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All Reviews - 88 Results
Logitech MX Master 2S - Professional Mouse
So I bought this because I'm a PC mouse enthusiast of sorts. And I'm always on the hunt for the best mouse in the world! Available in three colours, Black/Gold, White, and the one I went for, Midnight Teal. This mouse has a total of seven buttons, all of which are programmable by downloading the Logitech software. The software is called Logitech Options and is available from their website. In the software, as well as programming buttons, you can change the pointer speed. And that's about it. This isn't a gaming mouse though, so of course there's no lights on it to change the colour of etc and the DPI of the pointer is only 200 – 4000 and these can only be set in an increment of 50. That's ok though for most professional users. But it doesn't give you any info of what setting this is currently set to, it just has a slider. That's it. Programming buttons was as easy as it should be. For each button you get a selection of functions that you can select from, or you can create a macro. This was easy enough to do. The mouse has two ways to connect to your PC. It comes with a USB wireless receiver, and it also has Bluetooth built in. But you should know that your PC must have 'Bluetooth Low Energy Technology' for it to work. My PC doesn't but my laptop does, therefore my PC has the USB receiver plugged in and my laptop just connects via Bluetooth. Both work very well I might add. The mouse connects first time EVERY time with no delays. You can also pair this mouse with up to three devices. There is a button at the bottom you can press to toggle through the three device profiles when needed, more on this later. They can even have different button layouts for each. The thumb rest is also a button itself as with Logitech's other MX models. Pressing this will allow you to view all the apps you have running at the time. Very handy. But of course this can be reprogrammed too. The thumb area has a rubberised coating which feels quite nice on the thumb but I will say I preferred the Performance MX thumb grip to this one as it had more grip. The rubberised area stops as it meets the back and top of this mouse. Here it turns to a plastic material which does have a slight mat coating which feels OK when the palm is resting on it and so far doesn't seem to make me sweat while using it, which is always a plus. The far side where your pinky finger rests is also rubberised for comfort. This makes lifting the mouse all the much easier unlike their earlier G602 gaming mouse. The thumb side of the mouse has a side scrolling wheel and two buttons. I must say the placement of these buttons could have been better thought out. They seem to have squashed them together. I think it would of worked better if there was just one button either side of the scroll wheel. I have reprogrammed these buttons to be cut and paste as I do a lot of file management on my computer systems so I use those functions all the time. The side scrolling wheel is of a beautiful quality. I could scroll this wheel all day as I love the smoothness of it. Unfortunately that's where my love for this wheel dies a death. The rubberised grip on the wheel attracts dust and small debris. Once something is stuck inside the grip it is very hard to remove it. Also I don't really often have a reason to side scroll really. Seems a bit of a novelty. Unless you use spreadsheets a lot. There is good news though. You can reprogramme it. You don't have as many options with this though. For example you cant assign a macro to this wheel. But what I did was select the 'page back and forwards' option. This means when I scroll upwards it goes a page forwards and when I scroll downwards it goes backwards. This might seem a little weird at first but I got used to it surprisingly fast. The main vertical scroll wheel has the 'free-wheel' function MX users will be used to. By default the button above the wheel engages and releases the gears of the wheel. This way if your looking through a long document or webpage, you can press this button to disengage the gears and the wheel will spin freely, allowing you to scroll down or up extremely fast. I personally decided to change this button to 'Save', and then enable the 'SmartShift' option in the software. This means that the gears will stay engaged on the wheel. But if I give the wheel a sharp spin it will sense this and automatically switch the wheel into free spin mode. It will then re-engage the gear after it stops. And this works really well! I love this feature. And you can even set the sensitivity of this. OK so the feature that really sold this mouse to me was the FLOW system. Enabling this in the software means you can drag the mouse pointer to the edge of the screen on you PC and then it will appear on the screen of your Laptop. It is quite handy if you often use your laptop on your PC desk at the same time while using your PC. This way you can use just one mouse for the two computers and amazingly you can even copy files from one to another. You press copy on your PC for example, then move your mouse to your laptop screen and click paste. Whallah! Unfortunately you can't drag and drop files but that's not a big problem. So all in all this mouse is impressive in certain ways and a let down in others. I feel the mouse needs more buttons. One or two more on top like the G602, and one or two more OR just a reconfigure of button placement on the side. The thumb wheel, although a nice novelty, it needs to have more programmable options to be useful. The size and ergonomics of the mouse is good and I wouldn't say much improvement is needed there. But the feel of it could be nicer. The battery seems to be amazing. I've had it just over 2 months and I've only charged it once since it came out of the box. The battery indicator was on two lights when I opened it and it is was still on two lights after over 2 weeks usage. It boasts up to 70 days of use between charges and it seems to be telling the truth. What's great though is it's supplied with a USB cable which you can plug into the front of the mouse in order to charge it and keep on using it while you do. Brill! Another quick mention too is the dark field laser technology which is superb. This mouse will work on even clear glass as long as it's a minimum of 4mm thick. And the range of this mouse is 10m. Recommended – YES!!
