DS212J Diskstation by Synology

Type: Tech, NAS

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Overall: 93% | Quality: 7 | Value: 7 | Suability: 9

Today I review one of my favorite tech gadgets of all time; a NAS device (short for Network Attached Storage) though for these devices NAS is an understatement as some can do so much more and even some server related tasks. Maybe we should call them SNAS! (Hope the Nintendo fans see what I did there).

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On unboxing – we can see there is the standard “Power Supply” unit, along with a UK plug, 1 ethernet(RJ45) cable, screws and a manual.D832A0ED-17F1-4128-A02A-34F8B2D2D55B

Here is the actual NAS! so, what do I need to do before starting this actual review? Throw a HDD in and connect it all up. You notice the manual? Well – seeing as I am a computer builder I decided to throw it in the box. It was easy as anything to install Hard drives in, I can imagine even people who have never done it before will even find it easy too.

Simply slot the Hard Drive(s) in, screw it in place and then put the cover on after. It really is that simple.

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It’s all plugged in and started fine. I logged into the web-based GUI to play around with it and I must truly say – the “OS” is beyond amazing. it is perfect and even more than I would expect for a NAS. This thing has so many functions that you will be on it tinkering for ages.

Onto the hardware front – it’s lacking. The software may be amazing and you can do all sorts with it but you definitely notice the lag and the system takes a fair few minutes to boot and you wont be able to have tons of “applications” in use at one – maybe 4-6 which is fine for most NAS devices but Synology are pushing beyond boundaries in every other area, it’s just a shame that the main thing holding this device back is the RAM(256mb) and CPU(800mz) specifications. I feel that any modern NAS needs 512mb RAM or more to be able to handle all tasks thrown at it and the CPU is just always at 100% and cripples the device and it essentially needs to be twice as fast.

Are there any other issues? No. None at all. it’s all good from here!os

The DS212J Diskstation carries out all tasks with no issues and is extremely reliable. You can access all your music, films, photos from any device. Want to watch a few films on an iPad? No problem. Want to watch your house with connected security camera while you are abroad? No problem.

The best thing about Synology is the amount of care they put into these devices and they really do seem to care about customers too which is refreshing compared to some other NAS companies.

One of the most important thing about getting a NAS from Synology is the mobile and tablet apps at hand. No one even competes in this department.C9D9ECB7-EFC9-4D9F-9BBD-E64254638F24

There are separate apps for Music, Films, Photos, Files, Surveillance and an app to tell you some statistics of your NAS. All of them are what you would expect to see on a windows PC – some such as the music app goes above and beyond.

This device is truly amazing and if you dont mind the low-ish specs I will definitely recommend it!

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7-Port USB3 hub by Plugable

Type: Tech

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Overall: 83% | Usability: 9 | Packaging: 8 | Value: 7

Plugable sent me one of these to review. So here I am. The packaging was great – on opening it up, it reminded me of an apple product. Very clean and neat looking. Because i’m from the UK I was worried about what plug it would come with.

It came with a european one. Oh, and a UK one too!! Handy. I could use the UK one at home and keep the EU one in a travel bag.

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The features on it are great – when you have a USB using some juice plugged in a blue light appears making it easy to troubleshoot devices. When I read the description it said about not being able to charge apple devices which saddened me but I thought I should try it any way. Guess what? It does charge them! Phew!

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This is an awesome USB hub for consumers, but I do hope they make a wall mountable unit in the future for us with servers or network units. Overall – this is an amazing USB hub and I would definitely recommend it if you have the space.

Thank you for reading. – Judge Shaun.

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HG3939 Coffee Grinder by Tiamo

Type: Tech, Coffee Beans, Ground coffee

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Overall: 85% | Quality: 9 | usability: 9 | Packaging: 7

The packaging is great – with simple instructions printed on the side, along with other information you would probably expect from a manual.

On opening – it was all packed cleanly and was very easy to assemble. Every bit of this product simply slots together and the quality is outstanding.

I grinded some beans and was pleasently surprised by how easy it was to use. Once I finished – I took the top part of the grinder and unscrewed it to wash, it too no time at all. But the bottom part I did not wash. Why, you ask?

Because it also doubles up as a decent air-tight container – meaning you can always have fresh coffee at hand. I personally like to grind coffee up at night as I find it very therapeutic, and use the ground in the morning. Which makes this the perfect grinder for me.

Would I recommend this? 100% YES. It’s a luxury item that all coffee lovers need to own.

Thank you for reading. – Judge Shaun.

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Aeropress – Review of the month: January

I have had a lot of good stuff sent to me to review in January, but this is one of my favorite products.

Type: Tech, Coffee

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Overall: 88% | Quality: 8 | usability: 7 | Packaging: 8

The packaging was great, and the assembly was easy. The only thing that could improve this would be adding some tips on how to use it on the box and supply a permanent filter.*

It’s very easy to use – you simply use the scoop provided for the coffee and use the numbering on the side of the aeropress for water. I normally like to drink my coffee in a bigger cup, so I usually do 2 scoops of fresh ground and fill the water up to 2 as well. For those who like to drink from a mug, 2 = half a mug, which I personally find perfect.

I have had coffee from French Presses, Drips & Espresso machines; ranging from £30 to over £300 but have never have I tasted coffee so good. Aerobie have made a miracle come alive here. How can a this machine make better coffee than ones ten times it’s price? Magic, that’s how.

Do I recommend it to anyone? Yes. I recommend it for almost everyone on a budget. Whilst this is an amazing machine, it is a little bit more hassle than a drip. If you are like me, and love to grind fresh beans into ground then this may just be perfect for you.

Thank you for reading. – Judge Shaun.

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*You can get permanent filters from third party companies. I hope I receive a few I could review for you all in the future.