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SplashETech Mini 0805 Ambarella A7LA50D Chip Full HD 1296P(Upgraded Mini 0803) Car DVR Recorder,With GPS Logger
SplashETech Mini 0805 Ambarella A7LA50D Chip Full HD 1296P(Upgraded Mini 0803) Car DVR Recorder,With GPS Logger

1.0 out of 5 stars Over priced with a terrible design, 5 Mar. 2015
Length:: 2:38 Mins

I was kindly sent the model with a GPS data logger for review.

The unit itself is small and cylindrical and the GPS data logger is an additional extra that plugs in the top of the unit. There is a tiny screen on the back and the build quality in general means the entire thing feels rather cheap considering the high asking price (£78 at the time of review).

It comes with a USB cable, in car charging cable that it nice and long...and a sticky pad. There isn't a cradle included, you have to use the square sticker to attach it to you car, absolutely terrible idea and fortunately not something I've seen on other dash cams I've reviewed.

Footage is OK, with the GPS module attached it records your position and speed as well as the date/time so on playback you've all the information you need. You have access to the raw GPS data but when I tried to load it into a GPS visualizing website it didn't know what to do with it.

The menu system is slow and sluggish, at least you don't need to go into the menu that often once it's set up.

If this cost £20 it'd be worth getting to see if you like having an in car camera. But for this price the quality and design are absolutely abysmal, avoid and invest in much better models such as:

(5.0MP Full HD 1080P) DBPOWER 2.7" Inch H.264 Car DVR Driving Recorder with 170 Degree Wide Angle Lens Car Camera Video Recorder Support G-sensor Motion Detection Loop Recorder HDMI Output
Top of the Range Mini Dash Cam with GPS Full HD 1080p Video Recording HP F800G Car Camera / Camcorder 140° Wide Angle Lens, WDR, LDWS, 2.7" Touchscreen BUNDLE: Mini USB Cable and Car Camera Case - Exclusively from i360Direct®


Samsung Galaxy A5 SIM-Free Smartphone - Black
Samsung Galaxy A5 SIM-Free Smartphone - Black
Offered by HEARTBIT
Price: £282.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great mobile, 4 Mar. 2015
Length:: 3:40 Mins

Samsung have really nailed this new range of phones, they're so much nicer than previous plastic versions.

You'll see in the video the white version, but I believe other colours are also available.

This is has a nice 5 inch screen, but is surprisingly light in the hand. It's very thin and the light weight means this is easy to use single handedly. This design does mean that the battery isn't removable, although there are lots of portable power banks that can charge this on the go.

Photos, videos, gaming etc look really good on the screen, with games running really well. The camera has a wide range of modes to have a play with, I rather liked the animated GIF creator mode. Photos and videos can be easily shared to compatible smart TVs without the need for any cables.

Good quality phone, great job Samsung!


Kitsound Glow - Bluetooth Wireless Garden Speaker with colour changing light
Kitsound Glow - Bluetooth Wireless Garden Speaker with colour changing light
Offered by TotallyGadgets
Price: £99.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Light up your life!, 3 Mar. 2015
Length:: 2:45 Mins

There are lots of Bluetooth speakers available, the KitSound Glow Bluetooth speaker aims to be a little bit different by offering not only a sound system, but a colour changing light as well.

Sent to me for review my first thoughts were that this was something from the game Portal, it's a simple looking cube with a speaker on the front, translucent white sides, and controls on the bottom along with the power in.

Although there are controls on the bottom you'll mainly be using the included remote control, and with an eye on portability it would've been nice to have the option of controlling the speaker via an app instead of a remote for when you take it somewhere, it'd be one less thing to carry.

The remote itself is simple in design and allows you to control the light and speaker separately so you can listen to music without having the light on, alternatively you can have the light on without listening to music.

The remote gives you five different light modes, one of which should change the colours to the music. This mode was a bit hit and miss, with the light not always reacting to music, but the others all worked as you'd expect and I especially like the soft transition mode between colours. You can also select a specific colour, including white, meaning this is perfect as a bedside light with speaker.

Light level can be adjusted on the speaker, while bright enough to read in when in bed it's not going to replace a dedicated lamp if you want to fill a room.

