marcoscu

marcoscu

marcoscu

subscribers

IREENUO Clip-On Portable Rechargeable Desk Fan

Full Review Below

More Info and Purchase: https://tinyurl.com/y5m32bbj

Blog: https://tinyurl.com/y4jmybwg

Music: YouTube Audio Library: Quincas Moreira: Sabor Moreno

As with several other budget fans I have tested from the same company, do not be put off by the rather chunky looks of this new fan from Reenuo as in fact it is far more hi-tech, versatile and functional than it may seem at first sight.

The fan arrived presented in an attractive mid-market branded product box containing the fan, USB cable, two foam pads, two 18650 rechargeable batteries and a well written but small and hard to read User Guide.

The fan is quite large at 21x14.5x9.5cm but is lightweight for the size. This is due to the use of matt black plastic for almost all the fan assembly which can be looked on as either an advantage or disadvantage according to your needs. The lightweight makes it easy to move and reposition but the plastic construction makes it look and feel rather cheap, as does the rather dated appearance. However, the build quality is excellent and the fan seems robust and well made. The fan is rather large for use on a car dashboard but would be fine on that of a lorry, larger vehicle or desktop. It can also be desk or wall mounted, or even mounted on the side of a pram. With a heavy-duty desk clamp mount that doubles as a stand it can be used self-supporting and is stable and wobble free. There are no fixing slots to allow for wall mounting.

The fan has a single head that can be manually tilted upwards, downwards and side to side as but will not automatically oscillate. There is just one control, a large rotating dial that can be used to determine the fan speed and which can be adjusted to the rate required. The device can be powered either from the two 18650 rechargeable batteries included in the kit or directly from any USB power source using the micro-USB charging port on the side. In fact, it will even work when only one of the two batteries is inserted. A small blue LED lights up when the device is powered on. The fan will operate between six and forty hours on battery power depending on the fan speed selected. A short USB to micro-USB cable is included but no car power adapter is included A set of two foam pads are included which fit into the rear of the fan to allow aromatherapy oils to be diffused from the unit. An added bonus is that the fan can function as an emergency power bank and has a USB outlet port to enable this.

The fan is almost silent in operation on the desktop, is considerably more powerful than I expected and gives a pleasant breeze across the desk when set to lower power. When set to maximum it can be compared to a normal 10" office fan in output with about the same noise level.

This is a versatile, well made and very functional multi-use fan available at the time of writing for just £15.99 from Amazon. For the price, an excellent purchase.

The Good
Good build quality
Stepless Fan Speed
Quiet operation
Great price
Surface/Clip Mounting
Battery/USB Power Options
Aromatherapy oil diffuser option
Powerbank Feature
Replaceable Batteries

The Bad
Plastic Construction
Dated Design
Large Size
No Wall Mounting Option

==============================
Music: YouTube Audio Library: Quincas Moreira: Sabor Moreno

More Info and Purchase: https://tinyurl.com/yxgboywl

Blog: https://tinyurl.com/y3cesb8t

I have tried one or two key safes of this type before but this one has to be the easiest to use and to reprogram. This would be an excellent choice for carers or Airbnb properties.

The idea of this, as with other key safes, is that it can be used by carers or other designated callers to give temporary access to keys or other small items from outside the home without disturbing the occupants. Using the keypad combination number the carer can open the key safe in which the house or room key is stored. They then return the key to the safe after use. The combination lock code can be reset easily if circumstances change.

Inside the plain white box – more attractive packaging would surely help with sales – were the key safe itself and a small but well-written colour User Guide, a scan of which I attach to the end of my unboxing video.

The lock seems robust and well made and capable of withstanding the weather when used outdoors as well as resisting casual attempts to open it by force. It can be secured to the wall by up to five screws but even if the safe was removed from the wall retrieving the contents would be no easy matter.

The device is supplied with the default combination lock number of 0000 and can be opened by raising the small ran flap and pressing the small switch upwards. This allows the centre section of the safe to open to give access to the 9.1cm x 6.4cm x 3.2cm interior storage area which is large enough for several normal sized keys and some credit cards and which also houses the reprogramming mechanism.

Resetting the combination lock number is very simple, far from the fiddly and complex method on some rival units. Open the box using the default combination and then press the well-marked rest lever inside over across from position A to position B. Close the lock and input the new combination number, open it again inside return the switch to position A. That's it, that is all you need to do. The little lever can be quite hard to push but that aside it is all easy enough as the lever is easy to access even when the box is wall mounted.

Priced at £10.99 on Amazon this seems a secure and inexpensive way of securing key access to your home or to allow carers or guests to enter. The robust and heavy duty design makes it reassuringly secure and the reprogrammable combination lock makes it safe for long term use.

The Good
Good Build Quality
Good Price
Easy to Use
Passcode can be reset easily
Good User Guide

The Bad
Poor Packaging

=========================================
Music: YouTube Audio Library: The Mini Vandals: Who's Using Who?

More Info and Purchase: https://tinyurl.com/y22sw728

Blog: https://tinyurl.com/y4smuypr

This simple but elegant set of four Solar fence or wall lights from Ankway is currently available for just £20.99 and they are very different in appearance from the usual black and rather ugly rivals.

Inside the plain cardboard box, the items were delivered were the four lights, fours sets of screws, four mounting templates, and a well written and extensive User Guide. The four lights were individually packed in bubble wrap and arrived in good order.

The design of these 3.44 x 3.25 x 2.09 inch 93gm lights is unusual and distinctive. The large 2V, 0.42W solar panel and four LED downfacing lights are all contained within a transparent monocrystalline silicon (ie plastic) IP67 waterproof casing. The single control button is situated on the rear of the unit which means the unit has to be taken off the mounting surface to access it. A nuisance but once set most users will not need to touch the button again. The recessed button is easy to locate but does not have a very positive action.

Setting them up is slightly tricky. Some of my set arrived charged with their 600mAh batteries charged and others not. To check, cover the solar panel and press the button on the rear of the unit if the light then comes on then the switch is set to ON. If not, the battery is not charged and the only way to tell is to position the unit in the sun for several hours and test it again. You cannot tell by looking at the button which way it is set. For normal use, they need about eight hours of sunlight to run all night, which will be fine in the summer but less so in the UK winter. Fitting to the wall is simple enough and helpfully a set of templates are included to ensure the screw mounts are correctly sited.

When lit the lights do look very impressive, the User Guide does not tell us their rating in Lumens but the cool white lights seem fine for their purpose. Remember that these are not active security lights and have no motion detection feature. The lights just come on at dusk and go off at dawn.

This set of well priced and unusual garden lights feature an unusual and attractive design which should work well in any garden or patio area.

The Good
Great price
Good Build Quality

The Bad
No access to the control button when mounted
No Motion Detection

==========================
Music: YouTube Audio Library: Topher Mohr and Alex Elena: Where I am From

Full Review Below

More Info and Purchase: https://tinyurl.com/y5l55exv

Blog: https://tinyurl.com/y27g67kf

This attractive little microphone set is designed for use with Apple or Android phones but is supplied with an adapter that should make it work with most phone or camera types. However, be aware that it will not work with all Android phone models, there are a few older models it will not function with and these are listed at the microphone's Amazon web page. It should work with the default Android videorecording app but if does not the manufacturer suggest using the 'Open Camera' app, available from the Android store.

Inside the rather simple plain unbranded box was the microphone itself, an 79" extension cable, PC cable adapter, two wind muffs, a semi-rigid carry case, and a well written and easy to read User Guide. Build quality for the kit seems fine with noting looking likely to fail anytime soon if properly handled. The omnidirectional microphone is robust, made of metal with a fixed clothing clip. The carry case is decent quality and although far from bulletproof it should keep the mic and cable set organised and safe for normal day to day use.

