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My favourite USB battery power Pack

This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

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What SD CARD should I buy?

If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

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RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

            

 
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Saturday
Apr242010

Lenovo N5901 Media Centre Keyboard Remote Review

This is the keyboard that has finally made me abandon my hunt for the perfect Media Centre remote (for the time being). It's not a perfect device - but it's good enough, however there is still plenty of room for improvement. I bought it from USB.BRANDO.COM - they ship worldwide from HK for only $3!  So the total cost (given exchange rates at the time of writing) is £43. It arrived on my desk at work the day after the volcanic dust cloud shut down any further UK airfreight  - so I was very fortunate to get it when I did.

Lenovo have an unexpected hit on their hands with this device- it's been listed in their catalogue since December 2009 , but no one really noticed it in the accessories section and Lenovo didn't advertise it either. It was only when a couple of tech blogs spotted it that the device became a hot commodity among HTPC users.

After many false starts, the Media Centre or Home Theatre PC has arrived.  Boxee and XBMC together with streaming video services paired with cheap low power PCs equipped with TV friendly HDMI sockets, wireless N and packing sufficient power to play back HD video, have led to an explosion in the numbers of PCs attached to TVs. The one missing link has been a suitable remote to control these devices from an armchair where a traditional keyboard and mouse just don't belong. A media centre remote needs to have a keyboard for internet browsing, a analog pointing device for application selection (mouse, trackpad etc) and be small enough to hold in one hand.

The Logitech Dinovo Mini was the first such device on the block and seemed ideal - but was plagued by reliability issues and is still prohibitively expensive. The Lenovo N5901 (previously know by its part number of 57Y6336) is the first serious rival to the Logitech (at half the price) - watch the video to see how it fares.

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Reader Comments (2)

My Revo came with a wireless version of the keyboard. I find navigating boxee fine with just a keyboard, launching programs from the desktop is easy too, just hold the windows key and press 1,2,3 etc depending on the order of your toolbar!

May 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Thanks very much for posting the link to where I could purchase one from. I had gone direct to Lenovo, but they stopped listing this item on their website. Now I have one arriving (hopefully!) in 7-10 days.

Thankx again! :o)

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVixyG

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