Review: GranVela® Conch In-ear Headphones High Resolution Dual Co-Axial Drivers Earbuds with Microphone

Manufacture Description

  • Ergonomic Design: The Conch Uses Super-soft Anti-Bacteria Silicone Gel Ear tips Provides Very Comfortable Wearing. No falling-off Fitting-In-Ear Shape,ideal for Running , Gym and Outdoors.
  • Co-Axial Drivers: Hi Resolution Sound comes from Dual Co-Axial Moving Coil Drivers. Balanced Bass and Dynamic Treble Are Suitable For All Your Musics.
  • Protecting Better: Half-inside-Ear Design Transmits More Comfortable Sound Pressure to Your Ears and Protects Your Ears Better.
  • Full Compatible Volume Control: In-line Volume Control Is Compatible with IOS, Android OS and Windows.
  • Packed with 3 Different Size Silicon Ear Tips and a Nice Earphones Bag.

Review

These headphones are pretty unique in their look, with a slightly see-through design and larger bud than what I’m used to. At first glance I wasn’t too sure how comfortable they would be, but after popping them into my ears I was surprised by how well they fit. The design really helps to make them stay put unlike other earbuds that you just ram into your ears. The larger part at the back, closest to the headphones, presses nicely against my ear, helping it to keep it in place.

The fact that they fit so well really makes them sound even better. The sound quality is already good, but with them staying put snuggly in my ear means this is emphasized even more.

On the small control panel you’ve also got a microphone which works really well. I tested a few calls on these and the persons voice came out loud and clear and they could hear me perfectly fine even when I was outside. They work very well for call handling as well as music.

Included in the box is a nice pouch with a magnetic clasp that holds it closed. At first, it can be a little tight, but if you press down on each end then it will just pop open. It seems well made and will help to keep the headphones from getting tangled up with anything else in your bag.

The headphones themselves look really nice. They are smooth white with a small disc in the middle with a bird logo. Near the bud the plastic is see-through which is pretty nice.

These headphones are much better than I expected. Top class sound for both music and voice and they are so incredibly comfortable!

Review: BC Master 34.5W Dual Port USB Mobile Phone Charger with Qualcomm Quick Charge

Manufacture Description

  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0: Up to 4X faster than standard chargers, able to charge compatible devices to 80% in just 35 minutes,it is also compatible with QC 2.0&1.0 devices.
  • Fast Charge: Compatible with all versions of Qualcomm Quick Charge technology (Red port). Can also provide fastest possible charge for non-Quick Charge devices via the TI Smart port up to 3A (Both ports).
  • Travel Ready: Foldable plug, compact size and international compatibility (100-240V) make it ideal for taking away with you.
  • Safe and Durable: BC Master’s MultiProtect safety system ensures complete protection for you and your devices.
  • You Get: BC Master 34.5W Dual Port Mobile Wall Charger,3.3ft 20AWG Micro USB Cable(thick), Instruction manual,24-month Warranty.

Review

Anyone who has multiple gadgets will know the pain of having to find extra plugs to get their devices charged. With this wall adapter you’ll get to double up on the amount of USB ports available, which comes in massively handy for those with more than one device.

The thing that I really like about this plug is the fact that it’s relatively small and compact when compared to other devices. Normally these are connected by a cable to a USB hub, and often offer more than two USB ports, but this thing is pretty neat and tidy and plugs direct into the mains. Granted, it doesn’t give as many ports as some other devices, but it does take up a lot less space.

It’s well made and feels pretty solid. The black is matte and is easy to wipe clean if it gets mucky. Included in the box you’ll also get a spare Micro USB cable.

Charge times are good, giving me similar charge times to the standard Apple chargers with my iPhones, but then there’s the fast charging port which worked perfectly with my Android devices.

The only flaw with this is that it does protrude quite a lot from the wall and I also wish you could pivot it so that you could either have it in a portrait or landscape rotation to help provide a better fit.

All in all a fantastic little charger.

Review: ActionPie Qi Wireless Power Bank Dual USB Portable 12000mAH

Manufacture Description

  • ActionPie Rapid and Smart Charging: Each of the two USB ports automatically detects optimal charging speed for Android or Apple devices, with the included 2-in-1 Lightning + Micro-USB charging cable. Rapid and Smart Charging: Each of the two USB ports automatically detects optimal charging speed for Android or Apple devices, with the included 2-in-1 Lightning + Micro-USB charging cable.
  • Support synchronous wired and wireless charging: add a built-in 5 v 1 a and a built-in support 5 v 2.1 a USB output port cable charging smartphone devices, with wireless charging can at the same time operating three machines at the same time.
  • Quality Assurance and Satisfaction Guarantee: Certified by FCC, CE and RoHS for quality and safety, and backed by 1-year warranty
  • Auto-off preserves battery charge. Digital display indicates exact level of charge. Perfect battery pack for everyday use, travel, camping or hiking, emergencies, commuters and families.

