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All Reviews - 86 Results
AGPtek HD Video Game Capture (VG0025)
Headphone splitter cable link US: Here Headphone splitter cable link UK: Here NOTE 1: For PS4 users - before plugging this device in you must go into your PS4 Settings-System- 'Enable HDMI Device Link' = Tick box, 'Enable HDCP' = Untick box. If you don't do this first then you wont get any picture through the device. You must switch these settings back once you disconnect the capture card if you want to use Netflix, Amazon Prime Video etc. Sorry I can't help you with Xbox set up as I don't have access to one to try. NOTE 2: Due to the fact there are separate jacks for 'headphones' and 'mic', if your headset has only ONE 3. 5mm jack on the end of it's lead, in order to record audio from your headset you will need a splitter cable adapter. These are on Amazon for around £5. This is explained more in my video. I ordered this for my nephew as he has decided to make youtube videos. I needed something simple to use and cost effective (as my sister was paying for it). So picked this one. This came in a nice box with the usual documentation. It also came with a small remote control which is a great feature as you wont have to keep getting up or reaching the device to star or stop recording. On the control you can also set the video quality (1080p/720p) but there is no feedback to whether it has changed. But I found it worked every time but it would've been nice to have had some sort of light flash or something to know it worked. On the remote you can also change the input type from HDMI, composite, and component cable. You can also take a screenshot with a press of a button! So it was really simple to set this up. Plug a HDMI cable (not included) into your game console, plug other end into capture cards 'IN' slot. Then plug another HDMI into the cards 'OUT' slot and then into your TV. So on the front of the device itself there are two HDMI ports (IN and OUT), two 3. 5mm jacks (HEADPHONES and MIC) and an AV port (for component cable (included) for use with PS3 Xbox Original and Nintendo WII etc). On the one side there is a MINI USB port for use with the power cable (included with power adapter) and also used to plug into PC. The other side has a USB port for using with a USB pen drive to record your videos on, and also a SD Card slot for the same purpose. On the top there is the record button. This button seems more of a plastic tab than a button and has no label on it. Strange! The device itself feels light and a little 'cheap'. But don't let this put you off as it works very well. So when your ready to record just hit the little plastic tab at the top of the device or the record button on the remote. Note there is a 5 second delay before it actually starts to capture, so once you hit record count to five before starting your action. Note though that you won't be able to hear your voice through the device while recording. You just have to have faith that it is being recorded. The result of the recordings are great! HD quality with great audio. Personally I would record my voice on my phone by plugging my headset to my phone and using a voice recorder app (for Android I use 'HD Audio Recorder Pro' (it's free) and so long as you press the 'PCM' button at the bottom, it is great quality). This way you can put them together in a video editor (I use Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 13 (around £35 on Amazon)) and adjust the audio levels to get the right mix. So all in all I am very impressed with this device. I have a Hauppauge PVR Rocket Capture device which cost a lot more than this and is basically the same in recording quality so I am disappointed I didn't find this earlier and give it a go :( I would definitely go for this one as the price difference verses the quality difference is not worth the extra money. The only thing the Rocket has over this is design and the fact it comes with a clip on microphone. But then this one has a remote which I think is of more importance as most gamers already have a mic or headset to use. Oh and there is the ability to adjust the mic volume on the Rocket. But tbh you still can't hear your voice while recording so you never really sure how loud it is. Recommended? - YES!!
Gaming Accessories
Posted on 02/01/2017 at 09:52pm
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Hauppauge HD PVR Rocket - Game Capture Device
Headphone splitter cable link US: Here Headphone splitter cable link UK: Here
Gaming Accessories
Posted on 02/01/2017 at 09:50pm
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Gigabyte Geforce GTX 980ti
Excellent card. Allows me to play GTA V on full, Ultra settings without issue. I don't game that much though. I bought this mainly to speed up video editing and 3D modelling and rendering. Works great! See video for more info.
