NOMAD ChargeKey – Review (@nomadgoods)

Let’s face it – walking around with a charging cable for your devices in your pocket is not ideal, and I doubt many people do it.  Having the option to carry something lightweight, small, and fully portable, however, is great and is now possible thanks to the affordable NOMAD ChargeKey.  NOMAD were kind enough to send me out one of their Micro USB to USB ChargeKey units that should work with all Micro USB devices.  Also available is a Lightning connector for use with the new iDevice models.

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The ChargeKey arrived in a very simple cardboard envelope packaging.  Simply open up the front and you are greeted with the Key itself.  That’s it!  Remove the Key from the sticky adhesive that holds it in place and you are good to go.  Size wise, the Key is no bigger than a standard house key, which makes it the ideal size to attach to your keys and carry it about with you.

The Key itself is made from a hard plastic at the two ends, one end with the Micro USB connector and the other with the main USB connector, and also has a rubber material in the middle that allows it some room to move about.  This could prove handy for a few reasons – less chance of it poking you while in your pocket, less chance of it being damaged and snapping while in your pocket, and lastly, it allows a bit of movement when hooking up your device.

When it came to using my phone with the Key, I had it connected to my laptop.  I didn’t want to risk using it with a wall adapter as it would mean leaving my phone hanging and to be honest, that would kind of defeat the object of the Key as if you are at home, you would use your wall adapter any way.  Having it hooked up to the laptop though, charging started as you would expect and I was also able to sync my phones photos and emails as well.  I also gave it a try using one of the PowerBanks that I have and am happy to say that that worked as it should.

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Overall, the NOMAD ChargeKey does what it says.  It is small, lightweight, portable, and comes in handy when you least expect it.  Always having it to hand is a major plus thanks to being able to have it attached to my keys and knowing that I don’t have to walk about with a charging cable in my pocket or bag is handy.  You never know when you’re going to be caught without power!  Priced at an affordable £20 over on Amazon UK, I think it is a must have addition, especially for those of you who like to be able to stay connected all of the time!

7″ Digital Photo Frame – Review (@KitvisionUK)

****Please check out the end of this review where there is a link to a giveaway, giving you the chance to win one of these!

Having access to your photos on mobile devices and laptops, etc, can often be the preferred method of viewing nowadays.  But what if you actually wanted to have select images available on display in and around your home?  Or what if you have a relative that isn’t over tech savvy?  The Kitvision 7″ Digital Photo Frame could be the solution for you!

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The photo frame itself comes packaged in an eye catching box packaging that contains a wealth of specifications, ranging from the slide show display mode, to the 7″ TFT Panel.  Inside the box you get the photo frame (the one I have for review is pink), the stand for the frame, UK 3-pin wall adapter and a user manual.

The frame feels very well made, as well as very sturdy.  Included is 8mb of internal storage – not enough to store all of your images, but plenty to store a few treasured images that you would like to keep to hand all of the time.  The frame boasts a bracket that you can rotate if you would like to, meaning that you can view your images in both landscape and portrait mode – you aren’t limited to having it set just one way or the other.  The spaces to attach the bracket can be found on the back of the frame.  The top of the frame houses the buttons used to control the functions of the frame.  These buttons are Play/Pause, Left, Right, Exit, and Setup.  The buttons are used to navigate the menus on the photo frame, which are straightforward to use.  Located down the right hand side of the frame is the USB Flash Drive port, the multicard reader, and the port to connect up the AC adapter.  The screen resolution is 480 x 234 pixels.  The supported image file format for the frame is JPEG – which is handy as this is what most images come as.

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Getting to grips with the frame is very straightforward.  To get the frame to display the images you want, simply insert a memory card that has your images on (either direct from a digital camera or smartphone or transfer the pictures to the card from a PC/laptop), or hook up a USB drive into the port on the side.  The built-in card reader enables you to simply plug in your card or USB stick and using the buttons on the top of the frame, navigate through the menus.  It is recommended that you store images in folders that contain up to 100 photos each.

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Once you have your memory card or USB drive inserted, ensure that you have plugged in the supplied plug adapter (5v), power on the frame, and you photos will start displaying to you as a slideshow.  The buttons on the back of the frame give you the options to pause the slideshow in order to make changes to the display, or even to keep that one particular image on display.  Also, the built-in menu is easy and straightforward to use, making the operation of the frame possible for anyone, no matter your technical knowledge.  From within the menu, you can also choose if you would like your images displayed as the original image, cropped, or stretched.

