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Philips hue Personal Wireless Lighting Single Bulb (1 x A19 E27 LED Light Bulb)
Philips hue Personal Wireless Lighting Single Bulb (1 x A19 E27 LED Light Bulb)
Price: £49.95

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative and flexible LED lighting, 25 May 2014
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I already own a Philips Hue system to replace halogen-style GU10 bulbs. To this system I've added a few E27 bulbs. The advantage of adding bulbs is that the original system comes with a hub which is necessary to link the bulbs to your home wifi network and control them via an iOS or Android App either at home or away from home. My more comprehensive review of the GU10 system is under the Philips hue Personal Wireless Lighting Single Bulb (1 x GU10 LED Light Bulb).

The Hue E27 bulbs have the advantage that they are standard screw fitting light bulbs (although bayonet-mount fittings tend to be more common in the UK compared to the screw-standard in mainland Europe). Their light output is also significantly greater than the GU10 bulbs. The E27 bulbs will comfortably integrate into light fittings in your living room and elsewhere around your house.

The big, and with current technologies, remarkable features of the bulbs are that you can choose from millions colours for each bulb from a bright white light too a calming green or blue. The lights can automatically be set to turn on and off. They can be set to come on randomly. They can be controlled when away from home, for example when you're on holiday as a security measure. And when linked to a phone or tablet with a GPS chip, they can be set to turn the lights on when you get near to home, and can equally be turned off when you leave in the morning. All nirvana for a gadget fan and probably the future of light bulb functionality.

Highly recommended if you want to experience the latest lighting, although costly!
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Tefal ZC500H40 Infiny Press Revolution Juicer with Two Filters for Juice/ Coulis, 300 Watt
Tefal ZC500H40 Infiny Press Revolution Juicer with Two Filters for Juice/ Coulis, 300 Watt
Price: £154.51

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Press Juicer, 25 May 2014
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This juicer stands out from most of the competition in that it is a fruit/vegetable Press rather than the more normal rotating-disk Pulper. There are a number of advantages to this. First, constant heavy pressure on the fruit releases more juice than pulping. Second, it results in dryer residue material which is easier and cleaner to dispose of (and as it's dryer direct evidence that more juice has been extracted). Third, the press technology does away with the spinning disk which creates much of the noise associated with juicing so the machine in much quieter to use. Forth, the manufacturer claims that more vitamins and minerals are retained through pressing - your choice on whether this seems reasonable.

In design terms this machine is tall so may not fit under your kitchen work surface, and it's certainly unlikely you'll be able to use it from under a cupboard. However, as there is not a permanently attached waste collector it takes up less space on a work surface. The design is space-age and attractive in an industrial sense so won't look bad if left out. There's a nice small design feature in that the juice spout can be turned upwards to stop drips once you've moved the juice jug. A little thought has been applied here. On the other hand the loading shoot for fruit and vegetables is relatively narrow so whole fruit such as apples and oranges will have to be cut up, and most fruit will have to be peeled as ever.

Cleaning is always the bane of juicers and all manufacturers seem to claim how much easier their juicer is to clean. Well all removable elements of the juicer are dishwasher proof. In effect what this means is that the dishwasher is instantly full with bits of juicing machine! The press as opposed to pulp approach does make the waste easier to deal with - it's dryer and is not projected at high speed in all directions. Moreover, there's no sharp disk to risk cutting your fingers on when washing. Also the use of separate waste and juice jugs which are both external means that cleaning is easier. All internal parts will need cleaning but it is a bit quicker than most other machines.

Negatives, well most obviously the cost, and perhaps not all will like the chrome, black, orange and clear plastic industrial design. Pre-cutting the fruit is also a small issue.

Overall I suspect that pressing is a better technology for creating juice than pulping and assuming this machine lasts I'd strongly recommend it. Five stars therefore, but if the motor fails or there's some other problem I'll update the review.


Rapesco Stapler, Stapling Plier for rapid stapling
Rapesco Stapler, Stapling Plier for rapid stapling
Price: £16.15

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual design but very effective, 25 May 2014
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In the past I've used the 'standard' desk-style stapler which is fine for attaching two or three pages together. Inevitably though i want to staple larger number of pages into short reports or assignments and standard staplers failed be be capable of this. Well this plier-like stapler seem to be the solution. It's design allows more controlled pressure to be used when stapling which means that even normal 24/6mm staples work well. Heavier-duty 24/8mm (slightly deeper) staples also the stapler as do 26/8 (both wider and deeper). Both will be still more effective.

