Computer Shopper December 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

We’ve featured many guides over the years on how to improve and upgrade your desktop PC, whether that’s by adding new or better hardware or via software tweaks. The huge advantage with desktops is their longevity, thanks to the ability to upgrade pretty much every component. Laptops, on the other hand, have a reputation as being nigh-on impossible to upgrade. In some cases, this is true, and the only option for an ailing or ageing laptop is to pass it on to a friend or family member who’s more willing and able to put up with a slow or unreliable device, or consign it to the recycling bin, while you go and buy yourself a shiny new machine. However, many laptops can be tweaked and improved under the hood, as our guide on…

letters Off colour @ In Mel Croucher’s column discussing the lack of representation of minorities in video games (Shopper 393), it’s unfortunate he chose to do so by bashing developers who were early pioneers in doing just that. Of the three versions of Daley Thompson’s Decathlon released, only the Spectrum version used a white player sprite due to the limitations of the Spectrum’s colour palette; both the Commodore 64 and Amstrad CPC versions used more realistic likenesses because they were able to. When I met Daley Thompson some time ago, he said he was proud of his association with the game and was pleased that it introduced him and his sport to an entirely different audience. Criticising Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker is equally baffling, as this also featured as true a likeness of the…

hoarder control

Tech pioneer and all-round good egg I RUN A platform called, which is where independent artists perform their music in front of new fans, then try to pimp, ponce and wheedle rewards. Last Saturday night we ran a live global music festival featuring 18 acts from both sides of the Atlantic. The oldest performer was over 70, the youngest was under 10. They were brilliant, each in their own way. We broadcast over social media and websites. There were no adverts, there were no fakes, there was no hype. It didn’t cost us a penny to run. Everyone had a ball. We are part of a revolutionary process that is killing a corrupt and rotting music industry, which has held both audience and performer to ransom since the 1890s. So…

science of appliances

Software guru and Shopper legend A FEW WEEKS ago I managed to sprain my knee, and I’ve discovered knee sprains are both painful and long lasting. A sprained knee also makes you not want to move around, meaning I had a sudden insight into how old people feel. It’s been an interesting experience, because it’s made me reconsider various aspects of how technology can help when people lose their mobility, either because of an accident or because they’re older and less mobile. The true beneficiaries of smart home technologies aren’t the young and trendy, they’re the old and creaky. While I’ve been confined to my armchair and dependent on asking my family to run round after me, I’ve spent my time deciding what gadgets I’m going to install around the place, particularly…

rants & raves

James Archer RANTS NVIDIA’S GEFORCE RTX 3080 GPU, Sony’s PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X have already sold out, but thousands won’t reach the hands of legitimate buyers. Instead, they’ll have been snapped up by scalpers and resold elsewhere on the web at vast markups. The RTX 3080 launch was a particular disaster. It was the full release, not the opening of limited pre-orders, yet the combined efforts of an army of scalpers still wiped out the available stock with the terrifying speed of Ed Sheeran fans on Ticketmaster. How did so many malicious orders win out? ISimple: they used bots, automated software applications written to trawl retailer sites and purchase items instantly. Bots are cheap and smart enough to bypass CAPTCHA protection – not that Nvidia bothered with that – so…

need to know

Apple reveals new iPads and smartwatches SAY WHAT? APPLE’S AUTUMN LAUNCH event comes around every year like clockwork, but at 2020’s event, entitled ‘Time Flies’, unusually the firm didn’t launch a new generation of iPhones. Instead, it announced two new iPads and two new Apple Watches. The iPad Air 4adopts an iPad Pro-style look, a larger 10.9in 2,360x1,640 edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display and, perhaps most interestingly, a USB Type-C port for the first time in a non-iPad Pro. Touch ID is integrated into power button, there’s compatability with the Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil, and it runs iPadOS 14. Other than the headline features, the iPad Air 4will come in five colours – green, blue, rose gold, black and silver – with Apple’s A14 Bionic processor boosting performance significantly. The model is shipping now, priced from…