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Plantronics 87670-02 Voyager Legend Professional Mobile Unified Communication Headset
Plantronics 87670-02 Voyager Legend Professional Mobile Unified Communication Headset
Price: £97.66

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fatal manufacturing flaw, 13 Nov. 2014
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This is one of the most frustrating reviews I've had to make, because when it works this is a brilliant product.

Key highlights:

1. You can use it with your PC for skype/lync calls etc, as well as your mobile
2. You can pair 2 mobiles at once (handy if you have a work and a personal phone).
3. The in-ear speaker is very clear (usually)
4. The noise cancelling microphone works incredibly well, especially in the car. When talking to other people they won't even know you're in the car, as the mic is so good at filtering out background noise. Making or taking calls whilst driving becomes a pleasure rather than a chore where using traditional in-car kits, you're often straining to hear what the other person is saying over road noise.
5. Hands free answering and calling. It works, especially the hands free answering - you just say "answer" or "ignore".
6. The headset knows when you've picked it up and put it in your ear, and automatically routes audio into the headset.

Sounds great doesn't it? Well yes...but here's the kicker. I've had no end of problems with 3 headsets now. My first one (non UC version), ended up with audio going crackly where people sounded like Daleks, before it stopped charging.

The second one (this model) stopped charging after a few months, and I returned it for a refund.

I then RMA'd the first one to Plantronics who sent me a new UC headset within 24 hours (superb customer service like Amazon). I've had the headset for a week now, and guess what? The battery doesn't charge.

Regardless of the method of charging (case, cable or base, both plugged into the mains or a PC), this headset is dead.

0/3, and unfortunately for this reason it's no more than a 1 star review. Otherwise it would be 5 :(


World of Flavours Mediterranean Non-Stick 46cm Paella Pan
World of Flavours Mediterranean Non-Stick 46cm Paella Pan
Price: £20.81

1.0 out of 5 stars I'm somewhat amazed by the 4 and 5 star reviews, 24 Aug. 2014
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We've had this pan for several months now but have recently only got round to using it for the first time. I'm somewhat amazed by the 4 and 5 star reviews, because after one single use, the non-stick is coming off in places.

This is really poor quality, which is a shame as otherwise it's great for cooking, especially when you're cooking for several people (the pan really is huge!)


Blue Sky, Black Death V1: A Politically Incorrect Glimpse Into the Culture of Modern Skydiving
Blue Sky, Black Death V1: A Politically Incorrect Glimpse Into the Culture of Modern Skydiving
Price: £2.18

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok, 5 May 2014
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As someone else has stated, there's nothing here that you can't find elsewhere, and at 38 pages long, it's really a bit of a "nothing" book. The title is misleading, as I'm really not sure how the content correlates to BSBD and "politically incorrect" ?

It's all a bit "lite", there's not really much detail about anything, nothing is fleshed out, and if people want to understand what their first jump is all about then there are plenty of informative articles and proper publications out there.

This is more like a blog than anything else, and absolutely doesn't warrant 5 or even 4 star reviews! If that all sounds a bit scathing, why give it a 3? Despite my criticisms this is a well written piece, and I found it easy to read and to engage with the writer. He just could have done so much more with it.


Logitech Harmony Smart Control for iPhone/Android Mobile Phone
Logitech Harmony Smart Control for iPhone/Android Mobile Phone
Price: £69.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fatally flawed product, 24 Mar. 2014
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The Smart Control - in principle - is an awesome piece of kit. It's cheap compared to many remotes out there, and though it lacks a touchscreen, there's enough buttons to use most devices, especially with the very useful short/long press key mappings which can be assigned (effectively this doubles the number of buttons on the remote).

There's a tactile buzz when doing a long press, and this just adds to the ergonomics of the remote (feels nice in the hand too). The hub works brilliantly - once set up - and the responses are pretty much instant, which makes a nice change from the sluggishness that is the Harmony 900.

Sounds good, right? Well yes, but there are two problems with this remote. Firstly, and this applies to ALL Harmony products, the setup is flaky at best, especially when it comes to syncing the hub for the first time. My first Harmony Ultimate worked fine, but when it came to setting up the Smart it took over an hour to get it to sync properly. There is NO issue with my network, it's just the Harmony software is utterly rubbish. It's really intuitive to use, just not to connect/sync.

I can live with the setup as it's something you generally only need to do once if you don't change your AV equipment. But the second problem is a real killer.

THERE IS NO IR CAPABILITY WITH THIS REMOTE.

A remote control with no IR? Really? It seems Logitech think all of our kit is hidden in a cabinet. Including your TV. What?

Now, for many people this won't be a problem, as you may well have you kit in the same area and the TV might be in view of the hub or one of the emitters. However, put all of you separates in a cabinet in the corner of the room, and the remote cannot control the TV. Why? Because the hub or emitters MUST have line of sight to the TV IR receiver.

This fact is utterly stupid and renders it useless for every single room in my house. And for that reason, I can't give it a good review, despite how well this (otherwise) works.
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SEALING PACKING TAPE DISPENSER GUN WITH 15 M TAPE
SEALING PACKING TAPE DISPENSER GUN WITH 15 M TAPE
Offered by SHINE_UMBRELLA
Price: £3.70

3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job although the build isn't great, 24 Mar. 2014
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What's to say other than....it's a tape gun. It works fine, although the spring on the metal guide plate is really strong and the cutting blade is a bit wonky.


Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change
Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change
by David L. Cooperrider
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Reads like an advert, 24 Mar. 2014
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As an introduction to appreciative inquiry, this is "ok". It doesn't really delve deep, and while that's not a problem (it is, after all, less than 70 pages long), what really irritated me was that it ended up feeling like an advert for their consultancy company.

I know several books make this mistake, but it wore thin very quickly. Ultimately, if you want to understand AI in alot of detail (especially if you plan on applying it in your practice), then there are much more comprehensive books out there.


DISNEY Toy Story Jessie - Kids Costume 3 - 4 years
DISNEY Toy Story Jessie - Kids Costume 3 - 4 years
Offered by Mouse2Mat24
Price: £22.04

3.0 out of 5 stars Sizing is way off, 24 Mar. 2014
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Nice little outfit, not amazing quality but what do you expect for a child's dress up costume? The big problem is the sizing. My little one isn't even 3 yet, and she's petite compared to some of her friends. While this does fit, it's a case of only just. 4 years old? Not a chance.


AmazonBasics Apple Certified Lightning to USB Cable - 3 Feet (0.9 Meters) - Black
AmazonBasics Apple Certified Lightning to USB Cable - 3 Feet (0.9 Meters) - Black
Price: £7.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike lots of cheap cables out there...this works, 13 Feb. 2014
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This works fine with ipads and iphones even with the iOS7 update (which alot of third party cables don't). Unlike alot of the cables you get on ebay, and even apple's official cable, this is really solid and sturdy as well.


70 GRAM CONTACT ADHESIVE TUBE GLUE
70 GRAM CONTACT ADHESIVE TUBE GLUE
Offered by SuperGood Deals
Price: £1.60

3.0 out of 5 stars It works but a pain to use, 13 Feb. 2014
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It's glue so not a great deal can be said apart from....it works. But good luck managing the flow as one tiny squeeze on the tube and this stuff comes flying out. Very difficult to manage cleanly in my experience.


BabyDan Finger Safes (Pack of 2)
BabyDan Finger Safes (Pack of 2)
Offered by Direct 4 Baby
Price: £3.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Protects those little fingers, 13 Feb. 2014
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Really simple, but these work perfectly, and only take a second to put on the door or take off. Should fit all standard doors, and saves any trapped fingers episodes!


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