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Zanussi ZAN1910UEL Cyclone Classic All Floor Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, 800 W, Ice White/Yellow
Zanussi ZAN1910UEL Cyclone Classic All Floor Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, 800 W, Ice White/Yellow
Offered by Co-op Electrical
Price: £64.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small and powerful, 20 Dec. 2015
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We had only one problem with this nice little vacuum cleaner and that came when we opened the box and the instructions appeared to show a part connecting the two metal tubes which, we eventually supposed, must not exist as the two tubes fit together anyway without it. That confusion out of the way, we tested it out on a carpet which hadn't been vacuumed for about three weeks (that doesn't usually happen, but in our defence it had been a very busy three weeks!). I'm pleased to say it did a good job of it. A very good job – you see this vacuum cleaner has a good deal of power to it – it didn't just get the dirt from the carpet, it got the deep down dirt.

The attachments you get in the box include one for a carpet, one for a solid floor, one for furniture and two smaller detailed area attachments – one for upholstery and another for corners and crevices. That last one is very useful because it has a fold-out brush which is ideal for dislodging pet hairs that have gathered around the edges of furniture.

If you're interested in energy usage, the label that comes with it gives it a B rating, but also seems to imply by means of a diagram that it's more like a C rating when cleaning carpet and an A rating when cleaning solid floor. It also says that the noise level is 83dB. It's not quiet, but it's not too noisy either considering the suction power it has.

It trundles around freely on its two big wheels and one small rotating one and it has a useful handle which makes it easy to carry. This is a bag-free cleaner and I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to remove the dust compartment, empty it and clip it back into place.


Xbox Live Starter Pack (Xbox One/Xbox 360)
Xbox Live Starter Pack (Xbox One/Xbox 360)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gift card EXPIRES on 31 December 2015, 19 Dec. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Here's the important bit – THE £5 GIFT CARD CODE MUST BE ENTERED ON XBOX LIVE BEFORE 31 DECEMBER 2015 or you lose it. You can spend it within a year of redeeming it, but if you don't enter that code in time it's worthless, although the Xbox Live 12 month code should still be valid. At the time of writing (19/12/15), there is still time to buy this and receive it before New Year but be aware that when I ordered this a fortnight ago it was just under £37 – and looking at previous reviews at one point it was a lot cheaper still – but now it has gone up to a few pence under £45.

You have to make your own mind up about whether this pack is good value or not, but you don’t have many days left in which to do so. The Xbox Live service itself, and all the games they give you each month at no extra cost, is something I personally find well worth the cost of a 12 month subscription, but there are other options for renewal not just this "starter pack".

For the sake of completeness in this review I need to say that you get codes for both the Xbox One and 360 versions of Max! The Curse of Brotherhood, which is a great game and worth having.

If you are reading this in 2016, then… well, maybe they have issued a new version of the gift card with a new expiry date printed on the back but that's a lot to take for granted, so make sure you find out for certain before you buy this.

P.S. Not sure if the number of stars should be for this starter pack specifically or the Xbox Live service – and different people might interpret it as one or the other – hence the neutral review score of 3.


AmazonBasics High-Speed Mini-HDMI to HDMI Cable - 6 Feet (Latest Standard)
AmazonBasics High-Speed Mini-HDMI to HDMI Cable - 6 Feet (Latest Standard)
Price: £5.90

5.0 out of 5 stars HDMI to Mini HDMI connector, 19 Dec. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is another well made plastic moulded cable from the Amazon Basics range. One side is a standard size HDMI connector and the other is a "mini" type HDMI, which was fairly common a few years back, although a lot of newer devices have shunned this in favour of the smaller "micro" connector.

It's worth mentioning that both ends fit as they're supposed to and are not too big or loose for standard sockets. Both ends have plastic dust covers to keep them clean when the cable is not in use.


