Category: Reviews

YuanLey 8 Port Gigabit 120W PoE Switch Review – The cheapest gigabit POE switch on the market is actually good Score 90%

YuanLey 8 Port Gigabit 120W PoE Switch Review – The cheapest gigabit POE switch on the market is actually good

As much as I love cloud-managed networking hardware such as Zyxel Nebula and Ubiquiti, it is kind of expensive, with an 8-port POE switch costing over £100. Sometimes it is OK to go back to basics, and an unmanaged POE switch can save you quite a bit of money. With no management options at all, they are not the sort of thing you will want to use in a complex networking environment. However, for home use, powering up your POE security cameras, phone or access points, they can be a perfect solution. I previously reviewed the TP-Link TL-SG1210P, which...

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Kingston KC2500 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD Review vs Samsung 970 Evo – High end performance at a reasonable price Score 95%

Kingston KC2500 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD Review vs Samsung 970 Evo – High end performance at a reasonable price

Kingston has recently refreshed their lineup of NVMe drives with the new KC2500 series which promises improved performances over the already excellent KC2000. The new range offers an increase of almost 10% to the sequential read speeds going from 3200 to  3500MB/s and an impressive 32% increase for sequential write, going from 2200MB/s to 2900MB/s. I recently migrated my OS drive from the highly regarded Samsung 970 Evo, which was 500GB to the KC2500 1TB. So how does it perform in comparison? Kingston KC2500 NVMe PCIe SSD -SKC2500M8/1000G M.2 2280 £201.89 Buy on Amazon Specification SSD Endurance: 600 TBInternal...

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Realme X3 Superzoom Review – An impressive zoom camera for the price but faces stiff competition vs the Poco F2 Pro & Realme X50 Pro Score 85%

Realme X3 Superzoom Review – An impressive zoom camera for the price but faces stiff competition vs the Poco F2 Pro & Realme X50 Pro

Realme have quickly become a significant player in the mobile market, and they are aggressively expanding with a quick succession phone launches at multiple prices points which are all extremely affordable for their segment. The Realme X3 Superzoom is the latest launch which I have been using for the past week. At the time of writing, I am only aware of this model and the standard X3. I would expect sometime in the future a Pro model will get launched, perhaps combining the super zoom features of this with an AMOLED panel and an SD865 chipset. Most of my...

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Netgear Orbi WiFi6 AX6000 Review – Is a mesh Wi-Fi 6 system worth £700? (RBK852)

With most flagship phones and new laptops using Wi-Fi 6, there is a growing demand for routers and mesh systems that can serve them. As seen on my router reviews, Wi-Fi 6 comes with a high early adopter tax, so then when you double up and get a mesh system, you end with the crazy-expensive Netgear Orbi WiFi6 RBK852. The two-pack system will set you back £700, and if you need three devices to cover a large property, you will be forking out just shy of £1000! Sale NETGEAR Orbi, RBK852-100EUS Whole Home Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi 6 System –...

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Nectar Memory Foam Mattress Review – 365-day trial and lifetime warranty -Nectar Sleep UK Score 94%

Nectar Memory Foam Mattress Review – 365-day trial and lifetime warranty -Nectar Sleep UK

This review was originally posted on 26th January 2019 but has now been updated on the 20th of May 2020 to reflect over a years worth of use On my never-ending quest to improve my sleep quality, I have been reviewing several mattresses recently. Last month I had the Simba which I found to be superb and well worth the reviews it receives. This month I have a Nectar memory foam mattress. Nectar is comparatively priced to the other options out there, at the time of writing it is identical to Simba at £699 for a King Sized. Nectar...

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Branx Fitness Foldable Elite Runner Treadmill Review – Keeping me sane & socially distant during lockdown – Best Treadmill Under £1000 Score 88%

Branx Fitness Foldable Elite Runner Treadmill Review – Keeping me sane & socially distant during lockdown – Best Treadmill Under £1000

Back in March when it became blatantly obvious a lockdown was approaching even though the government refused to issue the order, I committed to stop going to the gym and start working out from home. I already have a Tacx Flux S Smart turbo trainer, but the prospect of using my bike every day of the week was not appealing. I love to run, but persistent injuries mean I don't like to run outdoors too often. So I had been looking at treadmills for quite a while (since before my treadmills for Zwift post) I find treadmill are a...

