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Bolse® Wireless Presentation Presenter with Laser Pointer and Fly Air Mouse
Bolse® Wireless Presentation Presenter with Laser Pointer and Fly Air Mouse
Offered by T.M. Enterprise
Price: £39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Intuitive and precise to use!, 29 July 2014
This is a really clever device and the concept has been well implemented - it is easy to use and works really well. In the box you get the Wireless Presentation Presenter and, stored within its battery compartment, the USB wireless receiver, 2 AAA batteries and a user guide. The main handset is powered by the two AAA cells and the mini receiver draws its power from a USB port.

The "out of the box" impression is of a well made device which has a black rubberised finish with white legends - it is light and comfortable to hold with good ergonomics for left or right handed use. The size of the keys and scroll wheel are just right. This neat little device mimics a conventional mouse, will give you wireless control over a Powerpoint presentation (including using "felt tip" markers and erasing them etc), enable you to use "gesture controlled" air mouse functionality in almost any programme by moving the device through the air, and, by using the built in scroll wheel/buttons. This is a huge leap forward from using a conventional mouse for presentations and other products I've seen/used in the past. This Wireless Presenter also includes features a built in laser pointer.

The strengths of this device are that it's easy set up, plus, operation is intuitive and precise. To set the device up you simply plug the included mini receiver (which is rather like one of those small Bluetooth adaptors) into a USB port - the first time it appears to install some generic drivers, the handset connects wirelessly and you're in business. Installation worked first time on both my Windows notebook and Mac (it can be used with Android and other operating systems too). The range between the handset and receiver seems to be at least 40 feet.

In use the "air mouse" function is very easy to use and very precise in interpreting your movements - it's amazing. I used it for a briefing for volunteers delivered using Powerpoint and felt really confident with it. There's a button to switch the air mouse off so if you want to talk to a slide the mouse pointer won't fly around the screen if, like me, you gesticulate. Navigation between slides etc. is intuitive using the buttons and it's easy to use the marker facility etc. The built in red LED laser pointer is also a useful extra.

Bolse have certainly got this product right first time - installation is a breeze; operation is intuitive and the air mouse function is really precise - I like this product a lot. Recommended.

(I was supplied with this product for review).


aLLreli USB 3.0 Flash Drive Memory Stick SuperSpeed [Swivel Design] (32GB Black)
aLLreli USB 3.0 Flash Drive Memory Stick SuperSpeed [Swivel Design] (32GB Black)
Offered by ForPower(aLLreli TM)
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, capacious and good value!, 28 July 2014
This Allreli USB Memory Stick was sent to me for review. The memory stick comes nicely presented but slightly difficult to open in its plastic blister pack. The stick itself is small but feels robustly made with a hinged cover over the exposed end which also allows you to attach a lanyard/keyring. This kind of cover is so much better than a cap which you'll soon lose. This is a USB 3.0 stick memory but to get the advantage out of it your computer must be equipped with USB 3.0 which is supposed to be up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. You can usually tell a USB 3.0 port as the inside of the socket is blue.

I mainly use USB sticks for storing and transferring photographs from my Nikon DSLR - many of the files are quite big as I shoot in RAW and JPEG. My test is probably crude, but under USB 2.0 I'd get a transfer speed of about 15Mbps, however, using this Allreli USB 3.0 stick the speed was about 90Mbps - which was considerably faster not only in technical terms, but in practical terms too. Certainly, if you have a USB 3.0 equipped computer then it's worth buying this sort of memory stick because it is so much faster than its USB 2.0 counterparts.

In summary, this Allreli memory stick is compact, feels robust and well made, has a protector for the exposed connection, plus, it's fast and capacious at a very good price. Recommended..


Multiple Ports Wall/Desktop USB Charger 33-Watt 5V/6.5A Portable 6-Port Battery Charger | Charge Up To 6 Devices Simultaneously At Full Speed | For iPhone, iPad Mini, Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S4, Note 3, Sony Xperia, Moto G, PlayStation Controllers, E-readers | 30 Days Money Back Guarantee And 24 Months Warranty - Glossy Black
Multiple Ports Wall/Desktop USB Charger 33-Watt 5V/6.5A Portable 6-Port Battery Charger | Charge Up To 6 Devices Simultaneously At Full Speed | For iPhone, iPad Mini, Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S4, Note 3, Sony Xperia, Moto G, PlayStation Controllers, E-readers | 30 Days Money Back Guarantee And 24 Months Warranty - Glossy Black
Offered by The Ago!
Price: £9.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compact, neat and packs a punch!, 28 July 2014
Length:: 3:04 Mins

This Volutz Desktop/Wall USB charger was sent to me for review. Please read this text in conjunction with my video review.

