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Aputure Amaran AL-528S LED Light Digital Video Light Lamp for CANON EOS 1Ds, 5D, 7D, 30D, 40D, 400D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 1000D, Nikon D700, D300, D100, D90, D60, D3, D2, D1, D7000, D5000, D5100, D3100, D3000, Olympus E620, E520, E510, E500, E420, E3, Pentax, K20D, K200D
Aputure Amaran AL-528S LED Light Digital Video Light Lamp for CANON EOS 1Ds, 5D, 7D, 30D, 40D, 400D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 1000D, Nikon D700, D300, D100, D90, D60, D3, D2, D1, D7000, D5000, D5100, D3100, D3000, Olympus E620, E520, E510, E500, E420, E3, Pentax, K20D, K200D
Offered by HappyGo
Price: £113.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for videography, 23 Jan. 2015
[INFO: This product page crosses two different products (AL-528S & AL-H160), I'm reviewing the AL-528S].

♦ Introduction ♦

The AL-528S LED video light weighs approximately 540g and measures in at just 19cm(H) x 24cm(W) x 3.5cm(D), so it's not only extremely lightweight, it's also a saver if lack of space is going to be an issue within your set-up.

Using a total of 528 LED's it has the ability to achieve a high level of brightness, though unlike some other video lights, the brightness can be manually adjusted. It also outputs more of a spotlight effect which means the light is more concentrated towards the middle.

# NOTE: This product doesn't come with a stand; as the unit itself has 1/4" screw threads and comes with a light stand adapter, you can either mount this light on a tripod or light stand. Depending on the quality and type of stand you're looking for, you can actually pick up one for a fairly cheap price.

♦ Box Contents ♦

The whole kit comes packed inside a decently sized and smart looking carry case which has two compartments:

The front compartment has two meshed pockets which holds the following:
Power cord | Power Adapter | 1/4"-3/8" Threaded Spigot | Lamp bracket | 3x Spare LED's | Bag Strap.

Inside the rear compartment an open area with two elastic straps to secure the main unit (AL-528S Light w/5500K light diffuser already placed in). The other side has a slot which holds the 3200K light filter and an instruction Manual.

♦ AL-528S Light Features & Set-Up ♦

- Light Features -

∙ 528 LED's, each with a supposedly 100,000 hour lifespan.
∙ On/Off Button.
∙ DC 18V Input.
∙ Brightness Wheel.
∙ Brightness Display.
∙ Filter Slot.
∙ Battery Slot x2.*
∙ 1/4" Screw Threads x3 (left/right sides of the light and one on the bottom).

*Rechargeable Li-ion Battery + Charger for Sony NP-F550: Adds portability to the light.

- Set-Up & Results -

You will need some kind of stand, be it a tripod, light stand or something else completely. Due to lightweight this unit is, I was able to hook it up to a flexible gooseneck which is attached to my table via a clamp. Previously I had been using a light with an umbrella which took up a lot of space of my small room; now I have less clutter to deal with.

Both filters included are handy to have; 5500K more so than the 3200K for my use. I did find that swapping the filters around was quite fiddly, this was because the tab that sticks out is fairly small and doesn't have a lot of grip to it, nevertheless it's possible.

Once it's powered up (power cable or battery), you can manually adjust the percentage of brightness which ranges between 10%-99%. I wouldn't say it's fine tuned to the point every single percentage is noticeable, however there sure is a major difference between 10% & 99%.

The results were fantastic; it produces a really clear light and the adjustability in brightness is extremely useful to have.

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

There are other lights available on the market that you can get for a much cheaper price. I've bought some cheaper light sets in the past and they do the job very well. That said, here's why I would prefer to use the AL-528S instead:

✓ Reasonably sized: Takes up little room.
✓ Lightweight: Easy to carry around.
✓ 100,000 Hours lifespan: No need to worry about replacing the unit any time soon.
✓ Powered by mains or battery: Option for portability.
✓ 1/4" Threads & included light stand adapter: More versatile mounting options.
✓ Adjustable brightness: Better lighting options.

Now knowing how good this product is, I would have gladly spent that extra money to buy two of these than the umbrella light kit I had previously purchased.

► Note: I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.

