Author Archive | Gunner Thompson

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Optoma UHL55

It’s not often we see a home cinema projector – that most old-fashioned and clunky of devices – with three unique features.  And yet, that's exactly what you'll find on the Optoma UHL55 HDR projector. The first notable feature is built-in voice control for both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Impressive, but not unexpected. The […]

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Yamaha RX-A880

AV receivers may be getting less common with the rise of the soundbars and improved built in speakers – but, if you’re an audiophile, you know that it’s still impossible to beat a good receiver and good set of speakers for home audio.  Receivers are getting better and better, too. Gone are the days when […]

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Skullcandy Venue

Wireless headphones have come a long way and just about every headphone maker produces a pair with active noise cancellation (ANC). Skullcandy, known for its stylish and bassy headphones hopes to stand out from the crowd with a distinct feature in its Venue headphones: Tile integration.  For the unfamiliar, Tile is a product that you […]

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Crazybaby Air 1s

Crazybaby has been all over the map with its true wireless headphones.  While we were excited about the original Crazybaby Air True Wireless headphones' unique design, comfort, and USB-C charging, using them was frustrating. The wireless connection kept cutting out, battery life was awful, and the earbuds would die suddenly. It was an underbaked product, […]

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Optoma UHD51A 4K projector with Alexa review

Smart, voice activated controls for a home cinema projector may sound like the kitchen-sink approach to feature lists at first glance, jumping on the buzz-word (or should that be ‘wake word’?) bandwagon of Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri or Google’s Assistant. But think about the environment and scenario that your average projector viewing session takes place […]

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LG B8 OLED (OLED55B8, OLED65B8)

For years now, LG has tended to give every OLED TV in any annual range refresh essentially the same picture quality, differentiating between separate ranges along purely design and/or sound quality lines. Which in turn has seemed to limit the extent of the price differences LG has been able to apply across its OLED ranges. […]

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Panasonic DP-UB420

The Panasonic DP-UB420 isn’t going to win any beauty pageants – it has the cosmetic appeal of a biscuit tin, with a level of finish that doesn’t inspire confidence – but it could be the best value 4K Blu-ray player on the market. In fact, if value and performance are your only two criteria, the […]

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Walmart shaves $125 off the 128GB iPad mini

Between the expanding screen size of the iPhone X series and the latest iPad dropping to $330, the iPad mini almost feels like a forgotten member of Apple’s family. But you’ll want to remember the 7.9-inch tablet today, because Walmart’s selling the 128GB iPad mini for $275Remove non-product link, or $125 off its usual $400 […]

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Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones

If Sony has been proving its technological prowess in their products, then the WH-1000X noise canceling headphone series surely takes a spot among the best. They’ve been so consistent with the Sony WH-1000X, the WH-1000XM2 and now the latest WH-1000XM3 that they have become a permanent recommendation in that particular segment.  While the closest competitor […]

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Taotronics TT-BH040

The Taotronics TT-BH040s are just about the most affordable headphones you’ll find that can compete with ultra-desirable pairs like the Sony WH-1000XM3.  The TT-BH040s have full-size cups, part-metal build, great battery life, Bluetooth wireless and active noise cancellation. That all this costs just $54.99 (£54.99) seems flat-out unlikely. The Taotronics TT-BH040’s value is undeniable, even […]

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Moto Surround

The Moto Surround headphones have been built with the knowledge that getting in shape isn't exactly affordable. The cost of your gym membership and workout clothes (plus all that time and energy) is expensive enough without a pricey list of associated tech on top. And Motorola has already showed us with its Pulse pair that […]

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Sony WI-SP600N Wireless Headphones

At its core, the Sony WI-SP600N is all about packing cutting-edge tech into a wireless in-ear headphone. The sporty and active theme behind these is obvious, given the IPX4-rated sweat resistance, but throw in noise-cancellation and an ambient sound mode, and you’re supposed to get a pretty versatile pair of wireless earbuds here.  …And yet, […]

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Panasonic DMP-UB700

With millions of discs sold and a catalog of hundreds of titles, the UHD Blu-ray format has defied critics and appears to be finding an audience amongst keen 4Kphiles with an eye for quality. But if you want to jump on board, what UHD deck should you buy? We finally have a definitive answer: the […]

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Samsung The Frame TV (2018)

The essence of every picture is the frame, as the saying goes. That’s something Samsung have truly taken to heart for The Frame: a fashion-forward slab of sleek metal that doesn’t try to hide its frame so much as place it center-stage. We saw the first version back in 2017, and this year’s new iteration […]

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Rowkin Bit Charge Touch

Rowkin’s claim to fame is having “The world’s smallest true wireless Bluetooth headphones” and the company’s Micro Touch and Bit Charge Touch are indeed very small and compact. Unfortunately, however, that's not the only thing they have in common: both pairs of headphones suffer from the same frustrating fit, overwhelming bass, and finicky touch controls.  […]

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Plantronics BackBeat Go 410

In the past, active noise-cancellation (ANC) was an expensive feature that was only found on higher-end headphones – and very rarely on in-ear headphones.  While that's still somewhat true, today it's very possible to get an excellent pair of ANC headphones at a reasonable price – like, for example, the Plantronics BackBeat Go 410, which […]

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Q Acoustics M4 Sound Bar

You know what your grandparents used to tell you about not judging a book by its cover? Well, we're asking you to apply some of that same wisdom and not judge this soundbar by it's quite ugly-looking exterior.  Sure the Q Acoustics M4 soundbar doesn’t look like the stuff of home entertainment dreams. For starters, […]

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Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation)

The Amazon Echo Dot just got a refresh from Amazon, with cuter looks and extra fabric, but here are our thoughts on the original Echo Dot that's already established itself in many a smart home. When Amazon launched the first Amazon Echo way back in 2014, it seemed a ground-breaking move for smart home tech […]

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Amazon Echo Show review

This definitely isn’t Amazon’s first rodeo – the company has two smart screen products currently on the market – the original Echo Show and the smaller Echo Spot. While the Spot is an incredibly cute, quirky little guy with charm in spades, the 1st gen Echo Show was a harder sell at launch, shipping with […]

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LG SK8 Soundbar

LG has been one of the most innovative soundbar brands in recent times, and that spirit continues in some ways with the SK8 – at least in terms of what it offers for its money: Despite costing less than $400/£400, it supports Chromecast Built-in connectivity, Google Assistant control, and – even though it only boasts […]

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