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Bolse® 300Mbps Wireless-N USB Network Adapters - Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8; Mac OS X 10.5 Greater; 2.4G 802.11ngb 32-Bit and 64-Bit Compatible For Laptop, Desktop Computer
Bolse® 300Mbps Wireless-N USB Network Adapters - Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8; Mac OS X 10.5 Greater; 2.4G 802.11ngb 32-Bit and 64-Bit Compatible For Laptop, Desktop Computer
Offered by T.M. Enterprise
Price: £22.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It works well!, 21 Oct 2014
The Bolse wireless USB 2.0 network adapter is a plug and play dongle that can extend and enhance the speed of your computer wifi connection.

You get the dongle and a cd driver (if you need to install the drivers that way). An instruction booklet is also supplied.

The dongle is around 2 inches long and well built. It has a LED indicator light on it and is finished in a nice glossy black.

In use -

I just plugged it into an old ACER laptop running windows 7 and within a second was asked to provide my wifi security code - put it in and was up and running within 2 minutes.

It definitely provided a better wifi experience at the furthest reaches of the house on the older machine, even in the wifi dead zones. My son watched a few HD quality streamed movies with no problems at all.

I was pleasantly surprised at how well this little gadget works and can highly recommend it

I was kindly sent this adapter for review purposes by the manufacturer


PLEMO Violet Daisy Automatic Folding Travel Umbrella
PLEMO Violet Daisy Automatic Folding Travel Umbrella
Offered by Claybox
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sipping a sasparilla underneath a Plemo umbrella . . ., 21 Oct 2014
Being from 'oop north' an umbrella is a necessity at times as we have more than our fair share of rain. So after checking a few out on the net and reading some of the good reviews (thanks again folks - reviewing does work!) I thought I'd give this one a go.

Plemo appear to have a good name and I could see why when this brolly arrived.

Closed up it's only 11.5 inches (just under a foot) and is fastened with a Velcro strap. A matching cover is provided. It also has a solid feel to it I must say. Does this mean the build quality is good?

Absolutely!

The handle is rubberised to provide a comfortable grip which means you won't lose your grip in a gale and less hand ache in the long run. There is a button on the handle to extend the strong aluminium shaft and pop the wide umbrella canopy out. This is pretty quick and sleek so make sure there's a good bit of space in front of you beforehand as it's quite impressive the speed at which it pops! (remember Batfink's wings? A bit like that!) The same button will also collapse the canopy and you can then manually push the shaft back down, wrap it - strap it up and slide the cover back on.

The canopy design on this one is excellent looking just like a giant daisy and is made from a thicker than usual material which is very waterproofed. The canopy on the Plemo is bigger than the average canopy and can easily cover two people. The ribs of this umbrella are also of outstanding quality. They're stronger than any I've seen before and are quoted as being able to withstand wind speeds of up to 25 mph.

No more umbrellas flipping inside out, the canopy ripping off leaving you stood there holding what looks like a television aerial!

This is a great looking umbrella with excellent build quality which should last. I've bought this one for the lovely other dinosaur. She loves purple so I'm sure she'll like this!

Thoroughly recommended


MetroFlash Ignita USB Rechargeable HeadLight with USB Cable (Black)
MetroFlash Ignita USB Rechargeable HeadLight with USB Cable (Black)
Offered by GsportsUK
Price: £29.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be seen - be safe!, 21 Oct 2014
I've been cycling regularly for 35 years now and have used many types of bike light. I've been using these led type for years as they are definitely better than the old bulb type (yep I remember them!)

The Ignita from MetroFlash is a modern stylish LED light which is rechargeable via your computer's USB port. No batteries required!

You will find in the box -

- The Light 1.9 inches long - 8 Lumens bright - Li Polymer internal battery
- 2 x nylon ties
- Helmet strap
- Post bracket
- Micro USB to USB cable for recharging
- Instruction leaflet

The build quality of this black glossy tough headlight is very good indeed. At only 1.9 inches in size and under 20g in weight this dual led headlight packs a lot of power indeed.
The power comes from SMD (surface mounted diode) LEDs.

