Review: 1byone® Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard

I was sent this product to offer an unbiased review and I was pretty excited to see how this keyboard and trackpad combination performed. I’ve been keeping my eye out for this sort of product for a little while now to combine with my Nvidia Shield Tablet so naturally I jumped at the opportunity to review this product. So, did it live up to what I was hoping for?

The Good

  • Stylish and slim
  • Keys feel good with no skipped presses
  • Micro USB charging
  • Good battery
  • Function keys for Android and Windows
The Bad
  • No grip for the bottom
  • A little too slim, flexes when typing
  • Trackpad sometimes stops working for a few seconds

The keyboard is very easy to pair with your device, literally hold the function key and the C key and then search for the keyboard in the bluetooth settings on the device you wish to pair with. Within only a couple of minutes of unwrapping the keyboard I was paired and ready to play.

It’s comfortable to use, with keys that feel great to type on. They offer a good click and are adequately spaced unlike some portable keyboards that have a plushy and cramped feel to them. My only criticism of typing on this product is that due to the keyboard being so slim it does seem to flex a little when in use.

Moving onto the trackpad is a slightly mixed bag. On the one hand it works straight off the bat with Android and offers something closer to a laptop experience on your tablet. The trackpad is large enough to use for browsing, but it does feel a little cramped, but I suppose that’s to be expected. The one thing that really let the mouse side of things down was its tendency to either lag or just disappear entirely for a few seconds. However, it performed well enough that I didn’t need to carry a portable mouse around with me.

The design of the device is great. It’s slim, lightweight, and the keys fill up pretty much all the space on the device, giving the user a great typing experience. However, the biggest flaw with this product is in the design. It has four rubber nubs on the top, obviously to help protect your tablet screen if its faced down while in your bag, however it doesn’t have the same nubs on the bottom. It does have four, very tiny and recessed slivers of rubber in each corner on the bottom.

The issue with this design flaw… Well if you type on a smooth surface it causes the keyboard to go sliding all over the place. In the end I had to seek out some form of rubber to stick on the bottom of it because out of the because the keyboard was just too slippery to use on a smooth surface. It’ not the end of the world, but it does require some additions in order to be usable.

So in conclusion this is a pretty good keyboard, especially at the price range. Are there better keyboards out there? Of course there are, but you’ll be paying extra for that. If you’re after something to combine with your tablet for some on the go use without paying a premium then this is going to cover everything you need.

Yes it has its flaws, but for the price being asked you can’t go wrong.

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Review: TaoTronics® Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Stereo Headset Earphone

The TaoTronics Bluetooth headphones are pretty impressive, especially when you consider the relatively low price. I used mine while on the rowing machine and also jogging and found that they stayed in my ears despite the movement. They are very small and compact and the wire isn’t long which really helps to prevent them from getting tangled.

When i first opened the headphones up I was dubious of the design. They are small and the only thing in place to keep them in your ears is a small rubber hook that fastens snuggly inside of your earlobe. My first impression was that they would slip out of my ears the moment I started to do anything, leaving me wishing that there was a clip to go around my ears, however, as mentioned above, they never slipped out of place during exercise.

The other thing that left me dubious at first was the small rectangular control box on the right earphone. It has volume controls, play and pause controls, microphone, and also a charging port. At first I thought the box would add too much weight to the right earphone, causing it to pop out of my ear, but somehow it remained fixed in place.

They are small, compact, and stylish, never slipping out of place making them very well designed for sports and exercise. The question is how do they sound?

Well the quality is pretty good, beating my Apple earpods which will hopefully give you some idea of the quality. At their loudest volume the earphones didn’t lose quality and my only complaint is that the bass isn’t great. However both music and voice quality is spot on and I really can’t complain.

Would I recommend these headphones? Definitely! For anyone who is after light weight and compact sports headphones that also offer good sound quality these are worth checking out. Despite my first impressions and fears, these headphones performed beyond my expectations which was a pleasant surprise.

Please note I was sent this product to test and offer an unbiased review.

 

 

Review: Soundpeats Qy7 Mini Lightweight Bluetooth Headphones

When I popped these headphones open the first thought that entered my mind was ‘How on earth will these stay in my ears?’ Well I’m not sure how, but they do stay in. They look stylish and are pretty lightweight. Normally I prefer to wear something that has a clip to go over my ear rather than headphones such as these which seem supported by nothing. However these are comfortable to wear and stay in my ears, they never slipped out and the cable attaching the two buds together never gets in the way.

On the headphones you’ll find a small micro usb port, volume up and down controls and also a power button. All of these ports and buttons are stylishly presented with nothing sticking out. At first they look like they will stick out of your ears, but to be fair they nestle in quite nicely (check out my attached picture)

Pairing these headphones is fast and easy. Once paired up with your device they will automatically connect once you turn the headphones on, making it fast and efficient.

The sound quality is fantastic for the price. The only time they skipped was during my more active periods such as running or cycling, but to be fair this was very rare. The headphones also cut out background noise and do a very good job of this. I’ve been using the EarPods that come with Apple devices and these headphones exceed the quality offered by Apples headphones by quite a margin, giving you a good indication to compare against.

If you’re after some lightweight and sporty headphones then these are definitely worth investing in, especially if you’re on a budget.

 

Omaker Brilliant 10000mAh

This is a great portable battery, offering plenty of backup charge. There’s plenty of juice for all of your gadgets and the two USB ports really help this battery to stand out a little from the competition, offering the ability to charge multiple gadgets on the go.

