GadgetyNews http://gadgetynews.com Low Jargon: High Tech Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:05:38 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 https://i2.wp.com/gadgetynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/cropped-GADGETYNEWS-favicon-1.jpg?fit=32%2C32 GadgetyNews http://gadgetynews.com 32 32 123368346 Numskull announces retro arcade gaming merch http://gadgetynews.com/numskull-announces-retro-arcade-gaming-merch/ http://gadgetynews.com/numskull-announces-retro-arcade-gaming-merch/#respond Sat, 24 Mar 2018 16:22:32 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=65983 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

Wave your geek flag high with the latest range of retro gaming merchandise from Numskull. We love rocking the geek chic here at GadgetyNews and I am so in love with this latest range of old school arcade merch. Furthermore, there will almost certainly more to follow. But why wait? We all know that, as […]

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Space Invader retro gaming t-shirtWave your geek flag high with the latest range of retro gaming merchandise from Numskull.

We love rocking the geek chic here at GadgetyNews and I am so in love with this latest range of old school arcade merch.

Furthermore, there will almost certainly more to follow. But why wait?

We all know that, as with all games, you’ve got to tackle the first wave first.

Retro gaming merchandise

Retro Gaming RangeNumskull has just announced an exclusive Retro Range of merchandise and clothing.

As you would expect, the range features classics such as Space Invaders, Pac-Man, and Asteroids. The designs can be found on shirts, hats, mugs, bags, keyrings, and more!

Atari Asteroids Cinch BagNumskull tells us that this just the first wave of their new merchandise range and that:

There are some pretty special oddities planned for our new wave too”.

Price and availability

Prices start at £5 for a rather cool Space Invaders cabinet keyring and go up to £35 for a hoody. Delivery is slated for mid-April.

You can preorder online now or keep an eye out for the designs in most retail stores that sell video games.

 

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Tekkima Mobilizer and Prevail jackets swallow your tech http://gadgetynews.com/tekkima-mobilizer-prevail-jackets-swallow-tech/ http://gadgetynews.com/tekkima-mobilizer-prevail-jackets-swallow-tech/#respond Mon, 29 Jan 2018 08:45:43 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=64498 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

Having clothing that can take all your gadge is one thing, making it look more chic than geek, however, is another thing. Tekkima wants to show the world how it is done with their latest 3-in-1 jackets: The Mobilizer and The Prevail. I get around quite a bit in order to attend device launches and […]

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Tekkima Prevail 3-in-1 tech jacketHaving clothing that can take all your gadge is one thing, making it look more chic than geek, however, is another thing. Tekkima wants to show the world how it is done with their latest 3-in-1 jackets: The Mobilizer and The Prevail.

I get around quite a bit in order to attend device launches and shows. Most of the time I am laden with the tech I need in order to document these visits, also for my entertainment between them. This generally requires me to at least be equipped with a rucksack. Other times, a suitcase with a lightweight rucksack, I use this one by Leaper, if I am away overnight or longer.

I have seen many such jackets, the ScottEvest, for example, that are able to store your kit. However, few have managed to retain the urban cool style people are looking for.

Thankfully, US brand, Tekkima, has launched the Mobilizer and Prevail proving functional clothing can look equally good in urban or country settings.

Tekkima Mobilizer

Tekkima MobilizerThe Mobilzer has timeless and versatile design as well as a very modern cut. Furthermore, it also comes with a range of practical features.

The high-performance waterproof softshell fabric is lightweight as well as giving. This enables it to keep you dry as well as mobile.

Tekkima MobilizerInside, a fleece liner adds a layer of comfort as well as keeping you toasty and warm.

Other features include a convenient two-way zipper and an adjustable hood as well as an exterior chest pocket.

The two interior pouch pockets will take phones, tablets and other essentials. There is also a pair of zippered hand-warmer pockets.

The Mobilizer is the ideal wear-anywhere jacket for the upcoming early spring weather. It bridges the gap between bulky outerwear items and insulated jackets. At the same time, it looks fantastic in the city, at the office, or literally in the middle of nowhere. All that while also providing reliable protection against the cold and the rain.

Tekkima Prevail 3-in-1 Jacket

Tekkima Prevail 3-in-1 tech jacketThe Prevail 3-in-1 jacket has an insulated, waterproof shell with four external pockets.

You also get two stealthily slashed internal pockets that can hold your tablet and other mobile devices.

Tekkima Prevail 3-in-1 vestThe Prevail’s extra super-power is that the shell zips off to reveal a detachable fleece vest that can be worn alone when the weather eventually gets warmer.

That vest also features a further 3 external and 2 internal pockets.

Tekkima Prevail 3-in-1 jacketThe Prevail will look great in a city environment partnered with business clothes making commuting with your gadgets a cinch. Come the weekend, dressed down with jeans and a t-shirt for smart causal.

