Brando Items Times Two 

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First a voice controlled USB powered lamp and then a card reader and USB hub. How does this innovative Hong Kong company keep finding more devices that are available to use from your USB ports?

Voice Controlled USB Lamp

The base is 10x8.5cm and a maximum of 3cm tall. The wire bound stem adds up to another 20cm and finally the ring of 12 LEDs add another 7cm so technically it can be 30cm tall. Of course it can – should you wish be far less tall.

The light it gives is clear and without the ring effect you get with most torches as the LEDs are in a ring 4.5cm from the one opposite. The total weight of the unit is 200 grams and my unit was white with grey buttons.

The on/off switch is on the top of the base - push on push off – and the voice control switch is on the left side – push in for on, push again for out and off – but of course the switch on top must be off to have any effect on it. Yes I said off as when the top switch is on then the light stays on whatever, but with that switch off then the side light works on noise, of course off and on work but so do a lot of other words and off will also turn it on.

It comes with a standard hard wired USB lead that is .85 metres long. The even light is ideal for close examination of items. Yes anyone wanting a small desk light this is good, the ‘fun’ is in the voice control option.

Available from the link below for $15 US + $3 US P&P whatever the size of your order.

Combo Card Reader

This is very like something that sits on my desk that I reviewed earlier, however that was just the USB hub part. Now using the same clip on technology this unit is not only a five port hub but also has four card ports as well.

It is 5x6.5x6cm and weights 70grams, mine was black. The measurements are given to the end of the table- desk clip.

When in position the five USB ports are facing upwards and with five USB ports occupying only 4.5cm of space you would think that some would be unavailable, however as each socket can move independently through 90 degrees all five can be utilised, see the illustrations on the Brando site.

The four card ports are on the side although you can only use one at a time to avoid the unit getting confused. There is a red LED visible when USB power is connected but this is only visible through the bottom left card port.

By default only one drive is shown in My Computer (for whatever card you might insert) however as soon as you attach a USB device then it is almost immediately given a drive letter. I suggest you are looking at My Computer when you attach them as the letters are given numerically regardless of which of the five USB ports you select to insert them in. Of course if you name all your devices then this will not be a problem for you.

Available from the link below for $14 US plus $3 US P&P whatever your order size.

There are lots more great USB items available to browse on the under no less than 27 categories including items already for those with USB 3.

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