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GRDE® Newest Smart Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with LED Light, 3 Light Modes (Dim, Intermediate, Bright),Touch-Sensitive Control, Support SD Card (White)
GRDE® Newest Smart Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with LED Light, 3 Light Modes (Dim, Intermediate, Bright),Touch-Sensitive Control, Support SD Card (White)
Offered by Highway Techbuy
Price: £27.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Average sound quality but great lamp, 8 Feb. 2016
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A mid-sized portable Bluetooth speaker with a built-in lamp. It's a great combination to have in a speaker, one which can not only be appreciated at home, but when camping out also.

♦ Box Contents ♦

∙ Speaker.
∙ AUX Cable.
∙ Micro USB Charging Cable.*
∙ Instruction Manual.

* To charge the speaker, you will have to link it up to a powered USB port via a micro USB cable.

♦ Set-Up & Features ♦

Before using, as always with rechargeable devices, it's always good to give them a full charge before use. It takes approximately 4 hours to fully charge and will display a red LED when in charge mode; it will then turn off once charged.

This device has three different ways to play audio, either AUX cable, Bluetooth or micro SD. Whichever way you choose, this unit needs to be powered on which is done by holding the power button down for 1 second where you will be greeted by a slightly creep voice saying "Bluetooth mode has been on". They could have just stuck with a simple bleep or just have said "Bluetooth on".

Pressing the "Mode" button will toggle between "Bluetooth", "Lighting", "AUX" & "TF" (MicroSD) modes. Though do note that the "AUX" & "TF" modes will only become selectable if there is a cable or memory card inserted.

The light feature can be used regardless of which feature you're on, however I guess when on the specific light mode, it uses less battery as it isn't constantly looking for a device to pair with. To use the light feature, you simply tap the speaker grill at the top which will turn it on and further taps will adjust the brightness before turning it back off. There is a total of three different brightnesses. Another thing to mention is that there is a little handle located on the base, so you can easily carry it around with out without blocking the light you would do if holding it normally.

I personally really like the lamp feature, however I don't like the fact you have to turn it on by the normal power switch because it will greet you with the Bluetooth on prompt. I would have either preferred for it to go straight to lamp mode (without saying anything or maybe having a quiet beep) or have it's own designated lamp on button.

To link up to your device via Bluetooth, simply ensure the speaker has Bluetooth mode enabled and search for Bluetooth devices on the connecting device.

The speaker has three control buttons which are quite hard to see in poor lighting, even when the lamp is on. So you're going to have to memorise which buttons do what. I would have preferred these to be back-lighted or inked black. These buttons let you pause/play, previous track(tap)/volume down(hold) & next track(tap)/volume up(hold).

As for battery life, the manual states it has a 10 hour battery life either by playing the music at 70% volume, or 10 hours with the lamp on its brightest setting. So I guess if you were to use both at such levels, the battery should last for approximately 5 hours before it needs charging again.

♦ Audio Quality ♦

At first I thought the audio quality was awful, however after noticing the connection between the smartphone and speaker were poor (due to cut outs), I decided to turn the speaker off and then back on.

After the reset, the results seemed much better and sounded far less tinny and harsh on the ears than before. With the speaker at its max volume and my smartphone at 70%, the audio seemed pretty clear without much distortion; it's when you go over that you can really start to hear a degrade in audio quality.

Overall though, the audio quality isn't great, but is decent enough. Just bare in mind that this product is a lamp/speaker combo, so you're not going to get £30 worth of audio quality alone.

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

I'm a huge fan of this portable speaker due to its lamp feature and it seems like my friends have taken a liking to it also.

There are definitely some improvements that I find would enhance the product further, but for now I think many would appreciate this cool product.

► Disclaimer: I received this product at a discount to evaluate and publish a non-biased review.
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DBPOWER® 5-in-1 Digital Tyre Pressure Gauge With Multi Emergency Tool-Safety Hammer, Seatbelt Cutter and Flashlight for Automotive (Tools 4 in 1)
DBPOWER® 5-in-1 Digital Tyre Pressure Gauge With Multi Emergency Tool-Safety Hammer, Seatbelt Cutter and Flashlight for Automotive (Tools 4 in 1)
Offered by UNICSTAR OFFICIAL
Price: £15.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Handy, 6 Feb. 2016
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There are several versions of this product which share the same product page, this means all reviews have been combined together. The three products are: 4-in-1 | 5-in-1 | 9-in-1.

