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Sony PS4 Console (PS4)
Sony PS4 Console (PS4)
Price: £329.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Top Gaming Console - Greats Specs, Features & Games, 19 Nov 2014
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Sony PS4 Console (PS4) (Console)
♦ Introduction ♦

The successor to the PS3! The PlayStation 4 boasts an immense improvement over the "last-gen" consoles with much better specifications which can handle more intense graphical games in high HD resolutions, plus a whole load of features to enhance the users experience even more.

The PlayStation 4 is very slimline and has an awesome angular & sharp look to it. The colour theme is "Jet Black" and has a combination of matte & gloss finish which makes it look really smart and is definitely not an eye-sore to the room.

The PS4 is marketed towards more of a gaming machine for "4 the players" rather than the typical "multimedia" machine the PS3 tried so much to be. Whilst there is support for TV & Video like 'Netflix', 'Amazon Prime', 'YouTube' & 'BBC iPlayer', the main focus for the PS4 is to bring the best gaming experience to players not only on just a gaming level, but social too.

On the PS4, you will find a whole load of content available ranging from games made by indie developers to the more mainstream developers.

♦ Box Contents, Set-Up & Extras ♦

- Box Contents -

∙ PlayStation 4 Console.
∙ Dualshock 4 Controller.
∙ Mono Headset.
∙ Micro USB Cable.
∙ HDMI Cable.
∙ AC Power Cord.

- Set-Up -

Can't be any simpler:

1) Intert HDMI cable to the "HDMI OUT" port of the PS4 and into the "HDMI IN" of your HDTV.
2) Insert the power cable into the PS4 and the other end into a powered socket (i.e. wall socket).
3) Insert the USB cable into the USB port of the PS4 and the micro end into the controller (just below the light bar).
4) Make sure your TV is on and is on the corresponding HDMI source.
5) Turn on the PS4 by pressing the power button (there's a thin touch strip at the front of the PS4; the bottom is eject and the top is the power).
6) Follow instructions.

Once connected to your home network, it's always best to update to the latest software update: "Settings" - "System Software Update".

From here you can play games by inserting the relevant disc or downloading them off the PlayStation Store.

- Online Play -

Previous Sony consoles (PS2 & PS3) were free to play online. This has changed now for the PlayStation 4 which some may not like, however bare in mind servers are not cheap to run, so by paying to play online, you are helping to contribute towards server & maintenance costs.

A positive side to PlayStation Plus is that you get free games, exclusive content and special discounts every month. The free games can range from indie to the more mainstream games; once downloaded, they're yours to play as long as you have an active PlayStation Plus membership. As the membership is tied to your network account, this means the benefits also go across to your PS3 & Vita as well.

PlayStation Plus membership & credit can be purchased through Amazon, other retailers or on the PlayStation Store.

- Optional Extra's -

∙ Extra Controller: Jet Black | Glacier White | Wave Blue | Magma Red.
∙ Charging Station: Official Sony PS4 DualShock 4 Charging Station.
∙ Premium Headset: Official Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) | Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 400 (PS4 & PS3).
∙ Console Stand: Official Sony PlayStation 4 Vertical Stand (PS4)
∙ Camera: PS4 Camera | PS4 Officially Licensed Clip for Playstation Camera.*

* I couldn't recommend the camera right now... I have one myself and there isn't really anything going for it.

♦ System Specifications & Features ♦

- Specifications -

∙ CPU: Low Power x86-64 AMD "Jaguar", 8 cores.
∙ GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-gen Radeon based graphics engine.
∙ RAM: GDDR5 8GB.
∙ HDD: 500GB.
∙ Optical Drive: BD x 6;DVD x 8 (Read Only).
∙ Network/Connectivity: Wi-Fi | Ethernet | Bluetooth 2.1.
∙ Inputs/Outputs: 2 x USB 3.0 | HDMI Out | Optical Out | AUX Port (For PlayStation Camera).
∙ Dimensions & Weight: 275 x 53 x 305 mm | 2.8kg.

∙ Extra Info: The PS4 is roughly 10x more powerful than a PS3.

- Features -

∙ New improved & more interactive DualShock 4 Controller: Better design with improved thumb sticks & triggers and now features a touch pad, light bar, speaker & wired headset output.

Thumb sticks & triggers: Thumb sticks having better spacing and the triggers finally feel how they should!

Light bar: Main use is in conjunction with the PlayStation Camera, however you will find it changes colour depending on your situation, for example the light turns red in most games when low on health.

Speaker: A lot of games use the controller's speaker to output dialogue. For example in Grand Theft Auto, when the police are talking over the radio, it comes out of the controller.