Ear Force Stealth 450 Fully Wireless with DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound PC Gaming Headset (PC DVD)
Ear Force Stealth 450 Fully Wireless with DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound PC Gaming Headset (PC DVD)
Price: £94.82

5.0 out of 5 stars I love these headphones, 19 Dec. 2015
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I've bought many headphones over the years, and received some as presents because friends and family know I like to use them a lot. So when I say that these are the most comfortable headphones I have worn, that's the context in which I say it. Whilst I've had wireless headphones before, the technology has come on a bit and this is the first time I have had a transmitter that is so small it looks like a USB memory stick. That's good, but because it is black and therefore potentially easy to lose, it is also a bit worrying.

I do have some minor issues to comment on in this review, but they are just that, and I'll get to them later, but I really love these headphones so I will start off by telling you why:

The sound quality is fantastic. It really is. If you want to tweak it though, there are three equaliser presents apart from Normal, and these are Bass Boost, Bass And Treble Boost and Vocal Boost.

There is a built in voice which tells you when the headphones are powered on or powered off, when the equaliser setting is changed, when the battery is charging and it also warns you a couple of times before the auto shutdown feature kicks in due to lack of signal input. The Turtle Beach logo on the side of the ear cups lights up red when charging and white when in use. As well as sounding great, they are also great looking.

The microphone is positionable and removable. There is a charging cable for use with a USB port (or a USB to power socket adaptor if you have one of those). There is also a standard audio headphone cable for use with a phone or old style CD player / HiFi. The instructions are clear and easy to follow.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I actually love the box it comes in too. It's a great design and everything about it says "top of the range product". Because you don't have to cut the moulded plastic inside to get into it, you could easily use it to store the headphones when not in use.

What would I change if I could? Not much but…

The USB transmitter could come with a hole for a key ring to reduce the chance of losing it when travelling.

The microphone level dial could be moved to the other ear cup so that when you reach for the volume dial you don't accidentally get the wrong one.

When you press the power switch for less than a second, the headphones do not come on but the light flickers slightly which makes you think they are coming on, and the natural reaction is stop pressing the power button instead of keep holding it that extra fraction of a second. It would be better for it not to come on at all until the required length of press for switching on.

When pressing the equaliser button the voice that tells you which equaliser is selected briefly cuts out the music, so it is difficult to actively compare one with the next.

If those things were fixed then, never mind five stars, I'd give these headphones 100 out of 100.


Futuro Sport Reversible and Adjustable Black Wrist Support 1 Pack
Futuro Sport Reversible and Adjustable Black Wrist Support 1 Pack
Offered by Deals of UK
Price: £6.06

5.0 out of 5 stars Bang tidy wrist support, 18 Dec. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Because this wrist support is adjustable and comes with a Velcro tab that can grip itself onto any part of the fabric, what you get is a product that can be worn loosely or tightly and offer a level of support that is suited to what you find most comfortable. The material itself is pleasantly comfortable and whilst the thumb strap is soft, if you choose not to put your thumb through it, it won’t press into you when you rest your arm on a table. There is a product tag rather unnecessarily sewn into it, but that can be cut off with a penknife. As the support is black, it is good for wearing outdoors as it's less likely to draw people's attention and the inevitable, "oh, have you done something to your wrist" question or comparisons with Keith Lemon.


AmazonBasics High-Speed Micro-HDMI to HDMI Cable - 6 Feet (2-Pack) (Latest Standard)
AmazonBasics High-Speed Micro-HDMI to HDMI Cable - 6 Feet (2-Pack) (Latest Standard)
Price: £10.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Robust basic range cables, 6 Dec. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've said this before in reviews of Amazon Basic range products – whilst the price is basic, the quality is far above basic and everything I have had from them – including a number of cables – has lasted and is still in use without any wear, tear or problems. These two identical cables are just as good as anything I have had previously. They are made from well moulded plastic, the connectors fit as they are supposed to and when they are not doing the job they are meant for they come with plastic dust guards for each of the connectors to keep them from damage.


