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(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 


Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi


DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

Yi Ultra 2.7K
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
Drift Ghost X

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.

Two digit Led display shows battery level


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.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




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'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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Chromecast - Is the convenience worth the effort?

I've mixed feelings about the Chromecast. The hour or so I spent strugging to set it up meant that we didn't get off to the best start...but once it was up and running it might have done just enough to redeem itself.

I'm not convinced it's suitable for stacking high and selling to the masses through a high-street electrical doesn't feel quite ready for prime time yet, but at only £30 you might find it adds just enough functionaility to that aging bedroom TV to make it worth the effort.

Here's the handy Router Compatibility page on the UK Chromecast site.

You can buy these in high street stores like Currys and also direct from Google..but if you prefer Amazon, here's the UK link

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Reader Comments (21)

I think I'll stick with the superior Apple TV and I'll replace that when they release the new Apple TV in 60 days.

April 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterevilution

I have a chromecast, used once put back in its box. Not worth the money if you ask me. Unless you want to stream everything off the internet do't bother. Persoanlly I now use a hacked Now TV box and plex.

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Powell

No Slingbox streaming? Fail! Try WD TV Live. Plays more video formats and has Slingplayer as a native app.

May 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjohnboatcat

What is the cheapest way to stream from my NAS drive, it will not load plex so now tv is out, it's only for the kitchen tv so the wife can view her tv stuff I get so has to be super easy to use,it can be wifi or LAN

May 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBigsyd

Interesting, but for those us without Smart TV or anything near why dont you review NOW TV box which complete with HDMI cable, only costs £10
Keep up the good work

May 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJames Green

Nearly wasted 30 quid on one of these. Not being a fan of apple stuff, you're not a customer of theirs you are a revenue stream, I have Microsoft kit including a widows 8 phone and there is no support for these with chrome cast and none likely.

Suggestion: if you are looking for some slightly different tech to review there are some cheap USB microscopes and telescope camera adapters that may be worth a look. Not particularly practical things I know but maybe a bit of fun.

June 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSharky

thanks for the vid. should have watched it before i bought the chromecast. i thought the stuff came off my lappie not the router. your connections probs are part of the apple v microsoft it sets up perfectly easy here in aussie . lets hope it gets more useful as time goes on. thanks again techmoan you are a welcome change and disreguard the haters and trolls they just mean you are successful. another little point. with your manchester accent the way you pronounce router means something rude in our version of the mother tongue. ha ha good on ya mate keep the vids rolling in. cheers freddo

June 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterfreddo dirk

Chromecast at £20 at Currys & PC World over the Bank Holiday weekend and £18 if you reserve and collect beforehand.

August 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIan

Great video, thank you for explaining more about the Chromecast :D

June 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris_Lowe13

Thanks - but this was the last time I'll look at something like this. The moronic comments I receive on this video every day on youtube convinced me never to review a computer accessory again.

June 18, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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