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Neon Electronic® Bluetooth Speaker BTS662-05 with illustrious Design, Soundsphere Speaker
Neon Electronic® Bluetooth Speaker BTS662-05 with illustrious Design, Soundsphere Speaker
Offered by Neon Electronic
Price: £74.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Big, nicely rounded sound., 14 Feb. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I was offered this rather natty looking large speaker with 3 "pods" to test and review. So here is my completely unbiased opinion of it.

The unit turns up in a nicely packaged Neon box and inside is the "mother ship" itself - the large speaker, along with its 2 small side speakers and a on/off volume control pod also. You also get a mains lead and an auxiliary lead (in case you want to play your music by wire rather than bluetooth). It also comes with an instruction manual.

I've reviewed perhaps a dozen or more different speakers in the past two years and the quality of the sound is going up for a more modest price virtually each month. And you get a BIG sound for your money here. The quality of the audio is really excellent. I've tried a number of different genres - both modern, rock, classical etc plus just radio and talking books. Each and every one of the tracks have been really pleasing to listen to. I really do like the quality of these speakers - they feel and sound like a quality item.

Bluetooth works very simply - just scan and then pair up "BTS662" to your music source OR connect it via the auxiliary cable.

So, why only 4 stars? The on/off volume control is on its own pod that is connected by wire and can be positioned about two metres away from the mother ship BUT the two small speaker pods then have to be within a metre or so of that. I want to have the main speaker in the middle and then the two small pods at opposite ends to each other - one a couple of metres to the left and the other a couple of metres to the right. This just doesn't seem possible with this set up. Also I don't really understand the necessity of the on/off/volume pod - why isn't that just integrated with the device or even more usfeul as a remote control.

So in summary - I like the look of the mother ship and the whole set up brings a wall of sound of really excellent quality but the practicalities of using it each day left me a little disappointed.


Poweradd 4-outlet Surge Protector Power Strip with 4 USB output(1.8m cord)
Poweradd 4-outlet Surge Protector Power Strip with 4 USB output(1.8m cord)
Offered by Poweradd
Price: £42.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Surge protected 4 usb ports and 4 plug sockets - useful and versatile!, 12 Feb. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I was sent this "Poweradd 4-outlet Surge Protector Power Strip" for free to give my fair and unbiased review.

The power strip comes in its own "proper" picture-adorned packaging (unlike other products of this type which just arrive in brown cardboard packaging). It therefore looks more professional or higher quality than some. I note that it was designed in the U.S. (California) even though (like most things these days) it was actually produced in China.

It comes with a little leaflet with a smiley face on one side and an unhappy face on the other with how to contact "Poweradd" for help and advice - which I thought was a nice touch.

There is also a small "booklet" with features/specification/warnings/notice/warranty advice on it.

The actual power strip feels solid and robust - it is 240 x 85 x 41mm in size and 710g (obviously with nothing plugged in!). The cord for it is 1.8m long.

It has an on/off switch which also acts as a reset button. I have tested each of the USB ports and the plug sockets - they all work as advised - with the various voltage and amps published. The plug has a 13amp fuse within.

I'm happy with the power strip - it is surge protected and currently sits on my kitchen side with 3 devices charging from the USB ports and two other devices plugged in to the plug sockets. What more can I say - it works fine so far!


Conspiracy (Giordano Bruno 5)
Conspiracy (Giordano Bruno 5)
by S. J. Parris
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.82

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parris at her best!, 11 Feb. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
As a huge fan of S. J. Parris and her Giordano Bruno novels I was pleased to see that a Kindle free sample of the latest novel "Conspiracy" was available (which I read immediately). Imagine my pleasure when I was offered a free proof copy to read and review!

Set in Paris in 1585, Bruno is yet again up against it. The novel starts with him desperate for a patron - having left England because of his lack of prospects in that department - and also with excommunication still hanging over him - he is seen as a heretic in a predominately Catholic country. France is torn between the Catholic majority and the Huguenot minority. King Henri and the Duke of Guise are at loggerheads - the country in almost open civil war. Bruno has not arrived at a very propitious moment in time!

He seeks to have his excommunication overturned but the very priest whom he turns to for help is murdered (after an inflammatory sermon against the king). The king is blamed and Bruno is asked/told basically if he won't find the killer then he can forget Henri's help and patronage (and any help to get the book that was stolen from him when he was in England). As usual Walsingham has a part to play in Bruno's destiny - as does the English Ambassador in Paris - along with the arch-Catholic Englishman Charles Paget and even Catherine de Medici herself.

