Tag Archives: made-in-china

Review, Teardown: DETA DET190 7W Warm White Dimmable LED Downlight

Given that LED lighting is all the rage at the moment, is it a great surprise that another LED product comes up for review? Not at all. This post looks at the DETA DET190 7W Warm White Dimmable LED Downlight, … Continue reading

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Project: Recovery from Logically Damaged Comsol 8GB USB Key

Late last month, I was contacted by a fellow reader of the blog with a sob story about his Comsol 8GB USB flash drive. Unfortunately, his one had failed in a way rendering the data inaccessible. He also claimed to … Continue reading

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Teardown: A failed SUNeCON S-SP/38 38W CFL Globe

SUNeCON is not a brand that’s often heard around here, and for good reason. This particular CFL is a very special globe – at least to me anyway. I was walking through a “$10” shop in Hong Kong back in … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: DeePoon V3 Mobile Phone 3D/VR Viewer

While 3D TV hasn’t been as great a success as expected, it seems the world is bypassing 3D for virtual reality with lots of hype and enthusiasm surrounding VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. While these … Continue reading

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Review: Mi Band Pulse Fitness Tracker (XMSH02HM)

Up until now, I have been a regular user of my Xiaomi Mi Band fitness tracker that I reviewed back in 2015. It was simple, good value for money and performed consistently although the silicone band eventually wore out and … Continue reading

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Failed: Cheap and Nasty SMA Right-Angle Adapter (& Site Update)

If you’re a bit of a radio equipment user like myself, you’ll find that you’ve always got an amazing array of different connector needs. For example, you might have some older TV tuners with a “PAL” connector, some satellite equipment … Continue reading

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Shootout: Four 433.92Mhz ASK/OOK Transmitter Modules Compared

The Arduino had a big hand in making people play with electronics and create their own little devices to solve their problems. A desire for low-cost wireless connectivity has led to many people purchasing low-cost 433.92Mhz ASK/OOK modules to create … Continue reading

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Failed: Counterfeit Linksys/Cisco PAP2T Power Adapter (MS-050200)

If I had three words to say, it would probably be just my luck. On 20th February this year, the Linksys PAP2T ATA that provides VoIP phone service to the house went down because of a power supply failure. Knowing … Continue reading

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Teardown, Repair & Test: AY/Generic UV EPROM Eraser

With many older computers and their peripherals, the firmware code is stored inside a ROM chip of some sort. These were unlike the later EEPROMs and Flash chips which could be electrically erased and reprogrammed. Instead, these chips were often … Continue reading

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Review: XG autoelectric TL866CS MiniPro Universal USB Programmer

In terms of tools, I’ve always wanted to have something to work with various ROM and Flash chips within computers and peripherals as this can often come in handy for recovering from a bad flash, updating an old ROM chip … Continue reading

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Reverse Eng Pt 2: Watts Clever Easy-Off w/SMART Box (ES-AUS1103)

Continuing on from my last post about the Watts Clever Easy-Off Sockets with Smart Box, there were a few things still bugging me in the back of my head. After all, they do advertise that their other system has >1 … Continue reading

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Review: Three Cheap Unbranded 1×18650 “DIY” Power Banks

A common theme I hear from readers is “well, those cheap power banks are rubbish, so why don’t I build my own?” I suppose that is not a bad thought, although designing one properly takes a bit of skill and … Continue reading

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Reverse Eng: Watts Clever Easy-Off Sockets w/SMART Box (ES-AUS1103)

Internet-of-things and home automation seem to be the cool thing nowadays, and remote controlling things is something many have been dabbling with, sometimes rather unsafely. Imagine my surprise when I walk into a Jaycar, and see a kit of IR-and-RF … Continue reading

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Teardown: A Failed PAG024F 12V 2A Power Adapter

This week, my internet connected was knocked out for about an hour after achieving a record 60+ days continuous uptime. The cause was quickly traced down to a failed power supply which runs my ADSL2+ modem resulting in a boot-loop. … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

After my Samsung Galaxy SIII gave up the ghost some-time early 2015, I was on the look-out for a new phone. Being the thrifty sort of person I was, I wasn’t going to spend any more than about AU$250. I … Continue reading

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Quick Review, Teardown: “Avoid driving fast card” USB 3.0 Ethernet Adapter

