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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 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.
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 Easily Connect a Wireless Mouse
Step-by-Step instructions on how to connect a wireless mouse
3 Tips for Buying an External Hard Drive
3 things to know before you buy a portable hard drive
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.
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.
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 Is a Nano Wireless Receiver?
What's the difference between a nano USB wireless receiver and a regular one? Find out the definition here.
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.
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.
What is an In-Line Mic?
An explanation of the term. Computer Peripherals.
What Size USB Flash Drive Do I Need?
Not sure what size to buy? Read here for some helpful hints.
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).
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 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.
What are Read and Write Speeds?
Defining read and write speeds. Computer Peripherals.
My Keyboard Won’t Work. Now What?
Troubleshooting a broken keyboard
Logitech M325 Review
A hands-on review of the Logitech M325 wireless mouse
5 Budget Webcams
A list of 5 wallet-friendly webcams
4 Tips For Buying a Flash Drive
Buying advice for USB flash drives
What’s the Difference Between Washable,...
Explaining the differences among the three
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 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.
5 Important Mice Features
Things to think about before you buy a mouse
Best Travel Keyboards
A list of some of the best travel keyboards
Earphones vs. Ear Buds?
Explaining the differences between the two listening devices
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.
3 Important Keyboard Features
Buying advice for keyboards
What is a Mechanical Keyboard?
An explanation of mechanical keyboards
What You Need to Know Before Buying a Webcam
What you should know before you buy a webcam.
How to Set Up a Webcam
How to install and setup a webcam
What Is Shockproof
: Although it evokes images of electrocution, when a company says a hard drive is shockproof, it is usually
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.
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.
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 FAQ
Here's a handy FAQ for all of your SuperSpeed USB 3.0 questions.
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.
How to Clean a Wireless Mouse
Step-by-step instructions to cleaning a wireless mouse
What is PCI?
A definition of the term PCI. Computer Peripherals.
7 Important Webcam Features
7 details to pay attention to before buying a webcam
What is a mechanical keyboard?
Answers to the most frequently asked questions about mechanical keyboards
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.
5 Ways to Back Up Your Data
5 Ways to Keep Your Data Safe
Before You Buy a Keyboard
Here is an overview of what you need to know before you buy a keyboard.
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.
What Are Webcam Frame Rates?
Still not sure what webcam frame rates are, and why they are important? Read this article to find out.
Logitech Z323 Desktop Speakers Review
A hands-on review of Logitech's Z323 desktop speakers
Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 Review
A hands-on review of the LifeCam HD-3000
FAQ About External Storage
Popular questions and their answers about the storage category
Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1000
A hands-on review of the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1000
Types of Headphones
Explaining the different types of headphones
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.
Before You Buy Computer Speakers
What you should know before you buy computer speakers
FAQs About DVD-R Drives
FAQs About DVD-R Drives to answer all your questions about DVD storage, burning, and more.
Adesso Illuminated Multimedia Keyboard
The Adesso Illuminated Multimedia Keyboard is a unique keyboard with ultra bright backlight illumination, multimedia capability, and a striking modern design sure to turn any heads that come across it.
What is Unifying Technology?
Defining Logitech's Unifying Technology
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.
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Review
A hands-on review of the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500
5 Things to Know about Ergonomics
Buying advice for ergonomic computer peripherals
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
Nexus Silent Mouse Review
A hands-on review of the Nexus Silent Mouse
Father's Day Gift Ideas
Move beyond the ugly tie with these handy computer peripheral gift ideas for Father’s Day.
Logitech Z623 Review
A hands-on review of the Logitech Z623 desktop speakers
10 Ways to Remember to Back Up Your Data
10 ways that let you remember to back up your data
Logitech M525 Wireless Mouse Overview
A close-up look at the Logitech M525 wireless mouse
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.
Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 Review
A hands-on review of Microsoft's Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000
10 Important Computer Peripheral Features
10 things to look for in computer peripherals
Logitech HD Pro C920 vs. C910
Stacking the Logitech Pro C920 against the C910
LaCie CloudBox Review
A hands-on review of the LaCie CloudBox
Logitech Media Keyboard K200 Review
A hands-on review of Logitech’s K200 Media Keyboard
Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard
The Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard breathes new life into the extra-full category of high-end computer keyboards, offering not only substance and functionality, but high-tech style, as the backlight is available in three colors and comes with a dimmer switch.
How to Choose Headphones
How to choose the right headphones
WD My Passport Ultra Overview
A close-up look at the WD My Passport Ultra
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.
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.
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.
Maxell NC-III Noise Cancellation Headphones
Maxell's NC-III Noise Cancellation Headphones reviewed, ranked and rated.
The Best Keyboards
Keyboards are an important purchase because of the heavy amount of use they go through. You’re going to want to something that’s durable, practical and comfortable, and some of you may want something with a few more bells and whistles. Here’s a list of some of the best keyboards on the market.