Liteway 5 W BC B22 Candle LED Bulb, 40 W Traditional Replacement, 400 Lumens - Warm White
Liteway 5 W BC B22 Candle LED Bulb, 40 W Traditional Replacement, 400 Lumens - Warm White
Price: £5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Good bulb, 4 Dec. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is another good bulb from Liteway. I did something a bit different with this bulb; I have a lamp on a wire for outdoor use (a bit like a torch you plug in the mains, move around and can clip to things) and this being a candle bulb it is good at shining through the gap at the side, rather than straight ahead. Due to the placement of the clip on the lamp, I actually find that more useful. It uses 5 watts to give a 40 watt light at 400 lumen. It has a 3 year warrantee and will last 30,000 hours or 15,000 on/off cycles. It isn't dimmable, and I would guess that this might be important information for some people, though not something that I find a problem.


Liteway 10 W ES E27 GLS LED Bul, 60 W Traditional Replacement, 806 Lumens - Warm White
Liteway 10 W ES E27 GLS LED Bul, 60 W Traditional Replacement, 806 Lumens - Warm White
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A good quality, dazzlingly bright 60 watt bulb, 1 Dec. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a well made, solid LED light bulb. If you lose the packaging, all the relevant information is printed on the side, which is useful. It is a screw in type bulb, and I had no trouble fitting it into one of my standard lamps. It's a 10 watt bulb which gives a 60 watt equivalent, although it did make me step back a bit when I put it on because it was much brighter than the old style bulb I previously had in there. If you're a judge of these things, it is 806 lumen. It has a 3 year warrantee and will last 30,000 hours or 15,000 on/off cycles.


Liteway 5 W BC B22 Golfball LED Bulb, 40 W Traditional Replacement, 400 Lumens - Warm White
Liteway 5 W BC B22 Golfball LED Bulb, 40 W Traditional Replacement, 400 Lumens - Warm White
Price: £5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Golf ball sized light, 28 Nov. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I found this little golf ball size bulb a suitable replacement for a dead bulb in a lampshade where the sides of the shade were very close (meaning a standard size bulb was too big for the task). The dimensions are 45mm wide and 78mm deep, and it has a bayonet cap fitting. It has an A+ energy rating and uses 5 watts to give a warm white 40 watt equivalent at 400 lumen brightness.

The bulb is described as "instant light" on the front of the packaging, but there is a fractional delay before it comes on, which I noticed, so maybe that should have read "instant full light" as it says on the back. That means there is no warm up period before the light reaches its maximum, which is good.

This bulb has a stated 30,000 hour lifetime and a 3 year warrantee, so as well as saving you money on energy use, you won't need to keep replacing it as often.


Basic English Grammar For Dummies
Basic English Grammar For Dummies
by Consumer Dummies
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a quick reference guide, but will help you if you spend serious time with it, 28 Nov. 2015
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I spent a couple of hours with this book today, and can see how it would be useful for a child or adult who is learning grammar, or who actually does have relatively good grammar but wishes to find out all the rules and terminology. I have relatively good knowledge of how to use grammar, but wouldn't be able to tell you much about why I phrase sentences the way I do. In other words, I know the rules of grammar without necessarily knowing what those rules are called. So in that respect I found this book mildly interesting.

What I had hoped to find this book useful for was those little moments when a sentence just doesn't look right and I want to check if I am using the right grammar. I had thought up a few examples, which I wanted to check out, but after using the index I was mostly pointed to just one page which gave the relevant rule and the most basic of examples. Nothing complicated; nothing that would tax the mind. I was often looking backwards and forwards in the neighbouring pages looking for something more complicated.

The book's use of "right" and "wrong" examples falls into the trap of trying to make the "right" example seem obvious by making the "wrong" example so obviously wrong that most people with even intermediate language skills would never have considered the possibility of them being right in the first place. It would have been far better to put some more advanced examples of where sentences can go wrong, because there are times in real life when you are going to wonder whether a sentence or use of grammar is correct and wish to look it up in a book such as this to check on it. In your head it can sound right, but when you come to write it down you can have doubts.

That's my way of saying that this book is not really a "quick reference book" in my opinion. It's interesting though, and the more time you spend reading, the more you will get out of it. It's definitely a book to read all the way through, rather than something that will help you out quickly in a pinch. Importantly, it does leave you feeling more confident with grammar and that's a good result.


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