Amvona’s Umbrelsoft II Umbrella

Amvona bill their Umbrelsoft II as a “soft box style umbrella”. It’s a neat idea, but, hype aside, it’s a silver umbrella with a diffuser over it.

In the case of the Umbrelsoft II, it’s a poorly-made silver umbrella with a poorly-made diffuser over it. For a ludicrous $195 “list price”, and a “wholesale” price of $65, I’d expect a pretty well-made piece of equipment. It’s not. In all areas – material quality, fit and finish, overall design – it comes up inferior to el-cheapo $20 no-name umbrellas. I picked mine up on eBay for about $20, and consider that a pretty fair price for the flimsiness you get. I pity any poor fool who paid full “wholesale”, though.

I’m sure it works reasonably well. It just looks and feels like a piece of garbage, and however well – or poorly – it performs, I have no great confidence that it’ll do so for any reasonable amount of time… like six months, even.

Face it, there’s a reason they sell these things super-cheap on auction sites – they are super cheap, in every sense of the word. Caveat emptor, eh?

Published in: Geekiness, General | on December 15th, 2005| 2 Comments »

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  1. On 2/1/2007 at 3:52 pm jesusali Said:

    doesn’t it stand to reason that you actually purchased a cheap chinese made version of the umbrella off ebay and not the actual high quality version that you would actually have paid $65 for?

  2. On 2/1/2007 at 4:00 pm Nemo Said:

    Considering I got it directly from Amvona themselves… no. Nice try, though.

    In the year since this post, for what it’s worth, it’s quite surprisingly failed to completely self-destruct. It’s getting close, though, with seams starting to come apart here and there.

    Amvona is just another Britek, but with better marketing.