Tag Archives: tested

Review: Mi Band Pulse Fitness Tracker (XMSH02HM)

Up until now, I have been a regular user of my Xiaomi Mi Band fitness tracker that I reviewed back in 2015. It was simple, good value for money and performed consistently although the silicone band eventually wore out and … Continue reading

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Shootout: Four 433.92Mhz ASK/OOK Transmitter Modules Compared

The Arduino had a big hand in making people play with electronics and create their own little devices to solve their problems. A desire for low-cost wireless connectivity has led to many people purchasing low-cost 433.92Mhz ASK/OOK modules to create … Continue reading

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Review: Three Cheap Unbranded 1×18650 “DIY” Power Banks

A common theme I hear from readers is “well, those cheap power banks are rubbish, so why don’t I build my own?” I suppose that is not a bad thought, although designing one properly takes a bit of skill and … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

After my Samsung Galaxy SIII gave up the ghost some-time early 2015, I was on the look-out for a new phone. Being the thrifty sort of person I was, I wasn’t going to spend any more than about AU$250. I … Continue reading

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Experiment: Telstra Free Data Day Redux (3 April 2016)

It seems like Telstra hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to network problems. I like to joke about it as The Network without Equal (outages) at least, this past few months. They had further issues with voice … Continue reading

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Teardown, Review: Grandstream HT702 VoIP Analog Telephone Adapter

Seeing as I’ve been playing with my internal PBX and modems, and I recently just had an ATA power supply fail on me, I thought it would be a good time to order a few ATAs before they disappear entirely. … Continue reading

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Telstra’s “We’re sorry” day Experiment: 4G LTE Speed vs Time of Day

Rather embarrassingly, on February 9th, Telstra suffered a significant mobile outage across the country owing to human error in handling a hardware failure in a set of redundant mobile nodes, resulting in the shut down of too many nodes and … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Xiaomi (Mi) Headphones (ZBW4189CN)

Xiaomi has impressed me time and again by bringing a variety of quality products in both functionality and design at prices which are extremely affordable. Ever since they introduced their first audiophile grade over-the-ears headphones, dubbed the Mi Headphones, I … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Seatay SBOX02503 2.5″ SATA III to USB 3.0 External Enclosure

What happens when you have a few 2.5″ SSDs lying around after an upgrade? One option is to convert them into external SSDs for fast work usage. Not having any enclosures to use, I decided to consult online for some … Continue reading

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Examined: Li-Ion/Li-Poly-based Power Bank Charge Current Profiles

It’s been a long time since I posted anything about power banks. Believe me, I would have liked to bring you some more reviews, or updates on cycle life testing, but due to my PhD commandeering my dual-measure multimeter I … Continue reading

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Review: Xiaoyi (Yi) Action Camera (YDXJ01XY) & Waterproof Case (BGX4004RT)

In recent years, the popularity of action cameras have skyrocketed with the success of GoPro’s offerings finding their way into hands of adventurous sportspeople, motorsport enthusiasts, skydivers, scuba divers, drone operators and even broadcasters. The breakthrough was in the compact … Continue reading

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Teardown, Accuracy Testing: LP7663 Kill-a-Watt-clone Power Usage Meter

Sometimes when I mention an idea, I will quickly become fixated on it and try to flesh it out as best as I can. Just yesterday, I was mentioning about how low-cost power usage meters can mislead, and today, I’m … Continue reading

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Review: OSRAM LIGHTIFY Updates, Philips Hue Bulb Compatibility & Performance

From my previous experiments noting compatibility issues with Philips Hue globes not playing with the LIGHTIFY system, it seems that OSRAM has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to solve the reported issues and bring LIGHTIFY users something new before … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Samsung 850 EVO 1Tb (MZ-75E1T0B) Solid State Drive

Solid-state drives are something that I can rarely get enough of, as high performance storage has a big impact on the time spent waiting on a computer to get data-heavy tasks done. As someone who has enjoyed this, I had … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Belkin WeMo Switch (F7C027au)

All of this home automation stuff is admittedly a little addictive – being the curious type, I’ve always wanted to see how far these things can go. As a result, in addition to buying the Belkin WeMo globes at a … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Philips Hue 8.5W E27 Globe, tested w/OSRAM LIGHTIFY

