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: Doctor Who – The Web Planet

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Doctor Who DVD.

The Web Planet puts the first Doctor and his companions in the middle of a war between two alien races – the moth-like Menoptra and a hostile race of ant creatures known as Zarbi – for possession of the planet Vortis. With the help of a grub-esque people called the Optera, the Doctor discovers the…

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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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Game Review: Factorio

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A screen saying I've won.

I am rubbish at video games. I don’t have the twitch-reaction speed for shooters, I can never remember what all the buttons do, and I frequently get lost in open-world games. Basically, I’m the opposite of my wife, who will rattle through Dragon-Ages, Mass Effects, Spiders-Men and the like. Factorio is sort-of-like Sim City. Or…

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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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