Review of the FIDUE A65 – A unique sounding earphone with an elegant design

Pros: Build quality and design, lows, accessories, overall looks
Cons: Mids, jack design, lack of cable cinch

Packaging & Accessories: 8/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 9/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 8.5/10
Isolation: 8/10
Comfort: 8/10
Sound Quality: 8/10
Value: 9.5/10
My final Rating: 9/10

Review Date: February 2016
Review Price: £50

FIDUE A65 - Build quality

First of all I would like to thank Mark from KS Distribution for sending me the FIDUE A65 (pronounced: Fid-oo). They can be found for £50 on AmazonUK and at $65 on AmazonUSA.
Given I’ve heard quite a few things about FIDUE, I was curious to see how they would sound and compare to some earphones I had around the house. Mainly my all-time favourite under £50 earphones, the Fischer Audio Consonance (which has disappeared off the face of the earth due to being discontinued). I was therefore intrigued to see how they would compare to the FA’s and also to the cheaper SoundMAGIC E10s that can now be found for around £30 and something that’s more expensive, such as the DUNU Titan 1 that can be found for £90.

Here’s my video review of the earphones:

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Levitating Bluetooth Speaker Review – PUMP Audio – PUMP Air – A very cool designed speaker!

Pros: Design and technology, build quality, looks
Cons: Price, sound quality, fingerprint magnet

Packaging & Accessories: 9/10
Build Quality: 10/10
Design & Look: 10/10
Sound Quality: 6/10
Value: 6.5/10
My final Rating: 8/10

Review Date: February 2016
Review Price: £169 (can be found for £69 on Amazon)

PUMP Air Levitating Bluetooth Speaker - Levitating speaker

First of all I would like to thank PUMP Audio for sending me the PUMP Air for review.
Now the price varies, it’s £169 on their site and yet it’s only £69 (not incl postage) on Amazon. So I’m not sure what price to go by, but I’ll be looking at it, from the £169 price tag.
It should be said that the speaker was once on Kickstarter, but the funding was then stopped, as there might have been copyright issues linked to it – there are other speakers that use the same design principle and also look identical – either way I was intrigued to see how this performs.

Here’s a video review to complement the written review:

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Review of the Logitech G502 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse – Improved ergonomics over the Logitech G303

Pros: Accurate sensor, weight adjustment, ergonomics, customisable buttons, scroll wheel
Cons: No colour customisation, software limitations

Build Quality: 8.5/10
Design & Looks: 10/10
Performance: 10/10
Software: 8.5/10
Value: 10/10
My final Rating: 9.5/10

Purchase Date: December 2015
Purchase Price: £55

Logitech G502 Mouse - Side view

After having reviewed the Logitech G303 mouse, which shares the same Pixart 3366 sensor as the G502, I thought to buy myself the more ergonomic G502 – I bought it for £35 (as it was on a deal on AmazonUK) – as prices fluctuate from £70 to £35, I thought to review it at the £55 price tag, which is a mid-point between the two.
The mouse can be found on AmazonUK for around £55 & AmazonUSA for around $55 (note the prices do heavily fluctuate) – as I am a UK based reviewer I will be reviewing it at the £55 price tag.

As a note: I didn’t receive this for review nor receive any promotional discount – I am reviewing it as a purchase as I thought it would be useful to readers to know the differences between the two mice. On top of that I bought the mouse as the ergonomics of the G502 looked better for my needs and hand size (17-19cm from middle finger to palm).

Here’s my video review of the mouse:

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Review of the harschacoustic SH-2 CIEM – A truly fantastic earphone!

Pros: Overall sound quality, looks and design, microphonics, comfort, isolation
Cons: Fit and location of harschacoustic for refitting (if you live outside of Switzerland), accessories

Packaging & Accessories: 5/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 10/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 10/10
Isolation: 10/10
Comfort: 9/10
Sound Quality: 9/10 (rating is separate from universal earphones)
Value: 8.5/10
My final Rating: 9/10

Review Date: December 2015
Review Price: [CHF 550 / £370] +80 CHF for Swiss walnut finish = CHF 630 / £425 (not including in-ear impressions)

harschacoustic SH-2 - Looks

First of all, I would like to thank Samuel from harschacoustic for sending me the SH-2 for review.
harschacoustic was created and founded by Samuel Harsch, also known as the co-inventor of vital audio characteristics of the  Audéo PFE series. To this day, the best universal earphones I’ve owned and reviewed is the Phonak Audéo PFE 232, a set of MSRP £400 universal earphones, which only housed two Balanced Armature drivers, but had such an amazing crossover that the two drivers in the PFE 232’s compete with 4-6 driver BA drivers found in other earphones.

Therefore, when I saw Samuel created his own earphone, I was excited to see if I could review it – as I wondered if he improved/added to the PFE 232s sound and created it into a CIEM of his own.

