A few weeks ago D-Link launched the DIR-X1560, their new AX1500 Wi-Fi 6 Router. The device is pitched to specifically meet the needs of working and studying from the modern smart home, with Wi-Fi speeds of up to 1,500Mbps. How well does it play in the real world? With thanks to D-Link, DRN takes the DIR-X1560 for a test drive.
In what is probably a stroke of genius, the Logitech StreamCam was launched in the midst of the COVID-19 isolation here in Australia. Given we were all working from home and bogged down in endless meetings over Zoom, Skype, WebEx, you name it.
Logitech pitches the StreamCam to streamers, with a focus on image quality and dual front-facing microphones. DRN is going to take it for a test drive, let's hope my mug does not crack the lens since I have not had a haircut or a shave since end of February. I have never been the looker in the family, but right now I resemble more so an Asian woolly mammoth or the Dulux mascot.
For this review of the WD_Black P10 Game Drive, we welcome another new face to the team. Peter Bower is a mixed bag of tricks. In former lives, he was a professional photographer and videographer, published writer, English academic, award winning poet, hater of soup, website manager, social media guy, ginger, and creature of the night. He is the founder and former editor-in-chief of SWAMP and VoTogs. He is still a ginger and now finds himself a government employee. When he’s not working, he is a semi-serious gamer and lover of live music, bad movies and action novels. His website is well out-of-date, as is his Facebook. But you can say hello to him on Twitter @OeterB.
Just how smart can you make a home, and why? There are many buzzwords floating out on the internet, a confusing mishmash of technologies, standards, capability, compatibility. To dip my toes in the water, our friends at D-Link has kindly sent us a review unit of the Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W118) to play with.
About two months ago, our esteemed Editor Emeritus Martin had a play with the D-Link COVR-2202 mesh Wi-Fi system and came away very impressed. D-Link was kind enough to send me a sample with McAfee protection. This one has been on my desk for a few weeks, so how do I feel about it?
I have been using an Arlo Pro 2 system for a while, ever since someone broke into my car at home a few years back. The wireless and portable nature of the Arlo Pro 2 made it perfect for a rental property. Now that I am in the process of moving to a permanent abode, Arlo have kindly supplied a Arlo Audio Doorbell to test.
Dual monitor setups is pretty much the bare essentials for most people these days. Aside from wasting a lot of precious desk real estate, sitting monitors directly on the desk surface is awful ergonomics. The smart play is to invest in a monitor arm, but not all monitor arms are born equal. This review is even more relevant as Australia heads into these uncharted social distancing territories and mass work from home. What does DRN think of these in the home office?
There are a few things many of us take for granted in life: air, water, health ... electricity, internet. We are so conditioned to our creature comforts that any interruptions to "normal" can cause major flow on effects. I remember a period when the kids (and their mother) thinks the world has ended if WiFi has gone down, and I am sure many parents could sympathise here. With thanks to CyberPower, we get to bring the focus on keeping one of our essentials running longer, and better.