Meet the new part of the regular column with collections of interesting products from AliExpress! As part of this series of articles, we select gadgets that are directly or indirectly related to the topics of our site. In such collections you will find devices that are likely to be of interest not only to geeks and lovers of unusual gadgets, but also to average visitors to the Chinese trading platform.
Unfortunately, British scientists have not yet created entangled wired headphones, so the headset of millions of people is still tied into knots by itself. Chinese engineers have figured out how to deal with this: they have been releasing special cases for headphones for a long time, and this one is one of them. This model of durable silicone is one of the cheapest, but it copes with its task. To wrap headphones on it, you need to squeeze its bottom out - as a result of this, something like a silicone tube is formed, around which it is necessary to wrap the wire. After the headphones are wound, you need to press on the top of the case, thereby returning it to its original position.Buy on AliExpress
for 165 rubles.
460+ orders, average rating: 4.7 out of 5 points (215+ reviews).
Xiaomi Pocket Printer
Introduced in early February 2018, the miniature printer from Xiaomi aroused interest among geeks around the world, but, unfortunately, it is still officially sold only in China. However, the gadget has recently appeared on AliExpress, so those who wish can buy it from almost any country. This printer fits in your pocket and runs on a battery with enough power to print 20 shots (if this is not enough, you can charge the battery from a bank). Photos are printed with a Kyocera high-precision printhead and laminated with an oleophobic-coated protective film (printed images are not afraid of ultraviolet rays and greasy fingers).
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Among other things, Xiaomi XPrint can print video for augmented reality
- you can watch it by pointing the smartphone’s camera at the printed photo. This unusual technology works quite simply: the companion application of the printer selects a frame from a short video and prints it on a photo, saving the video itself. If the user activates a special mode in the program from Xiaomi and brings the photo printed on the printer to the smartphone’s camera, the application finds the saved video by the key frame (printed image) and displays it directly on the photo (a demonstration of all this is available in the GIF animation above).
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- Printing technology: sublimation printing.
- Print resolution: up to 291 × 294 dpi.
- Print levels: C / M / Y, 256 gradations.
- Print speed 1 photo: 60 seconds.
- Size of printed photos: up to 86 × 54 mm.
- Tray capacity: 10 sheets.
- Pairing with devices: via NFC (Android only) or Bluetooth.
- Supported devices: on Android 5.0+ or iOS 9.0+.
- Battery: 650 mAh (print 20 shots), can be recharged through a bank.
- Dimensions: 133 × 80 × 27 mm.
- Weight: 237 grams.
portable printer Xiaomi XPrint for 9 430 rubles.
27+ orders, average rating: 3.8 out of 5 points (11+ reviews).Buy on AliExpress
paper for Xiaomi XPrint (from 10 to 50 sheets) at a price of 470 to 2 100 rubles.
Waterproof bike computer
To track the speed of cycling and the distance traveled, many attach a smartphone to its steering wheel. However, this idea is not the best: not only does the mobile device not show the exact driving speed (but only an approximate one, based on GPS readings) and is not always protected from rain drops, it’s still in the most open area - if it falls, it will not hurt only the lap of a cyclist, but also a smartphone. For a two-wheeled vehicle, a special mini-computer is ideal that calculates and shows all the necessary indicators: the number of wheel revolutions per second, ambient temperature, maximum ride speed, average ride speed, current speed, trip duration and calories burned. Judging by the numerous reviews and statements of the manufacturer, the gadget measures the indicators quite accurately - however, this is not surprising, because it works in conjunction with a special sensor (one part of which is attached to the wheel fork and the other to the spoke). The gadget has the option to turn on the display backlight - it will come in handy in the dark.
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- Dimensions: 5.5 × 4.6 × 4.6 mm.
- Screen size: 3.2 × 3.2 mm.
- Weight: 30 grams.
- Material: plastic.
for 730 rubles.
3 350+ orders, average rating: 4.8 out of 5 points (1530+ reviews).
Miniature Power Bank at 10,000 mAh
Most people associate a 10,000 mAh power bank with a “brick”, which is no smaller than a standard smartphone. However, there are really compact portable batteries of such capacity that look more like a headphone case than a smartphone. This model is one such. Despite its small size, it is equipped with three ports (one of which is used to charge the bank), so the gadget can charge a couple of devices at the same time. It is available in two versions: with a miniature display that displays the percentage of the bank’s charge, and without it.
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- Features of two USB ports: 5V / 2A.
- Capacity: 10,000 mAh.
- Dimensions: 93.5 × 64.2 × 23.5 mm (modification with a display) or 100 × 63.2 × 24 mm (modification without a display).
- Weight: 190 grams (version with display) or 210 grams (version without display).
- Material: Scratch resistant plastic.
for 930 rubles (modification without display) or 1,200 rubles (modification with display).
9 650+ orders, average rating: 4.8 out of 5 points (3550+ reviews).
In the warm season (when the heating is turned off, and the windows are opened more often) there is no particular need to moisten the air - many do this mainly in the second half of autumn and winter. However, now is a great time to buy it at a discount of almost 50%. This model stands out for its small size and external attractiveness - “ears” or “horns” paired with LED backlighting and a harmonious design will definitely not leave anyone indifferent. Judging by the numerous reviews, this gadget works almost silently, but you should not count on humidification in the entire room - it should be placed only near the workplace (or on that part of the room that needs to be moistened).
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- Capacity: 220 ml (water evaporates over 6-7 hours).
- Power: via USB from a wall outlet, power bank or computer.
- Power: 1.5–2 watts.
- Dimensions: 139 × 80 × 80 mm.
for 750 rubles.
18 600+ orders, average rating: 4.8 out of 5 points (5 150+ reviews).