Wednesday, 22 June 2022

ICEY - Next Level Frozen Drinks

 Well, this is one overdue, VERY overdue but now the weather is getting more summer, it feels like now is the time to finally review this of the second crowdfunded project I've ever invested in and actually the second that's ever been fulfilled since the 3rd turns out it was a scam. . So we finally get to have a look at ICEY and see what it can do, this might not cover the long time use of this of the advert for it, but it can see what the instructions say for 1 hour of use. Costing me $45 aka £32.29 back in Jan 2021. Things will see how they go in the end. 

The Packaging. 

This was actually in a very basic box of orange and white, which gives the tone of the logo and also represents the summer and the orange might represent that. But not much imaging or other notes to make of. Even the small print was not very much shown, but crowdfunded items are a bit like that really.

The front of the box 

the Top of the box 

One of the sides of the box 

The left side of the box 

The right side of the box 

the bottom of the box 

Which gives it the tone for a small approach or minimal advertising.  When it comes to inside the box, it's very basic, with the Foam and the box. Then it shows the contents of what is to be done such as the icey itself and the manual. 

The Contents: Icey

So this is a look at the machine, which is a glass jar with a plastic top and the silicone in blue as well as how it looks with the plastic blades. the Batter compartment is always the nice part but has a tricky section to it since it can easily fall inside the holes for the battery, which yes it takes 2 AA but at the same time, especially as it does not come with batteries but it also seems like it can be hard for them to place inside. 

The Icey with the glass and the machine itself 

A look at it from the other side with the max line  

The blades and the silicone 

A look at the battery compartment when closed 

The top of the icey with the button 

Removing the Battery cap

The battery cap

The holes for use of AA battery

The Silicone can be a bit of a struggle to put on and make sure it's nice and tight.  which is the vital part to make sure it does not leak when in the jar. 

The contents: The Manual

Actually, this has its good clear stance for how ther documentation is presented, since it is a small manual but it is clearly typed out in a nice format with not too much small text and some nice diagrams and also has the modern logo design for the front and the back. 

The front of the manual 

Contents and the disclaimer 

The safety instructions are very clear and some interesting points made for sure 

The more the safety section 

How to use icey for the first time 

The back of the manual 

The Preparation: 

The Batteries to fit and operate: 

So this actually is the maybe hardest bit of setting it up to get the batteries in as well as seeing how it spins. The battery flap is the hard one to fit inside and eventually, the batteries were in as well as the flap so it was ready to spin. 

The batteries in the ICEY

The Jar is to be rinsed and drink made. 

So this is the easy part, to make sure it can be ready to drink from. As the instruction says, to rinse the jar out since its still from the packaging from the shipment from china back in 2021 which can indicate virus risk. So we end up getting it rinses in the tap and then it was a drink made of 

  • PEach Sparkling Water 
  • Green Apple Gfuel
  • Raspberry Vitamin C tablet 
  • Lemonade Diet
Which was then made and ready for the ICEY to be attempted to be firmly placed on it. Then it was a bit of a push for the icey to be capped in and ready to the freezer

The Drink ready

Ready for the Freezer

The Preparations: Freeze

Wel,l it was then pressed to turn on and then placed in the freeze for the next hour while I went for a dogwalk, which gives about 1 hour or so to see how cool it gets, it was placed upright so it had less chance of leaking. 

The freezer with ICEY is shown in there 

The Preparation: Time to check on it, 

So exactly 1 hour later, it was time to see if it was made to slush or if it just kept cool, but it ended up very cold and chilled but not frozen. So it will need a longer time for it to happen. 

The End result 

On the table ready for a glass 

The Taste Test: 

Well it was then time to pop it from Icey to the glass and it did not leak, so that's a bonus, it's a special glass that does not crack when frozen apparently. So for the hour, it was safe at least, and then when poured in and it was nice and chilled, like no rush for it.  I think it will need to be a fair few hours for the ice to freeze and then it will feel like a better slush maker.

The Conclusion: 

So let's be honest, this is one of these niche possible ideas and actually, it is done in a better way than some of the Slush puppies makers. The delay for it imported can take its time, but once it's out of kickstarted/Indiegogo stage, shipments will be easier for it to be there. All in all 

omracer's Rating: 7/10

The good points: 

  • A simple way to make cold drinks
  • An interesting concept
  • Easy to create your own drinks
  • Battery-powered 
  • Clear instructions 

The Bad Points: 

  • Hard to source yourself, 
  • Can be expensive since of the concept
  • The battery connector can be hard to fit 
  • The Silicone gets loose

And that sorts that, another crowdfunded project reviewers and it was overdue but ideal for the summer weeks and days ahead in all honest, sure things might end up getting out of control, some good and some big scary changes but some reviews I'll try to keep going with then over the time. 


Wednesday, 20 April 2022

Razer Deathadder Essential - White Edition

 So this one was a longer plan of getting a review of this for a while and eventually forgetting that the time to test this was too good to be true or a fake, But this is the first legit razer device I've ever used for myself, There was the kracken back in the Torchy days. I wonder what it was going to be like. But this review gives a sort of a glimpse at that. Again due to the time constraints, it's going to be a post for this. The £24 price mark is what this is but other places have it in stock. 

The Packaging: 

Now this is where Razer Shine, is the classic black and Green style they are renounced for, and this is no exception, it shows the Mouse itself, the text has a metallic feel and also makes it clear on what this is, though this does give an impression of an imported version from the language on the front and back. But there is some icons of the features for the mouse too. But the sides of the box just show RAZER and there retail flap at the top for the Slatwall hooks and the small print is at the bottom too which does give even more impressions this was a cheap import. 

