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Fellowes Allergy UK Approved AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier with True HEPA Filter
Fellowes Allergy UK Approved AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier with True HEPA Filter
Price: £187.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars A comparison of the Fellowes DX55 V/S the far cheaper, & equally popular 'Puremate' Hepa Filter - which unit is the best to buy?, 5 Jan. 2015
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I own both the 'Fellowes AeraMax DX55' (hereinafter - DX55) and the over half as costly - 'Puremate Hepa Air Filter' (Puremate), and since no one else has written a review to date, comparing what appear to be Amazon's two most popular air purifiers, it's time to compare them both for you. The DX55, after all, is significantly more expensive to buy than the Puremate. But I wanted to know, before buying it, was it really worth the extra? In short, the answer is that I'll be keeping mine without any question and here's why:

Indeed, if you can afford it, there's no need to read any further, the DX55, despite coming with no remote control, is definitely better than the Puremate. Its quieter in operation, we've found that it chills the room less (a bonus in cooler months) in its default auto mode; it has British Allergy Association seal of Approval (which the Puremate currently doesn't); and my wife swears that when we were sleeping in a room with the Puremate running on its default settings, she always woke up with a blocked nose and dry mouth. No such problems with the DX55!

The fact too is that the DX55's a lot better at *effectively* clearing smoke - as it not only has a Hepa filter *and* a Charcoal based filter, but it also features inbuilt sensors which aren't a gimmick and do indeed detect air quality, before adjusting air speed (when necessary) for optimal clearance. The Puremate, by contrast, works solely on a Hepa filter and therefore is less ideal at clearing smoke from the air. Truth is the Puremate will *appear* to clear smoke from an average sized room in about 10-15 minutes, however the fact that it has no Charcoal based filter means that it will just *not* be as effective at clearing the very smallest smoke molecules (and arguably the most dangerous to human health) PAH's, the PCB's etc., - from the air. I would think, yet stand corrected if wrong of course, that that was one of the reasons why the British Allergy Foundation did not award an approved status to the Puremate.

The Puremate does, however, have some comparative pluses to take into consideration - its far lower cost - being the most obvious, but also as it requires only one change of filter - as opposed to the DX55's two different filters, means its running costs long term, I know will be lower. Nevertheless, please just remember that that second filter is definitely 'there' for a very good reason... Also, the Puremate has its own, ostensively advantageous, and 'mini sized', remote control - which the DX55 lacks. So you, in theory at least, could change it from your seat. The reality, we've found, was that we ended up spending more time just looking for its diminutive remote control, so we most usually ended up simply controlling its operation from the unit itself. YMMV of course... For bedroom usage the Puremate does not illuminate the room as much as the blue lights of the DX55. But we just apply some black gaffer tape, to the DX55's blue lights, for night-time usage. Not an ideal solution, of course, but one that works! However, and in all fairness, Fellowes really ought to have considered allowing users the opportunity to turn off, at least temporarily, the DX55's lights for all night usage. Let's just hope they read this and take heed for their next generation of purifiers! One other way in which the Puremate pips the DX55 is that it has a timer function, which is admittedly basic, and rather limited in scope as it can't be set, e.g., for a whole week's worth of varying days in advance. Nonetheless, even a basic timer is something the costlier DX55 lacks and, quite frankly, ought to have... Lastly, the Puremate might actually be more useful in the few warmer months we have in England, at cooling the room at its default setting - which is definitely breezier than the DX55 is at its default. But then again, the opposite is of course true in wintry months. And surely a higher default fan speed means the Puremate's long term electrical running costs ought to be comparably somewhat greater? Hmmm.

A system of lights warn you of the air quality in the room, which are not present on the Puremate. So you just have to trust that the latter is measuring air quality correctly. Not that I had any reason to believe it wasn't. Just that the DX55 has, IMO, one more, and frankly excellent way, of showing users that it is working correctly.

Then there are the respective warranties to compare. Some have already reported here, that Fellowes have excellent customer service, and I have no reason to doubt that. Nonetheless, the DX55 now comes with three years 'parts and labour' warranty - that is, if the warranty that comes with mine is to be believed. I do nonetheless believe that earlier sold units may have shipped with a shorter warranty. Whereas the warranty which currently accompanies the Puremate is only of one year's duration. Which is another reason to pay the extra for the greater peace of mind!

