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Hoont Plug-in Electronic Total Pest Eliminator with LED Night Light - Eradicates All Types of Pest Infestation; Insects and Rodents (Works for Rats, Mice, Ants, Roaches, Spiders, Bugs, Fleas, Bats and much More)/ Robust Patented Mix of Waves and Ultrasonic Pest Repelling Technology / Environmentally Friendly and Safe Pest Control - Safe for Humans, Home Pets and Plants / 100% Maintenance Free - Just plug-in and Enjoy Being Pest Free! [100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - GUARANTEED EFFECTIVE!]
Hoont Plug-in Electronic Total Pest Eliminator with LED Night Light - Eradicates All Types of Pest Infestation; Insects and Rodents (Works for Rats, Mice, Ants, Roaches, Spiders, Bugs, Fleas, Bats and much More)/ Robust Patented Mix of Waves and Ultrasonic Pest Repelling Technology / Environmentally Friendly and Safe Pest Control - Safe for Humans, Home Pets and Plants / 100% Maintenance Free - Just plug-in and Enjoy Being Pest Free! [100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - GUARANTEED EFFECTIVE!]

4.0 out of 5 stars ...and don't come back!, 26 Jan. 2015
I got this unit for a family member who has recently moved into a house in the country that's been unoccupied for a while apart from a few uninvited little rodent houseguests, but I've used similar units in the past when we had a similar problem with little field mice coming in from the rain in our previous house. We'd originally tried the ultrasonic units, which only emitted high-pitched sound, and had found them helpful but not completely effective - they need careful placing and only really deal with a small localised area. Then we tried a combo unit which also emitted electromagnetic pulses through the mains wiring, as this one does, and found them much more effective at clearing a whole house. For us it took a while for the units to work, maybe a couple of months, to really drive the little blighters crazy enough to pack their bags and vacate the premises but for my family member it seems to have been much quicker with this unit and I don't think they've seen another mouse since installing it.

It's a simple unit to use, just plug it into the mains socket and switch on the effects you want. It's best to place it near the pests' main food source (probably in your kitchen) in a position near their normal route - mice seem to be very habitual and will tend to take the same route around your house night after night, so interrupt their journey with this device for the most effect. I'd definitely recommend using the ultrasonic and electromagnetic features but I'm not so sure about the ioniser that's included in this unit. Supposedly the ioniser fools some creatures (insects mainly?) into believing it's about to rain and so they leave to find shelter - I have no idea if that works but I do know that ionisers cause dirty patches around themselves as they attract and negatively-charge airborne particles, so think carefully about where you place the device if you're going to use the ioniser function.

The device is reasonably well made, though nothing special, and seems fit for purpose and at the moment seems to be really effective. If you're trying to get rid of mice then I'd suggest continuing to lay out traps for them, humane or otherwise, in the beginning but used long-term these devices really do work to deter the little blighters from setting up home in your home. (Disclosure: device was received for independent review)


DBPOWER Wireless Game Remote Controller + USB Receiver for Microsoft Xbox 360 Console
DBPOWER Wireless Game Remote Controller + USB Receiver for Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

4.0 out of 5 stars Game for a game..., 25 Jan. 2015
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
I wanted to try the DBPower Wireless Game Controller with Windows PC's rather than with the Xbox, mainly for use with the controller-ready Steam games I already own. Using it with both Windows 7 and 8.1 has been pretty much plug-and-play easy - just connect the USB radio dongle to your PC and tap the silver button on the controller to connect to the dongle and then Windows recognises the controller and will download and install the correct drivers. The controller masquerades as an official Microsoft controller and so is compatible with the standard drivers, there's an additional package of 'Xbox Accessories' drivers you can download manually from Microsoft but this is optional, the controller will work fine without it. Steam also recognised the controller immediately and the 'Big Picture' interface and controller-compatible games all just worked. However you might have to switch on the controller option in the game's settings and configure the buttons as you like them and remember that not every PC game is controller-friendly.

