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Philips A5PRO/00 DJ Headphones (3500mW RMS, Sensitivity: 105dB, Cable up to 4.7m, Gold-Plated) Including Replaceable Ear Cushions and Innovative Folding Mechanism Black
Philips A5PRO/00 DJ Headphones (3500mW RMS, Sensitivity: 105dB, Cable up to 4.7m, Gold-Plated) Including Replaceable Ear Cushions and Innovative Folding Mechanism Black
Price: £206.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, but not for everyone, 13 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These are a proper set of DJ headphones and as such may not be suitable for sustained home listening. Reason being, they are heavy and very robust - as you might imagine if they are being used professionally. They fit tightly to the head, so there is little of chance of slipping. The sound quality is up there with the best of them. This is the first pair of Phillips headphones I've owned in this price bracket, and they compare equally, if not better than other brands.

They fold up very small and can fit in your bag for easy storage, although there is no hard-case supplied, only a cloth bag. The cord itself is a little over 1m in length when relaxed, although will extend to over 4 metres which should be enough for most people.
Whilst certainly a recommendation for DJ use, the weight and tight fit may deter some people.

Other brands such as Pioneer, Beyer Dynamic and AKG offer lighter (although still professional) alternatives which may be more suitable for home use.


Watermark [Blu-ray + DVD Double Play]
Watermark [Blu-ray + DVD Double Play]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Baichwal
Price: £16.25

4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic views, 31 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
There are a number of eye-opening facts and figures in this documentary, such as 70% of the world's water consumption is used in agriculture (70% of this figure is in China alone). Such is our reliance on water in agriculture, the water for Colorado River irrigated for agriculture, never meant to be farmland, means that the river doesn’t reach the sea in Mexico, and communities suffer massively down-river as a result.

This isn’t the only example of playing god and failing: The LA aqueduct built in the early 1900s moved the Owens River to supply the city, this all but ended agriculture in the valley and a subsequent $1bn project to keep the resultant toxic dust from the ancient course of the river under (ironically) water still persists to this day.

The film chops between location and subject. Slow-motion camera work and amazing aerial shots. The biggest arch dam in the world - the Xiluodu is colossal, almost alien in scale – power outputs will be 6 times that of the Hoover Dam. This is the most impressive section in the film, and perhaps unsurprisingly, has more time than any other location.

There are a number of short interviews with workers, people local to areas of subject-matter. A few minutes each, then on to the next.

If there is one negative, it is that it sometimes struggles to differentiate between documentary and art. The subject matter will always been controversial, but it may have been best to run with the art/visual theme as opposed to perhaps justifying some of the sections of the film with explanations and interviews.

I found the musical score subtle and unobtrusive, and the ‘Making of’ extra well worth watching, as it gives a good insight into many of the better shots in the film.


Gardening Myths and Misconceptions (Wise Words)
Gardening Myths and Misconceptions (Wise Words)
by Charles Dowding
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Making gardening easier, 12 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is an accessible and easy to read reference book. The content is clearly presented and well written with lovely illustrations to break up the text.

I know some other reviews have commented that it is a little over priced for the amount of info, but in actual fact I think it is the high level style that makes it an easy, enjoyable read. If there were pages and pages of explanation I probably wouldn’t bother. And it is hard back so always going to be a bit more.

Another reason I give this 4 out of 5 is because it isn’t just a repeat of the standard stuff but busts a lot of the myths I have always held to be true. It also sides with the lazy gardener, no cleaning of pots or sterilizing greenhouses, which has to be a good thing!


Oral-B Pro 6000 Smart Series With Bluetooth Technology Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Oral-B Pro 6000 Smart Series With Bluetooth Technology Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Price: £84.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars all bells and whistles, 13 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Well, the smart function isn’t available for Windows so that’s a feature I won’t be able to experience for now. I’ve used electric toothbrushes for a number of years now and have always found Oral-B to be consistently good in terms of quality and performance.

This toothbrush enhances existing features and has one or two others which may or may help you depending on your point of view. Most electrical toothbrushes will give you a buzz at 30 second intervals, which helps determine how long you should be spending cleaning each section of your mouth. You’ve now also got a visual smiley face on the unit you can stick in your bathroom which may help. The toothbrush unit will also warn you visually and audibly if you are applying too much pressure.

There are four heads, including sensitive, whitening and gum care. The replacement heads aren’t too expensive if you shop-around. At a little over £80, this toothbrush more sensibly priced now. Gimmicks aside, this is a quality product that performs better than any other electric toothbrush I’ve owned. There are ‘brushes out there that will give comparable performance for less £; but as a package, I think this is recommended purchase.


BRITA Fill&Go Water Filter Bottle Incl. 4 Filter Discs - Green
BRITA Fill&Go Water Filter Bottle Incl. 4 Filter Discs - Green
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent but expensive replacement filters, 26 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The bottle is made of sturdy plastic which will take few knocks, and the top screws easily and had a drip-free seal. Inserting the filter is easy, but you must remember to run it/soak it in water for 30 seconds or so before inserting as this will wash away any residue and unpleasant taste (this is included in the instructions). You do need to suck the water (whether using a straw or not) which minimises and spillages if the bottle is knocked-over.

You are advised the change the filter every week, but it would have been more helpful to say replace after using it for so may litres of water, as daily consumption of water will vary considerably. At the time of writing the filters cost around £1 each which seems a bit steep if you're being advised to change them every week.


