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Bose ® SoundSport In Ear Headphones for Samsung Galaxy - Green
Bose ® SoundSport In Ear Headphones for Samsung Galaxy - Green
Price: £129.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality sound and "you'll forget you're wearing them" comfort, 12 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've been using these headphones daily for the past month when walking out and about and also when lounging around the house and they are the most comfortable earphones I've ever worn.

The soft silicone tips are superb and hold the earphones in place using the contours of your ear just above the ear hole. The other end of the tip forms a funnel that sits just inside your ear. Once you put them on they stay securely in place and you don't have keep readjusting them like you do with normal earphones. They're so comfortable that I forget that I'm wearing them.

Given that they're Bose, the overall sound quality is more or less first class. I'll dispense with most of the usual clichés except to say that the bass although NOT quite 100% perfect, sounds unforced and natural with no bass boost gimmicks. I always use David Axelrod's bass heavy 'Songs of Innocence' as the benchmark for the bass quality in earphones, headphones and speakers and after some slight adjustments to my phone's EQ levels in Poweramp it sounded fine, as does the rest of my music. You can turn the volume right up and they cope with ease with no noticeable distortion even at the very highest level.

There's no noise cancellation and you do hear cars driving by unless you have the volume exceptionally loud. Personally I prefer some awareness when I'm out and about but if you need noise cancellation, forget about these.

They use the traditional 'Y' wire design with the inline mic and remote hanging just below the right jaw. I have the ones that are compatible with Samsung Galaxy devices but everything works as it should with my Vodafone branded smartphone running Android 4.2.2 (Jellybean). You can skip backwards and forwards between tracks, pause tracks (which I find really handy) and it also has a mic for when you receive phone calls. I've used it a few times to take calls and it works just fine with callers hearing me without any problems - just press the Pause button on the remote when your phone rings and you're connected with the caller immediately. The inline mic and remote don't work with my iPad, so make sure you order the right ones.

They look good with the cable having an intertwined grey and green pattern with the Bose logo printed on the outer of each earphone. They come with an extension lead, three different size silicone tips, a tiny spring clip and a handy carry / storage zip pouch.

All things considered, I can't really find much at all to fault with these. I was previously using a pair of Sennheiser in-ear neckband headphones that alleviated the problem of having to re-adjust my earphones but these are, comfort wise, in a different league altogether. If you value comfort, Bose quality sound and don't need noise cancellation, buy these.


1TB 2,5" Silicon Power Portable Hard Disk Drive, ARMOR A60 Military Grade, Shockproof, Water resistant
1TB 2,5" Silicon Power Portable Hard Disk Drive, ARMOR A60 Military Grade, Shockproof, Water resistant
Offered by ecargo
Price: £55.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent shock proof and water resistant drive with fast transfer rates, 18 Dec. 2014
Despite the military-grade shockproof protection, this drive is not that much bigger than any other 2.5" portable hard drive. After unboxing it I dropped it from above head height onto my lino covered wooden kitchen floor and it survived intact without any damage or marks left on the case and it worked when I connected to my laptop.

It draws its power via the included USB-USB (i.e. not USB-Micro USB) cable, therefore there's no need for an extra power lead. My Windows 7 laptop recognised it immediately. It comes formatted to FAT32 but I've I reformatted it to NTFS (a quick 10 second Windows process). Before formatting, there's an Activate Warranty file on the drive that clicks through to the Silicon Power website where you can also download a free backup software suite.

Copying 285GB of data to it took 90 minutes with a very impressive average transfer rate of 61MB/s. I use a USB 3.0 ExpressCard adapter so you should get even faster speeds with built-in USB 3.0. It's backwards compatible with USB 2.0.

It looks good, with a black scratch resistant reinforced case with a silicone band that acts as a shock absorber and also incorporates a cover for the USB socket. There's also a neat groove where you can attach the USB cable to the drive. Silent in operation, it stays cool and is also water resistant too.

In summary, this is a high quality 1TB portable hard drive. With impressive transfer speeds and the peace of mind that the shock proof protection and water resistance offers, it's well worth the money and I definitely recommend it. It has a 3 year warranty. I received this for free from the manufacturer in return for this honest review.


Aqua Optima EVG201 Evolve Gold 90-day Water Filter, also fits Brita* Maxtra*,2 pack - 6 months' supply
Aqua Optima EVG201 Evolve Gold 90-day Water Filter, also fits Brita* Maxtra*,2 pack - 6 months' supply

5.0 out of 5 stars Cheaper price, same quality, 14 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Cheaper than Brita's Matrix cartridges, water filtered through these cartridges tastes just the same and it removes the hassle of changing Brita branded ones every month. Before buying, check the price of the 12 Month Pack. Due to Amazon's weird pricing policy it's sometimes cheaper than the 6 Month Pack.