Another feature that I really like is the fact that you have a few transition effects to choose from, meaning that you can make changing from one image to the next, less plain and boring.  If you would rather not set it to one particular effect, you can set it to random so that it changes from image to image.  Another feature that I like is that you can change the speed of the slideshow – you can have the images change at a slow, medium or fast pace.  Again, something for everyone.

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Overall, I love this digital photo frame.  Kitvision have made it possible to have something to suit everyone, no matter of their age or preference.  If the 7″ frame is not for you, there is a large range of digital frames available in a variety of sizes and designs, so there should be something for everyone.  The price of the 7″ pink frame that I have here is £29.99 on Amazon UK (at time of posting) and would make an ideal gift, especially with Mother’s Day coming up *hint hint*.

Twitter: @KitvisionUK
Facebook: www.facebook.com/KitvisionUK
Instagram: www.instagram.com/kitvisionuk
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/kitvision
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/KitvisionUK

The guys over at Kitvision also launched this giveaway on their Twitter yesterday! https://twitter.com/KitvisionUK/status/442962839662125056

For Him

Buying for ‘him’ whether it be a partner or a friend can often prove tricky.  Hopefully one or two of the items below can help out, even if just a little.

Braun Series 3 – 340s Wet and Dry Electric Shaver – Boots.com
The Man Tin – Play.com
UWear The Beano Boxed Sock Set – Play.com
Batman Belt & Wallet Gift Set – Play.com
MimoBot Flash Drives – Mimoco.com

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**Giveaway Winner Post** Kingston Chinese Year of the Snake USB (@kingstontech)

Hey guys!

Firstly, a massive thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway.  I would also like to welcome all of my newest followers.

Now for the reason you are really here – the lucky winner of the Kingston Chinese Year of the Snake USB stick!  (Big thanks to Kingston Technology for supplying the USB stick for this giveaway!)

I went through all of the names who entered, took out the duplicate entries and put them all into Twitter Draw, clicked the Generate button and the winner came out as….

@ldcklf  .. Congrats!!  This USB stick is all yours!

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Please DM your address on Twitter and I will get it sent out ASAP.

Again, massive thanks to everyone who took part and retweeted – it is appreciated.  Stay tuned for more giveaways!

**Giveaway** Kingston Chinese Year of the Snake USB (@kingstontech)

Hey guys.

I have yet another giveaway for you!

This giveaway will be for one of these awesome USB sticks from the kind folk over at Kingston Technology.

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These USB drives are to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Snake and not available to buy anywhere in the UK!

To be in with a chance of winning one of these snazzy looking sticks, you have to be following both myself @TootieTazzy and @kingstontech on Twitter (I will be checking :) ).  Just click the red names and it will take you to the correct Twitter profiles.  Once you are following us both, just tweet the following message:

I’m following @TootieTazzy and @kingstontech and want to win a Kingston Chinese Year of the Snake USB stick! #TTKUSB http://wp.me/p1s6Lk-aP

Because this giveaway is for such an awesome bit of kit, I will leave it open until next Wednesday (May 22nd) evening UK time and announce the winners either that night or some time on Thursday.

Good luck everyone!  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

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**Giveaway Winner Post** Kingston 8GB DataTravel Guitar USB 2.0 (@kingstontech)

Hey guys!

Firstly, a massive thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway.  I would also like to welcome all of my newest followers.

Now for the reason you are really here – the lucky winner of the Kingston DataTraveler Guitar USB stick!  (Big thanks to Kingston Technology for supplying the USB stick for this giveaway!)

I went through all of the names who entered, took out the duplicate entries and put them all into Random.org, clicked the Generate button and the winner came out as….

@Dubble_JD_No7 .. Congrats!!  This USB stick is all yours!

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Please DM your address on Twitter and I will get it sent out ASAP.

Again, massive thanks to everyone who took part and retweeted – it is appreciated.  Also, stay tuned because I have another amazing giveaway coming up over the next few days!

Kingston 8GB USB 2.0 DataTraveler Guitar – Review (@kingstontech)

Kingston Technology were kind enough to supply me with two of their DataTraveler Guitar 8GB USB 2.0 memory sticks. I am giving one away HERE and here is the review of the one that I am allowed to keep.

