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Bose ® SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III
Bose ® SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III
Price: £259.95

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive but it works, 21 Mar 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This SoundLink speaker is Bose's third generation of Bluetooth speakers and they seem to have got things pretty perfect. Although markedly more expensive than the majority of Bluetooth speakers which I guess are sub £100 you really do get value for money.

First the speaker can be paired with up to six devices, and will cycle through them when you attempt to connect to it.

Second, using a variety of smartphones and tablets I have experienced absolutely no problems connecting to the speaker. This may well be to the cycling referred to above but certainly with less costly speakers establishing a robust Bluetooth link has been a real, and very frustrating issue. To be clear, the Bose speaker has never dropped a connection.

Third, relying on Bluetooth means that whether you have an Apple, Android, PC, or Mac system, you can use the speaker. It's not confined to AirPlay from Apple so is supremely flexible. Nor do you have to have a wireless network running in the background as is the case for a number of Bose speaker systems. Thus the speaker is truly portable.

Fourth, this really is a portable system. The rechargeable battery lasts for more than 14 hours, in my experience around 15 although this depends on the volume of the speaker, which is relatively exceptional. For once a manufacturer is conservative in their assessment of battery life which is refreshing!

Finally, the speaker's build quality is exceptionally high with a combination of good quality plastic and metal. Again you get what you pay for.

So all this is positive. On the negative side, this is an expensive speaker so you need to consider if you can justify the expense. In terms of sound quality (which is a bit subjective which is why I've not included it in my list of positive points above) I doubt you'll find such a robust sound, and at high volumes. But cheaper, largely inferior, products are available. Of more substance I'd have liked a display screen to show more information about the connection and what you're listening to. Bose seem to be very conservative on the use of technology and so the the speaker lags behind the current Bluetooth functionality. I am not going to list the capabilities of the speaker as other reviewers have, and indeed Bose do in their product description, but I more informative, less LED symbol-based information interface would be good. Finally, as the speaker is expensive, and has a scratchable surface, and is relatively heavy, this is not the sort of speaker you can just throw in your suitcase or picnic basket. It will not fit with clothes in a small suitcase if you're trying to get away with hand baggage only. Nor is it scratch resistant.

Overall though a quality speaker with will not disappoint and reflective of Bose quality.
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Bose Cover for Soundlink III - Grey
Bose Cover for Soundlink III - Grey
Price: £29.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Protection without bulk, 15 Mar 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This cover offers a fair degree of protection to vulnerable edges of the Soundlink III speaker. It adds virtually no weight or bulk to the speaker and does mean its unlikely to be damaged when moved about the house using the built in 10-hour battery. However, for fairly obvious reasons, the aluminium speaker grill is not covered and certainly if you were going to put it into a case for taking on holiday, or take it to the beach for the day, the cover would be unlikely to provide the protection required. A number of Bose products - particularly some of the Wave systems - come with transport cases, not covers, which offer full protection. These though are purely for transportation and are significantly more expensive. It would be nice to see Bose offer both for the Soundlink. At present this cover is a nice bespoke item as long as you are aware of its limitations.


EC TECHNOLOGY® New 15.5W 2.1Amps(Max) Dual USB Built-in LED Display Light Car Charger Designed For Apple iPad 4,The New iPad, iPad mini, iPhone 5(Lightning Adapter Not Included), iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPod, Samsung Galaxy Series S5, S4 i9500 i9505, S3 i9300, S3Mini I8190, S2 i9100, Note 9220 Note 2 N7100, S4 Zoom, HTC Sensation, One X V S, EVO 4G, Thunderbolt, HTC 8X, HTC Droid DNA, Nokia Lumia 920 900 N9, Motorola Razr X 3 2 Bionic,Atrix 2, Triumph, LG Optimus, Nexus 4, Optimus Vu2 Device(NOT Compatible With Samsung Galaxy Tab Series & Asus Transformer)- 12 Months Warranty
EC TECHNOLOGY® New 15.5W 2.1Amps(Max) Dual USB Built-in LED Display Light Car Charger Designed For Apple iPad 4,The New iPad, iPad mini, iPhone 5(Lightning Adapter Not Included), iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPod, Samsung Galaxy Series S5, S4 i9500 i9505, S3 i9300, S3Mini I8190, S2 i9100, Note 9220 Note 2 N7100, S4 Zoom, HTC Sensation, One X V S, EVO 4G, Thunderbolt, HTC 8X, HTC Droid DNA, Nokia Lumia 920 900 N9, Motorola Razr X 3 2 Bionic,Atrix 2, Triumph, LG Optimus, Nexus 4, Optimus Vu2 Device(NOT Compatible With Samsung Galaxy Tab Series & Asus Transformer)- 12 Months Warranty

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to fault dual car power charger, 15 Mar 2014
I've an older car power socket charger which refuses to charge either an iPhone or Sony Xperia Z tablet. This smart 'apple-like' design charger works fine with both. It gets better in that it has two USB plugs that can be used at once - one delivers a 1 amp charge and the second 2.1 amps. Both my devices, and a Sony Xperia Z1 phone, will charge from both sockets but the 2.1amp USB will charge devices which are capable of handling a higher current more quickly. That said all devices seem to charge pretty fast.