The controller itself is reasonably well-made although I don't think it has quite the fit and finish of the official Microsoft controllers. You also don't get a rechargeable battery (it needs 2 x AA batteries, although you could use rechargeable ones) and there's no headset port for Xbox Live use. The microswitches and joysticks all feel positive and sturdy which is good and with the batteries onboard it has a nice weight and balanced feel. The vibration-feedback is quite weak though, hardly noticeable most of the time and it's a bit slow to respond so sometimes you don't feel the rumble until after the event is passed. It appears that the dongle will take up to four controllers but I haven't been able to test this out, or to test if the dongle is compatible with official Xbox controllers.

One unexpected bonus is that the controller and dongle are also compatible with Mac's and, although there's no official support for this controller in OS X, if you install the right open-source driver it works really well, including in Steam for Mac. I'm running OS X Yosemite on a recent iMac and the driver available here is working fine for me: https://github.com/d235j/360Controller/releases

My only issue with this controller is that I'm a bit unsure why anyone would choose it over the official controller from Microsoft - at the time of writing this review there isn't a huge price difference between this clone controller and the Official Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows and maybe the slightly better finish of the official devices would justify the extra spend? However, this controller has worked with every PC (and Mac!) I've tried it with and is a perfectly decent alternative to the official kit which could save you a few pounds. (Disclosure: item was received for independent review)


Powerfly Pro Fitness Weighted Vest for Weight Loss Running Training Gym - 5kg / 10kg / 15kg / 20kg
Powerfly Pro Fitness Weighted Vest for Weight Loss Running Training Gym - 5kg / 10kg / 15kg / 20kg
Offered by Smart Parts UK, Digital Lifestyle Retailer
Price: £31.90 - £64.90

5.0 out of 5 stars A weighty waistcoat..., 23 Jan. 2015
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It's been about a year since I started working out regularly and I needed a way to ramp things up to the next level without filling the house with more equipment or spending hours in a gym and this Powerfly Weighted Vest seems to fit the bill. Although you could wear it around the house to try and boost your general strength and fitness I don't use it that way and only wear it while exercising or working out to increase the workload. If you're doing body-weight exercises there will always come a point where your body gets as strong and muscled as it needs to be to complete those exercises, then you need either to increase the amount of rep's or increase the workload and the vest does that very effectively. I got the 5kg version and wondered if that might be too light to make much difference - I was wrong, it's plenty heavy enough to make a difference and workouts that had become relatively easy to complete are now as challenging as they were about 4 or 5 months ago. It's really very effective at taking things up a notch and even after a week I'm feeling and seeing a difference.

The vest seems strong enough and well enough made to last for a while. It's a simple idea, just a vest covered in little pockets and in each pocket is a fabric bag filled with what feels like fine gravel. Even on my 5kg version each of the pockets is filled with a weight-bag, so there's no opportunity to (easily) add more weight yourself. I thought perhaps the lighter weight jackets might have fewer filled pockets, allowing more to be added later, but that's not the case. It's easy enough to remove weight-bags so you can rearrange the weights if you're finding the vest uncomfortable to wear, although I've found it perfectly comfortable for short periods. I should mention I'm not a runner and have never worn it for that, I suspect it could get a bit annoying and sweaty worn for that length of repetitive exercise. It's held in place by two pairs of wraparound velcro-fixed straps and they do a good job of keeping it secure. It is possible to fix it quite tightly to stop it bobbing up and down as you run, but then it starts to feel like it's constricting your breathing when fixed that tight. There's also a slight smell from the fabric lining the vest, a not very pleasant plastic-y smell, and that gets more noticeable when the vest gets warm but it's not too bad and will hopefully fade over time.

