Thursday, 28 April 2016

Sumvision Plasma Mouse

You know those impulse buys you see or talk about and buy them when you actually don't need them, this might be one of those reviews, but considering this product has only been out within the past week, then it might be worth sharing my review on it. Costing me £20 from work, but cheaper on Amazon, this might be the nicest looking mouse I might have ever seen. Sumvision  might have some flaws but this hopefully isn't one of them. The video review is below and then we get into using it.

The Packaging

There was one term my supplier used which might make this seem different. "The packaging doesn't do it justice". Which I agree with in this repsect, The box is a thin rectangle black box with reflective text which does sort of represent the reflective metallic gold the actual mouse has, there is a odd thing with the Font for the box more focused from the Nemesis brand they own but there isn't any mention of Nemesis on it at all which is a odd thing, Nemesis Plasma sounds better than Plasma in this case. But it tells you whats included and the legal required patents and trademarks and URLs for the company.

The front of the Box

The side of the box with the trademarks and EAN and URL

The back of the box with a slight showing of the mouse. 

The side with the features and the contents

Lets have a look inside

In all honest, that is the box, but there was this red sticker on the side, which was actually the way to open the box, which then had a tab and if pulled out, everything comes out neatly, but with all funny boxes, that didn't happen to me and it was a slight mess coming out, but the orange was a nice vibe to the inside. Then you had the manual and the support flyer as well as a fibre cloth and the mouse itself. All in all it was pretty pressed in there.

The contents of the box.

The manual was quite basic but it gave info on the specs and what each button does, Also it DOES support OSX (it mentioned X 10.2 or above) which is a good sign but then again, its a mouse and if it doesn't, its either too high end or quite an old one. It also mentioned what each button does as well as to use the software for DPI and colour change.

The front of the manual

Showing the top of the mouse

The top part of the bottom side of the manual

The bottom part of the bottom side of the Manual

Then you have the support flyer and the fibre cloth, now the cloth is similar material to the ones given by specsavers and the like, no design, just a plain blue cloth. The flyer recommends you to register, sadly its a case of "seriously, who does actually bother to register" which can save hassle for somethings, but for a mouse, maybe a "nah, mate" in this case. Remember Sumvision is also the owner of the Cyclone (android boxes that are used under the former kodi revolution) and PSYC (Sound devices ranging from earphones that pop out 5 times when running for 15 minutes or vibrating bluetooth speakers)

The cloth and the flyer

Then we have the mouse itself, in a box with a plastic cover for it, it clearly showed the reflection in the light, the dark isn't so clear but nor is anything without light these days. But onces its out of the box, it looks like proper gold in some ways but not so much in others, The reflection is pretty neat and its not really heavy but its not as light as other mice that are under £10 either. Maybe the Nemesis logo could of been put on the mouse instead of sumvision to make it seem more cooler like the Kane Pro did but its odd why nemesis was not mentioned on it at all.

The mouse in the box, the reflection is there

A sharperish look at the mouse

The bottom of the mouse, with the rubber and the metal

Looking from the right side

Looking from the left side.

Also the cable is a braided and quite long cable, which is nice for some desktop setups.

The Testing: 

Now with most mice, You plug it into the USB, wait for 2 minutes max for the drivers to install and its done and working, this was no exception, the mouse was installed on Windows 10 32 bit in the video and worked on 10.10.5 and Windows 10 64 bit as well. The mouse did go a golden colour to begin with but once the sofware was on there, that is almost up to you on what colour you choose. But have a look at the settings for that driver sumvision provide.

The main page, with the mouse and the DPI and colour settings. 

The advanced settings, which allows speeds for scrolling and clicking

You can change the text colour of the actual program too, a nice extra
But then once this is done, the mouse is then changing colour slowly after the settings are applied and can give a nice tranquil feeling. 

The first colour you see or if its plugged into an OS that doesn't have the driver program installed (OSX etc)

A apple red

A turoquise blue

A Dark blue

Combine it with the sort of low light Dragonwar Silvio and it looks ok

But not so much with a non blue colour though

Test 1: Browsing and Scrolling in Browsers (Chrome etc).

This actually felt smooth one the 2nd and 3rd DPI stage, I could adjust the scrolling speed if it felt too fast so there isn't much of a problem. You can also hear when you scroll since the wheel has a grinding to it which is nice. 

Test 2: Age of Empires II HD Edition. 