I tested it with OnePlus Android phone and it worked fine. I also tested with my PC and although the sound inferior to that from my far more expensive studio camera I found the results to be perfectly acceptable bearing mind the price.

This microphone set would be a boon to those making selfie videos and podcasts as clipping the camera to the subject will reduce extraneous noise doubly so if the wind muff is fitted when outdoors. Most rivals do not come with the lengthy extension cable that this does, which is easily long enough to allow the mic to be clipped to the user when the camera or phone is on a selfie stick or tripod. The whole kit can be stored neatly in the case which in turn is small enough to be easily tucked away inside a camera case or pocket. The current Amazon price of £18.88 makes this an attractive buy indeed.

The Good
Good Price
Good Build Quality
79" Extension Cable
Good User Guide

The Bad
Audio Could Be Better

More Info and Purchase
=======================
Music: YouTube Audio Library: Silent Partner: Don't Look

Full Review Below

More Info and Purchase: https://tinyurl.com/y48bw989

Blog: https://tinyurl.com/y5tea5jn

I have the £21.99 two handset version but this product can also be bought in packs of four, six, eight and ten handsets.

Unlike others I have reviewed in the past this set is no toy and is designed for serious commercial use. This is reflected in the appearance and sober design of the units. In fact, this is a decent quality entry level radio transceiver kit that can be used in a variety of situations.

In the small but well designed branded product box were the two radios, two wrist straps, two belt clips, two headsets, two antennas, two battery packs, and a well printed and easy to read User guide. Some other reviewers have complained about the build quality of the accessories, but they all seem OK to me so far.

The antenna screws in place on top of each 150g 115x60x33mm handset and the JL-11 1500mAh Li-ion battery clicks in place at the rear with a quick release button on the base. The belt clip is held in place with two small screws on the rear of the handset. On the top of the handset next to the antenna are the click-stop rotary channel select dial and volume control. Below that on the front of the unit are the white flashlight LED (used to identify nearby handsets at night) and a red/green talk status LED. On one side is a grommet protected headset port and on the other the Press To Talk button with below it the Function and Monitor buttons. Also on the front is the microphone opening. Each handset also comes with a separate battery charger which serves as a stand for the handset to keep it charged when not in use. The charger units are USB powered using a standard hard-wired plug although no mains power adapter is provided. The included headset hooks over the ear and is a bit big and clunky and does the job but it is no thing of beauty and uses a non-standard plug, so a normal mobile phone headset cannot be used.

Operating the set is easy enough and in fact, my set worked straight from the box with no configuration needed other inserting the batteries. Switch the unit on with the Volume knob, you will hear a beep and voice prompt. Rotate the channel knob and a voice will announce the current channel number with channel sixteen used to scan for nearby active handsets. Pressing the Monitor button allows background noise to be heard, release the button to cancel. The Function button turns the torch on and off. When a channel had been selected press the PTT button to call the remote handset on the selected channel. The status LED shows red when transmitting and green when receiving.

There are more advanced features available. For example, to turn voice prompts off, set to channel 10 and press the PTT and Monitor buttons before switching the handset on. You can also use VOX mode to use voice detection to switch from transmitting to receive without using the PTT button but this only works when using the headset and is probably more trouble than it is worth. There are several other more arcane features which most users will probably never need to use. More advanced still users can download industry standard software to modify and change the options preset in the handset software but that is not something I would wish to attempt.

For such a low price it is inevitable that corners have been cut. This has been done not at the expense of the features of the walkie talkie set but rather by not including some non-essential add-ons. That means there are no cases included, no mains adapter and only the supplied headset will work

The range is said to be up to three miles over a line of sight flat surface but far less in built-up areas. I have not tested these limits but can confirm that it works for me all around the house and garden and to a nearby field about a mile away. That is enough for my needs, anything more and I would use my mobile phone.

This is a good quality entry level transceiver kit, works well and is easy to use. Build quality seems fine for the price with the only corners cut being in the area of non-essential accessories. This would be a great buy for those who need to keep in touch locally, farmers, builders, events organisers, security teams etc. The budget price makes it well worth giving it a try.

The Good
Great Price
Good Build Quality
16 Channels
Easy to Operate
PTT/Voice Options

The Bad
No Protective Cases
Non-standard headset port.
Not Waterproof
No Status LCD Screen

====================
Music: YouTube Audio Library: Quincas Moreira: Blue Macaw

Full Review Below

More Info and Purchase: https://tinyurl.com/y2jya89w

Blog: https://tinyurl.com/y27usxfn

Music: YouTube Audio Library: Silent Partner: Blue Break

I already have a perfect bum, everyone knows that, but for the rest of you out there this new little device from Ansharinc may be just what you need to keep your own in shape or help exchange it for a new one.

The device arrived simply but attractively packaged and resembling more a high tech gadget than an exercise device. In many ways that is what it is as it aims to simplify and rationalise muscle toning through the application of smart new technologies. Of course, electrically stimulated muscle toners have been around for quite a while but this is one of the first I have seen of this type and at such a low price.

In the colourfull display box were the lower back gel pad holder, the controller and a large, well printed but poorly translated read User Guide. I attach a scan of it to my unboxing video. Don’t throw the box away, as no storage bag is provided and you will need to keep the device somewhere and keep the gel pads moist when not using it. Build quality is not premium but is fine for the price and nothing looks likely to fail anytime soon.

The way this device works is simple enough and very similar to that of TENS machines widely used for pain relief and other medical therapies. With the controller clipped in place the device is attached to the skin and the two electrode pads it contains cause the muscles beneath to alternately contract and relax in predetermined patterns set by the controller unit. This tightens and firms the muscles to give a firmer and more clearly defined profile to the buttocks and lower back.

Using the device is simple enough. Fit the gel pads to the body, pushing down carefully and holding in place for a second or so if necessary. Make sure the skin is dry, clean and sweat free first. Take care the pads are applied correctly as failure to do so can be painful when the device is turned on. Remember to replace the peel-off cover to the gel pads after use to keep it sticky. After multiple uses, the pads may dry out and lose their stickiness and conductivity but gel pad fluid can be easily and cheaply obtained online as can replacement pads.

Turn the unit on by pushing and briefly holding the Power/Increase button in the middle of the controller and the LED will turn on. It begins at intensity level zero and the level can be adjusted from one to ten using the Power/Increase and Off/Decrease and minus buttons. The device will scroll automatically through six exercise modes automatically or users can select the desired mode using the PROGRAM button and this will take around twelve minutes in total to complete. The LED display shows the currently active mode. The device will then switch off. To turn off before then long press the Power/Increase button.

It is important to remove the gel pad slowly and carefully, pulling it off roughly may damage the delicate pad. Wipe the pad with a dry cloth and then replace the plastic protecting film. You may need to moisten it again before the next use.

It takes a bit of getting used to at first. It can be quite uncomfortable if not actually painful at first if the device is turned up too high. It is best to start at the lowest level and to work your way up over time. It goes without saying that this device will only work in conjunction with a healthy diet and at least moderate whole body exercise. This device can only be looked at as being part of an overall fitness regime.

I have not had the device long enough to test its effectiveness. I have a glamorous friend with a pert posterior better even than mine and I will ask her if she can test the device over a longer period. I will update the review if she has anything unusual to report.

With a current Amazon price of £11.99, this device is certainly well priced and although this reflected in the build quality and lack of accessories nevertheless you have all you need to give EMS training a try. Anyway, a good bum is a jewel beyond price.

