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!

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.

Review: KVAGO for iPad Air 2 Case with Keyboard

This is a very neat and compact keyboard case that transforms your iPad Air 2 into a mini Macbook. I was very impressed with how nice this case was, with a premium feel and fantastic keyboard.

The keys are well spaced and very easy to use, despite this being relatively compact. I was able to type comfortably, and unlike with other bluetooth keyboards, there were no incorrect keypresses or missed keys. The connectivity is strong, and the keyboard kept on going, remaining reliable throughout my usage. The addition of having backlit keys is also very welcome, adding to the overall usability of this keyboard.

The one downside with this case is that it becomes very top heavy. It’s fine when using it on a desk, or when you are seated with your legs completely flat, but if you move slightly, or if you’re in a less than perfect position, the case tends to tip over. I expected this almost straight away, feeling how light the base feels, but it would have been nice if the keyboard could have been a little heavier to help prevent this.

Protection wise, this case feels pretty durable. It offers sturdy protection and I feel this would be a great case to pair up with anyone who needs to be more productive on the go while also protecting their device from damage. I quite happily popped my iPad in my bag with this case on, not needing to worry about the screen.

To sum up, you can’t really beat this case in this price bracket. I’ve used plenty of keyboard cases before, but at this price range you won’t find much better. It’s durable, functional, and the keyboard layout and design is fantastic.

3 Months With Windows Phone 10

Well it’s been 3 months now of using Microsoft’s latest mobile OS in it’s consumer iteration, and I thought I’d post a little on my thoughts. For a few months before the final release I was using an Insider build of the OS on my Lumia 640 which got me really excited about the future of Windows Phone. So how does it measure up to my expectations?

The unfortunate truth is that the current build of Windows Phone feels very much like it did when I used it 6 months ago. It is still a buggy and infuriating mess. This was something I could forgive back in the testing period, but now, when it’s meant to be in the hands of consumers, it needs addressing. The flaws of the OS are huge, with apps continuously crashing and just refusing to work. Since upgrading to my Lumia 950 I’ve found myself relying on a spare Android device for almost everything.

Go to use the camera, resuming, resuming, resuming, crashes. Repeat, crashes. Restart the phone, it works! This is the same for multiple applications, and no amount of software updates have made the OS any more stable.

To make matters worse it seems Microsoft are desperate for feedback. Right now it seems about 25% of the time I use an app I get a message pop up and stop me from using my device that says “Rate this app now!” No matter how many times I say no, Microsoft comes back with a vengeance asking again, and again, and again. Now we aren’t talking random free apps, we are talking about the phone book, the calculator, the damn built-in apps!

I won’t go into my thoughts on the Lumia 950, there’s not enough time in the day to talk about how flawed that device is, but Microsoft seem indifferent to their latest mobile OS. It seems that the current issues have existed for a long time, but they just aren’t getting addressed. Does Microsoft secretly want their mobile arm to die quietly? It seems that way.

What about all the good things though? What about Continuum? That looked awesome! No. It’s ok, but again, we are months in and nothing has changed, there are almost no universal apps outside of Microsoft’s own apps, and the entire experience is a laggy mess. It’s ok to use if you have nothing else at hand, but it’s far from perfect, in fact, it’s far from average. I expected more, but Microsoft seems lost in it’s attempt at getting people to develop for their mobile OS. We did just hear news about them scrapping their own app porting solution in an attempt to push developers towards their newest acquisition. Maybe in the long run this is a good thing, but in the short-term it delays everything again.

It isn’t all bad, and to be fair I’m too close to the situation. I’ve paid a lot of money for my device, and it’s the worst mobile experience I have EVER had. I love the idea of Windows Mobile, but I don’t think Microsoft are committed to the platform any more. Maybe they will surprise me, but I can’t stress this enough. If you’re curious to see what Microsoft’s mobile OS has to matter, turn away, bang your head on a wall, and chose Android or iOS. Window’s Mobile is still a beta OS and nowhere near ready for consumers!

