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CoverTop LCBLACK156 Universal Shock Protection Pure Silicone Cover Jacket 15.6 inch Laptop
CoverTop LCBLACK156 Universal Shock Protection Pure Silicone Cover Jacket 15.6 inch Laptop

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A tight fit on a Toshiba, 7 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I don't usually comment on the packaging for items I receive, as that's perhaps more relevant if you're looking at the box in a shop, but the box for this product is well designed because it tells you everything you need to know. I was not surprised when I opened the box and there was no instruction booklet inside, as it simply wasn't needed.

The silicone jacket is all in one piece and is of very good quality. I received a black one, but I'd recommend you get a bright colour as those are easier to see and there's less chance of misplacing your laptop or accidentally sitting on it.

The first thing you should do before fitting it is check if there are any connection slots at the rear or sides of your laptop. If there are, get a penknife and cut out as many of the pre-indented holes (up to twelve of them) as you need. You then open the laptop up and insert it into the case, using the four flaps at each corner. Of course, you need to have already made sure before buying this that your laptop and the cover match up in size.

I did make sure. However, here's the thing – it fits, yes, but it's a very tight fit, and that is a problem.

This version is for 15.6" screen laptops. My laptop is a Toshiba with a 15.6" touch screen. I still have the laptop box, so there's no mistaking that figure. The silicone jacket box says this cover is universal, however as I put the jacket onto the laptop, I could tell it was a tight fit, and I initially was worried about forcing the laptop shut in case I damaged it. I did managed to close it up, but then opening it again was difficult and closing it a second time involved a lot more manoeuvring. I am fairly certain that if I attempt to close it in a hurry, maybe not remembering the manoeuvring that is needed, I will damage the laptop hinges. That frightens me, so after about five attempts, each of which made me more and more worried about damaging the laptop, I gave this product up as a lost cause.

That makes it difficult for me to review objectively, but I should state that there are many different makes of laptop, with many different types of hinge system. Just because it wasn't right for me, that does not mean everyone who buys this will have problems.

It's a pity, because with all the bobbles on the bottom of it, there's no way that a laptop fitted with this cover is ever going to slip off your knees. Would I have used it constantly if it had fitted perfectly? Well, maybe for travel purposes but not for everyday use. It also makes it impossible to open the optical drive when it's fitted, so I would need to take it off every time I wish to put a CD in.


Ultrasport Boxing Gear-Series Set two Curved Punch Mitts - Hand Punch Pads with red Hit Point
Ultrasport Boxing Gear-Series Set two Curved Punch Mitts - Hand Punch Pads with red Hit Point
Price: £23.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent punch mitts, 16 Jun. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A perfect accompaniment to the Ultrasport boxing gloves I received as part of the "Ultrasport Boxing Gear-Series Youth Boxing Set incl. Vinyl Punching Bag 24 x 10 inches (60 x 25 cm) filled, 8 oz Boxing Gloves, 2 sets Bandages, Jump Rope, Ceiling Mount and Transport Rucksack", these punching pads make exercise or training a social exercise - as, apart from any training value, it's fun to take turns punching and catching the punches.

The pads are very well made and remarkably comfortable. For the person punching, there's a red circle in the centre to aim for. The person using these to catch the blows is protected from the majority of the force by the super shock absorbent padding.


Ultrasport Boxing Gear-Series Youth Boxing Set incl. Vinyl Punching Bag 24 x 10 inches (60 x 25 cm) filled, 8 oz Boxing Gloves, 2 sets Bandages, Jump Rope, Ceiling Mount and Transport Rucksack
Ultrasport Boxing Gear-Series Youth Boxing Set incl. Vinyl Punching Bag 24 x 10 inches (60 x 25 cm) filled, 8 oz Boxing Gloves, 2 sets Bandages, Jump Rope, Ceiling Mount and Transport Rucksack
Price: £39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An impressive punch bag kit, 16 Jun. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The writing on the side of the Ultrasport punching bag says that it's high quality, and I agree that it is. There are several items to this kit and I'll describe them each in turn.

In order to use the punching bag, you need to be able to hang it securely from the ceiling, a door frame or a wooden beam. The mounting hook and fixtures provided are suitably robust and should not cause anyone a problem, assuming they are fixed to a sensible location. In fact, working out where you are going to fix this will probably be your only problem. As for me, I hadn't properly considered the weight until it arrived and, because I live in an old house, I haven't been able to find anywhere for the bracket that I'm truly convinced will take that weight.

The punching bag itself is, understandably, heavy enough to remain sturdy when punched. Even though it's hanging from a hook, it won't swing wildly when you punch it. If you're wondering how I know that given what I've said above, I actually do have a hook already fixed into the kitchen ceiling (like I said, it's an old house and many years ago that hook would have held a side of pork or beef). It's not the ideal place of course, so I'm still trying to work out a suitable location for that bracket.

The 8 oz boxing gloves are also very well made. They are suited for youngsters or people with medium sized hands, but not for those with larger hands. I found them to be comfortable, and they also have holes in the palm to let your skin breathe. They fasten with Velcro and are easy to put on and take off. There is a good amount of cushioning when you punch the punchbag, and doing so is not uncomfortable.