Computing
Posted on 31/08/2019 at 07:24pm
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Zoom H5 Handy Recorder
Ok so I used to be a 'Tascam man'. I loved their recorders and didn't want to switch to another brand. Stupid I know but you know what it's like when you like a certain brand. Anyway I decided on the H5 and man what a recorder this is! The main thing that pulled me in was the interchangeable microphones coupled with the portability. Owning one of these meant I could sell my microphones and other recorders, both hand held and studio, and just use this instead. Just as long as the quality was good enough. Oh and it was too! OK so it's not a small recorder. If you're looking for a dictaphone then, although this works well, it's not pocket sized. It does come with a hard case included though, but it would require a bag or carry case to put it into if travelling or on the move. So although it is large it fits in one hand comfortably. I has all the usual connections; headphones, line out, USB, and a remote connecter. It also has two XLR's at the bottom. The mic capsule at the top of the device also has a Line In 3.5mm jack. The device requires 2 AA batteries (included) or you can power via USB using a power bank if you wish! The design of the unit is sort of retro with buttons and knobs rather than just having a large screen with stylish, modern looking interface. It is simple and effective and functional which is all you want and need. You have a large GAIN dial for each XLR input as well as GAIN dial for the mic capsule at the top. You have limiters and compression settings in the menu systems that you can set for all mic inputs or just the ones you want separately. On the back of the unit is the battery compartment and a standard tripod screw hole so you can attach this to a tripod, boom pole or a cold shoe adapter. What I have done is bought the MOVO suspension mount and connected that to a handle grip. This way there is little to none handling noise transferred to the recordings. If you hold this device in your bare hands while recording you will almost certainly have unwanted noises recorded whenever you move a finger on the body of the unit. This is true for all handheld recorders so be sure to order a shock mount too! The one I have is here: Amazon UK Amazon US So testing it out I found the quality is awesome. When processing the audio (using Audacity mainly) I found by adding a low noise filter (which was hardly needed for most recordings but I always do this anyway) and amplifying the recording it produced extremely professional results. The best I've ever been able to achieve from a portable recorder in any case! I have done a lot of vocal speech testing and man does this sound good! You won't be disappointed I'm sure! I also did some sound effects samples and ambient recording samples. It handled everything with ease and was able to reproduce the sound just as I heard it. I am very happy with it. It is also very good with batteries. The same ones I put in when I opened it are still in there now! And I've used this for a good few hours! Just WOW. That's where Tascam could learn a few things as their recorders are known for bad battery life. But no problem with the Zoom H5! Recommended - YES Sir-Re Bob!