I've been using mine for HIIT workouts like FOCUS T25 and also for body-weight exercises like push-ups and with my AB Carver Pro and it's made all of those more challenging and more effective without taking any extra time. This means I can stick with my current regimen but still push things to the next level, which was what I wanted. Overall the vest seems well-made and effective and I expect it to be a piece of fitness equipment that actually gets used, instead of pushed under the bed - so that makes it a great buy for me! My only advice would be to carefully consider the weight you buy - if you have the budget, it might be a good idea to get the heaviest weight you think you'll ever need and then remove some weight-bags to begin with, adding them back again as you get stronger. (Disclosure: item was received for independent review)


Polaroid Suction Cup Mount for the Polaroid CUBE HD Action Lifestyle Camera - Includes Waterproof Case
Polaroid Suction Cup Mount for the Polaroid CUBE HD Action Lifestyle Camera - Includes Waterproof Case
Offered by Smart Shop UK
Price: £39.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Filming with the fishes..., 22 Jan. 2015
The Polaroid Cube camera is such an outdoorsy type of video camera that this waterproof case is almost an essential accessory, it's a bit of a shame that it's not in the box with the camera and you have to buy it separately. For your money you do get something designed with the same eye for clever simplicity as the camera itself and the same quality of build. The main part of the case is (or appears to be) polycarbonate which should make it strong and therefore give some valuable extra bump-protection to your Cube camera. There's a locking latch on the side which opens the silicon-ringed door on the back of the case so you can insert the Cube - and that's it, your Cube is now waterproof to 10m depths and protected from dust and mud as you film your outdoors exploits. Note that the waterproof case cannot sit upright on its own, you have to attach it to another accessory, like the bundled suction foot, to have it sit upright. There's a waterproofed button on top of the case so you can still operate the camera while it's inside, however the microphone on front of the camera is going to be somewhat muffled by the sealed case.

On the base of the case is the standard Cube accessory mount so this waterproof case can be attached to the other accessories, like the Bicycle Mount or Helmet Mount. There may be a limited range of movement when it's attached to different bases, for example with the bike clip you can rotate the case through 360° in click-steps but with the suction foot you can only tilt the camera up and down. You'll have to use some intelligent guesswork when setting up the camera because with no viewfinder or screen you can't see what the camera sees until you've filmed your video clip.

The bundled suction foot clips onto the waterproof case and apart from giving a simple stand for the camera, means you can attach the while thing to a suitably smooth surface for some exciting action shots. It does require a very smooth painted or glazed surface to work, the suction foot won't stay attached to less smooth surfaces like a wooden desktop or painted wall for very long. Polaroid reckon it's good for attaching to your car bonnet or surfboard but I'd do some beta testing of your own before venturing out onto the racetrack or surf with your Cube camera. Attaching the foot to the polished surface is easy enough, just push it down and turn the whole foot about a quarter-turn and this engages the suction plate underneath. On suitable surfaces, like a window for example, it seems remarkably secure but on unsuitable surfaces it'll either fall off in seconds or refuse to adhere at all, so you'll soon be able to tell the difference.

The waterproof case does add a whole new level of usage to your Cube and so you can take it places you wouldn't otherwise, even go swimming with it, and it's well made and designed but it is a bit pricey. It would be good to see Polaroid offer one bundled with the Cube camera at a better value price, but if you already have a Cube then this is probably the most essential, practical and most fun of the available accessories. (Disclosure: item was received for independent review)


Polaroid Waterproof Shockproof Case for the Polaroid CUBE HD Action Lifestyle Camera - Connects to All Mounts in CUBE Series
Polaroid Waterproof Shockproof Case for the Polaroid CUBE HD Action Lifestyle Camera - Connects to All Mounts in CUBE Series
Offered by Smart Shop UK
Price: £24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Filming with the fishes..., 22 Jan. 2015
The Polaroid Cube camera is such an outdoorsy type of video camera that this waterproof case is almost an essential accessory, it's a bit of a shame that it's not in the box with the camera and you have to buy it separately. For your money you do get something designed with the same eye for clever simplicity as the camera itself and the same quality of build. The main part of the case is (or appears to be) polycarbonate which should make it strong and therefore give some valuable extra bump-protection to your Cube camera. There's a locking latch on the side which opens the silicon-ringed door on the back of the case so you can insert the Cube - and that's it, your Cube is now waterproof to 10m depths and protected from dust and mud as you film your outdoors exploits. Note that the waterproof case cannot sit upright on its own, you have to attach it to another accessory, like the optional suction foot, to have it sit upright. There's a waterproofed button on top of the case so you can still operate the camera while it's inside, however the microphone on front of the camera is going to be somewhat muffled by the sealed case.

