YAMAY Bluetooth Fitness Tracker Smartwatch SW016

I bought this as gift for my girlfriend as she is a keen to track her fitness but wanted a device to also use as an everyday watch. I use a Motorola 360 2nd Generation watch and also a YAMAY Fitness Tracker with Heart Rate Monitor.  Having had the watch for a few days now it is interesting to compare both the tracker and the Motorola smartwatch which costs four times the price.

First thing to make clear as this is NOT Android Wear compatible and neither is it an Apple Watch and it matches these devices neither in features or price. This is a budget device but in fact is far from the cheapo poorly made device I feared it might be.

Inside the simple mid market product box was the watch itself, a short charging cable, watch strap, and a well written but rather small and poorly printed User Guide which I include on the end of my unboxing video (go full screen and pause as required to read it). Although the watch shipped with a lightweight peel off screen protector already fitted unlike other users I did not receive a separate screen protector or cleaning cloth.

Build quality seems fine and equal in quality to my M360 but the lesser expensive presentation reduces the overall premium feel of the product. The watch is not too thick and in fact is slimmer than my M360 and it feels just as robust and well made. The 1.54inch square TFT screen is good and bright with vibrant and deep colours but with a resolution of 240*240 cannot compare to the round 1.56” (40mm), 233ppi (360 X 330) LCD screen of the Motorola. The strap is easily detachable using quick release pins – if you think that is a good thing in a watch – and again seems well made and durable being made from a silicon type material in dark gray with bright green piping. The watch is IP68 waterproof to 3 meters which beats both the Yamay tracker and M360 and can be used for swimming although the User Guide tells us not to press the buttons when underwater.

Here are the main features of the watch:

Heart Rate Monitor
Step Counter
Sleep Monitor
Sedentary Alert
Stopwatch
SMS Notifications
Call Notifications
Remote Camera control
Lost Phone feature
Hydration Alert
Phone audio apps control
Alarm
Third party apps push notifications

Most but not all these features can be found on both my M360 and the Yamay tracker although far more easy ton use here than on the tiny tracker screen. It worth noting that unlike with some rival watches this one has no wifi support, no internal memory for media storage with no option to fit a micro SD card, and no internal camera. It will not work as a standalone phone since has no SIM card support (despite what some Amazon reviewers claim). Both these last two features are also missing from my M360 but neither would be any use to me or most users.

It connects to your mobile phone via Bluetooth and you need to install the ‘Fundo Wear’ app to control and fully configure the watch as well to record and display health and fitness data recorded by the watch. I am an Android user and have not been able to test the Apple app.

Pairing with the Bluetooth connection of my Android phone was easy enough and after this I was able to sync my contacts book and other items. I was then able to make and receive phone calls and play music controlled from the watch and receive SMS notifications and notifications from apps such as twitter, Facebook etc. The watch can also act as a remote control for the camera, which I suppose might be useful sometimes. A more practical use is the lost phone feature which can be used to locate the mislaid phone using Bluetooth.

The watch has surprisingly powerful speaker and I was able to use it to make a phone call more successfully then I expected but for really this feature is best saved for emergencies only as you look and feel a fool when using it. You can switch between using the watch or phone to conduct a call during the call itself.

The watch has a magnetic charging mount similar to that used on more expensive rivals and whilst this is great it means care must be taken not to lose the small non standard charging cable. The phone takes about two hours to charge and it seems that gives about two days of normal use and up to a week on standby.

I was very pleasantly surprised by this watch. For the price I was not expecting much but in fact the watch looks good with a quality feel to it and seems pretty robust. Of course it does not support the full range of Android Wear or Apple features but does do all the basics pretty well. Most notifications are supported as well as music playing and phone call support. The app is a bit buggy and not made to Google or Apple standards but most users will not need it much.

For the price this is a very worthwhile buy and if you want a connected watch but don’t fancy paying a premium price for it then this could be for you.

The Good
Great Build quality
Magnetic charging mount
Lost phone feature
Third party app notifications
Good bright display
Good battery life
Internal SIM
Internal SD card
Apps can be installed to the phone
Well written User Guide

The Bad
No Android Wear support
Proprietary charging cable
User Guide hard to read
Poor quality Android app
No premium packaging
No Camera
No SIM card slot
No SD card slot
No wifi support

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Ulinek UV400 Polarised Sunglasses, TR90 Frame ULGLASSBLUE0427

Weighing it at just 100 g this lightweight pair of polarised UV400 sunglasses from Ulinek seem like a good buy at £18.99.

