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AULA [Upgraded Version] BEFIRE Wired UK Keyboard Gaming Keyboard Waterproof Anti-Interference USB Interface 3 Color LED Backlight UK Layout Keyboard
AULA [Upgraded Version] BEFIRE Wired UK Keyboard Gaming Keyboard Waterproof Anti-Interference USB Interface 3 Color LED Backlight UK Layout Keyboard
Offered by Senhai
Price: £21.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A quality "compact" gaming keyboard with a UK layout, 7 July 2015
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation. the opinion of the product is my own personal view

Used a few gaming keyboards and the reason I like them isn't necessarily the gaming aspect, they tend to be longer lasting than some normal keyboards as well as better type on. This model has "3" colours via LED's and not just on the keys but around that sides and back there is a translucent case giving a "glow" effect around and under it's rather tasty to look at, but if you don't want the lights you can also turn them off.

A few modes for the lights:
100% brightness, 50%, a "breathing effect" or just off though it doesn't cycle through the colours you pick manually (use the Fn button pressed in and the 5 to cycle the colours, 2/8 to change the brightness and mode)
Fn and F12 enables or disables the start button (to avoid annoyances in gaming) LED indicator on the top right for this and caps/num lock etc
You also get 8 transparent keys and a removing tool this is great if you want to swap a frequently used key/keys for games or other software

Casing is glossy around the edges nice density to the plastics with 2 rubber feet on the underside with slots so that liquids can drain out, being able to remove the keys also means should you spill your drink on it you can pull the keys off to dry it.

This keyboard doesn't have dedicated keys for volume and media, but it allows you access to these with the F buttons on the top row and pressing the Fn button. Whilst I prefer a few on a keyboard this is the next best thing and after a while it's easy enough to get used to it. A few areas I really like on this keyboard firstly apart from the "it look's cool" aspect (and it does very much so) it's also excellent for typing good tactile feedback on the keystrokes, fairly quiet too as I touch type this does matter a noisy keyboard or poor feel won't work for me. Another good point is the size some gaming keyboards are massive with tons of switches and buttons most of which very few people will use (there are exceptions but still) This is a nice smaller size (about 20cm deep) so it won't eat up your entire desk space. I tested this on Win 7 pc's with no problems plug and play no additional software to install (if you want an on screen display download Volume 2 this gives you customisation for the OSD)

Perhaps the last point is the UK keyboard layout this is easy enough for makers to do (simply swap a few keys) but most don't bother for some reason, here Aula have... more manufacturers should follow this lead. Nothing to fault here it's a keyboard that performs as well as it looks and comes with a high recommendation for anyone who types a lot and for those who like something a bit more visually appealing, it's one of the nicest looking keyboards I've used (very even illumination on the keys) Double thumbs up from me.
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Seed Fathers Day Portable Heating Lunch Jar Food Warmer Vacuum Lunch Dinner Box Stainless Steel Food Jar with Vacuum Pump 1.8L,coffee
Seed Fathers Day Portable Heating Lunch Jar Food Warmer Vacuum Lunch Dinner Box Stainless Steel Food Jar with Vacuum Pump 1.8L,coffee
Offered by Fun Mall
Price: £39.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant little portable "food steamer", 7 July 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 was quite curious to try this out, food steamers are common enough but this time around the maker has added something a little extra to the design. Rather than make just another kitchen steamer they've managed to incorporate a robust multi size exterior that can be used to store the cooked food in, with a clever "vacuum" system on the lids.

The main unit consists of the base part this also has the heating element at the bottom, you have a middle plastic part, and a top as well as 3 stainless steel pots one deeper size, one mid and a shallower one with vents which sits on top of another pot (this has 2 small handles for pulling it off). Two "vacuum" lids are included (so it's possible to seal everything that is cooked in here up), a white plastic rack for eggs or other items with two risers, and the pump plus a small measuring jug for filling the water. Even a bag is bundled too for carrying the steamer

I put this through it's paces for most of the day first off I cooked mushrooms in one pot, the smaller one above this I "steamed" some noodles, with the final pot containing vegetables. Later on I had a bash at some stew for this I only used the larger pot and bottom section.

