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FUNKO FRIDAY UNBOXING: SUMMER CONVENTION 2015 Arrow Unmasked 208 and Flash Unmasked 214!

Today we are unboxing SUMMER CONVENTION 2015 Arrow Unmasked 208 and Flash Unmasked 214!

Join me every Friday for another unboxing! Stay tuned and hit that like and subscribe to support the channel.

Be sure to let me know if there are any Funko Pops you see that you’d like me to unbox.

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Review: City of Glass (Mortal Instruments): 3

City of Glass book review

Introduction

The end of the trilogy, a trilogy that started out a bit meh, but really found its feet. The third installment, City of Glass, rounds off the story in a satisfying way, answering questions, but not all of them.

There is certainly enough mystery left over to entice readers over into the next books, but I appreciate the author giving readers an off ramp if they decide to take it.

City of Glass picks up straight after City of Ashes, and dives straight into the story. It’s fast paced and there’s a lot going on, So, how did I like it?

What I liked

I mentioned in my review of City of Ashes that it improved on the first book in pretty much every way, and the same can be said again about City of Glass. The story feels more crucial to the Shadowhunter world, and people actually seem to be taking note of what’s going on, finally!

This time, all the characters felt more fleshed out. It’s been a peeve of mine that most of the characters have just felt sidelined, but in the third installment most of them got a good amount of page time, even Valentine became a little more than just a boring villain.

We finally get to see the world of the Shadowhunters, and as I mentioned, there seems like people finally have some urgency. The great thing is, that even with everything going on, the story never really moves away from our main cast. I liked the fact that we got to focus on them, and what they were doing.

The pace definitely picked up and the story really flowed, and as mentioned above, it answers enough questions and leaves a few lingering to entice you over into what comes next!

What I disliked

There was little that I disliked this time, but one thing that annoyed me was Simons arc. It seemed like it had been tossed in there to create some tension and give him a reason to bridge the gap between himself and the main group of Shadowhunters, but nothing was really done with it. His story seemed high stakes to start with, and then it’s put on hold and nothing happens with it.

Sebastian. His character is just annoying, and it seemed like another attempt at throwing in a love triangle for the sake of it. He didn’t work, his story was predictable. Speaking of predictable, the grand reveal. We all saw it coming right? Right?

Finally, and probably my biggest complaint about this whole trilogy, is Valentine. He’s the big bad, but he doesn’t really do much. He shows up every so often, delivers some emotionless lines, then everyone reflects on how upset they are by their past and links to him. As a villain he is simply a plot device and nothing else. He gains a little more depth in this final book, but not enough to make me care if he wins or not.

Audible Narration

We’ve got the same narrator who took over book two, and yet again the performance is great. The delivery of the characters works, it’s easy to follow who is speaking, and the whole thing just flows so nicely.

Production value was really good and I didn’t notice any weird sound errors or anything like that. Definitely worth checking this book out on audio if you can!

Speaking of, if you haven’t already then you can grab a free trial of Audible. Worth seeing if listening to books works for you or not.

Conclusion

By the time I got to the end of this book I found myself craving more. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and considering how rough the start to the trilogy was, that really shows how good the improvement was.

By the time I reached the end I even felt the story tugging at my heart strings. I was cheering on the characters and hoping that things turned out great for them. I’m not normally that invested, but somehow this won me over.

I’d definitely recommend checking it out if you get the chance.

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Review: City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments): 2

Introduction

The follow up to City of Bones: Mortal Instruments book 1, City of Ashes improves in almost every single way possible. It still follows a very similar theme to what we saw in the first book, but pretty much everything that frustrated me in that first book is gone.

What I liked

The characters, although still a little hollow if they’re on the sidelines, are vastly improved. The major players all feel like they have some real personality now, and they’re no longer quite so sexually frustrated. The romance thing has been toned down, and there are far less cringe moments.

The book follows on from the first and does a good job expanding on what we’ve already seen. It’s pacing is good and the writing is very well done without too much hand holding once again.

