Anker 2nd Gen Astro E4 External Power Bank Review

The Anker Astro E4 is a high capacity portable charger for any USB device. That is a device that utilizes a charger with at least one end being a USB. The product is 5.9 in by 2.5 in by .9 and weighs around 10.5 oz according to the specs provided by the Anker website (http://www.ianker.com/product/79AN13K2-BA#ptop). Its capacity is 13000 mAh which is enough to charge my Samsung Galaxy S4 around 4 times. This has come in handy, because on my travels its a struggle sometimes to find an open charger, but ever since i bought this power bank i struggle no more. The best part about this product is the IQ technology which recognizes the device that is plugged into the power bank, and provides that device with the optimal charge. I originally thought this wasn’t going to improve the speed of charging my device, but after a few uses I realizes just how quick my phone and other devices charge on this power bank. The Astro E4 takes between 6-8 hours to charge if you bought the 2A adapter for an additional fee. I tried to avoid buying the adapter, however the device takes an incredibly long charge, so i caved and bought one. With that in mind, I would absolutely recommend this product to anyone looking to buy an external charger. If you do not find yourself struggling to find outlets on your travels, then I would not waste any money on a power bank.

– Tyler Hubbell

HR: Samson Go Mic

Have you been looking a inexpensive microphone for doing tutorials? or for those Skype calls that your webcam mic is just not cutting it? Well here I bring you one of the best inexpensive microphones money can buy! Let’s take a look at the Samson Go Mic shall we?

Images gathered from Amazon.com

What’s included…

When you purchase this microphone you will find in the box:

  • Samson Go Mic
  • Case
  • Mini USB to USB
  • Manuals
  • Audio recording software

So the design…

First of all the mic has a very small form factor but doesn’t mean it is not high quality as other bulkier, taller, more expensive microphones. As you can see above it is constructed of an aluminum body with a black metal stand. When folded you can see the two ports it has, one being the audio port for headphones, and second being the power connection, which in this case it is a mini USB to USB cord.  On the opposite  side it has the three different microphone modes: Omni, -10, Cardioid.

Now that’s good sound quality!

For an inexpensive mic your would be expecting decent sound quality, but the mic performs extremely well for its price. I have done plenty of video calls with it and the person on the other end of the screen says that my voice comes in clean with no background noise. Of course this would also depend on your surroundings. I had also used this mic to make a few video reviews here take a look at this for a further look at sound quality: http://goo.gl/2ddhdF

Overall thoughts

For $40 the microphone is the best bang for your buck! Also the fact that it is plug n play and works on both PC/Mac is a score! The mic impressed me on so many levels that it has been my go to mic for the past 5 months. After lots of time using it and really getting to know that microphone and all it’s glory I can recommend this to anyone whether your an average consumer or prosumer. Therefore I am happy to give this product a 5 out 5 stars!