Qoosea VH Office Quiet Touch Mini USB Fan

I have seen other budget-priced desktop fans in the past and have not been impressed. Usually, they are garishly designed and cheaply made usually from low-grade plastics and invariably don’t work or else cease working after a few days. This one is something different.

The fan arrived presented in an attractive and unusual cardboard tube box with inside just the fan and a simple but well written and largely unnecessary User Guide. The instructions are also printed on the box but there they are virtually impossible to read being faintly printed very small on a coloured background.

I was also surprised by the fan itself which is larger than I expected, has an aluminium shell with an attractive anodised matt black finish. It has two motors with front and rear fan blades, seven at the front and five at the rear, which are made of lightweight but decent quality black plastic. The USB power cable is just over three feet in length and is hardwired to the body with a non-rotating fixed joint. It is a pity the cable is not connected using a standard socket on the fan as it means that should the cord fail then the fan will be useless.

Using the fan is easy enough once you get used to it. The leather strap can serve either as a stand or hook and helps to reduce the already low level of noise and vibration the fan makes. Tap and hold briefly on the fan body to turn it on, tap again to change the fan level, tap a third time to turn it off. At first, I thought it was not working because I did not leave my finger in place briefly when tapping but I soon got used to the tapping technique.

The fan is almost silent in operation at the lower level and only slightly noisier when on full power. The air throughput at low level is very mild but at full power, it gives a pleasant breeze across the desk. Take note that this is designed for desktop use and you will not feel much benefit above about six feet away.

This is a stylish, well made and very functional desktop fan available at the time of writing for just £18.99 from Amazon. I doubt if you will find a better one for the price.

The Good
Good build quality
Attractive Design
Two fan levels
Touch control
Quiet operation

The Bad
Hardwired cable
Desktop level use only

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Gerinware Elephant Shaped Desk Organiser and Accessories

 

I have to say that is not an item of great beauty but it is very practical and combines features and functions of several other desktop items and can hopefully get your desk less cluttered than it was before.

It is smaller than I was expecting at just 20x9x10.2 cm but is quite heavy weighing in at 712g. It is made entirely of matt finish white plastic with blue outlining. What it is basically is an organiser for pens, pencils and other desktop office items, together with USB phone charger and stand, and comes bundled with a number of small office related items that store away inside the unit. On the top is a magnetic storage space for paperclips, on the front is a phone/tablet stand, at the rear is are two USB ports and with above them an accessory drawer and second drawer containing a pencil sharpener (accessible from outside the unit) and rubber. The USB ports are not simple charging bays but when connected to a PC can be used for data throughput also. There are further alcoves on the top for pens, pencils, notes and other items. The supplied USB cable seems to be hard-wired into the unit (although I suspect there may be a standard USB socket inside) but is a reasonable length.

The pull out accessory draw comes with a stapler, nail clipper, scissors, tweezers, and six-headed screwdriver set. I am not sure about the other items but the screwdriver is worth having. Also supplied is an elephant themed keyring, sticky notes, elephant themed paperclips. It is certainly a very comprehensive package.

Currently discounted on Amazon from £32 down to £18.90 this certainly represents a good buy. It is not the most attractive item I have ever seen and is a bit plasticky but it is tough, robust and the usefulness and functionality still make it a great buy. It would be perfect for a home office or for a child’s bedroom to keep all those little items sorted and organised.

The Good
Great price
Twin data/charging ports
Well made screwdriver set
Keyring included
Robust build quality

The Bad
Cheap appearance
Not sure why beauty items are included
USB cable hardwired
No USB-C port

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Edifier W806BT Bluetooth Over-Ear Hi-Fi Stereo Headset from Musedimall

This new Bluetooth headset from Musedimall discounted on Amazon from £54.99 to £39..99, concentrates on audio quality rather than add-ons and little-used features. Inside the attractive mid-market box aside from the headset itself, there is a USB Charging Cable, 3.5mm Audio Cable and User Guide. The User Guide although comprehensive is tiny and hard to read. I attach a scan of it to my review, switch to full screen and pause as needed to read it.

These headphones have a quality feel to them with and are solid, well made and robust. The headband and earcups have a soft and rather luxurious PU leather feel although the padding is adequate rather than generous. The headset frame looks good with an attractive silk finish. The build quality seems excellent to me with no sign of the padding on the band working loose, poor stitching, visible wires or weak joints – all elements that have failed on similar headsets I have owned in the past. There is nothing to make me suppose that the headset is not well made. Time will tell and if something fails in the future enough to annoy me I will update the review accordingly.

The headset comes with decent quality audio and USB to micro-USB charging cables and both work perfectly well. The three control buttons are on one ear cup only and are easy to find and identify by touch and rather less so by sight. There are the usual track/volume buttons on the side but sadly no separate power Off/On switch. The multifunction button is on the front face of the earcup and also contains the single status LED. The buttons are large and not flush as they too often are and this makes them easy to locate and for me, this is a major feature.

Bluetooth Pairing simple enough and achieved in the usual way by depressing the Multifunction/Power button for several seconds until the red/blue LED flashes then look for EDIFIER W806BT on the pairing screen of your phone. Once paired I found the connection to be stable and strong. It will pair with two external devices at once. The device will also work with the supplied audio cable when the battery fails and there is little if any difference in quality when used in either mode.

This headset is lacking a few features often found even on cheaper units these days. The is no FM radio or SD card slot but how many people actually use them? More importantly, I was sorry to see there is no NFC pairing option or AptX codec support and surprised that no carry case of any kind was included, a curious omission for a mid range unit. It does have exceptionally good battery life due to the 1400mAh lithium battery and the claimed seventy hours of music play and eight hundred on standby are not beyond the bounds of possibility.

