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Sony KD-49X8305C Smart 4K UHD 49 Inch TV (2015 Model)
Sony KD-49X8305C Smart 4K UHD 49 Inch TV (2015 Model)
Offered by Electronics and Gadgets Direct Ltd
Price: £1,444.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very impressive TV, 4 Aug. 2015
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This Sony KD-49X8305C 4K Smart TV delivers where it really counts and that is in picture quality - it is superb. I found the out of the box setup reasonably straightforward although you need a hand to fix the stand if you're not wall mounting it (it is VESA Mount ready). Below are the strengths and areas for improvement but, let me say, it's not just my opinion everyone who has seen the picture has been wowed by it.

The good......

- The picture quality is top notch but doesn't jump out at you with vivid colours and excessively high contrast etc. It is a great picture in a natural way. To me, the strengths are the detail, colours and deep blacks which help the contrast plus the backlighting is perfectly even (unlike our older set). The upscaling of HD programmes works really well and there's a definite improvement in detail.
- Motion is well handled - there's no smearing or lag thanks to the 800Hz processing.
- The physical design of the set is good. It is ultra-slim and the stand is attractive plus high enough for most sound bars to be placed in front of the set. Even switched off this set looks good with a really narrow bezel and very slim profile.
- The Android operating system will seem second nature to you if you use an Android phone. There's plenty of scope for customisation plus Android seems to lend it itself well to a TV operating system - we both love it. Also, the general usability of the TV in terms of changing channels, switching sources and charging settings etc. is largely intuitive.
- The Smart connectivity has broadened our horizons beyond Sky - provided your internet connection can support it there are lots of options with this TV.
- The sound via the internal speakers is the best I've heard on a TV of this type - it is adequate if you don't want a sound bar or the optional Bravia Subwoofer. The internal sound is clear and features reasonable bass presence given the restrictions of the TV cabinet.
- Connection to the internet via our Home Hub 5 was easy and there's a wide range of inputs including 4 HDMI sockets and 3 USBs plus s SCART.

Areas for improvement......

- The initial system update is quite lengthy and you might think the update has "hung" but be patient.
- The supplied remote is a standard one not a touch one with microphone for voice commands as the Sony website suggests - that is an optional extra and will be available soon.
- Also, you could get the impression from this product page that the TV comes with a Bravia wireless subwoofer - the Bravia Subwoofer is an optional extra. I've teamed my TV with a Sony CT-380 Sound bar/wireless sub-woofer, however, the built in audio is better than most TVs of this type.
- Of course, it goes without saying more 4K programme material would be welcome both over the air/Net and via DVD and I think this will come soon, In the interim the upscaling function works well.

This is an excellent TV which I'm sure will get even better as new firmware is developed. Unlike some other reviewers I don't see "work in progress" on this aspect as too negative. The set is well "over the line" in terms of picture quality and functionality out of the box, and, after all, most other things we use now such as software, cars, cameras etc. undergo frequent updates - they develop over time and 'm sure this TV will be the same.

In summary, this the KD-49X8305 delivers a remarkable picture with a developing feature set to match - we love it. Recommended.


Yoga Toeless Socks, 2 Pairs Set, For Yoga and Pilates, Non Slip Skid Socks by YogaAddict
Yoga Toeless Socks, 2 Pairs Set, For Yoga and Pilates, Non Slip Skid Socks by YogaAddict
Offered by YogaAddict [UK]
Price: £28.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Good design and quality plus they're bliss to wear, 4 Aug. 2015
These Yoga Addict Toeless Yoga Socks come in a pack of two and the immediate impression is of a really well made product - the sock material and the non-slip "dots" look and feel good to wear. The socks are made from 80% cotton, 14% Spandex and 6% PVC. I am a shoe size 9 and found the M-L size a perfect fit.

