It Pains Me to Report This Hot Dog Toaster Is a Piece of Shit

God, I love hot dogs. My parents used to reward me with the cheap and oh-so-delicious hot dogs from Costco for making it through a Sunday afternoon shopping session, so that’s probably why I love them so much. The reward centre of my brain lights up every time I see or smell them. So when I came across a hot dog toaster that toasts both hot dogs and hot dog buns at the same time, I had to have it. Call it a completely irrational quarantine splurge, but I convinced myself I would love this toaster, which I found on sale for the low, low cost of £15. If you could put a price tag on happiness, £15 is well worth it. Read More >>

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The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is the New Standard in Smart Locks

Like a lot of people, as I’ve been stuck inside quarantined from the outside world, I’ve started to look for little home improvement projects. And when it comes to smart home tech, after dipping your toes in the water with smart lights or a smart speaker, a common next step is the addition of a smart lock. Unlike security cameras, smart locks don’t have the same sort of privacy concerns (cause ya know, no cameras), they’re easier to install, and because there’s no footage or data, they’re easier to manage. Read More >>

MSI’s GS66 Stealth Gaming Laptop Packs Big Specs and Thankfully Goes Light on the RGB

There’s always something I’ve appreciated about powerful gadgets that are able to hide their power levels. I’m talking about stuff like the Volkswagen Phaeton W12 that had essentially the same engine you got in a flashy Bentley Continental (minus a couple turbos), but in a car that looked like, well, a VW. In short, gadgets that appear normal, but can go toe-to-toe with any rogue Saiyans that just dropped in from outer space and want to take over the world. And that sort of exemplifies what you get with the MSI’s new GS66 Stealth. Read More >>

Zens Comes Closest to Delivering the Wireless Charger Apple AirPower Promised to Be

When Apple revealed its AirPower wireless charging pad in late 2017, allowing three devices to be charged on the same mat in any orientation, it sounded too good to be true. It turns out it was. After Apple made AirPower quietly disappear, Zens managed to make the tech a reality in its Liberty wireless charger. It delivers almost all the functionality Apple promised, with a steep Apple-like price tag to match. Read More >>

The Evercade Simplifies Retro Gaming and I’m Surprised How Much I Love It

If you haven’t spent decades hoarding classic consoles and cartridges (plus an outdated TV) then dabbling with retro gaming can be a challenging minefield of half-functional emulators and sketchy ROM files. The Evercade aims to change that, putting collections of classic titles on cartridges that anyone who mastered the Game Boy can easily use. Read More >>

Motorola Edge+ Review: The Best Battery Life Ever, But Where’s the Polish?

On paper, Moto’s return to the flagship phone world seems like it’s got all the right stuff. For less than a Galaxy S20+, you’re practically getting the same assortment of specs including a 6.7-inch OLED screen, Snapdragon 865 chip, 12GB of RAM (which is 4GB more than what you get from Samsung), and full 5G support. You also get handy bonuses like a headphone jack, a higher res 108-MP main camera, and a massive 5,000 mAh battery. Read More >>

The 2020 Google Pixel Buds Feel and Sound Great, But There’s a Problem

The original Pixel Buds were a strange product. They came out a full year after the AirPods, and despite costing about the same, they weren’t very comfortable, they weren’t very smart, and they weren’t even truly wireless, as they still had a cable connecting the left and right buds. But for the new 2020 Pixel Buds, Google has almost completely redeemed its previous efforts by creating something that’s a joy to use and listen to, that is if you can ignore or avoid the Pixel Buds’ one potential deal-breaker, a pernicious hiss. Read More >>

OnePlus 8 Review: This Is the Android Phone for Most People

When OnePlus first started selling phones back in 2014, it positioned its devices as flagship killers, offering similar specs and performance as high-end phones from Samsung, Google, and others, but for half the price. Later, as OnePlus grew and matured, even though its phones may not have offered quite the same level of savings, OnePlus began challenging the big brands with things like faster updates, cleaner, more streamlined builds of Android, and high refresh rate displays. Now skip ahead to today, where thanks to the decline and disappearance of longtime industry mainstays like LG and HTC – often at the hands of OnePlus – and the arrival of the new OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, it feels like the once plucky contender with a chip on its shoulder is finally ready to take its place on the main stage. OnePlus, welcome to primetime. Read More >>

This Printer Cuts, Doodles and Makes Craft Time Easier But Definitely Not Cheaper

Arriving just in time for nearly the entire world to find itself stuck at home with lots of free time, Cricut has introduced a cheaper, smaller version of its automated cutting machines that promises to improve your crafty creations. The new Cricut Joy makes a powerful machine relatively affordable but, like a decent home printer, the cost of materials will quickly add up the more you use it. Read More >>

The Samsung Galaxy S20+ is the Best Android Has to Offer Right Now

After checking out the Galaxy S20 Ultra, it’s difficult to forget it’s brawny build, avalanche of specs, and the impressive reach of Samsung’s Space Zoom. Unfortunately, it’s also a bit too expensive to love. At that price, the S20 Ultra has to be head and shoulders better than every other phone on the market, and it just isn’t. But perhaps the best argument against the S20 Ultra is the existence of the S20+, because for 15 percent less money, the S20+ delivers 95 percent of what you get from its more expensive sibling. So if you’re looking for a high-end Android phone with tonnes of bells and whistles, the S20+ is the one to get. Read More >>

The Razer Blade Stealth is the Beefy Little Laptop I Always Wanted

My first gaming laptop, which I bought more than 15 years ago, was a 10-pound, 17-inch beast so big and heavy I only really moved it around when travelling back and forth between home and college. I eventually upgraded to a 15-inch laptop that was a little easier to carry around, but because its case and cooling couldn’t handle the desktop-class CPU inside, the thing constantly overheated and burnt out after just a year. Ever since, I’ve been on a quest to find a do-it-all machine good for gaming, editing, and everything else I need, while still being portable enough that I never feel stressed about carrying it around. With the latest Razer Blade Stealth, my search has ended. Read More >>

Tado Smart Themostat Review: An Expensive and Imperfect Solution to a First-World Problem

One of my most annoying first-world problems of recent years has been getting into bed, then realising that the heating is still on. Read More >>

The RG350 is the Perfect Portable Retro Gaming Machine

Thanks to some dedicated coders and hardware developers in China, fans of handheld gaming no longer have to rely on Nintendo to get their fix. The Anbernic Retro Game 350 might not play the latest and greatest titles like the Switch or 3DS do, but when it comes to classic gaming, the RG350 delivers the best experience yet thanks to a pair of near-perfect analogue joysticks. Read More >>

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Review: Glorious Excess with an Excessive Price

Let’s skip past all the hemming and hawing. Between its huge 6.9-inch 120Hz screen, beastly specs, 5G support, 108-MP main camera, Space Zoom lens, and 8K video capture, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is an absolute powerhouse. It has practically any feature you could ever want (aside from a headphone jack), and unless you’re a stylus die-hard, the S20 Ultra makes the £1,000 Note 10+ seem like a quaint mid-range device. And if price wasn’t a factor, I’d have a hard time choosing any phone available today over the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Read More >>

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Is the First Foldable Phone Worth Caring About

With all the hazards and issues found on previous foldable phones, it’d be hard to blame anyone for writing off flexible screen tech completely. But that sentiment might be a bit premature, because with the Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung has made the first foldable phone worth caring about. Read More >>