Audio / Visual
Posted on 18/06/2019 at 08:33pm
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Comica CVM-VM-K2 Smartphone Video Kit
Wasn't sure what to expect from this product. It arrives in a lovely case of good quality. The handle has a rubber grip for durability, and the zip feels of good grade. Inside the components of the video kit are separately packed into a nice foam for protection. The 'lid' of the case has a netted compartment that is separated into two sections, one larger than the other. These have the instructions, warranty and audio cable in them and can be used to store other things to your taste. Pulling out the microphone it reminded me of my Rode VideoMicro. The build quality seems the same and the design is similar too. The whole microphone is one solid piece of metal. There's not a single screw in it's construction (on the exterior anyway). It is black in colour and looks great! The microphone mount is a nice design too. Although it is plastic it feels like it will do it's job very well. I have faith in it! The base of it has a 1/4” screw hole and is also able to fit straight into a cold shoe. The clamp for hold your smartphone is also very durable. It is re-sizable and this is done by the screw on the top. Once your phone is in the clamp it will have a good grip on it and your phone wont fall or slide out as there are rubber grips on the top and bottom to keep it secure. The tripod was very impressive! I love this little thing! Very similar to the Manfrotto ones in design. The legs fold out and even have nice rubber grips on the bottoms of each leg to keep it from sliding around on the smooth surface. The legs, when folded shut are comfortable to hold and use as a handle. There is also a button that when pressed, the ball head can freely move around. Once this button I released the ball head will not move. There is one thing to note about this microphone. That is that it may not work with your current phone camera app. I tried two phones by different manufacturers and neither worked. You will have to download something like 'Open Camera'. This is free on the Google Play store. (I don't have an iPhone so you'll have to look for a free alternative) And to be honest it's a better app than most built in camera apps anyway. Once installed I went into the settings and checked the microphone setting to 'External (if plugged in)' option. This made the app get audio from my Comica Microphone instead of the phones built in mic. This is why you need to install a different app. Most built in phone camera apps will only work using the built in microphone in your phone. Included in this kit is also a sponge wind guard and a dead-cat wind guard – BONUS! After doing a few tests I was happy with the results. The Comica definitely showed an improvement over the built in mic. The audio was louder and clearer. This kit is something that all phone vloggers should have!
Audio / Visual
Posted on 02/01/2019 at 09:03pm
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Custom PS4 Controller by the Controller People
A great controller. These are official Sony controllers that get modified to a high standard. Full review coming soon. Check out the video!
Gaming Accessories
Posted on 24/12/2018 at 04:40pm
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Nemesis Now Spirit Board
If you're looking for a bit of fun this halloween, but don't know what to do, then this board could be your answer! Very well made board from Nemesis Now. It's made from a kind of wood so is not thin like a Monopoly board and it does not bend at all! It is around 6mm thick and the planchette is the same. The print is awesome and seems to be a sort of material rather than just a glossy stick on thing like board games. The material is rough to the touch but the planchetter runs over it so smoothly it's very pleasant. I love the design. It looks so old and yet is so new. Make sure you use this board with someone experienced. Make sure you say goodbye before closing your session. And make sure you have a lot of fun!
Miscellaneous
Posted on 30/10/2018 at 08:59pm
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Jelly Comb Ultra-Thin Wireless Keyboard + Mouse Combo
This keyboard I really wanted to love. And don't get me wrong, there's a lot to like about this stylish, sleek finger-tip buddy (what? I don't know). In silver it screams style. The keys are low profile and the curved back runs smoothly into the squared front. This is exactly the kind o keyboard that I go for. Sure it's no good for gaming, but for touch typing it's fabulous! The keyboard features all the right keys in, mostly the right places. There is a slight difference to most keyboards you might be more familiar with, like the hash key and the windows key though. Not a big problem. My favorite thing about this board is the dedicated 'Cut', 'Copy',and 'Paste' keys! These are amazing! I do these things ALL THE TIME so having these keys are a godsend! In fact I always buy gaming mice just so I can have extra buttons to program to cut, copy and paste! I feel that ALL keyboards should have these keys as standard! It definitely makes a difference from CTRL+X ect any day! The mouse I'll only mention briefly as it's not exactly the reason you would buy this set really. It's a no frills, generic cheap feeling mouse that won't get you excited one bit. Moving on... So the keyboard is thin, stylish and even has it's own in-built battery to boot! All you have to do is charge it up with the micro USB cable supplied and happy days! Keep in mind though there is actually a small switch that is easy to miss. You must hit this before anything will happen. Once turned on it lights up like a christmas tree and looks very smart while doing so! Of course, nothing is absolutely perfect. No one company can seem to hit the nail completely on the head. Ihere is one problem with this board. And it could be a big problem. The designers, for some reason known only to themselves, decided to make the row of 'F' keys at the top, 'FN' functions!!!! I hope you didn't spill your coffee while reading that but yup, you heard right! They decided to make the F keys, media keys. So you have the usual media keys like 'Play, stop, skip, vol +-'etc where the F keys should be and to use the F keys, you must hold the FN button. Now this wont be a bother to your average user. If all you do is surf the net and do the odd social media thing and online shopping or whatever then it probably wont affect you one little bit. In fact you may even love it if you like to listen to music as you do these things. This way you'll have full control of your listening experience right there at the top of your keyboard. If, on the other hand, you're a coder, then this is going to be a royal pain in the @$$! More than the F keys are affected here too! You see, they decided to put the '\' and '|' symbols as FN functions too. Now, you can 'lock-on' the FN key so you don't have to press it all the time. But then you lose the 'Z and X' keys as these are the keys that have the '\ and |' symbols!!!!! See my frustration???!!! What exactly were Jelly Comb thinking? Anyway. I sent mine back. I'm not going to lie. But like I said, if you don't need or are not bothered by the above criticisms then I would recommend the board to you as it is very well built and a pleasure to look at. Just a shame about the mouse and FN functions :)
