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By May 27, 2016 Read More →

The more the merrier: simplified multitasking with your monitor

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Multitasking is the magic word in today’s offices. In the times of digital transformation we have to be fast, forward-looking, need to fulfil several tasks at the same time and have to have data, texts, photos and videos constantly present. This is where modern monitors come into play. They offer ideal solutions for all of those demands. In short: a modern monitor should simplify multitasking and increase productivity. Most suitable for advanced users: a widescreen and high-resolution display with a broad range of connections. But there are more ways to optimise monitor usage.

1. More space: increased productivity with UltraWide monitors
For project work and flexibility, users have to be aware of many developments at the same time. The solution: displaying several applications simultaneously. Thereby an UltraWide monitor is the first choice. With a 21:9 widescreen, the days of endless scrolling or switching between windows are gone. Several new models also come with a curved display for a more complete viewing experience. UltraWide screens – like the curved AOC C3583FQ or the AOC U3477PQU – enable the user to place almost four A4 pages alongside one another, or to get a quick overview over 16 video streams, e.g. from surveillance cameras, displayed side-by-side without distortion. Users can also use an e-mail client or messenger on one half of the desktop and their office or editing software on the other half. With sharp QHD or Full HD resolutions, they are still able to see the smallest details – even with more than one or two open windows on the same screen. Thus, integrated Multiview options like picture in picture or picture by picture are the perfect choice to save space and time. 

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2. More connectivity: the monitor as a multitasking “hub”
In addition, hardware multitasking can help the user to fulfil high productivity demands, too. Connecting several peripheral devices directly with the monitor saves time and space – and users do not have to crawl underneath the table or deal with a tangle of cables. Monitors like the AOC U3277PQU and Q3277PQU offer a breadth of options including DisplayPort, HDMI (MHL supported for mirroring and charging mobile phones or tablets), DVI, VGA and a USB 3.0 hub for data transfer or charging of USB devices. The U3277PQU even boasts an advanced HDMI 2.0 connector for smooth UHD video playback with up to 60 frames per second. The benefits are clear: Users only need one monitor for all kinds of connections. They can connect the display with a camera or TV receiver, upload data from a tablet to the PC and at the same time recharge a smartphone via MHL. 

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3. More of both: multi-monitor set-ups
Users who would like to bring multitasking to the next level can also combine both: e.g. a widescreen monitor with several peripheral devices or even one, two or more additional monitors. There are no limits to today’s multitasking set-ups. As a result, especially hard-core gamers can experience the ultimate gaming experience that surrounds the whole field of vision. And users who work on extremely complex tasks can build their individual set-up to have all crucial aspects of their work at a glance. On this occasion, even ergonomic options like the pivot mode can come into action to optimise the individual construction.

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But multitasking is not just for the ambitious: Even casual users can reduce the effort of the easiest all-day work tasks by using simple multitasking options of their monitor. And they will never go back once they have tried it. Because when it comes to multitasking and increased productivity, the saying “less is sometimes more” is not necessarily true.

By May 3, 2016 Read More →

PitPat Unboxing

4The idea of a Fitbit for your dog is a humourous one however our K9 pals need a great deal of exercise to keep them in shape, not to mention happy. Sometimes throwing a lead on them and zipping around the block might not be enough.

Using a small piece of collar mounted tech and an app for your phone the Pitpat works like most fitness trackers, without the biometric readings. Designed to keep up with a doggies varied lifestyle the Pitpat is waterproof, lightweight and simple to use.

  • Check up on your dog’s health with ease
  • Attaches simply to your dog’s collar
  • Comfortable, small and lightweight design
  • Robust and waterproof
  • Bluetooth technology for safe wire-free communication
  • Free companion app for iOS and Android
  • Over 1 year battery life

The Pitpat is £39.99 from Mobilefun

By April 18, 2016 Read More →

Charge Pit Unboxing

vlcsnap-error688Cable management on your bedside table or office desk can be a real pain however Charge Pit at offering to sort that out for you.

The Charge Pit has built-in technology that allows for wider device compatibility. It auto adapts to charge your iPad, iPhone, Samsung Tab and all iOS and Android devices. This 6-Port Universal Charging Station features fast charging technology, with a 10A high charging current output making it ideal for charging tablets and smartphones.

