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Mincoso Automatic Floding Compact Umbrella Classic handle Winterproof Women Men Auto Close & Open Raining Travel Umbrella
Mincoso Automatic Floding Compact Umbrella Classic handle Winterproof Women Men Auto Close & Open Raining Travel Umbrella
Offered by FiBiSonic
Price: £39.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality umbrella - I like the fact it's teflon coated, 23 July 2016
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to receive this great quality umbrella in return for an independent and unbiased review.

Taking it out of the Amazon packaging, I was pleased by the design and build quality of this surprisingly long 13 inch long travel umbrella.  It appears to be reasonably well built and durable.

The fabric seems soft but strong, and the extra long (4.5 inch) handle is shaped nicely with a quick release button its a pleasure to hold.  Nice to the the handle is shaped to hold easily in the hand, and the stem appears strong and is hexagonal in shape to aid stability.  The spokes are in black to match the umbrella, and appears fairly well designed and made to withstand the elements.

It terms of weight, it’s really quite light at 384g, and easily packed away in a bag.  However once opened it produces an umbrella canopy that’s 35 inches across - plenty to keep one or perhaps too cosy people dry. The colour is a muted grey shade which is a good match to the image on screen.

The spring action to both open and close this is precise and effective, and overall, I’d have absolutely no problems in recommending it.  

Highly Recommended

Disclosure:  While I did receive this item in return for an unbiased review,  I was not paid a penny, and no attempt was made to influence me.  These are entirely my personal opinions, and to misquote Groucho Marx - “These are my opinions, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.   The original quote was “These are my principles, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.
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ESTGO Android 5.1 Smart TV BOX 2GB 16GB Amlogic S905 Quad Core Kodi 16.0 fully loaded XBMC Preloaded Add-ons update OTA Miracast H.265 4K UHD 3D 2.4G/5G WiFi BT4.0 Streaming Media Player
ESTGO Android 5.1 Smart TV BOX 2GB 16GB Amlogic S905 Quad Core Kodi 16.0 fully loaded XBMC Preloaded Add-ons update OTA Miracast H.265 4K UHD 3D 2.4G/5G WiFi BT4.0 Streaming Media Player
Offered by easybuylxx
Price: £89.98

5.0 out of 5 stars High spec android TV box with 4K capability, 23 July 2016
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to accept this Android TV streaming device at a discount in return for an independent and unbiased review.

Measuring just 4.5 x 4.5 inches and an inch deep shiny black box with a matt top and 4 moulded feet it’s a standard looking Android TV device.   However, unlike the Apple or Amazon devices (which are locked purely to Apple/Amazon only content), this is wide open to just about everything and anything available via the Android world.  This includes the usual suspects including Netflix, but a wide range of other stuff including Kodi - which gives you access to hundreds (if not thousands) of additional streaming channels and films.

If you’re not familiar with Kodi and the features available, do a quick search for “YouTube 3r9zVjy2gSk” where there are hundreds of videos on how to get the best of out this.  This means you can (if you want) watch lots of free films on your smart TV.

The box itself appears pretty well made with a matt black plastic construction, and has a higher specification with a ARM Cortex-A53 64 bit 2Ghz 4 core processor, 2GB of memory and 16Gb of onboard storage, which can be expanded by additional storage using an SD card.  This is a brilliant feature as it means you can store more stuff locally (instead of streaming it off the internet), and 32Gb of storage can hold up to 20 hours at 720x480 or 5 hours of 1080x1920 format - full HD - so enough storage than you’ve hours in the day to download them.

If this sounds like the standard specification of an Android computer you’d be right, as this is pretty much what it is - an Android device to connect to your TV.  You can connect to the Google App store and download a huge range of apps and games.

In terms of technology and connections, it comes with:-

* An Amlogic S905 64 bit quad Core processor at the impressively fast 2.0 Ghz speed
* Android 5.1 Lolipop (the latest version)
* Kodi version 16 installed with lots of add-ons
* WIFI connection at 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz speed - top specification
* HDMI socket to plug into a modern TV (with an HDMI cable included) . Note even the Apple TV doesn’t!
* 100 Mb cabled LAN connector (to connect by wire to your router or via a PowerLine adapter)
* 4 USB Ports for a wired keyboard, mouse or hard drive
* SD Card slot (to add additional storage - probably up to 32Gb as it’s not specified anywhere). 
* S/PDIF - Digital audio interconnect socket for digital sound output

So you have a full size HDMI connection, 4 USB ports, and an HDMI cable too which is a bonus.  To connect it to your router, you have a standard ethernet connection although it’s also equipped with a WIFI connection at 5Ghz wireless usage. Having set that up, you can then configure your device to play music, access files (locally via one of the USB connections, micro SD card or streamed over the web), or your NAS device.

