Category Archives: Technology

Hands-on review: Crucial MX500 2.5” SSD

At CES 2018 memory and storage gurus, Crucial, launched their MX500 SSD range. For the last week, I have been putting one of these hard drives through its paces.

Anyone still booting their PC from a traditional hard disk, really needs to think about the amount of valuable time they sit in front their machine waiting for it to start. Solid state drives have been around for years, but it’s only in the last few that they’ve been reasonably priced, and only very recently that you’ve been able to purchase on with a reasonable amount of storage space. Continue reading Hands-on review: Crucial MX500 2.5” SSD

Hands-on review: Edifier Spinnaker e30 Multimedia Speakers

Speaker designs tend to follow function over form. Sure, you can get them in hipster-friendly wooden boxes or, if so inclined, a more industrial metallic finish, but they still all look like speakers.

Browsing through the Edifier website in order to take up their offer of reviewing “whatever you like”, the e30 Spinnaker speakers really stood out. Whilst there’s no mistaking that they are speakers, they are not trying to be a vase or some sort of modernist art piece, but they do look rather striking. Continue reading Hands-on review: Edifier Spinnaker e30 Multimedia Speakers

PC Gaming gets supersized

At CES in Las Vegas NVIDIA have just announced the introduction of the big format gaming displays, AKA BFGDs.

Created in conjunction with NVIDIA hardware partners Acer, ASUS and HP, BFGDs integrate a high-end 65-inch, 4K 120Hz HDR display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology together with the NVIDIA SHIELD streaming device. This combination delivers a buttery-smooth gaming experiences for PC gaming and media streaming applications — all on a giant screen. Continue reading PC Gaming gets supersized

Hands-on review: 3SIXT Studio True Wireless Earbuds

Wires are a thing of the past with 3SIXT’s Studio True Wireless Earbuds.

Using Bluetooth, the two earbuds fit into your ears without the need for cables connecting to your devices. The “true wireless” relates to the earbuds not even needing a cable for charging. The earbud come with a stylish case that doubles up as a charger. Continue reading Hands-on review: 3SIXT Studio True Wireless Earbuds

Hands-on review: D-Link DSL-5300 Cobra AC 5300 Wave 2 Wi-Fi Modem Router

If I was reviewing this modem/router on looks alone it would get 11/10. The Cobra is, without a doubt the sexiest router I’ve ever seen.

With eight antennas, a funky triangular design, it’s unlike any bit of networking kit I’ve seen before. As I got it out of its (rather premium) packaging the device looked like an upturned robotic spider (similar to those replicators on Stargate: SG1). Continue reading Hands-on review: D-Link DSL-5300 Cobra AC 5300 Wave 2 Wi-Fi Modem Router

Hands-on review: Brother MFC-L2750DW

So, the conversation starts, “Do you want to review a printer?”. I respond, “OK”. A week goes by and a courier turns up. In my head I’m always thinking home/office inkjet.

Of late though, I’ve been receiving some rather interesting devices.

Brother’s MFC-L2750DW looks like your usual multi-function printer, offering print, copy, scan and fax. But it’s a mono laser multi-function printer. Continue reading Hands-on review: Brother MFC-L2750DW

Sony’s 3D Creator for the Xperia XZ Premium and XZ1 brings 3D scanning to the masses

It takes a lot for me to get excited about a mobile phone, but Sony Mobile managed to do exactly that at a demonstration of their new 3D scanning technology. With the roll-out of Android 8.0 Oreo, starting with the Xperia XZ Premium and the new Xperia XZ1 in New Zealand, Sony has launched its 3D Creator software enabling, users use their phones to easily capture faces and objects in 3D. Continue reading Sony’s 3D Creator for the Xperia XZ Premium and XZ1 brings 3D scanning to the masses

D-Link DIR-882 EXO AC2600 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router review

As home networks are put under pressure from multiple wi-fi connected devices D-Link’s DIR-882 EXO AC2600 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router makes sure everyone in the family has a fair goContinue reading D-Link DIR-882 EXO AC2600 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router review