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Soundpeats Qy7 Mini Lightweight Wireless Stereo Sports/running & Gym/exercise Bluetooth Earbuds Headphones Headsets W/microphone for Iphone 5s 5c 4s 4, Ipad 2 3 4 New Ipad, Ipod, Android, Samsung Galaxy, Smart Phones Bluetooth Devices (QY7, black/green)
Soundpeats Qy7 Mini Lightweight Wireless Stereo Sports/running & Gym/exercise Bluetooth Earbuds Headphones Headsets W/microphone for Iphone 5s 5c 4s 4, Ipad 2 3 4 New Ipad, Ipod, Android, Samsung Galaxy, Smart Phones Bluetooth Devices (QY7, black/green)
Offered by SOUNDSOUL Direct
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tangle-free earphones!, 14 Jan. 2015
[I was sent a free set of these earphones for review purposes.]

This is my first experience of Bluetooth earphones, and I am very impressed. Unlike traditional earphones, there is none of the fumbling around trying to un-knot a tangled cord and plug it into a phone. Instead, there is just a short, flat flex, joining the two ear pieces (which does not easily tangle).

Pairing with my phone was simplicity itself and music was soon flowing into my ears. The volume control on the earphones moves in fairly small steps, which allows quite precise control (in addition to any volume control provided by the source device).

They come with three sizes of rubber plugs, and three sizes of flexible loops that help to hold the earphone securely in your ear. They do indeed feel very secure, and sound isolation is good. I'd been concerned that they may be heavy, due to the battery and other electronics, but they are not at all.

The down side of wireless earphones is, of course, that you have to recharge them periodically. However, this is pretty simple, via the built-in mini-USB jack (a USB computer cord is included). There is a discreet light which changes colour to indicate once charging is done. A single charge provides several hours of listening.

When comparing these to some much more expensive earphones, I concluded that the bass is somewhat lacking, and trebles are over-pronounced. But, overall, the audio quality is perfectly acceptable for the price point.


Tenvis TH661 HD-720P H.264 Wireless Network WIFI IR Night Vision CCTV IP Camera, P2P Function, 2-way Audio, Pan/Tilt/Zoom Control, Baby/Pet Monitor, Smart Phone Remote View (Black)
Tenvis TH661 HD-720P H.264 Wireless Network WIFI IR Night Vision CCTV IP Camera, P2P Function, 2-way Audio, Pan/Tilt/Zoom Control, Baby/Pet Monitor, Smart Phone Remote View (Black)
Offered by GLOBALEBUY-UK
Price: £59.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent hardware; mediocre software, 10 Jan. 2015
GLOBALEBUY-UK sent me one of these cameras to review.

This is a competent web camera, which provides good quality images in daylight and at night (thanks to a set of infrared LEDs). The rounded gimbal head gives the camera a very elegant appearance.

Streaming in High Definition leads to some stutters over my wireless network, but is smoother if I lower the quality (to VGA). Commands sent to the camera (e.g. to rotate left) are not always acted on reliably. But If you have a strong wireless network, or can connect the camera with an Ethernet cable, I suspect you should be fine.

Although this is, in many ways, very similar to the Tenvis iRobot3, I was surprised to find that the software is completely different. In particular, this camera promotes a VLC web-browser plug-in for viewing the streamed images, rather than the proprietary plug-in of the iRobot3. Audio controls do not seem to work in Firefox, but are OK in Internet Explorer. I tried the Android app, but could not get it to recognise this camera.

Overall, this is a great value web camera, but it needs a fast home network to perform at its best. The associated software (especially the Android app) could do with some improvement.


Esselte Pendaflex A4 Vertical Suspension Files - Assorted (Pack of 10)
Esselte Pendaflex A4 Vertical Suspension Files - Assorted (Pack of 10)
Price: £12.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Colourful but flimsy, 16 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The best feature of these files is their vibrant colour. However, once they are packed in a filing drawer, most of the colour is hidden anyway, so it's somewhat redundant.

The major problem with these files is that they are flimsy. The paper is much thinner than that of the Rexel Crystalfile files I've used previously, as also is the metal used on the stiffening bar at the top. Unlike the Rexel files, there is no additional plastic where the the bar touches the runners, to help lubricate the movement and strengthen this vulnerable point. The label holders are made from thin, floppy plastic, which feels like it's going to separate from the file if you use it to tug one of the files open.

All in all, these are rather a disappointment.


Carte Noire No.10 Espresso Nespresso Compatible Coffee Capsules 53 g (Pack of 4)
Carte Noire No.10 Espresso Nespresso Compatible Coffee Capsules 53 g (Pack of 4)
Price: £10.22

4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and intense, 5 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These capsules make an intense, bitter espresso. Comparing it with the No.9's, they are pretty similar, but the No.10's are perhaps slightly more acidic and bitter. Personally, I slightly prefer the No.9's, but they are both very drinkable. These capsules are also good when diluted with hot water to make an Americano.

