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Aukey Action-Cam AC-LC2

Aukey Action-Cam AC-LC2

Ten years ago smart phones were the new hot thing. Five years ago it was tablets. Today it’s a bit more unclear but Action Camera’s have a big chance of taking that hot spot. Starting a review of a action camera…

GOGO Lantern

GOGO Lantern

This is possibly the weirdest review I’ve ever written. When I saw the Gogo lantern my first reaction was confusion. At first sight the plastic bucket seems a really weird idea. A bucket that has LED’s built into the base and…

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…

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…

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…

Plex Cloud Beta Review

Plex Cloud Beta Review

We don’t usually review products that aren’t available to the general public and it’s even rarer that we choose to look at individual features of a service. Today we’re doing both of those. Plex Cloud is a…

AOC Agon AG271QG Monitor Review

AOC Agon AG271QG Monitor Review

Last month I reviewed the AOC AG241QX. The very short version is that I was impressed by both it’s panel and it’s design and looks but found it a bit smaller than I’d prefer. I wondered out loud in…

Steam Link Review

Steam Link Review

Consoles have always had two advantages over PC gaming – a bigger screen and AC relaxing lean back position. Valve tries to solve these problems first with its Big Picture Mode and now with Steam Link. The link box is an extender for your PC…

Meade Infinity 70mm Altazimuth Refractor Telescope review

Meade Infinity 70mm Altazimuth Refractor Telescope review

In the last year and a half or so my daughter has had an obsession with space. It was triggered by a VR fly through the solar system and gleefully fed by an aunt who works in the space industry with dehydrated banana and clean…

AOC AGON AG241QX Gaming Monitor Review

AOC AGON AG241QX Gaming Monitor Review

PC Gaming and graphics have come a long way in the last twenty years with starting simply with resolution but for the last decade focusing on smoothness. Almost any modern monitor can display a beautiful high resolution image but displaying a equivalently resolution in motion…

Scrivener Review

Scrivener Review

I wrote my first story when I was seven on my father’s old typewriter. It made loud clicking noises and it left black smudges on my hands as I kept fidgeting with the hammers that got stuck when I accidentally pressed more than…

MPOW 3 in 1 Clip on Lenses Review

MPOW 3 in 1 Clip on Lenses Review

When MPOW asked if I wanted to get a look at their lenses I was skeptical but intrigued. Smartphones have become the camera that you have and despite the fact that they even the best unit’s can’t match a DSLR they…

Shaw Academy: Photoshop Diploma Review

Shaw Academy: Photoshop Diploma Review

Online teaching to the masses has been a market segment that has always seemed like it would have huge potential but over 10 years after the first Mook setup it’s never quite caught on. The advantages are obvious – one trainer can talk…

Philips Brilliance 24″ monitor with SoftBlue technology Review

Philips Brilliance 24″ monitor with SoftBlue technology Review

I removed my 27″ monitor from my desk reluctantly to test Philips’ Brilliance monitor, but I needn’t have worried. 24″ is still plenty of screen and with the clarity of the display and flexibility awarded by  its highly adjustable ergonomic…

Roccat Ryos MK Pro Mechanical UK Layout Gaming Keyboard Review

Roccat Ryos MK Pro Mechanical UK Layout Gaming Keyboard Review

As someone who has in the last ten years found myself typing more and more on my computer I was blessed around five years ago to discover and start using mechanical keyboards. The difference between a standard membrane keyboard and a mechanical one is huge…

Pluralsight IT Training Review

Pluralsight IT Training Review

If you’ve ever worked for a larger company you’ll know how important training, CPD and certification can be. In the IT industry this can be even more so and in the last few years several online training systems have popped up…

Google Play Music Service

Google Play Music Service

Streaming music services have gone from something that is a niche market a few years ago to something that has overtaken all other ways to get music. The market has a few big names – Spotify, Apple Music and the subject of today’s…

Carson MicroBrite Pocket Microscope Review

Carson MicroBrite Pocket Microscope Review

Pocket microscopes are fun and educational. It’s a nifty tool that passes my two universal tests for an educational tool, which is: One – all educational tools should generate more questions than they answer. The best stuff is not the Q&A…

Acer K272HL 27″ HD DVI Monitor Review

Acer K272HL 27″ HD DVI Monitor Review

Like phones monitors have been slowly creeping up in size in the last decade. Whereas once we all had 16″ or 17″ monitors on our work PCs we’re not surprised by 23″ monitors on basic systems. That extra space has…

Plex Media Streaming Review

Plex Media Streaming Review

Have you ever wanted to build your own Netflix? If you’ve ever wanted to have all your photos, music and videos on one central computer there are ways to do this and the industry leader is Plex. Plex is both a program and…