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[5 years warranty]EasyAcc® 3 + 2 Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Hub with TF SD Card Reader for SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, RS-MMC, Micro SD, and Mini SD, Suitable for Macs, iMacs, MacBook Pro and Air, Ultrabooks, Microsoft Surface RT, Laptops, Raspberry Pi, and All PCs, Black
[5 years warranty]EasyAcc® 3 + 2 Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Hub with TF SD Card Reader for SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, RS-MMC, Micro SD, and Mini SD, Suitable for Macs, iMacs, MacBook Pro and Air, Ultrabooks, Microsoft Surface RT, Laptops, Raspberry Pi, and All PCs, Black
Offered by EasyAcc.U Store
Price: £35.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Small and fast!, 23 July 2014
I was supplied with this EasyAcc USB 3.0 Hub and Card Reader for review. This is one of those products which is simple but someone has actually got the features I need when on the move absolutely right. In my case that means extra USB 3.0 ports plus the ability to read SD and Micro SD cards. The unit comes nicely boxed together with instructions, measures 100 x 39 x 16mm and weighs in at 55g.

I use this hub with my Toshiba Windows 8.1 laptop whilst out and about. The first time I plugged this hub in it seemed to go through a driver installation ritual but now works without that the moment it is plugged in. The cable length is about 180mm which is just right. I've used all sorts of USB 3.0 devices with this handy hub including HDDs, a DVD reader etc and all work just as quickly as if they were directly plugged into the PC and without hiccup. The card readers work well too and the transfer rate from the SD cards I use in my Nikon DSLR is fast. I was concerned to read one reviewer had a bit of an issue with the Micro SD slot but mine works perfectly.

This is a really well made and handy little device to keep in your laptop bag - it looks and feels decently made, performs well, plus, represents good value for money. Recommended.


10 DURACELL 9V PROCELL ALKALINE PLUS BATTERIES
10 DURACELL 9V PROCELL ALKALINE PLUS BATTERIES
Offered by Babz Media
Price: £8.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Good performance but low cost, 23 July 2014
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These are excellent value batteries, and as far as I can see and based on experience, their life expectancy is no less than any of the other comparable versions available in the supermarket or on the high street. The thing that is very different is the price, which in my reckoning, is at least half or lower.

Another thing I do like is that I often don't want to carry the whole box of 10 batteries around with me but these types of batteries are notorious for the terminals shorting when kept in a tool box etc. These Procell versions have a very neat little insulated cap over one of the terminals to prevent shorts and which is easily removed when you go to use the battery. Strongly recommended.


Avantree PowerHouse Universal Multi-device USB Desktop Charger / Charging Station 22.5W 5V/4.5A, for iPad, iPhone, Samsung Tab, Kindle fire, Samsung galaxy note 3/note2/S5/S4, Google nexus 5/4 and more
Avantree PowerHouse Universal Multi-device USB Desktop Charger / Charging Station 22.5W 5V/4.5A, for iPad, iPhone, Samsung Tab, Kindle fire, Samsung galaxy note 3/note2/S5/S4, Google nexus 5/4 and more
Offered by AvantreeDirect
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Really different and very functional!, 23 July 2014
I was sent this Avantree Power House Desk USB Charging Station for review.

This product has really made a splash in our home because it looks so different plus reduces mobile device clutter considerably. This charging station has for concealed full size USB outlets underneath 2 x 1 Amp ideal for most phones, and 2 x 2.1 Amp outlets for larger devices such as tablets etc. The base stands firmly on chunky rubber feet which allows clearance for cables to feed out from underneath the stand to the devices stored on the unit. There is an inlet at the rear for the supplied (BS marked) figure of 8 mains lead. The roof of the internal compartment is covered in a sheet of Velcro and four strips are supplied to "cable manage" your USB device's cables. The front third or so of the internal compartment is occupied by the power supply and USB sockets but there is ample space left to store spare excess cable from your devices.

Externally the stand looks great and is an uncanny match for the world's leading make of tablets and smartphones with a gloss white finish to the plinth, a rubber black rubber mat on the upper surface. On the mat are 6 strategically placed cubes in red, black and grey forming 4 slots for phones and smaller tablets with 2 larger rectangles in black and red for larger devices such as tablets etc. You can easily store 6 USB powered items on this stand. In addition, you get an alternative coloured mat, cubes, rectangles all in green to change the look if you wish although I prefer the "default" version".

