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John Ryan "Scouse in the semi-detached house" (London, UK)
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Glocalme® G1S SIM-Free Global Mobile WiFi Hotspot Unlocked Free Roaming Travel Wi-Fi (Not required Local SIM Card) Support Over 100 countries(Italy/Europe/UK/US/France/Germany/MiddleEast/Thailand/Singapore/Japan/Korea/Hong Kong/China etc.) Build-in 6000mA Power Bank & 100Mb Free Data Traffic
Glocalme® G1S SIM-Free Global Mobile WiFi Hotspot Unlocked Free Roaming Travel Wi-Fi (Not required Local SIM Card) Support Over 100 countries(Italy/Europe/UK/US/France/Germany/MiddleEast/Thailand/Singapore/Japan/Korea/Hong Kong/China etc.) Build-in 6000mA Power Bank & 100Mb Free Data Traffic
Offered by GlocalMeDirect
Price: £150.00

5.0 out of 5 stars If you travel often - this is a no brainer. Terrific innovation !, 31 Aug. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to accept this device in return for an independent and unbiased review. Please to say it’s terrific.

Firstly, worth noting what it is. This little box of tricks has a built in sim card (which cannot be replaced - no point in doing so), which can be used globally to send/receive data at a fixed cost. This effectively gives you free roaming ability avoiding the often horrific data charges while travelling.

Measuring not much bigger than an iPhone 5 at 4.5” x 2.5” and just over half an inch thick. It’s relatively light at 201g (about double the weight of an iPhone), and certainly light enough to carry in a bag without noticing.

Built into this device is a huge 6,000 mAh battery (again to put in context about three times the size of the iPhone 6 battery), in addition to a SIM card. Switch it on and it connects to the nearest local mobile connection, and indicates the amount of data you have left, and the number of days during which it’s active. Right out of the box you get 100Mb and 180 days (6 months) in which to use it.

Press the next/previous buttons to display a QR code, and you can download the associated App which lets to register your device, after which it starts clocking down the time.

Best feature of this, is data is always charged at “Local” rates. For example the following costs per megabyte:-

* Bangladesh - 0.01 Euros
* Mexico - 0.05 Euros
* Bolivia - 0.1 Euros

Most countries cost about 0.01 Euros per megabyte which is real bargain. The device itself lets you connect up to five devices using a local WIFI connection which means you can share it with the family, and the screen, and you can buy additional packages of data, for example E8.50 buys you 500Mb of data in Thailand valid for 6 months.

Upload and download speeds are as expected over 3G which will vary hugely depending upon how close you are to a mast. I found I was getting about 12 MBs although using my phone directly over 4G this increased to a massive 29 MBs. Even still, over 3G this is still pretty impressive.

In conclusion if you’re a regular traveller and want access to eMails on the move while abroad without running up a huge bill this is a great device to carry with you. The fact you can connect your laptop, tablet computer and smartphone at the same time is a huge bonus.

Highly Recommended.
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Flylinktech® 1080P 5.0 inch LED Projector 2000 Lumens Support 2 USB/2 HDMI/VGA/RCA/YPbPr/AV/DVB-T Multimedia Projector Dual HDMI Dual USB Multimedia Projector Home Cinema Blu Ray player Home Theater Video Games Gaming Business Presentations (black)
Flylinktech® 1080P 5.0 inch LED Projector 2000 Lumens Support 2 USB/2 HDMI/VGA/RCA/YPbPr/AV/DVB-T Multimedia Projector Dual HDMI Dual USB Multimedia Projector Home Cinema Blu Ray player Home Theater Video Games Gaming Business Presentations (black)
Offered by FLY-Shop
Price: £179.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Film night projected on the wall, 31 Aug. 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while I was pleased to accept this LED projector in return for an unbiased and independent review.

Measuring 12 x 9.5 inches and 5 inches deep, this is not the smallest (or quietest) projector I’ve ever tested. In fact, weighing in at 3Kg it’s not the lightest either.

Along with the projector, it comes with a remote control unit (with a total of 53 confusing buttons), an instruction manual and a 57” power cable. Switch it on, and after about 5 seconds the screen lights up displaying the standard menu to select the input, and the fan (surprisingly noisy) starts up.

In terms of connectivity, there’s a lot of options including:-

* Component Video input
* Analogue TV input
* Serial computer screen connection
* Two HDMI connections
* Two USB sockets (for USB sticks)

Clearly the most common uses are the HDMI or connection via a USB stick, and these worked well. In terms of adjustment, the image focus can be adjusted manually twisting the front lens, and there’s a separate “keystone” adjustment if the projector has been fitted at an angle.

