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GoPro Accessory Bundle by CamKix including 1 Bobber plus Thumbscrew / 1 Removable Floaty for Housing Backdoor with Waterproof Velcro and Adhesive / 1 Set of 20 x Anti-Fog Inserts / 1 Thumbscrew Opening Tool / 1 Microfiber Cleaning Cloth / 1 Wrist Strap (Yellow)
GoPro Accessory Bundle by CamKix including 1 Bobber plus Thumbscrew / 1 Removable Floaty for Housing Backdoor with Waterproof Velcro and Adhesive / 1 Set of 20 x Anti-Fog Inserts / 1 Thumbscrew Opening Tool / 1 Microfiber Cleaning Cloth / 1 Wrist Strap (Yellow)
Offered by ECO-FUSED UK
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, high quality "Water" kit for GoPro users, 19 Aug 2014
Note: The manufacturer supplied me with a sample to review, no attempt was made to influence my review.

This is a pretty extensive kit for anyone who's into their water activities just about all the bits you would need are here including:

1 x Yellow Bobber (15cm tall, diameter is about 125mm) this has a thumbscrew and nut on it as well as a thread at the bottom for mounting to other items (like a pole etc)
3 x 3M Adhesive pads one is water resistant double sided adhesive (to stick to the floaty) and 2 Velcro adhesive backs
1 x Yellow "Floaty" this is a spongy type material covered in water resistant coating
1 x Hand strap and easy open tool (for use with thumbscrews)
1x Pack of "20" small anti fog re-usable inserts,
1 x Lens cloth for cleaning the camera/lens

In use there are a few choices here on the "Bobber" this is a nicely made solid plastic item that can be hand held (you can also attach the strap over the top) it has metal screw thread at the bottom, and you can stand it up on it's own (the base is flat). Of course the other obvious part here is it also floats! You have a thumb screw and dome head bold attached to the Bobber out of the box.

Onto the "Floaty" this is a rectangular shape which perfectly fits the back of the WR housing on a camera, but you have an option of using the permanent double sided adhesive attachment, or a Velcro pad one side onto the housing back the other on the Floaty itself.

"Anti Fog inserts" you get a generous kit of 20 pads to prepare the pads simply "oven bake" them for about 5 minutes at around 150 degrees, the back of the pack warns against using a toaster (ie keep the pads away from a direct element) Once done use two pads one on each side and they're good for a few uses, and you can just re-bake them when required so you've enough pads here to last a long time.

Performance well excellent the Bobber has quite a few uses not just in the water it's a comfy grip too and can be mounted on a pole or free standing, and the Floaty works a treat too though I prefer to use the Velcro attaching method. The important part here though is the provided pads are good, once stuck on that's it they are on, which is exactly what you want these cameras are not cheap so I think it's worth getting some decent accessories for it. I've tried a few super budget kits from various makers and some are not bad, but none have come up to this kit in terms of the quality that's here, everything is well made and feels solid. Of course there are other makers of cameras out there so you can use this with alternative products just fine not just the GoPro range.

A really good bundle and highly recommended.


30 Inch Stainless Steel Tether Lanyard for GoPro Hero - Fully Customizable to Suit Your Needs - 13 Piece Kit Includes Two 30 inch Stainless Steel Lanyards / 8 Compressible Metal Tubes/ 2 Heat Shrinkable Tubes / 1 Instruction Card / Compatible with GoPro Hero 1/2/3/3+
30 Inch Stainless Steel Tether Lanyard for GoPro Hero - Fully Customizable to Suit Your Needs - 13 Piece Kit Includes Two 30 inch Stainless Steel Lanyards / 8 Compressible Metal Tubes/ 2 Heat Shrinkable Tubes / 1 Instruction Card / Compatible with GoPro Hero 1/2/3/3+
Offered by ECO-FUSED UK
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful kit for GoPro and action cam users, 19 Aug 2014
Note: The manufacturer supplied me with a review sample, no attempt was made to influence my review

The kit I received was the twin pack this consists of:
2 x 30" stainless steel plastic coated wire
2 x approx. 11cm lengths of heat shrink tube
8 x Oval shaped metal tubes

The instructions provided show you how to make up the wire loops you want to, very simple cut the heat shrink tube, slide it over the wire, next add the metal tube, make your loops to the size required, cut the wire to the length needed...slip the metal tube over the ends (good idea to cover the cut end completely with the tube... then hit the metal tube with a hammer and it locks the loop size so it won't move.