Apparently this plier design has been around for decades and tends to be used for non-desk use stapling packages, closed for example. However, it works well for usual use although may not suit sitting on a desk quite so well. However, in chrome it looks rather smart.

If you want a quality, dependable, stapler that can cope with light duty work and well as the capacity to staple, according to the manufacturer, up to 40 pages together, this is for you. It's also a great deal smaller and less expensive than some of the powered staplers you can get.

Excellent 5 stars.


Philips hue Personal Wireless Lighting Starter Pack (3 x GU10 LED Light Bulbs, 1 Bridge)
Philips hue Personal Wireless Lighting Starter Pack (3 x GU10 LED Light Bulbs, 1 Bridge)
Price: £179.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Innovative lighting system, 23 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Philips take their innovative LED lighting range to a new level with a range of bulbs that are controlled by your home wifi system. This review related to the Philips Hue Personal Wireless Starter pack which contains a base station and three GU10 (in hold money replacements for halogen 50 watt light bulbs) bulbs.

The system is easy to set up as long as you have an intuitive sense for electronics as there are no instructions until you access the online instructions reading a barcode on your tablet or phone or type it in to your computer! Connect the hub to your router, and note that this needs to be a physically wired connection using an ethernet cable (supplied). A wireless connection to the Hue hub is not possible. The hub also needs to be powered using the supplied mains adapter. The hub should then light up in blue indicating it is connected to your network. Not surprisingly the bulbs should be installed in a GU10 compatible light fittings. The light switch(es) should then be turned on, and for the system to work left permanently on. You then need to download an app to control the bulbs. Android and iOS apps are available from Philips free and are suitable for both tablets and phones. Once the app is downloaded, and active you then need to pair the app with the hub by pressing the single button on the centre of the hub. Note that you need to be connected to the same wifi network using your phone or tablet when pairing. Then you can control the lights. The apps come with instructions to guide you through these latter steps.

The system allows you to:

1. Turn bulbs on or off individually using an Android or iOS app, or using a Philips website once you've registered.
2. By registering on the Philips website you can turn lights on or off using either the app or the website from away from home.
3. The Hue system is similar in functionality to the LivingColors Philips lights in that you can set each bulb colour to millions of different colours.
4. Bulbs can be grouped together to change colours simultaneously or set to a colour of your choice individually. The hub will control up to 50 bulbs and these can be set into separate groups based, for example, on the rooms they're situated in.
5. Using the remote settings you can set the lights to come on at specific times, and where the app is GPS enabled, the lights can be set to turn on when you get near to your home.
6. The apps come with a range of colour pallets which allow you to set a 'scene' using your bulbs - 'Greece', 'Sunset' and 'Ski' are some of several options. You can also download other colour scenes from the web created by others.
7. Value added independent apps are available which allow you to do more with the bulbs. You can get them to flash on or off, do more complex time settings and more. It's possible to link the bulbs to particular events. An urgent diary appointment can mean the bulbs turn themselves on in the morning in deep red for instances.

So all this is very clever. To achieve some of the more complex uses of the bulbs you're going to have to be prepared to fiddle at length but it will pass the time f you like this sort of thing.

In terms of major advantages, as the bulbs are LED are can replace existing halogen bulbs they save a lot of energy. There are clear home security benefits, and the colour choices and mood lighting options are endless.

Major downsides are:

The price of additional bulbs, currently around £50, so significantly more than normal LED bulbs.

Perhaps more importantly the bulbs are no where near as bright as 50w equivalent halogen LED replacements. They are around 35w equivalents so are unlikely to be sufficiently bright enough to replace lights in your kitchen.

The bulbs are also larger in terms of length than halogen bulbs so will stick out of any ceiling mounted flush halogen installations. In fact in my kitchen they are also simply too wide to fit correctly into the ceiling mounts.

Currently you need a phone or tablet to operate the lights, Philips do not yet sell a light switch. This is coming in the summer apparently. The hub itself cannot turn the lights on or off.

