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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

Trend Micro Internet Security review: Old isn't always gold
Internet security

Acceptable virus protection and performance, but the feature set feels decidedly outdated

£25 /yr, inc VAT
F-Secure Internet Security review: A solid security suite
Internet security

With a limited feature set and mid-table protection scores, it’s hard to justify paying full price for this simple antivirus solution

£35 (1st year, inc VAT)
Windows Defender review: Neither slick nor speedy
Internet security

Not the slickest or most feature-packed security suite, but it blocks viruses and stays out of your way

AVG Internet Security review: Effective, low-cost protection
Internet security

AVG does a solid job of blocking viruses and other online threats, but it’s not the fastest security suite, nor the most user-friendly

£12 inc VAT
Netgear Orbi WiFi 6: The best, fastest mesh system ever
Home office Wireless routers

The first 802.11ax mesh system leaves its rivals in the dust but does anyone really need it?

£749 inc VAT
D-Link M15 Eagle Pro AI AX1500 Mesh: Wi-Fi 6 for a low price
Wireless routers

You won’t get the fastest wireless speeds from this mesh, but it has a very respectable range and a few worthwhile software features too

£97 (for 2 units) inc VAT
Asus ZenWiFi AX: Appearances can be deceiving
Wireless routers

Perplexing interface and boxy design aside, this is an appealing mesh option

£400 Inc VAT
Linksys Hydra Pro 6E: The cheapest, slowest Wi-Fi 6E router
Wireless routers

The price is right but performance is lacklustre, to the point that you might as well stick with regular Wi-Fi 6

£272 inc VAT
Avira Internet Security review: Fast, reliable and expensive
Internet security

There’s plenty to like about Avira’s effective malware blocking and lightweight footprint, but you might baulk at the cost

£48 (/yr, inc VAT)
Kaspersky Premium review: Impeccable protection
Internet security

One of the best all-round security suites on the market, but tragically overshadowed by the current geopolitical context

£23 (/yr, inc VAT)