Recommended Tech Deals of the month – March 2021

Fancy a tech bargain? Here are some of our recommended deals over the last month.

(Disclaimer – some of these deals may have expired or the price may have changed since we originally scouted these deals. Some magnet links may lead to us making a small profit through Amazon – all profits will be reinvested into the blog to bring you more and more up-to-date tech reviews (everyone wins!)

Laptop of the week priced less than £400

Lenovo ThinkPad T440 Laptop (via Amazon)

This well specced, Windows 10 Pro laptop is perfect for home working or your office working needs. Lenovo are a well-known brand in computing these days, so you’ll be picking up great deal here. Device spec includes 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD for storage & an Intel i5 processor, so you’re certain of a speedy device which will read/write docs and load applications very quickly indeed. This model is a renewed model but do not let that put you off picking up a lot of laptop for less than £400.

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Laptop of the week priced less than £600

Dell Inspiron 3000 15.6-inch FHD LED Backlight Laptop (via Amazon)

Specification of this laptop isn’t far off the Lenovo above – but you are paying for a brand new, Dell modelled laptop who are arguably market leaders in laptops/computing. With Dell, you are guaranteed a robust, well designed laptop. This laptop has the AMD alternative to the Intel i5, but this shouldn’t be considered a negative. The laptop also has a very good LED screen and Radeon Vega 8 graphics card, so should also be able to handle most PC games at a decent level.

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GAMING LAPTOP OF THE WEEK PRICED LESS THAN £1000

Medion Erazer Deputy P10 Gaming Laptop (via eBuyer)

Medion Erazer Deputy P10 Core i7 16GB 512GB SSD RTX 2060 15.6" Win10 Home Gaming Laptop

This laptop is a very good spec and extremely powerful – featuring 16GB of RAM, a great NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB graphics card, a great 1444Hz display and a 512GB SSD for storage of apps, files and games. The screen is full 1080p, so you can be assured of a very clear gaming experience. Medion claim that this laptop can run games such as Battlefield V and Wolfenstein: Youngblood at a crystal clear rate with no risk of lag, which definitely puts this laptop in a category that you must consider if you are in the market for a reliable gaming or all-round laptop.

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Our peripheral of the Month:

Rapoo Mt750s High Performance Multi-mode Wireless Mouse (via Ebuyer)

EXDISPLAY Rapoo Mt750s High Performance Multi-mode Wireless Mouse - Black

It’s always nice to have a trusty, solid mouse that you can use whether working from home or gaming. The Rapoo MT750s is specifically designed to assist with gaming, but also has a very strong bluetooth connection which makes it a good shout for all round laptop or PC working. This model is Ex-Display, but it’s a great opportunity to pick up a great all-category mouse. The mouse is rechargable and ergonomic, which add two extra strings to this devices’ bow.

You can pick up this mouse by clicking here.

SMART HOME TECH OF THE MONTH:

C-Tronics Wireless Outdoor Security Camera

A wireless, self-charging, easy to setup and use outdoor security camera, I hear you ask? Yes – this fantastic device by CTronics comes recommended by SnappyReviews staff. Amazon also have a discount on this product, so snap one up as soon as you can. Check out our full write up of this camera here.

You can pick up this security camera by clicking here.

OUR BARGAIN EXERCISE/WORKOUT TECH OF THE MONTH:

SoundPeats T2 Hybrid Noise Cancelling Earbuds (via Amazon)

We’ve reviewed these wireless earbuds and we were impressed. Whether you’re in the need of a soundtrack for a workout, walk or even to add some inspiration whilst working from your desk (disclaimer – we are not authorising you to do this – we can’t be responsible for you bursting into song mid working day) these seem to be a great all-rounder. See our full test and review here.

You can purchase these earbuds here – Amazon also have a discount coupon available.

We hope you’ve enjoyed following our bargains for this month – check back this time next month for some renewed products! As always, if you have any catergories that you’d like for us to cover, feel free to drop a suggestion in the comments box below.

CTRONICS Outdoor Camera -a worthwhile budget home security addition?

I must admit, I’d never heard of CTRONICS so when I’d unboxed the camera, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Added home security is never a bad thing & I’d kept my eye out on Amazon for home security systems by brands such as Hikvision, Nest or Arlo – all brands I’ve worked with in the past. To give myself a heads up on what to expect, I’d searched up the brand on social media and found that reviews were generally quite positive.

The box contains an instruction manual, a prize voucher (great idea, but the support team never got back to me with my “prize”*enter thumbs down emoji* here), the Camera, a Solar Panel/14400MaH rechargeable battery & a mounting kit. Instantly I’d got into the configuration of the camera, which is done through the CTronics app available via the Apple Store & GooglePlay for Android. The app itself is very easy to use and the camera is relatively easy to set up after connecting to your home WiFi.

I went with the option to insert a 64GB MicroSD card to save my recordings. The slot is tucked neatly behind the camera so is out of view and is protected from the elements. Data is automatically deleted from the SD card so saves you the task of clearing any space. You can download footage and images from the card onto your device at your leisure.

Mounting the device was easy enough – make sure you are high up enough to ensure you have the correct field of view for the area you are trying to monitor. A metal backing plate is first drilled to the surface you’d want to mount to & the camera is affixed to the backing plate and screwed on using the provided kit. The panel is secured to the top of the camera to allow for solar panel use. I must say – the solar panel and not having to run additional cables certainly adds a feather into the CTronics cap.

We’ve had the camera mounted through rain, snow, wind and sun and the quality of the image and ruggedness of the device have not changed since installation. Impressively, the videos are very clear. The cameras Smart Motion Tracking capability pings a message to the owners’ phone (app installation required) and records a clip of the motion it has detected. The owner can decide on the length of this detected video via the presets selectable via the CTRONICS app. Night vision works a treat but I haven’t got on with the 2-way voice audio – it just isn’t clear enough for me & you end up sounding like a Dalek & scaring off Amazon delivery drivers. Not cool. 

The Verdict:

The 3 Pros:

  • Solar Panel/Battery allow for an easy installation without the need to run cables into your home.
  • Very clear picture quality, both in the day and at night. 
  • Ruggedness of the device means peace of mind within all types of weather.

The 3 Cons:

  • Although the app is easy to use, it does have a slight cheap and amateur feel compared to the bigger names.
  • 2-way voice audio quality could be better. 
  • Customer support and lack of response left me frustrated. Hope that this doesn’t happen for customers experiencing tech difficulties. 

One extra special thing that stood out for me was: the price. It’s a lot of kit for sub £150 – and Amazon even offer special deals which bring the cost closer to the £100 mark. Very good value for money. 

Score out of 10: 7/10. Worth buying in my opinion. Very easy to set up and mount & the features such as 360 degree view give you granular control on the field of view you choose to monitor. I can vouch for the weatherproof feature, the camera hasn’t skipped a beat. Maybe a couple of extra professional touches like the look and feel of the app would raise the rating, but this product is definitely worth the asking price. 

 You can buy the CTronics Outdoor Solar Powered Security Camera by following the link below:

https://amzn.to/30k0q9U

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~YourReviewTeam