Roy Smyth

Android evangelist, having been geeked out on Android since getting a Samsung Galaxy S2 in 2011. Now rockin' the S7 Edge. Please support my valiant efforts to convert the unenlightened to Googlism.

8.8

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Review: Aukey USB-C Cable 5-Pack

If you’ve just bought one of the latest gadgets that has abandoned the Micro USB socket in favour of the newer USB Type C standard, you’ll likely want to upgrade your cable collection also. For a reasonable price this pack of cables from Aukey should cover most people’s needs. Inside the small cardboard box you get a total of 5 cables with a standard USB 3.0 connector on one end ...[Read More]

8.7

Great

Review: Choetech T520 Fast Qi Wireless Charging Stand

This charging stand from Choetech lets you charge any device that is compatible with Qi charging. However the T520 isn’t just a standard Qi charger as it also supports the fast wireless charging feature available on recent Samsung phones. The stand itself is a good size for holding even the largest phones, and made with a slim matte black plastic shell. It’s sloped with a rubber strip on the...[Read More]

9.1

Amazing

Review: Mbuynow B5 Wireless Bluetooth Audio Transmitter

You’ve got yourself an awesome pair of wireless headphones and want to use them for listening to absolutely everything – but hold on, your TV / guitar / old PC or MP3 player doesn’t support Bluetooth. That’s where a Bluetooth transmitter comes in, connecting to any standard 3.5mm audio jack and sending the audio out wirelessly to your headphones / speaker. This model takes the form of a USB ...[Read More]

7.2

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Review: Hidester VPN

Accessing the internet through a VPN service has a number of advantages including protecting your privacy and letting you access location restricted content. Hidester VPN is a relatively new Hong Kong based service which I’ve had the opportunity to evaluate over the past few weeks. Software Once you’ve signed up for your account you’ll need to install the Hidester VPN app on your...[Read More]

7.6

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Review: Linner NC50 ANC Bluetooth Neckband Earphones

This Bluetooth headset is worn behind the neck like a necklace with the in-ear earpieces wired to two plastic nodes at either side of it. It’s IPX4 sweatproof and includes an active noise cancellation (ANC) feature which filters out low frequency background noise. The flat flexible band goes around the back of the neck and is coated in a nice rubberised material. The module that sits to your...[Read More]

9.3

Amazing

Review: Aukey PA-T11 60W 6-Port USB Charging Station

The PA-T11 is the perfect USB wall charger for power users or families that need to charge lots of different devices. The main unit consists of a slim black box with 6 USB sockets on the end – two of which are Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 compatible. On the other end you get a universal 2-pin “figure 8” AC power socket which connects to the wall via the included cable (as commonly used by many ...[Read More]

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Review: Decoka DK100 Wired In-Ear ANC Earphones

Surely noise-cancelling earphones that currently sell for a penny under $40 / £30 can’t be any good? Like me you may not have heard of the Decoka brand, but after spending some time with their DK100 wired in-ear earphones I’d say maybe it’s about time you did. They come foam-packed inside a small black box along with a small user manual, drawstring carry pouch, Micro USB charging...[Read More]

8.2

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Review: Aukey PA-T16 QC3.0 Dual USB Wall Charger

If you’re looking for a fast UK wall charger for your Quick Charge 3.0 compatible device then this one gives you two powerful QC 3.0 ports in a compact charging brick. The adapter seems well made with quality connectors and is a lot less bulky than a lot of similar chargers. If you have more demanding needs then there are wall chargers available with more output ports for a few quid more. Ho...[Read More]

8.8

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Review: Ymiko Smart Bathroom Scale

I’ve struggled with my weight in the past and need to monitor it to keep me motivated. While any bathroom scale will do the job, this one connects wirelessly to your phone allowing it to not only record and keep track of your weight, but also loads of other stats such as your BMI, % body fat and % water. Inside the box you get the scales themselves along with instructions and 3 AAA batteries...[Read More]

8.9

Great

Review: Aukey PB-T9 QC3.0 16000mAh Power Bank

Choosing from the wide choice of portable external batteries can be difficult. However with the PB-T9, Aukey have embraced the latest technology to make a power bank that’s well ahead of most of the competition. Not only has it got a large 16000mAh capacity but along with the usual 5V 2A output port it also has a QC 3.0 USB output port. This power bank has a standard micro USB port for charging wi...[Read More]

6.3

Fair

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Review: Brainwavz BLU-100 Sport Bluetooth Earphones

This Bluetooth headset consists of a couple of in-ear earpieces connected by a short flat anti-tangle cable cord that runs behind your neck (or under your chin). They come in a nice zipped carry case, and the earpieces have a black plastic shell that seems good quality and keeps things lightweight. The fitted medium sized ear tips worked well in my ears, but if you have a problem then you also get...[Read More]

8.4

Great

9.1
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Review: WiZ Smart Lighting Solutions

The Internet of Things is all the rage at the moment as more and more gadgets are connecting to our home WiFi network, allowing them to offer “smart” features such as remote / voice control and automation. WiZ offer a range of high-tech LED lighting solutions and we got the chance to evaluate three of their main products – their Hero and Quest lamps and Colors smart bulbs. Instal...[Read More]

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