I am reviewing the 'DBPOWER 4-in-1', which was provided by the manufacture in exchange of an unbiased review.

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The '4-in-1' set is a very handy piece of kit which is not very useful to have, but could potentially save someone's life in an emergency.

It's important to note that this little device does require 1xAAA battery which isn't included in the box.

The size of this device is roughly the size of a typical crafting knife, so very portable size. It is nicely shaped with a rubber exterior and has an extra grip pad on the side which not only makes it comfortable to hold, but maintain decent grip.

The four different tools on this device are the following:

∙ Digital Tyre Pressure Gauge:
There is a button to the right-hand side of the display; press this once to activate the display which will also light up briefly. Keep tapping the button to toggle between 'PSI', 'BAR' & 'KPA'. You can turn the display off by holding the button for about a second. The red background light makes the reading very easy to see, so it's unfortunate it doesn't stay activated long which is annoying. You have to press the button again to light it back up which also changes the mode, so you will have to keep pressing until you get back onto your desired mode.

As for reading accuracy, I found this to be very accurate as I have only just inflated my tyres with an air machine at a petrol station and the readings match.

∙ Torch:
The white LED torch is powered on by the switch on top. The torch outputs a decently bright light which I'm very happy about.

∙ Seatbelt Cutter.
This is concealed in a way that you won't accidentally cut your finger. I haven't had the opportunity to try this feature out, however it does look pretty darn sharp.

∙ Window Breaker Hammer:
This feature is located on the rear side of this device. There is a spike hidden underneath which can only be used when a decent amount of pressure is forced on it; I've tried applying pressure with my thumb and there is a lot of resistance to ensure no accidentals. This is another feature I couldn't properly test out, however I did give it a good slam on a paper notebook and it penetrated through a fair amount of sheets.

Overall it's a decent product. The only thing that I feel lets this product down is the gauge back-light which doesn't stay on for long enough, but it's still a great product to own. For under a tenner, you can't go wrong.


Walimex 5-in-1 107cm Foldable Reflector Set
Walimex 5-in-1 107cm Foldable Reflector Set
Price: £33.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and convenient reflector set, 3 Feb. 2016
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I've purchased Walimex products in the past and have always been happy with the quality; this product is no different.

The reflector set comes in a thin, compact sized bag (40cm in diameter) and has a little hanging loop on top which can also be used to help carry the bag.

When the reflector is taken out of the bag, it will pop out into its full size if not held correctly, so watch your face as I nearly took mine out, which was pretty humorous.

By default, it's the wavy gold surface on one side and black on the other. Along the rim is a zip which can be undone. With the covers unzipped you can either flip them over and re-zip to use the silver and white sides, or keep the cover off to use the main white transparent light diffuser.

Setting it up to the way you want it is simple, though I can imagine if using outside in slightly windy conditions would make it a bit trickier.

With the know-how, the reflector set is easy to get back into the back, however it doesn't come with instructions, so do search online for a how-to video if you're new to using foldable reflectors.

It's a simple and neat product that combines all 5 features in one convenient package.


Neewer® Z1-Smooth-C 3 Axis Handheld Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer for iPhone 6s Plus 6s 6Plus 6 5 5s 5c 4s 4 Samsung S5 S6 S6 edge S6 edge Plus YotaPhone Xiaomi Smartphone
Neewer® Z1-Smooth-C 3 Axis Handheld Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer for iPhone 6s Plus 6s 6Plus 6 5 5s 5c 4s 4 Samsung S5 S6 S6 edge S6 edge Plus YotaPhone Xiaomi Smartphone
Offered by Happy Sales UK
Price: £156.64

4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth like butter, 3 Feb. 2016
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There are several products which share the same product page meaning reviews for all are combined together.