All the devices I've used with this stand charge perfectly including an iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0, Nokia Lumia and Moto G smartphones. The charging speed being pretty well the same as their own supplied chargers.

In summary, this high quality Avantree stand will keep you devices neat, tidy and charged, plus, they're all in one place when you rush out of the door in the morning. I can't think of a more stylish or convenient way to store your rechargeable devices that are an essential part of daily life now - I can see why this unit won a Red Dot Design Award this year! Recommended.


Avantree Priva Bluetooth Wireless Multipoint Audio Transmitter with aptX low latency codec, connects two headphones simultaneously, perfect device for TV watching, CD player music streaming, working with Bluetooth headphones, Bluetooth enabled speakers - White
Avantree Priva Bluetooth Wireless Multipoint Audio Transmitter with aptX low latency codec, connects two headphones simultaneously, perfect device for TV watching, CD player music streaming, working with Bluetooth headphones, Bluetooth enabled speakers - White
Offered by AvantreeDirect
Price: £45.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Neat, petite and effective!, 23 July 2014
I was kindly sent this Avantree Priva Bluetooth Transmitter for review. In the box you get the Avantree Priva Adaptor; a magnetic base; 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable; RCA audio cable; Micro USB charging cable; quick start guide & warranty card. The adaptor is small (48mm x 48mm x 15mm) and weighs in at less than 30g including the magnetic base. Power comes from an internal rechargeable battery which will give you around 7 hours playing time but you can use the unit whilst it is charging - you charge the unit using the supplied USB to Micro-USB charging lead from any USB charger, although, a decent USB wall charger is much quicker than a PC port.

Pairing Bluetooth headphones with this unit is easy - the method is the same as with your phone etc. The novelty here is however, that this device will support two sets of Bluetooth headphones at the same time. You connect the adaptor to your host device such as a TV or audio system via either the audio jack lead, and, if necessary, use the RCA to audio jack adaptor lead. I tried using this adaptor with an older Toshiba TV and found it worked very well. There were no lip synch issues probably due to the low latency codec used. Overall sound quality is very good both spatially, and in terms of bass, mid-range and treble response - the sound is very smooth and listenable. Bluetooth range is also good with no dropout or fading problems evident in my living room - officially range is quoted at up to 10m but this will depend on the environment including walls etc.

In summary, this Avantree Priva Adaptor is a very neat and effective unit - Avantree also make a combined transmitter and receiver version known as the Saturn Pro and you may want to consider that too. Recommended.


Avantree Saturn Pro Wireless Bluetooth Audio Adapter Transmitter and Receiver 2-in-1 with aptX low latency audio codec, support iPhone, iPod, iPad, Tablets and other Bluetooth enabled devices, non-Bluetooth MP3/MP4, TV, home audio system (DVD, TV, HiFi, speaker, amplifier), Car Stereo Music Sound System - Titanium
Avantree Saturn Pro Wireless Bluetooth Audio Adapter Transmitter and Receiver 2-in-1 with aptX low latency audio codec, support iPhone, iPod, iPad, Tablets and other Bluetooth enabled devices, non-Bluetooth MP3/MP4, TV, home audio system (DVD, TV, HiFi, speaker, amplifier), Car Stereo Music Sound System - Titanium
Offered by AvantreeDirect
Price: £45.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Small but perfectly formed and functional!, 23 July 2014
This Avantree Saturn Pro Wireless Bluetooth Audio Adaptor was sent to me for review.

In the box you get the Saturn Pro Adaptor; 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable; RCA audio cable; 3.5mm audio connector; Micro USB charging cable; User Manual, Quick Start Guide & warranty card. The pictures on this page are not particularly good at giving you a sense of scale of this device which is tiny (50 mm x 37mm x 13mm) and weighing less than 50g despite being powered by a internal rechargeable battery.

In essence this is an ideal adaptor for any non-Bluetooth enabled device to receive or transmit audio - for example, I've used it to watch late night TV on an old Toshiba TV via my Bluetooth headphones. Secondly, I've used it to stream audio from my iPad to a Yamaha mini hifi which, although old and non-Bluetooth enabled, is too good to throw out. You can switch the Saturn Pro from Bluetooth receive to send mode at the flick of a switch and connection to your non-Bluetooth device is via the audio jack or RCA leads supplied. Pairing is easy - it works just like other Bluetooth devices such as pairing a Bluetooth speaker with your phone.

