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Philips E27 6 Watt LED Edison Screw, Warm White
Philips E27 6 Watt LED Edison Screw, Warm White
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 22 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
First off, this - astonishingly for an LED - gives out a soft warm light, not the harsh LED glare you might have expected. Being an LED it's also more energy efficient that ordinary energy efficient lightbulbs, which is a result. And the fact that it will screw into an old screw light socket is the icing on the cake.

As with all energy efficient bulbs you can probably take the claims for extraordinary longevity with a big pinch of salt, but nevertheless after using this thing, I'm converted.


Case Logic Surefit Classic Universal Folio for 10 inch Tablets - Black
Case Logic Surefit Classic Universal Folio for 10 inch Tablets - Black
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but more for home use, 14 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My iPad Air fits easily into this 10" hard cased folio, and is held securely within. I particularly like the case's neat adjustability when selecting viewing angles for your tablet, in fact I think this feature is excellent.

The downside for some will be that the case doesn't protect three of your tablets four sides when closed. This will be an issue if your tablet is going to spend a lot of time being thrust into bags, but far less of an issue if your tablet mainly resides in the home.


Leifheit Airboard Deluxe XL 72589 Ironing Board
Leifheit Airboard Deluxe XL 72589 Ironing Board
Offered by KG Homewares
Price: £76.83

4.0 out of 5 stars Great for use with steam irons but NOT for use with steam generators, 7 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a light weight (at least compared to similar sized boards), generously large ironing board that's easy to assemble, features easy height adjustment, and definitely does seem to make ironing easier. This is in large part thanks to the Thermo Reflect heat cover, which does actually live up to it's billing. The board is suitable for use with standard steam irons, however beware - buried in the small print it does say that it is NOT suitable for steam generators or steam stations.


Rapesco 2200 Punch Heavy-duty 2-Hole Capacity 150x 80gsm Black Ref PF220AP1
Rapesco 2200 Punch Heavy-duty 2-Hole Capacity 150x 80gsm Black Ref PF220AP1
Price: £71.76

4.0 out of 5 stars Industrial scale hole punching, 7 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
As the humble hole punch goes, this thing is ENORMOUS. It's far too big for occasional home use, being designed instead for office use where it's required for hole punching on an industrial scale. That it does well, being capable of punching through up to 150 sheets of 180gsm paper at once.

That said, it sometimes actually seems to struggle punching holes through lower volumes of paper (quantities of approximately 100 sheets or less). Not physically I hasten to add, it just has a habit of often leaving the last few sheets unpunched, which can quite quite annoying.

So for high volumes this thing is very capable, but for lower volumes it can be annoying at times.


Rokit Gel Polish Professional Kit
Rokit Gel Polish Professional Kit
Price: £94.15

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but overpriced, 29 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
There's no denying that this product really does live up to the hype on the box, providing salon quality nails in the comfort of your home. It's easy to use and has left the female members of the house very happy.

Except for one thing - the price. The general consensus of opinion was that it's a very good product but it's overpriced, not least because it only comes supplied with one colour, and only a smallish pot of it at that.

So to sum up, if it was a bit cheaper - or contained more than one colour - then this would be hands down a 5 star product. But as it isn't, it only gets 4 stars.


Veet Infini'Silk Pro IPL Hair Removal System with Precision Facial Attachment
Veet Infini'Silk Pro IPL Hair Removal System with Precision Facial Attachment
Price: £224.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Tune in in 2 years time to see if it worked., 22 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
First off - and most importantly - if your skin is dark brown, or suntanned; or your hair colour is either light blonde, red, grey or white, then you cannot use this product, so save your money. In fact if your skin is dark brown a light sensor on the hair remover will prevent the hair remover from ever working in the first place, just to be on the safe side.

The other problem is that by my calculations the full treatment will take between 12 - 24 months to complete and the veracity of Veet's claims of effectiveness can actually be put to the test. So far all anyone can say for certain is that the device is light in the hand, easy to use and does seem to be having an effect on hair regrowth, although the effect isn't 100% effective (and Veet don't claim that it is).


