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Inateck® Ultra Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Powerful Sound with Built-in Microphone for Smartphones, Tablets, PCs, Laptops, Ultrabook, MP3 Players - Black
Inateck® Ultra Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Powerful Sound with Built-in Microphone for Smartphones, Tablets, PCs, Laptops, Ultrabook, MP3 Players - Black
Offered by Inateck
Price: £39.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sound and amazing Bluetooth range, 22 July 2014
Weighing just 150g and able to sit comfortably in the palm of my hand, this tiny speaker gives out a lot of sound and it has features you wouldn't expect for such a small speaker. Whilst you're not going to get the same quality of sound that you get from a £200 Bose speaker, the sound is comparable to other Bluetooth speakers in the £50 price range that I've used. It handles the bass well and the overall sound is clear and balanced and it doesn't distort too much even when you have both the speaker volume and your device volume at their highest. It's not quite large enough to fill every corner of a room but it's not too far off.

It paired seamlessly with my iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and laptop (running Ubuntu) and connects every time with no problems. The Bluetooth range is superb - I can carry this speaker upstairs and around the house and to the far end of the garden and the connection never, ever drops out. I've not known a Bluetooth speaker to have such a good range and couple this with its size and it's perfect for carrying from room to room and into the garden. If your device is not Bluetooth compatible it can be connected using the included 3.5mm audio cable. It's charged using a USB cable, also included.

It also has a built in microphone and works perfectly as a speaker phone and you can also pause music and turn the volume up or down using a scroll button on the rear of the speaker. With a full charge I'm getting around 5 hours of playback.

In summary, this speaker is a steal at the selling price of £15.99 (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, if you're thinking of gifting this, it comes in a classy looking box.


Country Funk Volume - 2 1967 -1974
Country Funk Volume - 2 1967 -1974
Price: £9.69

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Country Funk and Blue-eyed Southern Soul Goodness, 15 July 2014
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With lesser known acts rubbing shoulders with household names, this is another fine compilation from Light in the Attic. There are soulful country vibes aplenty but it's not as funky as the first volume. Nonetheless there's still an impressive and diverse array of songs on offer and much to enjoy.

Billy Swan opens the album with a dramatically re-worked cover of Elvis' 'Don't Be Cruel' where he slows thing right down - it works perfectly and it very soulful (but not funky!). Bobby Darin's 'Me and Mr Hohner' is underpinned by a heavy bass line and takes in a cool organ break and Jackie Deshannon's turns in a powerful cover of 'The Weight'. Lady of the moment Dolly Parton gets happy on the up-tempo 'Getting Happy' (check out the sample friendly percussion and bass break on the intro) and 'Rising Sign' by Jim Ford sounds like deep southern fried Sly and The Family Stone and it's the best song here.

Clocking in a couple of minutes shy of the hour mark, special mention must be made of the sound quality - it's superb. Where other labels fail with the mastering, LITA releases always sound amazing. Housed in a sturdy gatefold cardboard sleeve alongside a booklet with original release details and images of record sleeves, there's little in the way of liner notes but I suppose the music speaks for itself. Put on your headphones, turn up the volume, kick back and enjoy!


Motown Northern Soul
Motown Northern Soul
Price: £5.00

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 25 Motown Northern Soul Floorshakers, 14 July 2014
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This review is from: Motown Northern Soul (Audio CD)
Billed as the follow up to 2012's Motown Floorshakers, this is another impressive budget release. There are dozens of Northern Soul compilations of variable quality released every year but anything bearing the Motown logo never fails to satisfy. Clocking in at 68:52 and featuring 25 tracks, this is no exception.

Tammi Terrell sings the superb mid-tempo 'Tears at the End of a Love Affair' perfectly with some beautifully arranged backing vocals drifting in and out of the mix. As acknowledged in the sleeve notes, Brenda Holloway at last sings about a misery free love affair on 'Keep on Rolling' and The Monitor's 'Crying in the Night' is a joyous dance floor filler (despite the lyrics!). Motown in-house band Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers provide an instrumental take of 'I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)' (commonly known as The Funk Brothers, they were credited as The Soul Brothers on this 1965 single release) and Diana Ross & The Supremes close the album with the cool and elegant 'Stormy'.

There are some overlaps, but if you enjoy this then the Cellarful of Motown and Tamla Motown Connoisseurs budget compilations are also well worth checking out too.