Revell Fireshot
Revell Fireshot
Price: £44.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been made a bit better, 21 Jan. 2015
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Revell Fireshot (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 2:39 Mins

♦ Box Contents & Recommended Extras ♦

∙ Box Contents: Fireshot All-Terrain Plane* | Remote Control | Charging Cable | Spare Parts | Instruction Manual. *Product Dimensions: 13.5"(L) | 10.5"(W) | 4.5"(H).

∙ Recommended Extras: AA Batteries x 4 | Small Philips Screwdriver.

∙ Optional Extras: Mains USB adapter | Portable Power Bank.

♦ Setting Up / Charging ♦

One of the first things that needs to be done is to install the AA batteries inside the remote control; the battery compartment is located on the rear of the remote, you will also need a small Philips screwdriver to gain access.

To charge the plane, you will need to open up the cockpit as this is where you plug in the smaller end of the charging cable. The other end needs to be plugged into a powered USB socket. The charging time is approximately 50 minutes and you can tell when it's fully charged because the red LED on the USB side will turn off.

Be careful when opening up the cockpit, there's a thin little tab which keeps it in place which broke really easily, this meant I couldn't place the windshield back on without it sliding off.

On a full charge, you will get between 5-8 minutes of flight time... Waiting 50 minutes for such a small amount of flight time for me was disappointing, however my friend who loves flying RC planes stated that was pretty much normal and to bare in mind that's "continuous flight time".

♦ Flying the plane ♦

Make sure the remote control and plane is switched on; the switch for the plane is in the cockpit, just above the charging port.

The plane can take-off from ground, if you can find a flat enough surface; if not you can do a manual take-off by throwing it at a 15° angle. Both types of take-off will require the plane to go towards the wind. The instruction manual states whilst it can land on water, it CAN'T take-off on water. If I had a decent pond around where I lived then I would have tried it regardless.

Anyway, my first go didn't go so well; this could have been down to various things: Lack of skill (understandable, it was my first try), the lack of a cockpit windshield effected its aerodynamics, or it was slightly too windy.

Whatever the reason, as I walked to pick up the plane for another go, a sweet little demon dog comes along and decides the plane looks like a decent chew toy... He grabbed it, chewed it, heck, he ran all around the field with a big joyous demonic smile before giving it back in a demolished state...

♦ Overall Opinion ♦

To be honest, I didn't get the best first impression with the plane as the cockpit windshield broke with very effort. Other than that, the plane looked and felt durable enough to withstand some crash landings.

It's quite hard to properly review something that was eaten by a dog... So I guess all I could say is that it makes a great chew toy!

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Case, Terrapin [Extra Slim Fit] Hybrid Rubberised [Black] Protective Hard Case for Sony Xperia Z3 Compact - Black
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Case, Terrapin [Extra Slim Fit] Hybrid Rubberised [Black] Protective Hard Case for Sony Xperia Z3 Compact - Black
Offered by ClickJunkie
Price: £5.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap but decent case, 9 Jan. 2015
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This case clipped over my Z3 Compact really easily and fits perfectly, no movement between the both at all.

The flap which covers the charge port and MicroSD card is easily accessible with this case on, furthermore all buttons can be easily pressed without the case getting in the way.

It also adds a little bit extra grip compared to the Z3 compacts incredibly slippery exterior.

Overall it's a cheap case that will help prevent some wear & tear happening on the phone, plus may help prevent some damage to the phone depending on how you drop it.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact UK SIM-Free Smartphone - Black
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact UK SIM-Free Smartphone - Black
Price: £398.92

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic phone, just has very slippery exterior, 9 Jan. 2015
The Z3 Compact is an extremely good phone: It's smart looking, small, lightweight, easy to use and very responsive; plus the battery life is really good too!

The only problem I have is to do with the phone's exterior, it's far too slippery! Though the gloss exterior makes it look very stylish, it would be much better if they had gone for a matte finish.

Because of how glossy the back is, it makes it really hard to grip the phone (like holding a slippery soap, no joke) and whenever I place it on a slightly slanted surface, it just slides right off. I'd recommend getting a case with decent grip for this phone.

Other than this issue, it's definitely a phone I would highly recommend!

