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AURAGLOW 5w COB LED GU10 Light Bulb, Warm White, 50w EQV - RETROFIT
AURAGLOW 5w COB LED GU10 Light Bulb, Warm White, 50w EQV - RETROFIT
Offered by Safield Dist. Ltd
Price: £27.99

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as other GU10 lights, 29 Nov 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've reviewed a fair few LED low watted GU10 lights and I'm very much a fan of the technology. I am afraid this is not one of my favourites. The colour does not seem as bright as many Philips models and the design does not look as smart. Search for my Philips GU0 which gIves far a more much more comprehensive description. I'd not recommend this specific model. I don't; like the white colour or the limited light area exposed.

Just two stars I'm afraid.

I thought it might be useful to copy my review of a Philips bulb here to capture the science behind the figures banded around so here you go! Most buyers don't seem to want to know the warm whites, the beam focus etc but I can live with negative votes! I've removed my starring of this particular bulb for impartiality.

This review is from: Philips GU10 50 Watt MV Master LED Spot 6, 2700 K, Warm White
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme

I seem over the last few weeks to have found out more about light bulbs than perhaps I ever wanted to know! Nonetheless it's worth a bit of research when bulbs are this expensive and I've been gradually replacing suitable bulbs at home with these. The bulbs are designed to replace 50w halogen spotlights - coded GU10 - which are commonly embedded into ceilings in kitchens and bathrooms or form part of spotlight installations. They have rounded power fittings not to be confused with the needle-like connections of 35w halogen bulbs. These Philips bulbs use the latest technology - LEDs (light emitting diodes) - which are the next generation of lighting replacing florescent tube bulbs which have, in turn, replaced the original incandescent bulbs.

The bulbs form part of Philips 2013 light bulb release (yes, there are annual releases of light bulbs together with glossy brochures about them). They are available in six different flavours - there are three choices of colour warmth - 2700k very warm white, 3000k warm white and 4000k cool white. Each has two choices of beam focus, 40 degrees for more general use, say in a kitchen ceiling, and 25 degrees for a more concentrated spot-light effect. All use 6 watts (as opposed to 50 watts for a standard halogen bulb) and as far as I can tell output the same amount of light as halogen bulbs. In theory the `very warm white' 2700k bulb reflects the light colour from a standard halogen bulb. I find it a little too warm and prefer the 3000k 'warm white' for most settings. The 4000k `cool white' produce a noticeably whiter-white.

The headlines for these bulbs is that they use just 6 watts so a near 90% drop in power consumption. As most halogen bulbs tend to be installed as groups there's a chance for big power savings - 4 halogen bulbs use 200w which can be reduced to 24w. You could almost leave the bulbs on continuously they use so little power. However, another headline is that they are very expensive and Amazon is not the cheapest place to buy them at the time of writing this review. They are guaranteed by Philips for five years and are projected to last for 15 years or 40,000 to 50,000 hours. They also fill a gap in the market in that florescent bulbs are not available for halogen GU10 fittings. They are exactly the same dimensions as a halogen GU10 bulb so if you have a halogen bulb of this type you can replace it with these bulbs. You should note that the actual surface area of the bulb is smaller with a silver indented surround to the bulb itself. This does not impact on light output and looks OK.

Good news with the 2013 range is that the bulbs are dimable (unlike almost all florescent bulbs), they have a rather good silver finish compared to the white of last year, and have a longer life. The bad news is they a bit more costly and use 1 watt more power. Last year's used 5 watts rather than 6.

So far I've replaced three bathroom halogen bulbs with 40 degree cool white Philips LEDs. I like the white light in this environment. I've changed four kitchen halogen bulbs with the warm white 40 degree bulbs and four dining room lights with the very warm white (2700k) bulbs again at 40 degrees.

For most environments, particularly if you want the lighting to remain as it was with halogen bulbs I'd go for the 3000k warm white 40 degree bulb or 25 degree for a spot-light effect. Perhaps for highlighting cut glass, or chrome, using a 25 degree spotlight, or in a bathroom or more clinical setting 4000k at 40 degrees is better but you will notice a colour difference.