Touch pad: Not only used as a button in a lot of games, the touch-sensitive pad has use in a lot of games as well as when navigating around a keyboard when inputting text.

∙ 'SHARE Button': With a press of a button you can snap screenshots, record or stream gameplay!

With the Share Factory app (download it through store), you can edit your clips and render them into videos on the PS4!

∙ Party Chat: Talk to your friends even if they're not playing in the same game!

∙ Remote Play: You can connect to your PS4 via a PS Vita over your home Wi-Fi network, so if someone steals your TV, you can still play.

One feature which was really cool is that my friend used my home Wi-Fi to connect to his PS4 located at his home which is 10 miles away! There was a little bit of latency however he was still able to play fine.

∙ Better Multi-Tasking: It doesn't matter what you're doing, the PS4 is able to download content in the background even when playing a main PS4 game (something the PS3 couldn't do).

- Features w/ Latest Firmware Update -

∙ 'SHARE Play': This will allow your friend to see your screen when playing a game. Best thing about this feature is you can "hand over" your controller virtually and let them play even if they don't have the game. If the game your playing has split screen, you can hand over a virtual controller so you can both play together. NOTE: This mode may not work on all games (I know for a fact it doesn't work with CoD: Advanced Warfare because Activision blocked this feature, however it does work on most games! Results will also vary depending on both parties connection).

∙ YouTube Support: You can now upload your clips to YouTube.

∙ Extra Themes: You can download different themes for your PS4 home screen.

∙ Music Support: You can connect a USB storage device to your PS4 and play your own 'MP3' or 'AAC' music files when playing games.

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

Sony have taken enormous strides to make sure the PS4 delivers a great gaming experience and they've done just that with massive success, just take a look at the PS4 console sales; they're obviously doing something right!

As we've just past the PlayStation 4's first anniversary, expect to see more games, content and features coming to this great console.

Would highly recommend!


Sony PS4 Console with Grand Theft Auto V (PS4)
Sony PS4 Console with Grand Theft Auto V (PS4)
Price: £349.00

5.0 out of 5 stars GTAV PS4 Bundle: Great way to save some money, 19 Nov 2014
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
♦ Introduction ♦

The successor to the PS3! The PlayStation 4 boasts an immense improvement over the "last-gen" consoles with much better specifications which can handle more intense graphical games in high HD resolutions, plus a whole load of features to enhance the users experience even more.

The PlayStation 4 is very slimline and has an awesome angular & sharp look to it. The colour theme is "Jet Black" and has a combination of matte & gloss finish which makes it look really smart and is definitely not an eye-sore to the room.

The PS4 is marketed towards more of a gaming machine for "4 the players" rather than the typical "multimedia" machine the PS3 tried so much to be. Whilst there is support for TV & Video like 'Netflix', 'Amazon Prime', 'YouTube' & 'BBC iPlayer', the main focus for the PS4 is to bring the best gaming experience to players not only on just a gaming level, but social too.

On the PS4, you will find a whole load of content available ranging from games made by indie developers to the more mainstream developers

#NOTE: This is the PS4/GTAV Bundle; although prices vary from time to time, most of the time it works out MUCH cheaper getting them through a bundle than it is buying them separately, but do have a browse just in case.

At the current time of writing this review (19th November): Standard Console (£329) + GTAV (£44) = £373; with the GTAV Bundle costing £349 that gives you a total saving of £24, so you're basically getting the game almost half price.

Grand Theft Auto V on the PS4 looks amazing, it plays very well and is in my personal opinion a really enjoyable game. If you've played it on the last-gen consoles (PS3 or Xbox 360), but didn't really enjoy it for the storyline, you still won't even with the game after it's been polished even further.

♦ Box Contents, Set-Up & Extras ♦

- Box Contents -

∙ PlayStation 4 Console.
∙ Grand Theft Auto V - Game.
∙ Dualshock 4 Controller.
∙ Mono Headset.
∙ Micro USB Cable.
∙ HDMI Cable.
∙ AC Power Cord.

- Set-Up -

Can't be any simpler:

1) Intert HDMI cable to the "HDMI OUT" port of the PS4 and into the "HDMI IN" of your HDTV.
2) Insert the power cable into the PS4 and the other end into a powered socket (i.e. wall socket).
3) Insert the USB cable into the USB port of the PS4 and the micro end into the controller (just below the light bar).
4) Make sure your TV is on and is on the corresponding HDMI source.
5) Turn on the PS4 by pressing the power button (there's a thin touch strip at the front of the PS4; the bottom is eject and the top is the power).
6) Follow instructions.

