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By March 14, 2017 Read More →

A Look At The Vodafone Smart Ultra 7

vlcsnap-00043Vodafone’s Smart ultra 7 combines an octa-core processor with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a fairly low price tag to appeal to those of us who just want a smartphone without the high price tag. To keep the user going there is a 2960 mAh battery that charges in half the time using “Pump Express Plus technology.”

Other specifications:

Mediatek MT6755M processor with Mali-T860MP2 GPU
5.5 inch 1080 x 1920 IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
2 GB RAM
16 GB expandable storage
13 MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash
5 MP front facing camera with LED flash

And can be yours for around £150-£160.

Check out http://www.techaddicts.uk for a full review soon…

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By March 9, 2017 Read More →

A look at the Dubleup Powerbank

unspecifiedIn an age where we increasingly rely on our smartphones for work, for keeping in touch with what’s going on in the world, chatting with our friends and checking social media, absolute power is an absolute necessity. The sheer panic many people feel when their phone is running out of juice and the mad scramble to find a power source can now be a thing of the past.

The Dubleup power bank, which is launching on Kickstarter on the 9th March, offers a truly portable solution to your charging issues. Being the same size as your average credit card, it can easily be popped into your purse or wallet so is readily available to charge your phone whether at work, on the move or whilst travelling. The ultra-light and ultra-thin design mean you will hardly know you are carrying it, no bulkier, heavy chargers weighing you down now!

Dubleup is not only incredibly portable but also incredibly stylish and is available in a choice of gold, silver and black. It is available with either a built-in lightning connector for iPod and iPhone or a built-in MicroUSB for Android devices. With a capacity of 1280mAH, there is more than enough juice to give a dead or dying iPhone 7 (1,960 mAH battery capacity) sufficient battery life to last the rest of the day.

The LED power indicator displays your battery level and charge status so no more flat battery dilemmas either. The power card has met worldwide safety approvals and is Apple Certified, so you can rest easy knowing that your device will charge safely when the power bank is operational and that all of your Apple items will be supported with Dubleup’s power bank.

Don’t miss out on this stylish and portable charging solution, register your interest now on Dubleup.com and check out the Kickstarter page on 9th March and make your life a little lighter!

Early Bird Offer! The first 6000 backers will be able to get their Dubleup for just $50 USD (Around £39.94).

Thereafter the price is $59 USD (Around £47.13).

Both of these prices will include shipping.

By February 22, 2017 Read More →

Mio MiVue 688 Unboxing

vlcsnap-00037The Mio Mivue 688 dashcam is an all in one solution for your in car security and on road recording. A small unit with big potential. Priced around £155 the MiVue688 features:

  • 1080p Full HD recording at 30 fps – with the latest H.264 technology for high-quality videos at a smaller file size
  • High-quality Sony™ optic sensor for an optimal view and superior quality, especially in low-light conditions.
  • Safety Camera Warnings – Free safety camera data with monthly updates for the lifetime of your device, so you’ll always know where to drive extra carefully
  • GPS Tracking automatically records your driving information, including speed, altitude, longitude, latitude and heading
  • Lane Departure Warning System Offers a sound alert if you drift away from the centre of your lane
  • Wide Viewing Angle 140° wide-angle lens to capture every detail at critical moments
  • Bright F1.8 lens This results in brighter and clearer videos, even in low-light conditions.
  • 3-Axis G-Sensor When the G-sensor detects sudden motion, MiVue will save and lock the event recording to protect it from being deleted/overwritten. The integrated 3-axis Sensor records G-forces, which show the direction and force of accident impacts.
  • Rotating Mount Design Mount is easily rotated to any desired angle for video evidence collection
  • Parking Mode motion detection activates and records from a parked car with no driver present
  • Switch to photo mode Use the dash cam as a camera for close-up accident evidence collection. The pictures include your GPS coordinates, so you know the exact location of what happened
  • Speed Alarm offers a sound alert if you go over the speed limit
  • Auto power on starts recording when you turn the key to start your car. You can even choose to have the device always on a recording, which is possible in vehicles with constant power supplies.
  • MiVue Manager Intuitive interface allows you to browse recorded videos with speed control. Records your driving directions with a 3-axis G-Sensor for post-accident analysis. Combine videos and share them to social media sites like YouTube™ & Facebook®. Track your routes with the GPS receiver. Play video with tracks on Google Maps.

Currently, the camera is on sale for £114.99 through the Mio website and for that price, it comes as a recommended purchase.

By February 17, 2017 Read More →

A look at the Y-Cam Protect Alarm System

Image38Featuring a Triple Layer level of protection, Smart Home Security System is an Internet-connected smart alarm for £150. With compatibility with Android and Apple devices, you can monitor the system whilst on the go utilising smartphone applications.

