Reviews

Reviews for Windows users. We cover books, hardware and gadgets, security software, applications and tools, etc.

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:

Security for Everyone - Reviewing Norton Internet Security 2014

nortonNorton is a brand with great recognition but in recent years it was not able to live up to its name and expectations. In our review of Norton Internet Security 2013 we found many problems and issues which did not allow us to recommend this suite to our readers. In the meantime, the 2014 version was launched and we were curious to learn if it is a better product and whether Norton have fixed its past issues.Let's see what we have learned, 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:

Book Review - Team Collaboration, Using Microsoft Office for More Effective Teamwork

Team Collaboration, Using Microsoft Office for More Effective TeamworkIt used to be that team collaboration on documents was time-consuming and tedious. One person would write a draft, give the draft to someone else to make changes, re-read the changes and decide whether to accept them, hand the document to someone else to edit, and so on. Nowadays sharing documents is every bit as easy as writing them, and many people can easily work on the same document. Microsoft Office's suite of programs is designed for teamwork, but not everyone will find it instinctive at first. This is where a book like Team Collaboration, Using Microsoft Office for More Effective Teamwork could be a real gem. Does this book live up to the title's promise? As a long-time Office user, I was interested to find out. Let's see what I discovered.

Book Review - Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Steps, by Ed Wilson

Windows PowerShell 3.0 First StepsWe recently received a copy of Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Steps and I decided to take on the challenge of reviewing it, mainly for two reasons. The first one is that I have never reviewed a book before and I saw it as a great exercise in this direction. The second reason is the fact that this book is written with PowerShell beginners in mind and - you guessed it - I'm a PowerShell beginner. Actually, that would be an overstatement, since I have never used PowerShell before, so I considered it a great way to get to learn a new skill. Without further ado, let's dive in and see if this book is worth buying.

Book Review - Windows 8.1 Inside Out, by Tony Northrup

Last year, I reviewed Tony Northrup's Windows 8 Inside Out and found that it was an excellent reference that did a fine job of explaining the then-new interface of Windows 8, so that it was easy for newcomers to understand. Now there's a new edition that covers Windows 8.1. Is the approach different this time around? Does the book still do a great job? Did the book live up to my expectations? Let's find out in this book review.

Book Review - Windows 8.1 The Missing Manual, by David Pogue

Windows 8.1 The Missing ManualI have long been a fan of David Pogue's books. He's one of an elite group of tech writers who can take a complex subject, explain it so that nearly anyone can understand, and be entertaining in the process. He's written some of the best books in the Missing Manual series, and this time he's tackled Windows 8.1. Does this book live up to its predecessors? Did it provide any surprises along the way? Let's find out.

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:

Security for Everyone - Reviewing Kaspersky Internet Security 2014

KasperskyKaspersky has always developed great security products and they have been in the list with the top 5 security products available on the market for many years now. In their 2014 version of products they have improved most of their protection modules and technologies as well as the user interface. Let's see what Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 has to offer to its users and whether it is a great security product or not.

Security for Everyone - Reviewing ESET Smart Security 7

ESETESET Smart Security 7 promises new protection modules that will further enhance its effectiveness in protecting its users. Since the previous version fared very well in our testing, I was curious to learn whether this new version is a worthy successor. Do these new features work well? Do they help ESET Smart Security 7 be one of the best security products on the market? Let's find out from this detailed review.

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