Personally, I really do like its refined, classically simplistic styling.

Price and availability

The Prevail 3-in-1

Available in Neutral Gray and Charcoal Grey direct from their website at $195

The Mobilizer Softshell

Available in Insignia Navy and Anthracite Black direct from their website at $135

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TiBag compact laptop bag review http://gadgetynews.com/tibag-compact-laptop-bag-review/ http://gadgetynews.com/tibag-compact-laptop-bag-review/#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:25:54 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=63800 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

When I was asked to review a teabag, I was a tad confused. This is a gadget site, after all. Then I realised, this is TiBag, a satchel-sized laptop bag. It all became clear. The TiBag is a shoulder bag made of durable Polyester. Even though it isn’t as large as some laptop bags we’ve […]

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TiBag laptop bag reviewWhen I was asked to review a teabag, I was a tad confused. This is a gadget site, after all. Then I realised, this is TiBag, a satchel-sized laptop bag. It all became clear.

The TiBag is a shoulder bag made of durable Polyester. Even though it isn’t as large as some laptop bags we’ve reviewed here at GadgetyNews, it still manages to pack storage space aplenty.

I’ve lived with the bag for a number of weeks using it to lug my kit to work and press events.

So, how has it worked out?

TiBag design

tibag tourThe TiBag is a vertically oriented shoulder bag. It is available in any colour you want, as long as it is black. However, there are teal highlights.

The bag measures a compact 11 x 15 x 5-inches and enclosed by a single, large flap.

TiBagThis flap features a large zippered pocket that can easily swallow magazines, tablets and the like. Pretty handy for those things you need easiest access to.

The only branding on the bag is the TiBag logo on the flap. This has prompted certain questions like “Does that make you a TiBagger then?” Ah, the humour is non-stop here.

Anyhow, the flap is held closed with a large strip of Velcro. This is very sturdy and Velcro-y. It does take some force to open it.

When opened, you’ll find a small zippered pocket with 3 pen slots next to it, also an open-topped pocket behind that. Working futher back is a larger zippered pocket and then an open-topped pocket.

Finally, there is the cavernous main compartment. So, quite a few pockets then.

TiBag performance

tibag loadedHaving multiple pockets means that you can stow away plenty of kit.

Even though the ‘smaller’ open pocket has been designed to protect your laptop, I have placed my 13-inch Yoga 2 Pro in the main compartment. This is just to give you an idea of just how spacious these areas are.

The actual laptop slot can take a computer that measures 14-inches wide by 10-inches tall, and 1-inch thick. Gamers rejoice!

The larger zipped area could easily take another, smaller laptop. However, this is only padded at the rear thanks to being neighbour to the laptop slot.

The little zipped pocket next to the pen organiser is handy for thumb drives, plectrums, or a card wallet as shown. The pen slots could to with being a little deeper, if I am to be critical. Well, that is my job here I suppose.

TiBag front pocketHere you see my NVIDIA Shield tablet in the large zippered front pocket. It is quite deep and easily take care of books and magazines.

The main open compartment is padded on the back, sides, and bottom, and is very roomy. There’s plenty more room than my 13-inch Yoga 2 Pro needs. If you do choose to use this compartment for your laptop instead of the TiBag’s built-in sleeve, you will probably want to put the laptop in another protective case. To be honest, I’ve been using it for folders, large note books and a small camera tripod.

I was amazed at just how much you can fill the TiBag with. If you intend to stuff it to the max, it will expand to become around 5-inches deep.

The only downside with this is, like courier-style laptop bags, all that weight will be sent to a single shoulder. The strap on the TiBag is strong and fitted with a non-slip shoulder pad.

It is comfortable to wear, just be aware of over-loading yourself.

The rear padded area is also comfortable to have against you. It is also somewhat breathable thanks to the mesh material.

I have confidence that the chunky zips, strong Velcro and D-ring/carabiner strap connectors will withstand heavy wear.

TiBag laptop bag review conclusion

There isn’t much to fault with the TiBag.

It’s made well, has a simple design and enough pockets to carry all your gear. I do like this orientation too, especially when commuting. Also, keeping with the commuting vibe, a top grab handle would’ve been a great addition.

Whilst I am being picky, some extra padding and, perhaps, some soft liner in the laptop slot would be awesome.

I really was expecting the TiBag to cost more than it does, it certainly seems to warrant it.

Price and availability

You can order the TiBag direct from their website for $34.95. It is also available on Amazon.com.

