Archive for August, 2016

By August 22, 2016 Read More →

Kodak enters the next frontier with the SP360 4K 360° Action Cam

2016-08-22 (1)The Kodak Pixpro 360 4K Camera is the world’s first and most complete 4K recording device to capture stunning 360° immersive videos and still images without the need for multiple cameras.

Natively compatible with Facebook and YouTube 360 video products, the Kodak Pixpro 360 4K captures 360-degree field of view in multiple directions via its dome-shaped lens design and can be panned not only 360-degrees horizontally, but also up and down with a host of different vantage points and views for playback post capture.

It is easy-to-use and small enough to fit in the palm of a hand or pocket for extreme portability, as well as being NFC and Wifi enabled so it can be used everywhere and anywhere.

Powered with a professional-quality BSI Image sensor for better videos, the 12MP BSI CMOS sensor and advanced optics helps the device capture rich, detailed images in 4K (2880:2880), and also includes features including time-lapse video, burst mode as well as 4K still photos.

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SPECIFICATIONS SP360 4K:
Effective Image Sensor Pixels – 12.40 Megapixels
Total Image Sensor Pixels – 12.76 Megapixels [1/2.33” BSI CMOS]
Lens Focal Length 0.850 mm [ 35mm film equivalent ] [8.20 mm]
F number – F2.8
Lens Construction – 7 groups 9 elements
Optical Zoom – Fix Focus
Field of View Max. 235 Degree (Without Lens Cover)
Focusing Range – 50 cm — ∞
Anti-Handshake – Electronic Image Stabilization

Number of Recording Pixels:
Still Image (1:1) 8MP: 2880×2880, (4:3) 4MP: 2304×1728, (16:9) 2MP: 1920×1080
Video Round Video: 2880×2880: 30fps (1:1), 2048×2048: 30fps (1:1), 1440×1440: 60fps/30fps (1:1), 1072×1072: 60fps/30fps (1:1)
Flat Video: (3840×2160): 30fps (16:9), 1920×1080: 60fps/30fps (16:9), 1280×720: 60fps/30fps (16:9), 848×480: 60fps (16:9)
High Speed Video: 720×720: 120fps (1:1), 1280×720: 120fps (16:9), 848×480: 240fps (16:9)
File Format:
Still Image – Exif 2.3 (JPEG)
Movie MP4 [Image: H.264; Audio: AAC [Stereo]
Shooting Modes – Still, Burst Shot, Movie, Time Lapse, Loop Recording, Hi-Speed Movie
Splashproof – Equivalent to JIS/IEC IPX5 (Body)
Shockproof – Up to 2m (With Lens Cover)
Dustproof – Equivalent to JIS/IEC (IP6X)
Freezeproof – 14° F / – 10° C
Status LCD – 1.0 inch TN LCD
Level Gauge – 3-Axis
ISO Sensitivity – Auto, (100 – 800)
Exposure Metering Method – Artificial Intelligence AE (AiAE)
Exposure Contol – Method Program AE
Burst Mode – Approx. 10fps (Full Resolution)
White Balance Control – Auto (AWB), Daylight, Cloudy, Flourescent, Incandescent, Underwater
Recording Media – Micro SD/Micro SDHC Card/Micro SDXC Card (Up to 128GB Support) [MMC Card Not Supported] * Use Class 10 Card or Better
Language Support – English
Jacks – USB 2.0 (Micro 5 pin USB), HDMI (Type D)
Wi-Fi – Yes (802.11 b/g/n)
NFC – Yes
Remote Control – Yes (via Smart Device), RF Remote Control (Sold Separately)
Power – Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LB-080, 3.6V 1250mAh, In-Camera Charging
Shooting Capability – Approx. 160 Shots (Based on CIPA Standards)(Wi-Fi On)
Battery Performance – Approx. 55 min. for Video (@ 4K/30fps) (Wi-Fi-On)
Operation Environment Temperature: 14° – 104°F / -10° – 40°C, Humidity: 0 – 90%
Dimensions – (WxHxD) Approx. 1.88 x 1.96 x 2.06 in. / 48.0 x 50.0 x 52.5 mm (Based on CIPA Standards) (Without Glass Lens Cover)
Weight – Approx. 3.59 oz. / 102g (Body Only), Approx. 128g (With Battery and Micro SD Card)
Supplied Accessories – Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, USB Cable, AC Adapter, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Card, Service Card, Lens Cover, Protective Cover, Lens Ring, Battery Charger, Carrying Case, Cleaning Cloth, SP360 4K Overview Card and SP360 4K Online Company Store Card
Compatible Devices – iOS Devices (version 8.0 and up) / ANDROID Devices (version 4.2 and up) supported. iPad mini 1/ iPad 2/ iPhone 4s and below not supported.