In the rather garish product box were the sunglasses themselves, a rigid carry case with a carabiner a cleaning cloth and a non model specific sunglasses User Guide.

The glasses themselves are very lightweight indeed. The Amazon page description lists them at 100g, my own scales show them at around 20g but maybe my scales are not accurate or the Amazon listing included the box. The frame dimensions are Lens width 72cm, nose bridge 11cm, leg length 138cm and that would be for others I don’t know but they fit me perfectly. They are comfortable to wear and in fact I soon forgot I even had them on. Because they are so light to me they feel a bit flimsy but the manufacture claims they are unbreakable with a Grilamid TR90 frame. Well maybe, but I have yet to find a pair of glasses that I don’t break eventually.

The polarised lenses are blue tinted and are claimed to block 100% of harmful UVA & UVB Rays. I cannot test that but have no reason to doubt what they say. I can attest that the lenses are not too dark when looking through them and don’t restrict the vision in any way. The frame is of black plastic with dark sheathing to the arms.

There is not much to dislike about these sunglasses unless you prefer a heavier build. They are easy and comfortable to wear and shield the glare nicely. The price is not the cheapest but these seem well made and it is probably worth paying a little more for quality eye protection.

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EC Technology Portable Wireless Speaker S104100101-1

This attractive and unusual speaker from EC Technology is currently on offer from Amazon at £27.99. For a speaker of this quality that makes for a rather attractive deal.

The speaker arrived in an attractive and upmarket storage box which enhances the quality feel of the product. Inside the box aside from the speaker were a USB to micro-USB charging cable, a Mini-jack to mini-jack audio cable and a small but nicely printed user Guide. I reproduce it at the end of my unboxing video.

The speaker has an all metal zinc alloy body and has a very sleek and minimalist look to it. As soon as you pick it up the weight and metal construction gives it the feel of an upmarket item.

To the front are the twin stereo speakers behind the large metal grill. On one end is a power button, single blue status LED and four volume/track buttons. For some reason although there is a pause button there are no track advance or return controls. The buttons are rather hard to find in the dark or by touch alone but easy enough to see in good light. The microphone for phone call support can also be found here. On the rear in a grommet protected panel are the two ports: USB (charging only) and AUX in.

Pairing with my Android phone was quick and easy with the usual status LED and alert tones for guidance. Once connected the link seem fast, stable and drop out free with a decent range to it.

Audio quality is excellent for the size with a surprising amount of bass with clear and well defined upper and mid tones free from clipping and sibilance. At 10 watts output I found the sound to be loud and punchy with no sign of distortion even when cranked up.

Although the sound quality and build quality are both excellent, those looking for multiple features will be disappointed. There is no SD card slot, FM radio, clock, Powerbank feature. The emphasis here is on audio quality and simplicity rather than box ticking.

If you value style and design together with audio quality and ease of use and don’t the added weight of the all metal body then this could be the speaker for you.

The Good
Great sound
Heavy duty build quality
Stylish design
Microphone

The Bad
No carry bag
No FM radio
No SD card slot
No Powerbank
No Track advance/replay control

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HONITURE Aroma Diffuser 400ml Essential Oil Humidifier

 

This new oil diuffuser/humififier from HONITURE arrived packaged in an attractive but low key product box. Inside was the diffuser itself, a power supply with a UK plug, a water jug, spare atomiser, and a well written and easy to read User Guide.

At 400ml water capacity the unit is larger than most humidifiers which should allow for longer operating times. I found it would work for several hours before turning itself off as it does when it detects the water reservoir is empty. It is made of wood effect plastic and has a dark oak appearance which is a pleasant change from the usual pine or bamboo design.

Operating the unit could not be easier. Detach the the body of the unit from the base, fill the unit with water to the indicated mark on the tank, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil, replace the top, plug in and switch on. There are just two buttons only. The right hand button controls the misting period and there are three preset times to select (1, 3 or 6hr) or continuous. Long press the same button to select standard or high mist level, a beep sound confirms your choice. Press five times to turn misting Off. The left hand button controls the LED light, one press turns it on and begins a 15 second cycles through the seven colours, press again to set the light to the current colour, a long press will switch the light off. It can be used with the light or diffuser running alone.

The diffuser is good looking and subtle in appearance and should sit well in a home, office or clinical environment, the lighting is more subtle than most rivals I have used. The misting process is pleasant and can lift or give atmosphere to the room very quickly when used with the right oils. Be aware that due to the nature of the misting process some water may be precipitated around the device so do not locate it close to sensitive objects. This diffuser emits a large amount of mist, more so than most of the others I have tried, which is a good or bad thing according to your outlook.

