Goaty Gadgets

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Goatboy posted this 15 January 2016 - Last edited 27 January 2016

I must confess to being somewhat of a gadget tart.

I spend an inordinate amount of time reading reviews for shit I don't really need and, after buying it, constantly feel the need to source an upgrade.

Here are a couple of the latest. Please feel free to list and review your own techy/non techy recent buys : 

Headphones: Audio Technica ATH-M50X. First pair of 'decent' headphones I have had in a while. These are the mutts nuts. Really bassy and excellent noise reduction. V.comfortable too. I can now pump up the volume on the porn without disturbing Mrs Goat.

Nitecore MH20 LED torch. I am an absolute torch tart. This little beauty was a christmas pressie. Runs off a rechargeable 18650 battery (these are expensive but good for 500 cycles and v.powerful). Best thing about this torch is that A:build quality is superb. B:it has a built in usb charging facility. C: it is stun a fucking deer bright:

I have plenty more to bore you with, but anyone else??

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Chertsey Saint posted this 15 January 2016

That is a sexy torch...

I used to be a tech tart, but kids got in the way and the missus felt me spending a lot of money on stuff I like wasn't the best way to use it...

TheCholulaKid posted this 15 January 2016

Prices, Goat, I need prices for these things.

TheCholulaKid posted this 15 January 2016

I like the look of that torch. Might take it hunt sabbing.

Goatboy posted this 15 January 2016 - Last edited 15 January 2016

Originally posted by TheCholulaKid

Prices, Goat, I need prices for these things.

 Headphones: £89.99 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50X-Monitor-Professional-Headphones/dp/B00HVLUR86/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452847481&sr=8-1&keywords=audio+technica+ath-m50x

Torch: £69.95 (you can probably source this cheaper but BEWARE there are loads of fakes around):

http://www.torchdirect.co.uk/nitecore-mh-series/nitecore-mh20-led-torch.html

Goatboy posted this 15 January 2016

Nite-ize figure 9 carabiners. Not so techy but a good bit of kit if your knot knowledge is not great. Useful for camping, securing loads, or tying women to beds/whatever:

Small: £3.77. Large: £4.83.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/NITE-Figure-Carabiner-Black-Small/dp/B0017HGNSI/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1452847835&sr=8-11&keywords=nite+ize

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lifeintheslowlane posted this 15 January 2016

You tratorist bastards...I'm rockin' these babies...

Bucks posted this 15 January 2016

As discussed on Weds Goaty, I bought virtually the same headphones for teen Bucks after similarly shitloads of research.  They are the proverbial dogs'.

Unemployment has seriously curtailed my spend but I did buy a new HDMI cable a year ago to upgrade the standard Sky cable.  It is 1m long and cost £70.   Can I see the difference?  Yes of course lou_lol

KRG posted this 15 January 2016

Haha, more expensive HDMI cables make that big a difference? Mine are pretty basic, as I was always sceptical about that. 

 

My headphones decided to die on me this week. That annoying thing where the cable is gone, so sound in one ear is constantly cutting in/out. Replaced them with a pair exactly the same as the others. AKG K451's. Overall, they're a great package. Light, really good sound, comfortable & fold away so can fit in your pocket. They are the best looking, but they cost £39.99 so winner there. Only reason they are so cheap is because they are a model that has been around a few years now, so tech tarts like Goats turn their noses up at them. They won awards and got 5* reviews when they released at £150.

 

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KRG posted this 15 January 2016

Oh, will probably also be in the market for a new TV soon. 

I plan to set up a man cave in the spare room, where I can game without disrupting the gf's Made in Chelsea viewing. If anyne spots any decent deals on a TV (not looking for anything overly fancy, just decent picture and a good size, please do post them up.

Fatso posted this 15 January 2016

I have a fantastic tin opener. Opens all the tins, even those with ring pull lids.

BTripz posted this 15 January 2016 - Last edited 15 January 2016

Yeah, really cheap HDMI cables are shite but you shouldn't have to pay more than £10 for a good one, and don't be fooled by the gold plated ones. It makes no difference it's a digital signal with error correction so the quality of contact is pretty much irrelevant.

I bought some of them there Veho headphones and I like them, not sure I'd spend over £30 on a set though.