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By August 22, 2016 Read More →

INSOMNIA58: experience a new generation of gaming

AG271_front_to_right_designThe UK’s biggest gaming festival is just around the corner, showcasing some of the latest games and gaming equipment as well as exciting live panels and evening activities. This year, AOC not only supports the festival as a partner, but also invites you to take a look at the new premium gaming monitor series AGON, boasting high resolution display models with handy features geared entirely towards gamers’ needs. Explore the just recently launched 27″ AOC AG271QG/QX and 24″ AOC AG24QG/QX monitors, which are available with G-SYNC or Adaptive Sync (FreeSync compatible) and respectively boast powerful IPS and TN panels. Each model is further kitted out with useful gaming features such as changeable AOC Game Mode Presets or AOC QuickSwitch Controller, enabling the user to easily switch between modes and adjust the display settings.

 

Of course, visitors will also get the opportunity to experience the monitors in action. The first-person shooters Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as well as Overwatch can be played at the booth. AOC also sponsors the CS:GO tournament during the event. Those interested in challenging themselves or updating their gaming skills can look forward to meeting and competing against the professional gamers of Team Infused at the stand.

 

A special AOC treat is also awaiting visitors of the BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) hall. The first 500 gamers who enter through the BYOC door on Friday and Saturday will receive AOC branded goodies. These will make sure they enjoy the intense matches taking place at BYOC hall even more.

 

On all four days, lucky guests can also win an AOC monitor at the GIGABYTE UK Charity Raffle while at the same time helping to raise funds for the baby hospice Zoe’s Place.

 

INSOMNIA58 takes place from 26 until 29 August 2016 at THE NEC, North Ave, Birmingham, B40 1NT.

 

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By August 21, 2016 Read More →

Archos 50 Power Review

archos_50power_specsArchos are forever trying to find a sweet spot between bargain budget and quality products, Often having to take a step back on one particular feature in order to bring the whole price of the unit down to a more acceptable level.  It is difficult to say whether they have a hit more often than a miss however of late Archos products have really taken a step up over a few  years of substandard products. The image may never repair however take it from me they know what they’re doing.

This £139.99 phone is a little bit of a misfire from Archos this time round. There is only one killer feature inside amidst a specification list that really doesn’t excite. For the money, you will find better value however it will be lacking that killer feature that this phone has.

Looking around the phone, to the right of the screen is the sim card tray and a power button. The 50 Power can take both a Mini and Nano Sim, the MicroSD shares the Mini Sim seat so you are limited to two sims, or a Nano sim plus expanded storage.

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To the Left is a volume rocker. The sides of the device are rounded and really comfortable.

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On top is a 3.5mm headphone socket and little else.

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On the bottom, there is a MircoUSB port offset to the left and the microphone.

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The back has a LED flash plus the 13mp camera. There is a second microphone above the camera. The whole device is coated in a non-slip rubber that feels good in the hand.

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That killer feature is a 4000 mAh battery. The last few phones from Argos have featured fairly hefty batteries and this seems to be one staple they are determined to keep in their book. You can easily clear around three days of use out of this device and if it isn’t heavily used that could possibly stretch to four or five. While some manufacturers lean toward faster-charging solutions with standard size batteries, Archos have you covered if you don’t want to have to plug your phone in at all. Whilst it has a huge battery charge time isn’t massively increased as we have seen with other products. The 4000 mAh battery can go from 0 to 100% in two and a half hours of charging. Those with fast charge facilities on their phone may scoff at that, however, it wasn’t long ago that two and a half to three hours was a standard charge for a standard battery. In fact, some may have even been quite pleased to have that sort of charge time. Especially when you consider a 50% will last as long as the average phone on 100%.

 

Otherwise the device it’s fairly unremarkable.  I wish I could just say it’s a very strong device with nothing really wrong however it has a mediocre build quality, something of a bland design. Even Android has little in the way of enhancements save for the typical Archos additions.

