Macrorit Partition Expert Pro Review


Partitioning your hard drive lets you make optimum use of its space by storing different types of data in separate sections, but the partition manager in Windows (called Disk Management) is basic and confusing. Macrorit Partition Expert is a more sophisticated alternative, which packs lots of useful features into an easy-to-understand interface. The free version offers everything you need to … Read more

WizTree 4.19 Review

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WizTree has long been my favourite program for discovering which files and folders are taking up the most room on your hard drive, so you can delete them to free up storage. It’s impressively fast, free for personal use and makes it easy to identify space hogs using its colour-coded ‘tree map’. Infor DRIVE SPACE ANALYSER What … Read more

Download free audiobooks and play them anywhere


Audiobooks can be expensive. They often cost as much as a hardback, even if they are a few years old. And because nowadays they are more often streamed and downloaded than sold on a CD, you can’t pick them up secondhand. Thankfully, there are many alternatives to buying an audiobook, as we explain here. Borrow … Read more

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO… Coffee machines


While they might cost an arm and a leg, a bean-to-cup coffee machine is a huge step in the right direction if you’ve been on the hunt for that elusive perfect cup of coffee. Read our THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO… Coffee machines. —————–Words: Beth Girdler-Maslen Photography: Neil Godwin —————– In the current economic climate, many of … Read more

Lenovo legion go vs rog ally vs CRKD nitro deck: Handheld consoles

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Portable consoles have unlocked AAA-level gaming on the go. But which handheld comes out the best, hands down? Read our Lenovo legion go vs rog ally vs CRKD nitro deck. Words: Josh Russell, Rik Henderson, Sam Cross Photography: Phil Barker Once upon a time, AAA gaming was the preserve of living-room consoles and hulking PCs. No gamer … Read more

How can I recover lost photos for free?

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l’ve always hated how file-recovery programs claim to find lost photos, but then charge you to locate them. Is there software that actually does it all for free – with no sneaky hidden charges? Simon Lindsay There are several free photo-recovery tools, but our favourite is PhotoRec. It’s open-source, so is completely free with no hidden catches. It … Read more

Is it safe to use Microsofts new PC Manager tool

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Is it safe to use Microsoft’s new PC Manager tool? It aims to speed up your computer, but might actually make it slower. Read our Is it safe to use Microsofts new PC Manager tool. Microsoft’s PC Manager has finally launched. We first wrote about it in Issue 645, back in late 2022, after it arrived … Read more

Ubuntu Unity 23-04 Review

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This seventh release of Ubuntu Unity, version 23.04, was released on 20 April, 2023. The middle one of three interim releases leading to the next Long Term Support (LTS) release, this is also its second release as an Ubuntu official flavor. Read our Ubuntu Unity 23-04 Review. Written by Adam Hunt In terms of how this development cycle is proceeding, the news … Read more

Tiny11 Review

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We asked Nik Rawlinson to move out of his comfort zone and give this stripped-down version of Windows 11 a try. Read our Tiny11 Review. Tiny11 is a stripped-down version of Windows 11. Where the full-fat OS requires 4GB of RAM and 64GB of drive space, Tiny11 can manage with 2GB and 8GB respectively. It looks like the perfect … Read more

Can I emulate Spectrum on Windows?

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Hoping to recapture some of my lost youth, I decided to see if I remembered how to programme the ZX Spectrum (my first computer). Which is the best Spectrum emulator for Windows 11? Michael Cornell Try Spectaculator (, available for Windows, iOS and Android. The Windows version has a free 30-day trial, after which it costs £ for the current edition, or £ to add lifetime … Read more

What can I replace SyncToy with

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After resetting my laptop to its factory settings. I’ve lost a lot of programs that are no longer compatible with Windows 11. One was Microsoft’s SyncToy, which I used to back up my files to an external hard drive. Is there a good free alternative? Andrew Ball Backing up your files is an essential, ongoing task, so … Read more

Should I pay for BurnAware Premium?

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BurnAware is one of the few remaining programs for creating your own CDs and DVDs, and recently released version 17.2. The disc-burning software offers free and paid-for editions, so you can download the one that best suits your needs. Read our Should I pay for BurnAware Premium. Free trial: Seven days What you need: Windows 7, 8,10 or … Read more