The amazing thing about this small device is the sound quality - it is outstanding and uses a special "low latency codec" which prevents lip synch issues etc. I found the sound was really "spatial" with an obvious stereo effect, plus, despite good treble and mid-range there was very little hiss and the bass was strong and taut too. Transmission and reception range is good, plus, there's no fading or drop outs. The range is quoted at up to 10 metres but will depend on the environment and any walls etc.. The battery life is good too, I found with intermittent use you could get up to about 12 hours from a single charge plus you can use the adaptor while on charge if you wish. Standby time is up to 150 hours.

This device has breathed extra life into older devices (eg. a TV and hifi) whose only real shortcoming has been not to be Bluetooth equipped. I like the fact you can easily use this little unit as either a receiver or a transmitter, or you could potentially use two of these adaptors simultaneously to add Bluetooth functionality for both transmission and reception.

The Saturn Pro is a neat, well made and, above all, brilliant sounding product from Avantree for the money - I like it a lot! Recommended.


EasyAcc® 8200mAh Power Bank Aluminum Alloy Design 2.1A Output Compact Portable Charger Backup External Battery Pack for iPhone iPad Samsung Smartphone Galaxy Tab Android Phone Google Nexus MP3 Player Bluetooth Speaker Headset
EasyAcc® 8200mAh Power Bank Aluminum Alloy Design 2.1A Output Compact Portable Charger Backup External Battery Pack for iPhone iPad Samsung Smartphone Galaxy Tab Android Phone Google Nexus MP3 Player Bluetooth Speaker Headset
Offered by EasyAcc.U Store
Price: £45.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A good balance of size and output!, 23 July 2014
I was sent this EasyAcc 8200mAh Power bank for review.

The out of the box impression is of a well made device which is finished in a burnished aluminium look with white highlighting on the end panels. In the box apart from the power bank, you get, a short USB to USB-Micro lead for charging the power bank and a longer version for connecting devices plus a good instruction manual. The power bank weighs around 200g and measures 126x 62.8 x 14.8mm - making it a discreet addition to your handbag or briefcase. The unit also features a single 2.1 Amp full size USB output socket, plus, an on/off switch and 4 segment white LED charge level/charging indicator together with a Micro USB input to charge the battery.

This power bank is suitable for charging portable USB devices from .2 to 2.1 mAh which covers the majority of all portable devices. The unit comes almost fully charged and takes around 3-4 hours to charge from totally flat - you can use almost any USB source although, a decent wall charger is likely to be the quickest.

I tested this power bank with the following devices; an iPad 3; Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0 (7"), Nokia Lumia and Moto G smartphones. All my devices charged perfectly - the phones could be charged about 3 times over from flat and my iPad to about 60% of full charge. However, I expect most people will use this power bank to rescue an ailing battery on the move rather than to charge products from flat as a matter of routine in which case you'll get many extra hours of use.

I really like this Easy Acc power bank because it represents a good balance between portability and capacity; it's nicely designed with elegantly curved edges and has a quality feel; sports CE and FCC approval markings so it should be safe; plus; the instructions are clear for users who are new to this sort of device. Recommended.


Why do Cats have Nine Lives? 24 ridiculously simple concepts to live by
Why do Cats have Nine Lives? 24 ridiculously simple concepts to live by
Price: £0.77

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As simple or sophisticated as you like!, 22 July 2014
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This short book by Gisela Hausmann uses the life of her cat Artemis, to make a real point. My reading of what this book says is that life can actually be quite simple, fulfilling and more survivable if you follow some very simple concepts - namely, the 24 mentioned in this neat little book.

Looking at and reading this book did cause me to reflect on the fact that maybe we see things in too complex a way, and, living happily could be a bit simpler than we think. The life of Artemis the author's cat, is a good platform to use for putting forward the principles and I think everyone looking at the book will draw their own personal interpretation of the messages. The photography is literally "everyday" - it doesn't look staged and in fact, the pictures are just snaps of everyday life for Artemis - nothing particularly photogenic about the book at all (rather like most of our lives or mine at least!), but the principles expoused are profound! I enjoyed my brief read of this short but thought provoking book a lot. Recommended.


The Carving of Mount Rushmore
The Carving of Mount Rushmore
by Rex Alan Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.53

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating insight, 22 July 2014
This is an essential read before you visit Mount Rushmore - you'll gain so much more from your trip. This book is written in a very readable way, and through the use of text, photos and personal recollections etc. it takes you through the how, why and when of building this wonderous monument in the Black Hills of Dakota. You'll also get a lot of insight into the politics, slip ups and other aspects of the project. Even if you're not planning to visit for a while this book is an excellent way of building up to your visit to this historic site, and when you do it will give it greater context. Recommended.


