Computer Shopper September 2020

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
Back issues only
12 期号


welcome page

The lockdown is gradually easing. By the time you read this, pubs, restaurants, cinemas and campsites will have begun reopening. People will be making tentative steps back out into these social spaces. But the landscape out there will look very different. Pubs and restaurants won’t be allowing walk-ins, and will be restricting bookings to no more than six people. Orders will be made via an app where possible. Cinemas will be leaving some seats empty to minimise human contact. As Kay Ewbank and David Ludlow both note (Kay’s Corner, page 10; Rants & Raves, page 11), even as the UK starts to open up, the workplace will continue to feel very different, too. Indeed, your office will mostly be your home where possible for the foreseeable future. For those of you in the…

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Videostar I’m sure it has not escaped the notice of the observant folks at Computer Shopper that there has been a quantum leap in the use of video chat. Complete novices have turned cameraman, sound engineer and producer, and there is a desperate need for good advice to help people up their game. I expect I’m not alone in having spent hours looking up noses, inspecting left ears and squinting at silhouettes. Can Shopper come to the rescue? There’s enough to fill a whole issue! There are the pros and cons of the various video chat and conferencing apps, reviews of webcams that might help my friends look less like elves, and microphones to help them sound less like aliens. And what if someone would like to turn creative and produce a video…

letters Localheroes While PC firms will have enjoyed bursting order books during lockdown, one-man-and-his-dog outfits such as local phone repairers must have taken a big financial hit. Can I suggest that Shopper becomes a champion for these small tech businesses, running articles about them, and asking them for other ideas as to how best to promote their services? Thinking of small shops and businesses in general, perhaps Shopper could provide them with advice on how to use the internet to drive sales: setting up a website, how to take payments, how to sell on eBay and Amazon, that kind of thing. Alan Thomas • Thanks for this idea, Alan, it’s a really useful suggestion and here at Shopper we’d be very pleased to start supporting high-street shops and small companies in this way. If you’re a…

in the next issue

Raspberry Pi projects special Our guide to the best Pi projects to get stuck into this summer, from the brand-new 12.3-megapixel High Quality Camera, to a nitfy online ad blocker, and lots more 25 gadgets you can’t live without With many of us spending more time at home and adopting new ways of working, we’ve rounded up the best gadgets you can buy to make your home smarter and more connected, both for work and play The games that weren’t The man on a crusade to track down the world’s lost video games On display We put the latest and best monitors to the test, to see which are most worth your cash, and what to look for when choosing one for home working COMPUTER SHOPPER ISSUE 392 ON SALE IN NEWSAGENTS FROM 13th AUGUST…

conspiracy charges

Tech pioneer and all-round good egg MOBILE PHONES ARE intrinsically safe. Unless they’re used in a Southern Rail quiet carriage and I am forced to lob my can of McEwans at the user. To be honest, I admit the first mobile phone I ever used was a bit of a health hazard, but only because the power pack was so heavy it nearly caused a rupture. There have been conspiracy theorists blaming mobiles for all sorts of ailments since the days of 2G, with brain tumours regularly topping the bill. About 20 years ago, just after the first 3G models were released, Stephen King came up with a horror story called Cell, where he had a rogue mobile phone signal turning half of the American nation into a bunch of rabid…

home improvements

Software guru and Shopper legend ONE OF THE most fascinating aspects of the lockdown has been the glimpses it has given us into the working conditions of people interviewed on TV from their homes. One government minister seems to work at the end of a corridor with sports kit hanging up, and a surprising number choose the kitchen as their backdrop. Far too many are looking down at a really close laptop, giving us a lovely view up their nostrils. What stands out is that few seem to have thought about good working conditions at home, but it’s something many people ought to be considering. You may be expecting to return to ‘standard’ office work, but a recent survey of chief financial officers found that 74% are planning to move at…