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AEG Rapido Rechargeable handheld, 4.8 V, Dark Onyx Rave
AEG Rapido Rechargeable handheld, 4.8 V, Dark Onyx Rave

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 10 Nov. 2014
Well made by modern make-it-for-peanuts-in-China standards, the plastic feels reasonably think and durable. Easy to operate with the optional boost button being sensibly located and straightforward emptying. Performance is good for a small handheld, but obviously won't replace your full size Miele, etc. My only gripe is the stand; it really needs to be fixed to the wall to make it easy to insert the vacuum, otherwise you need to pick it up or bend down and hold it steady in order to slot the vacuum into place without it falling over.


Samsung SI-M8W07SBD0EU - PAR16 NODIM GU10 Base / E.Watts 50+ / A.Watts 6.5 / 420 Lumens / 2700CCT /
Samsung SI-M8W07SBD0EU - PAR16 NODIM GU10 Base / E.Watts 50+ / A.Watts 6.5 / 420 Lumens / 2700CCT /
Offered by Discount-König
Price: £5.66

3.0 out of 5 stars Okay if cheaper, 8 Nov. 2014
Tried two of these along alongside a couple of similar wattage 12 month old Osrams and it didn't quite hold up. Initially they were close, though not quite as bright, but the real let down was one of them failing after 3 months. It's still under guarantee, but that's not the point; Samsung's hefty price means they're aiming for the premium sector, which in turn means you should be able to fit and forget in confidence of several years top performance. Overall then, not a bad bulb (when working) but the build and performance gives me the impression of a mid-range offering, which would be fine at £5 or £6 but not £14.


Siemens TC 86304
Siemens TC 86304
Offered by HAI-END GmbH
Price: £86.83

5.0 out of 5 stars Quietly effective, 7 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Siemens TC 86304 (Kitchen & Home)
Bought for £20 less from Amazon.de, so had the change the plug from Euro to 3-pin, but other than that easy to set up and operate. Noticeably quieter than our previous two machines, looks quite classy and feels well-enough made, while producing tasty cups of coffee. Haven't tried the timer yet so can't comment there, but otherwise a pleasing purchase.


LAMP LIGHT SOCKET CONVERTER 401.090 BAYONET B22-E27 SCREW
LAMP LIGHT SOCKET CONVERTER 401.090 BAYONET B22-E27 SCREW
Offered by UK Ecological Home
Price: £0.80

3.0 out of 5 stars Serviceable, 4 Nov. 2014
Pretty poor quality, but they seem to work OK so you can't complain too much given the price.


Gefu 28300 Pasta Machine with 2 Additional Attachments Pasta Perfetta de Luxe
Gefu 28300 Pasta Machine with 2 Additional Attachments Pasta Perfetta de Luxe
Offered by TOPANBIETER999
Price: £70.46

5.0 out of 5 stars Cutting edge, 4 Nov. 2014
I gave one of these as a gift and the recipient is very pleased. It takes a little practice to get the thickness correct, but it cuts the pasta very well, is easy to maintain to seems well made enough to last a good few years.


Silverline 117663 Flared Tip Slotted Screwdriver 6 x 100 mm
Silverline 117663 Flared Tip Slotted Screwdriver 6 x 100 mm

1.0 out of 5 stars Had me fooled .., 3 Nov. 2014
I have to confess that I fell for an age old trick with this screwdriver. We all know that supermarkets often make their own-brand products look very similar to the familiar favourites so that shoppers in a hurry grab the wrong box, and Silverline have obviously decided to try the same trick. From a distance this tool looks virtually identical to Wiha's Soft-finish range (which have an excellent reputation and I've used for years), so similar that when I lost my old 100 x 6.5 and needed a replacement quickly I saw this in Amazon's search results, thought I'd spotted a bargain and ordered it.

In reality it's a very different beast; the handle is less tactile and less well-finished, while the tip has already gone slightly out of shape after a few days' use, despite having a 'hardened' appearance. It's not 'awful', so for the cheap £1.50 price it probably deserves 2 or possibly 3 stars, but Silverline's rather cynical tactics impel me to knock an extra star off, even if I should have been more observant and careful.
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HERMA 10910 Labels A4 210x148 mm white extra strong adhesion paper matt 50 pcs.
HERMA 10910 Labels A4 210x148 mm white extra strong adhesion paper matt 50 pcs.
Price: £11.38

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 22 Oct. 2014
I'm an increasingly big fan of Herma labels, these are the fourth size I've used and they've all been top notch. Used with an Epson home office inkjet printer I've had no jams or other problems and the print quality has been excellent, while the adhesion to various surfaces - including jiffy bags, envelopes, cardboard boxes and a painted wooden door - has also been very good. Keep an eye on Amazon's warehouse deals as they often have some bargain Herma offers.


CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 (PC/DVD)
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 (PC/DVD)
Offered by SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE
Price: £344.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant all-rounder, 18 Oct. 2014
I've used Corel Draw for over 20 years and can't imagine being without it on my PC. In some ways I don't fully tap its core talents, as I don't do huge amounts of vector graphics work, but what I do do really demonstrates how versatile it is. I use it mainly for creating media for village events - newletters, posters, flyers, greetings cards, a 24 page magazine, etc - and in that capacity it is outstanding. The text capabilities are amazing considering it's ostensibly a graphics program, while Photopaint deals with all your image work, making the production of something like a local magazine wonderfully easy - whatever you want to do, there's a way of doing it. It's beneficial to fast a powerful/fast PC, but it run OK on an older one, just a little slower. All round, all good.


Arofol Size D/4 Gold 200mm x 275mm - 100 Pack
Arofol Size D/4 Gold 200mm x 275mm - 100 Pack
Offered by A1 Packaging UK Ltd
Price: £11.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good option, 14 Oct. 2014
Very similar overall to Mail Lite's bags, but in my experience with more slightly more consistent/reliable self seal. Shopping around I've found them for under £10 too.


100 Padded Bubble Envelopes 4 / Size D / JL1 180mm x 265mm
100 Padded Bubble Envelopes 4 / Size D / JL1 180mm x 265mm
Offered by buybubbledirect
Price: £10.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Top bags, 14 Oct. 2014
Very pleased with these. Have mainly used Mail Lite in the past, but these are at least as strong and well padded with the bonus of having a more consistently good seal.


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