SMD LEDs are small, solid state, high-intensity chips which, when used for lighting, are highly energy efficient and deliver a vastly superior lighting experience.

In use -

The light is charged from it's Micro USB port which is well sealed behind a good fitting silicone hatch at the back of the unit. During charge a LED indication light glows red. Once fully charged in 2 to 3 hours the light glows green.

The light just fits to your bike in the modern standard way. No screws or screwdrivers needed! A rubber strip is provided to ensure a tight fit to any size frame. It's all very easy taking only 5 minutes. The light has three functions which are

- super bright (1.5 hrs constant use)
- constant (3 hrs)
- flashing (6 hrs)

All easily changed with the press of the only silicone button

I've been using this light for around a week now as I cycle to and from work, always coming home at night. The light is very bright and emits a good spread of clean bright white light. If the battery is running low the LED indicator will glow yellow. Lithium Polymer batteries can be recharged upto 500 times.

In my opinion as a cyclist this is a great light, powerful and effective that can only make your journey safe as can be. You will be seen with this little powerhouse on! Of course this could also be attached to your helmet/rucksack/jacket if you are a hiker/hill walker.

Highly recommend.

These lights were supplied for me to test out and review.


Old Bay Seasoning - 453g - Large Value Pack
Old Bay Seasoning - 453g - Large Value Pack
Offered by AllStuffConsideredUK
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adds a little something to everything!, 20 Oct 2014
As a foodie and avid home cook I've been meaning to try Old Bay for years but I've been making a home made version and thought it was good. . .until I tried the real stuff!

Old Bay has been going for around 70 years so you know it's got to be good to last that long. It's a mix of around 16 different herbs and spices which include (allegedly!) Bay leaves, Celery salt, Paprika, Black pepper, Cardamom, Ginger, Allspice, Clove, Red Pepper flakes, Nutmeg and White pepper and a few more!

Combined into your homemade burger mix, used in soup, stews, macaroni cheese, sprinkled on hot buttered corn on the cob, pizzas, rubbed into salmon, fish, seafood, rib eye steak and chicken, used in Bloody Marys, marinades, incorporated into your bread dough before baking and anything else you can think of, this is one versatile multi spice mix.

One of my fave uses for this is as a sort of buffalo wings coating. Here's the recipie if anyone is interested-

1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1kg chicken wings or drumsticks
2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
2 tablespoons Hot chilli sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

In a small bowl, mix together Old Bay, baking powder, and salt.

Pat dry chicken with paper towels. Place in a large bowl and sprinkle in Old Bay mixture, tossing to evenly coat. Arrange the chicken in a single layer on wire rack on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil, leaving a little space between each chicken piece. Place the rack with the chicken in a refrigerator for 8 hours to overnight.

Preheat oven to gas mark 6. Move baking sheet with the chicken to an oven and cook until browned and crisp for about 30 to 45 minutes.

Combine butter, hot chilli sauce, and Worcestershire in a large bowl. Place the chicken in a bowl with the sauce mixture and toss to thoroughly coat. Move wings to a platter and serve immediately.

The one other thing we've found we like is a 50:50 mix of Old Bay to soft brown sugar and rub deeply into beef or pork ribs before grilling on the BBQ. Absolutely gorgeous!

A must have in your cooking armoury.

Highly recommended.


Colori Art 19.8 cm Paring Knife Colour: Blue, Design: Gingham
Colori Art 19.8 cm Paring Knife Colour: Blue, Design: Gingham
Offered by Crown Supplies
Price: £4.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favourite things. . ., 20 Oct 2014
I've bought a few of these knives to prepare sushi as well as using on fruit, veg and meat.

The knife is approximately 8 inches long from handle to blade tip. The blade is 4 inches long as is the handle. The blade which is made from carbon steel has a non stick coating is colour coordinated with the handle and sheath.

The knife feels nice in the hand and well balanced, the blade feels like it is half tang, going halfway into the handle this makes the blade quite strong. The blade drops down where it meets the handle into a bit of a choil so your hand shouldn't slip across the blade. The cutting edge travels right to the tip making this knife ideal for precise cuts. The handle is smooth and does have a small finger and thumb grip for better control. A safety sheath is provided to store the knife in which grips the blade well so no fear of it falling off.

