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Expower(R) 5w*2 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (With Mic and 8 Hour Battery) (Black)
Expower(R) 5w*2 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (With Mic and 8 Hour Battery) (Black)
Offered by Smart techonology
Price: 22.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sound Engineer who designed this is nothing short of a genius, 24 July 2014
Note: The supplier sent me a review sample to test, no attempt was made to influence my review

This is the third Bluetooth speaker I've tested today, and beneath what appears to be a fairly ordinary design are a few important points. Firstly this isn't just a Bluetooth speaker, it's got a built in FM radio, your usual 3.5mm Audio jack input, and a micro SD card slot, as well as a normal USB input for using pen drives in the unit. Topping it off is a neat LED display which shows your input being used (Bluetooth, FM, USB, TF - which to us is micro SD) as well as track number, time, radio station frequency/pre-set.

Build is good with a soft touch "rubber" finish and six buttons on top for volume/track control and the various input modes (note the volume control requires you hold it down for a while, these buttons have dual fucntions - the display shows the volume level up to a max no. of 16) I've had this on for about 6 hours and it's still going so nothing to doubt the makers claim on battery life (this will vary depending on source and output)

Connecting via Bluetooth was quick and easy with no problems and with good range (the maker quotes 10m and I don't doubt it) Mic quality (it's on the top panel is good clear for voice calls) The Radio can be auto tuned to presets (simply hold down the FM button and it auto tunes) reception quality is good, though you get the odd false lock you can fine tune and manually tune in if you want.

The rear section has a USB socket for the USB dongle simply plug it in, same for the micro SD slot. Most of the common audio formats are supported MP3, WAV, WMA, FLAC

**Sound Quality**

I'll keep things simple on this one, this Bluetooth speaker sounds "sensational". I don't use that word lightly either. I've spent all day testing Bluetooth speakers and this one sounded by some margin (ie a pretty big one) by far the best. Not content with testing it v other Bluetooth speakers, I put it up against a Panasonic SC-SP100 iPod Docking Speaker, a not inexpensive set up either. The Expower tore bits off the Panasonic, and then some more. Budget micro hi-fi's will run and hide from this, the sound quality is that good.

I'll go into some more depth here but at full output this beast is pumping out some serious volume and not even a trace of distortion present, the Panasonic pulls apart it just can't handle it. As any audio fan knows "loud" doesn't mean much on it's own you want clarity and tonal response too

This unit has deep tight bass, very deep and dense but clean and clear, midtones and vocals are also just about perfect with good presence, treble is crisp and clean but not too sharp. Right out of the box this unit just sounds great, and very well balanced. I put a few funky tracks on to test it "Cut the Cake" by Average White Band pumped out of this little box and sounded fantastic, the Bass just blew out of there in an impressive (but not overly swamping way) I had a few people round to listen to it too (neighbour was wondering if a party was going on today with all the music) Everyone was stunned such a compact box could sound so good.

It's not a one hit wonder though, playing rock, pop, funk and soul all sounded great, but for lighter listeners classical and acoustic also sounded excellent on the Expower. I personally can't see this as being a 2x5 watt "music power" unit, it surely has to be RMS as the output is far bigger than the other 5w units I've tested. Stereo separation was also very impressive, you can see the drivers pumping behind the mesh, you'd easily run a party off this little puppy the sound is full, deep and immersive.

To top if off you have the radio, the USB and micro SD ports making this almost an all in one "wonder" solution, it's portable enough still fairly small but I can see this finding a place in a bedroom or kitchen you'll have no problems filling the room with the sound and you have the flexibility of the various functions as well as Bluetooth.

I'm not sure who designed the acoustics here, but there is either some very clever porting design going on, or someone who used to work for Yamaha or Marshall has had a hand in this it sounds that good.

**Conclusion**

Every once in a while a product comes along that at first glance doesn't seem that interesting. This unit far exceeded my expectations it's by far the best sounding most complete Bluetooth speaker I've used to date in this price category. There are probably better units out there (which cost a lot more), but I've yet to use them.

A bit of a shocker I expected a pretty decent Bluetooth speaker, in short I got an audio feast for the ears.


