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Kingston Technology MobileLite G4 USB 3.0 Multi Card Reader
Kingston Technology MobileLite G4 USB 3.0 Multi Card Reader
Price: 6.38

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast little card reader, 28 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This may only be a humble little card reader, but as card readers go, it's a very fast one, transferring files at warp speed compared to some others I've used. It's USB 3.0 compatibility means that theoretically it should be able to transfer data more than 10 times faster than USB 2 (if your device has a USB 3.0 port, obviously).

Size-wise it's a tad bigger/chunkier than I expected, but that hopefully means that it's harder to lose, and besides, it weighs hardly anything. As humble little card readers go, it's a good 'un.


Oral-B Braun CrossAction Replacement Rechargeable Toothbrush Heads - (Pack of 8 Refills)
Oral-B Braun CrossAction Replacement Rechargeable Toothbrush Heads - (Pack of 8 Refills)
Price: 22.77

4.0 out of 5 stars Much better value than the packs of four, 26 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Not having suffered from gum problems or particularly sensitive teeth means that I've never really noticed much quality difference between any of Oral B's myriad collection of toothbrush heads - they all brush your teeth well, and all cost a small fortune into the bargain (but at least online prices are a marked improvement on in store prices).

The eight heads in this packet should last you two years at least (the manufacturers want you to change heads once every three months) and price-wise represent much better value than the packs of four, whilst doing a good job of cleaning your teeth while being gentle on your gums - just as you'd expect from a quality brand like Oral B product.

Pricey they may be, but they're a quality product too, and beat a manual toothbrush hands down.


Polar Loop Activity And Sleep Tracker
Polar Loop Activity And Sleep Tracker
Price: 67.04

3.0 out of 5 stars Needs a better strap, 21 Aug 2014
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So what to make of this activity tracker?

Set Up - set up is fairly painless as long as you realise you first need access to a PC/Mac to activate the device. You can then sync the Loop to an app on your iPad/iPhone. Judging by reviews, a lot of people are less than impressed by the sync process on Android devices.

Strap - this is a major bugbear. The strap is plastic, and you reduce it's size by CUTTING chunks off it until you achieve the right fit. There's a size guide, which I didn't find particularly useful, and it would be incredibly easy to make a mistake and cut the strap too small (which I almost did) thus rendering the device unwearable. And I can't see Polar being overly keen to replace the device free of charge because you made a mistake cutting the strap.

Be aware that you need to buy a separate heart rate monitor if you want to monitor (drum roll) your heart rate.

Usefulness - well that's the six million dollar question. If you're the kind of person that needs an extra push to get out and exercise, then the Loop may well provide the spur you need to get you out of the door. Accuracy seems somewhat skew-whiff at times (either that or I'm walking in my sleep). If you're a gym junkie then you'll lap all this exercise data up. If you're not, then like me you might find that once the novelty has worn off the Loop's usefulness is debatable. Years ago I stopped timing my jogging sessions when I realised that some days your body just isn't up to being pushed to the limit, and if you try, then those are the days when you're going to injure yourself. This device is really a hyper version of that stopwatch, and if you ask me there's nothing worse than feeling you've had a good session only for this device to tell you that actually you were slower than usual.

As for the sleep tracker, if you suffer from insomnia then the Loop will no doubt confirm your worst fears. Which may or may not be worth 65 quid of your hard earned money.


Oral-B Braun CrossAction Replacement Rechargeable Toothbrush Heads - (Pack of 4 Refills)
Oral-B Braun CrossAction Replacement Rechargeable Toothbrush Heads - (Pack of 4 Refills)
Price: 14.63

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pricey but essential, 21 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Not having suffered from gum problems or particularly sensitive teeth means that I've never really noticed much quality difference between any of Oral B's myriad collection of toothbrush heads - they all brush your teeth well, and all cost a small fortune into the bargain (but at least online prices are a marked improvement on in store prices).

The four heads in this packet should last you a year at least (the manufacturers want you to change heads once every three months) and all do a good job of cleaning your teeth while being gentle on your gums - just as you'd expect from a quality brand like Oral B product.

Pricey they may be, but they're a quality product too, and beat a manual toothbrush hands down.


Tacwise A54 Hammer Tacker Bundle with 140/10mm Stainless Steel Staples
Tacwise A54 Hammer Tacker Bundle with 140/10mm Stainless Steel Staples
Price: 41.80

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price, 19 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
With practice - and if you've never used a hammer tacker before then you're best advised to have a practice first before using it in anger - this A54 is a very capable way of stapling faster than a staple gun, but not as accurately (not that you'll need much accuracy when laying down carpet underlay or plastic sheeting etc.)

