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Transcontinental Group 120 cm F/O Galaxy Tree
Transcontinental Group 120 cm F/O Galaxy Tree
Offered by deals-direct
Price: £61.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas tree., 29 Nov. 2013
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Firstly, it doesn't look as bright as in the picture - but that's a good thing. It's a very dark green tree, with white, blue, red and green LEDs at the ends of some of the branches, and fibre optic bristles at the end of the rest. In the picture it looks like it is decorated, which is maybe why it looks brighter.

One thing that doesn't appear to be mentioned anywhere is that it has several different types of light/fibre optic flashing programs, which you can cycle through by pressing a button. Many are absolutely migraine inducing, but there are some much more tame modes. The one I use has the LEDs on all the time, and the fibre-optic branches cycle very slowly through difference colours - it's not distracting or annoying at all and looks very beautiful.

The tree looks fine without decorations if you're lazy.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Works great. Easy to use., 29 Nov. 2013
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Unit is well built and simple to use. Just turn it on, apply gel to tummy, move probe around on tummy until you hear the baby's heartbeat), optionally read heart rate off screen.

We used this from 12 weeks. It took about 15 minutes to find the fetal heartbeat the first time. My tips would be to look between the tummy button and top of pubic area. We usually find it maybe 1 or 2cm either side of that central line. Move around VERY slowly. You can be 5mm off in any direction and not pick it up at all. It was much lower down at 12 weeks, and it moved up towards the tummy button as it got bigger, but always just off the centre in terms of left/right. If the heart rate sounds like a swooshing noise then you're either getting one of the mother's veins/arteries (about 70-80 beats per minute), the placenta or umbilical cord (usually around 140 to 160). It's fine to listen to the placenta or umbilical cord heart rate of course, but the real gem is when you find the baby's heart. It sounds more like a very loud clicking.

The monitor also has other optional features that you can turn on and off, such as setting upper and lower heart rate limit alarms.

It comes with a charger, rechargeable batteries, and some gel that will probably last you a few months.


Securitylng® Powerful and Wonderful 6000LM 6X XM-L T6 LED Waterproof Self-defense Flashlight Super Bright Torch
Securitylng® Powerful and Wonderful 6000LM 6X XM-L T6 LED Waterproof Self-defense Flashlight Super Bright Torch
Offered by ePath Direct
Price: £28.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UNBELIEVABLY BRIGHT compact torch, 29 Nov. 2013
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This torch is by far the brightest torch I have ever seen. It's truly epically bright. It's comparable to the HID "xenon" headlights on my car on full beam. It REALLY is that bright. If you shine it at a white door during daylight, it makes it painful to look at. If you shine it at yourself in a mirror, you cannot look at it at all, and you cannot see much for several minutes afterwards due to after-images. In that respect, it's a great torch for security, as it really will painfully dazzle any intruders. It can illuminate my 15m square back garden considerably better than my twin 500w halogen security lights.

It's also quite compact, being about the size of a toilet roll tube, but a bit wider maybe.

It also feels well built - being metal construction throughout.

It doesn't seem to get too hot either.

It has two brightness settings: 1000 exploding Suns worth on the first press of the power button, half that on the second, and then off on the third.

So why 4 stars not 5?

Well, firstly it comes wrapped loosely in 3 bubble wrap bags which are then shoved in its box. It almost feels like it was returned by someone who'd lost all of the internal box packaging and then sent back out to me. A minor point, but it didn't quite feel right, especially given the cost of the torch.

Secondly, it comes with no instructions. "Who needs instructions for a torch?" I hear you ask. Well, you do when you discover that no common sized batteries (i.e. AAA, AA, C, D) fit it, and there are no battery orientation diagrams on the torch to tell you which way round to insert the 4 batteries it requires.

Which leads me to the third issue... After much searching on Google, I found out that the torch takes 4x 18650 size batteries. These are all oriented with the indentation towards the light-emitting end of the torch (it'll make sense when you see the batteries). These 18650 size batteries are specialist batteries that are mostly used in LED torches (says Wikipedia). I went to my local Maplin store, only to find out these batteries cost a whopping £15 EACH, and the charger is also another £15. So I was a bit annoyed at having to pay an additional £75 just to power the torch. Had the description mentioned this, I might have had second thoughts.

That being said, Amazon do sell "Ultrafire 18650" for £5 per pair, and a charger for £13, which is what I eventually purchased. So you can reduce that £75 extra to £23 with a bit of shopping around.

