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Bolse® Wireless Presentation Presenter with Red Laser Pointer Pen
Bolse® Wireless Presentation Presenter with Red Laser Pointer Pen
Offered by T.M. Enterprise
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect form and function, 30 Aug 2014
This Bolse Wireless Presentation device is the first one of many I've tried that actually gets to grips with managing a presentation. It works with Windows, Mac and Android operating systems. I tested my review sample with PowerPoint in Windows 8.1. The unit gives you control over presentation slides, audio volume as well as enabling you to highlight and access hyperlinks in presentations plus it incorporates a laser pointer.

The unit arrives in a smart box and the immediate "out of the box" impression is of a beautifully designed and well made device. Measuring 135mm long x 14.5mm in diameter whilst weighing under 50g, it's hard to believe this unit is crafted from brass. The barrel is finished in pearlescent white with silver highlights including a pocket clip and four control buttons. The unit is powered by a single AAA cell which is supplied.

At first I thought they'd left the USB receiver out of the box, but soon found it was safely stored in the end of the device! - it is tiny but you simply plug it into a full size USB socket on your computer and you're good to go - the connection is immediate using 2.4GHz wireless technology. At the other end of this Bolse unit there's a red laser quoted as being under <5mw, it carries the obligatory warning notice and has a very long range delivering a bright, well focused, point of light.

Like many people, I get quite anxious when I do presentations, so, the last thing I want is a gadget that doesn't work but the simplicity of this Bolse Presentation Device gives me extra confidence. You can control the slides (moving forwards and backwards if necessary), move between windows, highlight items with the laser pointer, highlight/access hyperlinks if necessary, and control the audio volume. Once you are familiar with the device it becomes second nature to use. I found the wireless range to be long - I used it in a large briefing room and the range was well over 20 metres.

This is a beautifully crafted device which no presenter should be without - I love this device for both its quality and simple but reliable functionality. Recommended.


EC TECHNOLOGY® 6000mAh Ultra-Compact Portable 2 USB Output Ports(5V/2.1A&1A) External Battery Charger For iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad Air, mini, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, Nexus 4, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Motorola Droid, Moto X, PS Vita, Gopro, Most Smartphones, Tablets - Black
EC TECHNOLOGY® 6000mAh Ultra-Compact Portable 2 USB Output Ports(5V/2.1A&1A) External Battery Charger For iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad Air, mini, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, Nexus 4, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Motorola Droid, Moto X, PS Vita, Gopro, Most Smartphones, Tablets - Black
Offered by EC Technology UK Store
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quality power bank, 30 Aug 2014
This EC Technology Power Bank delivers 6000mAh via two USB outputs (one @ 1A and the other @2.1A). In the box you get the power bank (which in my case is black, although, you can get this model in silver, blue and pink too), a Micro-USB to USB connection/charging lead and a well written instruction book (albeit, the font is a bit small). The "out of the box" impression is of a quality product, for example, the case of the power bank is aluminium alloy (with the exception of the end panels which are white plastic). The unit measues130mm x 70mm x 11mm and weighs around 200g.

The top end panel of the device is the "business end" and features an on/off switch, two full size USB sockets, plus a Micro-USB socket for charging. There's also an LED charging indicator, but unlike other power banks which often have four LEDs to show the charging/charge remaining level, this unit uses different a single LED which changes colour. The LED lights in traffic light style to indicate charge - red (5-20%), amber (30-80%) and green (80-100%). The meaning of the LED colours are diagrammatically represented in the labelling on the underside of the device. The two USB outputs are also clearly labelled with one of them outputting 1 Amp for phones and smaller devices whilst the other outputs 2.1A for larger things like iPads and Android tablets etc.

I tested this power bank with an iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0 (7"), Nokia Lumia 630 and Moto G smartphones - all these devices worked perfectly with the iPad being charged to around 65% from flat and the smartphones around 3 times over. However, many people won't use a power bank to charge their device from flat too often but are likely to use one to support an ailing internal battery, in that case this power bank will, when connected give you a substantial period of extra use.

Safety is important with battery packs - this unit use a quality battery, has electronic control of charging levels, plus, protection against over charging/ short-circuits etc. In addition, it sports CE, FCC and RoHs approval marks and should be good for around 500 recharge cycles.

