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Garmin Quick Release Lanyard for Garmin Outdoor Handheld GPS Devices
Garmin Quick Release Lanyard for Garmin Outdoor Handheld GPS Devices
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't bother going for the carry case as the Oregon ..., 20 Jan. 2015
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Didn't bother going for the carry case as the Oregon 600T unit seems fairly robust, so just went for this instead. Tough and does what it's supposed to.


Belkin WeMo Smart Bayonet Fit B22 LED Light Bulb Starter Kit
Belkin WeMo Smart Bayonet Fit B22 LED Light Bulb Starter Kit
Price: £79.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too unreliable, 18 Jan. 2015
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Great when it works... which isn't very often, and that renders this pair of lightbulbs a rather expensive (£80) gimmick!

First off, the WiFi unit took around three hours to get working properly. The included documentation is hopelessly inadequate, for instance there's a little LED on the WiFi unit that can flash in any one of four colours and at different rates, but the instructions (basically a set of pictures) gives you no clue what the different colours/rates mean. The biggest problem is that the WiFi unit would not connect to my home WiFi even though it is in the same room, has a strong signal throughout the house and no interference from neighbours. In the end it took repeated attempts which involved resetting the router and waiting, and trying, and failing, and resetting, and trying etc., before finally it suddenly connected! At that point the unit wanted a firmware upgrade, which failed. Once working, the unit downloaded a firmware update which promptly failed. Several attempts later the firmware upgrade finally succeeded and the two bulbs started responding.

For week the setup worked fine before it then simply stopped responding to the iOS app. At that point you have to remove the bulbs and plug them back in again just to switch them on!! They no longer respond to the app and I have tried all manner of resets of the WiFi unit and the app but with no success.

If the kit would work reliably they would be a 5-star product, but as it stands I have an £80 pair of LED light bulbs that are useless.


[Apple MFI Certified] 1Byone Lightning to USB Cable 3.28ft (1M) for iPhone 6 6 Plus, iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, iPad Air, iPod nano 7th Gen and iPod touch 5th Generation-1-Year Limited Warranty
[Apple MFI Certified] 1Byone Lightning to USB Cable 3.28ft (1M) for iPhone 6 6 Plus, iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, iPad Air, iPod nano 7th Gen and iPod touch 5th Generation-1-Year Limited Warranty
Offered by 1Byone Products Inc
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality and works fine, 30 Sept. 2014
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Not often I rave about cables, but I have to say this one impressed me not just because it does exactly what it's supposed to but also because it actually looks and feels well made. A lot of these 'compatible' Apple products look cheap and basic, but you could be forgiven for thinking this was a genuine Apple cable if it wasn't for the logo printed at one end. Even comes in its own little box with a service and warranty card. So impressed in fact, I've bought another.


Lifemax Automatic Led Night Light 678.1t
Lifemax Automatic Led Night Light 678.1t
Price: £14.53

5.0 out of 5 stars Have been really pleased with the performance of this little unit, 26 Sept. 2014
Have been really pleased with the performance of this little unit. I have it positioned in the downstairs hallway outside the kitchen and it is bright enough to allow me to go downstairs into the kitchen without turning on the hall light. The illumination is an orange glow that's bright enough to see without being distracting, and is triggered when ambient light levels fall below a certain level. In fact it's quite sensitive so that at a certain time in the evening, if I walk between it and the kitchen window it will come on. Been working flawlessly for many months now, would certainly recommend it.


Belkin 17" Laptop Messenger Bag in Black and Red
Belkin 17" Laptop Messenger Bag in Black and Red
Price: £27.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Good value and stylish., 26 Sept. 2014
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Purchased this to use with a 17" MacBook Pro and have been very pleased with it indeed. With the red accents it's stylish (well, as stylish as a laptop bag can be) and it has plenty of compartments to store the laptop itself and all the paraphernalia (charger, mains & ethernet cables, stationary, etc.) that goes with it. Construction looks good with even stitching and zips that work properly, and the strap is wide enough to not dig into your shoulder.

Would definitely recommend it.


Waring WTK17RU Traditional Kettle, 1.7 Litre, Red
Waring WTK17RU Traditional Kettle, 1.7 Litre, Red
Price: £44.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish good performer, 26 Sept. 2014
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This stylish red kettle makes a pleasant change from the black/white/steel jobs you so often see. Well put together and having used it on a daily basis for several months now, I haven't had any problems. Lid is pretty easy to remove/refit although the position of the handle might make filling ever so slightly awkward, however I just tilt the kettle a bit to one side. Relatively quick to boil and quite quiet when doing so, so I'd have no hesitation recommending this to anyone who doesn't want a run-of-the-mill looking kettle.


Quiksilver Basic B Redemption Backpack - Tango
Quiksilver Basic B Redemption Backpack - Tango
Offered by pianetaoutlet
Price: £38.80

4.0 out of 5 stars Basic but cheerful., 9 April 2014
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This is a very basic rucksack, just one large section at the back and a smaller pocket at the front so more useful as a 'stuff-sack' rather than for organising and transporting different items. That said, the stitching and zips appear sturdy, the material looks to be shower-proof and the colour-scheme is bright and interesting so here's hoping it'll do a few years decent service.


Royal Worcester Country Gent Mug
Royal Worcester Country Gent Mug
Offered by The Kitchen Cabinet
Price: £10.74

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 9 April 2014
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On a recent trip to a National Trust property, a relative saw these mugs and fell in love with them. Unfortunately, while they had the other designs, they didn't have two of the badger mugs in stock, so as her birthday was approaching I decided I'd buy them online for her as a surprise.

