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Philips Disney Frozen Children's Projector Torch and Night Light (1 x 0.3 W Integrated LED)
Philips Disney Frozen Children's Projector Torch and Night Light (1 x 0.3 W Integrated LED)
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A fun toy projector torch, 23 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A fun toy image projector, which doubles up as a normal torch, with the quality you can expect from Philips.

Projector:
- 24 images from the (wonderful!) Frozen movie, with 8 on each 'wheel'. The images are very good quality and project clearly onto walls and ceilngs

Torch:
- Surprisingly good as a normal torch, although clearly this isn't its key selling point.

Overall
- Not sure how drop proof it is. I would not recommend letting it fall from a work surface onto a hard kitchen floor, but it will be find dropping onto a carpet
- A lot smaller than you expect

Value:
Highly subjective. All of the Frozen branded toys are on the expensive side, presumably due to licence fees, and against that background it is decent value. Right now it is £5.99 putting it in the range of stocking fillers.


Stanley H Paint  set (3)   0 29 591
Stanley H Paint set (3) 0 29 591
Price: £3.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking value, 23 Nov 2014
Cracking value (£3.95 right now) for three decent quality brushes. Minimal bristle loss so far, even when vigorously cleaned, and the handle is comfortable.

Five stars.


Stanley 043624 Fatmax XL Box Beam Level 60cm
Stanley 043624 Fatmax XL Box Beam Level 60cm
Price: £19.56

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent all-rounder, 23 Nov 2014
This is an excellent all-round box beam level. The vials are larger than on my previous level, which was a B&Q cheap job, and very easy to read.

The rubber end grips do a pretty good job on smooth surfaces, and the hand hold is, well, handy.

A very good all-rounder and a nice price. Five stars


Mitre Aircell Power Shinguards - Cyan/White - M
Mitre Aircell Power Shinguards - Cyan/White - M
Price: £12.00

5.0 out of 5 stars They take a hell of a beating, 21 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Serious shinguards for a serious kicking. They look good too, which is important if you suffer from changing room vanity.

Pros:
- A very good stirrup with solid stitching and a nice level of support, in an area that is often shoddy in lesser brands
- A guard that is as tough as coal miners
- A decent range of fit using velcro straps

Cons:
- None

In the interest of proper user testing I got my nephew to kick me in the shin. He said it wouldn't count if he wasn't wearing his boots, so I let him put them on. He then toe-ended me in the kneecap, and as a result learned a few new swear words.

Shins protected; kneecaps not so much


ABUS 70AL45GRE Padlock - Green
ABUS 70AL45GRE Padlock - Green
Price: £8.23

5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for outdoor use, 21 Nov 2014
A heavy and solid padlock, with weather protection for the mechanism so it can stand the rigour of life outdoors. The colour makes it ideal for locking a shed - unobtrusive but secure.

The locking mechanism is firm but accurate - ie you don't have to spend time jiggling the key before being able to turn it - and the weather seal is secure and stays in place.

You can lock it without the key, so it you have a habit of locking your keys inside the shed, you might want a model that only locks with the key.

Five stars.


AVANTEK 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub with VL812 Chipset, 12V / 2.5A Power Adapter & 3.3ft / 1m USB 3.0 Cable
AVANTEK 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub with VL812 Chipset, 12V / 2.5A Power Adapter & 3.3ft / 1m USB 3.0 Cable
Offered by Claybox
Price: £57.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Ports-a-plenty, 21 Nov 2014
My laptop has only one USB 3.0 which when I got it two years ago was fine, but is now a limiting factor.

This is the quick and easy solution - a 7-port hub. It is your standard black slab, but it nice looking for it, with a matt finish and the feel of quality manufacture.

It comes with AC power, which for a couple of smaller peripherals is not required, but for heavy lifting is a must. I have tested this hub with Win7 and Win8.1 and with a wide range of peripherals, from drawing pads to large capacity hard drives. It works, seemlessly, every time.

A quality piece of kit. Five stars.

Note: I was provided with this product for testing and review. My review is independent and unbiased. Bottom line: yes, I would buy it; yes, I would recommend it to friends and family.


Philips E14 Small Edison Screw 6 Watt LED Dimmable Luster, Warm White
Philips E14 Small Edison Screw 6 Watt LED Dimmable Luster, Warm White
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Bright sparkling light for just 6W, 21 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A bright lightbulb giving a crisp white light, which belies its minimal 6W consumption.

I have a few frosted Philips 6W LED bulbs, and this is much brighter, so is best used in situation when you want more light, and I'd compare it with an old style 50W bulb. Certainly too bright to look at.

The 'special optical design' is rather special in reality, giving a sparkling light which is really pleasing.

The fitting is a small screw, which most table lamps have.

Five stars.


Philips Disney Frozen Children's Torch and Night Light (1 x 0.3 W Integrated LED)
Philips Disney Frozen Children's Torch and Night Light (1 x 0.3 W Integrated LED)
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great indoor torch for 3-6 year olds, 21 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A great torch for 3-6 year olds. Small enough to hold comfortably, bright enough to read with and low-power enough to not cost a mint in batteries. It is 9cm tall, which looks very small to an adult, but just the right sort of size for the target age.

It is less useful for outdoor use - the beam isn't focused, so it provides ambient light outside rather than lighting the way ahead. But for reading under the covers it is ideal - and find me a five year old who doesn't think that it a fun thing to do.

The Frozen branding is probably the key selling point, but there are a couple ofersions available if you have several children to buy for - Spiderman and Winnie the Pooh.

A lovely gift item, which will see a lot of use. Five stars.


Philips E14 Small Edison Screw 6 Watt LED Dimmable Candle, Warm White
Philips E14 Small Edison Screw 6 Watt LED Dimmable Candle, Warm White
Offered by sotel-germany (incl. UK power adaptor)
Price: £20.42

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely sparkling light, 19 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It is hard to get excited about a light bulb, but this one is a beauty.

The interior ‘optical design’, which you can see in the product images, creates a lovely sparkling light, making this bulb ideal for chandelier fittings – the first time I have found a low-energy bulb suitable for that purpose.

The light quality is very good – very crisp and white. I am using it in a bedside lamp for reading, replacing a frosted 6W Phillips bulb, and the light is much better for reading as it is noticeably brighter.

Five stars.


Hoover Blaze Upright Vacuum Cleaner, 3 Litre, 700 Watt - Black and Blue
Hoover Blaze Upright Vacuum Cleaner, 3 Litre, 700 Watt - Black and Blue
Offered by Electronics and Gadgets Direct Ltd
Price: £149.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Low power with no loss of performance, 18 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
There is a lot of choice in vacuum cleaners these days, so you almost need to know what you want before you start.

Here are the key features of this one:
- It is an UPRIGHT, meaning you push the bulk of it rather than pull. If you have a bad back this makes a huge difference as you don’t need to twist
- It is BAGLESS, which saves money, but emptying bagless vacuums usually involves creating a mushroom cloud a dust around your bin
- It is LOW POWER, at just 700W and, vitally, it cleans very well. The low power does not mean low cleaning.

Performance:
Very good cleaning performance; surprisingly light and manoeuvrable. It has been a while since I used an upright and I like it a lot.

A couple of specific downsides:
- To switch to using the long hose (which is excellent) you need to unattach another hose. This a faff which better design (ie another suction socket) could have avoided
- The onboard tools are too easily knocked off

Overall Opinion
The low power usage is a definite plus, given that there is no loss of cleaning performance, and I think this model is worth serious consideration.


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