Bosch PSM 10.8 Li Cordless Multi-Sander
Bosch PSM 10.8 Li Cordless Multi-Sander
Price: £77.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive results, 20 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Compared to a mains-lead sander I've used for a number of years now, this Bosch unit holds up well in terms of power and results. The charge will last around 60 minutes of continuous use which should be long enough for a reasonable DI project.

Supplied in a hard carry-case, the sander is of a sturdy build and fits well in your hand, whilst there is room, if you wish, to be more precise and guide with both hands. There is an obvious lack of dust-bag meaning any detritus will be all over you/the floor, so you may want to consider using this outside or at least use it in a well-ventilated area.

There are three sandpaper pads included (fine, medium and coarse) and appear to be fairly well-lasting. One negative is that the pads are expensive to replace. Other third-party manufacturers do supply the same size so it will be worth checking this option to save a few £££.


Philips Sonicare HX3130/02 Pink Power Up Rechargeable Toothbrush
Philips Sonicare HX3130/02 Pink Power Up Rechargeable Toothbrush
Offered by Parisa Online
Price: £31.90

3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, but is it charging?, 17 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Compared to other old-style electric toothbrushes it seems to do the job once you get use to the apparent lack of motion. It also feels lighter on the teeth which has got to be a good thing. It’s reasonably priced at £30 given that you can spend up to £100 on other models.

But it is pretty basic, heavy and bulky and for me the biggest drawback is that it doesn’t have a light to indicate when it needs charging or indeed when it’s plugged in to charge, which in my opinion is a pretty fundamental feature, not sure why this new design doesn’t have it.


Roberts Radio Revival iStream2 DAB/DAB+/FM Internet Radio - Black
Roberts Radio Revival iStream2 DAB/DAB+/FM Internet Radio - Black
Price: £199.95

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aethetically pleasing, 22 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Roberts radios have advanced a fair way over the last few years, and this new iSteam2 is up there with most in terms of style and features.

Set-up of the DAB stations is very quick and the range of stations is very good. I live in an area where the DAB reception isn't fantastic but the signal seems stronger in comparison to an older Roberts model. The radio picks up the DAB stations quickly when turned-on with little or no drop of signal.

Set-up of the internet connection was a little hap-hazard - It took several attempts to connect, with no discernible reason. In comparison to the DAB stations, the connection time to the internet stations is somewhat longer. And compared to another internet radio I use (Monitor Airstream 10) the connection speed is slow.

Aesthetically, the unit still has the Roberts retro look. The faux-leather has a slightly cheap feel to it, as do some of the other materials used - namely the handle clasps and front grill (could these not have been metal?).

Sound quality is decent, but compared to the Monitor unit (perhaps not a fair comparison) it is somewhat lacking.

For near-on £200 I'd expect a more polished package, the materials and sound quality are not the best - there are better options out there for the money. Having said that, the retro looks will win may people over and it will be just good enough to be a winner.


CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 (PC/DVD)
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 (PC/DVD)
Price: £272.53

5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best, 17 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This if a fantastic package that is by far the best I've used. Whilst it is on the high-end price-wise, if utilised fully, will turn out to be a worthy investment.

I'd consider myself to be a home user who dabbles a little bit outside of the normal Photo Paint and Corel Draw packages. The two mentioned packages are the biggest, and will for most people be the most useful. The other four (Connect, Capture, Power Trace and Website Creator) are useful, but specific in their application.

There's much to get lost in here, and the tutorials are a great help in pushing yourself without compromise. I've walked away with the feeling of only scratched the surface, but without feeling massively out of my depth which is a great balance.

I'd summarise that this package is aimed (and priced) at the professional user, but for someone looking for more than the standard offering you needn't look any further. The only downsize is that you may want to upgrade your hardware, or purchase a larger screen at least!


Ultrasport Navigation GPS Bike Computer - Black
Ultrasport Navigation GPS Bike Computer - Black
Price: £73.06

3.0 out of 5 stars Functional, but little more, 17 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've had the same experience as other reviewers on this monitor which should hopefully highlight that there are several fundamental flaws to what is actually a well-built unit with real potential.

I can only comment on the computer as the heart-rate monitor was not included. Having said that, I've always been a little sceptical about heart-rate monitors, unless you're medically advised to keep your heart-rate under a certain level then surely it has limited use as you know your own body better than anyone else. It becomes something of a distraction.

The computer is limited to recording your speed , distance and lap-time which is limiting but functional non-the-less. The display reminds me a little of a 1980's Casio watch, in that it is blocky and retro. Having said that, the display is large enough to be read easily from the saddle.

I'm fortunate enough to live and cycle in fairly open terrain and as such haven't experienced any loss of data accuracy due to breaks in GPS because of obstructions. The initial set-up was very fiddly and the instructions seemed translated from another language and didn't really make a whole lot of sense. Through trial and error I did succeed, but you shouldn't need to persevere to set-up what is in essence a pretty simple configuration.

There is software (and a USB cable which doubles as a charger) supplied, but again, the unclear instructions frustrate. The software allows you to download and analyse your data is you so wish. Bluetooth connectivity would have possibly made this interface easier, but as this is absent as well as any other mobile/application support it would be wishful thinking.
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