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Edwin Jagger DE86 Imitation Ebony Double Edge Safety Razor
Edwin Jagger DE86 Imitation Ebony Double Edge Safety Razor
Price: 20.91

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.


D'Addario NYXL1046 Regular Light 10-46 Electric Guitar Strings
D'Addario NYXL1046 Regular Light 10-46 Electric Guitar Strings
Price: 11.65

4.0 out of 5 stars Quality strings - for a price, 28 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
If there's one thing that all guitar string manufacturers have in common - other than strings - then it's the desire to bamboozle the average guitarist in the street with facts, figures, and more facts and figures until you don't know whether you're coming or going.

So regardless of the claims on the packet, having tried out these strings I like the bright sound of them, and so far they've stayed in tune. D'Addario are generally regarded as a quality brand, although as with many quality brands they charge a premium for their product. That said, I like the sound of these 1046's, so I hope they last as long as D'Addario claim as I won't relish forking out 13 quid all the time.


Daylight Company Mini LED UV Nail Lamp 6 W
Daylight Company Mini LED UV Nail Lamp 6 W
Price: 28.70

4.0 out of 5 stars Small and almost perfectly formed, 24 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Out of the box this mini nail lamp may well look cheap and cheerful, but it works! It really does seem to dry most nail varnish in the short time that it claims.

It does however lose a star for not being a few centimetres bigger. Those with small hands or feet will have no problem fitting them inside the unit, but those with bigger hands or feet might find themselves unable to fit in all their fingers at once.

That's only a minor niggle, however (and it does say 'mini' on the box). Recommended.


NOCO G7200UK Genius Smart Battery Charger
NOCO G7200UK Genius Smart Battery Charger
Price: 40.61

4.0 out of 5 stars At last, a foolproof car battery charger, 17 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
What a great bit of kit! Battery chargers are one of those things you hardly ever need to use (or at least I've hardly ever had to use one) so that on the few occasions I have used one, unfamiliarity through lack of use has made the whole process pretty daunting.

We'll not any more - this comparatively small bit of kit is a godsend and makes the whole process fast, simple, and - more importantly - a lot safer and much less daunting. In fact the only downside is that the instructions are printed in text so tiny that an ant with a magnifying glass would still have trouble reading.

But that said, all in all this is a great bit of kit.


Bosch AQT 37-13 High Pressure Washer
Bosch AQT 37-13 High Pressure Washer
Price: 142.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Capable pressure washer but hose a bit dodgy, 13 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a capable pressure washer that's both powerful, easily assembled and transportable. On it's highest setting it's capable of dealing with pretty much everything you point it at, although that may not always be a good idea - lots of people appear to be using this to clean their bikes; don't whatever you do use the highest pressure to spray your bike down as you'll blast all the grease out of the cranks and bearings. Use the lower pressure setting, or it won't be long before you and your bike regret it.

The only niggles are that the hose isn't very long and tends to kink rather than curl when you attempt to coil it up after use, which isn't great; and it isn't particularly long either, which means you'll have to lug the pressure washer around with you if you're going to spray a large object such as a car.

Other than that, this is a very capable pressure washer.


AmazonBasics DSLR and Laptop Rucksack with Grey Interior
AmazonBasics DSLR and Laptop Rucksack with Grey Interior
Price: 36.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great quality and great price, 11 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This Amazon own brand padded camera rucksack represents excellent value for money, being not only sturdy and well made but also cheaper than its competitors. It's roomy and comfortable to carry, with a separate compartment for your laptop, and exterior stowage tabs to transport your tripod. It also features a padded and customisable main compartment, with moveable Velcro dividers to ensure that all your equipment is held snugly in place and no interior space is wasted.

All in all this is a great bit of kit.