This power bank strikes a balance between portability and pocketability, okay, it won't be too comfortable in a shirt pocket but it will slip into a briefcase or handbag where it will be barely noticeable until you need it when you'll probably be glad of the extra battery capacity.

In summary, this power bank has a useful capacity at 6000mAh, is well made and compact, plus, it is compatible with a wide range of products whilst being available at a competitive price - there's a lot going for it. Recommended.


Bolse® High Output (32W / 6.3A) 3-Port USB Car Charger, Provides Maximum Power For 3 Devices At Once, For iPhone 5, 5s, 4s; Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Galaxy Note 3, 2; iPad Air, 5, 4, mini; Motorola and HTC
Bolse® High Output (32W / 6.3A) 3-Port USB Car Charger, Provides Maximum Power For 3 Devices At Once, For iPhone 5, 5s, 4s; Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Galaxy Note 3, 2; iPad Air, 5, 4, mini; Motorola and HTC
Offered by T.M. Enterprise
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compact but packs a punch, 30 Aug 2014
I was sent this product to review. This Bolse Car 3 Port USB charger comes in minimalist packaging (which products should do) but packs a punch with a 32W/6.3A output. In the box you get the car charger and a small, but legible instruction leaflet which includes warranty and support details.

My car (an Audi A1) has a recessed power socket under the centre console with very limited clearance, but thanks to the compact dimensions of this Bolse device (3.1" long x 1.18" high and .9" diameter at the rear) it fits perfectly with a reassuring "bayonet" type click. A subtle blue LED confirms the unit is powered. At the front of the device you have 3 full size USB sockets which have small but legible labels for Apple devices in the case of the top 2 ports and Samsung in the case of the lower port. The output from each port is up to 2.1A but this is electronically managed and there's protection against overcharging and short circuits etc. - the unit sports CE, FCC and RoHs approval markings.

I tested this charger with an iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0 (7"), plus an iPhone, Nokia Lumia 630 and Moto G Smartphones plus, a dashcam and Garmin satnav - all the devices worked perfectly. The tablets and phones charged just as quickly as they do with their original wall chargers - I'm really pleased.

As with most things in life there are "swings and roundabouts". Although nicely made,this Bolse charger has a largely plastic body whilst some other models in both the Bolse range and those from other makes appear to be metal, which, if you are careless might be tougher. However, what appears better on this model than others I've seen are the metal contacts which go into the power socket which are much more substantial so there are no "dead spots" .

This Bolse charger has a big punch in that with it's 6.3A output it can support charging three full size tablets simultaneously, plus it is compact, well made and works well - I like it a lot. Recommended.


KooPower HDMI Repeater Extender | HDMI Amplifier Booster | HDMI 1.3 and HDCP Compliant | Supports 1080p Full HD up to 40m
KooPower HDMI Repeater Extender | HDMI Amplifier Booster | HDMI 1.3 and HDCP Compliant | Supports 1080p Full HD up to 40m
Offered by Golden Battery
Price: £25.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Any easy option!, 30 Aug 2014
This KooPower HDMI Repeater Extender contains a small amplification circuit to boost HDMI signals in long HDMI cables up to 40 metres long. It requires no power supply, and, apart from its repeater function, it's an ideal way of joining HDMI cables. The device is very small at around 50mm long and you simply plug the HDMI input cable into it and then attach the output cable to its HDMI output port and that's the installation completed.

I tried this extender with a large, recent Panasonic HDTV and up to about 30m worth of HDMI lead - I couldn't detect any loss in picture quality or lip synch issues which I had thought might be a problem. I also tried it on my PC monitor with similar results. Based on my trials I'd be confident of recommending this near little device that will support most HDMI versions up to 1.3 but of course, not the version 2.0 which has been announced for 4K TV.

An effective product for use with a long HDMI cable up to 40m or as a way of joining HDMI cables without quality loss. Recommended.


2X 4M 40 Snowflake Warm White LED Battery Operated Indoor Fairy Lights For Christmas Tree Lights, New Year Decoration Lights, Festive Lights, Birthday Party Lights, Wedding
2X 4M 40 Snowflake Warm White LED Battery Operated Indoor Fairy Lights For Christmas Tree Lights, New Year Decoration Lights, Festive Lights, Birthday Party Lights, Wedding
Offered by Golden Battery
Price: £20.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and good value, 30 Aug 2014
This set of LED Snowflake lights were sent to me for review. In the box you get two separate sets of LED lights with their own controller. Each set of lights is roughly 4 metres long with 40 lights spaced at around 10cm intervals - there is thoughtfully a little more of a gap between the controller and the first lamp.