I've found this great for preparing meat, chicken, fish, fruit and veg including peeling/chopping turnips! I keep these knives sharp using a Gerber Pocket Sharpener just a few passes through the ceramic discs does the job.

I think Kuhn Rikon have thought of everything in the design of this cracking little knife! It is very sharp indeed and cuts with great precision. Lovely to use and definitely one of my favourite kitchen knives!


Klarstein Ciabatta Rossa Bread Box (11.5L Capacity, Retro Design & Powder-Coated Metal Case) - Red
Klarstein Ciabatta Rossa Bread Box (11.5L Capacity, Retro Design & Powder-Coated Metal Case) - Red
Offered by Elektronik-Star
Price: £49.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice bread bin, 20 Oct 2014
The Klarstein bread box is a metal (enamel looking) retro style bread bin.

The Bread bin I received is terracotta. It has the Klarstein logo/name across the front in white lettering.

This is a mighty bread bin measuring (L) 16.5 x (W) 9 x (H) 6.5 inches. The capacity is approx 11.5 litres. It's rectangular in shape with a top opening lid.

The bin is made from powder coated metal (probably mild steel) and feels very robust indeed. The hinges are spot on and the lid has a really smooth opening/closing action and just clips over the lip of the box to shut gently but securely. A nice silver handle is fitted to the front edge of the lid. There are 13 (a bakers dozen coincidence?) small ventilation holes at the back.

The bin has rounded corners so the inside can be easily wiped out and kept clear of crumbs, no corners for bits to get stuck in!

You can fit quite a bit in this bin. I've uploaded a pic of a standard 800g loaf of bread inside so you can see how much space is left. You could definitely get a load of crumpet in there and two floury baps!

Over the years I've found folk either love or hate bread bins. For me as a baking fanatic - a bread bin is a must for my home made oversized man loaves! Plus bread doesn't last long at all in our house. My 16 year old layabout must eat a loaf-a-day!

I've heard of people keeping washing powder, carrier bags, stationary, tools and all manner of things in bread bins.

This is a really well made, great looking retro style bread bin. A must have to store fresh bread in.

This bread bin was kindly sent to me for review by the distributors

Recommended


OxyLED T-05 DIY Stick-on Anywhere Portable 10-LED Wireless Motion Sensing Closet Cabinet LED Night Light / Stairs Light / Step Light with 3M Sticky Pad Battery Operated -Warm Yellow Light
OxyLED T-05 DIY Stick-on Anywhere Portable 10-LED Wireless Motion Sensing Closet Cabinet LED Night Light / Stairs Light / Step Light with 3M Sticky Pad Battery Operated -Warm Yellow Light
Offered by Thousand Shores
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really handy little light, 19 Oct 2014
This is a battery operated (so no wires) stick up motion sensing indoor light. Please note - there are 'no' batteries supplied with this light. You will need 3 x AA batteries!

In the box you get -

- The light unit (L) 4.75 x (W) 3 x (H) 1.6 inches - 100g in weight. The 3M strip to stick it up is inside the battery compartment. The easy to follow instructions are printed on the back of the box.

The unit is well made and is a clean crisp white in appearance. The battery compartment slides off easily to install the 3 x AA batteries needed to operate this. There is a switch at the back which is on - off - auto. There are 10 x small warm orangey/yellowy (is that even a colour?) LED lights in this unit.

In use -

Dead easy to install - just put your 3 x AA's in and slide the back on. Put your 3M double side sticky on and stick it up where you want it!

That's it - 2 minutes!

You can of course turn the light either on or off. Or you can set it to auto. In auto the light becomes a motion sensor light and will detect movement up to 3 meters (or just under 10ft) away and come on!

The light will stay on whilst there is movement but will switch off after 15 seconds if no movement is detected therefore saving the battery life.

It looks nice, works perfectly well and casts a nice warm light where required.

