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Drobo 8D – A Mini Review for a Maxi Direct Storage Solution

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Storage

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Sometimes simplicity is THE secret sauce for a storage solution.

Regular readers of this site will have seen our previous Drobo reviews – both network and direct attached storage models which we rated very highly for their user friendliness and apparent simplicity. I say “apparent” as the magic to make the Drobos so user friendly is anything but simple.

So today we have a short review of a DAS unit with a gigantic storage capacity: the Drobo 8D.
Eight bays that you can fill up with the highest capacity hard drives you can afford.
Let’s have a look at some of the features.

Logitech M350 Pebble - A Pink Digital Diamond

Written by Kevin Cheng on . Posted in Accessories

Read more: Logitech M350 Pebble - A Pink Digital DiamondIt is a running joke between my partner and I, when I randomly send photos of packets of Burger Rings and Cheezels popping the "big" question.

So when the opportunity came along to review the Logitech Pebble M350, I figured I can do it with a rose pink "diamond". Props to my editor Martin who was in on it too.

With thanks to Logitech for their continued support, we get to test drive this "Minimalist. Modern. Silent." wireless mouse.

Skullcandy INDY Earbuds – Affordable Wireless Audio

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Audio

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[Editor's Note: This review is written by Adam Bullock]

 

When I received the email offer to review these buds, I was quite literally entangled in wires from my daily headphones, trying to take a call, listen to a podcast and read my emails..

The opportunity seemed fortuitous and timely.

Voltaire Smart Grinder - Quest to waking up to freshly ground coffee

Written by Kevin Cheng on . Posted in Miscellaneous

Read more: Voltaire Smart Grinder - Quest to waking up to freshly ground coffeeThe Voltaire Smart Grinder was a Kickstarter project by Get It Right with a lofty project statement. "Making fresh coffee is as much an art as it is a science. And truly awesome coffee starts with two things: fresh beans and a great grinder. We've taken these two critical elements - fresh beans and consistent grind - and combined them into one amazing machine: Voltaire."

The Voltaire Grinder can be paired with an airtight container (for storage of grounded coffee). Both the grinder and container can become "smart" with the addition of a sensing platform that is design to keep track of how fresh the coffee beans are, and how much there is left in the hopper or past their prime and re-order on your behalf.

So, how did we go?

 

Glow Dreaming - Sleep tight little ones

Written by Kevin Cheng on . Posted in Miscellaneous

Read more: Glow Dreaming - Sleep tight little onesWe have all heard horror stories about babies and children that won't fall asleep, or waking every hour, needed to be held, hugged, breastfed, walked around, rocked in order to etch out a little more zzz. I certainly know how it feels night after night after night, resettling my boys every hour or two, trying to get them to stay asleep and allow me to put them down so I can snatch a few precious minutes myself before my day starts.

Glow Dreaming claims to help children struggling with separation anxiety, self-settling, night terrors, teething, transitioning, delayed sleep, dream feeding, multiple wakes, days sleeps and co sleeping.

Well, I have children at different stages of life, so I took the plunge and bought one.

And of course I just had to share my experience with our DigitalReview readers.

 

Yi Home Camera 3 - AI powered Home Surveillance

Written by Kevin Cheng on . Posted in Video

Read more: Yi Home Camera 3 - AI powered Home SurveillanceThe home security camera market has seen rapid growth in the past few years. The market has matured and there is little in the way of differentiation between products.

Yi Technology has come up more than a few times on my radar, so what does a good reviewer do when that happens?

Get Yi Technology to the party and send a review unit to the DigitalReviews desk.

Case Closed: Samsung Galaxy S10 Too Slippery to go Naked. We Review 5 Cases and the Duo Charger

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Accessories

Read more: Case Closed: Samsung Galaxy S10 Too Slippery to go Naked. We Review 5 Cases...I usually buy a case before getting a new phone. Either I’m too clumsy or my fingers are too slippery to safely hold one of those large slabs of glass...

And fortunately none of my phones – from the earliest Galaxy S2 onwards have suffered an early demise because of a cracked screen. Having a good case is absolutely essential for me.

Today we are looking at a few cases as well as the Samsung Duo Charger, courtesy of MobileFun - home of everything you need for your mobile lifestyle.

Jabra Elite 85h Headphones: Active Noise Cancellation and EIGHT Microphones. Noice!

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Audio

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Hard on the heels of reviewing the top of the Jabra line in wireless “neckbuds”, we’re now putting the Jabra Elite 85h through its paces. This is the Top of the Wozza for Jabra-philes.

So, with amazing 36+ battery life and 8 (!) microphones to deal with calls and ANC, what else would justify the AUD499 price tag?

Let me count the ways...

 

Setting the Scene in Your Backyard: PHILIPS Hue OUTDOOR Lights. Here’s our Review of the Lily Spotlight and the Calla Bollard

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Miscellaneous

 Read more: Setting the Scene in Your Backyard: PHILIPS Hue OUTDOOR Lights. Here’s our...Read more: Setting the Scene in Your Backyard: PHILIPS Hue OUTDOOR Lights. Here’s our...

The humble light bulb has undergone a dramatic series of changes in the last decade or so. Incandescents are out, so are fluros and CFL. Even just LED lights are humdrum items. In are the smart lights that can illuminate your indoor and outdoor world in 16 million colours.

Philips just launched a couple of outdoor units, the Lily spotlight and the Calla bollard. Both work in the Hue ecosystem.

We’re shining some light on them in this review.

Jabra Evolve 65e - The Latest Active Noise Cancelling Neckbuds for Businesses

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Audio

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Jabra has been instrumental in popularising soft neckband earbuds or “neckbuds”: basically wireless earbuds that are connected together and slung around your neck. Looks cool, you can’t lose them easily, fantastic battery life and more control over everything.

What’s there not to like?

And that’s not even half of it... Just hang around and let me show what’s good and what’s not.

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