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Russell Hobbs 20580 Smartglide Pro Steam Generator, 1.2 L, 2800 W - White
Russell Hobbs 20580 Smartglide Pro Steam Generator, 1.2 L, 2800 W - White
Offered by Emporium Street
Price: £119.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steam Engine!, 15 May 2014
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For anyone who has only used a conventional steam iron, the benefits of a powerful steam generator like this might not be appreciated. However, after only a short while using it, I think it would be very hard to go back to ironing in the traditional way. The Smartglide is a little larger than I expected once it was unboxed, but the base unit sits comfortably on the floor or on the ironing board when being used (assuming you have a decent sized ironing board and not a compact one). After a short while heating up, I can plough through a stack of ironing much more quickly than with a standard iron and troublesome clothing like linen trousers or jeans are no problem at all. I've not used it for long enough to judge how badly it can be effected by lime scale build up, but that will vary depending on what the water is like in your area.


Olympus WS-831 Digital Stereo Voice Recorder with DNS Speech Recognition Software
Olympus WS-831 Digital Stereo Voice Recorder with DNS Speech Recognition Software
Price: £79.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Notetaker, 15 May 2014
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Having been around in the 80s I can remember when Dictaphones were far more common than they are nowadays. However, whilst there may be apps out there that can do a similar sort of job, you can't beat having a dedicated device in your pocket. This is a lightweight and study unit, that will happily survive being chucked into a bag or tucked away in a briefcase until needed. The mic picks up sound well and there is a minimal amount of background 'hiss' on recordings. Being able to archive meetings on my OneDrive is very handy, making it a practical way of sharing discussions with colleagues who work remotely. Very useful to have.


Adventures in Raspberry Pi
Adventures in Raspberry Pi
by Carrie Anne Philbin
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Raspberry Guide, 23 April 2014
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This is a fantastically well presented Raspberry Pi guidebook that is tailored to the younger coder. Going through the basics, through to more complex use of Scratch and Python, the language used is clear and simple but never patronising, The way the projects are broken up into achievable tasks make sure that this should never be daunting for a first timer to pick up and dip into. The instructions for each of the projects are accompanied by helpful illustrations and cover tasks such as making music, manipulating Minecraft and controlling LEDs. For youngster who are genuinely curious and want to know 'how' computers work, this can be a brilliant stepping stone into a whole new world.


Russell Hobbs 20220 Illumina 3-in-1 Hand Blender, 1.7 L, 700 W - Black
Russell Hobbs 20220 Illumina 3-in-1 Hand Blender, 1.7 L, 700 W - Black
Price: £35.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Blender, 23 April 2014
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This is a great blender and chopper set, which will cope with a broad range of kitchen tasks. The blender gets the most use from me, since my previous hand blender burnt out on me - after years of soup making. There is plenty of power here and the easy adjustable setting switch makes sliding up through the gears a doddle (especially if you blitz a lot of Winter veggies in your soups. The chopper is a nice to have, but the whisk is good for whizzing up creams and puddings. The convenience of getting all of this in one set makes it a good choice.


Allcam L293SS Universal Swivel Arm Wall Bracket for 19 - 32 inch LCD/LED TV
Allcam L293SS Universal Swivel Arm Wall Bracket for 19 - 32 inch LCD/LED TV
Offered by eHome
Price: £13.60

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Swivel Bracket, 23 April 2014
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Having recently moved house, I found myself with an extra bedroom which gave me the opportunity to use a 32" widescreen TV which had been packed away. Not having enough space to put the TV on a floor mounted stand left me to consider using a wall mounted bracket to solve both of my needs in one go. This bracket may be a budget price, but it surprised me (and my delivery man) just how heavy this is. It's a solid piece of kit, which comfortably holds my TV to the wall. It doesn't give or wobble at all and is far more sturdy than you might expect considering the budget price tag. Virtually no assembly required, making this a simple and easily installed solution.