On the base of the case is the standard Cube accessory mount so this waterproof case can be attached to the other accessories, like the Bicycle Mount or Helmet Mount. There may be a limited range of movement when it's attached to different bases, for example with the bike clip you can rotate the case through 360° in click-steps but with the suction foot you can only tilt the camera up and down. You'll have to use some intelligent guesswork when setting up the camera because with no viewfinder or screen you can't see what the camera sees until you've filmed your video clip.

The waterproof case does add a whole new level of usage to your Cube and so you can take it places you wouldn't otherwise, even go swimming with it, and it's well made and designed but it is a bit pricey. It would be good to see Polaroid offer one bundled with the Cube camera at a better value price, but if you already have a Cube then this is probably the most essential, practical and most fun of the available accessories. (Disclosure: item was received for independent review)


Polaroid Bicycle Mount for the Polaroid CUBE HD Action Lifestyle Camera - Universal Fit for 1-Inch- Thick Handlebars
Polaroid Bicycle Mount for the Polaroid CUBE HD Action Lifestyle Camera - Universal Fit for 1-Inch- Thick Handlebars
Offered by Smart Shop UK
Price: £17.99

3.0 out of 5 stars New-fangled bicycle clips..., 21 Jan. 2015
With a wide 120° angle of view the Polaroid Cube camera makes outdoor action shots look expansive and dramatic so attaching one to your handlebars to capture yourself flying through the landscape (or being cut up at the lights by that white van) seems a natural thing to do with it. The bicycle mount has the same simple-but-clever design as the other Cube components and simply pushes onto your handlebars with rubber inserts helping to keep it there and soften the inevitable bumps. It feels reasonably secure on your handlebars, even on my chunky bars, but there's no way to adjust the tilt left or right with the mount, so if your handle bars have no true horizontal section, like mine, then you're going to get a slightly tilted video. However, you can rotate the mount through 360° and it has a positive-feeling click action, but these click-stops might mean your camera has to sit at an awkward angle. One of the limitations of the Cube is there's no way to preview your footage ahead of filming - there's no screen or viewfinder - so you will have to do some intelligent guesswork when positioning your camera.

The Cube camera itself is held in place by a cleverly shaped clip which locates into the indentations on the back panel and around the lens. This is secure enough to keep the camera in place on most urban cycle runs but if you cycle off-road or if you accidentally clip the camera with your hand or arm then it could easily be knocked out of the mount with potentially disastrous results. The bicycle mount can also be used in conjunction with the waterproof case, the top clip on the bicycle mount can be removed and replaced with the waterproof case and this gives a much more secure and weatherproof mount for your camera - plus a bit of extra protection if it should come unattached from your handlebars. Although it's pricey for what it is the bicycle mount is a fun addition to the Cube camera but, to be honest, I wouldn't feel very confident using the bike mount on its own for anything other than a quick run around a quiet neighbourhood or a park, to make full use of it you really need to have the waterproof case too. (Disclosure: item was received for independent review)


Polaroid Bumper Pendent Case (Black) for the Polaroid CUBE HD Action Lifestyle Camera - Includes 90cm Lanyard & Metal Hook
Polaroid Bumper Pendent Case (Black) for the Polaroid CUBE HD Action Lifestyle Camera - Includes 90cm Lanyard & Metal Hook
Offered by Smart Shop UK
Price: £17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Hanging around..., 15 Jan. 2015
This Bumper case has quickly become my preferred way to store and carry my Polaroid Cube camera and, although the Cube is already upholstered in a weatherproof-ish rubbery finish, this adds an extra layer of bump protection and weatherproofness which is always welcome. The case is simply, but cleverly, designed and simply envelops your Cube securely in silicon and allows you to hang the Cube from your neck or, if you choose to use the included carabineer clip, from a bag or belt-loop. Both the button and magnetic base still function through the case, although the magnetism is weakened and you can no longer see the indicator LED flash on top of the Cube, so there's no need to remove or move the case to use the camera.

