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Dave Mitchell

Dave is an IT consultant and freelance journalist specialising in hands-on reviews of computer networking products covering all market sectors from small businesses to enterprises. Founder of Binary Testing Ltd – the UK’s premier independent network testing laboratory - Dave has over 45 years of experience in the IT industry. He started his career working on mainframe computers including ICL and Unisys within the pharmaceutical, services and corporate financial sectors and managed one of the largest Unisys mainframe installations in the world. Since moving into journalism in 1994, Dave has produced many thousands of in-depth business networking product reviews from his lab which have been reproduced globally. Writing for IT Pro and its sister title, PC Pro, he covers all areas of business IT including servers, storage, network security, data protection, cloud, infrastructure and services.

 

WatchGuard EPDR review: An incredible range of security measures
The WatchGuard user interface
cloud security

WatchGuard EPDR review: An incredible range of security measures

Clever cloud-managed endpoint protection with a wealth of innovative security measures at a good price
6 Dec 2022
Broadberry CyberStore Xeon SP2-490-G3 review: Super-massive storage
The Broadberry Cyber Store
Server & storage

Broadberry CyberStore Xeon SP2-490-G3 review: Super-massive storage

A big storage appliance for big data with a powerful hardware package and great performance
5 Dec 2022
Qnap TS-h1887XU-RP review: A powerful hybrid NAS
The interface for the Qnap TS-h1887XU-RP
Server & storage

Qnap TS-h1887XU-RP review: A powerful hybrid NAS

A small rack NAS appliance with a big storage capacity and excellent performance
29 Nov 2022
Avast Premium Business Security review: Feature-rich endpoint management for SMBs
Avast Premium Business Security interface
endpoint security

Avast Premium Business Security review: Feature-rich endpoint management for SMBs

Avast delivers a wealth of tough, easily managed endpoint protection measures at a good price
25 Nov 2022
Zyxel NR5101 review: A competitively priced 5G mobile router
The Zyxel NR5101 router
routers

Zyxel NR5101 review: A competitively priced 5G mobile router

A flexible and affordable 5G mobile router with speedy Wi-Fi 6 services and support for cloud management
22 Nov 2022
Retrospect Backup 18.5 review: A solid choice for the protection of physical systems
The Retrospect Backup user interface
backup software

Retrospect Backup 18.5 review: A solid choice for the protection of physical systems

No virtualisation host or MS365 support, but a good-value choice to protect servers and workstations
21 Nov 2022
Veritas Backup Exec 22 review: Complete protection for physical and virtual environment
The Veritas Backup exc console
backup software

Veritas Backup Exec 22 review: Complete protection for physical and virtual environment

An easy choice for SMBs that want total on-premises data protection with good Microsoft 365 support
15 Nov 2022
HPE ProLiant DL365 Gen10 Plus review: An EPYC power plant
The HPE ProLiant DL365
servers

HPE ProLiant DL365 Gen10 Plus review: An EPYC power plant

A powerful and highly expandable rack dense server geared up for heavy-duty workloads
4 Nov 2022
HPE ProLiant DL345 Gen10 Plus review: Virtually perfect
The HPE ProLiant DL345 server
servers

HPE ProLiant DL345 Gen10 Plus review: Virtually perfect

An affordable choice for virtualization duties and storage-centric workloads
2 Nov 2022
Brother X-Series MFC-J6957DW review: Large-format inkjet ideal for SMBs on a budget
The Brother MFC J6957DW printer
Hardware

Brother X-Series MFC-J6957DW review: Large-format inkjet ideal for SMBs on a budget

High-res printing is slow, but this versatile inkjet MFP offers unbeatable running costs, value and features
1 Nov 2022
Brother ADS-4900W review: A high standard for desktop scanning
The Brother ADS 4900W printer
Hardware

Brother ADS-4900W review: A high standard for desktop scanning

Speed, features, output quality and value make this desktop scanner the perfect choice for SMBs
27 Oct 2022
Zoho Assist Enterprise: Uncomplicated cloud-hosted remote support
The Zoho Assist user interface
remote access

Zoho Assist Enterprise: Uncomplicated cloud-hosted remote support

Affordable cloud-hosted remote control for all sizes of business that's easy to use and rich in features
20 Oct 2022
Dell PowerEdge XR11 review: More power to the edge
Dell's PowerEdge XR11 units
network attached storage (NAS)

Dell PowerEdge XR11 review: More power to the edge

A well-designed and powerful edge server that's small on space and large on features
17 Oct 2022
Qnap TS-h1090FU review: Affordable flash in a rack
The Qnap TS station
network attached storage (NAS)

Qnap TS-h1090FU review: Affordable flash in a rack

An entry-level all-Flash array with enterprise performance at an SMB price
12 Oct 2022
IDrive Business review: Affordable cloud backups for small businesses
The IDrive Business user interface
backup

IDrive Business review: Affordable cloud backups for small businesses

Value, features, and extensive platform support make IDrive Business a great cloud backup choice
6 Oct 2022
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Everywhere review: IT management for the larger business
The SolarWinds Dameware interface
remote access

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Everywhere review: IT management for the larger business

Big support for big businesses as this web-hosted solution delivers a wealth of features and tight access security
4 Oct 2022
TerraMaster T6-423: A compact and quiet NAS with plenty of storage
TerraMaster T6 NAS drive
network attached storage (NAS)

TerraMaster T6-423: A compact and quiet NAS with plenty of storage

Some TOS 5 apps aren't ready yet, but this affordable desktop NAS offers plenty of storage features and good performance
30 Sep 2022
Commvault Metallic review: A slick hybrid backup solution
A photograph of Commvault Metallic's UI
backup

