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Native Union Gripster Wrap for Apple iPad Air - Grey
Native Union Gripster Wrap for Apple iPad Air - Grey

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ingenious!!, 22 Jun 2014
I usually refer to cases as a necessary evil as they hide the iPad’s beautifully crafted aluminium body in order to protect your investment from scratches or accidental bumps.

Yet Native Union have taken a different approach and produced an ingenious premium quality device which will act as a grip, stand, briefcase style carrier AND protect the iPad.

The first thing that grabbed my attention on removing the wrapping was the quality professional looking packaging. And what was inside is even more attractive. The Gripster Wrap is very well constructed, oozing style and quality.

Build quality, choice of materials and versatility set the Gripster Wrap in a class of its own.

The Gripster Wrap design:

• ABS housing: The iPad fits into place like a glove and is securely held in position by corner tabs and a strip along the right. The cut-outs and camera hole line up perfectly, making for a solid and secure grip on the iPad, whilst retaining easy access to the volume and sleep buttons.

• The thin folio style front cover literally wraps over itself and stows away neatly and unobtrusively to the rear. It is made of a very soft silicone / leather material. Six thin yet very strong magnetised metal strips are sandwiched in between. This combination offers optimal protection for the screen and looks the business.

• The Stand is the star of the show adjusting to any tilt angle and 8 rotational positions. It feels very solid, providing a firm and convincing click when deployed. The firm variable tilt friction allows it to remain very steady when pressure is applied on the screen, whilst the rubberised finish will prevent sliding.

• An elastic band, which is part of the rotating stand, provides optimal handling when the iPad is not on a table. As per instructions, there is no need to squeeze all four fingers in order to have a firm grip on the case. In fact I feel very comfortable using only use the index and middle finger. Yet it all depends on what suits you most.

Even though the product pictures show that the stand has a slight curve, I found that when placing the case on a table or any flat surface, there was no toppling over.

There is so much going for this multi-function case, and even though the price could be perceived as steep, I honestly feel that it is worth every penny.

The Gripster Wrap was sent to me by the company for review and evaluation. It has really been a pleasure to review such a high quality offering from Native Union.


[Advertised Capacity 100% Accurate] EasyAcc® 2800mAh Li-ion Battery for Samsung Galaxy S V S5 i9600 [NO NFC VERSION,12-month Warranty]
[Advertised Capacity 100% Accurate] EasyAcc® 2800mAh Li-ion Battery for Samsung Galaxy S V S5 i9600 [NO NFC VERSION,12-month Warranty]
Offered by EasyAcc.U Store
Price: £24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality, Exceptional Value, 22 Jun 2014
EasyAcc are quickly establishing themselves as a very reliable brand, thanks to their premium quality offerings.

The 2800mAh battery for the Samsung Galaxy S5 is no exception.

The packaging, labelling and presentation reflect great attention to detail. EasyAcc even supplies a leaflet style user User Manual explaining the battery properties and Warranty information.

Battery features:
✓ Durable premium grade A cells
✓ High capacity resulting in extended battery life
✓ Safe thanks to Smart Chip technology which safeguards against overcharging, overdischarge, overcurrent and short circuit
✓ No memory effect, meaning that it can be charged at any time
✓ Environmentally friendly as the battery does not contain mercury, lead or cadmium.

In day to day use I found that the battery performs as promised. I performed some endurance tests in normal ambient temperatures and -5 degrees where the battery proved to be on par with the original.

I do find that EasyAcc do not inflate the specsheeet by stating exuberant battery performance. Claiming true to life performance figures combined with a one year warranty is probably the key to their success.

EasyAcc batteries are as good as they get! Top that up with a "free 365 day returns and exchanges for any reason" and you really cannot go wrong!

A well earned 5 Star rating and highly recommended

Note: EasyAcc has supplied this battery for review


[Advertised Capacity 100% Accurate] EasyAcc® 1700 mAh Li-ion Battery for Samsung Galaxy S II Galaxy S2 GT-I9100, i9100 [NO NFC VERSION,12-month Warranty]
[Advertised Capacity 100% Accurate] EasyAcc® 1700 mAh Li-ion Battery for Samsung Galaxy S II Galaxy S2 GT-I9100, i9100 [NO NFC VERSION,12-month Warranty]
Offered by EasyAcc.U Store
Price: £23.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Premium Quality Great Value, 22 Jun 2014
EasyAcc are quickly establishing themselves as a very reliable brand, thanks to their premium quality offerings.