♦ Additional Information ♦

∙ Box contents: Z3 Compact | Screen Protector | Earphones | AC Adapter | Charging Cable (Micro USB) | instruction Manual.
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Bronchostop Buttercup Syrup - 120 ml
Bronchostop Buttercup Syrup - 120 ml
Price: £5.30

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Horrible taste, but does the job..., 9 Jan. 2015
There are so many cough syrups out there for different types of coughs, that buying the correct one can be a difficult task.

After seeing this advertised everywhere, I thought I'd give it a shot.

When I poured the first dose into the little measure cup I got a whiff of the syrup, it wasn't very pleasant; the taste was as bad as it smelt, it really is quite vile and left a bit of a bad after taste. If you have kids, good luck trying to get them to take another dose after the first one!

All that said, I did get it to help my cough and so far it's done a good job... Just wasn't nice doing four 15ml doses every day (one dose every four hours).

Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 400 Premium Fully Wireless Playstation 4, Playstation 3 and Mobile Gaming Headset
Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 400 Premium Fully Wireless Playstation 4, Playstation 3 and Mobile Gaming Headset
Price: £69.85

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars EDIT: Constant buzzing noises making them annoying to use, 27 Dec. 2014
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
[EDIT: 28/12/2014]

It's recently come to my attention that I'm getting constant buzzing sounds when in a party chat with my friends. I'm not too sure exactly what is causing it, it could be some sort of feedback, however when I switch back to my Sony headset, the buzzing completely stops.

When in a party chat EVERYONE seemed to hear it; it got to a point where my friends were extremely irritated by it and told me to switch headsets. Whatever's the reason for this issue, it shouldn't be happening.

I couldn't recommend these any more...


♦ Introduction & Product Features ♦

Turtle Beach has always been a brand in the spotlight when it comes to gaming headsets; a lot of people swear by them, however I've had quite a few friends in the past saying they are way too "overrated".

When unboxing the Stealth 400's, the initial feel of the product was a mixed one: These being lightweight sure was a bonus, but they also felt rather cheap which wasn't so good.

That said, there are quite a few features this headset can boast about...

- Features -

∙ Wireless (PS3 & PS4).
∙ 15 Hours of playback.
∙ Four equalizer presets.
∙ Individual game/chat volume sliders.
∙ Use w/ Mobile whilst gaming.
∙ Sidetone: Prevents user from shouting.

♦ Box Contents ♦

∙ Box Contents: Stealth 400 Headset | Microphone | USB Dongle | Optical Cable* | Micro USB Charging Cable | Mobile Cable | Turtle Beach Sticker | Warranty & Support Flyer | Instruction Manual.

* Using headsets that require a USB dongle normally means you'll only get the sound to the headset, not the TV. With the dongle being linked to the PS4 via optical cable, it means you can hear game sound through both the TV & Headset.

♦ Set-Up & Headset Functions ♦

- Set-Up -

Whilst I used this with my PlayStation 4; looking at the instruction manual, the initial set-up seems identical to the PS3.

1) Insert USB dongle into the consoles USB port (choose the USB port which is furthest to the right).
2) Insert the optical cable into the dongle and the other end into the optical port of the console.
3) Attach the microphone to the headset.
4) Power up the console.
5) On the right ear-cup, there is a power button: Hold it until the headset turns on.
6) The headset and the dongle should already be paired, so should connect automatically. If they don't, check out the troubleshooting section in the instruction manual to do a proper reset.
7) PS4: Hold the PlayStation button down on the controller, go to "adjust devices" and make sure the headset audio is on "Chat Only".

- Headset Functions -

Dotted around the headset, you will find the following:

∙ Power button.
∙ Preset button ('Natural', 'Bass Boost', 'Bass + Treble Boost' & 'Vocal Boost').
∙ Game volume slider.
∙ Chat volume slider.
∙ Mic mute button.
∙ Mobile jack.
∙ Micro USB port.

♦ Headset Quality ♦

- Comfort -

Although the headset is lightweight and well padded, they pinch too much on my head causing discomfort over longer periods of time. Even after stretching the headband a bit I still get the same results.

I could handle probably an hour worth of use before needing to take them off for awhile, which doesn't make them good for longer gaming sessions.