From our experience it's definitely worth spending the greater sum on the DX55, and all the more so if you can stretch to buy it, particularly if ultimate air quality is what you're seeking. I was sceptical at first, whether it would be worth over double the cost of the equally popular Puremate, but in this reviewer's considered opinion, I have to confess now, that it most certainly is.

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Lastly, as ever, I will continue to monitor both units for any signs of trouble and report back here of my experiences. But if this review is unchanged, you can confidently take it, that there are no changes in my very positive experiences with the DX55 and the (in all honestly) less impressive Puremate. Should you have any questions about either then please ask me below. Thank you for reading.
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Black & Decker Pivot Dustbuster Handheld Vacuum Cleaner - 18 Volt
Black & Decker Pivot Dustbuster Handheld Vacuum Cleaner - 18 Volt

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its Battery Lasts Barely Five Minutes Now, After A Year's Moderate Usage: Not Good Enough Value for money., 20 Nov. 2014
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Battery. Yes, in a word: Battery. I bought mine in May 2013, and now, just over a year later, its battery is lasting no more than a usable 5 minutes. After 5 minutes of use, its suction drops so much that it can barely suck up a peppercorn.

Given the fact that its battery is all too typical of consumer electronics nowadays - i.e., you can expect to throw the whole object away once its battery fails, I can only recommend this item with that overriding caveat. In other words, if only its battery could be replaced, I would give it full marks. The problem is, the reality is, it can't. And so, its dropping to 5 minutes of usefulness (before needing a 12-14 hour recharge) simply isn't good enough, especially after only a year's moderate usage. I'd buy this type of item again, if there are marked improvements in battery life only. Shame really.
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Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive
Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive
Price: £163.81

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5.0 out of 5 stars Here is what the other reviewers mean by "fast", 16 Oct. 2014
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Firstly, any worries which others have raised about 'performance degradation' over time, have now been completely quashed with the very recent, and latest release of Samsung's EVO Performance Restoration Software. Other than that, support software ('Samsung Magician') for this drive is absolutely first rate, and could not be more useful at squeezing every last iota of performance from this amazing SSD HDD. With that being said, here are the performance results of this Evo 840 series with 'Rapid Mode' enabled, versus the results from my earlier Samsung 830 series SSD (which has no rapid mode), which I've running on another comp.

Not everyone can know what reviewers mean by "it's very fast so buy it", so here are some numerical comparisons which show exactly what reviewers mean by "fast". After all, one man's 'fast' is another's "so what?" But don't worry... because these numbers, for the 840 series, are about as far from "so what" as your money can take you, these days:

Sequential Read 840 Evo 1TB (hereinafter - 840): 553
Sequential Read 830 series 256GB (hereinafter - 830): 541
Sequential Write 840: 532
Sequential Write 830: 261
Random Read 840: 87640
Random Read 830: 51520
Random Write 840: 80262
Random Write 830: 22937

In short: most of those numbers attest to a phenomenal performance gain over the previous generation of Samsung SSD;s.
HTH!


How to Speak Money
How to Speak Money
by John Lanchester
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.59

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Iconoclastic 'Welcome' to the world of money: A Most Excellent & Mischievously Wicked Primer On All Things Financial., 18 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: How to Speak Money (Hardcover)
If nothing else, this book most admirably succeeds in making the potentially boring and intractable become interesting, accessible and dare I say - entertaining. In other words, for anyone involved in finance, this book is a most interesting economic primer, which also happens to be seasoned with quips and clever humour a plenty. Take "dead cat bounce" for instance. I couldn't help but give a wry chuckle when I read this, following its initial definition:

"...it's the same kind of bounce a dead cat would give if you chuck it out a window. If you're wondering who on earth would come up with a metaphor like that, greetings, and welcome to the world of money."

Ouch! It's just as well that the world of money is not quite crammed full of sociopathic, and sick individuals then. Right!?

