Sealapack 4 pack Reusable Toaster Bags

This set of four toaster bags from Sealapack are priced at £3.40 which is pretty much par for the course and the bags themselves seem no better or worse than the many others I have tried.

The pack consists of two separately packaged sets of two bags. The bags are nicely presented in an eye-catching pack with all the information you need, such as it is, on the pack itself.

The bags are each 16×16.5cm in size can be reused multiple times and are washable and in fact, we are advised to wash the bags before first use. We are not told what the bags are made of but often it is from a Teflon coated polyurethane base.

I found that the bags will accommodate standard sized UK thick-sliced white bread with a thin to medium layer of cheese between the slices. It is a bit of a squeeze but it does fit and in fact, a tight fit is better as it holds the sandwich contents together. You do not have to just use the bags for toast and they can be used to warm up pizza slices or anything else you get in them but remember the bags are not watertight and if over filled may split along the seams.

When toasting a sandwich I find it best to lay the bag sideways into the toaster at first and then turn it upright with the bag opening on the top once the contents start to melt. The bags can be washed in warm soapy water or even in the dishwaher after use.

These bags, as with all the others I have used, will start to split along the seams with age will continue to work provided the contents are not too runny.

These bags seem as well made as any of the others and are similarly priced and are worth the price asked although so far as I can tell they have nothing to offer that the many rivals do not.

The Good
Good Price
Reuseable
Washable
Versatile
Dishwasher Safe

The Bad
Too small for non standard bread slices
Seams split over time

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RETREAD ATHLETICS 600ml Sports Water

This nicely made and attractive sports water bottle is currently reduced to just £2.99 which has to make it a good buy despite the many similar rivals. My one is blue but the bottle is available in a range of colours.

In the colourful branded product box is just the bottle itself with no user guide or information sheet included as all the necessary info is printed on the box.

The 600ml bottle, which is made from safe BPA free plastic, weighs just 100g but feels tough and robust enough for daily sporting use. The bottle has a semi-matt and easy to grip surface and offers a little give when squeezed. The material is translucent and allows the content level to be checked against the volume scale printed on the side before exercise begins. The bottle has concave sides with easy-grip panels to ensure a secure grip when running and a lanyard grab handle for double security.

One selling point of the bottle is the unique flip-top which can be opened and closed with the thumb using just one hand although when closed it forms a secure leakproof seal. Another nice touch is the inclusion of a removable filter inside the lip of the bottle which is fine enough to catch fruit or other particles without slowing down water flow.

This is a simple and well made sports water bottle that gets the job done at a very reasonable price.

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Calmbee CB-GH100 Gaming Headset

This new lightweight gaming headset from Calmbee goes back to basics with a standard audio jack and no over the top whistles, bells, lights or vibration engines. The headset avoids novelties and gimmicks and put the emphasis where it should be – on audio quality and comfort.

In the box can be found the headset, audio cable splitter, and User Guide. Build quality seems fine and although the headset is decidedly lightweight nothing seems likely to fail anytime soon and it seems tough enough to last the course.

The headset is nicely made, seems robust and strong, and quite tastefully designed compared to some gaming headsets I have tried – which is not saying much. It is very well padded on both the earcups, which are of the over-ear type and the headband. It is comfortable and easy to wear and is one of the most comfortable and immersive gaming headsets I have yet used. The headset has a traditional 3.5mm combined plug but an adapter is included to split the signal when separate audio in and microphone feeds are needed. The braided audio cable is rather longer than normal at 2.2m and sports a large and easy to use In-Line Control Box with a microphone mute switch and audio volume thumbwheel.

Unlike most gaming headsets this one is free from irritating and unnecessary ‘features’ such as LED lights and vibration engines. This headset puts audio quality first and foremost, which is how it should be.