It's a really nicely put together plot. Parris is at the top of her game, here. Intrigue, plots and Catholic/Protestant factional infighting ensue. Which one of the 3 Henris will end up on top? And where will Bruno be at the end of this tale? Murder, mystery and incarceration follow Bruno all around Paris. It's a great novel!

BTW - If you are fascinated by Giordano Bruno and the Renaissance Europe in which he lived and want to read more about him - I can recommend the Non-fiction book "The pope and the Heretic" - it is excellent!


Archeer 4 Pole Jack Plug to 3.5mm 4 Pole Jack Plug Cable 1.2m Male To Male Aux Auxiliary Audio Speaker Extension Cord For iPhone 6 iPod iPhone 5S 4S Mp3 Laptop PC HiFi HDTV
Archeer 4 Pole Jack Plug to 3.5mm 4 Pole Jack Plug Cable 1.2m Male To Male Aux Auxiliary Audio Speaker Extension Cord For iPhone 6 iPod iPhone 5S 4S Mp3 Laptop PC HiFi HDTV
Offered by Doeracil
Price: £26.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cable, 10 Feb. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Pleased with this rubberised cable flexible 3.5 jack. I use it to connect my speaker to my MP3 player and it works a treat. Gives good clear sound quality and I especially like the integrated rubber tag-tie which helps me keep the cable tidy. Nice quality. Both ends are securely attached. Great cable.


Crenova® B224+ Thermal Laminator 2 rollers 12 inches/min laminating speed 3- 5 mil laminating pouch Laminating Document Photo Laminator Laminating Machine - Black
Crenova® B224+ Thermal Laminator 2 rollers 12 inches/min laminating speed 3- 5 mil laminating pouch Laminating Document Photo Laminator Laminating Machine - Black
Offered by Crenova
Price: £84.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works perfectly each time!, 10 Feb. 2016
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This is a really nice little compact A4 laminating unit. I've had one before but that was a much more bulky device - this one is light and easily transportable (and hidden in a cupboard when not needed).

It is simplicity itself to work. You just plug the machine and turn it on. Wait 3 or 4 minutes until the "ready" light glows. Then put the sheet you want to laminate in the middle of a pouch (Maximum 5mm thick) and feed it through the laminator. And it feeds itself through the other side and you are left with a slightly warm fully laminated sheet of paper.

I had a go at a few different sizes - from small photo through A5 to A4 size and it worked perfectly each time.

The instructions are in reasonably understandable English.

It has a proper 13 AMP fused plug on it!


SoundSOUL 180ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Ultrasonic Cool Mist Air Humidifier with Waterless AUTO Shut-off, 4 Timer Setting and 8-10 Hours Continuous Diffusing, 7 Color Changing LED Lights
SoundSOUL 180ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Ultrasonic Cool Mist Air Humidifier with Waterless AUTO Shut-off, 4 Timer Setting and 8-10 Hours Continuous Diffusing, 7 Color Changing LED Lights
Offered by SOUNDSOUL Direct
Price: £36.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compact, 10 Feb. 2016
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This is a compact little aroma diffuser. It's simple to use. You just twist the top of the water to the required level using the measuring jug provided and fit the top back on. You can add a couple of your favourite essential oil if you like to send your room.

The plank is a three pin plug. It has two buttons, light and mist. The light on this one is really pretty is quite delicate and goes through several shades including pink, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.You can also choose to have the light on constant by simply pressing the like button until you get to your chosen colour.

The mixed comes out of the side vent on the top. When you press the miss button you can choose the time from 60, 120, 180 minutes or permanently on. If the water level runs low according to instructions, it stops automatically.

The thing I like about this is that it's quite compact and doesn't take up much .


WOTOW Bicycle Repair Set Bike Outdoor Seat Saddle Bag 14 in 1 Multi Function Tool Kit Chain Splitter
WOTOW Bicycle Repair Set Bike Outdoor Seat Saddle Bag 14 in 1 Multi Function Tool Kit Chain Splitter
Offered by AOSIHUI UK
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for anyone who cycles., 9 Feb. 2016
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I was sent this bike repair kit free to give my fair and unbiased review.

It comes in a proper seat bag so that you can attach this repair kit either under the saddle or another part of your bike's tubing.

There is pretty much everything you will need to make repairs "on the go" whilst out on your bike and i carry something like this around with me wherever I go. It has 3 of the standard black plastic tyre levers. Then there is a really good multi-function kit which has a 3 piece socket wrench, a slotted screwdriver, a Philips screwdriver, socket extension rod, 3 wrenches and 6 variously sized allen keys... and a "Spoke wrench". And then there is also a separate standard allen key.

A must-have for anyone who cycles - wherever you go and under what conditions and surfaces you cycle on.


