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Spontex Microfibre Cleaning Cloths (Pack of 8, Total 32 Cloths)
Spontex Microfibre Cleaning Cloths (Pack of 8, Total 32 Cloths)
Price: £16.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Suitable for a variety of purposes, 3 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Can never have enough microfibre cloths, they're simply fantastic.

These ones from Spontex seem to be of good quality like any other brand of microfibre cloth I've purchased in the past.

The good thing about this package is that you get a total of 32 microfibre cloths for what I would say is a reasonable price. The package includes four packs of 8; each pack contains 2 yellow, 2 green, 2 blue & 2 pink(doesn't look red to me). The cloths measure in at 30cm x 30cm.

These cloths are suitable for a variety of purposes due to the fact they don't scratch surfaces: I use them for cleaning my phone screen, camera lens, TV screen & motorbike fairings. Having four different colours means I can distinguish which cloths I use for what.

After using these on a couple of units, I'm very pleased with them.

If you want to re-use these, then you must not use fabric softener, laundry detergent or put them in very hot temperatures (ie. hot water or tumble dryers). Either soak them in a bowl of cold or warm water whilst agitating it periodically, or place them in a washing machine by themselves using just water. Apparently when washing these, you can do so up to 60°C.

Overall would recommend.


Gillette Fusion Manual Razor with Flexball Technology
Gillette Fusion Manual Razor with Flexball Technology
Price: £10.55

5.0 out of 5 stars Haven't regretted upgrading, 27 Feb. 2015
I've been using the Gillette Fusion Proglide Manual Razor for quite some time now which so far, has been the best razor I've used.

Recently I had seen this new version advertised absolutely everywhere, you just couldn't miss it (well definitely in my area that is, plus a lot of ads on TV).

As I've already had a very positive experience with the old version, I thought I'd give it a try. Well, I'm really glad I had! Considering it uses the exact same shaver heads as the previous model, the flexball actually makes quite a big difference, in a positive way that is.

My main use for the razor is shaving my head: Whilst the previous version seemed good enough, this one took it so a whole new level! The fusion w/flexball effortlessly glided right across my head and did a great job whilst it was at it. This extra feature really isn't a gimmick.

Very comfortable shave with top results.

Overall, would definitely recommend.


Time2 WiFi Controllable Personal Home Smart Lighting System Starter Kit (2 X B22 LED Bulbs, 1 Bridge)
Time2 WiFi Controllable Personal Home Smart Lighting System Starter Kit (2 X B22 LED Bulbs, 1 Bridge)
Offered by Time2 Direct
Price: £119.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A great bulb let down by its app..., 24 Feb. 2015
Length:: 1:11 Mins

#Note: I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
The product I received was the Home Smart Lighting System Starter Kit.

♦ Introduction ♦

A "smart" colour changing LED lighting system which can be adjusted remotely with the use of a smartphone.

The product claims to consume 9W of power and outputs 800lm, which is pretty bright. It fits in the 'A+' energy rating and supposedly has a life span of over 7 years.

To get things started you will need a starter kit to get things going, it's available for two different light sockets: E27 Starter Kit | B22 Starter Kit.

♦ Box Contents ♦

I really like the presentation of the packaging; they've kept it simple and clean looking and the box is of a decent size.

∙ Smart LED Light x2: The bulbs are much bigger than the standard bulb, but feel very solidly built.
∙ Wi-Fi Bridge: Fairly small and smart looking device.
∙ Ethernet Cable: Very short in length.
∙ USB power cable.*
∙ Instruction Manual.

*I was a little baffled to see that the "power cable" which has a USB connector on one side and a barrel connector on the other, DOESN'T have either a fixed plug or a USB AC adapter. Whilst most people will probably have one already, they won't want to keep unplugging it whenever they want to charge up their phone.

♦ Setting Up ♦

In all honesty, this gave me a bit of headache as the instruction manual included wasn't clear enough, so even though I was following the instructions EXACTLY as it was stating, I just couldn't get the darn things to work. Then I noticed a sticker inside the box (top flap) stating there is a more detailed user guide on their website.

The guide on the website should have been the one included in the box because it worked on the first read through.

Anyway, here is how you set the unit up:

1) Download/Install the 'Kit4home' app (available on Google Playstore/Apple App store.

2) Connect the Wi-Fi bridge to a power source with the included power cable.

3) Connect the Wi-Fi bridge to your router with the included Ethernet cable. Ensure your smartphone is connected to the same router as the Wi-Fi bridge.

4) Open the Kit4home app and click on the [+] icon. This will prompt a device scanning feature.

5) Scan the QR code located on the bottom of the Wi-Fi bridge (make sure there is a decent amount of light otherwise your camera make not pick it up).

6) Confirm the device name (can be anything), leave the Mac code alone and click on "Add".

7) Click on the device name you created.

8) Screw in the lightbulb but DO NOT turn it on yet.