Review

This is a nifty little portable battery, especially if you have a device capable of wireless charging. The device itself has a large capacity so you will get around 4 full charges from your mobile phone. One of the big draws of this product is its wireless charging, which works very effectively. I was expecting to have to mess around a lot getting my Samsung S6 into position, but I literally placed it on the battery and it started receiving power.

There is a small screen which shows how much battery is left which comes in really handy and gives a better idea of how much is left rather than just shaking the thing like most other portable batteries.

The build quality is really good. The battery itself feels solid and well made and isn’t too large or heavy so it remains pretty portable. There is also a small light on the top of the battery which comes in handy if its dark and you’re struggling to see the charging port on your phone!

A great portable charger. It costs more than others of this spec, but thats because of the additional wireless charging feature.

Review: Ultralight Stoga Dfun STD001 3.0″ LCD Touch Screen Full HD Camcorder 1080P

Review

This is a pretty good video camera with some really high end specs for a low price. I was a little dubious when I saw how much it was offering in exchange for a relatively low price, but once I started using it I found myself pleasantly surprised. Granted, there are a few flaws that I’ll come onto, but nothing show stopping.

First up, this is a well designed and light weight camera. You’ll find everything you need to get it up and running, with the only exception being a memory card. I was surprised to find that it accepts both MicroSD and SD cards which is handy as a lot of people will probably have a MicroSD card kicking about after using one with a phone. One thing that I wasn’t overly fond of was that the charging port requires you to have the screen open to access which is a bit of a pain. Also, the glossy plastic really attracts finger prints and smudges.

Video quality looks great and the audio is good. I found that the captured picture always looked sharp and you could easily tell that it was HD quality, even when zooming the quality was good.

There’s a small flash on the front of the device which handles pretty well, and although it’s not the best in low light conditions, the camera does perform well enough.

On the base of the camera you’ll find a tripod mount screw, so you can fix this to a tripod and get better still shots, or leave it somewhere if you’re filming a still scene.

The viewfinder was clear and you can angle the screen or turn it so you can take selfies.

All in all a very good quality camera that performs as advertised. It feels a little too plastic for my liking, but it’s a good entry level price camera.

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Manufacture Description

  • High Definition Camcorder: 3.0″ TFT LCD Full HD Camcorder 1080P Video Camera and 270 degrees rotation with zoom digital recorder touch screen.
  • External Memory with Dual Cards Slot: SD/TF Card slot (up to 32GB) and Support SDHC class 6
  • Wide Angle Camera & High Zoom Camera: 1920 x 1080P(FHD)-15mins under opimum state ; 1280*720(HD)-56mins under opimum state;audio-taping time-380mins; 897photos(16mega 4500 x 3400,Interpolation); 0Mega pixels CMOS sensor(up to 16MP Interpolation)
  • Multi-function DV Camcorder: With two charging methods included: a normal UK power adapter cable and also a UK plug to USB adapter,which can be charged up from any USB charging point.
  • Sports Video Camera with Light-weight and easy-to-use: The build quality is lightweight with firm plastic body and easy to carry.No need to consult the manual because of the humanized layout of the controls.

Review: Svinz Ultra Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speakers

Review

Wow, this is one beast of a portable speaker. It’s extremely rugged and feels very well made. I was surprised by how well the charging port and aux were covered up, with the flap feeling very solid and staying in place. The entire thing feels like it could survive a beating, so it’s pretty much the perfect companion for those who enjoy the outdoors.

You’ve got all the buttons on the speaker that you’ll need to control your music and also handle calls. The device charges using a MicroUSB cable which is a nice feature as it means you won’t have to worry as much if the included cable is lost or broken considering most people have a few of these cables kicking about.

At first I thought the strap was going to be a leather type material, but after opening up the speaker and handling it I found out it was a strong rubber. This is pretty handy as it makes keeping it clean easy and it also feels as durable as the speaker.

Sound quality is fantastic considering the size of the speaker. It was loud and didn’t distort at louder volumes, giving a great audio range. My bluetooth connection remained consistent and didn’t drop out even when I left the room.

