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The Friendly Swede Silicone Fasteners for Garmin Vivofit Wristband (12 Pack)
The Friendly Swede Silicone Fasteners for Garmin Vivofit Wristband (12 Pack)
Offered by The Friendly Swede [UK]
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Great accessory for the Vivofit, 25 Nov 2014
Got these as though I think the Vivofit is great, its odd clasp does make it liable to fall off.

These are spot on. A couple are probably ideal to hold the strap on, and cover the end of the strap that goes over the top, and can catch things quite easily.
I like having a nice range of colours too, being able to add a bit of colour to the black wristband I've got without going over the top is a great option too.

Highly recommended.


Airfix 1:48 Scale Supermarine Spitfire MkVb Messerschmitt Bf109E Dogfight Doubles Gift Set
Airfix 1:48 Scale Supermarine Spitfire MkVb Messerschmitt Bf109E Dogfight Doubles Gift Set
Price: £22.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality set, 19 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Thought this looked like a great set, two of the most famous aeroplanes in history in the one pack.

Haven't done an Airfix kit for years, and was interested to see what kind of improvements have been made. I was really impressed - the instructions are very clear, and easy to find the relevant pieces as every single piece is clearly marked - A/B/C etc denoting each group of parts, and then individual numbers for each part.

One thing I did find at that this stage was some of the parts were quite difficult to disconnect from the plastic frame - most pieces easily twisted off, but parts that had thin connectors within them are easily broken, though this is a fairly minor point if you take care.

Apart from that, it is an enjoyable, and fairly challenging (with the smaller parts) to put together, but very rewarding once it is complete.

Another improvement is the inclusion of brushes and differents paints - I can remember having to keep a selection of enamel paint colours, nice not to have to worry about that.

In summary, this is a top class kit, and highly recommended.


2X 4M 40 LED Colourful BATTERY OPERATED LED FAIRY STRING LIGHTS IDEAL FOR CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS, FESTIVE LIGHTS, BIRTHDAY PARTY LIGHTS,WEDDING
2X 4M 40 LED Colourful BATTERY OPERATED LED FAIRY STRING LIGHTS IDEAL FOR CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS, FESTIVE LIGHTS, BIRTHDAY PARTY LIGHTS,WEDDING
Offered by Golden Battery
Price: £30.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Exccellent Christmas lights, 16 Nov 2014
Got these to bolster our pretty weak Christmas lighting display, and are really impressed with them.

Needed 3 AA batteries to get up and running, and when switched on give a very bright display - either at steadily on, or flashing - just a little switch on the battery is required to adjust.

Much handier than mains lights, they really look the part, and great addition to any lighting display thanks to the number of lights, and their brightness.

Highly recommended.


Set of 2 4M 40 Snowflake Colourful LED Battery Operated Fairy Lights For Christmas Tree Lights, New Year Decoration Lights, Festive Lights, Birthday Party Lights, Wedding
Set of 2 4M 40 Snowflake Colourful LED Battery Operated Fairy Lights For Christmas Tree Lights, New Year Decoration Lights, Festive Lights, Birthday Party Lights, Wedding
Offered by Golden Battery
Price: £25.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Christmas lights, 16 Nov 2014
Got these to bolster our pretty weak Christmas lighting display, and are really impressed with them.

Needed 3 AA batteries to get up and running, and when switched on give a very bright display - either at steadily on, or flashing - just a little switch on the battery is required to adjust.

Much handier than mains lights, they really look the part, and great addition to any lighting display thanks to the number of lights, and their brightness.

Highly recommended.


AVANTEK 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub with VL812 Chipset, 12V / 2.5A Power Adapter & 3.3ft / 1m USB 3.0 Cable
AVANTEK 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub with VL812 Chipset, 12V / 2.5A Power Adapter & 3.3ft / 1m USB 3.0 Cable
Offered by Claybox
Price: £57.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent USB 3.0 hub, 16 Nov 2014
Got this as I only have 2 USB 3.0 ports on my computer, and starting to find that more and more devices are capable of operating at 3.0, and I was being constrained by this.

