GN30H PREMIUM USB-C HUB review

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Developer QacQoc Shenzhen China
Website http://www.qacqoc.com

ABOUT QACQOC

QacQoc is a Chinese company located in Shenzhen City.

QacQoc is a fast-growing brand majoring in consumer electronics. Their vision is to create a much easier tech life for customers. QacQoc, offers design, solid and reliable build quality for consumer electronics and mobile tech accessories.

USB-C HUB GN30H

This review is about their range of USB-C Hub’s and particular the GN30H version. The provided connection ports are multiple and should be sufficient for most users.

  • Intelligent Power Delivery
    USB-C Power Delivery for MacBook, ChromeBook Pixel and other Usb-c devices, capable of simultaneously transferring data and charging devices.Power voltage identifies intelligently between 14.5V/20V.
  • One-Hub-For-All
    GN30H is developed as the most integrated Multifunctional usb-c adapter out there. It takes everything you want into consideration including:
    – 3 USB 3.0 ports,
    – 1 HDMI output,
    – 1 Gigabit Ethernet Port ,
    – 1 TF card slot,
    – 1 SD card slot, 
  • High Definition&View Larger
    1 x [email protected]  30HZ  Video Output Port mirrors your laptop’s display (supports 4K) on any HDMI-enabled device. Share your idea and do your presentation through extra projectors ,browse pictures and stream movies from small laptop to your TV.
    Everything looks better on big screen thanks to the HDMI high definition 4k output.
  • Free Access & Fast Data Transfer 
    Access freely to any file from your Usb, Phone,SD Card, Micro SD card;
    Connect keyboard, and mouse to make operating more easy than ever before;
    1000M Ethernet port offers incredible stable and super fast hard network connection to you.
  • Stable Connection & No More Heating
    With the newest line access plug, you won’t have to worry about losing connection to your computer even by the slightest movement. With the line-tailed usb plugged in, now connection between this hub and your computer is much stable than ever;
    We also improved the in heat radiating system, you now can freely plug and play without heating issues.

 

PRODUCTS DIMENSIONS

  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.1 x 4.9 cm ; 59 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
  • Item model number: EgoIggo-GN30H HUB-Gray

 

ETHERNET DRIVER

If you want to make use of its Ethernet capabilities, you may need to download a driver in order to make it all work. The driver can be downloaded from the link below.

➡   http://www.qacqoc.com/wp-content/uploads/Drivers/201707/GN30H%20ethernet%20driver%20download.zip

UNBOXING & HOW TO USE

The first device you plug in will configure the port, so always connect USB 3-capable hubs or devices first.

The hub’s two USB ports and two sd memory ports have a combined output of 1.5A, devices which need a higher currency may not support, such as Apple SuperDrive (start up currency is 2A at least).
The working temperature of charging chipset is about 40
 
QacQoc YouTube play

 

 

The USB-C Hub has when connected a glowing blue light, so this is an indication for a ready state. The USB 3.0 ports are easily accessed, the Micro SD card needs to be pressed deeply to get locked. Not really easy for people with larger hands and fingers.
All ports work flawless and detection of connected devices is instant. ( ➡ Ethernet driver see above ).

 

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TRANSFER RATES OF USB 3

USB 3.1 Gen 2 can transfer data up to 10 Gbps. Newer Mac models with Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports support these speeds.

Speeds of previous USB versions:

  • USB 3 and USB 3.1 Gen 1 can transfer data up to 5 Gbps.
  • USB 2 can transfer data up to 480 Mbps.
  • USB 1.1 can transfer data up to 12 Mbps.

VERDICT

Even though this product is marketed as a hub for your Macbook or such, I feel the GN30H HUB is a true benefit to your older iMac as well. The use of this Usb-C Hub makes it possible to benefit from the improved transfer speed even on iMacs or MacBooks till end 2013. These machines lack the new Thunderbolt Usb-3 connection ports but can be used by the simple converter adapter as shown in the image above. The overall speed improvement is not as good as the newer Apple machines equipped with a real Thunderbolt usb-c port, but still a significant improvement can be made. So older or newer Macs all benefit when making use of the GN30H HUB. We’re busy with the actual speed/transfer figures to present on this site, so stay tuned for updates.

About the GN30H HUB device itself we can be confident in saying it presents solid performance and well build quality. A fair price for a good performer, what more to wish for. Get connected to the world with a great hub station the GN30H HUB.

 

 

IPHONE 8 RUMORS Tech News review

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Version: iPhone 8
Developer: Apple Inc.
Website https://www.apple.com

Link to a review from Cloudwards: https://www.cloudwards.net/review/icloud-drive/

 

ABOUT APPLE INC.

