Profile for Tim > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Tim
Top Reviewer Ranking: 944
Helpful Votes: 840

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Tim (UK)
(TOP 1000 REVIEWER)   

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-20
pixel
Leifheit Airboard Deluxe XL 72589 Ironing Board
Leifheit Airboard Deluxe XL 72589 Ironing Board
Price: £80.05

4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings, 30 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This ironing board is significantly larger than my old board, but weighs no more. It is really strikingly lightweight. It also has a very easy height adjustment lever, which allows for infinite adjustment (much easier than fumbling underneath the board to hook a leg into the right notch, as is required with my old board).

On the negative side, the cover arrived with a number of wrinkles in its surface, which no amount of tugging on the drawstring tensioning cord has removed. It has improved a bit with use, but the cover still isn't entirely flat. I also remain to be convinced by the moveable iron resting plate. It attaches with a giant plastic bulldog clip, but can shift around if knocked. It also prevents the legs from folding flat if it's clipped on the far end (which seems a natural place for it).

If you are after a large but lightweight board, then this could well fit the bill.


Go MINI Twin Turbo Raceway
Go MINI Twin Turbo Raceway
Price: £39.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, quick fun, 25 Sep 2014
This review is from: Go MINI Twin Turbo Raceway (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It took quite a bit of wiggling and shoving to assemble the track correctly, during which a few of the tabs snapped off the safety barriers, despite doing it quite carefully. But then it was up and -- whizz! -- we were off. And how these little cars go!

The triggers on the controllers are a bit binary, but it doesn't really matter since there is barely time to ease off for a corner anyway, before your car is round for the next lap. The low speed setting slows things down slightly, although it's still possible for a car to flip off on this setting, despite the manufacturer's claims to the contrary.

Racing these cars is not a highly skilled art. The relatively crude controllers mean that whether you flip or not seems more down to luck than judgement. Nevertheless, it is good fun, especially for the kids. Just don't expect it to provide hours of entertainment at a sitting.

It takes 8 AA cells, but there is also a socket for a 12V DC adapter. The included web link for buying said adapter accessory didn't work for me, but a universal adapter like this one would probably work just as well (although I haven't tested it to confirm this).

Overall, this raceway is good for a bit of high-octane fun, but I'm not sure it's going to have the long-term repeat appeal of some of my children's other toys.


SINK BATH STRAINER WASTE TRAP STAINLESS STEEL 75MM WIDEST 43MM CENTRE
SINK BATH STRAINER WASTE TRAP STAINLESS STEEL 75MM WIDEST 43MM CENTRE
Offered by JACOBS DISCOUNT
Price: £3.45

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice quality, but slows the water flow, 25 Sep 2014
This is a nice strainer, being made of metal rather than plastic. However it does impede the draining of water quite significantly from my shower cubicle, to the extent that the cubicle can overflow if the shower is on high. The problem seems to be that an air pocket can form below the strainer, and the holes are too small to allow it to dissipate.


Acme BK01 Ultrathin Bluetooth Keyboard
Acme BK01 Ultrathin Bluetooth Keyboard
Price: £23.23

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for nimble fingers; not UK layout, 23 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is an elegant little keyboard.

It's very thin, so will slip easily into a bag, but still sturdy because of the brushed metal back plate, which has no flex in it at all. The letter keys are rectangular and are about 85% of the width of those on a full size keyboard and about 70% of the height (15mm x 12mm). The punctuation keys have been shrunk further. For a touch-typist, this took a bit of getting used to, and made my fingers feel rather bunched together. Anyone with large fingers may struggle! Speed and accuracy were much better than on a touchscreen, but I still make quite a few errors.

It's important to note that this is not a standard UK layout (no pound symbol; punctuation keys in unusual places).

Bluetooth pairing was very straightforward: the master device located the keyboard quickly, then shows an ID code, which you type into the keyboard to confirm the pairing. The keyboard has a physical on-off switch, which I like because I can be sure that there is absolutely no drain from the lithium battery when it's off. USB charging is quite quick (a couple of hours). I haven't tried running it right down, but the manufacturer claims around 50 hours of use is possible, which I have no reason to doubt.

In summary: it's a very neat keyboard, but it may take a little while to adjust to it.


