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Castrum Review

 

You can buy this case and many more from Gravity right here: http://gravity-accessory.com/en/

Check out their store to buy more consumer electronics like phonesa and tablets http://www.mobile-japan.com/

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Inside the box you’ll get the case itself, a brush, a little tool to help instalation and two little screws inside the installation tool just incase you lose one. The screws are very small so chances are you’ll lose one if you're constantly taking your case off.

 

The case itself is a bumper style case thats made up of four aluminum parts. The four parts are extremely customizable, the case come in two colors. For review I got the Black and Wine red and it looks absolutely stunning. The case is held tightly together by four little screws. Once it's together it has a very strong fit and you can assure that it will never come off. The case is difficult to put on at first but you’ll get faster and better at putting the case on.


 

To put on the case you just unscrew one screw on both sides of the case. This allows you to split the case in two parts allowing you to slide your phone and tighten everything up. Around the case you'll notice all aluminum buttons which are easy to access provide very good tactile feedback especially the sleep/awake button. The cut outs on the bottom are very large so third party headphones or lightning cables will fit. Since the cutout is so large it will also work on a dock/speaker so you’ll never have to remove your case

Since its a bumper style case, the back and front are completely opened. The case itself does not provide any lay on the table protection but Gravity does sell front and back screen protectors that you can check out on the first link of this review.

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Overall this case is fantastic, provides a great deal of protection from an aluminum body while maintaining a slim factor. The weird/unique shape allows your fingers to fall in place and you'll never never have the best experience holding this case. The case comes in a total of 9 colors so its highly customizable for your needs

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Pros:                             Cons:

Aluminum Bumper                    Hard to install but only at first

Stylish

Comes in eight colors

 

By Orhan Kallogjeri

Sword Alpha Review

 

You can buy this case and many more from Gravity right here: http://gravity-accessory.com/en/

Check out their store to buy more consumer electronics like phonesa and tablets http://www.mobile-japan.com/

Please like them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/GRAVITY/663004153731588

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Inside the box you’ll get the case itself, a little tool to help installation. The installation tool itself houses two extra screws just incase you lose one. The screws are very small so chances are you’ll lose one if you're constantly taking your case off.

The case itself is made up of two pieces and help together with two screws. Its a bumper style case that provides a great amount of protection but keeps the beauty of the iphone showing. The case does not provide any lay on the table protection but you could buy a screen protector at the first link of this review.

The case is hard to put on at first but after the first time its very easy. To put on the case you unscrew both the screws on each side. Then slide your phone in and tighten everything up.Once its on it really feels like a one piece design, its very clean and an extreme fit that will never come off.

 

All the cut outs are very large so you should never have a problem putting the volume up and down. You should never have a problem using third party lighting cables, the cutout is very large. You can even put you phone in a dock/speaker with the case on. The only button covered is the sleep/awake button which is covered with an aluminum button, and i must say it gives amazing tactile feedback.

Overall this case is very slim bumper case while still maintaining a great amount of protection. Its very stylish because its very shiny due to the brush finish left on the aluminum. You will always have people commenting on how attractive the case is. The Sword Alpha comes in a total of seven colors so its highly customizable to your needs. I rate this case a 10/10 I found no issues while using this case.

Pros:                             Cons:

Aluminum Bumper                    Hard to install but only at first

Stylish

Comes in seven colors

 

By Orhan Kallogjeri

AOR-1 Review

 

You can buy this case and many more from Gravity right here: http://gravity-accessory.com/en/

Check out their store to buy more consumer electronics like phonesa and tablets http://www.mobile-japan.com/

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Inside the box you’ll get the case itself, a brush, a little tool to help installation. There are two extra screws inside the installation tool just incase you lose one. The screws are very small so chances are you’ll lose one if you're constantly taking your case off.

The case is made from aluminum but it has a cerakote firearm coating. This assures you that it will have a lifetime coating. Its the same coasting that the military uses which makes it very unique. All the cases are hand painted so you can assure that they are all unique and one of a kind. The coating feels really well in the hand ,it kind of feels like its sand blasted smooth but yet so gripy.

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The case itself is made up of four pieces and held together with four little screws. Its a bumper style case that provides heavy protection because its made from aluminum while keeping a slim factor. Its very hard to install but it became easy once I knew how to do it properly. I found out that the easiest way to install the case was to unscrew only two screws, one on each side. Then slide your phone in and screw all back up.

