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Philips DVT2500 Voice Tracer Digital Recorder with 2 Microphone Stereo Recording
Philips DVT2500 Voice Tracer Digital Recorder with 2 Microphone Stereo Recording
Price: £49.05

4.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend it to anyone who'e looking for a tiny voice recorder, 16 Jun. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
- Recording quality - very good (you have choices in quality that determines the memory usage)
- User friendliness - not so good. You'll need to play with it a lot to get used to how to operate it
- handiness - Excellent. Very small, light, easy to hold while recording
- Battery life - very good. You'll need 3x AAAs, which last very long
- How it feels in hand - quite plasticky but otherwise it would be heavy, so I think it's all right
- I tested recording bird song, traffic noises, my snoring etc., and it worked perfectly for all these occasions


Belkin N300 Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender/Wireless Signal Booster (Easy Setup, WPS Function) - Wall Plug Mounted
Belkin N300 Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender/Wireless Signal Booster (Easy Setup, WPS Function) - Wall Plug Mounted
Price: £20.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Remember - configuration is just once (1st time only) and all other devices will just work ., 26 May 2015
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I had no problem with installation of this Wi-Fi Extender at all. All you have to do is (I think it's simpler than that the guide says):

1) leave everything on as normal (i.e. WLAN router, etc.);
2) find a location in the house/flat where you get about half the signal strentth (where you want to use it mainly):
3) connect the Extender into the mains socket;
4) use your laptop or smart phone (or tablet) and search for the wi-fi network generated by the Extender (e.g. Belkin xxx) and select it;
5) now follow the instruction on screen (on the laptop/smart phone), i.e. choose your normal network found by the Extender and enter the pass word;
6) now you're connected via the Extender, and now the signal level is full (or nearly full).

I used my iPhone to set up all this. What wasn't clear to me at first was whether all the devices would need to be configured with the Extender one by one. But once it's set up, all other devices, like other laptops, tablets etc., won't need to be configured or change any sentting with the Extender at all. Only once.

Is it any simpler than the installation manual? I hope this helps. I'm already loving it.


Zagg ID6ZFK-BBU - ZAGGFOLIO CASE BLACK - BACKLIT KB APPLE IPAD AIR 2
Zagg ID6ZFK-BBU - ZAGGFOLIO CASE BLACK - BACKLIT KB APPLE IPAD AIR 2
Offered by everythingmobile
Price: £85.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good idea for iPad owner who doesn't like typing long texts. Works on Kindle Fire HD or iPhone too, 22 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a good way to write a long text for those who don't enjoy writing a long text, email or WhatsApp message, or create some documents tapping on the glass display, like an iPad or Kindle or iPhone etc etc. I'm not good at writing messages by tapping on the display, but I know very well how useful to have these smart gadgets nowadays.

So this is one good solution for those who don't like typing a long text.

You might ask - if you need the keyboard with the iPad, why don't you get a laptop in the first place? I agree. However, the price-wise it's much cheaper this way, and as long as you don't need to type a long text or email, you don't really need the keyboard part, so it's still useful to keep your iPad on you (and it's much smaller and lighter than a whole MacBook in your bag).

Obviously there's no mouse with this product, so if you need to go back to a few words back to edit the text, you'll need to tap that part on the screen to select the right part. You'll get used to that after a couple of days of using it.

FYI, although this product is designed particularly for iPad Air 2, because it functions via Bluetooth it works on other tablets too. I've tested on a Kindle Fire HD so far, and it works without any problem. It works on my iPhone too. When I need to exchange several lines on WhatsApp or LINE or text message, I use this keyboard for my iPhone and it works perfectly well. It's just every time you actually post it, you need to tap on the screen (the return/enter key only create a new line). It's just that the other gadgets or the iPads of different models wouldn't fit the case, but the most important part, typing, still works fine via Bluetooth, just in case you're wondering.

Hope this helps.


Ink Jet Remanufactured Ink Cartridge Replacement for Epson - T1283 Magenta
Ink Jet Remanufactured Ink Cartridge Replacement for Epson - T1283 Magenta
Price: £9.73

4.0 out of 5 stars Actually quite good. Only one bottle neck is the price., 14 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I was always a bit wary about re-manufactured ink cartridges, because I'd heard many problems, especially leakage (inside the printer). So I've always been using the original ones even if that implies higher costs. This one, however, I've found very good so far, and I haven't noticed any problem or differences in quality. But the price is only a few pence cheaper than the original Epson ones, so in this sense I'm not sure if there's much point choosing the re-manufactured ones (unless they use longer-lasting ones). Let's see how it goes, and if the prices go down, like half the original price, for this quality, I'll probably keep using them.

Hope this helps.


Microsoft Band Large
Microsoft Band Large
Price: £169.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My First Impression - Many Scratches Appear on the Display, 29 April 2015
This review is from: Microsoft Band Large (Accessory)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Firstly, after only a few days of usage I noticed that several small scratched were already appearing on the main surface. I haven't used it in any extreme situations - only used it at work, during commute and at home, but after the general use the scratches in the plastic frame parts on the front (around the main display) are already appearing and are quite visible. So you might want to put some protection film if you're thinking of using it in a more active conditions i.e. in the gym etc.

Secondly, this one I got is size L that was unfortunately too big for me. At first I thought it was OK so I kept using it but I realised one size smaller would have been much better, as the one I have is quite loose to monitor my pulse (for instance), because the sensor needs to be kept touching your skin, so I recommend you get the right size.

Thirdly, I'm pairing it with my iPhone via Bluetooth, and I've realised that this will speed up the battery consumption for the iPhone dramatically, so unless you're monitoring your data between this band and the iPhone, I recommend you turn off the Bluetooth on the iPhone. The battery goes really quickly otherwise.