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As the name suggests, this is a USB 2.0 thumb drive and will work with USB 2.0 ports on your PC and/or Mac. I will include data transfer speeds toward the end of this review.

Packaging wise, the Guitar USB stick is in the fiddly sealed plastic style package. I found the easiest way to get into it is by cutting the bottom and down one of the sides. Once inside, you can remove the stick easily enough, as well as the cardboard insert.  Also, tucked away inside the insert, there is a small keychain lanyard included which enables you to attach it easily to your keys.  The Guitar USB has a soft rubber shell with a good amount of detail when it comes to the frets, etc, which encases the USB adapter. You separate the guitar by pulling the end off, which in turn leaves you with the USB adapter on the biggest end as you can see in the image below.

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After running CrystalDiskMark, it showed that the average read speed was around 18MB/s and the average write speed was around 9MB/s.

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This is a great novelty USB stick which does a good job when it comes to transferring data. I can see this one staying attached to my keys along with the Kingston 32 GB DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0.  You are also covered by a 5 Year Warranty, just in case an issue arises.

Kingston 8GB DataTravel Guitar USB 2.0

I received these beauties in the post today from the kind people over at Kingston Technology.

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First impressions?  I really like them!

I will be reviewing one of them soon and offering one up in a giveaway over the next week or so so stay tuned!

Kingston 32 GB DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 Review

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I use my fair share of USB drives for different purposes that range from transferring movies, to storing my game saves, to keeping important files on, so I need something that is safe, reliable, and that does the job right the first time.

Today I have the latest USB thumb drive from Kingston Technology for review. This is the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 32 GB USB thumb drive. As the name suggests, this is a USB 3.0 thumb drive. This drive should support transfer speeds of up to 70MB/s Write and 150MB/s Read, according to the specifications on the packaging. I will, of course, give this a try and will include the results in this review.

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The G3 DataTraveler Ultimate is very nice to look at. With its aliminium casing to protect the plastic inside of the drive, it is definitely easy on the eye. It uses slide open and close function to access the USB connector – slide open to be able to plug into the PC, slide closed again when finished. The aluminium casing is not there just for show – it covers the whole device and is thick enough to offer protection from any knocks, bumps, and drops. The cashing covers the thumb drive from corner to corner. At the end of the thumb drive, there is an attractive looking, round shaped Kingston branded link that enables you to attach it to your keychain or a lanyard.

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Still on topic of the lanyard/keychain, if you look inside the bundled instruction manual, there is a small keychain included which makes it even easier to attach the thumb drive to your keys, etc.

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As I am sure you have realised from the name of this thumb drive, it is best used in a USB 3.0 port. Saying this, it is backwards compatible with USB 2.0, so you can still use it even if you have yet to upgrade to USB 3.0.
As you can see from both images below, this stick performs extraordinarily well, no matter if you are using USB 2.0 or USB 3.0.

(USB 2.0 on the left, USB 3.0 on the right).

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You can buy this drive in either a 32GB or 62GB size capacity drive. Both sizes come with a 5 year warranty, which includes free tech support. Personally, I don’t think I have ever contacted tech support for help with a thumb drive issue, but having the option to do so is always a nice touch.

Considering the size, speed and build of this USB thumb drive, I would highly recommend this. No matter if you are a heavy user or casual, this drive will not let you down. This will most definitely be at the top of my list for future purchases.

Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 Features and Specifications:
Capacities: 32 GB, 64 GB
Speed: USB 3.0 up to 150 MB/s Read, 70 MB/s Write
USB 2.0 up to 30 MB/s Read, 20 MB/s Write
USB 3.0 performance: dramatic time savings when transferring large media files; 8x faster than a standard USB 2.0
Durable design: solid metal sliding casing with no cap to lose
Backwards compatibility: usable with USB 2.0 systems with excellent performance throughout
Guaranteed: five-year warranty and free technical support
Dimensions: without key ring: 2.6929″ x 0.8961″ x 0.4567″ (68.40 mm x 22.76 mm x 11.6 mm)
with key ring: 3.3622″ x 0.8961″ x 0.4567″ (85.40 mm x 22.76 mm x 11.6 mm)
Operating Temperature: 32°F to 140°F (0°C to 60°C)
Storage Temperature: -4°F to 185°F (-20°C to 85°C)