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Kenwood BM450 Bread Maker with Ingredients Dispenser
Kenwood BM450 Bread Maker with Ingredients Dispenser
Price: 79.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a winner, 15 July 2014
Much has been written by others about this bread machine. I just wanted to add that it has stood the test of time. I purchased it about a month ago and it consistently produces good results. The bread is a good size and the ingredient dispenser gives additional functionality. Well worth the money.


Braun Oral-B PRO 5000 CrossAction 5-Mode Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with Wireless Smart Guide
Braun Oral-B PRO 5000 CrossAction 5-Mode Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with Wireless Smart Guide
Price: 82.78

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but the 6000 with App sounds more exciting!, 15 July 2014
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I was using an earlier iteration of this toothbrush - a 5000 series brush - until the rechargeable battery gradually stored a smaller and smaller charge. That I replaced with a Phillips Sonic model - again like this brush a near the top of the range version. In my review then I said I preferred the Oral-B - the brush heads were smaller, the brush easier to handle. Well I guess it's what you're used to as having tested the new PRO 5000 I prefer the Philips Sonic! I find the brush head too small with this brush, and it's too easy to apply too much pressure when brushing. Although at least too much pressure is clearly highlighted by a large red light.

That said, this is still a five star electric toothbrush. It comes with a host of features noted by others which I won't repeat. I'd just pick out the range of brush heads included in the pack so you can experiment a bit; the seperate LCD brush monitor which I think is real plus over the Phillips models; the travel carry case; and finally the clear warning when using too much pressure when cleaning your teeth.

However, in this ever more connected world I'd have gone for the Braun Oral-B PRO 6000 CrossAction 6-Mode Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with Wireless Smart Guide and Bluetooth Connectivity which looks sleeker, comes with even more brush heads and with a phone App to record you tooth-cleaning history and change toothbrush settings. That's the future of electric toothbrushes but I'll live with the 5000 for now! 5 stars and remember these brushes will likely be discounted in the near future.


Super Legend E27 Edison Screw 7 Watt LED Super Smart App Controlled Bluetooth Light Bulb, Warm White
Super Legend E27 Edison Screw 7 Watt LED Super Smart App Controlled Bluetooth Light Bulb, Warm White
Price: 26.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Significant problems initially getting it to work, 15 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
In essence this is a much cheaper version of the Philips hue Personal Wireless Lighting Starter Kit (3 x A19 E27 LED Light Bulbs, 1 Bridge). The bulb is operated using either an iOS or Android App which is suitable for either a tablet or smartphone. This is linked to the bulb using a Bluetooth connection. The app has good functionality - you can set the bulb to a very wide variety of colours, adjust those colours, and set the bulb to turn on and off at set times. As mentioned it's also a fraction of the Hue cost.

So why only three stars? Well I experienced very significant problems in getting the bulb to work with the Apps - and I used both iOS and Android versions. Whilst the app would detect the bulb it would not form a Bluetooth link with it. And consequently the apps would not control the bulb.. The manufacturer advises turn the bulb off for five minutes and go through the set up procedure again. This I did to no effect. Eventually, and I'm not quite sure how, I got an Android phone with the app to work. I have not played around with other devices since then! Had this not been a Vine review I'd probably have given up and sent the item back as faulty.

In operation, assuming the app is set up and working, as I've noted it has good functionality. Note though that as this is a Bluetooth system you need to be in range to use it - perhaps up to four metres. Nor can the bulb can be controlled away from your house as with the Hue system as it's not WiFi based. As more minor issue is that it uses a European screw fitting so you'll need a compatible lights fitting or adapter.


Edwin Jagger DE89 Chrome Plated Double Edge Safety Razor
Edwin Jagger DE89 Chrome Plated Double Edge Safety Razor
Price: 20.43

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Edwin Jagger razor, 13 July 2014
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I've owned a couple of Edwin Jagger razors in the past both have which have used proprietary triple plus blades. The admittedly much cheaper safety blades this razor takes makes me a little more nervous in use and I've had one or two cuts. That's all down to practice though. What I like less about the razor is its rather stubby form - the handle is very short. It also lacks grip and overall the razor is a bit lighter than I'd like.

Jagger make excellent razors. I'd be tempted to go for one with a mock ivory handle (they are far better than the sound!) with a built in stand. Then the razor can neatly be put on display as well. This one with no stand simply has to sit in a pool of water in a bathroom cabinet after use.

So good, yes, but Jagger do much much better.


Bose  SoundLink  Mini Bluetooth Speaker
Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker
Price: 169.95

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compact unit, big sound, 16 Jun 2014
For an ultra portable and compact speaker the sound quality is excellent. Add to that bluetooth that works both with Android and Apple systems and a good battery life and this is an outstanding piece of kit. Highly recommended, 5 stars.


