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Oxford Black n' Red A5 Casebound Hardback Notebook
Oxford Black n' Red A5 Casebound Hardback Notebook
Price: £1.75

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better quality than I'd expected for the cheap price, 31 Jan. 2015
This is a very nicely bound, nicely lined A5 notebook. The main reason I chose this rather than any other was the attached ribbon bookmark, but I am impressed with the quality of the paper and I think Red and Black have found themselves a new regular customer.

Inside the front cover there is a date planner (not year specific), and the first page has a template for personal information, should you wish to add this, whilst overleaf there is a world time zone map, guide to paper & envelope sizes, and some conversion tables. The inside back cover has a map of the London underground. Opposite this is a National Rail map for England, Scotland and Wales, and overleaf there is another map, this time of Europe, accompanied by a table of capital cities, population and dial codes.

The sales sticker that came on the front cover peeled off smoothly and without leaving reside.

It's a very nice purchase and well worth the already cheap price.


Philips Sonicare HX9331/04 DiamondClean Rechargeable Toothbrush White
Philips Sonicare HX9331/04 DiamondClean Rechargeable Toothbrush White
Offered by Vendable Ltd
Price: £123.95

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It really does make your teeth feel cleaner, 25 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Not only is this an excellent sonic toothbrush, it also has two excellent ways of keeping the battery charged. I'll start with these, because they are both strong selling points. For use in the house, you get an induction stand onto which you place the glass rinsing cup that comes with the toothbrush. All you need to do is plug one end into a two pin mains socket (or any adaptor sold separately) and place the toothbrush handle into the cup, where it rests nicely, with no danger of the handle's weight titling it over. For travel you are given a very well made and attractive storage case that actually doubles as a charger. The induction unit within is powered by a USB cable that fits into a USB to 2 pin plug adaptor, or can alternatively take power from a laptop.

The toothbrush handle does a very good job of giving you information, not only on the unit's charge but also the different modes that are selectable. The words "Clean", "White", "Polish", "Gum Care" and "Sensitive" light up on each press of the power button, and these refer to the five different cleaning programmes. An interval timer buzzes and the head unit pauses briefly as a prompt to move the toothbrush to the next quadrant of your mouth. There is an easy-start feature which is designed to get you used to the feel of the sonic cleaner over the first several brushings, and there are instructions on how to switch this off if you'd prefer.

It's a really great toothbrush to use. The handle is well balanced and the sonic action feels very different from the Oral-B electric toothbrush I was using previously. It tickles at first, but it feels strange not painful and I very quickly got used to it. After cleaning with this, my teeth really do feel thoroughly clean. I'm very pleased with it.


Finish All in One Max Lemon Dishwasher Tablets (Pack of 74)
Finish All in One Max Lemon Dishwasher Tablets (Pack of 74)
Price: £20.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best choice, 24 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Sometimes there's a world of difference between the marketed budget brands and the best known trade brands. With Finish Powerball this is exactly our family's experience. All the things it says on the packet are correct. It does give a powerful clean, it does remove grease and stains, and it is the best thing for plates, cutlery and glassware. This packet has 74 tabs and is re-sealable once opened.

Having tried both Original and Lemon, I would have to say that although the smell is subtle, the Lemon version has the edge.


McAfee Internet Security 2015 - 3 PC (PC) [Frustration-Free Packaging]
McAfee Internet Security 2015 - 3 PC (PC) [Frustration-Free Packaging]
Price: £20.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, as it should be, 19 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It's worth mentioning that although the packaging for this version of McAfee Internet Security is notably CD shaped, open it up and you will instead find a card with a printed key code on it. To install, you need to connect to the internet and visit the McAfee website. Some people may have reservations about this – after all, it's usually the case that you install the security software before connecting to the internet – but there are laptops and PCs on the market that do not have optical media drives, and even those that do usually ship with some form of trial security software preinstalled. I actually welcome the reduced waste that this approach offers, but it's something you need to know before deciding if you want this.

I already had 6 months of my previous McAfee before installing this review copy, and the update for me went without a hitch. The installer wants you to auto-renew your subscription when the date elapses, but you can turn this option off. This version protects up to 3 PCs and is a 1 year subscription.