Definitely a worthwhile companion if you’re going camping or hiking anytime soon, or if you just want a small speaker for the shower.

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Manufacture Description

Advanced Bluetooth 4.0 Technology
Ultra-optimized version of Bluetooth that consumes less energy and delivers crystal clear sound. Pairs with most Bluetooth-enabled devices.

Strong Inner Bass Design
Outfitted with 3W driver and passive bass radiator provide strong and high-quality audio reproduction. With clear treble in an unparalleled pitch range.

Doubles As a Shower Speaker
Listen to your favourite tunes while showering and still be able to control all the functions without having to step out of the shower.

Fashion Rock Solid Design 
Comfortable feeling with soft rubber covering. Durable aluminum speaker mesh lasts long. The well-structured rock solid design can prevent considerable damage and ensure non-stop music playing.

Experience Your Tunes In High Definition
Features a large speaker cavity for excellent sound, this tiny but powerful speaker can fill any room with rich audio and clear and crisp music.

Worry-Free Warranty
At SVINZ, we believe in our products. That’s why we back them all with an 12-month warranty and provide friendly, easy-to-reach support.

What You Get
1 x Svinz SBT007 Bluetooth Speaker
1 x USB Power Cable
1 x 3.5mm Audio Cable
1 x Lanyard
1 x User Guide

Review: GoTron Latest Bluetooth V3.0 5W Stereo Speaker

Review

A great little speaker. It looks great, with a rubberised surround that makes it easy to grip when wet, and the plastic aqua frame looks great. It has all the buttons you need to control your music which means you won’t ever be reaching for your phone which is always a bonus. The suction cup on the back of this is very strong, and the speaker remained solidly fastened wherever I stuck it. Also, the fact that it uses MicroUSB for charging is great as it means you’ve probably got spare charging cables scattered about.

The sound quality is really good, especially when you consider the size of the speaker. Once I hooked it up inside the cubicle of my shower I was pretty blown away by the volume and quality it could output. It’s definitely something that you could just carry around the house and stick onto a surface while cleaning etc.

The device is very portable. It’s lightweight and also comes with a clip so you can fasten it to a belt or bag making it ideal for camping. Charge time I got around 4 hours which is pretty good.

All in all this is a pretty good speaker which serves a fair few purposes. Definitely worth checking out.

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Manufacture Description

Specification:
Bluetooth 3.0
Playback time: 4-6 hours
Charging time: 3 hours
Battery: 3.7V/500 MAH
Connection range: up to 30 feet
Frequency Response: 120Hz-22 KHz

1. Great for Outdoors and Shower
The silicone cases and interface design ensure Shockproof, Dustproof Waterproof, level up to IP65, can be used under harsh environment (such as, outdoor and shower)

2. Enjoy Crystal Clear Sound
Support A2DP and it’s 5W speaker, so give you much better quality stereo experience (Just as the picture show that most of the popular Waterproof speaker just have 3W speaker)
3. Free Your Hands
No matter enjoy bathroom or outdoors time, the double built-in MIC and hands-free function can let you enjoy wonderful music without the hassle of long cable and set free your hand from answering a call

4. Impressive & Friendly Design
-Detachable suction and Aluminum alloy metal hook offer you convenience to hang and attach it to anywhere you want.
-After 15 minutes without any operation since you powered on, the product will shut down automatically.

5. For Every Place, For Every Devices.
-You can use this item at home, office, car, outdoors etc.
-It supports any Bluetooth-enabled devices such as iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy/Note/tablet, HTC and so on), PDA, tablet PC, iPad, Mac Air, MP3 players, PCs, laptops, etc.

What is included:
1xMini Speaker
1x Camping Snap Hook
1x USB charge cable 50cm
1x Suction cup
1x User Manual

 

Review: GoTron Water Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Shower Speaker

Review

This is a nice little compact speaker that also packs a good bit of sound. It’s nothing mind blowing, but it’s perfect if you’re the kind of person who enjoys a bit of music or radio in the shower. It also handles calls, so if you’re always on the phone you won’t need to worry about water damaging your phone! Pretty handy, although the noise of the shower could be a little off putting to the person on the other end of the line.

Design wise this is a nice speaker. It’s pretty minimal, small, and feels durable enough that if it fell it wouldn’t just smash. On the top you have all the controls you need to switch tracks, change volume, or handle calls. The charger isn’t microUSB which is a bit of a shame as it means if the included charger is lost or broken then you’ll be a little stuck. I also found that the suction cup on the back wasn’t the most reliable and the speaker would often slide down the shower.