Before getting into the review, I would like to state that this is my first CIEM review, I have previously reviewed/heard a lot of earphones (in excess of 100 different earphones), but never ventured into the CIEM world, as I’ve previously had problems with fit. For example with the 1964-SLV Universal IEM Custom Sleeves, the Custom Art custom tips and even tried going to a professional audiologist in London as an attempt to get a good fit for custom sleeves for the PFE 232s. No matter who I tried or how many times I tried redoing the impressions they didn’t work – and I always had the impressions done by a professional audiologist.
I was therefore going to give up trying until I saw the SH-2s, where I thought to myself – I have to give this one more go and if it fails, then I’ll give up for good on CIEMs.
I was lucky enough to get good impressions at my local Specsavers for only £29 – which I was sceptical about. I will expand on this in the comfort section.

More information on the SH-2s, including specs can be found on harschacoustic’s website!

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Review of the Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex Gaming Mouse – The best mouse sensor I’ve used

Pros: Accurate sensor, lightweight, customisable colours
Cons: Lack of buttons, no weight adjustment, no dedicated physical profile button switch, ergonomics for medium/large hands

Build Quality: 10/10
Design & Looks: 4/10
Performance: 10/10
Software: 9.5/10
Value: 8/10
My final Rating: 9/10

Purchase Date: October 2015
Purchase Price: £50

Logitech G303 Mouse - Box

First of all I would like to thank Logitech for sending me the mouse for review. The mouse can be found on AmazonUK for around £50 & AmazonUSA for around $50 – as I am a UK based reviewer I will be reviewing it at the £50 price tag.

After previously reviewing the SteelSeries Sensei [RAW], the Razer DeathAdder Chroma and even the Steelseries Sensei Wireless, I was interested to see how the Logitech G303 would compare and furthermore if it could dethrone my Anker mouse, which is my daily mouse, whereby the other mice weren’t able to dethrone it.

Here’s my video review of the mouse:

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Review of the UBSOUND Dreamer Headphones – A disappointingly made and sounding headphone

Pros: Packaging and presentation, lows, isolation for an on-ear headphone
Cons: Overall sound quality, design and looks, build quality

Packaging & Accessories: 8/10
Build Quality: 5/10
Design & Look: 7/10
Isolation: 7/10
Comfort: 6.5/10
Sound Quality: 6.5/10
Value: 6.5/10
My final Rating: 6.5/10

Review Date: October 2015
Review Price: £80

UBSOUND Dreamer - Looks

First of all I would like to thank Clara from UBSOUND for sending me the Dreamer headphones for review.

The headphones can be found on AmazonUK for around £80 and on AmazonUSA for around $100. There’s a small difference in price between the UK and US versions. As I live and review from the UK – the price tag I will be reviewing this at is the £80 price tag.
More information about the headphones can be found on UBSOUND’s website.

Here’s my video review on the headphones:

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HAVIT HV-KB366L RGB Mechanical Keyboard Review – The best built keyboard in its price range!

Pros: Design and build quality, RGB colours, clicky-sound is satisfying (subjective), price
Cons: No wrist rest, not a well known Chinese switch manufacturer,  no additional accessories, RGB colour is per section and not individual, heavy switch to type on (subjective), little bit of key cap flex, available in US layout only

Build Quality & Accessories: 8.5/10
Design & Look: 9/10
Value: 8/10
My final Rating: 8.5/10

Review Date: October 2015
Review Price: £70 (can be found in the US for cheaper at $90)

HAVIT HV-KB366L - RGB colours

First of all I would like to thank Gary from HAVIT for sending me the keyboard for review.
After having previously reviewed various mechanical keyboards that had various different mechanical switches on them, I was intrigued to see what HAVIT had in store. I’ve previously been really impressed with the price to performance ratio from HAVIT products – where they’ve been able to produce good quality products at an affordable price.

The HAVIT HV-KB366L can be found for around £70 on AmazonUK and around $90 on AmazonUSA. As you’ll be able to see from the conversion rate, the price in the US is much more favourable, however as I am based in the UK, I will be reviewing it at the UK pricing and availability.
On another note, this keyboard can unfortunately only be bought in a US layout. At the time of writing there’s currently no UK layout available, which can be a deal breaker for some.

Before getting into my written review, here’s my video review of the HAVIT HV-KB366L:

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Review of the Yamaha EPH-M200 – An overly bassy earphone with a lack of quality

Pros: Bass quantity, comfort
Cons: Mids, highs, soundstage, looks and design, price

Packaging & Accessories: 6.5/10
Build Quality: 7.5/10
Design & Look: 6.5/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 9/10
Isolation: 7/10
Comfort: 9/10
Sound Quality: 7/10
Value: 6.5/10
My final Rating: 6.5/10

Review Date: September 2015
Review Price: £80

Yamaha EPH-M200 - Looks

First of all I would like to thank Yamaha for sending me out the EPH-M200s. I hadn’t ever heard Yamaha earphones, despite previously reading a lot of praise for the Yamaha EPH-100 – an older model, which to me looked well designed.

The Yamaha EPH-M200 can be found for around £80 on AmazonUK and around $140 on AmazonUSA.

Here’s my video review of the Yamaha EPH-M200:

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