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Ausdom M04 [Upgrade Version] Bluetooth Headphones Over-ear Stereo Wireless + Wired Headsets/headphones with Microphone for Music Streaming and Hands-free Calling, Black
Ausdom M04 [Upgrade Version] Bluetooth Headphones Over-ear Stereo Wireless + Wired Headsets/headphones with Microphone for Music Streaming and Hands-free Calling, Black

4.0 out of 5 stars Ausdom “MO4” Bluetooth Headset: A First Look, April 22 2015
Length:: 1:53 Mins

The “M04” is a good, all-around consumer-grade headset that has a nice, conservative look to it.

This wireless (bluetooth) headset produces a pretty decent bass and the midrange, on average is accurate.

The design of the headset is what’s really is the selling point of the headset. Besides being very light weight, these on-ear headphones have a very small footprint.

The headset features:

* Bluetooth 3.0 (almost 3-year old technology)
* A2DP
* Standby of 4 days
* Upto 15 hours/ 10 hours music playback
* Good bass response
* 3.5mm output
* Swivel earcups

The set comes with:

+ The MO4 headset
+ micro usb cable
+ 3.5 aux cable

Sound Intone K8 Folding Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headphones Adjustable Headsets(Black)
Sound Intone K8 Folding Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headphones Adjustable Headsets(Black)
Offered by Bios Sound
Price: CDN$ 60.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Comparing 3 New Sound Intone Headphones: HD200, i80 & K8: A Critical Review., April 19 2015
Length:: 5:00 Mins

Sound Intone has just released three (3) new headphones, please see companion video for images.

The “HD 200” is like the others in that it’s a dual analog and bluetooth headphone combination.

This features a hard-plastic cover in a variety of colors. This is definitely designed with the “Beats By Dre” look with the highly polished exterior.

The circuitry inside is the same in all three headphones, they are distinguished ONLY by style.

These are a standard over-the-head headphones. They’re very comfortable and very light. And, with the HD200’s, the headphone arms are collapsible.

This headphone features:

+ Rotating and Folding arms
+ Cushioned ear pads
+ In-line remote w/ universal switch for all 3.5mm jack devices.
+ Frequency response: 20-20kHz
+ Microphone

The “i80” distinguishes itself by it’s more structured styling. This model is more thoroughly padded than the “HD200” headset. The benefit of this is that you can wear these headphones for a longer period of time.

The drawback is that they’re bulkier and because they can fold and compress like the HD200’s.

And, like the HD200’s, the i80’s features:

+ Adjustable (lengthening) headband.
+ In-line Remote
+ 40mm speaker drivers
+ Microphone

The “K8’s” are perhaps my preference in the bunch.

With the same spec’s as the HD200’s and the i80’s, these feature:

+ 40mm speaker drivers
+ Frequency response: 20- 20kHz
+ Collapsible
+ In-line mic and remote

But, with additional features include:
+ On/Off switch
+ Line in/ Aux
+ Ext. Card port
+ FM radio receiver
+ LED light display

This particular model has a tremendous amount of features that are really impressive, in addition to a very soft feeling headset.

*** Sound ***

The elephant in the room with all of these Sound InTone headphones are the sound reproduction.

Although the speakers are strong, fidelity is NOT impressive. The sound coming in through these speakers is somewhat muffled and both the highs and the lows (bass) are distorted.

I would say that these are for younger, less discerning listeners and perhaps just under par in terms of price versus value.

Satechi Bluetooth Smart Selfie Extension Arm Monopod Telescoping Mount for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy
Satechi Bluetooth Smart Selfie Extension Arm Monopod Telescoping Mount for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy
Offered by Satechi CA
Price: CDN$ 55.00
3 used & new from CDN$ 44.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Satechi “Selfie Stick”/ Monopod: The Best On The Market, April 18 2015
Length:: 2:56 Mins

Features:
* Max Weight: (17.6 oz or 1.5 lbs)
* Length: 9.6” to 37”
* Plastic/ Stainless Steel
* Weight: 5.6 oz.
* Charging Time: 1 hour
* Pictures on a full charge: 500

There are two styles of monopod you can buy:

One is the traditional heavy, stainless steel monopod that can accommodate a SLR/ DSLR or a variety of video cams that have a tripod mount. These can also be used with cellphones and mobile devices with a camera on it like a iPod Touch. The better ones run about $35.

