Douglas Black, author at Ultrabookreview.com

Douglas Black

Douglas Black - Editor. I'm an IT consultant, educator, DJ, and music producer based in Florida, USA.

  • Douglas Black - January 18, 2023

    If time has taught us anything, it should be that newer isn’t necessarily better. In the world of computing, it often means paying a significant premium to be a hardware beta tester. By buying an older used laptop (second-hand or refurbished/refreshed), you’re not just...

  • Douglas Black - January 18, 2023

    Author’s Note: I wrote the first edition of this ThrottleStop guide for UltrabookReview as part of a short undervolting/tweaking guide several years ago. I previously published a ThrottleStop guide for Notebookcheck back in 2017, but wanted to update the guide here to cover the...

  • Douglas Black - October 3, 2022

    So, you’ve already maxed out your Dell XPS 15 with 32GB of DDR4 RAM and the best 1TB NVMe SSD for the money—now your Dell XPS 15 is as good as it gets, right? Nope, not yet! Without some hardware and software tweaks, your...

  • Douglas Black - November 18, 2022

    This article serves to share my picks for some of the best SSDs as of late 2022. I will let you know which SSDs I finally purchased fro myself after doing my research and why, but of course, keep in mind that these are...

  • Douglas Black - September 22, 2022

    I love video games as an artistic medium. But while I buy quite a few titles each year, it’s more to support the developer than anything else. This is because I often don’t even finish them. Somehow, I find myself inevitably pulled back to...

  • Douglas Black - January 24, 2023

    In this article, I’m sharing with you my experience in searching for the best wireless keyboard for my use and budget, going through a couple of Logitech models that I’ve tried out, and explaining which I’ve eventually stuck with and why. There’s no denying...

  • Douglas Black - September 30, 2022

    This article tells my experience in finding a good powerbank for my laptop, something I could use as an external battery when needed. It also lists a few of the best such mobile power-banks I found in my research. Though removable batteries in laptops...

  • Douglas Black - September 30, 2022

    Laptops used to come with an array of ports, and only in the rarest of occasions would we be caught with an accessory or peripheral that we couldn’t interface with out of the box. Now, with Type-C connectors edging out legacy ports more and...

  • Douglas Black - September 30, 2022

    Microsoft has been dropping prices on its Surface lineup over the last few months, with the cheapest Surface Pro 7 tablet + keyboard bundle now available for just $599 (which also means prices are dropping elsewhere). Even with the Surface Pro 8 and 9...

  • Douglas Black - December 21, 2022

    Disclaimer: All laptops (The ThinkPad X1 Carbon and both the black and white Dell XPS 13 SKUs) were purchased with my own funds for this review. Going by most accounts, the best ultrabook is either the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (which we at NBC...

  • Douglas Black - November 30, 2021

    First things first: I like the new MacBooks. For the first time since 2016, I’m once more eyeing a return to the platform after pricing, gaming, and performance drew me away in the early 2000s. The 2021 MacBook Pros are major improvements from the...

  • Douglas Black - January 3, 2022

    Welcome to the UltrabookReview guide to… binding keys?! I know what you’re thinking. “Do we really need a guide on how to bind keys?”  Please hear me out: I love books and I love film, but I’ve become an even bigger fan of the...

  • Douglas Black - November 16, 2021

    HP’s ZBook series of laptops have been on my radar for many years. Frustrated with the shortcomings of Dell’s XPS 15, I have long been on the lookout for other laptops that combine similar horsepower with a comparably professional look and compact chassis. I...

  • Douglas Black - January 24, 2023

    I got tired of Windows and decided to switch to a Mac. How did it go? In short, there’s the good, there’s the bad, and there’s the different. To set the stage, a lot of this comes as a result of my ever-increasing frustration...

  • Douglas Black - February 3, 2022

    If you’re using a PC these days for gaming or office work, chances are you’re pushed into using Windows 10. While Microsoft boasts “Windows 10 is getting better all the time” (and, hey, it is definitively an improvement from Windows Me in most areas),...