SwannSmart Network Camera Review
A hands-on review of the SwannSmart Network Camera
Microsoft Comfort Mouse 4500 Review
A hands-on review of Microsoft's Comfort Mouse 4500
Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2014 Computer...
Part 2 of this year's holiday deals for computer peripherals
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.
Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 Review
A hands-on review of Microsoft's LifeCam HD-5000
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.
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.
Eclipse Wireless Litetouch Keyboard
A hands-on review of the Ecliipse Wireless Litetouch Keyboard
Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 Review
A hands-on review of Logitech’s Wireless Solar Keyboard K750
Logitech M310 Review
A hands-on review of the Logitech M310 wireless mouse
Saitek PK24U Eclipse III Wired Keyboard
The Saitek PK24U Eclipse III Wired Keyboard is the third generation of the immensely popular Eclipse high-performance keyboard series. It's illuminated with an impressive backlight, and has several extra keys for additional capabilities. See it reviewed here.
Saitek Eclipse Touch Mouse Review
A hands-on review of the Eclipse Touch mouse from Saitek
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)
How to Clean a Keyboard
How to clean your external keyboard
Always Be Prepared
An overview of the SwissArmy flash drives
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?
What’s the difference between active and...
Explaining the difference between the two noise-canceling types
Madcatz Cyborg gaming keyboard
The Madcatz Cyborg gaming keyboard isn't just for gamers, but they'll be sure to be pleased with this high-performance keyboard. It's cool, comfortable, stylish and smooth. Read it rated, ranked and reviewed here.
Western Digital My Passport Essential Overview
An overview of the My Passport Essential portable hard drive
Logitech K810 Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard...
A hands-on review of the Logitech K810 Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard
What is a Short Throw Projector?
Explaining the meaning of a short throw projector
Nexus Silent Mouse SM-5000 Review
A hands-on review of the Nexus Silent Mouse SM-5000
Best Ambidextrous Mice 2013
The Best Mice For Left and Right Hands
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.
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-portable Hard...
An overview of Seagate's FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-portable hard drives
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.
Review: LG 22" Flatron LCD Widescreen Monitor
Review of the 22 inch LG Flatron monitor.
WD Elements Overview
A close-up look at the WD Elements portable hard drive
What is a VGA Cable?
An explanation and a photograph of a VGA cable
Should I Get a Wired or Wireless Keyboard?
Determining whether a wired or wireless keyboard is best
Pico Projector Buying Guide
What to know before you buy a pico projector
Logitech Anywhere MX Mouse Review
A Full Review of Logitech's Anywhere MX Mouse
Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard Review
A hands-on review of the Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard
5 Gifts for the Technophobe Mom
5 great gifts for moms who are still new to technology
ADATA DashDrive Durable HD710 Review
A hands-on review of the ADATA DashDrive Durable HD710
What is Flash?
An explanation of the differences between flash and Flash
What is a USB Hub?
: A USB hub is a device that features several different USB ports. Since many computer peripherals require
Logitech Marathon Mouse M705 Overview
An overview of the Logitech Marathon Mouse M705
What is an Ambidextrous Mouse?
Explaining the term ambidextrous as it relates to computer peripherals
What is a Solid-State Drive?
What is a solid-state drive (SSD) and how is it different than a hard disk drive?
What is ANSI?
A definition of ANSI. Computer Peripherals.
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
Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 Review
A hands-on review of the Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000
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
Best Cheap Headphones
5 Cheap Headphones
Epson PowerLite 1761W Projector Overview
An in-depth overview of the Epson PowerLite 1761W projector
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.
What is a QWERTY keyboard?
Defining QWERTY keyboard. Computer Peripherals.
Genius Traveler 6000 Review
A hands-on review of the Genius Traveler 6000
Seagate GoFlex Desk Review
A hands-on review of the GoFlex Desk from Seagate
Adesso MKB-135B Full Size Mechanical Keyboard...
A hands-on review of the Adesso MKB-135B Full Size Mechnical Keyboard
Sony SRSD21X 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System
The Sony SRSD21X 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System is a cheap solution for quality sound. With two satellites and a subwoofer for powerful bass, the SRSD21X is equipped with all you need for a good audio experience.
What is a Pico Receiver
The definition of a pico receiver
Logitech HD Webcam C510 Review
A hands-on review of Logitech's C510 HD Webcam
What Does HDD Stand For?
Defining the term HDD. Computer Peripherals.
Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000
A hands-on review of the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000
Logitech Z205 Laptop Speaker Review
A hands-on review of the clip-on Z205 Laptop Speaker from Logitech
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345 Overview
Taking a look at Epson's PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
Kensington Trackball With Scroll Ring Review
A full review of Kensington's Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring
Iomega Prestige Portable Hard Drives
A close-up look of Iomega's Prestige portable hard drives
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