Roy Smyth

Associate Editor and part of the team of gadget reviewers at DroidHorizon. Also been known to dabble in software development to pay the bills.

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Review: Novoo and Omars USB Type C Hubs

Laptops no longer need a bulky, proprietary docking station thanks to the power of the USB-C port. Today we’re taking a look at a couple of USB-C hubs that will allow you to quickly add USB 3.0, Ethernet and video ports (along with a couple of memory card slots) – all from a compact accessory that takes very little space in your laptop bag. Novoo Portable Handle 8-Port Hub The design o...[Read More]

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Review: Xiaomi 20W Qi Wireless Charging Pad

Wireless charging is definitely convenient, but it’s often a lot slower than plugging in a cable. This charging pad from Xiaomi supports fast charging of Qi compatible devices up to a super-speedy 20W. Qi is a widely supported standard for wireless charging, but different devices can accept different charging rates. For instance, Xiaomi’s latest flagships can handle the full 20W output...[Read More]

8.8

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Review: Simgot EM2 IEM Earphones

Simgot EM2 come nicely packaged with a fancy leather carry case and a selection of different sized penetrating or balanced ear-tips. The earpieces have a low resonance polycarbonate shell that has been contoured to fit the ear, and these even come in a choice of 5 different colours (green, clear, pink, purple or semi-transparent black). The 4-core braided silver-plated cable loops over the ear and...[Read More]

8.3

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Review: Snakehive Vintage Leather Wallet Case for P30 Pro

While Huawei’s P30 Pro has a premium design, all that slippery, fingerprint-prone glass is begging to have a case slapped onto it. However this new handset has somewhat limited case options available as many manufacturers don’t seem to have caught on to the fact that Huawei now outsell Apple. Snakehive is one company that are on-the-ball, covering a healthy selection of phone models in...[Read More]

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Smartphone Review: Huawei P30 Pro

While we were delighted to be able to attend their P30 Series launch event in Paris on March 26th, it’s only been around 5 months since we reviewed Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro and so we did wonder how much “wow factor” Huawei could possibly pull out of their sleeve for their new flagships after such a short period of time. With the Mate 20 Pro’s already impressive camera per...[Read More]

Review: Cygnett ChargeUp Swift Wireless 10K Power Bank

Cygnett’s ChargeUp Swift power bank is the ideal solution to keep your gadgets charged up on the road, incorporating 10,000mAh of the latest lithium polymer battery tech. combined with a Qi wireless charger. No frills packaging opens to reveal the moderately sized external battery along with a small instruction leaflet and Micro USB cable. The device is similar in size to a double-thickness ...[Read More]

6.8

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Review: Brainwavz Koel Balanced Armature Wired In-Ear Earphones

KOEL IEMs are driven by a single balanced armature with a transparent liquid resin 3D printed body and detachable MMCX cable. Packaging is on point with a cardboard box opening via magnetic flap to reveal a handy hard shell zipped storage case with a stylish black and red design. Inside you find the earphones wrapped with a velcro tie along with a user guide leaflet, cable clip and a selection of ...[Read More]

Choetech’s T535-S Dual Wireless Charger Review: Share The Power

So far wireless charging has always been a solitary affair, but thanks to Choetech you can now share your charging pad with a loved one. Their new T535-S pad can recharge two Qi compatible phones at the same time. To get this oblong-shaped charging pad connected to your USB power source you get a USB Type-C cable that connects to a port at the back. The pad has been designed to prevent slippage wi...[Read More]

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Smartphone Review: Huawei P Smart 2019

Huawei have updated their budget “P Smart” line of handsets with a new dewdrop notch design for 2019. With last year’s capable Mate 20 Lite now reduced to a very reasonable £279 here in the UK, lets see how much has had to be compromised to bring the P Smart 2019 in for an even more pocket-friendly price of £200 (€249). Build and Design Available in black, “Aurora” bl...[Read More]

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Review: BlitzWolf BW-TC17 USB Type-C To USB-C Cable

With more and more devices and chargers adopting USB Type-C you’ll inevitably want to ditch those USB Type-A cables / adapters and go with a straight USB-C to USB-C connection. BlitzWolf have released such a cable called BW-TC17, with full support for both QC4.0 and PD3.0 fast charging protocols. Opening the no-frills packaging reveals what appears to be a high-quality 3ft cable with black p...[Read More]

Review: “What’s That Smell?” Party Game from WowWee

A good party game can make all the difference to the fun atmosphere. “What’s That Smell?” is a fragrance guessing game for 2-6 players with 48 different smell cards to identify. Inside the box you get 4 packs of 12 mystery whiff cards, 4 “whiff of shame” cards (with zip-lock storage pouches), 6 card holders, a sheet of whiff strips, a book of score cards and instructi...[Read More]

Review: Bqeel Y1 Android 7.1 TV Box

This Y1 TV Box connects to a HDMI socket on your TV and runs Android, just like a phone or tablet. This allows you to run loads of apps and stream (or play local) video from just about any source. Inside the box along with this mini PC you get instructions, a 5V 2A power adapter, HDMI cable and a push-button remote. All ports and connectors seem well made and good quality. There are loads of these...[Read More]