Operation is dead easy you simply load up the pots you want to use, fill the base with some water (don't overfill it the instructions say no more than 180ml for this part) If you are steaming "leave the plastic lids off" if you are cooking a casserole/soup/stew put the lid on it. For raw foods like rice go 50/50 with the rice and water others like vegetables will require little or none. Once the items are cooked you can drain off any water, put the lids on and pump them this sucks the air out and helps keep them fresh and it also gives a strong seal on the lid so it won't come off. You can see a rubber nipple that pulls in when the lids are on tightly (they have a seal around them too), to open them up push the middle rubber seal to the side and it releases the air. Load up the compartments in the steamer job done.

Cooking times will vary there are some simple instructions included enough to get you going and how to operate the steamer, they could be a bit more in depth and there are a few translation errors but you can pick it up quite easily. I would simply rinse the pans and covers by hand but the pans are stainless good grade too so they should be fine in a dishwasher. The outer case does get hot, and some steam will come out of the top 2 vents so

It's possible you might never use the "portable" functionality of this steamer but I suspect that it will get used as you can prepare quite a decent quantity of food, store it and take it with you for the day at about 30cm tall by 20cm wide it's far from big either and it's possible to just use the smallest part and take that on it's own. Steaming is a great way of cooking because it's much better at holding the nutrients in food and the taste is superior too, but it's also fairly energy efficient this uses around 250 watts not much at all really and you can whip up a curry fairly quickly wander off and it's ready to eat or take with you in 25 minutes or so; a stew could take about 60-80 minutes, reheating about 10 minutes. Any weaker points? I'd prefer a 3 pin plug you get an adapter for this, the manual could be a bit more in depth maybe a bit about cooking and some more examples.

As far as design and materials excellent all round thick plastics, high grade stainless steel nothing to really fault here this is a strong unit and well built. Some kitchen appliances tend to get bought played with for a while then shoved in a corner to gather dust, however this isn't likely one of them it's not only a very practical way to cook it's also easy and the food just tastes better. Top marks for this the maker has come up with a great product and it's far more useful than a conventional kitchen steamer.
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Zalman ZM-M500WL - ZM-M500WL 3000 DPI Wireless Optical Mouse
Zalman ZM-M500WL - ZM-M500WL 3000 DPI Wireless Optical Mouse
Offered by LambdaTek ComponentShop
Price: £28.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Attractive and responsive mouse, Nano reciever could be improved though, 7 July 2015
l bought this mouse to replace a Logitech LX-7 laser mouse and pleased to say in most areas the Zalman is a superior mouse, though it does have a few areas which could be better.

Opening the box you get the mouse, a soft beige drawstring bag to store it in, the Nano USB receiver, and a set of Energizer alkaline AA batteries.
This isn't specifically designed for notebook users but it's not a big mouse at 107mm by 58mm by 36mm it's suitable for desktop and laptop users and the included "bag" is useful for travel if needed.

The mouse has a very nice "piano black glossy finish" no question it will need a polish from time to time with fingerprints but it does look good. Onto the sides we have some recessed groves to add a bit of grip, on the back section a button which opens up the case you insert the AA batteries here and there is a space to store the Nano receiver too. Design is better than most here it's often a struggle to insert batteries, a bit more space with this mouse and less hassle.

On the top deck the usual left/right paddles, the scroll wheel has a smooth rubber finish with a slight notched feel rotating it, very quiet too moving it this has a press down button but not a side to side scroll.. A neat feature is the button behind the wheel this has DPI marked on it push it forward/back as per web navigations if you press it down it cycles through the various DPI settings 1000, 2000, 3000 DPI a beep indicates the setting (ie 1 beep up to 3 beeps and then back again with another press)

Pairing up worked well you'll need to give it a few seconds for the OS to find the mouse (not long about 10 seconds on my Win 7 PC) OS support is from Win 2000, up to Win 8.1. No additional drivers are included this uses the standard ones. One you power on the mouse 2 beeps indicate it has connected to the receiver.