Fourthly, if the display in inside your arm, you can see what it says, e.g. the current time, very easily, but you'll find it a bit difficult to work in the office, because it'll touch the desk or the PC keyboard. And if the display is facing the outside of your arm like a watch, then it's not very easy to look at the display now, so it's up to you.

So far, my favourite function is the sleep monitor which shows how deeply/lightly you were sleeping. The walk step counter (pedometer?) is also good.

I'll add something else when I notice something more. Thanks.

UPDATE: The battery lasted two whole days with the band switched on all day.
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Panasonic ALL8 Wireless Speaker System (Black)
Panasonic ALL8 Wireless Speaker System (Black)
Price: £292.99

4.0 out of 5 stars I'm happy - well done to Panasonic, 27 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I think it's a great speaker system and I'm glad I got it for several reasons. The most important thing is that it can be connected via WLAN so you can play it wirelessly. Like everybody else, the back of my PC and TV are in chaos with all the cables, including my long speaker cables, but now the speaker is a few meters away from me on the middle shelf of the bookshelf and there's no cable between it and my PC (although you still need a power cable). The sound quality is better than I thought. It's getting very popular to use a Bluetooth speaker, which can also work wirelessly and small and convenient, but the sound quality isn't really convincing for me. I'm really happy for this one.

It's not too long like a soudbar, and it's bass sound is good enough, setting up was easier than I thought, and nothing to criticise. I'm glad I got it. So, well done to Panasonic!


The Road to Character
The Road to Character
by David Brooks
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.49

4.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad I got it, 22 April 2015
This review is from: The Road to Character (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The most important thing for me was that this book gave me an alternative view on oneself, i.e. what the author calls the 'resume virtues' and the 'eulogy virtues', the former being what one list on his CV and the latter being what get talked about at his funeral. This differentiation alone would already be able to offer an opportunity to search for something more important, i.e. to look after one's soul, in our everyday life which is completely dominated by the values (whether a success of a fail especially financially) set by the modern Western society.

One criticism from me is that the author gives quite a few value judgments, such as 'good' or 'bad', 'right' or 'wrong' about certain historical events and specific times in the history, such as the society in the 1950s as a 'bad' period for all of us, which is misleading even if he thinks it was, and in this sense I don't consider that his writing style is, in a strict sense, academic at all (i.e. his judgments are not objective that is based on evidence that speaks for itself), and the value judgment should be left to the readers themselves. Apparently the author is a successful journalist and columnist on the other side of the Atlantic, so in this sense I understand that the writing style has to be interesting, sensational and has to sell, but if he takes this sensational stytle in his writing, it cannot be sociological, as his beliefs come before the facts. So, although the book offers extremely interesting points and well investigated, the readers shouldn't automaticaly consider it as academically written and can be used as a text book for their researches.

However, I liked this book and the views the authors offer very much. Obviously it's up to the readers themselves what they make of it, but I think we should have faced alternative, and in a way spiritual, views on life, and they will make deeper thought even if one is living in the same old Western society, as it seems we have been living an extreme life in which many of us feels something is not right and a huge emptiness in their chests. I'm glad I've encountered this book.

Just one thing, I've received a paperback version rather than a hard cover, but it's not really important.


Airmax Anti Snoring Nasal Dilator
Airmax Anti Snoring Nasal Dilator
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars At least I can breathe better that helps my sleep., 18 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've tried it a few nights so far. It felt a bit strange to begin with, but I got used to it quickly. I thought I might suck it in by mistake in my sleep but in the morning it was still in my nose, so I need more practice. It feels I can breathe better than before, and so my snore must be reduced, but the problem is that there is no one who can tell me if I'm still snoring or not. So if you live by yourself like me, you might need a recording device to check it? Otherwise, at least I can breathe better that helps my sleep.


Toni & Guy Cleanse Damaged Shampoo - 250 ml
Toni & Guy Cleanse Damaged Shampoo - 250 ml
Price: £4.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Received a wrong item - Conditioner, 8 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I was expecting to receive a bottle of 'Cleanse Damaged Shampoo', but instead I received 'Conditioner for Damaged Hair', which is in a very similar looking bottle. Although it wasn't what I ordered, the product is still good, so I give 2 stars.


ByteStor Pro 16GB 45Mbps Class 10 High Speed SDHC Card
ByteStor Pro 16GB 45Mbps Class 10 High Speed SDHC Card
Price: £6.27

4.0 out of 5 stars If you shoot more than a few frames per second with your DSLR, or use it for a video camera, then this is the product for you, 4 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It looks like an ordinary SDHC card, but what makes this one so special is it's 'Class 10' High Speed SDHC Card. All the modern SD or SDHC card shows the 'Class' of it, that mean the speed of writing the info onto the card. Most earliest SD cards show class 2 (2 in a circle), that means 2x the writing speed, and then it went to class 4, and nowadays many of them show class 6, which is already quite expensive. With the class 4, theoretically 16 frames can be shot in 10 seconds, and many DSLRs can shoot at least 3 frames in 1 second, so class 4 would be slightly too show for those DSLR users who take sport or animal photography.

With modern video cameras (and what's called 'dashboard cameras', the instruction manual recommends at least class 6 in order to get the smooth video recording, but I'm using class 10 which produces the smoothest video at the moment. However, if you take photos shot by shot (i.e. you use non-SLR cameras and don't take more than 3 shots in a second), you don't really need to invest so much more money to get an SDHC card with class 6, 10 etc. However, if you do do those fast shuttering, as well as using the card for video cameras, then this will be one of the fastest SDHC in the market at the moment. The only reason I gave 4 stars with my rating is because the capacity is only 16GB, which is not very big in today's standard, but if you choose 64GB in this class, it's very expensive.
Hope this helps.


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