My Bible Sticker Activity
My Bible Sticker Activity
by Vic Parker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, 18 Sep 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
My 3-year-olds love these sticker books, although they need an adult to help them with the reading. They present the stories very nicely, and provide plenty of interest to keep children engaged. To get 8 books for this price is amazing value.


Delonghi / Kenwood 2500W Fan Oven Element 062057004 (Genuine)
Delonghi / Kenwood 2500W Fan Oven Element 062057004 (Genuine)
Offered by KGA-SUPPLIES
Price: £28.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 18 Sep 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This new element was a bit of a pain to fit onto my DeLonghi DTC 90 DF range cooker because it requires access from the rear. Most oven elements can be replaced from the front, but DeLonghi inexplicably require you to remove screws from both front and back. A short gas hose on my oven made this rather tricky. But the new element is working fine, and I was pleased to have saved myself the cost of a professional repair. I went with the "genuine" element this time, but I will probably buy a generic one next time, as I suspect they all come from the same factory anyway.


anCnoc 12 Year Old Highland Single Malt Whisky 75 cl
anCnoc 12 Year Old Highland Single Malt Whisky 75 cl
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and smooth, 18 Sep 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I really like this whisky. I'm no connoisseur and I don't really have the vocabulary to describe the flavour in detail, but it's quite sweet and light with a smooth, lingering after-taste. It isn't at all peaty or smoky. The packaging is fresh, with a modern typeface that gives the bottle a youthful feel. Highly recommended.


Melissa & Doug Classic Peg Puzzle Bundle
Melissa & Doug Classic Peg Puzzle Bundle
Price: £14.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant puzzles, 31 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My older children really enjoyed a similar lower-case alphabet puzzle when they were younger. This upper-case alphabet jigsaw is rated as 3+, although a two-year-old will probably have enough dexterity to do it, and to start learning the sounds and names of the letters. This three-puzzle set also contains two simpler puzzles for younger children (rated as 2+): the fish puzzle is the easiest, because the pieces are all the same shape, so can be mixed around between the holes (although the aim is to match up the correct colours); the number puzzle is chunkier than the alphabet and quicker to complete. The number puzzle can be used to teach the basics of quantity and counting, because the board shows the corresponding number of objects under each numeral. The plastic knobs make it easy for small fingers to manipulate.


Melissa & Doug Create-A-Craft Car and Train Bundle
Melissa & Doug Create-A-Craft Car and Train Bundle
Price: £7.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Just right for two nearly-4-year-olds, 30 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My twins (aged 46 months) loved making these models. They get a definite five-star rating from them.

It took them about 45 minutes, with a bit of adult oversight (although they managed all the painting and stickers themselves). Key to maintaining interest was the use of a hair-dryer to accelerate the drying of the paint and the glue. I can strongly recommend this approach.

The paints seem to be water-based, but are quite tricky to clean off hands and surfaces (much worse than poster paints), so aprons are strongly advised.

My only very minor criticism is that the instructions suggested assembling the models before decorating them, whereas the train engine really needs to be painted and sticker-ed first, because some of the stickers are meant to go behind the wheels.

See the "customer images" for the results of my daughters' endeavours.


Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding Creation (Holman Quicksource Guides)
Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding Creation (Holman Quicksource Guides)
by Mark Whorton
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Biased but recommended nevertheless, 29 Aug 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This book provides an easy-to-read overview of an old-earth creationist understanding of Genesis. It is well written, if slightly disorganised in its structure. The authors believe that the bible is the inspired word of God, and seek to reconcile this with the modern scientific understanding of our planet and its creation.

What the book does not do is provide an unbiased overview and comparison of various different interpretations of Genesis. While it does describe some young-earth positions, it immediately criticises and finds fault with them, in a way that is not applied to the old-earth positions.

I have no problem with the authors promoting their own, old-earth views (which I happen to agree with), but it is unfortunate that the book claims to present a balanced survey of various different viewpoints, when it really does not. Perhaps this is more the fault of the publisher rather than the authors.

Despite its biases, this is a fascinating book, and a great introduction to the subject of Genesis and science, for any Christian who would like to explore this area (and you should!). But don't look here for a detailed explanation and defence of a young-earth creationist position (for that, you should probably visit AnswersInGenesis instead).


Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-20