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Aqua Optima Juno Jug with Anti Bacteria Water Filter, White
Aqua Optima Juno Jug with Anti Bacteria Water Filter, White
Price: 18.25

4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - great design, 3-month filter life and antibacterial filtering, 1 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
To date I have always used Brita Classic water filters and been very happy with them. Then I was offered this Aqua Optima water filter and jug and feel I've stepped into a different league with it.

Not only does it substantially improve the taste of our tap water which is always tinged with chlorine straight from the tap and remove impurities such as copper from the domestic pipe supply but this also removes bacteria such as giardia and is said to be more effective than boiling water. I have no scientific means of testing these claims so have to rely on those of the Water Quality Association which claims it meets their gold seal standard. However, we own a fast-flowing stream and waterfall, the water from which has been tested as 'almost drinking water quality'. It was with some trepidation that we used the filter on this which, I must stress, goes against manufacturer recommendations which are for use with tap water only - but does tap water contain harmful bacteria? I hope not. During the last two weekends we filtered several litres from our stream and waterfall which we stored in a cool area - and suffered no ill effects whatsoever.

All I can say is that the water tastes clean and fresh and although the filters are more expensive than my previous brand, they last 3 times as long which makes them better value for money and, add to this, are potentially more effective thanks to their ant-bacterial filtering properties so I am converted.

The jug holds 2.4 litres, ie a full day's drinking water and fits comfortably into the fridge door taking up no precious shelf-space. I also like being able to fill through an opening hole in the lid which Brita jug doesn't have

The only downside for me is that it takes a lot longer to filter the water, ie nearly 20 minutes on the first few uses which isn't my idea of the promised 'fast flow filtration', but it's worth the wait. If you're filtering water to drink then it's a good idea to have a drink before doing so otherwise you'll be left gasping for an hour before your first filtered water is ready to serve.

A highly recommended and economical water filter kit I wouldn't be without in our hard-water area.


1Byone LED Moonflower Diso Light Disco DJ Stage Lighting, Super LED Reflection Projector Laser Light, Sound Activated RGB Light, Apply Lighting For DJ Disco House Party Hotel Stage Office Camping Field Music Concert Etc, Lighting For Halloween And Christmas
1Byone LED Moonflower Diso Light Disco DJ Stage Lighting, Super LED Reflection Projector Laser Light, Sound Activated RGB Light, Apply Lighting For DJ Disco House Party Hotel Stage Office Camping Field Music Concert Etc, Lighting For Halloween And Christmas
Offered by 1Byone Products Inc
Price: 34.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Durable and robust disco light at a very good price, 29 Aug 2014
Length:: 4:24 Mins

Please note: this product was supplied free of charge in exchange for an honest and unbiased review with no input from the supplier.

This is a fairly compact, well-designed disco light which produces a range of colours and patterns which can be set to respond to sound patterns.

The package includes the main unit, a handle bracket with drilled holes to fit to the side of the unit using the screw fittings enclosed plus a further hole in the top of the handle bracket to enable it to be screwed into a ceiling from which it is easy to adjust the unit to direct the light patterns. Fitting the handle took about two minutes, required no tools and was then ready to go.

There are two switches on the reverse of the unit - the 'frequency' dial which adjusts the speed at which the 9 red plus 12 green and blue economical LED bulbs create changing coloured patterns. It can be set to 'sound-intelligent' mode whereby the unit responds to the beat of the music.

The instructions were clear and concise, reasonably well translated and I was pleased to see the manufacturer offers a 30 day refund policy along with a 12 month manufacturer warranty.

I ordered the unit for use in our fundraising charity live concert performances but for the purpose of the review have demonstrated it at home to illustrate the patterns it can produce. Although the unit can be set to respond and react to the beat of a music track, to avoid an copyright infringements, I have deliberately avoided the use of any music track in the review. I can confidently say though that it is designed to be used in a disco atmosphere and this is when it will be seen at its best.

It appears to be very well manufactured, sturdy, robust and will stand up to travelling to/from gigs. It certainly performs as I expected and hoped it would. I can find no faults or negatives - my only slight gripe being the relatively short 1m power cable but this is a very trivial issue. I can't fault it. Highly recommended for home, disco or party use and a very good price too complete with next-day delivery via Amazon Prime.


Omron Walking Style IV Step Counter - Blue, Size 1
Omron Walking Style IV Step Counter - Blue, Size 1
Offered by Premier Life Store
Price: 27.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very accurate slimline lightweight pedometer - great for tracking daily exercise, 26 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a small, slim pedometer unit measuring a mere 57 x 42 x 13mm thick weighing just 23g, ie the most compact I've owned to date and certainly a very neat little unit.

Three buttons on the front access the simple options with the Mode button indicating distance covered, calories used (estimated based on BMI), steps taken and how many of these were aerobic.

I've used the earlier versions of this Walking Style pedometer, found it highly accurate and enjoyed monitoring my daily activity levels. It's surprising how the daily steps mount up even on general activities around the home so the daily recommended 10k steps is not always a long hike away.