Tips:
Make sure the heat shrink is cut a bit larger than the metal tubes as you want to cover the entire metal area (and it shrinks a bit when heated) the instructions suggest about 1 cm that seems about right
Don't overdo the heating on the heat shrink tube you can use a lighter or match (or heat gun) but move it off quickly once the material has shrunk.

The metal wire is rust resistant and I've not had any problems in use it's strong, slim and light and the plastic coating helps prevent abrasions on other surfaces.

A handy kit that's well made with clear instructions and you'll be making Lanyards up in no time at all. Excellent


GoPro Thumbscrew Set by CamKix - 3 Aluminum Thumb Screw Bolts (2 Short, 1 Long) for GoPro Hero 1, 2, 3, 3+ / Also includes 1 CamKix Lanyard and 1 Easy Open Tool (Black)
GoPro Thumbscrew Set by CamKix - 3 Aluminum Thumb Screw Bolts (2 Short, 1 Long) for GoPro Hero 1, 2, 3, 3+ / Also includes 1 CamKix Lanyard and 1 Easy Open Tool (Black)
Offered by ECO-FUSED UK
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Quality set of "Thumb Screw Bolts", 19 Aug 2014
Note: The manufacturer sent me a review sample, this review is my own personal view of the product

This set includes 3 thumb screws bolts with a rubber washer pre-fitted on each with a done headed bolt.
Length of the larger bolt is approx. 55mm - the smaller bolts are around 46mm long.

Also included is a bolt tightening tool and a wrist strap which has an adjuster/locking mechanism to get a good fit without falling off. At the end of the strap is a loop which you can put through the hold in the tightening tool to keep it safe.
In terms of build quality the screws are excellent well machined and with a top notch finish to the paint, threads were clean and the bolts fitted very well once tightened up.
I would tend to agree with the other reviewer who notes the included plastic tool isn't "solid plastic" it has a hollow part in the middle and whilst I've not had any problems so far, it would be better to have a stronger fully moulded tool (minor point but worth a mention) It does help though opening and tightening up the bolts which can be tricky esp if you have wet/slippery hands.

Leaving that to one side though this set is well made and is a good buy for budding GoPro users looking for most screw bolts to add to their kit


BTR Large Pannier Bicycle Bag / Saddle Bike Bag - Expandable Bike Bag with High-Visibility Strip and Quick-Release Buckle - Water Resistant - Black
BTR Large Pannier Bicycle Bag / Saddle Bike Bag - Expandable Bike Bag with High-Visibility Strip and Quick-Release Buckle - Water Resistant - Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Handy well made "bigger size" saddle bag, 19 Aug 2014
Note: BTW provided me with a review sample, no attempt was made to influence my review

This bike saddle bag has a zipped section and a second lower zip to expand the case size if needed. Inside you get a set of bolts and two plastic clamps to "attach" the bag to the rails on the underside of the bike seat. There is also a hex key included to tighten up the bolts so no other tools are required for fitting. Once that's done you have a quick release mechanism at the top which slots into the clamps, a Velcro strap secures the bag to the seat post.

Just below the BTR logo you have a loop to attach a light, underneath you have two elasticated straps that can carry longer items if you can't fit them inside the bag itself. Near these is a small zipped pocket giving you another small compartment. Topped off with a high visibility stripe in between the two zips.

Build quality is very good with a hardened outer shell and strong water resistant materials I checked the stitching and it was good on my review sample. This bag is somewhat larger than other BTR bags I've tried which is useful if you need to carry more items (with the lower zip open it's about 6.5" in size quite a good bit of space for a saddle bag) the other appeal is the "quick release buckle which means you can take it off easily if you need to (ie going into a shop or leaving the bike parked up)

A very good bag and an impressive well thought out product


I AM CARDBOARD® 45mm Focal Length Virtual Reality Google Cardboard with Printed Instructions and Easy to Follow Numbered Tabs (WITH NFC)
I AM CARDBOARD® 45mm Focal Length Virtual Reality Google Cardboard with Printed Instructions and Easy to Follow Numbered Tabs (WITH NFC)
Offered by SUN TECH
Price: £19.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Novel way of using VR on a budget, 19 Aug 2014
Note the supplier sent me a review sample, no attempt was made to influence my review

"Google Cardboard" is a new concept with it's roots in stereoscopic viewers, I had a "view-master" a stereo image viewer with photographs on them, you pushed the lever to move the removable carousel of slides around, each image was slightly off-set to give the 3D presence. It worked quite well (as in giving a dimensional image) but was only of use for still images and a fairly specialist activity.