9) Press the bulb icon with a '+' by it and choose a group to add it to.

10) Press the group you selected the bulb to be on and make sure the power button on the app isn't lit-up; if it is, click it to turn it off.

11) Turn on the light switch and as soon as the bulb lights up, press the power button on the app.

12) If the pairing is successful, the bulb will flash green three times.

From here you can change the bulbs brightness, white colour (warm white to daylight white) and colour. You can also set when the light to turn on and off via alarm or timer, select night or snooze mode.

♦ Results ♦

The bulb itself can achieve a very nice bright light on all white levels when at its max brightness setting. It's nice to have the option to choose between a nice warm glow which 3000k produces, to the more daylight white at 6000k.

There are many colours to choose from. The brightness does drop quite a bit when a colour is selected, but it's still at a reasonable level. The bulb also responded quite quickly to the commands being sent from my smartphone.

The bulb doesn't seem to remember which colour was last selected when turning it off/on by the switch, it will go to its default white setting. This may be an issue to some.

Do bare in mind that whilst the front part of the bulb remains quite cool after constant use, the housing can get fairly hot, so give it some time to cool down before taking out.

I had mixed results when linking multiple bulbs. Linking both bulbs to the same group gave me no issues whatsoever during my time of use. However, linking each bulb to their own group caused issues: at times the communication got confused and changed the wrong bulb and it even got to a point where both groups changed just the one bulb.

After quite some use, I came to the conclusion the app needs a bit of sprucing up and some bugs ironed out, such as:

1) When you create a new group and go to add a bulb to a group, it only shows "Group 1" up to 4, not any new ones that have been created. The same happens to when you modify a groups name.

2) You can't see which group your bulbs are in.

3) Needs a clearer bulb pairing system.

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

I really like the bulb, it feels of good quality and can produce a decent variety of colours to choose from. Unfortunately I'm not a big fan of the app that is required to use it.

The app NEEDS sorting out as it's central to the bulb, it's holding the product back from its true potential. If they can sort that out, then the product as a whole would be perfect.

If you're not bothered about customising the bulbs into their own separate groups, then you should be pleased with the results. If it's going to be an issue, then I couldn't recommend.

✔ Pros:
✓ Good quality build.
✓ Nice bright white light.
✓ Variety of colours to choose.
✓ Bulb responds quickly to colour changes.

✖ Cons:
✘ App needs sprucing up.
✘ Communication issues with bulbs in different groups needs looking at.


Sena SNOWTALK-01 Bluetooth Headset and Intercom
Sena SNOWTALK-01 Bluetooth Headset and Intercom
Price: £77.96

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, but some room for improvement, 23 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
♦ Introduction ♦

The Snowtalk by Sena is just as the name suggests: It's a Bluetooth communication device designed around snow sport activities such as skiing and snowboarding, so you can talk to your friends whilst doing the thing you love; this is not only great for general conversation purposes, but also relaying advice, or warning each other of things ahead.

But its uses don't end there. You can also connect to your smartphone to retrieve calls or listen to music.

- Main Features:
∙ Intercom range up to 700m.
∙ Up to four-way intercom.
∙ 6 hours talk time (not including other Bluetooth connectivity uses).
∙ Connect to smartphone (answer calls & listen to music).
∙ Music sharing.
∙ "Advanced Noise Control".
∙ Firmware upgradable.

♦ Box Contents ♦

The box is smartly presented and everything inside is well organised. The contents you will find are as follows:

∙ 1x Snowtalk Headset: The speakers are made out of light plastic, though cables are braided for extra durability.

∙ Ear Warmer Headset Casing: Quite tricky to get the speakers in, but once they are, they stay in place snugly. These are used to store/use the speakers when not in use with a ski helmet. Apparently they're supposed to go around your neck despite them being called "ear warmers"; I guess it does make sense considering they don't fit my head size at all. On a good note, they are comfy and allow good volume of sound out.

∙ L-Shaped Micro USB Cable (For charging & updating headset).

∙ 4x Quick Start Guides (English, French, German, Italian & Spanish).

You will need access to a powered USB port to charge the device, this could be from a laptop/PC or USB wall adapter.

The Snowtalk system will require your ski helmet to have ear pockets, otherwise there won't be anything to hold them into place.

Having just one set of this product will allow you to answer/reject calls and listen to music. If you want to use the intercom feature, you will need to have access to more than one. The Snowtalk feature can link three others to it allowing for a four-way intercom.

♦ First Use & Set-Up ♦

It's always best to charge up devices before use. Once it has been fully charged, hold down the Left & right button down for one second, this will turn the unit on.

- Pairing with mobile phone:

1) Ensure your smartphones Bluetooth function is enabled.
2) Hold the 'R' button down for five seconds; a voice prompt will tell you when it's in pairing mode.
3) On your smartphone, scan for devices and click to connect to "Sena Snowtalk".
4) You should now be paired.