Once its all together it really resembles a one piece design. It is a very strong fit and a very clean look. Looking around the case you’ll notice that the case has aluminum buttons which give great tactile feedback especially the sleep/awake button. On the bottom you'll notice that the cutouts are very large so you should have no problem at all with third party accessories or any docks.

Since this is the bumper case, the back and front of your Iphone5/5S will be completely open to show all of its beauty. It doesn't provide much of a lay on the table protection but you could buy a back and front screen protector from gravity on the first link of this review.

Overall this case is great. It provides a great deal of protection and it has a cerakote coating that will last a lifetime. It provides a very strong hold yet still providing beauty and style. The weird/unique shape of this case makes it the best handling case I have ever used. I rate this case a 10/10, i found no issues with it.

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Pros:                             Cons:

Aluminum Bumper                     Hard to install but only at first

Strong Fit                        

Lifetime cerakote firearm coating

Very stylish

 

By Orhan Kallogjeri

Toq Smartwatch Review

A big shoutout goes to Qualcomm for sending us the Toq smartwatch for me to review. You can buy their product here.

https://toq.qualcomm.com/buy-now ( here you have the option to buy in either black or white )

 

This is a smart watch like no other built from the company Qualcomm, better known for making processors. This smartwatch is better than most smart watches in every single way. Display, build quality, and battery. The build quality is so much better than most other smart watches. Its mostly plastic and a few metal parts here and there but its very slim and stylish and you will get complimented a lot. It has no visual buttons but you do have two buttons in the arm bands,  on the bottom of the display and on top. the bottom button acts like your home button. It gives you access to the other apps available inside the watch itself. The top button you hit twice and its a backlight for night or dark areas. Keep in mind that these are very sensitive, I would actually activate the light when bumping into people at the train which I found annoying at times.

 

The watch itself is very slim because it houses the battery on the bottom of your wrists and a metal clasp that holds the watch together very snug. The clasp is the thing I hate most because you need hard nails to actually open it. I would use my pen or have someone else open it for me since i don’t grow out my nails. Another issue I had was the battery, since its in the bottom it will bother you because you're used to your hand being flush to the table, but you will get used to it very fast.

 

The thing I found an issue the most was the arm band itself because you have to physically cut it with scissors and push this little pin that they give you. you have a total of three pins. The reason I don’t like it is because if I want to let my friend wear it and if he has big wrists then he can’t wear it. But then again I can see why they would do it because its yours and want you to personalize it to your needs.

 

The best part is the wireless charging. It charges your watch and two headphones wirelessly into this box that they provide for you. The wireless headphones will be sold separately and will be coming this fall. The charging takes a while, around 6 hours to fully charge it but you could do that at night. The battery will last you 1-2 weeks of use which is incredible because the galaxy gear will barely last you a full day.  

 

The display is my favorite out of all, it has a 1.55 inch multi touch with the resolution of 288x192. It has a Mirasol display which uses the natural light. It reflects the light from the sun or any other light source so the display to be viewed. More light means a better more crisp display, so in a bright sunny day you are able to view the watch with no problem unlike looking at your phone which you have to cover with your hand to see the display. At night or when its dark when there’s no natural light you have the option to double tap the

 

It also has a use interface like no other, its very simple and easy to use. The Toq app you have many different interfaces to choose from which is a very nice feature. It has a lot of options to choose for the clock option, there are ones with your calendar, stocks, and future events. The watch itself has many apps itself. It has a messages and call log which works really great, its updated instantly from your phone. You can call straight from the phone but you should be aware that you will have to talk from your phone not the watch, it doesnt have a speaker or microphone.

 

Other apps include the calendar, music control, weather, stocks, status, settings, activity and a new feature tracking. You can personalize all of these within the top app itself. The music control is really cool, it allows you to pause, play next and go back just from your watch but I found it useless since most headphones have in line buttons. weather and stock worked perfect since its linked to my phone, this was very useful. I didn’t need to waste my phone battery to check stocks or weather. Activity is probably my favorite app on the smartwatch, it uses the pedometer and accelerometer to track your steps and you could set goals for yourself. This feature replaces the nike band and also competes with the galaxy gear line.