In the 90's VR was all the rage but the headsets were using very expensive hardware and were heavy and bulky and the technology wasn't really up to the job bar simple 3D scenes. Fast forward to now and Google have come up with a novel way of bringing "VR" to the masses but cleverly utilising your smart phone as the hardware behind it. Why a smartphone, well most people have one, and critically with their built in motion gyroscopic sensors they can detect movements and panning/positioning.

"Cardboard" is what it suggests a cardboard open out kit with two lenses which provide the view for the phone screen. Assembly is simple just follow the printed instructions it takes seconds to put together, the one I tested has NFC built in (some don't) You slot your phone into the front section and it's closed up with some Velcro attachments. You now have your cardboard VR headset made. The magnet on the side acts as a controller which triggers the phones magnetic sensor

Next step is to download the "Google Cardboard App" this splits the image into two parts on the screen (hence the 3D effect) each screen is slightly different to account for the eye positioning. There are more and more apps being developed to support cardboard, but a few I tried are YouTube (where the videos are spread out all around you and you can move to look at various screens, there is a flight sim VR game I tried and you have film viewers and a rollercoaster one to play with too, there are also "virtual tours" of places turning up where you can look around with the headset providing a pseudo 3D effect which can be quite good. The lenses are quite satisfactory giving a fairy sharp image in the central area with a drop off on the edges a tad, though in line with the price point (the idea being to keep costs down)

Over time more apps and games will get developed, some games will need a controller to be plugged in (you can get adapters to plug in game controllers) The concept is interesting but will need more development, and the quality of output is largely depended on the smart phone you are using, more up to date handsets do quite well here some older ones might lag a little when responding to movements.

In terms of the concept of cardboard it's quite a good one, the product is easy to use and successfully brings VR to the masses (at least the potential of it) The only real area for improvement is possibly a pre made head strap, DIY fans might want to experiment a bit with their own creations (you'll have to hold the headset without one), as it stands though cardboard is pretty good and likely to get better.

A simple item, but saves you the hassle of trying to make your own. Quite fun and well worth a look.


August EP605 - Bluetooth Wireless Earphones - Stereo Headset with Microphone - In-Ear Headphones for Mobile Phones, iPhone, iPad, Laptops, Tablets, Smartphones etc. (Black and White)
August EP605 - Bluetooth Wireless Earphones - Stereo Headset with Microphone - In-Ear Headphones for Mobile Phones, iPhone, iPad, Laptops, Tablets, Smartphones etc. (Black and White)
Offered by Daffodil UK
Price: £12.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely made with respectable sound quality, 19 Aug 2014
Note: The manufacturer sent me a review sample, the opinion expressed here is my own personal view of the product

This set of Bluetooth headphones comes boxed with a set of 3 silicone earpieces (covering small to large sizes) the medium tips are pre-fitted, you also get a micro USB cable to charge the earphones.

**In use**
Give the phones a charge for a few hours and the red LED light turns blue when charging is finished.
Pair the headphones up by pushing and holding the power button for about 5 seconds it flashes red and blue when in pairing mode just add the phones (EP605) from your Bluetooth phone and it's ready to go

If you have Bluetooth on a PC (laptop or desktop) you can also connect the phones, you won't need a driver for more up to date operating systems like Win 8/7 (but you do for Vista and XP you can download one if needed)

When powered off and turned on again the August EP605 will pair up to the last connection used, so bear this in mind if you are using multiple devices. Lower power is indicated by the LED flashing red/blue then it's time to charge them up again. I found I got about 4.5 hours out of a single charge (it will vary depending on volume and other factors) that's roughly in line with claimed specification on battery endurance.

There are only a few controls on the EP605, the on/off button at the top, and a volume +/- button. Power button also doubles as a call accept/reject/end and has a re-dial facility too (double press to activate that) If you hold down the +/- buttons you can skip tracks back and forth. Very easy to use and worked just fine

Bluetooth range is about 10m as quoted but this might be less if you have walls and other objects in the way, I see the main use for these are on the go headphones for pairing up with a phone, in the living room I found no problems with pairing or signal drop outs. These phones are Bluetooth only so there is no option to directly connect them to a non Bluetooth device.

**Build/Sound quality**

Despite the "boxy" appearance the phones are quite comfortable, the plastic casing is also well made they don't feel fragile in any way. The phones have a single cable to connect left/right phones this is about 55cm long (ie more than long enough) cable quality was good with some additional cable relief.

Sound quality was fairly decent for the price (these are quite good value) not bad across the range though the separation wasn't amazing and the bass was not overly present (more midtones than anything., I've heard worse in this price range though these are a bit above average. If you're looking for a "fuller" audio experience it might be worth looking at some higher end offerings.