City of Ashes borrows far less from other stories, and delivers its own thing this time which I thoroughly enjoyed. The story felt off at some points, but for the most part I really enjoyed what was happening, and the interaction between characters.

What I disliked

My biggest complaint is that the nothing really feels very urgent. We’ve got the big bad who is about to raise an army of demons, he’s then going to destroy the Shadowhunters, but no one apart from our main group really cares.

There are a few excuses for this, but in my opinion none of that holds any water which is frustrating.

Also, without too many spoilers, but what’s with this hidden romance? I reckon the big grand reveal I’m not meant to see coming is that Jace and Clary aren’t really related? Maybe, who knows?

My final thing that was a bit frustrating is that the side characters are really just there to be mentioned. Our core characters definitely got more time to shine, but anyone outside of the main group is really poorly fleshed out, especially Valentine!

Audible Narration

This time around we got a new narrator, who does a very good job of picking up where the last left off, only this time the characters sound so much more individual.

In the last review I talked about everyone sounding sassy and petulant, but that doesn’t crop up this time. The narration shines throughout, and I really enjoyed listening to it and would highly recommend consuming this story in that format.

Conclusion

Although there didn’t seem to be as much happening in this book, I enjoyed it a lot more than the first. The characters were much better, and the story felt like it was its own thing without borrowing too much from other places.

If you liked the first book, then you’ll want to try the second one out as well. If you’ve not read either, then it’s worth while starting the series. I’m enjoying it a lot more now that I’ve finished the second!

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Review: Altered Carbon – Audible

Altered Carbon audible book review

Introduction

Altered Carbon is the first in a trilogy by Richard K. Morgan that follows Takeshi Lev Kovacs as he sets out to solve a murder/suicide. With it being set in the future there are plenty of sci-fi themes and some really powerful questions put to the reader regarding humanity and technology.

So, how was it?

Liked

This is one of those things that people will either love or hate. Internal monologue, there’s a lot of it. In my opinion it suits the whole theme of the book. There’s a lot for a person to understand and the constant internal struggle of adapting to the ideas this futuristic world brings are brilliantly highlighted through this.

For some, this will make things seem a little long winded as a lot of the time it doesn’t advance the story, but I absolutely loved the reflection on the world. There are a lot of themes and topics that could have been skipped by, but this perspective was constantly there and I loved it.

I loved the story and at first I was worried that the Netflix show was based entirely off the book, scene for scene, but they quickly pull apart. The book feels a lot more satisfying in it’s conclusion and definitely feels like it has much better villains.

Throughout I was constantly guessing what was going to happen next, and I thoroughly enjoyed Kovacs point of view throughout.

Disliked

One of my only complaints was that some of the supporting characters felt pretty poor. They were there, and the interactions between Kovac and them was always entertaining, but a lot of them got very little page time.

Also, there were a few scenes that I felt could have benefited from being a little more fleshed out, but it might have upset the pacing.

Audible

The performance was solid throughout and the narrator did a really good job capturing the different characters. The voices were different enough to help me distinguish who was speaking at any time which really added to the depth.

It was a little slow in places, but the narrator did a fantastic job bringing even these portions to life.

Conclusion

If you’re a sci-fi fan then this is a must read. It can be a little slow at times, but the themes throughout are really powerful and the story is great. I absolutely loved reading this book and can’t wait to check out the second in the trilogy.

A worthwhile read and I’d definitely recommend it!

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Review: Alien 3 Audible Exclusive

alien 3 audible book review

Introduction

Alien 3 is an Audible adaptation of William Gibsons unmade script for the film, featuring Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen. The whole thing is voice acted with plenty of sound effects that really add to the atmosphere.

It recently came out and I’ve been meaning to get around to listening, and now I have, I think it’s time for my review.

Liked

The performances in this book are fantastic. Just like other Audible performances, this does not disappoint when it comes to quality. The actors are brilliant and really help to bring the story to life.

There’s also a lot of nostalgia attached to this with two of the original actors returning to voice the characters from Alien. This was a nice touch and they both sound fantastic.