UPDATE: Please note that this information is now historical and outdated. I have contacted OSRAM about the compatibility issue and I can confirm its resolution as of Gateway Wi-Fi Firmware Version 1.1.2.90, Zigbee Firmware Version 1.2.0.67. Many thanks to OSRAM … Continue reading

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Review: Belkin WeMo Smart LED Globe & Test w/OSRAM LIGHTIFY

When it comes to Zigbee-enabled smart lighting devices in Australia, the one predominant vendor at this moment is Belkin with their WeMo system. While the WeMo system itself has its share of mixed feedback, it was reported by Belkin that … Continue reading

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Review: OSRAM LIGHTIFY Smart Connected Lighting System

As we rapidly move towards an IP-connected society, with buzzwords such as “internet-of-things” and “sensor networks”, suddenly the concept of home automation has become cool again. No, we’re not talking about the old fashioned expensive, temperamental, slow and clunky power-line … Continue reading

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Review: Western Digital WD60EZRX 6Tb Green Hard Drive

One thing I can’t do without is oodles of storage. Some of my experiments have very peculiar storage demands – from high volume storage, to high speed streaming storage, I have to carefully consider my needs and how to best … Continue reading

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Review: Western Digital My Book 6Tb USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

One thing power users know is that their appetite for storage is pretty much insatiable. In order to try satisfying this craving, I’ve decided to go on an all-out spending spree and grab myself some more storage. Instead of buying … Continue reading

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Review, Tested: Verbatim Lifetime Archival (Millenniata/M-Disc) 4x BD-R 25Gb

Consumer grade optical storage has always been a bit of a gamble when it comes to reliability, especially when it comes to cheap commodity media and your ‘average’ drive compatibility, resulting in burns with uncertain lifetime if care isn’t taken … Continue reading

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Review: Sony AN-LP1 Indoor Shortwave Active Loop Antenna

One of my plans after I finish my PhD is to take some time off and travel the world. Being an engineer at heart, I don’t just take “regular” holidays – I need to bring my hobbies and experiments along. … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Unbranded “Generic” vs WiNRADiO WR-LWA-0130 Longwire Adapters

Anyone who wants to listen to shortwave radio, or monitor high frequency transmissions, would have met the dilemma of trying to get a decently performing antenna. As it stands, most smaller radios with inbuilt telescopic antennas rarely reach more than … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Samsung 850 Pro 1TB (MZ-7KE1T0) Solid State Drive

One night, staying up late after doing some work, I caught the fact that eBay was having a 15% off “everything” sale. A few minutes later, a bright idea popped in my head, and almost equally as quickly, over AU$500 … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Xiaomi (Mi) NDY-02-AL 16000mAh Power Bank

Xiaomi, or Mi for short, is a Chinese mobile phone manufacturer that have been known for delivering affordable, high quality products, with an aim to become the next “household brand”. Their product lines have diversified away from only phones and … Continue reading

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Review: Emtec Click 3.0 32Gb (ECMMD32GB103) USB 3.0 Flash Drive

The other day, when collecting a parcel from the post office, I came across a $10 or less “bargain bin” clearance. Within the bin, I managed to grab a Logitech K400r for $10, a Logitech m353 for $5 and this … Continue reading

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Review: Mi Band Fitness Monitor and Sleep Tracker (XMSH01HM)

Wearable technology is a currently a big growth market, captivating consumers with many options in the market ranging from highly advanced smartwatches which offload some tasks from your mobile phone, down to more single purpose fitness tracker accessories which aim … Continue reading

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Review: Seagate Archive 8Tb 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive

Hard drive storage space is one thing which always seems to run out regardless of how much you have. Hard drive manufacturers have been working to push the capacity of perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) drives constantly, but have lately hit … Continue reading

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Review & Test: Philips LEDbulb B22 14w 1400lm LED Globe

Sometimes you need to solve your own problems around the house, and the best place to visit is a hardware store. Just last week, I took a trip to Bunnings, and I couldn’t resist surveying their array of LED light … Continue reading

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Mega Review, Teardown: IKEA Sparsam CFL & Ledare LED Globes

Late last week, I made my once-in-a-year or so pilgrimage to IKEA, just in time for Mother’s Day. I always feel like a kid in a candy store when I’m at IKEA, and my mind runs wild with questions like … Continue reading

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