I am reviewing the Z1-Smooth-C (for smartphones), which was provided by the manufacture in exchange of an unbiased review.

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The Z1-Smooth-C is a rechargeable powered stabilisation system designed purely for use with smartphones. The active stabilisation feature acts seamlessly with your movements to ensure smooth and very stable recording.

♦ Box Contents ♦

∙ Main unit.
∙ 1x Adhesive foam padding for motor.*
∙ Counterweight (for use with larger smartphones).
∙ 2x 18350 Li-Polymer batteries.**
∙ Battery charger.
∙ Micro USB cable for charger.***
∙ Instruction manual.****

* There are two parts of the motor where things can clash, so they should really be including two foam pads, not one.

** Battery life is supposed to be around 3-5 hours.

*** You will need a powered USB source such as a USB outlet adapter to charge this unit.

**** The manual is written in both English and Chinese. The English side of the manual could have been written slightly better, such as being a bit more descriptive during the start-up and clearer in some other areas. Also, some diagrams such as the ones found in the "Off-Line Calibration" section, were quite hard to interpret the exact position the unit should be in,

♦ Firmware Updates & PC Calibration ♦

Apparently if a calibration needs to be done, it can be done manually or via computer; unfortunately there is no information regarding how this can be done when connected to a computer.

Going on Neewer's website, you can search for manuals, drivers & downloads, video & FAQ's in the product support section which will also ask for the SKU number to find the product. The website states the number should be located on the product, however it was located on the exterior of the product box.

For this particular product, the SKU is: 10086254.

Though at the time of writing this review (3rd February 2016), there is nothing available in the product support section for this particular product.

♦ Set-Up & Ease of Use ♦

First of all you'll want to fully charge the batteries. The battery charger's LEDs will turn red when the batteries need charging and will turn blue when fully charged.

1) Insert the batteries into the unit (battery cap is located at the bottom of the handle).
2) Insert your phone into the phone clip (the clip slides up). You should have the phone screen facing towards you and the motor part of the gimbal should be on the right-hand side.
2-2) If your phone screen is above 5.5", you will need to add the counterweight to the motor located on the right.
3) Press the power button located on the battery cap.
4) Press and hold the mode button to activate the gimbal (within my experience, I found the best results happened when the handle was in a vertical position and the phone was placed horizontally with the screen facing me before holding the mode button).

Once these steps have been followed, the unit should be all ready to go.

I would highly recommend playing around with the all three modes and familiarise yourself with which angles you can move/tilt the handle, otherwise you won't get the results you may be looking for, or even cause the unit to have "spasms".

The three modes are the following:

- Pan Follow (default):
Pitch & roll movements are locked however will pan as you turn.

- Locked (press the mode button once):
Pitch, roll & panning are all locked in place.

- Pan & Pitch Follow (hold the mode button for one second).
Roll movements are locked and will follow pan and pitch movements.

♦ Results & Final Thoughts ♦

Getting used to the different modes can be challenging, mainly when switching between them in use, however when you get used to the gimbal system, it's actually very fun to use.

This product does an extremely good job and stabilising the attached phone to assist in getting the smoothest movements when recording. Obviously the video quality will depend on your phones camera specifications.

As for noise output from the unit, it's incredibly quiet when used correctly; it's only when the unit spasms due to being at an angle it can't handle that causes sound, however this also makes the unit shake quite violently.

Although there is room for improvement overall, it doesn't stop it from being a very good product that can deliver top results.

If you like filming with your smartphone and stabilisation is a much wanted feature, then I would highly recommend this product.


Andrew James Ice Cream, Sorbet and Frozen Yoghurt Maker With 2 Year Warranty + 1.5 Litre Capacity - voted "Best Buy" Ice Cream Maker By Which Magazine
Andrew James Ice Cream, Sorbet and Frozen Yoghurt Maker With 2 Year Warranty + 1.5 Litre Capacity - voted "Best Buy" Ice Cream Maker By Which Magazine
Offered by Andrew James UK LTD
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Create your own fresh ice cream with ease, 28 Jan. 2016
I've always had a sweet tooth for ice cream, though before having this I have never made my own ice cream before, so when I was offered this from the manufacturer in exchange for an unbiased review, I leapt up at the opportunity.

