. What does this button do and is this mouse a good device? Let's learn this and more, from this review, based on using this mouse for three weeks.

Reviewing the Nokia Lumia 625 - Does a Big Screen Make it a Good Phone?

nokia lumia 625If you have been reading 7 Tutorials for a while, you know that we love the Nokia Lumia 620. That's why when Nokia announced the Lumia 625 we were curious to learn what's new about it and if it is a better phone. When you first look at it you think to yourself: "Ohh, this is a Lumia 620 with a big screen!" That's right but there are also other important novelties introduced by this model. Let's find out what they are and if this is a better smartphone than its predecessor.

Reviewing The Most Popular Windows Phone - The Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia Lumia 520Here at 7 Tutorials, we applauded the Nokia Lumia 620, its great price and performance. Unfortunately, that phone wasn't made available in many countries. However, the Nokia Lumia 520 is available everywhere and it is also the best sold smartphone with Windows Phone 8. Let's see if its popularity is deserved and whether you should consider buying it too.

Reviewing the Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard

Microsoft Wedge MobileNowadays, tablets are becoming more and more popular, and rightly so. They're versatile, and most are a lot more easily portable than even a netbook. However, typing on a tablet screen is not something that comes naturally to many people, and even the widest tablets have only so much screen real estate on which to display the keyboard. Only people with small hands have a chance of touch typing efficiently. Thus, there has been an ever increasing market for add-on keyboards for tablets and other portable devices. I recently bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 tablet, so now I have the opportunity to evaluate the Microsoft Wedge Mobile keyboard.

The Nokia Lumia 720 Review - Low-end Hardware & Premium Build Quality

The Nokia Lumia 720 is a strange smartphone when you analyze it in detail. First of all, it looks great and it has a solid design and build quality. Holding it in your hand and using it as a phone is a real pleasure. But, its insides are not so premium. Its hardware configuration is almost identical to that of its lower-end brother - the Lumia 620. Does this combination of low-end hardware and premium build quality make for a good mid-range smartphone? Let's find out in this review.