This version IV addresses the minor design faults of the earlier version :
1. The older model was permanently switched on with no means to turn it off hence the battery drained within a few months, even when not in use. This switches off automatically after five minutes to conserve battery life.

2. The battery compartment cover needed to be removed with a screw which was highly impractical and inconvenient. This has a small but secure catch so changing the CR2032 battery doesn't require carrying a screwdriver.

Initial setup wasn't as clear as it could be with an initial flashing display reading 'HELLO' following by flashing kg/lb icons. I fiddled with the up/down key buttons but didn't seem to be getting anywhere. However, once I consulted the less-than-clear instructions and discovered pressing the 'Home' button set each option, it took seconds to add my unit preferences (metric vs imperial), my body weight, height and average length of stride then store the settings. A more comprehensive user manual can be downloaded and I think some users are likely to need it.

Unlike many pedometers which use a very insecure clip to fix to a waistband etc, this Omron IV can be dropped into a trouser or shirt pocket or even a bag (but must be inside the pocket or bag rather than swinging loosely from it) and then fastened in place with the clipped lanyard. There is no need to clip it to a waistband where it can easily be flicked off because it doesn't work on the 'old fashioned' pendulum principle used by more basic models but instead has a much more accurate and effective 3D sensor. This not only measures the number of steps taken but also distinguishes between average steps and those more active/aerobic steps of a brisk walk, also measuring the distance covered, calories walked off and all are recorded in its 7-day memory, but there is no USB connection allowing download of this data.

Being such a slimline unit and so lightweight, I completely forgot I was wearing/carrying it during the course of my day. When compared to other models and on counting my steps manually, I found it to be completely accurate. Even when I went for a short drive, it didn't register the jolts but simply resumed step-counting when I left the car. I couldn't ask for a more accurate pedometer and would highly recommend this one.


Cyberlink Power DVD 14 Ultra (PC)
Cyberlink Power DVD 14 Ultra (PC)
Offered by LambdaTek ComponentShop
Price: 65.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, high-performing 5-star all-media player - but at a price, 20 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Power DVD14 Ultra is the latest media player from Cyberlink and plays absolutely everything from Blu-Ray, 3D, HD, DVD, AVCHD, 4K (untested) to MP4 and MTS movie files which can be imported straight from the camera/camcorder as well as batching photos together for slideshows. The ‘True Theater’ feature is superb - poor colours on original files can be brought to life in better quality visuals than the original files. As a dedicated YouTube fan (and with several channels of my own) a feature I especially enjoy is watching upscaled and enhanced YouTube and Facebook videos with all the wobbliness removed.

This version also offers a generous 10GB of Cloud storage so files can be viewed anywhere on a PC, laptop, smartphone (android or iphone) and files on these can be seamlessly synched to the Cloud storage.

It’s a powerful package for anyone regularly using multimedia files, especially when on the move. It’s intuitive to use, can be remotely controlled via smartphone. There’s really nothing at all not like – other than the high price point. It’s undoubtedly the best media-playing package I have ever used and while I am thoroughly enjoying its features and benefits which deserve its 5-star rating on performance, I have to question whether I would pay 67 for it.


Ultrasport Women's Biking Shirt Short Sleeve - Black/White, Small
Ultrasport Women's Biking Shirt Short Sleeve - Black/White, Small
Price: 19.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very effective wicking from mesh-backed cycling T shirt, 14 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Although only a hobbyist cyclist, I ordered this T shirt for my casual bike rides and in the midst of the summer 2014 heatwave it was a godsend.

It's a well-designed T shirt made from a very effective 90% polyester/10% spandex wicking material which wicks sweat away from the body and washes and dries fast. Best of all, has a mesh back and under-arm which is perfect for cycling in hot weather and the best I've found for effectively wicking perspiration. Now, in cooler temperatures, it's still very comfortable with an additional layer on top. Around the rear waist are three very convenient and easily-reached pockets, 2 narrower side pockets and a larger one in the middle. There's reflective hi-vis piping to the front seams but none to the rear eg across the pockets, which is a little surprising. The bottom is elasticated and has an internal rubberised strip to prevent it riding up in use.

Sizing is quite generous. For guidance, I'm normally a size 10-12 and ordered the small size which is a loose fit. For a cycling top, a closer fit would be beneficial and the extra-small would have been better.

Having worn the T shirt in a variety of weather conditions, washed and dried it several times over the last month, it has consistently performed well. I can't fault it and it's good value for money too.


Ring RCT5 Compact First Aid Kit
Ring RCT5 Compact First Aid Kit
Price: 12.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very basic first aid kit for very small injuries, 28 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I hadn’t expected to need to use my first aid kit on the very weekend I received it.