Was impressed on receiving it - the hub is a nice matt black, feels pretty solid, and looks professional.

Absolutely no problems in getting it up and running - I tested it with both Windows 8.1, and OSX 10.9, and I didn't have any problems at all - hub didn't require drivers. I plugged in and added a USB 3.0 capable hard drive, and it worked immediately, as if it was plugged in directly.

I've added a few hard drives through it, and seeing excellent speed test results - copying files around from multiple disks plugged into the hub is noticeably much quicker than USB 3.0.
I've also tried running virtual machines through the hub, and have been very impressed with the response speeds too.

In summary, this is an excellent gadget at a pretty impressive price point, and highly recommended.


Inateck Mini Wireless Bluetooth 3.0 Keyboard for iPhone 6 5s 5c 5 / iPad Air 2, Air/ iPad mini 3, mini 2, mini/ Galaxy Tab / Galaxy Note / Nexus and Other Smartphone and Tablets - White
Inateck Mini Wireless Bluetooth 3.0 Keyboard for iPhone 6 5s 5c 5 / iPad Air 2, Air/ iPad mini 3, mini 2, mini/ Galaxy Tab / Galaxy Note / Nexus and Other Smartphone and Tablets - White
Offered by Inateck
Price: £29.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent wireless keyboard, 11 Nov 2014
Got this for my tablet, as finding it a pain to type on the on-screen keyboard.

Have been absolutely delighted with it. Initial impressions out of the box were very good - it is very lightweight and compact - though key size isn't compromised - the whole look and feel of the keyboard is very much like an Apple product.

Pairing with both my tablet (An Asus MemoPad), and my phone (Samsung Galaxy Note 2) was quick and painless - just search for device, press connect button, type in a 6 digit string on the keyboard, and I was connected.

Using the keyboard was very satisfying - nice click to the keys, and on-screen response time was perfect.

In summary, this is a great piece of tech, for a superb price - highly recommended.


How to Fall in Love
How to Fall in Love
by Cecelia Ahern
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 1 Nov 2014
This review is from: How to Fall in Love (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Another very good book from Cecelia Ahern - makes you laugh despite the serious subject matter. As ever she's great at writing about families, and crafting enjoyable, believable characters.

Highly recommended.


Vax Air  Reach U90-MA-Re Upright Vacuum
Vax Air Reach U90-MA-Re Upright Vacuum
Price: £99.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good vacuum cleaner, 1 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Got this after using a Dyson for a long time. I've been pretty impressed. The power and suction provided is top quality - really does a great job of lifting the toughest dirt and grime.
There is a good range of implements, brushes, and long hoses to help clean too. Was very easy to put together, though diagrams were pretty small.

Unfortunately misses out on a 5 star review because it tends towards the unwieldy. I certainly found it difficult to move around after using the Dyson ball. Not ridiculously so, but if I was a bit older, I'd recommend really having a think about buying one.

In summary, an excellent clear that could do with being a bit more manoeuvrable.


Clevamama Mattress Protector Double 135 x 190 - Fitted
Clevamama Mattress Protector Double 135 x 190 - Fitted
Price: £25.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality mattress protector, 23 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Really impressed with this mattress protector. Nice and soft material, none of the hard crinkly type material that a lot of other protectors for kids have.

Fits double bed well, and does the job perfectly. Highly recommended.


Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Cranky The Crane
Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Cranky The Crane
Offered by MMP Living
Price: £25.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent wooden toy, 13 Oct 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Got this for me 2 year old son's birthday, and he absolutely loves it.

The price was reduced to a decent level on Amazon, which was good as the Thomas Wooden Railway range can often be quite expensive.

It was bigger than I thought it was going to be, but as made it feel fairly substantial. Build quality is very good, finish is nice, and magnet works very well.

In summary, highly recommended.


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