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Spigen Samsung Galaxy S4 Case Protective [Slim Armor] [Soul Black] Dual Layer Protective Case for Galaxy S IV Galaxy SIV i9500
Spigen Samsung Galaxy S4 Case Protective [Slim Armor] [Soul Black] Dual Layer Protective Case for Galaxy S IV Galaxy SIV i9500
Offered by Spigen UK Store
Price: 15.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Top quality kit, 1 Mar 2014
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This clips easily to the back of the Galaxy. I've had mine in use for about a year now and it's saved my S4 from many a nasty knock. It doesn't protect the screen but a decent matt finish screen protector has done that job. The side buttons work so much better than on cheaper cases, in fact because they are so tactile they're actually an improvement when using in the cold while wearing gloves.

Pros: Solid design, robust, saved phone from many a dangerous drop
Cons: Slightly bulky

Logitech B110 Optical USB Mouse - White
Logitech B110 Optical USB Mouse - White

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but effective, 1 Mar 2014
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Works well and had no issues as yet. Cable length is good as it pick up and action. Quality feel with budget price. Plastics not as high quality as some 40 USB Mice but not far off.
For general laptop use I have no complaints about this product. It doesn't come with any bells or whistles but it's good value for money.

Short Desktop Microphone Stand Straight or Boom
Short Desktop Microphone Stand Straight or Boom
Offered by UKDJ - DFB Sound & Light Warehouse Ltd
Price: 12.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great bit of kit, 1 Mar 2014
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For a desktop mic stand this ticks all the boxes. It's sturdy and has a good reach. It's not overly affected by vibrations from tapping on the table. Put simply it does what it's meant to do very well. It may not look slick like some other designs but I've tried many and they've not lasted long or they've not worked as expected. This stand is versatile enough to even be used as a bass drum mic stand for live set ups and has taken it's share of abuse. Top marks.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO NOVICES: Like many other pro-quality stands this doesn't come with a mic clip (holder) as professional mics usually come with their own. If you're using cheap mics then you may need to purchase a mic clip (holder) that fits your mic too.
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Offered by cloudseller
Price: 5.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worked for three days, 1 Mar 2014
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Out of the box this charged at a very slow pace. It continued to work slowly for three days then gave up the ghost completely. I got a proper iPhone charger instead and find that it charges 10x faster though cable length is much short.

The other negative comments should have put me off, make sure they put you off too because this product is flimsy and sub-par.

Keis Heated Motorcycle Inner Gloves Medium
Keis Heated Motorcycle Inner Gloves Medium
Price: 58.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Used with Keis X10 Bodywarmer, 1 Mar 2014
I've used my Keis X10 bodywarmer for 6 months and wouldn't be without heated kit for long journeys on the motorcycle anymore. I've been using Oxford Heated Grips too but they have packed up on my after just 14 months so I decided to buy some inner gloves. Luckily I got mine as a free gift from an MCN subscription.

First the negatives:
1. They are more bulky than expected for inner gloves. They made my winter gloves feel so tight that I've ended up buying another pair of winter gloves a size bigger and that has helped but they still feel a bit chunky.
2. They could be just a tad warmer. Only a bit for those REALLY cold days when you're on the motorway for a couple of hours at a time.

Now the good stuff:
1. I've not experienced the same connection issues as the other reviews, maybe it's because I'm connecting these to my X10 vest.
2. Used with the vest and temperature controller they offer plenty of comfortable heat for those crisp winter mornings.
3. Better all over heat than heated grips.

1. It might be better to buy heated gloves rather than inner gloves to cut down on the bulk.
2. Use with a Keis vest or jacket because the connections seem to fit better.
3. Don't bother using these if you're just popping down the shop for 10 mins. Too much fiddling about with cables. Just man up!

Roadhawk Ride
Roadhawk Ride
Offered by Decold
Price: 127.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Flaky, 18 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Roadhawk Ride (Electronics)
Pros: I bought one of these mostly to provide evidence in case of accident and for those purposes I can confirm the image quality to fine and the camera is easy enough to use. It's easy to wire up if you need longer than the hour or so you get out of the battery and provided you follow the instructions correctly then easy enough to mount to a helmet.

Cons: First issue is a small one, the recording light is not clear enough so you're not sure if the device is still running. That might be nothing more than a niggle but the other issues are what seriously marks this camera down.

