Category Archives: Consumer Electronics

Now It’s Amazon’s Turn

I often castigate Microsoft here on the blog for their seemingly boneheaded decisions. Now it’s Amazon’s turn in the spotlight of shame. I’ve been using their Kindle app for Windows 8 ever since it was launched back in 2012; never … Continue reading

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Microsoft Band – Time for Plan B

Ten months ago, I treated myself to a Microsoft Band 2 for Christmas. A combination of fitness band and smartwatch, I really like the functions that it offers. However, a brilliant idea has been let down horribly by poor hardware … Continue reading

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Strike 2…

Back in March, I blogged about my experience with the Microsoft Band 2, summarising it as a “nice idea, but bad execution”. After three months of use, the strap had begun to split. I bought it from Amazon UK, and … Continue reading

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A New Lease of Life

As I’ve mentioned before, the speakers in my Hi-Fi system are a pair of QUAD electrostatic loudspeakers – the ESL 57 model to be precise – and this year, they will be forty years old. They still sound pretty good, … Continue reading

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Media in the Home – The State of Play, part 2

A month ago, I summarised the state of play concerning the media systems we have in our home. Since then, I’ve made some changes, so I thought I should once again summarise how things look at the moment. The major … Continue reading

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Media in the Home–The State of Play

I’ve written a couple of posts over the past six weeks about Hi-Fi and Home Cinema, and I thought it would be useful to document the current state of play here in the Witte Wand. Six weeks ago, I was … Continue reading

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Nice Idea – Bad Execution

Microsoft announced the first version of their Microsoft Band – a combination of fitness device and smartwatch – back in October 2014. As a first iteration, it had a number of issues; for one thing, it was uncomfortable to wear. … Continue reading

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