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McNett Freesole Rubber Repair Glue, 28 g
McNett Freesole Rubber Repair Glue, 28 g
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars All you need, 26 Jan. 2016
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Kicking my almost new shoes off by the heals went very wrong and the heal split away from the shoe. I applied the free sole rubber to my shoe; on a saturday; following the instructions for how to do it - apply glue wait some time then apply pressure with a water bottle. I left them through till monday morning and the shoes are as good as new. The pack comes with instructions, a little brush to apply / clean up the glue and a plastic wrap to hold heels to bodies of shoes. The tube is enormous; and would last for a lot of shoe repairs if it doesn't dry out - the instructions recommend avoiding moisture in a dry dark place to store it.

It worked very well on my shoes; I waited a couple of weeks to see if it let go; so far all is well. 58


Motorola MBP662 Connect Baby Monitor
Motorola MBP662 Connect Baby Monitor
Price: £99.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality handset; weak wifi, 26 Jan. 2016
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We all want the best for our children and this includes keeping an eye on them while they sleep. On paper the Motorola MBP662 looks impressive and is one of few baby monitors available that allow the option to use both the supplied monitor and a wifi compatible device.

Open the box and you'll find the camera unit, monitor, power cables for both and the monitor battery pack. Setup was very easy, simple plug in the camera and switch it on, power up the monitor and it connected to the camera without issue. Setting up a wifi device requires you to download the Motorola Hubble app from your compatible device.

Some of the features on offer are a temperature display which is accurate enough. Two way communication which works ok but the sound from the camera isn't loud enough and there's no way to adjust this volume. The 5 built in lullabies isn't something I'd use as they are quite loud with no volume adjustment again.

Down to the main features of this monitor, the sound and video. The mic on the camera is very sensitive and picks up the slightest sound, there is a small delay but the sound is clear. Boasting a 720p camera I was expecting big things from the video unfortunately this was the biggest let down. The monitors screen is just too small and too low res to make use of the camera, objects are clearly picked out but the colour representation in daylight are off and in night mode things become very pixelated making it hard to pick up small movements from baby. The camera does have a nice wide angle of view and plenty of manual adjustment to get the image you want.

The video quality is a lot better when using a wifi device such as a smart phone but I found the Motorola 662's wifi connection to weaker than similar products with the camera soon becoming unavailable. When using the App; the delay is increased over using the monitor.

I've used wifi cameras before that produce better image and sound quality over the web at a lower price, this made me think why buy a purpose built baby monitor. The extra features are not without there problems and the dedicated monitor needs improving if its to make use of the cameras HD spec. 3 star; Poor quality video considering 720p HD Spec.


Quntis Metal+Nylon Braided Sync & Charger USB Data Cable for iPhone 6s 6 Plus 5S 5C 5, iPad Air 2, Mini 3 and More(2m, Gray)
Quntis Metal+Nylon Braided Sync & Charger USB Data Cable for iPhone 6s 6 Plus 5S 5C 5, iPad Air 2, Mini 3 and More(2m, Gray)
Offered by Rewox GmbH
Price: £39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Tactile, well made, extra long - good things come in 3s., 16 Jan. 2016
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The Quntis Nylon Lightning cables come in a pack of three for less than apple wants for a single cable. They all looked identical out of the box; which is a risky proposition with other cheaper cables. Connected to my computer they synced and charge my iPhone as i would expect. Plugged into a high voltage socket my iPhone charges up far quicker than on a low voltage socket (i don't have an iPad to test with.)

The cables themselves are great quality with metal wrappers to the connectors where many others (including apple's) are plastic. The cable itself is wrapped in a snag resisting nylon braid; that doesn't inhibit the flexibility of the cable. It does makes the cable more tactile; and adds additional protection to the wire inside over a normal plastic coated wire.

I was interested in the 2m long the cables despite them being far longer than those I would normally go for; the extra length definitely has its benefits though. In the living room it can make it from the charger on my table further onto the sofa; in the office it lets you move a charger under your desk and save some space and it's especially useful in the car - plugged into the usb sockets in the front the cables extend to the back seat charging the iDevices of the people in the boot.

Getting 3 cables in the pack is excellent value; I swapped out the two in my car and replaced them with the longer cables; and that paid off on a work trip when colleagues in the back of my car needed to charge their phones after the meeting.


Semlos USB 2.0/3.0 to SATA IDE Hard Drive Converter Adapter Kit for 2.5 3.5 5.25 inch Hard Drive Disk (Upgrade USB3.0 Version)
Semlos USB 2.0/3.0 to SATA IDE Hard Drive Converter Adapter Kit for 2.5 3.5 5.25 inch Hard Drive Disk (Upgrade USB3.0 Version)
Offered by SemlosDirect
Price: £20.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast access, Complete kit for ide and Sata in one box, 12 Jan. 2016
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The Semlos USB3 Sata/ IDE adaptor is a great way to connect an old hark disk or DVD Player. The Semlos kit includes all I needed to use to connect up a hard drive; you get the USB - IDE adaptor, a mains power converter with a hard drive tip (SATA and 4 pin styles) as well as a Sata cable to connect to your hard drive. If your computer doesn't have USB3 it will work with USB2 sockets; you will just need a bit more patience as they are slower.