There are two bandage wraps with Velcro on one end and a loop on the other, each one, when unrolled completely, is the length of a small room.

A cheap and cheerful lightweight plastic skipping role is also included.

The last piece of kit is a carry bag to put it all in. It is made from 100% nylon and is strong enough to take the weight without breaking. There are two handles, which allow you to wear it on your back like a rucksack. There is enough room for the boxing gloves to go at the top and it fastens closed with a drawstring.


Pixnor Colorful LED Bluetooth Dancing Water Speakers for iPhone, iPad, Cellphone, PC (Black)
Pixnor Colorful LED Bluetooth Dancing Water Speakers for iPhone, iPad, Cellphone, PC (Black)
Offered by ibestsky
Price: £23.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Sounded like a good idea, but the reality is a horrible sounding gimmick, 2 Jun. 2014
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As you're probably aware, Amazon Vine reviews are based on free review copies given to the company's longest serving and most active reviewers. It's all transparent, as you can see from the link above, but sometimes we get accused of giving biased reviews because what we're getting is free. I like to think that I always give honest and fair reviews, and if I don't like something then I'll say why I don't like it.

If you're wondering why I've just written that, the reason is that you have to know that this is a free review copy because I have to tell you, if I had bought these speakers on impulse I would be extremely disappointed with them. If I had bought them after serious consideration I would be extremely disappointed with them. I got them for free and, therefore I am only mildly disappointed with them, and though I may feel a bit guilty for rubbishing a product that was given to me in good faith, I do feel I have to be honest about how I feel about these speakers.

Firstly, I can't help feeling that if you're going to make something like this, it has to be on a big scale; it has to be impressive. My first opinion of the four vertical coloured jets (red, blue, green and yellow), when viewed with the lights off, pulsing in time with the music, was "wow" and "ooh", but that lasted all of half a minute before I realised that this was it and it wasn't going to do anything more impressive. I'd imagined dancing water jets changing colour and bouncing off the sides, but the reality of what I got did not live up to that and I very quickly changed my mind from "ooh" and "wow" to "this is a gimmick and a boring one at that".

If you think I'm being harsh, these speakers are expensive but the sound quality is horrible. At low volume the distortion is atrocious, and turning up the volume loud does nothing to improve matters. Poor Ed Sheeran on "I See Fire" sounded like he was being jigged about on a washing machine whilst suffocated in tinfoil. I tried several songs from acoustic to pop and classical and got this effect, and the result of playing rock and dance music was basically unlistenable.

They're also highly annoying. When the music stops, the loud pump noise keeps pulsing several times a second. Unplugging them from the computer stops that, so if you're using bluetooth that's probably not going to be a problem, but then if you are using bluetooth you're going to need to fork out extra for a USB to power plug connection to power these. The extremely small lead between the speakers only allows you to position them an arm and a half's length apart.

With apologies to the manufacturer, and yes I do feel bad for saying this about a free review copy, I have to be honest, and in my opinion this is a poor quality, unimpressive, overpriced gimmick and rather than recommend it, I can only urge you avoid it.


Shatter Me (Deluxe)
Shatter Me (Deluxe)
Price: £10.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The second of two amazing albums, both of which are worth buying, 2 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Shatter Me (Deluxe) (MP3 Download)
I have to thank Microsoft for posting a link to the Shatter Me video on the Xbox Live dashboard, because it led me to watch some of Lindsey Stirling's videos and now I have bought both albums. I'm going to review both at the same time if that's alright. I know doing that is slightly unconventional, but my reason for this is that if you like one album, you will like the other album too.

I like contemporary violin music and I like EDM and dubstep. I've heard electronic music mixed with violin before but I didn't realise it could be done as well as this. I've always been a bit odd in believing that violin music sounds better with a beat behind it, but I have never heard it done as well as this before. I've been playing both albums loudly and often, because I find them extremely uplifting.

The track Shatter Me is unique amongst these tracks as being a rock song, and it's one of two tracks on the Shatter Me album which have a vocal. Featuring Lzzy Hale, it's a powerhouse of a track, and I recommend you see the video for it as well because it's amazingly good. The other guest vocal track, We Are Giants, might be an acquired taste. The eponymously titled first album has one semi-vocal track, which Lindsey sings herself.

Putting the track Shatter Me aside, as it stands in a league of its own, where Lindsey Stirling is at her best is with the instrumental tracks, and in this respect both albums are worth buying. The electronic production is definitely more polished on the second album, but the songs on both albums are great and there are some astonishingly good tracks on the first album, such as Zi-Zi's Journey and Crystallize, which you would miss out on if you just bought the most recent one.

At time of writing this, the second CD is available through import only, but that may well change in time, as the first one is readily available if you prefer physical over download.
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Lindsey Stirling
Lindsey Stirling
Price: £8.49

5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing musical experience, 2 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Lindsey Stirling (MP3 Download)
I have to thank Microsoft for posting a link to the Shatter Me video on the Xbox Live dashboard, because it led me to watch some of Lindsey Stirling's videos and now I have bought both albums. I'm going to review both at the same time if that's alright. I know doing that is slightly unconventional, but my reason for this is that if you like one album, you will like the other album too.

