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TaoTronics Wireless Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker (6W Dual Stereo, Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR, NFC Pairing, 10 Hour Battery Life) for iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Nexus, HTC, Smartphones, Tablets
TaoTronics Wireless Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker (6W Dual Stereo, Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR, NFC Pairing, 10 Hour Battery Life) for iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Nexus, HTC, Smartphones, Tablets
Offered by Sunvalleytek-UK
Price: £99.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart design and great sound quality - love it, 7 Feb. 2016
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to accept this bluetooth speaker in return for an independent and unbiased review. This is a nicely designed (and for the price quite impressive sounding) bluetooth speaker which can:-

1) Stream music from your smartphone or tablet computer using a bluetooth connection
2) Play music directly from your iPod, Radio or MP3 player using the supplied top quality 3.5mm cable
3) Answer the phone, and make conference calls using the built in microphone

Absolutely terrific....

What's it like?
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It’s a tiny little device that comes in at 6 x 2.5 inches and just an inch deep. It weights a slight 234g so easy to pack to go travelling, to put this in context, about double the weight of an iPhone 6 at 129g.

In terms of build, it’s quite a lovely design - a bit like a shrunk down radio, with a grey metal mesh protecting the dual stereo speakers, and the top and base made from a silky smooth material that’s very tactile.

Pleased to say, unlike many other similar speakers, it announces it’s switched in with a subtle beep to indicate it’s ready to pair with a bluetooth device - avoiding the rather annoying and embarrassing voice “Bluetooth speaker waiting for connection” found in similar devices. A blue light indicates it waiting, and connect it to a smartphone or tablet and it’s good to go.

While the sound quality is not quite HI FI (as you’d expect at this price point), I was pleasantly surprised by the full rich sound this device produced. I’m just playing my standard set of test tracks now, including rock, punk and techno, and they’re all handled beautifully. In terms of volume, it’s certainly loud enough for a kids bedroom (without having the neighbours knocking on the walls), although there’s just a tiny bit of distortion at maximum volume. It also helpfully beeps as it reaches the top volume - which is not quite loud enough to make your ears bleed, but certainly enough to fill a 12 x 12 foot room.

I’m now playing my standard extreme test track for bluetooth speakers by New Order - the incredibly bass heavy classic “Blue Monday” and it’s coping with the tough electronic beats and clapping machine without problems. Sounds great.

I tested it without any problems on an:-

* iPhone 5S
* iPhone 6
* iPad Air 2

However, it will also work with almost any device which produces a bluetooth connection (eg. Android phone or tablet), or directly via the cable.

Finally, if you're listening to music and it’s paired with your smartphone, you can take the phone call on the speaker, and use it as a speakerphone. It also comes with an Aux cable so you can plug in your “retro” MP3 player directly, or play it directly from a smartphone via the headphone socket.

What's Good about it?
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* Sound quality is surprisingly good - really quite impressive - my kids gave it 9/10 for sound
* Really quite beautifully designed - looks a lot more expensive than it is
* Voice quality (for example listening to the radio) is incredibly clear.
* Built in ability to answer calls, and use it as a speakerphone
* Cool design. Would be very well received by a teenager

What you need to be aware of
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As with all these bluetooth speakers, they assume you’ve got a smartphone charger to re-charge them so it doesn’t include a charger. However, you can use your existing charger from your smartphone so no worries there.

Conclusion
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It really does look cool sitting under my screen to boost the sound from my built in laptop speaker. A great little bluetooth speaker - I love it!

Highly Recommended.


Italian Luxury Scented Candles By Momenti Di Firenze:Unique & Versatile Ornamental With Captivating Wild Fig Scent, Over 40 Hours of Burn Time, Black Painted Glass Candle Holder & Paraffin Wax, Top Line Quality, Superior Finesse
Italian Luxury Scented Candles By Momenti Di Firenze:Unique & Versatile Ornamental With Captivating Wild Fig Scent, Over 40 Hours of Burn Time, Black Painted Glass Candle Holder & Paraffin Wax, Top Line Quality, Superior Finesse
Offered by Momenti Di Firenze
Price: £17.97

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully designed and a heavenly scent - I love it, 9 Jan. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to receive this beautiful scented candle in return for an independent and unbiased review.

