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McAfee Total Protection 2014 - 1 User -1 Year (PC)
McAfee Total Protection 2014 - 1 User -1 Year (PC)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Installation problems, 30 Aug 2014
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Not the most exciting of products to purchase but pretty essential for Windows machines. I'm not convinced there's much difference between anti virus software and McAfee seems as fine as any. Except when I try and install their products. In this instance this Total Protection 2014 pack comes with a CD. I don't have a CD drive for my laptop. No problem as the instructions printed on the inner packing material say that the software can be installed over the Internet. However no internet link is provided. Looking at the McAfee website I could not find mention of the Total Protection software. After I Google search I managed to find a download link and downloaded the software. There appears to be no where to enter my product code however. McAfee when I ask it to manage my subscriptions simply take me to a page to buy the software. So at present I have working anti virus software but only for 28 days when the month's free subscription runs out. Who knows if then a window will open allowing me to enter a registration code or I will just be taken to a link to buy it, again!

Why do McAfee make everything so complicated. Two stars only.


Cafe Pod Nespresso Compatible Intense x(Pack of 4, Total 40 Pods)
Cafe Pod Nespresso Compatible Intense x(Pack of 4, Total 40 Pods)
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fair to good taste and low cost, 29 Aug 2014
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I've tried a range of different coffee pods for my Nespresso machine now that Nespresso itself no longer have a monopoly on production. While these pods, like other alternate brands, are made of plastic rather than metal, they work very well in my machine. They fit perfectly, puncture easily, and produce good coffee.

On the coffee, this is a more generic blend than others in the CafePod range. They are made from beans from several South American sources. Notwithstanding this, using good Arabicas beans, the taste is robust but not bitter. Marginally I prefer the single-source coffees by CafePod but these are pretty good and well worth a try if you're looking to save some money compared with Nespresso's own pods.

As is the case with other pod systems there's a lot of waste especially as the pods come in their own individual airtight bags. From Amazon you get four boxes each containing 10 pods.

Recommended.


CafePod Nespresso Compatible Arabica Colombia (Pack of 4, Total 40 Pods)
CafePod Nespresso Compatible Arabica Colombia (Pack of 4, Total 40 Pods)
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good flavour, fits Nespresso machines, and low cost, 29 Aug 2014
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The Columbian Arabica coffee pods designed for use with Nespresso machines produce outstanding coffee whether used for a espresso or as a base for a latte. The coffee is rich and strong - excellent for an espresso - and also holds it own in a latte.

The pods are significantly cheaper than Nespresso's own pods and are now available as Nespresso has been forced to end the monopoly it held on producing pods. They are arguably made of poorer quality materials than Nespresso pods - plastic rather than metal - and come in individual sealed bags which might suggest that the pods are not fully sealed from the environment as Nespresso pods seem to be. As a result you can't store them in a pod holder. Nonetheless the most important thing is the coffee taste which CafePod deliver.

For other non-Nespresso pods I've experienced problems getting the machine to puncture them but no problems with these. They fit in the machine well and work very well indeed.

For clarity when you order this product you'll get four boxes each containing 10 pods. Like Nespresso, there's an awful lot of waste produced especially as only the cardboard box is recyclable, not the pods, film covering, or bags.

I'll be buying these pods in future and recommend you give them a try.


JACKY LED® 4 pack 100% Original Super Bright Epistar LED Chip 2 years warranty MR16 6W Dimmable Day White LED Light Lamp Bulb 6W 12V if you want to have dimmable function , please use DC 12V transformer Driver for dimmer(Day White)
JACKY LED® 4 pack 100% Original Super Bright Epistar LED Chip 2 years warranty MR16 6W Dimmable Day White LED Light Lamp Bulb 6W 12V if you want to have dimmable function , please use DC 12V transformer Driver for dimmer(Day White)
Offered by JACKY LED (All items shipped from UK)
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bright LED MR16 bulbs, 29 Aug 2014
Inexpensive LED MR16 lights that are brighter in operation than others I’ve seen. While LED replacements for GU10 halogen bulbs now seem to be fit for purpose I’ve had a problem with finding suitable MR16 bulbs. These lights offer a practical solution. They are bright and seem to be well constructed. I like the white light effect from them. With a 6000k colour rating they offer a daylight like brightness with no yellow effect.

The bulbs use only 6w of power, can be dimmed, exactly match the size of traditional halogen bulbs, and are predicted to have a 50,000 hour life. Overall these bulbs are hard to better, especially when the low cost is considered. Little to fault so five stars.

Note that a complimentary bulb was provided for independent review purposes.
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Carte Noire Espresso No 9 Intense 10 Coffee Capsules 53 g (Pack of 8)
Carte Noire Espresso No 9 Intense 10 Coffee Capsules 53 g (Pack of 8)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good value but for me only a fair coffee blend, 29 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It's really good to see the Nespresso monopoly of coffee capsules coming to and end. I'm a big fan of Nespresso machines compared to other pod-based systems. Nespresso keeps things simply - no fancy drinks such as a caramel latte or iced tea of the kind developed for other machines - just simple coffee and, with my machine, the ability to make a latte with fresh milk.

These particular capsules are supposed to have an intense flavour. I'm afraid though that they didn't have the kick I'd expected and I'm not wild about the taste. This may just be down to my personal preference of course. The problem with this pack of eight boxes, so 80 capsules in total - is that if the taste is not good for you you've another 79 capsules to get through. Before buying these from Amazon therefore I'd suggest buying a single pack to check you like them.

The Carte Noire capsules are about 30% cheaper than Nespresso's and cost cutting might account for the flavour. It's definitely evident in other ways though. The capsules are plastic, not metal, and they are not pre-perforated. I've found as a result that they may not be fully pierced and this can result in hot water not correctly passing through the capsule resulting in weak coffee.I could live with this more if I liked the blend better.