I like contemporary violin music and I like EDM and dubstep. I've heard electronic music mixed with violin before but I didn't realise it could be done as well as this. I've always been a bit odd in believing that violin music sounds better with a beat behind it, but I have never heard it done as well as this before. I've been playing both albums loudly and often, because I find them extremely uplifting.

The track Shatter Me is unique amongst these tracks as being a rock song, and it's one of two tracks on the Shatter Me album which have a vocal. Featuring Lzzy Hale, it's a powerhouse of a track, and I recommend you see the video for it as well because it's amazingly good. The other guest vocal track, We Are Giants, might be an acquired taste. The eponymously titled first album has one semi-vocal track, which Lindsey sings herself.

Putting the track Shatter Me aside, as it stands in a league of its own, where Lindsey Stirling is at her best is with the instrumental tracks, and in this respect both albums are worth buying. The electronic production is definitely more polished on the second album, but the songs on both albums are great and there are some astonishingly good tracks on the first album, such as Zi-Zi's Journey and Crystallize, which you would miss out on if you just bought the most recent one.

At time of writing this, the second CD is available through import only, but that may well change in time, as the first one is readily available if you prefer physical over download.


Radioactive
Radioactive
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A good cover track by a cover band? It happens occasionally., 2 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Radioactive (MP3 Download)
If I can admit it here, I like this version more than the original. Pentatonix would appear to be a cover band, and I normally look down on cover bands, but I was brought to this song through its link to Lindsey Stirling, who plays violin on the track, and I really like it for what it is.

The production and vocals are well done, so it's not your usual cheap cover band knockoff.


Midnight (Giorgio Moroder Remix)
Midnight (Giorgio Moroder Remix)
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A hidden gem, 2 Jun. 2014
I bought this from the other main online music store, but thought I'd write a review as I can't believe no-one has reviewed this yet.

I love Coldplay's new album, and Midnight is a great track, but I love this version too. Mixing legend Giorgio Moroder (yes he of that Daft Punk track) has put his own spin on this and added some extra lyrics in French. It's not one of those throwaway remixes that tend to accompany some non-dance tracks and make you say "what the… have they done to this song" – it's a genuinely creative take on the song. The short preview you get on here or "the other main online music store" doesn't do it justice – you could do yourself a favour by listening to it in full.


BT Youview+ Set Top Box (500Gb) Recorder with Twin HD Freeview and 7 Day Catch Up TV - no subscription
BT Youview+ Set Top Box (500Gb) Recorder with Twin HD Freeview and 7 Day Catch Up TV - no subscription
Price: £149.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed with this, 2 Jun. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
TV on demand has really taken off recently and, like many people, I've tended to watch iPlayer, 4OD and the others on my computer, although I have a Blu Ray player that does this as well. The questions most people will want me to answer here are, is it fast to load, is it reliable, is it easy to use, and on all three counts that's a yes. The unit is surprisingly small, which is impressive as it also records Freeview television channels – two at once if you want – and allows you to pause and rewind live TV. Another major question – does it record and play back programmes in HD – yes it does.

The interface is very well thought out and really easy to navigate. There is a TV guide that allows you to set record on programmes either as a one off recording or a series record. I tested this with a few programmes. I was pleased to discover it not only notices when programmes are scheduled at different times each week, but it will also series record programmes that are obviously the same programme, but have different titles, such as the Fast Show Special Part 1 and Fast Show Special Part 2.

There are a number of useful settings, such as the low power mode which has the only minor inconvenience that it takes about a minute for the interface to load up when you press the standby button. That's nothing if you're out at work all day and want, and who wouldn't, to save some electricity. If you turn this setting off it will load immediately but consume more power when idle. You need it to be turned on or left off under the higher power setting if you want to use aerial loop through to a television.

The remote control has both a subtitles button and a button for audio description. The only thing I found confusing was the placement of the 'back' button so close to the down arrow, so for the first few days I kept cancelling what I wanted to do by accident. I've now got used to this though and don't make that mistake so often. One more puzzling thing is that you can lock programmes so they don't auto-delete once watched, but if you try and delete a locked programme it will let you do so just as easily as an unprotected one, only changing the usual warning message to "do you want to delete this locked recording?". Those aren't issues you can't learn to work around, so you can see I'm struggling to find any negatives for this review. In short, this player really is a great device. I'm not on BT broadband, so can't say anything about access to BT channels, but – just in case anyone was wondering this – you can watch the Freeview on demand channels through a non-BT broadband connection.


Satisfy
Satisfy
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Now this is more like it!, 1 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Satisfy (MP3 Download)
I was starting to wonder where the big bass had gone in the charts. Evidently this track had sucked it all up like a black hole before it and is now releasing it in one massive explosion (okay, I know black holes don't do that, it's only hyperbole).

Nero are showing everyone else just how it's done and this deserves to be number one and I'm sure it will be.


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