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Reckitt Benckiser Finish Dishwasher Tablets Quantum Max (Pack of 60)
Reckitt Benckiser Finish Dishwasher Tablets Quantum Max (Pack of 60)
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Super clean dishwashing!, 1 May 2014
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Finish dishwasher tablets have always given excellent results though I’ve never done a like-for-like comparison with any non-namebrand tablets. Therefore I can’t say definitively if these (quite expensive) Finish Quantum Regular tablets can out-clean the supermarket own-brand tablets. But I can definitely say that the cleaning results I got were excellent, particularly on the hotter settings.

Glass items in particular came up looking extremely clean and as good as new. So I’d say if you’re a perfectionist when it comes to cleaning then the Finish Quantum Regular dishwasher tablets are ideal.


Sage Instant Accounts 2014 (PC)
Sage Instant Accounts 2014 (PC)
Offered by Aqua Reefer

4.0 out of 5 stars Small business accountancy made easy, 1 May 2014
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The installation of Sage Instant Accounts 2014 is very simple and once the activation code has been entered you’re up and running.

Finding your way around Sage is very straightforward thanks to a simple and uncluttered interface, and the built-in help and video tutorials are also excellent, making the learning curve for this product not too steep.

Sage Instant Accounts 2014 itself has all the features you’d expect for a small business, coming with a large range of reports, and customer invoices can be generated very easily.

Full support is given for e-banking and electronic filing of VAT Returns to HMRC, including the Flat Rate Scheme. A nice touch is the ability to get updates directly from Sage about tax legislation changes that may affect your business, which is a helpful feature.

Anyone who has used a basic accounts package before will feel at home with Sage Instant Accounts 2014 very quickly, and even for complete newbies the learning process will not take long, with most tasks being wizard-based, and the included help and tutorials are excellent.


Corel Painter X3 (PC/Mac)
Corel Painter X3 (PC/Mac)
Offered by softpursuit
Price: £147.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Painting without the mess!, 7 April 2014
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On first launch the sheer number of tools that Corel Painter X3 displays is a little overwhelming and gives the impression that this application has a steep learning curve. But once you get yourself acquainted with its nuances you soon realise that the huge array of tools are made a lot more accessible thanks to all the brush types being grouped into logical categories. In addition, an excellent feature is the ability to be able to search for a specific brush type, rather than having to manually find it. So, for instance, typing in “watercolour” will quickly bring up all the brushes of this type, which is extremely handy. It is then possible to get a preview of what the brush strokes will actually look like.

Another superb feature that aids usability is the Advanced Brush Controls, this is a context-based system that will only display the controls relevant to the brush you are using, this makes choosing the appropriate controls much easier.

The whole painting experience is wonderfully re-created and Painter X3 will create brush strokes based on things such as pressure applied or speed of the brush stroke, just like on real canvas. It’s even possible to set randomness and jitter levels so that strokes don’t appear too identical and have a proper human touch.

Corel Painter X3 is a fantastic application for anyone who wishes to have a dabble with painting but don’t want all the mess or expense of buying paints and brushes, etc. It has some very advanced features aimed at more professional artists but is user friendly enough to cater for hobbyists as well.


Russell Hobbs 20580 Smartglide Pro Steam Generator, 1.2 L, 2800 W - White
Russell Hobbs 20580 Smartglide Pro Steam Generator, 1.2 L, 2800 W - White
Offered by Prestwich Trading Ltd
Price: £90.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes light work of all that ironing, 7 April 2014
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The first thing I noticed about the Russell Hobbs Smartglide Pro is how quickly it’s ready to start ironing after being switched on, this a refreshing change from my previous steam iron that took quite a long time before it reached the correct temperature.

Another great feature is the stream strength, which is impressively strong and makes ironing so much easier and quicker and, thanks to the generously long lead, vertical ironing is also a breeze.

The separate water tank enables the iron to be refilled with water during ironing which is very convenient, and the tank size is far bigger than on my previous steam iron so long ironing sessions are possible. This is helped by the design of the iron itself, which is light and very comfortable to use.

Overall the Russell Hobbs Smartglide Pro is a very well designed steam iron that delivers excellent steam pressure for hassle-free ironing.


Revellutions 1:14 scale RC Dust Rider Buggy
Revellutions 1:14 scale RC Dust Rider Buggy

3.0 out of 5 stars A very fast buggy but needs to be driven carefully, 25 Mar. 2014
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This is a great looking RC car and I'm sure any kid would be impressed by its sleek and sporty looks when they first get it out of the box. Controlling the car with the large remote control is a little tricky at first as it uses a wheel for steering which takes a little getting used to but is easy to control with a little practice.

In use the buggy travels very fast and you'll need a wide open space if you want to push it to its top speed. The construction of the buggy is also slightly lightweight with its plastic finish and probably wouldn't take too much punishment so care needs to be taken with the driving style, the buggy definitely isn't designed for any demolition derby type driving. But as long as you treat it with care then the Dust Rider Buggy will provide a lot fun.