The Good
Great Price
Easy to use
Uses Standard AAA Batteries
No electrical gel needed
Ten intensity levels
Six exercise modes (according to the User Guide)

The Bad
No Storage Bag
Needs delicate handling and storage
Gel pads need replacing or renewing periodically
Poorly Translated User Guide

More Info and Purchase:

Blog: https://tinyurl.com/y26dlm27

This six-piece downlighter set from Azhien seems to me to be aimed at the professional or high end of the market despite the low price of £34.99.

The kit arrived in a well labelled and nicely designed product box with all the important information about the contents clearly given. Inside were the six separately bagged downlights each with 13 cm of two core cable attached and a small but nicely printed and well-designed User Guide.

Build quality could really not get better as each of the weighty and heavy duty 5w 400 lumens LED lights are made of aluminium alloy and feels like a quality piece of high-end kit. Each light has a 120°beam angle of coverage with the light unit being able to pivot up to 40 ° within its mount. The LED's are good and bright and should be able to cope with high ceilings and large floor spaces. The lights are warm white and rated at 2700 Kelvin. However, take note that they are not dimmable. One major selling point for me as they are designed to work directly with UK mains power with no transformer needed.

Fitting them is pretty much as with most other units of this type but be aware that at 10gm each these professional levels units are heavier than many lesser rivals, so a secure fit is needed. To fit each unit a circular hole of 75mm diameter must be made and ensure you have a working depth of at least 40mm on the other side. The light unit is itself 25mm thick, so the more working space the better. After connecting and testing the wiring to each light the unit can just be carefully pushed through the holes with the metal retaining clips expanding to hold it in place.

This a superior product that is well made, very functional and nicely presented. When properly fitted it should give years of service for a very reasonable price.

The Good
Great Build Quality
Great price
IP44 Water Resistant
No Transformer Needed
Bright, Warm White
40 ° adjustable Pivot

The Bad
Not Dimmable

===========================
Music: YouTube Audio Library: Topher Mohr and Alex Elena: The Creek

Full Review Below

More Info and Purchase: https://tinyurl.com/yxmrfzq5

Blog: https://tinyurl.com/y3f83qyh

I have already tried one or two wake-up lights and they have all tended to be variations on the same basic design. This new model from FITFORT has a new design and a few extra features and at £28.99 will not break the bank.

The unit arrived packaged in a moderately attractive display box but lacked the stylish and expensive presentation of some high-end rivals. Inside was the lamp itself, a short USB power cable, UK power adaptor, and a User Guide. Build quality is excellent for the price and the lamp looks quite stylish and attractive without the flimsy feel of cheaper rivals. The User Guide is large and easy to read and makes a pleasant change from the tiny poorly printed manuals so often received.

The unit stands upright with the top two-thirds of the large front facing taken up by the lighting panel and the rest by the digital clock display. Along the top of the unit are an at first rather intimidating array of buttons but most of these are needed only to configure the device. Once the timer, light, and alarm sounds are set all you need to think about is the snooze button. On the base are a large anti-slip pad and the backup battery access panel. The permanently connected trailing antenna at the rear is ugly but I suppose is easy enough to conceal.

Setting the device up is reasonably easy and aided the lack of too many annoying dual function buttons. When configured you have the option to be awoken by a combination of a slowly increasing simulated daylight and sounds from using either of the two separate alarms. You can choose between seven soft ambient sounds or the FM radio. For each alarm, you can set separate alarm time, light intensity and alarm sound volume. It is a pity the Snooze and Radio buttons were not larger and easier to find in the dark.

The device functions well as a reading lamp and has a choice of seven colours should you want them. You can choose between twenty levels of brightness and the seven colour presets. The default white is a warm and relaxing one, however. It has a built-in FM tuner which will auto remember up to sixty stations. The built-in speaker is pretty OK but not fantastic but I doubt many people will spend time listening to it and perhaps that makes all the more effective as an alarm clock. One nice bonus is that the device has a USB socket on the rear which can charge your phone as you sleep.

This device looks nice once set up and is quite stylishly designed. It performs all the basic features well enough and works well as an incremental wake-up alarm clock and bedside lamp. The build quality although perfectly acceptable is on the cheap side and certainly cannot compare to my Philips unit – but that cost more than four times the price of this one.

The Good
Great price
Attractive lighting options
Nature sounds
Battery operation mode
Good User Guide
Dawn simulation wake up mode
Twenty Brightness Levels

The Bad
Ugly trailing radio antenna
Radio button poorly located
Snooze and Radio Buttons Too Small

====================================
Music: YouTube Audio Library: Geographer: Airline

More Info and Purchase: http://tinyurl.com/y4l86vkn

Blog: https://tinyurl.com/y23ejjsk

This rather chunky but distinctly upmarket looking Qi-Certified wireless charger from Vebach arrived impressively presented in a low key but rather posh product box. Inside the Apple style box was the charger itself, a medium length USB to micro-USB cable, a thin black pad, and a better than average but essentially unneeded User Guide.

Build quality seems first rate. The metal-bodied 97mm diameter 178g charging pad appears well made and robust with a high gloss finish to the pad and stainless steel look to the bezel and 10.9mm deep sides. It has a micro-USB port on the side along with a single blue status LED. It is a pity that in the new USB-C interface could not have been used at least as an option.

Unlike many low-end rivals, this charger is fully Qi certified which hopefully means the power output is correct and as promised. It has three charging modes which are automatically selected according to the device attached: 10W, 7.5W or 5W. Take note that to get the advantage of the higher speeds a QC2.0 or better power adapter must be used. The one that came with the phone being charged should be suitable. You will see from my video that it also works with other devices, such as my Motorola smartwatch. The LED shows you the mode in use: flashes for three seconds when first plugged in, for thirty seconds when charging begins and then turns off, sustained flashing indicates an error. It has built-in overheating and over-charge protection.

Currently priced at £21.99 (plus a 6% Amazon checkout discount at the time of writing) this is is a mid-priced high-speed charger with a distinctly upmarket look and feel to it. If you have a wireless charging phone or other devices this would be a nice addition to your desktop.

The Good
Good Price
Great Build Quality
Up Market Looks
Attractive Packaging
Auto Selected Charging Modes

The Bad
No USB-C
No USB adapter included

Music: YouTube Audio Library: South London HiFi: Let It Happen

Full Review Below

More Info and Purchase:

Blog: https://tinyurl.com/y2fs5kgj

I have tried several toothbrushes from Fairywill and have always found to be excellent quality and well priced although all of them very similar with only minor changes in specifications to distinguish one from another. This new model, however, is distinctly different from the rest.

The toothbrush arrived nicely packaged in a mid-market display box inside of which aside from the toothbrush was a spare head, a rather basic looking but stable charging stand fitted with a two pin EU bathroom plug. Some imported brushes come with a three-pin UK plug, illegal for bathroom use but not so here. A well written and easy to read User Guide was also included and I append this to my unboxing video. Having become accustomed to the tiny, badly written poorly printed and hard to read User Guides found with so many imported products it was a pleasure to find an instruction booklet of a decent size, nicely printed, well illustrated and written by a someone that actually understands English.

The build quality seems excellent and although this is not a high-end device and feels rather less premium to me than others in the Fairywill range, nevertheless the toothbrush feels robust and sturdy and is satisfyingly chunky and easy to hold in the hand. The head is of the rotary type with nylon bristles and makes a not unpleasant buzz when in use. It is rated IPX7 waterproof which means it can survive being dropped in the bath.