With 6 USB charging ports, the Charge Pit 6-Port Universal Charging Station can charge six devices simultaneously. All of this is powered by one mains power socket in your home or office.

Simply lift up the case and connect the wires you need, then place it back down again. Use up to 6 different cables.

The Charge Pit can be picked up from Mobilefun for £49.99.

Technical Specifications:
- USB Charger
- 6 x USB Port
- Input: AC 100V – 240V, 50Hz – 60Hz, 1.5A
- Output: DC 5V, 10A (max. output for 6 USB ports)
- Dimensions: 29cm x 17cm x 8cm
- Weight: 0.8kg

By April 15, 2016 Read More →

LED Melody speaker and LED light review LK-B044

davAnd the party doesn’t stop until the lights go out….

LED melody speaker and LED light.

Combining your everyday ordinary light bulb with a Bluetooth speaker should be a winning combination. This was sent to us from Digi4u foor £22.99 and boasts wireless connectivity from your phone, tablet or laptop it also boasts an ultra long life on 50000 hours. Eager to see this innovative combination in action I took the LED melody out of the box and screwed it into my light fitting. The device is obviously heavier than your average light bulb and I was worried that the light fitting would not hold it, however this was not a problem.

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With the light turned on there was a faint beep to let you know the speaker is ready for Bluetooth connection. Excited to hear the output I didn’t connect the remote control and went straight to my phone to connect the device and start to play some beats. I was impressed at the output of the speaker, even at full volume there was no distortion. My wife who is not technology minded whatsoever thought this was amazing.

The led light itself was quite bright. My kids were impressed at the novelty that there was music playing from the light bulb, however when my son queried did the music play when the light was turned off, I was disappointed that the music does stop when the light switch is turned off. Perhaps the 2nd generation of this Led melody could hold a charge and let the music continue when the light is turned off. 

After thirty minutes of playing music the LED melody blew the trip in my fuse box and became obsolete. Just like all light bulbs they eventually blow, however this was considerably less that the 50,000 hours promised on the box. Perhaps this demo model was on its last legs, however I would be tempted to buy a LED Melody as I think it is a fantastic combination. Maybe next time I will get to check out the remote features where the brightness of the LED can be adjusted perhaps solving my previous problem of keeping the music going with the light turned off. 

  • Support Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR audio sources
  • Bluetooth hands-free
  • With remote controller to adjust the brightness and volume
  • Strong LED light 10~15W, Warm and white light
  • Loud Speaker in 10W
  • Can connect with Wire or adapter

Specifications:

  • Power supply:DC5V
  • Output power:Speaker 10W
  • LED 10W
  • Frequency: 200Hz -18KHz
  • Noise-Signal ratio: ≥60dB
  • Impedance: 4 OHM(Ω)
  • Output: 3.7V~4.2V+0.05V
  • Input: 5V
  • Speaker Unit: 40mm
  • Driver Unit: 52mm, 6ohms
  • Frequency Response: 100-18Khz
  • Case Material: ABS
  • Dimensions: 87*140mm
  • Weight: 600g
  • Color: White
  • Color box: 12*12*17cm

 

By March 24, 2016 Read More →

Homido Virtual Reality 3D Wireless Headset Glasses for Smartphones Unboxing

vlcsnap-error619There is no shortage around Virtual Reality launches right now and it is to be the next big thing even if you are not interested. VR Headsets are popping up all over the web for various different prices, however many of which are essentially upgraded versions of Google Cardboard. Most will avail of the limited amount of video and app content in Google and Apple’s apps stores and given the prices of these units and the quality of the apps currently available we are delving in to check out one of the higher end variants to see if there is value for money.

The Homido Virtual Reality 3D Headset is a £47.99 option that is available from Mobilefun that looks to take Google Cardboard to another level of perfromance. Featuring:

  • Experience the virtual world through your smartphone
  • Universally compatible
  • Huge range of VR apps already available
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Adjustable display
  • Protective case included
  • Compatible with 4 – 5.7″ smartphones with iOS or Android

By March 23, 2016 Read More →

LED Melody Speaker and LED Light Unboxing

vlcsnap-error893LED Melody Speaker and LED Light Unboxing comes to us from Digi4u. This two is system looks to be an interesting blend of innovation alongside from fun at the right price.

