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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: £179.99

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 DaCo82
Price: £9.75

5.0 out of 5 stars For those who's always wanted their own beard, 18 Dec 2014
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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 Gameseek
Price: £34.91

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.

Philips HR1863/01 Viva Collection Juicer, 2 Litre, 700 Watt, Brushed Aluminium
Philips HR1863/01 Viva Collection Juicer, 2 Litre, 700 Watt, Brushed Aluminium
Price: £59.99

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So easy to use, with juicy results!, 9 Dec 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 3:27 Mins

The juicer itself comes pretty much set-up in the box, all you have to do is unwrap the upper parts and attach them onto the juicer, instructions are included if you get stuck, though the set-up process is very simple and takes up barely any time.

When the juicer is set-up it's best to place it on a nice smooth surface, this will allow the suction cups located underneath the juicer to securely stick onto the surface, making it very hard to knock over.

Juicing was a breeze, put the jug(which is included) over the juicers spout, switch on the power and drop in your ingredients into the feeding tube and insert the "pusher" whilst pressing down slowly.

I decided to go for apple juice and the results were amazing, I reluctantly shared the juice with my friends because it was so darn tasty and not one person had anything bad to say, in fact one of my friends insisted we go to the shop to buy more fruit to make more (can't blame him to be honest).

The juice that come out from the juicer had a bit of froth which settled down over time and had a very nice subtle thickness to it(with no bits in of course) and was very refreshing to drink, especially after it was left to be chilled in the fridge for 5 minutes or so.

Now for the time people dread the most... cleaning everything up after use.

I was a bit sceptical about the "clean within 1 minute", especially after seeing all the pulp inside the juicer.

Removing all the parts off the juicer took seconds are barely any effort, then when I got to the pulp container, I found it really easy to scoop out. All of this took about a minute to do, however I think the "clean within 1 minute" advertisement is aimed towards people with dishwashers, because there was no way I could wash them all by hand within 1 minute, instead it took 20 seconds to take everything off, a further 30 seconds to scoop out the pulp and around 5 minutes to properly clean & dry everything and finally a further 20 seconds to put everything back ready for when I need to use it again. I can imagine if I had a dishwasher, it would take 1 minute to prepare it for being washed.

The overall experience of this juicer was very positive; it was simple to set-up, easy to use & it wasn't a hassle to clean, but to me the most important thing was the juice and I can assure you the results were top-notch!

So for all of these reasons this juicer gets top stars and two thumbs up from me.


I have now included a video which shows the following:

1) Box Shot.
2) Using the juicer.
3) Pouring juice into glass.
4) Disassembling juicer.
5) Assembling juicer.

I hope this video gives a better insight to this product.

22 Jump Street [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
22 Jump Street [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Jonah Hill
Price: £13.00

5.0 out of 5 stars "My name is Jeff", 9 Dec 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed the first film and was quite unsure how the second one was going to compare, but you know what? I actually enjoyed this one more than the first one and most of my friends agreed also.

Sure the plot is pretty similar, however that doesn't make it exactly the same as the last film or any less enjoyable. From time to time the characters will also dig into how they're wasting the films budget and it's done in a rather humorous way.

During the film I found there to be a lot of very comical scenes; as a whole, I really enjoyed the film.

Would I recommend it? Absolutely.

Kinivo ZX100 Mini Portable Speaker with Rechargeable Battery and Enhanced Bass Resonator (Grey - Purple)
Kinivo ZX100 Mini Portable Speaker with Rechargeable Battery and Enhanced Bass Resonator (Grey - Purple)
Offered by BlueRigger LLC
Price: £32.99

4.0 out of 5 stars AUX only speaker with reasonable sound for the price, 9 Dec 2014
♦ Introduction ♦

The ZX100 by Kinivo is a low-cost lightweight portable speaker. Unlike other portable speakers available on the market nowadays; this one doesn't have any wireless features such as Bluetooth, but merely connects via an auxiliary cable, so this speaker can be used via wire by connecting it to a headphone port which can be found on devices such as: Smartphone, laptop/PC, iPod/MP3 player etc...

It's main features are:

∙ Bass enhancing resonator.
∙ Modular design to allow connection with multiple units.
∙ Rechargeable with a 6 hour battery life.
∙ Can charge whilst in use.

♦ Box Contents ♦

∙ ZX100 speaker.
∙ USB charging/audio extension cable.
∙ Carry bag.

♦ Set-Up & Use ♦

There are two ways to connect this speaker to a device:

1) Use the very short fixed AUX cable located underneath the speaker to connect to a devices headphone port.

2) Use the extension cable by slotting the micro USB end into the speaker and the AUX end into a devices headphone port. You can also stick the main USB end into a powered USB socket to charge the speaker at the same time when in use.