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Yves Saint Laurent edition Bang and Olufsen BeoPlay specials http://gadgetynews.com/yves-saint-laurent-edition-bang-olufsen-beoplay-specials/ http://gadgetynews.com/yves-saint-laurent-edition-bang-olufsen-beoplay-specials/#respond Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:33:40 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=63376 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

Marking Yves Saint Laurent’s unique residency in the Collette department store, Paris, are special edition BeoPlay models from B&O. B&O and YSL have collaborated on special collector versions of three existing BeoPlay products: the BeoPlay A9 and BeoPlay P2 wireless speakers, and the BeoPlay H9 Bluetooth headphones. B&O BeoPlay x YSL A9 The premium BeoPlay […]

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bando yves saint laurent p2Marking Yves Saint Laurent’s unique residency in the Collette department store, Paris, are special edition BeoPlay models from B&O.

B&O and YSL have collaborated on special collector versions of three existing BeoPlay products: the BeoPlay A9 and BeoPlay P2 wireless speakers, and the BeoPlay H9 Bluetooth headphones.

B&O BeoPlay x YSL A9

The premium BeoPlay A9 (big brother to the BeoPlay A6) has been given the Saint Lauren magic.

It now is cloaked in a goes-with-everything all-black design. However, this is broken up with crocodile-embossed Cocco Matis leather on its legs, and the aluminium ring has been treated to black anodizedation.

b and o yves saint laurent A9Naturally, there is a Saint Laurent silver printed logo on the back.

Needless to say, you will be paying a premium for this. But what price fashion?

BeoPlay Saint Laurent P2 and H9

Additionally, at the more affordable end of this exclusive collection, sits the Beoplay P2.

Again, you get all-black design and a silver Saint Laurent logo on the front aluminium grill,

b and o yves saint laurent h9The Beoplay H9 with Saint Laurent wireless over-ears also feature an all-black design. However, these also boast perforated black lambskin cushions, and aluminium ear cups engraved with both brand’s logos

Price and availability

The Beoplay A9 with Saint Laurent is priced €2499 – (the regular version comes in at £1500).

The P2 is fitted with a €169 price tag.

Finally, the BeoPlay Saint Laurent H9 has a €499 asking price.

All three “collector objects” will only be available in-store and online at www.colette.fr from November 27th to December 20th.

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STM Kings laptop backpack review – pockets and cable routing http://gadgetynews.com/stm-kings-laptop-backpack-review-pockets-cable-routing/ http://gadgetynews.com/stm-kings-laptop-backpack-review-pockets-cable-routing/#respond Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:30:09 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=60333 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

STM make awesome bags. I actually own two. So, when they asked if I wanted to take a look at one of their latest, I jumped at the chance. I have been using an STM Drifter for the last 18 months and love the thing. When I need to look a little more professional I […]

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stm kings backpack desert brownSTM make awesome bags. I actually own two. So, when they asked if I wanted to take a look at one of their latest, I jumped at the chance.

I have been using an STM Drifter for the last 18 months and love the thing. When I need to look a little more professional I also own an STM Trust messenger bag. That one is coming up to being a year old soon.

Neither of the bags I have in regular use (the Drifter is used at least 5 days a week) look any worse for the wear.

What I like about STM bags are the many pockets, and the little details.

How does the Kings laptop backpack stack up?

STM Kings design

This laptop backpack has been designed to accommodate 15-inch laptops plus cables, a tablet and other stuff that you might need.

Being gadgety, we need to take lots of stuff. So, we need many pockets. The Kings does not disappoint.

Pockets aplenty

On the front, there are two pockets – one smaller pocket at the top and another pocket with the zipper facing off to the right.

stm kings backpack pocketsThis larger pocket can perhaps take a couple of shorthand pads or paperback books. There are also pen slots in there. You could even slip in a slender tracking device in to the smaller internal pocket.

After using the Kings for a few days I discovered a further two side pockets. These are angled towards the wearer. Handy for sunglasses and the like.

STM Kings Yoga 2 Pro and Shield tablet rechargingMoving onto the bigger pockets, STM really thought about your tech when it came to the Kings.

There are two pockets that will take tablets or notebooks.

The main pocket will be the home for your laptop.

This features the new SlingTech protection.

stm kings slingtechWhat this means is that, instead of your laptop resting against the bottom of the bag, it’s actually suspended. So, no more clunking your laptop down against the floor when you put your bag down.

But wait, there’s more!

STM Kings cable runIf you look at the inside of this main pocket, you may notice some orange cable clips that follow alongside the edges of that pocket.

Following this cabling path down to the bottom of the bag and you’ll find a smaller pocket nestled against the left side.

stm kings charge as you goThis pouch is designed to house your portable charger, making it easy for you to charge your mobile devices.

My recently acquired charger is a beast though so I made use of the “Stash” bag. If you have a more compact power bank, the Stash bag would happily look after cables and the like instead.

Oh, there are also little metal grommets that allow you to pass cables from your charger to the pocket where your devices will live. Yup, charging on the go without having to just bundle everything in the main section.

In all, there are 12 pockets!

Construction

The outer water-resistant polyester shell has a canvas-y feel to it. It feels purposeful, without being too utilitarian.