I was kindly sent this light by the manufacturer for review

Recommended


Audio Dynamix- The PULSE V2 Stereo Rechargeable Bluetooth V4.0 Speaker -Black - Dual Pulse Bass Radiators, 15+hr playtime and 20 metre range, compatible with all Apple, Android and Windows devices
Audio Dynamix- The PULSE V2 Stereo Rechargeable Bluetooth V4.0 Speaker -Black - Dual Pulse Bass Radiators, 15+hr playtime and 20 metre range, compatible with all Apple, Android and Windows devices
Offered by Audio Dynamix Ltd
Price: £129.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly set my pulse racing!, 19 Oct 2014
The Pulse from Audio Dynamix is a Bluetooth speaker system that enables you to play music or any audio wirelessly from your Bluetooth enabled devices such as mobile phones, PC and tablets or via a cable from non bluetooth enabled devices.

I was really impressed upon delivery with the presentation of this speaker. It comes in a robust box and upon opening its all set out brilliantly. A feast for the eyes! Top marks indeed.

In the box you get -

- The Pulse Speaker (H 2.8 X W 3.5 X L 7.5 inches) 700g in weight. APT X enabled with 3D DSP capabilities
- Micro USB to USB charging cable (41 inches long)
- 3.5mm aux audio cable (23.5 inches long)

The speaker has an absolutely outstanding build quality as it is entirely made from brushed high grade aluminium and stainless steel. This 10 watts powerhouse punches out music and audio via 2 x 5 watt speakers housed behind a black metal grille. There are two bass radiators at the sides. The whole unit is built like a tank with a bit of weight to it. On the bottom there are three rubber feet and it sits very well on any surface.

This is a mini goliath of a speaker!

This is a rechargeable wireless portable speaker and thanks to a big 2200mAh Li-Polymer battery with just 3 hours of charging you will get 12 hours of high audio quality playtime!

If the battery is running low you will get a red flashing LED light behind the grille and an audible beep every few mins. Its time to put it on charge now.

On the top of the speaker you have a 3.5mm aux port, micro usb port and three buttons plus one switch -

- Power on/off switch which turns the Bluetooth on
- Vol + / Next track
- Vol - / Previous track
- Telephone answer decline

There is also a inbuilt mic as you can also use this to take your phone calls through. If your phone rings you just answer it by using the handsfree button on top or just using your phone and speak through this speaker then hang up when finished. Simple.

I cannot tell you how good this little powerful speaker looks and feels in the flesh. It really is first class for the price in my opinion.

At switch on you will see the Blue LED flash from behind the mesh with a beep to confirm its in Bluetooth Pairing Mode.
To pair up with a Bluetooth enabled device you just scan for devices and it will come up as 'PULSE'. Upon connection you can now play your device audio through the speaker. Using Bluetooth version 4.0 this is very user friendly and easy to connect.

You can also play music/audio from any non Bluetooth device with a standard 3.5mm headphone socket using the supplied cable. Using this will save battery power on your phone of course.

You can also use this speaker whilst it is charging, no problem.

In use. . .

I've said this before and probably will again. . .I don't claim to be a audio expert by any means and how could I prove it if I did? "Hey I'm an audiophile don't you know?" How many times have you read that? Says who? Music can sound different to people depending on how their hearing is. But what I can say is that when I play music/audio through this speaker is. . . that I do know when something sounds good and when something sounds great and to me this speaker does sound amazing for it's size and price!

I've played quite a bit of music/audio from my Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Ipad 4 and Samsung notebook through it. All connected easily in a second. 80's Electro, Rock, Metal, Classical and Blues all sounded amazing. I would say the sound on this leans towards the bass and is extremely punchy (If this speaker was a boxer it would be Mike Tyson at his best!) that's how punchy we're talking here!

Using your equalizer presets or custom EQ settings on you devices you can achieve exactly the sound you're looking for. With no distortion whatsoever at full volume this speaker can easily fill a room in your house. Great for the garden/beach too. I always go on about the Tune In Radio app. You have all music genres, opera, live classical concerts from worldwide and audio books, podcasts. . .its limitless! It can all come through this speaker sounding great. Being APT X enabled this little beast can stream higher quantities of audio data giving a more expansive richer sound. No or much less compression from your Bluetooth source.