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Anova Sous-Vide Precision Cooker 2.0 Review – I am a sous-vide convert, but it’s not cheap Score 85%

Anova Sous-Vide Precision Cooker 2.0 Review – I am a sous-vide convert, but it’s not cheap

Anybody that has ever watched a cooking show will be aware of sous vide cooking. The name makes it sound pretentious, and then the concept of cooking your food in a plastic bag of water doesn't sound all that appealing. With the promise of perfect results, it is something I have always wanted to try, but in the past, the devices themselves have been quite expensive, and I feared it would end up being another gadget neglected in my cupboards after a few weeks. While that may still happen in the future, for now, I have loved it my...

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TCL 10 Pro Review – Could have been great but let down by poor chipset choice Score 78%

TCL 10 Pro Review – Could have been great but let down by poor chipset choice

The TCL 10 series is the follow up to the TCL Plex launched at IFA last year, with the new phones being more of an iteration of the Plex rather than brand-new phones. The TCL 10 Pro and the affordable TCL 10L will be launched UK Week 23 (week commencing 1st of June) with Ireland Week 27 (week commencing 1st of July) and the US 19th of May. The official pricing of the phones is €449EUR/ $449USD/ £399GBP/ $899 AUD For the past couple of weeks I have been trying out the TCL 10 Pro which technically sits at...

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TCL 10 Pro Initial Impressions & Comparison vs TCL 10 5G & 10L & TCL Plex

TCL is a massive company that many regular consumers may not be aware of; they are one of the biggest consumer electronics producers in the world and the third-largest television manufacturer by market share. They have been developing mobile phones for years, but in partnerships with other brands, this includes Alcatel which itself is owned by Nokia, and then also the recent Blackberry phones, though that deal ends this year. Towards the end of last year at IFA 2019 they tentatively entered the market directly with the TCL Plex. The phone was well received by tech publications; however, I...

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Black Shark 3 Review – Incredible performance for just £539 Score 90%

Black Shark 3 Review – Incredible performance for just £539

I was very impressed with the Black Shark 2 last year. It helped that it was easily one of the cheapest flagship phones to launch at that point in the year. They have no followed this up with two models, the affordable standard Black Shark, and a more premium Pro model with a gigantic display and physical should buttons. However, this year Black Shark has a bit more competition the OnePlus 8 has been out for a few weeks, the Realme X50 Pro is now available and even the Red Magic 5G is available in the UK (though out...

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Ring Doorbell 3 Plus Review – Privacy concerns aside, Ring still dominate the battery-powered smart doorbell market Score 90%

Ring Doorbell 3 Plus Review – Privacy concerns aside, Ring still dominate the battery-powered smart doorbell market

[Update 12/05/2020] Ring reached out to me to confirm some of the privacy aspects of their system. I have copied the full statement at the bottom of the review Smart home surveillance and smart doorbells have boomed in the past few years with dozens of options available on Amazon. However, if you are looking for a battery-powered doorbell, there are surprisingly few options from big brand names. There are not even that many options, including wired doorbells, which I find odd because I find a smart doorbell one of the simplest home security and smart home upgrades. I have...

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G vs 730G vs 712 vs 665 vs MediaTek Helio G90t Performance Analysis – Comparing Realme 5 vs 6 & 6 Pro

Today the Realme 6 Pro launches in the UK alongside the flagship Realme X50 Pro and both are superb phones. The Realme 6 series has had a considerable bump from the previous 5 series which used an SD665 in the standard model and an SD712 in the Pro model. The new Pro model has a Snapdragon 720G chipset which is almost the same specification as the Snapdragon 730G which we saw on the Realme X2 last year. However, the standard Realme 6 uses the MediaTek Helio G90t – while this chipset is made on a less efficient 12nm fabrication...

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