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PRO PLAN Cat Wet NutriSavour Housecat with Salmon in Gravy 10x85g (Pack of 4, Total 40 Pouches)
PRO PLAN Cat Wet NutriSavour Housecat with Salmon in Gravy 10x85g (Pack of 4, Total 40 Pouches)
Price: £29.96

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cat loved them but not as much salmon as you'd think, 21 Oct. 2014
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Not a bad price at, currently, 56p per pouch. These pouches are labelled as for housecats and the box states they minimise hairballs, reduce litterbox odour and helps with a healthy body condition. I'm not sure how true this is as the ingredients don't shed any light on it. What did irritate me and many pet food manufacturers do this, the box and packets state "Tender pieces with salmon in gravy", which gives the impression there is a fair bit of salmon in them which is not correct (4%!). The ingredients are:

Meat and animal derivatives, vegetale protein extracts, fish and fish derivatives (of which salmon 4%), oils and fats, minerals, various sugars, derivatives of vegetable origin.

However, my housecat did love these, even before it had hit the bowl she was going mental but that was probably the smell (they are strong!). Bowl was emptied in minutes which is a good sign.


Dell XPS L502X
Dell XPS L502X

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Decent quality and upgradeable laptop, 17 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Dell XPS L502X
I have to say this is the best laptop I've owned and is well made. It's also upgradable so I have upgraded it with a high def screen, i7 processor and even found an upgraded motherboard.

The sound quality from this is one of the best things as it has a dedicated subwoofer so avoids the tinny sound you expect from laptops.

The hybrid graphics chip is really good, maybe not powerful enough for the latest games but this design is several years old.


Hornby Gloucester City Pullman Train Set
Hornby Gloucester City Pullman Train Set
Price: £119.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic train, 16 Oct. 2014
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In one word, superb. I wouldn't view this as a starter set for a child as it's an expensive start with a fragile engine. I would view this more as a second pack or maybe a starter pack for adults.

As with the majority of the Hornby sets, this comes with a neat mat which gets you started. It's clearly not a replacement for doing proper set décor but it's a nice cheap addition. The track is an oval with a siding (oval with track pack A) so you will want to add more to it particularly if you check the back of the box and start looking at what you could have. Then again, buying this and you will probably already know that you want to expand.

The engine is gorgeous with plenty of detail. Compared with my 1990's City of Nottingham, this has the edge with better painting on some of the more intricate parts. The carriages are nicely detailed as well even down to the lamps (they don't light up) on the inside of the carriage. The carriage roofs are painted silver which is a bit of a shame as the paint seems to highlight the plastic but that's being picky.

Put the track together and make sure you do it by sliding it together on the floor otherwise you'll bend the fishplates. Connect the controller which I found easier than one of the digital controllers I had as this one has a hard plastic connector that fits into the relevant track piece. Turned the controller on and the train springs to life. Being a large train it can take 5 minutes to properly get the wheels set and it seemed to keep derailing until I'd got it right...just be patient.

The controller is a little bit irritating in that my original 90's controllers were easy to switch directions, this seems a bit clumsy but it's only a cheap controller and doesn't cause me hassle to drop one star.

Very impressed and has now got me to fetch my old trains down and bring them to life buying some spares. Well done Hornby!


Hornby R1138 GWR Passenger Freight 00 Gauge Electric Train Set
Hornby R1138 GWR Passenger Freight 00 Gauge Electric Train Set
Price: £69.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb starter pack, 16 Oct. 2014
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Time to relive my youth but use the excuse of my 6 year old to do it :)

I have previously purchased the R1151 Caledonian Belle, this is similar but a bit more expensive, however, you get track pack A included in this one (approx. £15) and you get an extra wagon so is equivalent in many ways.

Box is nicely packed, includes instructions and a trackmat which is a neat idea whereby you can lay the track on top of it and have a more imaginative set. It also allows shows you further expansions you may buy (track packs).

The track is easily put together, just be warned, this is new track so the fishplates are quite stiff and it's better to place the track on the floor and fit together otherwise you may bend the fishplates. A dedicated track straight has the connector for the controller, no more fiddling with that triangular piece you had in the 80's. A buffer is included for the siding although it's only a black painted plastic one, nothing fancy.

The train and carriages fit on with ease and controller is very straightforward, one button for forward/backward and the main dial for speed. Quality of the train and carriages is good but obviously not as fancy as the more expensive packs but it gets you started which is what this one is all about.

Train moves very fast and I didn't have a problem with the controller going into safety mode like I did with the R1151 pack, not sure if this is improved or the other one was just faulty.

Overall, very impressed and highly recommended....just don't stare too long at the back of the box otherwise you'll be spending more hard earned cash on the buildings and packs :)


Vax U88-AMM-Pe Air 3 Max Pet Upright Vacuum
Vax U88-AMM-Pe Air 3 Max Pet Upright Vacuum
Price: £125.53

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Competent cleaner with some small foibles, 13 Oct. 2014
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I have a Dyson DC33 which has been my main vacuum cleaner for 2 years. I quite like it but it is heavy and bulky and my partner doesn't like it. Opportunity arose to test this new Vax which currently retails for £179.99, much cheaper than the cheapest Dyson.

This Vax is compliant with the amended Regulations so the energy label tells you the following details:

20.4 kw/h annum,
A for suction
A for dust particles coming out of the machine
82 Db

They have thought about the packaging so that once you open the first box flaps, it tells you if you have a problem then don't go to the shop, but go to them. It also lists the items in the box which is the cleaner, 2-in-1 tool, Upholstery tool, turbo tool, hose and a manual. For some reason mine came with two hoses which I am not going to complain about.

