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Breville VKJ367 Brita Filter Hot Cup with Variable Dispenser
Breville VKJ367 Brita Filter Hot Cup with Variable Dispenser
Price: £59.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Instant hot drinks with minimum fuss, 7 Aug 2014
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ADVANTAGES:
1. Boils in about 40 seconds.
2. Filters out chlorine and limescale, which should improve the taste.
3. Measures out an exact cupful to your preferred size.
4. Does not waste water or energy.

DISADVANTAGES
1. Requires frequent topping up with fresh water (reservoir is quite small).
2. Requires monthly cartridge changes, which are expensive.
3. Tends to splutter when dispensing.


Cloud Atlas [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Cloud Atlas [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Tom Hanks
Price: £7.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cerebral & Entertaining in Equal Measure, 7 Aug 2014
An action/adventure movie which is also thought-provoking. This is a good adaption of a hard-to-film novel, with additional fun to be derived from spotting each famous actor/ess in extreme make-over. The Science Fiction elements are spot-on and the influences of The Matrix can be seen in the scenes set in the future. Although possibly not as profound as it may like to think, the film has an ultimately uplifting message about the triumph of the human spirit.


Magimix 11526 Brushed Vision 2-Slice Toaster
Magimix 11526 Brushed Vision 2-Slice Toaster
Price: £144.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Novel design that works, 7 Feb 2014
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There are other glass toasters out there but this seems to be the only one that lets you see the whole of the toast as it browns. By viewing directly, you can get the exact level of browning that you want without trial and error. Most toasters have heating elements spread across the front and back sides, which means even if the outsides were glass you couldn't see the bread. Instead, the Magimix has four bar elements at the top and bottom of each side which heat the bread more by convection than radiation. This seems to work well: the same setting produces perfect toast from thick-sliced bread, every time. Muffins and other small items work equally well, though its worth mentioning that some buns will get burnt at the edges if they are not uniform in shape. Another bonus is that the glass panels can be opened out for cleaning - much easier than trying to poke a brush down the slot. The stainless steel and glass combination looks very sleek and the controls are straightforward and conveniently placed at the front.


Lenco L-90 Walnut Veneer Turntable with USB Connection
Lenco L-90 Walnut Veneer Turntable with USB Connection
Price: £229.00

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Convert your vinyl collection, 7 Feb 2014
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Currently, there are quite a number of record players out there which not only play vinyl discs (via your stereo), but also provide built-in digital conversion. I choose this one because it has a wood finish which looks better that the cheap silver plastic used on other brands and leaves out the CD slot & radio which create too many design compromises. When connected to a laptop via USB, the player creates MP3 files suitable for PCs or digital music players. The two important additions not found in conventional turntables are: the pre-amp, which boosts and equalises the weak signal from the stylus cartridge and the digital converter which converts the analogue signal into a digital bitstream.
Unfortunately this group of turntables seem to be very much budget quality, and barely qualify as hi-fi. If you need the highest quality noise-free conversion then you should probably look elsewhere. Setup is a bid fiddly, but relatively quick.
Anyone unfamiliar with turntable setup should note that the tone-arm and especially the cartridge are delicate items which you can easily damage with careless handling. I recommend that you keep the stylus guard on until you have completely finished assembly. I also found that the anti-skating control worked best at zero rather than the recommended setting. Its also important to use the cueing lever (not your finger) to lower the arm and at all costs avoid the stylus skidding off the outer edge of the record.
After a short run-in period, playback through a standard hi-fi setup is adequate, though not as good as my 15-year old Technics player.
To convert your vinyl to digital, you need to install the public domain audio editing software called Audacity (on the supplied CD), which helps you to split the recording of an LP into separate tracks, etc. Note that conversion can only be done at normal playback speed, so if you own a massive collection of discs you will find the process will take a long time. Overall, a useful product which would benefit from a quality upgrade.


The Victor Borge Collection Volume 1 [DVD]
The Victor Borge Collection Volume 1 [DVD]
Offered by TIP TOP SELLER
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Borge Comedy, 14 Oct 2013
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This collection features various recordings of live performances, including some vintage B&W material. The picture and sound quality is therefore variable, but generally acceptable. It is disappointing that there are not more recordings of his earlier work - most the items feature Borge towards the end of his career; nevetheless he remains nimble and quick-witted.

The worst feature of this collection is repetition. Some routines occur three times, due to lazy cut & paste editing. No attempt at context is made, nor are there any interviews, commentary or extras.

Perhaps not be the best way to introduce VB to new fans, but worthwile for die-hard fans.


The Victor Borge Collection Volume 2 [DVD]
The Victor Borge Collection Volume 2 [DVD]
Offered by TIP TOP SELLER
Price: £12.83

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All the Classic Routines, 14 Oct 2013
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This DVD should be reviewed in conjunction with volume one of the two part series, as the same comments apply.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Photo, 14 Oct 2013
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This vintage photograph is a a well-known classic, but none the worse for that. Packing is good enough to protect it from the postal service.


Sennheiser HD 598 High-End Open Over-Ear Circumaural Headphones
Sennheiser HD 598 High-End Open Over-Ear Circumaural Headphones
Price: £149.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly comfortable headphones, 15 April 2013
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These headphones are near the top of the Sennheiser range and the build quality is evident everywhere. They provide a good hifi quality audio experience without the exaggerated base favoured by some rival makes and encompass the ears rather than press on them, thus providing long term listening comfort.


The Far Side Gallery: No.1
The Far Side Gallery: No.1
by Gary Larson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.30

4.0 out of 5 stars Good introductory volume, 18 Mar 2013
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Contains a generous selection of early Larson off-beat humour.
The cartoons are reproduced clearly and large enough to avoid overcrowding the pages.


Asus N56VJ 15.6-inch Laptop (Black) - (Intel Core i7 3610QM 2.4GHz Processor, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, Blu-ray, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8)
Asus N56VJ 15.6-inch Laptop (Black) - (Intel Core i7 3610QM 2.4GHz Processor, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, Blu-ray, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good all-rounder, 18 Mar 2013
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This is a powerful Ivy Bridge i7 Laptop with a high-end specification. The build quality is generally very good and the sound is rich and will go very loud, even without the sub-woofer attachment. This model comes with Windows 8, which in my view is easier to use with a touchscreen model. Nevertheless the keyboard and trackpad are beyond reproach.


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