As soon as you open the Amazon box to reveal the outer packaging, you get the impression of beauty and quality. The outer box is a dark brown with subtle inlay, and “Momenti Di Firenze” in silver lettering on the top. Open it up to reveal a beautifully wrapped candle in a sealed plastic bag, containing a beautiful musky scent.

Once unwrapped, the scent of this candle is allowed to gently rise, and goodness is it musky. I’d describe it as dark, smooth and heavy. A wonderful scent, and nothing like I’ve ever had before with the wife’s normal collection of scented candles from the “Yankee Candle Company”.

The candle itself has a surprising heft to it, at 590g (to put this in context a standard tin of food is around 400g), and the container is made of a beautiful thick, dark glass with a thick glass base.

The entire experience oozes quality, style and beauty, and the candle itself a beautiful scent. I love it.

I certainly have absolutely no hesitation in awarding this five stars, and I’d recommend it to friends and family.

Disclosure: While I did receive this item in return for an unbiased review, I was not paid a penny, and no attempt was made to influence me. These are entirely my personal opinions, and to misquote Groucho Marx - “These are my opinions, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”. The original quote was “These are my principles, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.
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Retractable Dog Leash, Kollea Durable Dog Strap Belt Up to 16 Feet Long for Small Pet Roaming
Retractable Dog Leash, Kollea Durable Dog Strap Belt Up to 16 Feet Long for Small Pet Roaming
Offered by Aerb
Price: £16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth action, light weight and well built., 9 Jan. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to receive this dog lead in return for an independent and unbiased review.

Made from what feels like a tough plastic type material, this retractable dog lead is relatively light at 211g (to put this in context a standard tin of beans is 400g), and feels well made and resilient. The handle itself is shaped to make it easier to pull back when your dog inevitably pulls away from you, and the inner hole (where you place your fingers), is lined in a non-slip rubber like material which is a lovely design touch.

The lead itself is a thick and tough weaved fabric material, and the connector is well made chrome plated and has a swivel connection so the dog won’t twist itself in knots at it runs around you.

It extends freely and fast, but a small touch on the dark blue thumb button locks the lead at the current length, and releasing it, immediately and smoothly winds in the slack.

Given the light weight, smart design features and smooth action, I’d certainly have no hesitation in recommending this to friends and family. I’ve been using it with my Tibetan Terrier for the past week, and it’s worked a treat. Of course these sort of things are only suitable for small to medium sized dogs - I wouldn’t put a fully grown Bull Dog on these, but for almost any other dog it works perfectly.

Smooth action, light weight and well built. Highly Recommended.

Disclosure: While I did receive this item in return for an unbiased review, I was not paid a penny, and no attempt was made to influence me. These are entirely my personal opinions, and to misquote Groucho Marx - “These are my opinions, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”. The original quote was “These are my principles, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.
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WEEGO Indoor IP Camera 720P WiFi Full HD Home Surveillance Camera Plug/Play with Two-Way Audio Night Vision
WEEGO Indoor IP Camera 720P WiFi Full HD Home Surveillance Camera Plug/Play with Two-Way Audio Night Vision
Offered by WEEGO
Price: £89.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice design indoor IP camera with great screen quality., 9 Jan. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to receive this IP camera in return for an independent and unbiased review. This device looks a bit like a small black dalek with a revolving head. A nice looking design for an indoor surveillance camera which can be operated remotely by an iPhone or Android device. Best of all you don’t need a PC or Mac to make it work.

Standing at just 5.5 inches tall, and about 4 inches in diameter (across the base), it’s made of what appears to be a hard black plastic. You can just leave it on a book-shelf as is, or screw in the supplied wall attachment to fix it to the wall. This would enable to you to fit the camera in a fairly discrete location. I liked the finish on this device which is a soft matt black (feels a bit like velvet). Many of these devices are just plain shiny plastic.

Be aware it will need to be within reach of a power socket, and unless you plan to use this over WIFI, within reach of an network connection (although you could use a “Powerline” device to connect you by wire to your router, and these are available fairly cheaply on Amazon.