AmazonBasics In-Ear Headphones with Microphone - Black
AmazonBasics In-Ear Headphones with Microphone - Black

4.0 out of 5 stars Vey good value but with (expected) limited sound quality, 13 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
For the price, these are a good value earphones. They're very comfortable to wear, come with three different size ear tips and they have a built in mic that works perfectly for hands-free phone calls. When listening to music the sound is OK, nothing more; nothing less and you get what you pay for. Everything sounds a bit shrill and after about half an hour, listening fatigue sets in. They're fine when listening to audiobooks, watching videos and for phone calls. However, if you listen to lots of music you'll probably find them, as their name suggests, too basic.


GizMo, Bluetooth V4.0 Ultra Portable rechargeable Speaker. black UV finish. 5 watts Bass+ driver with 10-12 hour playtime. Compatible with all Android, Apple and Windows devices inc iPhone, IPad, IPod, HTC, Samsung, Sony etc
GizMo, Bluetooth V4.0 Ultra Portable rechargeable Speaker. black UV finish. 5 watts Bass+ driver with 10-12 hour playtime. Compatible with all Android, Apple and Windows devices inc iPhone, IPad, IPod, HTC, Samsung, Sony etc
Offered by Audio Dynamix Ltd
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing sound & battery life with a classy design and extra features, 6 Dec. 2014
Weighing 260g and small enough to sit in the palm of my hand this is an extraordinarily small and VERY portable Bluetooth speaker that has features you don't expect at this price. The sound created is amazing for such a tiny speaker and the overall sound is well-balanced, clear with very good bass. With the volume on your device and the speaker at full volume, it goes very loud. It's not quite going to fill the room at a party and you don't get the depth of sound delivered by a twin drive speaker but for use around the home, it's perfect.

The build, design and and charcoal alloy finish and blue trim finish are exceptional. With the speaker on the top and the controls on the bottom and Bluetooth light on the front, it looks and feels classy.

It seamlessly paired with my iPad, Android phone and Windows 7 laptop and has connected first time, every time thereafter. If your device isn't Bluetooth compatible, you can connect it using the included 3.5mm audio cable. It's charged using a USB cable (also included) and it also comes with a really neat splash proof carrying pouch.

The range of the Bluetooth is superb, way better than any Bluetooth speaker I've used before - it just refuses to drop out! The size makes it perfect for carrying around the house and this is where the extra features come in useful. It has three control buttons on the underside where you can adjust the volume Up and Down, skip backwards and forwards between tracks (even when streaming music via Amazon Cloud Player and Google Play Music), pause the music and, should you need it, there's a button on the front that allows you to use it as a speaker phone too.

The advertised battery life of 7 hours is an understatement! With the volume set at medium on both my iPad and the speaker, I've had 11 hours of playback before it's dropped out.

In summary, this speaker is a bargain for the price it's going for at the time of writing. When taking the three main considerations when buying a Bluetooth speaker into account - cost, sound and Bluetooth range - it succeeds on every level. I was given this speaker by the manufacturer in return for a review but I honestly cannot find fault with it. Finally, it'll make an ideal gift - the high end design and build quality make it look much more expensive than it actually is (and the ADX GizMo currently retails for less than identical speakers by rival brands).


Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994 - 2014
Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994 - 2014
Price: £26.68

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilco Loves You!, 4 Dec. 2014
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Although a popular band with a loyal fan base, Jeff Tweedy's Wilco have never really scaled the commercial heights that their music deserves. They've been one of my favourite bands since I first heard their second album 'Being There' in 1996 and this has been my most eagerly anticipated release of the year. Consisting of contributions to soundtracks and tribute albums, live songs, demos and alternate versions, all of the songs have been released in various guises (iTunes exclusives, soundtrack albums, bonus CDs, Wilco.net downloads, etc.) at some stage or other but most are, as the title implies, Rare Tracks.

The box set itself is beautiful. The outer slipcase is not much bigger than a DVD case and inside, side-by-side, are a 66 page colour booklet and a three-gatefold cardboard case that holds the four CDs. Simple, sturdy and effective, it doesn't suffer from over-engineering or flimsy design like so many box sets do nowadays. The booklet features loads of archive photos, anecdotes, some well written essays, recording and release details for all of the tracks and Jeff Tweedy gives his thoughts on many of the songs.

Chronologically ordered, the 77 songs clock in at 4 hours and 40 minutes and there's much to enjoy. The live version of 'Impossible Germany' is mind blowing with the Television style duelling guitars and Nels Cline's staggering extended guitar solo, it's better then the studio version. Most of the covers (Big Star, Steely Dan, Buffalo Springfield, etc.) remain faithful to the originals and their guitar heavy cover of the Gram Parsons written 'One Hundred Years from Now' is the best recording of the song I've heard. Full marks to Tweedy for his falsetto on the third verse of 'I Shall Be Released' (funny but cool!) and the memory of the late multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett lives on with many of his co-writes and playing featuring on Discs 2 & 3. The alternative versions though interesting are never better than the originals but what this collection does highlight, much like the 'Kicking in Television' live album, is what a well drilled and impressive live act Wilco are.