- Pairing with other Snowtalk headset:

1) Ensure both headsets are on.
2) Hold the 'L' button on both headsets for five seconds; voice prompts will tell you when they're in pairing mode.
3) Tap 'L' button on one of the headsets and wait for pairing to complete.
4) If the two don't automatically connect after pairing, tap one of the 'L' buttons and they should connect.
#) NOTE: When turning the headsets back on, follow step 4 to start intercom.

I had no issues when pairing the Snowtalk with either smartphone (Xperia Z3 Compact) or other headset.

♦ Ease of Use ♦

Navigating around the headset can seem daunting at first as it relies on using just two buttons: 'Left' & 'Right'. The hardest part is remembering the commands as some requires tapping the buttons, some holding for one or two seconds.

Here are some commands that I found myself using most:

∙ On/Off: Hold 'L' & 'R' for 1 second.
∙ Intercom Connect/Disconnect: Tap 'L'.
∙ Volume Up: Tap 'R'.
∙ Volume Down: Double Tap 'R'.
∙ Play/Pause Music: Hold 'L' for 1 second (Some smartphones may require the music application to be already open).
∙ Answer Phone Call: Tap 'R'.
∙ End Phone Call: Hold 'R' for 1 second.
∙ Reject Phone Call: Hold 'R' for 1 second.
∙ Share music with other intercom: Hold 'L' for 2 seconds (When intercom & Bluetooth is connected and music is activated.

♦ Overall Quality ♦

∙ Music Sound Quality: I honestly can't fault the quality when it comes to playing music. For what it is, the quality is very good. Even with the music volume at its loudest I couldn't notice much distortion, however I couldn't test it that long on such volume as it was way too loud for me.

∙ Intercom Sound Quality: Speech from one to another was understandable but could be a bit clearer in my opinion. That said, there is an external microphone port which may give you better results.

∙ Phone Call Quality: I called two different friends, both of which I could hear fine, however they said whilst I was clear enough to understand, they could tell I wasn't using my phone directly and there is room for slight improvement. As a comparison, whenever I use Sena's other product, the 20S (motorcycle intercom), they can never tell that I'm riding my motorcycle whilst talking to them.

∙ Bluetooth Range:

Unfortunately I won't be near any slopes for quite some time, but did do a quick test going to the other end of my street (open area) where they both stayed connected, which seems promising.

However the real test will be when we're on the actual slopes where more elements are in play, such as: The speed both users are travelling at or objects in the way that may cause interference.

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

If you're looking for an intercom which has a much further reach than 700m, then you may want to look elsewhere.

For what this headset is and to how I've tested it so far, it does a decent job. Though would like to test it even further when I can.

The best thing about using Bluetooth intercoms is that you won't get anyone interfering with your conversations; all you need to do is make sure you're within the Bluetooth range to stay in contact.

✔ Pros:
✓ Simple set-up & easy to use.
✓ External mic.
✓ Has multiple uses.
✓ Good quality speakers.
✓ 6 hours talk time is reasonable.

✖ Cons:
✘ Voice clarity has room for improvement.


Sena SCA-M01 Prism Bluetooth Action Camera
Sena SCA-M01 Prism Bluetooth Action Camera
Price: £303.58

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packs a whole load of features inside, 22 Feb. 2015
Length:: 4:38 Mins

#UPDATE: I've put together a video which shows video/image quality and a run through of the modes and Bluetooth functions. Note that depending on which device you're viewing this from, you may not be able to view the video.

♦ Introduction ♦

The action camera market is a fiercely competitive one. Ranging from all kinds of ranges from affordable budget action cams to the more pricey premium action cams, there is always going to be one for everybody. The problem is finding the one that fits for your purpose.

I've owned and used various action cams from budget brands to the more premium brands such as GoPro, Sony & Drift; all of which have their own positives, however you will find that they are good in different areas to each other.

Sena's Prism action camera is the first to have in-built Bluetooth technology that can communicate with other Bluetooth headsets (either Sena or non-Sena branded). This allows users to record their own dialogue over their video footage without wires. Unlike the Drift which requires a wired mic to overlay audio, the Prism doesn't which means more mounting options are available.

- Main Features:
∙ 137° Field of view.
∙ Full HD 1080p at 30fps.
∙ Bluetooth voice recording with Bluetooth headsets.
∙ Ultra HD audio recording with combined use of Sena UHD compatible headsets.
∙ Included Quick-release Mounting system.
∙ Bluetooth 4.0 technology.
∙ Charge whilst being in use.
∙ 2 Hours battery life.
∙ Firmware upgradable.

♦ Box Contents & Recommended Extras ♦

Unlike most other big brands which fall within the same price range, Sena actually include a decent variety of mounts in the box already. Brands such as GoPro, Sony & Drift only include the basic adhesive mounts with their action cameras, so it was refreshing to see a brand actually include a good variety of mounts to begin with.

