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!

Two different products both designed to solve a problem. The first to give you power when your battery says no more and the second to let you increase the length of your arm or indeed to take a photo from somewhere remotely.

842621 MIPOW Portable Charging Power Tube Lightning ConnectoPower Tube 3000

Published in Misc by mfereday on 1 Aug 2015
A visit to a Bluetooth event held recently in London introduced me to a rechargeable battery product designed specifically for Apple devices.

842620 Thumbs Up Immerse Virtual Reality Headse3-D Viewing

Published in Misc by mfereday on 29 Jul 2015
Having worn glasses for over half my adult life, I found that I needed to remove this aid to my vision when reviewing this next product.

846407 Wallet NinjSmart Clock & Wallet Ninja

Published in Misc by paul_smart on 26 Jul 2015
Two items that each have several uses. First a Smart Clock that can be used to sync a smartphone and also double up as an alarm. Second something that fits in your wallet and that has so many tools that all have their separate uses.

842262 3rings alarm sockeAn Electrical Watch Dog

Published in Misc by mfereday on 11 Jul 2015
Have you considered how boiling a kettle can help keep a watchful eye on the elderly? 3 rings have.

842190 kobo glow ebook readeKobo Glo HD

Published in Misc by mfereday on 9 Jul 2015
As the main competitor to the Amazon Kindle range of eBook readers, Kobo has released it Kobo Glo HD product. Arriving with the claim of being “the highest quality eReader at the best possible price”, the Kobo Glo HD is, presumably, the company’s direct challenger to the Amazon Kindle Voyage, a device I have yet to check out.

842193 ibeani tablet cushioA Tablet Pillow

Published in Misc by mfereday on 8 Jul 2015
While designed to accompany one of the many recent technological devices, this next product could bring back memories of your youth as it did with me.

842033 ARCHOS VR Glass Video Eyewear for SmartphonArchos VR Glasses

Published in Misc by mfereday on 27 June 2015
While most wearable technological devices are meant for every day use, this next product is not the type you would wear when out and about.

841987 iN CAR CAM 402 G ProfessionaIn-Car Camera

Published in Misc by mfereday on 20 June 2015
While your driving skills might be up to scratch with regards to your own safety and that of other road users, the same might not be true of some others. Accidents can, and do, happen. Sometimes it is hard to establish just where the blame belongs. This next product has been developed to help in such instances.
The first a 32GB stick ‘for iPhone, iPad and computers’ is how this double ended memory stick is described. The second the largest capacity ‘Portable Power Charger’ I have currently seen at 11000mAh with both 1amp and 2.1 outputs.

841807 Pioneer SE MX9 S Superior Club Sound Headband Headphones   golSuperior Club Sound

Published in Misc by mfereday on 11 June 2015
Making a change from the numerous wireless headsets now appearing from various manufacturers, Pioneer has released a tethered model.

841804 rollie selfie sticA Selfie Tool

Published in Misc by mfereday on 6 June 2015
I once worked as a beach photographer snapping holiday makers in the hope they would purchase these items as a memento. Maybe I could be considered an early form of this next product.

841548 LED mini lamTrinity Xtras Items

Published in Misc by paul_smart on 31 May 2015
First a portable – very portable – rechargeable reading light and from a company that does reading lights, this is tiny. Second a candle made of wax that has a light but no flame and as there is no flame then importantly no danger of fire.

841116 Braven 805 Portable Wireless SpeakeBraven 805 Bluetooth Speaker

Published in Misc by mfereday on 28 Apr 2015
Bluetooth speakers continue to be a popular item. The latest such device to reach me includes speakerphone and battery charging functionality.

840882 Sandberg 12000 mAh PowerBanPowerBank 12000

Published in Misc by mfereday on 16 Apr 2015
Adding to its range of PowerBank devices, Sandberg has released a model that keeps you informed as to its current available power level.

840723 enerplex packA Solar Charging Rucksack

Published in Misc by mfereday on 26 Mar 2015
Although some power walking might be helpful, it is not really necessary with this next product which can still work when just strolling.