The Kings features “breathable Airmesh fabric” which helps to ensure that your back and shoulders won’t get sweaty.

stm kings backpack strapsAs you would expect, the arm straps are padded and don’t cause any issues from rubbing.

The main tech compartment benefits from extra padding on the corners, as well as having that clever SlingTech.

The curvy straps, including an adjustable sternum strap makes for comfy lugging.

STM Kings performance

The front main pocket is typically cavernous. Great for picking up some last minute groceries or for stowing your gym kit, if you are that way inclined.

The cable routing is a genius idea. I had my USB-C cable threaded to the front top outer pocket so I can charge one of my phones. The other output from my power bank was used for a microUSB-ended cable. This was threaded to the rear to supply juice to my Shield tablet. Neat.

stm kings charging KEYone and ShieldI really do like the suspended SlingTech of this backpack. Too many times have I misjudged how far away the floor is, or how heavy my bag is, only to crunch my Yoga 2 Pro to the deck.

STM really do put a lot of thought in to their designs. Although, one thing my Drifter can do that the Kings can’t, even though the Kings is technically bigger, is fit a 12-inch record (vinyl to you crazy kids) in its mailer box. Yeah, I tend to get records delivered to work instead of home since the time I came home to see one ‘posted’. By that I mean one corner of it was shoved in to the letter box leaving the other 90% of it hanging out in the elements.

The Drifter can take a record easily, but this is mainly due to it having just one large main compartment. The Kings has two.

Is the Kings perfect? Well, not quite. I am now used to having a little external pouch for a bottle and another for a brolly. Are these deal breakers? Hell no! The Kings more than makes up for those little niggles.

Comfort

I have had the Kings loaded with laptop, tablet, DSLR camera, action cam and gimbal, pens, cables, charger, notepad, jacket and brolly and happily walked for a couple of hours across town.

The straps are comfy and well adjustable. The Kings is also slightly curved which also helps with the comfort rating.

The side pockets will take a water bottle. I am guessing that the designers just didn’t want an unsightly plastic bottle outside their lovely bag.

STM Kings review conclusion

When/if my Drifter finally decides to retire I would gladly have a Kings.

It looks great, feels great and takes a great deal of stuff. Stuff That Matters (STM).

If only it could take an LP that’s in its card mailer, then it would be perfect.

STM Kings price and availability

The Kings pack comes in botanical green, china blue, tornado grey, and desert brown.

You can grab one now from Amazon for £99.

More details can be found on the STM website.

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UKI Mr Bubble and Hystrix review http://gadgetynews.com/uki-mr-bubble-hystrix-review/ http://gadgetynews.com/uki-mr-bubble-hystrix-review/#respond Wed, 21 Dec 2016 13:51:28 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=56495 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

We like to mix things up here at GadgetyNews. So, as the party season is here, we have been sent a couple of hair styling gadgets from those lovely people at House of Centini – the UKI Mr Bubble and Hystrix. Those who know me will be aware that I have long-ish hair. Yes, my […]

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UKI hair stardomWe like to mix things up here at GadgetyNews. So, as the party season is here, we have been sent a couple of hair styling gadgets from those lovely people at House of Centini – the UKI Mr Bubble and Hystrix.

Those who know me will be aware that I have long-ish hair.

Yes, my ‘fashion’ hasn’t moved on from when I discovered heavy metal in the 80s. I am comfortable with that.

I was prepared to try these out on myself but, fortunately, I had a willing volunteer. Who then didn’t want to be photographed.

Anyhow, here are the reviews.

Mr Bubble

uki mr bubbleStop sniggering at the back! Yes, this could raise eyebrows should you leave it on your bedside table. It’s name doesn’t really help either, does it?

But there is a good reason for Mr Bubble’s shape.

The idea is that the asymmetric design will give you a more natural looking curl.

A microchip controls the temperature of the professional-grade Tourmaline ceramic plate… Hang on. The what now?

Why Tourmaline?

I am not going to pretend to already known what this is. But, what I have found out is that Tourmaline is a rare mineral that naturally emits negative ions and infrared rays.

UKI has injected Tourmaline into the ceramic heating plates so that you can style your hair using less heat. Also, apparently, those negative ions actually trap moisture into the hair.

So, together, you are left with hair that is both styled and shiny.

Mr Bubble performance

The speed at which Mr Bubble heats up is remarkable.

Naturally, the heat settings can be controlled on the wand. It was good to see the obvious professional touches on this device.

mr bubble stylingMr Bubble resultsYou get a 3 meter cable that is fitted to the wand in a cuff that can rotate through 360 degrees.

By sectioning your hair and then wrapping it around the bubbles you are left with fairly loose curls. A quick brush-through gives you natural-looking waves.

The results are impressive and, thanks to the consistent heat, pretty quick to achieve.

Hystrix

uki-hystrix straightenerNow this one is a great two-for-one deal.