Features:

Support Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR audio sources
Bluetooth hands-free
With remote controller to adjust the brightness and volume
Strong LED light 10~15W, Warm and white light
Loud Speaker in 10W
Can connect with Wire or adapter
Specifications:
Power supply:DC5V
Output power:Speaker 10W
LED 10W
Frequency: 200Hz -18KHz
Noise-Signal ratio: ≥60dB
Impedance: 4 OHM(Ω)
Output: 3.7V~4.2V+0.05V
Input: 5V
Speaker Unit: 40mm
Driver Unit: 52mm, 6ohms
Frequency Response: 100-18Khz
Case Material: ABS
Dimensions: 87*140mm
Weight: 600g
Color: White
Color box: 12*12*17cm

 

A review will be up soon and the LED Melody can be purchased from the link below for £22.99.

https://www.digi4u.co.uk/lk-b044-white-multi-functional-led-lamp-bluetooth-speaker-lighting-spot-for-party-new/

By February 4, 2016 Read More →

Digital signage solution made easy with the Vivitek NovoDS

NovoDSVivitek, a leading brand of visual display products, has today announced the NovoDS, an affordable and easy-to-manage digital signage solution. Ideal for creating dynamic visual displays for a corporate or public area, the digital signage content can incorporate text, photos, audio, video, and Web content in fully customizable configurations for a variety of settings. Versatile and flexible, the applications for the NovoDS range from corporate events and commercial spaces to educational facilities and public installations that need a quick and easy digital signage solution.  Designed for maximum convenience, the NovoDS is 4k2k-ready for the next generation of high-resolution displays, making it a cost-effective ultra-high-definition solution.

Easy to set up and use, the NovoDS offers the convenience of content refresh over both the network and SD card. It’s so easy to use, that even non-technical members of staff will feel at ease with it, thanks to drag-n-drop template customization and a highly intuitive playlist editing function. IT Managers will appreciate the NovoDS too, thanks to it being easy to manage over a network. Despite it supporting large-scale deployments, both private and public sector organisations will appreciate it for being both affordable and highly cost-effective.

“Vivitek is committed to responding to the growing and ever changing demands for digital signage solutions. That’s why with the NovoDS, we have set a new benchmark in its class for performance, ease of use and value for money. It presents private and public sector organisations with a compelling offering  that meets their need for a powerful, ultra-high-definition digital signage solution that can be install quickly and maintained easily,” stated Holger Graeff, Vivitek’s General Manager EMEA.

Suitable for applications and environments as diverse as government and public sector organizations, retail, education and hospitality, the NovoDS can play a significant role in boosting sales and awareness or sales, services or promotions by sharing relevant and easily updated information.

For user convenience, it boasts a standalone mode and a network mode. Its ease of use extends to drag’n’drop template customization and intuitive playlist editing. It also offers powerful device management and supports large deployments. Meanwhile, low TCO is assured as there is no software licence fee and future software upgrades are free.

 

Key features:

  • An easy-to-manage digital signage solution for creating dynamic multimedia content
  • Complete with a user-friendly interface to generate signage content with text, photos, audio, video,feeds, widgets, IP streams, USB and IP camera feeds — without needing programming skills
  • Fully customizable configuration for a variety of settings including but not limited to corporate events, commercial spaces, educational facilities and public installations
  • Includes 36 pre-made signage themes or simply create a customizable template
  • High Definition 1080p display quality with support for next generation ultra-high definition  (3840 x 2160) display
  • Display content directly from the built-in storage, microSD slot or USB flash drive
  • Update signage content via a wired or wireless connection
  • Network-based remote management and maintenance software for ease of deployment
  • Manage and monitor the status of multiple devices from the convenience of a network connected computer
  • Compatible with Windows® and Mac® operating systems
  • Plug-and-play for easy setup and configuration
  • Kensington® security slot to prevent theft or movement of the device
By January 17, 2016 Read More →

Qumi Q6 HD Pocket Projector Unboxing

vlcsnap-error179Vivitek have sent over their Q6 variant of the Qumi HD Pocket Projector. This is a modestly priced HD Projector designed to be thrown in your bag, pulled out at a moments notice and deliver a HD display on a wall or screen with minimal fuss.