Once connected to your home network, it's always best to update to the latest software update: "Settings" - "System Software Update".

From here you can play games by inserting the relevant disc or downloading them off the PlayStation Store.

- Online Play -

Previous Sony consoles (PS2 & PS3) were free to play online. This has changed now for the PlayStation 4 which some may not like, however bare in mind servers are not cheap to run, so by paying to play online, you are helping to contribute towards server & maintenance costs.

A positive side to PlayStation Plus is that you get free games, exclusive content and special discounts every month. The free games can range from indie to the more mainstream games; once downloaded, they're yours to play as long as you have an active PlayStation Plus membership. As the membership is tied to your network account, this means the benefits also go across to your PS3 & Vita as well.

PlayStation Plus membership & credit can be purchased through Amazon, other retailers or on the PlayStation Store.

- Optional Extra's -

∙ Extra Controller: Jet Black | Glacier White | Wave Blue | Magma Red.
∙ Charging Station: Official Sony PS4 DualShock 4 Charging Station.
∙ Premium Headset: Official Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) | Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 400 (PS4 & PS3).
∙ Console Stand: Official Sony PlayStation 4 Vertical Stand (PS4)
∙ Camera: PS4 Camera | PS4 Officially Licensed Clip for Playstation Camera.*

* I couldn't recommend the camera right now... I have one myself and there isn't really anything goes for it.

♦ System Specifications & Features ♦

- Specifications -

∙ CPU: Low Power x86-64 AMD "Jaguar", 8 cores.
∙ GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-gen Radeon based graphics engine.
∙ RAM: GDDR5 8GB.
∙ HDD: 500GB.
∙ Optical Drive: BD x 6;DVD x 8 (Read Only).
∙ Network/Connectivity: Wi-Fi | Ethernet | Bluetooth 2.1.
∙ Inputs/Outputs: 2 x USB 3.0 | HDMI Out | Optical Out | AUX Port (For PlayStation Camera).
∙ Dimensions & Weight: 275 x 53 x 305 mm | 2.8kg.

∙ Extra Info: The PS4 is roughly 10x more powerful than a PS3.

- Features -

∙ New improved & more interactive DualShock 4 Controller: Better design with improved thumb sticks & triggers and now features a touch pad, light bar, speaker & wired headset output.

Thumb sticks & triggers: Thumb sticks having better spacing and the triggers finally feel how they should!

Light bar: Main use is in conjunction with the PlayStation Camera, however you will find it changes colour depending on your situation, for example the light turns red in most games when low on health.

Speaker: A lot of games use the controller's speaker to output dialogue. For example in Grand Theft Auto, when the police are talking over the radio, it comes out of the controller.

Touch pad: Not only used as a button in a lot of games, the touch-sensitive pad has use in a lot of games as well as when navigating around a keyboard when inputting text.

∙ 'SHARE Button': With a press of a button you can snap screenshots, record or stream gameplay!

With the Share Factory app (download it through store), you can edit your clips and render them into videos on the PS4!

∙ Party Chat: Talk to your friends even if they're not playing in the same game!

∙ Remote Play: You can connect to your PS4 via a PS Vita over your home Wi-Fi network, so if someone steals your TV, you can still play.

One feature which was really cool is that my friend used my home Wi-Fi to connect to his PS4 located at his home which is 10 miles away! There was a little bit of latency however he was still able to play fine.

∙ Better Multi-Tasking: It doesn't matter what you're doing, the PS4 is able to download content in the background even when playing a main PS4 game (something the PS3 couldn't do).

- Features w/ Latest Firmware Update -

∙ 'SHARE Play': This will allow your friend to see your screen when playing a game. Best thing about this feature is you can "hand over" your controller virtually and let them play even if they don't have the game. If the game your playing has split screen, you can hand over a virtual controller so you can both play together. NOTE: This mode may not work on all games (I know for a fact it doesn't work with CoD: Advanced Warfare because Activision blocked this feature, however it does work on most games! Results will also vary depending on both parties connection).

∙ YouTube Support: You can now upload your clips to YouTube.

∙ Extra Themes: You can download different themes for your PS4 home screen.

∙ Music Support: You can connect a USB storage device to your PS4 and play your own 'MP3' or 'AAC' music files when playing games.

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

Sony have taken enormous strides to make sure the PS4 delivers a great gaming experience and they've done just that with massive success, just take a look at the PS4 console sales; they're obviously doing something right!

As we've just past the PlayStation 4's first anniversary, expect to see more games, content and features coming to this great console.

- Would recommend!


