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Micro SD Storage Aluminium 8MOBILITY iSlice Adapter for MacBook Pro Retina 15" A1398 (iRepair Mac)
Micro SD Storage Aluminium 8MOBILITY iSlice Adapter for MacBook Pro Retina 15" A1398 (iRepair Mac)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Snags, 31 Jan. 2016
I had long been eyeing devices like these; that came with the storage built in; but was put off by the three figure prices. The 8Mobility Micro SD Card adaptor for Macbook was less than half the price, even factoring in the micro sd card to go in it.

The attached photo explains my gear envy; I have been using a Sandisk 128Gb USB Thumb Drive as a backup to the SSD in my macbook pro. The USB drive works great but sticks out from my computer and that makes it easy to catch on things (especially on the way in and out of my bag.) The Micro SD Storage adaptor uses the SD Card socket on your Macbook Pro and with a Micro SD Card gives you the same experience - only without the bit sticking out.

I bought a SanDisk Ultra 128 GB to go with it; the micro SD Card slots into the adaptor; then you slot the reader into your computer. It does stick out; only only so you can get it back out again. It is stiff removing it; my fingernails buckled under it - but a credit card did it; both, undamaged.

Plugged in the Drive mounts on your desktop with an SD Card Icon; when you restart your machine it sometimes complains it was removed; even though it wasn't, but it has remounted it fine.

Performance is the most important thing - in my case compared to the speed of the thumb drive i was using. I bought a fast Sandisk Micro SD Card, the same brand as my Thumb Drive. The USB thumb drive is marginally quicker. Blackmagic disk speed test rates its at about 99Mb/s Read and 50 MB/s write. The USB3 drive managed 110 / 59 - I'm not sure in most normal usage you will notice any difference. For my use; backing up important files its ideal.

If your macbook is running low on disk space or you want some space to backup to the 8Mobility adaptor gives you good performance, its very discreet; most importantly it won't snag on anything.
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USA Gear TrueSHOT DSLR Camera Shoulder Strap Sling with Padded Neoprene , Underarm Support & Accessory Pockets - Works With Sony Alpha a7II , a6000 , a7 & Many Other DSLR , Mirrorless or Instant Cameras
USA Gear TrueSHOT DSLR Camera Shoulder Strap Sling with Padded Neoprene , Underarm Support & Accessory Pockets - Works With Sony Alpha a7II , a6000 , a7 & Many Other DSLR , Mirrorless or Instant Cameras
Offered by Accessory Genie
Price: £16.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soft and Strong; carry your camera all day long., 31 Jan. 2016
I'tm on the train coming back from London having spent the day yesterday walking around with the USA Gear camera sling carrying my Canon 6d and 24-70 (the original f2.8 heavy version.) I have some great photos but I don't have a sore neck.

I have been using the black rapid strap for a while without any complaint; but any chance for a better strap is worth exploring. The USA Gear strap is a nice soft neoprene; rather than nylon web, which also gives it a bit of bounce. The strap goes diagonally across your chest; the padded shoulder section also has a small pocket for memory cards. I like this style of strap as it distributes the weight better for me; and i prefer having the camera at my side than protruding from my stomach as I walk around.

There is a second strap you can wrap under your arm to give more security but i didnt find it worth it. On the long strap are two adjustable clips which prevent the camera moving past them; you can adjust these to fit best for you; these allow you to lift the camera; and as it is on a movable ring on the strap it doesn't move the strap with it. When you lower the camera its sits on your side allowing you to use both hands.

The camera connects to your camera's tripod socket; and unlike the blackrapid straps this is easily done as there is a metal baseplate with a finger turnable knurled screw. I walked around all day and the bolt never loosened up; being something finger sized makes it easy to adjust when you want to; rather than the small adaptor on the blackrapid. The baseplate is solid metal with two rings you can attach the strap's carabiner to. This also makes it easy to remove the camera from the strap when you need it (to put it back into your bag.)


Joby Action Clamp and GorillaPod Arm
Joby Action Clamp and GorillaPod Arm
Offered by total digital stores
Price: £14.21

5.0 out of 5 stars Rigid; quick; dependable., 31 Jan. 2016
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I used the job Action Clamp to take a timelapse at the Shard yesterday; and given how many people came to ask me about it have sold a number just on watching it get used. The photo is the camera (with the rigid arm mounted @ the shard.) The clamp turns rails into a nice solid tripod for action; and compact cameras. The box has the clamp; the gorilla pod arm, and two gopro adaptors.I was using it with a Nikon 9900 compact camera and it give me a rigid platform. The options allow for this model or one with a rigid arm; i have the rigid arm - i bought it with the suction mount. In this case the gorilla arm is stiff and allowed me to move the camera close to the window to avoid more of the reflections. The clamp opens to about 2" and is quick to adjust and tighten down. Once clamped its super rigid; a wet rail didnt cause an issue and neither has hanging the camera upside down.

