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McAfee Internet Security Dual Protection for MAC and Windows 2014 - 1 User (PC/Mac)
McAfee Internet Security Dual Protection for MAC and Windows 2014 - 1 User (PC/Mac)
Price: £24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Standard anti-virus software with a twist, 16 April 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Well the twist is that the software runs on both a Mac and Windows machine so it covers two bases which is good plus the interface is more or less identical. No doubt anti-virus software is vital for Windows machines. I'm less certain about this for Macs and have never discovered a virus on any of my Macs. Better safe than sorry though.

Others have commented on the lack of a CD contained in the pack but with fewer and fewer machines having DVD readers I think this makes sense. I only have a rather old PC that has the capability to use a DVD. The software seems to do the job though I have a feeling that all the main stream anti-virus software will provide the protection you need.

The only problem I have with McAfee is that I have recurrent problems trying to register new software. I find the registration system clunky and am often asked to pay for the product I have a registration code for! Installation of this software was no different so a star is dropped for this. I wish they'd wipe their database and just let users install the software rather than wanting your details registered so they can sell you more products in the future.

Overall a reasonable choice of software especially for Mac and PC users.


Sharon Ultrathin iPad Air iPad 5 Keyboard Cover - QWERTY
Sharon Ultrathin iPad Air iPad 5 Keyboard Cover - QWERTY
Price: £32.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Novel design which will suit most people, 13 April 2014
This keyboard case is unlike others I’ve come across. It essence it comes in three parts - a back black leather-like cover, a carry bag, and a detachable keyboard and stand which attaches to the back cover via a strong magnet. The design offers a good degree of flexibility. It you want to fully protect your iPad and keyboard you place it in the cary bag, if you want to use the keyboard with the iPad, or indeed use it as a stand on a desk, this works well. If you don’t want to use the keyboard you can detach it by pulling it away from the magnetic holder and carry the iPad around whilst still protecting the rear of the iPad.

The keyboard itself is recessed and makes full use length-wise of the space available. Keys are responsive with some dedicated to iPad functions. The keyboard connects to the iPad via bluetooth which is easy to do, and is recharged via a micro-USB.

All good, so why have I dropped one star? Well I think Sharon make a better, and lighter option with their Sharon Ultrathin Aluminium Cover Case with QWERTY Keyboard, also available on Amazon. The keyboard I’m reviewing here is a bit heavier and the use of black plastic means it’s not as stylish. Moreover, because the base of the keyboard is made of aluminium it is liable to scratching so you really need to use the carry case to get full protection for your iPad and keyboard.

Overall a good product, but in my opinion the manufacturer makes a better product.


Sharon Ultrathin Aluminium Cover Case with QWERTY Keyboard for Apple iPad Air/iPad 5
Sharon Ultrathin Aluminium Cover Case with QWERTY Keyboard for Apple iPad Air/iPad 5
Price: £32.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding keyboard, 13 April 2014
Without doubt this is the best bluetooth keyboard I have seen for the iPad Air. Stylistically it marches the Air perfectly being made of high-quality aluminium reflecting the same quality of the Air itself. It is also exceptionally light so adds minimal weight when carrying both items around. In terms of functionality the Air sits very securely indeed into a groove built into the keyboard. Whilst the angle at which the Air sits cannot be adjusted I’ve found it perfect for typing. It also acts as a good desk stand when you’re not using the Air. It should be noted though that the keyboard is best used on a desk, not on your lap because of the nature of the way the Air is fixed to it, and the fact the angle of viewing can’t be changed.

The keyboard itself connects wirelessly to the iPad via bluetooth which takes a minute to set up. From extensive testing the connection is both consistently fast and reliable. Charging is via a micro USB cable which is supplied with a full charge taking around three hours. Once fully charged the keyboard seems to use power very frugally indeed and I’ve used it for days without recharging. The keyboard layout makes full use of the space available whilst reflecting the somewhat diminished dimensions of the Air. The keys are recessed which means they can’t be pressed when not in use and are responsive. A range of specific iPad function keys are included as well as the standard QUERTY keyboard.

