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Computer Shopper January 2018

Computer Shopper is the essential monthly magazine that allows you to stay abreast of the latest news and releases in the world of technology. With more reviews, hands-on guides and features than any other tech monthly, you’ll be better informed by reading Computer Shopper.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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2 min.

THE NOTION OF the smart home doesn’t always have positive connotations. Sometimes the ‘smart’ device actually requires more effort to carry out the desired action than just doing it the old way – turning on a light, for example – especially when you account for all the potential setup woes. There are also the hackneyed examples of ‘the home of the future’ that have been doing the rounds for years, with manufacturers espousing fridges that reorder your milk for you, but the device in reality is often a bit more basic. In our in-depth report on making your home smarter (page 80), we’ve waded through all the hypotheticals and imaginary scenarios to give you a practical guide on what smart devices can actually do at the moment, and what it’s worth investing…

1 min.
question of the month

MEET THE TEAM Madeline Bennett “The Corgi Disco Roadshow DJ set – if only the vinyl revival would extend to these bright yellow plastic decks” David Ludlow “The original Game Boy – still the best portable games console ever made” Nathan Spendelow “Robosapien. Although, looking back, it was pretty naff” James Archer “My first mechanical keyboard – never went back after that” Roland Moore-Colyer “I got a console called a TV Boy, which came packed with 100+ arcade games; kept me amused and out of trouble for years” Dave Neal “Sega Mega Drive. First proper console in the Neal house” Simon Handby “Two words: Star Bird. I still have it. It still works. No, you can’t have a go”…

2 min.
star letter

On the wrong track @ I have been a regular reader of Computer Shopper for 30 years, but it wasn’t until I read your review of the TrackR Pixel (Shopper 358) that I was motivated to write in. It seemed to me that an obvious application for this piece of kit – that of tracking vulnerable people, for example young children and elderly folks, those suffering dementia in particular – was not given a mention. A quick surf of the web revealed more expensive GPS-enabled devices aimed at tracking children; however, as a device that is relatively inexpensive and that could be attached to clothing when out and about in busy areas with a child, it occurred to me this would give peace of mind should parents become temporarily separated from their children. Similarly,…

5 min.

letters@computershopper.co.uk Home truths @ I do trust that Mike Conder’s point about the printing costs of colour boarding passes is in jest (Letters, Shopper 358). If such travellers as observed were as concerned about expenditure as Mike, they would be staying at home, perhaps with their HP DesignJet T830 AO, which they could then afford. Stuart Brooks Snap decisions @ It seems that the only reviews for powerful computers and displays revolve around gaming. I would like to see more about photography. What is a good spec for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom? Which displays best suit photographic processing, and are curved screens OK? The best printers? Mac or Windows? Which features benefit from a GPU? Is it all about RAM or speed? Are high-resolution mice worth the extra cost? (I find them easier to use than…

1 min.
in the next issue

Happy 30th birthday Computer Shopper! To mark our 30th anniversary, we’re running a special report on the highs and lows of computing over the past three decades The return of Under Dev As part of the celebrations, our very own industry insider David Robinson returns with a special Under Development, while Mel Croucher will be shedding some light on Shopper’s origins Mini PCs on test We put mini PCs and maker boards on test to see how much computing power can fit in the palm of your hand COMPUTER SHOPPER ISSUE 360 ON SALE IN NEWSAGENTS FROM 7th DECEMBER…

4 min.
i can see clearly now

letters@computershopper.co.uk COMPUTERS HAVE RUINED my eyesight. A dimmer switch has been applied to the world, which has itself become more and more out of focus, and those floaty things and zig-zag patterns are no longer amusing. It’s my own fault, of course. I spent 50 years slouched in front of a screen, peering at pixels and absorbing the damage they cause. Those early cathode ray tubes fried my retinas with radiation and beta rays. Then I allowed TFT displays to bombard my eyeballs with charged dust particles. And I embraced ultrawide screens as soon as they hit the market. What I mean is, I threw my arms around them and physically embraced them for hours on end. These days I can transfer gunk directly into my orbital sockets thanks to touchscreens and an…