♦ Box Contents ♦

Inside the box are the following: Outer bowl | Inner bowl* | Mixing paddle | Power unit | Instruction manual**.

*Your freezer needs to be able to fit the inner bowl for freezing, otherwise you will not be able to use this product. The dimensions for this part are: 17.8cm(W) x 17.8cm(L) x 15cm(H).

**I found the manual clear and easy to read and loved the fact it includes six different recipes to get you started:

∙ Vanilla ice cream.
∙ Strawberry ice cream.
∙ Banana ice cream.
∙ Chocolate mint ice cream.
∙ Raspberry frozen yoghurt.
∙ Lemon sorbet.

♦ Prep & In-Use ♦

Making your very own ice cream is very easy with this machine, however it does require some preparation quite a few hours beforehand.

Before anything, the manual recommend to clean all the parts to be on the safe side.

After everything is cleaned, the inner bowl must have been in the freezer for at least 8 hours, otherwise you will be getting flavoured cream than ice cream. I just kept the inner bowl inside my freezer over night which did the job mighty fine. To save more time, you can also prepare the ice cream mix the night before and put it in the fridge covered up.

Once the inner bowl has been in the freezer for 8 hours or more and the mix has been prepared, it couldn't be simpler to make ice cream:

1) Take the inner bowl out of the freezer and place it into the outer bowl; you may notice the inner bowl freezing over.
2) Insert the paddle into the power unit.
3) Place the power unit over the inner/outer bowl and twist in place.
4) Plug the unit in and power on (It is VERY important that the unit is actively turning the paddle before the mix is poured in).
5) Pour in the mix through the gap located on the top. I would recommend using a jug with a lip as the gap isn't that big.
6) The mixing/freezing process can take between 15-30 minutes depending on the recipe. If you're unsure whether it's ready or to the consistency you want it to be at, stop the machine and stick a spoon through the lid and have a quick taste before turning it back on if required. I wouldn't recommend taking the power unit off as the paddle gets disconnected, so placing the lid back on is way too tricky if you want it to connect it back onto the paddle.

♦ Results & Final Thoughts ♦

I chose to make some strawberry ice cream and it couldn't have gone any better. The process to making the ice cream was a breeze and the final results tasted so much better (in my opinion) to ice cream bought directly from the shop. The taste was fresh, creamy and well... absolutely delicious! I can't wait to experiment with other recipes.

I can't believe it took me being offered one of these before owning one. After using this for myself, I wish I had actually bought one, ages ago.

Overall it's definitely a product I would recommend.
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Noontec Hammo S Over Ear Headphone - Red
Noontec Hammo S Over Ear Headphone - Red
Offered by noontec
Price: £89.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly comfortable headphones that output top audio quality, 20 Jan. 2016
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There are four colours available for the 'Hammo S' headphones: Black | White | Blue | Red. I received the red version from the manufacture to evaluate and publish a non-biased review.

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I have never heard of 'Noontec' before however after trying these pair of headphones, the word "quality" certainly comes into mind when seeing their brand name; I just hope their other products are just as good as these.

First impressions were positive as the box is well presented and smart looking. There is a neatly placed sticker on the front (I couldn't tell it was a sticker from the first glimpse) telling you which coloured headphones are within the box; the main photo doesn't depict which colour you're getting. On the back shows all four colour varieties available for this model and a description of the headphones in fairly small font in 9 different languages.

♦ Box Contents ♦

When you open the box, you will be greeted with an awesome looking carbon fibre styled case, to which inside you will find:
∙ Headphones.
∙ Stereo cable.
∙ Stereo cable w/ in-line microphone.
∙ Instruction manual.

Both stereo cables have a flat design which helps prevent tangling.

♦ Product Style & Quality ♦

These headphones look superb. The red variation have a very nice colour scheme going on; it has a creamy beige colour on the inside and crimson red on the outside with the ear pads being black; this is a very nice combination which I think works very well indeed, however I don't think you can go wrong with whichever colour scheme you choose.