It's designed with resistance to water and dust meaning it can be used outdoors as well as in, making for an interesting addition to any garden parties you might have.

The 3 W speaker gives you a surprisingly room filling volume and while the sound overall is good it lacks the bass expected for something of this size and price, there are better sounding speakers available for this price point, but none will light up your life like the Glow.

The KitSound Glow is a good all rounder for those looking for something a little more fun than the usual black plastic Bluetooth speakers.


Samsung Galaxy A3 SIM-Free Smartphone - Black
Samsung Galaxy A3 SIM-Free Smartphone - Black
Offered by Diamondteck
Price: £205.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good all round handset, 1 Mar. 2015
Length:: 3:02 Mins

If you've had a previous Samsung (such as the Galaxy S4 or S4 Mini) you'll find the A3 to be a big step up style wise. The A3 does away with rather cheap materials used on previous models and this feels like a nice premium feel to it. It's also really thin and light, although the camera does stick out of the back a little.

It comes with a lot of software pre installed, including the excellent Flipboard which is a news feed presented as a range of magazines, great little app.

Camera wise you get an 8MP snapper that does a decent job. There is a flash on the back should you be in really low light and you get a good range of camera modes such as panorama, HDR, night, and beauty shot to name just a few.

Photos and videos look good on the screen and it's a good size for all your mobile activities. Games ran really well and the speaker is on the back of the phone meaning you won't cover it with your hands.

I've noticed that the phone can be a little slow to return to the main menu after you play games and sometimes after using the camera. Good battery life, easily lasts me a day although I would note that I don't tend to be a heavy user, bit of surfing, replying to messages and music generally rather than playing games and watching videos.

It's easy to use single handedly and surprisingly light and thin, really good phone.


Snooper Ventura PB60 10,400mAh portable power bank and charger
Snooper Ventura PB60 10,400mAh portable power bank and charger

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on the portable battery, 1 Mar. 2015
Length:: 2:14 Mins

Kindly sent to me for review the Snooper power bank has a very interesting design that departs from the usual battery slap with a flexible design that allows it to bend and flex. The orange colour won't be for everyone, but it certainly makes it easy to spot when routing around in a bag.

This is useful if putting it in a bag, you can bend and flex it to fit around the contents rather than fitting the contents around a rectangular battery. The downside to this is that it's not as easy to pocket as a rectangular battery.

Although it looks waterproof it isn't, and while it'll likely stand up to generally poor weather it shouldn't be left exposed to heavy rain.

Charging wise it does a great job of holding enough power to easily keep my mobile charged. I don't tend to leave my phone to go flat so couldn't say how many full charges it would do, but based on doing half charges and top ups it seems like 5 - 7 charges sounds about right depending on the size of the battery being charged. With this holding so much power you'll need to leave it for a considerable amount of time to fully charge, so make sure to top it up before heading off.

It's a good little powerbank that would benefit from proper waterproofing and the ability to be charged faster.


Sumvision Gaming Mouse Nemesis Kata High Precision Programmable LED Gaming Mouse 3200DPI, 6 Button, OMRON Switches, Programmable Macros, AVAGO A3050 Optical Sensor, 36g Extra Weight
Sumvision Gaming Mouse Nemesis Kata High Precision Programmable LED Gaming Mouse 3200DPI, 6 Button, OMRON Switches, Programmable Macros, AVAGO A3050 Optical Sensor, 36g Extra Weight
Offered by 7dayshop Limited
Price: £11.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of features for a low cost, 27 Feb. 2015
Length:: 2:21 Mins

This gaming mouse was kindly sent to me for review. The body of the Nemesis KATA mouse is black, but running down either side are a coloured strip that lights up.

As well as the usual left/right and middle mouse buttons there are two additional buttons on the left hand side of the mouse (used for things like forward/backward when browsing the internet) and a button on top for changing the DPI. Interestingly the middle scroll wheel button was flat rather than the traditional rounded approach and although it felt unusual at first it's a wonder more mice don't feature such a design.

Initially it felt too light for my liking, but this can be adjusted by replacing the onboard weights. There are three to choose from, 6g 12g or 18g allowing you to find your own personal preference.

As well as adjusting the mouse weight you can also adjust the DPI, very handy if you want to up the response time in FPS games and then slow it down when on the desktop. As mentioned this is done via a button on the top of the mouse and when the DPI is changed the light colour at the back bottom of the mouse also changes.