  • Instant alert notificationsEasy wire-free sensor setup
  • SIM card and data included (Y-cam Plus required)
  • 8 hour battery backup
  • Internal Siren
  • Access from anywhere on your smartphone
  • 24/7 line monitoring (Y-cam Plus required)
  • Expandable system

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By February 13, 2017 Read More →

A look at the Vodafone Smart Platinum 7

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Vodafone has a self-branded, cost conscious, high-end smartphone to offer. Here we take a look at the contents of the box and quick peek as the phone operation ahead of an upcoming review. Essentially, this is a rebadged Alcatel Idol 4S and that is no bad thing, Blackberry pimped it out for the more expensive Dtek60. Vodafone has merely added their own software suite to the phone and brands to the box and in the glass.

Initial impressions are high as the device looks a feels very elegant, if a little slippery. The camera appears to be fast and responsive and the screen is beautiful. There is a noticeable step in quality from mid range options and whilst this does cost a little more you are getting a beautifully constructed device that is easily on par with devices priced £100 more.

One concern might be the Vodafone bloat. There is quite a bit however on closer inspection there isn’t much more than you would expect from a network branded device, in fact a number of the applicaitons added actually enhance the experience and utilise some of the hardware features we have seen ignored in the past.

  • Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652, Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4×1.2 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 32 GB + Expandable MicroSD
  • 5.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1440 x 2560 pixels resulting in 534 ppi
  • 16 MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.0,  phase detection autofocus
  • 8 MP front facing
  • Android 6.0.1

Stay tuned for a full review in the near future.

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By February 12, 2017 Read More →

Uniquefire XM-L2 Led Torch Unboxing

vlcsnap-00034Here we have a quick look at the externals of the XM-L2 Led Torch from Uniquefire. This £14.99 torch features 3 Brightness Levels, Tactical Security design with Strobe and SOS Function. An intense spotlight that can cover 600 feet and the floodlight has a high level of brightness.

A skid-proof and water resistant designed is freely usable in poor weather or harsh conditions. Useful to carry when caving, hiking, night riding and outdoor camping. Super bright, blinding effect and crenellate design to protect the head.

Check back for a review soon…

Pick one up from Amazon here:

By February 7, 2017 Read More →

5 tech tends to fly in 2017

reichelt elektronik Online Electronics and Components SpecialistWith 2017 well upon on us it’s time to take a look at what’s set to be the next big thing in the tech world. Whether you’re a tech enthusiast or just after a nifty gadget, Holger Engelbrecht, Product Manager of Home & Security, and Tools of reichelt.co.uk gives the lowdown on some of the big trends that will be coming our way…

  1. Storage breakthrough with SSDs

Ever heard of 3D Nand Flash technology? It’s the latest range in SSDs and many of the big tech giants will be rolling it out this year. This technology is a type of flash memory in which memory cells are stacked vertically in multiple layers to help achieve higher densities at a lower cost per bit. Ultimately, 3D Nand Flash can offer higher capacity in a smaller physical space compared to 2D Nand. More space for less money – makes sense.

  1. Lightening fast USBs

The introduction of Thunderbolt 3 technology as the new interface for USB Type-C cables, has presented a desktop-level performance from a mobile computer. This advancement in technology supports the fastest data transfer and most video bandwidth available on a single cable in the world. To get technical, it provides 40Gbps – doubling the speed of its predecessor and eight times faster than USB 3.1 – it will be a technological marvel this year!

  1. The virtual reality revolution continues

Virtual reality is here and 2016 has proven to be the year that it’s moved into the mainstream. However despite many VR headsets on general sale, there is still a need for VR content that fully lives up to expectations. Expect a new expanded offering of VR content not just from gamers but also the film industry, streaming services, and even new areas like visual novels and comic books. Users still need a solid enough reason to invest in VR headsets. As slick as they may look, content is king.

  1. Smart home tech is the future

From decor-friendly gadgets and wireless power controls, right through to sophisticated security systems, advances in technology continue to make it easier to make homes smarter and safer, and it seems homeowners are waking up to the value. Day-to-day tasks are made simpler and it’s inevitable that more exciting smart home products will come to market this year. This year, sales of general smart home devices are up 21% at reichelt.co.uk, with one of the best-sellers being the Konig Smart home security starter set.

  1. Robotics

Robots are reaching a whole new realm of realism and this year promises to deliver a new generation of robot. The arrival of these mechanical companions is making the unthinkable a reality. We’ve already seen the announcement drone deliveries and there will be a whole host of new robotic product launched as the year goes on. Our fascination with A.I is fuelling the advancement of this technology at an alarming pace. Our robot friend, the Ubtech Humanoid Alpha 1S has been a hit so far and we’re predicting he’ll be just as popular throughout 2017.

As well as its robotic kits and smart home range, reichelt.co.uk offers a wider variety of tools, components, tech accessories and more – offering many items up to 20% cheaper than elsewhere in the UK.

