1byone Portable Car Jumpstarter Review

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Rating: 5/5


Pros: 

  • Can start a car many times without needing to be recharged
  • Bright light for emergencies
  • High-speed (2.1A) charging for mobile phones
  • Excellent build quality
  • Includes a plastic case

Cons:

  • A USB hub is needed to charge multiple USB devices at once

Conclusion:  The 1byone portable car jumpstarter is something I keep in my car for peace of mind. It’s saved me on multiple occasions now as I was having battery troubles with my vehicle (it turned out one of the battery poles had cracked and now that it is replaced the car is fine again). It has the capability to jumpstart most vehicles many times – after the engine is started, it will recharge itself. I’ve had it in my car for a year now and I haven’t had to take it out and recharge it, and it’s worked every time I’ve needed it. The build quality is good and the case it includes is nice too. It’s great to have the USB port for emergency phone power too, but I wish there was two ports. Often I find myself needing to charge two devices at once. Overall, I would highly recommend keeping a jumpstarter kit in the car, and this has done the trick for me.
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Kamor Oracle 7-inch Tablet Keyboard Case Review

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Rating: 4/5


Pros: 

  • Keys have a nice springy feel to them
  • Good sized shift key on both sides of the keyboard
  • Easy to connect and use with any device supporting Bluetooth
  • Case is well built with high quality materials and magnetic clasps
  • Excellent battery life

Cons:

  • Keys are a little on the firm side
  • Odd placement for some of the symbol keys, particularly the apostrophe and question mark

Summary:  While the Kamor Oracle Keyboard Case for 7 inch tablets has small keys, the typing experience is actually surprisingly good. After a small adjustment period I found I had no difficulty typing at full speed. This case is a great way to add laptop-like functionality to a 7 inch tablet without adding the bulk of a full keyboard.


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Micro Review: Sandisk Micro SD Cards

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Rating: 5/5


Pros: 

  • 80 MB/s read speed is faster than most competitors at this price point
  • Fast enough for 1080p/60 FPS video
  • Sandisk is a widely reviewed and reliable memory card maker
  • Includes SD adapter

Cons:

Conclusion:  The Sandisk Ultra micro SD cards are great; they’re inexpensive and fast enough to film HD video @ 30 FPS in most cases. If this is what you need from the card then you can’t go wrong, though 4K and high bitrate users should purchase the UHS-3 version over this Class 10.


Sandisk Class 10 Micro SD Cards:

Sandisk Class 10 Micro SD Cards:
Amazon U.S.A. | Amazon Canada (old version 48MB/s)
Price at time of review: $9.99 for 16GB, $24.99 for 64GB


Micro Review: Ravpower 3-Port Car Charger

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Rating: 4.5/5


Pros: 

  • Excellent industrial design and stunning appearance
  • Full speed charging from 3 ports simultaneously
  • Blue LED is not distracting
  • Enough ports to charge all my devices at once

Cons:

  • A little bit bulky

Conclusion: The RAVPower 3-port USB charger looks great and works very well. The matte finish and squared edges give the charger a fantastic appearance. My only complaint is that the charger is a little bit bigger than I would like, but that complaint is so minor that it hardly matters. It charges phones and small tablets alike at full speed without a hiccup. I would wholly recommend the RAVPower 3-Port car charger as a great way to add more ports to your vehicle.


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1 by One Magic Plasma Bluetooth Speaker Review

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Rating: 4/5


Pros: 

  • Really cool lighting effect
  • Vibrant and colourful
  • Decent sound quality
  • Many audio inputs

Cons:

  • No built in battery
  • Annoying Bluetooth ‘connect’ and ‘power on’ noises

Conclusion:  The 1 by One Magic Plasma Bluetooth speaker is an excellent novelty product and would make a great gift. The audio quality is pretty good, considering the price, and its plasma light show is really cool. I just wish it had a built in battery.


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LG G4 Review – Good phone, fantastic camera

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Author’s note:  On September 10th I received an O.T.A. update with this phone that solved every issue I had with the phone in terms of performance. It does not have any signs of lag, missed input or stuttering. As of now, I have amended this review from a 4-star to a 4.5-star and would now recommend this phone without hesitation. The original review is left below for your reference.

Rating: 4.5/5


Pros: 

  • The best phone camera currently on the market
  • Removable battery and expandable SD Storage
  • Colorful, big and bright screen
  • Comfortable to hold despite the large size
  • Great battery life

Cons:

  • Plasticy build
  • Touch screen seems to miss occasional touches
  • Prone to stuttering and lag on content rich websites
  • Auto screen brightness is far too aggressive

Summary:  If you’re looking for the camera phone to buy this year, the LG G4 is the way to go. It’s an absolutely fantastic camera phone for amateurs and professionals alike. It had features other competitors are sorely missing – a removable battery and expandable storage. In theory it is an excellent balance of usability, form and function, but there’s a few little performance issues with the phone that prevent it from being the perfect device.


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Micro Review: Diztronic TPU Case

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Rating: 4.5/5


Pros: 

  • Nice tight fit, but not too tight
  • Thin fit doesn’t add much bulk
  • Smooth matte finish isn’t too slippery
  • Prevents phone scratches and bumps

Cons:

  • Does pick up some fingerprints
  • Dust gets trapped in the edge around the sides
  • Does not include a screen protector

Conclusion:  As a basic, inexpensive TPU case the Diztronic case is one of the best. I feel that something a bit softer would do a better job of drop protection, but hopefully I won’t have to find that out! There’s a little ridge around the edge that traps dust, but that’s about the only thing that bothers me about this case. Overall, as far as inexpensive TPU cases go, this one is a very nice build quality and feels good. I would recommend it.


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Motorola Moto G (2015) Review

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Rating: 4/5


Pros: 

  • Excellent build quality
  • Stock android runs very fluidly
  • Great daylight photographs
  • A real brand name means better support and warranty service

Cons:

  • Some minor autofocus issues
  • Low-light photograph quality is lacking
  • 1GB of Ram on lower end model can be limiting

Summary:  After playing around with the Moto G (3rd Gen) for a couple of hours I was convinced: this is one of the best sub-$200 phones out right now. The combination of a great build quality, stable operating system and decent camera make it a winner for those who don’t need a high-end device.


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Panasonic RPHJE120 In-Ear Headphones Review

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Rating: 4/5


Pros: 

  • Excellent audio range with deep bass and clear highs
  • Great surrounding sound isolation
  • Very comfortable and streamlined fit

Cons:

  • Thin wire is prone to tangles
  • No volume or mic
  • Prone to wire-slap noise

Summary:  The Panasonic RPHJE120 series are by far the best sub-$10 headphones I have ever used. They have a surprisingly balanced audio range, with decent bass and clear highs. In a blind test, it would be difficult to distinguish these from other more expensive headphones. If you want a pair of cheap in-ear headphones these are definitely a good choice.


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