Month: March 2017

GT Omega Racing Chair Review (2017)

GT Omega Racing Chair Review (2017)

Summary

If you are in need of my first impressions, they can be found here. Otherwise, here ids the full review. This chair has been mine to use and test for the past 2 weeks, and I am very impressed. The comfort of the chair is firm at first, but tends to improve after a week or so, with the stiffness wearing away after that point. The chair, is specifically designed to simulate that of a racing chair, providing comfort, but not eh couch like experience that you would get with other chairs.

I can’t get the chair to get to a really tall height, something that is easily solved by going for the XL model of this chair, of which I have heard great things in terms of the height adjustment.

Comfort And Experience

The comfort can be assessed by me to a degree, and that it is firm, and won’t suit you if you are the kind the person that likes a couch like experience in their chair. This chair is meant to replicate a racing chair, which obviously won’t feel like your bed’s mattress. The part of the chair that your butt is resting on is comfortable enough for sessions up to around 7 hours, after that, starts to get a bit itchy, which in all honesty is the best I can describe it, as I am coming from a chair that got uncomfortable in less than 40 minutes.

I am really utilising the 170 degree leaning back feature, which in my opinion is well implemented, and the lever for the height adjustment and the rocking is located on the right side, which I have so far found no problems with locating. One issue that has arose is the height adjustment however.

The back section of the chair includes lumbar support, which is really nice, especially if you have lower back problems, which I do not have, but from what I have heard, those with lower back problems really like this chair. The support is removable, and is in a way, adjustable. In regards to the head support, this is not adjustable, as it just straps to the chair, which I am sure can be improved in the next iteration of this chair.

Furthermore, the chair does tend to hug the larger users on the shoulders, which is preference, but I am on the skinnier side of the spectrum, meaning that the curved in sides of the chair don’t really keep me in the chair. The arm rests, are arguable one of my favourite things I like of the chair, having more customisation than chairs triple it’s price point.

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2017 So Far In Technology

2017 So Far In Technology

I could have named this, Q1 in technology, but I decided I would stick with the current title. This year has blazed past, and we are already a quarter past in the year. So what has changed in the past year so far?

Most arguably, the most exciting launch has been that of Ryzen, as it definitely had the hype train coming onto it, as it really was the make or break year for AMD, to get rid of the monopolised industry that the CPU market has become, with Intel completely dominating the playing field for the past decade.

The CPU line up has first started with Ryzen 7, the enthusiast level CPU’s that many people, like me, won’t be able to get their hands on. These CPU’s have actually been able to compete with the likes of the 6800K, at much cheaper prices. This has resulted in reduced pricing from Intel, which means in general, there should be more competitive prices for this generation of CPU’s from both Intel and AMD.

The phone market, has unfortunately, in my opinion, been very stagnant in the past three years. This is partly because people are less motivated than ever before to get the latest and greatest, if the phone upgrade will result in little performance gains. If you look at the iPhone 6, released in 2014, and the iPhone 7, released in 2016, there isn’t much difference in the grand scheme of things, that the average user cares about. The lack in performance gains of smartphones, can be blamed party for how small computer parts are, and having to continously make them more powerful is getting harder and harder.

The HTC U Ultra was released in March, and quite frankly, was a complete flop from my perspective. The phone is 8mm thick, and is much bigger than the biggest phones out there, and has a measly 3000mAh battery, which perfectly quoted by Marques Brownlee, ” A poor use of space”. The phone also was released just before the new Snapdragon processors were due to come out, resulting in the phone being the same in regards to performance as the phones released in late 2016.

This year is looking promising in the world of tech, I decided to cover two main things in detail, instead of going over many things in less detail.

Utmury iPhone 7 Tempered Glass Screen Protector Review

Utmury iPhone 7 Tempered Glass Screen Protector Review

Summary


This item came into the mail 2 days ago, and I realised that I don’t need to do a first impressions post of this device. The box is regular, for £5, with a flat packaging. Taking it out, there are some things that stand out and that don’t. In comparison to the Anker Screen protector, there aren’t any instructions that come with the product. The screen protector asides from that comes with 2 iPhone screen protectors, which for £5, is good to see.

Unboxing And Experience


Unboxing the product, there is some similarities in terms of the box, and how it opens, with a slim box, just like all of the other screen protectors I have reviewed. There are 2 dry wipes, 2 wet wipes, dust removal sticker, and 4 guidance stickers, all of which is nothing special at this price point, now proven with the likes of Anker, and other phone accessory manufacturers.

How does this glass protector perform? Admirably, in fact. This is your bog standard glass protector, so doesn’t have any fancy marketing terms to try and get you to buy the product. With no special features, this screen protector does still have excellent scratch resistance, surviving my keys, razors, and knifes. Installing the screen protector was easy enough, I have had enough practice, so I didn’t need to use the guidance stickers.

However, this glass protector doesn’t do what the 3D screen protector does, and that’s cover the whole screen. This means that on the edges of the screen, there is a rainbow effect, which can be really visible if you are on app like Instagram, where the application’s theme is white.

Availability And Specs

This screen protector is available from Amazon for £4.99/$8 however the links to Amazon aren’t currently working, so I will update this review with links as soon Amazon fixes that issue.

Amazon (UK):
Amazon (US):

  • “PRECISE DESIGN–Precise, laser-cut dimensions provide maximum protection for the entire touchscreen surface of your iphone 6 / 6s.
  • ULTRA-CLEAR SCREEN–Optically transparent, virtually invisible, and HD Clear screen protector with smooth glass-like surface and true touch feel.
  • PERFECT PROTECTION–Premium tempered glass effectively resists scratches thanks to its 9H hardness rating.”

Pros And Cons

Really affordable
Easy to apply on to phone

Very scratch resistant
Doesn’t add thickness (much)
No manual
“Rainbow” effect on sides of display

Overall, I think this screen protector is a good attempt from Utmury, as it provides what the competition provides, at a slightly reduced cost.

 

GT Omega Racing Chair First Impressions

GT Omega Racing Chair First Impressions

Much of what I said in the unboxing and installation of the product holds true, 2 days into my testing, enough time I am sure, to give my first impressions on this chair. I have been writing the posts on this website for the past day and a bit on this chair, and I have to say, I am impressed.The chair is slightly on the firm side, which is OK, as I am sure it will be more ‘cushiony’ around a few weeks down the line (from what I have heard).

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I am really utilising the 170 degree leaning back feature, which in my opinion is well implemented, and the lever for the height adjustment and the rocking is located on the right side, which I have so far found no problems with locating. One issue that has arose is the height adjustment however.

I can’t get the chair to get to a really tall height, something that is easily solved by going for the XL model of this chair, of which I have heard great things in terms of the height adjustment. Although, going for the XL model will mean you have to fork out around £50 extra for the improved height adjustment and weight support, as this model supports up to 120kg, which I am well under.

As this is a racing chair, I will of course take this into account in my full review. However, I will try my best to relate how well the chair does at simulating a real racing chair that you would get in a car.