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Philips HP3621 200w InfraCare Lamp
Philips HP3621 200w InfraCare Lamp
Price: £35.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Really Works!!!, 25 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This lamp provides heat therapy for aches and pains in muscles and joints. It is quite compact in size about a foot high and 8 inches wide (or 30cm by 20cm for those of you who are not dinosaurs like me!). It is also surprisingly light.

Control is easy. Just plug it in and switch it on. It then provides sufficient heat to assist with alleviating pain without ever getting unbearably hot (as long as you sit the recommended distance away). It warms up to maximum heat gradually although you can start using it as soon as you switch it on. It can be used for up to 15 minutes at a time. You can adjust the angle of the lamp. This is quite stiff to do but it does mean that it remains in place.

In use, I found that it really helped with neck and shoulder pain. It won't cure it, it's not designed to. What it does do is give relief for a while and in this respect it works well.

It is important to read the safety instruction, in particular, avoiding looking into the lamp and heeding the recommendations for maximum usage time and distance from the lamp.

I am impressed with the results from using the lamp and will continue to use it regularly. Highly recommended.


Philips Sonicare HX9331/04 DiamondClean Rechargeable Toothbrush White
Philips Sonicare HX9331/04 DiamondClean Rechargeable Toothbrush White
Price: £166.34

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Toothbrush, 24 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I really like this toothbrush. I have been used to Braun Oral B toothbrushes recently and have been very pleased with them but this one takes brushing to a new level.

The first thing thing that strikes one is the design, not only of the toothbrush but of the whole package. The inclusion of a glass toothmug is a nice touch but it is not just for show but also acts as a charger. The glass sits on a charging unit and the toothbrush charges by just resting in the glass. Helpfully they have also included a stylish and strong carry case which is also a charging unit, ideal for travelling.

The cleaning process is comfortable, if a little tickly at first, although you soon get used to it. Rather than rotating a la Braun toothbrushes, the head vibrates against the teeth. This means that it isn't as abrasive. The different settings are useful as well, including a sensitive setting so if you have had problems using electric toothbrushes previously because of sensitive teeth or gums, this may suit you better. It also eases you into using it by reducing the strength of the brushing for the first 8 times, increasing slightly each use until it reaches full strength.

After brushing, I find that my mouth has a refreshed feel and it certainly feels clean.

I have marked down toothbrushes in the past for slow charging and low battery life between charges. This isn't perfect but is a marked improvement. A full charge takes about 18 hours and you do get more uses before a recharge us needed compared to my previous brushes.

This isn't cheap and neither are the replacement heads (only one is provided) but is is a very good toothbrush.


Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Stylus - Black
Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Stylus - Black
Offered by nrsolutions
Price: £33.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Best Stylus I have used, 23 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a well built stylus consisting of a sturdy metal case at the end of which is a sharp point protected by a plastic disc that swivels freely allowing precise positioning on the screen. Unlike most styli that use rubber tips, this one allows far greater accuracy.

It is comfortable to hold and is great for writing and drawing on the screen, especially with handwriting recognition software, which I have always found a bit hit and miss in the past. In addition, many games require greater precision than is possible with a normal stylus. I found for example GTA III a lot easier to control/

It remains to be seen how long the plastic disc remains attached but it does come with a screw on cap to protect it when not in use. I do wish more cases came with a stylus holder but if you do need to keep it in a pocket, at least the cap will keep it safe.

This stylus has been well thought out and designed and is a pleasure to use.


MiGear ExtremeX 1080p Wi-Fi Action Camera
MiGear ExtremeX 1080p Wi-Fi Action Camera
Price: £99.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good but limited, 22 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a reasonably good quality camera with a very limited use. The idea of being able to fix it to a bike to take videos on the move is a good one, particularly with the wide angle lens, and the bracket to fix it is sturdy, as is the clear plastic casing around the camera.

However there are shortcomings. First of all, the small size of the camera means that there is no viewscreen. What is more incredible though is that it also does not have an old fashioned viewfinder so that you cannot see what you are taking which makes taking still photos difficult. They get round this by supplying an app for phones and tablets. This works well when the phone is in a fixed position (e.g. mounted on a bike) but you can't hold a phone in one hand and take a photo with the other. You might as well use the camera on the phone!

The second problem is that the app connects to the camera via Wi-Fi. Given that the idea is to use the camera in all terrain activities, where are you going to get a Wi-Fi signal? Maybe Bluetooth would work better.

Other niggles are that it took me ages to work out how to get the plastic case off. Better instructions would have helped. Also the buttons are quite hard to press down, particularly with the case on, which could increase camera shake on still photos.

Having said all that, the quality of the output is good and clear. I would recommend this for users who want to attach it to the front of a bike to capture their adventures but for few other purposes.


AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI to Micro HDMI Cable (6.5 Feet/2 Meters) - Supports Ethernet, 3D, and Audio Return
AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI to Micro HDMI Cable (6.5 Feet/2 Meters) - Supports Ethernet, 3D, and Audio Return
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good cable that works well. Need a compatible phone or tablet though., 7 Jan. 2015
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This cable features a standard HDMI connection at one end and a micro HDMI connection at the other. As with all Amazon Basics products that I have used, this comes with no nonsense packaging and little in the way of documentation (not needed in this case). I don't know if the gold plated connectors really do make a difference to the quality of the picture but I have no complaints on that score. I can't comment on value for money as it seems to be currently unavailable.

