Category: Reviews

Devola Low Noise DC 12” Air Circulator Pedestal Fan Review – Almost silent

Temperatures are hotting up again, and I am still on the quest to find the perfect fan for both office use and sleeping. As much as I would love an air conditioner, they are too big and expensive for me to justify the one or two weeks worth of warm weather we get up north each year. They are also very noisy with the quietest ones running at 38-48db on their quietest setting. A fan, on the other hand, can operate and much lower noise levels. They will never come as close to the cooling performance you get from...

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Zyxel USG Flex 100 Firewall Review – Advanced threat detection for businesses

The Zyxel USG FLEX 100 is a Unified Security Gateway Firewall Appliance, or for the sake of this review, a firewall. The USG FLEX 100's platform provides the latest, leading technologies, all while providing a complete suite of security subscriptions with seamless, scalable gateway connectivity. It sits somewhere in the affordable segment of this market, but this can still be an expensive investment for small businesses. Specification and Features Gigabit RJ-45 ports 4 x LAN/DMZ1 x WAN1 x SFPFanlessFirewall throughput – 900MbpsVPN throughput – 270MbpsUTM throughput – 350MbpsMax. TCP concurrent sessions – 300,000Max. concurrent IPsec VPN tunnels – 40Concurrent...

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Acer Predator Triton 300 Review – An affordable RTX 2070 gaming laptop – PT315-52

I have previously reviewed the Acer Predator Triton 500 and Triton 900 last year. Acer has now loaned me the attractively priced Acer Predator Triton 300 which has recently been updated with the latest i7-10750H and features the RTX 2070 MaxQ. It is about the cheapest laptop you can find with this specification, but have there been any sacrifices made to achieve this price point? Features & Specification Display – 15.6″ IPS Full HD 1920 x 1080p 144 Hz displayCPU – Intel® Core i7-10750H 6-core 2.6 GHz / 5 GHzRAM – 16 GB DDR4 (2133 MHz)GPU – NVIDIA GeForce...

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TCL 10 5G Review – A good attempt at competing with the OnePlus Nord

The TCL 10 5G was announced all the way back at CES in January when the world was relatively normal. The TCL 10 Pro was later launched in May, which was a good phone but with a confusing specification for its price. Today, the TCL 10 5G is finally launched, the spec and pricing are suspiciously close to the recently launched OnePlus Nord and Realme X50, which makes me wonder if all these companies knew each other's spec and price well before any announcement. Nonetheless, the TCL 10 5G offers up some real competition against the other phones, it...

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Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless Earphones Review – Triple driver aptX HD & Low Latancy earphones that compete with 1MORE

Creative launched the Aurvana Trio earphones back in 2018 offering high-end features such as a triple driver design and detachable MMCX at an affordable sub-£100 price point. With many phones now lacking a 3.5mm jack, it looks like Creative have given up on making them with no stock on either the Creative website or Amazon. However, they have just launched the Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless taking the previous triple driver design and making it Bluetooth. Most companies are currently obsessed with launching TWS earphones, but the Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless are refreshingly old fashioned, adopting a neckband design with...

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Creative BT-W3 Review Bluetooth Audio Transmitter for PS4. Switch & PC with aptX Low Latency and AptXHD

If you wear a headset while gaming, wireless options are the way to go, avoiding long wires getting in your way. The problem is that some consoles, such as the Nintendo Switch, don't natively support them. Then with Bluetooth, you introduce latency which can cause sounds to be out of sync with what is happening on the display. Latency issues are also particularly annoying when watching movies or TV on headphones, causing lip-syncing issues. The Creative BT-W3 aims to solve these problems acting as a Bluetooth transmitter that supports 4 different codecs: aptX LL, aptX HD, aptX, and SBC....

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ASUS XG-C100C 10 Gbps Ethernet PCI-E Network Interface Card Review – Why so cheap?

The ASUS XG-C100C 10GbE nic has been around for a while now. Amazon had it for £99 back in 2017, the price hasn’t dropped much since then, you can pick it up for £80.99 currently, but at this price, it easily the cheapest 10Gbps Ethernet option on the market. If you don’t mind using used parts and going down the SFP connection route, 10Gbps networking can be a lot cheaper, but it is less convenient to implement. You can pick up a Mikrotik Cloud Smart Switch for just £120 and used Mellanox Connectx cards for £30-50. Sale ASUS XG-C100C...

