TECKIN 5M Wifi LED Strip Lights SL02

This new full colour LED light strip from TECKIN offers full native integration with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and the excellent Smart Life home control phone ecosystem. It contains all you need to get going and allows for room for expansion later. This latest generation kit is a marked step upwards from the older ones.

In the attractive product, box was a single 5M 150 LED light strip complete with plugs either end, UK power supply, 24 key infrared remote control, mounting brackets, two female to female 4-pin adapters, and a small but informative User Guide. The User Guide is indicative just how far these kits have developed as it is well written, nicely printed and easy to read.

All you need is included here. There is no need to buy anything more unless you plan to expand the unit with more LED strips which can be daisy-chained onto this one and powered from the same PSU. Older kits had large external junction box controller but this new era kit is smaller and neater whilst the connectors are larger, easier to fit and less fiddly.

To use the kit with the single strip included then simply plug the output from the mains power adapter directly into the end of the small control box. You can cut the LED strip to length being careful to cut with scissors along the indicated points found every 100mm on the strip. You can cut the strip into smaller sections and join it together using the supplied connectors, again a great advance on old-style units and making it far easier to run the strip around corners or stair treads. The strip is sticky-backed and can easily be mounted in place. Remove the battery protector plastic strip from the remote control and connect the mains plug. Listed at being water-resistant it should be OK for use in sheltered areas of the garden or patio.

Setting it up was easy enough and can all be done by following the in-app instructions. Open the app and begin the procedure to add a new device. Plug the strip in and select the device type from the list in the app, input your wifi password, let the app then detect the device on the network. Once the device is set up and online simply switch to the Alexa app, enable the Smart Life Skill and follow the steps to recognise the plugs.

The Smart Life app is excellent and does much more than just allow you to add the strip to Alexa and Google. The app will also allow the strip to be triggered by events such as you entering and leaving the house, sunrise/sunset, etc, and will work in conjunction with a wide range of wifi devices from the same manufacturer. I doubt most users will use the app but will control is just through voice, as I do.

The fitted LED strips if discreetly mounted can be left in place for future festive occasions, otherwise, they can be carefully removed and returned to the box ready for future use. As with all LED strips over time the sticky surface will come loose and so for a long time use a more permanent clip mounting method should be found.

Everything you need from a simple lighting kit is included here and at a very attractive price too at £19.99. Even if you are not a connected home user, the included remote control almost as easy to use. The kit attractively presented and would make a great buy for the smart home.

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Klurent 925 Sterling Silver Heart Necklace

This attractive necklace set from Klurent marries a silver pendant with a silver chain, to delightful effect.

In the well made and padded display box are the 925 Stirling Silver 18=2.3 inch chain with lobster claw clasp together with the 0.7 x 0.8-inch 14k white gold Sterling Silver necklace with inlaid 0.9 carat Cubic Zirconia stones, and a small User Guide. The pendant is inscribed with the motto: “I love you Forever ”

The bold and attractive Love Pendant has a tiny jewel inset within it together with a row of tiny gems mounted across the frame with the motto “I love you Forever ” below it. The whole effect is both eye-catching and unusual.

Priced at £23.99 this would make a charming gift for the woman in your life to celebrate any occasion or none at all.

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Campark 1080P Webcam PC03

This attractive little webcam from Campark delivers good quality 1080@30 fps video and requires no drivers or other software being truly Plug ‘n Play. It passes on novelties and gimmicks in favour of video quality but does boast a built-in privacy screen

In the box are just the camera and a simple but informative User Guide. Build quality seems excellent, the camera is well made and robust with nothing looking likely to fail anytime soon.

I plugged the camera into my Windows 10 PC and it was instantly recognised with no drivers or software needed. The Windows Camera app allowed me to configure it, with some reduced resolution options available, although the default settings were fine for me. I also tried it on my MacBook pro and again it was almost instantly up and running – although it is possible drivers were silently downloaded in the background, although I did not observe it.

The camera has the lens and microphones on the front, with the fully adjustable rotating base below. On the underside of the base is a standard tripod screw mount, which unlike with some lesser rivals was in brass, not plastic. The camera has a 120° wide-angle lens with a minimum of rectilinear distortion and a 70mm to infinity fixed focus lens. The microphone offers noise reduction, which is good, but sadly does not have a speaker. The integral fold-down privacy screen is simple but does the job perfectly well. The camera is USB powered and features a longer than average 1.5m cable.

