Let’s take a look at this awesome Alxum USB3 (type-c) to SATA Docking & Cloning Station. This is quite basic device and shouldn’t need introduction, but here are the features. It comes with type-c connector only, but you can use a standard USB3 or USB2 (slower speeds) cable to connect it to normal USB ports. However if you want to clone your drive, then you don’t need the PC at all. I shouldn’t say “clone”, because I was told this does not support encrypted drives, which means it most likely won’t clone partitions and system info either, so it just copies all the files and won’t make the drive bootable.
This device supports 2.5 and 3.5 inch drives and can read up to 12gb drives. It has really nice button at the back to turn power on / off, most devices nowdays don’t have such cool button (clicks in / out, which indicates if it’s on or off). Also on top we see 25 – 50 – 75 – 100% that indicates how much of the drive has been copied. UK version comes with UK and EU plugs, so it’s also suitable for EU customers.
If you wish to know more and see how it looks like, then check the video review below that shows you everything, including unboxing.
Gosund makes smart sockets for different regions, EU, UK and this time we have USA socket here. Unfortunetely USA socket does not have the built-in electric meter, but everything else is as good as on other ones. It’s very small and can be controlled via “smart life” (go smart) mobile app, but also has physical button on the socket in case you want to turn it off physically, otherwise once it’s setup with your app, you can control it from anywhere in the world (as long as socket is still connected to your home Wi-Fi). It’s rated for 1200w and should automatically turn off in case of overload, while UK one is rated for 2300w and EU one is 3500w!
It also supports Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT, so you can setup voice commands and such. For more details and step-by-step guide on how to set it up, check out the video review below:
These smart plugs / sockets are really awesome, this specific version comes with built-in electrical meter that measures voltage and amperage (shows wattage based on volts and amps), so it truly is “smart socket”. As per usual, it can be controlled via mobile app called “Smart Life”. You can set timers and schedules and group with other devices. Smart Life app also supports alexa, google assistant and IFTTT. Smart Life app itself has built-in voice commands, but it’s quite basic and you have to “hold to speak”, but works great and recognizes text just fine.
This is UK specific plug, rated for 2300 watts max and has overload protection, it turn the plug off automatically and sends you alert in case there is overload.
For more details and how to setup, check the video review below.
Wireless light switches are awesome, so no wonder more and more companies are making them now. Usually they have 2 switches in 1, so you can connect 2 lights (or other devices) to the switch and control them via “smart life” app once they’re connected up.
Switch itself is super easy to connect if you have common sense and basic knowledge of how electricity works, but if you’re unsure how to install it, then you can find more details on the video review below.
You can also turn the switch on / off manually as it has to “buttons” on it, however if you want to connect it up via app, you must have the switch within wireless coverage, so make sure your router’s wireless is strong enough to reach the switch (you can test this with your phone or other mobile device to make sure signal is strong near where you want to install the switch). Once switch has been setup via app, you can then control it from anywhere in the world via app. Smart Life app also allows you to set timers or schedule and it says it supports Alexa, Google Home Assistant and IFTTT too.
Even tho this is EU switch, it will work perfectly fine in UK too as you only need to connect mains power cables to it, while i’m not so sure about USA, because USA uses 120v and not 220v. And in case you’re in doubt, this switch is not just for lights, as it’s a mains power switch, it can switch anything that works on 220 volts. If you keep forgetting your cooker on all the time, you can set it on a timer that it turns itself off after like 1h in case you forget cooker on. I’m not sure about wattage tho, it doesn’t say how much it supports, but I think it’s about 5000w or so, it’s hard to find a device that takes over 2000w anyways, maybe some heaters, but they usually have their own timers and switches and they also have a plug, so for heater you should be looking for smart socket and not a wall switch.
Check out the video review for all the details and step-by-step setup and how to install tutorials.
Got another RGB LED smart light bulb here, these things are quite cool and easy to setup and they get more popular by the day. One of those is not enough to light up your entire room, but it’s enough for some TV or PC light, also if you’re under or close to the light bulb, it’s good for reading too, however the color modes are rather dim, they’re purely for effect and not suppose to light up the area at all.
It can be controlled via “Smart Life” app, which is available for iOS and Android (maybe something else too?) For more details and setup guide, check out the video review below.
It’s quite simple device, yet very useful! This smart wireless socket can come in handy in many situations, such as turning on coffee machine, turning your lights off ..etc and it can all be done wirelessly, Smart Life app allows you to control this socket from anywhere in the world! As long as the socket is connected to your local wifi (which you setup in the app), then your socket is always online and can be controlled under your Smart Life app account.
On video I forgot to show the part in the app that shows electrical meter. This plug is capable of showing voltage and amperage that goes through the socket and can calculate exact wattage used. Also has monthly reports that shows how much power has gone through this plug during each month, it’s really neat feature! and it’s rated for 3500 watts max, so it’s more than enough to connect your home appliances to this (cooker, coffee machine, toaster, heater ..etc)
For more details, unboxing and step-by-step setup guide, check the video review below:
Recently I got my hands on a small VPN Router that supports WireGuard and OpenVPN protocols. It’s a tiny router that is powered via USB and it has other great features too, such as 3g/4g dongle tethering ability (so that you can share your 3g or 4g internet)
Best feature about this tiny router is that it supports VPN services, such as WireGuard which is provided by TorGuard online privacy protection services. Once setup, any device connected to this router will then automatically be behind the VPN, that includes all wireless devices. So you can connect your console, mobile device ..etc to it and have it protected by VPN!
It has 1x WAN port and 2x LAN ports, 1x USB for 3g/4g dongle tethering and even a SD card (not sure what it’s for). Another excellent feature is that once VPN has been setup, you can assign VPN on / off to the switch on side of the router, so with flick of a switch, you can turn VPN on / off. It really comes in handy. However wireless range on this router is quite poor 🙁 It’s advertised as “travel router” so I guess range is not that important. I was 5-6 meters outside my room, in my car and my tablet already had connection issues.
OxyLED Curtain Lights is a special layout of 306 LEDs and 18 strings that can be used as “curtain”, hanging down from above. It has 8 different modes, so it can be used for x-mas tree too or for parties. Brightness is not adjustable, however it saves the last mode it was on when you un-plug and re-plug.
Check the unboxing + review video below to learn more about these cool lights
This here is fairly basic, yet cool LED strip. It comes with adapter and remote controller (battery included) and is split into 2 x 5 meters, however you can use the included “adapter” to connect them together and have 10m strip, the choice is yours!
The LED strip is also flexible and has pre-applied adhesive tape at the back. Color choice is usual, Red, Green, Blue and mix of some other colors, such as orange, pink, purple, sea blue, sky blue ..etc. Brightness is adjustable and there are 4 different modes to choose from too, however I personally don’t like the cool color temp, the white is blueish white, but that’s matter of preference. If you want to know more and see it in action, check out the unboxing and review video below.
Review of a simple clip-on (lapel / lavalier) microphone. It’s rather decent quality mic and it has “adapters” for phones and PC, so it works on pretty much any device. It uses usual 3.5mm audio jack, so any device that uses 3.5mm mic socket, is supported.
Check out the review video below for details and quality test.