 

Overall this watch is beautiful, its extremely comfortable to wear in the hand because its light. The user interface is simple and easy. Before you buy it you should know that it only works with android devices. Maybe in the near future it could work with IOS to raise up their sales since Pebble is monopolizing that category. If the next generation could fix the metal clasp and the rubber bands where you can adjust freely then this will be one of the best smart watch out there. I give this an overall rating of 9/10, only because of my two issues that they later fix in a second generation model.

 

By Orhan Kallogjeri  - orhan@techreviewsuk.com

Siberia Elite Headphone Review

A big shoutout goes to SteelSeries for sending us the Siberia Elite to review. You can buy their products reviewed in this article here.

http://steelseries.com/products/audio/steelseries-siberia-elite

 

Lets start off with the build quality, these headphones are nothing but high quality, from the hearing to the build. Its impressive to me how much effort SteelSeries puts in their headphones to make such an incredible experience for the user. As soon as I put them on my head I knew that these will be my most used gaming headphones of 2014. The feel and comfort it provides is better than any other headphones I have ever used.

 

SteelSeries really focused on the comfortability of these headphones, you can tell from the huge ear cups. It feels like clouds around your ears, so comfortable and also these are almost noise canceling. The ear cups and head strap is made from high quality leather. The iconic over the head suspension is very smooth and works brilliant, the support band is made out of aluminum so you can assure it will last you a very long time.

 

For review I got the white edition ( also comes with black ) which looks great and stands out but since it is white leather it will get dirty and will pick up a few blemishes here and there if you’re not careful.

 

The left ear cup hold the retractable mic and LED  to notify if mute or not. On the other ear cup you have a 3.5 mm headphone jack to connect with another pair of headphones. Say if you were listening to music and you wanted to share the music with your friend he will put his headphone jack in there and stream music through your headphones.

 

These headphones are not low profile at all, they are huge, so more than likely you would never wear these outside. I actually did to get peoples reaction and first impressions on the headphones and they said that the build and sound quality is superb but were blown away once I told them that they were gaming headphones. Since these are very huge, they are also heavy for a pair of headphones. I should say that after around 5-6 hours of gaming with them they started to hurt but after a half an hour break  they were as good as new. Six hours is a lot of time to be gaming, if you're young then these should be great. If you're a hardcore gamer then you will also enjoy them because of food breaks.

 

On the left earcup you have the non tangled cord that is not removable and in the end it has the SteelSeries priority jack which you can connect with microphone and headphone splitter, 90 degree headphone jack and also a 2 meter extension cord. All these have the same texture feel as the ear cups and headband, they're not leather but they feel so much like it. On the left earcup you also have access the the mute switch while on the right earcup you have access to the volume control. These are very convenient, there's no need to search for inline controls.

 

On the earcups you have the different lighting feature which makes these headphones stand out. Theres a total of 16.8 million different colors and different combinations that you could do. I found it a bit useless because you can’t really see the outside of the headphones while you’re using them, only the people around you could.

 

My most lead down thing about these headphones was the mic, it sounded above average but I believe it should've been higher with the price you’re paying. SteelSeries makes up for it for its notice canceling and superb sound quality. You are able to make the voice quality better with the engine that SteelSeries provides for you.

 

Over all the Siberia Elite from SteelSeries is a great pair of headphones that will cost you $199. It has amazing build quality from high quality leather and strong aluminum support. the are huge and houses the volume wheel, mute switch and mic. Allowing the user easy access. Big ear cups leads to noise cancelling and great in game detail. I do recommend these headphones to any gamer out there. I rate these headphones at a 9 out of 10. At the price of $199 this is a steal. ​​

 

By Orhan Kallogjeri  - orhan@techreviewsuk.com

BWC Kidi 7'' Tablet - Review

Christmas is coming up, and lots of kids are wanting a tablet to play with in the car, at home, or wherever. But, the bad thing is, that all tablets are nearly £200. Aren’t they? I thought so… until I found the BWC Kidi-7! The Kidi-7 is a budget tablet priced at only £49.99 from BWC Devices. This is a tablet made for the upcoming Christmas market and ideal for children, and a solid competitor to the new Tesco Hudl and Argos MyTablets. Before the review, a big thank-you goes out to Roger from BWC Devices for helping me out by sending out this tablet for reviewing purposes. Now let’s get on with it!