The camera itself has a mount with an anti-scratch inside face and which folds up to form a tabletop stand when not screen mounted. The versatile mount can be used to position the camera securely to the top of the computer monitor, as a self-supporting desktop stand, or using the screw hole to any standard tripod mount. When on a tripod the camera can be rotated through 90 degrees using the camera mount and also rotated fully from side to side. The screw mount is brass and so will not degrade over time if regularly used for tripod mounting.

For me, the main appeal of this camera is the excellent video quality, which is pin-sharp and with good, well-saturated colours. As to be expected with any new camera it is true Plug ‘n Play with no drivers needed.

If you want a good quality no-nonsense webcam for Skype or other streaming purposes then you would have to go a long way to find a better one than this for the price. There are many cheaper rivals available but I suspect few offer the high-quality video of this one.

The Good
Good price
Good Build Quality
Plug and Play
Good video Quality
Rotatable Mount

The Bad
No Manual Focus
Hard Wired Cable

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OTHA Mini Projector

I have tried several sub £100 mini projectors and although many of them have been OK, you can see why this new model from OTHA is priced at £197.10, although discounts are available. I have to say this is the first mini Projector I have tried which I think is good enough for Home Cinema use.

In the box can be found the projector itself, Remote control, UK Power Supply, USB Power Cable, Tripod, HDMI Cable, Cleaning Cloth and a well written and nicely designed User Guide. Everything has an upmarket, premium feel to it, except perhaps the rather lightweight mini tripod, with nothing looking likely to pack in anytime soon.

This projector, powered by internal battery or mains, will project video, images or Android applications to an image size between 30-120 inches over a distance of 1 to 5 metres. It can play material from a range of sources including wifi, Bluetooth, HDMI, USB, and TF Cards. Running Android 7.1.2, it is basically a screenless mobile phone and any almost any Android app can be installed and projected. It has a 5000mAh rechargeable battery can be used as a power bank to charge or power external devices when needed. The projector can be operated either from the touchpad on the top of the unit or from the full-sized remote control which offers a mouse mode for easy menu navigation.

Unlike cheaper and lesser devices the image from this device is clear, bright and sharp even when at full magnification but declines when this is exceeded. It is dearer than the many budget rivals but it is better made, better presented and gives better results. At the end of the day, these are features worth paying more for. I love the way the image automatically adjusts itself to correct the image shape when the projector and screen are slightly out of alignment. Audio quality from the tiny built-in speaker is louder and clearer than I was expecting although of course, the device has a standard 3.5mm audio out port for external speakers. Another positive feature was that when I connected it to the internet it was immediately offered a system update, a good sign that the product is still being developed and improved.

I have tried several similar-sized min projectors and whilst they have all been OK, none have the quality, premium feel of this device, nor have they capable of giving as sharp clear and bright an image as this one. I have to say that this is the only mini projector I have tried that I intend to hang on to.

The Good
Great Image Quality
Good Audio
Premium Feel
Easy to Use
Bluetooth
Wifi

The Bad
Expensive
No Carry Case
No USB-C
Old Android Version

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BoYata 6 Level Laptop Stand

This new laptop stand from BoYata has a quality feel to it lacking in the many rivals and is slightly dearer than most at £22.99.

In the box are just the laptop stand and a soft drawstring carry bag which removes the fear of the device scratching the laptop when carried in the same case. Build quality seems fine as the stand is made from a robust and durable aluminum alloy with a brushed matt finish to it. It has rubber grips to protect the laptop finish and prevent it from slipping when in position.

The stand follows the usual concertina folding format but note that when folding after use to push on the two rubberised joints on the X-frame to smoothly fold it together. The concertina operation has a slick and upmarket feel to it without either sticking or feeling likely to bend as with cheaper and lesser rivals. I tried it with several laptops of differing sizes and the setup never felt wobbly or unstable and I was able to type and work without too much bounce or desk slipping.

This attractive, well made and easy to use laptop stand is not inexpensive at £22.99 but it has a quality feel to it and is perhaps worth paying a bit more for.

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uhuru Wireless Gaming Mouse WM-02

Finding a decent quality mouse is not so easy at it seems. I have been looking for some time for a well made, reliable, rechargeable cordless mouse. This newly updated wireless gaming mouse from uhuru seemed a good bet to answer my needs.