Grand Theft Auto V (PS4)
Grand Theft Auto V (PS4)
Price: £42.00

19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoyed the last-gen version, then this is a must!, 18 Nov 2014
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Length:: 1:06 Mins

♦ Introduction ♦

Grand Theft Auto V first came out on the PS3 & Xbox 360 late 2013; it did amazingly well in sales and was a game that truly stretched the last-gen consoles to their limits. To many this was not only an absolutely stunning looking game, but a really enjoyable one to play too.

During the game you get to play with three different characters:

∙ Michael: A "retired" bank robber.
∙ Franklin: Works for a luxury car dealership as a repossession guy.
∙ Trevor: A former military pilot who is a bank robber, drug/weapons dealer & stereotypical redneck; this guy is absolutely insane!

Apart from times where the storyline solely concentrates on one character, you can freely switch between each character who has different skills/abilities. They might be near to the character you've recently switched from, or could be over the other side of the map! In all honesty, I really liked this aspect of the game.

That all said, I wasn't quite sure if I was going to dig deep in my pockets to pay full price for a game I already own, just to have it on a different console. As the game was nearing to its release, the more I saw about the improvements which were being made to the game; it wasn't too long before I pre-ordered my copy.

♦ Box Contents & Game Information ♦

- Inside the case: GTAV game disc | Instruction manual | Game world map | $500,000 In-game credit voucher (main game & online)*.

* Subject to availability: This was supposed be an incentive to pre-order the game, so depending on when you buy the game, you may not get this voucher.

- Game Information: 1 Player (Main Game) | 2-30 Players (Online) | Requires a minimum of 55GB storage space | Supports remote play.

- Trophies: 1 Platinum | 3 Gold | 5 Silver | 42 Bronze.

♦ What's New? ♦

∙ Plays at 1080p at 30fps (Up from 720p which the last-gen consoles played in).
∙ First Person Mode: Play GTAV like you've never played it before!
∙ Major graphics improvement (cleaner look, more realistic, better lighting/reflections and less frame-dropping).
∙ All extra DLC that was available for the PS3/Xbox comes included on day release.
∙ 161 New songs added to the game (Now that's a big increase!).
∙ "Improved" Online performance: I can see this happening once the servers settled down, anyone remember what happened last time?

The above is what I know of so far; I will update if I find out any further information.

- First Person Mode -

This mode is quickly activated upon pressing down the touch panel.

There are a tonne of available options to cater for this new mode:

∙ First Person Control Type: Standard | Alternate | Southpaw | Alt+South | Std FPS | Alt FPS | South FPS | Alt_South FPS | + More.
∙ First Person Look-Around Sensitivity: Sensitive Bar.
∙ First Person Aiming Sensitivity: Sensitive Bar.
∙ First Person On Foot Field of View: Sensitive Bar.
∙ First Person Ragdoll: On | Off.
∙ First Person Combat Roll: On | Off.
∙ First Person Head Bobbing: On | Off.
∙ First Person Third Person Cover: On | Off.

This mode may require some practice & tweaking of settings to get used to, however it may just be a love or hate option at the end of the day.

- Improved Graphics -

There's not really much I can say... This game looks like I would have never imagined it before because I thought it already looked great, so seeing it being improved again really is icing on the cake.

Textures, lighting, overall graphics... It all looks amazing.

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

The improvements made to this game are pretty darn significant. If you thought GTAV looked out of this world on the last-gen consoles then hold on to your seat because you're about to be blown away.

Now, if you've played this game on any of the last-gen consoles and didn't enjoy it, buying this game won't change your mind; sure you can appreciate how much better it looks and even smoother play, but it's highly likely you still won't enjoy the game.

For those who enjoyed playing this game on either the PS3 or Xbox 360, trust me, you won't be wasting your money purchasing this game again.

Would highly recommend.

► Note: I've included a little video to show off the graphics and first person mode. I kept it short as it's very hard to capture footage without having the main character or someone on the street shouting out some kind of profanity.
Comment Comments (4) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Nov 22, 2014 10:38 PM GMT


The Hayao Miyazaki Box Set [Blu-ray]
The Hayao Miyazaki Box Set [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Hayao Miyazaki
Price: £180.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to commemorate Miyazaki's work over all these years, 18 Nov 2014
► Note: I hate to post "reviews" without yet owning the product, however it's not nice to see a product (especially when it comes to Hayao Miyazaki's work) receive a bad rating because a "Hayao Miyazaki Box Set" doesn't include the works of Isao Takahata or other Ghibli directors...

I do want to add that I own EVERY Ghibli Blu-Ray that has come out so far and love how crisp they look on a HD display.

