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Lavolta HDMI to SCART Converter HD Video Adapter
Lavolta HDMI to SCART Converter HD Video Adapter
Offered by Smart Parts UK, Digital Lifestyle Retailer
Price: £29.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HDMI to Scart converter - it works., 4 Oct. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Very useful if you have an older TV without any HDMI inputs or too few. This converter allows you to connect an HDMI cable and output that through the now redundant scart system. The output quality is good but I doubt it is of HDMI quality as I didn't think scart could support HD signals. I thought this was one reason why they were replaced - together with scart connectors being large and fiddly.

This is a plug and play system but note that it does require its own power supply so make sure you have a socket nearby. Other than that it just works.

Good value and solves a problem. No complaints, 5 stars.

I received this item at no cost in return for an independent review from the manufacturer.
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Kenley Digital Ozone Generator Ozonizer Air Purifier for Fresh Water Hydroponics
Kenley Digital Ozone Generator Ozonizer Air Purifier for Fresh Water Hydroponics
Offered by Smart Parts UK, Digital Lifestyle Retailer
Price: £21.90

2.0 out of 5 stars Unpleasant chlorine-like smell., 4 Oct. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Well packed, wall mountable, inexpensive, and low energy costs are all positives for this Ozone generator. However, the design looks decidedly dated and the 'digital' element of the name is a bit misleading. There's a manually operated timer which will allow the generator to work for up to 60 minutes. Nor are the instructions particularly clear, written in rather poor English. I'm not sure I'd use ozone exposed water - facilitated by a tube and air-stone - to brush my teeth or wash my clothes as the manufacturer describes.

The biggest problem is the smell which is far more chlorine like than I was expecting. In general in terms of reducing smells I'd say that this ozone machine replaces it with a chemical smell which is far more unpleasant.

So overall I'm not impressed.

This item was provided by the manufacturer in return for an independent review


Home & Personal Alarm Kit
Home & Personal Alarm Kit
Price: £24.72

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good alarm kit for specific circumstances, 30 Sept. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This set of products are not in any way a replacement for a burglar alarm but they do provide additional security. Three security products are included. All are sold separately by Sabre but buying this kit results in a saving.

In order of usefulness for me, first is the personal alarm. This is a keyring which, if the metal section is pulled out from the black fob results in a very loud noise indeed. I'd expect this to be an issue of concern to a potential robber. Also a small light is included in the keyring making it easier to use the keys in the dark. Batteries are included for the keyring.

Second there is a door wedge which is placed under a door. This potentially alone will make access to the room more difficult and if the wedge is no longer held under the door a metal plate rises and this causes the alarm to go off. I found this did not work consistently. Sometimes the alarm was activated, and sometimes it was not. Further, the alarm was not nearly as loud as the keyring siren. So a good but inconsistent performance.Also for this product no battery is provided. It takes a 9V rectangular battery, not a type you're likely to have in a drawer somewhere.

Finally there's a two-part sensor to be attached to a window. If the window is opened the alarm, in this instance very loud,, goes off. The alarm is attached using a adhesive attached to the alarm. This is really a permanent fixture. Once you managed to prise the two parts from a window the glue would not be strong enough to be reused. Batteries are included with the window alarm.

I think the manufacture has identified the key market - students living in a hall of resident. If you don't have an alarm at home the products are better than nothing but only one window will be protected and the door wedge works inconsistently. I guess I might consider taking the wedge to a hotel to make the room more secure but most hotels have a secure internal mechanical system to prevent access to the room without knocking the door down. The window sensor is a no goer for repeated use in a hotel. The personal alarm is very flexible.

Overall the kit is fairly cheap and if you're as student it may be worth buying. For home owners it's not a comprehensive solution.


Universal Car Phone Holder Mount Air Vent Fits All Smartphone with 2 two Metal Plates 360 Degree Rotatable
Universal Car Phone Holder Mount Air Vent Fits All Smartphone with 2 two Metal Plates 360 Degree Rotatable
Offered by newstyle-mode
Price: £11.90

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robust car air vent phone holder, 29 Sept. 2015
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I've tried fiddly plastic phone holders meant to attach to a car's air vent in the past and they've been pretty bad. This is different. It attached surprisingly easily to the non-standard air vents on my Mercedes SLK via the four strong prongs on the back of the phone holder. All you need to do is attach one of the two supplied adhesive metal plates to the back of your phone - or phone case - to secure it magnetically to t base unit. I'm using it with an iPhone 6s plus which is one of the heaviest phones on the market but there's no sign of the phone detaching itself from the magnet. Two metal plates are provided - one round one which matches more exactly the size and shape of the phone holder and a larger rectangular plate. I see no advantage in using the larger plate as it's easy to position the phone on the magnet because it's so strong.

