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Shaun Dowdall "Shaun Dowdall" (York, UK)
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Alldaymall A88X 7'' Quad Core Google Android 4.4 KitKat Tablet PC MID, Dual Camera, HD 1024x600 Capacitive Multi-touch Screen, 8GB Nand Flash, Google Play Pre-load, 3D Game Supported Pink
Alldaymall A88X 7'' Quad Core Google Android 4.4 KitKat Tablet PC MID, Dual Camera, HD 1024x600 Capacitive Multi-touch Screen, 8GB Nand Flash, Google Play Pre-load, 3D Game Supported Pink
Offered by Alldaymall
Price: £39.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the price you won't find better, 23 Aug. 2015
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Please note I was sent this product to offer an unbiased review.

When I received this product I'll admit I was curious, what could a low end tablet priced like this really offer? Surely it would be a horrid, laggy experience?

Well, I've got to say I was pleasantly surprised by what I found. Upon booting the device up I found the sound quality was the first thing to impress, coming out louder and clearer than I had expected. This was later reinforced when I decided to give listening music a go. While not perfect, it still offered much better sound quality than I thought it would.

My previous experience of low end devices running Android is something close to a car wreck. Normally these devices are so slow, so laggy, that they are unbearable to use. However, this little tablet is pretty fast! The screen is responsive, apps load quickly, and the interface just works. Everything performed as it should, with no crashes experienced. Not bad so far!

The tablet is a small and compact little thing, wrapped in a colorful plastic shell. The bezels are relatively large, but you can hardly expect edge to edge screens at this price right? It's light, with a front facing camera and a rear facing camera. Also there's room for a memory card. The device easily fits in one hand and slips into my jeans pockets with a little room to spare.

So why haven't I scored it 5 stars? Well everything performed better than expected apart from the screen. The quality of the devices is screen is washed out with very poor viewing angles. Unless you are looking at this thing head on then you won't see much, which isn't ideal if you want to prop it somewhere and watch media.

For the price I can overlook the screen quality, especially since everything else about this tablet performs so much better than expected. If you're looking for a tablet for a child, or maybe just something on the cheap side to use on the side then look no further. This is a good device, despite it being such a low end price.
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Gaming Headset, Sades SA-928 Stereo Lightweight PC Gaming Headphones 3.5mm Jack with Mic for Laptop PC/MAC With Free Headset Splitter Adapter
Gaming Headset, Sades SA-928 Stereo Lightweight PC Gaming Headphones 3.5mm Jack with Mic for Laptop PC/MAC With Free Headset Splitter Adapter
Offered by Mambate Global
Price: £25.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Good looking, poor build, average audio, 23 Aug. 2015
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Well, on first impressions I actually quite liked the look of these headphones. Considering they are going to be used for gaming it didn't really matter to me that they were over the top and flashy, they looked the part with my gaming set up! However, they may look good, but upon first handling the headphones I was worried they would fall apart. Flimsy doesn't even begin to describe these things.

The headphones feel cheap and didn't quite fit right despite adjustment. Trying to move the microphone into a usable position was next to impossible with it continually springing back into it's previous position, so the thing always ended up somewhere near my nose.

In defense of the headphones designs they are very comfortable and I could quite easily use them for long gaming sessions.

Audio quality from the mic and headphones was passable, I guess it's what you can expect in this price bracket. For a little more money though you can get far better audio quality. I could imagine using these headphones for shorter gaming sessions if you primarily game with speakers and just need a back up set of headphones. However if these are going to be used as your main headset or source of audio, stretch a little further and get something that's going to do a good job. To be honest I don't think these headphones will even stay in one piece for too long.
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Kinzd® Ultra Thin Aluminum Metal Wallets - RFID Blocking Credit Card Wallet Holder for Men & Women - Best Card Protector with 6 PVC Slots and Durable Stainless Steel Latch
Kinzd® Ultra Thin Aluminum Metal Wallets - RFID Blocking Credit Card Wallet Holder for Men & Women - Best Card Protector with 6 PVC Slots and Durable Stainless Steel Latch
Offered by buyftb
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good looking and functional wallet, 19 Aug. 2015
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Please note, I was sent this product to offer an unbiased review.

Before being sent this wallet I had never considered having a metal one before, but now I've used one I can see the benefits. Unlike leather wallets this isn't going to get scuffed and marked and will continue looking good over time. It looks stylish, with a matte finish that isn't overly sparkly or reflective. It's slim, about the same time as your usual wallet.

By clipping the button on the top down the wallet will flick open, allowing access to your cards. The downside is that there isn't much room for cash, but if you're carrying notes then they will fold up and slot into one of the card holders.

The case does have a bad habit of picking up finger prints which does add a grubby look to it, and there are only 6 card slots which will make things a little cramped if you try adding too much.
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Snugg™ Surface Pro 3 Case - Leather Sleeve with lifetime guarantee (Brown) for Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Snugg™ Surface Pro 3 Case - Leather Sleeve with lifetime guarantee (Brown) for Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Offered by TheSnugg
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Looks great and feels fantastic, 19 Aug. 2015
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I picked this up after getting my Surface Pro 3 and I'm glad that I did. The case looks and feels great and offers enough room to fit the Surface with all of its accessories attached (keyboard and Surface Pen)

At first I was concerned that the case wouldn't fit right considering it was advertised as having room for the Surface and its keyboard. However its a great fit, not overly large like some other cases I tired. This was made for the Surface, not just a generic case that fits everything 'around' that size.