.·:*¨*:·.·:*¨*:·.

♦ Introduction ♦

I can't remember exactly when I watched my first Ghibli film however do remember when I was at school (wow, that's going back some time), one of my friends kept raving on about how good these Studio Ghibli films were... I actually lost count of how many times he had recommended me the films. Then one of those days I chose to listen to his advice, so I sat down and watched Spirited Away and was just hypnotised all the way through... The animation was beautiful, the storyline... magical and the music composed by Joe Hisaishi was the cherry on top of a strawberry Sunday. It was from then on I wanted to see every Studio Ghibli film.

It's impossible to choose a favourite Ghibli film as I have so many: 'Whisper of The Heart', 'Laputa: Castle in the Sky', 'From Up on Poppy Hill', 'Howl's Moving Castle', 'Kiki's Delivery Service', 'Spirited Away' & 'My Neighbour Totoro', I do find that the majority in my top favourites are done by Hayao Miyazaki.

There's something about his films which leaves you with a warm glow after seeing one of his films, no matter how many times you watch them. So what better way to commemorate his work after his recent announced retirement by making a well presented box set featuring all of his films.

♦ Box Contents ♦

∙ The Castle of Cagliostro.
∙ Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.
∙ Laputa: Castle in the Sky.
∙ My Neighbour Totoro.
∙ Kiki's Delivery Service.
∙ Porco Rosso.
∙ Princess Mononoke.
∙ Howl's Moving Castle.
∙ Ponyo.
∙ Bonus Disc ft. 90 minutes of exclusive content.
- Each Blu-Ray disc above is encased in a stunning looking case.
∙ Exclusive booklet.

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

Based at the time this was published (18th Nov 2014) this collection has a holding price of £180 which may vary on release due to Amazon's price guarantee; Amazon are probably playing it safe, so I do plan on updating this when the final price is confirmed.

If you were to buy all these films separately it would cost you around £120, so considering this with its collective packaging exclusive content, I think around the £140 mark or below would be a fair price for this set.

Should you buy it? Well it really is down to you... If you're looking at this set, most likely you're a Ghibli/Miyazaki film; so do you already have all of Miyazaki's films on Blu-Ray and can you justify re-buying them all again so you can have them in a collection set? For me it's hard to think about the money being spent, however I've bought every version of the films as they've been coming out (DVD, Blu-Ray & Collectors Blu-Ray when available).

If you haven't got all of his films then this is a great opportunity to get them all in style.

In the end I think it's going to be down between the price tag and the collector that's inside of you which will aid in your decision.

.·:*¨*:·.·:*¨*:·.

► To those who have read this; I'm really interested in hearing which was the first ever Studio Ghibli film you watched and which one is your all time favourite (or top three). Comment below and let me know. :)
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[Rolling Ave.] Hockey Portable Power Bank (Red)
[Rolling Ave.] Hockey Portable Power Bank (Red)

5.0 out of 5 stars Most stylish power bank I've ever seen, 15 Nov 2014
♦ Introduction ♦

A premium and very stylish portable power bank with a 6300mAh battery capacity (rated capacity is 4500mAh), so you could charge an iPhone 6 which has a 1810mAh battery two and a half times (cable for iPhone not provided). I use a Sony Xperia T which has a 1850mAh battery, so I should expect similar results.

- Main Features:
∙ High-speed charge with 2.1A USB output.
∙ Simultaneously charge the power bank & connected device (would require two USB cables).
∙ Multiple safety features, e.g. Short circuit, over-voltage & over-charge protection.
∙ Ultra-long lifetime polymer lithium-ion battery.
∙ Premium grade chip-set allows a 94% conversion rate.
∙ Special thermal design to prevent rising temperatures.
∙ Portable & stylish design.

There are a total of 6 stunning metallic colours to choose from: Black | Blue | Gold | Purple | Red | Silver.

♦ Box Contents ♦

First of all I want to state the packaging has been very nicely presented; the box is sleek looking with a simple design.

∙ Hockey portable power bank.

∙ Micro USB w/ flat cable.*

∙ Smart carry bag.

∙ Instruction manual: This is printed in Chinese & English. The English is well written and easy to understand.

*To charge the power bank, you will need to connect it to a powered USB device such as a USB wall adaptor.

♦ Design & Quality ♦

As the name suggests, it's designed around a hockey puck, except for this is far more stylish. It has an aluminium unibody with minute circular groves on the top and bottom which really adds to the sophisticated look, though doesn't have a whole lot of grip. The product as a whole genuinely feels of high quality.