In addition to the dual charger working well with two devices its compact so should fit most cars and securely fits into place.It comes with a blue LED light which allows you to easily locate the charger when using whilst driving at night. It's also very good value for money.

I normally list downsides in my reviews but I really can't see anything to criticise. It's completely fit for purpose and well built. Recommended.

The charger was provided for the purposes of review.


Inateck USB 3.0 Hard Drives Docking Station for 2.5 Inch & 3.5 Inch SATA HDD (SATA I / II / III) Support 4TB, Including USB 3.0 Cable and External Power Supply 12V 2A, Comaptible with Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8(32/64-bit), Mac OS 10.8.4, Tool-Free
Inateck USB 3.0 Hard Drives Docking Station for 2.5 Inch & 3.5 Inch SATA HDD (SATA I / II / III) Support 4TB, Including USB 3.0 Cable and External Power Supply 12V 2A, Comaptible with Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8(32/64-bit), Mac OS 10.8.4, Tool-Free
Offered by Inateck

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An easy way to access old hard drives, 14 Mar 2014
Over the years in changing PCs there’s a tendency to acquire hard drives sans PC. In part it’s difficult to completely destroy a drive as they are so well protected, even with the use of a hammer. But also you never know if some vital document is stored on it.

This docking station resolves this problem. You can simply plug your hard drive into the top of the dock and have immediate access to the drive contents. The station has a USB 3 connection so it can access data fast, it supports hot changes so you don’t need to turn it off to replace the drive, and it looks rather smart as well.

I suspect everyone should have one of these in their drawer with all your old cables and outdated IT stuff. This is an excellent solution to a difficult solution which means you don’t have to take your current PC apart to read a hard drive - if of course it even has a drive bay these days.

Throughly recommended. Note that this was supplied for review purposes.


OXA® Cree LED Flashlight with rechargeable battery and Glow Button LED Torch Lighting Distance 50-100M Up to 100,000 hours of CREE bulb life (CE/FCC/ROHS Approved) (220 lumens XPE battery)
OXA® Cree LED Flashlight with rechargeable battery and Glow Button LED Torch Lighting Distance 50-100M Up to 100,000 hours of CREE bulb life (CE/FCC/ROHS Approved) (220 lumens XPE battery)
Offered by buyinsummer
Price: £18.59

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Built to last, 13 Mar 2014
This is a very impressive small torch, or flashlight in American-speak. It's fitted with a single but remarkably bright LED bulb which basically should last pretty much forever and be far more shock resilient compared to an old-style torch bulb. Another significant bonus for the touch is that it has a rechargeable battery. OK, the battery has to be removed to charge it but this is so much better than having to buy new batteries all the time and, of course, never having batteries for the torch when you need it. On receipt I charged the battery which took only 60 minutes. I can't yet say how frequently it needs to be charged but there is no sign of the battery power diminishing despite fairly heavy use over the last couple of weeks.

Other good features include a solid, very lightweight, casing, a wrist cable, and best of all four different lighting modes. The torch cycles through, by turning it on and off, a bright light, a slightly dimmer light, a very fast flashing light, and a flashing light signalling SOS in morse code. With all of the flashing a conventual bulb would be burnt out in minutes!

Downsides, well the light is so bright it hurts your eyes to look at it, but I guess that's really a positive. More significantly it does not seem to be completely waterproof in that I would not place it underwater. For use in wet weather it would be fine though. Irritating, if not a real downside, is that the manual is appalling translated from Chinese. That, combined with very small print (you need to use the torch to try and read it) means the instructions confuse more than they assist.

Overall five stars and very good value for money with this model.

Readers should note that the torch was provided to me for independent review purposes.


Alessi Angioletto Christmas Bauble, (pack of 4)
Alessi Angioletto Christmas Bauble, (pack of 4)
Price: £58.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Bauble but Amazon problems, 13 Mar 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I’ve given this Alessi bauble 4 stars because it’s very stylish indeed. However, I ordered a set of 4 from Amazon Warehouse and, as with the other reviewer, received only 1, not 4. I suspect in fact I received the same pack returned by the reviewer. Clearly Amazon do not check their returns very carefully before reselling them through their Warehouse. The difference between a pack of 4 large baubles and 1 not is not difficult to spot! I, of course, returned mine and complained to Amazon. At the date of this review another set is available from Amazon Warehouse. I wonder if this is the same item I returned...


Tenda P200 PowerLine Mini Adapter Kit - (Pack of 2)
Tenda P200 PowerLine Mini Adapter Kit - (Pack of 2)
Offered by AVIBE
Price: £16.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Small, inexpensive, but slow, 2 Mar 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've used a number of powerline adapters and had not heard of Tenda before. Like other powerline systems the adapters use household power lines connecting plugs around the home as, in effect, ethernet cables. Simply plug one adapter into a plug near your router/modem, connect it to the router/modem using one of the supplied ethernet cables and do the same at the other end where you want to connect a device to the internet.

