Inateck 36W USB Charger UC4003B Review

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Rating: 3.5/5


Pros: 

  • Charges multiple devices at once
  • Full speed charging up to 2.4A per port

Cons:

  • Collects a lot of dust and fingerprints
  • Phone stand may not fit a phone with a case on it
  • Has almost no weight to it so it slides around on the counter too easily

Summary:  With four USB ports, the Inateck UC4003B charger has enough ports for all your devices and enough power to charge them all at full 2.4A speed. While there are a few things that could use improvement, notably the weight and finish, this charger does exactly what it advertises.


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iLuv Mobitour ISP-202 Bluetooth Speaker Review

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Rating: 2/5


Pros: 

  • Connected and paired easily

Cons:

  • Their sound is rather ‘hollow’
  • Lacking clarity, bass and treble
  • Iffy build quality

Summary:  As far as Bluetooth speakers go, there are far better options in the price range. While they did wirelessly play music, these speakers sound very cheap and overall do not offer much more than you would get if you used the speakers built into your phone. I’d advise looking elsewhere if sound quality and budget prices are your concern.

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Pateker FVL9 Dash Cam Review

Rating: 4/5


Pros: 

  • Excellent daytime video quality
  • Adequate night video quality
  • Acceptable still photographs
  • Straightforward user interface
  • Reliable over long-term use
  • Built in battery lasts long enough to snap a few photos or a short video once the power is unplugged

Cons:

  • Size makes it visible from outside the car
  • GPS available but not included
  • Poor mounting system
  • “High Resolution” still images are just lower resolution photos that have been upsized

Summary:  The Pateker FVL9 Dash Cam does all the things that a car blackbox camera should with excellent video quality and high reliability. It makes a great day-to-day dash cam if you don’t need features like record while parked or built in GPS.


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PDP Afterglow Xbox 360 Controller Review

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Rating: 4/5


Pros: 

  • Really cool design
  • Wonderful feeling buttons and sticks
  • Solidly built
  • Plug-and-Play on Windows PCs

Cons:

  • LEDs are way too bright
  • No brightness settings
  • Grip is super slick and slippery

Summary:  I’ve been using this as my go to controller for playing games on my PC. The controls are responsive and the overall design is comfortable. However the clear plastic is quite slippery and can be hard to hold in tense situations.


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FRiEQ Light Carbon Fiber Selfie Stick Review

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Rating: 4.5/5


Pros: 

  • Excellent build quality
  • Standard tripod mount
  • A number of adapters included
  • Doubles as a short monopod
  • Stunning, professional appearance

Cons:

  • Bluetooth shutter battery arrived dead; takes expensive CR2025 watch batteries
  • No instructions included

Summary:  As far as selfie sticks go, the FRiEQ Carbon Fiber selfie stick is a class act. The stylish chassis and telescopic arm make the product appear professional. However the Bluetooth shutter release battery came dead and there are no instructions included as to how to use it.


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Car Bluetooth Adapter BC10

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Rating: 3.5/5


Pros: 

  • Surprisingly good media audio quality
  • Streamlined and compact design
  • Minimal ground loop feedback (background hum)
  • Auto-connect with previously paired devices works flawlessly

Cons:

  • AUX cable is non-replaceable
  • Instructions are poorly translated
  • Mic placement makes phone calls difficult to hear

Summary:  This generic Bluetooth adapter does shockingly well in the music quality department and the awesome design eliminates the piles of wires that plague other systems. However, the built-in AUX cable keeps me from recommending it without hesitation.

Author’s note: This is a generic bluetooth car stereo sold under a number of different brand names: Patec Car Bluetooth Adapter, VicTsing Bluetooth Adapter, iBolt Musicplay & Charge and others.


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Takstar SGC-598 Shotgun Mic Review

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Rating: 4/5


Pros: 

  • Warm, clear voice
  • Low background hiss
  • Good battery life

Cons:

  • Quiet, even in +10db mode
  • Best for close range
  • Shock mount is far too stiff

Summary:  While taking into consideration that the Takstar is by no means a professional mic, the audio from it is quite surprising, with a good amount of warmth and a low hiss. However, don’t expect miracles from it- because it is quiet, the mic works best in close range. I would suggest using it for vlogging, close-up interviews or voice recording on a computer.


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Volutz Equalibrium Micro USB Cables Review

Rating: 5/5


Pros: 

  • Absolutely fantastic packaging
  • Excellent build quality
  • Full speed charging even at 10ft
  • Nice smooth ‘click’ when inserted into device
  • Offered in multi length packages

Cons:

  • Not available on Amazon Canada

Summary: The Volutz Equilibrium micro USB cables are by far best cables I’ve gotten my hands on. The quality is evident from the moment I received the package.


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Neewer Lapel/Lavalier Mic Review

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Rating: 2/5


Pros: 

  • Excellent sound quality when they work
  • Extremely cheap

Cons:

  • Awful quality control
  • Inconsistent sound across multiple products
  • Background hiss

Summary:  The quality control issues that plague these microphones make what would be a great deal into a deal breaker.


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