Expower(R) Portable High Powered, Extremely Durable Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker (With Mic and 12 Hour Battery)
Expower(R) Portable High Powered, Extremely Durable Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker (With Mic and 12 Hour Battery)
Offered by Smart techonology
Price: 35.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Chunky well made Bluetooth speaker with fairly good sound and a long battery life, 24 July 2014
Note the supplier provided me with a review sample, no attempt was made to influence my review

This unit is fairly small in size, with a honeycomb pattern on the design which you'll either love or feel indifferent to (I quite like it). It's minimal in terms of controls, with just a front LED indicating the charge and Bluetooth status, a 3.5mm Aux input, micro USB input for charging, on/off switch and the volume/Bluetooth controls on the top plate. Build is dense with solid feeling "soft touch" rubber coating on the outside, feels quite classy and strong.

You get a good quality micro USB to normal USB plug for charging, and a gold plated 3.5mm stereo jack for the Aux input (this cable is red and the flat type, well made though)

No issues to report with Bluetooth easy to connect and range is also quite long I want about 9 meters away and it held the signal. The Bluetooth button allows you to take and end phone calls quality was just fine during my field testing here.
Endurance is good, the battery is quoted at 12 hours and 1800mAH, I've had it on all day (About 9 hours so far) and it's not conked out yet so the Expower is certainly above average here for battery life.

Sound quality:

This unit is rated at 2x5 watts speakers
Output is pretty good, with decent volume levels. The bass is quite clear though lacks the deepest response but a bit above average for a unit this size. Treble and vocals satisfactory, slightly muted. I spent some time working with different input sources and came to the conclusion this unit isn't overly happy with lower bit rate MP3 files.

Looking through the user manual (which isn't very well translated but workable just about) the maker notes "320 kbit/s is the recommended bit rate", there is also a section stating there is higher noise suppression on this unit (one reason I think the lower bitrate samples didn't shine) Volumes controls response best to holding down the buttons, rather than small taps and the increases are quite smooth rather than sudden (ie it slowly increases up/down)

Things improved somewhat with higher quality recordings, overall I'd rate it 7/10 for sound ie good, but not amazing. Maybe the internal processing is dampening things down a little output wise, by no means a bad sound above average. It's not as good sound wise as the second unit I tested from Expower.

Overall if you want a well built solid feeling Bluetooth speaker which has a good battery life this is worth looking at. Good, though not quite great.


Ugee 8 ExpressKey 10 x 6 Inches Graphics Drawing Pen Tablet - M708 - Black
Ugee 8 ExpressKey 10 x 6 Inches Graphics Drawing Pen Tablet - M708 - Black
Offered by Ugee
Price: 90.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality Drawing Tablet, 24 July 2014
Length:: 3:17 Mins

Note the maker provided me with a review sample, no attempt was made to influence my review

The Ugee M708 is a good sized 10x6" drawing tablet set which comes with a pen holder, extra tips, software/driver CD and a micro USB to normal USB lead. The feel of the unit overall is very good, solid build quality with well made panels. The main tablet has a bank of 8 customisable buttons on the left hand side, all of which can be user set to copy, delete, zoom in and out, undo etc etc. The pen requires a single AAA cell (you have to provide your own), simply unscrew the top to fit one. Set-up is very straight forward install the driver and software and you can customise the buttons on the tablet bank, the settings for the pen, pressure, the area of use on the tablet even gestures are supported with this set. Once set up the tablet responds well with excellent accuracy and touch pressure sensitivity.

You do get some bundled software in the package including a surprisingly good sketching program, as well as a few demo suites. The device is designed with many well known industry standard applications such as Illustrator and Photoshop, I tested it using Paint Shop Pro and Gimp and it worked just fine without any issues to report. There are a lot of uses for Tablets like the M708 I don't do artwork myself or drawing, but it's also a powerful tool to use for photo editing and re-touching too.

Graphics tablets can range in price hugely from the ultra bargain segment up to professional grade which can cost hundreds and possibly thousands. Taking into account the price of the Ugeee, it's good accuracy and performance, and the bundled items it's something of a bargain and very competitive in this segment.


Lumsing® Prophet Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Built in Speakerphone & 15 Hour Rechargeable Battery, Clear and Crispy Sound Quality; Gently Sweep, Fast Matching with NFC Function; Works with Iphone Ipad Ipod,mp3 Player, Tablet, Laptop, Computers and Any Bluetooth Enabled Device, Support 3.5mm Audio Cable Connection(black)
Lumsing® Prophet Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Built in Speakerphone & 15 Hour Rechargeable Battery, Clear and Crispy Sound Quality; Gently Sweep, Fast Matching with NFC Function; Works with Iphone Ipad Ipod,mp3 Player, Tablet, Laptop, Computers and Any Bluetooth Enabled Device, Support 3.5mm Audio Cable Connection(black)
Offered by ATekCity
Price: 49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Well designed compact Bluetooth speaker with excellent sound quality, 24 July 2014
Note the maker sent me a review sample, no attempt was made to influence my opinion of the product

The Prophet Bluetooth speaker is one of the smaller units I've tested, but the build quality is impressive with solid plastics and an attractive satin black brushed aluminium finish on the top part, with a silver edge to the ring inside and out. Rubber feet are on the bottom to absorb vibration and grip to glossy surfaces.