Some can criticise this book for including many commonly understood terms, such as GDP, inflation, and insurance. But then again, not only is knowledge subjective but even when defining the commonly known, Lanchester arguably does a great job of injecting some fresh, and often downright piquant stimulus into even the most well trodden of monetary expressions. Take 'insurance' which is: "a great idea, but it is distressing how often... it turns out to be a scam dependent on the customer not having read the small print." How true, how very true indeed! But you have to agree, that such a cynical definition, suggests more than just a welcome degree of mischievously inspired iconoclasm. In other words, I love it. And, this book is most wonderfully packed with similar definitions.

This reviewer concludes - you must buy this book if you wish to witness a perfectly spirited mix of wicked entertainment, and (otherwise) boring financial terms.

That is to say, it most certainly deserves full marks.


PowerGen 12000mAh External Battery Pack Power Bank Backup Charger Triple USB Output for Apple iPhone 5S 5 5c 4S, iPod Touch, iPad Air, Mini (Apple lightning adapters Not included) / Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3, Note 4, 3, 2 / HTC One M8 / Google Nexus 4, 5, 7; Nokia ; Motorola Moto G 2nd Gen; LG G3; Sony Xperia Z3, Z2 [Designed for Apple and Android Devices]
PowerGen 12000mAh External Battery Pack Power Bank Backup Charger Triple USB Output for Apple iPhone 5S 5 5c 4S, iPod Touch, iPad Air, Mini (Apple lightning adapters Not included) / Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3, Note 4, 3, 2 / HTC One M8 / Google Nexus 4, 5, 7; Nokia ; Motorola Moto G 2nd Gen; LG G3; Sony Xperia Z3, Z2 [Designed for Apple and Android Devices]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Both E-Trading Customer Service And this Battery Pack, 15 Sept. 2014
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It's great when a product works so well that you don't even need to worry about its warranty. Nonetheless, my review reflects my experiences when I needed a little problem looked after.

Basically, I had a little problem with my Powergen 12,000mah battery pack after 3 months usage. Basically the input where its charging wire should affix, resulted in a loose connection, which meant I was unable to get a stable charge into the battery pack for long. I wrote a review which reflected my experiences, and before saying another word, to my astonishment, 'E-trading' were apologising and offered to replace it. Frankly that is utterly outstanding customer service!

A couple of days later I'd taken delivery of its replacement, and so I simply had to delete my initial review, and moreover replace it with this advice: have every confidence when buying from 'E-trading', as their 'no quibble' customer service is second to none. If yours develops a fault within its warranty period, I can tell you from experience that you will definitely want to be dealing with E-trading. In other words, buy this battery pack and I can assure you, that you will be in the right hands and very well looked after, should anything go wrong within its warranty period. Utterly excellent! And the battery pack is, otherwise, very good too. Albeit, to be perfectly frank, were I to purchase another I'd likely go for an even higher powered one - as this will only charge my Kindle, S2 and Mp3 player before then needing a recharge. HTH


Audio-Technica ATH-A900X Audiophile Closed-Back Dynamic Headphones
Audio-Technica ATH-A900X Audiophile Closed-Back Dynamic Headphones
Offered by zipanguclub
Price: £137.38

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ATH A900X Versus ATH M50 - If Not For Bass, Then Aural Perfectionists Might Find Themselves Splitting Hairs., 1 Sept. 2014
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Firstly, trying to say which headphones are better, of these two 'monitor level', audiophile grade, headphones, is a bit like splitting a hair, and then trying to determine which spliced hair follicle is left with more width. The 'technically' cheaper (remember that it's only because current, imported pricing is artificially skewing the actual difference between these) phones - the ATH M50 are still, it must be remembered, professional grade, monitor headphones. In other words they've been designed and manufactured to be among the best you can buy already. In other words, if you're looking for me to say which one is better, then I'm sorry to disappoint you - because each pair of headphones is as technically marvellous in the most subtly different sounding way.

Then again, let's also not forget that the ATH A900X are usually priced in the UK, at almost double the cost of the ATHM50 headphones; and on paper, at least, they appear to offer a wider frequency response: starting at 5hz and ending at a humanly indiscernible 40khz. Accordingly, on mere paper specification alone, the A900X phones should deliver a wider sound spread, compared with that of the M50's. And yet, I truly cannot perceive much difference (without, that is, my undertaking the aural equivalent of 'hair splitting') - both headphones give the most exceptionally natural, clean, pure, bright, airy and expansive sound, save for only one notable difference:

Bass sounds are but one equal *piece* of the overall musical experience on the A900X's, whereas bass, on the M50 headphones, is very much a slightly more defined *part* of the musical experience - that is to say, with a slight, but indeed perceptible, lean towards a 'phat', and far more punchy presence.