There were some new ideas here and we got to explore a little more about the universe that the trilogy takes place in. I enjoyed the idea of there being another faction of space and tensions between these two forces. A lot of the ideas aren’t massively fleshed out, but they’re fun when they crop up.

Disliked

To be honest there was quite a lot to dislike about this. As spot on as the performances were, things just didn’t work that well.

Unlike other Audible editions of the Alien franchise, this one didn’t leave me with a full mental image of what things looked like. The hybrid for example, what is it? What’s it look like?

The way these performances are done leave little time for description, but after a very descriptive monologue from Bishop we could done with that again after the first hybrid. Maybe a run down of what it’s like vs a Xenomorph? It just felt a bit lacking which is disappointing.

Also, what was going on with the guy from weapons division? It’s like they decided they need the classic bad guy from Wetland Yutani, but his motives for his actions were unclear. Was he trying to trap everyone and keep the Aliens alive until the colonists got there? Was he trying to stop it escaping? I’ve no idea.

Too short! This isn’t always a bad thing as these performances are excellent quality, but when the pacing is off like it is here, it leads to a very cramped ending. There’s a lot of build up that plays on nostalgia and then everything goes made in the last half hour. Nothing really happens apart from what seems to be setting up for another story to follow.

Infection? So we have Aliens that are like zombies? I really didn’t like this direction, and they did precious little with the idea. It just kind of happened and never got explored like most of the new ideas in this performance.

Conclusion

Honestly it sounds like I didn’t enjoy this which is wrong, I really did have a good time listening, it’s just that Audible has had some amazing Alien franchise performances that outstrip this by a mile.

I got to the end and felt this is just an introduction to a whole new story that is going to follow, but this was purely set up. That’s not a bad thing, but compared to other stories that really built their characters and the places they were in, it just doesn’t live up.

If you’ve got a few hours to spare and enjoy Alien, then it’s worth giving a go. The performances are fantastic and it’s an OK story that leans heavily on nostalgia. I had a good time listening, you’ll just need to have lower expectations and not hope that this truly makes amends for Alien 3. Maybe it’s just a cursed title?

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Review: City of Bones (Mortal Instruments): 1

city of bones review

Introduction

This is a series I’ve been meaning to read for a long time, following a girl who finds out she’s a Shadowhunter after her mum is kidnapped. The world is full of vampires and demons, and she needs to figure out who has her mum and why.

Along the way she discovers the darkness of New York, and meets a team of new friends.

What I liked

The world created and the story telling is great fun. Honestly, I had a blast getting to know this world, and some of the ideas are really good. When this story actually tells its own stuff, that’s when it shines.

There isn’t too much hand holding throughout, with new ideas and monsters just showing up without too much to bog them down. This keeps the pace flowing very nicely throughout.

Speaking of pace, that’s one of the strong points. The story doesn’t really get bogged down trying to be something it’s not which really helps the flow.

What I disliked

The characters. Honestly, if they’d have been just a few years older then some of the themes and ‘romances’ wouldn’t have been an issue, but as it is, these seemed wildly inappropriate. These characters seemed so sexually frustrated that it just didn’t fit, and like I said, they needed to be older for this to feel OK.

Throughout it just felt creepy, and really took away from the story. Throw in the fact that almost every single character is crazy sassy, all, the, time, things just get a bit tedious.

As much fun as the story is, this book really struggles when it ‘borrows’ (and I use that word lightly) from other stories. There is enough of a world created to have some fun in, but the author relies heavily on tropes established elsewhere, outright replicating other very well known stories. It really takes you out of the story she’s trying to tell.

Combine that with the fact that every ‘twist’ really isn’t. Any surprise that is built up is so obvious that it left me groaning when it is revealed. This might be because they are straight out of other stories that we all know, but again, they really take away from what could be a good story.

Audible Narration

The narration is actually pretty good and the performance is well done. The quality was definitely there, but the one thing that really lets it down is the narrator constantly playing every character with so much sass. There are scenes where it doesn’t seem at all needed, but every character comes across as petulant and sassy throughout.

