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James Archer

James is a technology journalist and editor, specialising in computing and gaming hardware. Besides Expert Reviews, he’s written for Rock Paper Shotgun, Computer Shopper, IT Pro, PC Gamer, TechRadar and Tom’s Guide, among others.

Recent articles by James Archer

WD Blue SN500 review: Excellence, without the price tag

Newly upgraded to NVMe, the cheap Blue SN500 will make you cheerful

£70 inc VAT
Toshiba Canvio Premium 4TB review
External hard drives

It has some nice extra features, but the Canvio Premium is barely faster than much cheaper alternatives

£133 inc VAT
MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC: Well-equipped and affordable

Keenly priced and rammed with features, this is an excellent foundation for up-to-date Intel PCs

£155 inc VAT
Adata XPG SX8200 Pro: A perfect ratio of power to price

Not only is this one of the best-value NVMe SSDs around, it’s also one of the fastest

£185 inc VAT
Acer Nitro 50 review: Buy the Palicomp i5 Cosmos instead

A competent desktop system with a high-end CPU and some handy extras, but better value is to be found elsewhere

£1199 inc VAT
Crucial P1 review: Great-value SSD storage

Don't be fooled by its slow sequential speeds: in normal use, the P1 is an exceptional bargain

£80 inc VAT
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G review
Graphics cards

At last, an Nvidia RTX GPU that combines big performance with a reasonable price

£460 inc VAT
Palicomp AMD Abyss review: An all-rounder of the best sort

Well-specced in almost every regard, this is a keenly balanced, do-anything PC with some standout storage

£700 inc VAT
Iiyama ProLite XUB2495WSU-B1: Buy the AOC X24P1 instead
PC monitors

A fine office monitor, but there are alternatives with even better picture quality

£221 inc VAT
Adata XPG SX6000 Pro review

This NVMe SSD shows the importance of keeping speeds up even when the price is, relatively speaking, low

£106 inc VAT