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Clearblue Advanced Fertility Monitor Kit
Clearblue Advanced Fertility Monitor Kit
Offered by Innox Trading
Price: £76.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Expensive but clever, 6 Aug. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
To use the device properly you’ll need to not get your hopes up for a couple of months as this is the time period it takes to get accurate results. I would say it’s slightly over priced for what it does but does deliver far more accurately than the standard ovulation sticks they sell. These (or should I say similar ones) however will still need to be purchased in order to use the machine.

Simply pass the stick through you stream of urine and pop it into the machine for analysis. This will then over time build up the bigger picture telling you when it’s a good time to conceive. If you’ve been trying to conceive unsuccessfully for a while I would recommend giving this a go as it’s likely to help.

Please note that as this review was required within a 30 day window I am giving the most accurate detail I can, I will further update the review once I have had more time to go through the accuracy of the device in the coming months, here’s hoping it doesn’t take that long for things to happen though!

Loses a star due to having to spend a couple of months to get accuracy, and another for the price tag!

BT 300 Digital Baby Monitor
BT 300 Digital Baby Monitor
Price: £32.00

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple but crystal clear, 6 Aug. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Crystal clear audio and long leads connected to the main unit, these are two aspects I like to see on any monitor. BT Monitors in my opinion are the better of the bunch and are the easiest and more user friendly overall. The clarity of the sound even 20 meters up our garden and signal passing through two solid brick walls was perfect.

Battery life in the hand unit is better than the previous generation of units too. After using they same set of batteries over and over these will lose some charging power and run out quicker, having tested new batteries in my older favourite projector style version the new 300 model did seem to last a little longer before beeping away telling us the batteries were ready for giving up. This does annoy me to be honest, the batteries running out is frustrating but the unit going beep-beep-beep every 20 seconds for nigh on half an hour if you let it is somewhat excessive, surely a couple of soft tones for a few minutes followed by louder screeching sounds would be better use of the batteries - all this beeping is certain to drain them! Gripe over and this aside with all of their units i do like it.

Simplistic is more powerful in my view, too many bells and whistles makes you worry too much! As stated initially, crystal clear audio and the base unit placed near to baby but not within reach is what will make a good unit work to its full potential. Hard to fault…

LG 49UB850V 49-inch Widescreen Ultra HD Smart TV with Freeview HD (discontinued by manufacturer)
LG 49UB850V 49-inch Widescreen Ultra HD Smart TV with Freeview HD (discontinued by manufacturer)
Offered by Tvsandmore
Price: £725.00

29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A couple of tweaks away from perfections, 4 Aug. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Out of the box the TV worked perfectly apart from trying to get Netflix to show me a 4K stream, initially I couldn’t update as the button required to do so was greyed out, this was fixed by changing the TV to think it was elsewhere (“Greece”) and then do a full firmware update. Problem resolved and Netflix then loaded, my only issue then was that after 5 seconds the picture would go green and the 4k content struggle. A restart of the entire TV the next day seemed to fix the issue and I have happily viewed most of the Netflix 4K content and also Youtube content without issue since. This is very impressive and you’ll be left disappointed having to view some SD content.

Initial setup was a breeze, with Coaxial cables plugged in from the house aerial and direct old Sky satellite dish the TV found some 500 channels for TV and radio, this took about 10 minutes, the on screen animated character during all the setup screens for home network and so forth is a breath of fresh air, displays beautiful crisp imagery showing off your new TV whilst getting you used to the new magic remote.

The remote controls, and yes there are two…. The magic remote is capable of mimicking several other remotes with sheer simplicity built right in, you tell it what device your wanting to assign to a HDMI or component input for example and then it gives you a couple of choices as is manufacturer and device type, for each there are a few remote control pairings but for everything I tried it was correct initially so no messing around. Using the standard remote control did lack a little switching from BBC 1 to BBC 1 HD, the pressing of the buttons was slower than using the WebOS interface and I feel like I really have to take my time not to rush the input else it doesn’t cope. Tv channel switching once selected is very quick though, there’s no lag or black screen for a few seconds as other TV’s I’ve had seem to suffer with.