 

First things first; let’s discuss design. The Kidi-7 Tablet is a pretty good size; it weighs only 621 grams and is 4.6cm thin. The screen is 7 inches and has an HD resolution of 1024x600. This sounds like a great screen, but it really isn’t too spectacular. The viewing angle is pretty narrow, and in order to see it correctly you have to hold it at a very slight (but awkward) angle. But, if you could manage to find the correct angle, it wasn’t too bad to look at; it’s just fine for the occasional user. It is also made of a material that I wasn’t used to, making it a bit hard to slide my finger on it and picking up fingerprints too easily along the way. The back of the tablet is pretty interesting; it has a texture that looks like the linen from Apple’s iOS 6. The Kidi-7 also has several buttons and ports along the top, including: the power button, the volume rocker, a Mini HDMI port, a headphone jack, a Micro USB port for charging, and a Micro-SD card slot. Beneath this we have the 2 megapixel camera (plus another .3 megapixel camera on the front) and a little further down is the small speaker. It feels pretty nice when you’re holding it, and adds a little grip. The Micro-USB cable as well as a USB to AC adapter and a few other country adapters (UK/EU/US) are included with the tablet, so you won’t need to go out and buy any charging accessories. As expected, the Mini HDMI port is for projecting the tablet’s screen on to a monitor or television, and the SD card slot is for expanding the tablet’s storage up to 32 gigabytes. In my opinion, the camera was not very good; it is comparable to an older cell phone camera. Lastly (for the design section) is build quality. The Kidi-7 seems somewhat durable, but I still think that a decently far drop would crack the screen. One of the major issues I noticed was that the glass is not fastened securely to the body of the tablet; it would rise up sometimes and I had to push it back down into the body. This wasn’t a huge deal, and didn’t cause any functionality issues, it was just something worth mentioning.

 

Now that I’ve covered the design/build quality, I can move on to the usage of the Kidi-7. This particular tablet runs a clean version of Android 4.2 Jellybean - no bloat-ware or other intrusions. Boasting a dual-core processor, the tablet is pretty fast; except for the boot-up times. The tablet will boot up in about 45 seconds, which is pretty long but isn’t too bad. Once its loaded up, you can use the built-in Wifi connectivity to watch movies, download games, and more! With the ability to connect to the Google Play store, you have over one million games and other apps to pick from and download onto the tablet. I downloaded the popular “Angry Birds” game, and the game performance was flawless. No lagging or anything of that sort; just the minor screen angle issues were affecting the gameplay. The game also played the sounds pretty well, but it isn’t a high-dollar speaker we have here. However, it works pretty well for what it’s meant for - occasional game sounds or music/movie playing. Typing anything on the Kidi-7 isn’t a pleasant experience; the not-so-comfortable screen combined with the smaller screen size didn’t allow for very nice typing. But that isn’t necessarily an issue with just this tablet; most 7-inch tablets have some sort of typing issue. That being said, doing some web browsing or quick emailing/tweeting/etc wasn’t too bad.

 

Overall, I think I would recommend the tablet for some people. If you just want a cheap on-the-go tablet for occasional browsing, tweeting, or music/gaming/movies, I think this will be a pretty nice option. However, if you want to do more with your tablet, such as more intense gaming, typing, watching lots of movies and music, etc., I would actually recommend picking up a slightly more expensive option such as one of the Nexus tablet, a Galaxy Tab, or an iPad Mini.

 

You can purchase the BWC Kidi-7 tablet from: 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/BWC-Kidi-Value-Children-excellent-Widescreen/dp/B00F6NNT9A

or MobiCity: http://www.mobicity.co.uk/bwc-kidi7-dual-core-7inch-hd-tablet.html.

 

If you decide to pick up this tablet, or have any other comments, please let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Keyboard

 

The Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 is Razer’s top of  range gaming keyboard. Retailing for just over £100/$140. It uses MX Cherry Brown istead of Red or Blue and gives nice tactile feedback. This keyboard unlike the regular blackwidow is backlit. It gives off a nice green colour which makes the keyboard a lot better for night-time gaming!

 

The Pro’s of this keyboard are that the mechanical switches provide audio and tactile feedback & it is also backlit so provides a nice lighting for day and night use.

 

The cons of this keyboard are the font on the keyboard is a little hard to read and there is also no backlit customization.

