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Logitech Big Bang Case for iPad Air - Forged Grey
Logitech Big Bang Case for iPad Air - Forged Grey
Price: 66.29

4.0 out of 5 stars A good choice for butter fingers, 22 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The textured forged grey cover certainly gives an air of industrial solidity to this case, as does it's heft. Popping your iPad Air into one of these is certainly going to bulk it up, but having said that it's not that much thicker than your average case.

Most of the protection seems to be provided by the dual compound case the iPad push-fits into. It has a degree of pliability which i'm guessing will aid shock absorption, while the front and back is comparatively stiff and will certainly take a few knocks.

I have two concerns, first the buttons become quite hard to press and that it closes with the usual magnet system, which didn't seem that powerful on mine, leading me to think it would just flap open if dropped. But having said that there has to be a trade off between protection and usability otherwise you'll just be wrestling with the case every time you want to use the iPad.

Does it work? I have no idea and I'm not about to drop my iPad to test a case, but it's certainly tougher than most other cases I have come across and probably worth it if you or family members are prone to dropping things...


Forgotten Men [DVD]
Forgotten Men [DVD]
Price: 16.10

5.0 out of 5 stars A curious, but fascinating gem, 21 Aug 2014
This review is from: Forgotten Men [DVD] (DVD)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
As it was filmed in the 1930's it is quite difficult to review this feature length documentary in a conventional manner.

On the one hand, the clipped British tones and interview style jar against modern documentary styles, and at times it all goes a bit Mr Chumley Warner. A times it's disjointed, it rambles somewhat, and the gentleman doing the interviews does tend to speak to his interviewees as if they were naughty children.

But put that to the side, and keep in mind it was filmed about 80 years ago and you realise what a forward thinking piece of film making this was. Yes, the interviews are clipped, slightly harsh and overly formal but I doubt whether any of the people involved had been interviewed on camera before. And what an amazing selection of people, several Victoria Cross winners off different ranks and classes, German soldiers (again, remember that the war was till very much in living memory at the time of filming) and a woman who worked near the front lines all sitting together. Quite a collection of individuals for such a period piece.

The footage is equally impressive. As modern WW1 documentaries always seem to use the same footage it is surprising to find most of the clips to be new to me. There is quite a bit of in action footage too, some of it featuring fatalities (though fortunately not glorified), together with the fascinating early tanks and aircraft.

Overall this is a tricky documentary to rate, on the one hand it is very dated which can, 80 years on, make for a laboured viewing experience at times. But on the other hand there really is nothing else quite like it – a must see for people interested in the Great War, however casual viewers make want to stick with more modern programmes.


Bosch PST 10.8 Li Cordless Jigsaw
Bosch PST 10.8 Li Cordless Jigsaw
Price: 88.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Light and surprisingly capable, 8 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've only ever used my dads old jigsaw, which must date from the 80's (even that may be optimistic), so this cordless effort from Bosch comes as a bit of a revelation. It's also the first power tool I've used with a Lithium-ion battery - and the difference between it and most Ni-Cad powered is marked.

The Bosch PST Cordless Jigsaw more than matches my dad's old corded jigsaw (as you'd hope given the age gap), but it's also quite a bit lighter than other ni-cad power tools I've used - the battery is very small and light. It's also quick to charge and SDS blade change system makes changing blades a breeze (only one blade is included though), although be careful - they do tend to shoot out if you're not holding onto them.

So far it's dealt with my modest requirements with ease and is easy to recommend for general DIY duties.


Revellutions 1:14 Scale RC Zulu Warrior Buggy
Revellutions 1:14 Scale RC Zulu Warrior Buggy
Price: 66.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A blast, 3 Aug 2014
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
At about a foot long this 'Zulu Warrior Buggy' is a bit bigger than expected and a fair bit more orange too (rather than the gold look of the pictures). As it's splash proof, has simple suspension and is pretty robust, it can go off road but the semi-slick tyres and limited ground clearance means it's best on tarmac or packed dirt.

There's no real set-up needed, just charge the cars LI-PO battery and add AA's to the controller and you're away. With the on car 'gear' switch to the higher of the two settings and this thing really does move. Perhaps a bit too fast for little ones, but you can move the switch to the lower settings and things become more controllable (but still a bit quick for indoors - unless you want the furniture and skirting boards to take a bashing). The battery pack lasts approximately twice as long (40 mins) in the low setting too.

The only real negative is the pistol grip controller, which may be a bit large for small hands as the trigger throttle is quite a stretch in full reverse. But assuming they can manage the controller I don't think anyone is going to be disappointed with this.


Dremel 75 Piece Accessory Set
Dremel 75 Piece Accessory Set
Price: 19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Decent selection, nice box, 24 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
As you may expect the '75 pieces' is a touch misleading, as some of the components are supplied many times (there are 20 cut off wheels for example), but so long as you accept that there's a decent selection of attachments here.

