Review – 1440p Webcam – too good to be true?

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A generic looking webcam.

We’re all stuck on endless video calls now, right? So it behoves you to share your face in the highest resolution possible. Because your colleagues deserve to see your wrinkles. Most laptops have pathetic 720p webcams built in. Which is weird, because even the most basic smartphone has a front-facing camera capable of 4K photos.…

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Review: TEAC USB Floppy Drive

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A disk drive.

This rather generic USB Floppy Drive has just arrived for me to review. It’s sold by Dainty / ChuangZhiJLB – but it has the same internals as every other floppy drive on the market. It worked instantly in Linux and MacOS. Shows up as a USB drive. Shove a disk in there and your OS…

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Review: A portable battery with USB Power Delivery

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Ports on a battery.

The fine folks at Poweradd have sent me one of their gadgets to review. This is their 26800mAh USB-C power bank with Power Delivery. It’s pretty similar to most normal portable batteries – but because it has USB-C-PD, it can charge MacBooks, Nintendo Switches, and other high-power devices! Let’s take a look: In the box…

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Review: Flyland USB-C Hub

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A siler hub with multiple ports.

I’ve been sent a Flyland USB-C hub to review. It’s a small but versatile unit – perfect for people who need to connect legacy equipment to something with USB-C ports. For £21, you get 7 ports: 3x USB 3.0 1x HDMI 4K 1x Micro SD 1x SD 1x USB Power Delivery It worked perfectly on…

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Inside a £30 record player

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A circuit board.

I accidentally bought a load of vinyl records. So I decided to buy the cheapest, shittiest, turntable possible. This is the E1372. Made by Jia Yin King Technologies. This is sold under a variety of names and costs about £30 including postage from China. It’s a plastic shell, motor, and ADC (Analogue to Digital Converter),…

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Review: OpenEar Trio Bluetooth headphones

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Flat headphones sat outside my ears.

This is a curious set of headphones. The OpenEar Trio by Shenzen Alex Technology. They’re completely flat and designed to sit outside the ears. They’re designed so you can hear your surroundings. If you’re outside exercising, it’s useful to hear cars creeping up on you. If you’re on a conference call, being able to hear…

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Gadget Review: Magnetic Charging Cables

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5 magnetic USB cables.

The only thing I miss about my old MacBook was its magnetic charging cable. It was just so convenient to be able to hover the plug near my laptop and have it snap into place. If I walked off with my machine, I knew the cable would easily spring out – rather than jerking me…

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Crappy COVID Gadgets – Phone Sanitiser

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A phone in a plastic box.

I was sent this gadget in return for a fair review. It’s awful, so I returned it. To avoid you making the same mistake, here’s my review. This is a “Multifunction UltraViolet Sterilizer With Aromatherapy” by Nuxgal. It’s a reasonably clever idea for a device. A USB powered UV lamp with a timer. Shove your…

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Review: OldShark Ring Light

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Ring light with phone pinned in the centre.

As part of my quest to become an internationally renounced fashion vlogger (shut up! It could happen!) I’ve been sent a ring light to review. If you’ve ever wondered why all your favourite YouChubers are so well lit – this style of light is the reason why. They provide a constant, shadow-free, evenly spread light.…

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Review: WiFi Endoscope

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Lights around a camera.

DO NOT PUT WIFI DEVICES UP YOUR BUM! OR ANYONE ELSE’S BUM! Right, with that disclaimer out of the way, here’s my review of the DDENDOCAM Snake Camera – a 2 metre long, endoscope style camera. People send me the weirdest stuff to review! Video Here’s me investigating my sink drain. Aren’t you glad you…

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