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Get More Out of Your Computer by Setting Up a...
Step-by-step instructions on how to add a second monitor to a laptop.
How to Easily Connect a Wireless Mouse
Step-by-Step instructions on how to connect a wireless mouse
A Visual Guide to Disabling Your Webcam
For whatever reason, you may need to disable the integrated webcam on your computer or laptop. These easy steps will walk you through it.
How to Connect a USB Webcam to Your PC
Looking to connect a webcam to your new PC? Many laptops come with webcams these days, but with most desktop PCs, you will need to connect a separate webcam via a USB port or similar connection, and this is a step-by-step guide for doing just that.
What You Need to Know Before Buying an External...
Backing up your data can be an overwhelming step, but it's a necessary one. Portable hard drives are a great way to secure your data. Here's what you need to know before you buy an external hard drive.
3 Tips for Buying an External Hard Drive
3 things to know before you buy a portable hard drive
9 Tips for Fixing a Broken Mouse
Troubleshooting tips for broken mice
Make a Back Up Hard Drive From an Old Internal...
A step-by-step tutorial with full color photos describing the process for taking an internal hard drive and turning it into an external one, in very simple terms.
The Easy Way to Setup Any Blurtooth Device
Having trouble setting up your Bluetooth device? Follow these step-by-step instructions to figure it out.
Wired or Wireless Mouse?
Weighing the pros and cons of each peripheral. A wired mouse is cheaper, for example, but a wireless one is more comfortable.
What Is a Nano Wireless Receiver?
What's the difference between a nano USB wireless receiver and a regular one? Find out the definition here.
How to Get the Best Picture on Your PC Monitor
How to test and calibrate your PC monitor for the best color, picture, and professional performance. Learn the definitions of all the different settings, what they do, and how to use them to give your display the best looking picture.
Typing Speed Test Sites
How fast can you type? Take these tests to find out and even have some fun!
What Size USB Flash Drive Do I Need?
Not sure what size to buy? Read here for some helpful hints.
What Is Surround Sound Audio?
What is surround sound? What is a 5.1 audio system? What is the difference between 2.1, 5.1, and other types of surround sound speaker systems? Answer those questions here, with a simple guide to surround sound audio systems, including what they include, and what they're for.
What You Should Know Before Buying a Computer...
Using the mouse that comes with your computer is a lot like using the little white earbuds that come with your iPod.
Frequently Asked Questions About USB Flash Drives
A FAQ guide to the specifications, uses, and purposes of portable USB flash drives. Get all the details about the functionality, terminology, and physical design of USB flash drives.
5 Great Wireless Mice for Laptops
Travel mice aren’t always just scaled-down versions of full-sized mice (although they almost always have smaller footprints).
What's the Difference Between Optical and Laser...
An explanation of the differences between optical and laser mice and why you should (or shouldn’t) care.
4 Tips For Buying a Flash Drive
Buying advice for USB flash drives
Logitech M325 Review
A hands-on review of the Logitech M325 wireless mouse
3 Important Keyboard Features
Buying advice for keyboards
What is an In-Line Mic?
An explanation of the term. Computer Peripherals.
What are Read and Write Speeds?
Defining read and write speeds. Computer Peripherals.
5 Budget Webcams
A list of 5 wallet-friendly webcams
My Keyboard Won’t Work. Now What?
Troubleshooting a broken keyboard
What Is Shockproof
: Although it evokes images of electrocution, when a company says a hard drive is shockproof, it is usually
What Makes a PC Monitor High Definition?
A high definition, widescreen computer monitor is one of the foundations of an exciting, effective multimedia PC. An HD display instantly makes any movie, video game, or online video experience better. Find out what HD can do in this article.
What Does THX Certified Mean for Speakers or...
Essentially, it means that the sound coming out of your 5.1 surround sound or other speaker system is being heard exactly as the audio engineer intended.
How to Test and Adjust Your PC's Audio System
Having a sophisticated surround sound audio system for your computer, and the advanced, high-tech PC audio card that it usually requires takes more than simply purchasing it. You have to set up, test, calibrate and generally ensure yourself of the quality of your PC system, and here's how to do it.
What You Need to Know Before Buying a Webcam
What you should know before you buy a webcam.
5 Important Mice Features
Things to think about before you buy a mouse
How to Clean a Wireless Mouse
Step-by-step instructions to cleaning a wireless mouse
Best Travel Keyboards
A list of some of the best travel keyboards
5 Cool Earbuds for Under \$30
These 5 cheap, cool earbuds will provide you with a striking listening experience at a low cost. Affordable and stylish, its hard to go wrong with these cheap earbuds.