The interface has no radical changes, or even minor ones that I noticed, from last time but that's a good thing. I like the clean and simple interface, and it scores big points over Norton in this regard. There's a lot to be said for having a big green bar declaring that "your computer is secure", but the screen also tells you’re the date of your next scheduled scan, that the updates are current, the firewall is on, and the subscription is active.

Some features accessible from the main menu include a digital file shredder, a performance tuner called Quick Clean and parental controls. It binds into Internet Explorer too, so as to give better protection and on-demand site reports. If there's one word the designers seem to have had in mind when putting this together, it was probably "easy", because that's the one word that I would use, quite happily, to describe it.


Four Square Media 1 X CD DVD / BLU RAY 22mm Black DVD 6 Way Case for 6 Disc - Pack of 1
Four Square Media 1 X CD DVD / BLU RAY 22mm Black DVD 6 Way Case for 6 Disc - Pack of 1
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £5.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Square Media 6DVD case, 13 Jan. 2015
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I needed an add-on item so as not to pay postage on a recent order (or at least get something for the extra money), and luckily this was on a discounted price at the time.

The spine size is not the standard DVD width, so if you're looking to put a commercial release sleeve in it then chances are that it's not going to fit. The listing does say of course that it's a 22mm spine, so this isn't unexpected. I just wanted to store some home-written audio CDs in one box so that wasn't a consideration.

The box seems well made. It clips shut with a satisfying clunk and has a plastic sleeve to put an insert into if you have one of that size, or are making one yourself.

There's a bit of a noticeable chemical smell when you open it. Most plastic cases don't really smell of much of anything, so that was a bit disappointing, but it's the only negative point I experienced.


Live from the Union Chapel (EP)
Live from the Union Chapel (EP)
Price: £2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Grand Union (Chapel), 12 Jan. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Some people may have come to this album because of the cover of Kate Bush's classic song "Moments of Pleasure", so may not be aware that during 2014 Nerina Pallot released a new EP every month of the year. This is the one and only of these EPs to be from a live recording, and it features her two best known songs – "Everybody's Gone To War" and "Sophia" – along with the more recent "This Will Be Our Year" from her Year of the Wolf album, and fan favourite rarity "Buckminster Fuller".

As a long term Nerina fan, I might have been here writing words of praise about her cover of "Moments of Pleasure", but as someone who appreciates Kate Bush as well, I personally find it a competent cover, which must have been great to listen to at the Union Chapel, but also find it unnervingly out of place on a live EP recording. I'd much prefer to use my remaining words here to say that amongst the 12 EPs of 2014 there are some really outstanding songs. Okay, there's some also-rans, but I found at least 30 songs out of the total 55 studio recorded tracks across the other 11 titles which I really found fantastic, and recommend that you pick a few of these EPs at random and take a chance on some time listening to the previews.


AEG Steam Generator DBS2300-U, 2300 Watt, Watermelon Red/ White
AEG Steam Generator DBS2300-U, 2300 Watt, Watermelon Red/ White
Offered by Electrics Warehouse
Price: £69.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great way to iron, 12 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
We had some initial doubts about the size of the AEG Steam Station, but the really good thing about having a base station connected by a cable is that the handheld iron is far lighter than any steam iron we've used before. The base station is heavy but – bearing in mind that even heavy units can slip on work surfaces if you pull the cable too much – the non-slip rubber feet are what really give it the stability that's needed. Removing the almost industrial sized water tank for filling is very easy, and it clips back into place with no fuss at all.

It almost seems no time at all until the ready light comes on, and the dial at the top of the handheld iron works like an electric oven dial in that you turn it to its maximum and down to the setting you want, and when the light goes out you are ready to go. The steam comes out perfectly and it's very easy to use. The rubber grips on the top of the base unit hold the iron fast, even when it's accidentally put on at an angle. The cord is, as you would expect, warm to the touch – maybe a bit hotter than warm, but no so much that it would hurt to have it brush against skin.