Apart fromk the larger size the other novel features is the inclusion of a spare atomiser, the element which produces the steam. This just plugs in, there is only one place it can be plugged into and so it does not look a hard job. It is covered in the User Guide, which I append to my unboxing video.

Of the several diffusers I have experimented with this is one of the best as it simple to use, looks good and works well. It is a bit dearer than many rivals but it does have a larger water tank and comes with a spare atomiser, a feature I have not seen before. The device is well made and seems robust and durable. It has a good running time between refills and produces plenty of mist. The price is good and it has attractive and understated good looks. For the current Amazon price of £30.99 it is a decent buy.

The Good
Good build quality
Attractive packaging
UK plug
Good User Guide
Safety auto off feature
Seven light colours
400ml reservoir
2 Mist modes
4 Timer presets
Audio settings confirmation
Excellent colour User Guide

The Bad
No sample oil
Some adjacent water precipitation

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FDT 1080P HD WiFi Pan/Tilt IP Camera FD8901

IP cameras of all types are falling rapidly in price. The £100 camera of a year ago can now be found for less than £50. At the same time design and build quality are rising too. This new £64.99 camera from FDT will have to have some above average features to justify the price and I think that it does. This camera arrived well packaged in a medium sized mid market looking box. Inside was the camera itself, a wall/ceiling bracket, USB power cable with UK adaptor, Ethernet cable, wall plug and screw fixing kit, CD containing software and manuals,together with simple but easy to read User Guide. The build quality seems first rate throughout and although the camera is quite large it is well made and looks impressive if rather old school. On the front of the camera is the camera lens and the infrared LED array, the motion detector PIR and microphone. On the rear of the unit are the micro-SD card slot, Reset button, power in port, standard speed Ethernet RJ45 connector, audio out socket and the hard wired wifi antenna. On the side is the built in speaker. Unlike with many of the Foscam clones that this resembles there is no interface for an external alarm system and no detachable antenna connection. This is usually where things get tricky but not so here as both the User Guide and app are very well designed and easy to use. Download the iOs or Android app to your phone and ensure the phone is connected to your home network. Power up the camera and connect the it to your router with the supplied Ethernet cable. Then using the app – I only tested the Android version – follow the on screen instructions to configure the camera as you wish including the with your wifi network password. Once this is done you can disconnect th Ethernet cable and the camera will attach to the wifi network. When testing similar cameras I usually discard the app and and just configure it by using my web browser to connect to the camera directly on the network . No need here as the advised method is quick and easy to use. Note that unlike with many cameras there is no P2P setup option whereby the phone connects directly to a wifi hotspot from the camera for setup. I have found P2P setup often fails and I am not sorry to see it left off here.

Like most similar devices it has motion detection for security use and it records still or video to the app or to the built in microSD card. The motion detection works well and can be set to operate continuously or to a schedule.The video quality is good but and is one of the best I have seen for a camera in this price bracket. It is a pan/tilt camera and so the lens can be tracked across the room to view details and this can be done by just dragging the finger across the image in the app.

As a long term Foscam user I see many similarities to the Foscam hardware here although this camera has improved upon the old design dramatically. Unlike with many rivals almost all the configuration can be done through the app with no need to use the web interface to fine tune it. Again, unlike with most rivals there is no need to register an account before using the app. It has an IR cut feature which means the filter which is used for night time infra red use is removed during daylight to preserve colour fidelity, a feature some cheap Foscam clones lack. It has two way audio which means it can work as an effective baby monitor as well as a security camera. It uses motion detection to generate alerts and when alerted it can send push messages to the phone, record video to the internal SD card, send email snapshots and save snapshots or video to remote ftp servers.

All most users need can be found here. A few more arcane features are lacking: no physical interface to a third party alarm system, no Motion detection zones, no free cloud storage, no SD card included, no 5Ghz wifi support. Most average users will not notice the lack of them.

If you want a good quality rather old school security or baby monitor at a reasonable price then this would be a decent buy

The Good
Two way audio
Good image quality
Good build quality
Pan and tilt control in app
In-app and email alerts
Night Vision
Motion detection
iOs and Android apps
IR Cut filter
Easy to read User Guide
Micro SD card slot
No app registration needed
Excellent printed User Guide
Excellent Android app

The Bad
Dated design
Large size
Bulky when fitted to wall/ceiling mount
No P2p Setup
No 5Ghz network support
No SD card included
No cloud storage

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Kekilo Best Gifts Cool Mist Essential Oils Humidifier

Kekilo’s latest aromatherapy oil diuffuser/humififier arrived packaged in an attractive but low key product box. Inside was the diffuser itself, a power supply with a UK plug, and a well written and easy to read User Guide (which I include in my unboxing video).

