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Babrit Classic 3.5 Inches Black Magnetic Education Learning Floating Orb Levitating World Map Globe
Babrit Classic 3.5 Inches Black Magnetic Education Learning Floating Orb Levitating World Map Globe
Offered by Babrit
Price: £19.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid, 26 May 2016
Simply does not work. The globe will not stay in place no matter how much you try. It also takes weeks to arrive. Very disappointing. Mine will levitate towards the top of the led lit oval before shaking violently and then being attracted to the top magnet where it sticks. I've had other devices like these that do work.

This was provided as a complimentary sample in return for an independent review. Obviously with one star this is independent!
Comment Comments (3) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jun 1, 2016 8:32 PM BST


STABILO Becrazy! Blue Barrel Rollerball Pen - Uni Colours
STABILO Becrazy! Blue Barrel Rollerball Pen - Uni Colours
Price: £8.35

2.0 out of 5 stars Unremarkable and expensive., 26 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
For more than £8 at time of writing I would have expected a rollerball that was a little higher quality. It has a very lightweight feel and the pointed bottom and top nib cover feel plastically. I actually though these might be some form of stylus for tablets but they are just inexpensive decoration. They are also a bit sharp - certainly enough to take your eye out!

Positively, the pen comes with three ink refills, two of which can be stored in the pen - including one in use. The third you'll need to store elsewhere. As a rollerball it works OK but is not remarkable. Bizarrely if you buy a suitable ink removal device you can erase the ink. I doubt this works but I thought ink was meant to be perminant.

To be fair this is an OK pen but it's costly and does not have a lot going for it. No doubt I will lose it anyway but won't shed any tears. So just two stars. Better pens are available for £8+.


Philips Hue White Ambiance Personal Wireless Lighting LED E27 Starter Kit, 2 9.5 W E27 Hue White Ambiance Bulbs, Wireless Dimmer Switch, Hue Bridge 2.0 [Apple HomeKit Enabled]
Philips Hue White Ambiance Personal Wireless Lighting LED E27 Starter Kit, 2 9.5 W E27 Hue White Ambiance Bulbs, Wireless Dimmer Switch, Hue Bridge 2.0 [Apple HomeKit Enabled]
Price: £99.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Installation issues, 25 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I love these Hue lights generally. I've replaced most of the lights in my house with these - mainly the colour ones or the earlier white ones. I'm also pretty used to installing them. The advantages include the ability to control the lights not only via a phone app at home but also anywhere in the world. They are also multi-setable both in terms of brightness and colour. As they are LED bulbs they are likely to last for a very long time. Any they can be fit retrospectively so no special wires required. Finally they can be linked to other smart home devices so can turn lights on when someone rings your smart doorbell or movement is detected using a PIR.

So why the four stars? Well I had massive problems linking them to my existing hue set up. First the switch refused to work.I messed with it for hours. Second none of the new lights could be added to my hub - which like the one on sale here is the latest version. You can enter the serial number of each bulb but the text is minute. I needed to find a magnifying glass to read them. Note the comment on my review though that as these bulbs are pre-registered to the supplied hub and switch, and I was adding them to an existing system, it is necessary to use the serial number registration process. The instructions need to just stare this though. All that said, I'm also not overtly impressed with the limited colour range. It's bright white to dark white. I'd go for the colour ones.

However, there remained a problem that my existing hub which crashed repeatedly. I tried the new hub but if you use that you have to install all the lights again - I've more than 25 so not a good option. So back to the original hub which despite months of non-issue use refused to connect to the Internet. So I re-installed the app whith no luck. And the new app is not as good as the last - far less control over the nights than before. And still the switch would not connect.

In the end bizarrely I moved the hub so it was directly connected to by modem - previously and without difficultly it was connected to an Internet power line. That finally sorted the problem out but after about 5 hours of messing about. And I really know this system. I suspect others would have given up and sent the product back.

Finally I could not get the battery strip off the switch and the screw is minute. I had to search for a screwdriver small enough. And the indicator lights never did as the instructions said they should.

So generally a recommended product but this installations was fairly terrible, in part due to the pre-registration system. Everything that could go wrong did. But they are now working! So four stars for this experience. Usually five for these lights.