It seems almost perfect, but there was one issue we experienced that may be a design quirk or may be newness. The steam ready lamp kept going off during use, and when it does that the steam button is unresponsive. Instead of uninterrupted ironing, we have not yet had a session with it where it has not cut out several times for short periods during the ironing, causing an annoyed wait of several seconds until it decides it's ready to let us have steam again. I must stress that it is only for short periods, but on occasions it will let us have steam again only for the light to go out again immediately afterwards. There is a yellow "Caution" leaflet in with the instructions that may be referring to this when it says the following:

"It may be possible that your steam station does not produce steam immediately after filling it with water for the first time or refilling the tank. The reason for this is that air trapped in the inner system can delay this function a few seconds. Please be patient and try it again by pressing the steam button. For your convenience, the steam will appear after you press the steam button for a few seconds and it is not necessary to press the button all the time. Find out your rhythm for the best steaming result"

I'm not sure if this means that what I have described is to be expected as part of use, but in order to store the unit we have been emptying the tank between uses (something it refers to in that yellow insert). Maybe if the unit is left with water in it between uses, this will not happen or will happen less. The slight annoyance that comes from the unit sometimes deciding when you can have steam on its terms rather than yours should be something you should be aware of, but not something you should focus too much on – as I said earlier, it happens for just a small fraction of the time when using this – and the ease of use and the very good job it does make it a quirk of use that we personally can shrug off and live with for the sake of the benefits the unit gives us.


Guilty Gadgets - 10M Metre Male to Male RF TV Aerial Lead Cable Coaxial Extension Female Digital with Coupler
Guilty Gadgets - 10M Metre Male to Male RF TV Aerial Lead Cable Coaxial Extension Female Digital with Coupler
Offered by Guilty Gadgets
Price: £11.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Robust cable with good connectors, 5 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This 10m TV aerial cable works just as you'd expect it to. I already have a long extension to the TV but even plugging this in on the end of it gives a perfect signal, with no drop-off even for the Freeview high definition channels. It gives me confidence that I can relocate the TV without having to worry about the signal degrading.

The sockets fit perfectly with the TV equipment and the coupler goes on and off easily, which you might take for granted, but I have another coupler bought from a local electrical store which has always been a real pain to unplug and plug back in again. It's not often that you'd need to change sockets, but it makes you appreciate when something does come on and off smoothly.

The other thing I look for in cables is that the ends are fixed on firmly and aren't going to come away from the wire when you pull them. This cable has ends that grip firmly to the wire, making this a good robust purchase.


Tacwise 180 NAIL ASSORTMENT PACK (4000) 18G
Tacwise 180 NAIL ASSORTMENT PACK (4000) 18G
Price: £8.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Nailed it, 23 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I used these Tacwise nails in the 191ELS Pro Master Nailer, which I have reviewed separately. My father loves his DIY work and it was a pleasure to use this product to help him out over the past few days.

The nails in this pack come in three sizes - 15mm, 25mm and 30mm. They come in magazines; the nails being all stuck together in a row and separated one by one when then nail gun fires them. There are 2000 of the 15mm and 1000 each of the other two lengths.

Given the right nail gun, they go in flawlessly. With the 191ELS I had no problems, no jamming at all.


Tacwise 191ELS with 180 Nail Selection Pack & 91 Staple Selection Pack (Bundle Pack)
Tacwise 191ELS with 180 Nail Selection Pack & 91 Staple Selection Pack (Bundle Pack)
Price: £77.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Easier to use than you'd imagine, 23 Dec. 2014
I was sent this nail gun so that I could test out and review some Tacwise nail strips as an independent third party. Although I didn't need to pay for using it, I am completely free to give a positive or a negative review of both nail gun and nail strips. I really liked the 1914ELS Pro, so I wanted to write a review of it as well as the nail strips, which if you are interested can be found at the following link, and are sold in a selection box of 15mm, 25mm and 30mm.

Tacwise 180 NAIL ASSORTMENT PACK (4000) 18G

It's always worth remembering that in the wrong hands tools such as nail guns have the potential to be dangerous. As such, it is always a good idea to read the instructions first. The instructions were clear and left me in no doubt how to load and safely use the nail gun. Fitting the nail strips into the magazine channel is extremely easy. For safety reasons I like to take them out again after use, and this is also very easy. The unit is well balanced and the design of the unit gave me complete confidence in using it. I had no trouble in holding it horizontally or vertically and keeping it steady as I fired the nails in.

With any nail gun, there's going to be some noise and some kickback, but I was surprised at just how little there was compared to what I was expecting. This isn't your typical "industrial" tool – it's something that anyone who wants to do this task could do well and without any vibration damage or strain to themselves. I've used the unit quite extensively over the past couple of days and I have not had any jamming problems or misfires yet. It's actually a lot of fun to use, and it's made me start to understand why my father loves his DIY projects so much.


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