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Beurer BM75 Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor with HFC and Health Manager
Beurer BM75 Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor with HFC and Health Manager
Price: £72.48

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A NICE PIECE OF KIT, 18 Dec. 2014
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This is a very neat piece of kit. Comes in a grey bag of a size that should be easy to find space for in a case or overnight bag so no excuse for not taking it with you.

The kit itself consists of an arm cuff, very similar to the type used in my local doctors surgery. With a short rubber tube which plugs into the side of the monitor itself. The monitor has a large LCD screen which occupies most of the available space, with a single button marked with the universal symbol for On/Off and memory buttons M1 on the left and M2 on the right of the button, situated below the LCD screen. The symbols on the LCD are nice and large so no probs for those of us with older eyes. The right side of the monitor also contains the NFC connection zone. I was unable to test this feature.

The monitor takes four AAA batteries which are supplied.

If you are able to use the NFC feature then an app is available for your smartphone for both IOS (7 and above) and Android - not sure about Windows phones. The IOS app says it is optimised for an iPhone 5. I cannot see anyway using standard leads that the monitor can be connected to an iPhone 6 or 6 plus. As usual the supported operating systems are all Windows ones ranging from XP to Win 8.

Basically , if you have used a blood pressure monitor before the the symbols that appear on the LCD will be familiar. If you haven't used one before then the monitor comes with both a quick start guide and a much more detailed user guide.

The monitor feels very well put together and of a quality that should last for years. When taking pressure it is quick and seems accurate (I tested it against an Omron M10-IT and they basically came up with the same results). Although the beurer monitor can be used as is, to get the best from it the date and time need to be set.

As a comparison the Omron is of a similar size but a little bulkier. Although not as new and, no app that I am aware of, I have to say I much prefer the Omron. Why you ask (even if you didn't I'm going to say).

The Omron is just easier, for a start it's easy to set the date and time - good luck trying to work out how to do that on the beurer, I tried for 10 mins an got absolutely nowhere. Also the Omron has a simple slide control for patient A or B's data. Again, good luck with that one on the beurer. However, the beurer worked first time everytime whereas the Omron occasionally needs 2 or 3 restarts before it's happy enough to give one a reading.

So, to sum up, the beurer seems like an excellent blood pressure monitor, and it is, but it is let down by some small design quibbles. If you just want to use it as a stand alone then it's great but to use with either NFC or connected to a computer a, you'll have to get the time and date set and b, you'll have to have a Windows PC. From what I can see of the app then a PC is certainly not a must have but an NFC smart phone probably is. As mentioned earlier if you have either an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus then I don't believe that there is a lead currently available which will allow connection between the phone and the monitor.

UPDATE : 26/1/15

Am still using the machine but having to write all the readings down on paper. Despite more tries than I care to count I cannot get the machine to set date or time. The manufacturer seems to have been far to clever for their own good, a much simpler method needs to be devised to set both. On that basis and although I have given the machine 4 stars I have to say steer clear if you require automatic recording of your data, and why would you not!


Jubal Sackett (Sacketts)
Jubal Sackett (Sacketts)
Price: £2.72

4.0 out of 5 stars AN EARLY SACKETT, 16 Dec. 2014
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A decent read and if you have read any of Louis L'Amour's work you will know what to expect. However, if you haven't what you will find is a finely crafted story set in 17th century America which takes a bit of time to get going but when it does the hero(s) are hero's and the baddies are baddies. It's a good read with lots of descriptive passages between the action which, for me at any rate, bring the scenery to life. As well as which the basic story I found to be a good one though would have liked the 'walk on' characters to have had a little more to them.


NOCO Genius Boost UltraSafe GB30 Jump Starter 12 V Lithium
NOCO Genius Boost UltraSafe GB30 Jump Starter 12 V Lithium
Price: £93.95

4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars YES AND NO, 11 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a niffy bit of kit which has several functions.

It can jump start a car with a flat battery, it can act as a torch, it can recharge virtually any USB device including Smartphones and tablets and it's pretty small. It features spark proof technology and reverse polarity protection.

The item itself is a pleasing grey on top with a black base and easy to lift with one hand. It's about 7" (18cm) long 3.5" (9cm) wide and 1.75" (4cm) deep. On the top it has lights to show the amount of charge left ( 25%,50%, 75% ,100%) and on/off button as well as a light button for the torch part of the system. There are also lights for on and a warning light for reversed polarity. The buttons are all of the soft touch variety so I would think even folk with reduced movement in their fingers would be able to use them.