In summary, this is a box set befitting of one of the best and most consistent bands of the past 20 years. With a 2CD Best of also released on the same day, Tweedy's father/son album from a couple of months ago and no new Wilco album for over three years, it'll be interesting to see and hear what they do next. Hopefully they won't leave it too much longer...
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Pinzon Egyptian Cotton Sateen, Taupe, King Fitted Sheet
Pinzon Egyptian Cotton Sateen, Taupe, King Fitted Sheet

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality fitted sheet, 4 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a really good fitted sheet that stays in place on our king-size mattress with no problems whatsoever. It's comfortable too and a nice tight fit but not so tight that the cotton stretches. Its colour is more greyish than the photographs here suggest.


The Spacey Bruce Lacey: Film Music And Improvisations- Volume 1 and 2
The Spacey Bruce Lacey: Film Music And Improvisations- Volume 1 and 2
Price: £11.63

3.0 out of 5 stars Spacey experimentation and improvisation, 1 Dec. 2014
Bruce Lacey is a man of many talents. Painter, actor, film maker, spiritualist, improvisation / performance artist, eccentric, musician - these are just a few of the talents he's known for (perhaps, even, unknown for). This compilation from Trunk could not have been released by any other label - it's almost as if Lacey saw into the future when he recorded this music and imagined it being released by Trunk years later.

Made using cheap home built synthesisers to accompany Lacey's films, art installations and performances, etc, a lot of the sounds heard are improvised and Spacey uses everything from bottle blowing to typewriter keys (and possibly even the kitchen sink) alongside his modified synths to create these sounds. There's very little in the way of melodies, just lots of weird and sometimes wonderful strange abstract sounds that are, at times, reminiscent of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Lacey experiments with voice synthesisation to good effect and some of the later drone tracks have a real ambient vibe to them and wouldn't have sounded out of place on last year's I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age In America compilation.

If you're a Trunk aficionado then you'll know what to expect and to be honest, this is not a record that'll be on heavy rotation. It's just something I'll put on when I'm in the mood to listen to something a bit "out there" or if I want to annoy my girlfriend. With an introduction by Jonny Trunk in the sleeve notes and a superb essay by William Fowler, the Curator of Artists' Moving Image at the BFI National Archive, this is another welcome release by Trunk. 3½ stars.


[PC Advisor Recommended] iClever® Bluetooth Speaker IC-BTS02 Enhanced Bass + Rechargeable Wireless Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker with Super-Sized 5W Driver, Built-in Microphone, Powerful Sound for MP3 Players, Smart Phones, Pads, Laptops & Other Devices -[Zinc Alloy Shell]
[PC Advisor Recommended] iClever® Bluetooth Speaker IC-BTS02 Enhanced Bass + Rechargeable Wireless Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker with Super-Sized 5W Driver, Built-in Microphone, Powerful Sound for MP3 Players, Smart Phones, Pads, Laptops & Other Devices -[Zinc Alloy Shell]
Offered by Elecsmart
Price: £22.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing sound & battery life with a classy design and extra features, 30 Nov. 2014
Weighing 260g and small enough to sit in the palm of my hand this is an extraordinarily small and VERY portable Bluetooth speaker that has features you don't expect at this price. The sound created is amazing for such a tiny speaker and the overall sound is well-balanced, clear with very good bass. With the volume on your device and the speaker at full volume, it goes very loud. It's not quite going to fill the room at a party and you don't get the depth of sound delivered by a twin drive speaker but for use around the home, it's perfect.

The build, design and and charcoal alloy finish and blue trim finish are exceptional. With the speaker on the top and the controls on the bottom and Bluetooth light on the front, it looks and feels classy.

It seamlessly paired with my iPad, Android phone and Windows 7 laptop and has connected first time, every time thereafter. If your device isn't Bluetooth compatible, you can connect it using the included 3.5mm audio cable. It's charged using a USB cable, also included.

The range of the Bluetooth is superb, way better than any Bluetooth speaker I've used before - it just refuses to drop out! The size makes it perfect for carrying around the house and this is where the extra features come in useful. It has three control buttons on the underside where you can adjust the volume Up and Down, skip backwards and forwards between tracks (even when streaming music via Amazon Cloud Player and Google Play Music), pause the music and, should you need it, there's a button on the front that allows you to use it as a speaker phone too.

The advertised battery life of 8-12 hours is accurate. With the volume set at medium on both my iPad and the speaker, I've had 11 hours of playback before it's dropped out.

In summary, this speaker is a bargain for the price it's going for at the time of writing. When taking the three main considerations when buying a Bluetooth speaker into account - cost, sound and Bluetooth range - it succeeds on every level. I was given this speaker by the manufacturer in return for a review but I honestly cannot find fault with it. Finally, it'll make an ideal gift - the high end design and build quality make it look much more expensive than it actually is.


Kingston Technology 16 GB microSDHC Class 10 Flash Card with SD card adapter
Kingston Technology 16 GB microSDHC Class 10 Flash Card with SD card adapter
Price: £4.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Very cheap storage, 27 Nov. 2014
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With enough space to store approximately 100 CDs ripped to MP3 at 320kbps, the 16GB MicroSD is an absolute bargain. I bought two - one for my Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 and another for my Sandisk Sansa Clip MP3 player - and they both work perfectly. You get an adapter too.


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