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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!

721650 ikleaiKlear Keeps it Clean

Published in Misc by adrianmorant on Oct 20, 2013
One of the most unsatisfactory issues when using an iPad, or any other touch screen tablet for that matter, are the finger prints and smears on the screen. The iKlear spray cleaner/polish from US company Meridrew Enterprises offers an effective solution to the problem.

720925 Verbatim Laptop BackpacVerbatim's Laptop Backpack

Published in Misc by adrianmorant on Oct 13, 2013
A laptop bag is as much a tool as the laptop that goes in it. Consequently, it must be comfortable to use while protecting the machine and its associated accessories together with any other necessities. The Stockholm 16 inch notebook backpack in Verbatim’s Bags for Business range has been designed to meet these criteria.

716192 SANDBERG 440 38 USB Hub with Smartphone SynA Hub with a Difference

Published in Misc by mfereday on Oct 12, 2013
Offering to increase the connectivity options of your laptop is a new product from Sandberg

716190 sandberg Wireless Keyboard Set 3 UWireless Keyboard Set 3

Published in Misc by mfereday on Oct 8, 2013
This is one of those occasions when the review product was used to produce the text review of which it is the subject matter.

Sanitas and BIC

Published in Misc by paul_smart on Oct 6, 2013
The first does sound like a toilet cleaner but is a brand sold by a supermarket chain of bargain price small electrical products, here an electronic toothbrush. Second a name known by all for ball point pens but here there is a twist.

716166 windows8 for tablets plain and simplGuide To Windows 8 For Tablets

Published in Misc by adrianmorant on Sep 29, 2013
Irrespective of what Microsoft may claim, Windows 8 is not truly intuitive – even on the touch screen of a tablet computer. Consequently, Windows 8 for Tablets in the Plain & Simple series from the Microsoft Press is of great value in getting started with a Windows 8 tablet and then customising it to meet your needs and then being able to get the best out of it.

716138 Quirky Pivot Power 6 Outlet Flexible Surge Protector Power Strip UiRig Mic and Pivot Power

Published in Misc by paul_smart on Sep 29, 2013
I am sometimes asked ‘what is a gadget’ my answer is anything produced to make a job easier. Both these products fall into that category, first a microphone aimed at a vocalist and second a very flexible five port gang socket.

Self-Stirring Mug or Finger

Published in Misc by paul_smart on Sep 27, 2013
The first is an item I saw at the Wilkinson’s Xmas In July event, an ideal stocking filler for those who expect their tea to be stirred for them. The second is another stocking filler this time from Brando in Hong Kong to get your Smartphone at the correct viewing angle.

706044 BUFFALO MiniStation 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard DrivBuffalo MiniStation

Published in Misc by mfereday on Sep 10, 2013
While USB Flash Sticks continue to improve their functionality with regards to speed of reading and writing files, especially those products that now feature USB 3.0 technology, they still lag well behind the various pocket sized external drives with regards to the available capacity. Currently 64GB of capacity seems to be the ceiling for USB Flash Drive and, as a result they can not hope to compete on a level playing field with devices such as the Buffalo MiniStation offering w
Verbatim’s Mobile Power Bank model 97926 is designed to provide backup power for tablets and smart phones for those on the move. Because it has dual outputs, it will prove particularly valuable for those who need to keep two devices working and yet cannot be certain of always being within reach of a convenient power source.

706041 Seagate STCG2000200 2TB Central Wireless Hard DrivCentral Storage

Published in Misc by mfereday on Sep 7, 2013
“Here, there and everywhere” is not just the title of a Beetles’ song but it is also the approach that many of us take with regards to the storage of our digital content. You could have stored data on an internal drive, external hard disk, optical media, flash stick, memory card, the Cloud or, if you have been involved with computers for as long as I have, the various types of floppy disks. Offering a central repository for all this data is the stated aim of Seagate’s appropriate

704891 AiviaNeon Touch Charge Air Presenter MousPresenting A Mouse

Published in Misc by mfereday on Aug 31, 2013
To many a mouse is just a mouse. It is a periphery that is used to guide your cursor around a screen and select appropriate options when necessary. However for some, a mouse can be a device that can be used to carry out different actions. Recently I reported on an IRIS mouse that could perform the duties of a scanner along with its more common features. Now it is the turn of Gigabyte to come up with a mouse that can double as a presenter’s tool. It is the type of device that tea

700944 SANDBERG 420 14 Solar PowerBank 2000mAh USB ChargeBattery Power Backup

Published in Misc by mfereday on Aug 17, 2013
With the demands we put on our mobile devices, it is not surprising that their batteries struggle to cope.

704518 Withings Pulse Wireless Activity and Heart Rate TrackeSTM Tracer Deluxe & Withings Pulse

Published in Misc by paul_smart on Aug 16, 2013
A company I think of for notebook bags have produced a three in one device, a pen, a stylus and screwdriver. Second another multi use item this time aimed at keeping you fit and apart from counting steps it also takes your pulse among other features.

699264 lexar  jumpdrive p10 memory sticJumpDrive P10 Flash Stick

Published in Misc by mfereday on Aug 8, 2013
As data files become larger we need larger capacity portable devices to store the items we need to take with us between locations.

697323 Lexar Jumpdrive S73 USB 3 Flash Drive Memory SticLexar JumpDrive

Published in Misc by mfereday on Jul 27, 2013
Taking advantage of the latest USB technology, Lexar has released a range of flash drive devices with the promise of speedy operations.

697214 Quirky Cordies Cable Management SysteConverge & Cordies

Published in Misc by paul_smart on Jul 22, 2013
The first is a device that ‘other half’s’ will love as the cables are kept out of sight. The second is something most people need a device to keep those cords untwisted. The link they both work in the home or office environment.

697213 Kingston Technology MLW221 Mobilelite Wireless ReadeMobile Charging and more

Published in Misc by paul_smart on Jul 21, 2013
The first item will charge devices that are gasping for power it will also via a Free app allow you to transfer and play items via Wi-Fi. The second item the PocketCell Duo does exactly what it says but will allow simultaneous charging of two devices.

eBook Reader or Tablet?

Published in Misc by mfereday on Jul 9, 2013
Tablets have been able to offer users the ability to act as an eBook Reader for quite a while now. You just need to download the appropriate free app and your tablet can transform itself into a Kindle, Kobo or Nook in the blink of an eye. Now, with the arrival of products such as the Nook HD+, we are beginning to see a turn of the tide as devices, whose primary function is that of an eBook Reader, appear with tablet-like capabilities to enhance their appeal to the discerning user fraternity.

Dualit Hand Mixer & Makers Notebook

Published in Misc by paul_smart on Jul 7, 2013
At first glance two items with little in common. However all those original recipes mixed with the hand mixer need to be written down somewhere and of course it’s not only recipes but also designs and patterns that it can hold for posterity.

694260 Garmin 2598LMTD sat naDriving Assistance

Published in Misc by mfereday on Jul 4, 2013
With the functionality now available from various devices such as smartphones and tablets, the manufacturers of SatNav products face an increasing challenge to persuade would-be purchasers to loosen their purse strings. Why should customers spend their hard-earned disposal income on a new SatNav product when they already possess the tools that are capable of providing basic navigational information through the use of GPS and mapping apps? Garmin’s solution to this conundrum is to