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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

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: £89.99

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
Price: £118.79

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: £30.02

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.


Kingston Technology MobileLite G4 USB 3.0 Multi Card Reader
Kingston Technology MobileLite G4 USB 3.0 Multi Card Reader
Offered by Locoisle777
Price: £7.43

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: £25.78

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: £65.02

3.0 out of 5 stars Needs a better strap, 21 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
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: £14.39

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: £24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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
Offered by Surelifehealth
Price: £48.80

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.


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