The product weighs approximately 165g, is 9cm in diameter and has a height of 1.6cm.

♦ Set-Up & Use ♦

Before first use it's important to charge the power bank fully; just insert the micro end of the USB cable into the power bank and the other into a powered USB port (I use the ARCTIC Home Charger 4500). It takes around 2.5-4.5 hours to charge the power bank, the quicker result depends entirely on the type of port you're using (1A or 2.1A) to charge the power bank with. You can tell when the power bank has been fully charged when all four LEDs are solidly lit up.

To charge a device, simply plug in a USB cable (either the supplied cable or your own) into the power bank and insert the other end into the device you want to be charged, then just let the power bank do the charging.

Depending on how the LEDs are lit up will determine on how much battery power is left:
∙ 0 solid, 1 blinking: Less than 25% power left.
∙ 1 solid, 1 blinking: 25%-49%.
∙ 2 solid, 1 blinking: 50%-74%.
∙ 3 solid, 1 blinking: 75%-99%.
∙ 4 solid, 0 blinking: 100%.

So far this power bank has been doing a great job at charging my smartphone, and fairly quickly too.

♦ Overall Opinion ♦

Compared to some other power banks on the market this one does come with a bit more of a premium price tag, however the quality does seem to be of a high quality. This power bank also isn't an eye-sore like some out there, in fact, I find it to be very eye-catching! So if style is something you find important in a product, then this is one you'll definitely want to get.

Overall, a product I would definitely recommend. It would also make a great gift.

✔ Pros:
✓ Very smart design.
✓ High quality feel.
✓ LED battery indicator.
✓ 2.1A fast charge port.
✓ Comes with carry case.

✖ Cons:
✘ A bit pricey.

► Note: I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.


Smatree Ajustable GoPro Clamp Mount+ Tripod Mount with 13.4" Gooseneck Extension + 1 PC Smatree Black Screw for GoPro Hero 4, Hero 3+, Hero 3, Hero 2 HD (Also Fit for Compact Cameras with Tripod Socket)
Smatree Ajustable GoPro Clamp Mount+ Tripod Mount with 13.4" Gooseneck Extension + 1 PC Smatree Black Screw for GoPro Hero 4, Hero 3+, Hero 3, Hero 2 HD (Also Fit for Compact Cameras with Tripod Socket)
Offered by Kumu-UK
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Decent gooseneck clamp, 14 Nov 2014
This product page crosses reviews from the clamp & suction cup; this review is for the clamp mount.
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♦ Introduction ♦

This product is compatibly with any of the GoPro HERO series of action cameras or other small sized cameras which are compatible with a 1/4" tripod thread.

Having this clamp opens up a whole new area of quick mounting options, be it mounting onto a door, table, pole, branch etc... With the combination of the flexible gooseneck and ball-head, this will allow you to achieve some really good extra reach and camera angles.

∙ Box Contents: Clamp w/ fixed gooseneck & ball-head | GoPro Adaptor | Screws.

♦ Quality & In Use ♦

∙ Clamp: Measuring at 12cm(w) x 6cm(l) x 5.5cm(h) makes this part quite big, however it seems very rigid. The clamp has a decent rubber lining and houses a really tough spring inside for a secure grip.

The clamp not only mounts well on flat surfaces such as doors & tables but also round surfaces such as poles due to its convexed shape; this makes it suitable for mounting on poles or stands, though keep in my the pole needs to have a thickness/diameter of 1" for it to clamp on properly, otherwise it will just slide around due to the gap in the middle.

Upon my use, there was one thing I encountered that may seem to be cause for concern: Keeping both parts of the clamp together is a plastic rod which came loose when opening the clamp at one point, luckily this was simple enough to push in and hasn't occurred since, but definitely is something to keep note of.

∙ Gooseneck: Whilst able to be flexed into many positions, it is quite stiff which means some force is required to place it into the position you want it. The positive about the neck being stiff means it's extremely sturdy and will not bend on its own when a camera is mounted on it.

After straitening the neck as much as I could, I measured a total length from the base of the neck up to the top to be about 10.5" or just shy of 12" including the ball-head.

∙ Ball-head: This part is all plastic and seems to be able to keep secure when tightened. With the ball-head loosed, you can achieve a full 360° rotation and a tilt of roughly 45°; this combined with the adjustability of the gooseneck allows for some really good angles!

∙ In-Use: As I own a Sony AS100V rather than a GoPro; I removed the GoPro mount and used the 1\4 tripod thread instead. I found it very easy to set-up and through the neck required more effort to get it into position, I did get it to how I wanted. Just be sure to tighten the ball-head to ensure the camera won't move around.