Commvault Metallic review: A slick hybrid backup solution

Flexible hybrid data protection that’s easily deployed and managed with a backup module for every occasion
29 Sep 2022
Zyxel ZyWALL ATP200 review: A persuasive defence against unknown threats
The Zyxel ZyWALL AP200
Hardware

Zyxel ZyWALL ATP200 review: A persuasive defence against unknown threats

A top-value appliance with great cloud management and clever protection against unknown threats
28 Sep 2022
GoTo Resolve Basic review: An SMB-friendly remote support service
Screen grab of the GoTo Resolve software
Software

GoTo Resolve Basic review: An SMB-friendly remote support service

This good-value hosted remote support service is ideal for SMBs that demand zero-trust access security
27 Sep 2022
Barracuda Backup 295 review: Data protection in a box
A photograph of the Barracuda Backup 295 appliance
backup

Barracuda Backup 295 review: Data protection in a box

Ideal for SMBs, this easily deployed and flexible appliance takes care of all your hybrid backup needs
22 Sep 2022
WatchGuard Firebox T20-W review
A photograph of the WatchGuard Firebox T20-W
unified threat management (UTM)

WatchGuard Firebox T20-W review

This affordable desktop appliance is a great choice for protecting small offices and home workers
21 Sep 2022
Acronis Cyber Protect Connect Professional review: Affordable but frustrating
A screenshot of Acronis Cyber Protect Connect Professional
remote access

Acronis Cyber Protect Connect Professional review: Affordable but frustrating

Good-value cloud support with great admin features, but agent deployment needs streamlining
20 Sep 2022
TP-Link Omada EAP650 review: An impressive Gigabit performer
A photograph of the TP-Link Omada EAP650
wifi & hotspots

TP-Link Omada EAP650 review: An impressive Gigabit performer

A great-value Wi-Fi 6 AP with a good turn of speed, top cloud management and meshing support
16 Sep 2022
Sophos XGS 116 review: A small and mighty appliance
A photograph of the Sophos XGS 116
unified threat management (UTM)

Sophos XGS 116 review: A small and mighty appliance

This clever and compact security gateway brings outstanding security and remote management features at a tempting price
14 Sep 2022
Dell EMC PowerEdge T350 review: A fantastic little machine
A photograph of the Dell EMC PowerEdge T350
Server & storage

Dell EMC PowerEdge T350 review: A fantastic little machine

A superbly built single-socket server for SMBs, with great expansion potential and remote management features
12 Sep 2022
DrayTek Vigor 2866ax review: Faster than you might expect
A photograph of the DrayTek Vigor 2866ax
routers

DrayTek Vigor 2866ax review: Faster than you might expect

A versatile and very affordable SMB security router with Wi-Fi 6 and top-notch WAN redundancy
7 Sep 2022
Qnap KoiBox-100W review: An intriguing alternative
A photograph of the Qnap KoiBox-100W
video conferencing

Qnap KoiBox-100W review: An intriguing alternative

A versatile and affordable videoconferencing solution with great wireless screen presentation features
6 Sep 2022
Qnap TS-i410X review: Rock-solid network storage
A photo of the Qnap TS-i410X
network attached storage (NAS)

Qnap TS-i410X review: Rock-solid network storage

Qnap’s rugged network storage appliance goes where other NAS fear to tread
31 Aug 2022
Dell EMC PowerEdge R650xs review: An ‘xtra special’ rack server
A photograph of the Dell EMC PowerEdge R650xs
Server & storage

Dell EMC PowerEdge R650xs review: An ‘xtra special’ rack server

A powerful and expandable 1U rack server that’s ideal for businesses on a strict budget
26 Aug 2022
TerraMaster U8-111 review: A smashing budget NAS rack
A photograph of the TerraMaster U8-111
network attached storage (NAS)

TerraMaster U8-111 review: A smashing budget NAS rack

Modest performance and features, but a good-value rack NAS that ticks all the network storage boxes
25 Aug 2022
Qnap TS-h1290FX review: Flashy desktop storage
A photograph of the Qnap TS-h1290FX
Server & storage

Qnap TS-h1290FX review: Flashy desktop storage

A sleek and affordable desktop NVMe all-Flash array that delivers great 25GbE performance
22 Aug 2022
Qsan XCubeNAS XN5008T review: Business-quality data protection
A photograph of the Qsan XCubeNAS XN5008T
network attached storage (NAS)

Qsan XCubeNAS XN5008T review: Business-quality data protection

A basic set of apps, but this desktop NAS offers high capacity, good performance and valuable data protection
18 Aug 2022
Xerox D35 Scanner review: A great choice for heavy workloads
A photograph of the Xerox D35 Scanner
peripherals

Xerox D35 Scanner review: A great choice for heavy workloads

A budget USB scanner offering good speeds, a great range of apps and clever networking capabilities
17 Aug 2022
Qnap TS-873AU-RP review: A great storage package in a space-saving chassis
A photograph of the Qnap TS-873AU-RP
network attached storage (NAS)

Qnap TS-873AU-RP review: A great storage package in a space-saving chassis

This short-depth rack NAS delivers high capacity plus good performance and data-protection features
16 Aug 2022
TP-Link JetStream TL-SX3016F review: Plenty of ports at a pleasing price
A photograph of the TP-Link JetStream TL-SX3016F
network switches

TP-Link JetStream TL-SX3016F review: Plenty of ports at a pleasing price

A great-value fibre 10GbE switch with a low cost per port, high performance and plenty of features
12 Aug 2022