Review: GreeGear Legend G9021 Mobile Gaming Wireless Bluetooth Controller

Getting a controller right tends to be a pretty difficult job, especially when it comes to the low end price point. This device looks great, but the question is does it perform?

Well, I’m happy to say that it works pretty well, especially considering the price. It feels comfortable in the hand, and for anyone who has used an Xbox controller, you’ll feel right at home with this.

Pairing up with my Android was a breeze, and playing games worked great. There was very little set up required, and the controller was working pretty much straight out of the box.

The phone grip is adjustable, and seems to have a pretty flexible range. When it comes to phones I can’t see there being many devices on the market that won’t fit this, including the larger phablets. The grip also feels sturdy, with two rubber pads to hold the phone in place, ensuring it won’t slip out during gaming sessions.

The controller is charged via Micro USB, a cable is kindly supplied with the device. This is pretty handy considering it means you won’t need to carry around multiple cables.

So you might be wondering why the controller lost a star. Well, it feels extremely light weight and the build quality isn’t quite where I’d like it to be. For the most part all the buttons worked well, but the right trigger felt a little loose, pressing in far too easily, especially compared to the left.

Apart from those small niggles regarding the build quality, this is a pretty great controller. You won’t find much better for the price, and for anyone who wants to game on their phone or tablet, this is a great accessory.

Review: DBPOWER Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

I’ve never used a mechanical keyboard before, but I’ve always wanted to try one. I can safely say that this is one of the nicest keyboards I’ve used, with responsive keys which are very easy to navigate.

The device looks a little odd, but at the same time it looks fantastic, especially when the back lights kick in. I can comfortably use the keyboard even in dark situations, which makes late night gaming perfect. The range of different colored lights all flash to light when you first power it on, and it looks amazing.

What this device does lack is a wrist guard and also any extra programmable keys dedicated to gaming. The lack of a wrist guard does make this keyboard a little uncomfortable after prolonged use, but it isn’t unbearable. Another gripe is how loud this thing is, seriously, if you were to use this around other people they will probably snatch it away from you and use it as a weapon. Be warned!

All in all this is a great bit of kit. It’s very easy to type on with great response times. I’ve been using it for writing and also gaming and both situations it works perfectly.

I’d definitely recommend this keyboard, especially if you’re after a mechanical keyboard at a great price!

Review: Crenova 720P HD WIFI Home Surveillance IP Camera

Despite the fact that the instructions were very poorly written, the end result is an awesome wireless camera that I can access anywhere from my smartphone. It is small, compact, and feels very premium. At first glance I thought everything would be cheap plastic, but after unboxing it all, I was surprised to find that most of it is metal. This gives a real premium feel and also adds weight to the device so it won’t fall over all the time (mine survived two cats attacking it)

So, how easy is it to pair? Much easier than the odd instructions make out. Download the app, make sure your phone is connected to the wifi, plug the camera into the mains and make sure it’s near your router, and bam! It’s pretty much done. When you load up the app, there are some easy to follow instructions, much better than the booklet.

Once you’re paired up you can access the cameras video and audio from anywhere you have data. I accessed mine on the network, and also away from home over my mobile network. Both times everything worked fine. I could access the audio and speak through the camera (which is great for confusing my cats)

When accessing the camera you have the option to record video, or take screen shots. These can save directly to your phone, or you can save them to a memory card in the camera. There are also alarm features that work on motion, or voice. Voice comes in very handy for pet owners, as the camera will listen for human voice and alert you if it picks up on this. I don’t have to worry about the cats setting this off unlike with motion. If the alarm is triggered it will email me and I can then log in and view what is going on in the house.

For the price this is just an awesome product. It gives you peace of mind and works fantastically well. It’s also an awful lot of fun!

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Review: Razer Nabu Watch Forged Edition

Well, I couldn’t help myself. I’m getting tired of conventional smart watches and their terrible battery life, so I decided to give the Nabu Watch Forged Edition a try. I’ve only had this watch for a few days now, so this is a review in progress which I shall update as we go.

