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Alan Truly

Alan Truly

Computing Writer

Alan is a Computing Writer living in Nova Scotia, Canada. A tech-enthusiast since his youth, Alan stays current on what is new and what is next. With over 30 years experience in computer, video and photo equipment, you can expect useful tips and insights in his writing. Alan has a degree in programming, many years focused on design, editing, and animation. A period of managing logistics and e-commerce operations for a mobile accessories company rounds out a diverse background. Alan is a true jack of all digital trades in this ever-changing computer-enriched world. To stay flexible in mind and in body, he practices yoga, light cardio, and eats a whole food diet, based on minimally processed plants.

The Color LaserJet Pro 4301fdw has good photo print quality on glossy paper.

Best color laser printers for 2024: tested and reviewed

Color laser printers are a smart choice for home offices and small businesses, but which should you buy? Here are our top picks for every budget.
Bitdefender and Malwarebytes websites are open side-by-side on a computer monitor.

I tested two of the best antivirus services. Here’s which one you should get

Which Windows antivirus and security suite protects your data best, and which offers the best value for the money?
A photo of Bitdefender running on a PC.

Bitdefender for Windows review: premium protection for all your devices

We tested Bitdefender's antivirus and advanced security plans for Windows to find out how good it is and whether it's worth the cost.
A printer surrounded by several printed photos.

How to check ink levels on an HP, Canon, Epson, or Brother printer

Staying on top of your printer’s ink levels is a great way to prevent a nasty shock when it comes time to print that 300-page document. Here’s a guide to help.
Google's Android logo wears an XR headset.

Google has a chance to take on the Quest and Vision Pro in a big way

Google could unveil Android XR as an alternative to Apple's Vision Pro and Meta's Quest operating systems at Google I/O 2024.
Malwarebytes user interface appears on a Microsoft Surface Book.

Malwarebytes for Windows review: a quick and easy antivirus upgrade

We tested Malwarebytes antivirus software for Windows to find out if its quality, ease-of-use, and support provide enough value for the price.
HP's OfficeJet Pro 8135e has a mix of rounded and sharp corners, dark and light shades.

HP OfficeJet Pro 8135e review: home office printing on a budget

HP's OfficeJet Pro 8135e is an all-in-one with fax and walk-up printing capabilities at an affordable price. But how durable is it and how much will ink cost?
Alan Truly plays a game with the HTC Vive XR Elite.

A year later, the HTC Vive XR Elite is still a uniquely versatile VR headset

I tested the HTC Vive XR Elite, a comfortable VR headset with a unique feature that makes it one of the best for PC VR and standalone experiences.
Printing is fast and economical with the HP Smart Tank 7602.

I use these simple printer tips to save money on ink and toner

Learn how to greatly reduce printing costs and make your ink and toner cartridges last much longer with these expert tricks and tips.
Apple Vision Pro

5 headsets you should buy instead of the Vision Pro

The Vision Pro no longer has the best VR headset available. Check out these challengers that beat Apple's best in display quality, comfort, and price.
The Brother MFC-J1205W's off-white color looks nice in a home office.

No, you shouldn’t just buy whatever Brother printer is cheapest

Brother printers are great but don't rush a printer decision. A bad purchase causes frustration and waste, while costing you time and money.
Phil Nickinson wearing the Apple AirPods Pro and Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses.

Meta Smart Glasses just got the AI upgrade I’ve been waiting for

Meta keeps making its Ray-Ban Smart Glasses better, with more styles, multimodal AI that can see, and the option to share your view with friends.
A concept image of someone playing a game in virtual reality.

Meta has a bold new strategy for VR

Meta just announced Horizon OS, a mixed reality operating system that Lenovo, and Asus will use in new VR headsets.
HP LaserJet Pro MFP 3101fdw printer looks nice on a white stand beside plants.

HP LaserJet Pro MFP 3101fdw review: a fast business printer for home offices

HP recently announced the LaserJet Pro MFP 3101fdw, a speedy all-in-one at a low price, so we checked if it's a good fit for your home office.
From a side view, you can see how glasses can be worn along with a Quest Pro.

Quest Pro 2: What we know about Meta’s next premium VR headset

Find out what we know about Meta's plans for a second-generation Quest Pro to challenge Apple's Vision Pro as a spatial computer.
A Meta Quest 3 sits on a wooden floor in moody backlighting.

