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BT 11AC Dual Band Wi-Fi Extender 1200
BT 11AC Dual Band Wi-Fi Extender 1200
Price: £69.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Easy to set up, not very versatile in terms of set up, 26 Jan. 2015
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Easy to set up, instructions are clear and logical. However, the range of distance away from main router from which it gives optimum performance seemed a bit inconsistent. So I plugged it in about 10 metres away in another room and it said it was still too close, but then placed it an further 2 metres away and it was too far, unfortunately there is no plug socket within those two metres, so the best I could achieve was to put an extension plug which stretched a metre away and that gave the optimum blue light at centre top of the LED circle. The best relay performance in terms of download/upload speed was on the 5GHz switch which gave about 38-48Mbps (vs the main router which gives 70-80 Mbps depending on time of day). The 2.4GHz only allowed 12-15 Mbps. Somewhat frustrating then to find out that the printer I use (a 2 year old Epson all in one, wifi with airplay) is not compatible with the 5GHz. The good thing is even on the 5, you do get two wifi signals emitting from the unit, one prefixed with 2 and the other with 5 (on the wifi ssid) and on the 5GHz setting on the extended, I was able to connect the wifi printer to the wifi signal prefixed with 2 and the rest of devices onto the 5. At that point I would have been happy to give it 4 stars, but what dropped it a notch is that unlike the BT Mini Wi-Fi 500 Home Hotspot Power Adapter Kit - (Pack of 2) which I have also previously reviewed, the 1200 unit doesn't give the option of changing the connection name to one that mimics the main router. So, as I get further away from the extended and nearer to the main (faster) router, the devices do not switch between them: you have to manually go into wifi settings and switch. The slightly less speedy Wi-Fi 500 model however has an in-built option on the unit which allows you to get it to replicate the main router, therefore allowing your devices to seamlessly switch from the one signal at one end of the building to the other as you move between them. The seamlessness of the BT Wifi 500 model more than makes up for the 5-10% loss of download speed (compared to the BT 1200) at the end of the flat where the extended sits, considering most of the time spent using online devices is in the room where the main fast router is anyway.


Vanish Gold for Whites Oxi Action Stain Remover Powder 1.41 kg
Vanish Gold for Whites Oxi Action Stain Remover Powder 1.41 kg

5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely works, 25 Jan. 2015
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It definitely works and with half a scoop, the whites which were looking a bit tired have come out like new white at just 40 degrees C. I also washed some whites with colour accents, the colours were ok ( not washed out) whilst the white bits came out really nice.


The Vault: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 23 (Unabridged) (Unabridged)
The Vault: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 23 (Unabridged) (Unabridged)
Offered by Audible Ltd

4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 25 Jan. 2015
It has been mentioned before that this is a sort of follow on to Sight for Sore Eyes. I'm really glad I found out about that fact because it enhanced my enjoyment of The Vault enormously. Although you can treat each book as a standalone, I definitely feel that the later of the two would give a far lesser experience of the plot and drama without having read (or listened to audiobook) of the older book.

Given that sequence and the enhancement of the stories as a result, I found the Vault fascinating in the style of Columbo when you have a pretty good idea of the crime and most of the perpetrator(s) but you are still intrigued as to how they manage to solve the apparent mystery, with some additional unexpected twists thrown in.

I'm a fan of Wexford series anyway, and I think this is a nice addition.


A Sight for Sore Eyes (Unabridged)
A Sight for Sore Eyes (Unabridged)
Offered by Audible Ltd

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely top quality story and narration, 25 Jan. 2015
Audiobook review: I downloaded this from Audible. The narration is brilliant, with very absorbing characterisation and superb reading and engaging tone. The story is brilliant too, I was kept intrigued and fascinated all the way through and it's one of those plots that by the end makes total sense, ties in with no loose ends, and a very true insight into human nature from a psycho-drama perspective. I am amazed that an author with such prolific output, writes so well and in the case of this particular novel, the language and the very clever descriptions of the people, their thoughts and their view of the world is top quality. Highly recommended.