Bolse® 25W (5V/5A) 4-Port USB Wall/Desktop charger With SmartIC™ Technology for iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 4S, 4; iPad Air, mini, retina mini; iPad 4, 3, 2; Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3; Galaxy Note 3, 2; LG G2, HTC and Android Devices With 5FT/1.5M Power Cord-Black
Bolse® 25W (5V/5A) 4-Port USB Wall/Desktop charger With SmartIC™ Technology for iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 4S, 4; iPad Air, mini, retina mini; iPad 4, 3, 2; Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3; Galaxy Note 3, 2; LG G2, HTC and Android Devices With 5FT/1.5M Power Cord-Black

5.0 out of 5 stars 4 Into 1 USB charger, 8 July 2014
This is smart, compact and very clever multi-USB charging device from Bolse. Plug four USB devices into it and it will regulate the power needed by each one. iPads, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, MP3 players, Bluetooth speakers, camera - I've tried just about every combination and everything charges at more or less the same rate as when they're plugged directly into a wall socket, even when there are four of them plugged into this.

The lengthy 5' mains cable is an extra bonus - it doubles as an extension lead when I'm using my iPad when it's low on power. I was lucky enough to receive this gratis in return for a review but, for the asking price of £12.99 (at the time of writing), it's a bargain and a good excuse to clear out the assorted USB-mains plugs I've collected over the past couple of years.


KabelDirekt 5m Pro Series Stereo Jack Extension Cable 3.5mm Male > 3.5mm Female
KabelDirekt 5m Pro Series Stereo Jack Extension Cable 3.5mm Male > 3.5mm Female
Offered by KabelDirekt
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality 3.5mm Extension Cable., 3 July 2014
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This is a review for the 5m cable. Whilst you can get cheaper extension leads for as little as a couple of quid, it's worth splashing out the extra cash for this one. The cable is thick and uncoils without any kinks and the connecters are solid and well built. Sound quality is in no way impaired and I can now watch films whilst wearing headphones late at night without fear of waking up the rest of the house. Recommended.


Case Logic Backpack for 10-15 inch Cadence/Tablet - Black
Case Logic Backpack for 10-15 inch Cadence/Tablet - Black
Price: £30.23

4.0 out of 5 stars Spacious and effective but expensive, 17 Jun. 2014
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This is a very roomy backpack and a 15" laptop fits inside with loads of room to spare. There's also a spacious (unpadded) outer-pocket that provides even more space. Inside there's a pouch for an iPad (a perfect fit for an iPad 2) and provided you sit your iPad with the screen facing towards the internal padded divider, it'll be safe from damage. The main advantage that this has over a traditional laptop case is that it's more versatile and can be used when not carrying a laptop around in it.

Well made and comfortable to wear, it has plenty of storage pouches and it provides the protection you need. It also looks a lot more casual than your laptop case of old. My only reservation is the price - it's quite expensive for what it is essentially a standard backpack with some extra foam padding.


Creative MUVO 10 Portable Bluetooth Wireless NFC Speaker with Aux-in and Microphone - Black
Creative MUVO 10 Portable Bluetooth Wireless NFC Speaker with Aux-in and Microphone - Black
Price: £46.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK speaker but size isn't everything, 16 Jun. 2014
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Weighing in just short of 1Kg, this is a big portable Bluetooth speaker. The moulded plastic build incorporates a carry handle and it looks quite stylish. The volume goes louder than any other Bluetooth speaker I've used and it really does fill every corner of the room. However, the overall sound although fairly clear (even with the volume turned up) is lacking in depth, even for a Bluetooth speaker in this price range. It's OK, but nothing special.

It seamlessly paired with my iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and laptop (running Ubuntu) and has connected every time thereafter. The Bluetooth range is good - it works around the house, including upstairs, but it cuts out for a fraction of a second more often than expected even when close to the device it's being used with.

It can be used with a 3.5mm audio cable (not included) for devices lacking Bluetooth capability and it's charged using a USB cable (included) and you'll need a USB plug (not included) if you want to use it straight out of the box. The NFC and speaker phone functions work as expected, the battery lasts for approximately 7 hours with the volume turned up high and it has volume Up & Down buttons.

Overall, this is an OK speaker but check out the competition before buying. Compared to similar portable speakers, it's just too big and clumsy for no apparent reason other than to look more impressive. Ultimately, I'll compare this with the competition and the Bolse Bluetooth speaker (that has the same RRP but always seems to retail at £29.99) beats it hands down. It doesn't go quite as loud (it's not far off) but the Bolse sounds better, has a 20+ hour battery life and, like this speaker, it has NFC and speaker phone functions. Additionally, it has control buttons that allow the user to skip backwards and forwards between tracks, a feature this speaker doesn't have. It's also lot smaller, lighter and compact and therefore more portable and the Bluetooth connection is better.