Cutting and grinding tools make up the bulk of the selection, but there are several buffing bits in there and some handing buffing compound too. Personally I'd have liked a few other buffing attachments in different sizes, as I have loads of cutting disks now, but that's just me.

The metal box (which is sort of like a biscuit tin) is handy, and it's a fair bit bigger necessary, so there is space for any spare bits you have/will accumulate. The only thing that loses it a star is the price, which I think is a little high.


Samsung M2022 A4 Printer Xpress Mono Laser Printer
Samsung M2022 A4 Printer Xpress Mono Laser Printer
Offered by TheInkPeople
Price: 59.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A good home laser printer, 17 July 2014
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Easy to set up, very compact (but you do need to leave space for the input-paper tray to fold down at the front) and quite well built, the Samsung M2022 makes the perfect home laser printer.

No printer cable is included, but that's common with most printers these days. Print quality is very good with legible text even at small font sizes. Vector graphics are crisp and toner coverage is even and deep. The edge enhancement options seems to have little effect though. It can take multiple paper sizes and has coped with fairly thick paper well, but I doubt it would handle card as the paper path is quite tight.

I paid less than forty quid and for the money I couldn't be happier.


Trunki PaddlePak Water-Resistant Backpack - Chuckles the ClownFish (Orange)
Trunki PaddlePak Water-Resistant Backpack - Chuckles the ClownFish (Orange)
Price: 18.17

5.0 out of 5 stars Nemo!, 14 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A big hit with my girlfriends 3 year old, who immediately shouted 'Nemo!' on seeing it. As it's intended of for 4-6 year olds it's a little big on him, so it's often carried by myself at the moment - but that's fine it's a cool bag and it makes a fine day-sack to keep his bits in when we go out.


Scan PPERESPA1 Twin Half Mask Respirator Plus A1 Refills
Scan PPERESPA1 Twin Half Mask Respirator Plus A1 Refills
Price: 19.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable and effective, 14 July 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I got this for use with spray paints and it works perfectly. The filters a bit of a fiddle to attach - it's important to make sure the face mask material is seated evenly around the filter mount before trying to attach a filter, otherwise you'll be swearing a lot and getting no where - take your time get that first bit right and it's not too difficult.

With the filters on and the straps adjusted it works great, I could not smell any fumes, breathing easy and the mask was comfortable throughout. Price isn't bad either and spare cartridges seem easy to obtain. Recommended.

NOTE: In the box you get the face mask (with no filters attached) and two separate sealed filters. You DO NOT get any extra spare filters (just in case the item description makes you think otherwise).


Belkin Relaxed Pro iPad Air Case - Black
Belkin Relaxed Pro iPad Air Case - Black
Price: 24.85

4.0 out of 5 stars A bit bulky, pointless knee rest, 14 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
With the iPad is securely gripped by an unobtrusive plastic 'X' frame and surrounded by a sturdy suede like case, this Belkin case feels nice to the touch, but it does add a fair bit of bulk to the svelte iPad Air.

While the case can be folded in various directions to work as a stand, it can be a bit of a puzzle to get get it how you want, but you get used to the various options after a while. The knee rest felt completely superfluous to me, but I don't tend to perch the iPad on one knee. Personally it's a feature I could do without it. The plastic frame holds the iPad in just one way (put it in wrong and buttons/ports are obscured), which is probably fine if you're right handed, but as a lefty I found the case in most positions had the iPad the 'wrong' way up (I like the home button on the right). You get used to it, but it was mightily irritating to start with.

Minor irritations aside it's a good quality case, if a bit expensive at list price.


D'Addario NYXL1046 Regular Light 10-46 Electric Guitar Strings
D'Addario NYXL1046 Regular Light 10-46 Electric Guitar Strings
Price: 11.87

4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but..., 25 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These strings are great. They feel great, they sound great, even the packaging is great.

So why only four stars? Well D'Addario normal strings are also great and you can get a three pack of those for the same money as one pack of these.

As a test I put on a couple of normal D'Addario (EXL110) strings on at the same time to see if I could feel or hear a difference. It turns out I couldn't really tell. On my guitar, through my amp they felt and sounded pretty much identical – the NYXL may have had the edge here and there but (to me at least) it's very slight. Of course this is hardly a laboratory conditions experiment and I'm an okay player at best, so feel free to take my comments with a pinch of salt. Also, rather than being a criticism of the NYXL's I think it shows just how good the normal EXL stings are.

Ultimately though strings are a personal thing, and if you think these strings may be worth the extra give them a go – at worst you will end up with a set of quality strings you paid a few quid over the odds for.


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