It's easy to load, and despite its heft the non slip grip absorbs some of the shock impact before it shoots up your arm. A slight kink also prevents you from whacking your knuckles on the ground every time you whack in a staple (of which you're supplied with 5000). All in all the A54 does it's job well and for the price is hard to beat.


Oral-B Pro 3000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Oral-B Pro 3000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Price: 44.99

4.0 out of 5 stars As good as ever, 11 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Over the years I've tried out both cheaper and more expensive ranges of Oral-B toothbrushes, and I have to say that while the more expensive ones always feel a bit more plusher (if that's even a word!) than the cheaper ones, the cheaper ones like this PRO 3000 always seem to be just as capable as the high end ones (albeit with a reduced number of modes). They hold the charge just as well and the motors are more than powerful enough to deliver a good brushing quality.

Compared to previous generations of Oral-B toothbrushes, the major differences from previous generations are that A) the handles are now thinner and easier to hold, and B) the number of buttons has been reduced from two to one.

At first I found the reduction of buttons annoying as I was continually having to cycle through all the settings before the brush would switch off, until I discovered that the best way to switch the toothbrush off is to press and hold the button for a couple of seconds.

The red pressure sensor for indicating when you brush your teeth too hard seems be less hair trigger than my previous Oral-B brush, which is a good thing as my previous brush would flash red if you so much as looked at it the wrong way.

Charging times as usual with Oral-B brushes take forever, but the charge always seems to last a long time.

All in all another quality Oral-B toothbrush.


Race Face Half Nelson Grips black
Race Face Half Nelson Grips black

4.0 out of 5 stars Grippy grips, 11 Aug 2014
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I got these as they were very highly rated by a reviewer in a mountain bike magazine - in fact he claimed these were the best grips he'd ever used. Despite the hype I wasn't really expecting much - after all they're only a pair of grips - but they do feel nice and grippy, especially if you wear gloves, and are definitely better than the stock ones that came on my MTB.


Oral-B Pro 4000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Oral-B Pro 4000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Price: 43.99

4.0 out of 5 stars High quality toothbrush, 11 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Oral-B have always made quality electric toothbrushes and the PRO 4000 conforms to the high standards that you'd expect. The major differences from previous generations are that A) the the handle is thinner and easier to hold, and B) the number of buttons has been reduced from two to one.

At first I found the reduction of buttons annoying as I was continually having to cycle through all the settings before the brush would switch off, until I discovered that the best way to switch the toothbrush off is to press and hold the button for a couple of seconds.

The red pressure sensor for indicating when you brush your teeth too hard seems be less hair trigger than my previous Oral-B brush, which is a good thing as my previous brush would flash red if you so much as looked at it the wrong way.

Charging times as usual with Oral-B brushes take forever, but the charge always seems to last a long time.

All in all another quality Oral-B toothbrush.


Oral-B Pro 5000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Oral-B Pro 5000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Price: 79.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Another quality Oral-B brush, 11 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Oral-B have always made quality electric toothbrushes and the PRO 5000 conforms to the high standards that you'd expect. The two major differences between this and previous generations are that A) the the handle is thinner and easier to hold, and B) the number of buttons has been reduced from two to one.

At first I found the reduction of buttons annoying as I was continually having to cycle through all the settings before the brush would switch off, until I discovered that the best way to switch the toothbrush off is to press and hold the button for a couple of seconds.

The LCD display is a gimmick that will probably be great if you have kids, but personally within a few days of sticking it to my bathroom mirror I realised I was paying it absolutely no attention whatsoever.

All in all another quality Oral-B toothbrush.


Edwin Jagger DE86 Imitation Ebony Double Edge Safety Razor
Edwin Jagger DE86 Imitation Ebony Double Edge Safety Razor
Price: 21.54

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone, 13 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
There's a lot of love on here for this old school style safety razor, and frankly I'm mystified as to why. Like it or not, modern multi-bladed razors were created for a reason - they're just so much better than an old style safety razor such as this. The downside of course is that modern blades are much more expensive, sometimes ridiculously so.

Which is where this retro razor comes in, which uses blades that are dirt cheap.

The whole point of this safety razor seems to be to deliver a plush shaving experience the way your dad/granddad experienced it (delete as applicable), but try as I might I just couldn't get on with it. Despite googling how best to shave the old fashioned way - which mostly seems to involve making shaving into a big, plush event - I was left unimpressed. This razor is hefty and does its job, but does it deliver a better shave than a modern multi bladed razor? Sadly, not in my experience.


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