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Carte Noire Espresso No 7 Aromatique 10 Coffee Capsules 53 g (Pack of 8)
Carte Noire Espresso No 7 Aromatique 10 Coffee Capsules 53 g (Pack of 8)
Price: 14.33

4.0 out of 5 stars They fit properly and taste good, 12 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have a Krups XN2005 machine, which must be all over eight years old, and I have had problems with most of the compatible pods; they either fall right through the machine, are too tough to perforate, have poor flow or refuse to eject and jam in the machine. Thankfully these pods actually fit and perforate correctly. The coffee tastes good with a good crema, although it can occasionally be a little "scummy". I don't normally take sugar but I I found a small amount of sugar improved the taste.
Overall a good alternative.


Samsung UE40H6700 40-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 3D Slim LED Smart TV with Quad Core Processor and Freeview HD
Samsung UE40H6700 40-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 3D Slim LED Smart TV with Quad Core Processor and Freeview HD
Price: 749.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Freeview lip-sync problem, 28 Jun 2014
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The TV arrived safely just packed in its retail packaging and assembly just consisted of attaching the stand. I connected the freeview aerial and switched on and the process of connecting to the internet, updating the software and tuning in the freeview channels was easy. You do need at least a 10Mb Internet connection.
The picture was excellent, easily adjusted for taste, but it was immediately apparent that the sound and vision weren't in sync. There is a menu option to delay the audio but this wasn't a cure. I telephoned Samsung and they advised that a factory reset would cure the problem; it didn't. Strangely the lip-sync issue seems to be confined to freeview in the TV, an external Sagemcom freeview box connected by HDMI didn't show the problem and it wasn't apparent on DVDs either.
It is a pity as this is otherwise a very competent TV. The speech function is a little gimmicky but you can ask "what program is this?" and a muffled voice will tell you!
The supplied infrared sender is also good as it allows the TV to act as a universal remote control.
If you don't use freeview this is probably a good TV, however for me it fails on the basics.
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NOCO G3500UK Genius Smart Battery Charger
NOCO G3500UK Genius Smart Battery Charger
Price: 29.86

4.0 out of 5 stars A high-quality charger, 20 Jun 2014
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The charger comes in a very smart box; it comes with a UK plug and 2 accessory leads, a crocodile clip version and eyelets, both leads with integral fuses. The charger and leads are of a high quality; the charger is IP65 rated, so suitable for outdoors, and the unit can be screwed to the wall, plugs and screws are provided, although you will need a Phillips screwdriver with a long stem as the screws are at the bottom of a hole.
There a mode” button to select options, the charger can charge 6 and 12V batteries, small, 1.2Ah to 14Ah, and normal, 14Ah to 120Ah, and it can also charge when it is below freezing.
I tried the charger on some 6V burglar-alarm batteries and some 12V sealed-gel and scooter batteries without problem; a reverse polarity is shown by the ERROR LED. The charge indicators show the charge progress. The charger has an 8 step charge algorithm but once charged it cycles between trickle and maintenance so the battery can be left connected permanently.
It comes with a 5 year limited warranty.


Tefal GV8956 Pro Express Total Auto Control Steam Generator
Tefal GV8956 Pro Express Total Auto Control Steam Generator
Price: 223.27

5.0 out of 5 stars A great iron, 18 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I bought a Tefal steam generator iron 5 years ago, it halved the time taken ironing; my son now has that unit and it is still working fine. This one has incremental changes over that unit, higher steam output, slightly different operation and cosmetic changes, such as the fact that the steam pipe storage channel is now integrated into the design and a different handle on the water container, this gives a sleeker, smoother outline. The steam pipe fits into the body and the mains cable retracts, the iron clips to the base making the whole unit easy to carry and store.
The iron has a redesigned tip which makes it easier to iron around buttons etc., it also has no controls, these are now on the main body of the iron, just 3, virtually all ironing now done on normal, with occasional selection of delicates or jeans. The design of the iron and the sole-plate make it easy to iron, left or right handed. It is possible to iron clothes hanging on a hanger by blasting them with steam and watch the creases drop out. Whilst maybe not pleasurable ironing is at least quick and efficient. The water container holds 1.8 litres and this can be re-filled with the iron in use. The iron will also switch itself off if left unused, within 30 seconds if left face down.
Overall a great iron.