- Sound -

The sound quality overall is pretty good; it won't blow your socks off but is more than reasonable. Audio seems to be clear on all levels and with the bass boost preset activated, you will notice an extra kick in bass, though it may not be to a satisfactory level if you're a real lover of bass.

- Microphone -

I hooked the headset to my mobile phone where I recorded my voice via an app: When played back I thought the quality was very good as my voice seemed very clear. Though you may want to play around with the positioning of the microphone to avoid any wind noise when talking.

- Sidetone -

The sidetone feature is something that relays your voice back to the headphones. This feature isn't obvious that it's active until you blow or tap on the microphone to which you would clearly hear it.

So why is this feature so useful? Well, especially with over-ear headphones or when music is playing, if you try to talk you'll end up talking a lot louder than you would normally, this is because you can't hear your own voice. The sidetone feature subtly relays your voice almost instantaneously which means you can hear yourself resulting in less shouting. You'd be surprised just how well this works and is definitely a much welcomed feature in headsets.

- In-Use With Mobile Phone When Gaming -

If you hook the headset up with a mobile phone, you can take calls whilst gaming; though you will need to manually adjust the game volume via the headset if you have it quite loud, otherwise you won't be able to hear the person calling you.

You also need to answer/reject calls via your phone, not headset.

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

There's a lot of features this headset has which I like a lot and much prefer over to what some other headsets offer, but for me the comfort level is a highly important factor that this unfortunately doesn't deliver in (not to say others won't find this comfortable). If this headset was more comfortable for me, I would have rated them more highly.

If I were to consider the overall quality and features with the price tag this currently has (£60 - December 2014), then these are quite a deal.

There are also other headsets available on the market, one of which I own that are made by Sony; I've done a comparison below.


- ♦ - Turtle Beach Stealth 400 -VS- Sony Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 - ♦ -

♦ Stealth 400:

+ Very Lightweight.
+ Double the battery life.
+ Can output sound to the TV & headset at the same time!*
+ Can connect to mobile phone even when in use with a console!
+ Better sidetone.

*If you're someone who uses game capture devices, then this feature is a MUST have. If the audio doesn't come out from the TV, it means the game capture device isn't getting the audio either.

♦ WSH 2.0:

+ Much more comfortable.
+ Better sound (In my opinion).
+ Better looking (In my opinion).
+ Hidden microphone.
+ Headset Companion App gives more customisability to sound.

Both headsets have features which out-do the other; though for me I still prefer the official Sony headset.

cheero Power Plus 10400mAh DANBOARD Ver. - Multidevice Portable External Battery Backup Charger for iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4, iPad Air, iPad 4, 3, 2, iPad mini / Retina Mini 2, Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 2, 3, Tab 3, HTC One, HTC One 2, Sony Experia Z2 and most Android smartphones and tablets - Dual USB Output * 2 years warranty *
cheero Power Plus 10400mAh DANBOARD Ver. - Multidevice Portable External Battery Backup Charger for iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4, iPad Air, iPad 4, 3, 2, iPad mini / Retina Mini 2, Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 2, 3, Tab 3, HTC One, HTC One 2, Sony Experia Z2 and most Android smartphones and tablets - Dual USB Output * 2 years warranty *
Offered by Cheero (Europe) LTD
Price: £29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Coolest & cutest looking power bank, ever, 27 Dec. 2014
♦ Box Contents: Power Bank | Micro USB Cable | Carry Pouch | Instruction Manual.

✔ Pros:
✓ Coolest & cutest looking power bank, ever.
✓ Build quality is really good, seems very durable.
✓ Easy to Operate.
✓ Dual ports (1A & 2.1A).
✓ Does the job intended.

✖ Cons:
✘ Fairly Pricey.

♦ My overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

► I'll be uploading a full review in video form shortly.
► ► Note: I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.

BLACK+DECKER 21.6V Hand Vac + Floor Extension with ORA Technology, White
BLACK+DECKER 21.6V Hand Vac + Floor Extension with ORA Technology, White
Price: £149.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent addition to have, 21 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
♦ Introduction ♦

I've been using a Kirby vacuum cleaner for the past several years. The Kirby is built like a brick house and does an exceptional job at sucking up all the dirt and really is a top vacuum cleaner, however it also weights a tonne, this makes it really hard to carry up stairs and overall isn't really that manoeuvrable.

