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Is that a Xbox One next to my TV? Games Notes | My Life 14 JAN 2016

I upgraded relatively late from my PS2 to a Xbox 360, only picking one up in December 2009 – which coincidentally is still running strong. Similarly, it was only in 2012 (again December) that I finally signed up to Xbox Live Gold properly.

So with that sort of late adopter history to bear in mind, it made sense for me to hang back a bit for the Xbox One upgrade – and now a full year after it’s South African release, I found myself crippled with an severed tendon above the knee and at the beginning of December month – so naturally I ordered a Xbox One to keep me company!

xbox one bought by craig lotter from takealot

Given the way that I play games, i.e. I buy, install, play, delete, I worked out that the 500GB version of the console will work just fine for me, and as such, spotted that Takealot were selling the FIFA 16 bundle console for R5,499.

Pleasingly, the delivery was pretty swift, and luckily for me, Ryan was on hand for a visit, meaning that he could set the thing up in the lounge while I dutifully watched from the chair that has been my prison for over a month now.

xbox one fifa 16 women soccer

In all honestly, I’m kind of underwhelmed with the Xbox One experience – I guess I was just expected a much bigger jump in terms of speed, graphics and snappiness, but to be fair, the Xbox 360 had gotten pretty awesome towards the end of its duty, and so maybe I’m still a little blinded and can’t see just how awesome the new generation actually is.

That said, other than the exceedingly slow download/install speeds (a recognised problem for the console), it does everything that I want (even if it is not the prettiest of boxes to look at), and now thanks to the brilliant Xbox 360 backwards compatibility mode, I have a pretty decent library of games to tackle.

xbox one valiant hearts

Oh, and the four free games a month courtesy of my Xbox Live Gold subscription helps as well.

Cool. As always, my username is CraigLotter, if you’re keen for a bit of FIFA 16 battling…

(I’m far too bad at shooters and fighting games to put out any sort of challenge on those fronts!)

xbox one killer instinct tomahawks

Review: ROMOSS Sailing 3 – 7800mAh Power Bank Accessories 06 MAY 2015

Sigh, load shedding from Eskom is just such a pain now, isn’t it? Of course, working from home means I need to have a few things up and running for those 2 hour stretches without electricity, which then essentially boils down to me doing all of my work on a laptop, using mobile data via my Afrihost-branded Huawei wireless modem, and now supported by… a power bank.

Romoss Sailing 3 7800mAh Power Bank

Well, technically I don’t NEED a power bank, but every now and then I do forget – or don’t have the chance – to either charge my phone or my wireless modem, thereby rendering them useless when they inevitably run out of power halfway through a load shed period.

Wanting something portable and which would be useful for extended journeys say on a plane, train or long walk in the mountains, I started looking at power banks – and found a pretty well priced one via Takealot (I paid R301 for it).

The ROMOSS sailing 3 forms part of ROMOSS’ sailing series of tablet and phone charging power banks. Using built-in Samsung battery cells, these power banks provide good, reliable and longer battery life – and come with a host of nifty little tricks and features up their sleeve!

My sailing 3 sits more or less in the middle of the series, weighing in with a decent 7800mAh battery – enough for MORE than just a couple charges of my Huawei Ascend P6 and other USB-charged battery devices!

The device is extremely well built – alloy plastic body (PC+ABS) – solid, rugged, and heavy, but at the same time is a thing of beauty, sleek, beautiful lines with almost invisible seams. I genuinely do like it.

Plus, it is packed with some pretty nifty features.

So apart from its very good 7800mAh charge, it also features quite a wide compatibility list in terms of USB-charged devices, thanks to ROMOSS’ so-called Fitcharge Technology that automatically detects the input current demand of different devices to thus try and match their charging needs. It also appears to enjoy a particularly efficient power conversion rate, and its clever design allows for sync charge – essentially you can charge the power bank even whilst it in turn is busy charging your device!

Oh, and did I mention that it has two USB outputs which means dual output – i.e. you can charges two devices at once! (Note though, the two outputs are rated at different strengths. Usually you’ll just stick to the stronger, fast charge 2.1A port in practice. Nevertheless, still a useful feature to have!)

It self charges pretty quickly as well, thanks to its built-in 2.1A input, and because of its multi-protective circuit design and engineering, it offers quite a bit of protection to itself and your charging devices:


Review: Everki Swift Light Laptop Backpack Accessories 05 MAY 2015

For years I’ve used the traditional, over the shoulder, laptop carry bag. It works just fine, I’ve used it for years, and my laptops don’t seem to mind being shuttled around in it. However, with an upcoming business trip I decided that perhaps it was time to ditch the inconvenience of “over the shoulder” and switch to a more hands free “on the back” model – hence my need for a laptop backpack.

Everki Swift Light 17.3 inch Laptop Backpack 1

Doing a quick search on Takealot, I turned up a rather good looking backpack for a pretty decent price – R289 for the Everki Swift Light Laptop Backpack.

Particularly happy with the look and feel (well, not really feel – this was all online after all), I did some further review searching on the bag, and happy with the results, placed my order.

(Takealot’s order system seems a lot more refined since the last time I used them – usually I use Loot.co.za because their warehouse is in the same business park as Touchwork, but seeing as I am no longer there quite as often as I used to be, getting it delivered to my home is now much more convenient – and for a time Takealot is offering free delivery when placing an order via their new app!).

A couple of days later, a call from Mr Delivery, and I was standing by my front gate signing for a big brown nondescript box containing my newfound treasure.

At first glance, I have to say I really am happy with the look and feel of the bag. I know I’ve said that before, but this time I have the actual bag in my possession. Plus, it’s a perfect match for work, seeing as orange (the backpack’s interior is bright orange) is Touchwork’s brand colour. (For years I’ve worked whilst sitting on a funky black and orange office chair!)

As advertised, my nice sized Fujitsu Lifebook A Series laptop fits perfectly in the bag, as do all the normal accessories that I carry around in my laptop bag – so far so good. I am a little wary of the laptop protective padding though – it just seems so thin. But if I compare it to recent laptop bags then it matches up – I can only guess that either laptops have gotten sturdier over time, thus not needing quite so much padding any more, or else manufacturers really, really do enjoy saving bits of money here and there, basically wherever they can scrape a few millimeters off of something.

The sleek look does come with a few disadvantages though. The pockets and compartments are a little inconveniently sized, all long rectangles instead of big squares, meaning that you’re going to have to play around with how you pack your things in there – but it’s a minor quibble if you are using this to only really ferry your laptop around in.

I like the tough material it is made out of, and I like the seemingly waterproof foot of the bag.

In other words, I think it is a great bag considering the price I paid for it. So happy, yes.

Everki Swift Light 17.3 inch Laptop Backpack 2

If you’re interested in the bag’s description, features and dimensions, I grabbed these off of the official website page:

Travel light with the Swift’s sleek profile, streamlined compartments and solid construction. Busy students and corporate users alike will love the spacious interior that can accommodate up to a 17” laptop, power adapter, and accessories.

The elastic Snug-Fit laptop compartment easily stows out of the way when not carrying a notebook, allowing the Swift to double as a multipurpose gym, school, or weekend bag. A variety of multifunction accessory pockets keep the main compartment clean and organized.

Exterior features include a zippered outer pocket for quick access to essential items, side pockets for water bottles or other small items, padded shoulder straps with integrated headphone cable management, and a reinforced hand-carry grip.