I am diabetic and like to air my feet as much as possible without exposing them to risk by going completely barefoot. These Yoga Socks represent the ideal compromise, being toeless they give you the feeling of being almost barefoot but the body of the sock and non-slip "soles" protect your feet too. The fit is good and the fabric of the sock has plenty of "give" in it without being loose but what I like most of all is the "grippy" underside of the socks - the PVC dots are really substantial and will prevent slips as well as excessive wear to the fabric of the socks. Also, when used for yoga and other exercise activities the socks will give you good traction with or without a mat.

These socks are best hand washed. I've had a full toed pair now for many months and they wash really well and there has been no deterioration in their grip. Finally, the design is really distinctive - I like the striped design which comes in three combinations plus there's a Yoga Addict motif at the rear.

In summary, these socks are well made and designed plus represent an ideal compromise between being barefoot and covering your feet completely. Recommended.

(Disclaimer: I was supplied with these socks for my unbiased review - the opinion above represent my own personal views).


Fellowes PowerShred 4685301 62Mc Micro Cut Shredder with Safety Lock
Fellowes PowerShred 4685301 62Mc Micro Cut Shredder with Safety Lock
Price: £104.73

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Safe, secure and easy to manage, 4 Aug. 2015
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This Fellowes PowerShred 62MC Shredder is ideal for a home or small office and shreds documents to the P4 Security Standard which means it shreds paper into small particles rather than strips - the cut size being 3 x 10mm so a piece of A4 will be shredded into over 2000 pieces. The unit measures about 48 x 35 x 27cm, is suitable for shredding paper plus staples and credit cards etc. plus comes with a 2 year warranty and a 5 year limited warranty on the cutters.

In use the shredder is really effective and chomps through up to 10 sheets of paper at a time - the smaller cut size doesn't seem to slow it down in comparison to a strip cut model - the 230mm throat is more than wide enough for A4 paper. There are LED indicators for ready, jam and temperature and waste is caught in the generous 19L hopper. An unexpected side effect of the smaller cut size is that the cuttings take up much less space and aren't springy so don't spill out or get caught around the cutters and drop down onto the floor when the hopper is opened. At the front of the hopper is a handy window so you can see how full it is and when full it is easy to remove and empty.

Safety has also been considered and there's a lock system to prevent accidental or unsupervised operation - this is easier than locating the plug and switching off at the mains. The maximum motor run time is 7 minutes of continuous use after which time the unit has an automatic cool down cut out and switches off for 60 minutes, although, in most domestic usage patterns I think this cut out will seldom activate.

We really like this Fellowes Shredder because it's a bit more powerful than others we've had, but, at the same time, it's more secure and the waste is easier to manage. With an impending house move I've used it a lot and it hasn't jammed or hesitated once. In addition, the 62MC is just the right size for home or small office use, plus the castors are useful when it comes to emptying the unit especially if you keep it under your desk. The appearance and size of the shredder also blends into most environments.


The East India Company Ginger Nut Biscuits 150 g
The East India Company Ginger Nut Biscuits 150 g
Price: £4.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice texture but needs more ginger "kick", 2 Aug. 2015
These East India Company Ginger Nut Biscuits come well presented but then you do pay a premium price. The texture is nice and nutty but what slightly lets them down is that the ginger flavour isn't as strong as I'd have expected at this price point. Otherwise they are very palatable and are an ideal treat compared to the mainstream brands of biscuits.


Excelvan® Newest Handheld Laser Distance Meter with Bubble Level Rangefinder Range Finder Tape measure 0.05 to 40m (0.16 to 131ft) Large LCD with Backlight - Black&Yellow
Excelvan® Newest Handheld Laser Distance Meter with Bubble Level Rangefinder Range Finder Tape measure 0.05 to 40m (0.16 to 131ft) Large LCD with Backlight - Black&Yellow
Offered by Oxford Street
Price: £29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of features and accurate too, 2 Aug. 2015
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This Excelvan Laser Distance Meter comes smartly boxed and in the package you get the laser measure, a pouch with belt loop, wrist strap, 2 AAA batteries and a user guide. The unit measures 118x 54 x 26.5 mm and weighs 128g. I have also recently been using a distance meter made by a large German manufacturer.