This is where the Dustbuster by Black+Decker comes in: It boasts portability due to its lightweight and cordless design. The idea of not having to lug a heavy vacuum up the stairs, as well as being able to reach those higher up dusty areas certainly makes this product appealing.

♦ Box Contents ♦

∙ Main vacuum unit.
∙ Extension nozzle.
∙ Floor head attachment.
∙ Upholstery brush attachment.
∙ Spare filter.
∙ Charging dock w/included screws and wall-plug.
∙ Instruction manual.

I didn't have any qualms regarding quality, everything seemed well made and fairly robust.

♦ Ease of Use & Results ♦

First of all charging the main unit couldn't be simpler: Just plug the docking station into the mains and slot the vacuum unit in. If you really wanted to, you can mount the docking station to a wall (preferably near a socket). On the side of the vacuum is a battery level indicator which will light up when charging and will turn off when fully charged.

When it came to vacuum cleaning the stairs or the smaller rooms in the house this worked like a charm; this is because the floor-head attachment twists around for extra manoeuvrability and the unit as a whole for me is lightweight, making it easy to carry around. It did a satisfactory job at cleaning the areas where my regular vacuum cleaner had difficulties reaching.

The total power compared to a normal vacuum cleaner is very apparent; although it does have a decent suction, I would never replace my main vacuum cleaner with a handheld vac such as this as my main vacuum cleaner does a much and certainly more noticeable job when it comes to doing a proper clean. That said I have carpet on all floors in the house. If I had more rooms without carpet, I believe the Dustbuster would be more suitable.

This product I find would be more useful for smooth floor surfaces, quick pick up jobs and cleaning awkward to reach places: Probably great for cleaning the insides of a car or caravan too!

One other important thing to note is the maintenance which is required for this product: Apart from emptying the dirt storage area, its instruction manual does recommend a regular proper clean of the filter and other components inside.

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

The unit altogether is versatile and manoeuvrable and does a decent job at quickly picking up the more visible dirt.

I think it would make a great addition for many people, just be sure it's a product you're going get enough use out of it to justify the price.

Men Beard Beanie Handmade Winter Hat Outdoor Face Warmer (Orange)
Men Beard Beanie Handmade Winter Hat Outdoor Face Warmer (Orange)
Offered by Jiang 4 you
Price: £8.29

5.0 out of 5 stars For those who's always wanted their own beard, 18 Dec. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Finally got accepted into the epic beard club!

Hopefully they won't realise it's a fake and kick me out, but so far everyone is fooled, yippee!

Sony PlayStation DualShock 4 Charging Station (PS4)
Sony PlayStation DualShock 4 Charging Station (PS4)
Offered by Staraxe Ltd
Price: £29.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, just make sure you buy it for the right price, 17 Dec. 2014
♦ Introduction ♦

There are multiple ways to charge the Dualshock 4 controllers when not in use:

1) Plug the DS4 into the PS4 when it's in rest mode and the power to USB port option is enabled.
2) Use a USB mains adaptor.

Whilst keeping your PS4 in rest mode would consume less power than when in normal use, it still uses up more than what could be justified to keep it on just to charge up a controller or two.

As for using a USB mains adaptor, it doesn't keep everything all organised and neat looking.

With the official PlayStation charging station, you can charge up to two controllers at one time and it does so quite neatly too. As it doesn't require being plugged directly into the PS4, it means you can fully turn your PS4 off when not in use.

The charging station itself is small, robust feeling and it looks smart!

♦ Box Contents ♦

∙ Docking Station.
∙ AC Adaptor.
∙ Power Cable.
∙ Instruction Manual.

♦ Set-Up ♦

So, so simple:

1) Plug the AC adaptor into the bottom of the charging station and feed the cable under the gap.
2) Plug the power cable into the AC adaptor and the other end into the mains.
3) Insert one or two DS4 controllers into the dock (as the product photo suggests, it plugs into the bottom of the DS4, not in its micro USB port like you would normally).

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

It's a fantastic addition to go with your PS4, especially if you have more than one DS4 controller.

All I can suggest is beware of the price; these things are very hard to come by so at the time of writing this review, sellers are hiking up the prices due to the sheer demand.

I managed to get one for £30 externally and wouldn't pay higher to be honest.

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