For the price you can’t go wrong. It’s a nice bit of kit and does as advertised. A worthwhile purchase if you just want something that you can listen to when in the shower.

Manufacture Description

Sing Like Never Before
For those that like to sing a cappella in the shower, now you can invite the whole band. The Bluetooth Shower Speaker is a wireless speaker with superior audio playback. Easy pairing means it’s simple to connect to a wide range of Bluetooth audio devices. With a water resistant casing and extra strong suction cap, this speaker can be enjoyed in the shower, bathtub, beach, or boat.

No More Call Waiting
For those that double their phone as a music player, the speaker won’t stop you from answering calls. Rather than drown out a ringing phone, you will be greeted with an incoming call announcement. If you’re relaxing in the bath or had a dip in the pool and are too wet to answer, the built in microphone allows you to chat without getting your phone wet.

Water Resistant
While commonly used in wet areas, you will find that the silica suction cap can stick to almost any flat surface – wet or dry. As a water resistant speaker with an IPx4 rating, it is protected from small amounts of splashing water. Try it next time you’re in the shower or take it with you on your next fishing trip.

Connect and Enjoy
No wires, cables, installations, or a bulky unit, the Bluetooth Shower Speaker is small, wireless, and ready to go. Hit the pairing button and instantly connect to a wide range of Bluetooth enabled devices like smartphones, tablets, MP3’s and MP4’s. Wireless music is just a tap away.

Package Listing
1 x SEGURO Bluetooth Shower Speaker
1 x USB to DC Charging Cable
1 x User Guide

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Review: THL T7 Smartphone 4800mAh Powerful 4G

Introduction

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I was offered this phone to review, given it’s price tag and specifications, it seemed a little odd. From what was advertised, it seemed to pack in a lot for such a low cost. The question is, does it match what is on offer?

Manufactures Description

  • 4800mAh POWERFUL BATTERY: It is a big challenge for techniques and technology to have 4800mAh big battery in only 9.1mm thinness phone, but we finally achieved both in THL T7
  • FASTER 4G LTE NETWORK: Provide fast web connection for downloading apps, streaming content and staying connected with social media
  • EFFECTIVE UNLOCKING METHOD: The fingerprint technology has 360 degree accuracy, which means that the user doesn’t have to bother about what position the finger should have when it touches the sensor. Gently press your finger on the sensor and your fingerprint will activate the phone and unlock it. Up to 5 fingerprints can be saved. Supports unlocking of homescreen.
  • 5.5” HD IPS SCREEN: The 5.5” HD screen with IPS material has excellent color reversal conversion performance, so not matter from which angle viewing, you can enjoy the bright,saturated, nature screen

Pro’s

  • Well designed
  • Premium feel
  • Good quality screen
  • Snappy response

Con’s

  • Made for lefties?
  • Average camera

Design

So let’s talk about the design and build quality first. The first thing that struck me about the THL T7 was the size. It’s a nice big screen, but there isn’t too much wasted space. The screen is extremely close to the edges, and the top and bottom of the device aren’t overly large. This has enabled them to keep the phone from becoming too big, but it is still worth noting, this is a big phone, it is a 5.5 inch display after all.

The build quality is much better than expected, and when compared to other devices in this price bracket it’s top class. The phone has a solid feeling metal frame that looks and feels great. On the back you’ll find a plastic casing which feels metallic at first touch, the camera at the top with a flash, and the finger print sensor just beneath, and finally a small speaker grill on the bottom of the rear casing.

There is a dual sim set up for those who need it, but if you don’t need multiple sims, then the second sim slot doubles up as a MicroSD slot. This is great for users who want more memory.

The only thing that I found a bit odd is that the lock/power key is on the left of the phone. It’s not a huge issue, but it definitely feels like a phone built for lefties.

Functionality

The phone is a speedy little beast. I found pretty much all apps loaded quickly and that switching between menu’s was seamless. The hardware inside of this phone really handles everything, giving a smooth experience throughout.

It’s also worth noting that there was a software update available straight out of the box, so once you’ve got the phone connected to the internet you might want to do this.

One thing that really let the phone down, especially how good it is in pretty much every area, was the camera. Capturing photos is extremely slow, so slow in fact that I could never get anything more than a blurred shot of something that moved. Even taking a completely still photo gave average results, which is a real shame given the camera specs. I’m not really sure what it is that causes the lower quality, software or hardware, but no matter what I did with the settings, photo quality was average at best.

