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Owen McCarthy
Reviewer
Owen McCarthy has had a long love affair with all things technical since the dawn of the computer age. He vividly remembers when he first heard the Enterprise computer say, “Affirmative,” in the 1960’s. By the mid-1980’s Owen was learning how to code using C and he was coding in HTML by the turn of the century. After a teaching career as an ICT specialist, Owen has been pestering editors for new technology to review on an annoyingly regular basis. In his spare time, he likes British Triumph motorcycles, downloading new Linux distros and chatting to Siri. He lists his chief loves as his wife, new technology and visiting the TechDay offices.

Owen's stories

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Hands-on review: Nanoleaf Essentials Light Bulbs
Thu 22 Sep 2022
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apple
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There is a veritable panoply of colour schemes and I found one that matched my editor’s mood when I’ve made too many typos.
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Hands-on review: JBL Free WFH wireless headphones
Mon 5 Sep 2022
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gaming
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digital music
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microsoft teams
Whether it’s a whiny husband, a clingy dog or a sick offspring, you will be happy to get some enforced peace and quiet, courtesy of JBL’s Free WFH Wireless headphones.
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Hands-on review: JBL Flip 6 portable speaker
Mon 15 Aug 2022
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gaming
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digital music
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reviews
Once you switch it on, and listen away for up to 12 hours, you will quickly realise that this is a little speaker looking for a party.
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Hands-on review: Arlo Go 2 security camera
Thu 11 Aug 2022
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gaming
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reviews
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partner programmes
In my humble opinion, Arlo Go 2 offers security for anyone needing to keep a remote eye on prized possessions or premises at different locations.
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Hands-on review: James Donkey RS4 Knight Wireless Gaming Keyboard
Thu 4 Aug 2022
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gaming
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reviews
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technology gifts
I have always liked mechanical keyboards, and this is no exception. I find the action much easier to use than the modern keyboards with limited travel.
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Hands-on review: Norton Secure VPN
Thu 21 Jul 2022
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gaming
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vpn
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reviews
Norton is obviously serious about your privacy. They have a “No-log” policy, which simply means that they do not track or store any of your on-line activities.
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Hands-on review: HP Evo Spectre X360 Flip Ultrabook 13.5” laptop
Tue 19 Jul 2022
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gaming
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mobility
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tablets & laptops
The Spectre comes with a keyboard that makes working for long hours something to be looked forward to. It has to be one of the best keyboards I have seen on a 13.5” laptop.
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Hands-on review: Samsung S22 Ultra
Tue 14 Jun 2022
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smartphones
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gaming
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martech
I have been impressed by the functions Samsung packed into this phone. I did actually make one phone call on this phone, in between trying out as many of its other uses that I could pack in.
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Hands-on review: Morphée
Thu 9 Jun 2022
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gaming
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reviews
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partner programmes
Life in the twenty-first century has become a 24-hour affair. Morphée promises to help restore some balance to your life.
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Hands-on review: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition
Wed 11 May 2022
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gaming
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reviews
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technology gifts
In almost every respect it works like a book, apart from the fact that it weighs next to nothing, fits in my hand perfectly, and is soothing on my eyes.
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Hands-on review: JBL Partybox 110 Bluetooth speaker
Thu 28 Apr 2022
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gaming
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digital music
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reviews
My first review in a long time is sure to create a lot of noise, if the experience in my household has been anything to go by.
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Hand-on review: Sony X-Series XG500 Portable Bluetooth Speaker & Sony WH-1000XM4 Headphones
Tue 14 Dec 2021
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gaming
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digital music
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reviews
For as long as I can remember, Sony have been known as purveyors of quality sound. I leapt at the opportunity to review two of their latest products.
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Hands-on review: Twelve South StayGo Mini USB Hub
Mon 13 Dec 2021
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gaming
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reviews
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technology gifts
I don't believe that right on the cusp of Christmas, Twelve South swung into my ken. This mini USB hub has become part of my solution to a problem faced by many.
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Hands-on review: JBL LivePro+ TWS
Fri 10 Dec 2021
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gaming
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digital music
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reviews
I have become more of a fan of earbuds since discovering my ears no longer have to ache, and they don’t have to continually fall out. JBL will be pleased to hear that no amount of head gyrating has managed to dislodge either bud.
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Hands-on review: Satechi Trio Wireless Charger & Satechi Slim X3 Bluetooth Backlit Keyboard
Fri 10 Dec 2021
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gaming
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reviews
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technology gifts
Being a naturally curious individual, I was interested to see what customers had to say about Satechi’s products. This is my first foray into the world of the multiple device charger, and to start with I’ll admit to being slightly confused, quoting Manuel from Fawlty Towers with a confused, “¿Que?”
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Hands-on review: Ecovacs Deebot N8 Pro
Mon 6 Dec 2021
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gaming
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reviews
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technology gifts
Ecovacs’ Deebot N8 Pro has wormed its way into my affections. I was initially unaware of a transformation gradually occurring, but by the end of the review, my heart had been won over.
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Hands-on review: JBL Live 660NC Adaptive Noise Cancelling Headset
Thu 18 Nov 2021
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gaming
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digital music
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reviews
JBL’s Live660NC headset provide you with peace and quiet in your own space.
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Hands-on review: Nokia X20
Tue 9 Nov 2021
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smartphones
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gaming
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reviews
Unless you are a device snob, you will be more than happy to own a device that won’t cost the price of a high-spec laptop but will provide you with reliable and future-proofed usage.
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Hands-on review: Swann SecureAlert 4 Camera 4 Channel 4K Ultra HD Wi-Fi Security System
Thu 4 Nov 2021
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surveillance
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gaming
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reviews
This product promises to encourage any prospective miscreant to hunt elsewhere for an easier target. 
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Dyson Purifier Hot + Cool Formaldehyde
Thu 21 Oct 2021
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reviews
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technology gifts
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dyson 360 eye
A few years ago, Dyson products began to change my life for the better. Constantly reaching for Kleenex and inhalers are now memories. 
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Hands-on review: Wacom One Creative Pen Display
Thu 7 Oct 2021
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gaming
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reviews
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technology gifts
At around $630 to $674 at various resellers, it will be a go-to for many creative types, from the amateur to the professional.
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Hands-on review: Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel CC315-72G
Mon 30 Aug 2021
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gaming
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reviews
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technology gifts
The ConceptD 3 Ezel has features that will set your creative juices flowing.
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Hands-on review: The wonderful world of Cricut Maker 3
Thu 22 Jul 2021
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gaming
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reviews
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technology gifts
Cricut has something to offer anyone who wants to add pizazz to their crafting projects.
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Hands-on review: Xiaomi Mi 11 5G Dual Sim Smartphone
Fri 11 Jun 2021
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smartphones
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gaming
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reviews
The Mi 11 is designed for the visual creatives out there who will love its “on the fly” brilliance.
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