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Jim Martin

Jim Martin

Jim is Editor of PC Advisor and has been testing and reviewing both hardware and software for 15 years. These days his specialities include tablets, smartphones and gadgets as well as writing and commissioning reviews, features and tutorials. Jim is also a proud dad, drinker (and brewer) of real ale and ardent motorsport fan.


 

Articles by Jim Martin


Features: 
Microsoft Lumia 535 release date, price and specs in the UK: On sale now

Microsoft has launched the first Lumia without the Nokia brand. Here's everything you need to know about the Microsoft Lumia 535, an entry-level…

Features: 
Battlefield Hardline release date, price and game features

Traditionally, Battlefield has been a military FPS, but in Hardline you get to play cops or criminals, pulling heists or taking down the robbers…

Features: 
How to disable graphics in laptop without screen: fix a blank screen when Windows is working but your monitor isn't

We share some expert tips for fixing your laptop when you can't get an image on screen from your graphics card

Features: 
Best Gmail tips to manage your email: make email less of a chore

Here are 6 Gmail tips to manage your email better including using the full power of the search box, learning shortcuts and filtering emails into…

Features: 
How to get Windows 10 now: how to install Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9926 from USB or DVD

You can download and try Windows 10 today. We show you how, and explain who should and shouldn't use it.

Review: 
iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison review: why you're better off with the smaller smartphone

If your iPhone is due for an upgrade, you're probably wondering whether to go for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Neither are cheap options, but both have…

Features: 
How to format a hard drive in Windows Vista, 7 or 8: plus how to format hard drive from BIOS

There are many reasons why you might want to format a hard drive, including a clean installation of Windows, to get rid of a virus or malware or…

Review: 
Amazon Fire phone review: the quirkiest smartphone you can buy - a decent deal but not for everything

Amazon's late to the smartphone party but the Fire phone has some nifty tricks up its sleeve. Are they good enough to woo first-time smartphone…

Review: 
NZXT Doko review: stream games from your PC to your TV

The Doko is a tiny box that lets you do (almost) everything you can do on your PC, on your TV. Here's our NZXT Doko review.

Features: 
How to reset your router to rid it of malware. PLUS: How to check your DNS servers

How to check if your router is infected with malware, and how to fix it if it is.


 

Comments by Jim Martin


Features: 
How to connect Android to TV: see your phone or tablet apps on the big screen

I don't have the figures, but I'd be surprised if that many people use a TV without HDMI ports as their main set and want to mirror their Android…

Features: 
How to install Windows 7 without the disc. Plus: How to find a lost Windows product key

Sorry about that. The article was updated without my knowledge, and no-one checked the links still worked. I have now updated it as Microsoft uses…

Review: 
Android L vs Android 4.4 KitKat comparison review: What's the difference?

Yes. Just don't update Android when you're prompted and given the choice.

Features: 
How to connect Android to TV: see your phone or tablet apps on the big screen

A very good point. As far as I know, there is no way to do this if your TV doesn't have HDMI. You may be able to get around it by using an AV…

Features: 
Group test: what are the best headphones?

Obviously there are a lot of headphone brands, and we can't review every single one. However, you're right, we should track down some audio…

Review: 
Nero 2015 Platinum review: All-round media manager focuses on disc burning and streaming

Quite. You don't expect features to be removed. I find it particularly frustrating when you allow apps to automatically update, only to find…

Review: 
Nero 2015 Platinum review: All-round media manager focuses on disc burning and streaming

Ok, so it took a while, but we finally got a response (our contact was out of the office for three weeks). Unfortunately, it turns out that…

Features: 
Best free Windows software. Free alternatives to Photoshop, Office, Premiere Pro, Norton and more.

Well, someone's having a bad day... Yes, we know all about Mega and your suggestion that it could fold any minute is merely that. No-one should…

Features: 
How to get US Netflix in the UK

For the benefit of people reading these comments: SimpleTelly isn't free. It's $4 per month.

Features: 
How to get US Netflix in the UK

You don't need to sign in if you're using the Chrome or Firefox plugins, so which are you using? If it's the iOS one, that's not free: you get a 7…

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What is Google Photos? How to back up and share all of your photos for free

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Why I think the Apple Watch sucks and you'd be mad to buy it

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Swatch launches a colourful smartwatch

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New Apple TV 2015 release date rumours: TV streaming service delayed, hand gesture interface being...