Best Cheap Keyboards 2013
A list of the best affordable keyboards in 2013, including the Genius SlimStar i815, Logitech Media Keyboard K200, and Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 2000.
7 Important Webcam Features
7 details to pay attention to before buying a webcam
5 Ways to Back Up Your Data
5 Ways to Keep Your Data Safe
Do I Need a 5.1 Surround Sound System for My...
Everything you need to know when you're considering a 5.1 surround sound speaker system for your computer. Many different types of PC users can find great use in 5.1 audio systems.
Earphones vs. Ear Buds?
Explaining the differences between the two listening devices
Logitech Z323 Desktop Speakers Review
A hands-on review of Logitech's Z323 desktop speakers
Do I Need a Second Monitor?
Do you need a second monitor? We go over some of the advantages of adding a monitor to your laptop and provide the steps on how to do it.
How to Set Up a Webcam
How to install and setup a webcam
Genius SP-HF1800A Review
A hands-on review of the Genius SP-HF1800A computer speakers, which for the price tag is impressive looking and not too shabby sounding.
Five 2.1 Speaker Systems for Under \$100
Looking for an inexpensive 2.1 speaker system with two satellite speakers, a powered subwoofer, and a low price tag? Find the perfect audio setup for your desktop PC at a cheap price here, with five top 2.1 speaker systems ranked and rated for your information.
Before You Buy a Keyboard
Here is an overview of what you need to know before you buy a keyboard.
Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 Review
A hands-on review of the LifeCam HD-3000
What Are Webcam Frame Rates?
Still not sure what webcam frame rates are, and why they are important? Read this article to find out.
What is PCI?
A definition of the term PCI. Computer Peripherals.
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 FAQ
Here's a handy FAQ for all of your SuperSpeed USB 3.0 questions.
Eight Peripherals to Build the Ultimate Gaming PC
Eight computer peripherals to help you build your ultimate gaming rig, including the right kind of speakers, monitors, and more. Anyone can choose a fast, video game-ready PC, but it's the peripheral experience which can truly elevate your level of play.
Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1000
A hands-on review of the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1000
What is a Mechanical Keyboard?
An explanation of mechanical keyboards
What is a mechanical keyboard?
Answers to the most frequently asked questions about mechanical keyboards
Types of Headphones
Explaining the different types of headphones
Logitech Media Keyboard K200 Review
A hands-on review of Logitech’s K200 Media Keyboard
Logitech Z-5500 THX-Certified 5.1 Surround...
The Logitech Z-5500 THX-Certified 5.1 Multimedia Surround Sound System reviewed, ranked and rated on the basis of features, functionality and performance. Pros and cons of a 5.1 surround sound system from Logitech.
5 High-Performance Hard Drives
A list of 5 hard drives that do everything you need them to do and then some
FAQs About DVD-R Drives
FAQs About DVD-R Drives to answer all your questions about DVD storage, burning, and more.
FAQ About External Storage
Popular questions and their answers about the storage category
Before You Buy Computer Speakers
What you should know before you buy computer speakers
Logitech M525 Wireless Mouse Overview
A close-up look at the Logitech M525 wireless mouse
SwannSmart Network Camera Review
A hands-on review of the SwannSmart Network Camera
What is THX Certification?
THX Certification is one of the holy grails of audio reproduction for audio speakers and surround sound systems. To be THX Certified ensures that the sound reproduced by your home audio system is heard in precisely the way the sound engineer intended.
How to Clean a Keyboard
How to clean your external keyboard
Review: Bose Companion 2 Series II Multimedia...
The Bose Companion 2 Series II multimedia speakers provide great sound quality from a simple set of two desktop speakers. Enhance your computing experience with rich audio technology from Bose.
What Are Megapixels?
Megapixels can be the single most important factor when considering a web cam or digital camera, as the megapixel performance is directly related to the quality of images a camera might produce. Read on to learn more.
10 Important Computer Peripheral Features
10 things to look for in computer peripherals
LaCie CloudBox Review
A hands-on review of the LaCie CloudBox
Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 Review
A hands-on review of Microsoft's Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000
Logitech Z-2300 THX-Certified 2.1 Speaker System
The Logitech Z-2300 THX-Certified 2.1 Speaker System offers professional-quality sound at a reasonable price. Even with just two satellite speakers and a subwoofer, this system has achieved THX certification to assure even the most thrifty of audiophiles that they're getting their money's worth.