- Box Contents:
∙ PRISM Camera | Lens Cap | Waterproof Housing | Skeleton Back-door.
∙ Helmet Mounting Kit (Helmet Clamp Kit, Goggle Strap Mount & Helmet Surface Mounts etc...).
∙ Motorcycle Mounting Kit & QRM System (Single & Dual Suction Cups, Handlebar Mounts & Quick-Release Mounting System).
∙ Allen Wrench.
∙ Safety Wire.
∙ Micro USB Cable.
∙ Instruction manuals*.

* There are two manuals included: First is the 'PRISM Flow Chart' which shows all the settings available and how to find them. The second one is just a quick set-up guide. Unfortunately there isn't a manual showing how to set-up/use the accessories included; whilst most are self explanatory, it still would have been nice.

- Recommended Extras:
MicroSD Memory Card.

- Optional Extras:
Spare Battery.
Spare Top Surface Mount w/QRM System.
USB AC Adapter.
Micro HDMI to HDMI cable.
Sena 20S-01 (Single Pack - Motorbike Bluetooth Communication System).
Sena 20S-01D (Dual Pack - Motorbike Bluetooth Communication System).

- Extra Information:
The Prism is EXTREMELY versatile when it comes to mounting. Sure it uses its own proprietary QRM system, however its 1/4" thread is easily accessible which means it can be attached to other third party mounts too.

♦ Prism's Functions & How to Use ♦

The rear of the camera has a battery compartment which also conceals the memory card slot as well as the Micro USB & micro HDMI ports. This can be opened by firmly sliding the switch down. The micro USB port (used for file access & charging) is the only part which can be accessed whilst the cover is attached. There is a little rubber flap to protect it from water/dirt however you will need to use the included cable when the battery cover is on as it has extra reach.

To the side of the camera is a small LCD screen which when on displays text in a nice clear and bright blue colour. The LCD screen displays remaining memory, battery life, camera mode, resolution & frames per second.

On top of the camera is an LED indicator, this changes colour depending on which mode you have selected:
∙ Red: Video mode.
∙ Blue: Single shot mode.
∙ Green: Burst mode.
∙ Pink: Time lapse mode.
∙ Off: Settings.
∙ Flashing: Recording.

Also on top are the 'M' (Mode) & 'S' (Shot) buttons:
∙ Hold 'M' & 'S' at the same time to turn the Prism on; tap them to turn the Prism off.
∙ 'M': Displays the next option when pressed, or displays settings for the selected mode when held down for a second.
∙ 'S': Selects the mode highlighted, so if you're on 'Video', it will start recording when pressed and stop when pressed again.

I know it might sound silly me complaining there isn't a microphone port on an action camera that supports Bluetooth connectivity, however covering both ways would have been a welcomed addition as it would provide people with the choice of wired or wireless.

♦ Results ♦

- Ease of Use:
Navigating around the menu system is simple, it's just getting used to where all the settings are which can be time consuming.

If you have a smartphone then I would highly recommend paring it with the PRISM, then downloading the 'Sena PRISM' app.

Pairing the PRISM to a Bluetooth headset and/or smartphone will require you to do it directly from the PRISM. This can be done by going to 'SET', 'Device SET' then either 'HEADSET Pairing' or 'SMARTPHONE Pairing'.

To pair the Prism with a headset, you will need both to be in pairing mode for them to connect. If you own a Sena 20S, disconnect it from the universal clamp, turn it on and shake it to put it into its pairing mode.

For smartphones, the PRISM will be visible on your Bluetooth devices list once you've activated the pair mode.

The app doesn't allow you to remotely command the PRISM to start recording, however it does gain you superb ease of access to ALL the settings and can be changed quickly.

Settings range from resolution to field of view, upside down mode, time-set and mic options such as sidetone and gain. You can also view the PRISM's quick guide and user's guide.

If you own a Sena 20S, you can skip through modes and when to record and stop recording using the jog dial. Within my experience, it worked well without any hitches.

- Video Quality:
Video footage is recorded in the 'MP4' format. 1 minute of 1080p footage took up around 76MB of memory. Files can be found by going into the PRISM folder and through the following folders: 'DCIM' - '100MEDIA'.

∙ Daytime Quality: Overall quality is pretty darn good; colours are good and the video is quite clear, however it could be slightly better (a little increase in sharpness and at times better exposure), other than that the video produced is well suited for either personal videos or uploading on YouTube.

∙ Low-Light & Night-time Quality: The quality sits between the Drift Ghost HD which can be quite darn awful in low-light (so much noise), and Sony's AS100V which has incredible low-light performance.

Whilst video quality at night-time isn't exactly this cameras forte; noise levels are fairly low, it's just can't quite pick up the surroundings. Though footage at night-time with street lighting would be usable as evidence in an event of an accident. Indoor footage is at an acceptable level.

The Prism can't touch the low-light levels the AS100V achieves, but compared to some other action cameras, the Prism does pretty well.

