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Pampers Baby Dry Size 4 (Maxi) Giga Pack 132 Nappies
Pampers Baby Dry Size 4 (Maxi) Giga Pack 132 Nappies
Offered by Grocery UK LTD
Price: £37.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Moved to this brand, 14 Feb. 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Having understood that one of the other leading brands is pulling out of the UK it was time to test some others out, initially I am more than happy with these - no leaks, easy to put on and take off without much in the way of movement whilst on. Our little boy has been very comfortable (not trying to adjust them or wriggle free). We have also had an overnight 12 hour with no issues at all.

As far as a nappy goes these do perform as they state, well recomended.

Mark Hix on Baking
Mark Hix on Baking
by Mark Hix
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas, 14 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Mark Hix on Baking (Hardcover)
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Another great book from Mark Hix, if you haven't yet read the description on this book don't be put off thinking that this is all pastry items... It isn't, to Mark anything that you can cook in an oven is baked whether it be fish, meat etc.

The recipes are all well structured and easy to follow, imagery of all the recipes is another nice touch and my biggest bug bear has been resolved with not having a dust jacket! A super book that you will get much inspiration and new food ideas from.

The Icecreamists: Boutique ice creams and other guilty pleasures to make and enjoy at home
The Icecreamists: Boutique ice creams and other guilty pleasures to make and enjoy at home
by Matt O'connor
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Icecreamtastic, 20 Dec. 2012
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Some really interesting recipes feature in this book which include the breast milk ice cream they caused a revolution over not too long ago! The book does harp on about the breast milk ice cream revolution but if you want to know about it there's a good chunk in the book to read up on.

If you can;t find an interesting recipe to match your planned meal in this book then give up now - it's quite diverse and lot's of different ideas along with stunning presentational photographs. Quite inspring to be honest. Don't be put off by the cover, it's a statement and that generally is what these folks seem to be all about. If you like making you own ice cream or know someone that does then this is the perfect gift for them.

Tefal BlendForce  Blender
Tefal BlendForce Blender
Price: £21.50

32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Blender, 20 Dec. 2012
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Although it looks like any other blender this in fact does do what it states - to think that this blender actually manages to get all the bits normally left by some other blenders leaving you with slighlty lumpy smoothies. It creates quite a cyclone effect to get everything moving around better and features six blades, two of which are aiming right at the bottom to prevent that part that normally leaves the lumpy bits behind.

The only downside is the amount of residue of what you're creating that sticks to the lid, which is a rather awkward shape to scrape the bits out of. A note of cautions is that you will need to keep the measuring cap in place when blending else you will end up with some splatter out of the top even with only a third full of liquid.

The main jug vessel also allows you to take the bottom blade section out for easy cleaning which I was very impressed with, the times I have used blenders and been messing around trying to wash them properly almost puts you off using one - a breath of fresh air! Combine that with the lock in indicators so you can't blend until it's locked in properly.

The pulse is rapid and blades stop quickly too, there was no motor smell after blending a smooth liquied for over 2 minutes either. Effortless, easy to use and wont break the bank. My only criticism would be that the base unit could be a little smaller as when the jug is on it's a fair old size.

VMware Fusion 5 (Mac)
VMware Fusion 5 (Mac)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another step in the right direction, 17 Dec. 2012
This review is from: VMware Fusion 5 (Mac) (CD-ROM)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
An upgrade that although you won't see much difference there's certainly a massive speed boost. Upgrade or initial install is very quick however even when brand new you'll need to download an update which makes the disc / stick irrelevant. The fact they now provide the stick for those users that are without a optical drive is a nice touch.

The price on Amazon at sub fifteen pounds is defintely worth the upgrade - I wouldn't pay more than £30 as there's always deals knocking around in these virtualised softwares. It is good for taking snapshots as restore points for your virtual machines as well as the usual day to day tasks you still need windows applications for etc.

I use VMWare Fusion on several Macs and have never had an issue (have used 3,4 and now 5). It works perfectly across company networks too. Just make sure you install the VMWare Tools to get all the functionality working. A feature I never use but is very trick is the Unity mode that allows you to drop windows icons on your mac tool bar - if the operating system it requires isn't running it will quickly fire it up to allow the application to run.

A great piece of software but just don't pay over the odds!

Hyundai Mr Scan Portable Mobile Scanner (WiFi, A4, microSD-slot, USB 2.0) - Grey
Hyundai Mr Scan Portable Mobile Scanner (WiFi, A4, microSD-slot, USB 2.0) - Grey
Price: £90.81

4.0 out of 5 stars Clever and compact, 17 Dec. 2012
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A Superb hand scanner that is well suited to people on the go and that need a mobile office.

The rollers on the bottom provide smooth straight scanning which is very reliable, it is possible to scan too fast and the error light appears telling you to redo that scan. It is ideal for scanning sheets of A4 on a desktop surface, if you are thinking of buying one of these for the purposes of scanning pages from books then be warned there is a 3cm gap at either end that the scanner does not scan to - it really needs an edge to edge scan capability.

Battery life is somewhat poor - having the WiFi mode switched on kills the battery. I have scanned around 100 pages and had the WiFi turned on for 5 minutes to see the battery indicator showing 1/3. You'd also think that you could scan via USB! That is not the case, you scan to the Micro SD card and then put this card into your computer or turn on the WiFi mode to see / access your scans. Kind of works the opposite to how I had envisaged this product.

My main gripe is that fact that the unit does not come with any kind of built in memory or a small micro SD card. In fact for the price I would also like to see a better battery life or internal battery powered by mini USB.

