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Casio Bluetooth Sports Unisex Quartz Watch with Grey Dial Digital Display and Black Resin Strap STB-1000-1EF
Casio Bluetooth Sports Unisex Quartz Watch with Grey Dial Digital Display and Black Resin Strap STB-1000-1EF
Price: £74.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Works really well with an iPhone 5, 18 April 2014
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Very straightforward to pair with an iPhone 5 (iOS 7) and picks up a Bluetooth connection easily if you leave your phone in another room and go out of range. Uses an iOS app called Casio+ to configure the watch - got a slight "new gadget thrill" by being able to configure buttons/alarms/other settings directly from the app. As the other reviewer says, time zones don't quite work for world time (there's a sort of backwards daylight saving effect) but hopefully that will be sorted by Casio updating the app in due course.

Alerts - phone, SMS, email and anything else from the iOS notification screen - such as Facebook/Twitter notifications - appear on the watch and you can set it so that these trigger a beep, a vibration, or neither and you can vary the alert depending on the type of notification. Also, you can switch off some or all of the notifications if you prefer via the app.

Like another reviewer, I also paired with Wahoo Fitness easily enough and again, the app works very smoothly and is very polished in terms of its interaction with the watch.

Physically the watch resembles a Casio G-Shock watch but doesn't have G-Shock mineral glass as far as I can tell so I presume it's slightly more fragile, but it certainly feels very robust and sturdy and looks the part.

That said, the only question for me was whether to get this or its close G-Shock cousin, GBX6900. This watch is cheaper and pairs with fitness software, which the G-Shock does not do. The GBX-6900 is presumably much more shock-resistant and if it weren't for the fitness software pairing here (which I wanted) I might well have bought that.

Assuming therefore that like me you passed on the G-Shock, all in all this a high quality "smart" watch and critically it doesn't look overly geeky like some people think Pebble or Samsung smart watches do (insofar as Casio digital watches don't look geeky in general). Casio has spent a lot of time getting it to work intuitively and smoothly with the iOS app and it shows - this is no beta product and I would highly recommend it.


Henry's Lizard Yo-Yo with Book (Green)
Henry's Lizard Yo-Yo with Book (Green)
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great yo-yo, incredible value for money, 31 Dec 2013
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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I'm so glad I didn't buy a more expensive yo-yo - my 8-year-old has played with this non-stop since it was a stocking filler on Xmas Day. Of everything we got him for Christmas this has had by far the most attention so far.

It is very sturdily made, seems to allow him to do tricks easily enough (and he is a relative beginner), and the booklet is reasonably informative and helpful from which to pick up new tricks. One thing I would say is that we are currently on our third string (simply from the sheer amount of use over the last 6 days) so I would advise buying a set of replacement strings, which are also available on Amazon and are inexpensive.

Unless you are into yo-yos in a big way I would suggest you look no further than this.


Putty Squad (PS4)
Putty Squad (PS4)
Price: £13.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one for the kids, 31 Dec 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Putty Squad (PS4) (Video Game)
I bought this for my 11-year-old for his birthday - he loves it! Yes it looks like an Amiga game in HD (for which it was originally developed, but unreleased at the time) and certainly this was an odd choice for a PS4 launch game but none of this matters to my son. The gameplay is easy to pick up and is very addictive - it's reminiscent of Sonic or Mario - it's a fun, cheerful, colourful 2D platform game.
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Netgear WN3000RP Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender
Netgear WN3000RP Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender
Price: £39.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy enough to set up, works as intended, 15 Sep 2013
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I ordered this as my BT Homehub 3 is located in a room which means I cannot get a reliable wifi signal in some upstairs rooms. I've tried Homeplugs (ethernet through power sockets), but for some reason I can only connect 2 Homeplugs to my router (ie 2 receiving a signal and 1 sending it), and of course that's no use for phones/tablets anyway.

The instructions are clear and there are two options to set up - WPS and via browser. The WPS option simply didn't work (no idea why - there's no reason it shouldn't), so I went for option 2 - which is a manual selection of the wifi network to extend, plus inputting your wifi password. That worked first time, and the instructions were very clear and simple to follow.

The way it works is that I now have two wifi networks - "BTHub3-XXXX" (XXXX being a random series of numbers and letters unique to your router) and "BTHub3-XXXX_EXT", both with the same password (although you can if you wish specify two passwords) and both set up on my phone and tablet to connect. It seems the phone (an iPhone 5) chooses the stronger upstairs (ie the extended network) and either downstairs, as the extended seems to have a wider range than the Homehub 3. Generally this doesn't matter, but the extended network works more slightly more slowly, albeit this is imperceptible usually. However, I will take the minor inconvenience of occasionally changing networks downstairs to have a rock solid connection upstairs. I guess I had anticipated there would only be one network (ie like the wifi extenders in the office) but perhaps if I'd researched it better I would have known that there would be two, and it's not really a problem anyway.

So all in all, 4 stars. If WPS had worked, it would have been 5, plus the minor inconvenience of having two networks rather than one - but really these aren't big deals. For the price (£39.00 in Sep 2013), this is a good piece of equipment offering great value for money (there was nothing else that I could see at this price point and which was a recognisable brand when I looked around) and it reliably delivers what it promised. I'd recommend it.


