Aura Carver Smart Digital Photo Frame Review – A superb digital photo frame with some privacy concerns

I have never been the kind of person to put up lots of photos around my home. In the early days of digital photos frames, the technology looked cheap and cringeworthy, so I never paid much attention to it since. However, I was impressed with the premium-priced Netgear Meural Canvas II at IFA and was … Read more

Mitchell Acoustics uStream One Review – True wireless Bluetooth bookshelf speakers for less wire mess

You have heard of True Wireless earphones; almost every brand offers a pair. Now it is time for true wireless speakers; as the name suggests, the speakers are not physically wired up to each other but connect via Bluetooth for their stereo connection. Unlike the TWS earphone counterpart, there are still some wires; you have … Read more

Nacon Pro Compact Controller Review – A compact wired controller for the Xbox and PC

The new Nacon Pro Compact controller is an officially licensed Xbox controller that is compatible with Xbox Series X|S consoles and Windows PCs. Featuring a 3M cable, this should offer enough reach for most console setups and avoids you having to worry about batteries. The 3.5mm headphone jack is then also Dolby Atmos surround sound … Read more

Helium Hotspot Review – Mine Helium HNT cryptocurrency while expanding the IoT friendly LoRaWAN network

Where to buy a Helium Hotspot? UK, EU and US models Pi Supply in the UK manufacture the Nebra HNT Hotspot, this is pretty much the only option available in the UK and EU, they also sell models for other territories including the US. Due to the popularity, there is a backlog of orders, as … Read more

Reolink RLC-811A Review – A 4K PoE camera with person detection spotlight, colour night vision & 5x optical zoom

Following on from my Reolink RLC-511WA review, I have been using the RLC-811A, which is the 4K POE model. It follows the same pattern as the previous model; this has a 5X optical zoom lens (not PTZ) with a built-in spotlight which will enable night-time colour video. It also includes the AI object detection we … Read more

Yale Smart Wi-Fi Indoor Pan Tilt and Outdoor Light and Siren Cameras Launched

This month, Yale expanded its home surveillance product range with some new cameras. One of the big advantages of the Yale cameras is that there is no monthly fee, unlike Ring and Arlo. You have options to record to microSD or the Yale Smart Home CCTV system. However, it is worth noting the Yale CCTV … Read more

Cleer Goal True Wireless Sports Earphones Review – A sporty solution for fans of the Apple AirPod open fit

I first experienced Cleer Audio products with the superb Cleer Flow II. Their latest launch is the Cleer Goal which are sports focussed TWS earphone. Unlike most IP rated earphones that are marketed towards sports, these have a specific design to improve situational awareness outdoors. That design is essentially what you have on the normal … Read more

MooSoo K17U Stick Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Review – Affordable & perfect for small properties with hard floors

The MooSoo K17U is an affordable ultra-lightweight cordless vacuum with a telescopic shaft. Priced at around £120, it half the price as big brand names like Shark or the Halo Capsule I previously reviewed but is it any good?

MooSoo K17U vs K17 Upgraded vs K17 Specification

MooSoo K17U MooSoo K17 UpgradeMoosoo K17
Functions4 in 1 telescopic pole 2 in 1 telescopic poleFixed pole 3 attachements
Motor Power250W200W200W
Suction Power8kPa / 24kPa11kPa / 23kPa10kPa / 17kPa
Dust cup Capacity0.32 gal / 1.2L0.32 gal / 1.2L0,13 gal / 0,5L
FilterHEPAHEPAHEPA
Battery Capacity2200mAh2200mAh2200mAh
Battery Life30 min / 12 min30 min30 min
Charging Time4.5 hrs4.5 hrs4 hrs
LED HeadlightsYesYesYes
Working sound-level72dB72dB65dB
Weight5.5 lbs / 2.5 kg4.6 lbs / 2.1 kg4.6 lbs / 2.1 kg
Price £120N/a£140

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Realme 8 Pro Review – It’s the Relame 7 Pro but with a flagship-level 108MP camera

As I eagerly wait for Realme to launch a flagship device in the UK this year, they have whetted my appetite for what might come with the Realme 8 Pro.

The Realme 8 Pro is launching in the UK as the first sub-£300 phone to feature a 108MP camera.

Specification – Realme 8 Pro vs 7 Pro vs 6 Pro

realme 8 Pro Mobile Phone, Sim Free Unlocked Smartphone with...
  • 108 mp ultra quad camera: Starry time-lapse video...
  • 50w superdart charge: Charge 50 Percent in 17...
  • 4500mAh massive battery: Super power saving mode
  • Infinite stars design: 176 g and 8.1 mm Slim and...
Realme 8 ProRealme 7 Pro Realme 6 Pro
Display6.4 inch AMOLED 2400×1080 
1000nits peak brightness
60Hz refresh rate
180Hz touch sampling
6.4 inch AMOLED 2400×1080  6.6 inch IPS 2400×1080 
 90Hz, 480 nits 
ChipsetSnapdragon 720GSnapdragon 720GSnapdragon 720G
RAM8GB8GB8GB
Storage128GB
MicroSD slot
128GB
MicroSD slot
128GB
MicroSD slot
Rear Camera108 MP Samsung HM2 1/1.52″
8 MP ultra-wide
2 MP macro
2 MP B&W Lens
64 MP Sony IMX682 1/1.73″ Wide
8 MP ultra-wide
2 MP macro
2 MP depth
64 MP Samsung 1/1.72
12MP 2x telephoto
8MP ultrawide
2MP macro
Front Camera16MP Sony IMX471 32 MP16 MP
Battery4500 mAh
50W charging (but 65W charger)
4500 mAh
65W charging
4300 mAh
30W
OtherDual sim + microSD
3.5mm headphone jack
Dual sim + microSD
3.5mm headphone jack
Dual sim + microSD
3.5mm headphone jack
Dimensions 160.6 x 73.9 x 8.1 mm
176g
160.9 x 74.3 x 8.7 mm
182g
163.8 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm
202 g
Price £2798GB/128GB launch price  £279
Current price £239
349.90 Euros (£305)

