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Philips YS527/17 Click and Style 2-in-1 Shave and Stubble
Philips YS527/17 Click and Style 2-in-1 Shave and Stubble
Price: 67.68

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for stubble trimming and dry shaving, 30 July 2014
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I have been really impressed with this shaver

Firstly, the shaver itself looks nice and feels well put together. In terms of performance, the box does say that maximum effect will take place after 4 uses, and to be honest I was not that impressed with the initial results, but having stuck with it and used up to ten times already, I can certainly say that the performance does indeed improve!

Perfomance is just as good wet as it is dry, and the shaver itself is very easy to clean after use. The shaver head does manage to get a good close shave done (after those first 4 uses!) and the stubble trimmer head leaves a fair but of stubble while cutting it neat and tidy - which is exactly what I wanted from this product. The heads themselves are also easy to change over - simply click and pull the head off then replace with the shaver head you need.

Overall a great shaver. It's safe, easy to use, It provides a good clean shave, and sstubble the trimmerdoes exactly what it should do.


Rapesco Stapler, Heavy Duty Stapler Zero-01
Rapesco Stapler, Heavy Duty Stapler Zero-01
Price: 27.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid and brilliant at stapling large documents, 30 July 2014
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This stapler has proven its worth over the last few days, and I'm very happy with it.

The stapler itself is very, very heavy and solid - its not likely to snap on you mid-job and it staples most documents very well. I have been using it to staple paper handouts that are 10 pages each and the stapler staples them first time. However for handouts 2/3 pages long the stapler if anything is a bit too powerfull and ends up binding them in a way that is not a secure as if they had been stapled with a "normal" stapler.

The stapler takes a range of different staple sizes too, which adds to its versatility - however so far I have only used staples that are 26/6 - the ones which come with the stapler itself.

Overall this is a very well built stapler that performs its job very, very well but is let down somewhat by its inability to staple small documents as well as it should


Acer P1173 SVGA 3D DLP Projector with HDMI
Acer P1173 SVGA 3D DLP Projector with HDMI
Offered by Ballicom International
Price: 287.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb quality images, and very quiet too, 30 July 2014
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I got this for the World cup and was very impressed.

The projector was very easy to set up, and connected to the sky+HD box with no problems what so ever. The picture quality on a flat wall was superb - and there was no drop off in regards to the quality of thre HD picture. The projector itself was very quiet when in use (especially compared to the ones I use in work) and while it did give off some heat after 3 hrs constant use, it was not extreme or a cause for any concern.

The 3d fuctionality of the projector is also very good - although I only used this once via a PS3 - and the quality of the 3d images was again impressive on a large, flat surface.

All in all a terrific product for the price.


Ultrasport Men's Ski/Snowboard Glove with Kevlar Protection - Black/Grey, X-Large
Ultrasport Men's Ski/Snowboard Glove with Kevlar Protection - Black/Grey, X-Large
Price: 18.33

5.0 out of 5 stars Thick, Warm and does the job well, 30 July 2014
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I got these golves for a recent ski trip and was very impressed with them.

The gloves have a pretty thick outer nylon / polyester shell and have an inner fleece layer, as a result kept my hands very warm and did not get wet inside. The adjustable strap on the writs also meant it was easy to adjust the gloves with them on, allowing me to take them off very easilly when I needed to. The fingertips also have rubber padding on them which alowed me to use a smart phone with them on hassle free - and even better, the rubber / velour pads did not start to wear off after a week (unlike other gloves like this I've had) which adds to the superb overall quality of the gloves.

All in all I was very impressed with these gloves, and will be using them again for quite some time to come.


Melissa & Doug Design Your Own Bracelets
Melissa & Doug Design Your Own Bracelets
Price: 4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality bands that encourage creativity, 30 July 2014
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I got these for my 9 year old niece and they proved to be fantastic.

The quality of the bracelets were very good - durable, comfy and also reusable; so these are not a "one off, wear for a week" product. The quality on the velcro was also of a good quality.

The huge amount of stickers and glitter provided also resulted in lots of time being used for planning and consideration in regards to desgining the bracelets - which is the exact reason I got them. The process of sticking the glitter and glue on to the bracelets was also straight forward, and easily completed by my niece with minimal supervision by myself.