This particular bulb, to decode Philips' numbers, is a 6 watt very warm white (2700k) bulb with a 40 degree light dispersal.
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Kindle Fire HDX 8.9", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)
Price: £329.00

20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the 7" model, 20 Nov 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The new Kindle HDX has a similar resolution screen to the smaller new 7 inch model. What surprises me is that Amazon have managed to create a larger tablet which retains a bright screen with such good colour resolution. For its size the 9 inch Kindle is also remarkably light and can still easily be held in one hand.

So, the screen is brilliant and looks very good when watching films. The Amazon version of Android also makes good use of the additional screen space with icons appearing sharp and bright. The Kindle app is excellent allowing you to view a page which is larger than a standard paperback. Text is sharp with no sign of pixilation.

As you'd expect with the new model Apps work really fast. Browsing the web is a pleasure and downloading films is exceptionally quick. Build quality also seems very good although only time will tell if the Tablet is solid as it feels.

Downsides, well it's getting a little more costly but still worth the investment. Recommended.


Alessi Presepe Christmas Nativity Statue Scene NEW Gold
Alessi Presepe Christmas Nativity Statue Scene NEW Gold

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New in gold for 2013, 20 Nov 2013
This is Italian homeware firm Alessi's take on a nativity crib. The crib, in white, red, blue, and now in 2013 a very festive gold, comes with 5 porcelain figures. It forms part of a larger group of crib figurines which typically are added to each year by Alessi. The crib and figures are an great alternative to the traditional nativity collection and are collectable. This product is likely to retain or increase its value in the long term. Required for any Alessi fan. Recommended.


Smart Weigh JDS20 Jewel Digital Scale 20g x 0.001g - Black
Smart Weigh JDS20 Jewel Digital Scale 20g x 0.001g - Black
Offered by Five Star
Price: £19.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Specialised highly accurate scales, 16 Nov 2013
These are very accurate scales - to 0.001g. You get the scales with a clear protective cover, two 10 gram calibration weights, four AA batteries, tweezers, a sturdy box to securely hold all the items, and an instruction booklet and 10 year guarantee. The scales are well made for the price and seem to be exceptionally accurate and reliable - which is what you want if you're weighing gold and jewels as the manufacturer suggests. The display is a clear, and sizeable bearing in mind the small dimensions. The measurement units can be set to various measures. The scales will weigh up to 20 grams.

I've a couple of minor concerns, and hence the drop of one star. The scales almost seem too inexpensive and it would worry me a little weighing high value jewels on low value scales - my prejudice no doubt and I assume if you were selling diamonds they would be weighed by the buyer as well! Secondly, it's suggested that the scales can be used for gold coins. Such coins would need to be light. The scales cannot weigh more than two 2 pence coins. Three takes the weight over the maximum 20 grams.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate and inexpensive, 16 Nov 2013
If you need highly accurate scales (to 0.01 grams), which are inexpensive and highly portable these scales are for you. The scales measure upto a maximum of 200 grams or the equivalent in ounces, ozt, dwt, ct and gns. To ensure high-levels of accuracy the scales can be calibrated most easily using a 100 gram weight. The manufacturer recommends that this is done whenever the scales are moved. Since the scales are smaller than a couple of packs of cards these scales are designed to be portable, and hence calibration is likely to be sensible frequently.

Despite their small-size the scales have a good, clear, blue tinted backlit display so reading the weight is not a problem. The display also features a touch sensitive on/off button, a button for selecting measurement units, and a tare button. The latter allows you to place a container on the scales and discount its weight resetting the scales for the measurement of whatever you put into the container..

With the scales you get two AA batteries already installed but isolated for transport so they should be fully charged when you receive them. The scales are protected by a black cover which contains instructions on the inner lid. The lid is removable via a switch at the rear. This removability may account for the one-star review in which the cover broke. It's pretty robust but can inadvertently be removed - a feature, not a fault. There's also a small instruction booklet and guarantee. There's also a slightly medieval looking plastic protective wallet.

Overall amazingly good value for such good scales. The only problem is the description of the scales (by Amazon?) which indicates they are postal scales. For a start they are unnecessarily accurate but more important Royal Mail letters are priced at under 60 grams for normal First Class, 60-249 grams for double the First-Class postage and so on. You can only use these scales for differentiating between a weight of lass than 60 grams or above due to the 200 gram weight limit.