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SecureDrive SecureUSB BT Hardware Encrypted USB Flash Drive Review – Bluetooth controlled FIPS 140-2 Level 3 USB

SecureDrive by SECUREDATA is a well-established company offering secure hardware encrypted data storage. In a world of increasing cybercrime and ransomware, GDPR, leaks, and government spying, it has never been more important to keep our data safe. Encrypting data has been around for years, but for it to be effective within a company, it needs to be accessible to none techy folk. In recent years there has been a growing trend for hardware-encrypted storage that requires a user to simply type in a pin on the device to decrypt it. The SecureDrive SecureUSB BT works differently, by offering an...

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TerraMaster F4-422 10GbE 4-Bay NAS Review – An excellent affordable 10GbE 4-bay NAS

TerraMaster has quickly established themselves as a popular NAS brand providing an affordable alternative to the market leader Synology and outclassing many other brands in terms of features/performance/price.  In particular, for home and SOHO users, these NAS drives provide excellent value for money, and the new TerraMaster F4-422 is one of the most advanced none-enterprise options they have launched. TerraMaster F4-422 10GbE NAS 4-Bay Network Storage Server Intel Quad-core CPU with Hardware Encryption (Diskless) £439.99 Buy on Amazon Features and Specification Intel Celeron J3455 Quad-Core 1.5GHz (Max burst up to 2.3GHz)4GB DDR3 (upgradable to 8GB)4 bays compatible with 3.5″...

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UGREEN TWS HiTune TWS Wireless Earbuds Review – Another affordable pair of TWS earphones

The last review of my current back long of TWS earphones. All have them have been affordable earphones with options including Tribit FlyBuds 1, Realme Buds Air Neo, EarFun Air and TaoTronics SoundLiberty 92. Features and Specification  UGREEN TWS HiTune TWS Bluetooth VersionBluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth ProtocolHSP, HFP, AVRCP, A2DP Bluetooth Frequency2400MHz-2483.5MHz  Bluetooth Range10M / 33ft  Audio CodecQualcomm aptX, AAC, SBC Frequency Response20Hz-20,000 Hz Speaker Impedance32Ω ± 15% Speaker Sensitivity105 ± 3dB at 1KHz Microphone Sensitivity8dB Earbuds Capacity2*60mAh  Charging Case Capacity300mAh 3.7V (1.11Wh) Charging Limited Voltage5.25V Charging Case Input5V=250mA  Charging Case Output5V=150mA Playtime 9 hours Case Charge19h IP Rating IPX5...

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TaoTronics SoundLiberty 92 Review – Surprisingly good Airpod alternatives

I am not a big fan of the open fit Apple AirPod design, but my partner hates silicon tipped earphones, so I can appreciate the need for the two designs. TaoTronics are the latest company to adopt this design, the earphones themselves are not complete clones, they have a slightly unusual look to them with a very elongated stem. Wireless Earbuds, TaoTronics Wireless Headphones Smart Touch Control 30Hrs IPX8 Waterproof Bluetooth 5.0 Hi-Fi Stereo Audio Wireless Eardphones in ear SoundLiberty 92 for Smartphone Tablet Laptop £35.99 Buy on Amazon Features and Specification Switch in 1 Second: Flip between Mono...

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EarFun Air True Wireless Earbuds Review – IPX7 rating with a superb battery makes a decent set of fitness orientated earphones – TW200

In the past few weeks, I have been inundated with new affordable true wireless earbuds to review. The ErarFun Air is the first pair up for review, I have already previously reviewed the EarFun True Wireless Earbuds finding them to be a decent option for the price your pay The new EarFun Air are priced a little higher at around £55, they were temporarily on Amazon but currently unavailable. They come in a new design adopting the AirPod-esque design with a stem but using silicon ear tips for improved sound isolation. True Wireless Earbuds, EarFun Air Bluetooth 5.0 Earbuds...

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