The lights are powered by three AAA cells contained in the small control box and I found mine worked fine with rechargeable cells. Installing the batteries is easy enough, although, be careful not to break the small plastic tongue which secures the battery compartment lid. There's a small switch on the battery box with three settings - off/flash/permanently on. On flash I found the batteries lasted about 20 hours or so, obviously, with the lights permanently on battery life is going to be less but its still adequate for use especially where mains power isn't available or you don't want to use it.

The LED lights themselves are nicely designed and mounted on robust clear covered wire - the design of the actual lights being that of stereotypical snowflake in transparent plastic which is ideal for Christmas use. The fact that the LEDs are quite bright whether in flash or permanently on mode means that they make the best of the transparent snowflakes and look quite effective when lit.

These battery powered LED lamps are well made, look good and with two sets of 40 lights in a pack they represent a good value for money. Recommended.


EC TECHNOLOGY® High speed USB 3.0 4-Port Hub-BLACK
EC TECHNOLOGY® High speed USB 3.0 4-Port Hub-BLACK
Offered by EC Technology UK Store
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really exploits USB 3.0 and a firm favourite!, 29 Aug 2014
I was sent this EC Technology USB 3.0 hub for review. In the box you get the hub (which includes an integral USB 3.0 lead measuring about 1 metre long) plus instructions including support details. The unit measures 78mm x 62mm x 35mm and is nicely finished in black with rubber feet, whilst the 4 vertical USB ports feature the "de rigeur" blue cores that denote USB 3.0, plus, a discreet blue LED confirms the port is powered. I found the unit installed instantly on my Toshiba notebook which supports USB 3.0 and almost as quickly on my desktop running Windows 7. USB 3.0 equipped products like this are retro-compatible with USB 2.0 but remember you won't get the performance advantage of USB 3.0.

This hub has quickly become a favourite with me - its design is good, plus, it is neat and compact yet accessible for connecting and disconnecting devices quickly. However, it isn't all about aesthetics and charm, this hub delivers real performance too. I take a lot of large pictures, many in RAW format and moving them around has, in the past (the days of USB 2.0), been really time consuming. Since using this USB 3.0 hub transfer times have more than halved, and it's not unusual to see transfer speeds above 130Mbps saving a considerable amount of time.

Every now and again a piece of kit turns up that just looks, fits and works exactly as you want it to and it becomes a favourite - this 4 Port Hub from EC Technology is one of those items. Recommended.


HooToo® HT-CT01 39W/7.8A 4 Ports Charging Station with Smart USB ports, OTG Access for Android Smartphone/Tablet, Idea for Fast Charging iPhone 5s 5c 5; iPad Air mini; Galaxy S5 S4; Note 3 2; the new HTC One (M8); Nexus and More
HooToo® HT-CT01 39W/7.8A 4 Ports Charging Station with Smart USB ports, OTG Access for Android Smartphone/Tablet, Idea for Fast Charging iPhone 5s 5c 5; iPad Air mini; Galaxy S5 S4; Note 3 2; the new HTC One (M8); Nexus and More
Offered by Sunvalleytek-UK
Price: £49.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real hit in our household!, 29 Aug 2014
This HooToo HT-CT101 4 Port Charging Station was sent to me for review. In the box you get the charging station (which measures a compact 110mm x 78mm x 34mm), a UK mains lead with 13Amp plug and "figure of 8" connector, a USB OTG connector lead and a user manual which includes warranty/support details - the manual is clearly written with a Q&A section too. A discreet blue LED denotes when the charging station is receiving power. This unit also works on a wide range of voltages from 100-240V so is suitable for travelling, plus, it has CE and FCC approval marks.

The charging station has a total output capability of 7.8 Amps which is more than most units of this kind. The first two ports are "smart ports" with outputs of up to 2.4 Amps each (intended for iPads/larger Samsung and other Android tablets), whilst outputs 3 & 4 (marked iPhone and Android respectively) have outputs of up to 1.5 Amps each. Charging is electronically optimised and there's protection against over charging and short circuits etc.