Bolse® N600 Dual-Band Wireless USB Adapter - 2.4GHz 300Mbps/5Ghz 300Mbps, One-Button Setup, Support Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8; Mac OS X 10.5 Greater(*Does Not Support Win8.1*)
Bolse® N600 Dual-Band Wireless USB Adapter - 2.4GHz 300Mbps/5Ghz 300Mbps, One-Button Setup, Support Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8; Mac OS X 10.5 Greater(*Does Not Support Win8.1*)
Offered by T.M. Enterprise
Price: £39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple installation and a fast connection, 6 Jun. 2014
This is an excellent bit of kit that WiFi enabled my desktop PC thereby allowing me to remove the ethernet cable connecting it to the router. This in turn allowed me to re-site the router in a more central part of the home for a better all round wireless reception. Installed on a PC running MS Vista, I had to load the drivers from the provided 3" CD after Windows failed to automatically find and install them. It only took a couple of minutes and there's a very comprehensive instruction booklet with step-by-step instructions and screen shots.

Once installed, I removed the ethernet cable from my PC, restarted it and there were a lot of different WiFi networks showing (a lot more than I see on my iPad which suggests that this adapter has a bigger reach). I selected mine, was prompted to input my password and my PC was connected to my WiFi network. The speed is more or less the same as when my PC was connected directly to the router and it automtaically kicks in to life when the PC is switched on. Happy days. I received this gratis in return for an honest review.


From There to Here [DVD]
From There to Here [DVD]
Dvd ~ Philip Glenister
Price: £13.01

28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality TV drama, 5 Jun. 2014
This review is from: From There to Here [DVD] (DVD)
This is a very well written three hour drama from the BBC that features some first class acting. Phil Glenister, whose character (Daniel Cotton) shares the arrogance of his most famous incarnation (Life on Mars' DCI Gene Hunt), holds the whole thing together superbly and he's supported by a very strong supporting cast. Covering a period of four years following the IRA bombing of Manchester in 1996 and the events that unfold within the lives and businesses of Cotton and his "families" as a consequence, it's refreshing to watch a drama this good that's neither imported or a crime drama. Funny in parts and moving in others (but never too much in either direction (although I did laugh out loud a few times)), it authentically evokes memories of a not too distant past and it's the best British drama I've seen for some time. Well worth watching if you missed it on TV.
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Funny Old Shit - Volume 1, A Trunk Records Sampler
Funny Old Shit - Volume 1, A Trunk Records Sampler
Price: £4.39

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never a dull moment, 3 Jun. 2014
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Focussing almost exclusively on their extensive digital catalogue, this is the first in a series of budget compilations from Trunk Records. Highlighting the beautiful, the absurd, the unlistenable, the fascinating, the addictive and all of the other things that make Trunk such an interesting label, this is a quality sampler and given that many of the songs are from the Fifties and Sixties, more than a few have a jazz vibe about them.

Bernard Cribbins opens proceedings with the amusing (and highly addictive) 'Gossip Calypso' and Jacques Lasry & Bernard Baschet's 'Rapsodie de Budapest' is an eerie sound sculpture from way back. 'Jive Baby on a Saturday Night' by the Jellies is a minimal new wave number from 1981 and, with it's heavy bass, it's very reminiscent of ESG's sound from the same period. The electro-exotica-jazz of 'Waltz in Orbit' is the flip side of the first ever BBC Radiophonic Workshop release and was produced by George Martin

'Rats in My Room' features "the world's best worst singer" Leoni Anderson and she more than lives up to her billing. This is swiftly followed by the utterly gorgeous and mesmerising vocal jazz cover of John Coltrane's 'Naima' by The Double Six of Paris - it's stunning. Elsewhere there are children singing, educational electronics, easy listening vibes, Robert Mitchum singing with a Caribbean accent and Avant-garde wizardry. Yusef Lateef closes the album with the sublime and unforgettable 'Love Theme from Spartacus'.

Clocking in at 43 minutes, the sound has been remastered and is crystal clear. Housed in a cardboard sleeve with concise notes from Jonny Trunk printed on the back sleeve (where he explains that the name of this album comes from the response he gives to people when they ask him what sort of music his label releases), this is another interesting and very worthwhile budget sampler from the ever impressive Trunk.


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