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iEC® [4-Pack] Micro USB cable in Assorted Lengths (3ft*2,6ft*2) A Male to Micro B high speed Sync and Charge Date cable for Samsung, HTC, Android- Black
iEC® [4-Pack] Micro USB cable in Assorted Lengths (3ft*2,6ft*2) A Male to Micro B high speed Sync and Charge Date cable for Samsung, HTC, Android- Black
Offered by EC Technology UK Store
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Decent charging speeds with this quad set of micro USB cables, 4 Aug. 2015
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

Quite a useful pack containing 4 cables 2 x 3 feet and 2 x 6 feet in length - tips are slightly longer than some OEM cables this is to ensure they work with most devices (some micro USB ports are slightly recessed into the casing) PVC coating on these though the sleeves do feel thicker than many cables you get bundled with phones/speaker and other items, this should help reduce the chances of the internal cores breaking which renders the cable useless. As ever though don't pull cables around use the tips to insert and remove them this helps keep them in good condition.

The maker claims improved charging speeds; it would be tempting to say there isn't a lot of difference in charging speeds on micro USB cables, but having tested quite a few with a USB amp meter there is a bigger difference than you might expect with sub par cables delivering slower performance, one phone I tested the supplied cable was remarkably slow for charging. I put these up against out of the box cables for a few items with a phone the OEM cable gave 1.06 amps charge with the 3 foot cable I got 1.18 and the 6 foot 1.13 both outperformed the supplied cable for charging speed. Whilst that doesn't seem like a big difference it does mean the phone does charge quicker and is more efficient. Not much to fault on these a 4 pack for a very reasonable price, quality is good and they are charge optimised. Recommended
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EC Technology® 3-in-1 USB 3.0 Card Reader High Speed For Micro SD, CF Elite Pro, DV-RS MMC, Memory Stick, MiniSD, RS-MMC, TransFlash- Silver
EC Technology® 3-in-1 USB 3.0 Card Reader High Speed For Micro SD, CF Elite Pro, DV-RS MMC, Memory Stick, MiniSD, RS-MMC, TransFlash- Silver
Offered by EC Technology UK Store
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality USB 3.0 card reader covering the 3 most common card formats, 4 Aug. 2015
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

A very portable card reader (clearly aimed at notebook users) this can be used in desktops too though you may want a USB cable extender (the fitted cable is 20cm in length) Minimal "Apple" look this has no LED lights or distractions - a sand blasted aluminium finish on the outside completes the quality look and feel.

It's around 7cm long x 6.5cm width with a depth of under 1.5cm nice and compact easy to find a space for this in a laptop bag. The reader works plug and play with Windows/Mac no software to install. It can be used on USB 2.0 ports though the bandwidth tops out at about 30MB/s, best speeds are achieved with the native USB 3.0

I tested this for performance (which to a degree will vary on the USB controller) and it's right up there for read times with my Kingston/Lexar readers, a little behind in write speed but still turned in a very respectable performance. The card slots are firm (particularly the compact flash one) this is inserted with the label up (you can't insert CF cards the wrong way), the Micro SD and SD cards are inserted upside down with the label facing down so don't force them in the wrong way. Not sure why that is had that on a few internal 3.5" card readers it's not a major issue but worth pointing out (I'd like to see this changed) Having the 3 formats should meet the needs of most users but if you use MS or XD cards then you'll need to hunt out another solution.

Can't really fault the product in other areas finish is first class and even the cable has some substance to it. A nice card reader ideal for Apple users, but equally fine for Windows ones too. Very nice
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Travel Wallet / Passport Holder Money Belt - With RFID BLOCKING Material. Use As Visible Undercover Pouch for Woman or Man - Protect Your Money, Passport, Credit Cards & Documents With This Luggage / Travel Accessory - 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE Plus a FREE Document Case Black
Travel Wallet / Passport Holder Money Belt - With RFID BLOCKING Material. Use As Visible Undercover Pouch for Woman or Man - Protect Your Money, Passport, Credit Cards & Documents With This Luggage / Travel Accessory - 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE Plus a FREE Document Case Black
Offered by OUTDOORS WISH LIST
Price: £39.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a nice "slimline" belt bag, 4 Aug. 2015
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

The belt pouch arrived in a zip lock plastic cover - the main pouch is around 28cm long by 13cm wide with 2 main zipped front compartments. First zipped area is 17cm wide with a height of 8.5cm this has two pockets that fit bank/credit cards perfectly (possibly to stack more than a few in each one) Second pocket is 24cm wide by 11cm high with two split sections one being 17cm wide the other just over 9cm width easy to fit bank notes in the first or a passport/ID documents. Back section has a black softer touch mesh and a small opening to store other items (notes/paper maybe a ticket) and an elasticated loop to attach an item to it. An adjustable black elasticated band completes the belt which has a front clip and adjuster for size.