The flexible hard-wired microphone stalk is can be flipped up out of the way when not needed and unlike some I have tried the microphone audio quality is excellent and easy to hear the other end. The microphone output level is good too and there was no need to boost the gain level when making my audio test. Again unlike with many rivals I had no issues with background noise or hum. The mic delivers clear full-range audio at a good volume.

How does it sound?
The audio quality is excellent and punches above its weight for the pre-discount $49.99 price tag. There is plenty of bass, not so much as to be overpowering, with the mid and higher frequencies being clear and well defined without being too sharp or abrasive. When both gaming and listening to music it is becomes a very immersive and enjoyable experience. From a pure gaming viewpoint the lack of direct talkback through the USB consol is a drawback but the fine sound quality and ease of use for general music playing more than makes up for it.

This is a large and well-made set of headphones described as being for gamers but really they are fine for general purpose listening with a full and rich sound not often found at this price. If you are looking for a well priced and comfortable headset for music, PC Gaming and general use then this would be a very worthwhile buy.

The Good
Good sound
Good build quality
Comfortable to wear
Audio/Mic Splitter
Adjustable mic position
Passive noise reduction

The Bad
Cheaper Rival Available
Non-Detachable Mic
No Storage Bag

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LincPlus C1 Bluetooth Speakerphone

Place this little $51.00 speakerphone on your desk and you can make all your calls hands free confident in the knowledge that your callers can hear you free from background noise and interference no matter where you are in the room. Although it is called a speakerphone it needs a connection to an external; phone to make or receive calls.

In the rather plain and unattractive box can be found the speakerphone itself together with a short USB-C charging cable and a well written and easy to read user guide. Build quality seems first-rate with nothing looking likely to fail anytime soon.

The 125 x 125 x 35 mm speakerphone has a weighty feel to it at 300g and fits discreetly into the work or home office environment perhaps better than rather than the living room. The large speaker grill takes up most of the top of the unit with soft-touch buttons along the front for Volume Down, Power, Answer/End Call, Mute, and Volume Up. Along the rear top face are backlit Bluetooth and Power status icons along with one for the LincPlus brand. On the back are standard buttons for Power Off/on and to switch between Bluetooth and USB inputs.

The speaker is battery powered and has a built-in 2600mAh rechargeable battery capable of giving around 12 hours of use from a 2 hour charge. I was pleased to see that the up to date USB-C charging port has been used. A LED confirms the current charging and battery status.

The speaker can connect via USB-C to your computer, phone or other device or via Bluetooth using the up to date Bluetooth 5.0 protocol with a button on the rear of the unit to select between them. So far as I can tell it seems only one audio source can be used at a time.

To use it after connecting to your phone simply press the telephone icon to answer and end the call, using the buttons next to it to adjust the volume and mute when necessary.

I was impressed by how well the speakerphone worked for me. Audio quality is fine with the speaker serving perfectly well as a general purpose music player. Calls worked well with the caller’s voice clear and loud and easy to hear even in a busy office. The omnidirectional microphone can detect audio from anywhere around it and reduce background noise and my callers told me they could hear me perfectly well even when I moved around and away from my desk.

There are several more expensive rivals available but for home office use and for small office conference calls I can see no reason to pay more.

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EasyAcc Handheld Portable Fan

Not too much to say here. This is an easy to use handheld fan that works well and gets the job done with a minimum of fuss and bother and at a reasonable price.

In the plain and simple box are the fan itself together with a short charging cable and a silicone lanyard strap. No instructions or paperwork are included and none are needed.

The plastic bodied fan is 23.5 cm in length and 10.7 cm in diameter with the single recessed control button on the front and a row of tiny status LEDs above it. On the side is the USB charging port. The handle folds just below the blades to form a base which allows the fan to be used as a desktop fan and in this mode the angle of the fan can be adjusted and seems stable enough at almost any angle. The front of the blade guard can be removed by rotating clockwise for cleaning, although I was unable to get mine off.