The first thing that struck me is the quality, tough, feel this meter has plus the keyboard is a raised membrane type so it should resist the ingress of dust etc. There's a handy built in spirit level too plus a tripod screw mount and wrist strap attachment. The 4 line LCD display has a backlight and offers good contrast even in bright light. The two AAA cells are easily fitted into the rear battery compartment.

The quoted accuracy of this meter which can measure up to 70M (other models are available) is + or - 1.5mm. The first thing that is immediately obvious is that this laser measure offers more measuring options than my big brand version. The options are - Distance; Area; Volumetric; Pythagorean Indirect Measurement; Maximum and Minimum. There are a number of on screen indicators to assist you plus the keyboard functions soon become intuitive. In addition, you can take the measurement from the front of the device or include the total length including the unit. I compared the accuracy with my other laser meter and both devices gave readings within a mm or so leading me to believe this is an accurate device.

The acid test is this as good as the similarly priced meter I already owned? Well, if I had known what I know now I would have bought this meter because it actually does more, has a better display, seems just as accurate and offers extras like a case and tripod mount etc. as standard. Although the extra features such as the Pythagorean measurement are not essential for my purposes they've also awakened my interest in measurement techniques.

In summary, a really well made, feature rich and precise laser measure. Recommended.


Cable Mountain 2m 24K Gold Plated 21 Pin RGB SCART Lead Cable
Cable Mountain 2m 24K Gold Plated 21 Pin RGB SCART Lead Cable
Price: £6.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality and value, 2 Aug. 2015
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This (2M) Cable Mountain SCART Lead represents an ideal compromise between quality and price. The cable is well made with Oxygen Free Copper (OFC) conductors and gold plated contacts. The cable itself feels substantial and where it enters the plug there is strain relief. In addition, the plugs fit crisply into the SCART socket on our Panasonic TV and DVD player and playback is fine and interference free. Good quality and value. Recommended.


Cat Therapy: A colouring book for adults
Cat Therapy: A colouring book for adults
by Charlotte Segond-Rabilloud
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compact format but quality colouring book, 2 Aug. 2015
I bought this as a present and it was well received. The book features 100 drawings and designs to colour in plus there's a section at the end about the illustrators. The book is roughly A5 format and hard bound so is an ideal travel colouring book. The drawings are very good and despite their smaller size they are clearly designed to be just as easy to colour as a larger format book. The recipient really liked this book and the first few drawings look really good now that they're coloured in. I'd say that for a cat lover the relaxation comes both from the colouring as well as the subject matter too. A really nice, compact but quality colouring bool. Recommended.


Panasonic ES-RT47-S Intelligent 3 Blade Electric Shaver and Trimmer
Panasonic ES-RT47-S Intelligent 3 Blade Electric Shaver and Trimmer
Offered by Media Trade Giant
Price: £59.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shaves well and offers good value, 31 July 2015
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This Panasonic ES-RT47-S Intelligent 3 Blade Shaver comes presentably boxed and together with the shaver you get a blade guard, comb trimmer attachment, cleaning brush, phial of shaver oil plus a two pin charger unit. Also included is a bulky looking instruction manual although there are actually only a few pages in the English Section.

The immediate impression is of a well made shaver which includes an LED battery indicator for charging and a separate indication for low battery. Other features include a built in sideburn trimmer that has a slide switch to extend it. The sides of the shaver handle are finished in rubber and together with the shape this makes the unit easy to hold plus the on/off switch is well located. This is a wet and dry/washable shaver so it can be washed under the tap. The foil cutter head is easy to remove for rinsing and the shaving head "floats" both vertically and horizontally to ensure the head tracks your face during shaving. The manual says a 1 hour full charge gives you around 18 3 minute shaves and my experience seems to bear that out. In common with other shavers there's a five minute quick charge option to give you one shave if your battery is flat and you're in a hurry.