What’s in the box?
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* The camera unit itself (720p resolution)
* A 3 Pin UK wall transformer
* A nice quality flat black internet cable (to plug it into the router)
* An adjustable wall attachment plus two wall plugs and screws (for optionally fixing it)

Out of the box the unit took about 60 seconds to set up - then another few minutes to get the WIFI to connect - although I struggled a bit at first, until I finally decided to connect it initially the supplied wire, and then switch to WIFI since I’d set up the security.

What's it like?
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Excellent but a bit spooky. Out of the box you plug in the power, and connect it to your internet router with the supplied cable, and it slowly revolves around, like a Dalek like terminator scanning the room. You then download an App from the Apple store or Google Play store, and set it up.

Once running, you can start the App on your mobile (I tried it on an iPhone 6, and see your cameras view of the world. Pleased to say you can also plug in a 32 Gb SD card (sadly not supplied), and record directly to the local device. Personally I’d recommend a 32Gb SD card (if you need to), as it should be plenty big enough for most purposes.

Full control includes:-

1. The ability to scan the room
2. The ability to listen into sounds in the room (remarkably sensitive)
3. The ability to talk to the people in the room (a very creepy experience)
4. The ability to detect motion and send an eMail
5. The ability to take photos in complete darkness (it has infrared LEDs built in).

Unusually, you can extend this device with additional security - although a quick search on Amazon didn’t reveal anything immediately available. Maybe there’s 3rd party devices available.

My Experience
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While the picture quality is excellent (even in a dark room - it has an infra red camera), I did find it a little tricky to set up WIFI - but go there in the end following the supplied instructions. Picture quality was excellent (certainly clear enough to watch a pet or child), and the ability to listen into (and speak) into the room was a useful bonus feature as was the ability to scan the room - although a bit spooky for those in the room at the time.

I think I’d be useful for anyone who wanted to watch their house remotely for security reasons or as a baby monitor. This means you could use it as a burglar alarm or to watch the dog while your out. You can even “talk” to the room, as it has two way audio built in.

What else do you need?
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It’s worth noting, this device is for remote monitoring.
You’ll therefore need:-

1. A WIFI router (although you could operate it entirely using the cable)
2. An Android or Apple smartphone or tablet computer (to monitor)

Oddly enough, you DON’T need a computer or laptop to make this work. It’s designed to be used with the Google or Apple App.

What's Good about it?
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* Quite small and discrete it almost disappears on a bookshelf
* Lovely design - cool black matt material
* Clever little device which allows you to “watch” your home - potentially from the other side of the world
* Picture quality (on a smartphone) remarkably clear - very high quality indeed
* Very quiet in operation. Scanning the room it was silent

What's not so good?
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* It was a little tricky to set up the WIFI but great once set up (read the manual)

Conclusion
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Remote indoor camera with excellent screen quality.

Recommended.

Disclosure: While I did receive this device in return for an unbiased review, I was not paid a penny, and no attempt was made to influence me. These are entirely my personal opinions, and to misquote Groucho Marx - “These are my opinions, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”. ;-)


VENSTAR ®Wireless Bluetooth Speaker,7W Waterproof Portable Stereo Speakers with Bass Enhance, 12 Hour Playtime ,Built-in Mic,3.5 mm Audio Jack, support TF card/Micro SD card (Black)
VENSTAR ®Wireless Bluetooth Speaker,7W Waterproof Portable Stereo Speakers with Bass Enhance, 12 Hour Playtime ,Built-in Mic,3.5 mm Audio Jack, support TF card/Micro SD card (Black)
Offered by WCB UK Direct
Price: £99.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific tough design, cool looks and a great sound., 9 Jan. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to accept this bluetooth speaker in return for an independent and unbiased review. This is a nicely designed (and for the price quite impressive sounding) bluetooth speaker which can:-

1) Stream music from your smartphone or tablet computer
2) Play music directly from your iPod, Radio or MP3 player using the supplied top quality 3.5mm cable
3) Answer the phone, and make conference calls using the built in microphone
4) Take a selfie photo on your iPhone remotely

Absolutely terrific....