Tacwise Duo 35 Electric Staple/Nail Gun
Tacwise Duo 35 Electric Staple/Nail Gun
Offered by Maunders
Price: £79.75

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy and easy to use, 5 Mar. 2014
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The Tacwise Duo 35 comes with in a great storage case which is extremely handy. In use the stapler/nail gun is very robust and quite heavy, though it can still be used one-handed if need be.

The staples or nails are very easy to load and so far I have encountered no jamming with it, overall the build quality is very good. It certainly takes the effort and monotony out of stapling or nailing and is a great labour-saving device.

I would say the Tacwise Duo 35 is not really designed for real heavy duty work but is aimed more at casual DIYers, it’s superb for those little projects you need to do around the house or in the garden.


Instant Payroll Exchange - 10 employees: RTI Edition (PC)
Instant Payroll Exchange - 10 employees: RTI Edition (PC)
Price: £150.21

4.0 out of 5 stars Takes the hassle out of payroll administration, 5 Mar. 2014
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Sage Instant Payroll Exchange makes the administrative burden of running multiple payrolls much easier. All employee PAYE figures are automatically calculated from their salaries, it is also fully RTI-compliant, which is important as RTI is now compulsory.

A great advantage of using Sage Instant Payroll Exchange is that it automatically gets updated with any legislation changes that HMRC may make and incorporates this into payroll calculations.

The software comes with a 1 year subscription to the payroll service, then after that it requires an annual subscription. But as it makes keeping records on employee payrolls so easy, the chances are you will continue with this service as it is so well implemented.


Logitech UltraThin Bluetooth Keyboard Folio Carbon Black - For iPad Air 1st Generation
Logitech UltraThin Bluetooth Keyboard Folio Carbon Black - For iPad Air 1st Generation
Offered by Megga Distribution
Price: £36.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great tactile keyboard for the iPad Air, 26 Feb. 2014
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The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio provides a very good tactile keyboard whilst also acting as solid protection for your iPad Air.

The keyboard itself connects via Bluetooth, with the iPad Air detecting it straight away. Reasonably fast typing is possible with this keyboard and it’s certainly a big improvement over the virtual keyboard. Some compromises have been made to squeeze in all the keys and the layout takes a little getting used to initially, but overall the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio is a very good quality keyboard and cover.


SanDisk SDWS1-064G-E57 Connect Wireless Media Drive - 64 GB
SanDisk SDWS1-064G-E57 Connect Wireless Media Drive - 64 GB
Price: £79.99

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very flexible and simple to use, 26 Feb. 2014
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The SanDisk Connect 64GB Wireless Media Drive is a very compact and attractively designed unit that is so light and portable that you can take it anywhere. It charges by connecting it to your PC or laptop via the supplied USB cable, with an LED indicating when it’s fully charged. I was pleased to find the charge lasted for a very long time, I left the Media Drive on nearly all day and it still didn’t require a re-charge.

Any type of file can be stored on the Media Drive, so as well as movies or photos you can also store data files as well. Accessing the Media Drive requires installation of the Sandisk app onto your smartphone. Once installed, the app displays folders for movies, music, photos and files, and it’s just a matter of selecting the file and the Media Drive will then stream it to your smartphone.

I uploaded a 1080 HD movie file to the Media Drive and streamed it to my iPhone 4S and was impressed by the quality of the playback. The movie streamed without any buffering and even fast-moving scenes suffered no stuttering.

Overall the SanDisk Connect 64GB Wireless Media Drive is an excellent device and now enables my iPhone to play HD movies that would never normally be able to fit on it due to their large size, great stuff.


QuickBooks Pro 2014 + Enhanced Payroll 2014 Bundle - 1 Year Subscription - 1 User (PC)
QuickBooks Pro 2014 + Enhanced Payroll 2014 Bundle - 1 Year Subscription - 1 User (PC)

5.0 out of 5 stars Provides all the finance tools you need for running a small business, 29 Jan. 2014
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QuickBooks has always been a very comprehensive finance package for small businesses and QuickBooks Pro 2014 with the Enhanced Payroll provides a complete one-stop shop for running your business.

The Report feature has been enhanced with the ability to fit a whole report onto a single page. Additionally, customised email templates are now included, so automatically inserting customer details into emails, as well as company logos, etc. is now a very quick and simple process.

A great new feature is the Income Tracker, which dynamically provides income information in realtime and gives you an instant snapshot of all company income. Files can also now be attached to individual transactions, which is a great addition to record keeping.
QuickBooks has supported online VAT filing to HMRC for a long time now, but QuickBooks Pro 2014 now also supports the Flat Rate VAT, which is an important addition as many businesses now use the Flat Rate VAT scheme.

With the inclusion of the Enhanced Payroll bundle, which provides a complete payroll system, QuickBooks Pro 2014 has everything you need to run a small business, highly recommended.


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