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Friday, 17 August 2018

Anker Nebula Capsule Review

The Anker Nebula is an amazing gadget! It merges an Android TV box with an LED 100 ANSI lumens projector. I'm using one for the bedroom and occasionally when I go on Holiday. It's also great for the Kids when we fancy a movie night. The Nebula Capsule is dead easy to set up and operate. It comes with an InfraRed remote control, and also there is an IOS and Android app available which makes operation a breeze.

- Small size
- Great sound - especially for the size
- Android built-in no need to plug in a fire tv stick or Roku
- Vivid colors good quality 480p picture - up to 100 inch - I use about 50inch
- Netflix, Amazon Prime, Youtube, BBC Iplayer, ITV Hub all work great and very snappy
- Build quality is superb
- Bluetooth connectivity- a breeze to set up especially useful with both headphones and speaker

- Does not come with a charger only the cable is included, plus it requires a charger with Qualcomm 2.0 / 3.0 fast charge otherwise charging only occurs when the device is off. I used my apple charger and as I was watching, the battery still drained. However replenished overnight when switched off.

- The focus is fiddly and overly sensitive, a slight movement results in too big focus adjustment. It works - just tricky!

Monday, 13 September 2010

Build a bristlebot

Cool way to make use of a toothbrush..

I found a book available - The Invasion of the Bristlebots (Klutz) which comes complete with 2x toothbrush and motor. You make them by just sticking a self enclosed motor with battery assembly on top of a pre-cut toothbrush ready to go, they sell a book with 2 Bristlebots for just over 6 quid

And if you wanna go bigger (dust pan brush), check out this site, they sell the kits!


Sunday, 29 August 2010

Islabikes Review

I got this bike for my 2 year old son. The bike is really well made and can support my weight of 12 1/2 stone.

It's a balance bike - which means it has no pedals, it's supposed to help with getting used to riding a bike without throwing in another
set of obstacles such as pedals. For some kids, it takes a while to get used to it. So I'm gonna persevere. I personally like it. Ain't cheap at around 100 quid. But it is the best out there. Oh yea it's got a break too, which only activates on the rear wheel, so yer kid doesn't go head over heels!


Friday, 27 August 2010

Fenix TK20 - LED Torch Review

I've had the Fenix TK20 for over a year now, it has been the best torch I have ever owned. Why? you might ask, well, it's one my brightest torches for a 2AA, It has the best build quality, rechargeables work well, the cree neutral white LED, gives a pleasing daylight white throw, the handle has a rubberised yellow cover - which makes it easier to find when dropped. Its fully waterproof and has 2 modes; 150 lumens - 1.25 runtime, 45 lumens - 8 hour runtime. It's regulated, which means that the light output will stay at constant brightness until the batteries are too low a level for this to occur, it will then reduce at a more linear rate with the battery discharge.
The beam has a throw of over 180M, which makes it ideal for spotting the odd hedge hog down the bottom of my garden. The complete assembly comes in 3 parts: head, abdomen, and thorax - no that's an insect, oh well, you know what I mean! This makes it ideal for replacements if ever needed and easy battery access. Anyway enough ramblings, the bottom line is, its freakin awsome, so Go Gadget Get It!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Tamron AF 70-300 review

The Tamron 70-300 is a great budget lens. The good points: Cheap, Macro setting (180 - 300) Bad points: Slow focus, slight blue tinge, when you inpsect the photo closeup.
All these points are to be expected with budget lenses, so don't let it put you off. For the money, I think, you can easily put up with the slower performance and lack of image stabilisation, go gadget get it! Here is a pic I took at Bristol Zoo: IMG_4001