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Set up problems, 7 Jun 2014
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An alternative to a 2.1 Sound Bar with separate sub-woofer from Sony in the form of a 'Sound Base' - a rectangular black box which your TV sits on. Built in to the Sound Base is a sub-woofer and dual speakers in a single unit.

Sony argue that the Sound Base offers a neater solution to improving TV sound compared to a Sound Bar with no need for a sub-woofer. This is certainly the case if you have space under your TV and don't mind the additional height placing it on the Sound Base results in. However, I was surprised at the overall size (and particularly the length) of the Sound Base at 72cm long, 31cm deep and, having less impact, just over 7cm high. It looks OK with a 42" TV but might look a little strange with a smaller set. I guess if you're buying a compact 2.1 system you need to chose where a sub-woofer is best-placed for you - in a unit under the TV or as a separate box.

Despite having one of the latests Sony TVs which should work with the Sound Base allowing both to be turned on and off using a single remote control and the Sound Base to work seamlessly with the TV BRAVIA Sync resolutely refused to work which means the separate Sound Base remote control has to be used which is a little inconvenient. Unfortunately, so far phone calls and e-mails to Sony Support have failed to resolve the issue.

Another option is to use your phone or tablet to control the Sound Base and, if you wish, output music on the phone to the Sound Base. I have a Sony Xperia Z1 phone and a Z2 Tablet. Both paired with the Sound Bar easily - helped by the NFC option built into the Sound Base which means you don't have to fiddle with the connection settings of your phone/tablet if that also has a Near Field Communication chip built-in - Sony like NFC technology at the moment. The phone-based remote is rather better than the block-like remote that comes with the Sound Base. Using the supplied remote to select sound options - such as night-playing which reduces base, or settings fro playing a film - can be slightly tedious using the Sony remote. Less so with the phone.

In terms of sound quality, well I think it's pretty good. If anything there's too much bass perhaps indicating that the sub-woofer in the Base is working very well indeed. Music sounds especially good and there are pre-set options for this as well as sport, movies, the nighttime setting mentioned above, clear audio to make voices easier to pick out and more. The settings are also adjustable. So the sound goes about as far as the constraints of the number of speakers allow.

Overall the Sound Base is an interesting and relatively new concept. The Bose Solo TV Sound System comes closest to offering the same functionality as Sony's offering. I'd certainly looks at this as well. I think the overall message is that you need a sub-wooffer somewhere in your sound system to get decent TV sound - it's really a question of where suits you best.

I would have given the system four stars (one dropped because to get surround sound you really need a 5.1 system, good as the sound is). However, the unit has more impact under the TV than I anticipated, and the lack of BRAVIA Sync is an annoyance, and a matter Sony should be able to resolve.
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Bright LED BLUE - Light Ribbon Strip with Complete ready to use Kit - Quick and Easy installation - Includes 3A Transformer (adapter) , 1 Jumper (2 pin 15cm), and Dimmer. 16.4 Ft (5 Meter) Spool, 300 LEDs, SMD 3528, Flexible, Self-Adhesive Tape
Bright LED BLUE - Light Ribbon Strip with Complete ready to use Kit - Quick and Easy installation - Includes 3A Transformer (adapter) , 1 Jumper (2 pin 15cm), and Dimmer. 16.4 Ft (5 Meter) Spool, 300 LEDs, SMD 3528, Flexible, Self-Adhesive Tape
Offered by glow lighting
Price: 14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive and effective, 25 May 2014
This kit includes a 5 metre flexible plastic strip with 600 blue LED lights embedded into it, a dimmer combined with on/off switch and a transformer with UK plug.

The LED strip is designed, in general, to be fitted under furniture, under kitchen wall units, perhaps in a dark alcove etc. Personally I've tried them under a 4 metre length of kitchen units to provide an interesting additional light feature. As the strip has self-adhesive tape on the reverse it's exceptionally easy to fix. Really no DIY skills are required. To make fitting still easier the strip can be cut to length without the lights all going out! Roughly every three LEDs along the strip there's a scissor symbol indicating where the strip can be cut. You end up with a light strip to suit exactly the length you need.

Once fitted the strip is connected to the dimmer switch and then to the rather large 3A transformer which is then plugged to the mains via another cable.

Overall, the lights on full are very bright, fully dimmable, and the impact marked.

Interms of downsides, the transformer really needs to be kept out of view, but no transformer is particularly attractive. Other than that I think you'll struggle to find lighting which is likely to have such an impact and flexibility at this sort of price. So strongly recommended.

The product was supplied for review purposes by the manufacturer.


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

1 of 2 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!


Tefal Infiny Press Revolution Juicer with Two Filters for Juice/ Coulis, 300 Watt
Tefal Infiny Press Revolution Juicer with Two Filters for Juice/ Coulis, 300 Watt
Price: 160.00

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Press Juicer, 25 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
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: 12.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual design but very effective, 25 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
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.


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