In terms of visual and sound quality, it was surprisingly not as good as I’d expected. While it’d be fine for small children, I found the image quality less than the claimed 1080P quoted in the headline. In fact further down the description it states the actual resolution of 800 x 600 which seems closer to actual resolution produced. Sound quality (although loud) was also not brilliant, although this could be assisted by an external speaker.

Overall, at the right price, this would be a reasonable projector to produce a “film night” at home, but be aware of the limitations.


Pyrus MXQ Amlogic S805 Quad Core Android 4.4 TV BOX H.265 Hardware Decoding 1080p 1G 8G XBMC Media Box
Pyrus MXQ Amlogic S805 Quad Core Android 4.4 TV BOX H.265 Hardware Decoding 1080p 1G 8G XBMC Media Box
Offered by PYRUS UK
Price: £42.86

4.0 out of 5 stars Great value quad core Android TV box. Will keep you entertained for weeks!, 31 Aug. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to accept this TV streaming device in return for an independent and unbiased review.

Measuring just 4.5 inches square by an inch deep, this little black box looks a bit like a black “Hocky Puck” - very similar in design to the Apple TV. Unlike the Apple device (which is locked purely to Apple only content), this is wide open to just about everything and anything available via the Android world. This includes the usual suspects including Netflix, but a wide range of other stuff including Kodi - which gives you access to hundreds (if not thousands) of additional streaming channels and films.

The box itself is pretty well specified as it includes a A5 1.5Ghz processor, 1 Gb of memory and 8Gb of storage. Pretty much the specification of a standard Android smartphone - which is pretty much what it is - an Android device to connect to your TV.

Switch it on and 20 seconds later you’re faced with the (initially confusing) Android screen requesting selection of “Launcher” or “Media Launcher”. Select Launcher to open up a standard Android screen, or the “Media Launcher” to open up the remote control friendly simplified interface - the preferred method for this sort of device.

You’ll need a USB keyboard or mouse to get any further (which is a pity - no bluetooth connection available), as you’ll need to enter passwords for your WIFI at the very minimum. Having set that up, you can then configure your device to play music, access files (locally via one of the three USB connections, SD/MMC card or streamed over the web), or your NAS device.

In terms of formats, it seems to handle just about anything you wish to throw at it, and as stated above, gives access to thousands of channels (many of them free or unregulated), in addition to running Apps from Google.

While the manual is not terribly helpful (there’s no “start up” guide and it’s tiny print), it’s pretty easy to navigate around provided you’re fairly computer literate. I’d recommend those who are not completely comfortable to buy an Amazon Fire TV (or stick) which has less options available, but easier to use.

Finally, worth noting, it really is 1080p screen. The visuals from streamed TV channels over this really are incredible screen quality. A real pleasure to use.

In conclusion, provided you’re “Android Literate” - this would be a great set-top box to explore what’s out there. Will keep you busy for hours!

Highly Recommended
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Scott & Co®, UltraPro 100ft Triple Layer, Non Kink Expanding Garden Hose Pipe Complete With Metal Hose Hanger, 8 Setting Soft Grip Professional Spray Gun And 2 x Hose Connectors. Your 100ft UltraPro Expandable Hose Comes Completely Risk Free With A 365 DAY MANUFACTURES GUARANTEE. Gift Boxed
Scott & Co®, UltraPro 100ft Triple Layer, Non Kink Expanding Garden Hose Pipe Complete With Metal Hose Hanger, 8 Setting Soft Grip Professional Spray Gun And 2 x Hose Connectors. Your 100ft UltraPro Expandable Hose Comes Completely Risk Free With A 365 DAY MANUFACTURES GUARANTEE. Gift Boxed
Offered by gardenbestbuys
Price: £36.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly light hose - a real innovation, 31 Aug. 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to accept this “No-kink” garden hose in return for an independent and unbiased review. I have to say I’m really impressed by this. I always thought they were always those heavy, unwieldy green and yellow things.

What is it and what’s it like?
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This 100 foot hose is incredible. When coiled up, it fits in a box bag, and measures just 13 inches by 6 inches by 6 inches and is MUCH lighter than a standard hose. However, pull it out, and attach it to the tap, and it expands from 32 feet to 100 feet when water is flowing through. Turn off the water, and it automatically reduces the original size.

