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All Reviews - 87 Results
Olympus ME15 Tie Pin Microphone
A nicely packaged and presented tie mic that could easily go un-noticed during a broadcast/video by clipping onto your tie or button fasteners on your shirt. I felt that maybe an additional clip or two could be used to secure the lead and stop it moving around during recording. This way you won't get too much unwanted rustling sounds on the audio recording. One thing to note is that this particular mic has a MONAURAL PLUG. That means it will only record the left channel. This is not made clear in the description so may come to a surprise to many, as it did me. With no need for a pre-amp I felt like this would be an advantage as you don't need to worry about batteries. It gets all the power it needs from the camera/ audio device itself and it seems to all work nicely enough. Of course, trying this on my Nikon 5100 DSLR didn't really give great result. Although this wasn't the fault of the microphone itself but more to do with the bad quality audio that DSLRs tend to be known for. On my Sony Handycam it was much better but as I said before – only one channel of audio. It's easy enough to adjust the panning during editing, but I personally prefer to not have to worry about that, so this was a deal breaker for me. In conclusion, a nice little mic with decent quality audio. But, if you're looking for nice stereo sound then look elsewhere. May I suggest the 'Sony ECMCS3 Microphone'. (This is the one I settled on after trying three mic's).
Musical Instruments
Posted on 27/12/2015 at 10:14pm
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Ronson Chrome Soft Flame Lighter
This surprisingly shiny lighter is a lovely offering by Ronson. I was first very surprised at how shiny this thing is! I didn't pay much attention to the title (Chrome) or the second picture on the product page, so didn't expect such a mirrored finish. But I like it. Even though mirrored isn't my style usually. I actually think it looks great! It has a large button at the top which is very easy and 'soft' to press. It would definitely be suitable for more elderly people who may find a lot of today's lighters a bit hard to press. Electric lighters usually have very stiff buttons. Not this one! It's ease of use makes it very comfortable and a pleasure to use. The flame is large and seems, so far, to appear on first press every time. At the bottom is a refill nozzle, the Ronson logo, and a screw to adjust the flame size. These seem to work as intended. Recommended? - Yes!
Miscellaneous
Posted on 26/12/2015 at 10:11pm
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Novo USB Arc Lighter
To be honest, when I ordered this, although it was a bit pricey, I really didn't expect much. And the fact it said it was expected to be delivered in January (ordered end November 2015) my spider senses told me it was coming a long way, maybe even from China perhaps? Well it was meant to be a Christmas present and so I thought 'well, better late than never!'. To my delight, it turned up a week before Christmas, and on opening the Chinese labeled package, the surprises started. The display box has an outer cardboard sleeve, which is of nice quality. Then you get the display box itself. A pleasant-to-touch black box, with a soft feel lid to it. I thought 'oooh nice'. Then I opened the box. Inside you have the lighter itself on the left, covered with a protective sleeve, and a small USB lead inside a box, on the right. Each with their own slots to keep them nicely in place. Taking the protective sleeve off the lighter I was struck by the striking colours. I ordered the rainbow one and my god, is it a rainbow indeed! Lovely to look at and straight away you feel the weight of it and can't help the feel it is of a very good quality build! The last time I felt like that was when I decided to change my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for a Blackberry Passport! As soon as you hold it you realize you've been cheated in the past on quality and the general bang-for-buck factor! Anyway, at the top of the lighter is a flip cap. The front side has a small round button. And below that there is a tiny hole which, at first, I wasn't too sure what this was for. Underneath there is a micro USB port used for charging. So I flipped the lid open and pressed the small round button. It does take getting used to a side button rather than a top button like normal lighters, but, actually it feels nice to use this way. Once pressed, the lighter creates a spark, or an 'Arc' of heated electricity which looks nice with it's purple glow. (Don't touch this as it is very hot!) My first impression was that the elements that create this Arc, were maybe a little close together for a normal cigarette, but were just fine for my rollies. I was wrong though as I tried a mini cigar and it lit -albeit by burning the underneath a little too much. But I feel this was more my lack of experience in using this type of lighter - as after a few more tries you get sort of used to it an realize you don't have to hold it so close in order for it to light. So I wanted to try the USB lead. The lead itself is exactly 20cm long from end to end. It is white in colour so looks very nice and also feels good quality. Plugging it in requires a little effort as it is a tight fit. But this is how I prefer USB's to be as you know it's not going to come loose. I then noticed that tiny little hole lit up. Rather like a Christmas tree actually! It has a VERY bright purple/blue LED inside which illuminates to let you know it is charging. I havn't had a chance to charge it fully yet so have no idea if it goes out once charged or not. But I would imagine it either goes out or changed colour to give the user some feedback as to it's charging status. Sooo, all in all I am very impressed with this lighter and don't regret the price at all. I do however feel that display boxes, a s nice as they are, are pretty pointless with lighters, as they will no longer be needed once initially opened. And I'm sure that the cost of these boxes are in the purchase price. This means that I've partly paid for a box which will be stored away in a draw somewhere, or thrown out. Anyway, that's my only gripe! Recommended? - Yes!!