Because the Cube is..well, a cube...you can also push it into the Bumper case sideways and that way the lens is protected from getting scratched while you're carrying it around. The quality of the lanyard cord isn't that special, it would have been cool to get something with the Polaroid rainbow woven into it for example, but it's functional and allows you to always keep the Cube ready to capture those unexpected moments. The Cube is actually small enough to hang from the lanyard inside your jacket or sweater so hiding it from view during transit, while still keeping it handy. It's a simple design, like the Cube itself, and although the quality is nothing special, it's a great way to keep your Cube with you. (Disclosure: item was received for independent review)


Polaroid Bumper Pendent Case (Red) for the Polaroid CUBE HD Action Lifestyle Camera - Includes 90cm Lanyard & Metal Hook
Polaroid Bumper Pendent Case (Red) for the Polaroid CUBE HD Action Lifestyle Camera - Includes 90cm Lanyard & Metal Hook
Offered by Smart Shop UK
Price: £17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Hanging around..., 15 Jan. 2015
This Bumper case has quickly become my preferred way to store and carry my Polaroid Cube camera and, although the Cube is already upholstered in a weatherproof-ish rubbery finish, this adds an extra layer of bump protection and weatherproofness which is always welcome. The case is simply, but cleverly, designed and simply envelops your Cube securely in silicon and allows you to hang the Cube from your neck or, if you choose to use the included carabineer clip, from a bag or belt-loop. Both the button and magnetic base still function through the case, although the magnetism is weakened and you can no longer see the indicator LED flash on top of the Cube, so there's no need to remove or move the case to use the camera.

Because the Cube is..well, a cube...you can also push it into the Bumper case sideways and that way the lens is protected from getting scratched while you're carrying it around. The quality of the lanyard cord isn't that special, it would have been cool to get something with the Polaroid rainbow woven into it for example, but it's functional and allows you to always keep the Cube ready to capture those unexpected moments. The Cube is actually small enough to hang from the lanyard inside your jacket or sweater so hiding it from view during transit, while still keeping it handy. It's a simple design, like the Cube itself, and although the quality is nothing special, it's a great way to keep your Cube with you. (Disclosure: item was received for independent review)


Polaroid Bumper Pendent Case (Blue) for the Polaroid CUBE HD Action Lifestyle Camera - Includes 90cm Lanyard & Metal Hook
Polaroid Bumper Pendent Case (Blue) for the Polaroid CUBE HD Action Lifestyle Camera - Includes 90cm Lanyard & Metal Hook
Offered by Smart Shop UK
Price: £17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Hanging around..., 15 Jan. 2015
This Bumper case has quickly become my preferred way to store and carry my Polaroid Cube camera and, although the Cube is already upholstered in a weatherproof-ish rubbery finish, this adds an extra layer of bump protection and weatherproofness which is always welcome. The case is simply, but cleverly, designed and simply envelops your Cube securely in silicon and allows you to hang the Cube from your neck or, if you choose to use the included carabineer clip, from a bag or belt-loop. Both the button and magnetic base still function through the case, although the magnetism is weakened and you can no longer see the indicator LED flash on top of the Cube, so there's no need to remove or move the case to use the camera.