Instructions for assembly were okay but could be better.

Switched on and could feel the immediate power of this machine as it pulled itself away from me! Dragging it back was a bit of an effort but I'm assuming this is down to completely clean filters. You can manoeuvre it around corners but not as slick as a ball Dyson as the centre of gravity feels a little higher. Having said that, this is much lighter than my Dyson although the plastics feel cheaper. I shouldn't be too concerned as it comes with a 6 year warranty whereas Dyson offers only 5.

I cleaned the carpet with my DC33 first, before using this. Obviously I am comparing this Vax with a cleaner which has got dirty filters but I was surprised how much more the Vax pulled up. At the end of the day you get a vacuum to clean carpet and this is does well. You can stop the brush bar from turning by using a button right net to the power which is situated on top of the cylinder,

The extension tube is better than the Dyson as the Dyson follows behind you and gets very irritating, this Vax doesn't suffer the same problem. However, one annoyance and surprised devices like this get through testing with such a seemingly easy thing to fix, the utensils fit onto the cleaner when not in use but they keep falling off when doing the carpets. With a little thought I'm sure Vax can come up with some clips/holders to stop this happening.

Pros:
- Light
- Relatively quiet
- Very good suction
- A rated for escaping dust particles
- Cheaper than a Dyson
- 6 year warranty

Cons:
- Concerned about the cheaper feeling plastics
- Tools keep dropping off their holders
- Difficult to pull back - maybe this may change after use
- Instructions could be better.

All-in-all, a good cleaner which could be improved with a little tweaking.


Hama 12V Micro USB Charging Cable
Hama 12V Micro USB Charging Cable
Price: £2.96

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice charger with trickle charge, 11 Oct. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Great price (currently £7.99) for a charger which automatically switches to trickle charging when the device battery is full. Item comes in a small box, small leaflet explaining about disposal of end of life electronics and that's it. Both connections seem solid with nothing that stands out as something that will break in the near future.

Plugs in the 12v car socket with no problems and is slightly faster than my standard charge on my Blackberry.

Only thing I would have liked is a light on the charger just so I can easily see it's working.


Bose ® SoundDock XT Speaker - White/Dark Grey
Bose ® SoundDock XT Speaker - White/Dark Grey
Price: £119.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good little unit but too much bass, 9 Oct. 2014
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Item comes well packaged in quite a bland looking box. You get a mains adapter with choice of a Euro or UK plug, the unit itself and a very brief set of instructions.

The unit itself is well put together and looks quite stylish, no doubt if you stick a relevant iphone into it. Only two buttons to deal with, Volume Up and Volume Down which are placed either side of the phone charge points. Because of this it's so easy to use hence the brief manual.

I first plugged my cheapo mp3 player into it (there is no cable for aux connections provided) and was amazed at the sound as you can really crank it up on this unit. However, the only bad point to note, and seems to be common with some of the Bose devices, it is very base heavy. My mp3 player is rubbish with base normally but I had to turn it all the way down to get the music to sound right. It's a real shame as for such an expensive bit of kit and knowing Bose are specialists in the audio arena, they could've put some equalisation settings into it.

Same issue was discovered with my laptop, luckily my laptop has a decent sound driver so could customise it to sound really good.

So if you want something simplistic but with good sound and a branded name then this is your ticket but remember about the bass.


Philips LED Spot Bulb, Dimmable (GU10 5W) - Warm White
Philips LED Spot Bulb, Dimmable (GU10 5W) - Warm White
Price: £7.33

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to get into packaging and it tells you all ..., 8 Oct. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Comparable to a 50W spot, these give a decent warm cast, not the bright white of a cheaper bulb. Easy to get into packaging and it tells you all you need to know:

Dimmable
LED
A+ energy rating.

Fit into the bulb socket with ease, instant light and a quality bulb.


Philips LED Spotlight Light Bulb - Dimmable (GU10 4W) - Warm White
Philips LED Spotlight Light Bulb - Dimmable (GU10 4W) - Warm White
Price: £8.97

4.0 out of 5 stars these are great. Easy to get into packaging and a feel ..., 8 Oct. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Coming down in price but some people will still find these expensive particularly if your house is littered with them, but, these are great. Easy to get into packaging and a feel of quality which cheaper bulbs cannot match.

These are warm white so are comparable to the typical colour given off by standard bulbs but with an energy rating of A+ so the maths of moving over to LEDs speak for themselves.

No waiting for heating up, instant light, fit in the GU10 socket with ease, a long usage time and dimmable.


Philips LED Light Bulb (E27 Edison Screw 9.0W A60) - Warm White
Philips LED Light Bulb (E27 Edison Screw 9.0W A60) - Warm White
Price: £8.00

5.0 out of 5 stars It's nice to see the massive reduction in price of LED ..., 8 Oct. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It's nice to see the massive reduction in price of LED bulbs over the recent years and to get the quality of these Philips bulbs is impressive, no worries about twisting it and the glass breaking in half like some cheap bulbs. Even the packaging was relatively minimal but easy to open.

The colour is warm white which means it gives the same coloured light as a standard low energy light bulb but the advantages are:

- the wattage is lower (9.5W, translating to 60 watt),
- the light is immediate so no waiting for it to warm up,
- must less heat given off.

I have this bulb in the Living Room lamp and it is perfect. The manufacturers quote of lasting 15,000 hours will be difficult to test but it is quite believable.


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