The standard light switch for your Philips-fitted bulbs needs to be left on to work. Without being powered the bulbs can't receive a wireless signal telling them to turn colour or turn on or off. This is the equivalent of a standby mode which uses very little power.

The range of bulbs is currently limited to GU10 fittings and 'standard' sized screw fitting light bulbs. Because Philips is based in the Netherlands and all or Europe use screw light fittings apart from Britain and Ireland, bayonet fitting bulbs are not currently available. You'll need an adapter to use bulbs in bayonet mounts which whilst cheap will add bulk to the already bulky lights. I should note though that Philips also sell Philips Friends of hue Personal Wireless Lighting Lightstrips Extension Kit (1 x LED Lightstrip Mood Light) and Philips Friends of hue Personal Wireless Lighting Bloom Extension Kit (1 x Bloom LED Mood Light) offering further light variants.

Finally, Philips really need to include some proper instructions. Although I got the system up and running in about 10 minutes some will be completely stumped. Scanning a bar code to get to a website is going to be a step too far for many. Nice concept though!

Despite the rather long list of downsides I really like these bulbs but they are generally for early adopters with a bit of cash at the moment. To be a real success the bulbs need to be brighter, smaller, cheaper, and available for more types of light fittings. All that said I've ordered some additional bulbs already. No doubt in two or three years they will cost £5. I'm fairly sure that this is the future of smart lighting which will work well for most people once the rough edges are dealt with.

So four stars, and definitely five if you like technology!


Netgear EX6200 AC1200 802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Range Extender
Netgear EX6200 AC1200 802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Range Extender
Price: £86.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent after some installation issues, 11 May 2014
This is a review for the Netgear EX6200 AC1200 802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Range Extender. Amazon currently seem to have conflated reviews for a number of Netgear products under the Netgear EX6200 page.

So what's special about another WiFi range extender? First, to be clear what this device does. If you are using WiFi in your house and certain areas have a poor connection a WiFi extender is designed to resolve this. Positioned on the edge of your current WiFi coverage it picks up your existing network and boosts it thereby extending the range into, hopefully, the area where you have a weak signal. What makes this unit special is that it uses the new AC wireless protocol that is both faster than the current N standard and supports 5GHz connections (as well as 2.4GHz) which means it has an extended range. The unit is a perfect companion to the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk AC1900 Smart WiFi Router which is a WiFi router also using the latest technology.

Other features include 5 LAN ports to physically connect devices that require a wired internet connection (such a Sky HD+ boxes until the very latest version), the ability to stand the unit upright horizontally on a stand provided, and a USB 3 port to connect a hard drive to for wireless access to storage.

Personally I'm not too fond of the red and black styling of the Extender, which is not particularly subtle. As the speed of the unit will aid online game playing it no doubt suits a particular demographic profile Netgear are aiming at. The unit is small enough to hide away though!

Why does this excellent product drop a star, well it wasn't as straightforward to set up as I'd have liked. I wanted the Extender to use both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies and at first it refused to use 5GHz. After fiddling around and eventually resetting the unit and starting again, set up went completely to plan. Maybe I had a buggy unit and certainly all works well now. For anyone having a problem just remember the reset button though.

This unit was supplied by Netgear for review purposes.


Generic T5 3x8W Aquarium Fish Tank Lighting Overtank Ligth Aluminum Lamp 42CM 16" 3 Working Modes
Generic T5 3x8W Aquarium Fish Tank Lighting Overtank Ligth Aluminum Lamp 42CM 16" 3 Working Modes

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive and well made, 11 May 2014
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I purchased this to replace an existing T5 aquarium lighting system that had failed. Bearing in mind the cost of T5 fluorescent tubes the quality of this item for the price is very good. Made from aluminium and with one blue and two white tubes supplied, the white on one switch and the blue on a second, I can't fault this unit. It's certainly better quality than the original light which came with the aquarium.