In terms of formats, it seems to handle just about anything you wish to throw at it, and as stated above, gives access to thousands of channels (many of them free or unregulated), in addition to running Apps from Google.

It also comes with a small quite simple remote control with the standard navigation buttons, although sadly no battery - although this is hardly a problem, so you’ll need two AAA batteries handy.

The quick start guide is brief (to say the least), although it’s pretty easy to navigate around if you’re computer literate or have used an Android smartphone.   I’d recommend those who are not completely comfortable with technology to buy an Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV (or stick) which has less options available, but easier to use.  This does mean you’re locked into Apple/Amazon, but it requires less technical experience.

As with all these devices I’d strongly recommend buying a separate wireless keyboard/mouse to control the box, as using it via the remote control is an exercise in extreme frustration.  There’s a huge range available on Amazon, just search for “android tv keyboard”, they typically come with a tiny USB dongle to plug into the device, and combine a keyboard and touchpad in a single unit.

Of course if you intend to watch a lot of “free TV” off the internet, you may find your service provider threatening to block your account on the grounds of copyright. You can of course avoid this using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) which encrypts all data to/from your devices. Search for “PIA VPN” to subscribe to a service for about $3 a month.

Finally, worth noting, it really is 1080p screen with the added ability to stream at an amazing 4K - again meaning you’re future proofed.  The visuals from streamed TV channels over this really are incredible screen quality.  A real pleasure to use.

In summary:

* Design and Build quality:  4 Stars (Smart and appears durable)
* Hardware spec and speed:  5 Stars (Fast processor, 2Gb of memory and 32Gb expandable storage, but certainly fast enough)
* Remote control design:  5 Stars (A nice simple design)

In conclusion, provided you’re “Android Literate” - this would be a great set-top box to explore what’s out there.  If however you’re not a techie, and just want something simple that works (although without the access to free films), you could try the Amazon Fire TV or an Apple TV.

Disclosure:  While I did receive this item at a discount in return for an unbiased review,  I was not paid a penny for the review, and no attempt was made to influence my opinion.  These are entirely my views, and to misquote Groucho Marx - “These are my opinions, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.   The original quote was “These are my principles, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.
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Bluetooth Speakers VAVA Voom 20 Portable Wireless Speaker with Dual 8W Drivers & 2 Passive Subwoofers (Wireless, IPX5 Splash Proof, AptX, USB Port for Outdoors Phone Charging)
Bluetooth Speakers VAVA Voom 20 Portable Wireless Speaker with Dual 8W Drivers & 2 Passive Subwoofers (Wireless, IPX5 Splash Proof, AptX, USB Port for Outdoors Phone Charging)
Offered by Sunvalleytek-UK
Price: £99.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully designed speaker with an astonishingly warm sound quality., 23 July 2016
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to accept this bluetooth speaker in return for an independent and unbiased review.

Firstly, a brief glance at the other reviews confirms my suspicion, everyone else thinks this speaker is outstandingly good. No apologies if this you’re bored reading positive reviews of this, it really is outstandingly good.

The experience starts with the beautifully designed custom made cool, black box which looks and feels expensive. Inside you’ll find a pair of gold plated cables for 3.5mm AUX and charging, along with a soft felt bag for storage and travelling, along with the speaker itself.

** What’s it like? **
In a word - cool. At 7.5 inches long by just under 3 inches high/deep, it’s surprisingly small, but at 707g has a reassuring heft to it. To put that in context, about three quarters of a bag of sugar.

The entire device is wrapped in a tough black metal grille, which seamlessly fits into a smooth rubbery feeling top with almost invisible buttons for volume and play. Press the power button and after a short delay there’s a soft hum that seems to indicate “just you wait….this will be a quality experience”.

Overall look and feel, from the opening the box, to the accessories and the speaker, itself just says - quality. Beautifully restrained, simple design, and terrific build quality. I’m impressed already, and I’ve not even played any music yet.

** What's the sound quality like? **
Firstly, I'm no audiophile, so these are the opinion of a "layman" and I'll avoid any reference to frequency modulation, bright mid-range or harsh treble, but this really is an outstanding device, and a real pleasure to use.

I've listened to a series of test tracks including, the haunting bass beats of Radiohead's "High and Dry", and the deep bass lyrics of "Exit music (for a film)”. This really is a brilliant test track as it was recorded in a purpose built recording studio in a basement to enhance the echoey resonance from Thom Yorke’s voice. It sounds truly wonderful. I’m also a real fan of 80s music, and for my money the ultimate test song for bass is New Order’s “Blue Monday” which it handled beautifully.

Even on soft quiet mournful tracks like "Hollow Ponds" by Damon Albarn, (ex lead singer of Blur and Gorillaz), sounds great. You really feel the sadness in his voice, and hear the haunting backing track of children playing in the background. As a final test, I tried a song I've not heard for years. The gravelly deep voice of Tanita Tikaram singing her 90s hit "Twist in My Sobriety”. In a word, wonderful.