Overall the headphones feel of decent quality and are fairly lightweight. They can flex quite a bit however when doing so, they do make quite a loud creaking sound around the headband area.

♦ Comfort & Sound Quality ♦

I could tell instantly these headphones were going to be super comfortable, the ear-pads are EXTREMELY soft! I can also confirm that my initial thoughts were correct as these have been lovely to wear.

As for sound quality, these had truly exceeded my expectations... I'm a guy who has a whole variety of tastes when it comes to music, so I skipped through various songs from pop, classical/instrumental, country, rock and dub-step and I just couldn't fault them.

Overall audio was very clear and seems well balanced, and of course is able to dish out some good bass!

I also connected these up to my Dualshock 4 controller for the PlayStation 4 and played some Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. When grenades go off, you can really feel the bass from the explosions which surprised me. I thoroughly enjoyed using these when playing on the PS4.

Finally, the in-line microphone which is fixed to one of the stereo cables can capture your voice with decent clarity, just ensure when connecting the cable that the in-line module is closer to your head.

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

With an asking price of roughly £90, I think this is a fair price for a pair of headphones which not only look smart, but output very good audio quality.

I have been using Sony's MDR-10RC for quite some time now as they offer very good audio qualtiy, however I actually find myself choosing Noontec's 'Hammo S' headphones over them as I personally think the quality is better.

Overall, I would definitely recommend these.
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Pagemaster [Blu-ray] [1994] [US Import]
Pagemaster [Blu-ray] [1994] [US Import]
Offered by Moref Designs
Price: £9.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Pagemaster (Blu-ray- US Import) - Does work on UK Blu-Ray Players, 8 Jan. 2016
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NOTE: Amazon has crossed the DVD reviews with the Blu-Ray. This review is for the Blu-Ray version.

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Probably one of my most favourite films from my childhood, I still have this on good ol' VHS.

I had always hoped for it to come out on DVD, but unfortunately it only did in the US market which their 'Region 1' DVD's don't work on our 'Region 2' DVD players, unless you have a multi-region player of course.

Like DVD's, Blu-Rays can also be region locked ('A' for the US & 'B' for UK). However when I found the Blu-Ray version of Pagemaster wasn't region locked, I had placed an order immediately.

As soon as it arrived I placed it in my Blu-Ray player and eagerly waited for it to load up and that it did.

The picture quality in 1080p was great to be honest and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it again after all these years.

Would highly recommend the Blu-Ray import, especially to those who loved this film.
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ThorFire 5 LED Rear Light Cycling Bicycle Bike Taillight Warning Flashing Riding Lamp Alarm Tail Light Bike Lighting Use AAA Battery NOT Include
ThorFire 5 LED Rear Light Cycling Bicycle Bike Taillight Warning Flashing Riding Lamp Alarm Tail Light Bike Lighting Use AAA Battery NOT Include
Offered by Doeracil
Price: £15.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique tail light for your bicycle, 8 Jan. 2016
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I don't think I've ever been excited to try a tail light for a bicycle, that is until now. The reason is simply it has a laser feature which produces a line on both rear sides of the cyclist, it's something I haven't seen before, so really caught my curiosity.

Now it's not rocket science to give cyclists extra space when overtaking, however unfortunately there are some road users who simply don't pay much attention to the width of a cyclist, resulting in them cutting in uncomfortable close. Hopefully with the lines this light produces, it will make increase the chances of people being more aware.

This product comes in a fairly small sized box and inside you will find the following:
∙ Main Unit.
∙ Mounting Bracket.
∙ Information Leaflet.

Two AAA batteries are needed if you don't have any already as none are included.

The set-up process was incredibly simple and doesn't require any tools to do so. The battery compartment is easy to slide open, though not easy enough that it will do so by vibrations cycling, and the mounting bracket has thumb screw, meaning no screwdriver needed.

It's important to note that the mount will fit around seat poles with a diameter between 20-31mm. If when mounting it doesn't reach around properly, remove the rubber insert for extra space. The mount just about fit out bicycle with a bit of force and the main unit simply slides on. The whole set-up process took no more than three minutes in total.