Because the Cube is..well, a cube...you can also push it into the Bumper case sideways and that way the lens is protected from getting scratched while you're carrying it around. The quality of the lanyard cord isn't that special, it would have been cool to get something with the Polaroid rainbow woven into it for example, but it's functional and allows you to always keep the Cube ready to capture those unexpected moments. The Cube is actually small enough to hang from the lanyard inside your jacket or sweater so hiding it from view during transit, while still keeping it handy. It's a simple design, like the Cube itself, and although the quality is nothing special, it's a great way to keep your Cube with you. (Disclosure: item was received for independent review)


Polaroid Cube HD 1080p Lifestyle Action Video Camera w/Built-In Rechargeable Battery for up to 90 Minutes Recording - Weatherproof, Shockproof & Mountable - 124° Wide Angle Lens (Blue)
Polaroid Cube HD 1080p Lifestyle Action Video Camera w/Built-In Rechargeable Battery for up to 90 Minutes Recording - Weatherproof, Shockproof & Mountable - 124° Wide Angle Lens (Blue)
Offered by Smart Shop UK
Price: £89.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be square..., 14 Jan. 2015
Once you get past how tiny and cute the Polaroid Cube is (and it is) you begin to realise how much clever, thoughtful design went into something this simple looking. It couldn't be much simpler to use either, just grab, point and shoot - a short click gets you a still image (3328 × 1872 resolution JPG) and a long click starts a video recording in your choice of 720p or 1080p resolution. Still images aren't that special, about the same image quality as a good smartphone, but the Cube is really all about video clips and they look better with good colour reproduction and a surprisingly decent (though still a bit grainy) performance in low interior lighting. With no viewfinder it's hard sometimes to judge what you're actually filming and you might have to wait until you get home to see if you were pointing in exactly the right direction to capture your kid's once-in-a-lifetime skateboard trick or your puppy's first encounter with snow, but that's the kind of camera it is - meant for quickly capturing short video clips rather than for carefully considered movie-making. It's fitted with a fixed wide-angle lens with about a 120° view, meant to capture all of the action rather than the details, and so things close up to the camera will get a slight fish-eye distortion - but it works really well for capturing dramatic shots of the landscape whizzing past your bicycle or similar.

It's all very attractively presented and packaged, with just the Cube camera itself and a tiny USB cable for charging. There's a mini user guide, which you hardly need, and a card of pictorial instructions on how to open the weatherproof cap on the back to reveal the microSD card slot, the switch to select 720 or 1080 video resolution and the USB port. There's a magnet embedded in the base of the Cube and it's plenty strong enough to hold it in position in a variety of situations, assuming there's a bit of ferrous metal handy, but doesn't quite rival a tripod screw mount - you have to buy an accessory to get that. One nice design touch is that that cover cap is lined with rubber (embossed Apple-style with the product name and standards icons) and must contain a piece of metal as it can be attached to the magnet in the base of the camera as a little rubberised foot for it to sit on. In use, the camera bleeps to let you know it it just took a still or started a video recording and again when you stop recording and it's fairly loud, although you can turn it down or off using the accompanying app. The Cube isn't that easy to hold steady, being so small you tend to hold it between your fingers and inevitably it reveals every twitch or tremble in the finished video. You also can't help feeling that the lens is somewhat exposed during handling too, although it's recessed into the Cube there's nothing actually protecting it, although to be fair it's made from glass and not from more easily scratched plastic.

There's no onboard Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to connect to other devices so to view your videos or photos you have to pop out the microSD card and use it in another device, like your computer, or you can connect the Cube to your computer via USB and use the Cube's dedicated Mac or PC app' to access the contents (the app's automatically appear on the SD card so you always have access to them). The app's also let you access a few of the Cube's onboard settings, like adjusting the bleep volume or enabling/disabling a timestamp on your video clips. The Windows version works fine for me but I can't get the Mac version to connect to the camera, but that might just be me. The simple design is one of the best qualities of the Cube but also one of its limitations, if you want to make real practical use of it you're going to have to stump up for one or more of the accessories Polaroid have designed. There are a good range and they're mostly as nicely designed as the Cube itself, but you need to budget for them separately because the camera itself comes with nothing.

It's hard not to like the Cube, even though it's possible to complain about the odd missing feature or that the video isn't better quality, because it's so nicely designed and so cleverly focussed onto its primary task - it's a really fun video-clip camera, nothing more - but it's a really cool one. (Disclosure: item was received for independent review)


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