Little Green (Easy Rawlins)
Little Green (Easy Rawlins)
Price: £6.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it - thank you Walter Mosley, 23 Jun 2013
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Having read all of the Easy Rawlins books seemingly years ago, and now loving reading about Leonid McGill, I had given up hope of Walter Mosley reprising his most famous character. Then said, when I heard he would finally reprise Easy, I was worried that it might be a come down from past glories. But A Phantom Menace this isn't - this is classically verbose Mosley, with the delicious turn of phrase, lighting up Vietnam-era LA once again and reawakening his apparently-dead character. I won't spoil it but the start of the book sees a semi-comatose Easy being asked to help Mouse with a problem, and then how that problem wends it way through to a conclusion with a late-model Easy as usual taking on all-comers.

Along the way there are cameo appearances from numerous characters from previous Easy books, which will reward the Mosley completer-finishers and might confuse a little those new to the books, but at no point does it feel gratuitous - it just feels like a normal Easy Rawlins novel that takes up from where Mosley left off many years ago.

So in short - a great read, of which I deliberately slowed down reading so as to cherish the beautiful writing. This is classical Mosley and Easy and will beguile both new and existing readers - highly recommended.


DelTex® High Quality 6 Pack Replacement Large Earbuds Tips Buds For Apple MA850G/A Headphones / Earphones 100% Fits
DelTex® High Quality 6 Pack Replacement Large Earbuds Tips Buds For Apple MA850G/A Headphones / Earphones 100% Fits
Offered by DMB Direct
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as the original, 9 Mar 2013
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These are slightly less well-fitting than the original, but tolerably so - after a few months of using I'm still happy with them - and obviously much cheaper than buying a new pair of headphones from Apple (the only alternative given that they don't sell replacement earbuds themselves).


Hewlett Packard OfficeCalc 300 Desktop Calculator
Hewlett Packard OfficeCalc 300 Desktop Calculator
Price: £20.12

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Glaring omission, 26 Jan 2013
A good, large, chunky calculator with a big display....which is let down by not having a +/- button - strange decision to omit it.


Sony PS Vita | U-Bop gSHELL Tough All-Body Case | Smoke Black
Sony PS Vita | U-Bop gSHELL Tough All-Body Case | Smoke Black

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't fit, binned, 26 Jan 2013
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The case doesn't fit - it squashes the L and R buttons on top of the PS Vita. I've binned it - I suggest don't waste your money on this.


ForeFront Cases® New iPad Mini Leather Case Cover / Stand For New APPLE IPAD MINI / New Generation iPad mini with Magnetic Auto Sleep Wake Function (BLACK)
ForeFront Cases® New iPad Mini Leather Case Cover / Stand For New APPLE IPAD MINI / New Generation iPad mini with Magnetic Auto Sleep Wake Function (BLACK)
Offered by Forefront Cases
Price: £39.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money, but flawed, 19 Jan 2013
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The case arrived very quickly and is basically as advertised, except please note that it's made from synthetic leather, not leather as it says in the title.

The stand works very well in the various positions (like an iPad Apple case/cover), which is why I bought this case. However, the major flaw of this product is when folding the cover behind the back of the iPad Mini, the folded cover sticks out about 1cm or so on the right hand side of the iPad. Basically, this means that I can't comfortably hold the case with one hand as the case makes the iPad slightly too wide and/or you have to fold or bend the cover unnaturally behind.

In short, no good for me, so my search for a decent case continues. The Knomo iPad case fits perfectly (and has none of the folding overlap issue discussed above, but the stand is not as sturdy) so I'll use it in the meantime, but if only Apple would make an iPad case (like for the iPad 2/3/new/4), not just a front cover, I would definitely buy one. I can't help but wonder if the (in my view) slightly underwhelming current range of iPad Mini keyboards and cases might be related to the rumoured impending "refresh" of the Mini in the next few months...


Philips Fidelio AD7000W SoundAvia Wireless Speaker with AirPlay
Philips Fidelio AD7000W SoundAvia Wireless Speaker with AirPlay
Offered by DinkyCartridges™
Price: £89.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fiddly to set up, but worth it, 7 Oct 2012
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Just been given one of these by a friend as a gift - I was going to buy one (or something similar) but had always been deterred by the fact that AirPlay tends to be a bit hit and miss.

However, once I'd set it up (of which more below), it's very easy to use, and so far (only a day's usage, but there's surely no technical reason why it should be any different after a longer period), there's not been a hint of trouble with AirPlay - it's been rock-solid, responsive, and the sound quality is excellent. (I use an iPhone 4S (iOS6), and iPad 1 and a BT HomeHub 3)

The setup though is a complete faff, as others here have noted. It is worth persisting with, but took several tries to get it to remember my wifi details and then detect the wireless network. Now it's done, I'm hoping that if I don't use the speaker regularly (it will spend a lot of time unplugged - I do hope the battery powering the hardware which has the wifi settings retains a charge) I don't have to go through it again, as that would be unnecessarily painful.

So, that's it really - a speaker with great sound quality, hassle-free AirPlay support (for my setup at least), but irritating to get started with - so 4 stars.


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