It is a good compromise for those who don't have a Wi-Fi sender (eg Chromecast) or are at a location without Wi-Fi. You do get the whole image of the phone or tablet on the screen rather than just the file you want to watch so you will need to maximise the screen. Also you are physically connected to the TV via the cable so you may not be able to control the output without getting up out of your seat (depending on the cable length and how far away you are from the screen).

I do take issue with the first line of the blurb above which says "connects tablets and smartphones to HDTV or computer with HD Port" What it should say is "connects tablets and smartphones WITH HD PORT..." I have 2 android smartphones and 3 tablets and only one of these (HUDL2) has such a port. They are all fairly standard kit including Moto G phone and Nexus 7 tablet. Even my iPad doesn't have an HDMI connector, you have to buy a separate cable. So make sure you have a compatible phone or tablet before buying one of these.

On the plus side it will also work with digital cameras that have HDMI output and it seems that these are more common.


The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman
The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman
by Mamen Sanchez
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Enough Read, 7 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This book falls into the "gentle humour" category in a similar vein to The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared". Like that book, it flits between what is happening in the current day and earlier events (some recent, some not so). Unlike it, however, it doesn't go into the depth of the character's history in quite the same way.

Looking at it on its own merit, I found it an enjoyable read, with humour and mystery, although edging mainly towards humour. It was originally written in Spanish and the translation is good and it is easy to follow. The characters are quirky and unique although I found I was sympathetic towards everyone except the protagonist, Atticus Craftsman ( I even liked the villains and the bumbling policeman more),

It is not the most challenging of books but it is entertaining and would be ideal for a holiday read.


Naturalight 2 in 1 Magnifying Lamp
Naturalight 2 in 1 Magnifying Lamp
Price: £64.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First the good points. The lamp is solidly built, 11 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
First the good points. The lamp is solidly built. It gives a strong bright and natural light which through using LED technology and magnification, maximises light using very little electricity.

Although it comes in kit form (presumably to make it easier to transport), putting it together was easy with refreshingly good instructions.

Unfortunately, in trying to be a floor lamp and a table lamp, it ends up being neither effectively. As a floor lamp, it just isn't tall enough, even with both poles in place. As a table lamp, the base is just too big. You would certainly have difficulty using it as a bedside lamp for this reason, a shame because the light itself is ideal.

What it is good for (as a floor lamp) is to stand it by a desk if you have one and use it to light up the area. It is just the right height for this purpose.

The four stars are for the effectiveness and economy of the light and the fact that I can use it by my computer desk. One star docked for the limitations described above but if this is not a problem to you, then I can otherwise recommend it.


ROCK JAW ARCANA V2 In Ear Headphone
ROCK JAW ARCANA V2 In Ear Headphone
Price: £39.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The most important thing is sound quality and these don't disappoint. Each instrument can clearly be defined and the ..., 4 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I'm very impressed with these headphones. I wouldn't normally pay this price for them as I tend to use them out and about and they get bashed about and stuffed in bags. However, the quality of sound and comfort of fit makes these a worthwhile purchase.

The most important thing is sound quality and these don't disappoint. Each instrument can clearly be defined and the sound isn't muffled at all. The only criticism is that they don't cancel outside noise very well. I think that this is because of the design of the buds which stick out a little from the main body and hence are not as snug as some. This can be a problem on public transport when I don't want to turn the volume up and annoy other passengers but if I don't there is too much external sound.

They are very comfortable to wear. Ironically the design that causes the external noise problem helps to make the fir more comfortable. There are four sizes of interchangeable bud (most sets only have three) so you should find one that fits your ears.

I'm impressed with the cable. I find that I get through loads of headphones because the cables tangle causing the wires to break but the design of these ensures that tangling is kept to a minimum. This has been fully tested by me stuffing them into my bag when I get to work and my being delighted that I don't have to spend five minutes untangling them at the end of the day.

If you can live with the lack of noise cancellation, these headphones are very good quality both in build and sound quality and I recommend them highly.


Ultrasport Men's Snug Softshell Jacket - Black/Green, XX-Large
Ultrasport Men's Snug Softshell Jacket - Black/Green, XX-Large
Price: £44.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and Comfortable, 4 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
When I received this fleece, my first thought was how thin it felt and how could it keep me warm. However, on wearing it on a cold evening, my fears were unfounded as the thermal material kept the cold out very well.

It is quite light and comfortable to wear. I usually wear an XL. This is XXL (so I can wear some layers underneath) but it still fits nicely, with the arms not being too long. The thinness of the material also means it is not too baggy like some fleeces.

The "Ebony" colour is more charcoal grey and the green design is bright but not too overstated. This is a garment I would wear a lot on a cold evening walk.


Where We Are: Live From San Siro Stadium [DVD] [2014]
Where We Are: Live From San Siro Stadium [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ One Direction
Price: £6.99

5 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The front cover states " full concert" yet the DVD ..., 29 Nov. 2014
The front cover states " full concert" yet the DVD is 70 minutes. Either the punters who paid to see the concert have been seriously short changed or it isn't the full concert at all.
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