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  • I’m Anthony from Montreal. I like to write about tech stuff.
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Retevis RT8 Review

The Retevis RT8 GPS is an inexpensive handheld radio with DMR digital voice capability, packed with many cool features, and very extensible with custom firmware. Video Review First Impressions Programming GPS to APRS Custom Firmware Conclusion Video Review First Impressions The RT8 has a solid plastic case with a nice finish. The radio is rated IP67 for dust and water resistance and has gaskets around the accessory port, battery, and battery contacts....

November 29, 2019 路 8 min 路 Anthony Di Iorio

Acer S243HL Monitor Repair

Another Acer monitor bites the dust! Previously, my B243H failed a month before the warranty expired, it was repaired by Acer. Unfortunately, this S243HL was out of warranty so I took the repair into my own hands. A common fault across cheap consumer grade monitors is lousy Chinese capacitors that fail rather quickly. In this case just over 3 years. The culprit, two Su鈥橲con SG Series 470uF 16v capacitors that bulged....

September 7, 2016 路 1 min 路 Anthony Di Iorio
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Fnatic Gear Rush Mechanical Keyboard Review

Last week I reviewed Fnatic Gear鈥檚 Flick mouse, and Focus mouse pad, which means it鈥檚 time for the review of the Rush Mechanical Keyboard! The Rush is a full size 104 key mechanical keyboard available in your choice of either Cherry MX Red, Blue, or Brown mechanical switches. The keyboard features a soft touch casing, red backlighting, and onboard storage for macros. Video Review Build Quality and Features The Rush is a solid keyboard!...

March 31, 2016 路 4 min 路 Anthony Di Iorio

Fnatic Flick Mouse & Focus Mouse Pad Review

If you鈥檙e familiar with gaming tournaments you鈥檝e probably heard of Fnatic before. They have 5 different gaming teams, and you can usually find them dominating their opponents live on Twitch. That being said, I was pretty excited to check out the latest gaming peripherals they had to offer. Video Review FLICK Optical Gaming Mouse Review The Flick is a no nonsense gaming mouse, with a clean design, comfortable layout, and features the flawless Pixart 3310 optical sensor....

March 22, 2016 路 5 min 路 Anthony Di Iorio
Focus RS

Checking out Ford's Racing Simulator

So this was my first experience on a full motion racing sim, and I was pretty impressed with how that extra layer of force feedback adds to the realism of the game. I鈥檝e tried other rigs with vibration motors, and others with just a triple monitor setup, but this was just on another level of realism. Unfortunately, Ford鈥檚 using rFactor 1 which happens to be a 10 year old sim, and while it doesn鈥檛 exactly have the greatest graphics or physics in the world, it was still a great experience....

March 11, 2016 路 2 min 路 Anthony Di Iorio
Hubsan X4

Hubsan X4 Review

A few months back I took an interest in building a quadcopter. I decided to go the entry-level route and picked up a cheap quad that gets praised on /r/multicopter, the Hubsan X4. There are a few versions of the Hubsan X4: H107L - Standard H107C - Camera H107D - FPV The H107C only costs $10 more, but I don鈥檛 think it鈥檚 worth the weight of the camera and the extra energy to power it....

July 13, 2015 路 3 min 路 Anthony Di Iorio

ErgoDox Review

Preface A few months back I joined the Massdrop group buy for the ErgoDox. If you don鈥檛 know what Massdrop or a group buy is, basically it allows you to join in on a bulk purchase of a product so the group can get a lower price. Since the ErgoDox requires cooperation from component vendors, a PCB manufacturer, and a company that can do laser cutting, it took absolutely ages for the kit to arrive....

August 6, 2014 路 6 min 路 Anthony Di Iorio

Zoom H2n Review

I鈥檝e had the Zoom H2n for around 6 months now, and I think it鈥檚 time for a review. You may not have noticed, but a lot of the videos up on my YouTube channel are recorded using this microphone before I got my EV RE27/nd. Features The H2n has four capsules hidden under the head basket which allows the mic to have four modes of recording: Stereo XY, 2 or 4 Channel Surround, and Mid Side....

December 30, 2012 路 3 min 路 Anthony Di Iorio

PA2V2 Headphone Amplifier Review

In today鈥檚 episode, I鈥檒l be featuring the Electric-Avenues PA2V2. After about a week鈥檚 use, I鈥檝e been very pleased with the audio quality this pocket amplifier can produce. The PA2V2 is short for Pocket Amplifier 2 Version 2 and is hand made here in Canada. This amp has a full ABS plastic enclosure and uses a ruby red translucent faceplate to hold the components on the front. The faceplate also allows you to see some of the components on the inside and the bright LED that illuminates when the power switch is on....

April 20, 2011 路 2 min 路 Anthony Di Iorio