Durability is the main issue. The unit itself seems robust enough to take the odd fall but the lens is a cheap and flexible plastic that doesn't seem like it would take much to scratch or split. Indeed the way the lens is mounted into the unit creates a lip which means that when riding through rain or mist the water can't clear and so the camera is useless unless you want to film water moving over the lens.

The cable that hardwires the camera to your motorcycles battery is durable enough but the connections are useless. If you attach the camera to your helmet then unless you want to leave your lid on the bike with the camera attached then the connections are going to take some use. However they simply aren't up to the job. Using thin and easily breakable wire prongs the option to hardwire the camera for prolonged use is seriously flawed. If like me you regularly kick in 2 hour plus commutes then the battery isn't enough so you need the option to power from your bike battery and this design means that unless you're incredibly careful you'll be regularly buying replacement cables simply because the connections fail.

The nail in the coffin for this device is the fact that it simply doesn't last very long. I've had three of these (all supplied without question by the amazon seller) but they all failed to record after a couple of months. Roadhawk customer services themselves are useless and were ZERO help. They didn't seem to be bothered about my issue and effectively blamed ME for the error each time. They first suggested that I format the SD card after each ride. Ok I thought at first, not the best option but I did it anyway. A week later the dreaded triple lights started flashing again indicating that the recording had failed and there was an SD card error so this time I sent it back and received a replacement. Another three or four weeks I had the same issue with the replacement unit so back this one went. Unit three arrived and this time when it failed the same way I wanted answers from Roadhawk. Again they blamed ME for the fault saying that my motorcycle must "vibrate too much" and shakes the card out of position. Two issues with that is that when testing the second unit it failed when it was sitting on the kitchen worktop just recording the cats outside, second I was mounting it to my helmet not the frickin' engine! Roadhawk were firm, it wasn't their issue and I had to take it up again with the supplier.

Since then I've stopped using it because it's far too frustrating and having THREE UNITS fail all within similar time scales means I have absolutely no faith in Roadhawk or their devices. AVOID!

Kill the Power
Kill the Power
Price: 7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Opinions are like buttholes, 15 Feb 2014
This review is from: Kill the Power (MP3 Download) is so subjective and this album has obviously split opinion but that's a good thing. If you're a long-standing Skindred fan there might be a chance you think they've 'sold out' but only in the same way as Megadeth fans thought they sold out with 'Countdown to Extinction'. It's the easiest album for Skindred newbies - even my wife likes it but to say they've lost their edge is codswallop.

While it's true to say that it's not the 'heaviest' Skindred album it's no lightweight either. There's still bombastic riffs, great choruses and full of great songs. I've enjoyed the odd Skindred track and even though I own every album I have found that there's plenty of fillers on their previous efforts. Not so with Kill the Power, every song is well crafted and inspired. You don't have to listen hard to find sounds borrowed from the likes of Prodigy, Korn, Cypress Hill, Red Hot Chili Peppers and even Gorillaz let alone the large pool of Ragga, Reggae, Dubstep and even UK Grime.

Of course everyone will have a different opinion as this isn't a tangible product you can subjectively review.

Rock n Roll or Die
Rock n Roll or Die
Price: 7.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Best NGS album to date!, 27 Jun 2013
This review is from: Rock n Roll or Die (MP3 Download)
If you have never heard of New Generation Superstars before then let me tell you a little story; they're a post-glam/punk band hailing from Leicester and have been one of the hardest working groups on the toilet scene for nearly a decade. While the previous two albums had their moments they were let down by the production but "Rock n Roll or Die" has that sorted with a much more refined sound. That's not to say they have lost the edgeyness as this is still a hard-hitting record. So what about this record then?

Taking cues from Demolition 23, Nicke Borg and Michael Monroe the sound is nevertheless pure 'NewGen', as the fans like to call them. From the siren sounding on the title track you move into the anthemic 'Bastards' before a slight bluesy riff kicks in for 'Can't Live Without Them'. 'Black Heart' slows things down to walking pace as 'Life of Crime' kicks in with a memorable riff that once inside your head begs for more and for me is definitely one of my favourites from the album. 'Hell City' tracks back to anthemic rock'n'roll and an ode to Helsinki as the following number 'Guess What' continues the anthemic chanting inviting you to "Get F******"! 'My Life' harks back to a time in the 90's when bands such as 3 Colours Red were making waves whereas 'The Prince' leans even further back taking influence from bands such as The Cult. 'Rockstar' picks the pace up once more and is one of the few tracks that could easily have come from one of the first two albums. 'Solid Gold (LTGTR)' is another anthemic tune that doesn't relent but the final song 'Waste of Time' proves that AJ can also do ballads, an emotional song that you can't help but feel is truly heartfelt.