There's a second pouch on the back of the case for slotting papers or other slim devices in and on the front there's a business/credit card sized slot.

The case is basic, but looks great and feels fantastic.
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Microsoft - Surface Pro 3 Type Cover - Blue - US Layout
Microsoft - Surface Pro 3 Type Cover - Blue - US Layout
Offered by hightechcentre
Price: £115.95

2.0 out of 5 stars An almost essential accessory but not worth the money, 19 Aug. 2015
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So, this is one of those essential accessories that Microsoft Surface users will want with their shiny tablet/laptop hybrid. It's advertised as being a must have, something that transforms your tablet from just being a tablet, into a fantastic portable laptop. The question is how well does it do that?

I'm in two minds about this keyboard. On the one hand, it is a must have, there's no denying this, but it's not a great keyboard and it's definitely not good value for money. The form factor and design is spot on, and the ease in which it attaches and detaches from the Surface makes switching between tablet and laptop an absolute breeze.

The keyboard is thin and flimsy though, it flexes far too much which can make lengthy typing a pain. The key spacing is also a little odd, with there being no real gaps between keys which will lead to a fair few duplicate key presses.

I love the fact that you can either lay the keyboard flat, or, by using the magnet it can clip against the Surface's lower screen so that it sits at a slight angle. This makes typing easier, but unfortunately the dreaded flexing kicks in.

It was also a nicer design choice to allow users to decide if they want to clip the Surface pen to the keyboard or not. In the box you'll find a pen loop which has a peel off stick tab. You can then decide if, and where you want to attach the loop and store your pen. This is good if you don't want to use the Surface pen as it means you won't have a random loop attached to your keyboard. However the loop has dropped off a few times now.

One thing that is very hit and miss is the trackpad. Now you could forgive Microsoft, considering this is attached to a touchscreen device, but a good trackpad makes all the difference. Unfortunately this isn't a good trackpad. It's ok, but it seems intermittent. Sensitivity seems all over the place, responsiveness isn't spot on, and within a few days the finish around the trackpad had started to wear down.

Speaking of finish, I love the cyan! I also really like the feel of the keyboard, but the material does get dirty and worn down very quickly. I'm not convinced that this will last very long which is very disappointing.

So is the keyboard worth it? Well, yes and no. If you have a Surface Pro 3 then you will probably find yourself benefiting from this accessory. Just be aware, it's not good value for money and it's not really very good, with far too many flaws. Fingers crossed Microsoft will bring us a better keyboard dock style accessory later down the line. For now, this is what we are left with.
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MoKo Invisible Screen Protector Films for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 12 INCH Tablet, (2-Pack)
MoKo Invisible Screen Protector Films for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 12 INCH Tablet, (2-Pack)
Offered by BSCstore EU
Price: £10.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Great quality, but oddly noisy, 18 Aug. 2015
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This screen protector was quick and easy to fit, and despite my expectations there were no bubbles. The only time I've ever successfully fitted a screen protector on a tablet without getting bubbles was when it was a glass one, so I'm pretty impressed with the results here.

There is no loss in display quality or sensitivity. One of the reasons I went with this type of protector vs a glass one is that the glass ones apparently reduce touch sensitivity, especially with the surface pen. I'm happy to report that my pen works just as well with this protector on as it did with it off.

The only downside with this is that occasionally when swiping the screen it makes a horrid noise, like nails on a chalk board! Hopefully this will dissapear over time, but right now when it randomly happens it drives me mad.


DBPOWER Digital Kitchen Scale, Multifunction Kitchen Food Scale Measuring, 1lb/5kg High Precision Touch Sensitive, Tempered Glass, White
DBPOWER Digital Kitchen Scale, Multifunction Kitchen Food Scale Measuring, 1lb/5kg High Precision Touch Sensitive, Tempered Glass, White
Offered by MyStore365
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars and look good. It wont look out of place in the ..., 18 Aug. 2015
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Please note, I was sent this item to offer an unbiased review.

These scales are small, compact, and look good. It wont look out of place in the modern kitchen, with a smooth and well thought out design. The device is relatively light weight and feels durable, so it should last a long time.

When testing the scale I found it to be accurate, placing different items on the scale and retesting them time and time again, always getting the same result. Obviously this is a must when it comes to this sort of item.

The only real downside is that the screen was not backlit, but to be fair, how often do you cook or prepare a meal in the dark?
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iPhone 6 Case,iPhone 6s Case, ESR iPhone 6/6s Hybrid Clear Case Hard Back Cover with Hindi Elephant Pattern for 4.7 inches iPhone 6/6s (Free Gift:Lanyard)
iPhone 6 Case,iPhone 6s Case, ESR iPhone 6/6s Hybrid Clear Case Hard Back Cover with Hindi Elephant Pattern for 4.7 inches iPhone 6/6s (Free Gift:Lanyard)
Offered by ESR Case EU Store
Price: £18.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great looking and well designed case, 18 Aug. 2015
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This case is well built and looks fantastic, combining the art work and colour of your iPhone perfectly. The designs certainly look good, and will really help to add a little flair to your iPhone.