The hose itself looks like it’s covered in a bright green “cloth” type material that’s all scrunched up as you can see in the photos, but has standard “hose-lock” fittings at either end, and comes with a “spray gun” fitting. This lets you adjust the water spray, and includes Stream, Centre, Vertical, Flat, Full and Shower. Enough settings to keep even the fussiest gardner happy - the kids loved the “Shower” setting.

I’m sure I paid about £12 just for the fittings last Summer - this is great value. It plugs into your existing hose lock fittings, and despite the cold weather outside - worked a treat for me.

What's Good about it?
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* It’s incredibly light. This would be fantastic for an older person who found watering the garden a pain
* Incredibly small - disappears into almost nothing. My existing hose is heavy and cumbersome by comparison
* Standard hose-lock fixings. Works a treat
* Also includes a “Wall mount” which fits over the tap - to hook the hose onto

What's not so good?
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* Nothing at all.

Conclusion
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Terrific light weight garden hose. A real innovation.

Highly Recommended.
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UltraPro 50ft Triple Layer, Non Kink Expandable Garden Hose Set, Complete With 8 Setting Soft Grip Professional Spray Gun, Metal Hose Hanger And 2 x Hose Connectors By Scott & Co®. Your 50ft UltraPro Expanding Hose Comes Completely Risk Free With A 365 DAY MANUFACTURES GUARANTEE. Gift Boxed.
UltraPro 50ft Triple Layer, Non Kink Expandable Garden Hose Set, Complete With 8 Setting Soft Grip Professional Spray Gun, Metal Hose Hanger And 2 x Hose Connectors By Scott & Co®. Your 50ft UltraPro Expanding Hose Comes Completely Risk Free With A 365 DAY MANUFACTURES GUARANTEE. Gift Boxed.
Offered by gardenbestbuys
Price: £22.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A real innovation in gardening. Would be great for an elderly person., 31 Aug. 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to accept this “No-kink” garden hose in return for an independent and unbiased review. I have to say I’m really impressed by this. I always thought they were always those heavy, unwieldy green and yellow things. This is terrific, here's why....

What is it and what’s it like?
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This 50 foot hose is incredible. When coiled up, it fits in a box bag, and measures just 11 inches by 5 inches by 5 inches and weighs just 1.1Kg. That’s around a bag of sugar. However, pull it out, and attach it to the tap, and it expands out to a full 50 foot hose.

The hose itself looks like it’s covered in a bright green “cloth” type material that’s all scrunched up as you can see in the photos, but has standard “hose-lock” fittings at either end, and comes with a “spray gun” fitting. This lets you adjust the water spray, and includes Stream, Centre, Vertical, Flat, Full and Shower. Enough settings to keep even the fussiest gardner happy - the kids loved the “Shower” setting.

I’m sure I paid about £12 just for the fittings last Summer - this is great value. It plugs into your existing hose lock fittings, and despite the cold weather outside - worked a treat for me.

What's Good about it?
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* At 1.1Kg it’s incredibly light. This would be fantastic for an older person who found watering the garden a pain
* Incredibly small - disappears into almost nothing. My existing hose is heavy and cumbersome by comparison
* Standard hose-lock fixings. Works a treat

What's not so good?
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* Nothing. I’m tempted to buy the even bigger size, and give this one to my elderly dad. He’ll love it

Conclusion
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Terrific light weight garden hose. A real innovation.

Highly Recommended.
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Tronsmart USB-C (Type C) to USB 3.0 Standard Type A Female OTG Date Cable for new MacBook 12 inch, ChromeBook Pixel 2015, Nokia N1 Tablet and More (20CM) (Type C to Type A 20CM)
Tronsmart USB-C (Type C) to USB 3.0 Standard Type A Female OTG Date Cable for new MacBook 12 inch, ChromeBook Pixel 2015, Nokia N1 Tablet and More (20CM) (Type C to Type A 20CM)
Offered by In4dealz
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A must have to convert your USB C to a standard USB device, 31 Aug. 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to receive this Type C to USB (female) cable in return for an independent and unbiased review.

Firstly to clear up some confusion. This is a “USB Type C to USB (female) cable”. This means you can convert your USB C socket into a standard USB 3.0 socket - which is great if like me you’ve a USB 3.0 hard drive and want to connect it to your new Mac.

