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Philips SHB4000/10 Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headphones
Philips SHB4000/10 Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headphones
Price: £40.77

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My initial impression was one of slight disappointment. The headphones felt vey 'plastic-y' and certainly were ..., 27 Oct. 2014
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I have been using these for a few weeks now.

My initial impression was one of slight disappointment. The headphones felt vey 'plastic-y' and certainly were not 'ultra-compact'. Neither were the ear cushions "leatherette"; they are foam and should be described as such (nothing wrong with foam!) My other issue is that they leak sound quite badly.

Nevertheless my expereionce with them has been positive. The sound is very good for spoken word - I listen to a lot of podcasts and audio books. It is also pretty good for movies. The bass could have a bit more boom, but the sound is fine (and in synch), also they could be a bit louder. Swapping between devices is not a problem, just make sure you have disconnected from one device before connecting with another.

The quality is better than I had originally thought. The fact they are flexible means they can take a bit more abuse, mine regularly thrown into a bag with no ill effect. The foam cushions are very comfortable and I have worn them for several hours without discomfort.

Overall I am very pleased with them, and for the current price (£23) I have struggled to find a pair with better value. I am knocking a star off for the sound leakage and vloume, it means that they aren't really suitable for commuting on the train.


MHS-U-001
MHS-U-001
Price: £14.75

1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 12 July 2014
This review is from: MHS-U-001 (Accessory)
Just like the previous reviewer these stopped working with a week.


Roman Blood (Gordianus the Finder Book 1)
Roman Blood (Gordianus the Finder Book 1)
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Enjoyable and Satisfying read, 5 April 2014
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I discovered this novel as one of several I downloaded for free. It was like finding a nugget of gold in a pot of gravel. The account of Rome is highly plausible and Sayer has an ability to bring an ancient city full of intrigue, gossip and characters to life.

For many his style might be considered slow. The author layers his story rather than just ramming it down your throat. It was a Michelin Star dinner to be savoured and enjoyed, rather than a burger eaten on the go. They both have there place I just know which one I prefer.


The Seven Stars
The Seven Stars
Price: £3.07

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag, 5 April 2014
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This review is from: The Seven Stars (Kindle Edition)
I really wanted to enjoy this book. Ultimately I struggled to finish it.

The historical passages were well written, bringing the period to life. The idea of intertwining the past and present was well worked. Unfortunately the protagonist, Flora Kemble was simply unrealistic.

I am not sure if this was self-published (and I admire anyone who does that) but the book really really needed the tough love of an editor. Parts of the story just rambled, parts felt unnecessary and parts just needed tightening up. Having said that where it worked it worked very well, with excellent dialogue and great balanced story telling. Seeing what the book could have been made it an even more frustrating read.


AmazonBasics Digital Optical Audio Toslink Cable 1.8 m / 6 Feet
AmazonBasics Digital Optical Audio Toslink Cable 1.8 m / 6 Feet

5.0 out of 5 stars Well Build, and Great Value, 5 April 2014
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A really solid cable that works perfectly. It is probably a better made cable than those one on sale in places such as PC World, where they seem to find it perfectly acceptable to charge well over £20.


Discordia: Six Nights in Crisis Athens
Discordia: Six Nights in Crisis Athens
Price: £1.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Insight, 24 Oct. 2012
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In a world where so much news is sanitised and cleaned up before it hits the mass media this short book / long essay bucks the trend. It feels more John Steinbeck than John Snow. It takes the reader right into the heart of the serious issues found in modern Greece through a seres of vignettes. It reminded me a little of Michael Herr's Dispatches Dispatches (Picador).

The theme throughout is how the people of Greece are suffering and adjusting from the aggressive austerity measures. They are very real stories of immigrants, artists and journalists and others, set to the background of the rise of the violent far right.

The illustrations bring the stories to life in a very personal way that would likely not be achieved through photography.

Why only 4 stars.

In the middle of the essay the story becomes slightly self-obsessed, which felt to me at odds with the rest of the writing. The second reason is there could have been a little more analysis as to the rise of the right. Indeed it would have been interesting to have heard the views of the right wing activists as well as the sympathisers.

However while written through the left-wing eyes of Laura Penny that should not put you off if you politics don't match, sometimes it is good to step out of the echo chamber.

Laura Penny has been involved with and an observer of the rise of the Occupy movement. A book in the same style, with a little more analysis would be a great book indeed.


Panasonic RP-HTX7E-P Retro Style Monitor Headphones - Pink
Panasonic RP-HTX7E-P Retro Style Monitor Headphones - Pink
Offered by DIGITALGUY INTERNATIONAL, INC
Price: £39.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Replaced twice - still broken, 24 Oct. 2012
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I bought two pairs of these for the kids. On the first arrival both had to be send back as they were both broken. The problem was with the very end of the jack. In both cases it had come off. Unfortunately the end of the jack also fell off one of the replacements - *inside* the computer earphone hole. The repair cost was huge, which now means that we can not use the laptop speakers.

In the end I opted to replace with bluetooth headphones.

My experience is a 75% failure rate.

While they look great, sound pretty good and are comfortable the quality means I can not recommend them.


Samsung SE-208AB/TSBS 8 x DVD+/-RW Slim Portable External DVD Writer - Black
Samsung SE-208AB/TSBS 8 x DVD+/-RW Slim Portable External DVD Writer - Black

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent player that works with a Mac - update, 9 April 2012
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Update.

Two years on the the player still works like clockwork.
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I bought this DVD R/W because the super drive on my mac had begun to fail and the cost of replacement was prohibitive. This is a great buy. Setting up was a breeze, I simply plugged it in and away we went. So far no problems, it has worked flawlessly as a player (I haven't yet tried writing to it). It also works with OSX's software eject button. If you have a mac and you are having problems with the built-in drive this make a great value for money alternative.
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