Although the coffee is excellent and they are good value, I can't give them five stars because of the very space-consuming packaging. Compared with authentic Nestle capsules, these take up a large amount of space in the cupboard. They also create more landfill waste (but then no capsule system is particularly environmentally friendly; even Nestle's aluminium recycling scheme involves transport and processing costs; if you're worried about this, buy large bags of beans and use a different machine!).


Philips E14 Small Edison Screw 6 Watt LED Dimmable Luster, Warm White
Philips E14 Small Edison Screw 6 Watt LED Dimmable Luster, Warm White
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great for a twinkle effect, 21 Nov. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Having previously been disappointed in LED bulbs that were always bluer than I liked, I'm very pleased to find that this bulb gives off a lovely, warm, yellow light. The multiple LEDs and the clever reflector structure give the impression of multiple, dispersed light sources within the bulb, leading to a sparkly effect, a little bit like the old clear-glass filament bulbs.

While the sparkle effect will work very well in some settings (e.g. a chandelier, or a porch light), I personally prefer bulbs with frosted glass in more everyday fittings, for a slightly softer look.

This is a very energy efficient bulb, yet it turns on instantly, unlike compact fluorescents. I haven't tried dimming it, as I suspect it needs a low-power, leading-edge dimmer switch, rather than the higher-rated, trailing-edge dimmers we have at present (unhelpfully, Philips don't appear to provide this information). I'll also have to withhold my verdict on the claimed 20,000 year lifetime, but I'm very impressed so far.


Verbatim 52602 LED Candle E14 4.5 Watt 350 lm Light Bulb
Verbatim 52602 LED Candle E14 4.5 Watt 350 lm Light Bulb
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, warm light, 21 Nov. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Having previously been disappointed with LED bulbs that were bluer than I liked, I was very pleased to find that this bulb gives off a lovely, warm, yellow light. I could tell next to no difference in a direct comparison with a traditional filament bulb. The metal base of this bulb does still get fairly warm, but it's clearly much more energy efficient than a filament bulb, yet turns on instantly, unlike compact fluorescents. The shape and size of the bulb are very similar to traditional candle bulbs. Obviously I'll have to withhold my verdict on the claimed 20,000 year lifetime, but I'm very impressed so far.


AmazonBasics Wall Charger with USB Outlet (2.1 Amp Output)-UK
AmazonBasics Wall Charger with USB Outlet (2.1 Amp Output)-UK
Price: £6.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small and safe, 19 Nov. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
For some reason, the photo had led me to expect this charger to be bigger than it is. I'm pleased that it is, in fact, very compact. I also like the upwards-facing USB socket, which prevents the USB cable from falling out under gravity.

It works very effectively. Being a branded product, I'm confident that it isn't going to burn my house down (unlike many of the cheaper unbranded chargers out there, which are potentially extremely dangerous).


Numatic Henry, Hetty, James, Charles, George, Harry, Edward, and all other vacuum cleaners with 32mm fittings. Vacuum Cleaner Combination Floor tool. Part number 601139
Numatic Henry, Hetty, James, Charles, George, Harry, Edward, and all other vacuum cleaners with 32mm fittings. Vacuum Cleaner Combination Floor tool. Part number 601139
Offered by Aid Cleaning Store
Price: £8.36

5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect replacement, 19 Nov. 2014
My old Henry head was no longer staying in brush mode reliably (a moderate knock, and the bristles would retract). I'm very pleased with this replacement, which I bought from Aid Cleaning Store. Some reviewers seem to have received a head that differs from the original, but this wasn't the case for me: it is exactly the same as the original, at least to the untrained eye, and the mode-change switch works perfectly. Initially the bristles were rather stiffer than my old one, but they have softened up after a few weeks of use.


Carte Noire No.6 Lungo Nespresso Compatible Coffee Capsules 56 g (Pack of 4)
Carte Noire No.6 Lungo Nespresso Compatible Coffee Capsules 56 g (Pack of 4)
Price: £11.16

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good value alternative, but bulky packaging, 19 Nov. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Having tried a few non-Nestle capsules, these Carte Noire ones are definitely the best. Unlike other non-genuine capsules, they work fine in the machine at my office, and the coffee is perfectly drinkable. You can pay half as much again for a genuine Nestle capsule, while, while perhaps tasting slightly smoother, does not provide a 50 percent improvement in quality. So these Carte Noise capsules offer great value. I prefer these no.6 capsules to the stronger no.9's. They claim to be intended for longer drinks, but they also work perfectly well for short espressos.

What I don't like is the amount of space these Carte Noire capsules occupy, and the amount of rubbish they generate. I presume that Carte Noire has to seal each capsule in its own bag because they haven't managed to find a way to make one that is air-tight without infringing Nestle's patents. This is a pity.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent rust-proof basket, 11 Nov. 2014
This is a lovely quality double shower basket. I didn't want to drill holes in my tiles to install a basket that was going to start to rust in a couple of years' time. This is made of solid brass, with a lacquered chrome finish, and so won't ever rust. The wires are sufficiently close together that bottles stand up without any wobble. Because it has screw fixings on only one face, it doesn't matter if your walls are not at exactly 90 degrees to each other, which is a problem with many other similar products. Overall, I'm very pleased with this basket.


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