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!

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.
While the PC is still more popular than Android or IOS devices we still need a keyboard and within reason the smaller the better. The second item is something for those using almost any modern Android device or Smartphone.

742324 sphero mobile phone game systeSphero V 2

Published in Misc by paul_smart on Dec 22, 2013
It looks like a plastic ball, it runs via solid battery a charging station is supplied. It works on IOS or Android devices via Apps free from either the Apple or Android store and not only will it work on the floor but also in water.

737590 STM Impulse Backpack for 15 inch LaptoLaptop or Camera Bag

Published in Misc by paul_smart on Dec 8, 2013
First an offering from one of the largest names in Laptop or Notebook bags STM, second an offering from probably the most used peripheral manufacturer but this time a name associated with quality DSLR cameras.

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.