Huawei MateBook 14 2020 Review – An AMD Ryzen 5 4600H laptop offering superb all-round performance

The Huawei MateBook 14 2020 has been out for a few months now featuring (at the time) the new AMD Ryzen 4000 series mobile chipset. While the newer Ryzen 5000 series has been announced, few, if any lightweight laptops feature these yet. It is unique in its specification, offering the Ryzen 5 4600H or Ryzen … Read more

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Review – Exynos 2100 Battery & thermal throttling tests vs SD888 on Xiaomi Mi 11

As part of my Xiaomi Mi 11 review, I dedicated a post to testing the battery and seeing how much temperatures rise while in use. The phone runs much hotter with quicker battery drain than last years flagship Snapdragon 865 phones, but it does offer incredible performance. As usual, the UK variant of Samsung flagship … Read more

Samsung Exynos 2100 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Performance & Benchmarks Compared on Xiaomi Mi 11 & Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra officially launches today, but many pre-orders were sent out early, including mine. The new Samsung Galaxy S21 series features the Exynos 2100 which has the potential to put Samsung back on track with their Exynos chipsets following a few years of poor performance vs its Qualcomm counterpart. So, will UK … Read more

Ring Video Doorbell Wired Announced – Smallest & cheapest video doorbell but requires existing wires

I have covered a lot of video doorbells recently, and Ring has now announced another new video doorbell to the market. They have traditionally dominated in with the battery powered options, being the only viable solution until the wire-free Eufy doorbell arrived, and more recently the wire free Arlo. While all the Ring doorbells can … Read more

Amazon Echo Flex + Motion Sensor Review – Doorbell alerts and Philips Hue motion sensing on the cheap but is it good vs the Philips Hue sensor?

I impulsively bought the Amazon Echo Flex and the addon motion sensor during the Black Friday period. The Flex was £14 but the motion sensor £15, all in all, a cheap buy as far as my compulsive tech spending goes. What I hoped to achieve was a relatively affordable motion sensor for Philips Hue lights … Read more

EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Wireless Earbuds Launched for with AptX LL USB-C dongle for low latency gaming

EPOS is best known for their range of gaming headsets and surround sound DACs which were previously branded, then co-branded with Sennheiser. Like almost every other company on the planet, they have no launched some true wireless earbuds. With EPOS being a gaming brand they offer something many TWS earphones lack. The EPOS GTW 270 … Read more

Upgrade your Helium Hotspot antenna for a greater range in the UK with a MikroTik LoRa 6.5dBi Omni Antenna

Update – With the MikroTik out of stock there are two options on Amazon by Paradar which have an 8.5dbi Antenna or a 4.5dbi antenna. I have also written another post about the best antenna selection for the Helium Hotspot. I was a little sceptical when I was first offered the Helium Hotspot to review; it … Read more

MediaTek, Swisscom, Ericsson and OPPO Enable 5G Carrier Aggregation and Voice over New Radio

While this is not normally something I would post about, the takeaway I have from this new announcement by MediaTek is their commitment to break into the Western market with their Dimensity chipsets. Something I have been eager for them to do since the launch of the Dimensity 1000. Full Press Release: MediaTek today announced … Read more

Aktiia 24-7 Optical Blood Pressure Monitoring System Now Available – Offering similar features to the Valencell calibration-free, cuff-less blood pressure monitoring technology

[Update] Aktiia have confirmed they have no relation to the Valencell, and the Valencell technology seems to be some way off being consumer-ready. After spending most of my twenties being unhealthy I am quite paranoid about heart health. In the UK 63% of people are overweight and 28% obese, so most people should be concerned … Read more

Yale Linus Smart Lock Review– Is this better than the Yale Conexis L1 or Nuki?

Announced back at CES 2020, the Yale Linus Smart Lock has only recently been made available. This adopts a different approach to the Conexis L1 smart lock, and it addresses the concerns many users had with that. The lock retains its old-fashioned cylinder allowing you to optionally use you key when leaving or entering your … Read more

Xiaomi Mi 11 Review – A beautiful & massive display with incredible performance but those thermal concerns are valid

Announced on the 28th of December, the Xiaomi Mi 11 beat the Samsung Galaxy S21 to be the first phone featuring the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset. The launch was limited to China, and there has been no word on the Pro model yet. Eager to try out Qualcomm’s latest flagship chipset, I opted to … Read more

Twelve South StayGo USB-C Hub Review – Expensive but excellent & reliable USC-C hub to use as a desktop docking station

With most of us working from home, many of us have been looking for ways to improve our productivity and comfort while at home. I am fortunate enough to work from home in a dedicated office with a desktop, but most of the people I know seem to be working off laptops. As good as … Read more

Xiaomi Mi 11 Review: Testing thermals and battery drain of the Snapdragon 888 vs SD865 and Kirin 980

This was part of the Xiaomi Mi 11 review I am finalising, but it ended up being so long it warranted its own post. My tests here are not the most thorough in the world, but they still highlight some issues that have been raised by others regarding the phone, and potentially the SD888 chipset. … Read more

The best Mesh Wi-Fi Routers for 2021

January 2021 Update highlights: Originally, this post focussed on Amazon reviews as a key factor in the decision to recommend systems. However, Amazon, and companies that use it, keep messing around with things, merging products, having multiple products on one page etc. Then reviews themselves are not always reliable. The number of mesh systems has … Read more

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