I’m a massive fan of big watches and I’ve always wished that Casio would bring us a smart G-Shock, which they kind of are, but it’s pricey and not yet available. When I saw Razer’s Nabu Watch my heart skipped a couple of beats, and when I got an email confirming it was now available for purchase I gave in and ordered the Forged Edition.

Now, it’s not a conventional smart watch, but it has smart features. The watch has a normal watch feature, it will last between 12-18 months on a standard battery, but there is also a second screen just below the main display that handles your smart features. The smart features include step counting, sleep tracking, and notifications, pretty much all the things you want.

Look and Feel

The watch itself is a beast. It looks big in the pictures and is no smaller in real life, but it is surprisingly comfortable to wear. A few of my colleagues tried the watch on and commented on how nice it felt to wear. The screens both look good, with the lower smart screen being exceptionally bright and readable despite its smaller size.

The Nabu Watch feels very premium with a rubberized plastic surround, and metal trim and buttons. The one thing it lacks in comparison to the standard edition is the bright Razer green trim. Although that looks pretty nice in the pictures I’m really fond of the metal trim and buttons on the Forged Edition, so it’s a worth while trade off.

Conclusion

That’s it for now. I’ll be updating the review shortly, but after only having a few days with the watch, it’s not quite time yet to sum it all up. I’ll admit, I’m really enjoying this watch so far and I definitely prefer it to standard smart watches, but only time will tell how I feel about it. Check back soon!

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Review: Microsoft HD-500 Dock

One of the big features that we got to see with the newly announced Lumia 950 and 950 XL, was Continuum. After picking up my 950 I tried Continuum using wireless methods, and they worked pretty well, but with noticeable lag. Finally, I managed to get myself a Microsoft dock and took Continuum out for a real test drive.

I’ll admit, the results are ok, but until there are more apps supported, it’s not really worth the investment. The big problem, app support. For anyone who has stuck around with Windows phone, you already know that the platform doesn’t really get much support from developers, so I’m not holding my breath for anything to change with Continuum.

While using my phone on the big screen I found myself continually having to pick up my phone to use an application because it had no support. Continuum doesn’t even try to just scale it to the big screen, it just gives you the option to load on your phone. Granted, the Microsoft apps work amazingly well, Office for example is absolutely fantastic.

When I first started using the dock, I found it laggy, unresponsive, and just awful to use. Edge browser didn’t work, and most of the Microsoft apps were broken. After trying a full restore on my phone, I found that this fixed all of my issues (but it was a pain having to do a restore just to use my phone with a dock!)

So, I’ve said some not so great stuff about the dock, but it does have some great points. The dock itself is beautifully built, with a very premium finish. It’s heavy, so you won’t have to worry about it sliding all over your desk. A big win, it uses USB C to power the dock which means you’re not going to end up with multiple types of cables to carry around.

The experience is ok. The apps that work are fantastic and great to use. When hooked up with a mouse and keyboard Continuum almost fools me into thinking I’m using a full blown version of Windows, but then I click on an app that’s not supported, or try and multi-task, and I’m reminded it’s not even close. At this stage though, this is NOT a PC like experience, it’s a Windows 10 skin on a big screen that lulls the user into thinking it is more than it really is. As of right now you can’t really do that much, and to be honest, you’d be better off getting a cheap Windows tablet that runs a full version of windows and hooking this up to a display.

The overall experience is ok, average, but it’s not what Microsoft are bragging about. To be honest, getting an Android device and HDMI adapter probably works just as well, if not better than what Continuum can currently do, at least all of the apps scale to the large screen, even if they do look a little ugly. For the price, and the fact that you will end up carrying another accessory and more cables, I can’t really find it to recommend this. It’s a good experiment, and if Microsoft can actually get developers on side, then there is huge potential, but given their track record I’m not holding my breath.