There are two downsides I guess. First you lose the use of one of the car's air vents and, more significantly, the metal plate does not add any style to your phone. For the convenience of the holder I can live with that, especially as the plate is actually attached to a slim case and not the phone.

A high quality product well worth five stars.

Note the manufacturer provided the phone holder in return for an independent review.


Silentnight Hi-Therm 15 Tog Duvet, Double
Silentnight Hi-Therm 15 Tog Duvet, Double
Price: £35.98

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value and very warm!, 25 Sept. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've a Hungarian goose down duvet which frankly is far, far better. It's much lighter and beautifully made - almost to the extend that it could be used without a duvet cover such is the quality of the cover of the quilt. But, that cost more than 10 times the cost of this duvet and isn't as warm. So taking that into account the Silentnight high tog duvet seems to be very good value indeed. Although it is marked as heavily discounted on the Amazon website, it seems to be selling elsewhere at a similar price.

Overall considering the tog value the quilt is remarkably light. It's also very warm and I don't think would be suitable for summer use. Luckily Silentnight includes a storage bag which I think will be used. At 15 tog this really is a deep winter quilt of for those who really feel the cold. So you will need another quilt for the summer. On my sample some of the stitching was a little poor so I've dropped one star for that but overall a warm, good quality, inexpensive quilt.


Oral-B Pro 5000 Cross Action Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush with Bluetooth Connectivity Powered by Braun
Oral-B Pro 5000 Cross Action Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush with Bluetooth Connectivity Powered by Braun
Price: £80.64

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but few innovations - apart from the bluetooth app., 25 Sept. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Oral B add bluetooth technology to another toothbrush in their range and I guess this is the standout feature of the Pro 5000. I already have a Pro 6000 model and the 5000 is considerably less bulky. It's profile is much like other brushes in the Oral B range. In terms of what you get in the box, in addition to the toothbrush there are 3 different brushes included from the seemingly ever growing range of brushes Oral B offer. There's a charging base and fairly small stand which can optionally be used. In addition you get a useful travel case.

To be honest, with the exception of the bluetooth technology, I think electric toothbrushes have little room for improvement on current and older models. This brush has a range of cleaning options, as did it's predecessors. In practice I suspect most will use the standard cleaning option. I like technology but I rarely use the bluetooth app. It's a bit of hassle positioning your mobile phone in the bathroom and looking at the screen whilst cleaning your teeth and I tend not to use it on the 6000 model. More important to me is battery life which is not outstanding in this model, ergonomics, which are better than the 6000, and ease of use. The 6000 has a separate screen you can stick on the bathroom wall which guides you though the cleaning process. I think this is more useful than the bluetooth app although it is more basic. As such I'd consider the 6000 instead.

Overall a good effort from Oral B especially when heavily discounted. But noting particularly special. One notable negative factor is that I think the bright red pressure light indicator - showing you are pressing the brush onto your teeth too much - is too sensitive. A firm 4 stars.


EC Technology Apple Watch Strap Genuine Leather Replacement Wrist Band 42mm-Brown
EC Technology Apple Watch Strap Genuine Leather Replacement Wrist Band 42mm-Brown
Offered by EC Technology UK Store

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent inexpensive replacement watch strap for an Apple Watch., 25 Sept. 2015
This brown leather watch strap is designed to replace, or use in addition, to the strap which came with your original Apple watch. It is very east to change straps on the watch - details at https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204818. Essentially you depress the small rectangular button on the watch just beside each strap and the old strap slides out. The EC Technology strap has the same attachment mechanism as the original Apple straps and the new strap simply slides into place.

With the nearest equivalent Apple leather strap, the 42mm Saddle Brown Classic Buckle, costing a truly remarkable £129.00 it really does make sense to try straps from other manufacturers. This strap is made of leather and is good quality. It's worth a clear five stars.