What's it like?
----------------
It’s a tiny little device that comes in at 5 inches long by 2.5 x 2 inches, and at 290g it really is incredibly small and light (To put this in context less than the weight of a standard tin of beans at 400g). In terms of build it’s made of a what appears to be a tough piano black plastic material with rubber insets that seems fairly durable. Even more impressive (along side the mesh metal sides) is the fact it’s rated at IP54 which is pretty waterproof. This needs to have been tested with water splashing at it for 5 minutes at a rate of 10 litres per minute - pretty much under a streaming tap of water.

In terms of operation, when you switch it on a loud email voice announces “Bluetooth Connection” which will be the cause of much amusement, but handy to know it’s searching for a connection. Pair it with your smartphone and it announces “Bluetooth Connected”, and you’re ready to start playing music.

While the sound quality is not quite HI FI (as you’d expect at this price point), I was pleasantly surprised by the full rich sound this device produced. I’m just playing my standard set of test tracks now, including rock, punk and techno, and they’re all handled beautifully. In terms of volume, it’s certainly loud enough for a kids bedroom (without having the neighbours knocking on the walls), although there’s just a tiny bit of distortion at maximum volume.

I’m now playing my standard extreme test track for bluetooth speakers by New Order - the incredibly bass heavy classic “Blue Monday” and it’s coping with the tough electronic beats and clapping machine without problems. Sounds great.

I tested it without any problems on an:-

* iPhone 5S
* iPhone 6
* iPad Air 2

Finally, if you're listening to music and it’s paired with your smartphone, you can take the phone call on the speaker, and use it as a speakerphone.

What's Good about it?
-----------------------
* Sound quality is surprisingly good - really quite impressive, clear and loud
* Voice quality (for example listening to the radio) is incredibly clear.
* Built in ability to answer calls, and use it as a speakerphone
* Cool design. Would be very well received by a teenager
* Build quality is absolutely top notch. Feels solid and tough and will last outside.

What you need to be aware of
-----------------------------------
As with all these bluetooth speakers, they assume you’ve got a smartphone charger to re-charge them so it doesn’t include a charger.

Conclusion
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Terrific tough design, cool looks and a great sound.

Highly Recommended.

Disclosure: While I did receive this item in return for an unbiased review, I was not paid a penny, and no attempt was made to influence me. These are entirely my personal opinions, and to misquote Groucho Marx - “These are my opinions, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”. The original quote was “These are my principles, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.
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PowerSource - Steampunk Powerbank
PowerSource - Steampunk Powerbank
Offered by Steampunk Junkies
Price: £40.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very stylish little charger. Absolutely love it. Highly recommended., 9 Jan. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to receive this SteamPunk Power Bank in return for an independent and unbiased review. There’s a huge number of power banks out there on the market, but this stands out in terms of completely unnecessary but beautiful over-engineered design. I love it.

First shock was the beautifully made, sold box with brass name tag on the front. Fantastic feature which makes this a really premium present - even if you’re buying it for yourself. The device itself is 4 inches by 1.5 in diameter, and feels like a solid block of brass, carefully burnished to give it that Victorian old look about it.

Weighing in at a lovely 134g (about the same as an iPhone 6), it has a great heft to it, and the USB end is protected (and hidden) by a completely unnecessary cantilevered stopper. Even the cable is terrific, as it has a 3 headed cable with a Micro-USB, Lightning and 30 Pin Apple plug in matching brown cable. Lovely touch.

Does it work?
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Yes. I tested it with a USB Power meter, and when compared to my home wall charger I received the following with only 6% difference:-

Home Charger This device
5.09 volts 4.9 volts
2.32 Amps 2.26 Amps

It also charged my wife's iPhone 5S from absolutely flat to 100% in around 90 minutes.

The battery is rated at a 3,000 mAh. To put this in context, here’s the battery size of a range of smartphones:-

* Google Nexus 5 - 2,300 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S5 - 2,500 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S6 - 2,600 mAh
* Apple iPhone 5 - 1,400 mAh
* Apple iPhone 5S - 1,570 mAh
* Apple iPhone 6 - 1,810 mAh
* Apple iPhone 6 Plus (Phablet) 2,915 mAh

You never get 100% power out of these devices (typically around 70% is acceptable), but you should get about one full charge for a Samsung Galaxy or an iPhone 5S.

