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Sony SRSX55 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Black
Sony SRSX55 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Black
Offered by Zeto UK
Price: £131.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Best portable Bluetooth speaker I've heard (and seen), 31 Aug. 2015
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It was easy to connect this speaker up via Bluetooth to my phone, and I was pleasantly surprised by the sound quality, which is as good as that coming from a set of decent hi-fi speakers playing from CD. It has a great surround sound effect and perfect tone – all that you would hope and expect from a Sony speaker. It has a nice weight to it, without being too heavy (by that I mean that it's not easy to knock over accidentally), and it has felt feet to help keep it in place. This is, after all, a portable speaker, used to play music from your phone and be a speakerphone for incoming phone calls; a secondary function which works very well.

The speaker looks expensive, which is a good thing I guess (unless you're using it in a busy public place), and the buttons (6 light-touch and 2 press-click) seem to be in the right place, as it's easy to press the one you wanted without really needing to look. Look round the back and you will find a USB charger socket for when your phone gets low, as well as an audio in, and a reset button to clear stored Bluetooth settings. Although it is operated by rechargeable battery, it also operates when charging; you don't need to wait for it.

AmazonBasics Everyday Flat Sheet, Dark Purple  Large
AmazonBasics Everyday Flat Sheet, Dark Purple Large

5.0 out of 5 stars Deep purple, 25 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a very good quality large bedsheet, made from 100% cotton. The dark purple colour is a good choice. The stitching is good. It seems durable, and the colour did not come out in the wash. The writing on the label could be bigger to make it easier to read, but that's my only gripe.

Garnier Clean & Soft Facial Wipes 25's
Garnier Clean & Soft Facial Wipes 25's
Price: £1.50

5.0 out of 5 stars A nice natural smell, 25 Aug. 2015
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It's a very personal thing whether you like the smell of face wipes, and some brands can have a dislikeable 'chemical' smell under the perfume, but the rose extract smell of these wipes is really nice and 'natural' smelling. As you'd expect from Garnier, they are high quality, and the resealable travel packet of 25 wipes is an ideal carry size.

Philips HD9305/26 Brushed Metal Kettle, 2200 W, 1.5 Litre
Philips HD9305/26 Brushed Metal Kettle, 2200 W, 1.5 Litre
Price: £25.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some minor issues, but an otherwise good kettle, 23 Aug. 2015
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This is a good kettle in the majority of respects. It's easy to fill, the lid can be removed or clicked into a 90 degree angle so it doesn't fall down when you're filling it up from the tap. It has a good handle and fits easily onto the base. It also has boil-dry protection in case of being switched on accidentally with little or no water inside. In terms of looks, the stainless steel makes it quite attractive. There are two things I don't like about it though.

The water gauge is an important feature in a modern kettle because you only want to boil what you're going to use – and there is a gauge window with 2, 3, 4 or 5 cup indicator marks on it (great) – but the placement of this underneath the handle makes it very difficult to see when filling it up at the tap (not so great).

The other thing that bothers me is the lack of a light to show it is switched on and heating the water. All the recent kettles we have had have had lights which show you that the kettle is on. For me and the family, that's maybe an aesthetic thing – perhaps we find it irritating that it doesn't have a light because we've become so used to kettles having them – but at least we can all hear the slight noises that come with boiling a kettle. For a deaf person there is no visual clue that it's on.

Hangerworld Wooden Premium Belt Hanger, Natural
Hangerworld Wooden Premium Belt Hanger, Natural
Offered by Hangerworld
Price: £7.88

5.0 out of 5 stars What your wardrobe needs, 22 Aug. 2015
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Although described as a belt hanger, this excellent lacquered wooden hanger can be used for a range of different accessories – belts, ties, scarves – and it's wide enough for the six chrome hooks on each side to be realistically used for that many items. It's well balanced and you can rotate the hook if you need to hang it up at an angle. It's a great item to have in the wardrobe because it makes it tidier and saves space.

Hallmark Gift Bag 'Colourful Roses' - Large Gift Bag
Hallmark Gift Bag 'Colourful Roses' - Large Gift Bag
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Right mix of classy and cheerful design, 19 Aug. 2015
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This very good looking gift bag would not look out of place on a gift table at a wedding, and would be well received by a loved one on any important occasion. It's made of quality card and with blue ribbon handles on each side, and also a card bow on the front, hanging from which is a gift tag in keeping with the overall design. Everyone in the family has told me that they love the design… although maybe they think they're going to be given it with something inside. And maybe that's the case.

The Elder Scrolls Online Tamriel Unlimited  (Xbox One)
The Elder Scrolls Online Tamriel Unlimited (Xbox One)
Price: £37.85

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The game that will eat up your life, 19 Aug. 2015
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I've been too busy playing The Elder Scrolls Online to actually review it until now, but having reached Veteran level and now likely to take a break from Tamriel until the DLC comes out, I thought it was time for a few quick words.

If you've played Morrowind, Oblivion and/or Skyrim you will be familiar with a lot of the gameplay. There are no flying dragons to fight, but you'll encounter hundreds of enemy types both familiar and new, and you'll find there to be many overhauls in terms of quest structure, progression reward and crafting. The main difference to previous games is, of course, the social side – and you can team up with other players both in overworld areas and dungeons to give you better odds against high and boss level enemies. This can be as part of a group or a guild, or just simply with whoever happens to be in the same place as you at the time. You can play as any race and can choose from a variety of skill lines. In terms of spending skill points to customise your character's abilities, you have a greater choice than ever before.

