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!

733999 iKlear Apple Polish Kit for Apple DeviceA Klear View

Published in Misc by mfereday on Dec 7, 2013
A recent visit to a trade show introduced me to a company that was involved in the development of various products that might stop me moaning about the condition of some hardware items.

731284 Orbotix Sphero 2.0 App Controlled Robotic BalA Robotic Ball

Published in Misc by mfereday on Dec 3, 2013
At the moment I am in the doghouse – well not literally but my cat no longer considers me his best mate and is doing his best to ignore me. The reason for this unfortunate state of affairs is the arrival of the Sphero 2 from Orbotix. I have been testing this device much to the cat’s disgust and annoyance as he can not understand what it is or why it does the things it does.

736017 iforgz golite touch phone chargeGoLite battery backup with torch

Published in Misc by adrianmorant on Dec 1, 2013
As winter draws on it is becoming more and more useful to have a torch with you. Not only does the ifrogz GoLite meet this need it also provides a pocket sized universal battery backup for virtually any smartphone.
Two items that would make ideal gifts that would get used there's a battery charger to charge Ni-MH ‘AA’ or ‘AAA’ batteries, both things almost everyone uses and not just live in a cupboard. Second a pen – and more - from a well-respected company, second .
Powerline communications provides a convenient way of using the mains wiring to extend the range of one’s home Ethernet network. In addition to doing this, the Linksys PLWK400 Powerline AV Wireless Network Extender Kit also provides a wireless connection which is particularly useful if one has a Wi-Fi only tablet.

723416 Homedics 2 in 1 Gel Shiatsu Back and Shoulder Massage Cushion Technogel Massage NodeNeed a Massage

Published in Misc by mfereday on Nov 2, 2013
The title “Gel Shiatsu 2 in 1 Back and Shoulder Massager with Technogel” is certainly a mouthful. It is also not one that you would expect to come across every day or act as the title of a product being reviewed on Yet, unlikely as it may seem, this over-long title belongs to the next product on my review schedule.

720927 zaggs universal portable keyboarZagg's Universal Portable Keyboard

Published in Misc by adrianmorant on Oct 27, 2013
No matter how skilled one is when using a virtual keyboard on a touch screen, a proper keyboard is far better when working with text. ZAGGkeys Universal Bluetooth keyboard has been designed to work with various sizes of tablets and smartphones irrespective of whether they are iOS, Windows or Android devices. It is small and light and will make a very useful accessory for those who need to do a reasonable amount of typing on their tablet or smartphone.

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.