∙ Image Stabilization: The stabilization is the same as the GoPro & Drift, there is none. It will really depend on how stable the unit is which you're mounting it on. Being mounted on my helmet and having good suspension on my motorcycle meant that the majority of my footage was reasonably smooth.

∙ Bluetooth Range: The range may vary on the headset you're using. I used the Sena 20S and managed to get around 20 or so metres away before it decided to cut off; the 20S & Prism automatically reconnected when I was back much closer in range.

Leading up to the 20 metre mark (after 10 metres), as I was walking, there were times where the audio became a bit choppy, so I would question the durability going at high speeds with the Prism & headset being further away from each other.

I have no doubt that the Prism would stay connected within a 10 metre radius going at speed, so if you were to mount it onto your motorbike rather than your helmet, there will be no issues in connectivity.

If you're planning on dual-vlogging (compatible via Sena headsets), make sure the headset that you've paired with the Prism is closest to it. If the PRISM is on your bike, you need to equip the headset that's paired up with it. So as long as your headset is connected to the Prism and is also getting signal from the other headset, audio from both parties will be recorded.

∙ Sound Quality: The in-built microphone picks up sound with a lot of clarity, however does also pick up a lot of wind noise at speeds. This can be reduced by using a waterproof housing, but it's still noticeable.

The Prism REALLY shines when using in conjunction with a Sena product that supports UHD audio such as the 20S Bluetooth communication device. The results are fantastic! It captures your voice with crystal clear clarity, very pleased indeed.

I can't comment on the quality of a normal Bluetooth headset as I don't have one.

- Photo Quality:
Photos can be taken singularly or via the burst setting (3, 5 or 10 pics), photo resolution ranges from 3MP to 5MP. The Prism has a decent response time from pressing the button to taking the photo. I timed it to be around 80ms. Photos are saved in the 'JPEG' format and can be found in the same folder as the videos.

Daytime quality is above average and doesn't suffer from much motion blur. It's perfect for posting on social media such as Facebook, but wouldn't rely on them to make prints.

Low-light quality is usable, but can suffer from bad motion blur if moved whilst taking a photo.

- Time Lapse:
The time lapse feature is extremely cool. You can choose the Prism to take a photo in 1, 3, 5, 10, 30, or 60 second intervals. You also have the choice to save them as individual files or make into a video! Neat eh?

- Battery & Temperature:
Whilst using the Bluetooth feature, I managed to get a total of one and a half hours worth of footage and the battery hadn't died, but was getting very low. I think it could possibly get near to the two hour mark which is pretty good for something that uses Bluetooth as well.

The only time I noticed the Prism getting quite hot on the side was when I was using it inside and was constantly plugging it into my laptop. Otherwise when in use outside, there was no noticeable heat, even when it was enclosed in its waterproof housing. There was no fogging up either.

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

The main feature of this action cam is to be able to overlay your speech/conversations from a Bluetooth headset onto your video footage whilst filming. This is extremely convenient as it opens up multiple choices for mounting.

Unfortunately I can't comment on the quality with a non-Sena headset as I don't own one, but I can say in use with a Sena headset delivers outstanding results.

I do still love my Sony AS100V due to its crazy low-light & image stabilization quality, however its poor mounting options for my needs makes it very unfavourable. As a whole package for motorcycling & motovlogging, the Sena Prism wins hands down.

✔ Pros:
✓ Smart & slimline design.
✓ Ability to flip video footage.
✓ Versatile when it comes to mounting.
✓ Great variety of settings & features.
✓ Simple to use and even simpler with app.
✓ Can control the Prism via selected headsets.
✓ Tonnes of different mounts included in the box.
✓ Amazing audio quality via Bluetooth headset (UHD mode).
✓ Has sidetone feature, so you can hear yourself whilst talking.

/ Neutral:
- Video quality is decent, but could be a bit sharper.

✖ Cons:
✘ No external mic port.
✘ Doesn't organise photos & videos into their own separate folders.
✘ Quite a lot of wind-noise on internal mic (with and without the waterproof housing).

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


Kingston Technology  USB 3.0 Media Reader
Kingston Technology USB 3.0 Media Reader
Price: £12.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic card reader, 21 Feb. 2015
Extremely lightweight and doesn't take much space at all.

It comes with a USB 3.0 cable which allows it to achieve very fast transfer speeds; just as long as you're using it through a USB 3.0 port, but is compatible with the older USB 2.0 ports. The media reader is powered by the device on the other end of the cable, so doesn't require an additional power cable to be used.

So far I've used this on my desktop, laptop and even my "smart" TV. It works mighty fine on all three with no issues whatsoever.

Would highly recommend.


Polaroid Cube Lifestyle Action Camera (2MP) - Blue
Polaroid Cube Lifestyle Action Camera (2MP) - Blue
Price: £89.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but still a very good quality cam, 14 Feb. 2015
♦ Introduction ♦

The CUBE by Polaroid is an extremely small and portable action camera measuring in at just 3.5cm x 3.5cm x 3.5cm.