The excellent Realme 6 Pro was launched in March 2020, with the Realme 7 Pro landing in October and now the 8 Pro, so we are looking at a 6-month launch cycle. This inevitably means not much changes with each release.

The main difference going from the Realme 6 Pro to 7 Pro was that it ditched the IPS display in favour of an AMOLED which was quite unique at the time with most affordable phones using IPS.

The Realme 8 Pro then also only has one significant improvement. The primary sensor has been switched from the already good 64MP Sony IMX682 sensor to the brand new Samsung 108MP HM2 sensor.

This new 108MP camera isn't quite the same as you see on £750+ flagship phones from the likes of Xiaomi and Samsung, but it is not far off. The main difference is that the sensor is a touch smaller at 1/1.52″ vs 1/1.33″, reducing the pixel size to 0.7 μm from 0.8 μm.

Disappointingly, there hasn't been an improvement from the Snapdragon 720G, which itself wasn't much different from the Snapdragon 730G, which proceeded it, so the chipset is effectively 2 years old now.

In defence of Realme, Qualcomm has left its 7-series platform to go a little stale. The only realistic upgrade would have been the 5G Snapdragon 750G.

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EZVIZ C8C Smart Pan/Tilt Outdoor Colour Night Vision Camera with AI launched for £109.99

Home surveillance tech is getting scarily advanced, Ezviz is one of the companies at the forefront of this technology. I am a huge fan of both colour night vision and AI object detection. Now, these have been combined with a PTZ camera to offer AI automatic tracking of anyone that enters your property. This model … Read more

Flexispot Electric E5 Standing Desk Frame Review – A sturdy frame with excellent weight capacity for multi-monitor setups

Sit-stand desks have been all the rage for a few years now, and I have previously covered some of the tabletop adaptors. In recent years the range of full-electric sit-stand desks has increased considerably, and prices are surprisingly reasonable. Flexispot has always been one of the big players in the game, and they recently sent … Read more

Iogear Keymander 2 Mobile Review – A Keyboard/Mouse adaptor for gaming on the iPhone, iPad & Apple TV [GE1337M]

The Keymander 2 Mobile is a similar idea to the various Gamsir peripherals I have reviewed recently. It offers a way to add keyboard and mouse control to your Apple iOS-based devices. You may wonder why this is needed seeing as they have some compatibility built-in, but the Keymander expands the range of compatible games … Read more

EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Wireless earbuds Review – Wireless earbuds with aptX LL for your PS5 / Nintendo Switch & Phone

Launched at the end of January, the EPOS GTW 270 wireless earbuds are the first in-ear option from the gaming orientated audio brand.

What differentiates these from regular TWS earbuds is that they feature the aptX LL codec reducing the latency from 170 – 270 ms found on typical SBC Bluetooth connections down to 40 ms.

aptX LL is about the best low latency option there is at the moment. LLAC/LHDC LL is the main alternative. It is based on the high definition wireless audio technology from LHDC, but designed for low latency and features an auto-detect gaming mode. Savitech claims LLAC has end-to-end latency of around 30ms. 

Specification

  • Connectivity – Low-latency and Bluetooth 5.1
  • Frequency response – 20-20,000 Hz
  • Battery – 5 hours per charge – 20 total with case
  • IP Rating – IPX 5 water resistance
  • Included: aptX low latency USB-C dongle + USB-C to USB-A extension cable
  • 2 year warranty

Compatible Devices

  • PC
  • Phone (via Bluetooth or Dongle)
  • PS4 / PS5 – EPOS seem confused about PS5 compatibility, some parts of the site say it does have it, others make no mention. I am led to believe it works without a problem though
  • Nintendo Switch

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The Best Streaming Devices for Binge-Watchers in 2021!

Streaming devices great flexibility and freedom if you want to keep up with the recent TV shows and movies for binge-watching through international streaming sites like Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, HBO Max, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and more! In parallel, advanced research on technological developments opens new avenues of entertainment for the international communities where anyone … Read more

OVH fire destroys Rust EU Servers with major data loss expected (as in they lost everything)

As predicted, the OVH fire that occurred on Tuesday is having some terrible consequences for many businesses. The fire completely destroyed an entire SBG1 datacentre then a further four rooms in the SBG1 data centre. The fire then took out connectivity across SBG1 through to SBG4. Unfortunately, any business or individual that has had a … Read more

Reolink RLC-511WA Review – A 5MP wireless security camera with spotlight & person/vehicle detection

Having reviewed a lot of the Reolink cameras, I have now got to the point where I am reviewing upgraded models from the existing range. I previously reviewed the Reolink RLC-511W in September, it was an impressive camera, and at around £80, it was a bargain. The 4X optical zoom it offered was quite unique; … Read more