With a clear eye on the price, a five star recommendation.

The scales were kindly supplied by Smart Weight for review.


Smart Weigh TZ5000 Sleek Cuisine Stainless Steel Digital Kitchen Scale 5000g X 1g, (Large Backlighted LCD Screen)
Smart Weigh TZ5000 Sleek Cuisine Stainless Steel Digital Kitchen Scale 5000g X 1g, (Large Backlighted LCD Screen)
Offered by Five Star
Price: £19.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, versatile scales, 13 Nov 2013
These scales are of very high quality. They look extremely smart in brushed steel with a nice slimline profile. The scales are battery driven, come complete with batteries, with suitable replacement CR2032 batteries available from supermarkets and from Amazon. To save battery power the scales are dispatched with a battery protector - a plastic slip that needs to be pulled clear of the battery compartments before the scales are used. The scales deactivate after 60 seconds to further reduce power consumption.

The scales are extremely accurate - to the extent that the manufacturer recommends that the scales are used at room temperature to prevent potential errors. I've tested the scales with 10 gram weights and without fail they have proved to be accurate. Officially they are accurate to 1 gram or 1 ounce. The weight is displayed by a large blue backlit display. There's a wide choice of measured units, selected via a large silver button to the right of the screen including grams, millilitres, fluid ounces and pounds and ounces. Remarkably for such slim scales the measurable weight is 5 kilos, or more than 11lbs. Usefully a `tare' button to the left of the screen allows you to weigh items incrementally - so if you weigh 500 grams of flour and need to add 100 grams of flour pressing the tare key will reset the scales to zero allowing you to measure 100 grams without doing any maths. Most scales will only record a cumulative weigh of 600 grams.

In addition to the scales and the user guide a useful magnetised weight unit conversion chart is included and the scales come with a two-year guarantee.

I think you'll struggle to find any scales which look better, and at the Amazon price-point they represent exceptional value for money. The clear display and accuracy makes this a clear 5 star product.

Smart Weight provided the scales for testing.


Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)
Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)
Price: £199.00

1,626 of 1,724 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 13 Nov 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I received this today despite having only ordered it yesterday afternoon. Cleary Amazon have plenty of HDX 7 inch models in stock. I went for the cheapest option - 16Gb of memory, (Wi-Fi only of course), and `with special offers' to cut the cost further. This is the third generation of Fire released in the US market and the second UK version. I purchased one of the first US models which has worked well for the last couple of years. The new model is a significant improvement on this.

Headlines, well first, the screen is absolutely fantastic. The colours are vibrant and the screen very bright, so bright in fact I've turned down the brightness settings. The screen has a far better resolution compared to the iPad Air (263 pixels per inch v. 323) which I bought last week and text is sharper and colour reproduction seems more realistic. Needless to say the screen is a long way away from the original Fire.

Second, and a little unexpectedly, the Fire is a lot lighter. I see its lighter than the last 7 inch HD version, and is considerably lighter than my original US-only model. Not that any of the 7 inch Fires have seemed too heavy to hold one handed for reading. The new Fire just makes it easier still.

Third, the tablet is a lot faster. The Fire uses the same processor that's in my Sony mobile phone and I've noticed a significant improvement with that compared to the last generation of chip. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor seems likely to be future proof for another couple of years.

Fourth, using the tablet with LoveFilm results is really high-quality film viewing. There's little reflection on the screen, on my BT Infinity internet link there's no delay in films downloading and no video stutter with images in brilliant quality. Partly this may reflect also the `ultra-fast' dual band Wi-Fi now built in. For printed content books are easy to read but I've never suffered from eye-strain reading from LCD screens. Others will be better able to comment on this. Magazines look brilliant making full use of the outstanding screen.

Finally, the sound is easily good enough to watch films with but I'd recommend headphones for music.

There are other features that I doubt I'll use much if at all. The `Mayday' function seems a little pointless especially as the most common problem I'm likely to experience is Wi-Fi connectivity issues! I purchased the 16Gb storage capacity as I tend to use the Fire mostly for reading and watching streamed films and Amazon's Cloud service. As a result additional memory is not needed for me. Nor do I need a rear camera (just as well as this 7 inch model doesn't have one) and I won't much use the front camera although it will work well for occasional video Skype call.