Computing
Posted on 27/11/2016 at 09:47pm
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Naviforce NF9050M Mens Watch
So this watch came well packaged with plenty of bubble wrap and a nice little cushion to keep it protected. Also the watch is nicely wrapped in a rubber like clear protector covering to keep it from scratches. The watch itself is analog and digital hybrid. Although these aren't synced together automatically like more expensive watches, they are easy to set and sync manually. The digital screen is not as easy to read as it is on the Naviforce NF9024M and is nowhere near as clear as the picture suggests. But is perfectly fine for this price range. The digital screen shows the date at the top, which was missing from the NF9024M (on which you had to press a button to show the date), the day abbreviated to three letters (Mon, Wed etc), the seconds (which are also customisable when setting the time, this allows you to perfectly sync the time with the analogue clock), and finally the time at the bottom which is larger than the rest. Setting the time/timer/stopwatch was easy. You hold the bottom right button for a few seconds to get into edit mode. Then press the top right button to change the values, and the bottom left button to change the selection from hours/minutes etc. Then once you're done you just press the bottom right button again to confirm. Easy! Other than the time, this watch can have 1 other timezone set also. By pressing the top right button once it will display a different time called T2. Once this is on the screen you can now hold the bottom right button to set it. To change back to normal time just press the top right button once again. Also a welcomed feature of this watch is the timer (also missing from the NF9024M). This can be set the same way as everything else and always comes in handy. Build quality of this watch is fab just as other watches from Naviforce. Solid robust and weighty at 159g, it really feels like military grade product! A nice black stainless steel finish all over also gives this watch a bit of class! Recommended? -YES!
Jewellery / Watches
Posted on 26/11/2016 at 09:43pm
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Tecknet Raptor Gaming Mouse M268
This one I wasn't so impressed with. Very light, with cheap materials. And very deceiving from the images in a way. In the images it looks the business. But in person it is far from the business! It is very light, cheap plastic all round. Even the part that looks like a grill or mesh at the sides are actually plastic and NOT even a grill. It just gets so thin at the 'inner points' that it looks see through when the light is on. All that said though, it works. I couldn't tell you how reliable it is or how it performs on a day to day basis, as I tossed it aside after one or two uses. But hey, it's not an expensive mouse. And for a youngster it may prove popular. But definitely not for adults. Thing is, even for £9. 99 you will expect better. Companies like Tecknet and Havit have raised the bar in recent years on what a budget mouse should be like. This falls way below par on quality and general 'feel' when using. It does have some style. But unfortunately it is a mouse best looked at from a few feet distance! For just a few £££s more you can a cracking mouse, like the M008! Now THAT's a mouse! Well done on the Hyperbolt, Tecknet. Commiserations on the Raptor!
Computing
Posted on 21/11/2016 at 09:40pm
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Raidon GR3660 B3 - Raid (0-1) and JBOD Drive Solution
Great product, see video. UPDATE 31 AUG 2018: Just to let you know this raid drive is still going strong and I've had no issues even though I use it to access and write files everyday!
Computing
Posted on 18/11/2016 at 09:36pm
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Debo Steadyvid Ex Stabilizer
When I bought this (Dec 2015) it was branded as 'Debo'. I see now they have changed the brand but the product is still the same. Upon opening the box I was quite impressed with the quality of the product. All made from a nice strong metal so we were off to a good start. There are 2 weights included. One of these is a single disk. The other is a double disk that looks like 2 single disks stuck together. (in the product images it looks like they are 3 separate disk, but they're not. It does make sense though when you think about it) These act as a counter balance to your camera. You only need to put on as many as you need to balance the weight out once your camera is connected. Trying this out I found that the ball joint, even though I tried it as loose as it can go, would stick quite often. Possibly you could put a little grease in there to try and get a more fluid motion but I didn't want to try this. My main issue with this was the fact that when moving around with the camera, it would drift sideways. This obviously gets annoying - FAST! No matter what techniques I tried I just couldn't get it to stay put. For this reason it went back for a refund. It's a shame though due to the good quality and high hopes I had for it but, as they say, that's how the cookie crumbles! All in all a nice looking product that is useless.