On the plus side, the video quality I captured was good. I managed to get some good looking video which made up for the lacking camera quality when it came to stills.

Battery life on this is good. The phone packs in a large battery, but given the screen size and spec, it needs it. From what I found, I got between 4-5 hours of screen on time out of the phone which was easily enough to last a full day. This included checking emails, surfing the web, using whatsapp, keeping my Twitter account updated, and a few calls.

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Conclusion

So, the real question is, should you consider this phone? The short answer is yes. For the price you can’t go wrong. It’s powerful and has a great looking screen with awesome build quality. Yes, the camera is a little lacking, but for the price it’s not actually bad, just not what I was hoping for considering how good everything else is on this device.

It’s a very reasonable price for a pretty great bit of kit. Definitely worth checking out!

Review: Lecxci AC Universal World Travel Adaptor with 2 USB Ports

Review

Ok, so where to start with this product? It’s the perfect companion for so many purposes. If you have multiple gadgets, then you’ve got two USB’s, and you also still retain a plug! I took mine away with me for work, and the hotel had a limited amount of plugs. With this I was able to plug my iPhone and Apple watch in via the two USB ports, and also plug my tablets mains adapter directly into the unit. All of my devices charged without any issues.
Next up, you’ve got the car charging adapter so you can use this while in the car. Again, this gives you multiple ways to charge different devices, and is very welcome if you’re on the road a lot.

If you’re traveling to different countries then you’ve also got multiple plug pins built in. Just chose which one you’re going to need, push the small slider on either side of the device and bam, you’re ready to plug in and go. This is so handy as it means you won’t need multiple chargers or pieces. It’s all just in one unit!

The unit itself feels durable and well made, and considering how many parts are inside, it feels very solid.

I really can’t praise this thing highly enough, it really is an awesome bit of kit. If you’re traveling around a lot, needing multiple sources to charge your gadgets, then look no further!

Features

  • Advantages: Travel adapter with US Standard, Australia Standard, Europe Standard, UK Standard and car charger, a good choice for your travel.
  • Solve all major problems of universal travel adapter. Compactness, Smaller Size, More powerful compatibility and security, simpler operation and user-friendly design.
  • Lightweight and compact design. Combo of power strip and USB charger, reducing mess and clutter caused by too many chargers and devices, slim and lightweight, convenient design for home, office and travel, It is your ideal solution for travel power supply.
  • Compatibility: 110V or 220-240v / 1500w (Max) Work in: USA, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Australian, New Zealand, Argentina, Hong Kong, UK, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Maldives, Qatar, Germany, France, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Spain, Sweden, Republic of Korea and so on. Compatible with South Africa Standard products, but NOT work in such as: South Africa, some area of India, Russia.

Review: Avantek iPad Pro Bluetooth Keyboard

Features

  • Connects perfectly to your iPad Pro via the Bluetooth 3.0 technology; super-thin (only 8mm) and lightweight for easy portability during travel
  • Standard Mac keyboard layout with larger keys for a more relaxed typing experience
  • Unique slot-in hinge securely attaches your iPad Pro in place; just clip it on and you’re ready to use
  • 130-degree adjustable tilting angle allows for a more comfortable viewing experience
  • Built-in magnets for auto wake-up and sleep; instantly wake up your iPad Pro when you open it and your iPad Pro goes into the sleep mode when you close it

Review

This case is very nice, adding some real functionality to the iPad Pro. The keyboard is a great size, and the keys feel fantastic to use, with a good level of response. They felt well spaced, with no cramping unlike other tablet keyboards I’ve used in the past.

The only thing that would have made the laptop experience feel better is if this had a trackpad and Apple finally supported a mouse in iOS. Why they don’t is beyond me. I get that they want people to interact with the touch screen, but when we have a device this size it could really benefit from mouse input! Oh well, maybe in the future?

The keyboard case feels robust, and has a good amount of weight to it which helps to balance the iPad Pro. I was able to use this comfortably on my lap without it constantly falling over.

The hinge has rubber lining on the inside of it to clamp the iPad in place. At first it felt a little tight getting the iPad into place, but it also meant it didn’t budge when slotted in. This is handy as I was able to lift the iPad and keyboard without it ever slipping out. The rubber is also handy as it will prevent the edges of the iPad from getting marked by metal.

When closed, the entire thing fits snuggly, with the entire screen protected.

This case really helps to convert the iPad Pro into a mini laptop at a fraction of the cost of the Apple keyboard. Granted, it’s not quite as easy to switch into tablet mode, but I’m sure once the rubber loosens a little that will become quicker. I’m really impressed by this!