I’ll include a screen shot of the types of cable so you can be sure. This is the new “Type C” standard which is slightly larger than the standard “Micro-USB” cable found on most smartphones, but reversible. I’m using it on my new Mac Book Pro 2015 - the first Mac to be launched with this device. The other end is a standard USB female socket which runs at the USB 3.0 speed - and is backwardly compatible to all prior USB standards - right back to USB 1.0.

Or to put it briefly, USB C to “standard USB”.

In terms of design and build quality it’s excellent with a thick coating on the standard 8 inch cable, and an extra thick collar around the USB and Type C ends of the cable. It certainly feels durable, and should last for years to come.

In terms of testing, I tried a “real world” test, whereby I copied a total of 512 home movie files, a total of 19.96Gb of data from the Mac with a Solid State Disk SSD (so pretty fast) to the external disk using a USB 3.0 connection. It took a total of 3:02 Minutes - that’s over 105 megabytes per second.

I also did a series of “theoretical” tests using LAN speed test which confirmed my real world experience of around 94 megabytes per second write and 92 Mb read - which is pretty fast by any measure.

I’m I’m writing this review, I’m also running a full Carbon Copy backup of my mac (of course it will work with Windows devices too), and it’s copied 100Gb in just 31 minutes. Very impressive backup speeds.

Overall, very pleased with this, and no issue recommending it to others.
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ROCK® 6-Port High Speed Desktop USB Charger with PowerIQ Technology for iPhone 6 / 5s / 5c, iPad Air 2, Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge, Nexus, HTC M9, Nokia (Gray)
ROCK® 6-Port High Speed Desktop USB Charger with PowerIQ Technology for iPhone 6 / 5s / 5c, iPad Air 2, Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge, Nexus, HTC M9, Nokia (Gray)
Offered by fewolfmall
Price: £28.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great design desktop charger, 31 Aug. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to be offered this desktop charger in return for an independent and unbiased review.

Measuring just 4.5” x 2.5” by 1” thick and weighing only 209g (slightly more than an iPhone 6), it’s a surprisingly dinky charging device, and would make a great travel charger, or to keep the entire family powered from a single socket at home.

It comes complete with a standard plug and power cable with a “figure of 8” socket which plugs into the rear, with a sequence of six USB sockets on the top - each placed with a half inch gap between them, so there’s plenty of space for all your mobile devices to charge at the same time. This is handy to know, as it means you can plug in a European or USA plug and cable - provided it has a figure of 8 connection which is a common socket on electrical devices.

In terms of design, it’s nicely made, sollid build quality and very small. Again to put this in context, I’ve reviewed another charger which had a separate external wall charger which was bigger than this entire device. It also has a subtle blue power light which comes on when you plug it in so you know it’s powered on at the wall. So full marks for design.

In terms of functionality, you can plug in up to six separate USB plugs to charge anything from a Kindle, eCigarette, iPhones, iPads or Android tablets, and they each draw as much (or as little) power as needed. Again this is a nice design feature, as I’ve seen other devices which have separate sockets for tablet computers (which draw lots of power) or smartphones (which draw less). It certainly worked well for me with an iPhone 6, iPad Air 2, iPad 3 a Kindle and iPhone 5S.

Finally I tested it using a USB Power meter, and in addition to being auto-sensing (it detected my iPad could draw more power than my iPhone so produced it automatically), it was also 95% efficient when compared to my Apple supplied charger which is pretty impressive. Comparing the two I received the following:-

Apple Charger This device
5.13 volts 4.91 volts
1.04 Amps 1.03Amps

In summary, a tiny desk top charger, small enough to take travelling but with enough power for several devices at once.

Gets my thumbs up.
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INGEAR 2015 New 360° Zoomable Bright 250 Lumens CREE Q5 LED Flashlight Torch. Easy 1 Button for 5 Modes. Military Grade Construction.Water Resistant.
INGEAR 2015 New 360° Zoomable Bright 250 Lumens CREE Q5 LED Flashlight Torch. Easy 1 Button for 5 Modes. Military Grade Construction.Water Resistant.
Offered by INGEAR EU
Price: £21.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Tough but bright little torch!, 31 Aug. 2015
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Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to accept this military grade torch in return for an independent and unbiased review. Pleased to say it’s great.

Measuring 5 inches long by 1.5 inches at the front, it’s a dinky little device which sits nicely in the hand, and would disappear into a pocket of bag. Weighting just 126g, it’s also so light you could carry it around without noticing. To put this in context, that’s about the weight of a standard smartphone.

