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LG 20 W MUSICflow Bluetooth Speaker - Silver
LG 20 W MUSICflow Bluetooth Speaker - Silver
Offered by gadgetsville
Price: £74.39

2.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound quality and battery life; avoid., 3 Feb. 2016
I tested this overnight and was immediately disappointed by the sound quality and the battery life. Vocals were muffled and often indistinct, and I eventually realised this was due to an almost complete lack of sibilant sounds (eg. the "s" and "c" in "silence"). At night when I tried rain sounds for relaxation I found that what sounded obviously like rain through the Bose Soundlink Mini II (or even my smartphone's built-in speaker) sounded like a long, unending breath of wind through the P7—the lack of sibilance robbed it even of sounding like the white noise that my cheaper Logitech used to produce.

This was sufficient for me to return the device, but the fact that, when I woke up 8 hours later to the sound of the device telling me the battery was low, I was actually a little astonished. This was 8 hours of just-above zero volume, and the battery already needed charged. According to the user guide LG had tested it with 1kHz at 30% volume, and achieved 8 hours. I used it at well below that volume. Given the device took around 4 hours to charge, I was not impressed.

I'd avoid this, and would recommend a Bose SoundLink Mini II, if you can find one whose battery is worth a damn…


Loewe Speaker 2go Aluminium Bluetooth Mobile Speaker with NFC - Silver
Loewe Speaker 2go Aluminium Bluetooth Mobile Speaker with NFC - Silver
Price: £170.50

2.0 out of 5 stars Compatibility with your device may be an issue; can't comment on sound., 1 Feb. 2016
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I can't comment on the sound quality offered by this speaker, as I didn't own it long enough. My rating relates to the compatibility of the device with expected features. I encountered two problems that led me to send it back: the Bluetooth pairing was flaky; and the volume control was flawed.

With regards to BT pairing: I had to re-pair both tested devices (one an Apple device, the other and Android, both recent models) after terminating the connection. This was unexpected given my experience with competing speakers. The BT pairing sound was also quite loud, even when deliberately muffled, and couldn't be disabled, which added to the discomfort when pairing at night.

The volume control was the kicker, however. My Android device (running Lollipop 5.0.2) was unable to control the volume of the speaker remotely. The BT volume control was presented by the operating system, but adjusting it had no effect on the Speaker 2go. This was, again, unexpected given experience with other BT speakers. At the very least I hoped for it to control the speaker's hardware control directly, and at best to offer an independent volume control that allowed for finer-grained volume settings. Neither of these was true for the Android device, though the Apple device did directly control the speaker's hardware volume. Unfortunately, the app of chief interest for me with the Android does not have a built-in volume control, and as this app cannot be replaced with another for DRM reasons, I was left with having to manually control the volume on the Speaker 2go when using this app. This might have been acceptable, but the Speaker 2go's lowest volume setting was still too high for comfortable listening at night.

I think perhaps Loewe's biggest flaw in designing this speaker was leaving out the ability to upgrade the firmware. The seller was unable to replicate the problems I encountered, and I'm guessing that compatibility was the issue (a notorious flaw in the Android world). Bose, for example, have corrected several issues in their line using firmware updates, and Loewe's Speaker 2go could conceivably have benefited from updates to be able to keep apace with the speedy changes in the Android and Apple worlds.


USB B MALE TO MICRO AB FEMALE ADAPTER CONVERTER- PLUG TO SOCKET- SMARTPHONE
USB B MALE TO MICRO AB FEMALE ADAPTER CONVERTER- PLUG TO SOCKET- SMARTPHONE
Offered by CableFinder
Price: £3.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Design flaw may render it useless for its purpose, 23 Jan. 2016
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Unfortunately the housing is too large for the male end of the adapter to fit into the recessed USB ports on the source devices I've tried. I imagine this will be a problem for the majority of devices this would be used with (eg. scanners, printers), so this product may be worthless.


Bose ® SoundLink ® Mini Bluetooth Speaker II - Pearl
Bose ® SoundLink ® Mini Bluetooth Speaker II - Pearl
Price: £149.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Faulty batteries may be an issue, though sound & build quality are adequate, 23 Jan. 2016
Two stars because I've had to exchange this speaker twice in the space of a month, owing to a faulty battery in each one. I purchased from a high-street store, and the 28-day exchange period has been a life-saver. On the first occasion, the battery wouldn't charge fully despite being left plugged in for over 10 hours (4 is supposed to be sufficient). On the second occasion, the Battery Indicator would flash amber briefly, to indicate active charging, but then switch off. Leaving it for 4 hours on the off-chance this was simply an idiosyncrasy saw the battery develop no charge.

I've nothing against the sound quality, though I agree it's a little heavy on the bass; however, at least it's tight. The top end is lovely and distinct (when listening to rain sounds you can pick out individual droplets quite easily, where cheaper speakers just sound like white noise), and vocals are clear and easily understood.