The fan has four speeds selectable by short pressing the control button with a long press needed to turn the fan off. Even at level 4 the fan is not particularly noisy and in fact, works well at any speed. At the lowest level, there is a pleasant gentle breeze, at full power a very noticeable wind comparable to a small desktop fan. At the maximum setting you can expect around three hours of sustained fan use from the 3500mAh battery which can be increased to as much as seventeen hours at the lowest level.

This is a good example of a deceptively simple tool performing a simple task and doing it rather well. It has just one job to do and it does it without making a fuss about it. Currently priced at £19.99 before discounts this is not the cheapest handheld fan I have tried but it is probably the best.

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Lrecat I11 Bluetooth 5.1 Wireless Headphones

This new lightweight true wireless headset from Lrecat is nicely presented in an attractive mid-range branded box, and feature an unusual charging case design I have not seen before.

There was a time when you had to pay plenty to get decent quality True Wireless Earbuds but the introduction of Bluetooth 5.0 seems to have changed all that. Before Bluetooth 5.0 all but the most expensive TW earbuds would continually drop out, crackle, pop and generally prove more trouble than they were worth. Bluetooth 5 adds a longer range and greatly improves both the stability of the wireless connection and battery life. As technology develops each pair is better than the last and this new set which features the latest Bluetooth v5.1 is well configured with some of the newest tech on board including a USB-C charging port and CVC 8.0 noise reduction.

In the box were the two buds together with a short USB-C charging cable, a magnetic charging case, spare buds and a well written and easy to read User Guide. Despite the light weight, everything looks and feels good without the weightiness and bulk of some rivals.

First time pairing could not be simpler and took just a few seconds with the bud LEDs confirming connection and pairing status. They will show up as ‘i11’ on your phone’s pairing screen. Subsequently, taking the buds from the case powers them on, they connect to each other and the phone automatically, returning them to the case turns them off and begins charging. The buds can be used together or individually for single-ear use.

The 400mAh compact-sized charging case can recharge the buds several times with each one hour charge giving around 7 hours of play time. There are large LED’s on each bud to show charging and connection status and the buds will charge automatically when placed into the case. To best preserve the battery it is advised to avoid high power phone USB adapters and use a standard charger.

Each bud has a single soft touch button on it which can be used to end/reject calls, play/pause music, navigate tracks, alter volume and invoke your phone’s voice assistant. This works well and is easy to use. They are rated as IPX7 water-resistant which means they should be fine in the rain or when dropped briefly into water but not for swimming.

Audio quality is for the price with a full and deep bass response, mid-tones that are clear and well defined and a high end that is neither abrasive nor sibilant.

Calls were clear to hear and easy to make. Call quality was fine at each end of the conversation with no dropouts or excessive background noise.

For the £32.99 price (before discounts), this headset compares very well with many high-end rivals I have tried as regards sound quality and features. This true wireless headset is a pretty good buy.

The Good
Lightweight
Comfortable
Good audio quality
Good Build Quality
Auto On/Off
Magnetic Case
Bluetooth 5.1
IPX7 Water Resistant
USB-C Charging

The Bad
No Apt-X Codec
Small Case Battery

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AKIYO ‎O7 1080P WiFi Projector

You certainly get plenty for your £99.99 with this budget priced 1080p LED projector set from AKIYO.

Inside the box aside from the projector itself was a full sized remote control, a power cable with UK plug, AV Cable, HDMI cable, Lens cap, cleaning set, a carry case and an English language User Guide.

Build quality is clearly first rate, the plastic casing of the projector feels well made and robust. Nothing feels flimsy or about to fall off or break. The power cable is heavy duty with a standard UK plug. The User Guide is large, well written and tells or you more or less all you need to know. The infrared remote control is full-sized with proper physical clicky buttons rather than the credit card sized soft-touch remotes too often supplied. The main control buttons can also be found on the top of the projector itself. It has all the usual ports and connections: HDMI, x 2 USB, audio out and AV.