From the initial impressions, it’s pretty awesome. Whilst not the smallest projector we have seen over the years the picture quality is up there with the best of them delivering a range of smart looking and heavily spec’d devices to meet most scenarios.

The Q6 is the pick of the crop as it features:

WXGA (1280 x 800) HD720p
800 ANSI Lumens
C.R.: 30,000:1
T.R.: 1.55:1
0.475 kg

 

The Q6 also braggs a stylist compact design that whilst not exactly pocket-able does manage to be lightweight and very easily transportable. 4GB of internal memory allows for a little bit of content without having to resort to the USB or HDMI in every time. Speaking of, there are actually two HDMI ports, one of which supports MHL for streaming video from a compatible smartphone or tablet. The Wi-Fi connectivity helps the EZ Media and EZCast Pro operate. A Connect to PC is available however this requires an uncommon USB Type A-to-USB Type A cable and there is not one provided, unfortunately.

The Qumi Q6 HD Pocket Projector can be purchase from various retailers, and there is a list of recommended sources on Vivitek’s website. Prices vary however Projectorshop24.co.uk list the Q6 at £688.80 +£8.99 shipping

http://www.vivitek.eu/Category/Pocket-Personal-Projectors/150/Qumi-Q6-

Also included in the video is the Vivitek Portable Battery Back Up Battery. This is a large 18,000mAh capacity battery and delivers 1.8 to 4.5 hours of use (lumens vary). There are various outputs including a DC 16v to 20v, DC 9v to 12v and a USB output to charge phones etc as well as a 19v input. Prices seem to settle around £120.

By December 22, 2015 Read More →

Syma X5SC explorers 2 Review

syma-x5-sc-1-explorers-2With the mad Christmas rush reaching fever point you may find yourself stuck finding that perfect gift for someone. Look no further than red5.com for some fantastic gift ideas. Whether or not a Quad copter is on your child’s or your own Christmas wish list they are fast becoming the must have fun item for this Christmas and new year.  You can spend hundreds of pounds on a drone however if like me you are a complete novice you can start with a low budget quad copter like the Syma X5sc explorer for £58.95 available in black or white.

This was my first time test driving a quad copter so when I unpacked the Syma X5sc explorers 2 I was surprised at how light it was. My main concern was would this break easily?

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When my kids saw the drone they were thrilled and could not wait to have a turn, however I had to make sure that I was able to show them how to fly it, so after a few hours they lost interest waiting for their turn as I needed another go, just to be sure.

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Out of the box it took 15 minutes to attach the legs, blade safeguards, camera and battery.

With the remote control taking 4 AA batteries I was ready to fly.  I like most men had a quick glance at the instructions and figured i would instantly know how to fly the drone. I was proven wrong. I suggest you have a long read at the instruction booklet as the controls are quite tricky to get use to.

My first test flight was indoors as storm Desmond was still attacking the UK.  The controls were tricky to begin with as i was restricted to the flight paths available. But i must say it was incredibly fun, dodging doors and christmas decorations. The blade safeguards proved to be extremely useful as they prevented any damage that may have been caused on my first few turbulence filled flights. 

On my second attempt i took the drone outside with my son as my navigator we went were no drone had been before.  With a full battery charge we managed six minutes of flying. To recharge the battery it took just over one hour and thirty minutes before the quad copter was ready to fly again.  I have been told by colleagues that this wait time for a battery charge was incredibly fast.

The controls outside were easy to handle as I was not restricted by the inside obstacles. The quad copter took off and I was able to control very carefully around my back garden, however there were a few epic crashes.  The Quadcopters light frame was very durable as there were a number of times the it fell from great heights and seemingly like a cat bounced into an upright position ready to fly again.  On testing my seven year old son and I did not manage to damage the Quadcopter or blades. There are however four extra blades included in the box but I am sure these are only there as after extensive use they will eventually need replaced.