The OTG feature marks this charging station out - it's a convenient way of connecting your tablet/phone to peripherals like hard drives, card readers and flash drives etc. you simply connect your tablet/phone via the rear port using the OTG lead supplied, and, you can then connect your peripheral by plugging it in to the full size USB port on the front of the charger. I found this feature even more useful than I thought I would especially for media file transfer etc.

We really like this charging station because it really reduces clutter as well as the mains power sockets we tie up from 4 to just 1. All our devices which include iPads, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0 (7"), an iPhone, as well as Nokia Lumia 630 and Moto G smartphones all work faultlessly with this unit and charge just as quickly as they do with their own chargers. Also, there's a lot to be said for your devices all charging in the same place especially as you dash out of the door in the morning!

In common with other HooToo products I've tried this one is well designed, works well and looks and feels as though it will last plus the OTG feature is welcome "extra". Recommended.


TaoTronics TT-BS012 Wireless Cordless Handheld Barcode Bar Code Scanner Reader Kit - Black, 32-bit Decoder, Anti-interference, Mobile Moveable, Optical Laser,Short Range
TaoTronics TT-BS012 Wireless Cordless Handheld Barcode Bar Code Scanner Reader Kit - Black, 32-bit Decoder, Anti-interference, Mobile Moveable, Optical Laser,Short Range
Offered by Sunvalleytek-UK
Price: £99.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent tool!, 29 Aug 2014
I was sent this TaoTronics TT-BS012 for review. In the box you get the scanner, USB wireless dongle, USB charging lead and User Guide. I am quite new to the world of barcode scanning but this device from TaoTronics has answered a prayer. I'm a keen collector of die cast models and CDs and have substantial collections of each but had been put off cataloguing them all until I received this handy device.

I can't believe how simply this barcode scanner works - I simply inserted the dongle into my Windows 8.1 notebook and the handset talked to the dongle without any set up. I was able to capture the barcodes of all my collectibles, plus, if you go to Google homepage scan results will immediately appear and Google will instantly search on your scan results - to those in the know this might not be novel, but to me this is brilliant and so convenient. I am also currently trying out a number of database scanning programmes too.

The build quality of this scanner looks and feels good, plus it seems really effective at wireless scanning - the internal battery lasts ages once charged via the USB charging lead provided. Also, if you were heavy user you could buy a spare battery. The instruction book is largely composed of settings for the scanner which not surprisingly you scan. here's a bit more detail on the manufacturer's website.

To me, this seems an awful lot of technology for the price, plus, it works very well (especially as it is cordless) and the more I use it the more I learn about how it works and potential future applications. this seems like a good barcode scanner to get started with and very serviceable for many people who use barcodes on a daily basis. Recommended.


Lumsing® Mini 3000mah Ultra-compact Portable Charger External Battery Backup Charger for Iphone 5s, 5c, 5, 4s;samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 2,note 3; HTC One, One 2 (M8);nokia Lumia 520, 1020, Evo, Droid Dna, Motorola Atrix, Droid, Google Glass, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10,lg Optimus, Smart Watch, Bluetooth Speakers or Headsets and Other Usb-charged Devices (Silver)
Lumsing® Mini 3000mah Ultra-compact Portable Charger External Battery Backup Charger for Iphone 5s, 5c, 5, 4s;samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 2,note 3; HTC One, One 2 (M8);nokia Lumia 520, 1020, Evo, Droid Dna, Motorola Atrix, Droid, Google Glass, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10,lg Optimus, Smart Watch, Bluetooth Speakers or Headsets and Other Usb-charged Devices (Silver)
Offered by ATekCity
Price: £35.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Petite but punchy!, 28 Aug 2014
This Lumsing power bank comes nicely boxed and is very compact but still manages to provide 3000mAh. In terms of size it is a little bit bigger than a lipstick and beautifully crafted – it measures 3.7” long and is square in section, albeit, with nice rounded corners and each side measures 0.86” with the whole device weighing just over 2.5ozs. In the box you get the power bank with a neat Micro USB lead which doubles for charging the device as well as connecting to a lot of smartphones, plus instructions, warranty/support details. If you want to charge an Apple device you'll need the appropriate lead.