The kit arrived when i had decided to setup a new SSD for my macbook; Apple let you use usb to boot and build new disks. The SSD uses the SATA interface; connected up using the included cables. The experience was truly plug and play and it allowed me to setup the operating system onto a Sata SSD disk to replace a slower magnetic disk. Using the Semlos kit I needed to use the power brick on a 2.5" sata disk (as the adaptor doesn't have a sata power interface to the disk to use USB power.) Once I had it connected; I gave the adaptor a performance test using the black magic app. The Semlos / usb interface wrote data at 106mb/s and read it back at around 213mb/s. This is at the upper limits of USB3 performance and it is good enough to boot the system from an external disk .

The Semlos kit is complete; coming with the cables and adaptors you might need to connect to SATA or older IDE disks - including a very handy mains to Hard Drive power adaptor. The performance coming from USB 3 and SATA interface is excellent; allowing you to boot a temporary machine from a drive or run virtual machines from it . The Semlos kit will let you quickly adapt an old disk and use it as a make-do external drive.
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Apple Cinnamon & Pecan Bar 40 gm (Case of 12)
Apple Cinnamon & Pecan Bar 40 gm (Case of 12)
Offered by Nature's Remedies
Price: £21.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Delicious Snack, 7 Jan. 2016
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The Kind Apple, Cinnamon and Pecan bars are a mixed bag on the; 40g per bar, 190kcal. The 40g is 25% sugar and 18% protein and 10% fibre; so a good mix of the bad with the good. You can see they are all mostly all nuts and fruit just from looking at them; and the nuts mean you are getting a small dose of minerals in your diet from the bar too. Reading the ingredients they are free from most anything that you wouldn't have in your kitchen (maybe soy lecithin, evaporated cane sugar and glucose are pushing that unless you are a fancy cook but i think these are mostly to make the glaze that binds them together.)

The short of it is The Kind Apple, Cinnamon and Pecan Bars are Utterly delicious with a nice balance of flavors from the nuts and apples. Your decision on whats healthy for you is really your call; there is a lot of sugar here; but there is also a lot of fruit and nut that are pushing that % way up rather than the added sugar.


SanDisk Ultra Fit 128 GB USB Flash Drive USB 3.0 up to 130MB/s
SanDisk Ultra Fit 128 GB USB Flash Drive USB 3.0 up to 130MB/s
Offered by zoombits
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars USB3 128gb quick read and write, 3 Jan. 2016
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The Sundisk Ultrafit 128gb Flash Drive is a great addition to a laptop. Barely bigger than a usb socket with just the textured black lip to help you slide it in and out you can likely just leave it in your computer. It's also a USB 3 device (though it will work in older usb sockets) so it offers reasonable speed data access; on my macbook pro blackmagic rated it about 59mb/s write and 110mb/s read. This is nothing compared to the speed of the built in disk in my laptop; if you have a magnetic hard disk in your computer the ultrafit is likely quicker. An older USB2 drive only ran to 9mb/s write and 18mb/s read so the benefits of USB3 are immense.

The step to USB3 makes this a usable storage device for most all kinds of media (and likely for a number of applications you only run occasionally.) With 128GB of storage it is it is as big as a number of computers built in ssd's allowing you to quickly make a big leap in your computers storage space for a very reasonable outlay. The most important thing is its a Sandisk device which adds a level of support, trust and credibility that most unknown chinese brands aren't able to prove at the moment.


Extra White Bubblemint 14 g
Extra White Bubblemint 14 g
Offered by Electro World
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Gum Flavour., 3 Jan. 2016
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Whilst I can't sense any mint in them the bubble mint Extra gum; what they do have is that classic bubblegum flavour. Its not an everyday use but from time to time its a great change.
I like the extra gum series for the initial crunch that gives way to a smooth gum. As Extra White I like that these come with xylitol which help protect your teeth; I think they are sightly lower in the evil sorbitol which does terrible things to my digestive system.


Medisana Connect Body Analysis Scales with Bluetooth
Medisana Connect Body Analysis Scales with Bluetooth
Price: £66.80

4.0 out of 5 stars December 2015 became the month of testing smart scales. I have four sets of them, 3 Jan. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
November, December 2015 became the month of testing smart scales. I have four sets of them; including the 440's slightly cheaper sibling the Medisana 430. The 440 scales and the 430 are pretty much identical bar the top surface design. The 430 is white with a circular design and the 440 black with a cross design. The two have the same screen and the same basic functions. On the most important function; the weight they measure agrees within 1% of the Beurer and Withings scales I already had at home. The surface design allows the 440 scales to measure the conductivity of your body allowing it to also measure body fat, water percents as well as muscle mass. These are displayed on a cheap looking blue tinted screen and if you are happy there you can use the scales as you would an old fashioned spring scale; read the screen and remember the values each time.