I even tried it with the opening scene from “Saving Private Ryan” where the Allies are storming up the Normandy beach, only to be torn apart by flying bullets and artillery. The sound produced during the first 15 minutes of the film is deliberately intense, and this speaker just handles it beautifully. You can feel yourself there amid the action.

** What features does it have? **
Surprisingly at this price point, there’s a lot. In addition to aptX audio (which improves the sound quality over a bluetooth connection), you also get NFC. If you’re using bluetooth, you can connect two smartphones (a fantastic feature I’ve only ever seen before on the Bose Soundlink Mini costing 3 times the price). I love this, as it means you or your partner can both control the speaker. Means you won’t have your partner asking you to turn it down or change tracks - they can do it themselves.

You also get a huge 5,200 mAh battery built in, enough to keep you going for hours. However, flip up the black rubber cover on the side to reveal a full size USB socket, and it seems you can use it as a power bank to charge your smartphone in an emergency.

Finally, it’s rated at IPX5 which means it’s been tested with a a jet of 12.5 sites per minute for at least 3 minutes. Basically, it’s not waterproof (so don’t dunk it in the bath), but it will be great for a festival, camping or a picnic. It will certainly withstand use a moist environment - for example a bathroom.

**What's Good about it? **
* Absolutely bullet proof build quality, and beautiful design. I love it
* Impressively full, rich and deep soundscape - one of the best speakers I’ve ever reviewed
* Huge battery life at 5,200 mAh. I used it for several hours every night for about week, and still wasn’t able to drain the battery
* Lots of features including aptX, NFC, a built in power-bank, dual bluetooth connectivity, ability to make phone calls, the list goes on

**What you should be aware of? **
* As with all bluetooth speakers, you’ll need to use your own smartphone charger - this doesn’t come with one.
* You could buy a water resistant speaker for half the price, but you won’t get anywhere near the sound quality and design build of this.

** Conclusion **
Beautifully designed speaker with an astonishingly warm sound quality. If this were a car it would be a BMW 3 series. I love it.

Disclosure:  While I did receive this item at a discount in return for an unbiased review,  I was not paid a penny for the review, and no attempt was made to influence my opinion.  These are entirely my views, and to misquote Groucho Marx - “These are my opinions, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.   The original quote was “These are my principles, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.
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Solar Charger, Archeer 21W Foldable Solar Panel 2.4A Charger with Dual USB Port for iPhone, iPod, iPad, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, BlackBerry, GPS & Gopro Camera
Solar Charger, Archeer 21W Foldable Solar Panel 2.4A Charger with Dual USB Port for iPhone, iPod, iPad, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, BlackBerry, GPS & Gopro Camera
Offered by Archeer-UK
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely light with excellent power output, 23 July 2016
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to receive this solar powered charger at a discount in return for an independent and unbiased review.

It’s a great little device to recharge a mobile, smartphone or GoPro camera when out camping.  Even better come the “Zombie Apocalypse” as you’ll be able to power just about anything!

Open up the simple cardboard packaging and inside is a tough black nylon folded carry case measuring 11 inches by 6 inches (around an A4 page in space), and just over half an inch thick.  Weighing in at about 533g, this is surprisingly light, and bang in the “Back-pack” and camping category territory.

To put this in context, about 6 months ago I reviewed a similarly powerful solar powered charger that was almost twice the weight (but same size). Very impressive.

Pull apart the nylon case which is held firmly in place by a strip of velcro tape and it opens out into three flat solar powered plates.  Around each of the edges are a series of loops to hang your panel from a hook if you’re hanging off a mountain, and the left you’ll find a handy 10” x 4” velcro sealed pocket, a handy place to store your USB charging cable for your smartphone.  Just inside, is two sockets for USB devices to plug in and charge.

In terms of size, you get three solar panels, each measuring 10.5 x 5 inches which produces 21W. Plug it in, and place it facing bright sunshine (ideally at about 45 degrees, plug in your phone and relax.

I tested it on a fairly sunny midday in May near London and it was clearly charging my iPhone without issue.

Overall, I’m pretty impressed by the design of this device.  It’s both light weight and small enough to lug around, folds down to the size of a hard-back book.  I like the small velcro sealed pocket for a charging cable - nice touch.

As a final touch, I noticed several other reviewers indicating this was a bit expensive. I can only assume it’s dropped in price since because it’s now exactly the same as the top selling alternatives.

I’d have no hesitation in recommending this to friends and family.

Overall, highly recommended.