Apart from that, the audio book is well worth giving a go.

Conclusion

This really was a mixed bag for me. I enjoyed the world and the story telling, but the characters lack depth and come off as creepy. I keep hearing that this book is dark and sexy, but we are talking about minors in some cases, so where people get the idea that this is a good thing I’ll never know!

I did have enough fun with the story to carry on to the next book, and hopefully these characters will grow a little more, and fingers crossed we don’t get more borrowed stories.

This book was at its best when it was telling its own story, and adding to the world created. Where it lacked was when it borrowed to heavily from other places.

All in all it’s an OK starting point, but I’m not sure how much things will improve…

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Review: The Secret Commonwealth

Introduction

The Secret Commonwealth is book 2 in the Book Of Dust series by Philip Pullman. There’s been a time jump since book one, and it follows on from His Dark Materials, although there’s been a time jump since that wrapped up.

What I Liked

There’s a lot to like, but most importantly, Lyra’s back! Throw in the fact that Malcolm is here for the ride as well and you’ve got a pretty good set up as I was extremely excited to see where their lives had led so far.

There’s a lot of world building and The Secret Commonwealth focuses a lot more on new regions, while also shedding more light on the Magisterium, which is a lot of fun.

As always, there’s a lot of detail and plenty of tension throughout, and the way the world is built, combining elements of our own world with fantasy works nicely.

What I disliked

Honestly, it felt really depressing. There’s so much going wrong in this and it almost feels like it’s trying too hard to really focus on everything wrong with the real world. That’s not always a bad thing, but when it drags these amazing characters down into what can only be described as a pit of depression, it just feels a bit of a drag.

Most of the characters spend no time together, and it was those relationships and conversations that made previous books really shine. Everyone here seems to be a loner.

The biggest dislike I had was that it felt like a story was being told that didn’t need to be told. I wasn’t really sure where anything was leading, and even when things started to build up towards the end, things just stop, and that’s it. I had very few burning questions left and was just left feeling indifferent.

Conclusion

I’m a huge fan of this world that’s been created and I absolutely adored the first book, but the second one felt tedious throughout which is a real shame. I wanted to love it like I have every other book that came before it, but I didn’t end up walking away felling that.

Hopefully it’s all just setting the scene and building up to something incredible for book three, but I’m still not really sure where the story is heading.

It’s worth a read just to be up to date on the story, and the third one isn’t too far away. Here’s hoping some of the magic and hope returns for the closing book!

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Pre-Order Wireless Widow Today

Well after lots of back and forth crazy ideas, Wireless Widow is now available for pre-order! The book is collaborative effort between myself and Alexandra Claire, and promises to be the first of many new adventures.

A lot of you have asked about the t-shirts and other merchandise, well I’m happy to say the store is now live! Head on over to the below link to check out the range available:

Store

Head on over to Amazon today to pre-order!

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Chrysalis Blooms: Episode 3 – Smoke and Mirrors, Available Now!

Well it feels like a long time coming, but after years of dragging my feet I’m back on track. The first of my releases is the follow up to the first two episodes of Chrysalis Blooms. Smoke and Mirrors is now live and available on Amazon, links below.

This is just the first release that will be coming over the next few months, with the next three episodes already complete!

I really hope you enjoy and appreciate your patience!

Spread the word and share this post, but above all, enjoy the next chapter!

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More about Chrysalis Blooms:

When Lisa Joyce sneaks out, it isn’t a boy or her friends she goes to meet, but nightmares brought to life…

In a world where monsters and demons roam the night, preying on the innocent, it is Lisa’s duty to fight the darkness. The responsibility was inherited, but even so, she can’t begin to comprehend the magnitude of the life that lies before her.

As an outsider who never quite fits in, Lisa is different. She is stronger and faster than everyone else, and her heightened senses grant her unusual abilities. They are the perfect gifts for a monster hunter, but nothing but a curse for a girl trying to find her place in high school.