The lining has a silver square effect and is evidently has RFID blocking properties (RFID = Radio Frequency Identification) RFID is quite common on bank cards and passports (passive) active ones included work passes it's possible to pick up this information at closer range and this avoids running into problems with unscrupulous criminals trying to steal your date - a good move on the makers part better safe than sorry.

Quite happy with the fit and finish of this it's very comfy to wear with slim but good quality materials even the zippers have fabric ends to help open the pockets and there are enough compartments for carrying most of what you need card/money wise around. I do have a few of these but they are the larger variety that carry items such as keys and somewhat bulkier objects too - this belt is really for notes/cards and documents the ones I have are fairly obvious and ideal for hiking or cycling both are useful for carrying money.

Onto the front clip I've looked quite carefully at this and the plastics are somewhat flexible rather than hard and brittle I can see the design has aimed for a lower profile belt and a bit bulky clip might not work for a belt of this type. However it wouldn't hurt to have something a bit more substantial for this part even if it meant moving it to the back or a wider/slightly thicker buckle. Hard to say if this is a weaker point longer term only time will tell it could be improved that's my own personal take.

I do like the design and anti data stealing properties though and feel it's a decent belt for the asking price in most areas.
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8 Way 2M Extension Lead, SAFEMORE Vertical Tower Extension 8-Outlet with 4-USB Output Surge Protection Power Strip (Black)
8 Way 2M Extension Lead, SAFEMORE Vertical Tower Extension 8-Outlet with 4-USB Output Surge Protection Power Strip (Black)
Offered by Lanshion---UK
Price: £59.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A superb compact 8 way surge protected power extension - with 4 smart output USB ports, 4 Aug. 2015
Note: The supplier provided a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

Standing at about 16cm tall, by 9.5cm depth on both sides (at the top) this "tower" extension is small enough to tuck away behind a TV or by a side unit. One advantage of the tower design is that some power adapter plugs which vary in their direction ie facing up down (and can cause problems on rectangular power extensions) are no problem here 4 banks of 2 sockets adorn each side with a dedicated section for the 4 USB ports.

Supplied is a 3 pin fused UK plug with a 13 amp fuse - current is rated from 10-16amps max, with a voltage range of 11-250v - Cable length is 2 metres

On the top section are two push switches that control the power for 4 plugs on each side, a red LED for each one shows you if that bank is switched on. The USB ports have their own power switch when that's on a blue LED lights up. The base has 4 pads to grip a smooth surface and a red reset button to use if the unit trips the surge protection. Whilst I can't test the fire/heatproof claims this was noted as a feature of the product.

I like a lot of areas on this product the design is well thought out and the materials are to a high standard (including the power cable), no signs of poor joins or weaker areas it's light but very nicely made. Adding USB ports is a very good move as they are very commonly used I tested the ports on this, voltages are very stable and I got over 2.0 amps output for charging high drain devices like a larger tablet and power bank (this can vary the quality of the USB cables is a factor too). It's capable of regulating the power output across the 4 ports that means you can just plug any device into any port even low power charging items like e-cigs, MP3 players are safe to use with this no problems to report on this across many USB charging items I tried. Having separate power switches for each group of 4 plugs is also welcomed, plugs fit into the sockets with a smooth but firm fit.

Any weaker points? The blue USB power LED is fairly bright some might find it a little annoying in a dark room beaming onto walls even if it's covered with a TV you'll see a blue glow - the maker should tone down the light output just enough to see it's that's all that is needed. Very little to fault in other areas, instructions could be use a tweak in translation; though a simple product it's nice to see the full features laid clearly. Some might find the normal extensions better if you use them under cabinets or cupboards, however this is small enough to hide behind a unit or TV and doesn't look out of place in plain view either would work well in an office too. 8 plugs seems like overkill but it is useful to have extra sockets on tap if needed. A great little extension and highly recommended.
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Mpow® Professional Over-the-Head Driver's Rechargeable Wireless Bluetooth Headset with Microphone Noise Cancelling / 13 Hours Talking Time
Mpow® Professional Over-the-Head Driver's Rechargeable Wireless Bluetooth Headset with Microphone Noise Cancelling / 13 Hours Talking Time
Offered by Patox
Price: £20.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A well made "lightweight" Bluetooth headset with excellent battery life, 4 Aug. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

In this box with this headset: A simple set up guide (very clear and easy to follow) and a micro USB cable for charging. Firstly this is designed purely for voice calls and not for streaming music you can't do that with this headset as it uses the Bluetooth 2.1 protocol rather than the newest type.