Disclosure:  While I did receive this item at a discount in return for an unbiased review,  I was not paid a penny for the review, and no attempt was made to influence my opinion.  These are entirely my views, and to misquote Groucho Marx - “These are my opinions, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.   The original quote was “These are my principles, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.
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3D Surround Sound Stereo Speakers - SCS ETC 7000mAh Portable Charger Power Bank, Wireless Speakers for Hiking, Camping, Biking, Yoga, Swimming
3D Surround Sound Stereo Speakers - SCS ETC 7000mAh Portable Charger Power Bank, Wireless Speakers for Hiking, Camping, Biking, Yoga, Swimming
Offered by SCSTECH
Price: £55.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Bullet Proof built speaker with good sound quality. Great for outdoors., 23 July 2016
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to accept this bluetooth speaker in return for an independent and unbiased review.  

** What's Good about it? **
* Sound quality is surprisingly good - really quite impressive 
* Very rugged - rubber covered, slip-proof, tough and surprisingly nice heft to it
* Excellent build quality - entirely wrapped in rubber, and rated at IPX4 water resistant
* Huge 15 hour play time with a built in 7,000 mAh battery

** What you need to be aware of **
* As with all these bluetooth speakers, they assume you’ve got a smartphone charger to re-charge them so it doesn’t include a charger.  

**What's it like? **
It’s a tough little device that comes in at 7 inches long by 3 inches, and at 598g has a nice heft to it.  (To put this in context just over the weight of a standard tin of beans).  In terms of build it’s made of a what appears to be a tough metal mesh material with rubber around it, and seems very durable indeed.  

In terms of operation, when you switch it on (shiny silver button on the right hand side), it emits a loud beep and quickly goes into pairing mode. Connect your bluetooth smartphone or tablet, and you can stream music without wires.

While the sound quality is not quite HI FI (as you’d expect at this price point),  I was pleasantly surprised by the full rich sound this device produced - it’s certainly LOUD.    I’m just playing my standard set of test tracks now, including rock, punk and techno, and they’re all handled beautifully.   In terms of volume, it’s certainly loud enough for a kids bedroom (without having the neighbours knocking on the walls), although there’s just a tiny bit of distortion at maximum volume.

Finally, if you're listening to music and it’s paired with your smartphone, you can take the phone call on the speaker, and use it as a speakerphone. 

**Who should buy it? **
Well, at this price almost anyone, but I'd guess it'd be brilliant for....

* For a child or young teenager to stream music from a PC, Mac or Tablet computer
* To listen to the radio or music in the shower (it’s protected from the moisture unlike most electronics)
* To watch films on an iPad or Android tablet - to boost the sound quality
* To take on a picnic or holiday. It's small, well built and weighs almost nothing
* To improve the sound quality from built in speakers on a laptop

**Conclusion **
Bullet Proof built speaker with good sound quality. Great for outdoors.

Highly Recommended.

Disclosure:  While I did receive this item at a discount in return for an unbiased review,  I was not paid a penny for the review, and no attempt was made to influence my opinion.  These are entirely my views, and to misquote Groucho Marx - “These are my opinions, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.   The original quote was “These are my principles, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.
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Nansii Amlogic S905 Android 5.1 TV Box Bluetooth 4.0 HD Quad-core 2GB+16GB 2.4G +5G Wifi LAN 3D 4K with Kodi 16.0 Fully Loaded with Latest Live Show/Movie/Sports Q-Box Streaming Media Player
Nansii Amlogic S905 Android 5.1 TV Box Bluetooth 4.0 HD Quad-core 2GB+16GB 2.4G +5G Wifi LAN 3D 4K with Kodi 16.0 Fully Loaded with Latest Live Show/Movie/Sports Q-Box Streaming Media Player
Offered by NANSII
Price: £129.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars Smart design outside, very fast inside, 23 July 2016
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to accept this Android TV streaming device at a discount in return for an independent and unbiased review.

Measuring 5 x 5 inches and an inch deep, this shiny black box with a large silver Q on the top is slightly bigger than your average Android TV box which gives a hint to the contents - this is no “average” device. I love the blue light around the edge when powered on. Very cool indeed.

The box itself appears very well made with a shiny plastic construction, but inside it includes a 64 Bit S905 processor and super-fast GPU (graphics processing unit), with a generous 2Gb of memory and double the normal 8Gb - to 16Gb of onboard storage for additional apps and downloaded films.

You can also add a full size SD card (unusual for these devices), although it doesn’t fit flush to the device and sticks out a little bit - although an observation rather than anything else.  This is a brilliant feature as it means you can store more stuff locally (instead of streaming it off the internet), and 32Gb of storage can hold up to 20 hours at 720x480 or 5 hours of 1080x1920 format - full HD - so enough storage than you’ve hours in the day to download them.

Unlike the Apple or Amazon devices (which are locked purely to Apple/Amazon only content), this is wide open to just about everything and anything available via the Android world.  This includes the usual suspects including Netflix, but a wide range of other stuff including Kodi - which gives you access to hundreds (if not thousands) of additional streaming channels and films.