This projector has some high features: Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080 with lower resolution also supported. The contrast ratio is an impressive 3000:1, Brightness a remarkable 7000 Lumens, The best projection distance is 1.35 – 2.4m to give an image size of 45 to 80 inches. Aspects ratios of 16:9, 4.3, Auto are supported. Focus and keystone correction (±15°) are manual and operated from the control panel on the projector.

To operate you can use the supplied remote control, or the button set found on top of the projector itself. I use it with an Amazon Firestick connected to the HDMI port but external drives and other devices can be connected via USB. The projector generates an internal wifi hotspot which allows tablets and smartphones to connect wirelessly for video and audio streaming. The Projector can also connect to your home wifi network for streaming and firmware updates.

I found it gave a good, bright, well-saturated image at the maximum recommended throw distance of 2.4m with a stable focus and good keystone stability when used in a darkened room. There are four operating modes are available through the settings panel to give a choice of colour saturation and contrast. The image can also be zoomed in and out from the handset to get the best picture size. Audio quality was good but for outside use an external speaker may be needed.

The budget range price gets you some high-end features but if you are after a projector for professional use then keep on looking. The light output is fine for home use but works best in a darkened or semi-darkened room. The image quality is clear and sharp without fringing and it holds focus well. The colours are good but less saturated than you would find on a pro level projector. The native 1080p resolution will be enough for all HD and below image sources but not 4K. This means it will work with most current devices and the wide range of inputs including smartphone mirroring over wifi supports this. The sound from the built-in speaker output is OK but for anything other than small rooms an external speaker will be needed and there is an audio out port to allow for this.

Those in search of a good quality entry level projector with decent image quality and with support for all the basic functions may find what they need here. For most new home theatre owners with a small to medium sized projection room, this would be very well suited. If you want an autofocus unit with perfect colour fidelity for professional use in an undarkened room and with a huge image then this one is not for you and expect to pay very much more to find it.

This is a good quality device with excellent image quality and above average resolution. It is priced far below high end professional projectors but it is by no means a budget device as regards its capabilities. It punches a good deal above its weight with build quality and design that makes it a great buy at a very affordable price.

The Good
Good Image Quality
Above Average Build Quality
Excellent User Guide
Good Remote Control
Manual Control Option
1080p Native Resolution
Two USB ports
Tripod Mount

The Bad
No Batteries Included
Needs Darkened Room
Manual Keystone Correction
No Bluetooth

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Eaglend EH01 Telephone Headset

This new call center style headset from Eaglend makes a pleasant change from my regular office headset, which works OK but is lightweight and cheaply made.

In the attractive box, aimed perhaps more at the home office than the commercial one, are the headset itself, USB adapter, a rather posh carry bag and a well written and easy to read user guide. Build quality seems fine with nothing looking likely to fail anytime soon.

The headset is black with the hard-wired 3.5mm audio cable bright red and easy to see on the desktop. The on-ear earcups and headband have memory foam padding and are fully adjustable. The non-detachable microphone stalk and be rotated through 270° up and down and can be positioned as close to the mouth as needed and then folded up and out of the way when not. The USB adapter allows the headset to work from any USB port and adds an in-line control box giving volume up and down controls as well as headphone and microphone muting with an LED to confirm connection and mic status.

Sound quality is not usually of prime importance when designing call centre style headsets but this model is the exception with headphone sound quality that is more than adequate for home use for music and speech. The microphone too is better than I expected, not fantastic, but certainly above average for the price.

The real difference between this one and my old office headset lies in the build quality, looks and presentation with better audio an advantage but not so noticeable.

Priced at just $29.99 this new headset would be a fine addition to your home office or work desk.

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Haoyeya 4 Inch Mini Chainsaw

I was not expecting too much from this little device but in fact, it has proved to be far more powerful than I expected and I was impressed by the comprehensiveness of the kit with everything needed included in the box.