Overall the August EP605's are pretty good value and offer a well made package that does their intended job quite well. They are compact and handy to carry around, audio buffs might want something that's a bit better sound wise. Still worth a look for a pair of inexpensive Bluetooth headphones.


Spudz SPBK20 10x10 Micro Fibre Lens Cloth In Pouch -Black
Spudz SPBK20 10x10 Micro Fibre Lens Cloth In Pouch -Black
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Handy lens cloth with it's own storage bag, 19 Aug 2014
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I have quite a few lens cloths the problem for me is the times I forget to pack one, this "Spudz" micro fibre lens cloth comes with it's own built in pouch (which is neoprene ie flexible), complete with a plastic clip on top to attach it to various items be it a camera strap, bag or possibly belt loop.

Quality wise the cloth is good and does it's job of lens cleaning well. As others have noted it can also be used a grey card, it's pretty close to my reference 18% grey card calibrated colour chart.

Notes:
* Extended out fully the cloth is about 25cm x 25cm in a square shape (the tip is inside the pouch sewn in) so it extends out in a triangle shape, that's a good size for a cloth for lens cleaning. I would recommend folding it back in a similar way to how it unfolds rather than just shoving it back in the pouch
* As with any lens cleaning make sure no debris is on the lens element I'd also suggest a shake of the cloth before you use it just to make sure there are no particles on the cloth (I do this with all lens cloths)

Areas for improvement:
-Well it's a good buy for convenience but slightly overpriced for what you get (it's a lens cloth in a bag not an expensive item but a price of about £5 would represent a fairer price)
-The plastic hook is decent enough and does the job of attaching to various items you might want, but it's a little small and can be fiddly trying to attach it to a camera strap for example, you can take the hook off (there is a small loop to put another one on) A slightly larger hook would be just perfect

Overall though a good lens cloth with it's own self contained pouch to store it. Worth a look for those who forget to bring them or like to carry a spare.


August CR225 - FM Transmitter with Bluetooth and Microphone- In Car MP3 Player and Hands Free Kit for Smartphones and Tablets - Apple iPhone / Android / Windows Phone / Blackberry / iPod Touch / iPad Compatible
August CR225 - FM Transmitter with Bluetooth and Microphone- In Car MP3 Player and Hands Free Kit for Smartphones and Tablets - Apple iPhone / Android / Windows Phone / Blackberry / iPod Touch / iPad Compatible
Offered by Daffodil UK
Price: £27.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Good design compact and very simple to use, 18 Aug 2014
Note the supplier sent me a review sample, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

This "stalk design" Bluetooth and FM transmitter comes in the box in two parts, simply attach the top section the the bendy arm part, insert into the car adapter, tune the frequency to a suitable one via the dial at the base, match it on your car radio (ie pick one that is free and not used by a radio station) and that's it you now have Bluetooth added to the car.

Simply pair up your phone or other Bluetooth device and you can now stream to the August, you can change tracks via the two buttons below the LED display. You can adjust volume with the wider top metal dial at the top, there is a built in micro phone and using the large "M" button (right at the top) you can accept/reject or end calls. On the top of the car charger part you have a USB port to charge other items you might have like a tablet or phone or power a Sat Nav (1amp output on that)

Other notes:
* The unit has a small built in battery (so it can even be used separated from the base car charger) which is 200mAh in power rating the maker quotes about 2.5 hours of working time
* FM frequency range is 88.1-107.9MHz do bear in mind if you've picked a frequency and are travelling you might pick up other stations occasionally so try to pick a frequency that's not often used for FM broadcasts
* Working range of the Bluetooth is about 10m, and the FM transmission is around 5m

Overall quality:

The August feels quite nicely made with good plastics and a metal effect on the rings and buttons. Top unit is connected to the swivel arm via magnetic force and feels pretty secure once attached. The swivel arm is useful and once moulded to the shape/direction you want will hold that without any problems

LED is very clear the blue button and ring are nicely illuminated without being too distracting

Call/FM quality:
Good above average for an FM signal (didn't notice any dropping out once a good frequency is picked) and clear microphone no problems noted in use.

Areas for improvement:
Overall very happy with what the August offers and the package is a good quality one, if I were nit-picking I'd like smoother operation on the metal effect dials which are very slightly gritty they rotate just fine just something I noted

For me the August is one of the better Bluetooth car kits I've seen to date the design is good, and the quality overall feels a bit better than some other units I've used. Recommended for folks looking for a simple easy to use Bluetooth/FM gadget.