Review: Amcrest HDSeries 720P WiFi Security Camera

Features

  • Stunning Full HD 720PVideo at 30fps. Record and Playback via local microSD Card, Amcrest or ONVIF NVR, FTP Upload, and Blue Iris. Amcrest Cloud Video Recording Service Available
  • Quick WiFi Setup via iPhone or Android Smartphone using the Amcrest View App (Included). Seamlessly Stream Video and Two Way Audio Directly to Your Smartphone, Tablet, Apple Mac or Windows PC
  • Remarkable Field of View with Super Wide 85 degree Viewing Angle, Remote Pan/Tilt, Intelligent Digital Zoom, and IR LED Night Vision Up to 32 feet.
  • Stay in Touch with Two Way Talk, Intelligent Motion Alerts, Email Alerts/Snapshots as well as Mobile and Web Apps (Safari, Firefox, IE Supported – Chrome Supported on Amcrest Cloud).
  • Features Sony image sensor and Ambarella processor. All cameras CE and FCC certified with UL compliant, 10-foot power supplies. Full 1-Year UK Warranty and Lifetime Support Provided Directly from Amcrest.

Review

This is a lovely, compact, and smart looking security camera. It’s a good blend of neutral colours, and won’t look out of place in most households.

Setting up the camera is pretty easy. Once you’ve downloaded the app to your smartphone or web apps through your internet browser, then you’re pretty much ready to go. The features that I found really handy were the email alerts which were easy to set up. If the camera detected anything, then I got an alert on my phone via email, clicked the app, and then I could check out what the camera was able to see.

Quality of the video and audio is surprisingly good and the wide angle lens is a great feature as it means you won’t have to move the camera too much in order to see what’s going on at your premises. Granted, you can control the camera wirelessly, but the field of view is good enough to not really need this feature. Throw in the night vision then you’ve got the perfect combination of viewing features. Viewing in low light and dark situations is surprisingly good and the quality of the picture is more than viewable.

You have the option to talk through the camera using the built in mic and speaker. This is great for warning anyone who has broken in that you have alerted the authorities, but its handy for listening for intruders. Also, if like myself you have animals that you want to check in on you can give them a call and watch them come running!

This is a good quality camera and comes in at a reasonable price. It looks great, but it has all the functionality that you could possibly need.

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Review: Apple Watch Band with Protect Case(42MM), Bandmax Women/Men Black Gun Plated Strap

I have the Apple Watch Sports Edition, and it looks great already, but I was pretty excited about adding different bands to the device. The first that I got to try is this one, and all I can say is wow. It changes the watch completely, transforming it into something exceptionally smart looking.

When I popped open the package, I was taken aback by how well presented the entire package is. It comes in a luxurious looking box which is padded inside to keep the band protected. Included, you’ll receive the band, a new surround for your Apple Watch, and a cleaning cloth. Everything is wrapped up to prevent it from scratching.

Once I took the band out I found it very easy to fit, and best of all, the connectors are perfectly sized for the Apple Watch. My main concern was that with this not being made by Apple it would be a slightly wrong fit, but I was wrong with that assumption. Now, I have tiny little wrists so I needed to change the size. Surprisingly this is very easy. There are small buttons within the links, press your nail into the space just above each button and tug the lower link and it will pop out of place, then reconnect the rest of the band. It’s as simple as that, no tools required.

The band looks absolutely gorgeous. It’s smooth and well made and really adds to the overall look of the Apple Watch. I was concerned that the bottom connector for removing the watch band would be too long, but it fits nicely over the bottom of my wrist.

As mentioned above, you also get a metal casing for the surround of the watch. This is pretty handy if you want to either change the colour of your watch, or just add a little more protection.

Is the watch band worth the asking price? Well, compare it to what Apple are charging and yes it is. It is well made, a perfect fit, beautifully presented, and really transforms the Apple Watch into something a little smarter. I’d definitely recommend this product.

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Review: 1byone Apple Watch Charging Stand

It might seem a little odd to have a charging stand for my phone and watch, but when I also noticed the additional USB ports I jumped at the chance to review this product. The stand feels good quality and is relatively light weight. It’s a pretty plain design, glossy metal with the 1 by one logo on the front. On the back there are 2 USB ports for charging additional items and a power in slot.

Getting the Apple Watch charging pad attached is really easy. There’s a slot underneath the stand that opens with a USB port inside. Plug in the cable, loop it around the four prongs and attach the pad in place at the top of the stand. There’s plenty of cable management on this thing so you don’t have to worry about the cable hanging loose and looking out of place.