The UKI Hystrix is not only a hot brush for super-fast curling and volume, but it is also a straightening iron for smoother looks.

Where Mr Bubble was packing Tourmaline, Hystrix is rocking Argan Oil-infused ceramic plates.

Argan Oil

As the ceramic plates on the Hystrix heat up, they realise the Argan nutrient into the hair giving your style shine and protection.

I do hope I am not the only one learning stuff here!

Hystrix performance

To use as a brush you simply lock the two-halves off. This creates a hot barrel brush.

Anyone that has used a hot brush before will be familiar with the volumising effects.

Unlock the straighteners and you’ll see the heat controls, as well as the professional ceramic plates.

UKI HytrsixHystrix is coated with a smooth heat resistant material making it very safe to use.

The coated bristles are heat resistant too. This allows you to hold your hair around it with your hand for superb control.

Just like Mr Bubble, the Hystrix has a 360 degree professional swivel cord.

The Argan oil combined with adjustable temperature control 130º- 210º maintains hair health leaving it smooth and shiny.

Mr Bubble and Hystrix review conclusion

I have to say, even I could tell the difference when using these bits of tech compared to other high street brands.

The fit and finish is what I would class as professional. In fact, Max Centini uses the products in the salon. I have been promised a Brazilian Blow-out but still yet to take him up on that.

Both devices reached their working temperatures quickly and left hair just as desired.

If you’re serious about your style, you owe it to yourself (and your hair) to check these out.

Mr Bubble and Hystrix prices and availabilty

You can get these, as well as other UKI products from House of Centini right now!

Mr Bubble is £50

Hystrix is £93

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Juucee Pro Travel Case – executive tech buddy http://gadgetynews.com/juucee-pro-travel-case-executive-tech-buddy/ http://gadgetynews.com/juucee-pro-travel-case-executive-tech-buddy/#respond Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:13:53 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=54459 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

London based technology brand Bitmore has just announced the arrival of their Juucee Pro Travel Case. Bitmore is renowned for delivering design-led, high quality tech to a discerning client-base. The Juucee Pro Travel Case looks to continue this tradition. Designed to cater for all the needs of the 21st century traveller, the Juucee Pro Travel […]

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Juucee Pro Travel CaseLondon based technology brand Bitmore has just announced the arrival of their Juucee Pro Travel Case.

Bitmore is renowned for delivering design-led, high quality tech to a discerning client-base.

The Juucee Pro Travel Case looks to continue this tradition.

Designed to cater for all the needs of the 21st century traveller, the Juucee Pro Travel Case is the perfect accessory. It not only will keep all your travel documents and tech gadgets in one place, it will also recharge your gadgety travel buddies.

The perfect organiser

The Juucee Pro Travel Case features an inventive rechargeable, built-in 4000mAh powerbank. This can fully charge any mobile phone up to three times. The integrated charging cable is compatible with all Android, iOS and Windows devices.

The elegant design has a water resistant PU leather exterior which is easy to keep clean. You also get a range of colours to choose from.

Interior details

The interior of the Juucee Pro Travel Case features a snug and secure Smartphone holder, elastic cable ties for earphones, pens and other accessories.

Juucee Pro Travel Case organiserThe case also includes canvas pockets and sleek synthetic PU leather sections for credit cards, passports, ID cards and other important documentation, as well as a mesh pocket for loose change.

Bitmore Juucee Pro Travel CaseA very nifty optional extra is the built-in USB flash or pen drive that offers instant storage on the go, holding up to 32GB, which sits in the front cover for easy access.

Juucee Pro Travel Case memoryThe Juucee Pro Travel Case is incredibly lightweight and really handy as well as being ideal to slip into a briefcase, handbag or hand luggage for easy access to essential travel items and documentation.

Price and availability

You can pick up a Juucee Pro Travel Case now for a RRP of £34.99.

Juucee Pro Travel Case coloursColours: Charcoal Black, Stone Grey, Ash Grey, Earth Brown.

Am hoping to take one for a spin soon, so stay tuned!

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Eyejusters adjustable reading glasses review http://gadgetynews.com/eyejusters-adjustable-reading-glasses-review/ http://gadgetynews.com/eyejusters-adjustable-reading-glasses-review/#respond Wed, 18 May 2016 20:46:17 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=53296 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

My parents, as many other people do, tend to pick up those ‘one-size-fits-all’ style reading glasses that you can generally find on stands in pharmacists. I watch them adjust their focus by bringing the newspaper or a book closer and then further away until its comfortable. Eyejusters, however, allows each person to adjust the lenses […]

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eyejusters adjustment dialMy parents, as many other people do, tend to pick up those ‘one-size-fits-all’ style reading glasses that you can generally find on stands in pharmacists. I watch them adjust their focus by bringing the newspaper or a book closer and then further away until its comfortable. Eyejusters, however, allows each person to adjust the lenses to how they need them.