8K VR comes to the Quest 3

Learn why 360-degree videos will look crisper than ever in your Meta Quest 3 after you install the latest YouTube VR update with 8K support.
Pimax Crystal Super and Light VR headsets appear on a dark background.

This new VR headset beats the Vision Pro in one key way and is half the price

Apple's Vision Pro features incredibly sharp displays, but a rival product boasts a higher resolution at a much lower price.
The Quest Pro has great hand-tracking capabilities.

Meta Quest 4: Here’s what we want from the next big VR headset

Meta's Quest 4 VR headset could bring an even bigger leap in quality than the popular Quest 3 thanks to generative AI, sharper displays, and a faster chip.
First Encounter is the perfect introduction to mixed reality on Quest 3.

Your Quest 3 just got so much better — for free

Meta has brought big improvements to the Quest 3 VR headset, making mixed reality better than ever and adding a few upgrades to the Quest 2 and Pro as well.
The HP OfficeJet Pro 9125e rests on a white stand surrounded by plants.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9125e review: an eco-friendly home office printer

HP's new OfficeJet Pro 9125e is an all-in-one home office printer that promises fast performance. We tested its quality and value.
A person plays Stray using a PlayStation controller on a silver 13-inch MacBook Air.

Forgot your Mac password? Here’s how to reset it

Forgetting your MacOS password is never a great feeling, but there’s a couple of ways you’ll be able to reset this key login info. Here’s a guide to help.
Smart in text above seven smart glasses with an iPhone and Android phone.

The best smart glasses to buy in 2024

Find the best and most affordable smart glasses for iPhone and Android for movies, music, AI, travel, photos, video capture, and smart home control.
The original Oculus Quest 1 appears on a white background.

We have some bad news for Quest owners

Meta recently announced support for the original Quest VR headset will be ending in August, so it's time to check out the Quest 2 and Quest 3.
Alan compares draft, standard, and high-quality photos from Epson's EcoTank ET-8500.

The best photo printers you can buy in 2024

The best photo printers deliver high-quality photo prints at home, in the office, or on the go. Here are some of our favorite photo printers.
A developer points to a Mac screen while a Vision Pro rests on the desk.

How to turn off the Apple Vision Pro when you’re done using it

The Apple Vision Pro is a powerful spatial computer with a short battery life, so here's how and when you should switch it off to save power.
An Apple employee shows a person how to use a Vision Pro headset at an Apple Store.

Does the Vision Pro work with glasses and contacts?

Apple has solutions to use the Vision Pro even if you need corrective lenses, but the headset won't work well for everyone.
Apple Vision Pro as seen from behind, with the battery pack superimposed.

Does the Apple Vision Pro come with a battery?

Apple Vision Pro sells for $3,500, an ultra-premium price for this spatial computer but what does that include and do you need to buy a battery too?
A profile shot shows Alan Truly wearing the Meta Quest 3.

These are all the must-try apps for your Meta Quest 3

The Meta Quest 3 isn’t just a VR gaming apparatus. Thanks to hundreds of apps, you’ll actually be able to do everything from web browsing to movie playback.
A Meta Quest 3 sits on a wooden floor in moody backlighting.

A cheaper version of the Meta Quest 3 now seems more likely than ever

Meta has clearance pricing on the aging Quest 2 VR headset, adding weight to rumors that a Quest 3 Lite or Quest 3s is coming soon.
Epson's EcoTank Pro ET-5850 is a big, heavy business printer.

Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 review: a nearly flawless inkjet

We tested the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850, an all-in-one inkjet tank printer that's fast enough to compete with high-quality color laser printers.
A divided image shows an Apple Vision Pro and Meta Quest 3.

This one feature could prevent motion sickness, but the Vision Pro doesn’t have it

New research suggests which VR headsets are best at preventing motion sickness so you can play longer in fast-paced VR games.
the best home printers

How to find your printer IP address and WPS PIN

You might need your printer's IP address or WPS PIN to update firmware, check ink levels, or connect to Wi-Fi. We can help you find that network data.
Pimax Crystal's inside-out tracking works great.

The best VR headsets for PC you can buy right now

We compare the best PC VR headsets that will help you enjoy the most immersive SteamVR gaming and spatial productivity on a Windows computer.
A profile shot shows Alan Truly wearing the Meta Quest 3.

Meta Quest 3 vs. Quest Pro: Which is right for you?

Meta's Quest 3 matches many, but not all of the features of the Quest Pro. We compare comfort, performance, image quality, mixed reality, and more.