Withings Smart Baby Monitor
Withings Smart Baby Monitor
Offered by Berkshire Retail
Price: £209.99

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long Distance Monitoring!, 17 Dec. 2012
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Wow that's an expensive baby monitor! Is it worth it? The answer to this question really depends on how deep are your pockets and how much of a gadget freak you are... I have always had iPhones and also a need for a baby monitor for a couple of years, having tested out many other baby monitors and video baby monitors I can give a accurate blow by blow account of how I got on with this one...

Firstly I am surprised that I had anything left in the box by the time it arrived. Usually Amazon put things in brown boxes - not on this occasion, the box it came in merely had a plastic envelope with the delivery adress, this would be fine if the box wasn't a plastic sleeve that the box slides out of either end to unpackage it. The packaging also clearly states what's in the box! Whilst I am on the packaging front it certainly is trying to be a Apple-esque kind of gizmo as the box and contents are all a similar experience to unboxing an Apple product which in itself is very nice.

Setting up the baby monitor, after downloading the free app for your iPhone / iPod or iPad and put the battery / power adapter in the unit you're guided through a series of setup instructions. It firstly connects your device to the monitor via Bluetooth and then sets it up with WiFi for remote out of the house access. All of this took about 2 minutes and I was very impressed how simple and effortless this was.

Using the device... Simple yet ideal for what the device needs to do. It could however do with better contrast when it uses its infra red night lights, the view is a little grey and cloudy - I have seen better visuals on a Philips Avent screen to be honest at a quarter of the price. You can however pinch and zoom and roate your device to get a wider view point. There is a slight lag on the device over WiFi though, if you speak into the device there's almost a two second delay, you can set the colour of the night light on the iOS device too. The main screen allows you to press a button to talk, activate the night light by time variance and also turn on / off the music. You can view a visual log of baby's movement of sound over a 15 minute period via two bar charts that overlay the screen which are clear to view. The app will send you push notifications to threshholds you speciy in the app, this however seems a tad inaccurate as I have put the sliders to either end of the if baby moves for 1 second or constantly moves for 15 seconds then alert me.

Annoyances with the device, not being able to turn the device off remotely. If you leave it on and the sun / clouds keep going over your house the monitor picks up the sunlight changes as movement and alerts you via push notification if you've set it - personally I thought I had spirits or a burglar in my home until I figured out what it was!

Things to like, are simply the ease of use and being able to view your little one no matter where you are - checkin up on the baby sitter too! Also the clip for the unit is good too, nice strong magnet and clip angle provides perfect easy to clip onto things without too much faffing around.

For the price I would like to see a couple of improvements, better visual contrast in night time mode, app export of data, play music from your iOS device instead of the standard classical music and improved battery life. All in all a fantastic device that features some good technology for our time but at a very high price. A price tag of less than £150 is acceptable but certainly not over £250!!! Also to note is that you will kill the battery span of your iOS device if not left plugged in!

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature 260 ml/9fl oz Decorated Feeding Bottles (Pink/6-pack)
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature 260 ml/9fl oz Decorated Feeding Bottles (Pink/6-pack)
Price: £19.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good and natural for a baby, 15 Nov. 2012
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Have had several of these bottles and is the variety we converted our baby from breast to bottle as it's the most natural on the market of all the baby bottles to convince them to feed from a man made object.

These have a lovely design suited to a girl but no reason why any baby wouldn't use them boy or girl. Once your baby gets bigger you can buy the faster flow teets that fit the bottle rings. They also feature an anti-colic air outlet to aid feeding, this doesn't spill if upturned but provides air flow for the bootle.

These will even fit into the Avent bottle warmer although they are wider at the base than other sorts. A very good standard of bottle and will last a couple of years if required. This six pack will suffice for a single baby.

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Dance & Play Puppy
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Dance & Play Puppy
Offered by D&S Retail Ltd
Price: £46.16

17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gave it a second go!, 30 Oct. 2012
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Upon getting this out of the box (you can use it in the box), my 18 month old son was interested but soon a little overwhelmed by it! Both my wife and I were a little freaked out by it as it is a little odd, however on getting it back out for a second go my little one did start interacting with it, clapping and dancing - it shows it does work but is freaky... The voice is a little strange but maybe it's inviting to young children...

There is a button on each foot which once pressed does an activity from short singing of ABC to saying I love you, then clapping and dancing. More buttons to choose the activities you prefer would be better at this price point.

On a technical aspect though, the robotics are very noisy and you can only just hear what it's saying when on the setting one of two for volume. Turning it up to loud is very loud but at least you can hear it - just nothing else!

I would have given it four stars but the price has to pull it down slightly, for a robotic toy that doesn't walk I wouldn't expect to pay this much, good and works to get your child to interact but not worth the full RRP.

Microsoft Expression Web 3.0 (PC DVD)
Microsoft Expression Web 3.0 (PC DVD)

2.0 out of 5 stars The Great Pretender, 18 Oct. 2012
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Trying to be something it's not! Simply put Microsoft have got rid of the old junk that once was FrontPage and have come to the marketplace with this... If you're expecting this to rival the likes of dreamweaver then your going to be in for a dissapointment. The interface is very microsoftesque so you'll be thankful from that end.

When it comes down to it the presentation material and demonstration video all make it look super funky and really helpful / very easy to use - don't be fooled by this as I was very drawn into thinking it was far easier to use than other WYSIWYG software and quickly found myself going back to building my website into WordPress.

There are a few niceties but you'll find your own parts that work for you if you choose to go down this route. I for one would not personally recomend it and have not been in a rush to return to it after giving it a second chance and still not finding it very intuitive to use. The only way I can really describe this is to state it's like going from Adobe Photoshop to Adobe Photoshop Elements, a step down to something less useful.

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