When the demon realm of Netharia and the mortal realm collide, it’s down to Lisa to solve the mystery before it’s too late. With the monsters roaming free in Fisher Creek, Lisa soon finds herself alone against the hordes, her friends trapped beyond the veil, lost in another world.

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Chrysalis Blooms

Episode One: Free – 12-16th March

When Lisa Joyce sneaks out, it isn’t a boy or her friends she goes to meet, but nightmares brought to life…

In a world where monsters and demons roam the night, preying on the innocent, it is Lisa’s duty to fight the darkness. The responsibility was inherited, but even so, she can’t begin to comprehend the magnitude of the life that lies before her.

As an outsider who never quite fits in, Lisa is different. She is stronger and faster than everyone else, and her heightened senses grant her unusual abilities. They are the perfect gifts for a monster hunter, but nothing but a curse for a girl trying to find her place in high school.

When a fiend strikes Fisher Creek High, Lisa can’t help but take it personally. Things are changing, her battles evolving at an alarming rate. Something is coming, but in order to understand, Lisa needs to learn more about who and what she is…

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Episode Two: Discounted – 13-20th March

After discovering she is no longer alone in her battle against the darkness, Lisa Joyce finds herself with more unanswered
questions than ever before. Who is the man in the mask and, more importantly, is it really her duty to fight the demons?

When an unnatural cold grips Fisher Creek, all Lisa can think about is what it would be like to live a normal life, one that isn’t driven by the need to hunt down and kill monsters. An ordinary existence in which she can be happy is her greatest wish… and it just might be her town’s downfall.

Turning her back on the fight, Lisa leaves her duty to her friends. However, when a powerful demon begins killing in Fisher Creek, only the strength of the Chrysalis will do. Torn and conflicted, Lisa is forced to decide what life she will lead.

Will she choose the life of a normal girl… or will she take on the battle against evil?

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A Thousand Hearts: Rebirth Discounted 13-20th March

 

For some, death is the end. For others, such as Michael Nolan, death is only the beginning. Reborn into a world unlike any he could have dreamed of, Michael is thrust into The Guild—an elite squadron of supernatural beings. They are the guardians of the modern world and the only thing standing between peace and chaos.

Struggling to come to terms with the loss of his previous life, and to understand his new powers, Michael is forced to adapt quickly when The Guild is betrayed and comes under attack from within.

With time against them, Michael and his allies set out to discover the identity of the traitor before The Guild is destroyed and the world is left unprotected. However, when the one person Michael loves becomes a target, he is left with a difficult decision…

Should he defend the woman he loves or stand by his allies?

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Review: AUKEY Mobile Phone Holder Windshield Dashboard 360 Degree Rotating Car Mount

Review:

A solid, well built, car mount. Although I prefer the magnetic car mounts that are on offer, I do appreciate that they don’t work well in all cars. This car mount is pretty handy for placing your phone or GPS device on the dash, or even using it as a stand in the office or at home.

There’s plenty of flexibility in the positioning, and the grip is pretty strong, which is possibly better for larger devices than using the magnetic mounts. The base of the device is extremely secure, and despite attempting to knock it, it didn’t budge, so I’m really pleased with the durability.

As I said, I prefer the magnet mounts, but this certainly works better for providing better viewing angles, and also works better with larger devices as it feels more secure.

Manufacture Description:

  • Fast setup – Adheres securely to your windshield, dashboard, or other surfaces with reinforced suction mounting mechanism
  • 360° rotatable ball joint design makes it easy to find the ideal viewing angle from any position
  • Phone cradle is compatible with smartphones between 4″ to 6.5″ in screen size
  • Easy to install and reuse, just rinse suction cup under water for a fresh start
  • Package Contents: AUKEY HD-C28 Dashboard Car Mount, User Manual, 24 Month Warranty Card

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Promotion: Spaire Makeup Mirror 7X / 1X Double-Sided with Lights LED Magnifying Vanity Mirror

If you’re in the market for a vanity mirror, then I’ve been provided with a discount code for my readers to use. Find more details below!