Game Changer
Game Changer
by Tim Bowler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Accessible read for teens, 8 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Game Changer (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a psychological thriller written in the present tense in the first person viewpoint o Mikey a.k.a.Mole..It's good to find a story that will appeal to boys as well as girls. The author's writing style is accessible and easy read. There's lots of dialogue. (I wasn't keen on the overuse of the 'I' construction. 'I don't remember much. I just know I'm aching all over my body and my heart is pounding. I don't know where I am. But I'm on the ground and I'm curled up…') It is sensitively written and the characters are engaging.


Adaptive Sound Technologies Sound+Sleep White Mini Therapy Machine with UK Adapter
Adaptive Sound Technologies Sound+Sleep White Mini Therapy Machine with UK Adapter
Offered by The Health Cloud
Price: £82.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sophisticated a box of sounds (maybe not so great for the colourblind), 8 Feb. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is designed to mask aggravating extraneous noise. It's quite effective. As a means of entertainment, it's more limited because all you basically have here is a selection of trickles, hisses and rumbles. It's compact. Nice looking. One thing I like about it is that the volume buttons are tactile by which I mean you can work them in the night just by feel.
There is a timer you can set for 30, 60 or 90 minutes at the push of a button. There are two volume buttons, up and down.There is a 3.5mm jack for you to plug headphones in.You can also run this from four AA batteries. The cables are provided which allow you to plug it into a USB port or a wall socket.

The adaptive button: when this is on the volume auto adjusts in accordance with the noise in your room. So if something in your room becomes noisy, the volume on this increases. Red does it quickly and Green does it slowly This function is optional.

The central button accesses the sounds. There are six settings to choose from: ride, rain, broke, ocean, lea, home. When they glow green they give you the ones along the top and when they glow red they give you the ones along the bottom. Here lies the rub: I'm colourblind. Hence the loss of one star.. That said, don't let this necessarily put you off if you are colourblind because even though you can't see the difference between the red and the green tone you can hear the difference when you press the button once you know what you're looking for.

Ocean: ocean waves lapping water, you can add gurgling water, you can add seagulls and buoy bells and then you can add fog horns.
Rain: you can have rainfall and then you can add wind and Like thunder and then add more wind and thunder and then heavier thunder.
Lee – you can have crickets and wind and then you can add bird wings and splashing and then birdsong and bees and then you can add frogs.
Brooke: you can add flowing water and then bird wings and splashing and birdsong and frogs and then you can add more of everything.

The Home category you can choose from bath, air-conditioning, washer or fireplace.
The Ride category you can choose from plane ride, car ride, train ride and paddle boat ride.
The Baby categoryyou can choose from and whales, invasion of the whales, heartbeat and aviary.
In the Fan category you can choose a box fan, a mellow fan, an Arctic fan in an oscillating fan.
In Crowd category you can choose from restaurant, open air market, coffee shop and ball game.
You also have a choice of brown noise (a low rumble a bit like an extremely distant train.I quite like this one), pink noise (a medium rumble a bit like a faraway tumble dryer) and white noise (similar to the hiss you get when you have the radio in between channels).

One caveat I will say is that some of these noises are water-based, so if you have waterworks issues, some of them may not be ideal night listening.

Currently, my two favourites are brown noise and ocean sounds with seagulls added. I also quite like the crackling fire which is on the green setting of 'Home' and then three presses on 'Select'. Not sure I could go off to sleep with this one on, though. I'd keep thinking something was alight.

If you're in In the market for a white noise machine which gives you a good selection of sounds to choose from, then this is a good option.


Crenova HN-01 Heavy Duty Metal High Pressure Garden Hose Nozzle Sprayer Car Wash Gun
Crenova HN-01 Heavy Duty Metal High Pressure Garden Hose Nozzle Sprayer Car Wash Gun
Offered by Crenova
Price: £29.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid, good-looking Water Gun Nozzle!, 7 Feb. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is a seriously nice-looking hose nozzle gun. I really like the Silver/Gold/Black combination and the metallic look. Conveys the look of a quality product - the weight of it adds to this impression.

I've had a few nozzle guns and they've always felt a bit flimsy and often just keep coming off the hoze attachment or water seeps around the middle or the end of the gun. This one, so far, has done none of that. You just clip the gun to your existing hose catch and away you go. The black plastic/rubber(?) part near the end of the "muzzle" can be turned to produce the different effects and intensities of the water jet. It really is quite a powerful jet on its smallest setting and goes to quite a wide arc range at its widest setting. It does a fine job at "jet" cleaning my car - particularly the difficult parts like the wheels and the underside.

Mine arrived in a plastic bag with bubble wrap and the finish was scratched but I was sent it free for my unbiased opinion and so will not mark the product down for insufficient packing of a review product.


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