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Nest Protect 2 review

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Intro

There was a moment when my smoke detector, which is as old as the house it’s in, had to be replaced.

And I did that with pleasure, because at that moment it started chirping regularly in a very annoying way. First once every five minutes, a bit later once a minute. And that would not be a big issue had this not been happening at 5:00 AM. And, of course, the chirping was so loud that no human being could ignore it. Just like in that scene from “Friends”.

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USB testers and charging speed

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Out of curiosity I’ve ordered a couple of USB voltage testers from eBay (there’s plenty of them there).

For your information, a USB voltage and current tester is a device for measuring voltage and current coming from a USB output into a gadget (usually being charged).

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Samsung UE75HU7500 ‣ Part 6. Location, conclusions

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Location

This TV can be either attached to the stand or mounted on the wall.

The first option seems arguable to me: because of its huge size (and the related windage), the panel will sway at any breath. And it won’t survive its falling down (neither will its owner).

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Samsung UE75HU7500 ‣ Part 4. Smart Hub and applications

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Smart Hub

This TV has an interactive mode, the so-called Smart Hub, which offers the following four panels.

Panel one: Applications

You can install free and paid application, for which a Samsung account is required. Out-of-the-box the TV has YouTube, NetFlix, Spotify and a bunch of others. Applications can be installed on an external USB drive. And, of course, you can update and uninstall them.

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Samsung UE75HU7500 ‣ Part 3. Accessories

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Even though this TV is a pricey, it doesn’t stop Samsung from trying to earn even more on their customers. Selling accessories with a five hundred percent margin is a popular way to make money among vendors.

Camera

An HDMI cable isn’t the only thing Samsung saved on. The TV is also lacking a camera out-of-the-box, which I definitely don’t appreciate, considering numerous functions it’s required for, like Skype or Motion Control.

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Samsung UE75HU7500 ‣ Part 1. Specs and unboxing

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As time passes by, TV diagonals grow, so do our appetites. TV screens of 50-55 inch, which seemed huge just a few years ago, are the mainstream nowadays and can be found in any decent electronics store. They also provide the best size to price ratio, as I reckon.

But screw the ratio! We’re going to be looking at a 75” monster Samsung UE75HU7500 today, the exact model number is Samsung UE75HU7500LXXN (it’s a Dutch variant of the device since I’m living in the Netherlands).

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M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 review

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It’s been two years of suffering from the speakers built into my iMac. The speakers, despite all Apple’s marketing noise and even two 17 Watt power amps, suck big time. I’ve already connected my AV receiver via Bluetooth, but it’s quite a hassle to start it up every time. Another issue is that Logitech Bluetooth adapter gives a very low output level, which requires setting receiver’s volume to -20 dB every time I power it up.

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