The main unit has two different buttons on top:
1) Main LED lights: 7 light modes in total (1 static, 6 flashing).
2) Laser for ground lines: Toggle between static and flashing.

Personally, I think 7 modes is far too many, it really isn't needed and when it comes to turning the main LEDs off, you will find yourself pressing the buttons a tonne of times before they eventually turn off. That said, if you're wanting a decently bright tail light, then this will certainly please you.

The laser line mode is a much favourable feature for me, it projects a line on both sides from the rear wheel and extends about a bike length behind. It shines directly down to the floor so no one is in danger of it shining in their eyes.

At the time of writing this review, this product has a price tag of just under £7, which I think is an absolute bargain for what you're getting.

Overall, it's a very decent bicycle tail light available for a more than reasonable price. Would highly recommend.

► Disclaimer: I received this product at a discount to evaluate and publish a non-biased review.
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Creative Sound BlasterX H3 Gaming Headset
Creative Sound BlasterX H3 Gaming Headset
Price: £56.29

4.0 out of 5 stars One headset for multiple devices, 31 Dec. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
♦ Introduction ♦

Creative's 'Sound BlasterX H3' headset is not aimed at just one device, it can be used on the following: PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One and Android/iOS tablets and smartphones. The compatibility of multiple devices makes this an ideal headset to have if you want one headset for all.

♦ Contents ♦

- Inside the box you will find:

∙ Main headset which has a fixed audio cable with in-line controls for volume and muting.
∙ Attachable boom microphone.
∙ Microphone/Headphone splitter cable (for PC & Mac use).
∙ Instruction Manual.

♦ Set-Up ♦

No matter what device you're planning on using this headset with, it's a simple and quick set-up:

∙ Smartphone/Tablet: Plug the headset into the headphone jack.
∙ PS4: Connect the headset to the DualShock 4 controller (You may need to select the headset in the audio device settings).
∙ Xbox One: Connect the headset to the controller.
∙ PC/Mac: As there are dedicated microphone & headphone ports, you will need to use the included splitter cable.

When connecting the microphone, you will need to make sure it's aligned properly and firmly clicked in, otherwise it will not work.

Finally, the volume is partially controlled by the connected device and using the in-line control.

♦ Comfort & Sound Quality ♦

- Comfort:
I'm really happy with the comfort level this headset offers. The ear-cups are nicely padded which provide a soft feel. They also fit nicely over my ears as you would expect from an over-ear headset.

- Microphone Quality:
The microphone quality is EXTREMELY good, very clear sound and I can't say anything bad thing about the microphone to be honest.

- Audio Quality:
To be quite frank, the audio quality is not that special at all, it's very average which is the only real let down. There definitely could have been more bass to make the audio sound a bit fuller. Don't get me wrong, the audio is clear, it's just a bit flat in my opinion.

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

If you're wanting one headset that's compatible with multiple devices that won't overly break the bank, than this may be a good option.

✔ Pros:
✓ Versatile with multiple devices.
✓ Comfortable to wear.
✓ Detachable microphone.
✓ Very good microphone quality.
✓ In-Line volume & mute controls.

✖ Cons:
✘ Average audio quality.


Sony PlayStation 4 In Ear Headphones (PS4)
Sony PlayStation 4 In Ear Headphones (PS4)
Price: £42.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent noise-cancelling in-ear headset for the PS4, 4 Dec. 2015
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♦ Introduction ♦

The 'Stereo In-Ear Headset' otherwise known as the 'Cobra Headset' was primarily designed for use with the PS4 via the Dualshock 4 controller, although it isn't shy to mention on the back these are also compatible with the PlayStation Vita and other devices such as a smartphone or tablet. Also, if you get a 3.5mm Female to 2 Male Headphone/Microphone Splitter Cable, you will be able to use these with a laptop or PC. Unfortunately if you're looking at these to use with your PS3, these aren't compatible.

