Archive for May, 2021

Zotac Magnus One ZBOX ECM53060C RTX3060 i5-10500 Review

Friday, May 28th, 2021

Zotac’s ZBOX range has run the full gamut from the smallest of the small to absurd back-mounted VR-ready rigs. They are giants when it comes to mini PCs, but nothing in their lineup has quite captivated my attention like the Magnus One. Perhaps it’s because the One is One of the first barebones systems to […]

TP-Link RE505X Range Extender/Access Point Reviewed

Saturday, May 22nd, 2021

No. I’m not using this as a range extender. I’ve connected it via Ethernet to my TP-Link router and am using it as a dedicated access point to get WiFi through our exterior wall(s) (WiFi doesn’t like steel beams?) and into the home office. I can’t seem to mention WiFi range extension without an inevitible […]

Majority Audio Bowfell Soundbar Reviewed

Sunday, May 16th, 2021

I discovered Majority in January, during an effort to find a last-minute birthday present for a family member. At the time their K2 soundbar leapt out at me due to the strong lifestyle photography, well-rounded feature set and – above all else – very competitive price. I bought one, loved it, and subsequently discovered that […]

TP-Link KL430 smart LED strip review

Saturday, May 15th, 2021

Okay let’s get the elephant out of the room. I’m a “maker” by trade and helping other people build their own RGB lighting setups is – along other things – what I *do*. I’ve spent countless hours working on Python libraries to make LEDs of various types light up, and I watch over the rpi_ws281x […]

noblechairs EPIC Black Edition

Monday, May 10th, 2021

The EPIC was probably the chair I *should* have purchased back when I was deliberating on the HERO. Why? It’s considerably smaller and sleeker and a shade cheaper to boot. Eat food. Watch TV. Barf up some product reviews. Just wanna sit right here ? — Phil Howard (@Gadgetoid) May 8, 2021 At the […]

Twinkly Smart LED Reviewed

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Waaaay back in Christmas 2018 when going to the shops was still cool, I picked up a set of Twinkly’s Gen 1 LEDs in a dangly 25×8 matrix. Ostensibly Christmas lights I had been drawn to them by their WiFi-connected smarts and hoped to do cool things with them using a Raspberry Pi. That never […]

SubbyTech’s Shiny Flexible Glowy Cables

Saturday, May 1st, 2021

On more than one occasion I’d eyed up flexible, magnetic phone charging cables on Amazon wondering everything from whether they’d work at all, to how quickly I’d lose the little interchangeable attachments, to how long the mechanism would last before it inevitably gave up. SubbyTech – a small, friendly, family owned would-be Anker – stepped […]

A Fleeting Visit From The BenQ W2700i

Saturday, May 1st, 2021

Life’s been busy. Moving house is tough. Tougher still when there’s lots of work to be done. Things are settling down now, but unfortunately the BenQ W2700i landed on my desk at not-quite-the-best time. After I panned BenQs GS2 for being excellent hardware hamstrung by an abysmal, inexcusably out of date Android OS I was […]