Using the toothbrush was fine. After an initial 24 hours, full charge the toothbrush worked fine in all three brushing modes (Clean, Sensitive and Massage)selected by the single large button with a single status light confirming operation below although the sound varies from mode to mode for easy confirmation. One twelve hour charge should give up to thirty days of daily use.

The brush felt good in the hand and was nice and quiet in use. I am more accustomed to square-headed sonic toothbrushes but this rotary design which gives 8800 oscillations per minute felt reassuringly positive in use. My mouth felt just as clean and refreshed after use as with the more expensive brush I usually use. Of course, it has the usual two-minute timer with 30-second alerts.

This is a first-rate budget toothbrush, well priced and well made, that works excellently, is easy to use and looks good in the bathroom. The current Amazon price of just £25.99 makes it a sensible and well-priced buy.

The Good
Good price
Robust build quality
Three modes
Auto Timer
EU Bathroom plug fitted
Good User Guide
Three week use per Charge

The Bad
Only two brushes included
No travel case

===============================
Music: YouTube Audio Library: The Mini Vandals: You're There

Full Review Below
More Info and Purchase: https://tinyurl.com/yxfqkqga

Blog: https://tinyurl.com/y5wrys93

I have tried several fans from Reenuo and although excellent though they are, I have always felt they are let down slightly with their rather dated and chunky design. Not so with this one as although it is made entirely from plastic it does incorporate a more modern look and is lightweight and easy to use almost anywhere. However, unlike others in the Reenuo range, this one does not have an option to act as an essential oils diffuser.

The fan arrived presented in a rather plain branded product box containing the fan, USB cable, and a well written, large and easy to read User Guide.

The 600g fan is quite compact at 180 x 140 x 220mm but lightweight for the size and with a large and ultra stable base. It uses plastic for almost all the fan assembly which can be looked on as either an advantage or disadvantage according to your needs. The light weight makes it easy to move and reposition but the plastic construction makes it feel rather cheap. However, the build quality is excellent and the fan seems robust and well made. The fan can only be used as a tabletop unit and has no other mounting options, which is a pity.

The fan has a single head that can be manually tilted upwards through 90 degrees but there is no automatic oscillation and the fan cannot be rotated from side to side - but of course, this can be easily done by just adjusting the position of the fan itself. The device can be powered either from the internal non-replaceable 2000mAh battery rechargeable battery or directly from any USB power source using the micro-USB charging port on the side. A small blue LED lights up when the device is powered on which also indicates which of the three fan speeds has been selected. A short USB to micro-USB cable is included but no power adapter is included

The fan is almost silent in operation on the desktop, is considerably more powerful than I expected and gives a pleasant breeze across the desk when set to lower power. When set to maximum it can be compared to a normal 10? office fan in output with about the same noise level.

This is a versatile, well made and very functional multi-use fan available at the time of writing for just £16.99 from Amazon. For the price, it is a very decent buy.

The Good
Good build quality
Three Fan Speeds
Quiet operation
Great price
Battery/USB Power Options

The Bad
Plastic Construction
No automatic oscillation
Does not rotate
No Wall Mount Option
No Oil Diffuser option

=======================
Music: YouTube Audio Library: Freedom Trail Studio: No Good Right

See Blog for full review

More Info and Purchase: bhttp://tinyurl.com/yy2nz9xs

Blog: https://tinyurl.com/yxmef44e

Currently priced at £89.99 (currently with an additional £20 discount at the Amazon checkout) the TRAWO action camera, the latest from the APEMAN range show just how much action cameras have developed over the past year or so.

The camera and accessories arrived packaged in an attractive upmarket box which again shows that increased care given now to the presentation of budget products. A full range of accessories and mounts are included, too many to list here but they are all shown in my video. The only notable omissions are an SD card and a wifi wrist mounted Off/On button. It is a pity about the SD card as they are cheap enough these days and would not add greatly to the cost and would allow the camera to be used straight from the box. It could be said that the wrist mount feature is included in the phone app but that is not a practical option when engaged in active sports. The printed User Guide is better those usually found, is a decent size, well printed, in good English and easy to read but not as detailed as I would wish.

Physically the 2 1/4″ x 1 3/4″ x 1″ camera is well designed and a pleasure to use. All the buttons are recessed and the port flap and battery cover are secure but easy to remove and a great advance on many rivals where I have struggled for hours to remove (and replace) the battery cover. The 2" IPS screen is bright and easy to read but is not touch sensitive. On the side is the grommet protected panel housing the micro-SD card, micro-HDMI, and USB ports.

The camera has four basic modes of operation accessed by short pressing the power button on the camera top: video, photo, playback, settings. The camera can also function as a webcam and car camera, although I do not think it has the G-Sensor needed to record and flag impacts. For me, that is no big deal as I have yet to find an action camera that will actually work effectively as a Dashcam. It has HDMI video out and so can be connected directly to your TV, although a separate micro-HDMI cable will be needed for this. It can also be connected directly to a PC or video display to view files and function as a webcam.

Gone are the days when budget action cameras gave you grainy, low-resolution video with colour casts and artefacts. Video quality is certainly amongst the best I have encountered for an action cam in this price range, and a definite step up from the cheaper no-name GoPro clones of the past. Unlike with so many others, here there is no substantive daylight colour cast. The 170° wide angle lens is great but with the barrel distortion common to all of this type You can correct for this in the settings but I suspect this may be achieved by simply electronically cropping the image. Image stabilisation is also available and although not perfect does make a noticeable difference without image quality suffering unduly, unlike with too many budget rivals/. The camera does an excellent quality [email protected] ( 3840x2160) as well as several other rather more useful modes including [email protected] Slow motion is available at [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected] Still images were good and free from colour fringing or casts. Remember that the sample footage in my unboxing video will have been heavily compressed during posting and not reflect the true quality. I would say the image quality and features are at least as good as those from a high-end phone.

The camera is claimed to be waterproof to 40M and I have no reason to doubt it. It should certainly be fine for all normal swimming and diving use.

The camera has a settings mode accessed using the rear screen and this is by far the best I have tried so far with multiple and easy to read options large and bright enough to be used outdoors. The camera comes with two 1350 mAh Li-ion batteries (better than the 1050mAh too often used) but no separate charger so you cannot charge the second battery when the camera is in use.

Like many more upmarket action cameras, it has wifi built in which means the camera generates a mini wifi network of its own which allows an attached phone have basic control of the camera and view live-streamed video. To use it you need to download the “YITUPRO” app from Apple or Android. The Android app is considerably better than most and will act as a remote control, configure camera settings, play recorded videos, stream video, and save images and video to the app. I did encounter some stuttering when streaming video but that may be due to the limitations of the phone I tested it with. Certainly using the app is the easiest way to change the camera settings.

This is one of the most impressive action cameras I have used in this price range. Image quality is excellent, there is a wide range of modes and options available and it has genuinely useable Electronic

More Info and Purchase: https://is.gd/FF6HyP

Blog:

It was not so long ago that security cameras were bulky, ugly, hard to configure, unreliable and gave grainy washed out results. Those days have gone and the latest cameras are like this one, small, discreet, easy to set up and yield high-quality video. Gone too are the high prices, and except for high-end big-name market leaders prices have fallen as much as quality has risen. This camera is small, discreet and very stylish and has the sort of looks and presentation that comes with Silicon Valley products although from the low price, of course, it must come from China.

It has a rather basic looking silk white and black plastic finish but nevertheless, the build quality seems good. On the front is the lens with Night Vision and multi-coloured LED to show Wifi and power status and the microphone opening. On the underside is the micro-USB power in port and on the other the TF card slot. It uses an angled plug micro-USB power cable but I think with a struggle hopefully any micro-USB cable should work. A UK plug USB adapter is included but it will work with any standard USB socket. Sadly, there is no Ethernet port and so wifi is the only way to connect the camera to your network.