Apple Inc. is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Cupertino, California that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and online services. The company’s hardware products include the iPhone smartphone, the iPad tablet computer, the Mac personal computers, the iPod portable media player, the Apple Watch smartwatch, and the Apple TV digital media player. Apple’s consumer software includes the macOS and iOS operating systems, the iTunes media player, the Safari web browser, and the iLife and iWork creativity and productivity suites. Its online services include the iTunes Store, the iOS App Store and Mac App Store, Apple Music, and iCloud.

Apple was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in April 1976 to develop and sell personal computers. It was incorporated as Apple Computer, Inc. in January 1977, and sales of its computers saw significant momentum and revenue growth for the company. Within a few years, they had hired a staff of computer designers and had a production line. Apple went public in 1980 to instant financial success. Over the next few years, Apple shipped new computers featuring innovative graphical user interfaces, and Apple’s marketing commercials for its products received widespread critical acclaim. However, the high price tag of its products and limited software titles caused problems, as did power struggles between executives at the company. Jobs resigned from Apple and created his own company. As the market for personal computers increased, Apple’s computers saw diminishing sales due to lower-priced products from competitors, in particular those offered with the Microsoft Windows operating system. More executive job shuffles happened at Apple until then-CEO Gil Amelio in 1997 decided to buy Jobs’ company to bring him back. Jobs regained position as CEO, and began a process to rebuild Apple’s status, which included opening Apple’s own retail stores in 2001, making numerous acquisitions of software companies to create a portfolio of software titles, and changed some of the hardware technology used in its computers. It again saw success and returned to profitability. In January 2007, Jobs announced that Apple Computer, Inc. would be renamed Apple Inc. to reflect its shifted focus toward consumer electronics and announced the iPhone, which saw critical acclaim and significant financial success. In August 2011, Jobs resigned as CEO due to health complications, and Tim Cook became the new CEO. Two months later, Jobs died, marking the end of an era for the company.

Apple is the world’s largest information technology company by revenue and the world’s second-largest mobile phone manufacturer after Samsung. In February 2015, Apple became the first U.S. company to be valued at over US$700 billion. The company employs 116,000 full-time employees as of October 2016 and maintains 498 retail stores in 22 countries as of July 2017. It operates the iTunes Store, which is the world’s largest music retailer. As of January 2016, more than one billion Apple products are actively in use worldwide.

Apple’s worldwide annual revenue totaled $215 billion for the 2016 fiscal year. The company enjoys a high level of brand loyalty and has been repeatedly ranked as the world’s most valuable brand. However, it receives significant criticism regarding the labor practices of its contractors and its environmental and business practices, including the origins of source materials.

THE NEW IPHONE 8

So all Apple addicts are waiting for the release of the new iPhone 8 . Right now all we have is rumors and maybe’s ! This story will be no different as none of us really know what we will be presented with , though I guess the differences will be marginal when the iPhone 8 sees the light at last.

We have no insight information as Apple guards their products and specifications with the strictest safety measures. All employees involved are monitored as I read in other articles. Still Apple’s final showdown is about to become reality and the audience can sit and sigh again when they are confronted with a picture on a screen of a mobile phone.

Again we will see people sleeping in front of stores all waiting for their precious iPhone. I think I will call these addicts ” Sméagols ” in future. Sméagol and his Precious (Lord of the Ring), are not far away from reality by the look of it. The sheer sight on their faces when they first time open the box is like a child getting his little dog for their birthday. Pure love is in their eyes. This is what Apple makes their business, marketing and creating a futuristic life scene. Still I like Apple products for their looks and performance. The real Sméagol can’t resist any Apple products, their mind tells them ..I want it…I want it. Well done Apple marketing.

Now lets talk about the latest rumours and leaked photo’s of the iPhone 8. There are a few new features setting it apart from the earlier versions 6 & 7. Number one will be the all glass back & front without bezels and Home button. This will present a full presentation window with maximum view size of 5.8″. Apple is rumoured to be working on three versions of its next iPhone, including a 4.7-inch iPhone 7s, a 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus and a 5.8-inch iPhone 8. it’s currently believed that the iPhone 8 will come in three colors, including white, black, and a copper gold similar to rose gold. Time will tell if we’re right about his.

 

 

The iPhone 8 will have a new OLED display that will stretch across the whole front of the phone. This is part of the reason for the high price tag, according to the source, as the OLED display will cost Apple roughly twice as much as the LCD display used in current iPhones.
The used Gorilla glass is to be replaced by an even stronger glass type, which is good as earlier iPhones faced cracked glass when dropping and replacement costing a fortune. Now we are facing a two sided glass version, so stronger glass was needed.