The front of the Box 

The top of the box 

The back of the box 

The sides of the box are mostly the same 

the bottom of the box with  more of the small print

When it comes to the inside, it seems to be that it is quite basic, with only cardboard and not much of a manual or even other documentation. But with the way Razer do give this on their website is less hassle on this. But since its a easy mouse to use or so it might seem. But the cable is nicely tidy in the box top part and then the mouse Underneath. Its a nice fitting and it also comes with a cute white band too. 

The Cable inside the box 

The Mouse inside the box 

The Mouse itself,  

Its got that nice curve and a very clean ish white design along with the Razer Logo which we will see how it glows up. But its got the Side buttons and there is NO DPI switch which is not a bad thing so its later how that can be a good feature of making it smooth. But the cord is not a braided one, so cats and dogs might have a nice chew at it. The Sensor is quite a big one so it should not have an issue of it being dirty. 

The Left side of the Mouse 

The Right Side of it 

Underneath the mouse 

The USB Connector with the cap on 

A look of the cap being off 

The bottom of the usb connector is green as a nice touch, 

The Setup and Synapse: 

So it was a case of Plug and play and that means Windows picked it up, one thing to mention is that it glows White which is perfect for this. Sure the LED could be a RGB for a nicer effect but some cheaper brand will put that in their own copy like other mice do.  

The Mice plugged in and glowing 

It fits nicely on the back of the PC and the cable is plenty of stretch 

Device Manager does see it as a Generic Mouse which is interesting. So it means installing the drivers might not make a difference if there is any drivers per say.

The Mouse Properties 

The install  details 


Device IDs 

The install details 

It does let it wake up from sleep via that tick 

So it then was the case of not being able to change the DPI since we needed to install Synapse. The Firmware update is still a TBA on what that means. But That installed pretty quickly but does take over 1/4GB aka 389MB. 



The finish 


So this app you do NOT have to Sign in, which later on might be useful for but for me and the single device, yeah, thats not much of a need, for me to worry about. 

The sign in screen for the first time 

Then it shows the devices Razer Syanpse will work with and the Deathadder appeared in a easy way to then tweak things the way I want it to be tweaked, Which then leads to the buttons are easy to configure via pressing on them. So it was easy to map buttons to what you wanted it to be. 

The Syanpse Menu 

The settings for the White mouse 

The DPI Settings 

The choice of changing the DPI 

The options for more of the Lighting with the LED 

Now this is the nitty-gritty for the key mapping layout 

Now this means its the chance to get to map the keys, the back and forward to the DPI switching which might be easier but when using this, mouse the high DPI felt easier to get used to than the previous mice and that meant much faster scrolling for it to be used. 

And Aim Test:

Well, I'm not the best FPS but it was nice to check how this turned out and was the best out of 2 and well I'm not as good as I should be for a PC user for sure. But it was better with the lower DPI from what I did test with the below score. 

The results from the Aim Test 

Using on Mac. 

Now, this is one feature that Razer did not officially support. there have been some in the GitHub that ended up making an open-source version of synapse per say.  Since Synapse 2 does not support the mouse in question. 

The Installer and the Site 

Its a pkg file 

Quick to install 

But it does use a kext and then needs a restart 

But forces to sign in to the Razer ID 

But then it was the time to try out Open Razer and actually that is a nice way to have some of the features of Synapse on Mac and yes it does things such as DPI switching ad well as the light pattern for the lights on the mouse itself, it is not too bad to install either via the dmg. 

The install for the Razer App 

It means going to system preferences to open it up 

The Settings screen 

The list that actually appears which lets you control most of the settings (Not applicable for some due to the mouse itself) 

The debug state of the mouse 

The settings which includes DPI control for the mouse, the colour will NOT change 

But more settings can tell the brightness for this

So, all in all, it means it can now be adjusted so that means Mac on the unofficial side is actually more workable instead of being stuck on a certain 3200 DPI for example. the middle of the range. So that does make it useful if I need to video edit when I get to go on holiday with the laptop. 

As for Games and General use, 

IT feels quite nice and even on the higher 6800 DPI it can feel very smooth and even a little too fast but again there is the chance I can change it in the synapse so it is always to be tweaked to my likening, the grip on the mouse is good so it fits my hand and does not make it a bit painful like some mice such a the Fury Warrior 

For Video editing, it gives a better option for it to be smoother when trying to drag files to a timeline such as using it in FCPX,. But it makes you sure about how it can be that extra bit smoother for those precise moments like dragging a file from one window to another.

The Conclusion: 

It's a good mouse and has a nice design on it and makes it feel like it's worth getting, there are some limitations compared to some of the entry-level gaming mice out there. The Software is the bulk of the features for it so without the open-source it's more a no-go for non-Windows. But it feels exactly what it should do, sure the DPI switch is a corny option but not being here means this is one aimed to make it the mouse they want it to be. 

omracer's Rating: 8/10 

The Good Points: 

  • A Razer Mouse That's  Good value for under £30 
  • Its White which is a change
  • a Nice long cable 
  • Plug and play for those that want it to work
  • Razer Synapse works nicely 
  • There is an open source way to change DPI on Mac
  • There are 2 lights, one for the wheel, then the razer logo 
  • Very smooth with the high dpi 

The Bad Points 

  • The Lights are only white and not RGB
  • Not much sold minus some bigger retailers and online 
  • Not easy for those that want a simple way to install on MacOS if not using unblock 
  • The Cable is rubber so it can easily be chewed 
  • Higher DPI can get some used to if you did not give the option to change it on a non-supported OS 

And there is another review, this probably will be the last blogpost only ones for a while, and hopefully some video-based ones in the near future, but that will be when work has eased off to the point I'm not typing this up at 1:40am on a work night

But for. now we can catch up soon