So, if you want an exceptional sound with punchy bass definition (or bias), then you'll want the ATH M50's. I must add that frankly, I had to wrestle with (another type of bias...) 'confirmation bias' in arriving at this conclusion (because their specification suggests that these should be the more 'bassy' of the two), however the sound from the A900X phones is, of course not only absolutely beautiful, it's arguably also (if only) slightly more pure, and moreover presents a most balanced overall sound spectrum; And therefore the sound of the A900x phones is, in the strictest possible sense, arguably just a little more unbiased than that of the M50 phones.

In conclusion, if you want your sound to be the most pure and beautiful that money can buy, then buying either of these headphones would be an excellent idea. Those who want the most pure and neutrally unbiased sound spectrum, should opt for the ATH A900X; and those who like their bass to have a little more of a presence should opt for the ATH M50 phones. Nonetheless, should you remove the slight difference in how bass is handled from the critical equation, then that leaves both headphones with the most perfectly beautiful musicality one could imagine.

Just before I go, I must offer this caution to prospective buyers: the ATH A900X are really only suited to those who have larger than average heads, because the odd looking mechanism, I've found, is just not as adjustable as might be thought from seeing the pictures of them. The ATH M50 headphones adjust in a far more conventional way and thus are more suited to a wider range of head sizes. Unlike me, my wife can't wear these ATH A900x without their slipping off her head some few minutes later. The ATH M50 phones fit her far better. Anyway, that's just something I thought you should all be aware of - *before* purchasing.
HTH - as I own both headphones , please feel most welcome to ask any question below. Cheers for now, t


5 in 1 Wireless Lost Key Finder Locator Find Locater Alarm Keychain 40m
5 in 1 Wireless Lost Key Finder Locator Find Locater Alarm Keychain 40m
Offered by LG Supply
Price: £12.99

35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should've bought this indispensible, and near priceless, 'frustration saver' years ago!, 16 Aug. 2014
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I've been making use of mine for the past week and I must say I'm delighted with it - as a frustration saver, it's almost priceless. But there is something I need to clear up: some people here are complaining that "it's too quiet." Wait a moment... this is supposed to help *you* find your missing items - not you plus your next door neighbour, nor your entire street! For *you* to find your missing keys it sounds perfectly loud. Simply walk around with the locator control in your hand and as you enter each room in your abode - simply press the correspondingly assigned button on it, and voila! The electronic 'whirring' sound gives away the location of your missing item. BTW, it is strongly advised that you do not use batteries purchased from ye local 'pound shop' to power these items, unless, that is, you're seeking the disappointment of repeatedly having to change batteries...

As I said, mine's been working perfectly every time, it's been put to use; and my only regret is not buying it sooner. I'll spare you the embarrassing details of the wasted hours spent searching for my keys, *before* buying this. Nonetheless, if you've any questions in the meantime, then please ask me below. Cheers for now, t

Last, I wholeheartedly recommend this indispensable 'frustration saver' - however should it ever fail to work - then please be assured that I'll be the first to return here to warn you all. In other words, if you're reading this review some weeks, months, or even years later and I've *not* edited it with any complaint, then you can take it that mine's still working perfectly as should yours.

A definite 5/5


Book Wrap 25m long roll by 50cm wide
Book Wrap 25m long roll by 50cm wide
Offered by Handy Ideas
Price: £15.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, But the Wrapping Which Is Used in Libraries is Better Than This., 15 Aug. 2014
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Firstly, please note that this is to be used to cover hardback dust jackets, rather than paperbacks. With that being said, what both the pictures for this product and its instructions do not show, is that you will definitely need to use plenty of sticky tape to make this stay on the cover of any book. No matter how well you cut it and fold it, you will find, without sellotape, that it simple comes right off any book. And I must stress that its instructions make it out like all you need to do is cut and fold and voila - "Bob's your figurative uncle". Hmmm, not exactly so.

