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Skechers Men's Diameter Heisman
Skechers Men's Diameter Heisman
Price: £34.99 - £69.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and comfortable shoes, 30 Sep 2014
These are a stylish and very comfortable pair of shoes with a well cushioned sole. Of the colours available, I think 'Braun' looks the best - in this colour they look cool with blue stressed denim and you don't need to worry about them getting scuffed or marked because it just gives them a lived-in, rustic look without leaving them looking scruffy. After 6 months I haven't cleaned mine (and I don't ever intend to) and they look great. I'm a size 8 and they were a tight fit but size 9 fitted perfectly.


Oral-B Trizone 2000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Oral-B Trizone 2000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Price: £29.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good and can be used with ALL Oral-B toothbrush heads, 21 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've been using Oral-B toothbrushes for years and the oscillating action is really smooth and comfortable and leaves your mouth and teeth refreshed and clean. This model comes with the Tri-Zone head that allows you to brush your teeth as if you were using a manual toothbrush. I don't find it as effective as the oscillating action but the good news is that ALL Oral-B Pro toothbrushes heads fit this handle and function as normal. In effect, this brush gets its name from the one toothbrush head that comes in the box. I've switched to an oscillating head and it works just fine.

It has the now standard Oral-B features of the brief pause every 30 seconds and the utterly pointless pressure sensor (you have to forcibly push so hard for it to illuminate that the motor slows down). There's also a 'Gum Care' mode where the motor is slowed down and it sort of pulsates against your gums. To be honest, I found it a bit gimmicky and the main cleaning mode should take care of most people's needs.

The handle is slim and ergonomically sound. You'll need to leave it charging overnight to get a full charge - it takes 12-15 hours - and when fully charged I've been getting SIX days use when using it TWICE daily for 2 minutes each time. The instructions do recommend storing the handle on the charging unit to maintain full power and that "overcharging is impossible".

Overall this is a very good toothbrush and if you don't like the manual brushing style using the Tri-Zone head, you can use an oscillating one instead.
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AmazonBasics 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub with UK Plug
AmazonBasics 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub with UK Plug

4.0 out of 5 stars Good value USB hub, 17 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I plugged this into my dual-boot laptop running Windows 7 and Ubuntu and it was recognised and ready to use immediately with both operating systems. For basic things - Bluetooth adapter, portable hard drive, wireless mouse adapter - it doesn't need the power supply and copes with no problems. When charging my Bluetooth speaker, I plugged in the power supply and there was a noticeable uplift in the charging time. Well made and compact, the removable power lead is plenty log enough but if you like a tidy desktop with all cables hidden, you might find the 9" length of the fixed USB lead a bit underwhelming.


Corelle 1.9L Vitrelle Glass Lightweight Bake/Serve/Store Rectangular Baker with Plastic Cover, White
Corelle 1.9L Vitrelle Glass Lightweight Bake/Serve/Store Rectangular Baker with Plastic Cover, White
Price: £21.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good but very expensive too, 17 Sep 2014
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This is an ideal size (1.9 litre capacity) for 2-3 adults. It works more or less like a glass Pyrex dish except that it's a lot lighter. It's perfect for things like fish pie, cottage pie, shepherd's pie, etc. and these take the same time to cook as when using a Pyrex dish. The thing I like best about it is the clip on lid - you can prepare a meal the day before and leave it in the fridge with the lid on and it'll stay fresh, not leave a smell in the fridge and you can pop it straight into the oven the following day. You could also use the lid to keep leftovers fresh but that's never a problem in my household...

The plastic lid cannot be used in the oven but you can crimp foil over the top using the ridge for the lid should you need to cover anything. Cleaning wise, it needs to be left to soak after use. Overall this is a very good dish but it's also VERY expensive compared to a Pyrex dish with a lid. Quality: 5 stars; Value: 2 stars; Overall rating: 3½ stars.


Vodafone Smart 4 Mini Pay as you go Handset - Black
Vodafone Smart 4 Mini Pay as you go Handset - Black
Price: £40.00

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive and affordable Android phone, 13 Sep 2014
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I've never used a mobile phone enough to justify a monthly contract but with free Wi-Fi available at so many places now I wanted a cheap PAYG smartphone that could get me online and also double as an MP3 player. I searched around and was surprised at the specs of this for the price - 1.3 GHz Dual core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jellybean) and its capacity can be extended with a MicroSD card - and at Amazon's asking price (£39 at the time of writing), it's an absolute bargain.

It uses a standard SIM card (not a micro) and it comes with one in the box (I fitted my existing 10 year old Vodafone SIM). As a phone it works fine and is straightforward to use. I also inserted a 128GB MicroSDXC card (formatted to FAT32) and despite the literature stating that only external storage up to 32GB is accepted, it works to it's fully capacity.

It's very FAST, launching and switching effortlessly between apps - you can have a lot going on but it copes with ease. It only has a 4GB internal capacity but you can transfer some apps to a MicroSD card and run them from there (I don't know what the criteria is, but some apps can be moved to a MicroSD card (BBC iPlayer, BBC iPlayer Radio, Amazon Music, etc) and some can't (4oD, Spotify, ITV Player, etc)). Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS function as they should.

As an MP3 player it sounds fine through my Sennheiser earphones (a cheap generic pair are included). The volume goes high but not as loud as other players I've used.