Onto the weaker points and there is only really one and that's the Nano receiver location wise it wasn't overly happy at the bottom of the PC case at the back, improved at the top but worked best on a front USB port or with a USB extension to move it away from the case. To be honest not the first time to see this and once you find a good spot the signal is reliable and accurate but Zalman have a bit of work to do to make the receiver stronger and less prone to interference. This does take the shine off an otherwise excellent mouse the build is good, very comfortable in use, easy to fit the batteries and micro switches are to a high quality in short it's great bar that one point. This won't be an issue for laptop users but desktop ones will need to experiment a bit location wise. Range was about 8-9 feet receiver to mouse, it's a bit early to comment on battery life but you can turn the mouse off if required. Being symmetrical it's also a suitable for left handed users.

Some might not be overly impressed with the beeping sound it could be a bit quieter or have an LED indication it's useful to have this to switch DPI (not a gaming mouse as such but it's not out of place styling wise)
For me a 4/5 great mouse average Nano receiver
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uni-ball Jetstream SX-101 Ballpoint pens - Black/Blue, Pack of 8
uni-ball Jetstream SX-101 Ballpoint pens - Black/Blue, Pack of 8
Price: £4.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth in use with very quick drying ink, 7 July 2015
I bought a bunch of these pens looking for one that's both light and suitable for left handed users (which I am) it's a common problem to have ink smudging on the paper when your hand moves over the written area even with normal biros. Pleased to report that the ink dries pretty much instantly thus avoids the smearing problem.

Comfort wise very good too, there is a fine textured effect to the casing and some additional grooves near the tip area giving a good grip to the pen. There is a transparent section in the stem so you can see how much ink is left, a plastic cap is provided (this has a safety hole in it as most pens do in case it's swallowed by accident) when using the pen this clips onto the top part securely. At the tip this area can be unscrewed, the plastics are thick here so it should hopefully avoid cracking problems.

Probably the best part of the pen is the writing experience very little pressure is required to get the ink flowing it's a pleasure to write with and the ball tip never jams up or digs in. There are a variety of tip sizes up to 1.0mm for normal writing and various colours available I will certainly be using these as my "go to" pens from now on. One of the nicest pens I've used and highly recommended Uni-ball have a real winner here


Tdk Cd/Dvd Markers by Game Points Direct
Tdk Cd/Dvd Markers by Game Points Direct
Offered by Game Points Direct
Price: £7.45

3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad though some of the pens dried up, 7 July 2015
I bought a couple of these market pen packs a few years ago mostly for CD/DVD's but the odd time I'd need to write on a clear surface.
I used most of the colours equally though black tends to get used more, about 3 months later 3 pens out of the 2 packs were not working anymore.

Some of the pens worked for quite a while (ie a few years for the colours I used less) but they were mixed in performance the red for example was fairly light in colour and wasn't very easy to read even when I first got the packs. As with all pens you don't expect them to last forever ink runs out, they did the job to a reasonable level but I would have expected more consistency among the pens.

I've since tried a few other makers after these packs expired, but I've yet to really find a good maker for CD markers.
Bit of a mixed bag on these pens


SAVFY Bum Waist Bag - [ 4 Zip Pockets ] Waist Travel Hiking Outdoor Sport Bum Bag Holiday Money Hip Pouch with Adjustable Belt Passport Wallet Ticket Fanny Pack Festival
SAVFY Bum Waist Bag - [ 4 Zip Pockets ] Waist Travel Hiking Outdoor Sport Bum Bag Holiday Money Hip Pouch with Adjustable Belt Passport Wallet Ticket Fanny Pack Festival
Offered by eLifeStore Ltd
Price: £7.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little "belt bag", 7 July 2015
I bought one of these for use when cycling a handy place to put items such as key or a phone and a bit of change/money. These belt bags are quite useful for day trips, hiking and you even see them at car boot sales sellers using them to store cash.

What attracted me to this model was the thicker belt strap I've used a few thinner ones and they were not really wide enough and can "cut into" your waist at times. The buckle is also nice and solid a firm click, plenty of adjustment for smaller or larger waist sizes too. On the front is a double zip reversed U shape compartment, behind this a fold over zip one this is by far the largest the space is as wide and tall as the pack and lots of depth ideal for more "bulky items". To the side is a small pouch with a zip again not sure it's that useful possibly for coins, a latch on the other side is nice though you can attach keys or other items to this. Material is pretty good, back in water resistant with a covering. Only minor place I would enhance the product is a little "padding" on the back of the bag. In other areas though it's one of the better ones I've tried.