For carrying, the iPad and keyboard lock together firmly, the iPad being held face down onto the slightly larger keyboard. A carry bag is provided to place both items in. As such this is not really a fully protective case in traditional terms. The keyboard locked in place covers the screen but the back of the iPad is exposed unless placed in the carry bag. Nonetheless this is an elegant and smart solution if you want a quality keyboard to use with your iPad Air. Well worth five stars.

The distributor provided the keyboard for independent review purposes.


Colour Deconstructed
Colour Deconstructed
by Tricia Guild
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.50

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration but without detail, 13 April 2014
This review is from: Colour Deconstructed (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a beautifully, and somewhat novelly, produced book examining the use if colour, and combinations of colours, from a home interior design perspective with support of colours in the natural world. As you might expect the photography is excellent and some of the images really striking. The book itself is usefully slightly oversized and is printed on high quality very thick paper. The spine actually doesn’t exist! It’s simply the pages of the book sticked together with the word ‘Colour’ marked on it. With a normal book of course the spine normally covers this stitching. The sections within the book are grouped together by colour types in ranges so purple covers a range of variants.

So overall an interesting physical object with some brilliant photographs. It’s really an art book and taken as such is worth 5 stars. I’ve dropped a star because there’s very little text explaining the use of colour and our appreciation of it, and some colours simply don’t make it into the book - no reds for example (although some of the pinks come close) and no yellow. I like the text but wish there was more! It’s inspirational but I’m not sure I would dare to use it alone to start re-coloursing my house. A good starting point though so 4 stars, and a clear coffee-table book.


Sano Supplements 5-HTP 100mg - High Strength 5HTP with 100% Natural Serotonin from Griffonia Seed Powder - 90 Capsules - GMP Manufactured
Sano Supplements 5-HTP 100mg - High Strength 5HTP with 100% Natural Serotonin from Griffonia Seed Powder - 90 Capsules - GMP Manufactured
Offered by UK Supplement Supplier
Price: £37.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable supplements with clear results, 13 April 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I’ve tried these Sano supplements to attempt to develop a better sleep pattern. Typically I tend to wake early and have difficult getting back to sleep. I used the supplements for a week or so with no result but after that they have proven extremely effective and have dramatically improved the length of sleep I’m getting which is now close to 8 hours a night.

The supplements are based on boosting serotonin levels, a key element in the brain to help develop a feeling of wellbeing. Unlike most sleeping tables or the like they are pretty much non-adicitive although if you’re taking them nightly and want to stop you might want to reduce the use of the tablets over a week or two before stopping taking them.

Looking at the list of ingredients, with the help of Wikipedia, all seem safe and the dosage within established norms.

Overall I’d recommend these tablets for mild anxiety or sleep problems and from my experience they’re certainly worth 5 stars. If you’re suffering from these sort of symptoms they are certainly worth trying.

The manufacturer provided the product for independent review purposes.


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

2 of 4 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

4 of 4 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
Offered by EC Technology UK Store
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 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.


[Optimized For SSD & Support 4TB] Inateck USB 3.0 Hard Drives Docking Station for 2.5 Inch & 3.5 Inch SATA HDD (SATA I / II / III) Support UASP, 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
[Optimized For SSD & Support 4TB] Inateck USB 3.0 Hard Drives Docking Station for 2.5 Inch & 3.5 Inch SATA HDD (SATA I / II / III) Support UASP, 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 SpringRainUK
Price: £39.99

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 5 models (CE/FCC/ROHS Approved) (220 lumens XPE battery)
OXA Cree LED Flashlight with 5 models (CE/FCC/ROHS Approved) (220 lumens XPE battery)
Offered by buyinsummer
Price: £18.59

1 of 2 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.


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