The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Daniel Craig
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £4.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced action adventure that does justice to the "Tintin" name, 18 Aug 2014
This animated adventure is both produced and directed by Steven Spielberg in his first animated effort, it is in most ways a satisfying watch with some excellent animation, a good voice cast and an exciting storyline

I have quite a few of the Tintin books and enjoyed the exploits brought to life by the Belgian cartoonist Hergé (Georges Prosper Remi)

The film take inspiration from a number of books and mixes in some bits of it's own, The Crab with the Golden Claws and The Secret of the Unicorn are the two main plot lines. Cast do a decent job including Jamie Bell as Tintin, Daniel Craig who voices Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine and Red Rackham, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg provide the well known detectives Thomson and Thompson, no complaints about the voice acting

The story starts with Tintin and Snowy (his longstanding dog companion) at a market where they buy a model ship "The Unicorn", taking the ship back home it's broken by accident revealing a scroll inside it which is the basis for most of the film story, the attempts by others to steal the scroll and the hidden secrets it contains. It turns out there are other scrolls and when combined will reveal the location of the real Unicorn ship and the treasure it contains.

A fairly simple plot, very much in the style of adventure films both animated or not. The quality of animation is excellent throughout clearly a lot of effort has been put into the production. The film is quite fast paced, and at times a little too much with very little time to ponder or relax (many films get criticised for being too drawn out or slow Tintin probably goes a bit too far the other direction) The ending leaves the door (somewhat predictably open) for other sequels which is a little disappointing that during the 1 hour 47 minutes the story isn't concluded. Plenty of material to work with for future Tintin adventures I'd have liked to see this one wrap up at the end. Still leaving the slightly super fast pace/action (in a few cases a little overboard and going beyond reality a bit too much) this is an enjoyable film which is a slick production with great visuals, and a genuinely fun adventure/storyline.
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Dirty Harry [DVD] [1971]
Dirty Harry [DVD] [1971]
Dvd ~ Clint Eastwood
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £3.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood's iconic performance still delivers the goods, 17 Aug 2014
This review is from: Dirty Harry [DVD] [1971] (DVD)
It's true to say Clint Eastwood has had a fine film career, but he's had a few hit and miss efforts over the years.
His two most important performances also arguably influenced the genre's he portrayed first with his "Man with No Name" westerns which dared to wander off the clean cut cowboy image most films were portraying.

Here Don Siegel and Eastwood again challenge the conventional mould with the "Harry Callahan" character which spawned a number of films, yet the first remains the best by some margin (the second installment being quite good though)

Harry Callahan is perfectly played by Eastwood, the no nonsense hardened Homicide Inspector with the San Francisco Police Department who is assigned to track down the serial killer "Scorpio" played very well by Andy Robinson. Evidently the film is very loosely inspired by the case of the "Zodiac killer".

What makes this police film somewhat different is the way Callahan is portrayed, far removed from the "by the book" Police Office Harry is quite happy to break the rules if needed, and do what's needed to get the job done, even if it's not to the approval of his superiors. His trademark Smith & Wesson Model 29 "Magnum '44" is remembered for it's extreme stopping power and long barrel it's presence on screen is designed to augment the Callahan image ultimate force when required. The film is well paced with some excellent sequences, including the memorable moment Harry confronts a number of bank robbers in sequence few will forget where the wounded robber has to make a choice, and ponders if he "fired six shots or only five?"

But Dirty Harry is more than just a big gun disgruntled cop film, there are lighter moments in some scenes, supporting cast is good with John Vernon as the Mayor, Reni Santoni as his partner Inspector Chico Gonzalez, John Larch as the police chief. But it's Eastwood who dominates the screen during his time, though it has to be said Andy Robinson is every bit the "crazy killer" an actor could be asked to play, both work well together and there is a convincing feeling about the acting.

The story does side-line a little with other "smaller cases" that highlight Callahan's police style, but it's the Scorpio case that pushes the main plot.

At the time quite a controversial film which many felt didn't portray the police service in a very flattering light (quite the reverse) But Sigel and Eastwood dare to take a different path and the results is a film which few will forget. There is an obvious "70's" feel with the jumpy drum beat music though it's suits the film well, direction is solid and so is camera work though the performances lift this above the normal cop v bad guy film.. For me the most interesting part is Callahan's disillusionment with the "system" (which is questioned throughout the film) ending in the last scene with him throwing his badge into a river.

No doubt one of the most important roles for Eastwood and a firm favourite among film fans, this important production had a huge impact police style films an only added to Eastwood's "quiet but tough" image which he later used to good effect in other films.

Not to be missed, dated but still a gem.
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