These are, by far, the most durable but they’re considerably heavier and longer than the “Selfie Sticks” which are primarily aimed toward action cameras like the Go Pro, Polaroid cube, Flip Mino HD and your standard cellphone.

The second, like this model from Satechi, are perfect for people who want to take spontaneous pictures and videos on the go. This lightweight version of a monopod is typically called a “selfie stick” and most sell or around $20- $25 for the better models. Additionally, most of these selfies have a bluetooth Most are very, very light to carry which is great if you like portability but it’s limited if you want around heavier recorders because the pole might end up bending.

This Satechi is the best of this second category of monopods. I’ve had for the better part of three months and I carry this one in my backpack all the time.

Since the maximum length of this monopod is 3 feet, the bluetooth v 3.0 is more than sufficient.

More than just a selfie stick, these monopods can also be used to take video or pictures at events like concerts or recitals because of its ability to extend the camera or videocam above a crowd.

This Satechi is both well-made and reasonably priced.

I tested this on a number of cellphones including my 4.3” now-test phone HTC Evo 3D as well as my 5.7” Galaxy Note 4. The Note 4 barely fit in the slot but it certainly wouldn’t accommodate the extended battery that I have on it. But, with the OEM back in the Note 4, it fit in snugly and was able to take pictures.

An excellent buy if you’re in the market for a selfie stick.

Beyondtek Z-767 Ergonomic Waterproof 7 Colors LED Illuminated Backlight Backlit Multimedia USB Wired PC Desktop Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo
Beyondtek Z-767 Ergonomic Waterproof 7 Colors LED Illuminated Backlight Backlit Multimedia USB Wired PC Desktop Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo

5.0 out of 5 stars Z-767 “Red Storm” Gaming Keyboard Set: A First Look, April 5 2015
Length:: 2:50 Mins

EasternTimes Tech just released two (2) new keyboards: one for general home/office work and one for gaming.

The Z-767 or “The Red Storm” keyboard set is a great gaming set to have and when compared to some of the higher-end gaming sets that I’ve tried, this one comes close in performance to the best.

The Red Storm measures:
18” x 8” x 1.25”

Aside from the 5 button + Scroll Wheel mouse, the keyboard itself works on a multi-light system that connected to the gaming experience. (see video for demo)

Playing several online games over the weekend, I was surprised at how well the keyboard and mouse responded to the action of live game-play. There was only a few times that I notice a stuttering or ghosting but those were few and far between and this happens occasionally with all keyboard sets.

I also appreciate that the company didn’t package either of these keyboard sets in those garrulous and unnecessary packaging when it arrived.

The price fluctuates from time to time here on Amazon but this is a great “budget” keyboard and mouse set that is ideal for the non-professional gamer in your family.

Beyondtek A-3000 Chiclet Style Key Caps Wireless Keyboard Mouse Combo with Smooth Feeling for Surface/win 8 Black
Beyondtek A-3000 Chiclet Style Key Caps Wireless Keyboard Mouse Combo with Smooth Feeling for Surface/win 8 Black
Offered by Beyondtrade
Price: CDN$ 24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A3000 Keyboard Set: A First Look, April 5 2015
Length:: 2:31 Mins

EasternTimes Tech just released two (2) new keyboards: one for general home/office work and one for gaming.

The home/ office keyboard and mouse set is called their “A3000” and it works wonderfully and can be used to replace your laptop’s own keyboard.

It’s been my experience that having a separate keyboard and mouse (connected by either a bluetooth signal or by a usb port) is more productive to a working environment because you don’t have to hunch over the laptops keyboard or your desktop to be able to do work.

***
The A3000 measures 12” x 5” x 1”—it’s actually about .5” but the raised bar behind the keyboard which actually measures 1” is there to elevate and incline the keyboard to ergonomic reasons.

See video for demo.