That to one side onto the headset itself quite impressed with the build and design soft touch plastics feel quite strong - an adjustable metal band which has a grooved rubber section on the right side (this is designed to sit above the ear) bit of movement on this part to allow for different fits. Microphone stalk (about 140mm long) can be pushed up when not in use or angled down it's stiff enough to hold it's position firmly.

Powering on is via the multi function button (which has a Bluetooth symbol on it) this also serves for call end/reject/redial (also supports voice dialling ) Above this the +/- buttons for volume control (if you push and hold the - button you can call turn call mute on/off)
I takes about 1 hour 50 minutes to charge this from flat (red LED goes out when finished) the maker quotes about 12 hours talk time with the headset - range was decent at 8 metres in my testing.

A few areas I liked about this headset build is quite nice for the price it avoids the cheap hard plastic feel some headsets have. Quality from the speaker and microphone is well up to par no problems hearing people and the microphone is very clear (position isn't that critical it's reasonably sensitive) Micro USB cover is slightly proud, but this avoids fumbling to try to get it open for charging (this can be used whilst charging too if you have enough lead length)

Weaker points well it's just for calls/talking so you can' do anything else like listen to music with it, that might not matter but it should be noted. No doubt a higher end model might turn up that supports BT4.0 (latest version is 4.2 but the big one was with 4.0) I liked the fit (light and secure not a hint of falling off even moving around quite a bit) it didn't annoy me at all but it would be useful to have maybe a felt/foam cover that you could optionally fit to the rubber pad particularly if you have short hair to provide a bit more cushion.

But it does the voice/call side very well and the quality is heaps better than the some of the super budget headsets flying around. If you want a "call centre" style headset this is a fine offering for the asking price.
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Lloytron A103 300mA Unregulated AC/DC Adaptor
Lloytron A103 300mA Unregulated AC/DC Adaptor
Offered by CostMad-UK
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look if you don't need a regulated power adapter, 4 Aug. 2015
I picked one of these up for a handy "all in one" adaptor, this comes with a selection of 6 tips.

The main adapter is fine build wise, a selector switch allows you to pick between 3, 4.5, 6, 7.5, 9, 12 volts output. Amps output is a max of 300mA. A red LED lights up when the adaptor is powered on.

To attach the different plugs you pull them out of the retainer and insert into the two female sections of the cable end. The design allows you to insert either way which isn't ideal (a fool proof insertion would be much better, ie make the positive terminal larger or smaller so you can't reverse the polarity) Make sure you follow the instructions here, on the adapter end it's marked with "TIP" on the plugs there are positive and negative markings, ensure the positive symbol is aligned with the "TIP" marking otherwise you could reverse the polarity.

Aside from that this power adapter does a decent job, the manual does caution that because it's unregulated if the current drawn by the device is lower than 300mA, it could draw more voltage. This won't be a problem for most devices like toys etc where some voltage variation won't matter, but it could on some devices. If so go for the "regulated" version (it's the same as this but costs a little more) if in doubt drop the voltage down on the selector switch below the stated device voltage.

The tips fit a variety of different sockets, though not all a few more would be useful (larger ones) Design wise it could be better, but for the low cost this is a reasonable offering


MAKIYO Women's V Neck Shirt Foldable Sleeve Casual Blouse shirt
MAKIYO Women's V Neck Shirt Foldable Sleeve Casual Blouse shirt
Offered by Ocaler
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight "wrap around" blouse, 4 Aug. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

I got some feedback from a few female friends on this. Size wasn't a concern the small had a decent fit, with room to spare for ladies with a slightly larger bust (up to 36" won't be a problem if not a bit more) this is partly down the styling which is a foldable type. You do get a belt with this (same fabric as the main garment) it's about 2 inches in width though can be folder over if you wish.

Colour is al lighter pastel shade of pink/peach - with a mix of 90% polyester 10% cotton this makes it easy to care for and resists creasing more than pure cotton. Label indicates a medium iron heat and not to tumble dry no temperature is indicated though 30 degrees isn't normally a problem with modern detergents.

Quite a relaxed casual style with this both cuffs are buttoned (they're just under 1.5" in width fairly slim). Getting a good fit on this is quite easy but you need to take up the material whilst wrapping it to cover the bust area. The bottom is elasticated (some ladies liked this, some expressed a preference for a straight bottom) really down to personal taste on this. The bottom area is covered with the natural drop of the fabric, if you don't want to use the belt you could tie it up to the side but it's useful to have that included. Can't really fault the quality/price ration on this mostly it comes down to taste for the styling though most of the people I showed it to liked the look.