♦ Overall Opinion ♦

It's an inexpensive mount which can be used with a variety of action cameras or compact cameras. I wouldn't trust it with any heavier or larger sized cameras, however that's not what this mount was made for in the first place.

Overall it does the job intended and it does it well. I can see this being useful in many situations so would recommend.

► Note: I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.


Expower(R) 3W Wireless Bluetooth Touch Control Handfree Led Speaker for Samsung Galaxy S5 Iphone and other Smartphone and All Bluetooth-enabled Device
Expower(R) 3W Wireless Bluetooth Touch Control Handfree Led Speaker for Samsung Galaxy S5 Iphone and other Smartphone and All Bluetooth-enabled Device
Offered by Smart techonology
Price: £20.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Style over substance, 10 Nov 2014
♦ Introduction ♦

The 'HYL-16' by Expower is a portable Bluetooth speaker which features a touch control panel on top.

It has a very cool design; the exterior is metal with the majority of it being matte black with a touch of gloss at the bottom and octahedron shaped.

This speaker also projects a subtle pattern of light on the surface around the speaker, it's a nice touch but can only be seen in quite dark situations.

♦ Box Contents ♦

Inside the box you will find: Main Speaker | Male - Male AUX Cable | Micro-USB Charging Cable* | Instruction Manual.

*You can charge the speaker by linking it up to a powered USB port such as a computer via the charging cable. Battery life is around 4-5 hours on a full 2 hour charge.

♦ Set-Up & Use ♦

There are three ways you can listen to audio/music with this speaker:

1) Auxiliary Lead: This method of connection will allow you to link up the speaker to any device with a 3.5mm jack; so you could connect it to a computer, MP3 player or smartphone etc...

2) Bluetooth: Enable the Bluetooth function on the connecting device and search and connect to "HYL-16". You will hear a voice saying "Bluetooth connected" when the connection has successfully been made.

3) TF/Micro SD Card: With a Micro SD card, you can fill it up with all your favourite songs (in MP3 format) and insert it into its "TF" slot.

I really like the control panel on top; when touching an icon, I found it very responsive as I barely had to apply much pressure for it to respond and it did so without any noticeable delay.

♦ Sound Quality ♦

Unfortunately the sound lets down this speaker, which is a shame for something that looks pretty promising.

Obviously I wasn't expecting too due to the price, however when I've dealt with speakers that are similar priced with better sound quality, it puts this one to shame.

With the volume about halfway up, the sound is bearable, there's nothing special and is probably only suited for personal listening if you have no other background noise. If you choose to start upping the volume then prepare to cover your ears, the sound gets badly distorted quickly and isn't so pleasant to listen to.

♦ Overall Opinion ♦

I've dealt with a few speakers from this particular brand before which were similar in price and to be honest, were much better in sound quality.

If you want a decent and affordable portable Bluetooth speaker, then I would recommend Expower's waterproof speaker instead.

✔ Pros:
✓ Stylish design.
✓ Responsive touch panel.

✖ Cons:
✘ Poor sound quality.

► Note: I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.


Gillette Fusion Proglide Manual Razor Blades - Pack of 4
Gillette Fusion Proglide Manual Razor Blades - Pack of 4
Price: £11.53

4.0 out of 5 stars So expensive... But so good, 8 Nov 2014
I'm very stubborn when it comes to buying more razor heads as they're just so expensive... Anyone else try to make one head last for one, maybe two months? I hope it's not just me who does.

Cost aside, I love the ProGlide heads. I always get satisfactory results when shaving and rarely do I get cuts (I use to shave my beard and head).

As for that one precision blade on the rear, I use it quite often for my sideburns with great results too.

If you want a great shave, ProGlide is the way to go!


Sony AS100VR Splashproof Action Camera with Live View Remote
Sony AS100VR Splashproof Action Camera with Live View Remote
Offered by Zeto UK
Price: £259.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Action Cam - Poor Accessories, 6 Nov 2014
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Sony's action cameras have always come with top quality specs. The video and sound quality produced by the AS100V is fantastic, especially when it comes to image stabilization & the ability to shoot decently in lower lighting conditions makes this an ideal action cam to have. I've dealt with both GoPro Hero 3+ & Drift Ghost HD, and I personally would say that the AS100V tops both of these in overall quality.

That's all well in good having all this quality, but what's really important for action cameras these days, is the ability to have a high versatility when it comes to mounting. An action cam needs to have a good amount of accessories that are easily accessible which makes them possible to mount on what you want it, where you want it.