The mouse arrived nicely presented in a well made mid-market box containing the mouse with the dongle, charging cable, and User guide. I include a scan of the well written and useful User Guide at the end of my unboxing video.

Build quality seems fine, all appears well made and robust with nothing looking likely to fail anytime soon. That said, the mouse does feel physically rather lightweight. I would have rather had a heavier and more substantial feeling model. Also, unlike many gaming mice, this one does not include any weights which can be used to balance the mouse and allow it to move more freely and easily on the desk. that said, I never found this a problem when using the mouse, which moves easily and smoothly on my desk.

As regards features, most if not all you will need is here. The mouse has five buttons: top left, top right, two on the left side and top roller wheel. It has a 5 level DPI selection between 800 and 10000 using the rear top button. On the underside can be found the On/Off switch and storage compartment for the USB dongle. I found the two left-side buttons to be

The mouse has an internal non-removable rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery which is good for up to 500 recharges. I found the USB connection to be a bit sensitive and had to take care to get it right. The mouse can be used with the supplied 59″ USB cable but is designed for cordless operation using the USB dongle. Just plug the dongle into a USB port on your computer and the two will pair instantly and be recognised by the computer. No problems here and it has worked flawlessly from the start with no drop-outs or delays. Other mice I have used in the past have annoyed with poor scrolling or missing keypresses, but no problems here. I was also pleased to see that the mouse bears the Uhuru brand and so can be easily identified when in the PC, another long-standing issue I have had in the past.

The mouse will work on Windows 10 straight from the box but for best results download and install the control app which allows you to configure the mouse buttons and defaults. Sadly, you cannot control the LED lighting of the mouse which is always on and cannot be turned off or set to a single colour. Another issue, fixable using the control app, is that I found myself continually pressing the rear left side button when moving the mouse and I was forced to disable it to retain my sanity.

In all this is an excellent general-purpose mouse which suits me well but serious gamers may be able to find better for the current £22.94 Amazon price.

The Good
Good Price
Good Build Quality
Rechargeable
5 DPI Levels
Branded USB Dongle

The Bad
No Weights
Always On LED
Poor Side Button Placement

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J JOYACCESS 1080P Webcam with Microphone

I was a little apprehensive when I was given this camera to review because I had seen many cameras with a very similar form factor and design to this one which received universally poor reviews. In fact I need not have worried because this new webcam from J JOYACCESS is a perfectly decent quality if a rather unexciting piece of kit.

Priced at £36.99 is not the cheapest I have seen nor is it the best specified but what it does do is give excellent image quality with acceptable sound and does all that it claims to do.

In the box is the webcam itself and a small User Guide. Build quality seems excellent, the camera is well made and robust with nothing looking likely to fail anytime soon.

I plugged the camera into my Windows 10 PC and it was instantly recognised with no drivers or software needed. The Windows Camera app allowed me to configure it, with some reduced resolution options available, although the default settings were fine for me. I also tried it on my MacBook pro and again it was almost instantly up and running – although it is possible drivers were silently downloaded in the background, although I did not observe it. Reviewers of other cameras almost identical to this complained that the listed specifications were incorrect, not so here as the Windows Camera app confirmed the camera was delivering 1080p video at 30fps.

The camera has the lens and twin microphones on the front, with the non-rotating screen mount below. The camera has a wide-angle lens with a minimum of rectilinear distortion and a manual focusing focus lens. I was pleased to see a proper focusing lens rather than the fixed focus lens used on many budget rivals. Sadly, there is also no privacy lens shield. The microphones offer noise reduction, which is good, but the audio level is low and you will need to boost it with your audio software for best results..

The device has a clever mount that folds up to form a tabletop stand when not screen mounted. The camera is USB 2 powered and features a longer than average 1.5m cable. The camera has a twin built-in microphones and features a glass lens with an impressive 105° Field Of View. Build quality seems fine with nothing looking likely to break, fall off or fail any time soon.

The versatile mount can be used to position the camera securely to the top of the computer monitor, or a self-supporting desktop stand. The hard-wired USB 1.5m cable is generous in length but it is a pity it is not even longer.

For me, the main appeal of this camera is excellent video quality, which is pin-sharp and with good, well-saturated colours. As to be expected with any new camera it is true Plug ‘n Play with no drivers needed.