They arrived yesterday and... what a let down. Firstly the packaging was dreadful! The mugs themselves were wrapped in a singl;e thin layer of bubblewrap, each inside their own presentation box. The presentation boxes themselves were broken and mishapen, not the sort of thing you'd present to someone as a gift. What's more, the ribbon securing the boxes was tied in a tight knot, not even a bow. The two presentation boxes were in a larger cardboard box with a small amount of screwed up paper, designed to stop the two smaller boxes rattling around - had there been enough of it! I have to say, I was fully expecting the mugs to be broken, but by some miracle they were intact.

As to the mugs themselves, yes they are a bit smaller than your average mug but we were expecting that having seen them in the shop. What I wasn't expecting though was two mugs with different coloured designs! On one the badger was a pinkish grey, on the other it was a bluish grey, so very obviously from two different batches and not checked before dispatch.

Given that the birthday is today, I don't have the time to return them. Lesson learned though - when I see these in future I shall buy them in the shop and not risk it online. It's a real shame because the artwork itself is wonderful and the mugs (if matching) are very pretty.


Auraglow BC/B22 Remote Controlled Colour Changing Light Bulb
Auraglow BC/B22 Remote Controlled Colour Changing Light Bulb
Offered by Safield Dist. Ltd
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and easy to use, 18 Feb. 2014
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I see reviews here giving this product a one star rating, bemoaning the fact that this bulb is not bright enough to light a room. Well if you do your research a 4.2w LED bulb (as this particular Auraglow one is), is about the equivalent of a 40w incandescent bulb so yes, there's no way it will fill a typical room. However that's not the fault of the bulb, more a case of people not bothering to do a little investigation of what it is they're buying. It's rather like buying a Ferrari and then complaining that it's only got 2 seats... if you want 4 seats then do a bit of research before you buy!

That aside, this bulb is about the same size as a typical incandescent bulb and works straight out of the box. Plug the bulb in, tear the little plastic protecting strip off the remote and off you go. There are 15 different colours to choose from and 4 different brightness levels. In addition to that there are 5 different modes to choose from the remote (flashing, strobe, fade and smooth as well as 'steady'). The remote itself is easy to use, and the bulb responds pretty much instantly.

Perfect for mood lighting or adding an accent to a room. Not sure if it's good value for money, but then LED is still in its infancy with home lighting so there obviously a premium there. Would definitely recommend it though.


Dyson DC40 Animal Lightweight Dyson Ball Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Dyson DC40 Animal Lightweight Dyson Ball Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Offered by euroelectricals
Price: £314.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not all I'd hoped it would be., 1 Feb. 2014
Back in 2002 I purchased my first Dyson, a DC07 'All Floors' and it was a revelation. Powerful suction and no bags to worry about I was very content. After some building work work in 2008 it started to lose performance and I eventually arranged for Dyson to service it at my home. For just £69 I basically got an entirely new machine and a lesson from the engineer that hoovering up large quantities of building dust and debris is not good for any vacuum (my bad!).

Five years on and the trusty DC07 still works well but it tends to blow as much dust around as sucking it up (despite me washing the filters) so I felt it may be time to treat myself to a new Dyson. I've always gone for uprights and eventually plumped for the DC40 Animal.

Oh.... dear....

Dyson, what have you done? It seems that in some misguided desperation to be the innovators of the vacuum world they have abandoned practicality in the urge to be different. So why do I say that? Well for starters this whole 'ball' thing, nice idea although not once did I ever think to myself while using my old DC07 "I wish this thing was more manoeuverable". The problem is that the upper part of the machine now balances on something that is fundamentally unstable, and when the machine is parked it leans drunkenly over to one side. Secondly, the rear wheels (if you can call them that) retract out of the way with the slightest pressure on the handle. This means that you cannot roll the machine from one location to another on its wheels, you instead have to push the whole brush/head assembly across the floor.

Moving on to the tools. Once you finally figure out how to attach the supplied plastic clamp to the machine (because it's not in the instructions) you'll find that only two of the supplied attachments can be stored on the machine. The third, this rotating brush thing, well that just has to float around your house until you lose it. What's more, the crevice tool, when standing in its holder, wobbles around. By comparison, all the tools supplied with my DC07 are stored securely on the machine itself. Another thing picked up by a reviewer here is that the brush attachment is really awkward to use. It has a rigid section behind the brush head of about 9 inches, making it difficult to direct. Another thing worth mentioning is that because this machine is light and not that steady in the upright position, it can easily collapse when using the hoses as I've had on a number of occasions. The result is that the handle assembly will smash down onto the floor.

Next on to dust bin or whatever you call it. Looks fancy with all those purple swirly bits, but remove it from the machine for emptying and you notice that the clear plastic canister doesn't fix securely to the cyclone, it rattles around. Also the trigger for opening the canister to release its contents, it's a two-piece plastic rod which looks like it's designed to break after a few years use. The base of the canister isn't flat either (like the DC07) instead it has two long plastic locating pins which snag clumps of fluff on emptying so you then have to get your hands dirty removing them. What's more the rigmarole of emptying the bin is something you'll have to do often because it's tiny!

It's not all doom and gloom though and the machine has two redeeming features. First, like all Dysons it has great suction power so it will get your carpets etc. clean. Secondly, the dust retention is very good although as the seals between the numerous moving parts start to age I wonder if this will always be the case.

All in all this isn't what I was expecting from a new Dyson. The overall design is 'clever' but just doesn't seem robust, and with so many quirks (flaws) I think three out of five is probably generous. Fortunately I kept my DC07 and think I shall probably invest in getting it serviced again. Who knows, with a new set of filters and seals it may be as good as the DC40 Animal at trapping dust.


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