The first thing to do is to download and install the Nooie app for Android or iOS, I tested using the Android app. You have to register the app before use but doing so is free and you can use a disposable email address to do so. After installing and registering the app and plugging in the camera follow the in-app instructions to add a new camera which does so by creating a QR code image the camera can read to input your home wifi password. After a few seconds, the camera will connect to your home wifi network and you can control it through the app. I found I had to restart the phone and camera before it would work, but that may just be me. The app can be used to control multiple cameras and I was pleased to find that upon connection it immediately me offered a firmware update for the camera. Unlike with older cameras, there is no web-based interface so you cannot connect directly to the camera using your web browser.

This model has 1080P image quality which is clearly not just upscaled 720p as on some lesser rivals. Video quality is good for the camera price and is one of the best I found for this price bracket. Unlike with older budget security cameras, this one boasts an i/r cut filter which when not needed removes the night time infrared filter to ensure good colour fidelity daytime images. It supports two-way audio which means it serves well as a Baby Monitor although the lack of audio in/out ports means external hardware cannot be used to improve the rather tinny audio quality.

It has motion detection alerts and it can capture images and send real-time alerts to the phone app and record pictures and video to the internal micro SD card. If you use an SD card (none is provided) make sure you use a fast Class 10 card – the card must be able to cope with the high-speed data stream from the camera otherwise the results will be jittery and poor. Unlike most cameras, this one can take cards up to 128Gb in size. There is also the option to save images automatically to the cloud but that is provided by Amazon and costs $5 a month.

This is a high-quality security camera capable of excellent results. The £27.99 price is brilliant for the features on offer and allows me to overlook the lack of web-based User Interface and lack of an Ethernet port.

The Good
Stylish design
Great price
Night Vision
Motion detection alarm
In-app real-time push alerts
Two-way audio
SD card slot
Standard micro-USB power interface

The Bad
No 5Ghz wifi support
No SD card included
No audio output port
No audio in port
No Ethernet Port
No Web Interface

Music: YouTube Audio Library: Quincas Moreira: Selfie Stick

More Info and Purchase: https://is.gd/RCUYrJ

Blog: https://tinyurl.com/y66neysr

These are not usually the type of shorts that in I tend to favour but in fact, the build quality and attention to detail made in the design of these long shirts has won me over.

The shorts arrived simply presented in an unbranded ziplock bag with the shorts inside another bag within. The tailoring is excellent with no sign of any insecure seams or hanging threads. The shorts, made from a 92% Polyester, 6% Spandex and 2% PVC blend seem robust, well made and suitable for sports and other outdoor pursuits. They have an elasticated waist which can be fastened using velcro straps as well as pop studs. There are two pockets either side. The angled top pocket is fairly shallow but the lower one is good and deep with all the pockets secured by zippers. I have not yet tested them but I am told the fabric is water resistant. The shorts, at first sight, looked like they might be too heavy for sustained outdoor use but weighing in at just 0.7lb they feel light and airy when worn.

Sizing is often an issue when buying Chinese clothing and with that in mind, I ordered a size larger than I would normally do but in fact the shorts if anything are a comfortable loose fit on me. I would suggest if you are usually a borderline L/XL then buy XL, if L is normally a loose fit for you then buy these in L. No doubt the other sizes are the same pro rata.

Prices seem the same across the range at £30.99, which is not cheap, but then you do get what you pay for and these are indeed a quality garment.

======================
Music: YouTube Audio Library: Silent Partner: Succotash

ECHTPower Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch

Full Review Below

More Info and Purchase:

Blog: https://tinyurl.com/y4kapp5g

Available now from Amazon for £22.99, this new controller for the Nintendo Switch Game Console has a lot to offer for the relatively modest price.

The device in a simple but attractive branded product box containing the controller, USB-C charging cable, and a well printed if rather a small User Guide. I append a scan of the User Guide to my unboxing video, switch to full screen and pause to read it.

The 10g controller has an ABS construction with a matt black finish throughout, a classy alternative to the often garishly designed rivals. It follows pretty much the standard game controller layout with top facing keys for screenshot, negative, plus, Turbo Burst, Home, A, B, X, and Y. Also on the top are the usual Direction Pad, together with Right and Left Sticks and a row of four discreet blue LEDs. On the front are Left, Right, ZR and ZL buttons along with a USB-C charging port. It features dual internal vibration motors.

To connect the controller first power on the Nintendo Switch and press and hold the Y and Home buttons on the controller for one second, the blue LEDs on the controller will flash and then remain lit when connected. Subsequently, the connection should be automatic when the controller is switched on. The controller will enter sleep mode after five minutes of inactivity. To disconnect from the Switch, press and hold the HOME button for five seconds.

I was pleased to see that charging is done using the USB-C interface favoured by the latest high-end phones. This welcome indeed as too many third-party devices are still using micro or even mini-USB ports. When charging the non-replaceable 600 mAh lithium battery the four blue LEDs illuminate and flash to show the charging status and go off when it is complete. The LEDs flash rapidly to indicate when the battery is low. It is claimed to work for up to twenty hours following a two-hour charge and my limited use of it so far gives me to cause top doubt it.
p
The controller can be configured using the Nintendo Switch on-screen interface allowing the control sticks to be calibrated and other settings made. Press the Home button during the process to return to the top level system settings screen.

I tested it with my Windows 10 PC and it was detected as a Bluetooth Gaming Controller and should also work over USB with no need for additional drivers or software. The construction feels reassuringly robust and ergonomically friendly in the hand. The buttons and controls are all easy to use and resistance free. I must say I noticed a slight latency with the two analogue sticks caused by the distance they need to be pushed before becoming active which is not found when using a Nintendo or Xbox controller. However, this is something that can be worked around, I daresay, with experience.

This is a fine product for the money. High-level gamers may be prepared to pay out much more for the slightly smoother gaming experience and reduced latency of a pro level controller but for most gamers, this new device should offer all they need.

The Good
Great price
Good Build Quality
Built-in Rechargeable Battery
USB-C Charging
Good User Guide
Standard Button Configuration
Works with Windows PC

The Bad
No Carry case
Slight Latency

Music: YouTube Audio Library: Joe Bagale: Until We Meet Again

Full Review Below

More Info and Purchase:

Blog: https://tinyurl.com/y5rzdaez

Do not be put off by the rather chunky looks of this new fan from Reenuo as in fact it is far more versatile and functional than it seems at first sight.

The fan arrived presented in a rather plain branded product box containing the fan, USB cable, two foam pads, two 18650 rechargeable batteries and a well written but small and hard to read User Guide.

The fan is quite large at 150x100x255mm but lightweight for the size. This is due to the use of plastic for almost all the fan assembly and can be looked on as either an advantage or disadvantage according to your needs. The lightweight makes it easy to move and reposition but the plastic construction makes it look and feel rather cheap, as does the rather dated appearance. However, the build quality is excellent and the fan seems robust and well made. The fan is rather large for use on a car dashboard but would be fine on that of a lorry, larger vehicle or desktop. It can also be desk or wall mounted, with a heavy-duty desk clamp mount and wall mount slots on the underside and of course, it can be used self-supporting using the integral base stand.

The fan has a single head that can be manually tilted upwards, downwards and side to side as well as oscillating automatically when the small button on the stand is pressed. Next to the button is a larger rotating dial that can be used to determine the fan speed and which can be adjusted steplessly to the rate required. The device can be powered either from the two 18650 rechargeable batteries included in the kit or directly from any USB power source using the micro-USB charging port on the side. A small blue LED lights up when the device is powered on. The fan will operate between six and forty hours on battery power depending on the fan speed selected. A short USB to micro-USB cable is included but no car power adapter is included A set of two foam pads are included which fit into the rear of the fan to allow aromatherapy oils to be diffused from the unit.