If you’re not familiar with Kodi and the features available, do a quick search for “YouTube 3r9zVjy2gSk” where there are hundreds of videos on how to get the best of out this.  This means you can (if you want) watch lots of free films on your smart TV.

If the description above sounds like a top specification of an Android computer you’d be right, as this is pretty much what it is - an Android device to connect to your TV.  You can connect to the Google App store and download a huge range of apps and games.

In terms of technology and connections, it comes with:-

* An Amlogic S905 64 bit quad Core processor at the impressively fast 2.0 Ghz speed
* A Penta core ARM Mali 450 Graphics Processing Unit - extra grunt to power 4K video
* Android 5.1 Lolipop (the latest version)
* Kodi version 16.0 installed with lots of add-ons
* WIFI connection at 2.4Ghz  (some devices include the faster 5Ghz speeds)
* A full size HDMI socket to plug into a modern TV (with an HDMI cable included) . Note the Apple TV doesn’t!
* Full 1 Gigabit cabled LAN connector (to connect by wire to your router or via a PowerLine adapter)
* 2 USB Ports for a wired keyboard, mouse or hard drive (Others have up to 4)
* Full size SD Card slot (to add additional storage - probably up to 32Gb as it’s not specified anywhere). 
* S/PDIF - Digital audio interconnect socket for digital sound output

So you have a full size HDMI connection, 2 USB ports, and an HDMI cable too which is a bonus.  To connect it to your router, you have a full 1 gigabit ethernet connection although it’s also equipped with a WIFI connection for 2.4Ghz wireless usage. Having set that up, you can then configure your device to play music, access files (locally via one of the USB connections, micro SD card or streamed over the web), or your NAS device.

In terms of formats, it seems to handle just about anything you wish to throw at it, and as stated above, gives access to thousands of channels (many of them free or unregulated), in addition to running Apps from Google.

It also comes with a long but simple remote control with the standard navigation buttons in addition to dedicated buttons for Kodi, Apps, Video and the web, although sadly no battery - although this is hardly a problem, so you’ll need two AAA batteries handy.

The quick start guide actually not bad (although very small print). Having said all that, it’s pretty easy to navigate around if you’re computer literate or have used an Android smartphone.   I’d recommend those who are not completely comfortable with technology to buy an Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV (or stick) which has less options available, but easier to use.  This does mean you’re locked into Apple/Amazon, but it requires less technical experience.

As with all these devices I’d strongly recommend buying a separate wireless keyboard/mouse to control the box, as using it via the remote control is an exercise in extreme frustration.  There’s a huge range available on Amazon, just search for “android tv keyboard”, they typically come with a tiny USB dongle to plug into the device, and combine a keyboard and touchpad in a single unit.

Of course if you intend to watch a lot of “free TV” off the internet, you may find your service provider threatening to block your account on the grounds of copyright. You can of course avoid this using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) which encrypts all data to/from your devices. Search for “PIA VPN” to subscribe to a service for about $3 a month.

Finally, worth noting, it really is 1080p screen with the added ability to stream at an amazing 4K - again meaning you’re future proofed.  The visuals from streamed TV channels over this really are incredible screen quality.  A real pleasure to use.

In summary:

* Design and Build quality:  5 Stars (Smart design - looks cool next to the TV)
* Hardware spec and speed:  5 Stars (Fast processor, 2Gb of memory and 16Gb storage)
* Remote control design:  5 Stars (A nice simple design - full size too)

In conclusion, provided you’re “Android Literate” - this would be a great set-top box to explore what’s out there.  If however you’re not a techie, and just want something simple that works (although without the access to free films), you could try the Amazon Fire TV or an Apple TV.

Disclosure:  While I did receive this item at a discount in return for an unbiased review,  I was not paid a penny for the review, and no attempt was made to influence my opinion.  These are entirely my views, and to misquote Groucho Marx - “These are my opinions, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.   The original quote was “These are my principles, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.
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[Perfect For Pokemon Go] External Battery Charger Jackery Thunder 10050mAh with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Aluminum Portable Power Bank for iPhone, Galaxy S7, iPad, Tablet, and More
[Perfect For Pokemon Go] External Battery Charger Jackery Thunder 10050mAh with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Aluminum Portable Power Bank for iPhone, Galaxy S7, iPad, Tablet, and More
Offered by Jackery UK
Price: £39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and small but powerful - very small and light, 23 July 2016
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while I was pleased to be offered this smart power bank at a discount in return for an unbiased and independent review.
 
Opening the box reveals a 3.75” x 2.5” power bank in silky smooth black aluminium.   In terms of weight it comes in at 224g which to put this in context is about double the weight of an iPhone 6 or Samsung S4 at 133g.   It’s quite a stylish design, and feels expensive and well built.
 