In use I found the shaver comfortable to hold and the floating head does follow the contours of your face although, I felt you need to press slightly harder than with some other shavers I've used. The results were good and unlike some other shavers I've used this one didn't cause redness or abrasion which I'm prone to after shaving. I liked the pop up sideburn trimmer too - some models I've tried recently require you to remove the shaving head to fit the trimmer but this integral version is much better. If you decide to use the comb trimmer you simply fit it over the shaver head and extend the sideburn trimmer which pops up inside the comb attachment to trim your beard etc. - very ingenious and effective.

I also thought about omissions from this model and there are two things missing in my view - a cutter/foil replacement indicator which many other models feature and a travel pouch would have been nice although a blade guard is supplied. However, for the price this shaver looks and shaves very well so I'd rather have the shaving quality than extra features and accessories. Also, was interested in the inclusion of the shaver oil - this is the first shaver I've been aware of where occasional oiling is recommended although it is said to be applied for the shaving comfort rather than lubricate the mechanism as such.

I think there's plenty to like about this shaver and it performs well, the minor omissions can easily be forgiven when you consider its price point (and by that I mean the price at which it actually sells rather than the suggested price). Recommended.


VonHaus 234pc 135w Rotary Power Multitool Craft DIY Multi Purpose Tool Combitool Accessory Kit - Dremel Compatible - Variable Speeds
VonHaus 234pc 135w Rotary Power Multitool Craft DIY Multi Purpose Tool Combitool Accessory Kit - Dremel Compatible - Variable Speeds
Offered by DOMU UK
Price: £29.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality and quantity, 31 July 2015
This VonHaus 135W Rotary Power Tool comes complete with 234 accessories and is packed in a sturdy see through case. I am a keen modeller and wondered if this might be an instance of quantity over quality, however, my impression is that that isn't so. I've used other more familiar brands of rotary tools before and this VonHaus version equals them in many ways.

The heart of this tool set is the multi-tool handle which features a 135W motor with a variable speed range of 10K to 32K RPM and it is easily adjustable via a rotary control plus it features a generous mains lead. The handle also features an easy change collet chuck with a maximum size of 3.2mm which makes it easy to quickly change between accessories without frustration. Helpfully, the handle is compatible with Dremel tool accessories so your existing tools wouldn't become obsolete if you started to use this handle.

I've now used this VonHaus tool for three jobs including preparing a die cast model for respray, restoring an old carved box, and reworking the hull of a model boat. I've been very pleased not only with the performance of the power handle, but the accessories seem really good including the abrasives and polishing tools etc. both in terms of actual performance as well as durability. Also, the handle is well designed and balanced making it comfortable to hold and precise to use. The range of accessories supplied is substantial, although I won't list them here as there's a comprehensive listing above but they include cutting, cleaning, sanding and polishing accessories.

This VonHaus Rotary Power Multi Tool comes with a comprehensive package of accessories that will meet the needs of most hobbyists and, despite the number of supplied tools, the quality is really good. I've really got to like this kit since I started using it. Recommended.

(Disclaimer: I was supplied with a review sample - the opinion expressed above represents my personal view).


100 Sheets White Acid Free Tissue Paper 18" x 28" (450mm x 700mm)
100 Sheets White Acid Free Tissue Paper 18" x 28" (450mm x 700mm)
Offered by PolyPostalBags
Price: £3.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swift delivery and good quality, 30 July 2015
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This pack of tissue paper was swiftly delivered and well packed. The white tissue paper is of good quality and acid-free plus just the right thickness for wrapping my model cars for an impending house move. In addition, the dimensions are precisely to specification and the price is also much lower than I could find on my high street. Recommended.


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