This speaker is rock steady at full belt, no vibration, no loss of energy at all. It has had dampers fitted at critical points therefore radiating maximum audio. You also get 3D Digital Signal Processing in the Pulse. This means better separation and a bigger soundstage giving you a more expansive pure sound experience. To activate this feature just press vol+ and vol - at the same time - you can notice the difference! I watched the beach assault scene from Saving Private Ryan on my notebook using this as my audio - I was literally blown away! Amazing sounds were coming from the Pulse. Bullets whizzing by, assault craft, machine gun fire, explosions the lot! Perfect for movie on the computer.

This speaker sounds excellent anywhere but to get a little more out of it +6 decibels in fact - place it in a corner! This way the bass radiators use the walls to bounce the sound off! More bass :) Plus they visibly vibrate during play which just looks good!

I ran a comparison with several other Bluetooth speakers I have and this one definitely sounds the best. It tops the X05 by some margin and can compete somewhat with the Bose soundlink mini. It's that good!

The Bluetooth range/penetration is also excellent. I have now got the speaker through two doors and brick walls around 20 feet away with no loss of audio at all.

Full volume at 10 watts gives a hugely expansive quality for its size which is down to the build and high end components used to put this together. A top end quality powerful sound is produced here.

I've reviewed loads of Bluetooth speakers and just when you think nothing better will come along in this price bracket, at under 100 quid it does! Well worth it.

This speaker was kindly sent to me by the manufacturer for review.

I can't recommend this one enough. If you're looking at speakers in this price bracket this one is satisfaction guaranteed!


Ravensburger Christmas 2014 Limited Edition Puzzle: The Christmas Farm (1000 Pieces)
Ravensburger Christmas 2014 Limited Edition Puzzle: The Christmas Farm (1000 Pieces)
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Christmas jigsaw as usual from Ravensburger, 18 Oct 2014
This is the 17th limited edition Christmas jigsaw puzzle from Ravensburger.

The picture is as delightful as ever with lots of detail, great colours and very christmassy indeed! The actual pieces are nicely finished and fit together firmly. The jigsaw is a nice size when completed at 50x70 cm. Just right for a table top! My better half buys one every year for her mum (and the Waddingtons one) who loves doing them then puts them safely away with the rest of her collection.

Well worth the price from Amazon. I've seen them over double in other stores!


PLEMO Classic Black Automatic Folding Travel Umbrella
PLEMO Classic Black Automatic Folding Travel Umbrella

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Umbrellas!, 18 Oct 2014
Being from 'oop north' an umbrella is a necessity at times as we have more than our fair share of rain. So after checking a few out on the net and reading some of the good reviews (thanks again folks - reviewing does work!) I thought I'd give the Plemo a go.

Plemo appear to have a good name and I could see why when the brolly arrived.

Closed up it's only 11.5 inches (just under a foot) and is fastened with a Velcro strap. A matching cover is provided. It also has a solid feel to it I must say. Does this mean the build quality is good?

Absolutely!

The handle is rubberised to provide a comfortable grip which means you won't lose your grip in a gale and less hand ache in the long run. There is a button on the handle to extend the strong aluminium shaft and pop the wide umbrella canopy out. This is pretty quick and sleek so make sure there's a good bit of space in front of you beforehand as it's quite impressive the speed at which it pops! (remember Batfink's wings? A bit like that!) The same button will also collapse the canopy and you can then manually push the shaft back down, wrap it - strap it up and slide the cover back on.

The canopy designs on these is excellent and is made from a thicker than usual material which is very waterproofed. The canopy on the Plemo is bigger than the average canopy and can easily cover two people. The ribs of this umbrella are also of outstanding quality. They're stronger than any I've seen before and are quoted as being able to withstand wind speeds of up to 25 mph.

No more umbrellas flipping inside out, the canopy ripping off leaving you stood there holding what looks like a television aerial!

This is a great looking umbrella with excellent build quality which should last. I bought one of these for my sister and she was mightily impressed as was I.

Thoroughly recommended


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