The display is excellent and the screen doesn't feel cheap but you've got to be really accurate when using the keyboard. The overall build quality is good and just to confirm, the front facing camera is 3.2 MP and there is no back facing camera.

The battery life is good (around four hours when constantly surfing the web whilst listening to music at the same time) and in stand-by mode with the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and display switched off the battery lasts for days instead of hours.

In summary, this phone is a bargain. It's not perfect but it has some really impressive features that you'd normally pay a lot more for and it should more then serve the purposes of anyone after an inexpensive but by no means basic PAYG smartphone.


Cold Cold Heart ~ Where Country Meets Soul Volume 3
Cold Cold Heart ~ Where Country Meets Soul Volume 3
Price: £10.85

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The blurred lines between Country and Soul, 29 Aug 2014
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The last three songs aside, this is another very enjoyable selection of country songs getting a soulful makeover by some of the biggest (alongside lesser known) soul artists and groups of the Sixties and Seventies.

There really are some amazing recordings here. The Temptations deceptively simple sounding take of 'Little Green Apples' is jaw-droppingly beautiful with Paul Williams' vocals backed by some really intricate guitar playing. Each member of The Supremes get a verse to themselves on the soulful blues of 'It Makes No Difference Now' and they're swiftly followed by the powerful vocals of The Mirettes on their funky cover of 'Stand By Your Man'. Percy Sledge's version of 'True Love Travels On a Gravel Road' provided the template for all future versions (including Elvis) and George Benson's smooth vocals, the backing singers and brass blend so well together on the mid-tempo 'My Woman's Good to Me'.

About those last three songs: Two are from this century and The Isley Brothers 'The Most Beautiful Girl' is from 1986 and they sound totally out of place, particularly the latter which is all bad 80's production (and a drawn-out seven minutes long!). They're just too modern sounding and spoil the overall sound of this compilation. Thankfully they've been lumped together at the end.

With a playing time of 78:18 minutes and featuring well researched and extensive notes on all of the songs this is, excluding the last three songs, another near outstanding release in this series.


Brita Marella Cool Water Filter Jug - Lavender
Brita Marella Cool Water Filter Jug - Lavender
Price: £10.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Limescale free kettle and chilled drinking water, 28 Aug 2014
I bought one of these a few months ago due to limescale forever building up in the kettle. Happy to report that since using it the problem no longer exists. The water filtrates through the filter very fast and, unless you're filling it more than once a day, the filters are good to last for 60 days (Brita recommend changing them every 30 days, but I suppose they would do). The slimline shape means that it fits in the fridge door shelf thereby allowing you to have chilled drinking water on tap (so to speak).


CSL - HDMI Switch 3D Ready / Full HD 1080p - flexible 3 port switch | 3 x IN / 1 x OUT | Dolby True HD / intelligent switch- automatic and manual switch
CSL - HDMI Switch 3D Ready / Full HD 1080p - flexible 3 port switch | 3 x IN / 1 x OUT | Dolby True HD / intelligent switch- automatic and manual switch
Offered by CSL-Computer
Price: £10.85

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Connects Google Chromecast and Now TV box to television, 24 Aug 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I purchased this so that I could connect a Google Chromecast and a NOW TV box to my television that only has one HDMI input. It works perfectly but the Google Chromcast always takes precedence when I switch to HDMI (I suspect that it's something to do with Google, not this). However, you do have the option to manually switch between inputs using the button located on the top and it works just fine. I have the three port switch flexible model and if you're using it with the Chromecast, you can just about use all three inputs at the same time but it's a tight squeeze due to the Chromecast's size. There are cheaper versions of these available, but this is well made and built to last.


Bitmore Juucee 2600mAh Ultra Compact Portable Battery Backup Charger with LED Torch
Bitmore Juucee 2600mAh Ultra Compact Portable Battery Backup Charger with LED Torch
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Low capacity "get you thru the end of the day" battery backup, 23 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Slightly smaller but slightly heavier than a packet of Tunes / Starburst this is NOT the battery backup to pack if you're heading off camping or to a festival. Given its low capacity and size, this is for carrying around in your pocket or bag to get you through the end of the day. On a full charge it can power web browsing on an iPad 2 for approximately 80 minutes. Charging it via a USB cable (included) takes about 3 hours using a USB wall plug (not included). The outer case is made from a rubber type material and the torch is surprisingly bright.


Ipanema Girl: The Very Best Of
Ipanema Girl: The Very Best Of
Price: £5.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Effortless Cool of Astrud Gilberto, 23 Aug 2014
Despite sometimes sounding detached from the music, Astrud Gilberto's effortless vocals nearly always radiate a sensual charm that connects with the listener and no one before or since sings a song quite like her. And some of these breezy Bossa Nova classics recorded between 1964 and 1970 are, just like her voice, unforgettable. The production, arrangements and instrumentation across all 28 tracks still sounds superb and the (non-chronological) track ordering is perfect. With a playing time of 78:17 minutes, this is stylish and elegant music.

A special mention for the cool retro cover design - it's so much better than the animated sleeve design on Decca's 2006 'Very Best Of' compilation. With concise liner notes, none of the totally unnecessary remixes that feature on the 20006 compilation and closing with the jaw-dropping 'Beginnings' (check out the bass on this cover of a very funky song by Chicago Transit Authority who later shortened their name and became AOR mega-stars Chicago), THIS is the Astrud Gilberto compilation to get.


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