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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!

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

Breffo ‘Grips’

Published in Misc by paul_smart on June 30, 2013
Three different items from Breffo, two that grip, first a Smartphone and second a Tablet. The third device allows your camera to get a hold in places where it normally could not, round a pole on top of something with no flat edge etc.

Magnetic Mobo

Published in Misc by mfereday on June 29, 2013
Simple ideas are often the best especially when the solution can be applied to different problems.

692522 panasonic QE QL201 battery chargePortable Battery Power

Published in Misc by mfereday on June 27, 2013
When was the last time you discovered your mobile device was power deficient when you needed it in an emergency?

691580 gigabye fly stereo headseThe Gigabyte Fly

Published in Misc by mfereday on June 22, 2013
Without wanting to sound sexist, Gigabyte’s decision to use attractive female presenters for its latest product tour certainly appealed to yours truly

691477 mophie powerstation duo juicepacPowerstation’s Power On The Move

Published in Misc by adrianmorant on June 2, 2013
As smartphones, tablets and other devices, upon which we are now totally reliant, get more powerful and have faster processors and more memory they impose a heavier battery demand. Mophie's Juice Pack Powerstation Duo external battery pack has enough capacity to provide a useful safety belt that can be used to increase the time before one needs to use a mains charger.

690058 D Link USB 3 four port hub DUB 134USB 3.0 Hub

Published in Misc by mfereday on May 23, 2013
Backward compatible with previous versions of the technology, the latest incarnation of USB offers various enhancements that might appeal.