A final point is that the shipping invoice said it was worth $15. I don't know if that was to evade import taxes, or because the torch is only worth that much, but that's what it said.

If you want a light-weight, well built, INSANELY BRIGHT torch, and don't mind that the packaging isn't that amazing and it requires obscure sized batteries and charger to go with them, then this torch is for you.


UltimateAddons Long 1.8 Metre Retractable Sync and Charge USB Data Cable compatible with Amazon Kindle Fire
UltimateAddons Long 1.8 Metre Retractable Sync and Charge USB Data Cable compatible with Amazon Kindle Fire
Offered by UltimateAddons-UK
Price: £3.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Good quality cables, but they don't retract easily, 25 July 2013
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I've owned a number of these retractable USB leads over the years. I wanted something slightly longer so I purchased two of these. The leads themselves are good quality, but they really don't want to retract. With all other leads I've had you simply pull them slightly (a few cm), then the mechanism will wind them up if you let it. With these you have to pull them out completely, and then, if you're very lucky, the huge length doesn't get twisted or tangle which stops them retracting. It's very frustrating.

Overall, I wouldn't recommend if you want them to retract quickly and easily.


Spiderex Aerosol Spray
Spiderex Aerosol Spray
Price: £9.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kills spiders, but doesn't keep them away., 24 July 2013
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I bought this to repel spiders from my security cameras, as the webs set off the motion detection constantly as they waft around in the wind at night.

After drenching all of my cameras with this stuff, I was impressed to see spiders falling down dead all around the camera and wall. It also seemed to leave a sort of oily residue that I thought would prevent spiders crawling on them or attaching their webs.

Unfortunately, the residue seemed to disappear and the repellent action didn't last at all. 3 days later and all the cameras have webs on them again.

Two stars because it certainly killed the spiders that were directly sprayed by the product, but it's sold as a repellent, not a spider killer.


GPS Car Tracker with GPRS and Vehicle Theft Protection System (Model:TK103A)
GPS Car Tracker with GPRS and Vehicle Theft Protection System (Model:TK103A)
Offered by XCSOURCE
Price: £22.49

116 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing little tracker!, 20 May 2013
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Given that you can buy trackers for 10x the cost of this unit that don't do as much, I'm very impressed. It took 5 days from ordering until it arrived from China.

The short version is that this tracker is pretty simple to use. You plug it in to charge it (comes with bare wires to connect to a suitable 12-24V supply). Insert a standard SIM card (purchased separately) that supports 2G (i.e. not Three, I used Giffgaff, as they charge good rates for text messages which is how the device communicates, and you can check your balance online and top it up online without needing to put the SIM in another handset like you do on some other networks). Send it a text message from your phone "begin123456" (where 123456 is the default password) - this sets it up. From then on you can call it from that same phone and a few seconds later it'll text you back its location. On my smartphone I can just click the link it texts back and see the precise location in Google Maps. Simple as that!

There is SO SO much more it can do!

In the box: The tracker, external GSM antenna, external GPS antenna, external microphone wiring loom (includes fuse, reset button, panic button), 40A relay, CD.

You don't have to use ANY of these, other than the Tracker on its own. It has an internal battery for power and it seems to work OK without the external antennas. All of the other bits are optional.

The wiring loom has connections for:
* 12-24V supply.
* Siren (optional).
* Ignition/Accessory detect (optional).
* Door trigger (optional).
* Reset.
* Panic button.

There is also a:
* SIM card slot (required) - push the tray in hard until it clicks otherwise it can fall out.
* SD card slot (optional).
* Non-standard USB connection (optional, no lead though).
* SIM eject button.
* External GPS antenna socket (optional?).
* External GMS antenna socket (optional?).
* LED - indicates power, GSM status, GPS status, problems, etc.

I've not used the CD (not needed for general use), nor do I intend to use most of the features that this unit provides. For me, I just want to wire it up to my car (permanent live connection) and leave it at that. Then I (or an authorised friend) can call it to find out where it is for whatever reason (stolen, worried, etc).

