In this day and age we have become all but entirely reliant on our smart phones, but with pricing of the top flagship models only continuing to increase each year, do we continue to just pay more and more to get what is the next best thing? Given even a recent study has found that 9 out of 10 users feel that a brand new phone is a “waste” of money and with many handsets being priced comparably to laptops, this leaves a good opportunity in the market for devices like the TCL Pro 10, that whilst being a phone more than suitable for what most users would require, comes with a much friendlier price tag. All without having to sacrifice having a good looking and capable phone.
With all the scurrying around to set up home offices to work remotely, everyone focuses on the usual suspects like monitors, keyboard and mouse etc. What is usually overlooked in a good working desk setup? Lighting. With thanks to BenQ, we get to road test the WiT Screenbar Plus - an unique LED desk lamp.
The new D-Link DIR X1860 Wi-Fi 6 802.11AX wireless router has been sitting silently in my 'tech cupboard' for a few weeks now, seamlessly serving all of the home-schooling requirements of my two boys, the incessant Zoom calls of my 'WFH' wife, and all of my internet-based work requirements, which as a full-time social media manager, means online full-time. Does the angular, slightly sinister looking X1860 deliver the proverbial goods?
What’s in a name?
Names like Xerox and Google – unknown words in the English language before I was born– now so familiar that they’ve become verbs, like to google or to make a xerox.
Will PhoneSoap ever hit the mainstream when it comes to sanitising and sterilising your gadgets?
Perhaps. But anyway, it’s a good name, indicating what the product is all about: cleaning your phone.
So, why is that needed? An occasional quick wipe on the side of your pants should be all that is needed, right?
Let’s talk dirty, if I may...
Some people love their phones “naked” – without any protection. No case, no screen protectors.
Not me. I like to have a solid grip on my phone, particularly when it comes to the biggest phone I’ve owned, the Samsung Note 20 Ultra.
It’s an investment worth protecting even though the glass slabs are made with the Victus edition of Gorilla glass.
So today we’ll do a cover-up of sorts: one with Samsung’s Official Clear View Cover Case, followed by the Spigen Slim Armor CS with some extra protection from Olixar’s Screen and Camera Protectors.
PNY Technologies has launched four HP memory products into A/NZ that may be different from the run of the mill products.
See our Upcoming Reviews article from a few weeks back here.
DRN would like to thank PNY Technologies for providing the review units, the team is reviewing them with Martin covering the PNY x796w and v150w, myself covering the x760w and the V245.
D-Link launched one of the world's first Wi-Fi Certified EasyMesh™ home and home office mesh systems in May 2020, the two node COVR-1102. It has been a robust 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) backbone for my parents' home, although I made some small sacrifices in coverage. Somethings that can easily be rectified by purchasing a single expansion unit - the COVR-1100. D-Link has recognised that sometimes having twins is just not enough, you need triplets to do it right - along comes COVR-1103.
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.