As a long-time glasses wearer I practically take for granted the fact that I can go in to any high street and find an opticians, book an appointment and get my eyes tested and then buy some new spectacles. Even better is the fact that I can get vouchers to cover the price of the eye test and towards any new glasses if my prescription has changed.

In developing nations, many people aren’t afforded the opportunity to visit an optitician. Eyejusters originally set out to bring their brand of adjustable lenses to areas such as those and they continue their work in these parts of the world.

So, continuing my ‘unusual things that GadgetyNews gets to review‘ I have had these glasses, “aimed at the over 40s”  sent over. These Eyejusters can be bought in range of modern designs for those who now find themselves uttering the phrase “let me just put my readers on”.

Eyejusters design

At first glance these glasses look like any other set of specs.

The pair that I have been sent are in black coated stainless steel.

eyejusters packagingThese have been formed from a single sheet making them strong and lightweight. You can chose from stainless steel or combination frames that come with high quality finishes, acetate or stainless steel arms and comfortable nosepads.

eyejusters overheadThe clever bit is the adjustment wheels which are located discretely behind the frame.

Turning these screws allows the lenses to adjust independently of each other and so allows them to more closely match the individual wearer’s needs. Let’s face it, who has identical prescriptions for both eyes – I certainly don’t.

Eyejusters performance

In order to bring these glasses to the masses the company has developed an adjustable lens technology called SlideLens. This consists of a pair of lenses which act together to correct an individual’s eyesight.

eyejusters reviewThe lenses are adjustable from between +0.00 to +3.00 Dioptres which should cover most cases of mild longsightedness.

eyejusters lensesThe beauty of this is that no professionals are required in the process of distribution or fitting. You can pretty much do this by yourself through trial and error or a simple reading test.

Eyejusters conclusion

I found the reading glasses remarkably easy to adjust and the black frames are smart enough to wear out without drawing unwanted attention.

The SlideLens tech really does work and I can definitely say that the 5 years of research that the Oxford-based company has put in to Eyejusters has no doubt already changed many people’s lives.

There are estimated to be 670 million people around the world living without the glasses they need, with 95% of the people in sub-Saharan Africa who need them going without. This is due to there being an average of one optometrist per one million people in that part of the world, compared to one per 10,000 in the United States and Europe … which is a frankly shocking statistic.

Closer to home, I can see Eyejusters being a popular choice for those that may have just started noticing that reading is getting a little tricky but are not yet ready to get their eyes tested. Saying that though, you really should have your eyes examined regularly by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.

Eyejusters price and availability

Eyejusters are available now direct from their website with prices starting at just £69 with free shipping.

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Wraps bracelet earphones review http://gadgetynews.com/wraps-bracelet-earphones-review/ http://gadgetynews.com/wraps-bracelet-earphones-review/#respond Tue, 29 Mar 2016 11:12:43 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=52629 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

Wraps earphones, if you remember my article announcing their release at the end of last year, you will recall that these earbuds wrap around your wrist. Wraps are an intriguing offering. You may already be aware that I am more a fan of over-ear type headphones than shoving something in my lug-holes. The thing is, […]

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Wraps earphones endsWraps earphones, if you remember my article announcing their release at the end of last year, you will recall that these earbuds wrap around your wrist.

Wraps are an intriguing offering. You may already be aware that I am more a fan of over-ear type headphones than shoving something in my lug-holes. The thing is, when the weather gets warmer (it will happen, promise) and there is no longer a need for jackets, where do you put your cans?

For me, heading to a watch a gig, the last thing I want to be doing is carrying a bag for the sake of my headphones. This is where I fall back on earphones.

Earphones can be slipped in to jeans or other item of pocketed clothing.

That’s all well and good but T-shirts generally don’t have pockets and some jeans are decidedly skinny. What happens if you’re rocking up poolside in your Speedos or bikini?

This is where Wraps might have the answer. You see, these buds literally wrap around your wrist to become a funky bracelet.

I have spent a week-or-so living with the Denim blue variety of this earphone/jewellery hybrid. So, have they won me over, or are they just another gimmick to lure teens away from their money?

Wraps design

The Wraps earphones at one end are pretty much like any other set of earbuds.

The business end consists of a light, spherical alloy housing that encases a large 10MM driver. These drivers have been tuned by world renowned British Audio sound engineers.

The set I have been kindly sent to review are the Talk: Denim variety and so are in a rather nice pale blue colour and so will go with almost anything.

The cables run from the buds in to a single braided cloth sheath which terminates in an angled gold 3.5mm jack.

Wraps earphones controlThere is a single button in-line control which also contains a hands free mic, and a sliding divider. The latter is extremely important on these earphones. Not only does this manage how much split cable you have running free but it has another duty.

Wraps earphones box backWrapping the Wraps around your wrist, or bottle, hip flask, etc works by pulling up the divider that splits the earphone cable wires right to the top so that it abuts them. You then can proceed to wrap them around your body part or drinks receptacle.