The Job Clamp is too small for my slr; but its considerably smaller and lighter (being plastic) than the manfrotto clamp i have for that. Its won a place in my bag 5*


KMASHI 15000mAh External Battery, Dual USB Power Bank Portable Charger For iPhone 6s 6 Plus, iPad Air Mini, Samsung Galaxy S7 S6 S5 Note 5 4, LG G4 G5, HTC One M8 M9 and more
KMASHI 15000mAh External Battery, Dual USB Power Bank Portable Charger For iPhone 6s 6 Plus, iPad Air Mini, Samsung Galaxy S7 S6 S5 Note 5 4, LG G4 G5, HTC One M8 M9 and more
Offered by TECKIT-UK
Price: £44.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Charge over and over, 31 Jan. 2016
The kmashi 15000 mAh battery pack is about twice the size and weight of my iPhone 6 Plus. The high capacity allows it to charge it around 6-7 times before needing to be recharged itself. Charging the pack is done by a micro usb socket; a cable is supplied but you will want to make sure you have a high current output usb socket to charge it back up quickly.

When plugged into my iPhone (and turned the pack on by the swtich) it delivered a high power charge over the usb able; this was seen in the charge time being fast; 10% roughly every 12 minutes - a lower output charger would have taken twice as long. The nice thing was plugging two iPhones into the charger; both charged at the higher speed - and it didn't slow down the charge rate.

The battery pack is big; but it lets you charge your phone repeatedly - or other devices that charge over usb. I happily plugged it into a usb powered camera whilst it took an 8 hour timelapse and the Kmashi battery kept it topped up. The build is hard shiny plastic; the chequered black contrasts nicely with the red. The only thing i would quite like on a device this size is 4 usb sockets ...


Wireless Charger, Vinsic® Qi Wireless Charger for Samsung Galaxy s7 S6, Galaxy S7 Edge, S6 Edge, Nexus 6, SONY Xperia Z3V, Moto 360 Smart Watch, Nexus 5 /7(2013) / 4; Nokia Lumia 1020/ 920/928; LG G3 / G4 / Optimus Vu2, D1L, LTE2, G2; MOTO Droid Maxx/Droid Mini; HTC Droid DNA, HTC Rzound, Blackberry Z30, and Other Qi-Enabled Phones and Tablets (AC adapter not included)
Wireless Charger, Vinsic® Qi Wireless Charger for Samsung Galaxy s7 S6, Galaxy S7 Edge, S6 Edge, Nexus 6, SONY Xperia Z3V, Moto 360 Smart Watch, Nexus 5 /7(2013) / 4; Nokia Lumia 1020/ 920/928; LG G3 / G4 / Optimus Vu2, D1L, LTE2, G2; MOTO Droid Maxx/Droid Mini; HTC Droid DNA, HTC Rzound, Blackberry Z30, and Other Qi-Enabled Phones and Tablets (AC adapter not included)
Offered by Vinsic_Direct
Price: £19.90

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you don't lose anything to the small size of the vin sic qa charger, 28 Jan. 2016
The Vinsic QI wireless charger is lightweight and super compact; at about 8cm square. It is also nice at lightweight. In the box you get a the QI pad, a small USB-Micro USB Cable that you need to plug it in. These two combined with its slight weight make it great to slide into your bag to take wireless charging with you. The slight weight is offset by 4 grippy rubber feet that stop it sliding around your desk; though the top surface doesn't have any grip to it so you can knock your device off it.

The thing you aren't losing in the small size is the speed to charge. When you power the charger up you get a blue status light. Placing a QI compatible device onto the pad the color changes to green through the charging time. I have another charging pad from another supplier it charges my iPhone 6 (I have a QI case on it) 10% in around 13 minutes (When the phone is low on charge recharging slows down the higher the charge for some reason on my phone.) The Vinsic charges up my phone in the same time despite being 1/2 the size.

I didn't have any no charging spot issues that older QI chargers had; placing my phone so the width was across the Vinsic it always charged my phone. That make it super easy to use; combined with a competitive price; and supreme portability the Vinsic 5* charger is a handy bit of kit to wireless charge your car
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McNett Freesole Rubber Repair Glue, 28 g
McNett Freesole Rubber Repair Glue, 28 g
Offered by ScaleFarm
Price: £6.99

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
Offered by BabySecurity
Price: £82.21

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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 SE 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 SE iPhone 6s 6 Plus 5S 5C 5, iPad Air 2, Mini 3 and More(2m, Gray)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tactile, well made, extra long - good things come in 3s., 16 Jan. 2016
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)

5 of 5 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
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 NUTRITION 53
Price: £15.95

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.


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