In the box you get the USB charger, two mains leads - one UK (BS standard) and the other EU, a User Manual and details of how to give feedback on the product. This compact charger will effectively do the work of 6 manufacturer's chargers and reduce the clutter accordingly. You plug this into the wall socket and it can cope with voltages from 90 to 240V, so, it will work in most countries. There are six full size USB output ports - 2 optimised for the iPhone with 1A output; 1 for the iPad at 2.1A; 1 for the Galaxy Tab 2 at 1.3A; 1 for other Samsung phones at .6A and 1 (.6A) for Android. It is suggested you use the manufacturer's supplied leads for optimal charging. This charger marks itself out by its high output of up to 6.5 Amps which is more than most of this type of charger, so you're unlikely to overdraw the current. In addition, it has electronic protection circuits and CE, RoHs plus FCC approval marks. The charger is also "intelligent" in that it delivers the optimum current to each port.

This is a really well made, compact device that takes up little room and, most importantly, will only occupy 1 mains socket instead of potentially 6. I found the charging performance at least equal to that I achieved with my original chargers. I can also vouch for the fact this unit works with the iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, iPhone, Nokia Lumia, Moto G and Samsung Galaxy smartphones plus other Android devices. This Volutz charger delivers on the value for money and performance fronts, plus, it is well made and sports a two year warranty. Recommended.


DuraMaxx Dummy Outdoor Surveillance Camera - Set of 4
DuraMaxx Dummy Outdoor Surveillance Camera - Set of 4

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very convincing!, 25 July 2014
I received a pack of these dummy cameras to review - they are very convincing. The camera is nicely made and finished in a anodised silver colour. The camera barrel is about 220mm long, I use the term "about" as the top of the camera is actually a sliding hood which you can move backwards or forward to give the sort of look you want. The camera is mounted on a sturdy bracket which you can tighten into position, and which, I've found retains its position unlike other products I've tried. Wall mounting screws and plugs are supplied plus the video cable which feeds into the bracket is actually convincing too.

The front of the camera is authentic with a glass looking cover and realistic lens assembly behind it. In addition, there is a red LED which is powered by two internal AA batteries (not supplied) which adds to the realism of this product. In overall, terms these cameras look and feel well made and are mainly made from metal. They also claim to be weatherproof to the IP 67 standard and sport a CE approval marking.

So how do I know these cameras are effective? Well, the reason I selected these Duramaxx Cameras for trial was that we live next to a playing field and during hot summer days sometimes a ball will be kicked into our garden. I am aware that sometimes people have climbed over the fence to retrieve their ball. Hardly a capital offence, but what we don't want is some to climb over feel they're undetected and then perhaps break into the house. Well, since I installed these cameras people have stopped jumping over the fence and, instead, have either rung at the door, or, if we've been out, left a note asking for their ball back on our return - we much prefer this. Okay, so these dummy cameras might not deter a top level professional thief but I'm convinced they are a sound deterrent to most opportunist criminals based on our experience with the footballers - and, they are certainly better than not doing anything at all.

In summary, I'm very pleased with these cameras because they are both realistic and durable as well as having proved their worth in practical terms so far. Recommended.


PowerGen 4A 20W Quad USB Wall Charger for Apple iPhone 5S 5 4S iPad Air Mini, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 Note 2 3 Tab 3, HTC One (M8) Motorola Sony Android Phones, Google Nexus, Designed for Apple and Android Devices (USB Cable NOT included) - White
PowerGen 4A 20W Quad USB Wall Charger for Apple iPhone 5S 5 4S iPad Air Mini, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 Note 2 3 Tab 3, HTC One (M8) Motorola Sony Android Phones, Google Nexus, Designed for Apple and Android Devices (USB Cable NOT included) - White
Offered by E-TRADING24 LTD
Price: £49.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Capable and well made!, 24 July 2014
The "out of the box" impression is that this four port USB charger from Powergen is a well made item. It looks and feels good quality and is nicely finished in gloss white, plus, it comes nicely boxed with a clear user guide. The charger sports RoHS, CE and Double Insulated markings offering reassurance about its safety. The safety credentials are further enhanced by the fact that it incorporates electronic safety features such as triple protection for over-current, short-circuit and over-temperature. As this charger is designed to fit a variety of devices no charging cables are supplied. This is an "intelligent" charger which should optimise charging levels for you when used properly.

This USB charger will fit into a UK 13 Amp socket - the charger unit being no wider than a standard 13 Amp plug so it will fit extension blocks etc. although slightly more clearance is needed at the bottom of the plug. When plugged in and the power is switched on a blue LED emits a soothing glow which is noticeable but unobtrusive even in the dark. There are four full size USB output ports configured as follows -

2 ports labelled " iDevice" (Apple) for iPads, iPhones and iPods etc. with an output of up to 2.1 Amps each.
1 Universal port with a 2 Amp maximum output for all devices.
1 Samsung Tablet port with a 2 Amp maximum output. (You must use this port for Samsung Tab devices).