Wraps earbuds lockedOnce wrapped, the 3.5mm male jack goes into the centre of the divider which secures it. I have to say, it is a good fit and withstood a couple of band rehearsals and more than one session in the pub.

Wraps performance

Wearing the Wraps they ares very comfortable, to the point that you almost forget that you are wearing a pair of headphones on your wrist.

As a bracelet they actually look good, apart from the fact that the earbuds do look a bit weird on one’s wrist – not weird enough to draw any unwanted attraction though as I found myself pointing out that the denim blue wristwear were also my noise-bringers for the day.

Wraps on wristI also liked the nice braided texture to them and, should you not like the blue colour, there’s many other colours, materials and even beaded ones.

Now this is all well and good, but what we really care about with earphones is the sound quality.

Wraps sound quality

I wasn’t expecting much from these to be honest but they actually delivered a far more impressive sound than I could have hoped for.

You get a selection of tips so that getting a good fit for your ears isn’t a problem.

The treble is sweet rather than the harsh hiss that you get from the more budget realms of earpleasers. Even ramping up the volume didn’t cause the 10mm drivers to distort or muddy up the low-end.

Wraps earphones coiledTalking about the bass range, these aren’t going to make your pants rattle but there is enough low presence to kick through your playlist. Mids are focused and perhaps lean more towards the high mids a touch.

They are also pretty loud and your ears will probably give out before these will.

Wraps review conclusion

I am so pleased that there is still room for innovation, even in the tried and tested waters of sub-£30 earbuds.

I for one would be happy to wear these, as I have done, when hanging out with my mates. The earbuds aren’t really noticeable if you have them on the underside of your wrist but a neat cover might have been a cool addition.

Wraps earphones box frontSound quality is pretty good too considering that these only cost around the £20 with the premium braided leather versions just adding a few more quid.

So, if you’re in the market for some inexpensive earphones that can be stored about your person, even when you have no pockets or a bag, then you should really check out the Wraps. These are actually useful bits of geek chic.

Wraps price and availability

You can get Wraps now direct from the MyWraps website:

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STM Drifter laptop backpack review http://gadgetynews.com/stm-drifter-laptop-backpack-review/ http://gadgetynews.com/stm-drifter-laptop-backpack-review/#respond Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:45:29 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=49952 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

The STM Drifter backpack has joined the new Annex Collection which has been devised as some of the most stylish, comfortable and organised bags the company has to offer. After testing the Trust laptop messenger bag and the backpack by C6 I wondered if STM had anything that would combine the plus points of both. […]

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stm drifter camo front angleThe STM Drifter backpack has joined the new Annex Collection which has been devised as some of the most stylish, comfortable and organised bags the company has to offer.

After testing the Trust laptop messenger bag and the backpack by C6 I wondered if STM had anything that would combine the plus points of both.

I’d love the multi-pocketed Trust with the twin shoulder-strapped comfort of the C6.

Could the Drifter accomplish this or will it prove to be nothing more than style over substance?

STM Drifter design

I knew to expect quality after using the STM Trust and I was not disappointed when the STM Drifter arrived and I quickly tore in to the packaging.

I have been lucky enough to be sent the Drifter in this awesome camouflage design. I am loving the way this has been mated with the bright orange zip pulls. OK, so not great if you were intending to be wearing the Drifter whilst stalking but, for the urban jungle, I think this looks great.

On the practical side of things the back of the rucksack is stiffened, which is one thing it has over the soft-backed C6. The Drifter also as a 3D foam mesh back panel with air flow channels which should cut down on those sweaty back days when we eventually get warmer weather once again.

stm drifter insideAs I have come to expect from STM there are plenty of zippered pockets and compartments which means there’s no end of the ways to which you can organise your stuff.

You’re able to keep things in the multitude of outside pockets for quick access and your larger, more fragile kit inside.

stm drifter raincover pocketThe STM Drifter also has some neat additions that you might not notice at first too. There’s reflective loops for night time safety, luggage pass-through which enables the Drifter to slide over the handles of your wheeled luggage and a little pocket that holds an included and attached rain cover.

Areas such as the laptop and tablet compartments and the top exterior zipped pocket are all coated in that nice, soft, yellow, gadget-friendly padded felt material.

Water resistant 320D brushed poly is used all around with the exception of the bottom which is an even more hardcore 640D reinforced fabric – the STM Drifter should last a while and is reasonably water proof even before you slip on its extra rain coat.

stm drifter side detailAgain attention to detail comes to mind. First, not only does the backpack have an open pouch on one side, it also has a zipped side pouch on the other. That’s brilliant because with the open end, you can easily put in a water bottle or compact umbrella and in the open, elasticated pocket and hold it in place with the compression strap. Whilst, on the other side, you can place your mobile phone, cigs, Swiss Army knife, or amulet of healing in the zipped side for easy access. Best of both worlds there, then.