The iPhone charging section is great. There’s a pad against the stand so you don’t have to worry about scratching your device, but most importantly the stand on which the lightning charger is mounted is flexible, moving back and forth. This is great, meaning if you knock your phone it will just rock forwards rather than risking the lightning port snapping!

Everything looks great and this stand helps me to keep my cabling in order and organised. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who has an iPhone and Apple Watch!

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Review: Fifine Bluetooth Speaker A9

I’m not really sure what I was expecting from this speaker, but at this price point I was not expecting this! Normally around this price you get something small, that distorts at louder volumes and doesn’t have much range, so imagine my surprise when I unboxed this beasty!

The design is pretty plain, but it feels premium and well built. There’s a good bit of weight behind it and everything about it just felt good. Powering on and pairing is an absolute breeze and I was connected within seconds of hitting that power switch.

As soon as I started playing music I was pretty blown away by the quality. Although it is a little lacking in bass the louder you go, the range was fantastic, even at full volume. It easily fills a decent sized room and it doesn’t distort at louder volumes. Compared to anything else I’ve been sent, even higher priced speakers, this is the king! The sound quality is just awesome.

The ports on the back are all welcome ones. We have a memory card slot, aux in, and USB. Basically this covers every form of connection you could require. On the front there is a microphone button that allows you to handle calls through the speaker, and on top we have the usual play, pause, fast forward, rewind, and volume up and down.

The speaker is shown with the little leather strap handle. For those who aren’t a fan you can easily remove this by unscrewing the bolts on the side. It’s really easy to do and allows for that little bit of customisation.

Seriously, for this price the speaker is just superb. I’d definitely recommend this as you won’t find better unless you slash a fair bit more cash!

Review: Garmin Vivosmart HR

Pro’s
• Great design
• Fantastic battery life
• Always on display doesn’t drain the battery
• Waterproof
• Comfortable to wear

Con’s
• Unpredictable software
• Poor stair counting accuracy
• Limited insights into stats

Introduction

I’ve been using the Garmin Vivosmart HR for a couple of months now, and all in all I’m left with mixed opinions. The design and hardware are pretty much unbeatable at this price point, it’s a great design, comfortable to wear, and includes almost everything you could need. It’s just a shame that the software side of things is a polar opposite.

Hardware

As mentioned above, the hardware is great. It’s a very comfortable fitness band to wear, lightweight and relatively compact. The screen is always on, which means it can quite easily double up as your main watch, and the touch function works very well, letting users glance at their stats on the fly.

Double up with the fact that this thing is waterproof, rather than water resistant, then you’ve got yourself a winner. I really cannot, fault the hardware here, it’s the best I’ve used at this price point. The only thing it lacks is GPS, but really I can’t complain.

Despite having an always on display and 24-hour heart rate monitor, I consistently got between 5 and 7 days of battery life which is the most I’ve had from any fitness band or smart watch. This is a huge advantage as it meant my band just kept on going.

The sensors on the Vivosmart all seem reliable. My steps were always counted and my heart rate matched what I expected, averaging out to what I recorded on other devices. The only thing that seemed completely off was stairs! The VIvosmart very rarely records stairs climbed which is really disappointing.

Software

Now here’s where the whole package comes undone. The application you can download to your phone is just downright unreliable. For some reason the entire thing relies on having access to Garmin’s servers, server which spend a lot of time not working. I’ve gone days at a a time with Garmin’s servers being down, which meant I couldn’t sync my watch up with the app and view my stats. This is a huge let down.

Apart from it’s unreliability the app and dashboard is pretty lacking. It’s very pretty and well designed, clearly focusing on touch input, but it doesn’t really do much with your stats. They just kind of sit there and let you figure out what it all means. Coming from the Microsoft band, this is a huge letdown. Microsoft Health shows off where you are performing vs others in your age and fitness bracket, giving you advice on how to improve certain statistics, Garmin however does nothing like this.

It’s not all doom and gloom with their software. As mentioned, it looks good and is easy to interact with. Also I love how it sets you goals depending on your current performance, keeping them realistic. If you’re struggling to hit 10k steps every day, the software will adjust your goal and gradually build up to something, keeping it achievable for the user. You can also override this and set your own objectives.

Conclusion

As I mentioned at the start, this is a real mixed bag. The hardware is amazing, and I found myself wishing that I could link this up with either Microsoft Health or the Fitbit app. Both company’s have interfaces and software that absolutely destroy Garmin’s, and that’s a real shame as Garmin has fantastic hardware in this product.