Some stuff it can do:
* Password protected so that unauthorised people can't change settings.
* Authorised phone list (up to 5) so that only specific phones can track you (optional).
* Locate device just by calling it - it rings 3 times then hangs up. Sends text message with location a few seconds later.
* Check status (e.g. battery level, signal strength, etc) via text message.
* Send location X times every Y seconds.
* Send location every X metres of movement.
* Send location if direction of travel changes by more than X degrees.
* Turn GPS drift suppression on/off.
* Support for sending street address (requires GPRS on SIM card).
* Monitor mode (call to listen to external microphone) or Track mode (call to get location).
* Log data/events to SD card (when no signal, it stores information on SD and sends you it all when it gets it back, requires GPRS data, optional).
* Forward text messages received from a specific number (e.g. from your network provider when they send you a top-up reminder text message). Unfortunately this didn't work for me as the reminders come from "CUST_SERVICES" not a number.
* Check credit (sends a specific text message to a specific number, and forwards you the reply... again didn't work for me due to the way my network works).
* Geo-fencing (specify up to 5 squares using lat/long, such as over the town where you live. If it moves outside of a square it sends a message).
* Alarm messages sent for Low Battery, Power Disconnected, Panic Button pressed, Geo-fence breached (optional), movement (optional), over a set speed (optional), Ignition on (optional).
* Remote circuit disable (e.g. cut off fuel pump or power - optional).
* Siren (optional, requires a horn connection).
* Door open detection.
* Panic button (press it for 3 seconds and it texts the location and "Help me!" to all authorised numbers).

In general this gadget is amazing for the price.

It draws about 80mA of current when charging which drops to around 45mA in standby, so this would flatten a typical car battery in a month or so - fine for most people.

The backup battery lasts about 4 hours before it runs out. So you will have to wire it to a permanent power supply.

Minor negatives:
* Due to the way some networks work (e.g. T-Mobile PAYG), you have to remove SIM card and put it in a phone to check credit. If your network sends credit updates from an actual number, not a name, then this shouldn't be a problem for you. Also, if you can check your credit online that would solve this problem. I used Giffgaff as you can check credit and top up online, it's a free SIM, no contract, top up with £10 credit, and you're good to go for 166 text messages (i.e. commands / location requests).
* No USB lead. The socket is non-standard. You only need it if you use the software, which I haven't tried nor feel like I have any need to.
* Manual doesn't say what "Monitor mode" is for (it's to listen to the microphone when you call).
* If you have set up authorised numbers, it will send various alerts to all of those authorised numbers under certain circumstances. This is especially annoying if you disconnect the power or the backup battery runs low, because every 3 minutes it sends a text message to every authorised number. I wish there was a way to turn off these repeated alerts as they could become an expensive mistake. The only work around is to have no authorised numbers which allowed any number to track you.
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Asus RT-N66U - 900Mbps Dual Band Wireless N Router, Gigabit LAN/WAN, 2x USB, Print FTP UPnP VPN Server, IPv6, 8x SSID, Wireless 3D HD content streaming, 3 Year Warranty
Asus RT-N66U - 900Mbps Dual Band Wireless N Router, Gigabit LAN/WAN, 2x USB, Print FTP UPnP VPN Server, IPv6, 8x SSID, Wireless 3D HD content streaming, 3 Year Warranty
Offered by Box Limited
Price: £99.95

229 of 237 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome router - Works with BT Infinity well (manual setup required)., 28 Jan. 2013
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I'd consider myself a computer expert, and I love this router. It looks awesome, it has an awesome name (Dark Knight), it is rock sold, provides extremely reliable wireless connectivity (only one dropped ping to Google in 2 days), and a shed load of advanced options out of the box for even the most demanding users. You can also install custom firmware (e.g. Merlin's) and turn on telnet and directly access the Linux shell. Yet, the defaults are sensible so it's good for beginners too.

So why only 4 stars? Well, it refused to work with BT Infinity using it's "Quick Internet Setup" wizard. This is disappointing given BT is the UK's biggest ISP. However, it DOES WORK with BT Infinity - you just need to set up the connection manually, and I'll post the details here in case anybody else has the same issue...

Cancel the Quick Internet Setup Wizard. Goto WAN (on the left). WAN Connection Type = PPPoE. Enable WAN = Yes. Enable NAT = Yes. Get WAN IP automatically = Yes. Connect to DNS Server automatically = Yes. User Name = bthomehub@btbroadband.com. Password = Doesn't matter what you put here, but it must be SOMETHING (I used "notset"), and this is what caused me the headaches as I'd left it blank like it is in the Home Hub 3 you get from BT. Leave everything else alone. Apply... and you'll connect.