Having just connected this up to an A/V receiver the Simplink feature was put to the test, this is superb given the fact that not only does the magic remote and normal remote control volume on the receiver but If I turn the receiver of the TV off it turns the other unit off automatically. Very handy and time saving, not only this but makes having surround sound easy to use for anyone non techie as it’s as if the TV controls everything. The reason I have had to connect to a A/V receiver is that I had a older DVD / Surround sound system that connected via scart, in order to get sound back to the unit I would have to use the HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) and I didn’t have this functionality. From watching a couple of movies on my Apple TV recorded in 5.1 and not 2.0 I couldn’t easily hear the spoken audio as the TV has a left and right 2.0 speaker setup. There’s two option sin the 55” version, I believe the 850 models are both left and right speakers only whilst the 950 model is left right and centre speakers built in. Worth thinking about if you have media not recorded in the correct setup and are not considering a sound bar of surround sound system.

DLNA… By selecting SmartSharing you can access DLNA files on your network. so I can play files from my NAS drive for example, a small bug bear is that the menus to display things in lists rather than all in folders is quite tucked away and only reading a forums elsewhere I figured it had a secondary view, LG could do with changing this. I did however see if my NAS Twonky server settings would allow me to change the way the TV was able to display the folders, this isn’t the case, it’s either folder or list view in the TV.

FreeView / FreeSat - First off, the TV has both Aerial and Satellite Coax inputs, the TV actually only supports FreeView but the Satellite connection will get you a few extra channels, it’s something to do with the fact LG don’t support freest on many models so the channels you sometimes get via Satellite won;t always be there or handled via the TV Guide menu. When it comes to using the TV Guide menu I’m left a little confused that the text is so large and the programs visibly listed out are for the next hour only, this is a 4k TV with better resolution than my home computer! There’s more room on the menu for far more listing even with the current Picture in Picture view of what I’m watching. If I’d stated I was visually impaired and wanted huge text this would be fine but it seems to be default without the ability to change it.

Cable Management for wall mounting doesn’t seem to have been that well thought out, many people channel a hole in the wall out to run the cables but for those of us that wish to mount as flush to the wall and trail the cables down the middle isn’t possible as the cables have to come out of either side, the best that can be achieved is to loosely tuck the wires around the sides then under the front section, difficult to explain in words but a channel in the plastic to allow cables to trail down the rear middle would be ideal. It depends how flush the mount you’re using is away from the wall. Also note if you use the adapter in the box to use scart you’ll have another struggle trying to get it in the right place when wall mounting, it’s neither short enough or long enough as to flush mount the TV the connector sits against the free view and satelite connectors.

Aesthetically, this TV is really nice to look at when powered off or on. The outside of the frame is a dark chrome effect and the front is almost all viewing area with less than 1cm bezel. The front middle below the screen is the LG logo on a little plinth, behind here is the power button in the form of a mini joystick, press and hold to to power off, flick left or right for other functions such as input selection if the remote control is not in your hand.

Have you ever tried finding a replacement / longer power lead in the format of a C5 (Cloverleaf) angled cable with a UK 13 amp plug? Very difficult as I’ve still not sourced one… The cable requires the angle for wall fitment and is what comes with the TV, however the cable length supplied of just 1.5m is too short for where I need it (Needed 2m to be tucked away like the old power cable was). Having searched the web and had no joy I logged a support ticket with LG, I had a phone call the next working day and they chased this up for three days before stating the length of cable was industry standard and longer ones may lead to interference. So two things to take from this, firstly that the customer service at LG is pretty good, however secondly the power cables are sub-standard and they only have one version of it! This will have to lose a star for this reason alone!

What is a superb TV is let down by the smallest of things that I hope are rectified by a firmware update. As there are various ways to accomplish setting changes you may find yourself a little confused the first day or two when setting it all up how you want it, for me I personally like this as it gives you the scope to ‘do it your way’. With LG featuring the WebOS system then have put themselves in the forefront of the smart TV sector for me, I’ve played around with various other and this is by far the fastest and easiest to use.
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Panasonic HC-V750EB-K Full HD Camcorder - Black (24MP, 50x Intelligent Zoom, Wi-Fi, NFC) (New for 2014)
Panasonic HC-V750EB-K Full HD Camcorder - Black (24MP, 50x Intelligent Zoom, Wi-Fi, NFC) (New for 2014)
Offered by Let's GO digital
Price: £449.99

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5.1 Surround and Slow Motion - Superb Device, 4 Aug. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
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Camera is setup fairly ergonomically and doesn't cause you any cramp in the hand what so ever. Previous models I have used have a physical switch to select review, shooting or camera mode - this one has a button to select review or shooting and you have to press the button on screen in the lower right to change between video and camera which I don't like, give me back the switch!