Design with there is a reversible section where the Lumsing logo is, turn this around and you have a neat little section to hold a phone or tablet in place, with a rubber buffer on the casing behind it to make sure your phone or tablet doesn't get marked or move around. It's a simple, but clever design which works very well. If you don't need it simply turn it around.

Operation is simple on the casing side an on/off switch, the micro USB in port, 3.5mm Aux in, and the volume control wheel.
Top section has the button for accepting and ending calls; this also doubles as a play/pause button. On the rim you'll see the NFC markings, simply put your NFC device (make sure NFC is turned on!) near to this to connect to the speaker instantly...NFC is becoming more common on devices so it's good to see is make an appearance here on the Prophet.

You get the expected 3.5mm male to male audio lead for Aux input and the micro USB to normal USB for charging.

**In use**

Powering up the unit you get a "windows style" jingle sound, with the usual Bluetooth beeping tones. The top middle button flashes quickly blue to let you know you are in Bluetooth mode ready to pair up. Simply add the Lumsing Prophet and you get a higher pitched series of beeps to let you know the connection has paired properly. The top middle button flashes much slower in blue to let you know it's still connected in Bluetooth. I tested the range and it's excellent I have no doubts that the 10 metres quoted is near to the mark. The built in microphone lets you hold phone conversations and the clarity is good for a unit of this type.

Plugging in the Aux 3.5mm lead the top button turns to green to let you know you are in that mode, you can also use the play/pause button to mute the sound if needed.

Battery life is also very good I used the unit for over 6 hours with no signs of the battery running out (at fairly loud levels) The 1500mAh battery is quite good capacity wise. The Prophet takes a few hours to charge, and glows "red" on the middle button to let you know it's being charged up, but you can also use the speaker whilst it's being charged.

**Audio Quality**

With smaller speaker units usually I don't expect much from them, bar sounding fairly reasonable. The Prophet has a surprisingly good sound output with excellent clarity across the tonal range with good bass presence and crisp clear mid tones and treble (but not harsh either) Very well balanced overall. Output is good rated at 5w for each of the 2 speakers, even at higher volumes the sound didn't distort and remained tight, clean and really quite immersive for such a compact unit, this sounds better than many larger Bluetooth speakers I've used.

Overall the Prophet impressed me on many levels, the well thought out design, nifty swivel out holder, good quality finish and sound quality mean there is almost nothing to nit pick with, though as has been mentioned the user manual is rather cryptic with some interesting translations that don't do the product justice (it's fairly easy to work it out though, and the maker has informed me that they are revising the instructions)

Cracking little Bluetooth speaker and offers excellent value for a quality product


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

4.0 out of 5 stars A decent "dual port" USB charger, 23 July 2014
Note: The maker sent me a review sample, no attempt was made to influence my review

This is the second unit I got from PowerGen to test, and just like the other plug charger it has the same attractive smooth finish and feels solidly made. There is a small "lip" near the plug end to ease pulling the unit out of a socket.

On this unit you have 2 USB charging ports, one for "iDevices" ie Apple and one for "Andriod", which also doubles as a universal port.
The maker doesn't specify the output for each port, but it's usually around 2.0 amps max, in total though the output is rated at 3.4 amps across both ports. The manual notes that you should use the port for the maker in question and that charging might be slower if the wrong one is used. So make sure you use the correct port, iPad's usually require a lower charge than other Tablets hence the ports being labelled.

You have the usual overheat/charge/load protection, and the softer blue light to let you know the charger is powered on.
In testing it worked well, though if I were nit picking a bit I'd prefer larger text on the front or maybe a colour coding for each port, but it's pretty easy to remember the top port is for Apple, and the lower one for Universal/Android devices. Overall a pretty decent dual port charger and worth a look.


