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PONATIA 2 in 1 USB Borescope for Android and PC

I was kindly given a discount so I could purchase the the “PONATIA 2 in 1 USB Borescope for Android and PC” for a review. My views are my own and I point readers to my “Review Deceleration” link for more information.

I was looking to pick up a bore-scope/endoscope like this for some time . So I jumped at the chance to take a look at the PONATIA 2 in 1 USB Borescope for Android and PC 2.0 MP HD Endoscope Borescope, IP67 Waterproof OTG Endoscope, Snake Tube Pipe Camera, Video Borescope (5M)

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Avantek “AudioMax HB-8A” Bluetooth Headphones.

AUDIOMAX HB-8A Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless On-Ear Stereo Headphones

I’m reviewing the “AudioMax HB-8A” Bluetooth Headphones.

I was kindly given a discount by Avantek so I could purchase the Headphones for a review. My views are my own and I point readers to my “Product review policy” link for more information.

My first impressions were good. The Headphones are supplied in a very nice and sturdy “Presentation / Gift” box. Once you slip of the top cover you are presented with the folded headphones with a small instruction booklet. Under the headphones you’ll find a storage bag with the AudioMax logo on it, the USB charging cable as well as a line in cable for direct audio input.

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Avantec CP-07 Premium Cooling Pad Review

First off I am grateful to Avantec who sent me the Avantec CP-07 Premium Cooling Pad for the purposes of trying and posting a review.

Inside the box is the Avantec CP-07 Premium Cooling Pad in bubble-wrap and 2 rubber feet and a USB cable. The pad is nicely designed, 15 inches wide X 10 inches deep and just over 1 inch thick. Black plastic moulding has a black metal grill on top. The CP-07 Premium Cooling pad is lighter than it looks clocking in at 146g with the USB cable stowed and 116g without the cable. So it is light enough to carry around and sturdy enough to handle any laptop up to 17 inches in size.

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Avantec CP-07 Premium Cooling Pad

The large white translucent 140mm fan can be seen in the middle of the pad through the grill, with the Avantec name on it. When in use it is quieter than I had imagined it would be, in the past my biggest annoyance in cooling pads (well with fans in general) were always that they were always loud and noisy when in use.

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Aventek 2.5” USB3 Enclosure Review

OK first things first. I was given this 2.5” USB3 enclosure From Avantek to review the product.


USB3 enclosure From Avantek

2.5” USB3 enclosure From Avantek

I have been looking on and off for a new enclosure for a while now but life and other things (like paying bills) tend to get in the way. So I was very delighted to receive this enclosure to try out.

First thing I noticed was the “No frills / Frustration free” packaging (which in my opinion is a godsend). Nothing worse than having to cut open those annoying plastic blister packs or have a box full of Styrofoam packaging that you need to get rid off.

In the box was:

  • The enclosure itself,
  • A couple of instruction cards,
  • A USB3 cable,
  • A sticky foam pad.

The instruction card is clearly written and easy to follow. The drive is a snug fit and you have to be a bit forceful to seat it correctly or the case will not close properly. But the snug fit means the larger 2.5” drives won’t rattle around inside the case (like so many cheaper enclosures I own!) so if you are using a 2.5” SSD you can actually knock the drive around a bit while in use with little to no risk of loosing data. (Yup you guessed it, I moved my laptop while running a backup to the drive and a few bangs and knocks later the backup finished with no errors.)

Image of Avantek 2.5" USWB3 enclosure with Users HDD installed

[/media-credit] Avantek 2.5″ USB3 enclosure with Users HDD installed.(With Enclosure Opened)

The outside of the drive is smart and understated looking. The metal top cover adds a nice professional touch. The end of the drive has the USB3 connector, a LED light and a “lock” switch to keep the case securely closed.

The LED light flashes different colours depending on if it’s inserted into a USB 2 (white LED) or USB3 (Blue LED) port, which is a nice touch. On a personal note, the only slight down point of the drive is when it goes into sleep/standby mode, the LED flashes constantly (once a second), it might seem a small thing but personally it was a bit annoying in my room overnight. But saying that it was in my test area between testing sessions. When I am using this drive full time it would not be plugged in 24/7, so the light will not be that big an issue. (also Electrical / Duct tape will come to the rescue) 😉

To sum up the Aventek 2.5” USB3 enclosure is well made and more than up to the task. It’s smart looking and will not look out of place on any professionals desk.

Product Links:

Avantek 2.5″ USB3 Enclosure on Amazon.co.uk

Avantek 2.5″ USB3 Enclosure on Amazon.com

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Dove Men +Care Face Scrub

As a general “manly man” I usually don’t like to use things like face scrubs or face cleansers. I’m more likely just to jump in the shower, stick some gel on a wash-cloth and get it over with. Also I’m prone to oily skin so I’m used to having a wash a couple of times a day to keep things nice.

So I was given this Dove face scrub from their “Men +Care” range,  sceptical as always I decided to give it a fair go.  Like most people I find things that say “moisturising” usually end up with your skin in either of 2 camps,  either too dry or too oily!

So I was pleasantly surprised that over a weekend of using it my skin didn’t feel too dry. I’m not sure how much “scrub” their should be in a product like this (To be honest I was expecting something like the thick rough ‘sugar soap’ mechanics use to get oil of their hands) What I actually found was a pleasant smelling paste that did lather up well, it did feel like it was scraping the skin slightly, and my skin did feel refreshed after using it.

I have noticed one very nice thing using it, after only a couple of days I’m finding that my skin is not as oily as it was (wither that’s due to the product or just the fact I’ve changed product I’m not sure), but family members have noticed that my skin is “less shiny” these past few days.

So this has definitely got a spot in my morning shower ritual.

With the winter weather and the months of parties ahead, I’m sure me and my face, with Dove’s Man +Care help, will look great.



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