It is worth noting that it probably won't offer a huge amount in the way of protection, but it will help to prevent scratching.

The ports are all easily accessible, even considering that this case offers covers for those ports to help prevent dust building up inside of them, and also helping to prevent water harming your phone.

Included with the case is a screen protector that is easy to fit. I managed to fit the included protector without any bubbles and the screen is still responsive and looks great!

I would definitely recommend this case, especially to those who are looking for something that adds a bit of colour and art to your phone. Please note, I was sent this case to offer an unbiased review.
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[1 Year Warranty] Kinps®20000mAh High Capacity Fast Portable Charger External Backup Battery Power Bank Triple USB Output with Smart Technology for Apple and Android Devices
[1 Year Warranty] Kinps®20000mAh High Capacity Fast Portable Charger External Backup Battery Power Bank Triple USB Output with Smart Technology for Apple and Android Devices
Offered by Kinpsbuy
Price: £59.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great functionality, especially for the price, 13 Aug. 2015
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Please note, I was sent this product to offer an unbiased review.

This is an absolute beast of a portable charger, there's no getting around that. The first thing that struck me was just how heavy this thing is, especially in comparison to other batteries I have reviewed that offer a similar or larger capacity.

Once I got over the weight, I was able to see all of the good points this battery offers. It is sleek, and not overly large considering the capacity. Three USB ports allow for charging of multiple gadgets on the go, and charge times are fast.

Charging the device up requires a micro USB charger (the cable is included in the box) Also included in the box is a little carrying bag which is soft and can be used for cleaning the device. It's worth noting that this battery has a glossy finish and will attract finger prints, so using the case as a cleaning cloth is a must.

With such a large capacity I was able to keep both my phone and tablet charged on the go. I received multiple full charges and was more than impressed by how long this device lasted. It will definitely come in handy for those on the go and who won't have access to a mains charger for lengthy times.

For the price you cannot go wrong with this portable charger. It's heavier than others I've tested but it's also cheaper. When it came to actual functionality this battery performed as well as other more expensive portable chargers, so I would definitely recommend this device.
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Balios® Combo 7000mAh (+Remote Shutter Bluetooth 4.0, Flashlight & SOS Mode) Solar Charger Power Bank (Genuine Capacity) Rain/Dust/ Shock Resistant with Charger Dual USB Port (5V 2.1A & 5V 1A) for iPhone 6 Plus 5S 5C 5 4S, iPad Air 2 Mini 3, Samsung Galaxy S6 S5 S4 Note Tab, Nexus, HTC, Motorola, Nokia, PS Vita, Gopro, more Phones and Tablets
Balios® Combo 7000mAh (+Remote Shutter Bluetooth 4.0, Flashlight & SOS Mode) Solar Charger Power Bank (Genuine Capacity) Rain/Dust/ Shock Resistant with Charger Dual USB Port (5V 2.1A & 5V 1A) for iPhone 6 Plus 5S 5C 5 4S, iPad Air 2 Mini 3, Samsung Galaxy S6 S5 S4 Note Tab, Nexus, HTC, Motorola, Nokia, PS Vita, Gopro, more Phones and Tablets
Offered by ePorter Ltd
Price: £49.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great for your outdoor charging needs, 13 Aug. 2015
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Please note that I was sent this product to offer an unbiased review.

Well here's an interesting little portable battery. I've reviewed my fair share of these devices, but none of them have been quite as feature packed as the Balios Combo 7000mAh.

This is a portable battery that can recharge using its built in solar panels! It also packs a small torch and a selfie button which you can use as a remote shutter by pairing up over Bluetooth with your phone. Pretty neat right?

All of these features are great, especially if you're away on a hiking holiday or something similar. There are two USB outs, which allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time. The capacity and charging speed is also good, which when combined with the ability to top up the devices charge via its solar panels, becomes a real winner.

Now I must stress the phrase 'Topped Up' because this thing takes in energy from the sun at a VERY slow rate. For me it took around four days for the thing to take in a full charge. Now this isn't too bad if you are expecting it to just take in a little extra energy while walking (you can clip it to your belt or bag using the clip that comes with it) but if you're looking for a solution that will help to save money at home, completely helping you to avoid plugging into the mains, then this will not help.

The extra features are nice, the remote shutter coming in handy, with the small torch acting to light me up in darker situations when trying to take a selfie. The thing is, they felt as little unnecessary, but I guess it's better to have and not need right?

So is the portable battery worth it? The answer is maybe. If you're going on holiday and won't have access to the mains, then this could be extremely helpful, especially since it tops itself up. If you're just after a portable battery, or something that will completely replace your mains charging at home due to its solar charging, then this isn't the product for you.
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