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

4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely made "quad port" USB wall charger, 23 July 2014
Note: The maker sent me a review sample, no attempt was made to influence my review

The PowerGen USB wall charger has a good fit and finish with a glossy white exterior. Four ports cover most charging needs though the ports are marked for specific products (iDevice for Apple, Sam Tab for Samsung tablets, and U for universal), and optimised for the device being charged, though all the ports worked fine for the devices I tested on the charger.

* Output is a max of 2.0 amps on the Universal and Samsung ports,
* 2.1 amps on the Apple one.

*It's worth noting though that if you have multiple devices attached and charging, the output is limited in total across all 4 ports to 4 amps.

That's not a huge issue, just bear in mind on the odd occasion you might have all 4 ports occupied and charging, you won't be getting 2 amps per port. It's not common for my household to have more than one or two devices on charge so rarely an problem, but worth a mention. I recently tested another wall charger with 4 ports and that had a total output of 6.8 amps across the 4 ports (2 rated at 2.4 amps, 2 at 1 amp) iPads usually require 1 amp charging. So output wise this is a bit lower.

The manual advises that the charger will never overload a device with a higher current than it's designed for, and you have the usual over-current, over-charging protection so the charger will stop charging a device that's been fully charged. The soft blue light is a simple point but a nice touch, nothing to complain about here, maybe the markings on the side could be moved to the front for ease of reading, and a higher output in total could be handy for those loading up with tablets and phones to charge, apart from that a good charger and does the job well.


1Byone Wireless HDMI WiFi Dongle Share Videos Images Docs Live Camera Musics from All Smart Devices to TV, Monitor or Projector
1Byone Wireless HDMI WiFi Dongle Share Videos Images Docs Live Camera Musics from All Smart Devices to TV, Monitor or Projector
Offered by Aiber Technology
Price: 36.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A good HDMI casting dongle, easy to set up and use, 22 July 2014
Note the supplier sent me a review sample, no attempt was made to influence my review of the product.

This Wifi dongle is one of the better devices I've tried, the concept has really taken off recently using the HDMI port for more than just normal connections, however some offerings have been a bit hit and miss both in terms of performance or price.

The iShare comes boxed with a HDMI male to female lead, and quite a long cable with the WIFI receiver attached to it and a micro USB and normal USB plug (to power the unit) Simply plug into the HDMI port on the TV, set the channel to the HDMI input being used and you are presented with a simple set up screen.
Download the "app" for Android and iOS (or the Windows software), I note there is an app for Windows phones on the site (I have not tested this yet)
The SSID displays on screen and the passcode clearly shown at the top of the screen, with clear instructions on screen to guide you

Worked very easily on the devices I tried it on. The device also supports updates which is useful to have later on (none were available when I tested this)

The main screen allows you to access the main "apps" such as photo, web, office, video. I used a tablet to select various options, I also tested the HD video streaming capabilities and it worked well, though you may need to pause the app to buffer footage depending on the speed of your Wifi, but quality was good overall.

Mirroring (EZMirror) requires a device that supports Miracast, so whilst the "Android App" supports 4.0 and up, you will need 4.2 to get that to work. The mirroring function like most Miracast devices is pretty good, though does have some delay between what's happening and the screen updating. This was pretty much in line with other devices I have used it's more a limitation of the current technology with Miracast, but of some use for various applications.

Even if you don't have Miracast, you can still make use of the iShare WT600, other applications such as presentations and video/music/tablet camera and photos can be done via Wifi making this a fairly handy solution for various people's needs. Signal strength was good on the Wifi connection I tested it on, even in weaker spots more than enough signal pick up with the iShare. DNLA is also available, and you can select the default start up mode (normal of EZMirror)

Price wise it's competitive and attractive v other offerings and whilst there is more development to be done here (in terms of built in applications), this is a pretty strong offering in this segment. I'll update the review over time to reflect any software updates to the device. 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 White
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 White
Offered by The Ago!
Price: 9.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well made and compact 6 port USB charger, 22 July 2014
Note: The maker sent me a sample to review, no attempt was made to influence my review of the product

This compact mains charger comes boxed in environmentally friendly cardboard (nice to see and easy to re-cycle the packaging)
The main charger unit is a small footprint approx. 10cm deep, 8cm height and 3cm width it's quite a bit smaller than some other desktop chargers I've used. Supplied are 2 cables the normal UK plug and the EU version, both are the figure of 8 type which plug directly into the back part.

There is no power switch so use the main socket for the on/off operation. When plugged in a small green LED lights up which isn't annoying but enough to see that the unit is powered on.