The advantages with the Tenda adapters is that they are small - although other more well known brands are now making smaller adapters as well. They are also less expensive that other adapters, at least on Amazon.

However, they are slower that more recent adapters produced by others, and build quality seems relatively poor. Moreover while installation was easy I could not get the adapters to link to other powerline adapters I have around the house so they may not be compatible with other systems

If your requirements are undemanding, you're using a power line system for the first time, and you're looking for a low cost entry set up these may fit the bill. I'd be tempted to go for a faster robuster system though so only 2 stars.


Rosewood Combo Comb and Moult Stoppa, Small
Rosewood Combo Comb and Moult Stoppa, Small
Price: £16.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too harsh for short-haired cats, 2 Mar 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Although my short-haired cats are used to being groomed they were not particularly impressed with this comb. They were interested in the Combo Comb itself. It's bright purple, has a comb and a rake - the comb is the the narrow piece of metal and the actual blades of the comb are only 4 or 5 mm long. The rake looks like a row of metal pins, each of which is spring loaded so, in theory, does not put too much pressure on a cats skin. The handle has rubber pads to make it easy to hold firmly, and can be adjusted into one or two settings.

So lots of bright colours and shiny metal for a cat to inspect. In use however my cats expressed extreme dislike. The comb is almost like a flea comb but without the depth and has no play in it. I felt it was a little too harsh for a cat's fur. The moult rake again I felt was too harsh for a cat. Despite the spring-loaded rake teeth they again seemed to scrape the cats' skin too much.

I can see this comb and rake working well for dogs which are a bit more robust but for cats, and certainly short haired cats, I think a softer more tradition brush is a better bet. For me, and my cats, it's not really fit for purpose. Others can comment on their experience with dogs or long-haired cats where the product might work better.


Gro 2-in-1 Night Light with Bayonet Fitting
Gro 2-in-1 Night Light with Bayonet Fitting
Price: £17.13

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to fit and works well, 1 Mar 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This LED night light fits into a standard bayonet light fitting - either in a lamp or ceiling light. The night light is activated using a standard wall or lamp switch. Just turn the light on as normal and the LED lights are activated and not the main bulb. To turn the main bulb on the switch needs to be turned on, off, and then on again fairly quickly. This turns the LED lights off and the main bulb works as normal. The night light works with a standard low-wattage bulb (and I assume a standard light bulb as well if you still have them). The on/off process seems to work flawlessly. As the night light uses LED technology almost no electricity is used - 0.5 watts in total. A small dial allows the brightness of the LEDs to be adjusted from very dim to 'fairly' dim. Difficult to describe the brightness but it's enough to stop you falling down the stairs or tripping over something.

I now lack a small child to test the light with. However, this functions well as a night light for any purpose plus it has the advantage of not taking up a power socket. I think the manufacturer may be missing a trick in not selling this to a wider audience. I'm using it in a landing light fitting as a light light (plus of course a standard ceiling light).

The product seems robust, well designed and of high build quality.

Downsides are relatively few. The unit does take up space and so with bulb attached may protrude out of a side lamp or ceiling light fitting. The LEDs are fitted in the bulbous section of the unit and face out at 90 degrees to the normal light bulb. This means that the unit can be either used for a lamp or ceiling fitting but the LEDs do not result in the maximum illumination possible because of the direction they face. Finally the bulbous section might not fit into some smaller lamp shades. None of this is a problem for me.

The instructions include various other warnings. Dimmable lights won't work with the unit, or dimmer switches. It is not a heavy product but for ceiling fittings which are not secure the use of the unit is not advised.

Overall though the sort of limitations you might expect but if you want a very low power night light which does't use up a power socket, potentially being unsightly, I think this is an excellent product. At time of writing the product hasn't been formally released and I can't comment on value for money as the price hasn't isn't available. As it is five stars.


Sony RX10 Cybershot 20.2 MP Digital Still Camera with 3-Inch LCD Screen
Sony RX10 Cybershot 20.2 MP Digital Still Camera with 3-Inch LCD Screen
Price: £699.00

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Costly but brilliant, 23 Feb 2014
This really is Sony's most definitive effort to produce a camera with the functionality of a translucent mirror exchangeable lens DLSR but with the additional benefit of smaller size. Build quality is absolutely outstanding. What's vital with this camera though is the combination of an excellent large CMOS sensor with 20MP with the Carl Zeiss lens. Sensor size and megapixels aren't everything but a good lens is key. This is all the more the case with a DSLR type camera where you can't change the lens! The Zeiss lens has a good wide aperture setting to maximise the capture of light combined with a quality 24 to 200mm zoom lens. The lens is simply so good, and so comprehensive, that if this were a DSLR you'd likely never want to change the lens for another!

Of course this camera is not cheap but you'd pay far more for a high spec DSLR, the useless kit lens that would probably come with it, and a very expensive lens like the Zeiss model which comes with this camera. With the bonus of build quality, thoughtful design, size and weight, Sony have produced a camera that's a compelling choice.

Strongly recommended.


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