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TV boxes and other ways to make your TV smart

The prices of smart TV sets have gone down a lot. However, if they are still out of your reach, you can smarten up your old set at the fraction of the cost. The most important feature of a smart TV is the internet connectivity. This is what allows you …

Buying a used laptop

During the past two weeks, buyers on bidorbuy have purchased about twenty laptops per day. And the majority of them were second-hand. On average, bidorbuyers were four times more likely to buy a used laptop than a new one. The top reason for buying …

Cleaning your keyboard

There are few things I find more annoying than a sticky keyboard. One wants to write a simple word such as his, and instead one gets hissssss... And knowing that it was my own fault in the first place does nothing to reduce the frustration! If, like me, …

In defence of mouse pads

Are mouse pads on the way to become obsolete? Judging by the mouse pad-less desks in most offices and homes (including mine), the answer is a resounding yes. Computer mice have been around for about half a century, and for most of that time they have …

PopSocket your phone

Ah, phone accessories. A while ago, selfie sticks were all the rage. Today, it’s the PopSocket’s turn. The creators of this gadget claim that the first thing people ask is: What is it?, immediately followed by: Where can I get one? (Totally …

Flash drive delights

Q: What is more portable than a laptop, tablet, or smartphone? A: A USB flash drive. And there you have it, in two short lines: the reason why I (together with many, many others) love flash drives. So much that I (together with many, many others) …

Printers for home use

School reports. Forms. Documents. Photographs... We all need to print something sometimes. When that “sometimes” becomes fairly frequent, it is time to buy a printer suitable for home use. But with such variety available, which one should you  choose? …

Earphones or headphones

In line with the predominant trend, most bidorbuy sellers refer to listening devices that fit into their ears as earphones and reserve the term headphones for devices designed to rest on top of the ears.   Now that terminology has been …

Digitise your printed photos

Humans are strange indeed.   On the one hand, we grumble about how our digital photos are languishing in computerised captivity (on our drives or in the cloud) and how we hardly ever manage to muster the strength to give them physical substance …

What to do with your old phone

Even if you exercise admirable self-restraint and opt not to not upgrade your mobile phone every year, old devices still tend to accumulate, cluttering your digital drawer (or cupboard).   Sooner or later, you will have to stop and ponder one of …