Manufacture Description:

  • Double-Sided Mirror: 7x magnifying mirror to make sure every detail is in place and no blind spot left; 1x HD flat mirror to view your whole face and it can meet your daily life.
  • LED Ring Light: Equipped with bright and soft Led Light, providing the natural light for you throughout the day. It’s simple to open the light, just press the On/Off Switch on base.
  • Rotate 360°and Adjustable Angle: Rotates 360° freely, the mirror can be rotated to adjust the angle according to your preference
  • Humanized and Portable Design:The tiny rubber feet at the base can ensure it holds firm on any surface and prevent the mirror from falling. Thanks to the ABS raw material, chrome finish, mini design with rounded edges,cordless and battery-operated ( Batteries Included ), it can be put into your luggage and take a little space.
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Review: AUKEY Aroma Diffuser 500ML Cool Mist 7 Color LED Light Change Essential Oil

Review:

This is a good looking little oil diffuser that doesn’t look out of place or cheap unlike some others I’ve used. I like the fact that it changes colours and lights up, adding a little something extra to it, vs the competition.

At first glance, it almost looks like a form of pottery. Setting the device up is really simple, fill it up and then select from the mode you’d like to use. There are different modes which allow you to select how often this works.

All in all, a good looking bit of kit that isn’t overly expensive.

Manufacture Description:

  • The Diffuser combines the benefits of aroma-therapy, aqua-therapy and light-therapy. Ultrasonic diffusing keeps the goodness of the essential oil and make them easier to diffuse with aromatic mist. Fill with your favorite fragrance that can lift your mood and relieve stress
  • The Water Tank holds 500ml water. Timer button will cycle through one of the five modes orderly, 1-hour, 3-hour, 6-hour, on and power off. The automatic shut-off features ensure safety and save energy making it for trouble-free use at night. It will switch off when water runs out
  • The mist size can be adjusted, there has two operating mode: High mist mode, fast ejection mist can make that air can quickly become wet; Low mist mode, the mist ejected slow, to maintain a uniform air humidity.The default setting is low mist
  • The 7-color LED lights create a soft and romantic ambience, making you feel calm and comfortable after one-day work. You can change color into your favorite one or suitable mode. You also can use it as a night light in baby room or bedroom
  • What you will get: 1x AUKEY Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser, 1x power adapter, 1x measuring cup, 1x user manual, 24 months worry-free warranty and friendly customer service

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Review: AUKEY Gaming Controller Wireless 2.4 GHz Vibration-Feedback Gamepad PC Controller

Review:

For the price, this is a really nice little controller. Granted, it’s not quite as sturdy as an Xbox controller, but it’s certainly not as cheap feeling as others I’ve taken for a spin.

The overall design is almost identical to an Xbox controller. It’s light weight and the buttons have a good feel to them, each having a good, solid click. The triggers also feel good, and aren’t overly spongey like some I’ve used.

Connection wise this is reliable and works well. The provided dongle allows you to connect to most devices that have a USB, and for things like Android phones and tablets, there is also an OTG cable so you can plug the dongle in.

If you’re after a budget controller, that doesn’t feel ridiculously cheap, then this is worth looking at.

Manufacture Description:

  • An ergonomic, fully-featured wireless gaming controller for computers, Android devices, and PlayStation 3
  • Compact, ergonomic shape provides a comfortable and enjoyable gaming experience. Complete and precise control with the full range of responsive gamepad buttons and dual analogue sticks & triggers
  • Stable and reliable 2.4 GHz wireless signal, transmitted by a USB receiver small enough to leave permanently plugged in. Included OTG cable provides compatible connection for Android phones and tablets
  • Extensive and diverse compatibility with plug and play support for Windows computers (Windows Vista and above); Android smartphones, tablets, TVs, and set-top boxes (Android 4.0 or above); and PlayStation 3 games consoles
  • Package Contents: AUKEY GE-W1 2.4GHz Wireless Gaming Controller, Micro-USB Cable, USB Wireless Receiver, Micro-USB to USB-A Female OTG Cable, User Manual, 24-Month Warranty Card

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Review: AUKEY Lightning Cable [ Apple MFI Certified ] 2 * 3.3ft / 1m

Review:

Great quality charging cables which work as well as the ones Apple supply in the box. The cables feel well made and sturdy, and the charge times are great. I used mine to sync up to my Macbook, and to also charge my iPhone 7 and iPad Pro. With both devices the cables worked great without any issues.