OLED displays are superior to the LCD panels currently used in Apple’s iPhones because, rather than requiring a backlight, an OLED-based screen lights up individual pixels when necessary. Its also rumoured that the new iPhone 8 will feature a curved OLED display.
The normal plugin earphone will be discontinued in this and future versions, we all need to buy their AirPods which are wireless headphones unlike any other.

 

Rumoured specs
– 5.8in 2.5D OLED edge-to-edge display
– New design with an ‘all-glass’ construction
– 71x143x7.4mm
– Wireless charging support
– Apple A11 chip
– Rear-facing Touch ID sensor
– iOS 11 with improved Siri, P2P payments
– Face-scanning technology
– Vertical dual cameras on rear
– Support for LTE speeds up to 450Mbps. iPhone’s infra-red face unlock in BiometricKit

So yes, specifications will be fine as we have No insight in the expected battery capacity. For battery life all we’ve come up for now is:

The new stacked logic board will provide more space for a larger battery. Switching to OLED displays will also help Apple eke out battery gains over traditional LED displays.

Here are the details from Kuo’s note:

“As battery material tech isn’t likely to see major breakthroughs in the next 3-5 years, mainboard area can only be reduced via stacked SLP, which makes space for larger battery and extended usage time. Thanks to stacked SLP, we expect the OLED iPhone to have similar dimensions to a 4.7” TFT-LCD iPhone, and have comparable battery capacity (equipped with around 2,700 mAh L-shaped 2-cell battery pack) to a 5.5” TFT-LCD iPhone. The battery life of the OLED iPhone could be better than that of the 5.5” TFT-LCD model as OLED panels are more energy-efficient than their TFT-LCD counterparts.”

Hopefully the new iPhone 8 will last longer on a full battery, as this is an area which becomes more important and has least progression on most mobiles.  So battery-life still remains unknown for now, though we know it will support wireless charging. To make use of wireless charging a glass back was needed.

Flagship phones and how long their batteries last (via review website phoneArena):

     iPhone 7 Plus: 9 hours and 15 minutes
     iPhone 7: 7 hrs 46 mins

  • Huawei PT: 7 hrs 42 mins
    Samsung Galaxy S8+: 8 hrs exactly
    Google Pixel XL: 7 hrs 19 mins
    Galaxy S7 Edge: 7 hrs 18 mins
    OnePlus 3T: 5 hrs 41 mins

HOW TO UNLOCK IPHONE 8

The new iPhone lacks the Home button, as Apple wanted to have full view and No bezels on its flagship. Therefore iPhone’s infra-red face unlocks your iPhone in BiometricKit . The Home button will be positioned under the OLED screen as a touch sensitive digital button and not as a physical button. Physical/capacitive buttons or on-screen buttons are features only to be valued after some real experience of the finished product.  Most times things just need getting used to, but I guess the real “Sméagols”, desperately want new features to explore.
3D face scanning feature is certainly an innovative feature. This facial technique might be used for replacement of the fingerprint which will be discontinued we think.

IPHONE 8 CAMERA

The Apple handsets — iPhone 7s Plus and iPhone 8 — will come with dual-lens cameras.

However, while Apple has clung to a horizontally aligned rear camera in the iPhone 7 Plus (and is likely to do the same in the iPhone 7s Plus), the company won’t follow that strategy in the iPhone 8. According to most leaks and renderings, the iPhone 8’s rear-facing camera will be vertically aligned, which might or might not deliver better images. Apple is also said to be spending considerable time on the front cameras and will add 3D-sensing capabilities to boost its augmented-reality features.

Credit: Macotakara/YouTube

Guilherme Rambo has been digging around the strings in a library file to find hints about the next iPhone. He found out that the next iPhone could automatically detect the type of scene you’re looking at and adjust the camera setting. I looked around the strings in the speaker firmware and I can confirm that there are multiple references to smart camera settings, just like the one Rambo mentioned on Twitter:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smart camera settings aren’t completely new when you think about it. If you’ve been using an iPhone for a while, you know that there’s a setting that lets you automatically enable high-dynamic range (HDR) if you’re looking at a bright scene with some dark elements. The “BrightStage” string seems connected to this auto HDR feature.

But other strings indicate that Apple is now able to recognize a wide range of scenes and objects. You can find references to the following settings: baby, beach, concert, fireworks, foliage, forest, mountains, ocean, pet, sky, snow, sport, starry, sunset and sunrise. The camera framework can also detect documents and QR codes.

