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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: 
How to get 2560x1440 or 2560x1600 via HDMI: run a WQHD monitor from a laptop

A reader wrote to PC Advisor asking how he could connect a standard HDMI laptop to a WQHD (2560x1440) display. Here's how we fixed his problem.

Features: 
LG G Flex vs LG G Flex 2: second version of curved phone is smaller and more powerful

LG is back with an updated version of its curved smartphone. Here we explain the differences between the two devices.

Review: 
BT TV Starter review: broadband, YouView and phone for £5.99 per month

BT has launched a new budget package to compete with TalkTalk and Sky. Here’s our BT TV Starter package review.

Review: 
Sony SmartWatch 3 review: a good but not great Android Wear watch

We were hoping for big things with Sony's first Android Wear device, and in some respects it delivers. But in others it fails - read our Sony…

Features: 
Sony SmartWatch 3: the SWR50 runs Android Wear and has built-in GPS

The SmartWatch 3 is Sony's first Android Wear device, and in some respects it's a success. But in other areas it isn't. Should you buy one? Find…

Review: 
TP-Link Wi-Fi Extender review: the TL-WA860RE will double your Wi-Fi signal

TP-Links Wi-Fi extender promises to boost wireless signals in your home's Wi-Fi weak spots and dead zones. Here's our TL-WA860RE review.

Features: 
Ultra HD explained: What tech you need to enjoy super-resolution 4K content

With CES 2015 in full swing, 4K and Ultra HD is back in the news. Here we explain what you need to know about the new high definition TV standard.

Features: 
Why the Fitbit Charge is the best new activity tracker

Thanks to call notifications and auto sleep tracking, the new Fitbit Charge is a great activity tracker.

Review: 
Belkin Wemo LED Lighting Starter Set review: smart bulbs you can turn on, off or dim from anywhere

Rather than buying basic LED bulbs, why not go for smart ones which you can control from your phone? The high price is one good reason but, for…

Features: 
Tech predictions: New tablets for 2015

Tablets will outsell PCs and laptops in 2015, but what's in store for tablets in the coming year? We reveal all you need to know about new tablets…


 

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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