For actual footage there's a video review which will feature some footage of the red arrows in normal speed vs the in camera slow motion, also slow motion of a peregrin falcon with slow motion plus post shoot editing to slow down to 10%. The footage is in 540p due to Amazon video Review limitations. Normal 1080p with 5.1 is far and beyond the quality in the video.

Overall quality of the photos at almost no zoom is very good quality, as all video cameras though, there seems to be a lack on sharpness at high zoom levels where chromatic aberration is more than visible!

What this camera really has going for it though is that slow motion is incredible, a way to add sound to this would be great, even recording at 2 channel and slowing it to the level of speed the clip is recorded would be good in case I want to speed things up in the editing software post shoot to make it a normal speed clip. The automatic lens cap is great as it has been with lots of panasonic's range over the last few years - a feature you get used to very quickly and couldn't live without. Ensure you have the Fast shooting mode disabled else it leaves the lens cover open. Unit runs silent as there are no built in fans to make noise you'd hear in post processing. The only noise you will get is when you get to the end of the zoom range, there's a very quiet motor noise but this is me being very picky. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound (only in AVCHD), you only get 2 channel stereo in iFrame or MP4 and many editing packages (iMovie and FCPX on the mac) do not like importing 50/60fps video or sound with more then 2 channels in the normal AVCHD format. Using something like clip wrap on the Mac solves this problem by re-wrapping them into mov file format and keeping the source clip as is, re-wrapping is super quick as opposed to re-encoding which is not only slow but also loses some of the quality. Once re-wrapped these then import to FCPX as intended.

Sound quality is great and the wind shield seems to work well, I haven't noticed wind noise as yet. The camera has had various full day outings, so far to Thomas Land, Silverstone British Grand Prix and Africa Alive. A couple of these were in breezy locations at times throughout the day and post processing them I noticed nothing as far as wind noise.

Screen resolution is superb and far better than the 520 model, you can certainly notice the difference. Given the fact most screens are going high definition / retina it's a step in the right direction. Battery life is very good too, I have been getting around 1.5 hours to a fully charged battery which includes reviewing some of the recorded footage and also taking some 100ish photos. The current range seem to all use the same batteries too which if you have more than one camera they will use the same battery type.

The charger that came bundled is now USB which is great, allows you to just take the cable on holiday rather than yet another adapter and cable, when you're into tech / gadgets you want to be able to take it all but still come under your allowance of luggage!

The OIS seems to have been improved too, at 50x zoom and one had the image is very stable, using second hand on the left edge of the screen and there's no need for a tripod or monopod with moving subjects at all, it stays very much shake free.

Poor features that need changing... When using slow motion you need to allow the camera to finish recording what it was doing for at least a whole second or two, attempting to end a slow motion recording (letting go of the on screen button) and pressing the record button to finish doesn't work - there seems to be some kind of lag. If you're not careful you can easily record in the wrong format! I was shooting slow motion clips, decided I wanted a photo so switched to camera, took the photo and pressed the on screen button to change back, the video recording mode seems to automatically switch back to AVCHD. Also I'm yet to find a menu option to rid the on screen notification of the slow motion information, each time I switch to this mode I have to view the text and wait several seconds before I can crack on with my slo-mo recording, gets a little annoying after a few times. I do wish Panasonic would stick to a filter screw in size, thankfully I use filters from my old DSLR which has 58mm threads and therefor I only need to get a step down adapter. My previous SD900 had a 46mm thread whilst this one seems to be 49mm. Not the end of the world but just annoying for the sake of 3mm. Charger socket is great the way it slides to cover the charing socket hole, I wish the same could be said for the earphone socket, it's located just in front of the hand strap and has a tendency to flap about, I don't think this will still be attached in a couple of months time, likely to have been snapped off and I'm more than careful on protecting my stuff.

You can tell that the left side of the screen is merely the next model up surplus space where they have located a secondary camera, it seems like a real waste of space and would have liked to see a couple of buttons like on the SD900 located here rather than just surplus plastic.

Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter
Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter
Price: £29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Super little device that will enable any speaker system to ..., 28 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Super little device that will enable any speaker system to play music from your phone or other BlueTooth enabled device wirelessly. This was perfect for me as my iPhone 5 has had issues on the lightening connector and I am unable to play music with the adapter in My Bose Sounddock. This little device plugs into the wall (only dow side to the unit) and the two phone connectors to AUX Lead connect to the speaker system you wish to play music to.

On the iPhone the unit appears in seconds on the Bluetooth screen, simply press the name of it that appears "Logitech xxx" and your connected, no pin to enter. Go to your music and play your choice of music, no interference and good reception from 10 meters.

