PC Specialist Review – Warning do not buy from them

I purchased a Lafité II on the 27-11-2015 from PC Specialist and received it late December 2015. I was rather disappointed with the laptop after receiving it as it feels and looks cheap. The metal finish quickly became marked and scratched after a few months of what I believe to be careful usage. The metal edges are also quite harsh and feel slightly sharp rather than being smooth as I excepted.

You can find reference to the sharp edges here and how they are fixed in their III model, shame on you PC Specialist for not offering Lafité II buyers a resolution to this issue: https://www.bit-tech.net/reviews/tech/laptops/pc-specialist-lafite-iii-review/1/

After 4/5 months the laptop developed a screen and track pad issue. I found this rather surprising for such a new product to develop two separate issues within 6 months, I thought I was unlucky! The screen would flicker and randomly turn off, this continued to get worse until the screen no longer turned on at all. The track pad would persistently become stuck when left or right clicked. I request a RMA on the 28/06/2016 which cost me I believe approx ~£35. PC specialist should of covered the fee for this RMA due to the how soon the issue occurred, however they did not.


Asus Dual WAN solutions for webpages or assets failing to load

The performance and features of the Asus Dual WAN varies per build that Asus releases, I recommend using the latest stable build released by Merlin, though in the screenshots below I am using 384.3_alpha3-g0462c71.

You can find Merlins builds here: https://asuswrt.lostrealm.ca/

Beware that Merlin has no control over Dual WAN, so issues will need to be reported directly to Asus.


Using BT Smart Hub (HH6) with Asus RT-AC68U or any other third party router

It is possible to use the BT Smart Hub (aka homehub 6) with your own third party router. However, if you connect the BT Smart Hub straight to your router without changing some of the settings you will most likely encounter issues.

I won’t list the reasons that you would want to use a third party router, for me I wanted to use it in a Dual WAN setup with my Asus RT-AC68U.

There are 4 steps things that need to be done to ensure good compatibility. The steps are as follows:


Pillow Reviews

A sample of some of the pillows I tested.

I have tested around 15 pillows, I’ve only slept on 4 of the pillows as most failed preliminary tests.

My ideal pillow is:

  • Thin to Medium in thickness. I’m a front and side sleeper so this thickness suits me.
  • Has a slight doughy feeling, not too much though.
  • Doesn’t rebound instantly (like a cheap block of foam).
  • Not memory foam.
  • Soft to medium.
  • It should be relatively quiet when moved and not make a scrunching sound.


How to fix Netgear A6210 on Windows 10 & Windows 8: WiFi Issues, Limited Connectivity, Slow speeds and Disconnecting

The bundled drivers for the A6210 and the ones listed on Netgears site were giving me constant disconnects, saying my connection was limited or failing to connect at all. I have only tested this fix on Windows 10, by using the drivers and settings below I have managed to eliminate the constant issues I was having with the A6210 on Windows 10. These drivers may also work with the Netgear A6200, but I haven’t tested them.


Secure Your WordPress Site

There are millions of WordPress sites online currently. This makes it a big target for hackers, as an exploit can mean a large amount of sites can be attacked.

Now I’m no security expert and by no means is this everything you should do, but I think I have the basics down and these are my minimal recommendations for all self hosted WordPress sites.

Security Tips

WordPress Updates

Always keep  Wordpress installations up to date. Not only to these add nice new features they also fix bugs that could otherwise leave your site vulnerable to hackers.


All passwords should be long and complex. This means they should be 14+ characters and contain letters (upper and lower), numbers & symbols for maximum protection.

Here is a site to generate random passwords: http://passwordsgenerator.net/


10 Reasons You Need 10 Reasons

1. You’re bored

Yeah, you are probably really bored. What else is there to do all day?

2. Titles So Dramatic It’ll Make You Explode!!!

No, not really. You’ll probably find it mildly interesting and look for less that a few seconds. *Boom* I think I just exploded.