Computing
Posted on 24/10/2018 at 07:57pm
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Logitech MX Master 2S - Professional Mouse
***************** Video coming soon **************** So I bought this because I'm a PC mouse enthusiast of sorts. And I'm always on the hunt for the best mouse in the world! Available in three colours, Black/Gold, White, and the one I went for, Midnight Teal. This mouse has a total of seven buttons, all of which are programmable by downloading the Logitech software. The software is called Logitech Options and is available from their website. In the software, as well as programming buttons, you can change the pointer speed. And that's about it. This isn't a gaming mouse though, so of course there's no lights on it to change the colour of etc and the DPI of the pointer is only 200 – 4000 and these can only be set in an increment of 50. That's ok though for most professional users. But it doesn't give you any info of what setting this is currently set to, it just has a slider. That's it. Programming buttons was as easy as it should be. For each button you get a selection of functions that you can select from, or you can create a macro. This was easy enough to do. The mouse has two ways to connect to your PC. It comes with a USB wireless receiver, and it also has Bluetooth built in. But you should know that your PC must have 'Bluetooth Low Energy Technology' for it to work. My PC doesn't but my laptop does, therefore my PC has the USB receiver plugged in and my laptop just connects via Bluetooth. Both work very well I might add. The mouse connects first time EVERY time with no delays. You can also pair this mouse with up to three devices. There is a button at the bottom you can press to toggle through the three device profiles when needed, more on this later. They can even have different button layouts for each. The thumb rest is also a button itself as with Logitech's other MX models. Pressing this will allow you to view all the apps you have running at the time. Very handy. But of course this can be reprogrammed too. The thumb area has a rubberised coating which feels quite nice on the thumb but I will say I preferred the Performance MX thumb grip to this one as it had more grip. The rubberised area stops as it meets the back and top of this mouse. Here it turns to a plastic material which does have a slight mat coating which feels OK when the palm is resting on it and so far doesn't seem to make me sweat while using it, which is always a plus. The far side where your pinky finger rests is also rubberised for comfort. This makes lifting the mouse all the much easier unlike their earlier G602 gaming mouse. The thumb side of the mouse has a side scrolling wheel and two buttons. I must say the placement of these buttons could have been better thought out. They seem to have squashed them together. I think it would of worked better if there was just one button either side of the scroll wheel. I have reprogrammed these buttons to be cut and paste as I do a lot of file management on my computer systems so I use those functions all the time. The side scrolling wheel is of a beautiful quality. I could scroll this wheel all day as I love the smoothness of it. Unfortunately that's where my love for this wheel dies a death. The rubberised grip on the wheel attracts dust and small debris. Once something is stuck inside the grip it is very hard to remove it. Also I don't really often have a reason to side scroll really. Seems a bit of a novelty. Unless you use spreadsheets a lot. There is good news though. You can reprogramme it. You don't have as many options with this though. For example you cant assign a macro to this wheel. But what I did was select the 'page back and forwards' option. This means when I scroll upwards it goes a page forwards and when I scroll downwards it goes backwards. This might seem a little weird at first but I got used to it surprisingly fast. The main vertical scroll wheel has the 'free-wheel' function MX users will be used to. By default the button above the wheel engages and releases the gears of the wheel. This way if your looking through a long document or webpage, you can press this button to disengage the gears and the wheel will spin freely, allowing you to scroll down or up extremely fast. I personally decided to change this button to 'Save', and then enable the 'SmartShift' option in the software. This means that the gears will stay engaged on the wheel. But if I give the wheel a sharp spin it will sense this and automatically switch the wheel into free spin mode. It will then re-engage the gear after it stops. And this works really well! I love this feature. And you can even set the sensitivity of this. OK so the feature that really sold this mouse to me was the FLOW system. Enabling this in the software means you can drag the mouse pointer to the edge of the screen on you PC and then it will appear on the screen of your Laptop. It is quite handy if you often use your laptop on your PC desk at the same time while using your PC. This way you can use just one mouse for the two computers and amazingly you can even copy files from one to another. You press copy on your PC for example, then move your mouse to your laptop screen and click paste. Whallah! Unfortunately you can't drag and drop files but that's not a big problem. So all in all this mouse is impressive in certain ways and a let down in others. I feel the mouse needs more buttons. One or two more on top like the G602, and one or two more OR just a reconfigure of button placement on the side. The thumb wheel, although a nice novelty, it needs to have more programmable options to be useful. The size and ergonomics of the mouse is good and I wouldn't say much improvement is needed there. But the feel of it could be nicer. The battery seems to be amazing. I've had it just over 2 months and I've only charged it once since it came out of the box. The battery indicator was on two lights when I opened it and it is was still on two lights after over 2 weeks usage. It boasts up to 70 days of use between charges and it seems to be telling the truth. What's great though is it's supplied with a USB cable which you can plug into the front of the mouse in order to charge it and keep on using it while you do. Brill! Another quick mention too is the dark field laser technology which is superb. This mouse will work on even clear glass as long as it's a minimum of 4mm thick. And the range of this mouse is 10m.