Logitech Wireless Performance Combo MX800
Logitech Wireless Performance Combo MX800
Price: 106.40

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good solid keyboard, AWFUL download and integration, 8 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
First off, the hardware: credit where it's due, this is a very good wireless keyboard and mouse combination. The keyboard feels nice and solid and the keystrokes are nice and plush, although not as deep as on a chunkier keyboard. The keys also illuminate when the keyboard senses your hands just before you actually touch the keys. Both the mouse and keyboard also work as soon as you plug the receiver into your computer - or at least the basic functions do.

Unfortunately, that's where the good news ends. In order for the higher functions of the keyboard to work you then have to download Logitech's Setpoint software.

Which once installed utterly fails to work on my Windows 7 pc.

Your mouse and keyboard, which were working fine, suddenly fail to be detected by the Setpoint software and cease working immediately, which means you can't program any of the programmable buttons or adjust the time limit on the illuminated keys (which means they continually switch off 2 seconds after your fingers leave the board - V. annoying), or the brightness of the keys. Nothing I've tried has made the slightest difference, so after umpteen installs, uninstalls and re-installs I've given up before I throw the whole lot through the window. I like the keyboard, but I can only use it's basic functions.

For a device that costs nearly 100, that's not good enough, Logitech.


Tacwise 181ELS Electric Nail Gun
Tacwise 181ELS Electric Nail Gun
Price: 65.96

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid and capable, 7 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
When it comes to nail guns this is aimed at the lower price range of the market, which also makes it smaller and lighter than the big, powerful air/gas guns - but make no mistake, for it's niche, what it does it does very well.

Though lightweight it has a solid feel, which from experience I've come to expect from Tacwise products. If you're after a relatively cheap, sturdy, quality, comparatively lightweight nail gun for small to medium jobs then you'll be hard pressed to find a better one for the price than this. Recommended.


Shimano All Mountain shoe SH-AM41 Mountain Bike Shoes
Shimano All Mountain shoe SH-AM41 Mountain Bike Shoes
Price: 66.99 - 99.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, but buy the next size up, 1 May 2014
I love these AM41's. They're not waterproof, just water resistant, but the stiff soles make cycling on flat pedals a breeze (if you have clipless pedals then it's the AM45 version of these that you'll want), and they certainly live up to all the acclaim the mountain bike magazines gave them when they were released. The big flap keeps the white laces clean and keeps out dirt and dust, although it inevitably makes them look big and chinky on your feet. Stiff though the soles are you can still walk in them without any problem. The stiffness seriously aids power transfer from your feet to the pedals, which makes pedalling easier, and grip wise they stick to pedals like glue.

That said, a word of warning - the sizes are slightly smaller than you'd expect, so buy the next size up to the ones you'd normally get. The charts said I should have been a European 46, but forewarned I bought a pair of 47's instead, and even they felt overly snug until I'd worn them in (although they now fit near perfectly). I think ill buy size 48 next time. And I will be buying another pair of AM41's when these ones wear out. They're that good.


Sony H300 Digital Compact Camera - Black (20.1MP, 35x Optical Zoom)
Sony H300 Digital Compact Camera - Black (20.1MP, 35x Optical Zoom)
Price: 129.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Capable Bridge camera with a great optical zoom for the price, 15 April 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a capable Bridge camera that in auto mode is very easy to use. If you do fancy tinkering about with the manual settings then you'll need to download the full manual from the Sony website, as out of the box you're only given a quick starter guide. You'll also need to buy an SD memory card.

Pictures are bright and sharp, and 20 megapixels is more than enough for most people`s needs, even in HD. For a camera in this price range the optical zoom is very capable.

Being a Bridge camera and not a high end DSLR, images are saved as JPEGS rather than in the professional RAW format. Instead of being rechargeable, like many Bridge cameras the H300 takes four AA batteries, which while potentially costing you money in the long term at least means that you'll never be far from a shop that stocks them if you run out.

The lack of a viewfinder might be off putting for some, but the view screen is large and clear. If you set it to permanently display a grid then composing shots is easy, and you'll soon find you probably don't miss the viewfinder in the slightest.

In short this is a fun, capable and easy to use Bridge camera with an above average optical zoom for the price range, and most importantly of all takes very good photos.


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