What's Good about it?
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* Beautifully designed presentation box - makes this a really special gift
* Nice little device, small and light weight, but sits nicely in the hand
* Weighs almost nothing - you could carry it around in your bag without noticing it (until you need it)
* Solid build quality - should last for years
* Comes with cables for just about everything

What's not so good?
—————————————
* It doesn’t come with a wall charger or USB to iPhone cable (but these devices never do).

Conclusion
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Very stylish little charger. Absolutely love it. Highly recommended.

Disclosure: While I did receive this item in return for an unbiased review, I was not paid a penny, and no attempt was made to influence me. These are entirely my personal opinions, and to misquote Groucho Marx - “These are my opinions, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”. The original quote was “These are my principles, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”.
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VicTop Type C Cable, USB3.1 Type-C to Standard USB 3.0 Charging Cable Data Cable for MacBook 12inch 2015, Nokia N1, One plus 2 and Other Type-C Devices-3 Pack (1ft/3.3ft/6.6ft, Black)
VicTop Type C Cable, USB3.1 Type-C to Standard USB 3.0 Charging Cable Data Cable for MacBook 12inch 2015, Nokia N1, One plus 2 and Other Type-C Devices-3 Pack (1ft/3.3ft/6.6ft, Black)
Offered by VicTop

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality and value, 4 Jan. 2016
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while I was pleased to accept this USB-C cable in return for an independent and unbiased review.

Is this cable any good?
--------------------------
Taking it out of the sealed plastic bag, it’s a standard 1 metre length black USB-A to USB-C cable with what appears to be a sturdy plug at either end and a reinforced collar. The cable itself appears thick, very durable and remarkably well made. It certainly worked a treat for me. I tested it charging my Zuk smartphone, in addition to a backup of a 2015 MacBook to a USB 2.0 disk drive. Unfortunately, I don’t yet have a USB 3.1 external solid state drive drive (most reliable way to test the speed), so couldn’t comment upon how fast it runs, but it worked fine for me with both power and data transfer.

What is a USB-C cable?
---------------------------
At one end it’s a standard USB (Type A male) plug, but at the other, it’s a 7mm x 2mm reversible "Type C" plug. This means, (unlike the Micro or Mini-USB plugs on most smartphones), it can be inserted either around.

First announced in September 2014, it's is the new standard cable design backed by Apple, Dell, HP, Intel, Microsoft and Samsung, and will eventually replace a huge range of plugs including Micro-USB (on most Android smartphones and tablets), Apple Lightning cables, and the charger socket on most laptops.

A few key points of note:-

* It uses the USB 3.1 standard, but is backwards compatible to prior USB devices.
* At 10 Gbps, (maximum) it’s blisteringly fast. That’s 2 x faster than USB 3.0 and 20 x faster than a standard USB 2.0 cable.
* Be aware, you’re cable will go as fast as the slowest component. e.g. I understand a 2015 Mac Book is limited to 5 Gigabits per second maximum
* You’ll only get the full speed benefit, if both ends support the USB 3.1 standard, but it will run as fast as your device can handle.
* It carries power and/or data. This means you can charge a device with the cable, or use it to transfer data. eg. To connect to a USB disk to perform a back-up
* With an appropriate adapter or socket, you could use it to connect your laptop to an HDMI or DisplayPort socket and drive send an ultra-high resolution digital video signal to a screen
* You can “daisy chain” devices using this cable. eg. Connect the cable from your Mac to screen, and then to another device using a second USB-C cable.

Conclusion
-------------
Good quality USB-C cable - worked for me

Disclosure: While I did receive this in return for an unbiased review, I was not paid a penny, and no attempt was made to influence me. These are entirely my personal opinions, and to misquote Groucho Marx - “These are my opinions, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”. ;-)

Thanks for reading!


VicTop Type C Cable, USB3.1 Type-C to Standard USB 3.0 Charging Cable Data Cable for MacBook 12inch 2015, Nokia N1, One plus 2 and Other Type-C Devices (6.6ft/2m, Black)
VicTop Type C Cable, USB3.1 Type-C to Standard USB 3.0 Charging Cable Data Cable for MacBook 12inch 2015, Nokia N1, One plus 2 and Other Type-C Devices (6.6ft/2m, Black)
Offered by VicTop
Price: £14.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked a treat for me, 4 Jan. 2016
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while I was pleased to accept this USB-C cable in return for an independent and unbiased review.