In my videos I have included a couple of the crash landings the copter experienced.

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The quality of the video is fine for a 2 megapixel camera. Understandably if you wanted a better recording device you would have to spend more money on a better on board camera. For there most part there is a small amount of fragmentation in the recorded image and some might be unhappy with it, however for the money it is considerably better than the competition.

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Product features

  • Super Stable quadcopter
  • Built in HD camera
  • 2.4 GHz frequency
  • 6 axis gyroscope
  • 720p video recording
  • Take in flight videos and photos
  • Headless flying fuction – easier in flight control
  • Bigger improved optional blade protectors
  • Raised landing skids optimize camera viewing angle
  • 2 fly modes – beginners and advance
  • 360^ flips and tricks
  • 4GB micro SD card and card reader included
  • Colourful LED lights indicate front of quadcopter
  • USB charging
  • Measures approx. 32cm x 32cm x 11cm

The Syma X5sc explorers 2 has 360 flight which you can do many stunts with as with time I am sure I could master.  For a budget under £60 I feel you cannot go wrong purchasing this Quadcopter. As a learning experience before moving onto a bigger, more expensive device, or perhaps just for curiosity, I have never purchased one before however I will consider purchasing this one for my son’s birthday as he thoroughly enjoyed test flying it.  The camera recording may not be as fantastic as you would want but for a 2 megapixel camera the recordings are adequate.

The best place to get the Syma X5SC quadcopter is from Red5.

By December 17, 2015 Read More →

Introducing the Momit Home Thermostat

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Spanish energy company Momit offers an affordable and stylish option for energy conscious consumers who want to optimise household temperature and save money. Let’s start with their first product, the intelligent Momit Home Thermostat has an attractive display which provides thermal information about your home. The learning thermostat detects when people are at home, learns from your habits and estimates consumption. Momit Home Thermostat can control both your boiler and underfloor heating.

Through the Momit Home Thermostat App’s My Budget function, you can set a heating budget and limits, saving money on energy bills.

The Momit Home Thermostat Starter Kit includes two main devices: one thermostat and one gateway (internet bridge plugged to your router that gives internet access to the thermostat). The kit measures temperature and humidity; has a presence sensor; runs on batteries; controls heating; can be managed directly on the device or via an app; is compatible with iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows devices; and available in five colours – Pure Black, Steel Silver, Luxury Gold, Red Dahlia and Summer Blue.

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Features summary for Momit Home Thermostat

• Presence and lighting sensors
• Wi-Fi enabled
• Saves up 30% of heating costs and Co2 emissions
• Geo-localisation feature
• Works 24/7 to make sure the house is just as heated as it needs to be
£99.00 from www.momit.com, delivery 3 – 5 working days. If you want to move your thermostat from room to room, buy the momit Extension Kit for £29.

 

 

For more features, momit also offers the momit Smart Thermostat – it connects via Wi-Fi; measures temperature and humidity of the home; has a presence sensor; controls heating, air conditioning, underfloor heating; offers a touch screen LCD display with six different display modes and a light sensor; is compatible with iOS and Android; offers stylish curved and ridged edges and fonts that are closer to someone’s handwriting; and installation can be done in less than five steps. It retails at £149.00.

 

Features summary for Momit Smart Thermostat

 

  • Remote control
  • Saves up 30% of heating costs and Co2 emissions
  • Geo-localisation feature
  • Touch screen
  • Wi-Fi connection
  • Works 24/7 to make sure the house is just as heated as it needs to be

 

Installation

The momit Home Thermostat can be installed by simply in less than 30 minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSNjB-cYxYY&index=6&list=PLygUtS2Akj8uqa5-sKOe1pNwSLNjUxfpC

You can install the Momit Smart Thermostat yourself in less than five steps. Here is a video showing you how:

 

 
 
Features summary for Momit Home Thermostat
• Presence and lighting sensors
• Wi-Fi enabled
• Saves up 30% of heating costs and Co2 emissions
• Geo-localisation feature
• Works 24/7 to make sure the house is just as heated as it needs to be
£99.00 from www.momit.com, delivery 3 – 5 working days. If you want to move your thermostat from room to room, buy the momit Extension Kit for £29.