Mark Pickavance

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Over a varied career, Mark’s been a firearms trainer, commercial animator, software engineer and even an IT manager. And, since 1986 he’s also been a freelance writer on all things technological for the likes of MicroMart, PC Format, 3D World and many other publications.

He’s recently made the transition from print to online writing and covers just about any technology that’s available to buy, and even a few that aren’t.

Articles by Mark Pickavance

  • Synology DS218 review

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    The full-fat version of the DS218 with even more RAM and 4K video transcoding

    01 Feb 2018

  • Samsung 860 Evo review

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    When you can't go much faster, what options are left for the SSD?

    23 Jan 2018

  • Crucial MX500 review

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    Crucial prioritises affordability in its MX500 SSD range

    17 Jan 2018

  • QNAP TS-231P2 review

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    With software and apps now rivalling Synology, QNAP's TS-231P2 is a great NAS for home users

    15 Jan 2018

  • Synology DS218j review

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    The DS218j is another fantastic NAS from Synology: just like its DS216j predecessor, but faster.

    10 Jan 2018

  • Drobo 5N2 review

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    The 5N2 is great NAS drive for for people with mismatched hard drives

    09 Jan 2018

  • WD My Cloud Home Review

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    Western Digital delivers a minimalist personal cloud NAS solution with My Cloud Home

    20 Dec 2017

  • ASUS Designo MZ27AQ review

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    At just 7mm front to back, this is about as thin as panels can realistically get

    30 Nov 2017

  • Samsung C32HG70 review

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    In a world of contradictions, a VA technology screen with high refresh, HDR and 125% sRGB gamut no longer seems impossible.

    17 Nov 2017

  • AOC Agon AG272FCX review

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    Gamers will delight in this stylish yet affordable curved screen from AOC

    10 Nov 2017

  • Asus ROG STRIX XG27VQ review

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    Cut through the showmanship, and underneath Asus built a solid gaming display

    09 Nov 2017

  • BenQ GL2580HM review

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    A practical gaming screen built to play games fluidly without breaking the bank

    25 Sep 2017

  • Alienware AW2518HF review

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    A 25in gaming monitor that's ideal if you have an AMD graphics card

    20 Sep 2017

  • Synology DS418j review

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    Don't just a NAS by its cover: it looks the same but the DS418j is all new inside

    11 Sep 2017

  • AOC PDS241 review

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    AOC puts style firmly in the driving seat with the first fruits of a new relationship with design house Studio F. A. Porsche.

    11 Aug 2017

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