The 6 ports are labelled for the optimum charge for each device, iPhone, iPad, Android/Samsung phone/tablet. Working though the instruction it shows the various outputs on each port, importantly though the iPad USB port is capable of delivering a good 2.1 amps output which is essential for quicker charging. I did note the instructions state that whilst each port is labelled for convenience, you won't damage or overload any devices as there is a safety protection built in and voltage regulator.

Maximum output across all the ports is rated as 6.5 amps combined which is above average.
Testing the ports out I found no problems, with good charging times on tablets and an iPad. Build is good with a tight fit on the ports and decent plastics used on the main body. Bar the minor niggle of a power switch on the unit (which isn't a huge issue) the device worked very well. I like the smaller size too and the fact you get a European plug included both of which mean this is a handy USB charger not just for home but if you are away or travelling, it's not going to take up much space at all in your bag.

Overall a solid thumbs up for me, a decent USB charger for those who need quite a lot of ports.


Premium Portable Bike Pump - Fits Presta and Schrader Valves - Sturdy Aluminium Alloy Construction - Integrated Flexible Hose - Also Includes Frame Mounting Kit, Plastic Tire Lever Set, Aluminium Tapered Nozzle, Carrying Bag and 3 Inflating Needles - Lifetime Warranty
Premium Portable Bike Pump - Fits Presta and Schrader Valves - Sturdy Aluminium Alloy Construction - Integrated Flexible Hose - Also Includes Frame Mounting Kit, Plastic Tire Lever Set, Aluminium Tapered Nozzle, Carrying Bag and 3 Inflating Needles - Lifetime Warranty
Offered by The Friendly Swede [UK]
Price: 11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A high quality compact bike pump, 22 July 2014
Length:: 1:38 Mins

Note: The maker sent me a review sample, no attempt was made to influence my review

This metal construction telescopic bike pump immediately impressed me with it's strong chunky build, a solid dense alloy metal casing it's a far cry from the small plastic (not very good) pumps I've used before. The bundle is also quite impressive with a nicely made felt bag, you get adapters/needles included for inflating balls, as well as the attachment for the bike/with screws and a couple of tyre levers too.

One you unscrew the tip under the rubber dust cover, the flexible hose extends out and markings on the top show you the settings for the two main valves on bikes (Presta/Schrader) one requires you unscrew the tip very simple and you can't go wrong.

Inflating performance was very good, the budget pumps I've used before were enough to get you out of trouble, but lacked the power required to get a good hard inflation on tyres, esp racing or road tyres which have a much higher PSI rating than the bigger mountain bike tyres. The pump worked great with a smooth action and very easy to inflate a tyre even from flat. When mounting the pump on the bike with the supplied rubber rings, it's best to make sure one rubber section covers each side of the join to ensure the pump doesn't "open up" riding along. I didn't have any problems with the pump and the bike bracket riding along.

Very good quality package here and all the parts you need to store the pump and inflate other items like balls are included.


Decent Traders.....Uniross USB Charger with 2 x AAA Rechargeable Batteries
Decent Traders.....Uniross USB Charger with 2 x AAA Rechargeable Batteries

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful USB battery charger, though longer charging times v a wall charger, 21 July 2014
I bought one of these a few years ago, just to have as a handy charger in case I was out and about or away from my home chargers (I have plenty of those but this offers the convenience of USB charging)

Simple package you get 2 fairly decent capacity AAA batteries (though the non hybrio stay charged type, but good for bike lights as they have plenty of power) The main unit is a silver plastic affair which has held up well to normal use. There is a "flip down" part just below the 2 red charging LED's, this is for charging AAA cells (which are shorter) To use it for AA batteries flip it up and they fit in perfectly.

You can charge 2 cells at a time and there is no timer and no shut off, but the charging output is rated as (2x) 90-110mAh, thus unlikely to be a problem unless you wander off for days and leave it.

Working roughly off the makers stated max charging rate of 110mAh, that means a set of 2000 mAh AA's will take just over 18 hours to fully charge from flat. AAA cells typically have a much lower capacity around 700-1000 mAh, and will obviously charger faster. To work out the approximate charge times on any charger look at the rated capacity of the battery and divide it by the mAh output.

Handy to have one of these though, esp if you have a laptop or other device with normal USB ports (for example a power bank) Don't expect super fast charging times, but it's proven a worthwhile purchase over the years.


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