Author: James

How Gamers Reacted to the Nintendo Switch Launch

“Loot of the day: Nintendo Switch” (CC BY 2.0) by whileimautomaton Finally, after months of hype, anticipation and speculation, the Nintendo Switch is available in shops to buy, released on the 3rd of March. There have been so many talking points around the new console, which adopts a hybrid model so players can play on a TV or while on the move. One of the biggest has been related to its price. Analysis by Voucherbox found that Nintendo traditionally prices its new hardware at the £159 mark, so the £279 pre-order price of the Switch has raised some eyebrows and even forced...

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AUKEY 30000mAh Portable Charger Review – Quick Charge 3.0 Power Bank

Another mini review today for the 30000mAh AUKEY Quick Charge 3.0 Portable Charger that is available on Amazon for £42.99. There is no typo in the above sentence or my title, this is actually a 30000mAh power bank, that’s around 10 times the storage capacity of most phones, so it should have more than enough capacity to keep even the heaviest of users going for a long weekend without relying on a wall charger. Unfortunately, battery technology has not progressed as quickly as computing technology. You could argue it has not progressed at all in the past decade. So,...

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Spyder5EXPRESS, Spyder5PRO & Spyder5ELITE Review – Monitor Calibration

I have worked in web development for years, and while I am aware of monitor calibration, and the need for it in the graphic design industry, I have never actually tried it out until recently, thanks to Datacolor and their Spyder5 device. The Spyder5 is a hardware device that plugs in via USB that can be placed on a monitor to detect its colours. Then using the calibration software, which comes in 3 forms, express, Pro, and Elite, you can calibrate the monitor to produce true to life colours. Unfortunately, nearly all monitors you buy have no calibration so...

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FRITZ!Box 7560 ADSL & VDSL WiFi Router Review

FRITZ!Box has been a firm favourite hardware provider with me for router products in recent years. The FRITZ!Box 7490 is still my main router in the office. In my experience, they have always offered high-end features, including VDSL modems, as well as a decent user interface and usability. At the time of reviewing the 7490, it was one of the few products out there that had a VDSL modem, but the market has grown a bit since then, so the FRITZ!Box 7560 I have today has a bit more competition. Priced at around £160 it is on the more...

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AOSO 7.1 PC Gaming Headset Review – USB & Virtual Surround Sound

I was recently sent the AOSO 7.1 PC gaming headset to review which is apparently equipped with a virtual 7.1 channel surround sound engine and it also has a retractable microphone. The design of the headphones is very much in line with the gamers trend of bright lights, as you have bright blue LEDs circling the panther logo on each side. One of the first things I noticed about them was the size of the USB cable, it is extremely thick, more like something you would wire up your house. It didn’t really get in my way during use...

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