Keeping in mind that this is not a high-end headset I was very happy indeed with the audio quality. The bass is good, clear, smooth and undistorted. Mid tones are clear and detailed and very easy to listen to. The sound quality has to be the main selling point for this headset

I like this headset. It is well made, comfortable and easy to wear even for extended listening sessions and with above average sound quality for the price. This is a good quality headset at a mid-range price lacking a few perhaps unneeded features found even on cheaper rivals. Nevertheless, the excellent audio reproduction and good build quality make this a good buy for the price asked.

The Good
Good Price
Excellent audio quality
Easy touch controls
Good Build Quality
Comfortable to Wear
Bluetooth and Wired Modes
Bluetooth 4

The Bad
Cheaper rivals available
No SD card slot
No Radio
No Carry Case
No NFC

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Good Morning Vietnam Roasted Coffee Beans from Mr. Viet

From the moment you open the pack, you can smell these are very fine beans indeed, with a deep, full, rich coffee aroma. An espresso brewed in my bean-to-cup machine was smooth and full, with a good crema and complex, aromatic, complex, dark-chocolate flavour, with a sweet aftertaste, practically no bitterness at all.

When brewed as a cafe creme, with a dash of hot milk, it made a wonderfully smooth, mild latte, with that same chocolate flavour typical of the best quality, high grown beans, with none of the oily flavour or bitter aftertaste one sometimes finds with lower-quality mountain beans; it reminded me of my favourite Java Kalibaru beans.

A lovely round, smooth, easy-drinking coffee, equally good drunk black or white. Expensive at £13.99 for 55g, for sure, but very well-worth paying a little extra for such a fine, delicious coffee.

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LuxVista 45W 4500Lm E40 LED Lamp 6000K 2-pack

This twin pack of two gargantuan LED bulbs is designed for use in factories, barns or large garages that can cope with the 4500Lm light output each bulb generates. They use the large size E40 Edison screw fitting – not to be confused with the smaller and more common E27 and E14 sizes – which is not often used in the UK.

The bulbs arrived individually and attractively boxed and protected by layers of bubble wrap. Each bulb is 10.4″ tall by 2.8″ diameter and contains no less than 140 individual LED’s housed in an aluminium and heat resistant plastic casing. The Corn Light shape is designed to ensure a full 360 degrees light coverage.

Before buying these bulb ensure that they are not too large for your light fittings and that you have the correct E40 fitting. That said, there are UK Bayonet (B22) to E40 adapters available at a decent price, the one I used cost just £1.40, so in fact, you could maybe use an existing light fixture.

Priced at £40.99 for the pair these bulbs are not inexpensive but they are super high power bulbs designed for specialised use and if the claimed 35,000-hour lifespan is accurate then they may prove to be something of a bargain.

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Luxvista 30W 3000lm 6oooK B22 LED Light Bulb

 

This huge bulb – 18.5 x 7.1 x 7.1 cm – is designed for use in a barn or large garage and although it takes the standard UK B22 bayonet fitting it is far too bright and much too big to be used in the house.

The 30w/3000L bulb is certainly very well made and seems very robust and strong enough for commercial or garage use. The bulb itself is made from aluminium alloy housed in a transparent plastic shell revealing the 92 LEDs inside. It arrived packaged in an attractive and robust thick cardboard box with the essential information about the printed on it.

The bulb comes on instantly and is certainly very bright and during my tests was easily able to illuminate my entire garden with no dark spots or reduced output areas. The colour temperature is rated at 6000K and this equates to daylight on a bright but overcast day.

The current Amazon price of £17.99 does not seem unreasonable to me for a product of this quality assuming the claimed 35,000-hour life is accurate and I see no reason to doubt it.

This is a high-quality bulb for specialised uses and seems a very decent buy to me.

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WASAGA XM-L2 LED Flashlight Set

Currently reduced in price at Amazon to just £9.99 this is one of those products you have to ask ‘How can they do it for the price?’.

In the rather uninspiring plain brown box was the torch itself with lanyard attached, a 18650 battery, plastic battery protector, battery charger, UK plug power adapter, USB charging, cable, belt loop case, AAA battery holder, bicycle mount. No User Guide or storage case was included which is a pity because with this amount of kit some sort of storage for it is a must. Also, the simple packaging reduces the appeal of the item as a gift.

The torch itself has a metal body and feels very robust and strong. The front of the torch can be easily adjusted just by pulling back and forth to zoom the torch in and out from a very tight to a very wide angle of coverage. Operating the torch is done through the single button on the rear of the device. Press and repress to scroll through three levels of brightness, strobe and SOS flashing modes. Waiting more than two seconds between button presses reverts the torch back to standard mode. All torches seem to come with these flashing modes which I have never used and regarded as an annoyance only! The torch is rated IPX-6 waterproof which means effectively that is proof against everything short of water immersion.

The torch can be operated using either the enclosed rechargeable 18650 battery or three standard AAA batteries using the supplied holder. Best results will always be obtained using the 18650 battery but it is handy having the more easily found AAA battery use available as an option. The rotatable bike mount seems as tough and robust as the torch itself but I have yet to test it in a night time ride yet. The torch is certainly very powerful and although I have seen brighter ones they have all been priced at several times the price of this one.

This is an excellent torch, with a powerful light and robust construction and at a price that is remarkable for the quality.

The Good
Powerful bright light
Zoom Feature
Good Build Quality
Multiple Light Modes

The Bad
No Carry Case
No User Guide
Unattractive Packaging

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