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Remington Indestructible Beard Trimmer
Remington Indestructible Beard Trimmer
Price: £45.69

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An underwhelming but "virtually indestructible" trimmer, 17 Mar. 2015
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First off, the packing for this trimmer is bordering on the ridiculous. It comes in a big case made of hard plastic and I thought I'd been sent a power drill by mistake! Inside the trimmer and accessories are tightly packed in place with cardboard. Remove the cardboard packaging and you're left with an over-sized and useless storage box because everything just rattles around inside. You could easily fit three trimmers and their accessories inside...

It's big, it's heavy and it probably is "virtually indestructible" unless you were to throw it at full force against a brick wall. Ergonomically I do find the handle too big compared to other shavers I've used and it feels a bit clumsy. On the upside it has a large battery that does last long but even from the very start with a full charge it just seems underpowered compared to other trimmers I've used. It has three heads - one for using with the adjustable comb, a stubble blade and a smaller detail blade for more refined trimming. I only use it without the adjustable comb and it leaves you with about 2 days worth of stubble. I have quite an aggressive stubble and because of the slow motor speed it's NOT a smooth experience.

Ultimately, I've got compare this with the Philips BT5260/33 Beard Trimmer that beats it hands down. It's more compact and ergonomically sound, has a more powerful (and long lasting) battery and it only has one head that rotates for refined trimming. If you're in the market for a trimmer, opt for the Philips - it's so much better.
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FRiEQ 12W NFC Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker, 8 hour Playtime with Built-in Speakerphone for iPhone 6, 5S, 5, iPad Air, Mini, Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, HTC, Tablets, PC
FRiEQ 12W NFC Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker, 8 hour Playtime with Built-in Speakerphone for iPhone 6, 5S, 5, iPad Air, Mini, Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, HTC, Tablets, PC
Offered by T.M. Enterprise
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing sound for the price and a battery that lasts forever, 9 Mar. 2015
Weighing 350g, the same length as my out-stretched hand and powered by 2 channel speakers this is, given the price, an extraordinary portable Bluetooth speaker and it has features that you don't expect at this price. The sound created is huge for such a small speaker and the overall sound is well-balanced, clear & spacious and the bass is just perfect. With the volume on your device and the speaker at full volume, it fills a room. Granted you don't get the depth of sound that you get from a £150+ Bose speaker but the sound is not too far removed from the likes of the Jabre Soulmate that retail for much more.

It seamlessly paired with my iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and laptop (running Windows 7) 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 - I can carry this around the house and the connection never drops out and this is where the extra features come in useful. It has six control buttons on the top where you can adjust the volume Up and Down, skip backwards and forwards between tracks (even when streaming music via Amazon Music Player and Google Play Music), pause the music and, should you need it, there's a button so that you can use it as a speaker phone too.

The advertised battery life of 8 hours is an understatement to say the least. With the volume set at medium on both iPad and speaker, I've had an incredible 20+ hours of playback.

In summary, this speaker is a bargain at the RRP and a steal at £29.99. 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.


Ciao Bella! Italian Girl Singers of The 60s
Ciao Bella! Italian Girl Singers of The 60s
Price: £10.69

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Italian Ye-Ye, 28 Jan. 2015
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Clocking in at 67:40 minutes, this compilation features 24 Sixties tracks sung by Italian female singers. The songs are a mix of groovy R&B hipshakers, beat, garage, girly pop and powerfully sung ballads with, of course, plenty of kitsch vibes. With all of the songs sung in Italian, it's a satisfying collection.

Highlights include Ornella Vanoni's timeless and beautiful Bossa Nova infused 'L'appuntamento' that's been one of my favourite songs longer than I care remember. It's easily the best song here (even if it does sound slightly at odds with most of the others songs). Caterina Caselli power vocals on 'Sono Qui Con Voi' - a cover of Them's 'Baby Please Don't Go' - are a thing of wonder and Gigliola Cinquetti's heartbreaking 'Non Ho L'Eta (Per Amarti)' features some beautiful orchestration. 'Questa Sinfonia' by Carmen Villani features some cool yé-yé backing vocals and a cello briefly plays the riff of The Rolling Stones' 'Satisfaction'!

Featuring a 20 page colour booklet with well researched notes on all of the artists & songs and archive photos, this is another welcome release from Ace.


Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B30 USB 3.0 Swivel Flash Drive, Black (SP032GBUF3B30V1K)
Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B30 USB 3.0 Swivel Flash Drive, Black (SP032GBUF3B30V1K)
Price: £8.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive USB 3.0 pendrive, 12 Jan. 2015
I plugged this into my PC running Windows 7 and it was immediately good to go. It's formatted to FAT32 and I reformatted it to NTFS after using the click-thru Activate Warranty link pre-loaded onto it. Click the link and you also have access to a backup software suite too should you need it.

It's a compact and smart looking USB stick with a high end finish and it's an all-in-one design with no removable cover and the fitted swivel aluminium cover protects it when it's not in use. Transfer speeds using USB 3.0 are very good and it works fine with USB 2.0 too. I've attached it to my key ring and I'm very impressed with it. I received this gratis from Silicon Power in return for this honest review.


Bose ® SoundSport In Ear Headphones for Samsung Galaxy - Green
Bose ® SoundSport In Ear Headphones for Samsung Galaxy - Green

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
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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.


Silicon Power 1TB Rugged Armor A60 Shockproof Water-Resistant 2.5-Inch USB 3.0 External Portable Hard Drive, Military Grade MIL-STD-810G & IPX4, Black (SP010TBPHDA60S3K)
Silicon Power 1TB Rugged Armor A60 Shockproof Water-Resistant 2.5-Inch USB 3.0 External Portable Hard Drive, Military Grade MIL-STD-810G & IPX4, Black (SP010TBPHDA60S3K)
Offered by Monkey&Orange
Price: £54.50

2 of 2 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
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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
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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.


Audio Dynamix® GizMo, Bluetooth V4.0 Ultra Portable rechargeable Speaker. black UV finish. 5 watts Bass+ driver, up to 12 hours playtime. Compatible with all Android, Apple and Windows devices inc iPhone, IPad, IPod, HTC, Samsung, Sony etc
Audio Dynamix® GizMo, Bluetooth V4.0 Ultra Portable rechargeable Speaker. black UV finish. 5 watts Bass+ driver, up to 12 hours 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
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £23.80

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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