This is handy in the dark if you want to ensure you've the DPI setting selected you want, and the two light strips make it easy to locate should you take your hand away.

The mouse works right out of the box without any need to download software. Additional software is available and that allows you to customise the mouse settings further with profiles, allowing you to reassign mouse button functions, for example you might want one of the buttons to double click when you press it.

This is a well built mouse that gives you lots of customisation options for the same price as a bog standard no frills mouse.


Nokia Lumia 630 UK SIM-Free Smartphone - Black (Windows, 4.5-inch, 8GB)
Nokia Lumia 630 UK SIM-Free Smartphone - Black (Windows, 4.5-inch, 8GB)
Price: £69.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money phone, 25 Feb. 2015
Length:: 3:48 Mins

The Windows operating system runs really well on this handset, it's easy to use and comes with a load of very useful apps pre installed. The handset itself is mostly plastic and it doesn't have a flash, but that's to be expected for such a low cost device.

It does have a very good camera and can be used as a GPS sat nav unit with completely free maps included. You pick the maps you want to download and you've then got sat nav! It's not restricted to the UK either, so if heading off on holiday you can grab a map of wherever you're visiting (providing it's not some remote area!) and then you don't need to worry about data charges looking at maps on your mobile.

The interface is very intuitive and the live tiles work really well to deliver information to you.

Screen is generally very good, although it can be a bit tricky to see in direct sunlight (although not as bad as it looks in my video).

If you're looking for a good alround handset at a low price and don't mind a lack of flash and it being a plastic phone this is a great handset to consider.


Fluency (Confluence Book 1)
Fluency (Confluence Book 1)
Price: £2.35

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent read, 25 Feb. 2015
Well written and an interesting idea of sending out a crew to investigate a mysterious ship. The story ticks along nicely but suffers from the inclusion of a romantic sub-plot that would be more at home in a trashy holiday novel. There isn't anything wrong with a bit of a romantic side story, I think it's more the way it's written, it just feels like a very strange change to the general sci-fi story.

As the first book in what is clearly planned as a series the end isn't really an end, more of a pause before the next book. Worth a read and I'll probably take a look at the second book once it's out.


Top of the Range Mini Dash Cam with GPS Full HD 1080p Video Recording HP F800G Car Camera / Camcorder 140° Wide Angle Lens, WDR, LDWS, 2.7" Touchscreen BUNDLE: Mini USB Cable and Car Camera Case - Exclusively from i360Direct® - March Madness - Limited offer for MARCH ONLY (YOU SAVE £55.00)
Top of the Range Mini Dash Cam with GPS Full HD 1080p Video Recording HP F800G Car Camera / Camcorder 140° Wide Angle Lens, WDR, LDWS, 2.7" Touchscreen BUNDLE: Mini USB Cable and Car Camera Case - Exclusively from i360Direct® - March Madness - Limited offer for MARCH ONLY (YOU SAVE £55.00)
Offered by i360Direct®
Price: £199.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Premium dash cam, 24 Feb. 2015
Length:: 3:49 Mins

Kindly sent to me for review I found the build quality to be far higher than previously tested dash cameras, the HP looks and feels like a quality bit of kit which has has a good sized touch screen on the rear and a clutter free design.

It comes with a suction cup mount for your windscreen, making it easy to remove when not in use or when you're packed in a particularly dodgy area, and has a nice long USB power cable with a car adapter. At the time of review it came with additional accessories not normally included: a USB cable for transferring data off the camera and a case to pop the F800G in when you don't want to leave it in the car.

As standard you'll also get an in car power cable. This is a long cable designed to be cable tidied, if you leave it dangling you'll have a very long, very messy, cable in your car.

The touch screen is a great addition, other car cameras reviewed tend to make use of buttons and the multitude of menu options is a real chore. It's not as responsive as you'll be use to on a mobile, but it does the job and means it has a clean, simple to use, menu system that is much nicer to use than other car cameras.

One of the features you might want to try enabled is the Lane Departure Warning System. Once activated this attempts to warn you if you are drifting out of your lane when driving above about 30 miles / 50 kilometers per hour. As this is based on the camera `looking' at the road it therefore triggers when you are changing lanes. If that's too annoying the feature can be turned off.

