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ByteStor Pro 16GB 40Mbps Class 10 High Speed Micro SDHC UHS-1 Card with SDHC Card Adapter
ByteStor Pro 16GB 40Mbps Class 10 High Speed Micro SDHC UHS-1 Card with SDHC Card Adapter
Price: £8.55

4.0 out of 5 stars One of many on the market, 22 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Amazon's green packaging is no reason in itself to buy a particular kind of memory card. As it is, you have to ask yourself a few questions.

1. Does it matter how fast the transfer speed is ? If not, then all you really care about is the size of the storage.
2. How much storage do I need ? 16GB is sufficient to see you through a 2 week holiday, and will give a low end DSLR at least 800 images.
3. what's micro vs normal ? Micro SD slots into most mobile phones, and is also used in current GoPro cameras. The adaptor is useful if you plan to switch it about from big devices to small, and back.

The adaptors are not the most sturdy at the best of times, so think wisely about your use. Also compare the prices. 16GB should be under £10 now, which is a huge leap of savings from a few years ago.


If I Was
If I Was
Price: £8.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Second Album, 23 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: If I Was (Audio CD)
Having worked so hard, and toured for so long, it's no wonder that the Staveley-Taylors were getting a bit tired of singing the same songs. Dead and Born and Grown was, however, a masterpiece of close harmony and autumnal introspection, so the crowds never tired of hearing them. Here is one of 2015 most anticipated "Difficult Second Albums".

Thankfully, rather than take a successful formula and repeat it, they have spent time in Wisconsin with Bon Iver front man Justin Vernon and crafted an album from the depths of Fargo and Twin Peaks. The album cover hints at the wintery tone of The Shining and Damn It All, but there is plenty of foot tapping and head bobbing in Black and White and Teeth White.

Having seen The Staves perform some of these songs live, before release, it's clear their heart and soul is all over this album, and they are loving singing new material.

And the harmonies. Oh my word, the harmonies.


BiC Cristal Soft Ball Pen - Assorted Colours (Pack of 10)
BiC Cristal Soft Ball Pen - Assorted Colours (Pack of 10)
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality, but more expensive than Paper Mate, 23 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These have had a good write-up from my family, including my 10yo daughter, who is a bit of a stationery queen. She also has some Paper Mate Ink Joy pens, which she says are smoother to write with, but she very much likes the feel of these. These are more expensive than the Ink Joy, so if cost is a problem, then you may be better going for them.


Finish All in One Max Lemon Dishwasher Tablets (Pack of 74)
Finish All in One Max Lemon Dishwasher Tablets (Pack of 74)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars reassuringly expensive, 25 Feb. 2015
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unsurprisingly, these are one of the top sellers in the market, even though there are plenty of other products available. Speaking as a home owner in a hard water area, these are just the right type to go for. We've tried numerous own brand tablets from supermarkets, and while they are good, and probably better value for money, they don't have the same end result.


TP-LINK TD-W9980 N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit VDSL2/ADSL2+ Modem Router (2.4 GHz 300Mbps, 5 GHz 300Mbps, 2 USB Ports for Storage Sharing, Media/Print Server)
TP-LINK TD-W9980 N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit VDSL2/ADSL2+ Modem Router (2.4 GHz 300Mbps, 5 GHz 300Mbps, 2 USB Ports for Storage Sharing, Media/Print Server)
Price: £65.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BT Home Hub Replacement - Sometimes you just have to spend good money to get a good service, 19 Feb. 2015
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Having had enough of the BT Home Hub 5, I researched the market to see what machines could cope with BT Infinity 2. This one featured highly, so I decided to give it a go. The instructions are clear and the web based set up is infinitely clearer than the CD based setup. You'll need a laptop with a LAN connection (Macbook Air owners take note), but once you've got a connection to the interface, you shouldn't need a massive amount of computer knowledge to get you through. The manual setup process didn't seem to include VDSL as an option, so I spent 10 minutes getting cross before going for the wizard option.

If you are BT customer, you can configure this using the default user name that's in your home hub. On mine it was bthomehub@btbroadband.com. You may not have a password, so just add BT as the password. Everything else can be left as default, although you can change the SSID names (the names that come up when you are searching for wi-fi) and the passwords.

It's not cheap, but it's holding up well and, if you are self employed and time is money, then this will earn itself back in a week, because you won't lose time swearing at BT...


Bracketron Nav-Mat Universal GPS Dash Mount
Bracketron Nav-Mat Universal GPS Dash Mount
Offered by Wi-Shop
Price: £16.82

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Duty and Suitable for most sat nave, 3 Jan. 2015
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Ideal for a car where the windscreen is quite far away from the driver (big dashboard, or little arms, or both), this mount sits like a super heavy bean bag on your dashboard.

We have a Garmin 2445 Nuvi, and as it's quite small, the sucker arm is also quite small, meaning that it only just sits nicely in the gap. So bear in mind the size of the arm might hinder where you can place it in the mat.

From a sturdiness point of view, it's perfect as it doesn't move at all when the car is moving.