To adjust the speakers volume I'd recommend making sure the devices volume is on max and adjust the speaker thereafter or vice versa. Note that the buttons for the speaker is the drop part of the coloured wavy strip going around the unit and are labelled just above appropriately.

By twisting the centre piece of the speaker, this will pop out the bass resonator which will give your music a little kick of bass. You can choose to leave it in, however music will sound a bit flat.

If you have more than one of these speakers, you can link them together to enhance the sound further.

♦ Sound Quality ♦

Bare in mind this speaker falls in the lower budget spectrum, so it's not going to blow your socks off.

With this speaker connected to my phone, I was able to have both phone and speaker at max volume with no distortion, though I could see some people complaining about the volume not being loud enough. That said the sound volume may vary from phone to phone.

When in use with my PC, I was able to achieve a louder volume but was hit with some very harsh distortion when my PC was on max volume and the speaker was at roughly 80% or higher.

When I got the speaker to a volume level where there was no distortion, the quality was actually pretty reasonable. The sound of this little speaker was quite good, the audio seemed clear and it could deliver a little kick of bass.

♦ Overall Opinion ♦

If you're looking for a portable speaker which can output reasonable sound that doesn't break the bank, then this is definitely one to consider.

✔ Pros:
✓ Affordable.
✓ Small/portable.
✓ Decent sound for price.
✓ Reasonable battery life.
✓ Variety of colours to choose.
✓ Can link to multiple speakers.

✖ Cons:
✘ Can distort quite badly at louder volumes.

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

LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS4)
LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS4)
Price: £36.85

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game, however the sack is only half full, 9 Dec 2014
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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♦ Introduction ♦

LittleBigPlanet has always been more than just being a platform game; it's a game that allows you to create your own levels and share it with the world.

LittleBigPlanet 2 was the one that truly revolutionised the game as it handed down even more powerful tools which allowed people to effectively create their own game within a game.

With LittleBigPlanet 3, there are now even more tools, power-ups and 13 more layers to build on!

But let's not forgot the adorable Sackboy, who now has three new friends to join him on his new journey: Oddsock (agile dog-like character who can jump off walls) | Toggle (starts big/heavy & can switch to become small/lightweight) | Swoop (ability to fly).

LittleBigPlanet 3 is a family friendly game that is enjoyable for ALL ages.

♦ Box Contents & Game Information ♦

- Inside the case: LBP3 game disc | Instruction leaflet.

- Game Information: 1-4 Players (Main Game) | 2-4 Players (Online) | Requires a minimum of 14GB storage space | Supports remote play | Camera & move compatible.

- Trophies: 1 Platinum | 6 Gold | 8 Silver | 16 Bronze.

♦ Game Experience ♦

- Story/Adventure Mode:

This is the main game's storyline; throughout this mode you will unlock the new characters to play, new power-ups, costumes, stickers and materials.

The story mode overall was actually enjoyable as the levels were fun and very creative, plus there is a lot of re-playability just like the previous games had.

The reason for this re-playability is because you have three level achievements to complete:

1) Complete the level.

2) Ace the level: Basically, you're not allowed to die once! Some levels are challenging enough, never-mind doing it without dying. Oh and the worst part... When you accidentally die near the end of the level, soul destroying.

3) Collect all items: This may seem like a simple task however there is a catch; most levels it's impossible to get all the items on the first go. Why? Well, there are areas where you'll need certain power-ups or specific stickers to be granted access; most of these I guarantee you won't have unlocked until completing levels you haven't unlocked yet! There are also some contraptions which require more than just one player to gain the goodies; this will require more controllers and playing with people online.

Having the above three tasks to do make's this game very enjoyable indeed.

- Adventure Mode Criticism:

The storyline itself I can't complain about, nor can I complain about how adorable and cute the characters are, as well as the levels available being genuinely fun to play, however the adventure mode altogether is actually pretty short...

In all LittleBigPlanet games the storyline is broken up into different worlds; each world has around 4 or more story levels with optional challenge levels. LittleBigPlanet had eight worlds, LBP2 down to six (though was sufficient enough), LBP3 however only has four!

In LBP3 you have the first world that gets the story going, then the next three which unlock the other main characters shortly followed by the end boss level. I felt it was very short lived as they could have easily done another world once all characters were unlocked which could have focused on them all on several levels, not just one...

- Game bugs:

Throughout the game you may come across several bugs. Within its first week of release it was rather shocking at how many bugs there were; these bugs consisted of your character getting stuck, unnecessarily dying or falling through the level. However the development team have been really good at fixing a lot of these with recent patches and the game will get continuous support to iron these out; just be sure to download the latest patch before playing the game.

