Revolar Instinct – Review

Revolar Instinct on jeans

Revolar Logo

Being a biker, devices that can make my life safer are of great interest to me.

The first ‘safety’ device that I had is my Apple Watch (1st Generation). This is a device that I have grown very attached to, and it has a great little safety feature – If you hold down button for more than 7 seconds it will automatically send out a SOS message to your pre-programmed emergency contacts. I’m a big fan of this feature, but unfortunately it doesn’t work for me when I’m on the motorcycle. The reason is because of the gloves that I wear tend to press against the side of the watch, meaning that I can be happily riding along with not a care in the world, while everyone i care about is in a panic haven just received a message saying that I’m in trouble and need help. I think at one point I might even have placed an accidental call to 999….  So I’ve stopped wearing my Apple Watch when on the bike, but that means I’m one safety device down. Until one week in March where an advert popped up on Facebook showing me an IndieGoGo campaign for a little key ring like item with a button, which allowed me to communicate my status to my loved ones. The Revolar Instinct. Continue reading “Revolar Instinct – Review”

RAVPower NP-FW50 Compatible Batteries & Charger – Review

Those of us who own digital cameras know the price we have to pay for official accessories. Generally we don’t mind ‘too’ much because the official ones are generally better than anything third-parties make, right?

In the case batteries this may not hold true. OEM batteries are often exceedingly expensive because of the brand name that is attached to them, and sometimes a third party battery can offer very similar (or sometimes even better) performance than the official one.

In this instance we’re looking at the the Sony FW50 (NPFW50) compatible RAVPower FW50 Compatible two-pack of batteries with an included twin battery charger. Continue reading “RAVPower NP-FW50 Compatible Batteries & Charger – Review”

3 Legged Thing meets Peak Design – Tripod Plates Comparison

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So this is a bit of a niche post, but I figured it was worthy of a little bit of attention. Those of you who are UK and US based photographers have probably come across the company ‘3 Legged Thing’, makers of some truly lovely tripods. Recently, 3 Legged Thing have teamed up with Peak Design, another company that I have great respect for. This partnership appears to go beyond the simple of selling Peak Design products on the UK 3 Legged Thing website. Continue reading “3 Legged Thing meets Peak Design – Tripod Plates Comparison”

Twelve South BookArc möd stand for Macbook Pro Retina – Review

Twelve South BookArc Mod detail

For those of us who work entirely from a laptop, working on the go is a perfectly fine experience, however when we get back to the office / home / base, we want to be able to plug it into a bigger screen to give us that Desktop Experience. When I first transitioned to my Macbook Pro Retina 15″, I HATED plugging it into an external screen because the external screen just wasn’t Retina (and once you’ve gone Retina, you just don’t want to go back). Later on I bought a beautiful Dell 2715Q (absolutely LOVE it!) and all of a sudden working on an external screen was a joy and a pleasure. As I’d gone 27-inch at 4K I didn’t really want to use Multi-Monitor any more, so I quickly stopped using my laptop as a second screen, but that left me with a 15″ Macbook Pro Retina sat on my desk, taking up valuable worktop space. What to do with it? Continue reading “Twelve South BookArc möd stand for Macbook Pro Retina – Review”

Sony MDR-ZX770BN Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones – Review

Sony MDR-ZX770BN

Wireless headphones are all the rage now – I’ve owned a pair for a good amount of time (the amazing August EP650’s), and use them regularly. However when I was traveling in February I noticed that they were not the perfect pair for use in a plane. I think I was jus spoiled by the Bose QC15’s that I got to wear in Business Class that one time…

After many months I finally spotted a deal for the Sony MDR-ZX770BN on Amazon UK Deals for £80, and figured I’d take a chance on them, and as I have a two week excursion to Canada coming up, I figured I could (just about) justify them. Continue reading “Sony MDR-ZX770BN Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones – Review”

PocketWizard Mini/Flex – Third Party Compatibility

Many years ago, my first Canon 430EX II Speedlite drastically changed the way I looked at Photography. At the time I was getting started, and inexperienced with the advanced techniques such as off-camera lighting. Adding a decent Speedlite with a rotatable head opened up whole new worlds to me. Then came my Canon 7D with an IR Transmitter built into the on-camera flash. This meant triggering (With ETTL) of off-camera Speedlites. Again, new worlds were opened to me – now the possibility of professionally lighting a scene with one or two off-camera Speedlites was a whole new realm of exploration and learning. Continue reading “PocketWizard Mini/Flex – Third Party Compatibility”

Peak Design Capture Pro and POV Kit – Review

Peak Design logoPeak Design are a USA-Base company who started out in 2010 with the Capture Clip, their first camera clip that was designed to solve camera carrying problems of creator Peter Dering. The original design pioneered on Kickstarter and raised an amazing $364,698. A brief history of the company can be found on their website, or on The SmugMug Blog.

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August MR250 Bluetooth Audio Transmitter – Review

I heard about the upcoming Bluetooth audio transmitter from August when I purchased my August Ep650 Bluetooth headphones. On the off-chance that I’d be able to get one from August to review, I fired off an email linking to my review of the EP650’s and asked if August would mind sending me one to review when it was released. In the middle of July I received an email from August requesting my address to send me one for review. Low and behold, 18 hours later, I have in my hands the new (very diminutive) August MR250 Bluetooth Audio Transmitter.

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August EP650 Bluetooth 4 Headphones – Review

When it comes to purchasing a new product, it is always based on research (lots of research) and a justification as to whether or not I ‘could not live without it’. The August EP650 Bluetooth 4 Headphones definitely do not fall into either category prior to writing this review. When I first heard about the EP650’s, I initially dismissed them because I had never heard of the company ‘August’, however after trying a friends, I quickly decided to get a pair. Continue reading “August EP650 Bluetooth 4 Headphones – Review”

PayPal Here – Review

This is the third Chip and PIN device that I’ve reviewed, and probably the one that I’ve most looked forward to. Previous devices have been good, however they’ve never had an air of a big corporate entity behind them to drive the service into new areas. Enter PayPal, an arguably late entry to the Bluetooth Chip and PIN device market. PayPal Here was announced in the UK shortly after iZettle pre-orders had begun, however no pre-order information was available until after the iZettle devices had already started shipping. Continue reading “PayPal Here – Review”