Potential downsides remain from other versions of the Fire. Although the version of Android is newer is still has a very heavy Amazon skin and you don't have access to the Play store. But for my use of the Tablet this isn't a problem especially as so many Apps are now available from Amazon.

Overall a dramatic enhancement on my old Fire, a brilliant screen, and a lightweight tablet which has a high build quality. For the price it's very good value for money. As a result highly recommended. I'll post an update on battery life after I've used the tablet for a couple of weeks. The specifications suggest this is a further area that's been improved on.
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EC TECHNOLOGY® New Ultra 3 USB High Capacity 11200mAh External Battery Pack Backup Charger Power Bank, Built-in Flashlight, Fit for Android & Apple Devices, Smart Phones, Tablets and other Mobile Devices With DC 5V Input. Apple iPad 4, The New iPad, iPad mini, iPhone 5s 5c 5, iPhone 4S, iPod(Charging tip not Provided), Samsung Galaxy Series Smartphones S4 i9500, S3 i9300, Note 2 N-7100 Note 3 - Black(12 Months Warranty)
EC TECHNOLOGY® New Ultra 3 USB High Capacity 11200mAh External Battery Pack Backup Charger Power Bank, Built-in Flashlight, Fit for Android & Apple Devices, Smart Phones, Tablets and other Mobile Devices With DC 5V Input. Apple iPad 4, The New iPad, iPad mini, iPhone 5s 5c 5, iPhone 4S, iPod(Charging tip not Provided), Samsung Galaxy Series Smartphones S4 i9500, S3 i9300, Note 2 N-7100 Note 3 - Black(12 Months Warranty)
Offered by EC Technology UK Store
Price: £40.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile and powerful, 11 Nov 2013
There are lots external backup battery packs around now. Three things make this power bank stand out from the crowd. First, it has an exceptionally high capacity of 12,000mAh. This means that it will recharge the new flagship Sony Z1 phone four times, Apple are reluctant to publicise battery capacities for their devices but the battery pack is likely to charge an iPhone 5S around 7 times. Second, the battery pack can charge upto three devices simultaneously rather than the normal one. There are three USB outputs - two support 2 amp charging, one 1 amp, the former for faster charging if supported by your device. Associated with this are four different interchangeable charger heads - for PSP, the old Apple 30 pin connector, and USB mini and micro adapters. To charge a new Apple device you'll need to use the cable that came with it. Finally, the build quality is very high, the battery pack having a robust chunky feel.

Downsides, nothing really. The battery pack is not particularly light but that's a direct result of its capacity.

Added extras - the inclusion of a small built in LED torch is a nice addition, as is the inclusion of two different length USB cables which can be used to both charge the battery pack and charge your devices. Finally the inclusion of charge head adapters gives additional flexibility and saves space.

Overall well worth five stars.

EC Technology supplied the battery pack for review.


EC TECHNOLOGY® New Midnightblue Color Removable And Rechargeable Bluetooth 3.0 Wireless Keyboard For iPad Mini And iPad Mini 2 Magnetic Suction Technique QWERTY Keyboard Stand Case
EC TECHNOLOGY® New Midnightblue Color Removable And Rechargeable Bluetooth 3.0 Wireless Keyboard For iPad Mini And iPad Mini 2 Magnetic Suction Technique QWERTY Keyboard Stand Case
Offered by EC Technology UK Store
Price: £40.00

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value but not without a couple of issues, 11 Nov 2013
This keyboard is designed as an accessory specifically for the iPad Mini which it does very well. The keyboard exactly matches the Mini in size and depth. The iPad is clipped into two robust metal clamps at the top of the keyboard, clamps which are also magnetised, which holds the Mini firmly in place. On first use the keyboard needs to be paired with the iPad using Bluetooth. Instructions to do this are provided but it's a simple process of turning the keyboard on, pressing the `pair' button on the keyboard and selecting the keyboard from a list of available bluetooth devices on the iPad. You'll be prompted by the iPad to type a four digit code on the keyboard and press the return key and that's it.