The asking price may seem a little steep for an in-ear headset, however you are paying extra for the active noise-cancelling technology, which Sony are advertising as "Noise Reducing AudioShield Technology".

This headset is a great alternative for those who are not a fan of on-ear or over-ear headsets, though even more so if you're in a situation where noise-cancelling is going to be beneficial, for example: You live close to a busy road, or you may have a noisy boiler of washing machine; it isn't however going to drown the sound of a noisy sibling. Other situations where the noise-cancelling feature would be useful is if you're using it in conjunction with your smartphone and are out of the house, you'll be surprised at how effective they can be!

If you're planning on using these purely for home use and you're not in a situation where noise-cancelling is going to be beneficial, then the extra cost isn't going to be worth it, so do bare this in mind.

♦ Packaging & Contents ♦

The headset comes in well presented small sized box. The box itself measures in at just 5.5cm(W) x 11.1cm(L) x 11.4cm(H).

- Inside you will find:
∙ Main Headset.
∙ Micro USB Cable.
∙ Spare Earpieces.
∙ Carry Pouch.
∙ Instruction Manual.

Both the headset and micro USB cable has a nice quality feel, fabric woven cable. The one negative thing I could say about the headset is the earphones feel a little cheap.

The headsets cable has a nice length measuring in at 134cm. Along the cable are various features:

- Noise-Cancelling Power Box:
This box has a switch to enable the noise-cancelling mode along with a micro USB charging port and a mute button for the microphone.

- In-Line Controls:
There are three buttons found on this part: Volume(+) | Answer/End Call | Volume(-).

- Cable Tidy:
Latches both cables leading up to the left and right earphones together, for a snug fit.

- Microphone:
The microphone is located on the cable leading up to the right earphone; it's not obvious that it's a microphone, but it is.

♦ Set-Up & Using ♦

You can't make it much simpler: Plug it into the bottom of your Dualshock 4 controller to use with the PS4; the headphone jack for the Vita; or the headphone jack from your smartphone or tablet device.

When using it with the PS4, the settings automatically sorted themselves out, however if it doesn't, go into the settings, find the audio device settings and flick the output to the controller. You can also hold the PlayStation button down and go into 'Adjust Devices' - 'Output to Headphones' to toggle between just hearing chat audio or all audio.

This headset doesn't have an in-line chat/game ratio adjustment, so if you're having trouble hearing your party over the game, go into the party settings and adjust the audio mix in favour of party audio.

Using the in-line controls to quickly adjust the volume will require the noise-cancelling feature to be ACTIVATED, otherwise you cannot adjust it via these controls and will have to do it manual via the connected device or PS4 settings.

The 'Answer/End Call' button or 'Mute Microphone' switch can be use regardless if there's power or not. Another thing to add is that the 'Answer/End Call' button can also be used to pause/play songs by pressing it once, skip to the next track by double clicking it, and triple click to go to the previous song.

♦ Noise-Cancelling Feature ♦

The noise-cancelling feature only works on certain sounds. I have tried this with noisy moving traffic, my boiler and tumble dryer where the noise-cancelling worked TREMENDOUSLY! It won't work to cancel out other peoples voices, so if you have noisy people in the house, you're not going to escape that.

♦ Comfort & Sound Quality ♦

The earphones are fiddly to get in at first due to its odd shape, however once inserted these are very comfortable to wear.

Playing 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 3' was a real pleasure; you get a nice sense of direction (be it gun fire or an enemy UAV) and explosions or sniper shots sound great too. I've also played Rocket League and have listened to a variety of music genres and am happy with the results.

That said, the audio quality isn't the best I have heard: I do own some Bose in-ear headphones, however that's a bit of an unfair comparison as they're much more expensive. I also own the Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 (Over-Ear) which are a lot better in audio quality and they aren't that much extra in price either.

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

This is a decent headset that can be used on other devices as well as the PS4. It's also stylish and very comfortable to wear.

As a WHOLE package I do think the price is just about right, however if you're not in need for a noise-cancelling feature then you may find they're not worth the value.

All in all, if you would benefit from noise-cancelling features and are more of a fan of in-ear headsets, then this is a product I would recommend.
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