On unpacking it, it seemed to offer a good range of first aid essentials, eg plasters, safety pins antiseptic wipes, latex gloves.... However, when my husband accidentally sliced a piece of skin from his thumb, its shortcomings were all too clear. A large plaster was needed but only one-size of narrow strips were included so we had to reach for our own supply instead. A crepe bandage was then needed to hold the large plaster in place – again, none were included which meant a quick Sunday afternoon dash to the nearest town before 4pm closing.

Based on this experience, I would consider the first aid kit to be only very basic but useful for small, minor cuts and injuries. With its zip-up case it’s easy to carry or stow away n the car but to deal with real-life cuts and grazes etc, a greater range of contents are needed, ie a range of sizes of plasters (essential) and a crepe bandage in place of the foil blanket, triangular bandage, 12 safety pins and 8 silica gel sachets!

On a plus note though, the antiseptic wipes ensured we were able to clean the wound before applying a Savlon spray-on plaster to seal the wound and then a larger plaster from our own supplies.


Samsung S7580 Galaxy Trend Plus white
Samsung S7580 Galaxy Trend Plus white
Offered by Handset Solutions Ltd
Price: 125.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good phone but let down by poor camera, 19 July 2014
This is a good phone which works well for making and receiving calls, internet browsing is good, the display is excellent, speaker sound quality superb and general build is good. It feels sleek to hold but in warm weather can feel slippery which is easily overcome by slipping it into a gel case such as:SOFT GEL PHONE CASE

The only disappointment for me is the camera. I've used many samsung cameras, Samsung camera-phones and Samsung tablet cameras (including the Galaxy Tab 3 8" which has the best tablet camera I've used) over the years and all have been superb, greatly exceeding expectations. Sadly this doesn't apply to this camera where unless photos are taken in bright light they tend to appear muddy and although the video records audio very clearly, the colour balance is poor and can change even within a single shot.

If you're looking for a reliable and affordable touchscreen smartphone which performs well then don't hesitate but, if you regularly use the camera for anything other than quick snapshots or quality is important then look for an alternative because this is the phone's weak spot.


Samsung S7580 Galaxy Trend Plus black
Samsung S7580 Galaxy Trend Plus black
Offered by Handset Solutions Ltd
Price: 125.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good phone but let down by poor camera, 19 July 2014
This is a good phone which works well for making and receiving calls, internet browsing is good, the display is excellent, speaker sound quality superb and general build is good. It feels sleek to hold but in warm weather can feel slippery which is easily overcome by slipping it into a gel case such as:SOFT GEL PHONE CASE

The only disappointment for me is the camera. I've used many samsung cameras, Samsung camera-phones and Samsung tablet cameras (including the Galaxy Tab 3 8" which has the best tablet camera I've used) over the years and all have been superb, greatly exceeding expectations. Sadly this doesn't apply to this camera where unless photos are taken in bright daylight they tend to appear muddy and although the video records audio very clearly, the colour balance is poor and can change even within a single shot.

If you're looking for a reliable and affordable touchscreen smartphone which performs well then don't hesitate but, if you regularly use the camera for anything other than quick snapshots or quality is important then look for an alternative because this is the phone's weak spot.


Samsung S7580 Galaxy Trend Plus UK Sim Free Smartphone - Black
Samsung S7580 Galaxy Trend Plus UK Sim Free Smartphone - Black
Price: 107.39

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good phone but let down by poor camera, 19 July 2014
This is a good phone which works well for making and receiving calls, internet browsing is good, the display is excellent, speaker sound quality superb and general build is good. It feels sleek to hold but in warm weather can feel slippery which is easily overcome by slipping it into a gel case such as:SOFT GEL PHONE CASE

The only disappointment for me is the camera. I've used many samsung cameras, Samsung camera-phones and Samsung tablet cameras (including the Galaxy Tab 3 8" which has the best tablet camera I've used) over the years and all have been superb, greatly exceeding expectations. Sadly this doesn't apply to this camera where unless photos are taken in bright daylight they tend to appear 'muddy' and although the video records audio very clearly, the colour balance is poor and can change even within a single shot.

If you're looking for a reliable and affordable touchscreen smartphone which performs well then don't hesitate but, if you regularly use the camera for anything other than snapshots or quality is important then look for an alternative because this is the phone's weak spot.


NEW SOFT GEL PHONE CASE FOR SAMSUNG GALAXY TREND PLUS GT S7580 S7582 S7560 S7562
NEW SOFT GEL PHONE CASE FOR SAMSUNG GALAXY TREND PLUS GT S7580 S7582 S7560 S7562
Offered by Pixfab
Price: 2.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality case with side-grip panels making phone easier to hold, 18 July 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is a good quality, thick gel case for the Samsung Trend Plus phone which it slips into snugly.

All functions are accessible and there are correctly positioned cut-outs for the headphone and charger sockets. It will help provide some protection for the phone if accidentally dropped although, thanks to the grip panels on the sides, it should be a lot harder to drop the phone with its cover on. Without it, the wholly-plastic phone is quite slippery and the cover makes it a lot easier to hold.

A good buy and I will probably buy a spare. Excellent service from the seller too.


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