Archive for the ‘Home Entertainment’ Category

Vankyo Leisure 470 Pro Projector Reviewed

Monday, September 26th, 2022

The Vankyo 470 Pro – my head-cannon is that the “Pro” is short for “Projector” – is a low cost, compact projector from Shenzen VanTop Technology & Innovation Co. Ltd. It has very little in the way of smarts, but does a surprisingly respectable job of playing external content – be it via HDMI, USB […]

Wemax Go Advanced – Portable business laser projector review

Thursday, September 1st, 2022

My previous experience with laser projectors is a tale of two extremes. At one end lies a 4k, short-throw behemoth with a price tag to match. At the other, a next to useless blurry pixelated gimmick which barely broke the £100 barrier and still managed to be a waste of money. To say the Wemax […]

Anker Nebula Solar Portable 1080p Projector Reviewed

Thursday, February 17th, 2022

The Nebula Solar has all the trappings of a typical portable projector, but brings refinement across the board- from its impeccable clean looks, to its use of USB Type-C for power, and 1080p resolution it feels grown up. Though it still falls short if you’re looking to use it in a gaming setup, and shorter […]

BenQ GV30 Projector Reviewed

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022

Not so long ago – wait, it was over a year? Wowser! – I reviewed the BenQ GS2 portable projector. It was a mix of excellent – if a touch expensive – hardware with terrible software. Mired, as it was, by an absolutely miserable, ancient version of Android. BenQ, whether they listened to me or […]

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 […]