Activ Men's Commute City Urban Bike - (Black, 20 Inch, 20 Inch, 28 Inch)
Activ Men's Commute City Urban Bike - (Black, 20 Inch, 20 Inch, 28 Inch)
Price: 199.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal commuter bike, 9 Jun 2014
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The bike arrived in a strong cardboard box. Inside it was well packed with copious amounts of card and foam packaging held together with strong ty-wraps, so cutters are needed to free all the parts. The front-wheel, front mudguard, handlebars, seat, pedals and bell need to be attached to the frame. An allen key and multi-spanner are provided but you will at least another multi-spanner, to hold the front-wheel spindle when attaching the wheel, and a Phillips screwdriver, you’ll also need a pump and a set of lights. Assembly is reasonably straightforward, although I did struggle to remove a plastic sleeve from the handlebars until I realised I needed to loosen the Allen bolt, whereupon the plastic sleeve fell off! The instruction manual is generic, applying to different models, but it is OK.
It took about an hour to un-pack and assemble the bike. The instructions state that the bike is fully adjusted and checked over in the factory, this was generally true, however I found the front brake needed adjusting (this needs a smaller Allen key than the one supplied). Once I've done a few miles I’ll check all the adjustments again anyway.
Once assembled and the tyres were pumped up the bike looked very smart with the black gloss frame and silver mudguards; the paint finish was very good and all welds on the steel frame were neat and tidy. It is heavy but the firm steel frame, full-size mudguards, side stand, big comfy saddle, rear carrier and the tyres that are fitted are perfect for a commuter bike. On riding the bike felt safe and secure, the gear-shifters worked flawlessly and the brakes are very powerful. For its intended market this is a good bike.


Vax S86-SF-B Steam Fresh Boost Steam Mop, 0.8 Litre, White/ Grey
Vax S86-SF-B Steam Fresh Boost Steam Mop, 0.8 Litre, White/ Grey
Price: 79.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A good steam mop with a long, long cable, 3 Jun 2014
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This is a quality unit, it feels good to use and is easy to manoeuvre. The steam mop comes with approx. 8 metres of cable, this winds around the back of the machine and the plug fits into a receptacle, very neat. The unit comes with 2 bottles of steam detergent, 2 microfibre cleaning pads, a carpet glider and a hard water filter, which is fitted inside the machine. The water/detergent container is easy to remove and fill. There is a selector switch to select tile, vinyl, wood and carpet; the detergent is only dispensed on tile and vinyl.
Being a dedicated steam mop it performs very well, easy to manoeuvre in the kitchen and bathroom, the scrub brush can be used for awkward smaller areas and by changing the selector you can get the shot of steam function. The steam detergent left a pleasant citrus smell but this wasn’t long lasting.
Fitting the carpet glider allowed us to steam our carpets; I wasn’t convinced this would work but afterwards we could see that the pile was standing up and the “bounce” had been restored.
Overall, a good steam mop.


NOCO BLSOLAR5 Solar Battery Charger
NOCO BLSOLAR5 Solar Battery Charger
Price: 24.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Now my shed has a light, 27 May 2014
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Construction of the panel and the accessory leads is very high; fixing of the panel is by the 4 supplied stainless steel screws. The panel is rated at IP65, 6 is dust-tight and 5 is protected against water projected in jets from any direction; the instructions do, however, recommend putting a small silicone bead around the inside frame for extra waterproofing and to extend the life of the panel.
Looking at the open-circuit voltage I was getting about 25V in the late afternoon sun here in Devon in late May, and this had only fallen to 22V in the late evening. Hooking up a 12V gel battery in the late afternoon with the supplied croc-clips I measured a charge of 620mA going into the battery, more than adequate for my needs.
You do also get a car cigar-lighter adapter in the kit. Length of the cable on the panel is about 2.5m and this goes to just over 3m with the adapter lead.
I have a garden shed away from the house and using this and some MR16 LED bulbs I now have some light in it. Recommended.