Mpow® iSnap Pro Extendable Self Portrait Wireless Bluetooth Remote Camera Shooting Shutter Monopod Selfie Handheld Stick Pole w/ Smartphone Adajustable Holder Specially Designed for iPhone 5S 5C 5 4S 4 Samsung Galaxy and More Other Mobile Cell Phone
Mpow® iSnap Pro Extendable Self Portrait Wireless Bluetooth Remote Camera Shooting Shutter Monopod Selfie Handheld Stick Pole w/ Smartphone Adajustable Holder Specially Designed for iPhone 5S 5C 5 4S 4 Samsung Galaxy and More Other Mobile Cell Phone
Offered by Patec
Price: CDN$ 17.99
2 used & new from CDN$ 17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars MPow “iSnap Pro” (“MBT5”): A First Look, April 4 2015
Length:: 1:21 Mins

The iSnap Pro is a 2015 version of a monopod/ “Selfie Stick” But, unlike the newer versions that many companies are producing for the market that has a monopod with a separate, detached bluetooth remote.

There are some advantages but potentially a problem as well to have the remote detached from the handle and I’m not sure if the risks are worth it.

The good thing here is that MPow decided to stay with the traditional style of keeping the bluetooth remote built into the handle.
***

This is a standard bluetooth monopod but unlike the 1st generation monopods, this one (and the ones from last year) are not made strong enough to hold a DSLR or a SLR camera or video camera. These are ONLY for cellphones and sports cam’s like the Go Pro or the Polaroid cube.

This iSnap Pro works well. I used it with an old Android phone and it took pictures without a hitch.

This selfie stick is small enough to fit in a knapsack and can fully extend to 3 feet.

I have a Note 4, which is 5.7”, and it was very difficult to get it to stay firmly in the holder but smaller phones I tried worked flawlessly.

Mpow® iSnap Pro Self-portrait Monopod w/ Built-in Bluetooth Wireless Remote Camera Shutter, Extendable Selfie Hand-held Stick (up to 3.3ft)&Adjustable Grip Holder Specially Designed for Travelers/Smartphone Photographers Work with Smartphones
Mpow® iSnap Pro Self-portrait Monopod w/ Built-in Bluetooth Wireless Remote Camera Shutter, Extendable Selfie Hand-held Stick (up to 3.3ft)&Adjustable Grip Holder Specially Designed for Travelers/Smartphone Photographers Work with Smartphones
Offered by Patec
Price: CDN$ 17.99
2 used & new from CDN$ 17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars MPow “iSnap Pro” (“MBT5”): A First Look, April 4 2015
Length:: 1:21 Mins

The iSnap Pro is a 2015 version of a monopod/ “Selfie Stick” But, unlike the newer versions that many companies are producing for the market that has a monopod with a separate, detached bluetooth remote.

There are some advantages but potentially a problem as well to have the remote detached from the handle and I’m not sure if the risks are worth it.

The good thing here is that MPow decided to stay with the traditional style of keeping the bluetooth remote built into the handle.
***

This is a standard bluetooth monopod but unlike the 1st generation monopods, this one (and the ones from last year) are not made strong enough to hold a DSLR or a SLR camera or video camera. These are ONLY for cellphones and sports cam’s like the Go Pro or the Polaroid cube.

This iSnap Pro works well. I used it with an old Android phone and it took pictures without a hitch.

This selfie stick is small enough to fit in a knapsack and can fully extend to 3 feet.

I have a Note 4, which is 5.7”, and it was very difficult to get it to stay firmly in the holder but smaller phones I tried worked flawlessly.

ALLPOWERS™ High Capacity 16000mAh Power Bank with iPower™ Technology 3 USB Outputs Portable External Battery Charger Backup for iPad, iPhone, Samsung, Android Smartphone, 5V Tablets and More(White+Orange)
ALLPOWERS™ High Capacity 16000mAh Power Bank with iPower™ Technology 3 USB Outputs Portable External Battery Charger Backup for iPad, iPhone, Samsung, Android Smartphone, 5V Tablets and More(White+Orange)
Offered by ALLPOWERS-CA
Price: CDN$ 79.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars AllPowers 16000 mAH External Battery: A First Look, March 30 2015
Length:: 1:09 Mins

This is a great battery.

It has all of the things that I was looking for in an external battery:

* A “Smart Port” which the circuitry recognizes the Android or iOS device and charges at the appropriate output.

* Three port: One for Android, Apple and a lower consumption device like a bluetooth headphone.

* 16000 mAH—enough to recharge a single phablet for 4 full cycles, considering that the reserve charge held back by the battery pack.

* Handsome, outer cover with a 4-light system. (I would have preferred a numeric battery indicator as opposed to a light system.)