 

If I was to criticise one thing about the phone is the screen is fairly disappointing, whilst it’s quite sharp at 294ppi, brightness appears very dull. There are no details on the Archos website regarding the Nit count however I dare say it is very low. You will have to run the screen at full brightness in all conditions. The speaker is largely disappointing also, being tinny and lacking any substantial depth. It really caters only for notification sounds and perhaps the odd YouTube video.

Benchmarks aren’t horrible. The device can hold its own against some of the budget phones out there, albeit at a lower price.

The camera is actually pretty good, certainly, it doesn’t pack the punch of maybe something like a Samsung, however, it does captured colours quite well. There isn’t any apparent noise however light levels can bleed into each other quite easily from intense sources.

There isn’t a host of options available here there other than things like gesture functions and HDR. The HDR didn’t really blow my socks off and probably won’t blow yours off either.
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Video quality is pretty poor however you could certainly make do if absolutely necessary.

The Archos 50 Power isn’t a terrible phone, far from it, it’s probably the blandest, middle of the road phone I’ve ever had to review. I think it’s slightly overpriced and the only justification for this price is the 4000 mAh. If that’s what you’re looking for above all else, this is the phone for you. A great backup or business phone but otherwise I couldn’t recommend it for day-to-day use and there are certainly better options on the market available now.

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By August 19, 2016 Read More →

Lumsing Smart Body Analyzer Bluetooth Digital Scale Unboxing

vlcsnap-00032Scales. More precisely Smart Scales. Most folks have a set and probably don’t think about how it is possible to enhance the feedback one receives from them, save for a little weight watching.

There is plenty of functionality in these scales, known as a Body Analyser. Instead of counting your fat chunks and adding them into a figure more depressing than your own figure, the Smart Body Analyser plots graphs to should you how the following is differing daily:

Body Weight
Body Water
Body Fat
BMI
BMR(KCAL)
Muscle Mass
Bone Mass
Visceral Fat

Given the lovely looking design and added functionality, the scales are certainly an interesting investment. We will have our review on the site in the coming weeks.

Lumsing have extended a little discount to our readers. If you purchase one before 23:59 BST on 31/08 from the link below you will receive 20% off

Product link: http://amzn.to/2aMSHKh
Discount: 20% off (£11 off)
Code: Q7XY6FX6
End Date: 31/08 23:59 BST

By August 18, 2016 Read More →

Oblumi Tapp Unboxing

oblumi-logoOblumi have sent over a little thermometer to simple click into the 3.5mm headphone jack of your phone and instantly start taking temperatures.

This is an example of something so simple done right and done well. In the execution, Oblumi have added some tremendously useful features such as a suite to store and share data for your family or perhaps people in your care.

Priced competitively the Oblumi Tapp is a great addition for any parent or carer to keep a record of a loved one.

For more information, check out Oblumi’s website.

By August 17, 2016 Read More →

AOC presents two new premium 4K UHD displays

U3277PWQU_front_liquid_designAOC, one of the global top brands in the display market, is adding two new premium 4K UHD displays to its award-winning 77 Series. With 3840 x 2160 pixels, the 27″ (68.6 cm) AOC U2777PQU and the 31.5″ (81.2 cm) AOC U3277PWQU boast an ultra-sharp resolution that is four times higher than Full HD, producing highly detailed images. Thanks to the displays’ high pixel density, users can look forward to more workspace on their desktop, allowing for greater productivity. In addition to its excellent image quality, comprehensive ergonomic features and AOC Flicker-Free technology make the stylish monitor ideal for all users seeking precise and detailed images as well as a comfortable monitor set-up for better health and wellbeing.

Detailed, precise and vivid images
The AOC U2777PQU (27″) and AOC U3277PWQU (31.5″), respectively equipped with a high-quality IPS and AMVA panel, both feature 4K UHD resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) and come in a 16:9 aspect ratio. The monitors produce vivid images with more than 1 billion colours (Real 8-bit+FRC) and 100 % of the sRGB colour gamut. The AOC U3277PWQU’s AMVA panel offers an even wider colour gamut of 95 % NTSC, for even better results. In addition, their high resolution provides more workspace on the desktop. As a consequence, graphic designers or photographers can for example experience four times the detail of a digital image without needing to zoom in or out, making professional image editing more enjoyable and precise. Similarly, users working with data-intensive or multiple applications profit from the large screen real-estate, which is further emphasised by the AOC U2777PQU’s nearly borderless panel. Wide viewing angles allow for good colour uniformity from almost every angle. Both displays are thus also well suited for office settings in which monitors will be looked at from multiple perspectives. Each model nevertheless also comes with a 60 Hz refresh rate and a short response time, making them equally appealing for gaming enthusiasts who will benefit from crisp 4K visuals.