WD My Passport Ultra Overview
A close-up look at the WD My Passport Ultra
Microsoft Comfort Mouse 4500 Review
A hands-on review of Microsoft's Comfort Mouse 4500
What is a Solid-State Drive?
What is a solid-state drive (SSD) and how is it different than a hard disk drive?
How to Choose Headphones
How to choose the right headphones
Nexus Silent Mouse Review
A hands-on review of the Nexus Silent Mouse
What’s the Difference Between Washable,...
Explaining the differences among the three
5 High-performance Keyboards
5 high-performance keyboards reviewed, ranked and rated. From backlights to customizable keys, extra powered USB ports and illumination schemes, find out which is best for you by reading through the reviews and ratings.
Logitech M310 Review
A hands-on review of the Logitech M310 wireless mouse
5 Wireless Mice for Under \$50
Five low-cost wireless mice reviewed, ranked and rated for anyone interested in a cheap, inexpensive cordless or wireless rechargeable mice.
Review: PNY Attaché 16GB USB Flash Drive
A review and rating of the PNY Attaché 16GB USB Flash Drive, including price range, specifications, performance and style descriptions. Useful for anyone looking to upgrade, improve, or add onto their current hard disk and removable storage device scheme.
Logitech Anywhere MX Mouse Review
A Full Review of Logitech's Anywhere MX Mouse
What is Flash?
An explanation of the differences between flash and Flash
Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Review
A hands-on review of the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500
Logitech HD Webcam C510 Review
A hands-on review of Logitech's C510 HD Webcam
Frisby Fs-5015 5.1 3000 Watt Surround Sound...
The Frisby Fs-5015 5.1 3000 Watt Surround Sound System looks great and packs quite a punch at a very cheap price, as is clear in this review in which the powerful surround sound speaker system is ranked, rated, and reviewed for performance and features, not to mention style. Affordable yet powerful sound.
Logitech Z623 Review
A hands-on review of the Logitech Z623 desktop speakers
Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard
The Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard is a high performance keyboard with smooth typing action and extra functionality that will surely make anyone who uses their PC for more than day-to-day activities happy. Read the review and ratings here.
Review: LG 22" Flatron LCD Widescreen Monitor
Review of the 22 inch LG Flatron monitor.
3 Mice You Can Use (Almost) Anywhere
Both Microsoft and Logitech have mice that are designed to be used on traditionally inoperable surfaces. Instead of being tethered to a mousepad, or even a desk, these mice let you take use your laptops on granite kitchen counters, carpeted floors, or even couch cushions.
Should I Get a Wired or Wireless Keyboard?
Determining whether a wired or wireless keyboard is best
What’s the difference between active and...
Explaining the difference between the two noise-canceling types
Logitech HD Pro C920 vs. C910
Stacking the Logitech Pro C920 against the C910
Seagate GoFlex Desk Review
A hands-on review of the GoFlex Desk from Seagate
Will My Headphones Work With My Smartphone?
Of course you'll be able to hear music from your smartphone, but will you be able to answer calls without touching your phone?
10 Ways to Remember to Back Up Your Data
10 ways that let you remember to back up your data
5 Buying Tips For Webcams
Buying tips for webcams. Peripherals.
What is Unifying Technology?
Defining Logitech's Unifying Technology
Nexus Silent Mouse SM-5000 Review
A hands-on review of the Nexus Silent Mouse SM-5000
Logitech G51 5.1 Surround Sound System
A review of Logitech's latest G-series speakers, the G51 5.1 Surround Sound System, which is designed for gamers, but enhances anyone's audio experience.
5 Budget Keyboards
A list of 5 keyboards that would fit any budget
Guide to Mice
Everything you need to know about computer mice
Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 Review
A hands-on review of the Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000
Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000
A hands-on review of the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000
Maxell NC-III Noise Cancellation Headphones
Maxell's NC-III Noise Cancellation Headphones reviewed, ranked and rated.
What is a Down-firing Subwoofer?
Find out the definition of a down-firing subwoofer here. What is a down firing subwoofer vs. a side-firing subwoofer.
5 Things to Know about Ergonomics
Buying advice for ergonomic computer peripherals
Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 Review
A hands-on review of Microsoft's LifeCam HD-5000
ioSafe Solo USB Hard Drive Review
The ioSafe Solo USB hard drive promises it can protect against fire and water -- two things that never mix with electronics. Read our full review of the drive here.
