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Ecandy Bluetooth Wireless Over-ear Stereo Headphones Wireless/Wired Headsets with Microphone for Music Streaming For iPhone 6s 6 5s 4s, iPad, iPod, Samsung Galaxy, Smart Phones Bluetooth Devices,Blue
Ecandy Bluetooth Wireless Over-ear Stereo Headphones Wireless/Wired Headsets with Microphone for Music Streaming For iPhone 6s 6 5s 4s, iPad, iPod, Samsung Galaxy, Smart Phones Bluetooth Devices,Blue
Offered by Ecandy-UK
Price: £69.99

4.0 out of 5 stars No regrets, 20 Jun. 2016
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Much better than I expected for the money, but there are some drawbacks. It pairs with my iPhone and desktop mac but not with my iPad 2 or with Sony PS4. I wonder if the price reduction is genuine, because I haven't seen it for sale anywhere else, so they can claim it is reduced from £70 but who really knows if it has ever been offered for sale at that price or whether it is a Tesco or DFS-style phoney bargain. But I am genuinely pleased with the sound and they are very well made for the money. The only drawback is the one you get with every Bluetooth product -- when you have a house full of bluetooth devices it can be very difficult to pair with the gadget you want especially if it doesn't have a screen, but that is a fault with the Bluetooth specification rather than this product and would apply to any Bluetooth headset. Great value for money and I have no regrets about purchase.


Ready Player One
Ready Player One
Price: £4.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but no masterpiece, 19 Nov. 2015
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This review is from: Ready Player One (Kindle Edition)
Essentially a children's book with some adult themes. It's fun and I enjoyed it and it's the best sci-fi take on virtual reality headsets I have seen, but it is more Roald Dahl than William Gibson. And the endless harking back to the 1980s starts to grate after a while, especially the emphasis on Japanese cartoons and bands that root it firmly in a very small subset of geek culture. The plot also seems to rely on astonishing feats of memory (could even the scriptwriters faithfully recite every line from War Games or other teen films years later?) I suspect real VR will be far richer and more divergent than the writer's vision of a giant role-playing game.


Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Price: £3.79

4.0 out of 5 stars strangely compelling, 2 July 2015
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A magical fantasy set in perfectly realised Georgian England, Jane Austen meets Harry Potter. Marvellous writing and dialogue that captures the period details so well that the world of the novel seems utterly believable even when it is dealing with magic wielding fairies. The atmosphere created is a delight for its own sake.


Canon PIXMA MG5450 All-In-One Colour Printer (Print, Copy, Scan, Wi-Fi, Touch control and Air Print)
Canon PIXMA MG5450 All-In-One Colour Printer (Print, Copy, Scan, Wi-Fi, Touch control and Air Print)

1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't play nicely with Apple products, 26 Jun. 2015
Some reviewers have suggested that this printer works well with Apple macs. Perhaps that was once true but since upgrading to Yosemite this printer has simply stopped functioning wirelessly and there are Youtube video sites devoted to trying to get this machine to work properly with an Apple Mac. Frankly, I have been astonished at how much difficulty I have had getting my iMac to function with anything that isn't bought from Apple, but that's another story. I would strongly recommend people to avoid Canon products if they own an iMac, as Canon software support for their products is poor to non-existent and usually consists of trying to get you to buy another more recent printer from their range. It is also an extremely slow printer and the ink costs are prohibitively expensive, although when it worked the quality was very good indeed.


Joyland (Hard Case Crime)
Joyland (Hard Case Crime)
Price: £4.07

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it. has some beautiful evocative passages including one ..., 29 Sept. 2014
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Enjoyed it. has some beautiful evocative passages including one sequence that is very moving (can't say more without spoilers). Usual Stephen King superstitious nonsense stops me marking it higher, but if you believe that stuff it won't bother you.


The Complete Alan Moore Future Shocks
The Complete Alan Moore Future Shocks
Price: £9.59

1.0 out of 5 stars crudely scanned, 12 Sept. 2014
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Very badly scanned and almost unreadable. Takes up only small part of page and impossible to zoom. There is a kind of frame view to blow up individual panels but it works so slowly and crudely it is more trouble than it's worth. Can't imagine how this got released in its current state.


The Martian
The Martian
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars apollo 13 on steroids, 13 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: The Martian (Kindle Edition)
Incredibly well done and like the film Gravity shows how hard science provides a level of excitement that fantasy fairy tales set in space can't match. It is the best page turner I have ever read and is impossible to put down. If hollywood isn't planning a film they should be, I just hope they do it properly.


Patuoxun? 30 Pin to 8 Pin 3.5mm Audio Adapter Converter for iPhone 5 iPod Touch 5 to Sound dock speaker, like Bose, JBL, iHome, etc.-Black
Patuoxun? 30 Pin to 8 Pin 3.5mm Audio Adapter Converter for iPhone 5 iPod Touch 5 to Sound dock speaker, like Bose, JBL, iHome, etc.-Black

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars useless, 3 Dec. 2013
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Have a speaker dock I used to use with ipod which has pretty good sound so I have made two attempts to buy something to allow me to use it with new iPhone 5. Neither has worked. The first one was a bluetooth adapter which plugged into 32 pin socket. Worked, but only for a few seconds at a time. Out of curiosity I tried it out in a local branch of Tesco where they had a large range of speaker docks to see if I could find one it worked in and it didn't work properly with any major brand, including Sony, Pioneer, Samsung, JBL and Pure. I thought I would have more luck with a simpler wired version like the Patuoxun. Strangely on the first dock I tried it would play sound but wouldn't charge the phone. On my son's Sony speaker dock it would charge, but wouldn't play sound. Have since tried it at PC World with similar results. Let's face it Chinese factories churn out loads of products like this, with no proper testing safe in the knowledge that no one will return them because it will cost more than the item is worth. Pure junk only fit to toss in the bin.


Transcend 1TB 2.5 inch USB 3.0 Military-Grade Shock Resistance Portable Hard Drive
Transcend 1TB 2.5 inch USB 3.0 Military-Grade Shock Resistance Portable Hard Drive
Price: £48.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Well made and fast, 3 Dec. 2013
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Good well made product at a good price. No complaints, but some sort of cover for USB port would be a good idea


The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Legendary Edition (PC DVD)
The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Legendary Edition (PC DVD)
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best game ever, 3 Dec. 2013
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Bought PC version after playing it to death on PS3 but wanting to find a way around some of the numerous bugs and watch beautiful scenery in higher definition. Thought I would be able to transfer saves from PS3 to PC after reading about various utilities available on internet but take it from me that they don't work whatever the people peddling them say. Why four stars? It is hopelessly bugged and you will spend hours playing through quests only to find you can't complete them. And, as in Fallout 3 some of the missions are the product of a very sick mind at Bethesda who seems to delight in fooling people into carrying out missions that leave them with no option to either quit or carry out barbaric acts that frankly, spoiled the game for me at times. I am all for moral dilemmas in a storyline, but they take it too far. And in this day and age shouldn't saves on such a large game be stored in the cloud and be transferable between different formats? It wouldn't hurt Bethesda to offer a conversion utility on its own website.


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