By February 6, 2017 Read More →

Playing with devolo Home Control Additional Units

Image36A follow-up to our previous unboxing of the Home Control Starter kit.

devolo have sent across some additional units to add to the experience. Here we look at:

dLAN® 650+ Powerline

Expand your existing dLAN® network with the dLAN® 650+ Powerline adapter. Connect network-compatible devices directly using the electrical socket and use transmission rates of up to 600 Mbps throughout the home.

devolo Home Control Humidity Sensor

Keep your home at the ideal temperature with devolo.

With a Humidity Sensor, you can continuously monitor the temperature and humidity of rooms and keep them within your ideal range. The devolo model also allows owners to provide a healthy room climate and contribute towards general wellbeing and mould prevention.

devolo Home Control Floodsensor

Ensure your home isn’t damaged by water with devolo.

With a Water Sensor, owners can make sure that no water damage goes undetected by receiving reliable updates and notifications to their devices.

devolo Home Control Motion Sensor

The devolo Home Control Motion Sensor gives you optimal protection in your own home. The wireless PIR Motion Sensor can be positioned discreetly at any desired location of your home and keeps a watchful eye on the surroundings at angles up to 90 degrees.

devolo Home Control Key-Fob Switch

The devolo Home Control Key-Fob is a smart home controller that ensures you have full control over your smart home at all times. The “smart home for your pocket” is always at hand to control heating, lighting and any additional function at the touch of a button.The smart home Key-Fob Switch is as easy to use as a car key. This way you have the ability to set all of your living areas, from the master bedroom to anywhere else, to night mode or to switch of the lights when leaving the home. Make your everyday life easier and control the selected devolo Home Control components with a touch of a button on your Key-Fob Switch.

devolo Home Control Room Thermostat

The devolo Home Control Room Thermostat provides a personalized comfortable temperature in all areas of your home. You can use the wireless Room Thermostat to choose the ideal temperature near your sofa or dining room table. When the devolo Home Control Radiator Thermostat is used in this manner, it automatically compensates for the temperature differences that normally exist between your favourite spot and the radiator.

devolo Home Control Wall Switch

The Home Control Wall Switch makes your smart home more versatile than ever before! The Wall Switch offers you convenient operation of all devolo Home Control components that you have selected for your home. You decide for yourself whether you would like to control the heat from the master bedroom or if you would like to switch to energy saving mode with a push of a button when you leave your home. Whether as a simple light switch, as an operation for the home theatre system or for controlling various modes: Pressing a button on the devolo Home Control Wall Switch is all it takes to activate the desired scenario. Each switch can be programmed with up to four functions and can be installed hassle-free at any position in the home.

Find out more and purchasing options here:

http://www.devolo.co.uk/home-control/

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By February 1, 2017 Read More →

A look at the Aukey Portable Wireless Speaker

Image33It’s ruggedized, cheap, loud and portable, but is it any good? We take a look the the AUKEY Bluetooth Speaker with 12 / 30 Hour Playtime, Enhanced Bass and Water Resistance

Dual 5W drivers produce deep lows, textured mids, and clear highs to enjoy at home or outdoor.

Latest Bluetooth 4.1 Instantly connects your phone or tablet and automatically reconnects to the last device used among 33ft wireless range.

Up to 30-hour playtime and talk time, stream your music wirelessly with A2DP Bluetooth or plugged in via AUX input with included 3.5mm audio cable.

Easily manage audio playback and calls with volume controls, and built-in microphone. Choose your sound signature with the Mode switch. Built-in 1/4″-20 standard tripod screw mount for outdoor use.

Package Contents: AUKEY SK-M12 Bluetooth 4.1 Speaker, Micro-USB Cable, 3.5mm Audio Cable, User Manual, 24 Month Warranty.

Grab one from Amazon for £29.99.

By January 31, 2017 Read More →

Aukey USB Turbo Car Charger Unboxing

vlcsnap-00033Aukey has become Amazon’s #1 Quick Charge Brand! Here we have a look at the Turbo Car Charger before the review in a week or so. This little charger contains:

Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 Technology: AUKEY is Officially licensed and certified to use Quick Charge 2.0 Tech. Built-in the QC 2.0 Tech charges compatible devices 75% faster than standard chargers.

AUKEY AiPower Technology: The signature green USB port is equipped with AUKEY’s exclusive AiPower technology, providing the safest maximum charge for non-Quick Charge devices, up to 2.4 amps.

Common Quick Charge 2.0 Compatible Devices: Nexus, Sony, Motorola Droid Turbo, Moto, HTC, and more.

Package Contents: AUKEY 30W 2 Port USB Car Charger, a 3.3ft USB Micro USB Cable, User manual, and full 24 Month Worry-Free Warranty.

Pick one up from Amazon.