First of all, Sony's main clip and adhesive pads seem to keep the action cam very secure, I have no qualms about that, the issue I have is that they're quite big, this may be an issue for some like it was for me when attaching it to my motorcycle helmet (though some may not experience the same issue due to different helmet designs).

With mounting in general, Sony are gradually improving their line of mounting options to the consumer; you can get a mount for your chest, head, helmet, bike or surf board and others such as a roll bar mount, suction cup plus more; so the AS100V can be used in a variety of activities, but there is still room for improvement... I had to buy multiple accessories so I could mount the camera to the side of my motorcycle helmet (I didn't fancy having it on top as the slimline design suits being on the side).

When it comes to true mounting versatility, unfortunately the GoPro has it all. Not only because of its unique linking arm design for more angular flexibility, but also due to the fact it has an extremely big popularity. This popularity has resulting in there being tonnes of inexpensive third party accessories and mounts being made available on market. This has made GoPro's action cameras the most versatile out there, which is very hard to compete with.

Another big contender (more at Sony's level) is the Drift; this has an entirely waterproof exterior, rotatable lens and extreme ease of access to a microphone port (great for vloggers!). Although the Sony has a microphone port, you can only get access to it when it's not mounting to anything, or you're using the AKA-SF1 skeleton case, this is a complete design flaw on Sony's behalf...

All this aside, the AS100V is itself a very good camera which I found easy to navigate and use. The live view remote is also a neat & handy but not a necessary addition to have, and it will consume the cams battery faster when in use! I would recommend a [[ASIN:B008AGLBNG spare battery (NP-BX1)].

♦ Final opinion ♦

Overall the AS100V is an extremely good action camera to have, it might not be the best for mounting but does offer top quality results in both audio & video.

It's not easy to decide which action camera to go for, there are many that vary in quality and price, but if you want to go for the more premium range, I would suggest looking into either the 'Sony AS100V' 'GoPro HERO 3+' (Hero 4 is the latest) or 'Drift Ghost S'.

What I would recommend is to first of all look at the mounts available for each product as you'd want something that is going to be able to mount to your needs, then look for video footage examples including comparisons.

I hope this review has helped and that you end up choosing the action cam fit for your purpose.


Logitech Z213 Multimedia Speakers
Logitech Z213 Multimedia Speakers
Price: £27.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Decent budget 2.1 sound system, 5 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
♦ Introduction ♦

The Z213 by Logitech is a 2.1 multimedia sound system for use with anything that can be connected via a 3.5mm auxiliary cable, though more suited as desktop PC speakers.

This unit as a whole is fairly compact meaning it wont take up too much space and also comes with a reasonable price-tag.

♦ What's In The Box ♦

- Satellite Speakers (Left & Right): Has a cable length of roughly 1.2m, if this isn't going to be long enough, you may want to get an AUX extension cable.

- Subwoofer: This features a bass adjustment knob, speaker output port and fixed power cable.

- Control Pad: This is fixed onto the sub via cable which is approximately 1.2m long. The control pad has a fixed 1m AUX cable, a power switch for the main unit, volume dial & headphone port.

♦ Set-Up & Use ♦

Very simple set-up:

1) Plug the speakers into the back of the sub.

2) Plug the AUX cable leading from the control pad into the headphone port of the connecting device (ie. Computer or Laptop etc...)

3) Insert the power plug into a powered socket.

4) Turn the speakers on via the control pad.

5) Adjust volume via control pad and the bass from the sub.

It's really easy to get going, though one slight annoyance for me is that although it has a control pad, you can't adjust the bass on it too.

♦ Sound Quality ♦

The sound coming out from this whole unit is more than reasonable considering its asking price.

Sure it's not mind blowing, however the sound is very clear. Only niggle I had in the sound department was with the bass; turned up a little produces a slight kick, but anything higher just doesn't sound right.

Logitech claim the speakers are compatible with anything that has an auxiliary output which makes sense, however when using it with my smartphone, I just couldn't for some reason, achieve a decent volume level. This however wasn't an issue when using it with my PC or laptop.

♦ Final opinion ♦

I think the major bugbear for me is definitely the lack of length of the cables. I have a fairly high desk so it's a bit of a stretch to get everything where I want it.

Apart from that, the product offers quality that's more than acceptable for the price. If I was on a budget and wanted a decent 2.1 sound system for my PC, I would gladly buy this product.

✔ Pros:
✓ Affordable price.
✓ Decent sound overall.
✓ Easy to set-up.
✓ Simple to use.

✖ Cons:
✘ Cable lengths are far too short!
✘ Bass is average; definitely not "rich" as advertised.


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