MAKIYO Womens' Red Round collar Sleeveless Zipper Hollow out mini skirt casual dress
MAKIYO Womens' Red Round collar Sleeveless Zipper Hollow out mini skirt casual dress
Offered by Ocaler
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Attractive "heart" cut out red dress, 4 Aug. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

A simple dress but I like the design myself with a single long zip on the back (rather than a dull metal zip this contrasts quite nicely a bright chrome). Material is a mixture of polyester/cotton (mostly polyester 90%) I assume this does have a few advantages easier to iron, resists staining well and it's quite a durable material regarding wear and tear. No doubt the cut out front heart shape was also a factor in material choice though the mix of cotton does add a bit more softness to the overall fabric feel.

Onto the back section this has two square shapes at the lower end of the back with rectangular ones above them revealing the "shoulder blades". The size I looked at will be above the knee on an average height female though very tall ladies will find it is quite short in length - but not over the top either. Size wise the small was a good fit for a size 8 - the material has some play for bust sizes up to about 35". Stitching looked consistent and clean on the sample I looked at. It certainly has impact partly down to the colour and design - a good price too and minimal cared required. Cleaning label indicates a medium iron and not suitable for tumble drying it's an easy garment to wash 30 degrees should be fine for this.


Kodak Professional Ektar 100 - 135-36 - Colour Negative Print Film - 10 PACK!
Kodak Professional Ektar 100 - 135-36 - Colour Negative Print Film - 10 PACK!
Offered by Dragonfly Optical
Price: £57.26

4.0 out of 5 stars A good fine grain film, though better suited to certain subjects, 2 Aug. 2015
I've shot quite a bit of this film over the years, just to see how I got along with it in numerous conditions.
My conclusion is that it's a good film for landscape work (if you like the tonality) it also does a nice job for subjects where a primary colour is important in the composition (abstract photography or possibly product shots)

I don't feel it's a good choice for portrait work (nor was it ever touted as such) the saturation is higher and not ideal for skin-tone reproduction (bar possibly some fashion work)

Details and resolution are excellent with a very fine grain and good dynamic range. I've scanned the film with a good Plustek scanner over a number of years and it never fails to impress in terms of sharpness and resolution. The colours do show a marked increase in saturation especially the greens (in a way that is quite different to Velia) reds are unusual in their representation they are not super bright like many digital cameras, but more of a maroon tint to them and a deeper contrast.

It's quite an unusual film in the look, very much unlike other negative films I have tried in the past, it's also somewhat different to the original Ektar from years past (which was available in a lower ISO rating than this) As with all negative film, over exposure tightens the grain up, latitude is good for a negative emulsion and it can be pushed a few stops if required (at the expense of shadows)

Ektar does scan well and if you like the colours and tones it's a high resolution film which you might like. For normal day to day shooting I would still suggest something a bit more neutral in tone. Worth trying though
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TOP-MAX® Pro 50''Camera Camcorder Light Weight Tripod Stand with Nylon BAG for DSLR
TOP-MAX® Pro 50''Camera Camcorder Light Weight Tripod Stand with Nylon BAG for DSLR
Offered by com2save ltd
Price: £16.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Fine for compacts/action cameras, not really for heavier ones, 2 Aug. 2015
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

At this price you have to tailor your expectations relative to the meagre asking price, and as a lightweight small tripod it's fine for use with smaller cameras, but the design prevents effective use for larger ones. One problem is the vertical position is activated with a knob to lock it into place, this is covered by the camera if it's DSLR size meaning you can't turn it so whilst you can use it you're stuck in the horizontal position. Not a problem for a slimmer camera, but the base plate could do with being a bit larger.

Size wise it's about 34cm collapsed and reaches a max height of about 120cm. Central column is extendable and can be locked in place. The leg sections lock reasonably well but they are pretty thin at the last extension. The pan/tilt head is not too bad for a fixed one screw the camera to the base plate no quick release nor expected either (not at this price) spirit level is a nice bonus.

If I were using a small camera (camcorder) and just wanted a lightweight tripod for playing around or indoors/to throw in the boot this will do the job. I would not suggest using it for a heavier DSLR type camera whilst the extra weight does add stability; the tripod just isn't beefy enough. Appreciate the super low price it's not half bad (you get a bag too) however more serious/demanding users should spend a bit more (you do get what you pay for to a degree anyway)
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