The best network video recorders (NVR) for CCTV home surveillance cameras including 4K, ONVIF, POE

I am a big fan of outdoor IP home surveillance cameras; I personally think they are one of the best deterrents for thieves and criminal behaviour on your property, and in the event of something happening, you have some video footage to show the police or insurance companies. Many of the wire-free surveillance cameras I … Read more

The Best 2-Bay NAS Devices for 2020 – Network Attached Storage that can do Plex Transcoding

For the past 6 years or so I have used a proper server for my NAS, first with the HP Microserver, then moving on to old PC hardware I no longer use. However, self build servers tend to be big, relatively expensive and use up quite a bit of electricity. I wanted to use old … Read more

MediaTek Helio G80 vs Helio G70 vs Helio G90 – Another unexciting MediaTek Helio launch.

MediaTek has been on a roll for the last 6-months or so. It started at the end of July with the launch of the Helio G90 series which was then featured in the massively popular Redmi Note 8 Pro. Benchmarks indicated this was as good, if not better than the Snapdragon 730G. In recent months … Read more

What Wi-Fi 6 routers, mesh systems & access points are there with multi-gigabit Ethernet ports? (2.5/5/10Gbps)

This year it looks set for Wi-Fi 6 to start becoming widely adopted in both client devices but also the number of routers able to provide this new ultra-fast Wi-Fi technology. Wi-Fi 6 promises to do a lot more than just increase speed, and a significant focus of it is for congestion and dense deployments. … Read more

EnGenius ECS2512FP & ECS2512 affordable multi-gig POE switches announced with 2.5Gbps & 10GbE SFP+

This new bypassed me a couple of days ago, but EnGenius has recently announced two new multi-gig switches that they claim will be affordable. With EnGenius being a business focussed company, the definition of affordable may be different from what home and SOHO users class as affordable, so we will have to wait and see. … Read more

Kygo Life Xenon Bluetooth Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Review

Showing my complete lack of knowledge about modern musicians, I had absolutely no idea who Kygo was until I started writing this review, assuming it was just some random brand I had not heard of. Norwegian DJ and record producer Kygo, famed for his Firestone song, has turned his hand to the hardware side of … Read more

Acer Swift 5 Review (2020) – A Dell XPS 13 alternative that is lighter & cheaper with the Intel Core i5-1035G1

I reviewed the Acer Swift 5 back in 2018, so this review is much the same but with upgraded hardware and a new lower price point. The Acer Swift 5 remains one of the lightest laptops on the market with a listed weight of just 990g up a touch since my last review. The last … Read more

The Best Power Deliver Power Banks on Amazon – Portable charges for your laptop, iPad and other tablets.

Crave PowerPack 2 50000 mAh power delivery power bank

Power banks have been a mainstay for mobile users for years, allowing us to go out for the day without worrying about our phones dying on us. They come in all shapes and sizes including ultra-portable 5000mAh options like the Anker Astro, 20,000 mAh options which are not pocket-friendly but can keep a couple of … Read more