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Manfrotto Pixi Mini tripod


After a long search and decision process in the purchase of a folding tripod that I felt was going to be strong enough and versatile enough for some long term use as a vlogging handle with the ability to stand on a desk or table while I talked to a camera (my iPhone 5 camera), I finally settled on this one.

 

I just needed a handle and tripod for my vlogging channel due to a few minor factors starting with the basic ergonomics of holding my iPhone 5 while keeping clear of the lens and microphone without having to constantly think about it.

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But into the bargain with this particular tripod you get quite a bit more in the way of it’s capabilities and strength. Very solid in build and construction and able to carry

**Maximum body weight of 650g/ 1.4lb

Maximum 85mm Focal length

Maximum total payload 1kg/ 2.2lb

So as you can see from these statistics it is able to carry a fair weight. For the serious photographer or anyone who intends to use it a fair bit, the price is pretty good right now from Amazon stores (Affiliate links below).  If you won’t use it much, maybe just for the odd Phone shot then maybe a cheaper option would suit better.

UK Amazon http://amzn.to/1laYROQ

US Amazon http://amzn.to/RNuF3U

This tripod in some stores subject to availability can also be bought in other colours, for the more expressive of you out there. So hit the links above, at the time of this post going live the price is much lower than I paid.

 

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@Newtrent 4.2A Max Dual USB car charger NT81T


It has been a whole week now since I received this package so I immediately filmed the in car footage from the above video and after the initial shock of the iPad Air 64GB not charging when first plugged in it turns out, after a lot of trying out and cable checking, it was down to the fact that port B on each charger is not able to push enough power to feed the iPad Air’s requirements (unless I got a faulty batch). I didn’t after more research it would appear that the wattage to charge the iPad is not available at port B.

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This aside I have to say these chargers are amazingly quick at charging your devices and I found after just a half hour journey there was a battery percentage increase on the iPad Air of around 20% using port A. and on the iPhone 5 an increase of 25% whilst under use from a Bluetooth headset.

This now makes sense as to why it points out on the packaging that port A is for Apple devices, though port B worked with the iPhone 5 perfectly well, as well as charging a Newtrent IMP120D battery backup, a Bluetooth headset and although not seen on video there was my sons old Galaxy S1 which cheered him up no end when he needed to make a call.

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These two, yes TWO, (one black one white) in one box for this money is extremely good value for a very visually appealing and sleek device that does all that is offered from the manufacturer Newtrent it would be more common to see one device for not much less than the current asking price for such a premium product let alone two in one box.

Basically to round up this post I would highly recommend these for a family who travel with the children, a couple who need one each or even a power hungry techaholic like myself who likes to have full power wherever he go’s. A five star rating from me. Hit the Amazon affiliate links below for current pricing in your country.

 

UK http://amzn.to/RBvhK8

US http://amzn.to/1jpsWJt

The Mpow V4.0 Bluetooth headset.


When opening the box you are immediately treat to a well presented package, with a USB cord held in a nice reusable clip, a 12v car USB charger and 2 spare ear buds, all of which can be carried in the snap top pouch supplied.

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I have been testing this headset for some time now and have to say it has to be the most comfortable and easy to use headset I have ever had, I have tried it next to spectacles too and it still stays on my ear without feeling heavy or floppy as some can.
It has performed flawlessly since I got it, with no hiccups what so-ever.
Ease of use with devices like this is very important and this one does not fail in this department with only needing a volume rocker and a call-answer/ power button, which also when in use allows you to listen to music at a single press on or off. The music or perhaps sat nav app will reduce in volume as a call is made or received.

The call quality is the best I have ever had from this kind of device, even with my car window open the air noise could hardly be heard by the person on the other end of the line, therefore the noise cancellation is very good. I also had no echo or sound drop and a very good range of volume. If you are in the market for such a device and don’t want to have to disconnect from your car when near by to it then this is definitely a good option for it’s very fair price. MPow have definitely ticked all the boxes with this device, check out their website here http://www.xmpow.com and hit the Amazon links below for the latest prices.

Amazon product link UK: http://amzn.to/1m0pWZj
Amazon product link US: http://amzn.to/1hLQntS

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Eliza Tinsley mesh back executive


Unboxing and building of my new desk chair. The Eliza Tinsley mesh back executive.

Music : Redshift by Robert chacon https://soundcloud.com/nocopyrightsounds/robert-chacon-redshift-feat

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NEWTRENT Airbender 2.0 for iPadAir


After nearly a week now of using the Airbender 2.0 I can now say that a keyboard of this size is definitely a little too cramped for every day use, for my hands at least.
As an inbetweener, and by that I mean in between a touch screen and a laptop, there is an area of usefulness for these sort of devices for people from many walks and jobs. I could see a business man or maybe even a reporter who wants to travel fast and light could definitely make use of one with plenty of practice with the narrow set of the keyboard. The chiclet keys were a pleasure to work with.

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I have found a very slight lag in the use of function keys occasionally but when purely typing like this it is quick, smooth and faultless.
The case fitted the back of my iPad Air 64Gb model with a sound secure snap and grips it securely but I get the feeling the polycarbonate used for this part will not take a heavy impact. The ability to detach this part is a big plus but needs a little practice to detach it quickly.

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The hinge part to this device is my main area of concern. It just seems so. . .well, fiddly.
I think the addition of some kind of clip/clamp to fasten the bottom or side depending on orientation to the hinge as this would aid opening the shell without having to touch the screen of your beloved iPad Air and affecting any app which may be open.

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A pleasant surprise that I didn’t expect to see with this was the support for the sleep wake function, a small thing I know but nevertheless nice. My only other minor niggle is the rubberised clasp, as I can see it either wearing relatively quickly or snapping all together.

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My unboxing and first thoughts
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In closing as a final point I can recomend this item as a useful aide to writing your emails or any typing process on an iPad as it is most definitely faster and easier. On a scale of 1-5 despite the minor points I have mentioned, I would rate it a 5, and if I were in the market for such a device these things would not put me off buying one for the price as it stands on Amazon right now.

Newtrent website http://www.newtrent.com

Amazon Affiliate product links : Check the images below for current pricing.
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