The Drifter has three good sized exterior pockets, four if you include the aforementioned side pouch.

The bottom, front pocket has your customary pen holder slots and a key strap. The middle pouch can store random gear, at the moment it houses my gloves. As I have touched upon earlier, the topmost pocket is lined with that gear protecting felt padding, perhaps for your phone or sunglasses, and also contains two pouch inserts. That’s pockets aplenty.

stm drifter back angleTurning the backpack around and you’ll see a strong handle at the top that feels quite strong and unlikely to break. Just in case you are unaware people that use London’s public transport – this means you can actually take off your backpack when on the train, bus or tube and carry your rucksack or simply place it between your feet when having to stand. Amazing!

stm drifter strapAnyway, where was I. Oh yeah, the back straps are padded and are quite comfortable. The straps also have an adjustable chest support strap to stabilise the backpack. One thing I’ll point out here is that they didn’t cheap out with the buckle. You won’t find a cheap plastic one. Instead STM Bags opted for a nice shiny metallic one. Another nice touch.

What really separates this bag from others is the raised foam pieces that forms 4 zones to provide incredible support and more back comfort. In addition to that, because the support is raised it naturally forms venting channels so you won’t be a victim of unrelenting sweat in the summer.

Going across the padded back panel is the luggage pass-through strap that allows your wheeled luggage handle through so you can give your back a rest.

Diving inside the Drifter, the top flap, whose zip opening slices the top at an angle which helps with access, has a zippered mesh pouch which is perfect for your laptop accessories or headphones.

The main open part of the bag is large enough to use as a weekend bag as well as stuffing it full of tech.

stm drifter top detailThe chunky zips used are smooth in use and feel like they are more than capable of performing their duties without fail for a long time.

I feel like I should give this neat little addition a special mention. Whilst rummaging around the bag I found a little plastic bag that contained a tag. I didn’t really give it much thought until I read what it was later.

stm drifter reward tagThis little thing is offered by way of a partnership between STM Bags and RewardTag. It is basically a little keychain that has a unique ID. If you register the bag with RewardTag and you lose your bag, whoever finds it can easily return it. Why should they? Well, apart from being the right thing to do, there is also an incentive to return it because there’s an award attached to it.

This program is entirely free! Granted, there’s no guarantee that all your gear will still be in the bag, but it’s a nice idea.

Saying that though, you don’t necessarily have to register your bag – you could attach the fob to your keychain, camera bag, or your kid if you so wish!

STM Drifter performance

I have been using the Drifter as my work bag on the daily commute and it easily takes my breakfast and lunch as well as tablet, laptop and a variety of charging cables – that’s my daily carry. There have been days when it has carried back a Wi-Fi router, powerline adapters, and an LED light panel, for instance. Such is the mail I get delivered to my day job.

I have only used it to one press event so far but it carried my camera and other associated stuff without a problem.

It has performed faultlessly thus far.

stm drifter loadI decided to load it up with what I reckon I’ll be taking to the Sound and Vision Show in Bristol at the end of the week. This amounts to: my camera in its bag, assorted cables and chargers, umbrella, laptop, tablet, headphones and other bits of gadgety stuff that I’ll need to do my job. This all packs away without issue and there’s still room for some clean clothes as I’ll be stopping over night.

Not only that, any small equipment, such as chargers, spare batteries, spare business cards, etc all have room in one of the many organiser slots, pockets, or hoops.

According to the spec sheet, the STM Drifter is rated at 18L.

The straps are comfortable and, should I feel the need to jog or cycle (HA!) the chest straps would keep the Drifter from drifting and the reflective bits should help avoid me getting squished.

stm drifter top downI am not the most fashionable guy out there, in fact I think the last time I was in fashion was the 80s, but I do like how this pack looks. There have been a few inquiries made about it by my colleagues too and some of those actually appear to know about trends and such like.

STM Drifter review conclusion

I think that STM Bags has a sure-fire winner with the Drifter. It is compact enough to use on the commute (remembering to take it off when boarding public transport) but has the capacity to satisfy its use as carry-on luggage or overnight bag.

The STM Drifter will keep your laptop, tablet and any other gadgety kit safe and sound and all those other little bits organised. On the subject of organisation, between the pen slots and key chord in the front pocket and more slots, hoops and sections in the main bag, your main problem will be finding stuff to stow away.

Nice touches such as the rain cover, reflective sections and myriad pockets should not be overlooked. Add in to all that the fact that it is a well made, good looking backpack. I think it’s a must have in what ever colour you prefer.

STM Drifter price and availability

The STM Drifter is available in camo, graphite or navy and retails at£80 on Amazon.co.uk.

If you want more details, or to buy from STM direct, head over to the official STM Drifter product page.

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