I used this with my iPad and iPhone and had no issues at all charging either. The charge times were fantastic, offering a very speedy recharge time.

There’s a handy wave like LED battery indicator that shows off how much charge is left in the battery, helping to prevent you from getting caught out. The micro USB port for charging the battery is a welcome addition meaning that you won’t need to seek out different cables.

Now for a bit of an odd feature that I never expected to find on a portable battery is the torch. It’s not on the top of my ‘must have’ features, but I must admit it comes in handy for those odd occasions and it is a very bright torch.

The device itself is relatively light weight and feels nice to hold. It has a matte finish, helping to prevent finger prints and also stopping it from sliding out of your grip.

All in all this is a fantastic portable battery. The two USB ports and the torch help it to stand out and when combined with the large capacity you can’t really go wrong!

Please note I was sent this product to test and offer an unbiased review on.

 

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iPhone 5S Battery Case Review

Normally battery cases like this are relatively large and bulky but to be honest this case doesn’t add a huge amount. Granted, it is thicker and longer, but compared to others I’ve used this is on the smaller size.

The build quality is good, sturdy and well put together. It comes with two plastic surrounds, a smokey brown and a clear plastic. These clip around the iphone, holding it in place and protecting the surround. It feels secure and the case hasn’t come apart once since using it, which is extremely positive. It’s a little fiddley taking the case apart, but you know that means it is nice and secure. One added little thing is that this case redirects your speakers so they are front facing, absolutely amazing for media and also for conference calls on loudspeaker!

The one thing that feels like a let down regarding the quality is the kickstand. It’s a great addition and comes in handy, but on the flip side it is very thin and I can imagine it will quite easily snap off after a knock.

The battery charging, probably the main reason you’re looking at this product, is fantastic. It offered me another two charges which was fantastic. One thing I tested was whether or not this case could charge my phone from flat and I’m happy to say that it could. Other cases I’ve used have failed to do this, so I’m more than happy with this feature. Also the added fact that I no longer need to carry a lightning cable around as this case acts as a Micro USB adapter is a massive win!

At first glance I was concerned that a lot of head phones would not be compatible with this case, but after looking through the box I found the supplied headphone adapter which will help resolve that issue. Everything you need comes provided which is a bonus.

So is it worth the cost? Yes, definitely. It’s well built, solid and offers the power user everything they could need. If you’re looking for a case with built in battery then look no further!

 

 

 

Aukey Portable Battery Review

This is a product that is not only extremely handy to own, but it also looks fantastic! The first thing that struck me after receiving my package was how nicely this device is presented. The packaging and box is like something you’d expect from Apple, sleek and well put together. You get to open it all up, slowly getting to the product itself.

It comes with a nice little case that is a good fit for the device itself, which also has a small pouch on the front to store the very flexible USB cable that comes included.

The device charges from Micro USB, so it’s universal with no need to carry around a spare charger for your device. Oddly with other portable chargers I’ve used in the past they have had chargers such as Mini USB or their own, which becomes a bit of a hindrance. This device however does not suffer from that issue.

The device has a standard USB port for charging your devices and charges your gadgets very quickly. I used it with my iPad Air and my android devices. For my phones I was able to get 3-4 charges and my iPad got a single charge. There was no slow down in charging which is fantastic and this comes in very handy for on the go charging,

The charger is sleek, its rubberised finish almost perfect as it doesn’t slide everywhere and also allows for you to put your phone on top without it sliding off. That might sound like an odd plus point but the charger is almost the perfect size to rest my phone on, so it was nice knowing that if I accidentally knocked my phone it would go sliding away.

The cable that is included is a nice touch as it is very flexible. It’s not like the ones you get included with your gadgets which makes storage easy but also using your device while it is on charge is exceptionally easy.

The small LED lights display how much juice is left in your charger, helping to prevent you getting caught unaware, avoiding times when you might run completely out. This is extremely handy.

Compared to other similar products this is the best I’ve used. It’s functional but absolutely premium. It looks and feels great and the additional case and USB cable really complete the package. For those who are running out of juice on the go, this is an absolute must have!

 

iPad Air Keyboard Case Review

This is a really nice keyboard case, especially for the price. I’m used to using a Belkin, all in one case, which has been fantastic up until recently when it has started to fall apart.

The case itself is very nice, feels great and offers a good level of protection. The lock/unlock function on the case works as advertised which comes in handy. The case feels soft and well made, wrapping around the entire iPad to cover and protect the entire body. All buttons and ports are accessible when the case is closed meaning the user doesn’t have to open the case to use it e.g. charging.

Moving onto the keyboard and I must say I am more than impressed. It’s lightweight and feels solid, the metal casing really adding a premium feel to the device. The keys are slightly smaller than a conventional keyboard but they most certainly aren’t tiny. I found typing on the keyboard to be pleasant and easy to get to grips with. The keyboard has a conventional layout unlike some other iPad keyboards that oddly sacrifice the caps lock and tab keys. The other nice feature is that this keyboard has dedicated functions for all the major operating systems, meaning you can use this with a number of devices, not just your iPad.

So to sum up this is a fantastic buy, especially for the price. Normally in this range you get an average product, but both the case and keyboard feel premium and work fantastically. The only issue I found with the entire package was the magnet that fastens the keyboard to the case when close is not very strong meaning that the keyboard will normally come loose in my bag. Not a massive issue, but slightly annoying.

With a number of styles to select and a fantastic product for the price, this is definitely worth the investment.