The fan is almost silent in operation on the desktop, is considerably more powerful than I expected and gives a pleasant breeze across the desk when set to lower power. When set to maximum it can be compared to a normal 10″ office fan in output with about the same noise level.

This is a versatile, well made and very functional multi-use fan available at the time of writing for just £16.99 from Amazon. For the price, it is a very decent buy.

The Good
Good build quality
Stepless Fan Speed
Quiet operation
Great price
Wall/Surface/Clip Mounting
Battery/USB Power Options
Aromatherapy oil diffuser option

The Bad
Plastic Construction
Dated Design
Large Size

====================
Music: YouTube Audio Library: Freedom Trail Studio: School Bus Shuffle

Full Review Below

More Info and Purchase: http://tinyurl.com/y3acxxss

Blog: http://tinyurl.com/yy3m6zk3
I had thought there might be problems with this item as a few other users had audio/visual sync issues. Not for me, I just followed the user guide, used the recommended software and it all worked a treat for me.

Priced at £89.99 this Game capture card from DIGITNOW! is not an inexpensive item but it is far less costly than many of the better-known rivals. Of course, that is no saving if the product is no use but in fact, I was very pleased with this one.

In the rather basic mid-market product box the capture device itself, an HDMI cable, a USB 3 to USB 3 cable and a large, well written but poorly printed User Guide. The Capture Card itself is made from brushed aluminium effect metal, has a USB 3 port on one end and an HDMI port on the other. On the front of the 1.6"x 3.7"x0.5" are status and Power LEDs. Build quality feels fine and externally there is nothing that can break or fall off.

The point of this device is to stream video from any HDMI source at up to 1920x1080 at 60fps to a PC or other capture device using a USB 3 interface. Note that the device converts the video and does not render it and this needs to be done by the capture device. If the processing power on the capture device is not sufficient there will be stuttering, dropouts and other issues in the recorded file.

For testing purposes, I connected my Roku 3 streamer to my 16GB RAM Intel i5 equipped PC. I used the AMCap software application as suggested in the User Guide. It should work equally well in other software or hardware sources but this I have not yet tested. I followed all the instructions in the User Guide and, yes, it worked the first time. No drivers were needed on my Windows 10 PC and it worked straight from the box.

Connecting the HDMI source first before the USB 3 PC interface as advised I then selected FHD Webcamera as the Recording source from the Windows 10 taskbar notification area. Double-clicking on the icon there for it in the Sound panel allowed me to then select the Advanced tab. In the advanced tab, I then selected '2 Channel 16 bit, 48000Hz DVD Quality' and selected both checkboxes. Moving then to the AMCap software from the Devices tab I then selected FWD Webcamera for both the audio and visual sources. Next, and this is crucial to get audio and visual streams in sync, within AMCap I then went back to the front page and from the Capture drop-down menu selected Setup and then the Preview tab and there set the Audio Latency slider to the minimum value and selected OK to finish. That got everything streaming nicely and in sync. Using that as a starting point you can then fine-tune the capture settings that you need. Remember that the quality of the final recorded file will in large part depend on the capability of your computer to render the video.

This is an excellent device that worked well for me and with far fewer problems configuring it than I expected.

===========
Music: YouTube Audio Library: Silent Partner: 7th Floor Tango

Full Review Below

More Info and Purchase: http://tinyurl.com/y36ntd8v

Blog: https://tinyurl.com/yyzmmft6

In both the Amazon listings page and in the User Guide (scan at the end of my unboxing video) Bedycoon take pains to remind potential buyers that this replacement remote will not work with all Roku products. It should work with all the ones that are not solely controlled by a radio remote. In fact, many of them, like my Roku 3, will work with both radio and infrared remotes. However, be sure to check before purchasing.

The remote arrived just in a plastic bag inside a jiffy bag. It is a real shame that a more attractive way could not have been found to present this rather useful and well-made product. Also inside the bag was the free remote control cover and a simple but well-written User Guide.

The remote very closely resembles the remote that came with my Roku 3 but with a few additional buttons and with a matt rather than a gloss finish. On the top face are Power, Return and Home buttons, below that the standard Roku navigation buttons, below that a Back button, Source, Detail and track advance key presses. Below that are presets for Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Sling with below that+ Channel up and down buttons and finally A and B buttons. Nine of these can be preprogrammed, as needed. On the right side are volume up, down and Mute keys. On the back is the slide off battery compartment housing two AAA batteries. Build quality seems fine and perfectly good enough for sustained day to day use. Note that unlike with the Roku original remote there is no headphone socket or pairing button. Remember too that this is a line of sight infrared remote and needs to be pointed at the Roku to function.

The free silicone remote case is in fluorescent pink complete with cat ears and I rather like it as it makes this remote different from the rest and easy to find.

I thought I might have trouble getting my Roku to recognise the remote but in fact, it did so immediately. If you have problems just try rebooting the Roku box and it should detect it at once. All the keys worked as marked including the Netflix and Amazon dedicated keys.

A selling point of the device is that the keys can be programmed to the functions of your TV remote. Nine of the keys can be remapped, although the User Guide does not list them specifically. To pair a key press and hold the A and B buttons until the LED comes on and then press the key you want to remap. Then line up the remote to the other remote with their sensors around 3cm apart and press the key on that you wish to copy. The LED on the Bedycoon remote will then flash to indicate successful mapping and then stay lit to indicate you can now map another key. When done press the A and OK keys together to save and exit. The pairing will not work with all remotes. I was unable to recognise any key from my LG TV but was able to map keys from my Humax satellite box successfully.

This little remote is a great buy for the current Amazon price of just £14.99. It replaces almost all the functions of the old remotes and gives you multiple new ones and let's not forget the fluorescent pink Cat Ear case too!

====================
Music: YouTube Audio Library: Silent Partner: Blue Break

Full Review Below

More Info and Purchase:

Blog: http://tinyurl.com/y3qgkqwm

This new bike light set from Solocil is, in fact, three separate but complementary products bundled together. The set consists of a multimode forward facing light that can also be used as a torch together, a multimode helmet light with a multimode rear-facing red light. The current Amazon price of £7.95 makes this look attractive deal indeed. But are the lights really any good?

In the plain and unbranded box were the three lights, USB to the micro-USB charging cable, and a poorly translated and hard to read but rather unneeded User guide.

The front light has an easy to use quick release feature and at 400 lumens is bright and although not the powerful I have seen it is certainly the best I have encountered in this price bracket. Using it could not be simpler. There is a single large and easy to access button on the rear which scrolls through Bright, Normal, Eco, Flashing and Off modes. It also works perfectly well as a torch when removed from the quick release mount and away from the bike at night. The lamp is IPX 65 waterproof which means it should be fine in the rain for extended periods. On the side is a grommet protected micro-USB port to charge the battery which is claimed to give a run time of seven hours in eco mode and three hours at full power. An LED illuminates when the device is charging.

The helmet and rear lamps are identical aside from the lens colour and are each rated at 100 lumens and will run for up to sixteen hours in low power flashing more or four hours at continuous full power. They are powered not by a rechargeable but by two CR2032 watch type batteries which are widely available at a low price.

All the lights are good and bright, particularly the rear one, and should help to keep you safe on the roads at night. Build quality seems fine and the lights are small and neat enough to tuck away in a pocket when not needed. No real criticism to be made other than that the front light User Guide is almost impossible to follow but the illustrations make it clear how to fit the lamp if any instructions are indeed actually needed. I doubt if you will find a better bike light set for this price.

