Reviews

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

Reviewing the Comfort Curve 3000 - A Silent Keyboard from Microsoft

Microsoft Comfort Curve 3000Having used laptop keyboards for the past few years now, as soon as I decided to build a new PC I was faced with the overwhelming choice of keyboards for desktop computers. Ergonomic keyboards, mechanical keyboards, gaming keyboards and whatnot. Since I didn't want to spend too much money on it and having been satisfied with the quality of Microsoft's keyboards in the past, I decided to check out their offers. And so I ended up buying the Microsoft Comfort Curve 3000. An ergonomic shaped keyboard with multimedia functions that doesn't take up too much space on my desk and has proven to be a great tool for writing articles for 7 Tutorials. But let's grab the bull by the horns and see what this keyboard has to offer its users.

Nokia Lumia 930 Review - The New Windows Phone 8.1 Flagship Device

nokia lumia 930Nokia Lumia 930 is a long awaited device by Windows Phone fans. In terms of hardware and software specifications, it is a very impressive smartphone and we were very curious to learn how well it works. We tested it for a week and we are now ready to share our conclusions. Is this truly the new flagship Windows Phone device? Learn the answer from this detailed review.

Reviewing ASUS RP-AC52 - A Range Extender for 802.11ac WiFi Networks

ASUS RP-AC52Many wireless routers were launched which promised compatibility with the latest wireless networking standard - 802.11ac. While this is good, it doesn't mean that all of them offer a wide coverage and a strong signal in larger apartments and homes. When you don't have the WiFi coverage you want, it is a good idea to consider buying a range extender. While you may find many range extenders on the market, very few of them offer compatibility with the 802.11ac wireless networking standard. Luckily ASUS has launched the RP-AC52 Dual-band Wireless-AC750 range extender which is capable of extending both older wireless networks running at the 2.4 GHz frequency as well as modern networks using the 5 GHz frequency and the 802.11ac standard. Learn how well it works and whether it is worth buying, from this detailed review.

Security for Everyone - Reviewing Bitdefender Total Security 2015

BitdefenderThis summer Bitdefender launched their 2015 version of security products. We were curious to test it and learn what's new, how well it works and, most of all, if Bitdefender remains one of the top security products on the market. We received a license of Bitdefender Total Security 2015 a week ago and since then we have been using it on a regular basis. Here's what we have learned:

Reviewing the ASUS RT-AC56U - A Reasonably Priced AC Router

ASUS RT-AC56UASUS RT-AC56U is the successor of the highly popular ASUS RT-N56U - which was both a great performer and a best seller. We were very curious to learn what the new model had offer, if it delivered better performance and more features. Is the new model a worthy replacement for ASUS RT-N56U? We have used and tested the ASUS RT-N56U Wireless-AC1200 router for 10 days and here's what we have learned:

Book Review - Supercommunicator by Frank J. Pietrucha

SupercommunicatorHave you ever tried to explain something to someone and completely failed to get your point across? Have you tried to simplify a complicated concept for someone else and gotten nowhere? Supercommunicator's subtitle is "Explaining the complicated so anyone can understand." Since I'm like many people and sometimes run into trouble trying to explain something that I understand so someone else can understand it, I was very interested to see if this book could teach me how to communicate more clearly. Did it live up to my expectations? Let's see.

Reviewing the Asus VivoMouse WT710 - A 3-in-1 PC Controller for Windows 8

ASUS VivoPC VM60With operating systems like Windows 8.1 blurring the lines between touch and non-touch interfaces, manufacturers have started experimenting with many interesting peripherals that act as more than just a mouse. One of these devices is the ASUS VivoMouse WT710 - a 3-in-1 PC controller that allows you to perform all of Windows 8.1's touch gestures on its surface, without having to use a touch screen. On top of that, it is also designed to work as a wireless remote for your PC. We've tested the device for a week and we would like to invite you to read our full review and learn more about what this product has to offer.

Reviewing the Nokia Lumia 1520 - The Most Powerful Windows Phone Phablet

nokia lumia 1520Launched along with the budget-friendly Lumia 1320 in October 2013, Lumia 1520 is the first phablet from Nokia. It's a gorgeous and powerful Windows Phone which stands out of the crowd through its monoform block touch form factor and its lively bright display. After testing Lumia 1320 a couple of weeks ago, we had the chance to test the 1520 for a few days and here's what we have learned:

Reviewing the ASUS VivoPC VM60 - A Small & Stylish Companion

ASUS VivoPC VM60Many PC manufacturers are interested in downsizing the systems they build nowadays. Either for portability, occupied space or even both. This is how we have come to see All-in-One PCs and mini-PCs on the market. Obviously, the technical advances in Windows 8.1 contributed to this trend. One of these manufacturers is ASUS and they have provided us one of their mini-PCs, namely the ASUS VivoPC VM60. We have tested it for a week and came to some interesting conclusions. Read this review to learn more about ASUS VivoPC VM60 and how it performed in our tests.

Book Review - Practical Lock Picking, Second Edition, by Deviant Ollam

Practical Lock PickingWhen I was young, information on how to pick locks was not easy to come by. Nowadays, of course, you can find instructions all over the internet and a wealth of YouTube videos showing you what to do in great detail. With all that information available for free, is it worth buying a book on the subject as well? Practical Lock Picking seemed to us like an interesting read so we gave it a try. Let's talk about it in this review.

Reviewing the ASUS RT-N18U Router - High-End Hardware for a Mid-Range Price

ASUS RT-N18UAsus has recently launched a very interesting single-band router: RT-N18U - a router that works using only the 2.4 GHz frequency, it has the hardware power of more expensive routers and it is reasonably priced. Its characteristics led us to believe that this might be the fastest wireless router on the 2.4 GHz frequency and we were very curios to test it. Today, we are happy to be the first English-speaking website to review this router. After a week of testing, here is what we have learned:

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