However, it should be noted that you can only draw a maximum of 4 Amps at any one time - the charger will manage this for you but if you have say 2 tablets and 2 big smartphones to charge this could result in longer charging times than using their own separate chargers. However, with the test products I used - an iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0 (7") plus two smartphones - a Nokia Lumia, Moto G and a Garmin GPS. I found various combinations including the two tablets charged at roughly the same rate as they would with their own manufacturer's chargers. I couldn't notice any difference in the charging times and I'd deliberately run them to flat for test purposes.

I think this Powergen Four Port USB Charger is well made, reliable and effective. I have also tested a two port version of this charger and think given the marginal extra cost this four port version is the most flexible of the two. Recommended.

This item was supplied for me to review.


PowerGen 3.4-Amp (17 Watt) Dual USB Wall Charger for Apple iPhone 5S 5 4S iPad Air Mini, HTC Samsung Motorola Android Phones Designed for Apple and Android Devices (USB Cable NOT included) - White
PowerGen 3.4-Amp (17 Watt) Dual USB Wall Charger for Apple iPhone 5S 5 4S iPad Air Mini, HTC Samsung Motorola Android Phones Designed for Apple and Android Devices (USB Cable NOT included) - White
Offered by E-TRADING24 LTD
Price: £39.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well built and easy to use, 24 July 2014
The immediate impression you get is that this two port USB charger from Powergen is a quality item - it looks and feels well made and is nicely finished in gloss white. It comes nicely boxed with a clear user guide too. The charger sports RoHS, CE and Double Insulated markings offering reassurance about its safety. The safety credentials are further enhanced by the fact that it incorporates electronic safety features such as triple protection for over-current, short-circuit and over-temperature. As this charger is designed to fit a variety of devices no charging cables are supplied.

This USB charger will fit into a UK 13 Amp socket - the charger unit being no wider than a standard 13amp plug so it will fit extension blocks etc. although slightly more clearance is needed at the bottom of the plug. When plugged in and the power is switched on a blue LED emits a soothing glow which is noticeable but unobtrusive even in the dark. There are two full size USB ports - one for Apple devices and the other for Android and other devices - this is so the charger can "communicate" with the devices on charge using the appropriate etiquette Apple have their own protocol which is different to other devices. The charger is "intelligent" in the sense that it should charge your device(s) at the optimum rate and stop charging once they are fully charged.

Each USB socket has the following power output - USB 1 for Apple devices - .5 to 2.4 Amps and USB 2 for other devices 1 to 2.4 Amps with a maximum output between the two ports of 3.4 Amps in total. I tested this charger with two tablets - an iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0 (7") and two smartphones - a Nokia Lumia and Moto G. In use I found various combinations including the two tablets charged at roughly the same rate as they would with their own manufacturer's chargers - I couldn't notice any difference and I'd deliberately run them to flat.

I think this Powergen dual port charger is well made, reliable and effective if you have two devices such as a tablet and phone to charge. If you need to charge more devices simultaneously I will also be testing a four port version shortly. Recommended.

This item was supplied for me to review.


EC TECHNOLOGY? Portable Ultra-mini 5w Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker With Dreamy Play Time Have A Zinc Alloy Shell-Black
EC TECHNOLOGY? Portable Ultra-mini 5w Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker With Dreamy Play Time Have A Zinc Alloy Shell-Black
Offered by EC Technology UK Store
Price: £40.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small and nicely formed!, 24 July 2014
Length:: 3:18 Mins

This EC Technology Portable Ultra-mini Bluetooth Speaker was sent to me for review. The unit comes nicely packed in a well protected foam lined box - in the box you get the speaker; a USB-Micro USB charger lead; audio jack lead; and an instruction manual. The speaker itself weighs around 250g and measures 64.5mm square by 70mm high - about the same size as a small yoghurt pot albeit squarish with rounded corners. The immediate "out of the box" impression is that of a good quality product.

The speaker unit is finished in an attractive and tasteful burnished chrome finish with a matt black grille on top and subtle but stylish blue piping plus a Bluetooth logo. Underneath the speaker sports an anti-resonant rubber base with a flush fitting control panel incorporating an on/off switch and three buttons - play and track forward/reverse with the latter two buttons doubling as volume controls too. At the front of the device, close to the base, is a Bluetooth pairing and phone answer/end call button - this is backlit and flashes to confirm pairing etc. On the opposing side is a MIcro-USB socket for charging which also features an LED indicator and an audio in socket for non Bluetooth devices. It took about 2.5 hours to charge the unit from flat and I got around 6 hours playing time at a fair volume - the fact that this unit uses the latest version of Bluetooth (V4.0) contributes to a lower power consumption.

