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Hama UK Product Roundup 22nd October 2007

Hama LogoReview by Darren Griffin

 

Introduction

If you're a photographer then the Hama brand may already be familiar to you. Specialists in accessories they are one of the leading accessory companies in the UK.

 

The UK headquarters is located in Basingstoke, Hampshire and employs a 40 strong team of employees, supported by 1,400 people at Hama's Group headquarters in Monheim, Germany.

 

Although Hama offer a wide range of accessories for photography, entertainment, audio, cables, bags etc they have a growing range of specific SatNav accessories and so I have provided here a brief sample of their product range.

 

Products

Hama's range of GPS brackets and cradles is sourced from Herbert Richter (HR) with whom many of us will already be familiar. Herbert Richter are a German manufacturer who specialise in mounting solutions and have an excellent reputation for quality. They are OEM suppliers of mounts to many of the worlds leading GPS manufacturers. We covered HR Mounts in detail here. HR mounts use a standard 4 prong mounting system so that cradles can be mixed with mounts in any combination.

 

In addition to the brackets and cradles they have a range of protective cases, cleaning products and screen protectors.

 

Although it would be impossible to cover each and every product Hama offer we have chosen a small selection from their range to show just what is available:

 

88407 Base Mount

88407
Base Mounting System for Windscreen

With the HR 4-prong connector. Universally suitable for all holders/adapter plates with this system.

  • With an extra-strong adhesive suction cup system for mounting on the windscreen and other smooth surfaces (e.g. adapter plates for suction cups)
  • Adjustable horizontal and vertical viewing angle
  • The set position can be secured with locking screws
  • Extension segment included

RRP £17.99

 

This is a sturdy windscreen mount with an extension arm that can be fitted if needed. Ball joints at each end allow precise positioning as needed.

 

88420 Handlebar Mount

88420
Hama Base Mounting System for Handlebar

With the HR 4-prong connector

  • Screw-mounted on the handlebar
  • With two rubber pads for optimal attachment
  • Suitable for all handlebar diameters up to aproximately 30 mm

RRP £9.99

 

For them mountain bikers and cyclists amongst us, this mount can be easily fitted to the handlebars of your bike and is compatible with all 4-prong cradles.

88440 Fujitsu Cradle

88440
Holder for Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox N 100

With the HR 4-prong connector

  • Colour: black

RRP £11.99

 

An example of the custom cradles available to fit the 4-prong mounts. This vacuumn formed ABS cradle is designed to fit the Loox N100 which can be easily clipped into place.

 

 

 

 

88415 PDA Holder

88415 PDA Holder Jaws Open88415 PDA Holder Rear

88415
Universal PDA Holder

With the HR 4-prong connector

  • Suitable for PDA's/smartphones with a width of 57 - 87 mm
  • Flexibly adjustable holding jaws
  • Movable bars (detachable)
  • Adhesive pad included
  • Colour: black

RRP £12.99

 

A well designed universal type holder suitbale for PDA's and other larger devices. The foam lined 'jaws' clam the device securely using a ratchet system and the feet at the bottom can be adjusted for position.

 

88432 Screen Protector

88432
Screen Protector for Navigation Systems

Especially developed for displays of navigation systems

  • To protect against finger-marks, dust and scratches
  • Reduces reflections
  • Easy to apply and to remove without residues
  • For maximum screen size: 4"
  • 3 pieces

RRP £6.99

88442 Cleaning Kit

88442
Navi Cleaning Kit

Removes dust and dirt from navigation systems

 

Contents of the kit:

  • 5 wet/dry cloths
  • Microfibre cloth 10 x 15 cm
  • Foam swab
  • 50 ml pump-action spray
  • 5 dry cloths 10 x 10 cm
  • RRP £9.99
88467 Navibag

88467
NaviBag Dots, blue

 

Universal bag for navigation systems

  • Colour: blue
  • Material: EVA (water-repellent)

Equipment:

  • Belt loop
  • Hand strap
  • Inside dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 8.0 cm

RRP £6.99

 

88490 Navibag

88490

NaviBag for TomTom One 2nd Generation, black

 

Bag, fits perfectly

  • Colour: black
  • Material: nylon/PVC

Equipment:

  • Hand/belt loop for easy and convenient carrying

RRP £9.99

 

Conclusion

With typical German quality these are well made and well designed accessories. We are great fans of HR Mounts but they have always been difficult to source as accessories. With Hama now supplying the range as Hama branded products they should become very much easier to get hold of.

 

All of Hama's accessories are reasonably priced and we would have no hesitation in recommending them. In the UK, outlets such as Maplins stock a wide range of Hama products.

 

Hama Logo

 

References

Manufacturers Web site www.hama.co.uk
Pocket GPS Contributor Darren Griffin

 

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