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iClever IC-F27 In Car Universal Wireless FM Transmitter with USB Car Charger for Smartphone, MP3 MP4 and any Audio Player with 3.5mm Audio Jack including iPhone 5/5s/4/4s/Samsung S3 S4, HTC one, Motorola Droid X, Nokia Lumia 520/900/1020, iPod, iPod Touch
iClever IC-F27 In Car Universal Wireless FM Transmitter with USB Car Charger for Smartphone, MP3 MP4 and any Audio Player with 3.5mm Audio Jack including iPhone 5/5s/4/4s/Samsung S3 S4, HTC one, Motorola Droid X, Nokia Lumia 520/900/1020, iPod, iPod Touch
Offered by Hisgadget Canada
Price: CDN$ 22.99
3 used & new from CDN$ 22.99

5.0 out of 5 stars iClever FM Transmitter & Car Charger: A Critical Review, Sept. 7 2014
I’ve seen far too many car chargers to be impressed. I even passed a counter display at CVS earlier tonight where the two port car chargers are selling for $5/ piece.

This one by iClever is a little bit different, it’s a three in one device that’s a FM transmitter, phone speaker and car charger in one.

The FM transmitter—you plug the car charging plug in the cigarette lighter (this powers the device) then you’d find a station on the dial and you’d adjust the digital display to that same frequency.

Once paired, you can now transmit any audio signal on your phone (or tablet) and have it to play through your car’s stereo system. (* This is a killer device if you’ve got a great stereo system.)

You can also receive calls. Once the device is connected, you can answer a call without have to disconnect your phone from the system. But, it would be a speaker-phone conversation.

And, the device comes with a usb charger, a 1A output. The good thing here is that the battery charger is faster than an external battery.

This is a very good product, especially when considering that car chargers are a dime a dozen. This one is a versatile device to own.

Docooler EZcast i5+ Miracast DLNA WiFi Display Receiver Dongle for iOS Android Windows Phones Tablets Mac
Docooler EZcast i5+ Miracast DLNA WiFi Display Receiver Dongle for iOS Android Windows Phones Tablets Mac
Offered by docooler
Price: CDN$ 26.28

2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars is Being VERY Generous. Pixnor EZCast: A Critical Review, Sept. 7 2014
I took about 30 minutes of video shots of my trying to get this device to work as advertised and all I was able to get was constant error messages.

***

The EZ Cast is a dongle device that purports to display images, audio, video or streaming to a monitor or any kind of screen that has a HDMI port.

The set comes with:

* The Dongle
* Wifi/ TV receiver adapter w/ an HDMI male
* Instruction booklet.

I should mention that the "Instruction booklet" is about as big as a finger and the writing is almost illegible. This is totally useless, I had to end up going to their website and to Google Play to get the app for my Android tablet and the website to download the driver for Windows 8-- I didn't bother downloading it for my Mac because I already determined it was going down hill.

After the first few attempts to get the receiver to recognize my Android tablet from just 12 feet away, then my Windows laptop right next to it, I decided to take both devices in my office and sit just 1 foot away from the dongle.

It was here that the welcome screen came on but Windows wouldn't connect and only the pictures on my Android tablet showed up. Neither the audio files nor a small video file from Bob Schieffer would play.

The truth is... is you want to show what's on your screen, a company called Cable Matters sells all the cables you need to turn a monitor into a second screen for your tablet or smartphone and you don't have to jump through any loops like this useless device.

BTW, if you do consider just getting a cable, there's a special cable for Samsung device that a little different than other Android devices.

***

An extra star because the picture app worked, still this is junk.