Philips hue lux Personal Wireless Lighting Starter Kit (2 x A19 E27 LED Light Bulbs, 1 Bridge)
Philips hue lux Personal Wireless Lighting Starter Kit (2 x A19 E27 LED Light Bulbs, 1 Bridge)
Price: £79.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but expensive, 20 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This starter pack consists of screw in bulbs, not the bayonet type, although you can get hold of adapters to fit screw bulbs into bayonet sockets.

Setup is a cinch, just screw in the bulbs, plug in the bridge, download the app, and then adjust lighting times and settings from your tablet or smartphone. Frankly it couldn't get much simpler than that, and controlling all the bulbs from your phone is a breeze.

All in all these things are great. But they're also expensive. Which means I'd have to think hard about purchasing more bulbs to expand the lighting network, an eye watering concept when you realise that the network can cope with up to fifty of them.


Hornby R2784X RailRoad BR 4-6-2 'Mallard' Class A4 00 Gauge Steam Locomotive
Hornby R2784X RailRoad BR 4-6-2 'Mallard' Class A4 00 Gauge Steam Locomotive
Price: £88.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Hornby fun, 18 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
First off the product description is a bit confusing as it says Not DCC Ready, when in fact DCC is already fitted.

Confusion aside, this is Hornby's more affordable version of one of the worlds most famous trains. While this means that the train is less detailed than Hornby's higher priced versions of the Mallard, that also means that there are fewer delicate bits of trimming and components that can easily get knocked off if you're not careful - something you may view as a plus point if your kids are going to be playing with it.

All in all this train is up to Hornby's usual standard, and hours of fun are guaranteed.


Tacwise 1187 16ga/ 45 Finish Nailer Nail Gun
Tacwise 1187 16ga/ 45 Finish Nailer Nail Gun
Offered by AHC (Camberley) Ltd
Price: £124.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Affordable, quality 16G nail gun, 13 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Tacwise are a quality name in the field of affordable, mid priced staplers and nail guns, and this dedicated nail gun is no exception. Firing 20-45mm 16G nails it's designed to be used with wood - the 16G nails won't penetrate concrete or brickwork.

It's easy to load and as a safety feature it won't accidentally fire nails into the air. You won't find a capable cordless nail gun at this price range from any manufacturer, so the fact that this gun has a cable is perfectly acceptable.

All in all this is a good quality, affordable nail gun mainly for use with wood, and easy to load.


Rotring RO800+ 0.5mm HB Mechanical Pencil with Stylus - Black
Rotring RO800+ 0.5mm HB Mechanical Pencil with Stylus - Black
Price: £32.43

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over priced and overly heavy, 11 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've used a lot of automatic pencils in my time and for me the two most important attributes of an automatic pencil are A) a comfortable grip, and B) weight. Some of the best automatic pencils I've ever used have been cheap, featherlight plastic ones with a soft, chunky grip.

While this Rotring RO8000+ may not have a soft plastic grip it makes up for it with a rough, matt black exterior - it's fairly comfortable and won't be slipping from your grip no matter how sweaty your hands get, although visually it's an acquired taste.

For me however this RO800+ is a tad too heavy and in fact often feels top heavy, giving the impression, rightly or wrongly, that it's affecting the pencil's balance. Of course it's not THAT heavy and is still usable, but it does mean that I'll only be using it in the unlikely event that I mislay all my other automatic pencils, even the cheap plastic ones.

That said, if this was my only automatic pencil I doubt it would be too long before I grew accustomed to it and these issues evaporated... but alas for Rotring, it ain't, so they won't.

The other big issue for me is the eye watering price. For instance the Pentel Graphgear 1000 is one third of the the Rotring's price but is just as capable and manages to look even more expensive, and certainly more stylish. Rotring's industrial form/function design dept seems to equate weight with expense - sadly the exact opposite of what I'm looking for in an automatic pencil.

****I've noticed one or two reviews complaining that because, in its dual role as a tablet stylus, the fact that the stylus nib has a hole in it's middle affects it's ability on an iPad Air. In my experience this isn't so. Any issues with using it on an iPad Air (not that I've personally encountered any) will be down to the screen of the iPad Air not being as precise as previous iPads when used in combination with a stylus. As a stylus on non iPad Air devices this rOtring is perfectly adequate.


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