- Create Mode:

Explore your imagination and create it into a level that others can experience for themselves by sharing it with the community.

The create mode really is fantastic; there are a whole bunch of tools available (old & new), this in addition to now having 16 layers to build on (up from three) allows you to get super creative!

If you're new to the create mode, it may seem daunting, however there are some tutorials in game to help you and there are a tonne of videos made available online from other players. Once you get used to the system, you will realise that the create system is actually extremely simple with a little know-how.

Once you've created a level and wish to share it with others, then you'll be able to publish the level from your moon of creativity to your planet so people from all around the world to play.

- Community:

Basically, this is where you can browse through other peoples own published levels and if you like the level, why not heart and favourite it.

There are some levels out there that you would have never imagined would be possible to make; it's these levels (some which are even better than what the developers have made) that make you realise just how powerful the creation tools really are.

- Downloadable Content:

In the world of LittleBigPlanet there is a vast variety of downloadable content available; these range from extra costumes for your lil Sackboy and other characters as well as new adventures or materials and stickers for your own levels. The extra content already available is pretty impressive and there will be more to come. Just bare in mind that whilst some are free, most will require actual payment to unlock.

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

If you're planning on fully completing and unlocking everything on adventure mode, and have a main interest in the ability to create and share your own levels as well as play other peoples, then you won't be too disappointed.

For those who's main attraction is purely on the story levels, do prepare for some good fun however expect it will be fairly short lived.

To put this short, this game was severely let down by the lack of story levels.

✔ Pros:
✓ Fun to play.
✓ Easy controls.
✓ Adorable characters.
✓ A lot of re-playability.
✓ Really nice looking texture graphics.
✓ Variety of creative tolls to make your own levels.

✖ Cons:
✘ Story mode is way too short.

GMC GCHD18 18V Combi Hammer Drill
GMC GCHD18 18V Combi Hammer Drill
Price: £76.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Decent quality drill, 6 Dec 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
♦ Box Contents ♦

∙ Drill Unit.
∙ Detachable 18V 1.5Ah Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery.
∙ Battery Charger.
∙ Assortment of drill & screw bits w/magnetic screw bit holder* (comes inside a plastic bag rather than a carry case).
∙ Instruction Manual.
∙ Carry Bag.**

* The magnetic screw bit holder I received was quite cheap as it wobbles when spinning (yes I had it on properly). I don't have this wobbling issue when using any of the drill bits.

** The carry bag fits everything in neatly, however there's not much protection which a hard case would have provided more of.

♦ Quality & In Use ♦

Compared to some other drills I've held before, this one is actually pretty lightweight. The drill itself feels robust and has a decent amount of grip making it extremely comfortable to hold.

The battery pack is easy enough to put on on however I found taking it off is another story. Even when holding the release button down, the battery pack still requires quite a bit of force to slide off; most of the time resulting in the battery flying out of my hand. A positive note about the battery though, is that it has a very handy power level bar which lights up when pressed.

Inserting the drill bits is as easy as making... erm, eating pie (I can't make pie), just twist the chuck collar anti-clockwise to open up the chuck jaws, insert the required bit and twist the chuck collar clockwise until it's nice and tight (otherwise it will become loose).

The drill has various settings: Hammer mode | rotary drilling mode | Screwing mode w/ torque settings 1-16. On-top is a variable speed slider (1 & 2) and on the side by the trigger is a button to change rotation direction.

One of my favourite features this drill has is an LED light which lights up when the trigger is pressed, actually a very handy extra! The chuck also seems to have a special lock system in place, so when the trigger is released it stops rotating very quickly.

Apart from the wobbling magnetic screw bit holder (you may want to buy a better quality one), this drill seems to do a darn good job.

My drilling use may not be so extensive compared to others, however I've drilled quite a lot of holes in wood and it did it with absolute ease, definitely no qualms so far.

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

Apart from the drill & screw bits included which seem to be on the budget quality side (I'd recommend buying some better quality ones), the drill itself seems to be made of quite good quality.

Would recommend.

LED Lenser P3 Key Ring Torch Gift Box - Black
LED Lenser P3 Key Ring Torch Gift Box - Black

5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic portable torch, 1 Dec 2014
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♦ Introduction ♦

I purchased my very first LED Lenser torch back in 2012 (P2) and absolutely loved it: The build quality was fantastic, it was portable, bright and the battery life was also very good, it ticked all the right boxes. It had much use and whilst it looked a bit battered it was still going strong... That was until I somehow lost it.

I was tempted to go for the same model, but decided to go for the P3 in the end, just fancied a bit of change in style.

♦ Box Contents ♦

I chose the frustration free packaging so it came in a really nice gift box. Inside were the following:

∙ P3 Torch.
∙ 1xAAA Duracell Battery.
∙ Attachable Clip.
∙ Wrist Strap.
∙ Holster.
∙ Instruction Manual.