Due to the reduced size of the Mini compared to the larger iPad the keyboard necessarily has a small footprint but the manufacturer handles this well with near full-size keys with a fair degree of separation between each. Each is is spring loaded and although the keys have a slightly inexpensive feel for the cost the keyboard is pretty good. The keyboard is charged via a USB micro input with a cable supplied. You can use you Mini plug-in charger to charge the keyboard. Charging takes around four hours and the keyboard has a very good battery life both in use and in standby.

So this is an excellent keyboard for the money which makes best use of the limited footprint available whilst matching the size of the Mini. So why only three stars. Well, most significantly the keyboard does not open sufficiently widely.The maximum opening angle between the keyboard and the Mini screen is around 110 degrees, or perhaps an absolute maximum of 120 degrees. This means that on a desk the keyboard is useable but not comfortably and using the keyboard on your lap really doesn't work well at all. Comparing the angle of the keyboard and screen with a couple of laptops both open significantly wider. This is a rather silly oversight by the manufacturer.

One other minor issue, the keyboard cannot draw a power supply from the iPad itself. It uses its own power supply. I have used a keyboard for a full sized iPad which has drawn power from the iPad itself. Of course this means the iPad power consumption is increased but the keyboard can be used as long as the iPad has power. With this keyboard there's a chance that the keyboard battery may be flat when you want to use it.

Overall, a very good product for the price but let down by the simple fact that it doesn't open widely enough.

The product was kindly sent by EC Technology for me to review.


MIU COLOR® DL-001 Cool White Ultra-thin Eye-Protection Gooseneck LED Portable Desk Lamp / Detachable Emergency Outdoor Light / Camping Light
MIU COLOR® DL-001 Cool White Ultra-thin Eye-Protection Gooseneck LED Portable Desk Lamp / Detachable Emergency Outdoor Light / Camping Light
Offered by Gray&Ghost
Price: £23.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, flexible desk lamp, 6 Nov 2013
This is an innovative desk lamp which has a number of novel features including:
1. It uses LED technology resulting in a compact lighting head and low power consumption.
2. Despite being LED-based at the maximum setting the lamp is very bright and entirely suitable for desk-based work
3. Interestingly a lithium battery is built into the lamp head so it provides a source of light in a power cut
4. The lamp head is easily detachable so can be used as a portable lighting source, useful in a power cut or for more general purposes.
5. The lamp has three different light levels set via a smart blue touch-sensitive button on the lamp head.
6. Wires are kept to a minimum. The lamp is powered via a USB cable input at the base. There is no external wiring.
7. A USB output in the lamp base allows a mobile phone or similar device to be charged

Overall the desk lamp has an Apple-like design feel. Its design is minimalist (with no external cables apart from the USB in cable and with a touch sensitive on/off/intensity button), it's compact, very cleverly designed and comes with smart packaging. The manufacturer claims that the light is `natural' and hence better for users. I'm not sure about this but it certainly is as easy to use as any other desk lamp. The light is `cool white' so does certainly offer a close approximation to white natural daylight than most lights. Whilst compact the lamp base is sufficiently weighty to support the rest of the lamp. The gooseneck stand is pretty much fully adjustable into any position as long as you remember that because the lamp is small it's not going to stretch too far.

Then there added the added bonuses - not found on many desk lamps! The light has three brightness settings and the internal self-charging batteries means that if there's a power cut the lamp can be used for emergency lighting. Plus the head can be detached and be used as a very flexible source of light. The use of lithium batteries should ensure a long battery life, and of course the LED lights should last for years if not decades. The manufacturer suggests the light could be used for camping and I imagine it could be charged via a card USB charger. However, the lamp head does not have a USB input so you will need to take the lamp base and stand with you as well to charge it. Most useful will be the flexibility of an always-charged battery operated light around the home. And a very bright torch as well. There's no drop in brightness when the lamp head is disconnected from the base, three light intensities are still available and a far larger area is illuminated compared to a torch.

Downsides. Well a couple. The manual is very poorly translated which does not do the lamp and packaging justice. Not that a manual is much needed for a desk lamp but, with the added features this light comes with, it does make sense. More seriously a USB charger is not supplied so you will either need to find a USB charger from your tablet or mobile phone, or plug the lamp into a computer USB port. I'd like a charger to come with the package.

In summary, a very innovative product which works very well so five stars.

MUI Color sent me the lamp to review.


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