  • Douglas Black - September 18, 2021

    I’m not very big on celebrating birthdays, nor do my wife and I tend to shower each other with gifts. A lot of it has to do with the fact that we try not to buy things needlessly, plus that I’m very particular about...

  • Douglas Black - September 18, 2021

    September 18, 2020: I ended up replacing the JBL bar with a different set of speakers and sub. Scroll to the end to see what I got! May 31, 2020: With four months of usage under my belt, I’m updating this article with a...

  • Douglas Black - July 23, 2020

    Halo 3 is widely regarded as Bungie’s magnum opus (well, Marathon 2 and Double Aught’s Infinity are my personal favourites), with an estimated 14.5 million copies sold to-date and achieving “universal acclaim” on Metacritic. Originally released in November of 2007, reviewers noted the game’s fun...

  • Douglas Black - September 23, 2021

    I was excited at first when I saw that Microsoft had announced their new round of Surface line of computers — until I saw the details. The updated Surface Go is indeed a nice bump, as the form-factor of the Surface 3 made it...

  • Douglas Black - January 23, 2022

    Update – January 22, 2022 The following steps are confirmed to work with the XPS 15 7590: 1. Set BIOS settings to default 2. From BIOS -> Security, disable UEFI firmware capsule updates ‘ 3. Run BIOS from Windows; the system will restart 4....

  • Douglas Black - October 11, 2021

    I love DOOM Eternal. It’s a staggering accomplishment, an improvement upon Doom (2016) in almost every way — sans some flow in level design and lack of crouch. The graphics are jaw-dropping. The art direction is outstanding. The movement is fluid: athleticism mixed with...

  • Douglas Black - March 16, 2020

    With the COVID-19 pandemic going into full-swing, many of us around the world (self included) are in self-imposed quarantine. Luckily, however, that means an abundance of time to stream on twitch.tv and interact with viewers! I’ve been looking at ways at increasing participation with...

  • Douglas Black - March 3, 2020

    Amazon, Google, YouTube, Microsoft, Apple, and Facebook have slightly battered reputations in the online world of technology enthusiasts, but it seems that the masses still have overwhelmingly positive impressions of these “Big Tech” companies ⁠— if a recent survey conducted by The Verge is...

  • Douglas Black - March 13, 2020

    Note: I’m getting a few comments to this article regarding this not being a fair comparison. To clarify, this blog post is not about which of these two TVs is better. The question I aimed to answer is whether one might need a more expensive...

  • Douglas Black - May 16, 2022

    Note: This is an article I originally published in 2018, but due to a new round of right-to-repair legislative action, I feel this is a good time to re-visit the topic. I am no Luddite: I appreciate the amazing things technology allows us to...

  • Douglas Black - January 5, 2020

    Lenovo has thrown their hat into the eGPU arena this CES 2020 with the debut of their aluminum-constructed Legion BoostStation external GPU enclosure. With a design reminiscent of the Razer Core but with more features and a lower price, the BoostStation looks like it...

  • Douglas Black - December 18, 2019

    I was browsing for thermal paste in a computer shop near my home a few weeks ago when I came across a relatively new product that I had previously heard about, but had never seen in person. Next to the tubes of the standard...

  • Douglas Black - September 27, 2022

    Update: 10/10/2019 — added more bugs/instability notes As an ultraportable 15-inch notebook with Intel’s 9th generation Coffee Lake hexa-core CPUs and Nvidia’s GTX 1650 graphics, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (Gen 1 review here, P1 Review here) is one of the most in-demand premium...

  • Douglas Black - November 25, 2019

    Other Articles in this series: So I’ve decided to switch to Linux: Day 1 I wrote a few days ago about how pleasantly surprised I was at the ease of installation and out-of-the-box functionality of Pop!_OS on my X1E Gen 2. I was able...

  • Douglas Black - September 27, 2022

    The new Dell XPS 15 7590 makes a case for itself by sporting an optional OLED panel, Intel’s latest 9th generation 6 and 8-core CPUs, Nvidia’s GTX 1650 GPU, and, finally, an above-display webcam. As I wrote in an earlier editorial, however, whether or...