The name Tamriel Unlimited is a bit misleading, as you can't visit certain areas, such as (at time of writing) Skyrim or Morrowind, but the amount of land you can traverse is massive, almost to the point of it being overwhelming. When you create your character you pick one of three competing factions and that choice means that your questable area will initially be limited to one third of the available map, with the exception of the PvP area of Cyrodiil, which is locked in eternal threeway warfare, and (later on) other areas such as Coldharbour and the ultra hard area of Craglorn. If you want, you can create three characters – one in each faction – and explore the whole map, but be warned – it will take you many hundreds of hours to explore every location fully and do every quest. It will eat up your life.

The quality of the quests is amazingly high, considering that most of them are variations on the same handful of themes. More than any Elder Scrolls game previously, The Elder Scrolls Online features a high number of memorable characters, many of whom you will run into time and again. Quests are well scripted and sometimes involve irreversible choices. You know a game is doing things right when you realise you have just turned down the chance of getting a few extra skill points because you wanted to do the right thing by one of the characters, and you are indeed offered this choice in one of the main quest progressions.

I don’t want to make this review too long, but I also need to make mention of one of the social features that is new to Elder Scrolls Online and very much welcome – and that is the ability to sell unwanted items to other players either one-to-one or by listing items at whatever price you choose in strategically placed guild stalls. It's made me very rich (in game sadly, not in real life) and I have used that money to buy extra bank space for storing items, new crafting styles and various items that will improve my armour, or provide timed buffs to my health, magicka, stamina and other attributes. You can also become a vampire or werewolf. It seems to me that almost every other player I meet now is a werewolf, so if you want to stand out maybe choose to be a vampire. Apparently, I haven't been bitten in the right map location yet to become either. It's nice to know that so far into the game, there are still new things I can experience.

GBC 65x95mm 2x125mic Card Laminating Pouches - Gloss
GBC 65x95mm 2x125mic Card Laminating Pouches - Gloss
Price: £11.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice neat product, 19 Aug. 2015
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You get a packet of 100 laminating pouches, each one 65 by 95mm and 250 microns in thickness (that's both sides together). They come in a box that resembles a pack of cards, so it's easy to find somewhere in the cupboard or on the shelf to store them. The great advantage of having pouches this size is that you don't have any wastage, as opposed to using larger sheets and cutting them down.

The cards come out of the laminator nice and smooth and seem very durable. I tried lightly bending the card and twisting it, and up to a certain point where you're bending or twisting more than everyday use it snaps straight back into position. The rounded corners are smooth and you're not in danger of getting cut by sharp edges. It's a good product.

Wahl James Martin Easy Store Table Blender, 600 W, 1.5 Litre, White / Black
Wahl James Martin Easy Store Table Blender, 600 W, 1.5 Litre, White / Black
Offered by Ukdapper
Price: £29.78

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to assemble, easy to use and easy to clean., 9 Aug. 2015
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The "Easy Store" part of the "Easy Store Table Blender" refers to the way you can put the jug over the main unit as you store it away in the cupboard. In reality it may spend more time out of the cupboard than in because it's great for making fruit juice smoothies, and if you like fruit juice smoothies, you're going to use this daily.

When you do assemble it, it clicks into place smoothly and solidly. There is a measuring cup in the top, which you can use to pour in oil, lemon juice and so on, and this also clicks into place in that smooth solid way. The lid fits on really tightly, but I found no problem when it came to removing it.

You do need to chop your fruit, etc, up into small pieces. If you don't it will cling to the sides and not much will happen, but do cut it up well beforehand and it all works smoothly.

The suction pads on the bottom of the unit hold it firm onto the kitchen work surface, which is good because it vastly reduces the risk of accidentally knocking the unit over.

And of course – also very important – it's easy to clean.

Busy B Takeaway Menu Organiser
Busy B Takeaway Menu Organiser
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars More customisation please, 9 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I literally sighed out loud with frustration about five seconds after I opened this takeaway menu holder up. It gets so many things right, but then makes a really annoying assumption – namely that I (as the average purchaser) like Indian food best, then Chinese, then Italian, then Thai. And if I am awkward enough to like any other types of takeaway such as Greek, Mexican, seafood, pub food, the chip shop round the corner or a big corporate chain, I can use the two slots labelled "other". The folder is wire-bound so you can't change the order of the folders.

The red and blue cardboard folders are very well made and perfect for putting menus into, the pad for writing orders on inside the front cover is excellent, and I like the elastic cord that can be used to hold the menu book shut.

My sigh of frustration was connected to knowing for a fact that Busy B are quite capable of making what I had thought would be obvious – labels with Chinese, Italian, and so on, which you could stick onto the folders so that your favourite meal types come first – and I know that because I also have a book of pot and jar labels made by the same company. I love the design of this book, but I'm going to have to write my own labels for it and stick them on, and that's not going to look anywhere near as good as it would have done if a sheet of suitably designed and varied labels came with the book. That element of personalisation would have made this a product I would actually have liked enough to give someone as a gift.

I would urge the makers to make that change before they get any more made, as I think it would increase the selling potential greatly. It may have something to do with my just having watched "Dragons' Den" before writing this review, but if I owned a restaurant, a pub, a takeaway and so on, I would be looking to buy something like this which I can buy to customise as appropriate, put my menu into in the folder at the top and give away to regular customers.

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