Is this cable any good?
--------------------------
Taking it out of the sealed plastic bag, it’s a standard 1 metre length black USB-A to USB-C cable with what appears to be a sturdy plug at either end and a reinforced collar. The cable itself appears thick, very durable and remarkably well made. It certainly worked a treat for me. I tested it charging my Zuk smartphone, in addition to a backup of a 2015 MacBook to a USB 2.0 disk drive. Unfortunately, I don’t yet have a USB 3.1 external solid state drive drive (most reliable way to test the speed), so couldn’t comment upon how fast it runs, but it worked fine for me with both power and data transfer.

What is a USB-C cable?
---------------------------
At one end it’s a standard USB (Type A male) plug, but at the other, it’s a 7mm x 2mm reversible "Type C" plug. This means, (unlike the Micro or Mini-USB plugs on most smartphones), it can be inserted either around.

First announced in September 2014, it's is the new standard cable design backed by Apple, Dell, HP, Intel, Microsoft and Samsung, and will eventually replace a huge range of plugs including Micro-USB (on most Android smartphones and tablets), Apple Lightning cables, and the charger socket on most laptops.

A few key points of note:-

* It uses the USB 3.1 standard, but is backwards compatible to prior USB devices.
* At 10 Gbps, (maximum) it’s blisteringly fast. That’s 2 x faster than USB 3.0 and 20 x faster than a standard USB 2.0 cable.
* Be aware, you’re cable will go as fast as the slowest component. e.g. I understand a 2015 Mac Book is limited to 5 Gigabits per second maximum
* You’ll only get the full speed benefit, if both ends support the USB 3.1 standard, but it will run as fast as your device can handle.
* It carries power and/or data. This means you can charge a device with the cable, or use it to transfer data. eg. To connect to a USB disk to perform a back-up
* With an appropriate adapter or socket, you could use it to connect your laptop to an HDMI or DisplayPort socket and drive send an ultra-high resolution digital video signal to a screen
* You can “daisy chain” devices using this cable. eg. Connect the cable from your Mac to screen, and then to another device using a second USB-C cable.

Conclusion
-------------
Good quality USB-C cable - worked for me

Disclosure: While I did receive this in return for an unbiased review, I was not paid a penny, and no attempt was made to influence me. These are entirely my personal opinions, and to misquote Groucho Marx - “These are my opinions, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”. ;-)

Thanks for reading!


VicTop Type C Cable, USB3.1 Type-C to Standard USB 3.0 Charging Cable Data Cable for MacBook 12inch 2015, Nokia N1, One plus 2 and Other Type-C Devices (6.6ft/2m, Black)
VicTop Type C Cable, USB3.1 Type-C to Standard USB 3.0 Charging Cable Data Cable for MacBook 12inch 2015, Nokia N1, One plus 2 and Other Type-C Devices (6.6ft/2m, Black)
Offered by VicTop
Price: £12.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for the money., 4 Jan. 2016
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while I was pleased to accept this USB-C cable in return for an independent and unbiased review.

Is this cable any good?
--------------------------
Taking it out of the sealed plastic bag, it’s a standard 1 metre length black USB-A to USB-C cable with what appears to be a sturdy plug at either end and a reinforced collar. The cable itself appears thick, very durable and remarkably well made. It certainly worked a treat for me. I tested it charging my Zuk smartphone, in addition to a backup of a 2015 MacBook to a USB 2.0 disk drive. Unfortunately, I don’t yet have a USB 3.1 external solid state drive drive (most reliable way to test the speed), so couldn’t comment upon how fast it runs, but it worked fine for me with both power and data transfer.

What is a USB-C cable?
---------------------------
At one end it’s a standard USB (Type A male) plug, but at the other, it’s a 7mm x 2mm reversible "Type C" plug. This means, (unlike the Micro or Mini-USB plugs on most smartphones), it can be inserted either around.

First announced in September 2014, it's is the new standard cable design backed by Apple, Dell, HP, Intel, Microsoft and Samsung, and will eventually replace a huge range of plugs including Micro-USB (on most Android smartphones and tablets), Apple Lightning cables, and the charger socket on most laptops.