Merit Byond Portable Wireless Bluetooth Stereo headphone with Microphone,10 hours Rechargeable Battery, Bluetooth 4.0 Headset with Travel Case for iPhone 5S/5C, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S5/S4/ Note, Blackberry, HTC and Other Bluetooth Devices-White
Merit Byond Portable Wireless Bluetooth Stereo headphone with Microphone,10 hours Rechargeable Battery, Bluetooth 4.0 Headset with Travel Case for iPhone 5S/5C, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S5/S4/ Note, Blackberry, HTC and Other Bluetooth Devices-White

5.0 out of 5 stars Merit “Beyond” Wireless Headphones. A First Look., Sept. 6 2014
Length:: 2:29 Mins

A few months ago, I had got a pleasant surprise when an almost unassuming (and to be quite honest) a generic-looking headphones arrived and the sound—for a consumer-grade headphone—reproduced some great sound.

The Merit “Beyond” gives me the same great feeling.

This is a traditional over-the-head headphone. It has the flexible plastic band that a pair of faux-leather pad is attached to.

The range is less than the standard 20 Hz to 20 KHz but if you primarily listen to mp3’s or mid-range music, then you’re not missing anything.

The set also comes with a soft, case and a micro usb cord.

The standard features are play, ff/back, volume: up and down as well as a built in mic for calls that come in.

***
I brought these to work one day last week and loan them to a few co-workers to see how they felt about the headset.

Their unscripted comments can be heard on the video companion to this commentary.

For a very good pair of headphones that are comfortable, sounds great and priced between $30- $35, you can’t beat it.

Merit Byond Portable Wireless Bluetooth Stereo headphone with Microphone,10 hours Rechargeable Battery, Bluetooth 4.0 Headset with travel case for iPhone 5S/5C, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S5/S4/ Note, Blackberry, HTC and Other Bluetooth Devices-Black
Merit Byond Portable Wireless Bluetooth Stereo headphone with Microphone,10 hours Rechargeable Battery, Bluetooth 4.0 Headset with travel case for iPhone 5S/5C, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S5/S4/ Note, Blackberry, HTC and Other Bluetooth Devices-Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Merit “Beyond” Wireless Headphones. A First Look., Sept. 6 2014
Length:: 2:29 Mins

A few months ago, I had got a pleasant surprise when an almost unassuming (and to be quite honest) a generic-looking headphones arrived and the sound—for a consumer-grade headphone—reproduced some great sound.

The Merit “Beyond” gives me the same great feeling.

This is a traditional over-the-head headphone. It has the flexible plastic band that a pair of faux-leather pad is attached to.

The range is less than the standard 20 Hz to 20 KHz but if you primarily listen to mp3’s or mid-range music, then you’re not missing anything.

The set also comes with a soft, case and a micro usb cord.

The standard features are play, ff/back, volume: up and down as well as a built in mic for calls that come in.

***
I brought these to work one day last week and loan them to a few co-workers to see how they felt about the headset.

Their unscripted comments can be heard on the video companion to this commentary.

For a very good pair of headphones that are comfortable, sounds great and priced between $30- $35, you can’t beat it.

ARCTIC Breeze USB Desktop Fan with Flexible Neck and Adjustable Fan Speed, Rasta (ABACO-BRZRT01-BL)
ARCTIC Breeze USB Desktop Fan with Flexible Neck and Adjustable Fan Speed, Rasta (ABACO-BRZRT01-BL)
Price: CDN$ 15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Arctic “Breeze” Portable USB Fan (2014): A First Look., Sept. 4 2014
Length:: 1:32 Mins

My main gripe with Arctic’s portable fan from two years ago was that it wasn’t powerful enough. Besides the blades being very short—and, thereby not engineered to give a strong gust, despite its meager rpm, this year’s model is VERY different.

The above criticism is what I shared with them and I’m glad that they re-designed it to be more powerful, more useful.

This year’s model sports these functions:

* A base w/ a usb cord attached (unlike the previous which had a flexible neck that attached to a usb head.

* A rotating speed of 800 to 1800 rpms

* 5v/ .02A

* funky designs

I like the fact that you can increase or decrease the velocity by a dial on the front.

Aesthetically speaking, the designs are really cool. I have the “reggae/ rasta” theme… which is right up my alley.

HUGE improvement, now 5 stars.

