Zyxel “hardware-as-a-service” now available through Exertis UK

If you are involved in the technology business, the trend toward the delivery of all aspects of IT “as a service” can’t have escaped your notice. This was triggered by the arrival of the cloud a few years ago and subsequent advances in communications and applications management made it viable to provide software as a service (SaaS). The idea soon caught on and before too long, we saw infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and even desktop as a service (DaaS) offerings on the market.

It was only a matter of time before IT solutions and services were made available on an as-a-service basis. Indeed, hardware as a service (HaaS) propositions have been available for some time, and Zyxel itself has now entered a partnership with Exertis UK, one of our distribution partners in Europe, to offer our products through their platform.

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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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Helium HNT hits highs of $7.76 / £5.57, making it a guilt-free investment vs Bitcoin & Ethereum

Sometimes you get things wrong. This was the case with my review of the Helium Network. When I first reviewed it, I was a little sceptical; a new crypto mining low powered WiFI network using lots of buzz words seemed a little sketchy when I first heard about it. I was wrong; we live and … Read more

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

Airthings View Plus Smart Air Monitor Launched – Now with PM2.5 vs Wave Plus making it an excellent alternative to the popular IQAir Air Visual Air

I reviewed the Airthings Wave Plus a couple of years ago; it was one of my first experiences of indoor air quality monitoring and I was impressed with what it offered. Last year I became more interested in Indoor Air Quality as part of my long quest to be as healthy as fit as possible. … Read more

Edifier TWS NB2 true wireless active noise cancelling earbuds launched, improving on the already excellent TWS NB

I was very impressed with the performance of the original Edifier TWS NB; with a sub-£100 RRP, they were one of the best options on the market at their price point. However, they were ugly and bulky. Edifier are now back with the TWS NB2, addressing the above issues with a completely new design that … Read more

Huawei FreeBuds 4i vs 3i vs Freebuds Pro vs Honor Magic Earbuds Compared – What’s changed & which is best?

While we wait for the launch of the new Huawei P50 Pro, Huawei has quietly launched the affordable active noise cancelling FreeBuds 4i. These follow up the FreeBuds 3i, which I reviewed last year, which are effectively identical to the Honor Magic Earbuds. I liked the FreeBuds 3i, for the price, you could hardly complain, … Read more

OVHcloud Hosting loses SGB1 data centre in major fire recommending people activate data recovery plan

Not really consumer tech news, but such a large and serious incident I which will have long-reaching effects it is worth posting about. OVH, the largest VPS and dedicated hosting provider in Europe has had a disastrous fire occur within its SGB1 data centre which has then affected  SGB1-4. Most importantly, no one has been … 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

GameSir VX AimBox Review – An affordable way to enable keyboard & mouse control for the PS5 & Xbox Series X/S

I have covered a wide range of the GameSir peripherals now, highlights include the GameSir G4 Pro, the X2 Type-C gaming controller and the GameSir VX2 AimSwitch. Today I have the VX AimBox, which is an alternative solution to the AimSwitch. With a price of just $49.99 it is a much more affordable solution. However, … Read more

Creative Sound Blaster Z SE Review – An affordable alternative to a surround sound compatible USB DAC

The original Creative Sound Blaster Z was launched around 8 years ago, and it is so good that Creative have effectively re-released it with a couple of minor tweaks. With a launch price of £89.99, is this still a good buy compared to the more popular option of an external DAC? Sound Card vs External … Read more

Aten UC3238 USB-C 4K HDMI Cable Mini-Review – A quality 2.7m USB-C to HDMI cable

With the high bandwidth available to USB-C, many modern devices can use the USB-C port to output video. This has seen many portable laptops ditch HDMI ports, instead relying on USB-C for everything, including power. The Aten UC3238 is a 2.7 USB-C to HDMI cable which offers support up to 3840 x 2160 @ 60 … Read more

Qualcomm Snapdragon 775/775G vs Snapdragon 765G Specifications Compared

Announced around 15 months ago, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G is starting to show its age. The Arm Cortex A76 cores are now two generations behind the Cortex A78 and X1 found on the latest flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. Then the lower-priced Snapdragon 750G offers superior performance in many benchmarks thanks to its use of the … Read more

Realme GT launched in China – Is the Realme GT Pro held back for the global launch? Or maybe, so they don’t steal the thunder from the Find X3 Pro with its 125W charging? [Formerly Realme Race Pro]

Normally in the world of phones launches, a brand will hype up a product with small reveals, while various sites, YouTubers and social media users leak specs they somehow acquire. By the time of launch, we often know everything about a phone. At the end of January, Realme sent out a press release confirming Q1 … Read more

OnePlus 9 vs Xiaomi Mi 11 vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Compared – What to expect when the OnePlus 9 launches on the 8th of March

It has been a little quiet in the world of mobile launches recently, but March looks set to change that. The Realme GT 5G should launch today, and we already have the basic specification confirmed by Realme. Disappointingly this appears to be a Chinese launch event only, rather than global, but it should land on … Read more

AVM FRITZ!OS 7.25 now available for FRITZ!Box 7590 with other routers later. Introduces WFH priority features, new parental controls and better WiFI

AVM have release a major FRITZ!OS update with over 70 new features and improvements. The new FRITZ!OS is available now for FRITZ!Box 7590. The update will be rolled out gradually for all other current FRITZ! products. While FRITZ!Box routers may not be as popular as the likes of Netgear and TP-Link in the UK, I … Read more

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