EDIT AFTER OWNING FOR 4 MONTHS: This router has been flawless. It has not needed restarting once. My BT Infinity connection was down for several days while BT performed scheduled work at my local cabinet. But that didn't matter too much because I simply activated tethering on my Android phone and plugged the phone into one of the router's USB ports. Seconds later my entire network is connected to the internet again via 3G. How truly awesome is that? I've also used its "guest WiFi" facility where you can set up temporary (you set an expiry date/time) additional WiFi networks with their own names and passwords so you can give any guests you have staying over WiFi access without revealing your own WiFi password. You can optionally enable or disable local LAN access for the guest WiFi networks (i.e. give them just internet access, or full network access too).

Feel free to ask technical questions in the comments.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Looks great at first, but gems fall off quickly with light use., 3 Jan. 2013
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This Hello Kitty case looks the part. But you do pay for what you get. The first thing I noticed was that it does not protect the top or bottom edge of the phone at all, it only protects the back and left/right sides. The second thing that I noticed, was that all of the gems are stuck on with a kind of gum, similar to what sticks samples of cosmetics inside magazines. This causes two big problems: Firstly, they tend to get caught on things and pull off easily. Secondly, anything that can get between the gems (such as your hair) gets wrapped around them and stuck there.

In short, this case looks pretty, but I needed something else within a month.


Draper Butane Powered Soldering Iron
Draper Butane Powered Soldering Iron
Price: £16.25

40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK, but doesn't compare to a wired soldering iron., 30 Jun. 2012
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I chose this soldering iron based on some of the glowing reviews it had, but unfortunately after using this soldering iron several times over the past week, I have to disagree with them.

Firstly the good stuff... I can certainly see the advantage of not being tied to a cord as it allows much more freedom and precision of movement. The ignition worked every time with one click.

The bad stuff... Being gas powered brings with it a couple of pretty big disadvantages. Firstly, the exhaust holes around the tip spew out very hot air that is hot enough to melt the insulation on any wires or components that come near (under 4cm) it. If your fingers happen to be holding something near to it (like, you know, solder) then they frequently feel the wrath of these exhaust ports. Secondly, you have to turn it up very high to get enough heat for soldering jobs, and that means it eats through its full supply of gas in only a few minutes.

Then there's the heat itself, or lack of it. Maybe there was something slightly wrong with mine, as it coughs and splutters about every 10 seconds. It seems to have lots of heat while the tank is more than 3/4 full, but then the heat reduces significantly (you can also hear the gas flow decrease). I found it barely hot enough to melt solder on the maximum setting, and I was frequently having to hold it against components for 10 seconds or more in order for enough heat to be transferred to them for the solder to flow over them, thus damaging the components themselves (e.g. melted LED cases, melted wire insulation, etc). Compared to my 20 year old mains powered soldering iron, the end results were terrible.

Finally it all feels a bit loose. The nip seems to frequently unscrew, no matter how much I tighten it with a spanner. The entire end half of the iron moves ever so slightly, which normally wouldn't bother me, but when trying to solder 0.1" spaced pins on stuff this becomes a very annoying problem.

I'm going to keep it, purely because there are some rare times that not being tied to a mains socket will be invaluable, but I certainly won't be using this as my main soldering iron - back to my trusty 20 year old mains powered one.


Large Ortho-PEDIC Hypo Allergenic Traditional Shape Memory Foam Pillow 70x40 Ultimate Comfort by zonnix uk
Large Ortho-PEDIC Hypo Allergenic Traditional Shape Memory Foam Pillow 70x40 Ultimate Comfort by zonnix uk
Offered by ZONNIX UK LTD
Price: £12.99

42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is absolutely brilliant for the price., 24 Feb. 2012
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I've been a fan of memory foam pillows for many years. I've had ones that cost £80, ones that came free with a mattress, and this one for £10. This pillow is very good. It's as comfy as the specially shaped £80 one it replaces. I really can't fault it.

Like all memory foam pillows, they take a day or two to "air" after you unpack them as they have an odd smell. This completely goes away though. It also takes about a day to expand properly as it is packaged in a compressed form. Finally, one reviewer mentioned it was too hard. It's no harder than any other memory foam pillow I've had. Once it warms up and you lie in the position you want to be in for a minute it will mould to the correct shape to accommodate you perfectly. This is just the way memory foam pillows are.

In short, for the price this pillow is extremely good.


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