If you want a decent quality no-nonsense webcam for Skype or other streaming purposes then you would have to go a long way to find a better one than this for the price. There are many cheaper rivals available but I suspect few offer the high-quality video of this one.

The Good
Good price
Good Build Quality
Plug and Play
Good video Quality
Adjustable Focus
Twin Microphones

The Bad
No Privacy Shutter
Hard Wired Cable
No Tripod Screw Mount

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Unisun Rechargeable LED Night Light

This attractive little night light from Unisun, a bargain at just £12.99, is marketed for children but in fact, is perfectly suited for anyone to use anywhere where a subtle and attractive accent light is needed.

In the plain and non branded box are the night light, remote control, charging cable, lanyard and a multi-language colour User Guide. Build quality all seems fine, with nothing looking likely to fail anytime soon.

The light, powered either by USB or an internal rechargeable 18650 battery, has a frosted effect domed top with an RGB light inside offering 7 lighting modes, with a flashing or pulsating light. There are buttons on the underside of the lamp or the supplied credit card sized remote can be used to control the device.

After turning the device on with the switch on the underside, press and hold the MODE button to change brightness, short pressing MODE scrolls through the lighting modes: yellow, colour scrolling, current colour select, scrolling, flashing, white, SOS. The same modes and settings are more easily found using the remote. The remote is needed to turn the thirty-minute timer on and off.

The device is simple and straightforward to use. The light is soft, warm and relaxing and perfect use in a child’s bedroom or indeed anywhere else. For the price, this is a very decent buy indeed.

The Good
Attractive Display
Remote Control
Easy To Use
Timer
USB/Battery Power

The Bad
Poor Packaging

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GENERAL ARMOR Memory Foam Cushion

Priced at £23.69 this cushion from GENERAL ARMOR is not inexpensive, but it looks good, is well made, and seems both robust and durable.

In the attractive branded product box was the cushion itself, a reuseable ziplock storage bad, and a User Guide. Build quality seems fine although removing the cover reveals memory foam and gel pads crudely cut and messily glued together. However, with the cover on the cushion looks good with a classy and high-end appearance and worth the money.

The cushion can be used either way up – although to look best the sleeve would need to be removed and reversed as by default the gel pad is on top. Do not expect a soft comfy cushion you can just sink into. No, this medical-grade cushion is designed to give support first and foremost rather than pure comfort. Over time no doubt the memory foam will conform to your body shape and become softer and easier to sit on. That is not to say the cushion it uncomfortable, it is not, but it aimed to prevent undue strain on the body and aid general health.

On a side note I must add that I got much pleasure from reading the User Guide – a scan of which is in my video – which is full of humour, both intentional and otherwise. Such as: “The memory foam product is made of a slow-rebound material that does not means it can increase human’s memory but it can form the inherent shapes of other parts of the body

This is a good quality supportive seat cushion and although not cheap is robustly made and nicely presented.

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TONOR Cordless Dual Mic System TW-630

his well made and easy to use twin wireless mic system has pretty much all you need for home Karaoke or stage use.

In the box are the two microphones, two pop filters, two anti-slip rings, receiver, charging cable, and a well printed and easy to read colour User Guide.

The receiver has a large size 6.35mm jack plug, fine for stage and studio use but not for camera or phone use without an adapter. A simple £2 adapter allowed it to work with my Panasonic camera. Build quality is excellent throughout with a robust metal casing for the mics and receiver. The receiver has a delicate non-removable antenna, so take care with it. No case is provided, a great pity, but the product box has a custom foam interior and is robust enough for storage use. Each Mic takes two AA batteries with a standard 18650 rechargeable used in the receiver.

Using the system could not be easier. Plug the receiver jack into your amp or other devices, switch on each or both mics along with the receiver and wait about three seconds. The receiver LED will flash during pairing and go solid when paired. That’s it, now start singing.

I found the system to be first-rate with decent sound quality, no distortion or RF interference and good range. If you do encounter problems you can change the frequency channel used with a selector switch on each microphone. Up to five microphone sets can be used together.

For £54.99, you will do well to find a better system than this.

The Good
Good Audio Quality
Great Price
Heavy-Duty Build Quality
RF Frequency selection
Rapid Pairing
Mic Status LCD Screen
Good User Guide

The Bad
No Storage Case
Non-Removeable Antenna
No Jackplug Adapter Included

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