Review: AUKEY Laptop Cooling 12″-17″ Pad Laptop Cooler

Review:

This is a great quality and well designed cooling pad. The thing is pretty big, and offers plenty of room for most laptops, even larger gaming laptops. Despite its relatively large size, it isn’t cumbersome and it still maintains some pretty good looks.

On the bottom you’ve got adjustable feet so you can angle this on a desk with issue or have it sat comfortably on your lap instead. On the top, you’ve got rubber grips which are really handy as they help your laptop to grip the surface. This is especially handy if you have the cooling pad angled, as it grips well even when typing and gaming.

The whole thing is powered via USB, so theres no need to plug it into an external power source. Throughout my time using this I found that it kept my device cool, even under heavy load.

Highly recommended!

Manufactures Description:

  • LIGHT WEIGHT: Slim and portable adapter for 12-17 inch laptop and notebook with easy carry, no matter where you go.
  • COMPATIBILITY AND DURABLE: AUKEY cooling pad supports various laptop sizes from 12inch to 17 inch. Full metal mesh provides a stable surface with anti-slip rubber feet.
  • SUPERIOR COOLING: 3 x 110mm silent fans at 1100 RPM to pull in cool air into your laptop, make your computer cool quickly. Two adjustment height settings allow you to set your laptop in the best viewing angle.
  • EXTRA USB PORTS: Built-in dual USB 2.0 ports allow for connecting additional USB device.
  • PACKAGE CONTENT: AUKEY Cooling Pad, 1 x USB Cable, 24 months Worry-free warranty and friendly customer service.

Check it out here: Amazon UK

 

Review: DBPOWER DPI Gaming Mouse, LED Optical 7 Buttons USB Wired Game Mice

Manufacture Description

  • USB plug and play, 7 buttons with 3D anti-skid scroll wheel. 1.6m braided cable with anti magnetic interference, strong stability.
  • 4 Mode Adjustable DPI Switch 800/1200/1600/2400, 5050 IC. 7 buttons design with DPI button and forward/backward button, quickly set the role of skills in your game.
  • Ergonomically designed, large non-slip wheel, rubber and dents design surface, perfect fit and more comfortable for gaming. Built-in memory storage chip if you have used in your device.
  • Built-in LED system, green / blue / red / purple 4 colors lights, gaming experience more immersive at night in a dark environment.
  • This gaming mouse helps you to control the mouse’s speed and sensitivity to break the new record. We provide 24 months warranty and 30 days refund or replacement service.

Review

For a cheap mouse, this is surprisingly nice. It’s fast and responsive, and oddly comfortable to use. My first thought was that it was too big, but after a little bit of use I found that to be a massive benefit, allowing for me to have a more relaxed gaming session.

Due to it’s size, it benefits massively from longer mouse buttons on both the left and right click. This is handy as you can pretty much click with any part of your finger, giving you a faster response time, but more importantly, you don’t have to grip it in a claw like hold.

I like the positioning of the extra buttons, which again sit nicely within a quick press. Granted, it doesn’t have many buttons, but the ones that it does have are all within easy reach and again allow for a more relaxed grip. It also has dedicated buttons to allow users to change the mouse sensitivity on the fly which comes in very handy for FPS games.

The cord is very well made and feels more durable than any other mouse cord I’ve had before. It’s braided and certainly feels like it will last a long time!

So, it doesn’t have a huge array of buttons and does lack some features of top end gaming mice, but for this price it’s pretty much unbeatable! It’s the ideal gaming mouse for someone new to PC gaming or who is just after throwing together a cheaper gaming set up.

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: 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: 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.