It’s also a tough little torch. Made entirely of aircraft grade aluminium, it looks like the sort of thing Special Forces take out on missions, and it’s also water resistant - so it should take the odd rain shower without complaint.

Switch on the rubber covered button on the rear to light up the low power LED bulb (which takes 3 AAA batteries), and you get a powerful beam. Certainly powerful enough to find your way in the dark, and will warn oncoming vehicles from up to half a mile away. Press gently on the base button to switch modes which include, full beam, medium, and low beam, rapid flashing and SOS.

On the base you also get a thin fixed lanyard, so you can loop it around your wrist.

About the only downside is you’ll also be reliant upon AAA batteries although these are readily available. I have seen other torches than will take either AAA or 18650 rechargeable batteries which is a bit more versatile. Even still, this is a great value tough torch and should last for years.

Highly Recommended
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INGEAR Energy-efficient LED Mini Flashlight Torch with Magnet. Only 1 AA battery is needed to power its CREE Q3 LED bulb! A Small Light with a Big Beam. Useful in various Situations. Max 95 Lumens.
INGEAR Energy-efficient LED Mini Flashlight Torch with Magnet. Only 1 AA battery is needed to power its CREE Q3 LED bulb! A Small Light with a Big Beam. Useful in various Situations. Max 95 Lumens.
Offered by INGEAR EU
Price: £15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Small but powerful !, 31 Aug. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to accept this tiny emergency torch in return for an independent and unbiased review. Please to say it’s terrific.

Measuring a tiny 3.5 inches long by an inch in diameter, it’s a diminutive little thing which is a lot more powerful than it looks. Install the (not supplied) AA battery and it kicks out an impressive 95 lumens which will power the very low power LED bulb for hours.

Weighing only 70g in weight (about half the weight of a smartphone), it will disappear into a pocket of handbag, and is terrific as an emergency torch as the dark winter nights start to close in.

It’s also made of a tough black military grade aluminium, and looks like it could take a few knocks with a hammer and still keep going.

In terms of light, it kicks out a narrow but powerful beam, that’s great for rooting around in the dark camping looking for stuff. As a final design touch it has a powerful magnet in the base (so you can fix it in place if working), has a lanyard to wrap around your wrist, and comes in a lovely presentation box. It’d certainly make a great little stocking filler for Christmas.

I’d certainly have no hesitation in giving this my thumbs up.
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Nitefighter Ultra Powerful 800Lumens Cree XML2 LED Flashlight - A Bright, Robust,Reliable and Waterproof Flashlight - Best for Hiking,Camping,Emergency,Home Application - Adjustable Brightness,Long Beam Distance - Powered by 1x18650 Battery (F30B Flashlight)
Nitefighter Ultra Powerful 800Lumens Cree XML2 LED Flashlight - A Bright, Robust,Reliable and Waterproof Flashlight - Best for Hiking,Camping,Emergency,Home Application - Adjustable Brightness,Long Beam Distance - Powered by 1x18650 Battery (F30B Flashlight)

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid build and very powerful torch, 31 Aug. 2015
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Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to receive this Nightfighter torch in return for an independent and unbiased review. Please to say it’s terrific.

Measuring 5.5 inches long by 1.5 inches at the front, it’s a dinky little device which sits nicely in the hand, and would disappear into a pocket of bag. Weighting just 188g (including an 18650 battery), it’s also so light you could carry it around without noticing - great for the winter nights that are closing in rapidly.

It’s also a tough little torch. Made entirely of aircraft grade aluminium, it looks like the sort of thing Special Forces take out on missions, and it’s also rated at IPX7 which means it must survive under water for up to a metre for 30 minutes - so it should take the odd rain shower without complaint.

Switch on the rubber covered button on the rear to light up the low power LED bulb (which means the rechargeable battery will last for months), and you get a narrow but powerful beam. Certainly powerful enough to find your way in the dark, and will warn oncoming vehicles from up to half a mile away. Press gently on the base button to switch modes which include, full beam, half beam, rapid flashing and SOS.

On the base you also get a thin fixed lanyard, so you can loop it around your wrist.

About the only downside is you’ll also need a 18650 battery. These are available on Amazon cheaply, I’d recommend buying two batteries plus a charger. It’s rated at 2,600 mAh (to put this in context the iPhone 6 battery is rated at 1,810 and that keeps it going for a full day). Given the very low power usage of these LED bulbs, I’ve never managed to completely drain a battery yet.

In conclusion, a sold build torch that should last for years.

Highly Recommended
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