67mm TO 77mm STEP UP RING
67mm TO 77mm STEP UP RING
Offered by Crooked Imaging
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Well made step up ring, 7 July 2015
I bought a few of these Kood step up rings, having had a bad experience with some of the unbranded offerings. Mostly in relation to poor threading which was causing problems with filters sticking and being hard to put on and remove.

I was given a few Kood step down rings before (these are less useful but ok for close up filters etc) and the make seemed good based on those products so I added some more. No issues so far it's a simple product with an aluminium frame, anodised so the finish is permanent satin black. Threading is good on both ends filter and the lens thread.

Note:
Step up rings allow you to use larger filters on smaller filter lenses, so I'd advise picking one of the bigger sizes, and getting a few step up rings to save buying some of the more expensive filters multiple times. Though if you have a very large lens like a 77mm you might find it a bit large for smaller filter sizes.

Step down rings are less useful because you are fitting a smaller filter to a larger lens, which will cause vignetting, though it can be handy for close up lenses where you might be cropping quite a bit. A decent stepping ring it's worth buying a few, however if you need quite a lot of them it makes more sense to buy a set of them.


(Updated 2015. With Backlit)Rii i8+ 2.4GHz Mini Mobile Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad Mouse , Backlit LED, Rechargable Li-ion Battery And comfortable Silicone back Cover for for PC,Laptop,Raspberry PI 2, MacOS,Linux, HTPC, IPTV, google Android Smart TV Box ,XBMC,Windows 2000 XP Vista 7 8 10,UK Layout (Black)
(Updated 2015. With Backlit)Rii i8+ 2.4GHz Mini Mobile Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad Mouse , Backlit LED, Rechargable Li-ion Battery And comfortable Silicone back Cover for for PC,Laptop,Raspberry PI 2, MacOS,Linux, HTPC, IPTV, google Android Smart TV Box ,XBMC,Windows 2000 XP Vista 7 8 10,UK Layout (Black)
Offered by Uxpressbuying
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Improved version, now features a useful "backlight", 6 July 2015
Note: The maker supplied a review sample, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

First off you get a supplied "mini" USB cable it's a single cable and not the one with a built in female port and mini USB lead (it would be better to have this included as you can plug it into a TV box and use the cable for the receiver and to charge it ie avoid unplugging)

That to one side the design of this is the same as the older one with one obvious difference, the "backlight". This has an auto off function once paired it shuts off 3 seconds after the last key press, but you can activate it manually if required. The keyboard is well made light but with decent plastics and rubber on all the buttons, they have a firm click when pressed.

Layout is UK to a point that is £ is present though the @ button has moved down a little still it's easy enough to pick up for keyboard users. You have the main controls for volume +/-, play/pause. On the right a navigation pad common shortcuts such as home/mute search. Trackpad can respond as a mouse button single or double taps but also if you hold two fingers or thumbs you can "scroll" around web pages too it works well and is quite responsive, you might want to tweak the speed settings though on the device.

I tested the range clear line of sight at 7 metres odd that's better than some I've tried even if it's a bit below the "spec" This can work with a number of devices such as computers, consoles, TV's (some might not allow all the menu selections)..but clearly it's aimed more at TV boxes which usually come bundled with a fairly hopeless remote that's fine for Netflix but awful for web browsing or navigating through Android menus etc. Has to be said this is far better for applications such as that. Also noted this has a build in "microphone" on the lower right hand side. Hard to comment on battery life on average I've been getting about 2 weeks out of the "non backlit" model sometimes a little more. I'll update the review with a longer term assessment of that once I've used it for longer.

Right now though it's a good little wireless keyboard, using your thumbs does take a bit of time to pick up but you soon get used to it. Using the track pad to move the cursor around is much faster than fumbling with the normal remote. Only area I'd pick for improvement is a removable battery or the option to power it via some AAA's, in other areas it hits the mark. Good stuff.
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Rii Mini Ultra Slim K12 2.4GHz RF Portable Wireless Keyboard with Large Size Touchpad Mouse , Rechargable Li-ion Battery And High Quality Stainless Steel Back Cover for for PC,Laptop,Raspberry PI 2, MacOS,Linux, HTPC, IPTV, google Android Smart TV Box ,XBMC,Windows 2000 XP Vista 7 8 10 (Black,UK Layout)
Rii Mini Ultra Slim K12 2.4GHz RF Portable Wireless Keyboard with Large Size Touchpad Mouse , Rechargable Li-ion Battery And High Quality Stainless Steel Back Cover for for PC,Laptop,Raspberry PI 2, MacOS,Linux, HTPC, IPTV, google Android Smart TV Box ,XBMC,Windows 2000 XP Vista 7 8 10 (Black,UK Layout)
Offered by Uxpressbuying
Price: £16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A few areas I'd tweak, but it's a good compact "wireless" keyboard, 6 July 2015
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