♦ Quality & In Use ♦

The P3 seems robust and made of really good quality. It's small so makes it very portable.

You can switch between floodlight to spotlight, this is done by sliding the front part of the torch back or forth. I initially thought the sliding mechanism would allow the torch to easily slide out of the its focus when moving around, but it didn't budge at all. If I could choose, I would prefer a twisting mechanism, but sliding one is fine.

The light output from this little beast is very bright, you wouldn't expect it to last as long as it does from just 1 AAA battery, it's pretty impressive.

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

LED Lenser is a brand I highly trust. I haven't been let down in the past and I hope this one doesn't let me down either.

So far so good, would definitely recommend this product.

HUHD Xbox Fiber-optical Wireless 2014 Newest Premium Digital High Performance 2.4Ghz, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, PC Noise Cancelling Gaming Headset , Detachable Microphone
HUHD Xbox Fiber-optical Wireless 2014 Newest Premium Digital High Performance 2.4Ghz, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, PC Noise Cancelling Gaming Headset , Detachable Microphone
Offered by Kington Pro
Price: £93.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Works extremely well with the PS4, 29 Nov 2014
♦ Introduction ♦

The HW-399M is a mid-range wireless headset that's compatible on a variety of platforms such as the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PC, Mac & TV).

It boasts a wireless connectivity up to 10m range, 40mm speaker drivers and an impressive 15 hours battery life.

♦ Box Contents ♦

∙ Box Contents: HW-399M Wireless Headset | Detachable Microphone | Transmitter | 3.5mm - 2.5mm AUX Cable | Optical Cable* | 2x Micro USB** | Instruction Manual.

* Out of the box this cable was faulty as no matter how hard I tried, it just wouldn't click into any optical ports; luckily I had an AmazonBasics Digital Optical Cable which had no issues slotting into the transmitter or PS4. UPDATE: I've recently received a replacement optical cable which is identical to the one originally supplied in the box, however this one worked perfectly.

** One USB cable is to connect the transmitter to the PS4; the other is to charge the headset via a powered USB port (such as through the PS4 when powered on, or during it's standby mode).

♦ Set-Up ♦

- PS4 Set-Up:

I would recommend giving the headset a full charge before use (5 hours charging time).

Although the set-up process involves several cables, it doesn't actually take long to get everything up and running:

1) Plug a USB cable into the PS4 and micro end into the transmitter.
2) Link the PS4 and transmitter together using the included optical cable (though would HIGHLY recommend a better quality one).
3) Turn on the PS4. This will power up the transmitter.
4) Turn on the headset. The headset and transmitter should pair automatically.
5) Go to "Settings" - "Sound and Screen" - "Audio Output Settings" - "Primary Output Port": Deselect "Dolby Digital 5.1ch" & "DTS 5.1ch".*
6) Within "Audio Output Settings", select "Output to Headphones" and select "Chat Audio".
7) Within "Audio Output Settings", select "Audio Format (Priority)" and select "Linear PCM".

- PC Set-Up:

1) Link the PC and transmitter together using the included USB Cable.
2) Turn on the headset. The headset and transmitter should pair automatically.

- Headset Functions:

Everything is located on the right ear cup: Power button, pairing/mute button and two volume sliders; one for chat and the other for game audio.

♦ Comfort & Quality ♦

The headbands and earmuffs are well padded. The material used for padding definitely doesn't feel of premium quality, but is certainly soft enough for hours worth of gaming and not having your ears ache.

I'm actually pretty impressed by the sound quality. Though not quite comparable with Sony's own wireless headsets, it's still clear, well balanced and can deliver a reasonable amount of bass.

When using this headset on the PS4 I've had no issues having conversations with friends online; I've asked them for some feedback as they're on the receiving end of the microphone quality, to which they stated it seems very clear and can understand me perfectly.

Though I do have one problem with the microphone itself... Whilst it's flexible, it isn't very adjustable, this is because it slowly moves back into its original location after being adjusted.

As for the wireless connectivity between the headset an the transmitter, within my entire use to date, I've had constant audio connection and no drop-outs at all. The battery life is also very impressive.

♦ Final Thoughts ♦

Obviously due to its price it won't be the best wireless headset on the market, but if you don't want to splash out a load of cash but still want decent quality, then this is definitely one to consider.

✔ Pros:
✓ Very reasonable price for a wireless headset.
✓ Comfortable to wear.
✓ Decent sound quality.
✓ Doesn't cut off TV sound like the official Sony wireless ones do.
✓ Very long battery life.

✖ Cons:
✘ Microphone adjustability could be much better.

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

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