In terms of output (to charge your phone or tablet), this has two USB sockets with the now the ubiquitous 4 tiny white LEDs to indicate how much power it has left, and each counts down in 25% units from 100% to zero as you drain the battery.  There's a single micro-USB socket and a short (9 inch) cable to plug into your existing smartphone charger.  
 
**Does it work? **
Yes.  I tested it with a USB Power meter, and it produced 4.88 Watts compared to 4.9 Watts on my home charger.  Essentially that means it’s going to charge your phone as fast as your home charger using a quality cable. 
 
The battery is rated at an impressive 10,050 mAh which should recharge most smartphones several times.  To put this in context, here’s the battery size of a range of smartphones:-
 
* Samsung Galaxy S4 - 2,600 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S5 - 2,500 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S6 - 2,600 mAh
* Apple iPhone 5S - 1,570 mAh
* Apple iPhone 6 - 1,810 mAh
* Apple iPhone 6 Plus (Phablet) 2,915 mAh
 
You never get 100% power out of these devices (typically around 70% is acceptable), but you should get about 4 charges for a Samsung Galaxy or an iPhone 5S.
 
**What's Good about it? **
* Beautifully designed and very small device - that packs a punch.  That’s a lot of power in a very small device
* Includes a built in Qualcomm 3.0 port which will charge compatible devices 4 times faster
* Given the size it’s impressively small and light - disappears into a bag or pocket
 
** What you should be aware of **
* It doesn’t come with a wall charger or USB to iPhone cable (but these devices never do).
* It doesn’t come with a built in light or carry case (which would be handy to carry your cable and power bank together).
 
**Overall Opinion **
Build Quality:  5 Stars
Design and features: 4 Stars
Speed of charging:  5 Starts
 
** Conclusion **
Stylish and small but powerful - very small and light

Disclosure:  While I did receive this item at a discount in return for an unbiased review,  I was not paid a penny for the review, and no attempt was made to influence my opinion.  These are entirely my views, and to misquote Groucho Marx - “These are my opinions, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.   The original quote was “These are my principles, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.
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Archeer 25W Bluetooth Home Speakers Upgraded A320 with Huge Bass and Superior Stereo 2.1 Channel Sound from 10W Drivers and 15W Subwoofer
Archeer 25W Bluetooth Home Speakers Upgraded A320 with Huge Bass and Superior Stereo 2.1 Channel Sound from 10W Drivers and 15W Subwoofer
Offered by Archeer-UK
Price: £179.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully designed speaker with a warm, full rich sound, but not quite perfect, 23 July 2016
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to accept this bluetooth speaker in return for an independent and unbiased review.

Opening up the plain recyclable cardboard packaging I was both surprised and pleased to find this rather unusual designed bluetooth speaker. The face (made from furniture grade bamboo), has a warm “cherry wood” look about it that’s reflected in the sound quality produced, and the surrounding edge appears to be finished in cloth. Yes, grey fabric cloth.

Included with the speaker, in a separate box is a waterproof carry case, and Micro-USB and AUX cable. Initial impressions are surprising - and it doesn’t stop when you switch this on.

** What’s it like? **
Measuring just 10 inches long by 5 inches tall it’s surprisingly large, and at 1.4Kg has a reassuring heft to it. To put that in context, about one and a half bags of sugar.

The front is effectively a single piece of wood with holes exposing the speakers, with large simple indicators on the top for volume play/pause and power. It certainly has a certain elegance to it, and would look lovely on a bookshelf.

** What's the sound quality like? **
Firstly, I'm no audiophile, so these are the opinion of a "layman" and I'll avoid any reference to frequency modulation, bright mid-range or harsh treble, but this really is an outstanding device, and a real pleasure to use.

I've listened to a series of test tracks including, the haunting bass beats of Radiohead's "High and Dry", and the deep bass lyrics of "Exit music (for a film)”. This really is a brilliant test track as it was recorded in a purpose built recording studio in a basement to enhance the echoey resonance from Thom Yorke’s voice. It sounds truly wonderful. I’m also a real fan of 80s music, and for my money the ultimate test song for bass is New Order’s “Blue Monday” which it handled beautifully.

Even on soft quiet mournful tracks like "Hollow Ponds" by Damon Albarn, (ex lead singer of Blur and Gorillaz), sounds great. You really feel the sadness in his voice, and hear the haunting backing track of children playing in the background. As a final test, I tried a song I've not heard for years. The gravelly deep voice of Tanita Tikaram singing her 90s hit "Twist in My Sobriety”. In a word, wonderful.

As a word of warning (although on quality speakers it may need some time to run in, I did find this speaker had a fair bit of distortion when turned up to over 80% volume, but under that it performed beautifully well.

