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Apple
Hands-on review: Nanoleaf Essentials Light Bulbs
This week
There is a veritable panoply of colour schemes and I found one that matched my editor’s mood when I’ve made too many typos.
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Wireless technologies
Hands-on review: JBL Free WFH wireless headphones
This month
Whether it’s a whiny husband, a clingy dog or a sick offspring, you will be happy to get some enforced peace and quiet, courtesy of JBL’s Free WFH Wireless headphones.
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Review
Hands-on review: JBL Flip 6 portable speaker
Last month
Once you switch it on, and listen away for up to 12 hours, you will quickly realise that this is a little speaker looking for a party.
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Arlo
Hands-on review: Arlo Go 2 security camera
Last month
In my humble opinion, Arlo Go 2 offers security for anyone needing to keep a remote eye on prized possessions or premises at different locations.
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Wireless technologies
Hands-on review: James Donkey RS4 Knight Wireless Gaming Keyboard
Last month
I have always liked mechanical keyboards, and this is no exception. I find the action much easier to use than the modern keyboards with limited travel.
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Virtual Private Network
Hands-on review: Norton Secure VPN
July 2022
Norton is obviously serious about your privacy. They have a “No-log” policy, which simply means that they do not track or store any of your on-line activities.
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Tablets & laptops
Hands-on review: HP Evo Spectre X360 Flip Ultrabook 13.5” laptop
July 2022
The Spectre comes with a keyboard that makes working for long hours something to be looked forward to. It has to be one of the best keyboards I have seen on a 13.5” laptop.
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Design
Hands-on review: Samsung S22 Ultra
June 2022
I have been impressed by the functions Samsung packed into this phone. I did actually make one phone call on this phone, in between trying out as many of its other uses that I could pack in.
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Review
Hands-on review: Morphée
June 2022
Life in the twenty-first century has become a 24-hour affair. Morphée promises to help restore some balance to your life.
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Review
Hands-on review: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition
May 2022
In almost every respect it works like a book, apart from the fact that it weighs next to nothing, fits in my hand perfectly, and is soothing on my eyes.
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Music
Hands-on review: JBL Partybox 110 Bluetooth speaker
April 2022
My first review in a long time is sure to create a lot of noise, if the experience in my household has been anything to go by.
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Music
Hand-on review: Sony X-Series XG500 Portable Bluetooth Speaker & Sony WH-1000XM4 Headphones
December 2021
For as long as I can remember, Sony have been known as purveyors of quality sound. I leapt at the opportunity to review two of their latest products.
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Twelve South
Hands-on review: Twelve South StayGo Mini USB Hub
December 2021
I don't believe that right on the cusp of Christmas, Twelve South swung into my ken. This mini USB hub has become part of my solution to a problem faced by many.
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Wireless technologies
Hands-on review: JBL LivePro+ TWS
December 2021
I have become more of a fan of earbuds since discovering my ears no longer have to ache, and they don’t have to continually fall out. JBL will be pleased to hear that no amount of head gyrating has managed to dislodge either bud.
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Review
Hands-on review: Satechi Trio Wireless Charger & Satechi Slim X3 Bluetooth Backlit Keyboard
December 2021
Being a naturally curious individual, I was interested to see what customers had to say about Satechi’s products. This is my first foray into the world of the multiple device charger, and to start with I’ll admit to being slightly confused, quoting Manuel from Fawlty Towers with a confused, “¿Que?”
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Ecovacs Robotics
Hands-on review: Ecovacs Deebot N8 Pro
December 2021
Ecovacs’ Deebot N8 Pro has wormed its way into my affections. I was initially unaware of a transformation gradually occurring, but by the end of the review, my heart had been won over.
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JBL
Hands-on review: JBL Live 660NC Adaptive Noise Cancelling Headset
November 2021
JBL’s Live660NC headset provide you with peace and quiet in your own space.
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Smartphones
Hands-on review: Nokia X20
November 2021
Unless you are a device snob, you will be more than happy to own a device that won’t cost the price of a high-spec laptop but will provide you with reliable and future-proofed usage.
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Review
Hands-on review: Swann SecureAlert 4 Camera 4 Channel 4K Ultra HD Wi-Fi Security System
November 2021
This product promises to encourage any prospective miscreant to hunt elsewhere for an easier target. 
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Cloud
Dyson Purifier Hot + Cool Formaldehyde
October 2021
A few years ago, Dyson products began to change my life for the better. Constantly reaching for Kleenex and inhalers are now memories. 
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Review
Hands-on review: Wacom One Creative Pen Display
October 2021
At around $630 to $674 at various resellers, it will be a go-to for many creative types, from the amateur to the professional.
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Review
Hands-on review: Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel CC315-72G
August 2021
The ConceptD 3 Ezel has features that will set your creative juices flowing.
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Review
Hands-on review: The wonderful world of Cricut Maker 3
July 2021
Cricut has something to offer anyone who wants to add pizazz to their crafting projects.
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Smartphones
Hands-on review: Xiaomi Mi 11 5G Dual Sim Smartphone
June 2021
The Mi 11 is designed for the visual creatives out there who will love its “on the fly” brilliance.