It’s always nice to have a few extra Ethernet interfaces on a computer – sometimes you need to run a software firewall, use a computer as a router, or you just need to sniff some network traffic running to a … Continue reading

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Review: Meizu HD50 Hi-Fi On-Ear Headphones

When it comes to portable audio, users are increasingly enjoying their music on-the-go from portable music players and their mobile phones. While some of these products are bundled with included earbuds which seem to serve some people well enough, an … Continue reading

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Repair: Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 Noise-Cancelling Headphone Ear Cushions

For someone who travels a lot on public transport, having a good set of noise cancelling headphones is indispensable for making the trip a lot more enjoyable and stress free. By shutting out the external noise with passive cancellation, and … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Xiaomi (Mi) Headphones (ZBW4189CN)

Xiaomi has impressed me time and again by bringing a variety of quality products in both functionality and design at prices which are extremely affordable. Ever since they introduced their first audiophile grade over-the-ears headphones, dubbed the Mi Headphones, I … Continue reading

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Review: Generic 4-port USB 3.0 to PCI-E Adapter (STAR-UPCIE201-V1.0, TB01200)

If you’re still running an age-old dinosaur system like me (well, make that around six years old), then you’re probably feeling the pinch from not having quite enough USB 3.0 ports. Maybe you have none at all. I’m lucky that … Continue reading

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Teardown: Sienoc Active Mini-DisplayPort to DVI Adapter

For those who don’t upgrade their displays very often, slowly, they can find that their displays fall behind in terms of connectivity options. More modern graphic cards offer an array of multi-monitor output options, but mostly using DisplayPort (DP) or … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Seatay SBOX02503 2.5″ SATA III to USB 3.0 External Enclosure

What happens when you have a few 2.5″ SSDs lying around after an upgrade? One option is to convert them into external SSDs for fast work usage. Not having any enclosures to use, I decided to consult online for some … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Sandisk Cruzer Facet 8Gb USB 2.0 Flash Drive

Readers familiar with my penchant for exotic storage would probably stare at me in confusion as to why I would be reviewing such a plain product such as this one? Interestingly enough, as with most things that I do, there … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Telesin Yi Action Camera Compatible Batteries & Charger (YI-B&C-001)

One of the first accessories action camera owners usually purchase is a second battery of some description to give them a little more shooting time. I am no exception when it comes to this. Often the big issue comes down … Continue reading

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Review: Xiaoyi (Yi) Action Camera (YDXJ01XY) & Waterproof Case (BGX4004RT)

In recent years, the popularity of action cameras have skyrocketed with the success of GoPro’s offerings finding their way into hands of adventurous sportspeople, motorsport enthusiasts, skydivers, scuba divers, drone operators and even broadcasters. The breakthrough was in the compact … Continue reading

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Review: Xiaomi (Mi) In-Ear Headphones Pro

Xiaomi (or Mi for short) have been on a roll, showing time and time again that you don’t need to pay much for quality, style and functionality. Their portfolio of electronics continues to grow, as does their brand presence, spreading … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Ausdom M06 Bluetooth Stereo Headset

To most, Ausdom is not a highly recognizable brand. In fact, it is another one of those Chinese Shenzhen-based companies with lofty ambitions, currently focused on headsets, speakers, surveillance and automotive accessories. Such companies are often operating in highly price-sensitive … Continue reading

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Review: Orico USB 3.0 5-bay RAID HDD Enclosure (9558RU3) – Part 2

Welcome to the second part of the review on the Orico USB 3.0 5-bay RAID HDD Enclosure where we continue with actual performance tests and usage experiences. Performance Testing The drive itself presented as a single drive as I was … Continue reading

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Review: Orico USB 3.0 5-bay RAID HDD Enclosure (9558RU3) – Part 1

If you ever do anything that involves high-rate data acquisition, a copious amount of relatively high speed storage is often a costly requirement. Having just recently upgraded my 4x4Tb array to 4x6Tb, this displaced four drives for use elsewhere. Two … Continue reading

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Teardown: IKEA 11W ES Frosted Round CFL

For some strange reason, it seems like it’s recently been CFL failure season. It could be the weather, but more likely, it’s just a random co-incidence. Today’s teardown candidate is another one of IKEA’s old series of CFL globes – … Continue reading

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