In the box, which includes a shaped foam padding insert, and which is robust enough for long term storage can be found the mini chainsaw, two batteries, 2 chains (one prefitted), charging adapter, wrench, cut resistant gloves and a user manual. The web page mentions a screwdriver but there is no sign of that in my kit, but then I have had no need of it so far. I would have liked to have seen a blade guard and storage case but the box it was supplied in will do.

Build quality seems fine. The body is made from robust industrial strength plastic with the chain made from stainless steel. This device looks to be built to professional standards and designed for more than just garden use. It is reasonably heavy but too much so for sustained one-handed operation.

The chain saw worked straight from the box for me but it is best to fully charge both batteries first. It is possible to adjust the fitting of the chain but I found no need for this as the prefitted chain worked perfectly. The User Guide goes into some length regarding fitting the chain and adjusting the device for best results, so take care not to lose it, but as I said the chain saw worked perfectly straight from the box for me.

Operating the chain saw is easy and straightforward. There is a locking switch just above the trigger which needs to be released before use, then just pushing on the trigger starts the device up. There is a shield above the chain to reduce spillage and splatter. Above the blade is a single white LED to illuminate the cutting area when working at night. The motor will immediately stop when the trigger is released so there is no danger of it running out of control. After use be sure to re-engage the lock and remove the battery. Take care when fitting the battery always to ensure the lock is selected and to keep fingers away from the trigger area, just in case.

I was pleased to see it came supplied with two batteries, a two hour charge time should allow be more than enough to allow for more or less continuous working with one charging as the other is in use. The status LED on the power adapter changes from red to green when the battery is fully charged.

Although the chain saw is best suited to small branches and tree limbs it will cope with thicker and larger items when necessary. I was amazed at just how powerful it is We had been thinking of engaging a tree surgeon to take down some overgrown thick hedging but I am pretty sure the mini chainsaw can take care of it.

So I have been very impressed by the chain saw which does all I want and need and more. Is it perfect? No, I would have been happy to pay a few pounds more for a robust carry case and a protective sheath for the chain when not in use. Also, it would be good to have the locking button colour coded so it can be confirmed at a glance that t it is engaged. However, these are just niggling points that may well be addressed in the next version.

I have the 4-inch version but for just a few pounds more a 6-inch chain version is available but I think for most small garden work the smaller version is more than adequate and for the £51.99 price before discounts, it surely represents a rather good buy.

The Good
Great price
Good Build Quality
Powerful Saw Action
2 Batteries
Long Battery Life
Anti Cut Gloves

The Bad
No Chain Sheath
Lock Switch Not Colour Coded
No Carry Case

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LincPlus C2 1080p Webcam

Priced at £39.00 the LincPlus C2 is not the cheapest I have seen but it is one of the best I have tried in this price range and compares very favourably with my usual webcam, the £126 Logitech C920 HD Pro.

In the box is the webcam itself, USB-C to USB-C cable 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.

The camera has the lens and dual 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 is brass, not plastic. The camera has a 95°wide angle lens which is free from barrel or rectilinear distortion. The twin microphones are far better than on most webcams in the price range with a clear and unmuffled sound . Annoyingly, there is no privacy filter for the lens.

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, but most people will just leave at the default 1080@30fps. I also tried it on my M1 Mac Mini and again it was instantly up and running.

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 good and sharp and with well-saturated colours, although with a slight cyan cast. The wide-angle lens is wider than with many rivals which can be a good or bad thing according to your needs. Audio is good too, louder than with webcams I have tried with only limited boosting needed when editing although lacking somewhat in the low end.

If you want a budget-priced, 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 cheaper rivals available but I suspect few offer the good quality video of this one.

The Good
Great price
Good Build Quality
Plug and Play
Twin Mics
Good Video Quality
Good Audio
Rotatable Mount
Standard USB-C Cable

The Bad
No Privacy Screen
No Autofocus

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