 

Overall the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 is a solid mechanical gaming keyboard, it does have a few issues but overall it is a great keyboard! We would give this keyboard 8.5/10 and highly recommend it, if you are after a premium gaming keyboard. It is definitely worth the additional £10 over the regular blackwidow as you do get a lot of cool additional features.

 

Be sure to check out the unboxing of this keyboard - http://goo.gl/xq7hsV

 

By Finley McGregor – (Founder & Writer)

– finley@techreviewsuk.com

- Twitter: @finmcgregor

Razer Taipan Gaming Mouse - Review

Razer is a well known gaming brand. We are lucky enough to get our hands on with the Razer Taipan. This has a 8200 dpi 4G dual sensor making it one of the most accurate gaming mice out there. As will most Razer products it has LED lighting on the product. The tapai has Green LEDs on the wheel, also along the sites and of course showing the actual Razer logo. The buttons are very sensitive to touch and click with barely any pressure. It works with both PC/Mac but works best with a pc. As it says on the box, ‘‘For Gamers. By Gamers’’. This was designed by many gamers to help get the best quality mouse for us; the public.


The mouse has a 7 foot braided cable, 9 programmable buttons, rubber on the side to place your thumb and a huge variety of other things! After using it for just over a week or so I have noticed that it is amazingly light weight & accurate. I used it mainly with my iMac and it performed amazingly. It felt rather weird at first having such a touch sensitive mouse but after a while I started to love it! As this uses lasers, it is very accurate and amazing for online games with your friends etc. It has a little bit of grip on the bottom of the mouse but not enough that it doesn’t move quickly and freely. I found that as I was mainly using it with my iMac that I only used the 3 buttons (2 clickers left & right & scroll wheel) but on my pc I was using pretty much all of the buttons to control it. I think even though this works with mac it was mainly made for PC users and gamers. I have no problem with that at all! In the box itself you get: the mouse, 2 razer stickers, instructions & warranty literature. The box itself it very awesome as you can have a sneek peak at your mouse through at transparent plastic pane.

 

Overall it feels amazing in your hand! It is very touch sensitive an accurate. I love the LEDs on the mouse and also the buttons. It works with PC/Mac but is mainly optomized for PC gamers. It comes with a 2 year warranty and also the honour of saying, ‘’I have a Razer mouse’’. It is very good for online games and is a great way to win! I think i will give this mouse a good 9/10 as I love the design, the build quality & everything else between!

By Finley McGregor - finley@techreviewsuk.com

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Tissot T-Touch Expert - Review!

 

Today we have the Tissot T-Touch expert for review! Tissot are a very famous watch company originating from Switzerland.

 

The watch we have here is called the T-Touch expert. The watch is like an ordinary watch but with a twist. The watch is touch sensitive meaning if you touch the screen/clock face it does different things. For example if you touch the screen at 6 it will become a compass and the hands mechanically love to north! If you press 9 it becomes a stop clock etc. This is incredible! It has the normal watch with a carbon fibre looking back and also a small screen with the seconds number on it which also acts as the stop watch when needed.

 

To stop the watch from doing this you have to hold down the centre button on the side. This stops the functions. The watch itself has a rubber band for your wrist which is adjustable. It fits brilliantly on most wrists. The watch body itself is rather thick as it is an normal watch but then has the electronics in it. It also is a little heavy on your wrist but you can easily get used to it after a while.

 

A lot of people (friends or other) came up to me and asked what watch it was as it does get a lot of attention as it stands out! The watch is bright orange contrasting with the silver & carbon fiber looking face. it is incredible! It retails for around £555. It is rather expensive but for the features and styling it would be silly not to get!

 

The watch comes in a few colours and has different variations. You can get Orange, Black, leather or silver. You can also get a solar model which is powered from the sunlight. It is very durable and so far hasn’t got any scratches on it what so ever! 

 

Overall I think this watch is one of a kind! It is one of the only touch watches I know out there and is made by a trusted manufacturer. The only thing that let it down was that it was rather heavy on your wrist. You do get used to it though. I would give the watch easily a 10/10 for build quality, styling & just the fact it is touch screen! Lets hope that Apple take hints from Tissot when making the supposed iWatch!

 

 

By Finley McGregor - finley@techreviewsuk.com

@finmcgregor/@techreviews_uk

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