The 1700mAh battery for my trusted Samsung Galaxy SII is no exception.

The packaging, labelling and presentation reflect great attention to detail. EasyAcc even supplies a leaflet style user User Manual explaining the properties of the battery and Warranty information.

Battery features:
○ Durable premium grade A cells
○ High capacity resulting in extended battery life
○ Safe thanks to Smart Chip technology which safeguards against overcharging, overdischarge, overcurrent and short circuit
○ No memory effect, meaning that it can be charged at any time
○ Environmentally friendly as the battery does not contain mercury, lead or cadmium.

In day to day use I found that the battery performs as promised. I carried out some endurance tests in normal ambient temperatures and -5 degrees where the battery proved to be on par with the original.

I do find that EasyAcc do not inflate the specsheeet by stating exuberant battery performance. Claiming true to life performance figures combined with a one year warranty is probably the key to their success.

EasyAcc batteries are as good as they get! Top that up with a "free 365 day returns and exchanges for any reason" and you really cannot go wrong!

A well earned 5 Star rating and highly recommended


Bosch 2609256968 Torque Setting Attachment for IXO 3 and IXO 4
Bosch 2609256968 Torque Setting Attachment for IXO 3 and IXO 4
Price: £11.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Stripped Screws, 19 Jun 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Bosch should include this item with it's IXO drivers, yet guess that's the way to make more money.

Needless to say, I recommend this tool to any IXO owner who wants to have control of the torque and wave goodbye to stripped screws.

Build quality is second to none and it fits the tool like a glove. Very easy to fit or remove, even though it will be staying on my tool full time.

Highly recommended


Pure Evoke F4 with Bluetooth Streaming Portable Internet Radio
Pure Evoke F4 with Bluetooth Streaming Portable Internet Radio
Offered by The Pink Invasion Company
Price: £179.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Premium Multi Function Radio, 19 Jun 2014
The Pure Evoke F4 is an evolution of the very successful and award winning Evoke Flow. It ditches AUX out, yet adds recording and Bluetooth compatibility.

This offering comes in an eco friendly, frustration free packaging, reminiscent of Pure products.

I was immediately drawn to the lovely, piano black finish of this very stylish radio. Build quality is second to none thanks to the premium materials and great attention to detail.

A point worth noting before I proceed further is that customer support plays a huge role when buying a product. Pure will really go out of their way to guarantee customer satisfaction.

After over a year of ownership I have been through every nook and cranny of this lovely radio. It has accompanied me faithfully through long days in the garage to family picnics. Where there is no DAB or Wi-Fi reception, I use FM... and when this is not available either I would just stick a USB dongle and play my own music.

Pros:
○ Stylish, compact unit
○ *Setting up internet streaming could not be any easier
○ Alarm snooze by simply touching the metal "Snooze Handle"
○ "Intelligent menu" touch sensitive buttons, which light up only if they are associated with a particular function
○ One touch Recording. I use a tiny USB Super Talent Pico memory stick (a perfect match for this radio)
○ Mobile unit (Pity that the proprietary battery is not included in the unit considering the premium price)
○ Great WiFi reception. I still get a good signal through 4 stone walls, and 30 feet away
○ Crisp, high quality punchy sound
○ Periodic firmware updates via WiFi. Since I bought the radio there have been 3 firmware updates
○ Very informative crisp display, showing song and artist names plus the time (Internet radio). In FM mode displayed content depends on the transmitting station (RDS)
○ DAB+ (The sound is much better than DAB, and is future proof for UK)
○ Brag that you have "What HiFi's" product of the year!!

*The multi-function knobs do a great job in assisting easy setup. The WiFi password is entered by rotating the knob until the desired letter or number is highlighted, and a push on the knob itself confirms selection.

Cons :
- AUX out has been ditched. It can still be connected to an amp via headphones, yet having an output at the pre-amp stage is always better
- Pure Accessory ChargePAK F1 Rechargeable Battery Pack , which makes this unit mobile is not bundled with the unit
- No remote. An iOs/Android App could be made available for the Evoke series as the existing one leaves much to be desired

One of the mentioned cons is the omission of AUX out. To be fair, the pictures on the listing clearly show that there is no such output. Having said that, I was pleasantly surprised by the great sound quality when hooking the unit to a Hi-Fi system via the headphone jack.

I can keep on going about the smart design and great features of this lovely radio. It does reflect that Pure have put a lot of time and effort into the design of the Pure Evoke F4. If only we could have a dedicated iOS/Android app for the Evoke series radios, than that would be the icing on the cake !!