Thank You for the Days: A Boy's Own Adventures in Radio and Beyond
Thank You for the Days: A Boy's Own Adventures in Radio and Beyond
by Mark Radcliffe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You For The Days, 2 Dec. 2014
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This is a neatly written auto-biography that tries very hard not to be one. The setup is that Mark Radcliffe guides you through a selection of days in his life, that neatly dissect his personal and professional lives. They give you enough insight into his career, family, ambitions and personality, and they also spin a good yarn in the process. You can sense where the real passions lie by the depth of the story of each day - so much time given to rambling, John Peel and football, less time given to the ill-fated Radio 1 fall out.

He's still a BBC guy at heart, so don't expect much dirt to be dished, and the sections about 70s DJs habits could probably do with an edit, given recent events. I don't mind the putting-myself-down attitude of the writing. I've seen enough of Mark Radcliffe on TV, and heard enough on the radio, to know that this is how he talks and thinks.

I've really enjoyed reading this, and I am looking forward to getting to the next one!


Murad Age Reform Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture 50 ml
Murad Age Reform Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture 50 ml

3.0 out of 5 stars No better than Olay on "normal" skin., 4 Nov. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
First admission: this is a review by my wife, as I believe my skin is already as hydro-dynamic as it will ever need to be.

Application is very pleasant, it's not greasy in any way. For someone with "average" dryness of skin, it's difficult to notice any difference, even after two weeks of daily appliance. The smell is also nothing to write home about.

The overall impression is that her existing Olay cream, which she has been using for many years, is no better or worse than this. Given that this is somewhere around 5-10 times more expensive should make you think about whether it's good value.

Those with drier skin, or other skin conditions, may find more benefit, as suggested in other reviews. The advice from this house is: if the everyday cream you already had is doing the job, this is not going to make much difference.


SEIKI SE39UY01UK 39-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV with Freeview
SEIKI SE39UY01UK 39-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV with Freeview
Price: £382.44

19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and Unremarkable, 17 Oct. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I would expect that, like me, you are looking at this and thinking "4K? for that much? surely there must be a catch."

First it's worth saying that we are comparing this LED 4K 39" screen to our existing Toshiba Regza Full HD 32" screen.
At first glance, things look good. There is now a recognised knock on effect of Chinese companies making cheaper versions of the top branded goods at a similar standard, why not with high end TVs? It's a nice looking screen, very narrow bezel (the frame round the edge), and all in all it wasn't too difficult to put together. The base plate is cumbersome and not very classy, and the cables (as mentioned in another review) have their connections in all the wrong places. But remember, it's cheap. As I have a PVR, there was no need to tune anything in, and picture quality, on the HD channels at least, was very clear.

For clarity, I have tested this with a Panasonic Freeview HD PVR and Apple TV. I'm not a gamer, so I can't offer any advice on that front.

From a TV point of view, the first question you can probably ask is: "Do I need 4K?", to which the answer is almost certainly "No."
Unless you are in an industry that requires monitor or TV resolution 4 times higher than current TV signals, or you like your video games, there's pretty much nothing for you to watch anyway.

So, back to the screen. The setup menus are nothing to write home about. I've yet to come across a set of menus that is flawless, but at least this screen comes with one flash card of shortcuts for a user guide, rather than the normal multi-lingual Bible.

Then someone spoke, and oh dear. The sound is dreadful, and I mean, properly dreadful. My wife is not fussed by most technology, but this instantly annoyed her. There seems to be some unwritten understanding now that if you buy a big screen, you probably have a sound bar or external speakers. It felt like Seiki had taken a set of 1990s PC speakers and shoved them in the back. All the changes to all the settings couldn't rescue it.

Picture quality is very mixed. The high colour and contrast of Strictly Come Dancing (Full HD) suffered badly, and watching Standard Definition TV (e.g. a Freeview channel that isn't HD) was, at times, unwatchable.
Watching a slightly more cinematic affair like Downton Abbey or Holby City was treated completely differently. Foreground faces and close ups were crystal clear and sharp, but the depth of focus was almost too much, meaning the sense of drama is lost. It no longer feels like you are watching a drama, but a home movie. Even watching a very old episode of CSI: Miami (which incidentally came across a lot better than other SD channels) felt very different to watching it on the Toshiba.

Watching HD videos on Apple TV was a similar experience. There is a sense that the TV industry wants to bring you in to the show you're watching, make it more immersive. But this felt too immersive, and thus unpleasant to watch. There was also plenty of artefacting and blurring when there was fast movement.

All in all, this is a screen that is ahead of its time. If every channel was 4K, you'd give this serious thought. But it makes no sense to spend your hard earned money on a screen that can't really cope with today's technology, and doesn't really offer much chance to show off the future. Stay clear of this for now, and come back to this type of screen in 3 years time.
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Bounce Off Game
Bounce Off Game
Price: £10.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rule the Table, 13 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Bounce Off Game (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Like all the best games, this has a simple "object of the game". Bounce ping-pong balls off the table into a grid. Match the pattern on your card to win. Take turns or go all at once, have two or four players.

The balls are just ping-pong balls, so if you break one, you can always just make your own. The grid is (surprisingly?) sturdy, and deep enough so that the balls always land somewhere.

The only limitation is the playing area. The grid is about three quarters of the size of a monopoly board, and you need sufficient table around the edge to bounce the ball (no good on a carpet).

And like all the best games, it doesn't take much to explain to a child, or a grandparent.


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