***

Like all lithium ion batteries, each batter pack must be conditioned which is to completely drain the battery, fully charge the battery to 100% without using it and then repeat the cycle for 5x.

This process strengthens the battery to function at its fullest.

Orbit Pro II Easy "Plug 'n Play" Selfie Stick/Monopod For Non-Techies - For iPhone 5/5s/5c/6, Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5/S6 Edge, Note 2/3, Google Nexus 4/5, LG G2, Sony Xperia Z1/Z2 & All iOS 5.0+/Android 4.0+ Compatible Cellphones - Built-In Remote Camera Shutter - 1 Year Warranty
Orbit Pro II Easy "Plug 'n Play" Selfie Stick/Monopod For Non-Techies - For iPhone 5/5s/5c/6, Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5/S6 Edge, Note 2/3, Google Nexus 4/5, LG G2, Sony Xperia Z1/Z2 & All iOS 5.0+/Android 4.0+ Compatible Cellphones - Built-In Remote Camera Shutter - 1 Year Warranty

5.0 out of 5 stars Selfie World’s Bluetooth and Manual Monopods (Orbit Pro 1& 2): A Critical Review.,, March 22 2015
Length:: 4:13 Mins

Selfie World just released two new monopods or “Selfie sticks”: a Bluetooth version, “Orbit Pro 1” and a manual version, “Orbit Pro 2”.

Both selfie are very good and portable sticks that would that for most people would make a great edition to their mobile accessories.

Each sticks extends beyond 36” and when collapsed is about 12”.

Over the course of a couple of weeks, I’ve had a chance along with a few co-workers to test out each of the sticks. We used an old, 4.3” HTC Evo 3D as well as a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 measuring at 5.7”. Even with the protective phone (orange) cap, the phones were held securely.

*** Orbit Pro 1/ Bluetooth

To pair the stick with a phone, it’s necessary to first turn on the selfie stick BEFORE you attach the phone to the pole. We had adjust a couple of phones to the pole first without the phone recognizing the stick.

There’s also another small issue which has to do with the rubber handle-- it easily moves and in the case of the bluetooth version, the picture button is easily misaligned.

*** Orbit Pro 2/ Manual

With the OP2, there a cable that extends from the top of the pole. This cable is to plug into the audio jack of your smartphone.

It works with the current phones that we used, the Note 4 and the S5 but it didn’t with the S3. Does this have to do with the Selfie or with the phone’s hardware? I don’t know.

But, if you have a current device, this stick will work with it.

*** Both Sticks

I mentioned that most people would find either of these sticks useful but monopods have a camera mount. I wouldn’t put a regular, full size DSL with either of these sticks: the weight of such a camera, I don’t suspect would be able to be carried.

For less than $15 at the time of this writing, this is a steal and among the best of the Selfie Sticks out there.

Tacoon Qy7 Mini Lightweight Wireless Stereo Sports/running & Gym/exercise Bluetooth Earbuds Headphones Headsets W/microphone for Iphone 5s 5c 4s 4, Ipad 2 3 4 New Ipad, Ipod, Android, Samsung Galaxy, Smart Phones Bluetooth Devices
Tacoon Qy7 Mini Lightweight Wireless Stereo Sports/running & Gym/exercise Bluetooth Earbuds Headphones Headsets W/microphone for Iphone 5s 5c 4s 4, Ipad 2 3 4 New Ipad, Ipod, Android, Samsung Galaxy, Smart Phones Bluetooth Devices

4.0 out of 5 stars Tacoon “QY7” Bluetooth Stereo Earbuds: A First Look,, March 22 2015
Although a bit on the large side, the “QY 7” stereo earbuds are very comfortable and lightweight.

The Tacoon “QY7” features:
* Bluetooth ver. 4.1
* Extra earpiece
* Micro usb charging cable
* Standby time: 1 week
* Charging time: 2 hours

One of the noticeable things—and a benefit— are the large buttons. This makes it easy to answer calls, advance or back track.

The overall sound is not as pristine as I would have like. The speakers are loud but bass-heavy music sounds distorted.

On the upside, call quality is very good and battery life is very good.

The fit is very good and if you’re going to the gym or doing a lot of physical exercise, this is a good choice.

***

If high-fidelity audio (music) quality is the primary concern, these may disappoint, but if acceptable audio and call quality is primary—these are a good choice.

Grade: C+/ B- (3.5 stars)

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