- Main Features:
∙ 124° Field of view.
∙ Up to 1080p video recording.
∙ Weather-resistant & shockproof.
∙ Magnetic & "Stackable" with other CUBE cameras.
∙ Three coloured themes available: Black | Blue | Red.

This little cam is utterly adorable! It's probably the smallest action camera I've ever owned. Due to its size, it's not only discrete, it's lightweight and can easily fit into a pocket. The exterior seems pretty solid, so I don't think I would worry much if I dropped it, unless it was unfortunate enough to fall lens down directly onto a rock.

I get the impression this is more for general use be it for commuting or family situations, I just can't see it being used for "extreme sports".

♦ Box Contents & Recommended Extras ♦

- Box Contents:

∙ CUBE camera.
∙ Micro USB charging cable.
∙ Instruction manual.

I've got to be honest, I was a little disappointed to see zero mounts included; that's right not even one adhesive mount. I've owned action cameras from various brands (Sony, GoPro, Drift), all of which had some sort of basic mount included, but not the Polaroid Cube.

- Recommended Extras:

∙ As the CUBE doesn't have internal memory, a MicroSDHC Memory Card is HIGHLY recommended.
∙ If you don't have one already, a USB AC Adapter can come in handy. Alternatively you could use the charging cable with a powered USB port from your PC/Laptop.

- Optional Extras:

Tripod Mount.
Helmet Mount.
Suction Cup Mount w/ Waterproof Case.
Bicycle Mount.
∙ + More.

Personally, I would recommend the 'Tripod Mount' and a 1/4" Screw Thread for GoPro mounts, this way you can attach it to some other GoPro mounts which would give the camera more versatility and mounting options.

♦ CUBE's Functions & How to Use ♦

At the rear of the camera is a cover with a slot indented into it, this can be opened up with a coin. Once opened, you will gain access to the memory card slot, 720p/1080p quality switch an the micro USB port (used for file access & charging).

Attaching the camera to your PC/Laptop will allow you to toggle some settings, you can find them by going to: 'My Computer' - 'CUBE' - 'PolaroidCube' application. You can toggle the following:
∙ Light Frequency (50Hz/60Hz).
∙ Timestamp (On/Off).
∙ Cycle Recording (On/Off): Having this setting on means it will start to record over the previous footage when the memory card is full, whereas if it was off, it would stop recording when there's no space left on the memory card.
∙ Sync with Computer: When this is pressed, the camera will sync the computers time onto the CUBE. It will then prompt you to disconnect the camera.
∙ Camera Buzzer Volume Slider (Mute to Loud).

The CUBE has a fairly strong magnet at its base which allows it to stick to many surfaces firmly, though unfortunately you're limited to mounting this camera upright on surfaces. Of course this can come in handy, however it could have been made more versatile by adding a magnet to each side, or have a sensor that would automatically flip the video footage when recording on its sides.

On top is a small LED indicator as well as the Power/Snapshot/Record button.
∙ When off, hold for three seconds (Power on).
∙ Once on, press once (take a snapshot).
∙ Once on, press twice (start recording).
∙ When recording, press once (stop recording).
∙ When on, hold for three seconds (Power off).

At the front is where the Lens and microphone is located.

♦ Results ♦

- Ease of Use:

I honestly don't think they could have made it any simpler to use, there are only three different commands using just the one button. They are easy to remember and the button is big enough to press even when wearing gloves.

- Photo Quality:

Upon pressing the button once it takes the camera 1.3 seconds to actually take a photo, so keep it still until you hear a bleep.

The quality is good as long as photos are taken in decent light, though not so good with fast moving objects, especially as lighting becomes poorer.

Photos can be found within the 'DCIM' - '100PHOTO' folders.

- Video Quality:

Video footage is recorded in the 'MOV' format; if you haven't already, it's advisable to download QuickTime. I needed to download it as my video editing software needed the plug-ins which comes with the QuickTime software, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to edit them. Windows Media Player also had issues when playing

Video footage can be found within the 'DCIM' - '100VIDEO' folders. The files are split every 5 minutes which at 1080p quality takes up about 290MB per file.

∙ Daytime Quality: Just as you would expect from an action cam, the video quality during daytime was sharp and the exposure most of the time was decent. The colouring is more natural and true to what the scene actually is. Some action cameras like to make the colour more "vivid".

∙ Night-time Quality: I was actually pleasantly surprised. As-long as there is some decent street lighting, the footage is very usable. Compared with the Drift Ghost HD (not 'S' version), the CUBE puts the Drift to shame when it comes to the same lighting conditions.

∙ Stabilization: The CUBE doesn't have any form of stabilization, so if you're gonna be riding a bike on a bumpy road without good suspension, you WILL notice it in the footage.

