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Yumbox Tapas: The bigger lunchbox

Yumbox Tapas: The bigger lunchbox

I’ve been eyeing our 6-year old’s lunchbox with envy for the last 9 months. It’s a compartmentalized tritan-plastic insert tray that slots into a flat, rectangular box with integrated lid that seals properly. The lid doesn&#8217…

Ulla: Drink more water

Ulla: Drink more water

I didn’t like the idea of Ulla to start with. I’m easily distracted and in a world filled with distractions, reminders, beeping and buzzing, adding another distractor to my life didn’t feel like it would be something helpful.Surely…

Kobuk Valley 4 Plus camping tent

Kobuk Valley 4 Plus camping tent

I’ll hold my hands up. I’m not the best camper in the world. I tend to get cranky if I’m away from my home comforts for too long and I like things as simple as possible. So when Coleman…

AOC AGON AG352UCG Monitor

AOC AGON AG352UCG Monitor

Monitors get bigger, and the last three or four years has seen bigger and bigger ultra-wide and more and more curved monitors. The AOC AG352UCG is the largest I’ve yet gotten on my desk and brings in a new element – G…

Agalia 7W Flexible Desk Lamp

Agalia 7W Flexible Desk Lamp

Need a lamp on your desk?  Sure you do. We all use computers but even if everything we do is 100% computerised lighting is important both for close up jobs and feeling right. I’ve been through a number of lamps over the years…

Aglaia Glass Table Lamp: Dimmable and Color Changing

Aglaia Glass Table Lamp: Dimmable and Color Changing

I have been looking for a simple bedside lamp for years. I want a lamp that is suitably muted and dimmable to a low light. Easy to switch on and off in the middle of the night without waking up the whole house. A lamp…

The Nighthawk X10 wifi router

The Nighthawk X10 wifi router

I’ve been aware of Netgear’s Nighthawk wifi routers for several years. The line has a reputation for both attempting to put as many possible features into a consumer router and with having a distinctive design language. The newest model is the…

Glovax Pro Gloves

Glovax Pro Gloves

Everyone owns at least one pair of gloves. We’ve all got several pairs in the hall closet. A thick pair, a thin pair, a waterproof pair, a gardening pair, a protective pair and so on. Glovax contacted me recently and asked if I…

Campingaz Powerbox Plus 28l Cooler

Campingaz Powerbox Plus 28l Cooler

It’s hard to get excited about a cooler. It’s a plastic bland box pulled out in the summer months for days out, camping trips and short breaks. It’s much easier to get excited about cold beer, crisp salads, milk…

Google Home – UK

Google Home – UK

Last year Amazon finally relented and brought Alexa, in the form of the Echo, to the UK. We started playing with it immediately and she became an instant part of our household. In the last month Google’s competitor the Home arrived in the…

Nikwax waterproofing

Nikwax waterproofing

Outdoors is a great place to be regardless of the weather. The key ingredient that makes the difference between whether we huddle up inside on cold, windy or wet days or carry on with our outdoorsy plans, is the quality of our gear. Armed with…

Netgear Arlo Pro

Netgear Arlo Pro

A few weeks ago Netgear were good enough to let me test out one of their Arlo Q cameras. The Q is a decent security camera that hooks into your wifi and is powered by a microUSB. We liked it and it worked really well…

Coleman FyreStorm Backpacking Stove

Coleman FyreStorm Backpacking Stove

The Coleman Fyre Series is designed to be as small and light as possible and the FyreStorm PCS Backpacking Stove is their new all in one solution for serving up hot meals and drinks whilst hiking. The whole unit fits inside the 20cm pot and…

Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart water bottle

Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart water bottle

I’m forgetful. I forget appointments and hence have a calendar. I forget medication and hence have alarms to tell me when to take them. Water is arguably as important as meds – wouldn’t it make sense to have this on a…

Netgear’s Orbi wifi-system

Netgear’s Orbi wifi-system

Have a look around and you can probably find the router you use to connect your computer to the internet. Chances are it’s a bit dusty and possibly covered up or hidden. Chances are also good that it was given to you or…

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch

New game consoles that have a chance at being big successes come along very rarely. Portable, dedicated gaming systems are almost as rare, so when Nintendo finally pulled the wraps off the Switch it was to much interest. Nintendo have a reputation for going their…

Hydro Flask Hydration Water Bottle

Hydro Flask Hydration Water Bottle

A good water bottle is a key component to staying hydrated. Nobody really wants leaching plastic, leaky lids or even worse, disposable plastic single-use bottles. Hydro Flask make a range of premium water bottles that have a vacuum flask built in that promises to…

Netgear Arlo Q Camera

Netgear Arlo Q Camera

In the last few years broadband has finally gotten to the point where if you want the speed or bandwidth you can get it and this has lead to an explosion of internet connected devices. Some of these are a little… unexpected…. wifi…

Bormio Vaude Jacket with Polartec Alpha Insulation

Bormio Vaude Jacket with Polartec Alpha Insulation

The Vaude Men’s Bormio Jacket with Polartec Alpha Insulation is a thermal jacket for ski touring or spending long hours outdoors in winter weather.  I have skied in my distant past and all the jackets I have used had two things in common…

Bogs Waterproof Boots

Bogs Waterproof Boots

I don’t love shoes. I don’t own a wardrobe of shoes and I hate shopping for shoes. I have a small number of durable pairs carefully selected because I think of shoes as an often neglected vital aspect of life. Take…