More Info and Purchase

=======================
Music: YouTube Audio Library: Topher Mohr and Alex Elena: Rubber Necking

Full Review Below

More Info and Purchase: http://tinyurl.com/y37jbwtc

Blog: http://tinyurl.com/y4qr97mz

Priced currently at just £26.77 on Amazon this is a well made, understated no-nonsense gaming headset that will do the job and with no unneeded and annoying garish lights or other gimmicks.

The headset arrived nicely presented in a mid-range display box. Inside the box was the headset itself, an audio splitter adaptor and a large and easy to read User Guide which I include at the end of my unboxing video.

The headset is nicely made, robust and strong, and quite tastefully designed compared to most gamer headsets I have tried – which is not saying much. It is well padded with Memory Foam used for both the earcups, which are of the over-ear type and on the headband. It is comfortable and easy to wear even for long gaming sessions. The headset does not support Bluetooth, as an increasing number do now, but does have a dual cable adaptor included to allow for separate mic/audio connections – green for the headset, red for the microphone. An adaptor is including to allow the combined headphone jack to be split to allow the headset to be used with computers and other devices with separate microphone and audio sockets. There is a large and easy to use in-line control box with a thumbwheel to control the audio volume and an on/off switch for the microphone.

The audio quality is better than I was expecting and indeed, worthy of a higher priced device. There is plenty of bass and with the mid and higher frequencies clear and well defined without being too sharp or abrasive. When both gaming and listening to music it is becomes a very immersive and enjoyable experience. From a pure gaming viewpoint the lack of direct talkback through the console is a drawback as the lack of a vibration engine but the fine sound quality and ease of use for general music playing more than makes up for it. I used for phone calls and found the audio quality to be good at both ends of the conversation

As headphones for general listening, this headset is a good buy for the price. As a gaming headset, it lacks a few features: USB connection, vibration engine, LEDs and USB direct talkback. It is really only a gaming headset in that it has a microphone and in-line audio controls built it. For me, that is no problem as it is an excellent all-round headset that is not too in your face for general use, and with a full and rich sound not often found at this price. If you are a serious gamer, particularly a console user then my advice would be to walk away. If you are looking for a budget headset for music, PC Gaming and general use then this would be a good buy.

The Good
Great sound
Great price
Good build quality
Comfortable to wear
Audio/Mic adaptor
Adjustable mic position
Braided cable
Extra long 62" cable

The Bad
No LED lights
No Vibration Engine
Not suitable for some gaming consoles

=============
Music: YouTube Audio Library: Quincas Moreira: Selfie Stick

Full Review Below

More Info and Purchase: https://tinyurl.com/yxs687am

Blog: http://tinyurl.com/y3rtpfew

I was a bit concerned when I saw this garden tool set was largely made from an aluminium alloy that they might not be robust enough for everyday use. In fact, that is not the case as the tools although light in weight seem just as strong and longlasting as any other similar implements I have used.

The set is attractively presented in a large flat format branded box and consists of a length Trowel, Pruning Shears and length Fork. No paperwork or additional items are included. The build quality of the whole kit seems fine. The main appeal of the set is the unusual and very attractive coloured glossy patterned finish to the set. This might not be of particular interest to the traditional gardener but to a casual user or someone that leaves their garden tools on show, this might appeal. Certainly, the attractive design and presentation make the set additionally suitable as a gift.

The fork, which is more properly called a Cultivator is 22cm in length with sharply angled points facilitating the digging and removal of weeds. The Shears have a robust steel mechanism which can cut branches of up to 3/4", although probably is better suited to smaller ones. The Trowel is described as a Transplant Trowel, although I could see no depth markings to ensure that seeds and cuttings are planted to the correct depth. All the tools are easy to use and do not dig into the hand when in use even for protracted periods. The high gloss finish means the tools are simple to clean after use and retain the upmarket appearance.

This is a charming and delightful garden set, well packaged and very suitable as a gift for the first time or casual gardener. The current price of £15.99 means that it will not break the bank either.

===================

Music: YouTube Audio Library: The Mini Vandals: Alyssa

Full Review Below

More Info and Purchase: https://is.gd/vq0lV6

Blog: https://tinyurl.com/y5eebm5a

This attractive and well made work light is available in both the high viz yellow I chose and a more subtle grey, both are the same price at £16.99 and are otherwise identical.

The work light, which was smaller than I expected, arrived nicely presented in a mid-market branded product box inside of which as well as the lamp itself was a short USB to micro-USB charging cable and two 18650 rechargeable batteries. No instructions were included as all you need to know is clearly shown on the box.

The 500 lumens IP65 waterproof 5.5x 4.3 x1.6" lamp has two armoured LED enclosures on the front face. On the rear is a plastic kickstand that doubles as a hand grip, a battery enclosure for the two 18650's included or the four AA's it can also run off, and a grommet protected housing for the micro-USB power-in port and the standard USB power out port. Constructed from Aluminum alloy and nylon, build quality appears fine to me with lamp seeming robust and well able to deal with life in the workshop or garage.

The inclusion of two 18650 batteries is a big plus as these can be costly to buy. The use of replaceable batteries is a plus also as it means there is no need to discard the lamp when the hard wired battery pack fails. The fallback option of AA's is good to have too as they can easily be obtained in an emergency when the rechargeables have died. Charging the batteries is done using the grommet protected micro-USB port on the rear of the unit with a small red LED confirming charging status. The USB power out port is also to be found behind the same grommet as the lamp can also function as a power bank to charge external devices, although the fairly small capacity of the 1860s means this is best done in emergency situations only.

The lamp has three output setting: Full Power, Half Power and Strobe. At full power, you should get at least two hours of continual use, four hours at half power. The lamp is IP65 waterproof, which means it should be fine in the rain but do not immerse it in water. The waterproof and robust qualities mean the lamp should work fine as an inspection lamp in the garage, as a general lamp when camping as well as a handheld torch when at home. The only slight problem is the lack of a tripod mount which might restrict the use somewhat in the workshop or building site.

500 lumens is good and bright, not the brightest I have ever seen, but more than enough for home, camping and garage use. This is a well made and robust lamp built to take hard knocks that is small enough to fit easily in the hand or pocket and bright enough for most situations and for the price it is a very decent buy.

The Good Great Price
Good Build Quality
Powerbank Feature
Dual Battery Option

The Bad
No Tripod Mount
No Carry Case

More Info and Purchase

===============
Music: YouTube Audio Library: The Mini Vandals: Who's Using Who?

Full Review Below

More Info and Purchase: http://tinyurl.com/yy52vexs

Blog: http://tinyurl.com/y2lmbk7u

I thought the box was empty when it arrived, that is how lightweight this new £22.99 30cm light fixture from Aourow really is. That is no disadvantage as it looks good and the light weight makes it easier to install and less likely to fall down once in place.

In the box was the light fixture itself, a full fixing kit including screws, junction box, cable connector, right-angled mount adaptor, two grommets and a large and well printed but rather basic user Guide. The unit does not have a switch or dimming control and has no plug as it is designed to be controlled from your existing wiring and switches. The unit is IP44 water resistant and should be fine for general bathroom use. Build quality seems fine given the price, everything included seems of decent quality and well made. The User Guide shows you the two mounting methods well enough although more detail and a list of components included would have been nice. Note the unit is not designed to be wall mounted.

The fitting can be installed either directly to the mirror or to the top of your bathroom cabinet or other existing fixture. An adaptor is included for this which pushes into the base of the unit, secured in place by two plastic screws, and which allows the light to be mounted away from the wall and screwed directly to the top of the bathroom cabinet.