The Bluetooth pairing process is easy - it worked first time for me with the following devices - iPad 3, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0 (7"), Nokia Lumia and Moto G smartphones. The sound quality is very good with clear vocals and upper range plus remarkably good bass - it won't shake your walls but does a pretty good job for the size and price of the unit. It is a very pleasant product to listen to and can fill an average room with sound. The track control facility works well and the phone mutes on receipt of a call. Phone calls are handled well both in terms of you hearing the caller and the internal mike sending your conversation back crisply - in fact, this EC unit has now become the preferred conference phone facility in our project office.

In summary, a compact Bluetooth speaker which is compact, well made, stylish, good sounding and easy to use - what more could you ask? Recommended.


Duracell Procell AA Alkaline Battery (Pack of 10)
Duracell Procell AA Alkaline Battery (Pack of 10)
Offered by K Direct
Price: £2.07

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No down side that I can see!, 24 July 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Although I'm trying to make the transition to rechargeable batteries fully there are times when you may need to revert to disposable batteries and these Duracell Procell AA Alkalines are an economic solution plus they perform well.

I have found these Procell AA cells perform well and compare to a mid-range high street purchase very favourably in terms of longevity but cost around half the price. This is one of those rare cases where it is a genuine "win win" I can't see you sacrifice anything in the interests of economy by purchasing these branded but much cheaper cells. Recommended.


Smart Weigh CSB5KG Cuisine Digital Scale with Removable Bowl 11lbs / 5000g x 1g - Black
Smart Weigh CSB5KG Cuisine Digital Scale with Removable Bowl 11lbs / 5000g x 1g - Black
Offered by Five Star
Price: £13.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Precision at a bargain price!, 24 July 2014
I was sent this Smart Weigh CSB5KG Cuisine Digital Scale for review. These scales are capable of weighing up to 5Kg or 11ibs in 1g or .1oz increments making them ideal for things like fruit and vegetables etc. The scales measure 63.5mm x 190mm in diameter and the semi- transparent bowl (which has a pouring lip) has a capacity of 2 litres - the bowl fits over the scale for storage purposes.

These scales are easy to operate, and although a clear instruction manual is supplied, operation is surprisingly intuitive. I tested the accuracy of the scales using a set of reference weights and mine were, "out of the box", accurate to 1g - you can also manually recalibrate them if you wish. Power comes from two AA batteries which are supplied and there's a large, bright blue LCD backlit display which is very easy to read thanks to its high contrast. In addition, there's also a tare weighing facility which can subtract the weight of a container from the total weight if you wish. I also found switching between Kg and Ibs very easy.

These Smart Weigh scales look neatly made and presentable, as other reviewers mention they are plastic bodied, but have some neat touches like rubber feet etc. and the overall look is fine. It's hard to think how these scales could be significantly improved as they are really very good - the only addition I can think of is some kind of capacity measurement embossed on the bowl perhaps? - although that's a tiny point.

In summary, these are a very accurate set of high capacity scales and represent excellent value for money, especially, as there's a 10 year limited warranty thrown in as well. Recommended.


[5 years warranty]EasyAcc® 3 + 2 Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Hub with TF SD Card Reader for SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, RS-MMC, Micro SD, and Mini SD, Suitable for Macs, iMacs, MacBook Pro and Air, Ultrabooks, Microsoft Surface RT, Laptops, Raspberry Pi, and All PCs, Black
[5 years warranty]EasyAcc® 3 + 2 Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Hub with TF SD Card Reader for SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, RS-MMC, Micro SD, and Mini SD, Suitable for Macs, iMacs, MacBook Pro and Air, Ultrabooks, Microsoft Surface RT, Laptops, Raspberry Pi, and All PCs, Black
Offered by EasyAcc.U Store
Price: £35.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small and fast!, 23 July 2014
I was supplied with this EasyAcc USB 3.0 Hub and Card Reader for review. This is one of those products which is simple but someone has actually got the features I need when on the move absolutely right. In my case that means extra USB 3.0 ports plus the ability to read SD and Micro SD cards. The unit comes nicely boxed together with instructions, measures 100 x 39 x 16mm and weighs in at 55g.

I use this hub with my Toshiba Windows 8.1 laptop whilst out and about. The first time I plugged this hub in it seemed to go through a driver installation ritual but now works without that the moment it is plugged in. The cable length is about 180mm which is just right. I've used all sorts of USB 3.0 devices with this handy hub including HDDs, a DVD reader etc and all work just as quickly as if they were directly plugged into the PC and without hiccup. The card readers work well too and the transfer rate from the SD cards I use in my Nikon DSLR is fast. I was concerned to read one reviewer had a bit of an issue with the Micro SD slot but mine works perfectly.

This is a really well made and handy little device to keep in your laptop bag - it looks and feels decently made, performs well, plus, represents good value for money. Recommended.


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