Video: NETGEAR GS108E-300UKS 8 Port Managed Gigabit Ethernet Switch Review

Every time I have added a smart home component to my house they have come with another bridge that requires connecting to my network. Philips Hue Bridge, Sonos Bridge, Hive Home the list goes on and they all want to be plugged into my router which is rapidly running out…

Video: Hands on with De.Light WiFi hotspot smart lights

nno I have to admit to having a bit of an addiction to smart lights but what do you do if you don’t have wifi coverage in every room. One solution for extending your network is power light technology which uses your house mains wiring to distribute your network. So…

Dell XPS 13 Long Term Test – 3 Months

The Dell and I have hit our 3-month anniversary. How have things gone so far? To recap, the configuration I am using is the 16gb Kaby Bay i7 incarnation with a 512gb SSD and the 3200 x 1800 touchscreen display. The glossy screen is nearly borderless, and the chassis is…

Smart Home for the rest of us – Part 3: Hive Smart Heating

In the last part of my smart home series (see part 1 and part 2) I looked at control lights and smart plugs with Amazon Alexa and in this this post I am going to look at smart heating. Unlike controlling lighting which was relatively simple to setup, controlling heating…

Video: Testing an OLALA 64GB USB 3.0 Lighting/USB Drive

In this video I take a look at an OLALA iDisk USB drive. The cleaver thing about this drive is that it has a lighting connector so you can connect it to an iPhone or iPad and a USB connector that you can connect to a PC of Mac. The…

Video: Acer Switch Alpha 12 Review

The Acer Switch Alpha 12 is two in one convertible very much in the style of a Surface Pro 4 but with a difference and that is mainly the price. At first glance the Alpha 12 looks very much like a Surface Pro 4 but it actually has some nice…

Parallels Toolbox for Mac 1.5 Review

Originally included as part of the Parallels Desktop machine virtualisation application for Mac, Parallels Toolbox can now be purchased as a stand-alone package and contains a suite of tools that most Mac users will find very useful. Following installation, the Toolbox is initially accessed from the Menu Bar. In a…

Quick Review: Askborg ChargeCube 5200mAh USB charger, Lighting Cable and Car Charger

Askborg are a new smartphone accessor maker and they send me a few items to check out. Askborg ChargeCube 5200mAh USB charger A portable charger is a very handy gadget to carry around with you to save you hunting for sockets to plug in your phone charger. Askborg’s little charger…

Andoer V1 360 Camera Review

360-degree photography leapt into the mainstream in 2016, propelled by the arrival of practical virtual reality devices ranging from Google’s Cardboard through to the likes of the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive. YouTube and Facebook (amongst others) have options for the uploading of 360-degree video and even the BBC…

Video: Keplar Immersion Universal VR Goggles for iOS and Android

While HoloLens and other dedicated high end virtual and mixed reality headsets are currently expensive you can get in to VR using smartphones. For less than £20 you can get a headset and turn an iPhone or Android phone into a virtual reality headset. You can do it really cheaply…

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