Finally, Carte Noire have gone packaging crazy. The boxes are pretty large and each capsule is in its own sealed wrapper. So the capsules take up a lot of cupboard space and produce a lot of waste.

I'll be trying other Carte Noire blends but am reluctant to wholeheartedly recommend these specific capsules. So a cautious three stars.


Tacwise Heavy Duty 140 TypeStaples 10mm (2000)
Tacwise Heavy Duty 140 TypeStaples 10mm (2000)
Price: £3.38

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality heavy duty staples, 29 Aug 2014
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Heavy duty staples that are a standard size so will work with more or less any tacker. They can be used for a variety of purposes. I've used them to secure a carpet that was not fixed along a skirting board with a Tacwise manual tacker. They were entirely fit for purpose. They are very cost effective with the pack containing 2,000 nails.

Highly recommended.


Tacwise 180/15MM 18G Nails (2000)
Tacwise 180/15MM 18G Nails (2000)
Price: £6.28

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lifetime's supply of small nails, 29 Aug 2014
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What will be to many people near a lifetime supply of small nails for use with a nail gun. The nails are high quality and very cost effective. I've used them with a Tacwise electric nail gun. They worked well with the gun and are a big advantage compared to trying to hammer in small nails like these where it's very difficult to hold the nail in place while using a hammer and avoiding hammering you fingers. Recommended.


Oral-B Trizone 4000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Oral-B Trizone 4000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Price: £54.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mid-Range TriZone Electric Toothbrush, 28 Aug 2014
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This is a mid-range TriZone electric toothbrush from Oral-B. I've posted reviews of a more basic model, the Oral-B Trizone 2000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun, and the near top of the range version, the Oral-B Trizone 6000 Smart Series With Bluetooth Technology Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun. If you're trying to decide which model to go for I'd suggest you take at my two reviews where I mention the differences between models.

Overall all of the TriZone models do the same basic thing - effectively clean your teeth! The lower spec version has fewer brushing modes, the higher spec version more brushing modes. However, for about 95% of the time you'll be using the standard cleaning mode rather than whitening mode or gum care for example so many modes may not be important. The other major difference are a variation in battery life between recharging - longer life for more expensive brushes - / the number of brush heads bundled with the brush / and whether or not there's a remote display unit or even a bluetooth app.

If you're not sure the 4000 is probably a good, and cost-effective choice. The only caution I'd offer is that the TriZone brushes are larger than standard brushes. Oral-B say that the TriZone models offer a similar cleaning routine to using an ordinary toothbrush. I find the heads make the toothbrush a little more difficult to reach hard-to-reach areas. But they are all good brushes. 5 stars (or perhaps 4.5) with much more detail with my other reviews.


Netgear EX6100 AC750 Wi-Fi Range Extender
Netgear EX6100 AC750 Wi-Fi Range Extender
Price: £47.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Latest technology in a compact format, 25 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This fairly compact Netgear range Extender is designed to extend the reach of your current WiFi network to areas that currently have poor coverage. The Extender relies on picking up the current WiFi and amplifying it. Therefore positioning is absolutely crucial. It needs to be placed in a position where the existing network has a pretty strong signal. Bear in mind that as the extender plugs directly in to a power socket (which is great in terms of saving space) you're restricted in terms of positioning to a free socket - there's no scope, without a messy extension lead, to place it at the socket so you can't move it to a table for example if the signal is a bit stronger there. After a bit of trial and error I managed to find a suitable location but expect to play around a bit. You should note though that while compact if you're using the Range Extender in a double socket it will obstruct the second plug.

With regard to set up hopefully your existing WiFi router will have a WPS button. If so all you need to do is plug the Extender in and press the WPS button on the side of the Extender and the WPS button on the router. They should then pair automatically and that's it. If you don't have a WPS button, or this doesn't work, it's necessary to configure the Extender manually. This potentially becomes a bit messy although Netgear have gone a long way to make it more straightforward than it used to be. Critically you'll need to know your router's WiFi security password. Without this you won't be able to link the systems. Note this is not the same as any password your router may need to access the Internet through your service provider.

There are couple of outstanding features with the Extender. It uses the new AC standard which should be faster and have a wider range than N based routers. You should note however that older devices will not be able to use the AC band. N and previous iterations are included as well though. New, or recent equipment, will support AC such as the 2013 Apple laptops. In additional the extender uses both 5GHz and 2.4GHz frequencies. 5GHz is more recent and is also faster and has an extended range. You can chose to connect specifically to the 5GHz frequency for devices which support this frequency thus getting the best from your ISP in terms of the highest speed and fewer dropouts.

Overall a very good product which makes configuring networks at least bearable if not a pleasure!


Oral-B Braun CrossAction Replacement Rechargeable Toothbrush Heads - (Pack of 4 Refills)
Oral-B Braun CrossAction Replacement Rechargeable Toothbrush Heads - (Pack of 4 Refills)
Price: £14.39

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical and effective Oral-B toothbrush heads, 25 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Not the most exciting of products to purchase but if you’ve purchased an Oral-B electric toothbrush replacement brushes are pretty much essential. I’m not sure that brushes wear out quite as quickly as Oral-B suggest but guess they should be replaced every four months or so. The advantage of taking the plunge and buying this pack is that with four brushes you get sufficient to last for more than a year, plus they are cheaper than buying brushes individually. Also as each brush is individually packed they are not going to get dusty or covered in toothpaste at the back of the bathroom cabinet.

The CrossAction brushes are the latest release of an ever expanding range of Oral-B toothbrush heads. These are suitable for everyday general use - unlike the floss action heads for example and the cross-action movement of the bristles may clean a little more effectively. Recommended


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