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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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Design Classics: The Panasonic SG-515

Sometimes I'll pick up a piece of technology that isn't unique, that doesn't tell a special tale or demonstrate a forgotten technology. An object that's probably not the first or the last, the biggest or the smallest, but yet there's something about the design or its implementation that I find interesting. In order to give me an opportunity to showcase some of these items here I'm trying out a new format that I've called 'Design Classics'. 
It's like a more interesting unboxing (for things without boxes), or a show-and-tell for adults. 
As I look around the room some objects that might make suitable subjects for one of these short videos in the future are a couple of mint Walkmans, a BNIB unusual early Minidisc player, and the most impressive looking portable radio I've ever laid my eyes on. 
In the video below I look at a radio...but one that has a particularly clever party piece. I hope you enjoy it. 

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Reader Comments (4)

Mat, I never cease to be amazed at the range of gadgets and the quality of your reviews. As i have said before, much of the stuff you make your reviews about I am never likely to own or even want. Nevertheless, I always enjoy your output. I think it is the obvious joy and enthusiasm that you bring to whatever the subject is that makes it worthwhile. Please keep going.

July 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterQuaser

Hi Mat,
Thank you for another interesting review. I was not aware of this model probably because it was not very popular on the open market. Sanyo used to make a much better machine which was in the form of a small suitcase which was very popular. Sony used to make an equivalent version but it was mains powers only and played cassettes as well.
Thank you for a great review as always.

Jeremy Travis of Teletape Ltd.

July 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy Travis

It's always fun to get the opportunity to demonstrate something that many people won't have seen before. Some people like to show their friends their new car or house etc, I like to show the things that interest me and I know it's encouraged a few people to start picking up second hand tech they missed out on the first time around.

July 17, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

FWIW, in the US today, most 45s come with the small hole as well (although they often have a pre-perforated center that makes it easy to pop out for the 45 spindle, usually destroying the label art in the process). I always just keep the record intact.

Come to think of it, I have a few hundred records and many of them are 45s, and I don't think I've ever once needed the spindle adapter.

July 29, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterfluffy

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