The unit is larger than most humidifiers and has a 300ml water capacity which should allow for longer operating times. I found it would work for several hours before turning itself off as it does when it detects the water reservoir is empty. It is made of wood effect plastic and has a dark oak appearance which is a pleasant change from the usual pine or bamboo design.

Operating the unit could not be easier. Detach the the body of the unit from the base, fill the unit with water to the indicated mark on the tank, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil, replace the top, plug in and switch on. There are just two buttons only. The right hand button controls the misting period and there are three modes of use: continuous misting, intermittent misting and Misting Off. The left hand button controls the light, one press turns it on and begins a 15 second cycles through the seven colours, press again to set the light to the current colour, a third press will switch the light off. It can be used with the light or diffuser running alone.

The diffuser is attractive and unobtrusive in appearance and should sit well in a home, office or clinical environment, the lighting is more subtle than most rivals I have used. The misting process is pleasant and can lift or give atmosphere to the room very quickly when used with the right oils. Be aware that due to the nature of the misting process some water may be precipitated around the device so do not locate it close to sensitive objects. This diffuser emits a large amount of mist, more so than most of the others I have tried, which is a good or bad thing according to your outlook.

Of the several diffusers I have experimented with this is one of the best as it simple to use, looks good and works well. It is a little less expensive than some which can only be for the good. The device is well made and seems robust and durable. It has a good running time between refills and produces plenty of mist. The price is good and it has attractive and understated good looks. For the current Amazon price of £24.99 it is a very worthwhile buy.

The Good
Good build quality
Attractive packaging
UK plug
Good User Guide
Safety auto off feature
Seven light colours

The Bad
No sample oil
Some adjacent water precipitation
No preset time modes

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BUTFULAKE 3.5mm Gaming Headset SL-220

 

This new BUTFULAKE headset from KEKILO is nicely priced on Amazon at just £32.99 and although I would not describe it as all on Gaming Headset since it lacks direct USB Console support and a vibration engine, it still has plenty to offer.

The headset arrived nicely packaged in a mid range display box. Inside the box was the headset itself, and a large and easy to read although poorly translated User Guide which I include on the end of my unboxing video and a plug adaptor.

The headset is very nicely made, robust and strong, and tastefully designed compared to the some gamer 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 on the headband. It is very comfortable and easy to wear even for long gaming sessions. The headset does not support Bluetooth, as an increasing number do now, but does have a three way cable to allow for USB and separate mic/audio connections. A separate audio/mic adaptor is included for use with devices with combined mic and audio ports. The earcups and microphone will illuminate scroll through a range of colour connected using the USB plug and in fact this is the only purpose of the USB plug. USB audio is not supported and there is no built in vibration engine. There is a large and easy to find volume thumb wheel on the left ear-cup as well as a flexible mic stalk with illuminated tip.

How does it sound?
Music reproduction really is excellent and worthy of a higher priced device. There is plenty of bass, not not so much as to be overpowering, with the mid and higher frequencies being clear and well defined without being too sharp or abrasive. With the headphones on both when gaming and listening to music it is becomes a very immersive experience indeed. From a purely gaming viewpoint the lack of direct talk-back through the console is a drawback but the fine sound quality and ease of use for general music playing more than makes up for it.

As headphones for general listening this headset is excellent for the price. As a gaming headset it falls down somewhat. The mic is rather muffled in use and not really suited for gaming talk-back use. Take note that the USB connection is to power the LED lights and not to allow for system level interaction with gaming consoles.

These are a large and well made set of headphones described as being for gamers but really they are are fine for general purpose listening with a full and rich sound not often found at this price. If you are a serious gamer, particularly a console user then my advice would be to walk away. If you are looking for a budget headset for music, PC Gaming and general use then this would be a good buy. As a gaming headset I would give it no more than three stars, as a GP headset then maybe four and a half or even five taking into account the low price.

The Good
Great sound
Great price
Good build quality
Flexible construction
Well padded
LED Illumination
Separate Audio/Mic cables
Audio/Mic adaptor
Adjustable mic position
Heavy duty cable
2.1m cable
Passive noise reduction
Thumb wheel volume control

The Bad
Microphone muffles audio
USB connection for LED power only

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