Men Rock Cut Throat Shavette
Men Rock Cut Throat Shavette
Price: £10.00

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cut throat, without a cut throat, 20 Mar. 2014
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I've been tempted to try a straight razor for some time as I am plagued by the nicks caused by multiple blade razors. However, knowing my own skill levels I didn't trusty myself to maintain the edge of such a blade. This struck me as a perfect halfway house - the edge of a single, straight razor for shaving with a replaceable blade in order to keep it from becoming dull. There are a few blades packed with the unit, but they are so cheap to buy in bulk - a 100 will only set you back around £6 at the time of writing. Obviously your shave will only be as good as you skill, so practice as much as you can and take your time. As someone who travels a lot, being able to bundle a few spare blades in my bag rather than sharpening a blade on the go, is godsend.


Tacwise Z1-53T Staple Tacker - See Through Green
Tacwise Z1-53T Staple Tacker - See Through Green
Price: £11.37

4.0 out of 5 stars Punchy, 20 Mar. 2014
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This is a versatile and robust staple gun. For the convenience and the range of uses it offers, it's a surprisingly ergonomic little unit that fits comfortably in the hand. Refilling and emptying is straightforward and to be honest no instructions are really needed for its operation. If you need to attach fabric hangers, banners or posters up on walls, this will make an excellent sidearm. The translucent casing is reminiscent of old Mac computers, but the similarities end there. Usage requires a firm grip, so if you don't feel up to squeezing each time then you might prefer a powered alternative. However, for typical usage this would fit the bill fine.


PowerDirector 12 Ultra (PC)
PowerDirector 12 Ultra (PC)
Offered by London In Uk
Price: £40.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Movie Package, 20 Mar. 2014
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I've been using the PowerDirector editing suites for a number of years now, though I skipped version 11 as it didn't really seem to offer me much additional functionality over version 10. With another year comes another refresh, with a bit of spit and polish added to the general user Interface. Whilst there is the usual broad palate of effects and filters to modify your movies with, what stood out most for me was the additional Windows 8 companion app. For those that use hybrid devices or swap between a desktop and a tablet, this will come in handy. However, it doesn't offer the full range of editing options as the main package and it isn't compatible with Windows 8 RT tablets. The installation of the full application is a little slow, but ultimately that's only something you need to do once. Whilst there may be more feature filled movie suites out there, in terms of its price range, this will give you an awful lot of mileage for your money.


Black + Decker Gyro Driver Gyroscopic Motion Sensing Screwdriver
Black + Decker Gyro Driver Gyroscopic Motion Sensing Screwdriver
Price: £39.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy Household Tool, 16 Feb. 2014
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I don't do an awful lot of DIY but I wanted this in order to be able to cope with the typical, smaller jobs around the house that I need to be able to manage e.g. assembling flat pack furniture, tightening wall fittings etc. To this extent, the Gyro Driver is just the ticket - it has enough power to handle this sort of work, though if you were going to attempt something on a bigger scale you might want to splash out on something with a bigger motor.

The rotating gimmick for using it works surprisingly well, just as described, though I never found a trigger mechanism to be all that much of a problem. The enclosed instructions are clear and concise, so no prior knowledge of DIY will be necessary. The build quality feels good, so I expect this to have a reasonable lifespan for the takes I'll be using it for.


Case Logic FSG1103K Anthracite Snapview Folio Case for 10-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Gt-P5200
Case Logic FSG1103K Anthracite Snapview Folio Case for 10-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Gt-P5200
Price: £27.85

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Got it Covered, 16 Jan. 2014
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This is a smart, no nonsense cover for the Samsung Tab (10 inch version). If you're not a fan of the official cover, this is a reasonable alternative though it's not all that different in practice. It attaches snugly to the device and once in place will stay there securely. The material is soft, but rugged so it won't scuff your tablet - however, it's sturdy enough to be tossed into a bag without too much worry. It adds a little bit of bulk to the Tab, but it's not really noticeable once you've used it a couple of times. If you've recently received a Tab for Xmas, then this will keep your new toy safe and shiny.


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