∙ Sound Quality: Quality seems reasonably clear, just bare in mind when travelling at higher speeds, wind noise is very apparent. A waterproof housing is normally best to use to cut down wind noise, or stick a little bit of foam over the microphone.

- Battery:

It's fair to say for a little cam such as this, the battery is pretty good. I would say the advertised 90 minute battery is fairly accurate. The problem I have is you just don't have an inkling of how much battery life it has left (apart from orange when under 10%).

I have a device which flashes red up to four times when turned on, each red indicates roughly 25% of power remaining, so if it flashes three times, you know it has between 50-74% of power left. Something like that would have been useful.

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

If you're looking for a versatile action camera, get a GoPro. Whilst GoPro's are a bit pricier, they do have a wide range of models available from budget to premium and are much more versatile when it comes to mounting, especially as there are so many cheap third party mounts available, but they are also larger in size.

The CUBE is very small making it more discreet and convenient for everyday use. The video quality is very good, so I would recommend taking a look at some of the mounting options Polaroid have to offer and if they have something suitable for your use, then it's definitely a product I would recommend.

✔ Pros:
✓ Small/compact & lightweight.
✓ Very simple to use.
✓ High quality video quality.
✓ Handles well in low-light (video).
✓ Has timestamp option.
✓ Has "cycle" recording feature.
✓ Magnetic bottom is useful.
✓ Decent battery life.

✖ Cons:
✘ Not a single mount included.
✘ Optional mounts are rather expensive for what they are.
✘ Lacks video stability.
✘ No battery indicator.
✘ Wouldn't recommend for photo use.

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


Sony MDR10RC Overhead Lightweight Folding Headphones - Red
Sony MDR10RC Overhead Lightweight Folding Headphones - Red
Price: £74.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality entry level Hi-Res audio compatible headphones, 6 Feb. 2015
♦ Introduction ♦

The MDR-10RC's are Sony's entry level Hi-Res audio compatible headphones. These on-ear headphones have 40mm dynamic driver units & an impressive 5Hz-40KHz frequency response.

I really like the style of these, if you're looking for some smart looking headphones, then these fit the bill. There are also three different coloured themes to choose from: Black | White | Red. I have the black version, which I really like.

- Main Features:
∙ High-Resolution Audio compatible.
∙ 40mm dynamic driver units.
∙ 5-40,000Hz Frequency Response.
∙ Foldable.

♦ Box Contents ♦

∙ MDR-10RC Headphones.
∙ 1.2m length 3.5mm Audio cord (Gold plated: Straight & L-shaped connector).
∙ 1.2m length 3.5mm Audio cord w/ in-line remote & mic (Gold plated: Straight & L-shaped connector).
∙ Carry case.
∙ Instruction manual.

♦ Comfort & Sound ♦

I normally have issues quite quickly with on-ear headphones due to me wearing glasses, which is why I usually go for the over-ear types. These headphones stretch smoothly, the ear-cushions are amazingly soft and there is very little pinch on the ears which means I can wear them for longer than I would normally. I'd say I can manage around 40 minutes before needing to rest my ears.

Although there is very little pinch, they do stay on my head even when I move, however if you're a head-banging type, they will probably fly off.

Audio quality I found to be utterly superb... I own a couple headphones, but these are the best by far. Very clear audio, well balanced and and can deliver just the right amount of bass when needed.

There is a bit leakage when playing at louder volumes, but it's not really noticeable when they are being worn.

As already stated it's compatible with Hi-Res audio, so if you have something like the NWZ-A15 Hi-Res Walkman with some 24-Bit songs at the ready then you'll notice these shining even more. As a test I used these headphones on my friends iPhone 6 playing 16-Bit version of some tunes, then used them on my A15 with the 24-Bit equivalent and there was even more clarity on the vocals and instrumentals. Just to make sure there was a difference, I asked two of my more musically minded friends to test them; they both agreed there was a positive difference.

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

The MDR-10RC are a great pair of headphones. For under £75 (at the time of writing this review) I think it's an absolute bargain for the quality to price ratio. When it comes to price though, I wouldn't go over the £100 mark.

If on-ear styled headphones really aren't you thing, you might want to look into the over-eared version: MDR-1A, these are more expensive and supposedly better quality too. Whilst I can't comment on them personally, they seem to be getting positive reviews from other people.

Anyway, would I recommend the MDR-10RC headphones? Absolutely.

✔ Pros:
✓ Smart design.
✓ Comfortable to wear.
✓ Really good audio output.

✖ Cons:
✘N/A.


Sony MDR10RC Overhead Lightweight Folding Headphones - Black
Sony MDR10RC Overhead Lightweight Folding Headphones - Black
Price: £74.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality entry level Hi-Res audio compatible headphones, 6 Feb. 2015
♦ Introduction ♦

The MDR-10RC's are Sony's entry level Hi-Res audio compatible headphones. These on-ear headphones have 40mm dynamic driver units & an impressive 5Hz-40KHz frequency response.

