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!

867634 Lowepro DroneGuard BP 450 Backpack for Quadcopter DronDroneGuard BP 450AW

Published in Misc by paul_smart on 17 Apr 2016
Admittedly the box it came in was for two of them but even the plastic bag that this single backpack was packed was large, my first job was to put it on my kitchen scales, empty it weighs 2.81kilos. Next let’s see what items it can hold.

867366 lowepro streetline bp250 backpacLowepro StreetLine BP 250

Published in Misc by paul_smart on 4 Apr 2016
I do not get to see many quality backpacks and here is the second this year. This one is perhaps a little more normal than the recently reviewed item that for me would be the sort of item that might be used by the James Bond character.

867636 EMTEC T500 32GB iCobra USB/Lightning

Published in Misc by paul_smart on 3 Apr 2016
This is a slightly oversized 32GB USB stick large enough to be useful even for the largest videos. This however can also connect to those iOS devices so a good way to transfer files between the two operating systems without much hassle.

867367 Tech21 Evo Check Cover Case for Microsoft Lumia 95Case and or Shield from tech21

Published in Misc by paul_smart on 30 Mar 2016
While everyone talks about phone cases in most occasions these leave the screen vulnerable to damage, so you need protection for both the back and the front of your SmartPhone. I have recently looked at the Nokia ‘Microsoft’ Lumia 950 and here some protection for it.

867361 Numinous 1401 SMART City BackpacSmart City Pack 1401

Published in Misc by paul_smart on 27 Mar 2016
Certainly not what you would use for hiking or hill climbing this is a smart – part leather – unit that you might use to go for your office meeting or round and about in a city environment and not when crossing a muddy field scenario.

867412 varidesk pro plus 3Adjustable Height Working

Published in Misc by mfereday on 22 Mar 2016
Sitting in front of a computer, as I do, for many hours each day is, according to my doctor, not a particularly healthy way to carry on. I could point out that the doctor giving this advice always seems to be seated in front of a computer during my visits so is hardly following this given advice regarding health living. But of course this could be one of those situations that are based on “Do what I say, not what I do!”

867363 joby GripTight Bike Mount PRTwo Joby Items

Published in Misc by paul_smart on 20 Mar 2016
Joby are the name to think of for flexible grips. You wind it round any item to leave whatever you want held securely by a tripod screw but not all recent objects such as SmartPhones and even bicycles have tripod screws so they have designed mounts.

867023 mobile phone use   Digital Communicating

Published in Misc by mfereday on 17 Mar 2016
Growing up my friends were people I met on a regular basis but nowadays many people have friends they have never met.

867003 team vieweTeam Viewer 11

Published in Misc by paul_smart on 13 Mar 2016
The 11 should give a good clue to this not being a new product. Team Viewer has been around for a long time and is a method for someone with knowledge to help those with less knowledge to solve a problem remotely easily and quickly.

866966 mattel viewmaster virtual reality fronVirtual Environments

Published in Misc by mfereday on 10 Mar 2016
In my personal dim and distant past I can just about remember using a device called a stereoscope. To my young eyes it was a thing of wonder as it converted a pair of slightly different 2D photos into a 3D scene with depth. Now with digital images and computerised devices the younger generation look for something extra.

867025 kingston datatraveller 2000 USB flash storagKingston DataTraveler 2000

Published in Misc by mfereday on 8 Mar 2016
While Flash drives are extremely useful when transport data between systems, they can be lost. As a result this type of device does require layers of protection.

866968 ergotron workfit t DIY work bencTo Sit Or Stand

Published in Misc by mfereday on 1 Mar 2016
How much time do you spend sat in front of your computer? It does not matter whether you are playing games or carrying out more productive tasks. I suspect that in many cases your answer could well consist of a number of hours. I know that my answer would definitely be a number of hours.

866801 trackr bluetooth tracker devicTrackR.bravo

Published in Misc by mfereday on 27 Feb 2016
Inanimate objects, such as keys, smartphones and other small personal devices, are not meant to have a life of their own. These items are supposed to remain where you last placed them. But, as can often happen, the location where you are certain you left them is not the same as the position where the particular item is to be found when you need it to complete an important task. If, like me, you have encountered such as situation then you might be interested in this next product. Even more so

866799 Sandberg Thunderstorm Keyboard UA Decorated Keyboard

Published in Misc by mfereday on 25 Feb 2016
If you want to brighten up the appearance of your keyboard when gaming, then this next offering might appeal.

866725 noke smart padlocBig Heavy Padlock by Noke

Published in Misc by paul_smart on 21 Feb 2016
This is a padlock with no keyhole or number combination. According to instructions there are four ways to open it, but in case you forget the pattern you select then when you register you answer three different memorable questions for another way.