Vicks Forehead Thermometer with Fever InSight
Vicks Forehead Thermometer with Fever InSight
Price: £31.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and clear way to measure body temperature, 24 Sept. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
An easy to operate way to take a person's temperature. The sensor is simply places on the forehead between the eyebrows and moved in an arc left of right until a continuous, but rather quiet, bleep comes from the thermometer. The result is displayed on a large LCD screen to one decimal place - so 37.5 for example. The background colour also changes from green, which is good, to amber for an elevated temperature to red where the temperature is significantly high. This means there's no need to memorise normal and elevated temperature ranges. The last temperature reading is also stored by the thermometer and displayed briefly when the device is turned on. There are only two buttons used to operate the thermometer, one to turn it on or off (although it will turn off automatically if not used for five minutes) and another to press to take the temperature when the thermometer sensor is placed on the forehead.

This thermometer is primarily aimed at paediatric use but it's an easy way to measure anyone's temperature. Assuming the forehead is a good place to get an accurate temperature measure there's little to fault here. I know more traditional devices are used under the tongue or in the ear. Vicks stands by the technology so if you're happy with that I see no problems with this thermometer. The only slight criticism is that the beeping sound then the thermometer is taking a temperature is quite quiet as is the longer tone when the temperature has been established. Maybe an issue for the hard of hearing.

A clear five stars.


Samrick 2 in 1 Premium Executive Leather Book Wallet Case with Credit Card/Business Card Holder, Hand Strap & Detachable Hard Case for Apple iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus - Black
Samrick 2 in 1 Premium Executive Leather Book Wallet Case with Credit Card/Business Card Holder, Hand Strap & Detachable Hard Case for Apple iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus - Black
Offered by Aero Communication Ltd
Price: £19.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Is it a wallet or a phone case or neither..., 23 Sept. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I think this case/wallet meets neither need satisfactorily. It adds considerable bulk to the already largish iPhone 6 plus so it really won't fit in a trouser pocket any more but it will only hold there credit cards with a pocket for bank notes, receipts etc. So it doesn't really function well as a largish wallet. I'm also concerned that credit cards could damage the iPhone screen.

I do like the fact that the phone is held in the wallet by a very strong magnet, although this might well cause a problem for the magnetic strip on the bank cards! So when using the phone you can detach it from the wallet (although there's still a slimmer case attached to the rear of the phone). I don't like the fact that the iPhone feels as though it could break apart if you try to prise it from the inner case!

So for me, overall, the case is not really fit for purpose. Plus it's not particularly cheap and is not made of leather. So a disappointing two stars.


ZVE 2 in 1 iPhone stand, 2015 Apple Wacth Stand Holder, Compatible For iPhone 4/4s,iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iWatch Charging Stand with Watch Cases 42mm
ZVE 2 in 1 iPhone stand, 2015 Apple Wacth Stand Holder, Compatible For iPhone 4/4s,iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iWatch Charging Stand with Watch Cases 42mm
Offered by Zvedeng
Price: £48.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish, minimalist, smart metal stand for iPhone and Apple watch, 18 Sept. 2015
This is an extremely stylish, minimalist, aluminium stand which allows for your iPhone and Apple watch to be charged and secured side by side. It could easily have been designed by Apple themselves.

The stand uses the existing charging cables that are provided with the iPhone and watch. A hole in the stand allows the watch circular charging unit to be secured in place and the watch is held securely despite being charged at an angle. The iPhone is even more securely held in place - to the extent that it can be a bit difficult to remove! I've an iPhone 6 plus which fits into the stand very well.

The stand will suit a variety of situations - whether charging overnight in a bedroom, on a desk or in the living room. It offers a very neat charging system.

Build quality is outstanding - very good quality materials are used.

Less positively, the free protective cases for the watch are pretty awful adding bulk to the watch and adding nothing to the look of the watch. It only protects the metal areas of the watch which are unlikely to become seriously scratched anyway. Also whilst compact, the stand is fairly heavy - a mark of its build quality. I would not regard it as a portable product therefore to carry around with you or take on holiday as the manufacturer suggests. It does form an excellent platform to watch films on your phone.

Overall this is the best iPhone/watch stand I've come across - the only real issue is the question of portability. A strong four stars, and close to five!

This product was provided for me in return for an independent review.


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