The build quality seems high, and I imagine this speaker would stand the test of time, if it weren't for the battery issue.
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Jackrabbit Slim / Alive On
Jackrabbit Slim / Alive On
Price: £12.31

2.0 out of 5 stars 5-star music, 2-star CD, 6 Jan. 2016
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The two stars are _not_ a reflection of the music. I've rated this double-CD low because there is no track listing for either CD. No liner notes either. Nothing. That's awful. I've had to come here to the product webpage to find out what the additional seven tracks on the "Jackrabbit Slim" CD were. Given that this CD tends to sell for a premium, even second-hand (I paid significantly more for this CD than for most others I've purchased over the past few years), I'm very disappointed by this.
Shame, because otherwise I'm glad to own a copy at long last.
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The Complete H.P. Lovecraft Collection : Fiction, Poetry, Essays and Letters (Xist Classics)
The Complete H.P. Lovecraft Collection : Fiction, Poetry, Essays and Letters (Xist Classics)
Price: £0.80

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great stories, flawed ebook, 8 Dec. 2015
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I have to be harsh because, though it's well-formatted for an eBook, there are significant errors. 1) As another reviewer has noted, the first sentence of the first story is absent. Given this is a Lovecraft story I've not yet read I'm disappointed by that. 2) The very last word of The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is also absent. This is a favourite of mine, so I know what it should be, and whilst it can be easily guessed by those new to the tale it nonetheless robs the story of its final impact. 3) The auto-generated table of contents available from the Kindle menu (this is on my iPhone) is incomplete, stopping around The Lurking Fear. If you want to voew the rest you'll have to go back to the cover and flip forward through the pages to the book's own contents page.
I got this for free while on offer so can't complain too loudly, but I wouldn't recommend paying anything until these issues are rectified.


MediaDevil iPhone 5/5S/5C Tempered Glass Screen Protector - Magicscreen Crystal Clear (Invisible) - (1 x Protector)
MediaDevil iPhone 5/5S/5C Tempered Glass Screen Protector - Magicscreen Crystal Clear (Invisible) - (1 x Protector)
Offered by MediaDevil
Price: £24.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended over traditional screen protectors, 29 Sept. 2015
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Application is vastly simplified compared to the plastic adhesive types. Clarity does seem to be noticeably improved, and touch sensitivity and sensation is undiminished. Also seems less prone to scratching.


Bath House Spanish Fig & Nutmeg Roll On Deodorant for Men 50ml
Bath House Spanish Fig & Nutmeg Roll On Deodorant for Men 50ml
Offered by WomanlyCharm
Price: £10.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Distinct and long-lasting, 29 Sept. 2015
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Excellent fragrance, just as I recall it from the shower gel. Also very long-lasting, still quite noticeable the next morning after application following gym the previous early afternoon.


AKG Y50 Portable Foldable On-Ear Headphones Earphones with Detachable Cable and In-line Volume Remote/Microphone Compatible with Apple iOS and Android Devices - Black
AKG Y50 Portable Foldable On-Ear Headphones Earphones with Detachable Cable and In-line Volume Remote/Microphone Compatible with Apple iOS and Android Devices - Black
Offered by home AV direct
Price: £48.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On the whole, recommended, though fall a shade short of greatness, 5 Aug. 2015
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This review is for the AKG Y50, Black. I've owned them now for 2 months, using them frequently.
• Pros:
Sonically, a definite improvement over the SoundMagic P21 h/phones they replaced. More revealing, to the extent that they have shown up the inferior quality of some Amazon MP3 tracks I listen to.
Comfortable to wear for long periods.
Satisfactory amount of ambient sound rejection, sufficient for public transport.
Remote control as standard.
Removable, low-microphony (i.e. knocking the cable produces only limited feedback through the headphones) cable.
Good-quality soft pouch.
• Cons:
Power-hungry - these drain the batteries of connected devices noticeably more quickly than did the P21 headphones, at comparable listening levels.
The headband cushion is a little hard, causing an indentation in the scalp after a period of use.
The ear pads are a little more sweat-inducing than the P21.
The remote control lacks an identifying Braille-type dot on the switch, which makes it hard to identify with just your fingers.

Regarding the remote control, on my iPhone 5S I get 4 functions through the single button: Play/Pause, Skip Forward, Skip Back, and Voice Control. On an Android phone, however, I've only found Play/Pause and Skip Forward to work successfully (tested on Jelly Bean with the built-in Music app and a third-party app).


Bosvision Micro SD Adapter for MacBook Air / MacBook Pro / MBA / MBP
Bosvision Micro SD Adapter for MacBook Air / MacBook Pro / MBA / MBP

5.0 out of 5 stars A satisfactory alternative to the Nifty products, 9 Jun. 2015
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Much cheaper than the competitors, and works perfectly so far. I use it with a 128GB µSD card, and leave it in my Apple notebook's SD card slot the whole time with not a single technical issue as a result. Removing it is simple so long as you have a little bit of length on a fingernail.

Recommended.


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