Hope you find the review helpful. Happy Streaming :)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every pound, 19 Jun 2014
These digital back-lit, easy to read scales are ideal for measuring small items weighing up to 200 grams.

They ship in an eco friendly, frustration free packaging and include a protective imitation leather pouch and user manual-warranty. Two AAA batteries are pre installed and a removable tab on the battery terminal protects the batteries from draining during storage.

The ascetically pleasing scales sport a satin like feel and chrome plated lining around the perimeter. A tiny magnet keeps the removable lid firmly in place.

Lifting the top cover reveals the business end of the scales. Instructions are clearly printed on the underside of the lid itself.

As explained in the listing, these scales will measure up to 200g in 0.01g increments and offer a myriad of weighing units.
I have tested the accuracy against professional scales and was impressed to find that the maximum deviation was .01 of a gram!

The touch screen is very responsive, sporting 3 buttons: ON/OFF - Mode - Tare. When switched on the scales will automatically tare, and once the ready indication comes on (a small "-" sign to the left, just below the digits) you can proceed with weighing process.

If the scales do not tare correctly this can be achieved by pressing on the dedicated "T" button. These scales can also be calibrated, a function which is rarely found on scales in this price range, yet you will need to provide your own weight as it is not included.

The build quality, accuracy and price make for a well earned 5 star product.

Highly recommended

Note: Smart Weigh have sent me this item for an honest review.


Vinsic Tulip 3200mAh Power Bank, External Mobile Battery Charger Pack 1A for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung Devices, Cell Phones (Red)
Vinsic Tulip 3200mAh Power Bank, External Mobile Battery Charger Pack 1A for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung Devices, Cell Phones (Red)
Offered by High Tech International
Price: £12.95

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever Design ....... Ladies take note, 18 Jun 2014
Vinsic have taken different approach to the ever-growing power bank market, offering a trendy, super compact alternative.

The Tulip ships in an attractive, eco friendly packaging and includes a USB charging cable.

Build quality is top notch, with the battery pack housed in a very stylish thick aluminium shell. The minimalistic design combined with premium materials make for a remarkably solid, snazzy product reminiscent of Apple devices.

Measuring a mere 2cm X 2cm X 9.5cm and weighing in at just under 82g this device will also appeal to the ladies. That's just 1.8cm shorter than a Clarins lipstick. Add the variety of colours to chose from....

So whilst on paper 3200mAh does not sound much, one has to take it's diminutive size into perspective. As reflected in my tests, this tiny power bank packs in some serious punch. A normal telephone battery is around 1800mAh, so the Tulip will fully charge the phone with juice to spare.

I have tested this device on my Samsung Galaxy S4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Kindle and even the iPad Air. On all occasions, bar the Kindle, the Tulip automatically turned on when connected. If it doesn't, than a gentle push on the multifunction push-button will activate the power bank. In both cases the four white LED lights will come on momentarily to indicate remaining power available. The Inbuilt protection circuitry provides optimal operation of the charger and connected devices.

The Tulip takes around 3 hours to fully charge, and will provide a 5V 1A charge current. I was surprised to see that it charged my Galaxy S4 mini and Nexus 5 twice on a single (separate) charge.

The Vinsic Tulip charger will be travelling with me, that's for sure!!

Highly recommended to anyone seeking a truly pocketable, elegant charger which will perform as promised on the tin.

The company has kindly sent me this item for evaluation. It is my duty to share an honest, unbiased review, else I would be doing a disservice to the Amazon community.


YONGNUO YN-560 II ELECTRONIC SPEEDLIGHT SPEEDLITE FLASH FLASHGUN With The Standard Hot Shoe for Nikon , Canon , Fuji , Olympus , Pentax , DSLR Digital Camera by eimo
YONGNUO YN-560 II ELECTRONIC SPEEDLIGHT SPEEDLITE FLASH FLASHGUN With The Standard Hot Shoe for Nikon , Canon , Fuji , Olympus , Pentax , DSLR Digital Camera by eimo
Offered by accmart
Price: £37.98

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners learning flash operation, 18 Jun 2014
This flashgun works as advertised. Please read the tin. The listing mentions the fact that this is a manual flash, so this flashgun comes nowhere near a fully dedicated flash for ease of use. There is no E-TTL feature, which means that the camera cannot really fully communicate with the flash. Evaluative through the lens metering is used on a dedicated flash. The camera would signal a preflash in order to evaluate the power required for a well exposed picture.