** What features does it have? **
None. This is all about having a beautiful object that kicks out quality sound in the lounge. There’s no NFC pairing, there’s no ability to make and receive phone calls, just the ability to produce great sound.

**What's Good about it? **
* A truly beautifully design (at least I think).
* Impressively full, rich and deep soundscape
* Unusual, but really quite beautiful design - made for the lounge
* Huge battery life at 5,200 mAh. I used it for several hours every night for about week, and still wasn’t able to drain the battery

**What you should be aware of? **
* As stated above, I found significant distortion at maximum volume. Having said that, it still produces enough sound to fill a large room with excellent quality
* It’s designed for use on a book-shelf, although you also get a carry case to take it out and about.
* At 1.4Kg it has quite a heft to it, but I’m sure your book-shelf will cope.

** Conclusion **
Beautifully designed for a bookcase with a full rich sound. I wish I could give this four and a half stars. It’s just a pity the manufacturers didn’t limit the volume - it certainly goes loud enough, and I love it - but need to be fair.

Disclosure:  While I did receive this item at a discount in return for an unbiased review,  I was not paid a penny for the review, and no attempt was made to influence my opinion.  These are entirely my views, and to misquote Groucho Marx - “These are my opinions, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.   The original quote was “These are my principles, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.
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[MFI] Yellowknife Metal Nylon Braided Sync and Charging Aluminum USB Lighting Data Transfer Cable for iPhone 5 / 5s / 5c / 6 / 6 Plus, iPod 7, iPad Mini / mini 2/ mini 3, iPad 4 / iPad Air / iPad Air 2 - YKMB(Grey)
[MFI] Yellowknife Metal Nylon Braided Sync and Charging Aluminum USB Lighting Data Transfer Cable for iPhone 5 / 5s / 5c / 6 / 6 Plus, iPod 7, iPad Mini / mini 2/ mini 3, iPad 4 / iPad Air / iPad Air 2 - YKMB(Grey)
Offered by Deyi UK
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, excellent value iPhone cable, 23 July 2016
**Apple Lightning Cable

Having reviewed on Amazon for a while I was pleased to be offered this iPhone lightning cable in return for an independent and unbiased review.

To start with an objective measure of the internal quality of this cable, I’ve tested it using a USB power monitor to charge an iPhone 6 Plus using a brand new Apple supplied lightning cable and this one.  Every cable includes slight variation in the Volts/Amps and therefore power (Watts) it will handle, and the higher the figure, the faster your device will charge.

This cable:             5.12 Watts (99% efficient)
Apple Lightning:    5.14 Watts 

This is excellent as it’s as efficient as the Apple supplied cable, which means it’ll simply charge up your device as fast as an Apple supplied cable.

In terms of design, it’s standard 3 foot long and covered in grey braided material. This is great as it means it’s both durable and tangle free.  The tips at both the USB and lightning connecter ends are good quality, and overall no complains.

There really is an awful lot of poor quality cheap Apple compatible cables for sale on Amazon.  Even the cable supplied with my iPad Air broke after 6 months (and was promptly replaced by Apple free of charge).  I’m pleased to report this is not a cheap and nasty Apple clone/copy as it’s “Apple Certified” (MFI) so you won’t get any “Not compatible with this device” issues.  

It works  exactly as the Apple supplied cable, and I was able to charge up my iPhone and iPad without problems.  

Highly Recommended. 

Disclosure:  While I did receive this item at a discount in return for an unbiased review,  I was not paid a penny for the review, and no attempt was made to influence my opinion.  These are entirely my views, and to misquote Groucho Marx - “These are my opinions, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.   The original quote was “These are my principles, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.


[2GB/16GB/4K] Q-Box 4K Android TV BOX, Tonbux S905 Quad Core 4K KODI Fully Loaded TV Box Streaming Player Bluetooth Enabled (2GB+16GB)
[2GB/16GB/4K] Q-Box 4K Android TV BOX, Tonbux S905 Quad Core 4K KODI Fully Loaded TV Box Streaming Player Bluetooth Enabled (2GB+16GB)
Offered by Channing56789
Price: £159.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Smart design and very fast, 23 July 2016
** **[2GB/16GB/4K] Q-Box 4K Android TV BOX, Tonbux S905 Quad Core 4K KODI Fully Loaded TV Box Streaming Player Bluetooth Enabled (2GB+16GB)

[https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01H57WS1E/ref=oh\_aui\_detailpage\_o07\_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1]

Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to accept this Android TV streaming device at a discount in return for an independent and unbiased review.

Measuring 5 x 5 inches and an inch deep, this shiny black box with a large silver Q on the top is slightly bigger than your average Android TV box which gives a hint to the contents - this is no “average” device. I love the blue light around the edge when powered on. Very cool indeed.