Miscellaneous
Posted on 26/12/2015 at 10:05pm
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Tecknet Delteck DS2600 - Gaming Mouse
A very nice and well built mouse. This offering from Tecknet is yet another reason I'm getting to like the company more and more. With it's quality feel, this budget gaming mouse is definitely a nudge above it's competitors with both style and feel, and will definitely please the casual PC or laptop user. With no software to install, this plug and play mouse will be roaring around your mat in no time. With five levels of DPI (800/1200/1600/2000/2400DPI) it offers a diverse range of usage. And will hopefully please a wide range of users. From the lower end 800dpi, it can be used nicely for intricate works, like an image editor or 3D design software. Then you can bump it up a notch for the 1200dpi, probably best for normal usage. Then for the heavy gamers who want fast reaction time during a hardcore FPS session, you can take full advantage of the 1600 - 2400dpi range. Unfortunately though, there is a downside. The thumb buttons. Although nicely positioned, have only one function, and cannot be programmed. This may be fine for some people, but with the functions being so scarcely needed, very few will find them an advantage. That said, please note, I am not a gamer, so I have no idea how useful Ctrl, Alt, and Shift are in-game, but there they are anyway, right at your thumb tip. Underneath we find a switch with three settings. OFF/ ON/ and ON with lights. This allows users to decide whether or not they want the mouse to illuminate all the time, draining precious battery power, or just have the lights switched off, all the while having the mouse otherwise fully functional. This allows users to save battery power if the lights aren't that important to you. Although I do notice that even on this setting, the scroll wheel seems to illuminate almost every time i move the mouse. Or pretty much anyway. All in all I think this is a very good mouse. The feel, the weight and the overall look of it is well achieved. It's a shame the thumb buttons couldn't of been better thought out as this lets the mouse down. Except for maybe a very small market of people, who like this button/function choice, and have no desire to change it, I feel if Tecknet had software available for this mouse, then that would allow the user to customize it, and make it a much better experience overall.
Computing
Posted on 25/12/2015 at 10:00pm
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Silicon Power SSD 120GB
A good, cost effective SSD. I use this for storing GTA 5 (PC) files on it downloaded from Steam. This way they have their own drive and I have plenty of room for Mods on here too. The game alone takes up around 70GB (at time of writing) The SSD is quick enough for GTA to run at full settings without issues. See the video for a better look. But I would recommend a few of these drives as they are handy, cheap to buy and seem to hold up well in tough environments (HD game usage).
Computing
Posted on 24/12/2015 at 09:55pm
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Rode PSA-1 Microphone Suspension Arm
The Rode PSA1 is a sturdy and trustworthy piece of kit. Made mostly of solid steal it will hold your condenser mike with no worries of it struggling with it's weight at all. In the box, along with the arm itself, you get two mounts and a mic suspension adapter. There are also two Velcro cable ties to keep your lead held in place. The two mount types allow you to decide whether or not you want to make a hole in your desk, or just clamp it to the back edge. Once fitted it will first want to pull itself upwards. That is fine. Once you put your microphone on the end it will counter weight the force and balance out perfectly. You are then free to put it in any position you like and it will stay right there, no arguments. In conclusion, a bit pricey, but, you certainly get a good, quality item, from a good quality company!
Musical Instruments
Posted on 24/12/2015 at 09:42pm
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Blackberry Priv
I have had numerous Blackberry phones over the years and have always favored them. I even bought the BB Passport. But as needs must I had to get rid of it due the the lack of useful apps. I use mobile banking all the time but my bank only has an app for Android and iOS. So I had to go back to my Android Samsung Galaxy Note 3. That was until Blackberry finally released an Android phone - enter the Blackberry Priv! Modern and innovative design with large curved 5. 4 inch Full Touch Screen and Touch Sensitive removable QWERTY keyboard for a better use experience Operating System Android 5. 1. 1 with Blackberry that provides innovative features for customization experience top of range such as BlackBerry Hub, BBM, BBM 3410 mAh high performance battery with quick charge system Incredible 18 MPX for 4 K video recording camera and exclusive 32 GB internal memory with slot for microSD card up to 2 TB 4 G HSPA + and WiFi connectivity 2. 4/5 GHz and Slimport port for media connections.
Phones and Tablets
Posted on 2017-03-16 12:39:55 at 12:39:55
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