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pap posted this 15 January 2016

My main set of headphones are Monster Inspiration noise cancellers.   Don't use the noise cancelling feature that much, but it is bloody handy for long haul flights.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/headphone-reviews/monster-inspiration-active-noise-canceling-review/

Much prefer these to Beats.  They've also outlasted every other set of headphones I've ever had.

pap posted this 15 January 2016

Originally posted by KRG

Haha, more expensive HDMI cables make that big a difference? Mine are pretty basic, as I was always sceptical about that. 

 While it shouldn't be an issue, what with the digital you-either-get-it-or-you-don't transmission mechanism, I've found some of my cheaper cables to fail over time.   Sound, video or all go.   The 40UKP multi-metre gold lined jobbie that I bought ten years ago is still going strong.

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KRG posted this 15 January 2016 - Last edited 15 January 2016

Originally posted by BTripz

Yeah, really cheap HDMI cables are shite but you should have to pay more than £10 for a good one, and don't be fooled by the godl plated ones. It makes no difference it's s digital signal with error correction so that quality of contact is pretty much irrelevant.

I bought some of them there Veho headphones and I like them, not sure I'd spend over £30 on a set though.

Eurgh, wish I hadn't asked. Now I'm going to end up spending on new ones now. FFS.

Cheers though BBB (& pap, sorry posted this before your post had come through).

KRG posted this 15 January 2016

Originally posted by pap

My main set of headphones are Monster Inspiration noise cancellers.   Don't use the noise cancelling feature that much, but it is bloody handy for long haul flights.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/headphone-reviews/monster-inspiration-active-noise-canceling-review/

Much prefer these to Beats.  They've also outlasted every other set of headphones I've ever had.

Beats are shite. I was between headphones for a while (had my bag with my Senheisser's in stolen) so 'borrowed' my step-sisters Beats. They are terrible. It's just all bass, and everything else just sounds poor.

I do miss those Senheissers, they were rather pretty - which obviously makes all the difference.

 

BTripz posted this 15 January 2016

Originally posted by KRG

Originally posted by BTripz

Yeah, really cheap HDMI cables are shite but you shouldn't have to pay more than £10 for a good one, and don't be fooled by the gold plated ones. It makes no difference it's a digital signal with error correction so that quality of contact is pretty much irrelevant.

I bought some of them there Veho headphones and I like them, not sure I'd spend over £30 on a set though.

Eurgh, wish I hadn't asked. Now I'm going to end up spending on new ones now. FFS.

Cheers though BBB (& pap, sorry posted this before your post had come through).

 BTW that should should have been shouldn't!!

BTripz posted this 15 January 2016

Originally posted by KRG

Oh, will probably also be in the market for a new TV soon. 

I plan to set up a man cave in the spare room, where I can game without disrupting the gf's Made in Chelsea viewing. If anyne spots any decent deals on a TV (not looking for anything overly fancy, just decent picture and a good size, please do post them up.

Don't buy a curved one unless you are going to sit right in front of it!!

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Lets B Drinking posted this 15 January 2016

Bucks posted this 15 January 2016

I bought a Veho bluetooth subwoofer after reading positive reviews. RRP is £200 but I paid £80 and it is better than most of the big branded shit which costs plenty more.  

ant posted this 15 January 2016 - Last edited 15 January 2016

I too research the hell out of anything techy before buying!

My Smartwatch is probably my most OTT gadget purchase. I was cynical right up to the point of receiving it, but liked the simple design - plus it didn't cost me an awful lot more than a reasonable-looking digital watch. 

 

 

Key benefits?

- Being able to swiftly check notifications whilst at work or driving (inadvertent side benefit - my phone battery lasts longer as I'm not switching the screen on every minute or two).

- Also handy for checking lists via Evernote whilst shopping.

- Step tracking. Running route tracking via GPS (this can be fed into Strava or [insert your tracking app here]).

- Can direct myself via Google Maps without taking my phone out of my pocket.

- Music controls. Again, useful in the office but again reduces fiddling with my phone. Especially cool when I'm playing music through my Sonos speaker as I can then control music across the flat remotely.

- Changeable watch faces. I get bored very quickly.

- 'Silent' vibrating alarms - helpful if I need to get up at a different time to my girlfriend.

- Saying 'OK Google' and then searching for things on the Internet or sending a text message via voice commands feels like I'm in the future.

 

Probably my biggest abuse of this technology was when I needed to check which of my brake light bulbs was out. I pointed my phone at the rear of my car and left it there, then pressed the brake pedal and used the watch's 'remote camera' feature to view a feed of what my phone could see. Could've asked someone passing to do it, but that would've been less fun.