The exterior finish is mainly coloured aluminium that looks very chic with white end panels. The top end panel sports a full size USB port with a standard 5V 1A output plus a Micro USB socket for charging. On the side is an on/off switch and a 3 LED charge/charging indicator - when the battery senses no load it switches off automatically. There is also a small LED torch facility built into the front panel which will certainly help you locate your keys etc. The device features electronic charging/short circuit protection etc. plus uses a Samsung power cell sio it should be safe and carries FCC, CE and RoHs approval marks. The unit takes around 2.5 hours to charge from flat .

In use the power bank is easy to use and despite its modest size it will recharge an average smartphone nearly twice but rather than a charge from flat, if your battery is running low, it will prolong your usage of the device itself considerably. In the case of a tablet it will extend the usage time or charge it a bit but obviously not to full capacity. I tested it with an iPhone, Nokia Lumia 630 Smartphone, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7”) and it worked very well with all of them.

Because of its compact size, chic look and reasonable output this is a power bank that you are likely to have with you when you need it most, plus, it has enough power to be genuinely useful - I like it a lot. Recommended.


lomui® Solar Panel Charger 5000mAh Rain/Dirt/Shockproof Dual USB Port Portable Charger Backup External Battery Power Pack for iPhone 5S 5C 5 4S 4, iPad Air, Other iPads, iPods(Apple Adapters not Included), Samsung Galaxy S5 S4, S3, S2, Note 3, Note 2, Most Kinds of Android Smart Phones and Tablets,Windows phone, Gopro Camera and More Other Devices (Black and Blue)
lomui® Solar Panel Charger 5000mAh Rain/Dirt/Shockproof Dual USB Port Portable Charger Backup External Battery Power Pack for iPhone 5S 5C 5 4S 4, iPad Air, Other iPads, iPods(Apple Adapters not Included), Samsung Galaxy S5 S4, S3, S2, Note 3, Note 2, Most Kinds of Android Smart Phones and Tablets,Windows phone, Gopro Camera and More Other Devices (Black and Blue)
Offered by ifoxtek
Price: £36.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sets a shining example!, 28 Aug 2014
Length:: 3:18 Mins

This Lomui power bank was sent to me for review. What distinguishes this unit from the crowd is the fact that it has a built in solar panel and it is built for a rugged outdoor life. The device measures 142m x 75mm x 13mm and weighs 150g so is very easy to slip into a coat pocket or rucksack. The battery pack comes complete with a Micro-USB charging lead plus Apple 30 pin adaptor, a carabiner to attach it tom the outside of a rucksack etc and clear instructions.

This Lomui power bank has two full size USB outputs capable of up 1A each, plus, a Micro-USB socket for charging it from a USB source such as a wall charger. I think the intention is that most of the time this device will be charged from a normal USB source with the solar panel being used only for the occasional charge or to top the unit especially with UK weather! In full sunlight the cell generates 200ma, therefore, my suggestion is you view this a as weatherproof power bank with solar capability rather than solar charging being its primary energy source.

The exterior looks tough and the USB ports are hidden behind snug rubber covers. Also, there's an integral hanging loop which, when used in conjunction with the carabiner will fix it safely to a rucksack etc. There's an on/off switch which if you toggle twice will also operate a LED torch which gives out a useful amount of light. There's also a four segment LED charge/charging indicator too which is handy. The unit sports protection circuitry against over charging and short circuits etc. which, in conjunction, with its polymer battery and CE, FCC & RoHs approval marks should mean it is very safe.

I tested this charger with the following devices - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7"), iPhone, Nokia Lumia 630 and Moto G smartphones. All my devices connected to the power pack without problem. This unit will charge a smartphone at least a couple times over and give a tablet a fair boost depending on type. However, most people won't use a battery pack to charge their device from flat as a matter of routine. It is more likely that a power bank like this will be connected to a device with a low internal battery to allow it to carry on to being used. This 5000mAh battery will be very practical in that scenario especially as it is so portable and tough. The 5000mAh capacity will extend the operation of an ailing tablet or phone for many hours plus you have the option of solar assistance if the weather allows - it should be ideal for trekking, camping etc.

This is a good option to consider if you need a power bank for urban life during the week as it has good capacity, is compact and tough it will also double up if at weekends you do outdoor activities which take you away from conventional power sources, although, like any solar power source it is weather dependent! Recommended.


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