I really like the style of these, if you're looking for some smart looking headphones, then these fit the bill. There are also three different coloured themes to choose from: Black | White | Red. I have the black version, which I really like.

- Main Features:
∙ High-Resolution Audio compatible.
∙ 40mm dynamic driver units.
∙ 5-40,000Hz Frequency Response.
∙ Foldable.

♦ Box Contents ♦

∙ MDR-10RC Headphones.
∙ 1.2m length 3.5mm Audio cord (Gold plated: Straight & L-shaped connector).
∙ 1.2m length 3.5mm Audio cord w/ in-line remote & mic (Gold plated: Straight & L-shaped connector).
∙ Carry case.
∙ Instruction manual.

♦ Comfort & Sound ♦

I normally have issues quite quickly with on-ear headphones due to me wearing glasses, which is why I usually go for the over-ear types. These headphones stretch smoothly, the ear-cushions are amazingly soft and there is very little pinch on the ears which means I can wear them for longer than I would normally. I'd say I can manage around 40 minutes before needing to rest my ears.

Although there is very little pinch, they do stay on my head even when I move, however if you're a head-banging type, they will probably fly off.

Audio quality I found to be utterly superb... I own a couple headphones, but these are the best by far. Very clear audio, well balanced and and can deliver just the right amount of bass when needed.

There is a bit leakage when playing at louder volumes, but it's not really noticeable when they are being worn.

As already stated it's compatible with Hi-Res audio, so if you have something like the NWZ-A15 Hi-Res Walkman with some 24-Bit songs at the ready then you'll notice these shining even more. As a test I used these headphones on my friends iPhone 6 playing 16-Bit version of some tunes, then used them on my A15 with the 24-Bit equivalent and there was even more clarity on the vocals and instrumentals. Just to make sure there was a difference, I asked two of my more musically minded friends to test them; they both agreed there was a positive difference.

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

The MDR-10RC are a great pair of headphones. For under £75 (at the time of writing this review) I think it's an absolute bargain for the quality to price ratio. When it comes to price though, I wouldn't go over the £100 mark.

If on-ear styled headphones really aren't you thing, you might want to look into the over-eared version: MDR-1A, these are more expensive and supposedly better quality too. Whilst I can't comment on them personally, they seem to be getting positive reviews from other people.

Anyway, would I recommend the MDR-10RC headphones? Absolutely.

✔ Pros:
✓ Smart design.
✓ Comfortable to wear.
✓ Really good audio output.

✖ Cons:
✘N/A.


K&F Concept Black Extendable Telescopic Handheld Self Portrait Monopod Rod Mount Holder for IPhone 4 4S 5/5G 5C 5S for Nikon Canon Sony Camera
K&F Concept Black Extendable Telescopic Handheld Self Portrait Monopod Rod Mount Holder for IPhone 4 4S 5/5G 5C 5S for Nikon Canon Sony Camera
Offered by dcmall
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Decent "selfie stick" for the price, 6 Feb. 2015
Length:: 1:29 Mins

♦ Introduction ♦

This monopod allows you to get that extra reach which you can't get from just using your arms.

This product is suited for use with smartphones, compact digital cameras and action cams. If you're passionate about selfies or just want that extra reach, this product would be suitable for you.

Unlike some others on the market, this one doesn't have Bluetooth built in nor an accessory to take photos with your smartphone wirelessly, so like you could with a camera, you're going to have to rely on a timer function.

∙ Box Contents: The monopod itself was in its own box and there is a phone attachment stuck on the outside of the box.

♦ Quality, In-Use & Results ♦

My main use with this product was with my Sony AS100V action camera which attached to the poles 1/4" thread. If you have a GoPro which uses a different type of connect, you can purchase an adaptor which will attach to this pole.

There is also an included smartphone mount. I would recommend having a good play around with the mount making sure the smartphone can securely fit in place.

The head of the pole is almost entirely made out of plastic but does seem solid enough to handle up to a compact camera. If you want to attach anything bigger, I wouldn't recommend it as it doesn't seem to be designed to take such weight.

Attaching my action camera was really easy; there is a little tightening wheel at the middle of the head, this meant I could point the cam in the direction I need it to. Once mounted I could then adjust the tilt angle via twisting the knob on the side.

With the pole completely retracted gives you total reach (measured from after the grip area) of 8.5cm, when fully extended you can get a reach of 94cm, which is pretty impressive.

Extending and retracting the pole isn't super smooth. I do believe this friction is needed as there isn't any locking mechanisms in place, this friction stops the poles sliding in and out when not warranted.

The grip on the handle makes this pole very comfortable to hold and keeps me from worrying it is going to slip out of my hand. There is an attached wrist strap for extra security.

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

For under £10 you can't really go wrong with it. It's a decent selfie stick, however if you're looking for one with a Bluetooth function included, you may want to check elsewhere.

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


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