Professional Monopod Handheld Telescopic Camera Extender with Tripod Mount for Gopro 1 2 3 3+ Digital Camera and Cell Phone
Professional Monopod Handheld Telescopic Camera Extender with Tripod Mount for Gopro 1 2 3 3+ Digital Camera and Cell Phone
Offered by fogood
Price: CDN$ 24.99
2 used & new from CDN$ 24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars YunTeng’s Monopod- Camera Arm Extender, Model #C-088: A Critical Review, Sept. 2 2014
Length:: 2:35 Mins

If you own a camera, a pocket video cam or a full size SLR—you should definitely consider this YunTeng Monopod extender.

This extender is a multi-camera extender that you can use to view images or to film moments at an almost 3’ extension.

The extender itself is made of a metal base, perhaps aluminum, with 3 extension tabs.

Each extension tab extends the poll an average of 7”. The handle has a nice, soft padded foam which makes holding the extender very comfortable.

The set comes with a mounting head as well as an detachable/ spring head for smaller camera or pocket camcorders.

The main headpiece also has a ball swivel pivot function which gives you the ability to adjust the camera viewing angle to almost 180*. This function allows any camera to pan and tilt.

The extender collapses to a length of 12” and this is great because it easily fits into any bag.

In the video, I demonstrate how the extender works wonderfully with the following cameras:

* Flip Mino HD
* Canon A590
* Samsung NX3000

On the handle, you also have a hand-strap and at the bottom of the handle is a standard camera mount so that this could be used as an extension itself for another camera mount.

Expower Bookshelf furnishings / computer desk / home wireless Bluetooth speaker (microphone, FM radio, alarm clock, AUX input) (White+Red)
Expower Bookshelf furnishings / computer desk / home wireless Bluetooth speaker (microphone, FM radio, alarm clock, AUX input) (White+Red)
Offered by Expower
Price: CDN$ 42.99

4.0 out of 5 stars ExPower Bluetooth Speaker Bar with Alarm: A Critical Review, Aug. 24 2014
Length:: 2:34 Mins

This is one of two new speakers made by ExPower and it’s extra features and extra speaker makes this the better of the two.

The speaker measures:
9.5” x 2.5” x 2.25” and weighs 1 lb.

Spec’s:

* LED Display (shows time, FM Channel and alarm clock time)
* Bluetooth 3.0 (up to 75’)
* Phone mic
* Micro SD card port
* Line in/ Aux in port
* FM radio
* Alarm clock (w/ multiple programming options)
* Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
* 80 Hz to 20 KHz

*** Design ***

Front panel:
* Aluminum grate covering three speakers. Two (1.75” diameter) left and right speakers, One 3” center speaker.

Top panel:
* Play, pause, phone button
* Back/ volume down button
* Forward/ volume up button
* Alarm clock set button
* FM button
* Bluetooth pairing button
* Microphone

Back panel:
* Line-in port
* SD-in port
* USB port
* On/Off button
* DC/5V port

*** Sound ***

Although made by the same manufacturer and having similar components, it’s the added features that makes this more than just a “larger” version of the smaller wireless speaker.

Both of the speakers do NOT emphasize bass-centric music like rock, hip-hop—this is strictly a mid-ranged music bar. This is NOT high-fidelity but it’s definitely acceptable.

The sound reproduction, although, with little to no amplification built in, produces more than acceptable sound.

So, if you’re a music lover that listens to various kinds of music whenever the urge hits you, this is a good option, especially when considering that this speaker also has the rare feature of an alarm clock as well as a line-in feature.

See video for demo.

4 stars

SG06 iCharge Waterproof Sport MP3 Player
SG06 iCharge Waterproof Sport MP3 Player

4.0 out of 5 stars It simply works! Sports & Swimming MP3 Player (Model # WPM8): A Critical Review, Aug. 20 2014
Length:: 1:24 Mins

I like it when things work as advertised and this waterproof mp3 player does.

***

This mp3 player is a waterproof, 8GB player. This is NOT to be confused with a wireless headphone. You have to transfer music to this player via the pop-out centerpiece.