Photography / Videography
Posted on 16/11/2016 at 09:05pm
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Andoer 1/4 Inch Screw Handle Grip For Camera Accessories
XCSOURCE Spacers UK - Click here. XCSOURCE Spacers US - Click here. So the handles came within a week which is always good! Once opened they surprised me at how good quality they were. For the price I wasn't expecting much but they are actually very impressive. The first thing to strike me was the softness of the rubber grip. It is very soft indeed! I'd imagine these handles would still be very comfortable to hold even after a few hours. DON'T USE THE BALL JOINT FOR HOLDING YOUR CAMERA! The handle has a screw mount which has a ball joint for easy positioning. After playing around with it the ball joint broke. This is not good. But, to be honest, isn't what I wanted them for anyway. Once you unscrew the ball joint, the handle can still be used. I wanted these handles for a camera rig that I'm building so the ball joints were going to be removed anyway. This ball joint is meant to be used with an accessory anyhow. NOT FOR MOUNTING YOUR CAMERA ON. I have mounted the one that hasn't broke to the top of my camera rig to mount something to later if I want to. Taking the handles apart I was pleased to see a strong aluminium tube as the centre structure. How they can produce these things and distribute them for only £6 odd is beyond me. So check out the pictures above and the video link to have a better look around them. Pictures speak a thousand worss. And videos speak a million.
Photography / Videography
Posted on 16/11/2016 at 08:59pm
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TGC Hot Orange Compact Carry Case
I bought this bag because my camera (Sony HDRXR550) is a little on the large size to today's standards. It has a built-in HDD so is quite bulky. Add to this a wide-angle screw-on lens and it just keeps getting bigger. Although I have a hard case for it I wanted something small enough to not take up much room, but large enough to fit the camera in without having to unscrew the lens every time I put it away. And strangely enough I can't find a suitable one made by Sony (at least at a decent price!). Enter the TGC carry case by The Bag Doctor! This little beauty is absolutely perfect! It's almost like they designed this bag especially for this camera. Even though it states it is for a 'Panasonic HX-WA2 Active HD Camcorder', which is a much smaller/thinner design than my Sony, the bag will accommodate any camera to a max size of: 170mm-L/90mm-W/80mm-H (I would say). Although basic, it has one main compartment that can be sectioned off by a Velcro padded strip insert, one small pocket for a spare battery etc, and a mesh type pocket situated in the inside of the 'lid' perfect for memory cards and a cleaning cloth. It serves its purpose very well and I am stuck to find anything they could improve on. Which is quite a bold statement coming from from me! The external material seems to be PU Coated Nylon, which is typically used for equipment bags such as this. Although I haven't tested it I would say it is rain proof so should do a good job of protecting your camera from water if caught short when out and about. Also on the underside are some rubber skids which will also protect the bag from wear and tear if placing down on outside surfaces such as brick/cement walls and floors. Oh and I almost forgot, there is a shoulder strap with shoulder pad for carrying around. Each end of the strap are strong black plastic clips that are good quality. At it's hortest it is 71cm. And at its longest it is 120cm. So with nothing more to add, this bag is a lifesaver and I couldn't be more happy with it. I bought the Hot Orange which is nice and bright so will be easy to spot in low light conditions and definitely looks happy :) Recommended? - OF COURSE!
Photography / Videography
Posted on 15/11/2016 at 08:54pm
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Boya BY-M1 Tie-Clip Microphone
If you need a long lead external mic then this is a great one to get. With a built-in pre-amp (1 lithium battery - included) it delivers high quality audio straight into your camera or audio recorder of choice. The sensitivity of the mic actually surprised me. It didn't miss a beat. Of course this can be good or bad. It will pick up rustling of clothing so make sure your wearing something that wont make too much noise. But this should be standard practice anyway when using wearable microphones. Especially when, like this one, the mic has an Omni-directional 360° microphone. In the box you will find the microphone, a metal tie-clip, a windscreen for the mic, 1 lithium (LR44) battery for the pre-amp, the pre-amp itself, and a 1/4" adapter. The cable length is 6 meter (20ft) long. The pre-amp is around 4ft along the cable from the mic. The pre-amp is made of metal and unscrews to reveal the battery slot. It also has a metal belt clip on it so you can attach it to your belt under your clothes. The end of the cable has a 3. 5mm plug so will fit straight into your smart-phone or camera. There is a 1/4" adapter should you need it too. If plugging into a smart-phone then the switch on the pre-amp should be switched to 'off/smart-phone' setting. When plugged into a DSLR the audio quality isn't great. But this is the case with any mic as DSLR's have terrible audio capability in general. It is recommended that you use an external audio recorder if using DSLR, then mix back together in your video editor of choice. All in all a great mic my only gripe would be that it's maybe a little too sensitive. I know that sounds picky but hey. It clearly picked up my stomach rumbling during my review video, which can be seen with the link below. Recommended? - YES!
Photography / Videography
Posted on 13/11/2016 at 08:52pm
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