All in all a superb product that helps encourage the creative streak!


Case-Mate Tough Case for Samsung Galaxy S5 - Black
Case-Mate Tough Case for Samsung Galaxy S5 - Black
Price: 13.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Durable and fits well, 30 July 2014
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I was impressed with this case, it fittied the phone pefrectly and the gaps in the shell allowed plenty of space for headphones / charger leads without having to pull back the rubber to squeeze them in. The case also "clips" to the front of the phone naturally which helps keep it in place.

As stated the case is "tough" and has two layers - one inner (thin plastic) and one outer (hard rubber) that offer good protection for the phone. I dropped the phone a few times, and this case simply bounced off the floor while causing no damage to the phone was so ever. As a result, it does add considerable thinkness to the phone when attached, which could be offputting if you like your phones being slim in your pocket

The only drawback I found was that it did not come with any form of screen protector - so while it offers good protection to the back and sides, the front is still very much exposed.

Overall though, I'm very happy with this cover, and it has come in very, very handy when using my S5 while out climbing / walking / campling


AmazonBasics A100 USB-Powered Computer Speakers - Black
AmazonBasics A100 USB-Powered Computer Speakers - Black
Price: 11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use and great quality sound, 25 Jun 2014
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I have been very impressed with these speakers.

I got them to use with my laptop in a classroom that holds 34 children. The current speakers in the room have been broken for months, so I decided to give these a go and I'm very glad I did. They are easy to use - simply plug them in to a usb port on the laptop / pc, plug the green pin in to the headphone jack and your all set up!

The quality of the speakers is very good too - they look good in balck, the front grill is plastic (so not easy to break) and the speakers themselves have a good deal of weight, so they are not easy to knock over on the desk., The volume dial is easy to access and the power display light is clear at the front too.

In terms of sound quality - overall I'm happy. While not great on bass and treble (there's no dial to effect these) they are certainly loud. They have managed to get louder than a class of chatty children, and without too much sound distorion too. the only distorion occured when tuned up to the absolute maximum, buta slight (and I do mean slight) adjustment down in sound made go away.

Overall SUPERB quality for the price!


Babies Firsts 74x28x4cm Quilted Microfibre Foam Moses Basket or Pram Mattress Rounded Both Ends
Babies Firsts 74x28x4cm Quilted Microfibre Foam Moses Basket or Pram Mattress Rounded Both Ends
Price: 13.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great mattress, 25 Jun 2014
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The mattress was given to my brother who has a newborn, and both her and my sister in law are very pleased with it

The mattress fitted the moses basket perfectly, and is a great improvement of the "standard" one that came with the basket
The mattress is well padded, but with good air circulation to prevent sweating, which has resulted my my niece sleeping for more soundly than on the previous mattress.

Overall a great quality product!


Ergobaby Sleep Well Swaddler (Pack of 2)
Ergobaby Sleep Well Swaddler (Pack of 2)
Price: 28.23

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality swaddlers, 25 Jun 2014
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The swaddlers were given to my brother who has a newborn, and both her and my sister in law are very pleased with them.

They keep the baby snug and warm, and are easy to use too - helped by a very handy instruction booklet which tells you how to wrap the baby most effectively.

The quality of the cotton is very good too - and reduces sweating and discomfort for both baby and parent.

Overall a great quality product!


From Here to Eternity (Penguin Modern Classics)
From Here to Eternity (Penguin Modern Classics)
by James Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome book, 25 Jun 2014
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This is the first book I have read by James Jones and I am very very impressed.

The plot itself revolves around three soldiers based in the US Army base in Hawaii, and various plotting, scheming and general misdemenours they get up to living in the brracks. The Story starts off in 1939 and culminates in the attack on pearl harbour.

Its a very, very long book to read, but the characterisations, descriptions and general prose of the book make it a very rewarding experience. If you love world war two literature, this book is a must read. If you simply appreciate a very well crafted and very well written book, then this book will certainly not let you down.

Overall this is an excellent book, and I can say that I will definatley be reading more of James Jones in future.


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