The set features:

* Power/Play/Pause
* Volume Up/ Down
* Forward/ Backward
* Reset
* LED indicator light
* FM radio receiver

I tested out the unit just last weekend in the pool and it’s waterproof and lightweight.

This is a different type of mp3 player and one should own.

Great product for a very reasonable price.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Novelty. Dancing Water Speakers: A Critical Review., Aug. 13 2014
Length:: 4:13 Mins

The Dancing Water Speakers is one of those rare items that makes you go, “Whoa! What’s this about?”

The appeal begins and ends with the water show that imitates the sound spectrum of the music that the speaker is playing.

To be certain, this is NOT high fidelity, nor could I say that it’s par for the course for the budget-minded shopper.

I wasn’t impressed with the sound—and, there are a lot of private companies that make good and great speakers, speaker bars, bluetooth headphones and transmitters.

That being said, I can’t seem to look away from this product anymore than walking past a Christmas tree that is beautifully decorated with lights and ornaments.

Despite my need for at least “good” audio, the novelty of this water show is too good to ignore and if someone you care about doesn’t need high fidelity but would appreciate a nice gift to have on their desk at work, this definitely fits the bill.

[New Arrival] HooToo® TripMate Elite Versatile Wireless N Travel Router with 6000mAh Battery Charger (Dual USB Wall Charger, USB Storage Wi-Fi Media Sharing, Access Point, Wi-Fi Mini Router & Bridge)
[New Arrival] HooToo® TripMate Elite Versatile Wireless N Travel Router with 6000mAh Battery Charger (Dual USB Wall Charger, USB Storage Wi-Fi Media Sharing, Access Point, Wi-Fi Mini Router & Bridge)
Offered by Sunvalleytek Canada
Price: CDN$ 59.99
2 used & new from CDN$ 59.99

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Tech Products of 2014. HooToo’s “TripMate Elite” (Model #HT-TM04): A Critical Review., Aug. 12 2014
Length:: 2:52 Mins

There are a number of different products that’ll make your smartphone, phablet or tablet more useful and satisfying. We’re talking about peripherals like bluetooth speakers or wireless headsets or transmitters. But how many of them are actually put together so you don’t have carry around a bag full of wires and batteries?

The “TripMate Elite” by HooToo is a phenomenal device because it brings together many of the peripheral that you’d actually need if you take your devices out a lot.

This is a “4 in 1” device featuring:

* Personal Cloud
* Travel Router
* External Battery Pack
* Dual USB- AC Charger

I’ve had this device now for almost two (2) months and I haven’t been able to stop recommending it.
The set measures:
3” x 3” x 1” and weighs 7 oz.
Gray canvas bag.

*** External Battery ***

6000 mAh battery
Dual outputs of 1mA and 2.1mA
Charged by micro usb.

Wireless broadcast over 802.1lb/g/n

*** Travel Router ***

If you’re familiar with the “MiFi” device from a few years back (I still have one) then you can appreciate this feature. The old “MiFi” style of personal routers would receive a signal from your carrier’s mobile tower, then transmit it to anyone within your proximity of upto 30’.

This device doesn’t need a carrier’s connect (although you can) but it takes an existing network (i.e. a hotel internet signal, or an airport wifi and can turn that signal into a secured internet connection for multiple devices.)

The unit has a usb storage port. (This is the 1st port only) You’ll need to download the HooToo app in the Google Play store or the iTunes store before anything else. With a SD or a MicroSD card attached to a card reader, you can actually see and play the files that you have on those storage cards.

Even better, you can create a VPN (with encryption abilities (WPA/WPA2) for office meetings on the go.

*** USB charge port ***

The unit has a built-in AC plug that flips out but also an internal battery. So, if you’re traveling outside of the US, you’ll need a converter for this to work if you’re depending upon a wall current or you’d be fine if you need this as an external battery. But, if abroad, at some point this device will have to be charged itself to be able to continue to provide current or to transmit files to your devices.

With all of its capabilities, this is one of the most important devices you can own…especially if you carry around multiple mobile devices.

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