Available now from Amazon for £22.99, this new controller for the Nintendo Switch Game Console has a lot to offer for the relatively modest price.
The device in a simple but attractive branded product box containing the controller, USB-C charging cable, and a well printed if rather a small User Guide. I append a scan of the User Guide to my unboxing video, switch to full screen and pause to read it.
The 10g controller has an ABS construction with a matt black finish throughout, a classy alternative to the often garishly designed rivals. It follows pretty much the standard game controller layout with top facing keys for screenshot, negative, plus, Turbo Burst, Home, A, B, X, and Y. Also on the top are the usual Direction Pad, together with Right and Left Sticks and a row of four discreet blue LEDs. On the front are Left, Right, ZR and ZL buttons along with a USB-C charging port. It features dual internal vibration motors.
To connect the controller first power on the Nintendo Switch and press and hold the Y and Home buttons on the controller for one second, the blue LEDs on the controller will flash and then remain lit when connected. Subsequently, the connection should be automatic when the controller is switched on. The controller will enter sleep mode after five minutes of inactivity. To disconnect from the Switch, press and hold the HOME button for five seconds.
I was pleased to see that charging is done using the USB-C interface favoured by the latest high-end phones. This welcome indeed as too many third-party devices are still using micro or even mini-USB ports. When charging the non-replaceable 600 mAh lithium battery the four blue LEDs illuminate and flash to show the charging status and go off when it is complete. The LEDs flash rapidly to indicate when the battery is low. It is claimed to work for up to twenty hours following a two-hour charge and my limited use of it so far gives me to cause top doubt it.
The controller can be configured using the Nintendo Switch on-screen interface allowing the control sticks to be calibrated and other settings made. Press the Home button during the process to return to the top level system settings screen.
I tested it with my Windows 10 PC and it was detected as a Bluetooth Gaming Controller and should also work over USB with no need for additional drivers or software. The construction feels reassuringly robust and ergonomically friendly in the hand. The buttons and controls are all easy to use and resistance free. I must say I noticed a slight latency with the two analogue sticks caused by the distance they need to be pushed before becoming active which is not found when using a Nintendo or Xbox controller. However, this is something that can be worked around, I daresay, with experience.
This is a fine product for the money. High-level gamers may be prepared to pay out much more for the slightly smoother gaming experience and reduced latency of a pro level controller but for most gamers, this new device should offer all they need.
Good Build Quality
Built-in Rechargeable Battery
Good User Guide
Standard Button Configuration
No Carry case
Do not be put off by the rather chunky looks of this new fan from Reenuo as in fact it is far more versatile and functional than it seems at first sight.
The fan arrived presented in a rather plain branded product box containing the fan, USB cable, two foam pads, two 18650 rechargeable batteries and a well written but small and hard to read User Guide.
The fan is quite large at 150x100x255mm but lightweight for the size. This is due to the use of plastic for almost all the fan assembly and can be looked on as either an advantage or disadvantage according to your needs. The lightweight makes it easy to move and reposition but the plastic construction makes it look and feel rather cheap, as does the rather dated appearance. However, the build quality is excellent and the fan seems robust and well made. The fan is rather large for use on a car dashboard but would be fine on that of a lorry, larger vehicle or desktop. It can also be desk or wall mounted, with a heavy-duty desk clamp mount and wall mount slots on the underside and of course, it can be used self-supporting using the integral base stand.
The fan has a single head that can be manually tilted upwards, downwards and side to side as well as oscillating automatically when the small button on the stand is pressed. Next to the button is a larger rotating dial that can be used to determine the fan speed and which can be adjusted steplessly to the rate required. The device can be powered either from the two 18650 rechargeable batteries included in the kit or directly from any USB power source using the micro-USB charging port on the side. A small blue LED lights up when the device is powered on. The fan will operate between six and forty hours on battery power depending on the fan speed selected. A short USB to micro-USB cable is included but no car power adapter is included A set of two foam pads are included which fit into the rear of the fan to allow aromatherapy oils to be diffused from the unit.
The fan is almost silent in operation on the desktop, is considerably more powerful than I expected and gives a pleasant breeze across the desk when set to lower power. When set to maximum it can be compared to a normal 10″ office fan in output with about the same noise level.
This is a versatile, well made and very functional multi-use fan available at the time of writing for just £16.99 from Amazon. For the price, it is a very decent buy.
Good build quality
Stepless Fan Speed
Battery/USB Power Options
Aromatherapy oil diffuser option
This new bike light set from Solocil is, in fact, three separate but complementary products bundled together. The set consists of a multimode forward facing light that can also be used as a torch together, a multimode helmet light with a multimode rear-facing red light. The current Amazon price of £7.95 makes this look attractive deal indeed. But are the lights really any good?
In the plain and unbranded box were the three lights, USB to the micro-USB charging cable, and a poorly translated and hard to read but rather unneeded User guide.
The front light has an easy to use quick release feature and at 400 lumens is bright and although not the powerful I have seen it is certainly the best I have encountered in this price bracket. Using it could not be simpler. There is a single large and easy to access button on the rear which scrolls through Bright, Normal, Eco, Flashing and Off modes. It also works perfectly well as a torch when removed from the quick release mount and away from the bike at night. The lamp is IPX 65 waterproof which means it should be fine in the rain for extended periods. On the side is a grommet protected micro-USB port to charge the battery which is claimed to give a run time of seven hours in eco mode and three hours at full power. An LED illuminates when the device is charging.
The helmet and rear lamps are identical aside from the lens colour and are each rated at 100 lumens and will run for up to sixteen hours in low power flashing more or four hours at continuous full power. They are powered not by a rechargeable but by two CR2032 watch type batteries which are widely available at a low price.
All the lights are good and bright, particularly the rear one, and should help to keep you safe on the roads at night. Build quality seems fine and the lights are small and neat enough to tuck away in a pocket when not needed. No real criticism to be made other than that the front light User Guide is almost impossible to follow but the illustrations make it clear how to fit the lamp if any instructions are indeed actually needed. I doubt if you will find a better bike light set for this price.