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Comfortable and productive working experience
The AOC U2777PQU and AOC U3277PWQU are equipped with multiple ergonomic features that provide users with a comfortable working experience. Each display comprises height adjustment, swivel, pivot and tilt options that make it possible to adapt the screen to suit each individual’s seating preferences, for improved comfort especially during longer periods of working. AOC Flicker-Free technology regulates the monitor’s brightness to reduce flickering of the screen and relieve eye discomfort and fatigue. Both displays feature a broad scope of inputs, allowing users to connect them to a variety of devices. Apart from DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0, DVI and VGA, each model features  USB 3.0 connectors, which allows for fast data transfer  and charging of mobile devices. For more productivity, the AOC U3277PWQU is also equipped with a PiP (Picture-in-Picture) and a PbP (Picture-by-Picture) function, allowing users to display content from two different sources at the same time through an inset window or a split screen. The 4K UHD resolution makes images from both sources come out in high detail, making multitasking easier than ever before.

The AOC U2777PQU and AOC U3277PWQU will be available in September 2016. The MSRP are £519 and £559. As with all of its displays, AOC offers a 3-year warranty with on-site exchange service.

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By August 16, 2016 Read More →

ADAM elements presents premium flash drives, cables, adapters

ADAM elements_ROMA_GRAY128_02At IFA 2016 in Berlin from 2 to 7 September, ADAM elements will showcase its latest premium dual-connector flash drives, cables and adapters for iPhone, iPad and USB-C devices. The GoHealthy line of smart eHealth products will also be present at the ADAM elements stand in the iZone (hall 12, booth 140). In addition, the manufacturer will join the UX Design Awards at booth 118 in hall 9 with its nominated product iKlips DUO, a premium dual-connector flash drive. One day before the official opening of the fair, selected journalists can already get an exclusive look at the ADAM elements IFA lineup in the south entrance area of the fair grounds.ADAM elements_iKlips DUO_03

Award-winning dual-connector flash drives
In 2015, dual-connector flash drive iKlips won the Red Dot Design Award. The new iKlips DUO will now be competing at the UX Design Awards at IFA 2016 (hall 9, booth 118). iKlips DUO is simply plugged into the iPhone’s, iPad’s or iPod’s Lightning port, which instantly expands the device’s storage capacity with up to 256 GB of additional memory. It can then be removed and shared with other iOS devices. Even better, the flash drive boasts a USB-A connector on its other end, which also allows for data sharing with PCs or Macs, all without using the internet, cloud storage or iTunes. iKlips DUO comes in a redesigned premium aluminium body with connector caps that cannot get lost. Premium flash drive ROMA with USB-C and USB-A connectors will be at IFA as well: an ideal companion for the latest MacBook and other USB-C compatible devices.ADAM elements_BP1

 

Health management with GoHealthy
Another highlight at the IFA booth will be the GoHealthy line of health management products, which all work together seamlessly with the free GoHealthy smartphone app. The app allows users to track health trends, set goals, create alarms, share data with family members, and even send medical alerts. At IFA 2016, three GoHealthy products will be presented: the Body Fat Analyzer (BF1), the Blood Pressure Monitor (BP1) and the Infrared Ear & Forehead Thermometer (EF1).

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Premium adapters and cables
The CASA and PeAk lines by ADAM elements offer robust and exquisitely designed cables to users of MacBooks, iPhones and USB-C devices. The USB-A-to-USB-C adapter CASA F13, for example, allows users to connect a mouse, keyboard, printer or any other standard USB-A peripheral with the latest MacBook or other computers with USB-C connectors. The CASA HDMI and VGA adapters, on the other hand, are perfect for connecting the MacBook and other USB-C devices to computer monitors, TVs or projectors. Users of iPhones, iPads and iPods can look forward to the PeAk 120B, a braided and Apple MFi certified Lightning sync & charging cable for iOS devices, which comes in an appealing design, available in different colours such as rose gold, gold and red.
Will you be attending IFA 2016? Are you interested in a personal interview appointment with the ADAM elements team at the booth? Please let us know by responding to this e-mail.