Philips Lumea Essential SC1991/00 IPL Hair Removal System
Philips Lumea Essential SC1991/00 IPL Hair Removal System
Price: 287.57

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It works, 21 May 2014
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This is the “essentials” version and as such, unlike other models in the range, isn’t rechargeable, instead it is corded; the 2 metre cord is reasonably flexible and in use it wasn’t an issue, although you do need to be within range of a power outlet. Also the unit is only suitable for areas below the neck-line.
This is a well-made, quality item, easy to hold and operate as you would expect from Philips. There is a small fan in the unit which runs to keep it cool.
Philips recommend starting treatment in the Winter/Spring as it is more effective on paler skin and darker hair, you shouldn’t have recently been sunbathing.
The Quick Start Guide gives a chart for selecting power level based on skin/hair type. The unit will only operate when the tip is pressed against the skin; it makes a sound like a photographic flash-gun when it is fired; you do get a slightly warm feeling. Unit recharges within 3-4 seconds.
Initial uses involve shaving prior to use. My wife has been using it for about 5 weeks and is very impressed with its performance, it really does work.


Ryobi RLT1830H13 18V One+ Hybrid Line Trimmer with 1 x 1.3Ah Lithium Battery and Charger
Ryobi RLT1830H13 18V One+ Hybrid Line Trimmer with 1 x 1.3Ah Lithium Battery and Charger
Offered by Tooled-Up
Price: 149.95

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good trimmer, 19 May 2014
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Length:: 1:52 Mins

This is a very good product, it's well-made, feels good in the hand and performs well. I've tried to show some of the features in the video.
Out of the box assembly is straight-forward, attach the handle and attach the blade guard with 4 screws.
The trimmer can be powered either using a mains cable or battery. The supplied mains cable is about 8m long, I did try it for operation but I preferred the convenience of the battery. There was no difference in performance between the mains and battery, and the battery was a lot more convenient. In use the autofeed reel worked faultlessly, unlike other trimmers I've owned.
On continuous use I got a little over 15 minutes on the supplied 1.3Ah battery; when the battery is empty the trimmer just stops suddenly. A full charge then took 45 minutes in the charger.
Overall an impressive trimmer, recommended.


Silentnight King Geltex Indulgence 1350 Mattress
Silentnight King Geltex Indulgence 1350 Mattress
Price: 569.00

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a good night’s sleep, 6 May 2014
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Delivery was straightforward, a phone call to say the day and approximate time and then a phone call half an hour before delivery. This, the king-size, is a big mattress and was well wrapped with protective foam and two layers of plastic, it takes two people to unwrap and move; although there are handles on the sides there are none on the end so it can be awkward. We had our old mattress collected by the council who charged a small fee.
Although there was a slight odour from the mattress it wasn’t strong and we used it that night without problem. Although the mattress is firm the geltex layer gives it softness, really comfortable and cushioning to lie on, you get the firmness without the hardness. It also damps movements so your movements aren’t transferred to your partner.
My wife has shoulder and neck pain, for which she is seeing an osteopath, and she had the first good night’s sleep in months and now says that the pain has virtually gone. She loves this mattress!
This is a thick mattress, 28.5cm, we have it on an iron-frame bedstead and the top of the mattress is 70cm from the floor, makes climbing in to bed actually true!
Overall an excellent mattress that lives up to the promise of giving a good night’s sleep.


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