Poweradd™ Pilot C power bank 10000mAh dual USB Portable Charger External Battery for Apple series (Apple Adapters Not Included) Samsung series,Tablet PC, Android Phones, Android Tablets and More Other Devices-green
Poweradd™ Pilot C power bank 10000mAh dual USB Portable Charger External Battery for Apple series (Apple Adapters Not Included) Samsung series,Tablet PC, Android Phones, Android Tablets and More Other Devices-green
Offered by Poweradd
Price: £49.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Capable and different!, 20 July 2014
I was sent this Poweradd Pilot C, 10,000mAh Power Bank (green version) for review. This power bank is really different in its design which is about the same size as a bar of bath soap and features textured colour panels with a white band around the middle - it does look striking. In the box you get the power bank, Micro-USB charging lead and user manual. The overall look and feel is of a well made, tough and portable device measuring 3.8 x 2.5 x 1.25 inches and weighing around 8.5 ozs making it ideal for a briefcase or handbag but less so a pocket.

The Pilot Power Bank sports two outputs - one is a 1 Amp output for smartphones etc. and the other is a 2.1 Amp output for charging tablets including iPads etc. There's an on/off switch plus a Micro-USB charger socket and a nice four segment blue LED charging/charge indicator. This device should also be safe as it features electronic protection circuitry and sports a CE Approval marking. I found it took 4-5 hours to charge fully from flat using a USB wall charger.

I tested this power bank using an iPad, Samsuing Galaxy Tab 3 ("7), Nokia Lumia and Moto G smartphones - they were all supported by this power bank. The unit would charge the smartphones 3-4 times over and the iPad to about 85% from flat - the charging time is similar to that of a mains USB charger which is good considering this is a portable solution. However, I suspect many users will use this power bank to connect it to a device with an ailing battery to keep it going, rather than to recharge it from flat. If used in this way you should get several hours of extra life from your device.

I really like the look and feel of this power bank, plus, it feels like a workhorse because of its chunky but at the same time compact size - the size to power output ratio is very good and it's quite compact compared to many other 10,000mAh power banks I've seen. Recommended.


DigiYes® 7000mAh Polymer Li-ion Wireless Charging Power Bank advanced power management chipset, efficient charging and high power conversion rate. (Black)
DigiYes® 7000mAh Polymer Li-ion Wireless Charging Power Bank advanced power management chipset, efficient charging and high power conversion rate. (Black)
Offered by DigiYes
Price: £39.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supports both wireless and conventional charging too!, 20 July 2014
I was sent this DigiYes 7000mAh Wireless Charging Station for review. The unit measures (L x W x H): 84 x 131 x 16mm and weighs around 200g. In the box you get the power bank; an instruction booklet; two USB charging leads - one short for charging devices without wireless charging support and the other a much longer one I think intended for your USB wall charger. The instruction book is clearly printed and written.

First impressions are positive - the product is nicely boxed and the power bank looks and feels built to a very high standard. There are non-slip feet on the underside plus a circle of non-slip rubber type material where you rest the phone during charging - this will prevent the phone slipping off, plus, it looks good set into the gloss finish of the device. At one end of the power bank you have a Micro-USB socket for charging it plus a full size USB output socket that can be used to charge a device that doesn't support wireless charging. At the other end of the bank there's a four segment LED charge indicator plus an on/off switch and an LED wireless charging indicator.

I tested this device with a Nokia 920 smartphone and the wireless charging facility worked very well - you simply put the phone down on the power bank - both the phone and power bank make a noise to tell you the phone is charging. When you move the phone away the charging stops and this is acknowledged by a different sound. Both the phone and LED indicator on the power bank give you a visual indication too.

Once used to this charger it's very unlikely that you could think the phone is charging when it isn't. I found the power bank could last for three or four days without being recharged. When a recharge is necessary it takes 3-4 hours to recharge the power bank from flat. The power bank is also effective at charging devices without wireless support, although, it does better with phones than tablets as the charging output is 1A rather than 2.1A - this isn't a problem, it just means a tablet will take a bit longer to charge. This power bank could recharge a smartphone by wire around 3 times and a tablet to about 60-70% of full capacity but often the requirement is simply to keep an ailing device's internal battery going by leaving the power bank connected.

In my opinion, this is a very good quality product in terms of design, build and functionality.Recommended.


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