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Darien Graham-Smith

A lifelong technology enthusiast, Darien is a regular contributor to both Expert Reviews and PC Pro magazine, specialising in wireless networking, internet security and other technical topics. He also contributes to and produces the weekly PC Pro podcast, and has made occasional appearances on BBC News and Open University programming. In his spare time he dabbles in audio production, and plays guitar, bass and drums with the enthusiasm of a committed amateur.

Recent articles by Darien Graham-Smith

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Audio-Technica AT2020USB-XP: A superb-sounding USB mic
Home office

While it’s not the most versatile setup, the Audio-Technica AT2020USB-XP all-in-one microphone captures excellent voice recordings

£149 inc VAT
Make the most of your new laptop with Microsoft 365

Organise your digital life with a Microsoft 365 subscription

Mercusys Halo H90X three nodes pictured from the front
Mercusys Halo H90X: Strong but not outstanding
Wireless routers

Mercusys’ new mesh is its fastest yet, but it doesn’t greatly stand out from similarly priced rivals

£340 inc VAT
Atlas VPN: Strong on privacy and performance

It has a few rough edges and missing features, but this deliciously affordable VPN ticks the important boxes

£1.39 per month, 39-month subscription
Make yours a smart home the easy way with smart plugs
Home & garden Technology

Turn on your lights, switch on a fan or set your coffee machine brewing – top smart plugs upgrade your home appliances quickly and easily

Mullvad VPN teaser
Mullvad VPN review: A fast and flexible VPN

We’re impressed by improved speeds and video support, but this well-intentioned VPN still struggles to justify its price

£4.33 (/mth)
Private Internet Access (PIA) VPN review: User-friendly

It won’t be right for everyone, but PIA is a fuss-free solution for location spoofing and streaming

£1.67 (/mth, 36 month subscription)
HMA VPN review: Fast and friendly

Impressive performance, but video-streaming support is patchy, and it’s not as geographically secure as other VPNs

£2.39 (/mth, 36 month subscription)
The best SSDs money can buy

We've rounded up the best SSDs for slick, speedy and clutter-free computing

Malwarebytes Privacy VPN review: Simple and fast

Good speeds and some neat features don’t wholly excuse limited platform support and tiresome licensing restrictions

£2.74 (/mth, 12 month subscription)