Now this felt ultra smooth on the DPI settings which made exploring the map nice and easy and fast. Of course since I enabled Edge Scrolling, it was going south alot due to changing OBS settings but thats not the mouse, thats me. 

Test 3: Final Cut Pro X

Well this one wasn't listed since this was an actual test while editing the video. It was actually very smooth while editing and on OSX I did have to raise the DPI via the button which made things eaiser. It aslo was nice on a hard surface since when i used my other mice, they were struggling to use the wood. But the colour glowed to just one colour when using it on certain DPI settings, but thats due to no software. 

Editing the video review with the mouse on a medium DPI

The Conclusion:

Now this was a good easyish review and it went quite well. The performance for the value is nice and the design is amazing too, If you sweat in the palms or the hand then long term it might corrode it but that is an unsure hindsight. 

omracer Rating: 7/10

The Good Points:

  • Good Value (under £25)
  • High DPI of 4000 if needed
  • Beautiful design 
  • Nice range of colours to glow
  • Plug and Play
  • Software is easy to use 
  • Quite a nice size for hands
  • The cable is Braided

The Bad Points:

  • The software isn't available on OSX or Linux (only applies to Mac Gamers if any)
  • The brightness of the mouse isn't as strong as the adverts (see first picture at top of blogpost and my pictures to compare
  • There might be corrosion in the metal if you have sweaty hands or palms.

Well that is  another review. Next month will be a first Steambox Build so i'll try to review or at least type up each part of that build, maybe not a review but pics and unboxing. Also a bright way to run might be shown off too.


Monday, 18 April 2016

Velocap TBOX Mini Plus / TeVii D614 HD HDMI Grabber / IT9910HD

Well this was up and coming for some reasons like the velocap u2 having problems not yet fixed in windows 10 November update as well as wanting to record without getting the laptop out and then edit much quicker on the laptop. But also my a christmas present for my sister, the recording to usb side of things would be quite useful too.

Now this version was NOT from Velocaps. Since that would be double the price, maybe this might explain a average review but i'm not so sure. This one was from a UK Ebay seller for about £35 which took about a few days to arrive. The TBOX MINI Plus which is on the velocaps site is nearly £80 including customs and postage. But when you look further down, this looks and actually is the mini plus which is sort of one less hassle. But this also looks like or works like a Tevii D614. But hoping that this can do what it says is another matter. Hoping this works with OBS as a mini streaming device is needed but lets see.

Enjoy a video review below:

The looks and contents.

The box is just a basic cardboard box which can be boring, but this is not really a on the shelf type of product to sell so i'm not surprised. However, inside has quite a nice layout with the following inside:

  • the box itself
  • a UK (due to regulations) Power cable for it
  • a short micro usb cable
  • a shortish standard HDMI cable
  • a Black and White Manual of how to use it
  • a mini unlabled CD with the drivers 
This is actually quite basic which for this makes things easier and also more to the point of this box. The charger does have a tablet feel as well as the micro usb not looking so solid but it is. 
The Top of the Box

Most of the sides are like this

Except this which is the only stickers on the outside

Looking inside

The manual (a colour version can be found here)

The other part of the Manual (can be found here)

The micro USB Cable

The small Blank not blank CD

A blurry version of the mains cable

A better look at the mains cable
A plain but golden HDMI

Then we go into the box itself, its actually pocket sized if you had big jeans or a hoodie, with clear labels for what is what and most connections needed, this is a nice size for a hope to be decent capture card.

3 of the main things you need on there

The top of the box, with the led and button

The micro USB port, now this is not a 3.0 port, just a 2.0

A USB, HDMI out and a Mic in, well you have to have some commentary for a lets play somewhere

the grills at the bottom of the thing

Setting it up: The USB Way

Now this is pretty easy minus a few important notes. The first is that, unless you change firmware (which as of this time i've not done that) there are some things to note:
  • the date of the recording is December 2013
  • the files are split into 2GB sections (related to fat32 rules of 4GB per file MAX) 
  • The bitrate can go up to 16mbits or as fast as your USB stick allows, in my case the Transcend can do up to 20/25mbits, which that is the 64GB edition for around £15 online.
But once you get that done, just make sure the hdmi device is turned on then turn this on then make sure its 1080p or 720p. Blue for 1080, green for 720 and then press the button and it will start recording to the drive. Common sense is to NOT unplug the stick until the led stops flashing or the thing is off after the power button. Which for me it was quite flawless in its recording of PACMAN CE DX and clear when trying a NowTV box out (there is a big note with this i'll go through near the end). But the test clips I tried only were less than 5 minutes and the bitrate can vary under a minute. But when you see the results, its looks clear and sharp and smooth too. 