840341 bass connect speakeA Small Bluetooth Speaker

Published in Misc by mfereday on 19 Mar 2015
The next product under review allows you to increase the volume level of your mobile device’s music collection.
The ConferenceCam Connect from Logitech is aimed at providing an affordable videoconferencing solution that bridges the gap between the basic Skype on a PC and the larger and more expensive videoconferencing suites and is a portable all-in-one solution that is suitable for meetings of up to 6 or so people.

840194 USB Power Tap ChargeSingle Purpose Items

Published in Misc by paul_smart on 15 Mar 2015
Have you ever arrived at the airport and started your holiday with a huge excess baggage charge, if so check out the Balanzza mini S sold by Lakeland. The second single purpose item is a USB Power Tap this is distributed by Thumbs Up.

840243 the internet of thingAn Internet of Things Tutorial

Published in Misc by mfereday on 12 Mar 2015
While printed documentation seems to be a thin of the past with today's hardware and software, there are still numerous books relating to computers including this McGraw Hill Education title.

840108 Enerplex Jumpr Stack 3200 mAh Portable Charger External BatterJumpr Stack 3

Published in Misc by mfereday on 5 Mar 2015
EnerPlex is a company that specialises in the manufacture of rugged solar charging and portable power products for those requiring a convenient power source when on the move. One solution developed by EnerPlex is the Jumpr product for directly charging smartphones, digital cameras and the like. I have been checking out the Jumpr Stack 3 member of the product line-up.

Free Android Business Suite

Published in Misc by paul_smart on 1 Mar 2015
It is rare that I review something that is ‘Free’ in its early days I reviewed Skype when it was more or less the first of its kind. So why am I reviewing a free Android Business Suite, for one reason only, it claims 100% Microsoft Office compatibility.

839910 Wacom Intuos Pen Graphics TableDrawing with Wacom

Published in Misc by mfereday on 26 Feb 2015
Whenever the subject of graphics tablets comes up, the first name that springs to my mind is that of Wacom, the company behind products such as the Pen & Touch offering which is the focus of this next review.

839844 TP LINK TL PB10400 10400 mAh Portable Power Bank External Battery ChargeTwo Multi Use Devices

Published in Misc by paul_smart on 22 Feb 2015
First a device from TP-Link that can charge two items at once and just for good measure is also a torch. Second a device called a Stylus Pen which amazingly has no less than six abilities, yes the size of a pen but with six different uses.
The Crosskase Eighty 6 laptop bag is suitable for laptops of up to 17.3 inches and should meet the needs of the busy commuter who can use it as a backpack, a messenger bag or a tote bag.

839812 PNY LM3000 3000mAh Power PacPower in your Pocket

Published in Misc by mfereday on 12 Feb 2015
Until we get self-charging mobile devices, a popular accessory for smartphone and tablet users will be a lightweight battery charger.

839633 sandberg 4in1 USB AC Charger 4 into 1 Does Go

Published in Misc by mfereday on 10 Feb 2015
This is one of those Big Red Bus moments when no sooner do I finish looking at a product when something covering a familiar area arrives. In this case the subject matter concerns charging multiple devices simultaneously from a single source.

839123 iStorage IS FL DA 256 8 8GB datAshur 256 Bit USB Flash DrivPIN-Secured Flash Drive

Published in Misc by mfereday on 27 Jan 2015
While a convenient method for storing and transferring data between computers situated in different locations, a USB flash drive could be at risk from issues of security. Small and compact with various storage capacities, USB flash drives could easily be misplaced or attract the unwanted attention of those looking to gain unauthorised access to your data. One method to avoid the possibility of unauthorised access would be to use some form of encryption. Developed by iStorage, th

May the Phorce Be With You

Published in Misc by mfereday on 20 Jan 2015
Arriving from the Netherlands is a means of transporting and powering devices when on your travels.
The most frequent complaint with smartphones is the duration of the battery. If you're lucky enough to have a phone with a removable battery, the answer is to carry a spare. But the trend for today's phones seems to be towards inaccessible batteries embedded in an enclosed shell. Brighton-based tech accessory specialist Proporta has come up with a solution. Most of us carry wallets for our cards and cash, so why not design a wallet that includes an emergency phone charger