When fitted directly to the mirror the top edge of the mirror must not be flush to the wall. The top of the mirror is designed to slide into the slot on the base of the lamp fixture and held in place by the same two plastic screws used to secure the right-angled fitting. To do this the mirror needs to be removed from the wall, the light fixture secured, and the whole assembly reattached to the wall. Due to the light weight of the unit it could probably be fitted and held in place by gravity without using the screws but this is best avoided.

When assembled and working the unit looks good. The 500 Lumen light is even, balanced and a pleasant cool white in colour. It is fine for use with a mirror or cabinet but not bright enough to illuminate the entire bathroom. Note too that the light output cannot be varied using a dimmer switch.

This is an excellent quality budget priced specialised light fixture that is easy to install and works well.

The Good
Great price
Good Build Quality
Easy to Install
Attractive Appearance
Good Balanced Light

The Bad
No Wall Mount option
No Dimming option
No internal Switch
Cannot be mounted to mirrors flush to the Wall

===========================
Music: YouTube Audio Library: Freedom Trail Studio: School Bus Shuffle

Full Review Below

More Info and Purchase: http://tinyurl.com/y29fdx55

Blog: https://tinyurl.com/y5whp7m5

This set of two walkie talkie radios is marketed as a child's toy and priced as such at just £17.99. In fact, this is a decent quality entry level radio transceiver kit that can be used in a variety of situations.

In the small but well designed branded product box were the two radios, two wrist straps, two belt clips and a small but nicely printed User guide. No headset, batteries or charger were included. Build quality seems fine and although light in weight the units do seem well made and robust.

Each unit has a stun antenna on top, a small monochrome backlit LCD panel, a Press To Talk (PTT) on one side and a grommet protected headset and power-in port bay on the other. On the front below the LCD panel are a small range of control buttons with below them a large speaker grill. On the rear is the battery bay with a removable hatch revealing four AAA batteries (not included). On the top next to the stub antenna is a LED light which can be turned on from the front panel and serves as a torch and location finder aid when the set is used at night.

Operating the set is easy enough and in fact, my set worked straight from the box with no configuration needed other inserting the batteries. Using the front panel keys you can change and select one of twenty-two channels, adjust the speaker volume, select and change one of ten ringtones, select PTT button or voice activated modes. From here you can also select auto scan mode in which the handset will look for active frequencies and auto select it when one is found. For most purposes in or around the home just make sure both handsets are set to the same channel and that is all you need. Press the Call/Lock button on the right side to make the other handset ring to indicate you wish to talk. There is a warning tone battery status as well as a tiny on-screen display. The tiny LCD screen works OK and does its' job but it is hard to see but then in normal use, you rarely need to consult it.

For such a low price it is inevitable that corners have been cut. This has been done not at the expense of the features of the walkie talkie set but rather by not including some non-essential add-ons. That means there are no cases included, no rechargeable batteries or charger (the unit can be used with standard AAA or rechargeables), and no headset.

The range is said to be up to three miles over a line of sight flat surface with as little as 300M in built-up areas. I have not tested these limits but can confirm that it works for me all around the house and garden and to a nearby field about a mile away. That is enough for my needs, anything more and I would use my mobile phone.

This is a decent quality little transceiver kit, works well and is easy to use. Build quality seems fine for the price with the only corners cut being in the lack of non-essential accessories. This is marketed as a toy but in fact, can be very much more than that.

The Good
Great Price
Good Build Quality
22 Channels
Easy to Operate
PTT/Voice Options

The Bad
No Rechargeable Batteries
No Charging Cable
No Protective Cases
No Headset
Not Waterproof

================================

Music: YouTube Audio Library: The Mini Vandals: You're There

Kelodo True Wireless Earbuds S570TWS-W

Full Review Below

More Info and Purchase: https://is.gd/hExSgP

Blog: https://tinyurl.com/yyfdmfsj

Music: YouTube Audio Library:Houses of Heaven : Scanner

True Wireless Headphones are rapidly dominating the market now as cellphone accessories and replacing the older wired models. However, apart from a few high priced high-end models from Jabra most of the budget-priced far east imports are really not very food. Common problems are issues with syncing the two buds to each other and to the phone, poor sound quality, and fussy and complicated setup procedures which need to be repeated each time the headset is used. Will new headset from Kolodo be any better bearing in mind the low £26.99 price?

This new headset from KELODO arrived in a small, midmarket and rather plain box. Inside were the earpieces themselves, charging case, a short USB to micro-USB charging cable, one set only of gels, and a User Guide. The User Guide is well written and nicely printed but rather small and I enclose a scan of it in my unboxing video.

The case has an internal 400mAh battery which is charged using the supplied USB cable and it is the case battery which charges the earbud batteries. The case will be able to fully charge the 60mAh earbud batteries three times with each charge taking about an hour and a half from flat. There are LEDs on each bud to show battery status. The buds will charge automatically when placed into the case.

Setting up the Bluetooth 4.2 earbuds was easy enough although more of a performance than with some others I have tried.
1. Remove both buds from the Charging Case and insert them in your ears
2. Press the button on both earbuds simultaneously, both buds LEDs will flash and the voice prompt will announce 'PAIRING'
3. Double click on either earbud button to designate the Master earbud and the voice prompt says 'SEARCHING FOR SLAVE' then confirm the connection and right and left earbud status. The Master Earbud LED keeps blinking, the left one goes off and the two buds are linked.
4. To pair to your phone, set the phone in Bluetooth pairing mode and search for TWS in the available device's screen. A voice prompt will confirm the connection.

This is more easily performed than explained, is made easier with the use of voice prompts during the pairing process and only needs to be done once. The two buds can work independently of each other as mono buds if needed.

Once paired, using the buds is simple enough. Press the buttons on both buds for about three seconds to turn on, they will then connect to the paired phone automatically. To switch off either press the buttons again or return to the case where they will switch off and start charging.

Audio quality was fine and in fact rather better than I was expecting. There is reasonable bass with mid and upper tones clear and well defined. I found the tone to be s less refined than from some high-end rivals I have tried but more than good enough for general use.

The headset has a microphone and can be used to receive and make calls and when testing I found the conversation was clear and audible both ends. Calls can be muted/rejected/ended/redialed by pressing the Master bud button. Tracks can be paused/played/advanced by double pressing either earbud button. There are no track replay or audio volume controls.

Battery life is good and I have obtained over three hours of music playing time following a charge. The charging case is robust and well made and magnetically holds the buds in place although the case looks and feels cheaper than high-end rivals and lacks the auto On feature they have. The buds are IPX5 waterproof which means they should be fine in the UK rain but do not immerse them in water.

At just £26.99 this headset is a fraction of the price the high-end market leaders from Jabra and others but gives them a run for its money as regards sound quality and features. It falls down a bit on functionality, build quality, the convenience of use and has no app or other advanced features (not that I ever use them). These buds are smaller and lighter than the most and this is an advantage or otherwise according to your preference.

This is one of the least expensive TW headset available and as the market cools down a new generation of well-specified good sounding budget devices such as this is emerging.

The Good
Good audio quality
Magnetic Charging case
Voice prompts
Good battery life
Single bud operation option
Siri Integration
IPX5 Water resistant
Auto Off

The Bad
No auto On
Fiddly initial setup
No USB-C
No Bluetooth 5
Only one set of gels

SHOW MORE

Created 1 year, 9 months ago.

513 videos

CategoryScience & Technology

My product reviews Blog (www.marcoscu.com) backed up here plus other stuff.