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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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The Floppy Disk Boombox

There's a lot of tech that only musicians are aware of, and unless you frequented musical instrument stores in the late 1990s this device will most likely have passed you by. In the video below I demonstrate the Roland MT-80S, a portable machine that played music from floppy discs. What, how and why are all explained, you just need to press play.

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Reader Comments (7)

Loved hearing "The Final Countdown." That was the song we loved playing in the marching band during (American) high school football games.

December 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSportcat

Now this piece of kit is right up my street. Looks really uber-cool, lots of buttons to play with, coloured lights, AND a slidey thing. Wow, it’s even got my name on it. Sadly, being even less musical than you, Mat (if only I could sing as well as you do!) I have no earthly use for one. Great video as always!

December 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoland

I think that was your best review to date, it was informative, interesting, succinct and made me laugh out loud.
You made my day, thank you.

December 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

It just shows me that it’s almost entirely dependant on the thing being shown, rather than the amount of effort expended to make the videos. This one only took three days (with a month of on/off getting the things together) whereas some of the videos that I’ve made that took a full fortnight to shoot and edit don’t connect as well.

I’m glad you liked it.

December 2, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Frankly, Mat, I find ALL your videos really interesting and well presented. It is not always obvious how much effort each one took - clearly you do extensive background research into some topics eg the CX noise reduction technology, but because your continuity is so good, as a viewer, I can't really tell whether a particular video was shot over a few days or several weeks, unless you happen to mention something about it in the video.
Can I ask how you assess how successful a video is? Just on the number of views, or total comments, or do you somehow estimate the 'sensible' comments?
But, please be assured that ALL your output is much appreciated, and maybe if a particular video didn't take a great deal of time or effort to prepare, you should regard that as a bonus for you if it gets as much positive response as one that took a long time.



December 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoland

Best version of Get Lucky I've ever heard.

December 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLa Truffe

Hi Mat, Are you familiar with the Telefunken 707?
I was watching the Mission Impossible episode "Zubrovnik's Ghost" (first broadcast November 26, 1966) and it features a Telefunken 707 as the device for the "self-destruct in five seconds" message. It uses a magnetic floppy disk to record and play audio. Looks like it's at least 30 years older than the Roland-MT80s, and about 10 years older than Wikipedia's date for the first 8 inch floppy. Interesting.
Here's a link:


December 8, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterdavidixon
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