Archive for the ‘Home Entertainment’ Category

Kioxia Exceria 128GB High Endurance microSD Card

Monday, July 19th, 2021

With the Steam Deck on the horizon and a renewed interest in fast, high-capacity SD cards (my day job working with Raspberry Pi’s doesn’t normally necessitate anything larger than 16GB) it’s a great time to introduce you to the Kioxia Exceria. Formerly Toshiba Memory the Kioxia brand carries on the flame, bringing a third option […]

Kioxia U301 128GB USB Flash Drive Reviewed

Thursday, June 10th, 2021

As chance would have it, I had purchased a smaller version of these flash drives in order to act as install media from my laptops. Engage emergency pingu pic.twitter.com/U9E9SvjaQe — Phil Howard (@Gadgetoid) June 8, 2021 So, when Kioxia offered to chuck one my way I figured I’d be somewhat prepared to give it a […]

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 […]

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 After I panned BenQs GS2 for being excellent hardware hamstrung by an abysmal, inexcusably out of date Android OS I was […]

Majority K2 2.1 Stereo Soundbar Reviewed

Friday, January 29th, 2021

I picked up the Majority K2 soundbar from Amazon because they ticked the right boxes, presented the product well and were incredibly keenly priced. But, is it actually good? I was buying it as a gift, but I was also intrigued by the modern cheap soundbar market. Since I tested the Denon surround sound bar […]

BenQ GS2 Portable Projector Review

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

I can sum up my experience with the BenQ GS2 in one word: frustrating. But I don’t think these frustrations mean you should pass it up entirely. Hear me out. The trouble with the GS2 is that it melds some really nice projector hardware, with the tragic garbage that is Android TV… 6.0. BenQ don’t […]

Dell S718QL 4K HDR Short-Throw Projector Reviewed

Monday, July 1st, 2019

I had the pleasure to test the Dell S718QL and while it’s something I could never seriously hope to own as part of a home cinema setup, it very quickly sold me on the benefits of short-throw projection versus the classic back-of-the-room-over-the-shoulder approach. Now I’ll be the first to admit I’m no expert in projectors. […]

Azulle Lynk Multi-Function Remote/Keyboard/Microphone Reviewed

Friday, March 8th, 2019

A mini media PC needs a mini media remote, and fortunately Azulle not only sell their own – absurdly multi-functional – remote, but were happy to send one my way. I have some experience with small keyboards and IR remotes from working with the Raspberry Pi. For something like the Pi they’re extremely useful to […]

LG 38UC99-W UltraWide Curved Display Review

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

The concept of curved displays is not new. They made their debut in Cinema way back in the 1950s where they were touted as countering problems with distortion at the extreme edges of wide cinema video formats. They’ve since arrived in the consumer television market where, frankly, they’re just another non-feature to shift an endless […]

Pure Orla Kiely Evoke Mio DAB Radio Review

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

While I still don’t fully appreciate radio, with the likes of Spotify providing most of my daily audio entertainment, I’ve always appreciated having one around. It helps to fill in the silence when I’m not quite in the mood for trawling through my curated playlists. I’m very much a fan of Classic FM for this […]