A few key points of note:-

* It uses the USB 3.1 standard, but is backwards compatible to prior USB devices.
* At 10 Gbps, (maximum) it’s blisteringly fast. That’s 2 x faster than USB 3.0 and 20 x faster than a standard USB 2.0 cable.
* Be aware, you’re cable will go as fast as the slowest component. e.g. I understand a 2015 Mac Book is limited to 5 Gigabits per second maximum
* You’ll only get the full speed benefit, if both ends support the USB 3.1 standard, but it will run as fast as your device can handle.
* It carries power and/or data. This means you can charge a device with the cable, or use it to transfer data. eg. To connect to a USB disk to perform a back-up
* With an appropriate adapter or socket, you could use it to connect your laptop to an HDMI or DisplayPort socket and drive send an ultra-high resolution digital video signal to a screen
* You can “daisy chain” devices using this cable. eg. Connect the cable from your Mac to screen, and then to another device using a second USB-C cable.

Conclusion
-------------
Good quality USB-C cable - worked for me

Disclosure: While I did receive this in return for an unbiased review, I was not paid a penny, and no attempt was made to influence me. These are entirely my personal opinions, and to misquote Groucho Marx - “These are my opinions, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”. ;-)

Thanks for reading!


VicTop Type C Cable, USB3.1 Type-C to Standard USB 3.0 Charging Cable Data Cable for MacBook 12inch 2015, Nokia N1, One plus 2 and Other Type-C Devices (3.3ft/1m, Black)
VicTop Type C Cable, USB3.1 Type-C to Standard USB 3.0 Charging Cable Data Cable for MacBook 12inch 2015, Nokia N1, One plus 2 and Other Type-C Devices (3.3ft/1m, Black)
Offered by VicTop
Price: £13.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality., 4 Jan. 2016
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while I was pleased to accept this USB-C cable in return for an independent and unbiased review.

Is this cable any good?
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Taking it out of the sealed plastic bag, it’s a standard 1 metre length black USB-A to USB-C cable with what appears to be a sturdy plug at either end and a reinforced collar. The cable itself appears thick, very durable and remarkably well made. It certainly worked a treat for me. I tested it charging my Zuk smartphone, in addition to a backup of a 2015 MacBook to a USB 2.0 disk drive. Unfortunately, I don’t yet have a USB 3.1 external solid state drive drive (most reliable way to test the speed), so couldn’t comment upon how fast it runs, but it worked fine for me with both power and data transfer.

What is a USB-C cable?
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At one end it’s a standard USB (Type A male) plug, but at the other, it’s a 7mm x 2mm reversible "Type C" plug. This means, (unlike the Micro or Mini-USB plugs on most smartphones), it can be inserted either around.

First announced in September 2014, it's is the new standard cable design backed by Apple, Dell, HP, Intel, Microsoft and Samsung, and will eventually replace a huge range of plugs including Micro-USB (on most Android smartphones and tablets), Apple Lightning cables, and the charger socket on most laptops.

A few key points of note:-

* It uses the USB 3.1 standard, but is backwards compatible to prior USB devices.
* At 10 Gbps, (maximum) it’s blisteringly fast. That’s 2 x faster than USB 3.0 and 20 x faster than a standard USB 2.0 cable.
* Be aware, you’re cable will go as fast as the slowest component. e.g. I understand a 2015 Mac Book is limited to 5 Gigabits per second maximum
* You’ll only get the full speed benefit, if both ends support the USB 3.1 standard, but it will run as fast as your device can handle.
* It carries power and/or data. This means you can charge a device with the cable, or use it to transfer data. eg. To connect to a USB disk to perform a back-up
* With an appropriate adapter or socket, you could use it to connect your laptop to an HDMI or DisplayPort socket and drive send an ultra-high resolution digital video signal to a screen
* You can “daisy chain” devices using this cable. eg. Connect the cable from your Mac to screen, and then to another device using a second USB-C cable.

Conclusion
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Good quality USB-C cable - worked for me

Disclosure: While I did receive this in return for an unbiased review, I was not paid a penny, and no attempt was made to influence me. These are entirely my personal opinions, and to misquote Groucho Marx - “These are my opinions, and if you don’t like them, I have some others”. ;-)

Thanks for reading!


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