The front of the charger has two high intensity lights, one on each corner and a central two pin outlet for the car battery charging clips. The other end has two sockets, one for USB out which is a standard full sized USB socket and the other is a micro USB socket used for charging the charger.

As supplied the charger comes complete with two connected car battery clips of the bulldog type, one red and one black covered in heavy duty plastic and joined together by a short length of lead which should be long enough to reach the pos and neg terminals on most batteries. There is a short(ish) lead supplied for charging the charger. Standard USB at one end and micro usb at the other. Also supplied is a car cigarette lighter plug with a standard sized USB socket in the top to allow for recharging the charger while driving (I think).

The charger comes with a fairly comprehensive manual.

Charging time depends on the power input and varies from 12 hours at .5A to 3 hours at 2A.

When fully charged the system says that one should be able jump start a car up to 20 times before it needs to be recharged. I wouldn't want to bet my life on this being correct.

Some caveats : while it will start just about anything, as long as the machine is powered by a 12 volt lead acid single battery system or is a smartphone or tablet. It's main purpose is to start 12 volt lead acid batteries down to 2-volts. though there is a manual override if you need to start a battery below 2-volts.

I've used it once to start a car, which it did without a problem though the power lights dropped from 100% to 75%.

It's a great size that takes up very little room in the car. However, it's quite expensive and it might work out cheaper in the long run, if your car needs regular jump starts, to buy a new battery.

A real plus should be it's ability to recharge mobile phones and tablets however, on charging an iPad from 34% I was mortified to find that it only got the iPad to 73% before running completely out of power itself. This was from a charger that the lights said was fully charged. It did better when recharging an iPhone 4S, from 43% to full with the lights showing down from 100% to 50%. An iPhone 6 Plus at 64% to full charge dropped the charger from 50% to a flashing 25% which I'm guessing mean less than 25% remaining in the charger.

It maybe that it needs several charge and discharge cycles before it reaches it's full potential, we shall see. I will post an update when it's had more than the three full charges it's had so far. In the meantime 3 stars.


Jazooli Telescopic Window Glass Cleaning Washing Kit Equipment with Pole & Squeegees
Jazooli Telescopic Window Glass Cleaning Washing Kit Equipment with Pole & Squeegees

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor, pole is sturdy enough but the squeegee is ..., 5 Nov. 2014
Poor, pole is sturdy enough but the squeegee is next to useless. Basically it's too wide for the very limited support the pole provides. The support needs to be the length (or very near it) of the squeegee otherwise the centre clears away the water while the edges ride up. As is all that happens is the centre gets 'dried' while the other 4" on either side of the pole don't, result mess!


ElecShield Ultra Thin Soft Case for Apple iPhone 6 Plus 5.5'' life time warranty (5.5'', Clear)
ElecShield Ultra Thin Soft Case for Apple iPhone 6 Plus 5.5'' life time warranty (5.5'', Clear)
Offered by ESonline
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars PROTECTS REAR, 31 Oct. 2014
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Great as a temporary case, protects the back no screen cover, goes on easily, what more could you ask for £4.


Glow Pet 16-inch Turtle Soft Toy
Glow Pet 16-inch Turtle Soft Toy
Offered by Crocodile Web Group
Price: £16.38

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GLOWING JOY, 31 Oct. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
In this review I should point out that some comments are mine and others are a three year old’s :-)

It is beautiful to look at! Little Un also says “it is furry, I love cuddling up to him in bed”.

Nice soft fabric that is perfect for cuddling up to and it does not seem to shed fibres like some other toys. The battery pack comes out of the turtles bottom (cue much laughter from the little un) and was easy to take out and put back in. The battery pack needs a screwdriver to open - great for keeping little fingers out but still very annoying!

Turtle emits a lovely soft glow by clicking on his flipper - very easy for little fingers to operate. Twenty min auto off is a great idea, battery consumption would be immense otherwise. (Takes three AA batteries, not supplied).

Small print says that product not recommended for “use in infant cribs” as would be an obvious suffocation risk . For that respect thought the recommendation for 3 plus is about right. The light could be used with younger children if placed on a shelf or somewhere else out of reach.

Looking at the other designs on the packaging the turtle is (as least in this house’s opinion) the least odd looking.


Methven KOHPCPWHUK Kaha Satinjet Shower Handset with Faceplate with Chrome Finish - White
Methven KOHPCPWHUK Kaha Satinjet Shower Handset with Faceplate with Chrome Finish - White
Price: £109.36

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SATINJET, 21 Oct. 2014
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Replaced the existing head of a powershower without problem. Seems well made if a little metallic. Water jets are a nice size and cover all the area most people could want. Only adjustment is via a small switch on the handle which switches on/off the centre jets which provide a `beefier' water jet if necessary.

