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As a total gadgets addict, cant help to buy electronic / electric things from different places (CDRKING is one of my favorites), usually from the "cheap" bargain shops. But sometimes, hidden gems can be found...

Baofeng Data Cable Review

posted Dec 5, 2017, 9:50 PM by Jose Marie Maquinay   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 9:53 PM ]

    Baofeng UV 5R (also known as the Cignus UV-85 radio here in the PH) is a good, cheap radio. It has the features an amatuer radio enthusiasts (like me) will need. Organisations who need cheap, reliable communication will find it handy (hehe). The only difficulty I could think of is programming multiple frequencies on multiple devices. Enter the programming data cable, it allows the user to program a radio, safe the default configuration in a file, and deploy the config on a different radio easily.

    Have used the UV5R_W64_VIP.rar installer for this review, the installer is available on the link above if you have lost your installer CD. It installs as a normal Windows application, BUT the program itself is in Chinese! (Not surprising, since it is a Chinese product after all). Well, they did include the English translation, which is located in the 6th menu slot (see below screenshot).

    When the data cable is inserted in the computer, it will automatically install the drivers needed. It is basically a glorified USB to Serial converter, so it will be detected and installed on most recent Windows computers (mine was a Win 7 Pro machine, connected to the internet, maybe the drivers were automatically detected and downloaded from the internet..).

    Another thing to take note is that the UV-5R program only supports certain pre-determined COM ports, so if your COM port is not displayed on the list, you just need to change the Prolific USB-to-Serial COM port to a different one.

    From the WIndows Device Manager, you just need to select the Prolific COM port, right click, select Properties, in the Port Settings tab, select Advanced Settings. And select a COM port not used by a different device (not that many available in my case...).

    The most important function of the UV-5R program is the Read/Write buttons (circled in red). The user should read once, modify the parameters, then write them to the radio. If you use the read button without writing your changes, it will overwrite the unsaved changes. So be careful!

    You can set multiple channels, bands, RX/TX frequencies, etc, in the Channel information screen. You can also export this settings to an config file for future reference.

The read settings status screen below 

    The software also includes some advanced features, but since i'm a newbie, I do not understand most of the functions. Anyways, have added the screenshots for everyone's reference.

Optional Features

DTMF Encode / Decode

Overall, for 300php (6$ as of 12/6/17), although it require a bit technical knowledge or expertise, it is a valuable investment for radio enthusiasts (of the Baofeng/Cignus brand). 

Cherry Mobile VR Review Part 1 : Bluetooth Remote Controller

posted Jul 8, 2016, 11:13 PM by Jomar Maquinay

    To make the review easier for me, had split the CM VR review into 2 parts, the first one will be the BT Remote Controller, then later on, the VR headset itself.

BT Controller

    The BT Remote Controller is generic BT controller powered by 2 AAA batteries. It has two trigger buttons, a ON/OFF switch, an @ Function Select Button (more on that later) and four generic A B C D buttons. Below are the scans of the manual grabbed from the internet. There was no paper manual included at all with the box (at least from what I got, Cherry Mobile should include one in the future releases).


    To turn on the BT Controller, insert 2 AAA batteries, and long key press the power button. The blue LED light (located in the small, black circle in the pic above) will blink during the pairing process. You should look the name VR BOX, and select it. Once paired, it will be detected as a generic BT mouse (a mouse cursor will appear on your screen). The bottom trigger button is the tap/select, and the top trigger button is the back/previous. The C / D button becomes Vol Up / Vol Down and the B button becomes back / previous. This mode is useful during presentations (during screen mirroring / MHL output / HDMI output).

    The BT Remote Controller has many functions, and we use the @ button to switch. You just need to press / hold the @ button, then press the corresponding functions keys letter of your choice of function.

Mouse Mode

Music / Video Mode

    The Game Mode (Function @ key + B) turns the controller into a game pad. Most games that support game pad controllers will automatically work with it without a hitch (tried on R-Type 2 LINK), other games, like emulators will needed to bind the keys first before usage. Using it in gamepad mode would probably cause your hands to hurt a bit, since its ergonomics is wrong (unlike the default / mouse mode, which fits the hand perfectly).

    Overall, its a nice BT controller, works well with VR games (tested with End Space VR LINK, requires only one button, tried on default/mouse mode). Since its a China product rebrand, it also available in other sources (CDRKING, for example LINK).

Cherry Mobile VR - Review incoming!

posted Jun 16, 2016, 7:30 PM by Jomar Maquinay

Recently got the Cherry Mobile VR from Cherry Mobile Concept store, SM Sta Rosa, a review will be posted soon! 

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