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Acer Nitro 5 15.6″ AMD Ryzen 5 RX 560X Gaming Laptop Review Score 87%

Acer Nitro 5 15.6″ AMD Ryzen 5 RX 560X Gaming Laptop Review

I reviewed the excellent Acer Swift 3 back in February which was one of the first laptops on the market to feature the new AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor with an integrated RX Vega 8 GPU. The Acer Nitro 5 uses the same CPU, but this budget gaming laptop now has the new Radeon RX 560X GPU which should allow people to play AAA games in 1080p comfortably in medium to high settings. Currently priced at £599.00 on PC World for their Black Friday sales,  but with a usual RRP of £749, this is the currently cheapest gaming laptop...

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Acer Nitro RG270 AMD FreeSync Full HD 75Hz 27″ LED Gaming Monitor Review (RG270bmiix) Score 85%

Acer Nitro RG270 AMD FreeSync Full HD 75Hz 27″ LED Gaming Monitor Review (RG270bmiix)

During my time with the well-priced entry-level Nitro N50 gaming PC, I was using the Acer Nitro RG270 gaming monitor that was sent with it. This is an attractive slim bezel AMD FreeSync enabled 27-inch monitor running at 1920 x 1080p with a refresh rate of 75 Hz. Some gaming communities might immediately dismiss a monitor like this as it is not running at some ridiculous refresh rate. However, not everyone can afford a 200Hz ultra-wide monitor. If you are gaming on something like the Acer Nitro 50, then this could be an excellent option for you. Priced between...

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Acer Nitro N50-600 Intel Core i3 GTX 1050 £599.99 Gaming PC Review (N50-600-28) Score 78%

Acer Nitro N50-600 Intel Core i3 GTX 1050 £599.99 Gaming PC Review (N50-600-28)

The Acer N50-600 series of desktops cover a wide range of configurations that mainly focus on the entry to mid-end of the market with the Predator Orion range being the options for the mid to upper end. The Nitro model I have been sent is the N50-600-28 which sits about as low down in the range as you can get but comes in at a bargain price of £599.00 on the PC World website. I was also sent the ACER Nitro RG270 to test it with which is a 1080p 27-inch monitor that costs just £189 meaning you could...

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Acer Predator Helios 500 i9 17.3” Gaming Laptop Review Score 80%

Acer Predator Helios 500 i9 17.3” Gaming Laptop Review

It was clear from IFA 2018 that Acer is continuing to push forward in establishing themselves as one of the leading PC gaming brands. This included some over the top products such as the Predator Thronos gaming chair which weighs over 200KG and can accommodate three curved 27-inch monitors side-by-side. While the Thronos was a crowd pleaser at the show, it is impractical and almost certainly prohibitively expensive for us plebs living the 9-5 life. For the rest of us, Acer has an eclectic range of laptops to suit all budgets. Going onto the Currys website and filtering the...

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Discover. Invent. Make with #MakerFaireRome : The greatest event for tech hobbyists.

In recent years we have seen a huge growth of interest in the maker movement – in other words, hobbyist arts, crafts, engineering, and science market. Thanks to the wealth of information online combined the boom in 3D printing and low-cost single-board computers such as the RPI3, as well as other innovations; it is now easier than ever to experiment and build your own projects at home. Make is one of the companies leading the way in the maker movement promoting people to take up DIY projects for computers, electronics, robotics, metalworking, woodworking and other disciplines. Make started out...

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Philips Kitchen Solutions at IFA 2018 – An app-enabled blender and perfect coffee

I have reviewed some smart kitchen appliances in the past including a kettle and coffee machine, but the smart home trend seems to have been slow to spread into the kitchen. At IFA 2018 this changed somewhat and there were many connected devices including fridges, ovens and washing machines. Philips also has two exciting gadgets to make your kitchen that little bit smarter. High-Speed Connected Blender Saeco Xelsis SM7686 Connected Blender The Philips smart blender can help people on achieving specific health goals such as boosting their energy, reduce their sugar and calorie intake, or increase their general well-being....

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Philips IFA 2018: Philips Diamond CleanSmart is the most advanced toothbrush on the market

The Philips Sonicare brand is still the number 1 recommended sonic electric toothbrush brand by dental professionals worldwide and is typically one of two brands anyone uses when it comes to electronic toothbrushes. Therefore, it was not surprising that Philips had a large section of their hall dedicated to their dental solutions. Many people don’t take their dental health seriously enough, and as a result, it often leads to painful and expensive issues later down the line. Just going to the dental hygienist is unpleasant enough for me, I don’t particularly want to experience a root canal or other major...

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Philips Sleep Solutions at IFA aims to improve the quality of our sleep.

Philips had one of the more impressive booths (actually a full hall) at IFA 2018. Their lighting and TV products deservedly get a lot of headline attention but I think their health and kitchen tech deserves just as much praise. Philips appears to be making a big move into sleep and health tech this year, with a large section of their hall being dedicated to various sleep tech. SmartSleep The SmartSleep system is the stand out product of the sleep solutions, and depending on how effective it is, it could be the best product in their hall. SmartSleep is...

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Acer Swift 5 Review (2018) – A 970g laptop ideal for commuters – SF514-52T Score 84%

Acer Swift 5 Review (2018) – A 970g laptop ideal for commuters – SF514-52T

Having come away from the Acer Swift 7 review impressed, I have now moved to the more affordable Swift 5. With this model Acer target the problem of portability again, but at a different angle. Rather than being ultra slim the Swift 5 is one of the lightest laptops in the world weighing just 970g making it around 20% lighter than the Dell XPS 13 and many other ultra-portables. Priced at an RRP of £1,099.99 but with a current price of £934.99, this 14-inch laptop is both competitively specced and wallet-friendly. Buy from Acer Features & Specification The Swift...

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Acer Swift 7 (2018) Review: The worlds thinnest laptop : SF714-51T Score 83%

Acer Swift 7 (2018) Review: The worlds thinnest laptop : SF714-51T

Not content on making one of the lightest 15-inch laptops on the planet with the Swift 5, Acer have upped the ante and built the thinnest laptop in the world with the Acer Swift 7. Hopefully, this is not like mobile phones, where you sacrifice function over form. Announced back in January at CES 2018 this ultraportable laptop is just 8.98mm thick and it will set you back £1,599.99 via Currys making it one of the most expensive ultraportables on the market. Buy from Currys Features and Specification The main selling point here is its impossibly thin form, which...

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Sleep through your partners snoring with the QuietOn Sleep

I am a terrible sleeper so I am always on the quest for new things to try to help my partner or me get a better sleep. I am a very light sleeper, and very sensitive to sound, even the slightest electrical hum will cause me sleep anxiety. I also occasionally snore which then wakes me up, and my partner is not particularly fond of it either. So I have been quite excited to find out about a new product called QuietOn. QuietOn aims to help alleviate the suffering of people across the globe that have to put up...

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Our top tips to keep yourself and your valuables safe on holiday

With summer nearly upon us, many of us will be planning a nice summer vacation either domestically, or internationally. We all take lots of gadgets to keep us entertained on our travels, but what do we do to make sure everything is safe while travelling? Here are some of our top tips First and foremost, even though it is not a gadget, you should make sure you are insured while abroad, if you are travelling within Europe, then UK residents are entitled to free medical treatment and can apply for a European Health Insurance Card, or EHIC. Alternatively, paid...

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