Feliway Diffuser Pack 48ml
Feliway Diffuser Pack 48ml
Price: £19.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Inconclusive, 25 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Feliway Diffuser Pack 48ml (Misc.)
Not convinced. I got it because my cat gets over excited and appears edgy sometimes for apparently no reason. But it could be smells, or outsider noises or vibrations in the building which I can't discern. I bought this to see if the scent of feliway would calm him as several people vouched for it. However so far there is no noticeable change, other than when I switched it on he was going around the home sniffing the air as if he couldn't quite place what it was. He was also licking his mouth a lot and grooming while just waiting around the room (not as per usual which is only when he is about to go for a snooze on his bed). The licking and grooming went back to to normal but I havent noticed any change in occasional edgyness. It could just be his very eager playful personality which sometimes gets him over excited, which is endearing but I just wanted to check it wasn't stress. The fact that feliway hasn't made a difference could mean that either he's not stressed and explains why the scent makes no change, or that he is stressed sometimes but feliway doesn't work for him.


[NEW in UK] PetFusion Cat Scratcher Lounge - Deluxe (Walnut Brown) - 5 star Amazon.com product with over 2000 reviews!
[NEW in UK] PetFusion Cat Scratcher Lounge - Deluxe (Walnut Brown) - 5 star Amazon.com product with over 2000 reviews!
Offered by PetFusion EU
Price: £75.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Pricey but useful, 25 Jan. 2015
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Pricey for what you get, tightly compressed corrugated cardboard, but it is well designed and my cat loves it. As soon as I took it out of the packaging and placed it on the floor he hopped on and started clawing and stretching on it. He's even had a few snoozes on it. So who am I to argue with him :)


Esselte Pendaflex A4 Vertical Suspension Files - Assorted (Pack of 10)
Esselte Pendaflex A4 Vertical Suspension Files - Assorted (Pack of 10)
Price: £12.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Always handy filing system, 22 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Always useful, reasonably sturdy as long as you don't overload them, the metal overhangs can only take a certain amount of weight, though it's reasonably generous in terms of how much paper it is. Pack of 10 at the price is not very generous though. Colour coding and labelling is very useful for your home office or household paperwork.


Big Art / Small Art
Big Art / Small Art
by Tristan Manco
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning quality, 21 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Big Art / Small Art (Hardcover)
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Beautifully bound, nice texture sunken lettering on the front cover. Thick cover binding, beautifully printed and produced pages, with very high quality illustrations and very interesting background on the works and artists. This would make a wonderful gift too, for anyone who loves illustrated books and contemporary art.


The Trackman (The Joe Tenby Mysteries.. Book 1)
The Trackman (The Joe Tenby Mysteries.. Book 1)
Price: £2.51

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner, 19 Jan. 2015
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The book comes with an astounding adrenaline fuelled start, fast pace, dramatic and quite a jolt. However, it also continues to deliver chapter after chapter with no saggy bits as some crime/thriller novels have. Plenty of ideas, an author who has places to go and the kindle price is excellent value too. More people should read this.

I would give it 5 stars, but just needs a few typos correcting for the next edition (they are very few but I did notice some) and then it will be a 5 star publication.


Scalextric 1:32 Scale Continental Sports Cars Race Set
Scalextric 1:32 Scale Continental Sports Cars Race Set
Price: £49.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile set, great for beginners too with the two speed setting, 12 Jan. 2015
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A versatile set, adjustable to skill - the two speed setting is particularly good for getting younger users started and learning to control without flying out on every corner. I like that there are enough track pieces to be able to try different circuit shapes, I have set it up using the elevator pieces to get a figure of eight type circuit. I also like that the cars when racing side by side, produce an echoing sound that is like a scaled down version of a real high speed race - the high pitch humming "scream" of engines.

It takes minutes to set up (the track pieces' interlocking mechanism is very user friendly)

The lap counter is ingenious!


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