Computing
Posted on 20/10/2018 at 03:37pm
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VicTsing Lens Pack for Smartphones! Cool!
This awesome little lens pack turns your smartphone into a macro camera and also a super wide angle beast! I honestly didn't have much hope for it as I've tried kits like these in the past and they were less than impressive. This one however was actually pretty good. The quality of the lenses are better than expected with metal bezels and real glass lenses. The quality of the images produced were excellent! Both wide and macro were crystal clear. If I haven't uploaded any wide shots I will soon! The kit comes in a hard protective case which has a carabiner so you can attach it to your camera bag etc for easy transport. Inside there are three lenses (although two are screwed together so it looks like only two). There is also a cleaning cloth and instructions. For wide angle shots you use the wide angle lens (Sherlock Holmes here!). For macro you can use the 12x lens or coupled with the extra lens it will take it up to 24x magnification. This extra lens bit also has a clear light diffuser attached so that even if your in touching distance from your subject, light will still get in to make sure you can see it through the lens - brilliant! Thumbs up from me!
Phones and Tablets
Posted on 18/10/2018 at 08:51pm
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Rode Video Micro
Awesome little microphone that you can take almost anywhere! Great design. All metal construction makes this little mic very strong. It feels as though it can withstand drops and knocks easily. It comes with a dead cat, a mount, and a 3.5mm to 3.5mm connection lead that is springy so you can extend it if you wish.
Audio / Visual
Posted on 14/10/2018 at 09:50pm
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Casio DB-360N-1Aef Uni-sex Digital Watch
I must say, this watch is simple, but I love it! Unlike a lot of todays watches that are trying to be more than a watch. This one doesn't do that. The screen is so easy to read and uncluttered. The strap is strong and very easy to adjust. The buttons on the side of the watch face are easy to press and don't leave indents in your fingertips once pressed a few times. The front two buttons are a god send! There's truly nothing not to like about this watch! Good job CASIO-O-O-O-O!!! So with this little beauty you can tell the time, see the date and day, set up to 5 alarms, use the stopwatch, use the timer, and finally, save peoples phone numbers in the databank. It doesn't handle text messages or examine your supersizing habits but what it does do it does very well and costs a fraction of a modern tech watch. If you're like me and want a watch to just be a watch, then this is the one you want. I will note though that this watch is a small face watch. With a case diameter of only 38 millimetres, it might look small on a thick wrist. I have quite thin wrists so this fine for me as I don't like big-face watches. It is also thin at only 11mm!! The watch works as expected and is simple to set up and use. The only word of caution I would give is this... when the battery runs out, take it to a watch repair guy. I tried changing it (like i've done with other watches before it) but it turned out badly! I bent a metal thing that covers the battery, and could not for the life of me remember, NOR work out, how it went back in! This made the watch practically useless but I sort of forced it all back together and for some strange reason it came back alive!!! So it now works again but the beepers are quiet so it's no good as an alarm. With that aside it is a great watch if you want something cheap and cheerful to wear to work or whatever!
Jewellery / Watches
Posted on 12/09/2018 at 05:33pm
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