What it looks like plugged in to the ps3 and TV. 

The floor view of the box. 
The detals of the first clip

The smaller bitrate of a test clip

A tiny bit higher but that constant framerate 

Setting it up: The PC Way. 

Now this is where the product fails in my eyes, using a micro usb cable, I plugged it in, it was detected, the drivers i used from the CD worked. (You can use the Velocap ones if you wish as well). Now I noticed it had drivers for the HDMI Velocap products on there as well which made me get the vibe this WAS a TBOX Mini Plus. It worked and the drivers were signed and device manager was showing all good. 

more details

notice it says IT9910HD, which is the same chipset as the Happauge Rocket which CAN stream

The contents of the CD

inside the tbox folder
Then it was time to get OBS running and well, things went sour, it didn't work. Luckily it was picked up but no matter what i set on the crossbar, no matter what custom resolution, it would not work and a red screen would appear. Which for me is a MAJOR ballache since i can't actually stream on this capture box. This stressed me out and really made the review harder to film, i'll be honest there. But while typing I found out that it has the same Chipset which is the IT9910HD as a Happauge PVR Rocket so this might change the entire review. 

The problem OBS has with it with the Velocap Drivers

Some of the settings the Crossbar gives you

The one in blue is the setting for HDMI

See, no luck

But when i installed the Happuage drivers, things seemed on the up, since it didn't install via the Capture software but it installed the drivers manually via the firmware installer and it actually worked. It successfully got the driver working and it was showing up in the Happuage Capture Software. This DOESN'T change the HDCP not working since it was never meant to. There is a longer delay than the velocap U2 but it works and thats the main point. I've not tried streaming.

It works with the PVR Rocket drivers. 
But the one problem with this is that it there have been problems with OBS and the HD PVR. OBS classic doesn't pick it up but OBS studio it does except the fact that it doesn't have sound and black screens until i disable Sound which is odd but a work in progress.

UPDATE: As of 05/12/16 I have managed to get this working WITH Sound (To capture only) via using the drivers provided by Ezcap for their 284 capture box. Basically, you install the drivers in the zip file then copy the Jedi.img to the USB and flash the firmware and then in obs studio, the audio should be included in the stream. Reminder that this does need a TV to play the games properly due to the passthrough causes lag to the PC. The link for the drivers and firmware just incase its deleted is here: 

OBS Studio working WITH Sound and picture

The HDCP Noting.

Now with the specs that the Asian rep mentioned on ebay, this was "HDCP Decode" which sadly this isn't, which for alot of people who solely buy this, they will go nuts and leave bad feedback and feel like they have wasted their life savings. But with a splitter or the velocap u2, it actually does let the signal stay. To try this, i tried one of those nowTV Boxes. Which does show the picture as normal but when Video is playing, a purple screen appears. The support document mention that HDCP is unauthorized which is fair to say. 

The box and the velocap u2

it looks more complicated than it actually is.

The Conclusion:

With the box, it is not as easy as it seems which is how you save money, lets be clear there. Now since the software that Velocap used which was the TeVii Player which is rubbish but when you realize there is better software out there which I've mentioned further back, it does make this easier to use. But its also useful if you wanted to recorded HD footage while streaming a console on twitch on a poor non ultimate high end package superfast broadband like myself (to record multi, similar to using OBS and Microsoft GameDVR to make the Roller-coaster Tycoon World Lets Play). It works or when you feel too lazy to record locally and just record whats on the console and edit in future, this works nicely.

omracer's Rating: 8/10

The Good Points:

  • Very entry level price
  • USB Recording is simple
  • Nice size and design
  • Connects to PC via micro usb 
  • Very good quality at high mbits @59fps on a good usb drive on 720p.
  • Final cut pro can import without conversion aka friendly file formats on osx. 

The Bad Points: 

  • The Drivers from TeVii and Velocap are a disgrace. Happauge ones work much better 
  • OBS doesn't work properly
  • No HDCP decoding without another device (Good in someways to make this more legal)
  • Micro USB is 2.0 to speeds will not be intense

And that goes the review. This might be useful for me making more videos in the coming months, especially with the u2 not working on 10 properly. Tweaking OBS studio to get it to work might complicate things for starters. 

New reviews next month hopefully, maybe more food and drink ones.