Update: An addition problem is that the lights do not appear to work with Samsung's SmartThings, probably because they are new. This means that using them in home automation is a further issue.
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: May 31, 2016 12:26 PM BST


Zyliss Easy Spin Salad Spinner, Green, Large
Zyliss Easy Spin Salad Spinner, Green, Large
Price: £29.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Large but good quality, 25 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
All I don't eat a lot of salad but thought this would be a useful product - for guests at least. What strikes me most of all is that it is absolutely enormous. It will require significant cupboard space or a lot of work surface. So for me this is a bit of a problem, hence the mark.

But it's a quality product, the pull string design is brilliant, and if you like green you'll like the colour, it's also got a non-slip base and can go in the fridge if it will fit. Equally it can go in the dishwasher but it will half full it. Oh and you don't get the green spoon etc in this pack but in the Amazon picture,

I have so say that if you're into salad this is probably for you. For me it's rather too large and dishwasher/fridge impractical. Not to fund somewhere to put it...


Samsung UE65JU6000 65-Inch Widescreen 4K Ultra HD Smart Wi-Fi LED Television with Freeview HD (2015 Model)
Samsung UE65JU6000 65-Inch Widescreen 4K Ultra HD Smart Wi-Fi LED Television with Freeview HD (2015 Model)

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 22 May 2016
Inexpensive, ultra high definition TV. In the past I've always bought Sony TVs but this is less costly and better. Excellent picture quality and it links to my other equipment. I struggle to fault this cheap TV. And it should not be cheap!


Alessi 9093 B Kettle Stainless Steel with Handle and Bird-Shaped Whistle Polyamide Black
Alessi 9093 B Kettle Stainless Steel with Handle and Bird-Shaped Whistle Polyamide Black
Price: £85.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Throughly recommended., 22 May 2016
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The emitomy of Alessi design and a Michael Graves classic. I have the electric version which has some reliability issues - although not mine. For a gas stove this version is a classic. Elegant and classic. Throughly recommended.


Alessi Sbriciola Bread Board, Brown
Alessi Sbriciola Bread Board, Brown
Price: £57.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant design and a real quality bread board, 21 May 2016
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Brilliant design and a real quality bread board. The lower draw not only catches crumbs but has a bread knife storage area. As an Alessi product it's both practical and wonderful. Well worth the cost.


Johnson's Baby Extra Sensitive Fragrance Free Wipes - Pack of 12, Total 672 Wipes
Johnson's Baby Extra Sensitive Fragrance Free Wipes - Pack of 12, Total 672 Wipes
Price: £8.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faultless, 18 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These wipes will be familiar to most people. The Johnson and Johnson description is spot on and they've been around for years. At time of writing this bulk pack was very good value.

Nothing to fault so five stars.


Salter Stainless Steel Electronic Digital Kitchen Scale, Black
Salter Stainless Steel Electronic Digital Kitchen Scale, Black
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use functional scales, 18 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
There's little to fault with these scales. They come with a battery fitted, have a large very clear display, and are compact but very stable. The scales will display weights in both imperial and metric measures. It has a tar function so a bowl can be placed on the scales and the weight reset to zero. The same can be done if incredients are added incrementally.

I've compared measured weighs with another set of scales and these scales give a very minor variation - 252 grams compared to 250 grams. I'm not sure which scales are correct but the difference is minimal.

The scales are simple to operate with two buttons. One turns the scales on and resets the weight to zero, the other cycles through the four measurement units the scales have. There's a low battery warning on the display and a warning if the scales are not on a stable surface. In design terms the scales look good and have a small footprint and could be left on worktop counter. In size terms the scales are about the size of a side plate.

Faults, I'm not sure there are any. They are not suitable for heavy or very bulky incredients but that's a trade off between the small size of the scales. So five stars


Burt's Bees Discover Nature Gift Set
Burt's Bees Discover Nature Gift Set
Price: £16.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor value gift, 15 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This really is travel bag over substance. I guess £17 for a small wash bag is ok but selling this as a mixed gift set is pushing it. You get:

One very small Vanilla Bean Lipbalm,
One even smaller Lip Shimmer,
Some body lotion, again small,
And finally some cleaning towels in a small resealable pack.

As a gift it looks as though the product cost less - not helpful with a present. The products are ok but this is not a luxury brand.

So a generous three stars.


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