The box itself appears very well made with a shiny plastic construction, but inside it includes a 64 Bit S905 processor and super-fast GPU (graphics processing unit), with a generous 2Gb of memory and double the normal 8Gb - to 16Gb of onboard storage for additional apps and downloaded films.

You can also add a full size SD card (unusual for these devices), although it doesn’t fit flush to the device and sticks out a little bit - although an observation rather than anything else.  This is a brilliant feature as it means you can store more stuff locally (instead of streaming it off the internet), and 32Gb of storage can hold up to 20 hours at 720x480 or 5 hours of 1080x1920 format - full HD - so enough storage than you’ve hours in the day to download them.

Unlike the Apple or Amazon devices (which are locked purely to Apple/Amazon only content), this is wide open to just about everything and anything available via the Android world.  This includes the usual suspects including Netflix, but a wide range of other stuff including Kodi - which gives you access to hundreds (if not thousands) of additional streaming channels and films.

If you’re not familiar with Kodi and the features available, do a quick search for “YouTube 3r9zVjy2gSk” where there are hundreds of videos on how to get the best of out this.  This means you can (if you want) watch lots of free films on your smart TV.

If the description above sounds like a top specification of an Android computer you’d be right, as this is pretty much what it is - an Android device to connect to your TV.  You can connect to the Google App store and download a huge range of apps and games.

In terms of technology and connections, it comes with:-

* An Amlogic S905 64 bit quad Core processor at the impressively fast 2.0 Ghz speed
* A Penta core ARM Mali 450 Graphics Processing Unit - extra grunt to power 4K video
* Android 5.1 Lolipop (the latest version)
* Kodi version 16.0 installed with lots of add-ons
* WIFI connection at 2.4Ghz  (some devices include the faster 5Ghz speeds)
* A full size HDMI socket to plug into a modern TV (with an HDMI cable included) . Note the Apple TV doesn’t!
* Full 1 Gigabit cabled LAN connector (to connect by wire to your router or via a PowerLine adapter)
* 2 USB Ports for a wired keyboard, mouse or hard drive (Others have up to 4)
* Full size SD Card slot (to add additional storage - probably up to 32Gb as it’s not specified anywhere). 
* S/PDIF - Digital audio interconnect socket for digital sound output

So you have a full size HDMI connection, 2 USB ports, and an HDMI cable too which is a bonus.  To connect it to your router, you have a full 1 gigabit ethernet connection although it’s also equipped with a WIFI connection for 2.4Ghz wireless usage. Having set that up, you can then configure your device to play music, access files (locally via one of the USB connections, micro SD card or streamed over the web), or your NAS device.

In terms of formats, it seems to handle just about anything you wish to throw at it, and as stated above, gives access to thousands of channels (many of them free or unregulated), in addition to running Apps from Google.

It also comes with a long but simple remote control with the standard navigation buttons in addition to dedicated buttons for Kodi, Apps, Video and the web, although sadly no battery - although this is hardly a problem, so you’ll need two AAA batteries handy.

The quick start guide actually not bad (although very small print). Having said all that, it’s pretty easy to navigate around if you’re computer literate or have used an Android smartphone.   I’d recommend those who are not completely comfortable with technology to buy an Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV (or stick) which has less options available, but easier to use.  This does mean you’re locked into Apple/Amazon, but it requires less technical experience.

As with all these devices I’d strongly recommend buying a separate wireless keyboard/mouse to control the box, as using it via the remote control is an exercise in extreme frustration.  There’s a huge range available on Amazon, just search for “android tv keyboard”, they typically come with a tiny USB dongle to plug into the device, and combine a keyboard and touchpad in a single unit.

Of course if you intend to watch a lot of “free TV” off the internet, you may find your service provider threatening to block your account on the grounds of copyright. You can of course avoid this using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) which encrypts all data to/from your devices. Search for “PIA VPN” to subscribe to a service for about $3 a month.

Finally, worth noting, it really is 1080p screen with the added ability to stream at an amazing 4K - again meaning you’re future proofed.  The visuals from streamed TV channels over this really are incredible screen quality.  A real pleasure to use.

In summary:

* Design and Build quality:  5 Stars (Smart design - looks cool next to the TV)
* Hardware spec and speed:  5 Stars (Fast processor, 2Gb of memory and 16Gb storage)
* Remote control design:  5 Stars (A nice simple design - full size too)

In conclusion, provided you’re “Android Literate” - this would be a great set-top box to explore what’s out there.  If however you’re not a techie, and just want something simple that works (although without the access to free films), you could try the Amazon Fire TV or an Apple TV.

Disclosure:  While I did receive this item at a discount in return for an unbiased review,  I was not paid a penny for the review, and no attempt was made to influence my opinion.  These are entirely my views, and to misquote Groucho Marx - “These are my opinions, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.   The original quote was “These are my principles, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.
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