Hardware and Sound

Whether you use a laptop or a desktop PC, you surely rely on your mouse or on your touchpad every day, as working with Windows essentially implies the use of one of these devices. Even when you use a tablet you can connect a mouse to it, if that makes things easier for you, so it is important to con...
Do you need to know how many keys you press in a day? What about how many clicks you make with your mouse? Do you want to get stats about how you use your computer? Luckily, there is an app called WhatPulse which works on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, that you can use to gather the necessary data to...
IronKey D300
IronKey is a solid brand in the world of data privacy and security. The company develops mostly encrypted storage solutions like USB memory sticks. Since February 2016, they have been acquired by Kingston and now they have also entered the retail space. One of the first few encrypted USB drives that...
Check Disk
Windows has included the Check Disk tool for a long time now. With it, you can check the partitions and drives in your computer for disk errors, bad sectors and so on. You can also use this tool to repair those errors and have your drives working normally again. Unfortunately, to make things confusi...
Does your Windows computer play a sound each time you start it, just before showing the sign in screen? At first, you might like this sound but after so many years of using Windows computers and devices, you may find it annoying. Here’s how to disable the startup sound in all modern versions of Wind...
How should I format my SD card, my USB memory stick, USB external hard disk or my computer’s partition? Should I use the old FAT32 file format or the newer NTFS file format? This is a tough question for most people and the right answer differs depending on the type of device that you need to format,...
Do you want to know the correct way of formatting all kinds of drives on your Windows computer? You may need to format an SD card, a USB memory stick, a USB external hard disk or a partition from your computer’s hard disk or SSD drive. It doesn’t matter which one you are interested in, this guide is...
Not many people know about the DirectX Diagnostic Tool (dxdiag.exe) that is included in every modern version of Windows. With it, you can identify the source of the problems you may have with the hardware used by multimedia applications, such as video games or audio and video players. In this tutori...
Have you ever asked yourself what's the fastest way to change the sound volume on a Windows computer or device? I did, and I realized I could not answer this question. Therefore I've done my best to identify all the methods that can be used to change the volume, without installing any third party ap...
Have you encountered the problem in which you can no longer drag and drop files and folders in Windows Explorer (if you are using Windows 7) or File Explorer (if you are using Windows 10 or Windows 8.1)? You can click and right click on files and folders, you can select files and folders, but you ca...
Screen color calibration
If you feel that the blacks and the other colors on your monitor don’t look the way they should, you may be right. Just like any image device, monitors too have to be calibrated in order to produce the best image they can. Fortunately, all modern versions of Windows include a “Display Color Calibrat...
Huawei AM08 Swan Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Huawei is an electronics company best known for its Android smartphones. However, their portfolio is more diverse than that and it also includes portable Bluetooth speakers. One of their more recent models is called the Huawei Swan Portable Bluetooth Speaker (AM08), a portable speaker with a very in...