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Chris Merriman

Chris Merriman has been writing about technology since the 1990s for a variety of titles including Computer Shopper, MSN, TechRadar, Tom’s Guide and The Inquirer, where he broke a number of major tech news stories that were picked up globally.  He has appeared on BBC, Sky News and Al Jazeera and was the resident tech expert at TalkRadio for a number of years. In between times, he has also been a consultant for several major tech firms.

Chris is fascinated by automation and the internet of things, as well as the evolution of the ways we communicate in the digital era. He's also a frequent contributor to IT Pro's software guides, including Windows operating systems. Other specialisms include storage, peripherals, and web apps, and any gadget he’s allowed to take apart and fiddle with, preferably after throwing away the box, manual and receipt.

How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode
Screenshot of Windows 11's recovery settings menu
Microsoft Windows

How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode

Unless you’re a complete Windows novice, you’ll have come across Safe Mode before - but what exactly is it, and how do you access it in Windows 11?
29 Jul 2022
How to find RAM speed, size, and type
A close-up photo of a person installing a stick of RAM onto a motherboard
Laptops

How to find RAM speed, size, and type

If you want to upgrade your PC's RAM, you need to know what you already have and what sticks will work with your setup
15 Jul 2022
Ankerwork B600 Video Bar review: Perfect for home or office
A photograph of the Ankerwork B600 Video Bar mounted on a monitor
video conferencing

Ankerwork B600 Video Bar review: Perfect for home or office

A near perfect all-in-one solution for video conferencing at home or the office
5 Jul 2022
Windows 11 Home vs Pro: What's the difference for business users?
The brand graphic for Windows 11 showing a light mode and dark mode side by side, split with a yellow line. The text Windows 11 Home appears on the left, and Windows 11 Pro on the right
operating systems

Windows 11 Home vs Pro: What's the difference for business users?

A comparison of the various features and tools available across Windows 11's Home and Pro versions
20 Jun 2022
Windows 10 vs Windows 11: Is Windows 10 or 11 better for your business?
Two laptops sat one in front of the other with Windows 10 and Windows 11 logos displayed
operating systems

Windows 10 vs Windows 11: Is Windows 10 or 11 better for your business?

Windows 10 is by far the most popular operating system, but is it worth upgrading your business to Windows 11?
17 Jun 2022
Why are USB cable standards so tangled?
A photograph of a drawer full of tangled cables
Hardware

Why are USB cable standards so tangled?

The harder the industry tries to standardise, the more muddled it gets
19 May 2022
What is Wi-Fi 6?
A photograph of a man connecting his smartphone to a Wi-Fi router
wifi & hotspots

What is Wi-Fi 6?

Wi-Fi 6 will revolutionise networking - albeit very slowly
17 May 2022
How to connect one, two or more monitors to your laptop
The USB-C cable resting beside a USB-C port on a laptop
Laptops

How to connect one, two or more monitors to your laptop

The definitive guide to hooking up multiple monitors to your laptop
8 Apr 2022
How to fix the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) error in Windows 11
A screenshot of the Blue Screen of Death error in Microsoft Windows 11
Microsoft Windows

How to fix the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) error in Windows 11

Encountering Windows' dreaded BSOD error is never fun, but it's possible to diagnose the problem with a few simple steps
6 Jan 2022
HP OfficeJet Pro 9012e review: Jack of all trades
A photograph of the HP OfficeJet 9012e
peripherals

HP OfficeJet Pro 9012e review: Jack of all trades

A feature-packed SOHO MFP, let down by slow, noisy, glitchy performance
6 Jan 2022
Brother MFC-J4540DW review: Office-quality printing at home
A photograph of the Brother MFC-J4540DW
Hardware

Brother MFC-J4540DW review: Office-quality printing at home

An inkjet MFP for home-based staff that shows promise in a new category
22 Oct 2021
Canon PIXMA GM2050 Inkjet Monochrome Printer review: Less is more
A photograph of the Canon PIXMA GM2050 Inkjet Monochrome Printer
peripherals

Canon PIXMA GM2050 Inkjet Monochrome Printer review: Less is more

A stripped down solution for reliable black and white printing
8 Jul 2021
How to reset your iPhone passcode
Mobile

How to reset your iPhone passcode

Our helpful guide to getting past the awkward problem of forgetting your phone's passcode
24 Jun 2020
The autopsy of Windows 7
Windows 7 logo in orange
Microsoft Windows

The autopsy of Windows 7

Report of a postmortem examination
29 Feb 2020
WD My Cloud Pro PR2100: A solid and capable SOHO NAS drive
network attached storage (NAS)

WD My Cloud Pro PR2100: A solid and capable SOHO NAS drive

A reliable new entry to the stalwart range, but file transfer speeds are still not as fast as other brands
26 Apr 2018
TP-Link TL-SG1016D 16-Port Unmanaged Gigabit Switch
Network & Internet

TP-Link TL-SG1016D 16-Port Unmanaged Gigabit Switch

A trusted model that now represents a reliable budget buy
31 Jan 2018
Adata SC660H review
solid state storage (SSD)

Adata SC660H review

Lighter than its rivals and a fraction of the price of other 3D-NAND equipped drives, Adata offers incredible value for money
19 Jan 2018
G-Technology Slim SSD USB-C review
solid state storage (SSD)

G-Technology Slim SSD USB-C review

Designed with Apple in mind, but worthy of consideration for Windows users too
18 Jan 2018
WD My Passport SSD review
solid state storage (SSD)

WD My Passport SSD review

An impressive basic device that utilises flash to reduce size and increase speed
18 Jan 2018