No problem at all in fitting, simply replaced the existing fitting with the SatinJet but that does come with some specs : Operating pressure min: 35kPa/0.35 bar, max : 1000 kPa/10 bar and the optimum is 35 kPa/0.35 bar. Operating temperature is hot max 60 c and cold min 5 C. It does come supplied with a small flow restrictor which needs to be fitted if the pressure exceeds 1.5 bar.

All I can say is it seems to work very well and looks fairly easy to clean although the head does not appear to be detachable from the body which, from past experience, does not bode well for long term cleaning. On that basis I would give it 4.5 but no .5 available so a 4.


THE GOD CATCHER: An Ancient Egypt Novel: "The Boy Who Could Draw"
THE GOD CATCHER: An Ancient Egypt Novel: "The Boy Who Could Draw"
Price: £2.56

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK FOR CHILDREN, 13 Oct. 2014
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Quite well written and jogs along though not very believeably and a bit obvious. I did think that it was a book more aimed at children so perhaps that's to be expected. Historically accurate, well who knows perhaps bits but overall well......

Formatting not great on an iPad, some of the line spacing on some pages appears way too wide.
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Bose ® SoundLink Colour Bluetooth Speaker - Black
Bose ® SoundLink Colour Bluetooth Speaker - Black
Price: £119.95

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SOUNDS GREAT, 8 Oct. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A very good portable, wireless, speaker. Connects up to two devices via bluetooth at any one time.

Sizewise it’s 5.5” (13.5 cm) x 4.75” (12 cm) x 2” (5 cm). It has controls for on/off, bluetooth, Aux, up and down volume on the front. They are soft touch buttons with a rubber cover but they do have to be pressed. The top rear has a cut-out for an Aux connection and the power in. The neat box the speaker comes in also contains a three pin plug conversion power unit and the necessary USB cable which plugs in to provide charging for the on board battery. Battery life is quoted at 8 hours. Can be used stood on it’s sides or on end, either way seems to make no difference to the sound. Does not claim to be waterproof and certainly does not look it but the metal housing seems fairly strong and should last quite a while without issue.

Very easy to set up, basically you just switch it on once first charged and select your language (apart from English it can do ten other languages), switch on the device you want to pair with and away you go. I’ve tried it with an iPhone, iPad and iMac and all worked fine and connected straight away. I’ve tried the connection over 15 yards away in a different room and the sound quality was excellent.

Speaking of which the sound quality is warm and deep with a (very) rich base. Music is very clear with no missing notes that I could hear from use with Bose headsets or connected speakers. I also tried it with the spoken voice (audio book) without problem.

Not much more than I can say about this, it’s a good piece of kit which gives clear, warm sound reproduction. If it has a weakness, for those that like things really loud, in a car perhaps, then the volume may not go high enough. It certainly goes high enough for me……but then I don’t like too much noise :-)


Rapesco X5-50f Less Effort Stapler Full Strip, 20 Sheet Capacity Uses Staples 26 and 24/6 mm - Silver/Purple
Rapesco X5-50f Less Effort Stapler Full Strip, 20 Sheet Capacity Uses Staples 26 and 24/6 mm - Silver/Purple
Price: £14.73

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HAPPY STAPLING, 1 Oct. 2014
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What a great little product. Does exactly what it says it will and staples up to 20 sheets (I've tried it at 10, 15 and 20) together with minimum effort.

If you have ever used an `ordinary', desk top, (and I've used loads during my office working life) stapler where to even get five sheets staples you end up bruising ones palms and fingers (slight exaggeration) then this thing comes, as must have the Relief of Mafeking, with relief and unadulterated joy :-) (note to self : must get a life)!

It is not a small machine though. Some 7" (18 cm) and in the unused position stands some 4" (10 cm) high. Made of plastic (which feels high grade) and metal. Consists of the standard turntable which allows two styles of stapling, open or closed it also has a sheet positioning slide to make positioning the paper easier if you are stapling lots of packs in same place. Purple (on the one I have) thumb button on the rear top which releases the staple magazine which holds approx 4" (10 cm) of staples, no idea how many this is numerically. Comes with a small instruction booklet, mine came with a small package of staples but I'm not sure that the machine normally does.

Basically it's a stapler and can be used any way one can use a stapler. I find it works best for me using the palm and heel of my hand. Although the machine takes a lot of the effort from the chore of stapling, and it really does, I'm not sure that someone with limited use of their hands would manage this. It takes most of the effort of stapling multiple sheets together away but there is still some effort needed.


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