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Philips BT9280/33 Series 9000 Laser Guided Beard Trimmer
Philips BT9280/33 Series 9000 Laser Guided Beard Trimmer
Price: £69.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent trimmer but useless bling, 3 Oct. 2014
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This is the EXACT same trimmer as the Philips Style Xpert BT5260/33 Precision Beard Trimmer but with added bling.

Without any attachments it's a perfect beard trimmer. I have an aggressive stubble and this can glide through 3 weeks worth of growth effortlessly leaving me with an even finish and about 2-3 days worth of stubble. I have no need for the attachments but according to some of the reviews for the BT5260/33 trimmer it falls short of the standard of cut expected for a trimmer in this price range when using them.

It's ergonomically sound, built to last and it's easy to switch between the 17 length settings (0.4mm-7mm) using the rotating adjuster on the handle. The head is rotatable and when rotated there's a smaller head for refined trimming purposes. It takes about 90 minutes to charge from empty and the battery life is extremely impressive and lasts long enough for 6-7 complete trims. It's waterproof and the head can be removed for cleaning purposes.

The added bling on this model are the digital display on the rotating adjuster and the laser. The digital display is no improvement on the analogue display on the BT5260/33 trimmer because it does the exact same job, no better or worse. I was looking forward to the laser guided technology on this - Philips claim that it'll make it easy to achieve a symmetrical trim and I though it'd be handy for trimming my stubble but leaving some cool retro sideburns or a perfect goatee. Unfortunately, all it does is beam a straight red laser line onto your face directly where the trimmer will make contact with your face and that's it. It's just as easy to see where the trimmer is going to cut without it. And as it only shines above where the trimmer is going to cut and not simultaneously on both sides of your face, it's impossible to use it to match up both sides to get the symmetrical trim that Philips claim it will help you achieve. The laser only works when using the the trimmer without any attachments and you can opt to leave it switched off.

In summary, if you want to cut your stubble back to 2-3 days worth of growth and value a long battery life then this is a fine trimmer. However, save yourself a few quid and get the BT5260/33 trimmer because the laser on this trimmer is just bling for the sake of bling and adds NOTHING whatsoever to the experience.


Rare Psych Moogs And Brass - Music From The Sonotron Library 1969 to 1981
Rare Psych Moogs And Brass - Music From The Sonotron Library 1969 to 1981
Price: £15.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Funk. Jazz and Psychedelic grooves from the Sonoton vaults, 2 Oct. 2014
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This collection of library tracks sees Buried Treasure deliberately eschewing the more conservative sounds associated with Sonoton and instead gathering together some killer sounds recorded for the label between 1969 and 1981. Despite the brief playing time of 42:11, this is one of the best library compilations I've heard in a long time. As the title suggest, there's plenty of moog and brass but the heavy bass, synths and phased fuzz guitars stand out too. There are some really cool synthesized funk, moody jazz vibes and big band sounds to be heard and a lot of these songs wouldn't have sounded out of place on Italian soundtracks from the same period. The quality does not falter for a single moment. Funky, groovy, jazzy, psychedelic and quite often playful, this is a must for 1970's library music and Italian soundtrack aficionados.


Sound + Vision
Sound + Vision
Price: £16.04

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone, 1 Oct. 2014
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This is a very welcome reissue of this superb chronological overview of Bowie's career between 1969 and 1993. Hits, outtakes, live tracks, alternate versions, album tracks and Tin Machine too - there's something for everyone. It's also excellent value: 70 tracks across 4 CDs with a playback time of 4 hours and 58 minutes (and AutoRip if purchased direct from Amazon). The CDs are housed inside an old style double CD jewel case with a cardboard slipcase cover. There's an accompanying 56 page booklet with very lengthy sleeve notes and archive photos, including the recording dates, release dates and featured musicians for each song. It might not be as up to date as the forthcoming 'Nothing Has Changed' compilation but it represents amazing value for money and it should appeal to existing Bowie fans given that it's NOT just a straightforward 'Best of' box set.


Skechers Heisman, Men's Loafers
Skechers Heisman, Men's Loafers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and comfortable shoes, 30 Sept. 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: £34.95

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 Sept. 2014
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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 Sept. 2014
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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: £29.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good but very expensive too, 17 Sept. 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: £35.00

82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive and affordable Android phone, 13 Sept. 2014
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I've never used a mobile phone enough to justify a monthly contract but given the number of free Wi-Fi hotspots now available when out and about, 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 specifications 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. It really is a 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 MicroSD card and despite the literature stating that only external storage up to 32GB is accepted, it works to it's FULL 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 can be moved to a MicroSD card (BBC iPlayer, BBC iPlayer Radio, Amazon Music, Netflix, Skype, etc) and some can't (4oD, Spotify, Facebook, Amazon Instant Video, ITV Player, etc). If you transfer the BBC iPlayer app to a MicroSD card, any programmes downloaded are saved within the app on the MicroSD card. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS function as they should.

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

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 flash and no back facing camera.

The battery life is OK (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 it lasts for days instead of hours.

In summary, this smartphone 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.
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Cold Cold Heart ~ Where Country Meets Soul Volume 3
Cold Cold Heart ~ Where Country Meets Soul Volume 3
Price: £10.31

8 of 10 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).


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