866373 Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand for SmartphoneJoby & iKlips

Published in Misc by paul_smart on 14 Feb 2016
Both items in their own way hold things, the first could be a camera or phone and then you could wrap it round something. The second holds data and allows you to transfer it either to anything with a lightning connector on one end and a standard USB on the other.

866496 penclic k2 mini computer keyboarA Mini Keyboard

Published in Misc by mfereday on 13 Feb 2016
Adding to its range of computer desktop accessories, Penclic has released its K2 keyboard model.

866576 trackr bluetooth tracker devicA Multiple Remote Controller

Published in Misc by mfereday on 9 Feb 2016
How many remote controllers do you possess? In my case the number is well into double figures although only four are used on a regular basis.
If it sounds too good to be true I thought so to, so I tried it and I can confirm they are offering a range of services and the lowest level of data 200MB a month is FREE and you get both 200 minutes and 200 texts with it as well.

866327 Penclic Bluetooth MousA New Type of Mouse

Published in Misc by mfereday on 28 Jan 2016
While I have never felt comfortable using a track pad, much preferring a traditional mouse, I took up the challenge of checking out a new type of mouse pointing device.

866305 oreilly windows 10 the missing manuaWindows 10's missing manual

Published in Misc by adrianmorant on 23 Jan 2016
As Windows 10 is, in effect, a new operating system all users are on a steep learning curve. "Windows 10: the missing manual" from O'Reilly will be of major assistance to new PC users as well as to those who have upgraded from a previous version.

866145 tactus OmniWallet for iPhone Protection for Phone and Data

Published in Misc by paul_smart on 17 Jan 2016
First a real case for a phone not just the back but the screen as well and it also space for your credit and store cards. Second a well-made memory stick - it metal all round – and the company are sure enough to offer a five year warranty.

866168 Braun Series 3 3080 Mens Electric Foil ShaveWet & Dry Shaver

Published in Misc by mfereday on 16 Jan 2016
Even in my lifetime, the shaving implement has changed beyond all recognition. My grandfather used a cut-throat, my father a safety razor and I used a battery powered electric shaver.

866025 Cygnett SuperCharger UFO 5 Port USB Hub ChargeCygnett 5 Port Mains USB Hub

Published in Misc by paul_smart on 3 Jan 2016
Looking like what early impressions of an alien space ship might be like; a circular disc with thin sides and thicker in the middle this hub from Cygnett does but a single thing it charges your USB devices using mains power and offering five outlets around the disc.

865951 Buffalo 520 2 Bay 2 TB Network Attached StoragTwo-Bay NAS Box

Published in Misc by mfereday on 29 Dec 2015
Adding to its range of NAS boxes, Buffalo has released the LinkStation™ 520D. This is a two-bay unit that is available fully populated with a choice of 2, 4, 6 or 8TB of capacity and a choice of RAID settings. My review unit is the 2TB model.

866110 Transcend 16GB Drive Pro 220 Car Video RecordeTranscend's Drive Pro 220 dashcam

Published in Misc by adrianmorant on 28 Dec 2015
In view of the spate of deliberate car collisions perpetrated by insurance fraudsters upon unlucky and unsuspecting motorists a forward facing video recorder in one's car is a very useful defensive tool. As well as meeting this need, the Transcend Drive Pro 220 car video recorder (aka dashcam) also incorporates a number of other useful features.

865714 Adlens Interface Crystal Unisex Variable Focus glasseAdlens Adjustable Lens Glasses

Published in Misc by paul_smart on 28 Dec 2015
At a recent press event showing new products one item got me excited – although there were other interesting items – that item were these brand new adjustable lens glasses that enable each eye to be suited and for good measure they cut out 80% of harmful blue light.

865711 Integral Led Night Light Led SensoSeeing Differently

Published in Misc by paul_smart on 27 Dec 2015
First what is an advanced night light which could work at both ends of the spectrum for the young or the old. Second a word that only recently found its way into the dictionary yes it’s a ‘Selfie’ stick this one even has Bluetooth.

865866 miposauControllable Dinosaur

Published in Misc by mfereday on 16 Dec 2015
Described as the “Future of Prehistoric”, the MiPosaur Robot has been developed by WowWee. As the “prehistoric” reference might provide a clue, the MiPosaur is a mechanical dinosaur designed in the style of a miniature T-Rex with its default stance being that of a begging position. This powered and controllable dinosaur is aimed as being suitable for those aged eight years and older.

865709 Leef iAccess IOS Micro SD Card ReadeLightweight Storage and Transfer

Published in Misc by paul_smart on 14 Dec 2015
First an OTG device designed for the newest type C USB 3.1 ports. Second a more conventional micro SD card but for ‘i’ devices to once again facilitate transfer of data between the PC or MAC to the portable device and back again.