Rock n Roll or Die is a grower but after 3 or 4 listens you'll be picking out your favourites and you won't be able to put them down!

Also check out other NGS albums: Crash Course and Raising the Stakes
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MediaDevil Magicscreen Screen Protector: Matte Clear (Anti-Glare) - Samsung Galaxy S4 / SIV (2 x Screen Protectors)
MediaDevil Magicscreen Screen Protector: Matte Clear (Anti-Glare) - Samsung Galaxy S4 / SIV (2 x Screen Protectors)
Offered by MediaDevil
Price: 9.97

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but a tad tricky to fit perfectly, 7 May 2013
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I decided to try a matte finish screen protector rather than a gloss finish because I'm sick of finger marks on the screen so based on high reviews for it's sister product MediaDevil Magicscreen Screen Protector: Crystal Clear (Invisible) - Samsung Galaxy S4 / SIV (2 x Screen Protectors) I thought I'd give this one a go.

The prompt delivery from the supplier cannot be faulted. I ordered late on a Friday before a Bank Holiday with the free delivery option (expecting 5 working days turn around) and it arrived on the Tuesday, effectively the NEXT full working day. That kind of service cannot be grumbled at!

Straight out of the package I found a similar set up to what I've had with cheaper screen protectors for previous phones. Two thin plastic screen protectors, a cloth and card applicator system. It normally takes be a good couple of tries at getting these applied perfectly and as I was doing it while I was supposed to be working it made the job that much harder. Basically after cleaning the screen with the cloth you peel back part of the cover labelled "1" and apply from the top of the screen downwards peeling back the cover and applying pressure with the card applicator at the same time. It can be tricky to prevent bubbles, especially in a dusty environment and I failed twice as there was too much paper dust in the office air which immediately stuck to the underside of screen protector. Following instructions on how to remove the dust from this side I saved the screen protector using sticky tape to remove the dust and applied again. It was third time lucky as it stick down with zero bubbles.

Once the screen protector is on you then peel back another cover marked "2" to reveal the matte finish. The quality of the matte finish is very good, giving the screen an almost paper-like look and while the glare is not completely blocked out it certainly does a much better job of it than gloss finish screen protectors do. As for leaving fingerprints and marks on the screen the matte coat doesn't eliminate these completely, especially with damp, greasy or sweaty hands but it is a big improvement over the gloss.

Protection is so far pretty good and light scratches and marks buff right out though I have not yet subjected it to much harsher treatment. I dare say if you work in an environment with lots of grit and debris you may need to look for a more hardcore screen protector but they will cost a great deal more.

So to summarize it's a great quality product (remember you get two of them in the pack) and fairly priced considering the competition. It can be just as tricky to apply perfectly as any other screen protector using the cloth/card application system which is the only reason it escapes a 5 star review. Harsh? Maybe but there will be people who are even more clumsy than me who'll be all thumbs trying to get this applied.

Samsung Galaxy S4 IV i9500 Black Gel Case
Samsung Galaxy S4 IV i9500 Black Gel Case
Price: 2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as described, 2 May 2013
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This was bought as a stopgap as the more expensive protective case will not be available for a few weeks.

While this item did arrive promptly it is not as described. There is no screen protector and no stylus in this package. When I contact Amazon regarding this I was told that they were not able to simply send the missing items and I would have to return the package for a full refund. This leads me to believe that this package is simply the gel case and it is being mis-sold as including a screen protector and stylus. If I had known this I would have ordered an alternative. Very poor showing Amazon.

The case itself is indeed cheap as you would probably expect but it does fit my brand new Galaxy S4 well and offers some protection for the time being. The case feels cheap in your hands but does offer better grip than the phone does by itself. Everything is functional while the case is on the phone and you are able to charge the phone and attach a headset without issue. However the buttons on the side do not respond as well as I'd hoped while the case is attached and takes a fair bit of pressure to get them to work.

For the low price it's not bad as a stop-gap until my more expensive case arrives but if I had known that the screen protector and stylus would not be included I would have gone for another cheap alternative of which there are plenty.

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