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Samsung UE28E850R - Official image

Samsung U28E850R 4k 28″ – Quick Review

In my never-ending-quest to find desktop utopia, I decided it was time to move on from my Dell UP2414Q, and select something bigger. All the reviews (and the wirecutter seems to be typical) suggest that the Dell P2715Q is the class of the field. However, given the exchange rate this was beyond my budget, even after literally emptying out my change jar. So, casting my net further I found the memorably named Samsung U28E850R.

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QNAP TS-251 Three-quarter view

QNAP TS-251 Quick Review

I know the cool-kids love Synology; but I’ve made a habit of being a contrary git, so of course I prefer QNAP. According to my embarrassingly large inbox, I purchased my original QNAP TS-210 in 2009. It’s been through at least three sets of disks, served hundreds of hours of music and stored 15 years of photos. Not least of all, it was a key part of a demo environment in a book wot I wrote. It has had regular updates from QNAP, for which I’ve not paid a penny.

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Jabra SPEAK 510 Speakerphone – Quick Review

I spend quite a lot of time on conference calls, often at short notice and without prior clue was to what I will be talking about. I’ve been using my laptop as a speakerphone for a while, but I miss physical buttons. I looked at SOHO VOIP phones, as l like the idea of an old-fashioned handset. However, with limited desktop space for they seemed a cumbersome extravagance. Most of the SOHO handsets are Android based and include some level of Skype integration, but I just couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. Continue reading

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Dell Ultrasharp UP2414Q – Final washup

I honestly thought I’d written everything I was going to on the Dell UP2414Q, but it would seem that it is the gift that keeps on giving. However, I’m still learning, and even now have something new to share. Continue reading

Dell UP2414Q vs P2415Q 4K Monitors – Very quick review

In a fit of optimism, and pique over my UP2414Q turning itself off a dozen times a day I bought a Dell P2415Q to either replace and/or supplement my first generation 4K monitor. On paper, the specification of the two monitors is virtually identical,but in the flesh; they are perceivably different.

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IKEA BEKANT Standing Desk in user

IKEA BEKANT Standing Desk Review – 1 Month in

For most of my professional life I have sat on my arse, staring at a screen. You get to thirty something and start worrying about the long-term health drawbacks of a such a sedentary lifestyle. Spurned on by a home-office move and ongoing back grumbles I bought myself an IKEA BEKANT standing desk. You can easily spend a fortune on these things, however I’m unashamed to have made more than a few “tactical” Ikea furniture purchases. It’s built to a precise price point, if you are happy with that definition of value then it’s been generally been acceptable.

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