Where the smart scales come into their own is when you join them up with the VitaDock+ app on your phone (and on the Medisana website.) The app talks to the scales using bluetooth (on the iPhone you set this up in the app which makes me think its bluetooth 4.) The app stores and makes it far easier to read than on the screen on the scales themselves; it also displays the value and allows you to see trends over time. The Vitadock+ website is far superior than the app ( right now the app (at least on the iPhone) is fairly unpolished and far behind the withings equivalent - but the app can be improved over time without impacting the scales so things should get better. The data on the iPhone also syncs happily into HealthKit which does display the data in a better way than the provided app.

The BS440 looks similar to the more expensive Withings scale; though the Withings though the screen on the withings is superior to the one on the Mediana devices. The Medisana 430 and 440 are both priced very competitively against similarly featured scales. The 440 proved easy connect to my phone - thanks to using bluetooth rather than wifi. I also have the Medisana blood pressure monitor and the two work happily side by side; so it looks like Medisana will be building a range of equipment out like Withings - only with more competitive price points though possibly slightly cheaper feeling devices.

As it stands today; the app is a little basic (if you don't have smart scales it is still years ahead of remembering or using a notebook.) The website improves the presentation; and if you have an iPhone you can use healthkit to see the data and trends cleanly. The BS440 is competitively priced; though the differential between it and the 320 seems hard to justify when the difference looks to only be surface deep.

I don't put much weight on the app at present as apps evolve over time - right now it works and displays readings clearly - i would just like better trend and raw data displays. Using an iPhone lets me see the data in HealthKit alongside information from other devices in one place which paints a single picture. The website does show the information and trends more clearly (as well as letting you get a list of raw readings if you need them for a health provider.)

The BS440's black design looks pretty good and will fit into modern bathrooms well. Its primary job taking your weight is accurate, fast and easy to use 4*. The dinged star is because this offers no benefit over the 430 model; besides the design of the top surface.


Linksys RE6300 Universal Dual Band AC750 Gigabit Wi-Fi Range Extender
Linksys RE6300 Universal Dual Band AC750 Gigabit Wi-Fi Range Extender
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars If you have a gap in your wifi reception you want to fill get the RE6300, 23 Dec. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Linksys RE6300 is one of those rare technology products; that just works. The TV in my bedroom came with wifi rather than wires which allowed me to get rid of the ethernet. When I tried to use it; the signal was too low for it to stream amazon prime. I have tried the RE6300 with a Linksys Router; as well as a BT Home Hub (infinity version.) In both cases the WPS connect button allowed the extender to immediately extend the network without any other user interaction.

If your modem doesn't have a WPS button you can set it up with your wifi's wireless key. The setup is done using a web browser with no special software required. In use the setup screens are really good - and maybe worth trying before clicking the WPS button if you have one to optimise the location of the modem. The setup pages indicate the level of signal the system is getting from your existing network and advising if you should move it closer or further away to get the most from the RE6300.

The WPS features made it very simple to setup at home; two button presses and my TV was streaming amazon prime. The network speed isn't as fast the gigabit I get from my main linksys switch; my laptop is reporting a 750mb/s connection; file transfers were quick for wifi; though a wire is still better. A 700gb backup file took a little over 4 hours to copy (SSD at either end); which means a real world speed of about 400mbs but its more than enough for streaming to my tv.

If you have a gap in your wifi reception you want to fill; the RE6300 is quick enough for most networking tasks; most importantly its very easy to setup.


AmazonBasics Circular Polarizer-82mm
AmazonBasics Circular Polarizer-82mm
Price: £13.32

5.0 out of 5 stars the filter improved the image which is why you use one in the first place, 21 Dec. 2015
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At the time of writing I'm not sure the cost of this filter will ultimately be; as a member of the Amazon basics range it should be good value. It ships in the excellent amazon frustration free packaging - cut through a sticker and you get the filter inside a plastic filter protection case. Out of the box I wasn't sure if the thickness of the filter was going to be a vignetting issue - its 0.8cm deep. It does feel well made though; there wasn't any wobble between the two filters; the threads are nice and smooth and it cleanly threaded onto my lens.

I put the 82mm CP filter onto my Canon 16-35mm lens; which on my full frame body is super wide and vignettes a little (at wide apertures) even without a filter.I had thought the super wideness was the reason my previous CP filter was half as thin as this amazon basics one. I was surprised to find that the filter didn't cause any extra vignetting from that the lens causes at any point in the zoom range.

It does do an impressive job as a Circular Polarizing Filter; making skies blue and reducing glare in images; I was blessed to be able to test it after some sun after heavy rain which led to all kinds of reflections on surfaces. I have uploaded two one of some clouds moving over Leicester; and one i took straight into the sun to see if there were any flaring issues. The sky is nice and blue and the clouds are defined and the into the Sun shot is nice and clean.

The short of it is the Amazon Basics CP Filter works really well. The build quality is excellent and on my camera the filter improved the image which is why you use one in the first place. 82mm is a good size to choose as you can use step up filters to use the filter on lenses with smaller filter threads.
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