The camera also has GPS built in, this allows it to record the co-ordinates of your trip along with an approximate speed, all of which is displayed on the recorded footage. GPS data is also stored on the memory card in .nmea format, a standard file that can be loaded into websites such as GPS Visualizer to display your route on Google Maps. GPS can be disabled if you're not keen on logging such details.

The F800G records video chunks of around 400MB and the GPS data is recorded in chunks that match the video chunks so you can see where you were when a particular bit of footage was recorded.

If you do happen to capture an incident you'd like to keep there is an on screen button that stores recent footage in a separate folder. If this isn't pressed you still have access to your footage, you'll just need to find the relevant section among a large number of files before the unit records over it (it loops and records over the oldest footage).

Recorded footage is great quality, both during daylight and in lower light levels. The camera can record sound as well, useful to pinpoint exact time of impact, not so great if you happen to be an in car singer who isn't very good.

This is a premium product, but for those who travel a lot it offers great additional features over lower cost models, it has a great build quality, easy to use interface, onboard GPS and looks good as well.


1080p WiFi enabled Compact HD Action Cam Camcorder Camera for Extreme Sports - Top of The Range HP LC100w full Underwater Waterproof Portable Life Cam Digital Video Camera / Camcorder with Timelapse Function, Ultra High HD 4K Video Resolution for great video when Surfing, Canoeing, Kayaking, White Water Rafting, Motor Cross, Biking, BMX, Mountain Biking and many other sports activities - Screw thread for Selfie Stick / Monopod / Tripod - White (PLUS WATERPROOF CASE)
1080p WiFi enabled Compact HD Action Cam Camcorder Camera for Extreme Sports - Top of The Range HP LC100w full Underwater Waterproof Portable Life Cam Digital Video Camera / Camcorder with Timelapse Function, Ultra High HD 4K Video Resolution for great video when Surfing, Canoeing, Kayaking, White Water Rafting, Motor Cross, Biking, BMX, Mountain Biking and many other sports activities - Screw thread for Selfie Stick / Monopod / Tripod - White (PLUS WATERPROOF CASE)
Offered by i360Direct®
Price: £149.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little camera, 22 Feb. 2015
Length:: 4:23 Mins

Please note: Amazon limit the size of videos that can be uploaded, the review video shows off footage at much lower quality than the camera actually produces. A full HD version of this video is available on YouTube.

I was kindly sent this little action camera for review and was impressed with the build quality, it looks and feels like a well made gadget that will survive trips out and about. On the front is the 8MP lens and small LCD screen, around the sides are the controls for power, mode, WiFi and two ports: one for a micro SD card, the other a USB port for charging/transferring data. On the bottom is a small section to attach accessories to.

HP have included a range of accessories with the camera. Theres a nice waterproof case/shell that the camera slips while still having access to the buttons. There is a tripod mount adapter, belt clip, handlebar mount (which can double up as a wrist mount if you happen to have small wrists) and a lanyard to wear this around your neck.

There are a couple of different ways to use the camera, you can just turn it on and press the record button or you can download the companion app and connect to it via it's own WiFi network. This only takes a moment to setup and it gives you a real time view of what the camera sees. You can then control all functions from your mobile, including selecting the operating mode and starting to record.

There are 3 modes available:

- Photo
- Time Lapse
- Video

Time Lapse is an interesting mode, but also a little frustrating. The first attempt didn't go too well as the camera ran out of power, it would be better for it to check and warn the user if power is too low before starting a timelapse. When it did work the results were good and could be stored as photos, a video, or both photos and a video.

Video quality is good for the price, although there are a couple of niggles, firstly the microphone doesn't go a particularly good job, on playback it's a struggle to hear much even when footage is recorded out of the protective case.

Secondly the footage tended to judder a little if the camera moved around a lot, you'll see this In the video review when chasing a cat on foot. Don't bounce the camera around and footage quality is much better, as you can see later in the video.

These are fairly minor niggles, this is after all a budget little video camera, one that comes with a good range of accessories in the box. It won't replace a dedicated camcorder, but for those interested in experimenting with a mini camera without the budget for a top end GoPro it does a great job.
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