You get a supplied USB cable with this keyboard it has a male connection, female port (to allow you to plug the nano receiver in) and the mini USB plug built in, this allows you to charge the keyboard from the same cable and avoiding the need to unplug the receiver (handy if you are using a console or Android box)

The keyboard is 26cm wide by just over 18cm, all the keys are flat with a touchpad to the right and brushed metal finish on the underside (this also has an area to store the nano receiver) and two rubber pads. Back section has the mini USB port and on/off switch and two LED's one blue when it's on and the other a low battery red LED (this also glows red when charging and goes out when complete) UK keyboard on this but a few points to note the @ symbol has been shoved down beside the cursor keys, and the enter button is USA style (ie not an L shape) still it's a lot better than not having the £ there and it's welcomed.

Touchpad serves a few functions firstly you can single or double finger tap for the left/right mouse functions (this is duplicated on the far less with buttons), or for just moving the cursor around. It can also be used to "scroll" pages with two fingers held drag them across the touch pad at the same time.

This will work with a PC (from XP onwards), Mac, Linux and Android devices too as well as consoles though some of the functions might not match. It's possible to access the media and shortcuts by pressing the "Fn" button (marked blue) with the other dual function buttons along the top and cursor keys etc. I found the keyboard to be well made with a solid feel the keys are also slightly raised on the F and J button this is to help touch typists but as one myself it's obviously not as easy to touch type on a smaller keyboard though it's possible with some adjustment.

I found the range to be about 5-6 metres, if you are using other wireless devices like mice bear in mice you might want to check the channels they are using. A few places I'd modify though this isn't backlit which would be nice though likely to eat the battery a bit more (doesn't take long to charge about 90 minutes from flat), a way to turn off the touchpad might be useful too. Quality is good though the style and design are attractive and as good as you would hope for a keyboard of such small dimensions. Plug and play as all RF devices are this worked just fine on the Android box I used it on and a Windows PC you might want to tweak the mouse speed as this is linked to the touch pad.

It's a nice keyboard though I see it being used mainly for TV boxes (which are a pain with normal remotes particularly for text input) possibly some tablet users will find a use for it. Worth considering if you want the compact size.
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Ecosusi Design Electronics Accessories Travel Organiser
Ecosusi Design Electronics Accessories Travel Organiser
Offered by ECOSUSI INC
Price: £26.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Handy "multi purpose" storage/travel bag, 6 July 2015
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

This bag is about 25cm long by 19cm with a depth of just under 8cm, as with most bags there is a bit of play you can cram quite a lot of items into this. Outer shell is made from nylon and offers some water resistance, the edge all around the case is re-enforced with a harder spine to help hold the shape - padding all around on the front/back and side strip. On the top a carry handle and a double zip with easy grip plastic tabs.

Inside the case the main compartment has 2 longer and one shorter divider these can be custom aligned to get the best configuration for whatever you are storing (all 3 have a Velcro grip on the edges and are padded too) A zip section for the top part this has a small SD card pouch with a mesh covering the entire area.

Quality is very good it feels well made using nice quality materials with decent padding to prevent any damage to items. I managed to squeeze quite a lot of parts into the bag including a 3 pin PC power cable, mini volt meter, power supply tester, SATA cables and many screws/motherboard risers and cable ties it's ideal for storing items like this. However you could just as easily use it for other items power adapters, hard drives, store a travel wash kit in there it would even make a pretty good fishing bag.

No obvious flaws with this really it's down to the size requirements this quite portable but as with all bags it's a balance between size and what you want to store it's a sensible size though too much bigger and you'd have a less "travel" suited product. Only one area I might tweak possibly a back pocket would be useful to have, as it is though it's a really good little bag and well thought out. Recommended
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