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Misc

A place for all those other gadgets you want to review - you know, the ones that just don't fit in any of the other topics, but that you want to tell the world about anyway!

Eye-Fi from camera to mobile

Published in Misc by adrianmorant on Apr 14, 2014
Despite smartphone and tablets now having cameras with more and more megapixels, the results cannot match those of a good quality “bridge” camera and certainly not the performance of a digital SLR both of which have a range of advanced features including optical zoom. Eye-Fi Mobi, provides the best of both worlds as it enables one to use Wi-Fi to transfer camera images directly to one’s smartphone or tablet.

781661 Kanex Getting Gigabit from USB

Published in Misc by adrianmorant on Apr 7, 2014
The Kanex DualRole Gigabit + 3-Port Hub, which is compatible with those Macs and PCs that have a USB 3.0 port, will be of interest to users of machines lacking an Ethernet port. When plugged into a USB 3.0 port it provides that missing Gigabit connection as well as extra USB 3.0 ports.

iPhone Camera and Case

Published in Misc by paul_smart on Apr 6, 2014
Two items that may suit those with a recent iPhone (it also works with a 5th Generation iPod Touch) a clip on camera to give both zoom and macro. Second a slip case that cleans your screen every time you place it in the case.

779060 windows 8.1 the missing manuaWindows 8.1 – the missing manual

Published in Misc by adrianmorant on Mar 31, 2014
In much the same way that Windows 8.1 is an updated version of Windows 8.0, “Windows 8.1 – the missing manual” is an updated version of the original book. As such, it covers the Windows 8 tile and touchscreen interface together with the enhancements introduced with Windows 8.1. Hence, it should meet the needs of the power user who may or may not have been initially using 8.0 as well as the person who is coming fresh this latest version of Windo

772818 Kingston DataTraveler microDuUSB OTG for Android phones

Published in Misc by adrianmorant on Mar 25, 2014
Vendors Verbatim and Kingston Technology are both using the USB OTG (On-The-Go) technology to enable users to overcome the lack of a micro-SD slot in some Android tablets or smartphones which prevents additional memory being added. This technology provides the means of expanding the storage of compatible devises to as much as 64GB.

Brando Zip and Bendable LED Torch

Published in Misc by paul_smart on Mar 16, 2014
It’s not often a single word describes a product here is does as it’s a ZIP with USB on one end and splits for Micro USB and Lightning on the other. The second item is a magnetized three LED Torch capable of being twisted to almost any angle.

762671 kindle paperwhite digital ebook readeKindle Paperwhite

Published in Misc by mfereday on Mar 15, 2014
The original Amazon Kindle eBook Reader was quickly followed by the Kindle Touch model. This version, in turn, gave way to the current Kindle offering named the Paperwhite.

765730 the travel photographeTwo Coffee Table Books

Published in Misc by paul_smart on Mar 9, 2014
An expression you do not hear often today, but the quality photography within them makes them such items, however they also contain the means for you to improve your image capturing and with practice your photos can be almost as good.

759127 ViewSonic VP2772 27 inch IPS WQHD Professional DisplaViewSonic VP2772

Published in Misc by mfereday on Mar 4, 2014
With its logo of three colourful finches, ViewSonic’s latest monitor to arrive for consideration has high specifications and a price to match

764673 Freecom 56275 Tough Drive 256 GB ExternaFreecom ToughDrive SSD

Published in Misc by adrianmorant on Mar 3, 2014
The Freecom ToughDrive SSD is a portable 256GB USB3.0 drive that, being all solid state, will not be vulnerable to the knocks that could well damage a conventional hard drive. Consequently, despite its price, it should meet the needs of road warriors who want a physically small, large capacity, lightweight and robust portable storage device.

759124 graid thunderbolt external harddisShed Loads of Storage

Published in Misc by mfereday on Feb 27, 2014
What would you do with an extra 8 terabytes of available storage? In my case I opted to use this storage space for a full system backup plus my collection of digital music and videos for starters.

759122 Sandberg USB Mini Blu Ray BurnePortable Blu-Ray Burner

Published in Misc by mfereday on Feb 25, 2014
While desktop and lap systems usually feature an optical drive with burning capabilities, the supported format tends to be of the DVD variety. This next product includes Blu-Ray support.
The first a smaller version of the USB dongle I reviewed last year, this one less likely to protrude excessively. Second a large capacity USB stick that has lack of overall size as the connection to the port is interior rather than exterior. The last is a simple thing for a simple job.

760891 OCTA Monkey Tail Kit   Innovative Stand for iPadTablet Tail and Parrot Flower Power

Published in Misc by paul_smart on Feb 16, 2014
The Tablet Tail is also called a Monkey Kit useful to hold your Android or IOS device in a viewable position. Parrot Flower Power is a device to stick in the soil near your plant and it will notify wirelessly when it needs watering or is too hot or cold.

Deezer and MobiData

Published in Misc by paul_smart on Feb 9, 2014
First Deezer a free streaming service most will have heard of but it can – for a fee – offer far more and its rather good. Second a SIM for those who just require Mobile Data or for those with dual SIM units at a very good price.

756506 Apple Philips Disney Friends= of Hue StoryLighDisney Storytime and Philips Hue

Published in Misc by paul_smart on Feb 5, 2014
A while ago I told you about Philips Hue lights which change to any colour and intensity you want using an IOS App. Now a link up with Disney and various story books linked to a Philips Hue Mickey Mouse light that works in a similar way.

753105 philips sonicare airfloss toothbrusA Flossing Experience

Published in Misc by mfereday on Feb 1, 2014
Having looked at various Philips toothbrush products in the past, it was time to check out a process that some dentists consider to be even more important with regards to the health of your gums and teeth.

749274 Garmin 2598LMTD sat naNavigation Assistance

Published in Misc by mfereday on Jan 21, 2014
Not having to worry about navigation issues can help reduce the stress of driving which is why a SatNav device can be a useful aid for the motorist.

Pigs & Tap

Published in Misc by paul_smart on Jan 19, 2014
If anyone can guess what these two items are from the title you are clever. The first came from the Gadget Show in November and the second is another USB item but not from Hong Kong – where a lot of these items come from - but the UK.

743863 STK Micro USB Power BanPower in the Pocket

Published in Misc by mfereday on Jan 7, 2014
While mobile devices are extremely useful, and some people seem to be incapable of existing without them, they can run out of power at the most inconvenient moments.

747732 AXION AERO GMT VAxion Pilots Watch

Published in Misc by paul_smart on Dec 30, 2013
This is a rather unusual watch in so much as the person who markets it in the UK is a serving pilot. So what better recommendation could there be, a pilots watch promoted by a pilot. It looks good and of course keeps perfect time.