When buying this, I was truly hoping that it would have the kind of consistency which meant that it did, indeed, cut & fold (as per its instructions) into place - without needing any sticky tape. But again folks, that is indeed not the reality: You will need to have umpteen pieces of sticky tape at the ready, if you are to stand a reasonable chance of making an impressively proficient job of covering any book. I've just covered my new Chambers Dictionary and although the finish is reasonably good, the actual process of getting this to look good required a lot of concentration and a dab hand with a roll of sticky tape & scissors. In other words, unwrapping presents on Xmas morning, this is not.

Would I buy it again? Definitely not. Why? Let's just say that I happen to have a library book beside me as I write this review, and it is immediately obvious that the wrap which they use is far superior, insofar as theirs uses an adhesive inside covering - the type which definitely does not require any additional sticky tape to affix to any book cover. And, if that type is good enough for a public library, then I will be passing this 'non-adhesive book wrap' by - and I'll just go straight for the adhesive based wrapping next time. I award it 3 stars because although it is quite good, there is still a far more professional means to wrap books; and while such is for sale too, need your reviewer say more? HTH
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A-Z of Hell: Ross Kemp's How Not to Travel the World
A-Z of Hell: Ross Kemp's How Not to Travel the World
by Ross Kemp
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If it weren't for the TV series, this would've been a very good book. As it is, it adds little to that which was televised., 7 Aug. 2014
I'm in two minds about this book. The main problem with it is that there is little, very little in this book which wasn't already hinted at, spoken about, or filmed in Kemp's accompanying TV series. You have, in other words, to turn page after page after page to find the smallest thing which wasn't already depicted, talked about or explicitly shown in the tv series; Which is all very well - if you haven't already watched every episode: but I did.

Sorry Mr. Kemp. As a standalone there's no question: I liked your book very much. But the reality is, it's not a standalone - it is supposed to accompany your TV series, but frankly it ends up being an approximated written record of same and little else besides. There are few juicy titbits, or interesting asides which weren't already opined or filmed, in some form or fashion, already in the TV series. Please don't tell us that only interesting things happened whilst the cameras were recording, because there must have been so many interesting things going on off camera too, which Kemp must have been aware of - and so it's arguable that a whole new and most interesting book could have been written about all the potentially interesting things which occurred off camera! For example, I'd like to know more about the lead-up to meeting many of the interesting (and usually dangerous) characters, Ross encounters in the TV series. But in the book, as in the TV series, it's usual for such folk to just miraculously appear and disappear just as quickly when the story is to move on. In real life, there must surely be plenty of interesting 'background arrangements' which (no doubt) Kemp's Fixers had to endure just to get Kemp anywhere near such individuals. Nevertheless, the most dangerous and wanted individuals just appear every so often - *as if* Kemp as the deity given right to talk to whom he wants, & whenever he wants! Hmmmm. Anyway that's just one example (of many that I can imagine) of just how this book *could* have supplemented as opposed to reproduce the TV series on paper.

For that reason I award the book full marks - 5/5 - but only for those few who prefer reading the written word to watching Kemp's frankly excellent and related TV series. Otherwise, I must mark the book as being an 'o.k.' 3/5 only because it, just as frankly, adds little of fresh value, to what's already been screened.


A Dictionary of Proverbs (Oxford Paperback Reference)
A Dictionary of Proverbs (Oxford Paperback Reference)
by John Simpson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book Browser's Paradise., 4 Aug. 2014
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"If you can't have all the world's wisdom to yourself, then, surely, the next best thing is to revel in that of history's wisest thinkers" - so says your current reviewer.

What places this collection, at distance, from any other book on proverbs, are the rich and varied number of quotations which apply to each proverb. Many of which are most interesting indeed: thus - following "Lucky at cards, unlucky at love" - we find this:

"You had never believed the phrase 'lucky at cards, unlucky in love' until that night when you were the victim of a drive-by shooting from a jealous ex-girlfriend shortly after being dealt a full house."

I've tried repeatedly to think of a single proverb which I've been unable to locate, within this book's pages, yet, alas, I've failed every time. So, I must surely concede that it is a most brilliantly in-depth, and arguably unrivalled collection of proverbs. In other words, no fellow bibliophile should live a long life without at least sharing some of it in the company of this wonderful book. 5/5 for sure.


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