Rapesco P1100 Heavy Duty 2-Hole Punch, 100 sheet Capacity - Black/Purple
Rapesco P1100 Heavy Duty 2-Hole Punch, 100 sheet Capacity - Black/Purple
Price: £48.82

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Duty - And then some... Does as it states, 17 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Although this states the words 'Heavy Duty', I would rather they described it another way, it would survive an apocalypse it's that well built. If effortlessly glides through stacks of paper and saved doing a few sheets at a time when it came to my year end filing. Simply grab all of your bank statements and punch, there's now fighting with the machine as the handle is sufficiently long enough to make easy work of what you throw at it.

I think this machine states it will do 180 sheets at once, trust me this is about right and I haven't counted sheets you can just put lots in and not work about it getting jammed! To be honest I never thought I would be so excited about a hole punch, but there we have it.

Down sides are storage, plus sides are if you do blunt it there's replaceable parts - seriously would you ever punch that many sheets to blunt it? anyhow, if you're in a busy office environment, lets say accountants or manual making business it will be very worthwhile. Home users needn't bother - you'll need an annex to store it!

Linksys Business 8 Port Desktop Gigabit Unmanaged Network Switch
Linksys Business 8 Port Desktop Gigabit Unmanaged Network Switch
Price: £32.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Wired Speed improvement to wireless, 26 Jun. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
If you’re anything like me and have gone from having a partially wired house with computer equipment and then over the last ten years gone wireless you may very well have opted to re-wire some things for extra speed and so forth, this is a great help when you want to network everything easily. I now have my inkjet and laser printer wired as well as all of my other gear without the hassle of relying on wireless connections that occasionally get upset by the washing machine or kettle… Technology eh! Or perhaps I’m just getting old.

The size of the unit is a vast improvement on switches I’ve used before when we used to rig up LANs for gaming, also feels very well built and after accidentally dropping the unit onto a hard floor out of the box it was not even scratched and still works a charm. Unless you need a switch for wiring your office this is a great unit for any home.

TP-LINK TD-W8980 - N600 Dual Band Wireless ADSL2+ Modem Router
TP-LINK TD-W8980 - N600 Dual Band Wireless ADSL2+ Modem Router
Offered by Vebox Direct Computing
Price: £51.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Good range of features, 26 Jun. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
As a comparison to my previous routers which were the BT Home Hub 3 and the BT Home Hub 5, the signal strength is far superior allowing me an extra 15 meters outside of the house before signal disappears. This is obviously down to the three directional aerials attached to the unit.

The settings are also far more intuitive, I was a little concerned to start with about re-creating my port forwarding setups as these had challenged me with the Home Hubs having to have knowledge of using IP Addresses of peripherals instead of names, none of this matters here as it’s designed and built far better than the mass produced home hubs… All around a superb unit that is easy to setup and have your broadband working in very little time with very little effort. A brand I would look to use in the future having now tried one of their products.

Trunki PaddlePak Water-Resistant Backpack - Pinch the Lobster (Red)
Trunki PaddlePak Water-Resistant Backpack - Pinch the Lobster (Red)
Price: £16.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Funky and well made, 25 Jun. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Works a treat for going to the swimming baths now our little one is old enough to want to do everything! He loves being able to pack his own back and carry his towel and trunks in style. We know that he isn't going to get his towel wet prior to using it either as the bag is showerproof.

Features a good host of adjustment and would more than likely fit a 18 month old child upwards to 6 years. There's lots of different designs however we love this one the most, If you're wondering what you can fit in it, don't hope for much more than the toddlers towel and trunks! perhaps enough room for a sandwich and drink on top if you're lucky.

Also comes in handy for holidays when going to the beach - you can pack the little ones swim nappy and sun safe suit in here with their sun cream and so on. Great idea from the people that brought us the toddler suitcase you can ride on, very well constructed too.

NOCO BLSOLAR5 Solar Battery Charger
NOCO BLSOLAR5 Solar Battery Charger

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but too big to easily store, 19 Jun. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A sturdily built and good quality device, all of the parts that come in the plain box are of good quality and don’t make you think it’s only going to last a few minutes. The problem I do have is the sheer size of the unit and where to store it when I;m not using it. Although you could just place it in the boot or in the garage it does need some protection still.

Used it a couple of times when I’ve not used my hobby car for a few weeks and it has kept the battery topped up and in tip top shape. Instructions easy to understand too if you’ve never had / used one of these before.

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