Getting two for the price of one is obviously handy as it means you can carry one around with you, while also using one at home. Definitely with the small price!

Manufacture Description:

  • Apple MFI Certified: Apple official authorized certified, quality assurance. Advanced technology for your phone to provide high quality accessories.
  • Built to last: premium materials, dirt-resistant TPE (same as Apple OEM cable), enhanced durability tested and safety technology ensure that AUKEY Lightning cable can live longer than most cables on the market.
  • Lightning 8-pin sided-plug, data and current transmission is more stable. High-quality internal wires support charging and provide fast data transfer rates up to 480 Mbps, more efficient and saving power.
  • Compatibility: 100% compatible with any lightning products with IOS system, such as iPhone SE / 7 / 7 Plus / 6 / 6 Plus / 6S / 6 Plus / 5S / 5C / 5, iPad 4 / Air / Air 2 / Pro / Mini / mini 2 / mini 3 / mini 4 / iPod Touch 5 / Touch 6 / Nano 7 / 9.7 inches iPad Pro.
  • What you can get: 1 x AUKEY 3.3ft / 1m USB Cable with Lightning Connector [2 Pack]; 24 Months Worry-free Warranty and Friendly Customer Service.

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Review: Kealive Wine Bottle Opener Electric Corkscrew Screwpull Wine Bottle Opener

Review:

This is a well built, good looking little bit of kit, that will come in handy in most households (Some more than others of course). For the price, I was expecting something a little cheap feeling, but this is actually a well made utensil, that looks premium and feels great.

I tried it out a couple of times, and it worked perfectly each time. The screw seems to work well, and pulls the cork out perfectly and stops any bits getting into the wine.

For the cost, you really can’t go wrong.

Manufacture Description:

  • Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener: With this electric wine bottle opener, you can open the wine bottle easily only with 4 batteries(not included). It is easy to carry with
  • Convenient and Safe Operation: Simple Push-Button operation, effortlessly open a wine bottle in second. Corkscrew is inside of the bottle opener to ensure your safety
  • Set of Bottle Opener: Suitable for opening most kinds of bottles. Now, if you buy this electric wine bottle opener, you will also get a foil cutter as present. The rotary foil cutter can cut the aluminum foil easily
  • High quality: High-quality stainless steel and ABS plastic. Each part of the opener connect compactly to ensure long-term safe use. Easy-grip handle for your comfortable use
  • Package Content: 1 x Electric Wine Bottle Opener; 1 x Foil Cutter; 1 x User Manual;1 x Warranty Card

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Review: AUKEY iPhone Lens 2 in 1 Kit 0.45x Wide Angle 140 Degrees

Review:

I’ve tried loads of attachable camera lenses for phones, and they tend to be just novel items that really serve very little practical use. This lens however is a beast. It’s big, like really big! The frame is well made, finished off in metal, but the main thing that makes it so good is the large size of the lens itself.

Most of these types of attachments are too small so you get a fish bowl affect around the outside of your image. With this, you don’t get that due to the larger size of the lens. I was actually able to take photos using the wide angle lens that didn’t distort around the edges!

If you’re in the market for this kind of attachment, this is by far the best I’ve used. It is big, but that has its advantages. Well worth the low cost!