Another feature on a dedicated flash is the zoom. Whilst zooming the camera would communicate with the flash (you would actually hear the flash adjust).

Now this fashgun, as the description suggests, is fully manual. Yet it is still a very valid alternative, and with some hands on experience you can get some great creative pictures.

A couple of decades ago we took awesome pictures using fully manual cameras with non autofocus lenses, and using light meters to determine the aperture and shutter speed....E-TTL flashes were science fiction.

I find myself using the YN560 II very often due to full control over the flash, thanks to the comprehensive full fledged "menu". Build quality is very good, and the LCD display combined with the button layout makes the YN560 a great flash. The slave function works very well too.

I would recommend that you search whether this flash is compatible with your specific camera. It is not compatible with all the models of the mentioned brand names.

For those who do not fancy dishing out 5 times as much for a dedicated flash, or people wanting to learn and experiment with flashes I would say that this flash is worth every penny. The price of this flashgun is a real bargain when taking into account it's numerous useful functions. Highly recommended.


Motorola Moto G Dual SIM XT1033 (Unlocked, 16GB, Black) *International Version*
Motorola Moto G Dual SIM XT1033 (Unlocked, 16GB, Black) *International Version*

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Value, Brilliant Phone, 18 Jun 2014
Motorola sets the standard for the best value android smartphone, and they do it in style!

The Moto G stylish and high quality finish does not reflect the low selling price. In fact it does feel and perform like a much more expensive phone.
Sporting premium finish, with a very responsive touch screen and zippy performance make for a real winner. The 2070mAh Battery life is very good thanks to the low consumption quad core processor.
Being a best seller we are spoilt for choice as far as accessories, with a vast array of battery covers and protective cases. The OTG (On The Go) cable connection support means that USB sticks/drives can expand the memory of this little gem.

This is the 16GB version, which is the highest capacity on offer.

Pros:
○ Dual SIM, Dual stanby
○ Fast 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad Core Processor
○ Robust construction, yet stylish and looks premium quality
○ Proximity and ambient light sensor
○ Notification Led which I find so useful, as it indicates missed calls and messages
○ Low power Bluetooth 4.0
○ Lovely 4.5" 720p (329ppi) screen
○ Smooth scrolling and pinch to zoom
○ Applicative proprietary Motorola apps: Camera offering HDR, slow motion, panorama and flash; Motorola Assist, Migrate and Translate
○ Gorilla Glass 3, which is very strong and virtually scratch proof
○ Brilliant sound quality, very loud with no distortion at high volume
○ Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
○ Secondary mic placed next to headphone jack used for active noise cancelling during calls
○ Micro USB charging port doubles as an external memory support via OTG cable
○ Unbeatable value

Cons: (Nit picking)
- No NFC (Near Field Communication)
- No dualband Wi-Fi (5GHz not supported)
- LCD not AMOLED display, yet colours look vibrant anyway and very bright.
- No built in SD card support

None of the cons are deal breakers, and I still rate the Moto G as a 5 star phone by far. I personally find the Moto G a joy to handle and operate, thanks to it's ergonomic design and user interface.

I would usually say "recommended for those on a tight budget" when reviewing bargain items, yet in this case I recommend the Moto G to those seeking a solid, dual sim pure Android smartphone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snazzy Design, Solid Performer, 17 Jun 2014
Bought a couple of these extenders, and had them up and running in no time at all!! I later disconnected one of the units as I noticed that one extender did the business. I had underestimated the range increment the extender offers.

The unit comes in minimalist eco friendly packaging. Once opened you are greeted with the stylish TL-WA850RE extender. Setting up the unit is very intuitive and ...... voila!! Dead spots around the house spring to life.

Pros:
- Extends the range of your Wi-Fi network considerably (I got an additional 10 meters through 2 stone walls)
- Security encryption: WPS via push button. WPA2
- Unit plugs directly to the mains
- No unsightly antennas. It has dual antennas built in
- Stylish yet unobtrusive design means you can plug it in a corridor or any room for that matter
- Measures only 11 x 6.5 x 7.5cm

Cons:
- 2.4Ghz only

I have had the unit mounted for over a year, and it has worked seamlessly ever since.

Tip:
In the unlikely event that the extender seems to hang up, just unplug the unit and wait a few seconds before plugging it back. It happened to me once and this procedure worked.

Given the price, I highly recommend this unit over the more expensive ones.
Note: This identical item can be found cheaper on Amazon.uk


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