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345 Overview
Taking a look at Epson's PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
What is a VGA Cable?
An explanation and a photograph of a VGA cable
What is a Short Throw Projector?
Explaining the meaning of a short throw projector
Adesso MKB-135B Full Size Mechanical Keyboard...
A hands-on review of the Adesso MKB-135B Full Size Mechnical Keyboard
5 Tough Flash Drives
Five high-performance flash drives
Logitech Wireless Touchpad Review
A hands-on review of the Logitech Wireless Touchpad
5 keyboards for your living room
5 keyboards that can be used in the living room
Western Digital My Passport Essential Overview
An overview of the My Passport Essential portable hard drive
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD710 Review
A hands-on review of the ADATA DashDrive Durable HD710
Altec Lansing VS4221 2.1 Speaker Music & Gaming...
The Altec Lansing VS4221 2.1 Speaker Music & Gaming System is a speaker set featuring a subwoofer and two satellite speakers, all of which are specially designed for music and gaming applications.
Best Cheap Headphones
5 Cheap Headphones
What is a Pico Receiver
The definition of a pico receiver
The Creative Inspire T6100 5.1 Surround Sound...
The Creative Inspire T6100 5.1 surround sound audio system is an inexpensive, compact surround sound system that still delivers quality sound in a convenient package.
Logitech Z906 Review
A hands-on review of the Logitech Z906 Surround Sound Speakers
Microsoft Arc Mouse Review
A full review of the Microsoft Arc wireless mouse
LaCie’s 500GB Rugged USB 3.0 All-Terrain...
A hands-on review of Lacie's 500GB Rugged USB 3.0 All-Terrain Hard Disk
Microsoft Arc Keyboard Review
The Microsoft Arc Keyboard is the perfect complement to its sister product, but is it practical for everyday computing? Read our full review to find out.
Guide to Webcams
Everything you need to know about the buying and using of webcams
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-portable Hard...
An overview of Seagate's FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-portable hard drives
Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard Review
A hands-on review of the Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard
Before You Buy a Video Card
A useful description of the different terms, phrases and specifications consumers should look for when choosing to buy a video card or upgrade their current one. What a gamer is looking for in a graphics card might be different from that of a graphic designer, and this article will help you tell the difference.
Genius Traveler 6000 Review
A hands-on review of the Genius Traveler 6000
Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2014 Computer...
Part 2 of this year's holiday deals for computer peripherals
Logitech Couch Mouse M515 Review
A hands-on review of the Logitech Couch Mouse M515
Genius Traveler 900 Review
A hands-on review of the Traveler 900 optical mouse
Victorinox USB Flash Drive Review
A hands-on review of the Victorinox USB Flash Drive
Microsoft LifeCam Show Review
A review of Microsoft's LifeCam Show webcam
Blu-ray FAQ
The answers to your more pressing questions about Blu-ray drives
What is an Ambidextrous Mouse?
Explaining the term ambidextrous as it relates to computer peripherals
Weird, Strange and Cool Webcam Feeds
A running list of some of the strangest and the coolest webcams on the Internet (and some fun and silly ones as well)
Creative Labs I-Trigue 3330 2.1 Speaker System
The Creative Labs I-Trigue 3330 speaker system is a 2.1 multimedia audio set up geared toward desktop PC users with an interest in quality PC sound on a budget.
What is Ambient Noise?
A definition of ambient noise. Computer Peripherals.
Best External Storage
Looking for the best external storage solution for your data? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite suggestions.
Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700 Review
Get cozy and keep cool with Logitech's N700 lapdesk with integrated (loud!) speakers and a cooling fan.
Western Digital 500MB My Book Home Edition
The Western Digital 500MB My Book Home Edition is a massive external hard drive with multiple connectivity options for the user. It's stylish, quiet, with a small physical footprint and an elegant case with a fancy LDC screen on the front.
Always Be Prepared
An overview of the SwissArmy flash drives
Epson EX7230 Pro Projector Overview
Examining the features of the Epson EX7230 Pro projector
Logitech Marathon Mouse M705 Overview
An overview of the Logitech Marathon Mouse M705
What is a Sweet Spot?
What is a sweet spot and why is it important for PC speakers?
Adesso AKB-210 Flexible Mini Waterproof...
A close-up look at the Adesso AKB-210 Flexible Mini Waterproof Keyboard
What is a Pico Projector?
Defining a pico projector. Computer Peripherals.
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