Manufacture Description:

  • 2 in 1 Kit: 140 degree wide angle can expend angle, making your photos cover more views. 10x macro lens can make your cell phone to shoot tiny objects, you will discover the beauty of the details of the object. The photo will not deform and without black circle.
  • 58mm Filter Lens Interface: this lens can install different colors filter lens on it, the lens functional diversification, shooting more personalized photos.
  • High Quality Material: Personality profile, this phone lens is using high quality aluminum and optical glass materials, exquisite workmanship will not affect pixel imaging and color.
  • Removable Clip: With a removable clip to fix or remove retaining clip by rotating. The clip with internal protective rubber non-slip, is not easy to fall, and the phone will not scratch and is suitable for most phones and tablets.
  • Lens-round protection: the front and rear of the lens has a protective cover to prevent dust and avoid damaged to lens’ glass, the package contains a protective bag, easy to carry when you are traveling. The best choice for traveling.

Check it out here: Amazon

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Deal: Aukey Products

Thanks to our friends over in Aukey I’ve got a couple of deals to share with you on some of their tech products. Check them out below:

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Review: Wireless Headphones SmartOmi Boots Wireless Earphones Bluetooth 4.1 with Mic

Wireless Headphones SmartOmi Boots Wireless Earphones Bluetooth 4.1 with Mic

Review:

I was pretty skeptical of these little headphones when I was offered the chance to review them. After seeing so much about other similar products from a well known company, I didn’t really think that this sort of design would be a good idea. My biggest concern was that they would fall out easily, and soon get lost.

They are oddly comfortable, and seem to stay in my ears much better than expected. The ever so slight angle to the design means that the top edge nestles just under the top of my ear, securing itself. I used these a fair bit while doing house work, and moving a lot of stuff around, and at no point did either one of the buds fall out. I don’t know if its because normal headphones normally have a cable that tugs, but these felt much more secure than any other in ear headphones I’ve used before.

The two buds are very small and come with a charging cradle. To pair them up, you push and hold the power button on one of the buds, search for it in your bluetooth settings, then pair up. Once paired, power on the second bud, and they then communicate together. When you power down one, the other also shuts down! Sadly, they don’t do the same when powering on, but that isn’t a huge deal.

Sound quality is really good considering their small quality. Music came out loud and crisp, and I never felt the need to go about half volume. Anything louder would have just been uncomfortable.

At the time of writing they are retailing for £70 and I believe this is pretty reasonable.

Manufacture Description:

  • ✔ FULLY WIRELESS EARBUDS DESIGN − Eliminate stethoscope effect of all wired headphones and noise reducing. Enjoy rich sound from bass to treble. Great for calling in car, navigation, fishing and travel.
  • ✔ SWEATPROOF − This completely wireless earphones are withstand dripping sweat, no any affect running, jogging, hiking, biking, gym or other workout.
  • ✔ SIRI AND GOOGLE NOW WITH ONE TOUCH − Quickly press the main button twice on the buttom of master earphones for starup, hand free to control your mobile phone.
  • ✔ QUITE SIMPLY PAIRING − Just open one earbud to connect your device, then open the another one, all connected. Single or both as you like.
  • ✔ 5 HOURS CONTINUOUS TALK OR MUSIC TIME − Longest Battery life among Similar small earbuds, 200 hours of standby, also fit for people who wear glasses.

Check it out here: Amazon UK

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Review: AUKEY Quick Charge 3.0 Dual Port Car Charger for HTC

AUKEY Quick Charge 3.0 Dual Port Car Charger for HTC

Review:

Absolutely love this little car charger. It offers fantastic charging speeds in comparison to so many others I’ve used before it. Normally in car chargers just seem to trickle charge my device, but this little beast really delivers.

It’s very small and compact and well made, and also sports two USB ports so you can charge multiple gadgets on the go which is extremely handy!

Manufacture Description:

  • AUKEY is Amazon’s #1 Quick Charge Brand
  • Built-in the QC 3.0 Tech charges compatible devices four times faster than standard chargers and 40% faster than QC 2.0 Tech
  • Compatible with all USB powered devices including Quick Charge 2.0 & iPhone & tablets
  • EntireProtect safeguards protect your devices against excessive current, overheating, and overcharging
  • Package Contents: AUKEY CC-T8 36W Dual Port USB Car Charger, 3.3ft USB Micro USB Cable, User manual, and full 24 Month Worry-Free Warranty

Check it out here: Amazon UK