Apple has done some amazing things with ARKit, but all eyes are on the iPhone 8 to bring it to the next Sméagols level? Wait and see!

SCREEN SIZE & PIXELS

Screen size and pixels would range 5.8 inches at 1242 x 2800.  Lets wait and see if our predictions face any truth.

IPHONE BODY

Glass backside, curved front glass and waterproof capabilities and wireless charging, according to a report in Nikkei Asian Review. Having seen so many leaked pictures we just can’t be far off really.

VIRTUAL VIDEO of IPHONE 8

Exclusive: Here\'s our closest look at the Apple iPhone 8 yet YouTube play

 

VERDICT

Well as these are all presumptions, a real verdict is out of place. All we can wait for right now, is the official release of Apple’s flagship desired by so many Sméagols. If all predictions face reality, iPhone 8 will really bring something new in todays crowded market.
Pricing is not discussed as this will vary from country. Given the new features, it will be the most expensive mobile phone on the market I guess. Hopefully the iPhone will still be affordable to most. I am not worried about the Sméagols however, they will buy at any cost.
Which iPhone is the best; the 7S or the iPhone 8, is up to you. Only after a real review and evaluation of the iPhone 8, your decision will be based on facts.

Launch will be around end of August, but this is also pure guessing as manufacturers face some difficulties producing. For now, close your eyes and dreammmm…….

 

MYNT SMART TRACKER & REMOTE CONTROL review

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ABOUT SLIGHTECH INC.

Founded in 2014.  Is a group of inventors that enjoy working on smart wearables and connected home devices. They strive to engineer seamless system of hardware, software, and cloud services. Their product range now consists of the MYNT Smart Tracker & Remote control device, their MYNT Robot for domestic and industrial use, MYNT EYE is a sophisticated new visual SLAM technology. SLIFE application is a new healthy lifestyle experience application for IOS and Android.

 

THE MYNT SMART TRACKER 

Bluetooth tracking devices are fairly common nowadays. The Tile Bluetooth wireless tracker was the first or one of the first released, now manufacturers have have started producing their own versions for obvious commercial reasons. The Tile Tracker was we think the best option if you were interested in a good tracker device.

MYNT started off by creating their crowdfunding Indiegogo campaign and raised an $100,793 USD. Their claim and aim was not to just produce a Bluetooth tracker, but a Bluetooth Tracking device supporting more and better functionality then provided by devices of existing manufacturers.

So how well does MYNT stick up to promises made when starting their crowdfunding? Well this review will disclose the good and bad of the MYNT Tracker device in daily use.

 

 

BLUETOOTH RANGE

A little information about the technology used by the MYNT Tracker:

MYNT uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to help you locate your items. While Bluetooth technology is a wireless technology, there are significant differences between Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS technology. MYNT’s Bluetooth range is up to 150 ft. Bluetooth is most effective at the 30 ft. range, depending on the environment.

If your MYNT is out of Bluetooth range, you can use Last Position Recorded to see where it was last seen on the map, or you can mark the MYNT as lost. The Community will be allowed to discover the lost MYNT. When anyone running the app comes within Bluetooth range, you will receive an alert notifying the location of your MYNT.

 

WHATS IN THE BOX

So you’ve ordered your MYNT Tracker, now whats in the box:

MYNT Tracker device, Including one extra CR2020 battery, easy-attach string, two adhesive pads

 

 

 

LOOK & FEEL

As promised with their crowdfunding campaign SlighTech Inc. set themselves a reputation for creating ‘new’ and ‘next generation’ devices. So it had to look and feel good, and needed to be strong for everyday use. Well its small , rock solid Stainless Steel and fits all.

 

About 30 percent smaller than the Tile Tracker which is more then convient. It’s even thinner, too, at 3.5mm. To give it all the credits it needs, its an Apple like design, solid thin and eye catching. Top marks for design.

 

 

 

 

 

WHATS NEEDED FOR USE

In order to use the MYNT Tracker you need an iPhone or Android phone as your portable software device and your Mac or PC for a stand alone home situation. The needed software is downloadable from the known IOS/Android stores.
It is good to know that One MYNT app can manage eight MYNT devices at the same time !  This is important if you want to manage more then just one MYNT, which you may want once you get used to its abilities.

TRACKING

Your MYNT is designed to be easy to use and item tracker. Decide which item you want to ‘Track’ and attach your MYNT. So to name some or suggest some uses for your MYNT:

Your keys
Your wallet
Your child
Your dog or pet
Your bike (underneath the saddle)

You can probably think of lots of other means, these are just examples.