The sheer fact that Garmin’s servers seem unreliable is a clear indicator that they shouldn’t go for a cloud based approach, but they have, and that means there’s a huge risk your device will spend time offline. As I mentioned, there were more than a few occasions where my device spent three days at a time no longer working with the software due to this issue.

Would I recommend it? Yes, if the software worked properly, but it doesn’t, so I’d really recommend you look at something else. There are better packages out there for you. I myself have chosen to go for the Fitbit Charge HR, and so far I’m loving it!

Review: Powerlead Cipo PLI006 IP Wireless Security Camera

I’ve tried out a few wireless cameras now, but this one is my favourite. It might sound like an odd thing to like, but I was really impressed by how well this stands up. It is well built and robust, with a really good base which helps keep the thing standing. I have two cats, and the previous camera I used was always knocked over by them, this however stayed standing at all times. Also, on the bottom of the base there’s a screw hole so you can attach it to the provided wall mount, or tripod (not provided)

The device looks pretty stylish and is easy to set up. You can view the video feed from an application on your smartphone or directly from your PC or laptop. The two way microphone works well, I had an awful lot of fun confusing the cats with this. It would certainly make an intruder think twice about continuing their robbery when you start speaking to them through the speaker!

The video quality is fantastic, and the addition of a night mode comes in very handy, meaning that this thing will come in handy no matter the situation.

For the price, you can’t go wrong. As mentioned, the base and durability alone had me sold, but how well it works is pretty great. This will definitely be taking place as my new camera of choice!

Review: Bluetooth Transmitter, Syllable E3 A2DP

Ok, this is one of those devices that you don’t realise you need until you have it. When I was offered it for review I thought I’d give it a go, but I didn’t really know how I’d use it. To be honest, I expected the box to be large, but it’s absolutely tiny and also has a built in battery, making it portable.

The biggest use I’ve found for mine is pairing up my Nintendo 2DS with a pair of bluetooth headphones. It works perfectly. Literally plug it into the headphone jack on the 2DS, fire up your bluetooth headphones and start playing. It really is simple.

I wondered how hard it would be to pair this device with bluetooth headphones but found it to be extremely simple. All you need to do is turn it on and then turn your headphones on. One thing to consider is you must make sure your headphones aren’t paired with anything else otherwise the device will not pair up.

This is an awesome little device, well made, compact, and portable. The audio is clear and lag free, and I’m already surprised by how much I’ve used it. A very handy little gadget indeed!

Funko Pop Unboxing: Snow White and Prince Charming 269 and 270

Join me as I pop open the Charmings (no pun intended) from Once Upon A Time.

Snow White and Prince Charming in Funko Pop form have joined my collection. Take a closer look.

As always, if there’s anything you want me to unbox then let me know!

Funko Pop Unboxing: Rumplestiltskin Once Upon a Time 271

Join me as a unbox Rumplestiltskin from Once Upon a Time!

I’ve just gotten the entire collection, so stay tuned for the rest of the cast. If there are any particular Funko Pop’s you’d like to see me unbox, just comment below.

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Review: Cover-Up #WoodBack Real Wood Skin for MacBook Pro 13″ Retina

Normally I don’t do skins. Not for phones, tablets, and definitely not my Macbook Pro. However, when I was offered the chance to review this one I decided to give it a try. The idea looked interesting.

The first thing that struck me was just how high quality this skin felt. I was expecting some kind of wood affect, or wood patter, but what I actually got was a real piece of wood! This thing feels really, really nice! It doesn’t just add style, but it adds a pretty thick layer to the lid of your mac which will help prevent scratching and damage.

I was expecting that something like this would really look pretty terrible and cheap when applied, but I couldn’t have been any more wrong. The skin fits perfectly, with small cuts that allow the skin to flex around the corners. The skin adds a look that leaves the macbook looking absolutely stunning.

The wood itself feels very smooth, while at the same time still offers enough grip that the macbook won’t slip from your hand.

Fitting the skin is extremely easy. First up, line it up and make sure it fits with your macbook’s lid, then, peal off the adhesive strip and place it on the mac. Once you’re satisfied with its position, give it a good rub and make sure it’s stuck in place. I had my skin fitted in under a minute and it looks great.

As I’ve said above, I didn’t expect much from this, but I’m glad I decided to give it a go. It really adds a new and unique look to my Macbook and is well worth the price.