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By August 15, 2016 Read More →

Lumsing Portable USB Wall Plug Charger Unboxing and test – Discounted

vlcsnap-00028Lumsing have sent over their Portable USB Wall Plug Charger. This is a compact charger with four USB slots on the back and a single three-pin, UK plug opposite. Whilst this plug isn’t interchangeable with other region’s plug configuration the wall charger has a couple of features that might be of interest. The Charger can charge 4 smartphones, iPhone, Windows or Android alongside an iPad, Android tablet, Bluetooth Speaker or Headset simultaneously at full speed. This is compatible with almost any smart device with USB to DC 5V input. A built-in heat sink prevents the charger from getting overheating whilst charging. A unique surface treatment provides a textured grip and three options of colour, Orange, Blue and Grey.

You can grab one here and Lumsing have extended a 30% discount to our readers. Using the code 5MNSS2NL on any color will save you 30% if redeemed before 31/08/2016 23:59BST.

 

Update:

In response to some of the issue seen in the video Lumsing have been quick to correct:

The charger is 25 watt rather than 21 at the beginning of the video. With regard to the QC 2.0 charging port, the speed will only be super fast when a QC-compatible Android phone is connected for charging. That’s why there’s no huge amount of difference after 41 min of charging in your first test.

The smart plug meaning it detects what devices are plugged in and will adjust power accordingly for most efficient charging. This is upgraded from our old models that each port provides the certain power for iPad, iPhone and Android phone etc.

Having taken this on board I have compiled a list of the Quick charge compatible devices on the market.

  • HTC Desire EYE
  • HTC One M8
  • HTC One Remix (Verizon Mini 2)
  • Moto X 2014
  • Motorola Droid Turbo
  • Nexus 6
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
  • Sony Xperia Z3
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
  • Xiaomi Mi3
  • Xiaomi Mi4
  • YOTAPHONE 2
  • Xiaomi Mi Note
By August 13, 2016 Read More →

Sennheiser demonstrates audio excellence at the London 2016 CanJam

c898089a_CJL15_Announcement_Web_01a2016 London CanJam will see audio specialist Sennheiser and digital audio recording specialist Apogee demonstrating their new bundle that brings together Sennheiser’s HD 650 open, dynamic hi-fi stereo headphones with the Apogee Groove – a high-performance USB DAC and headphone amp. This combination lets Mac and PC users enjoy the full dynamic range and ultra-low distortion levels of one of the classics of Sennheiser’s audiophile headphone world powered by the legendary sound quality of Apogee.

Groove features Apogee’s Quad Sum DAC design which utilises four digital-to-analog converters per channel to achieve the highest dynamic range and lowest distortion (THD+N) of any device in its class. Crafted with handpicked components for incredibly narrow tolerances, special acoustic materials and exceptional engineering, the HD 650 delivers reference-class fidelity and a balanced sound with crisp bass, excellent mid frequency response and a gentle, pleasantly natural treble.

Designed to deliver every sonic detail from streaming music services like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Google Play Music as well as exceptional playback quality for high-res files like WAV, AIFF and FLAC, Groove teams with Sennheiser for the ultimate listening experience wherever you are.

Sennheiser has an Instagram and Twitter competition running throughout the event. For a chance to win HD 650 & Groove, CanJammers need to just visit the stand snap a photo of themselves with a pair of Sennheiser headphones #Sennheiser #CanJamLondon2016

CanJam takes place at The Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge. Sennheiser will be demonstrating the latest range of audiophile and consumer products.

 

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By August 12, 2016 Read More →

Lava Brightsounds 2 Bluetooth Speaker Unboxing

vlcsnap-00025A very simple idea done right. The Lava Brightsounds 2 Bluetooth speaker is a mixture of three things, a Bluetooth speaker, a LED lantern and a power bank. Design to give you around 36 hours of playback and take a little rain the Brightsound 2 is a 5 watt single stereo speaker that should make any camping trip or festival more enjoyable.

Functions: Bluetooth, Speaker, Power Bank, Night Light
Radio Frequencies: N/A
Antenna: N/A
Speakers:Single Stereo Speaker (5 W Total output power)
Bluetooth: Yes
3.5mm Aux-in: Yes
USB charging port Yes

Operational voltage: DC 5V
Power consumption: 1 W
Batteries:Lithium -ion Battery
Weight:0.624 Kg
Warranty: 1 Year