Syncwire Lightning Cable to USB white [Apple MFI Certified] for Apple iPhone 5 / 5C / 5S, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPod nano 7th generation, ipod touch 5th generation - Best Compatible Charger Cord for Data and Syncing - Guaranteed Wire to Work with iOS7 - Fits All Aftermarket Cases and Accessories - Long (3 ft. / 0.9 m) and Portable - Original 8 Pin connector on Lightning End - Fits All USB Car Chargers - Premium Quality with Lifetime Replacement Guarantee
Syncwire Lightning Cable to USB white [Apple MFI Certified] for Apple iPhone 5 / 5C / 5S, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPod nano 7th generation, ipod touch 5th generation - Best Compatible Charger Cord for Data and Syncing - Guaranteed Wire to Work with iOS7 - Fits All Aftermarket Cases and Accessories - Long (3 ft. / 0.9 m) and Portable - Original 8 Pin connector on Lightning End - Fits All USB Car Chargers - Premium Quality with Lifetime Replacement Guarantee
Price: £12.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apple quality at a discount, 4 May 2014
This lightening cable works exactly as the original Apple version, except the cable very usefully is about double the length! On extensive testing whilst away on a week's business trip to Europe it was the only cable I had with me and worked well charging an iPad Air, an original iPad Mini and an iPhone 5c. Connecting to a MacBook Air also was problem free. Strongly recommended.

This product was supplied by Syncwire for independent review.


Tefal ActiFry 2 in 1 1.5kg Low Fat Fryer - Black,
Tefal ActiFry 2 in 1 1.5kg Low Fat Fryer - Black,
Price: £246.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enhancements over previous models but still of limited value, 3 May 2014
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I've owned one of the original smaller ActiFry which received much use on first purchase but after a couple of months was consigned to the back of a kitchen cupboard and hasn't been used much since. The great test of any kitchen gadget is whether you continue to use it in the long term.

The problem with the original ActiFry is that food tended to break up while cooking being constantly stirred and cooking took longer than conventional models.

Well, the ActiFry2 does partially address these issues. Now it has an upper tray which meat, for example, can be cooked on. So now you can cook two different food products and use the upper tray for food more likely to break up. The lower container is larger but otherwise unchanged. To cook chips it still takes longer than frying them or putting oven chips into the oven and, I'm afraid, I don't think they taste as good. I've tried cooking fillet steak on in combination with chips using the upper tray for the former, and again it takes longer to cook than 5 minutes in a small frying pan (with a small spoon of olive oil) and trying to get a rare steak using the ActiFry seems to be impossible. I expect this is due simply to the indirect heating and the meat not being sealed at a high heat as you would do with a direct heating method such as a grill and frying pan.

Although the manufacturers remain inventive in what you might cook in the ActiFry the majority will use it with chips which I find inferior. For cooking scrabbled eggs for example I really think using a simple saucepan is far simpler - and I do like technology! I'm not sure the cost and specialised used of this device is worthwhile. This is all the more the case reflecting the amount of kitchen cupboard real-estate the fryer takes up. And it's not particularly attractive so it's not something you'll want to leave out. Plus if you use a dishwasher to clean it it will fill the dishwasher in one.

A proper mains-powered timer which actually switches off the fryer is welcome, as is the increased capacity and the design has been streamlined a little to be more positive.

But overall only three stars reflecting all these factors.


Arrow T50X TacMate Heavy Duty Stapler
Arrow T50X TacMate Heavy Duty Stapler
Price: £26.61

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flexible, well designed stapler, 3 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This stapler has some significant advantages over others on the market. I’ve found two significant selling points. First, it will take a variety of sizes of staples, all of which are easily loaded. Second, the long grip handle means that relatively little pressure is needed to use the stapes. Other strong points are its light weight, provision of staples with the gun, easy loading mechanism and clear instruction. This is one of the rare products I fail to find any weaknesses in so highly recommended for DIY jobs and sagging furniture repairs!


Logitech Pro Protective Case for Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and Note Pro
Logitech Pro Protective Case for Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and Note Pro
Price: £109.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars High quality case with some avoidable significant limitations, 3 May 2014
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This is a very nice keyboard cases - one of the best I’ve seen - with a really high quality keyboard with good spacing between the keys and a rechargeable battery designed to last for three months before charging.

However, it has two or three significant limitations. First, the viewing angle of tablet to keyboard cannot be adjusted so your desk needs to be at just the right height! Second the keyboard keys are not sufficient recessed to prevent contact between the keys and tablet screen when the case it closed. It’s a near thing but contact is there so I’m concerned about medium-term damage to my Samsung’s screen. As a result I’m reluctant to use it. Finally the product is not cheap and for the price, although of high-qulaity construction, the limitations are not acceptable.

Only two stars I’m afraid as a result.


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