Now activate the application on your smartphone, and connect your MYNT. Now your smartphone will act as a beacon that helps you find your item. Activate the app, and your MYNT will produce a loud sound to help you audibly locate your keys or item.
It will do this as long as the item is in a 150ft range of the smartphone!!

If you’re not within this range, the sound location function won’t work. But the smartphone application will still try to find your device as the app is always running in the background. At any moment. when the item is in range MYNT will sound.  The Mynt application stores the last known GPS coordinates in its memory. Now you may track down your whereabouts yourself and you may remember leaving it in a specific place.

 

FEATURES

The MYNT is a Bluetooth tracker with lots of  possibilities.  All features are managed with a small button on the top surface of the tracker. Like any Bluetooth device, this button may be paired to work with any other Bluetooth device.  By pressing the button, the smartphones trackers capabilities can actually work in reverse. The MYNT application installed on your smartphone will be activated, causing it to make the same chirping noises as the tracker itself, if your phone is within a 150-foot range.

The MYNT’s button is programmable to do anything. Some programmable options are PowerPoint presentation support, and anything else working with the Bluetooth principle.

 

BATTERY LIFE

 

Battery life is an important factor for any device working on batteries. Too short battery life means that your tracker is not responding anymore and therefore useless, thus separate battery spares need to be available when needed.
Simply said, you want your device to last as long as possible on 1 battery. We were not able to test how long a full new set lasts in practice ( review can’t wait that long !), but information presented by  SLIGHTECH INC. mentioned
a possible use period of 1 year depending on use.

Now this is really good I think. The needed battery which can be changed simply by opening the battery compartment on the side is a common type so cheap to buy. I think this is a major aspect for any device. Although we live in a
pure consumption society, throwing away stuff is unwanted. This great approach made by the developer shows they not only look at profit but also think about environment and design products to last as long as possible.

The competition like Tile have a battery built in. Once the battery dies, you’ll have to buy a new tracker. The MYNT with its replaceable battery is a much smarter approach to business.

 

THE TRACKER COMMUNITY

Once you have reported that one of the MYNT is lost, the information will be distributed to the MYNT cloud service. This information will then be passed safely to all connected devices that have joined the community. When another device in the community has detected the signal of the MYNT, this information will be reported back to the cloud service and in turn to you.

This feature depends on how many people use this Tracker. The theory is great and provides far better area covering if ..if the tracker was widely used….this however is not something we can arrange.
Still I do see here some opportunities for local councils to provide trackers to their citizens.

 

IMPORTANT NEWS FROM THE DEVELOPER

We contacted SlighTech Inc. if more or further developments are in development at this moment which improve the overall use of the MYNT Tracker:

  • SlighTech is developing better and extended tracking range
  • New firmware can be updated

 

KEY ATTRIBUTES

• Thin enough to be inserted into wallet and books

• Easily attaches to key rings, bags, and luggage

• Durable, stainless steel construction

• Flat rear surface sticks perfectly to your laptop and passport

• Long battery life and standard user-replaceable battery

• Extended range, up to 45 meters (150 feet) outdoors

SPECIFICATIONS

• Wireless technology: Bluetooth 4.0 LE (BLE)

• Wireless range: up to 150ft

• Waterproofing: IP43 (splash-resistant)

• Dimensions: 0.98 x 2.17 x 0.14 inches / 25 x 55 x 3.5 mm

• Battery life: up to one year (depends on usage)

• Battery type: user replaceable CR2020 lithium button cell (120mAh)

• Supported platforms:

– iOS7 and above

– Android 4.3 and above (requires Bluetooth 4.0 LE)

– Mac OS X 10.9 and above (for presentation remote)

 

VERDICT

If you haven’t got a Tracker yet, I think it has more then enough features to make every day life a little safer or easier. The design is beautifull and the rock solid Stainless Steel body will make it last for a long time. Its NOT just a gadget ! Its a handy tool for everybody. Stop looking for your keys, stop losing stuff. Know where your child is, know where your dog chases rabbits. Well you’ll be out of range then but still its a valuable product in many cases. The empty battery problem is tackled with a perfect solution. Just change batteries and you’re on the go for another year. The software is user friendly and offers no exceptional settings, it would be nice if one could switch off the message and alarm’ did you forget about…”, which is disturbing at times. With a growing number of users the tracker will even gain more usefulness. Once you get used to using the Mint Tracker you’ll find just one item is not enough for your daily routines. Insurance companies should provide Free trackers in order to save on costs. Well order yours, and experience the extra safety for daily routines.

It’s IP rated, so you know that it’s a durable device that can last you for many years.