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P.KU.VDSL® GENUINE LEATHER RETRO MESSENGET BAG SHOULDER BAG CRAZY HORSEHIDE LEATHER BRIEFCASE SATCHEL BAG SCHOOL BAG OFFICE BAG (Chocolate)
P.KU.VDSL® GENUINE LEATHER RETRO MESSENGET BAG SHOULDER BAG CRAZY HORSEHIDE LEATHER BRIEFCASE SATCHEL BAG SCHOOL BAG OFFICE BAG (Chocolate)
Offered by VanDeSaiL
Price: £57.44

5.0 out of 5 stars Attractive and sturdy satchel style handbag, 17 Dec 2014
Length:: 0:51 Mins

Good:
The weathered leather and metal fastenings give the bag an authentic feel.
The construction of the bag seems solid and it's comfortable to carry.
There are multiple usefully sized compartments - you should be able to fit a purse, notepad, kindle, and a few other small items.
It smells great.

Mediocre:
The flaps at the front are a bit too long, especially since they don't attach to anything and aren't adjustable. The actual fastening is in the form of two magnetic snaps on the underside of the flap.

Bad:
Nothing.

Overall, it's a solid little bag and excellent for a jaunt around town.

//This item was provided to me without charge for review.


Mitre BRZ Academy Goalkeeping gloves - Yellow/Blue/Black - 10
Mitre BRZ Academy Goalkeeping gloves - Yellow/Blue/Black - 10
Price: £23.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Good balance of flexibility, grip, and protection, 16 Dec 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These gloves fit true to size.
They're flexible enough to enable throwing and catching with confidence, unlike many gloves on the market which I find quite difficult to move my fingers in. The punch pad on the top of the glove is fit for purpose and also offers a bit of protection for when you're grabbing the ball off the ground and boots are everywhere.
The softer parts of the gloves have taken a beating and have been used in various conditions. Most importantly, the surfaces haven't yet been eroded by rough astroturf.

I'm not a big fan of the colour options, but, to be honest, the colours are hard to see under all the mud.


[OTG Adapter Support] Inateck USB 3.0 Hub Bus-Powered 4 Ports with OTG without Power Supply, Ideal for Laptops, Ultrabooks,Tablet PCs and Smartphones With OTG Function
[OTG Adapter Support] Inateck USB 3.0 Hub Bus-Powered 4 Ports with OTG without Power Supply, Ideal for Laptops, Ultrabooks,Tablet PCs and Smartphones With OTG Function
Offered by Inateck
Price: £32.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, compact option for expanding USB 3.0 connections, 30 Nov 2014
This hub comes in simple, minimalistic packaging that makes unpacking and recycling easy. It's a fairly small device - it's fairly similar to a Snickers bar in size, so it should fit easily into backpacks, handbags, luggage, and even pockets. The design is simple and unobtrusive, with only the Inateck logo at the top and a brushed metal textured panel around the USB ports for accent. It should fit right in with your other gadgets.

The connector cable comes with an integral USB to micro-USB adapter so it can be used with the larger PC jacks as well as most tablets without proprietary connectors. As you can see in the product images, the cable is about 30cm, which isn't particularly long, but it should be plenty for most users without adding another long cable to get easily tangled up in your bag.

The hub was recognised and installed immediately when I plugged it into my PC running 64bit Windows 8.1 - I didn't have to download any additional drivers and the hub is not packaged with a CD. It just works out of the box, which is what all hardware should do, in my opinion. Since my motherboard only provides 3 USB 3.0 ports, the port expands my options considerably - I'm now able to connect multiple USB 3.0 external hard drives and sticks without an appreciable loss of speed.

Of course, the port also provides backwards compatibility with USB 2.0, so you can still use your older USB devices.

Aside from being useful for giving my PC more ports, this hub also supports USB on-the-go (OTG) connections with phones and tablets. I was able to connect the hub to my Xperia Z3 Compact and transfer files to and from a USB stick. This functionality is extremely useful and could allow me to leave my laptop at home when I'm traveling.

Overall, it's a useful wee device that achieves exactly what it advertises for a decent price.


Puritane E-Cigarette Starter Kit (Nicotine Free)
Puritane E-Cigarette Starter Kit (Nicotine Free)
Price: £22.99

4.0 out of 5 stars For people who miss the action of smoking, 22 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The puritans e-cig has the same form and appearance of a regular cigarette: it doesn't look like an alien ballpoint or a sonic screwdriver. The body is made of a matte material rather than a shiny plastic, so it even looks a bit like papers. The tip lights up when you inhale, too.

Despite looking like a cigarette, it's significantly heavier, so it does feel quite different at first. In my opinion, the realistic shape makes the experience similar enough that I can ignore the weight now.

If you're quitting, I'd recommend a starter kit that includes nicotine cartridges, but in a lower dosage rather than going straight to a zero nicotine smoke. You'll still get a healthier smoke and the change won't be as dramatic. This cigarette is for people who have quit, but miss the physical activity of smoking. I started snacking as an alternative to smoking and it was probably more unhealthy. The puritane lets me have some of the ritual of smoking without the drawbacks.


Fisher-Price Jumbo Playmat
Fisher-Price Jumbo Playmat
Offered by Debenhams
Price: £38.00

3.0 out of 5 stars I don't know if it represents good value for new parents, 18 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I got this for my baby nephew and, while it functions as described, I don't know if it represents good value for new parents.

+ It's a soft, safe, easy to clean surface for the baby to lie on, roll around on, and eventually explore on.
+ The characters are appealing, fun, and colourful.
- Unfortunately, the 3D and textured elements are somewhat sparse.
+/- There are loops to add more toys to the mat, but I'd still expect more for the price.

A quick look on amazon for 'playmats' indicates you could either get a more fully featured playmat (such as the jungle themed Fisher-Price one) or spend a little less and get the almost identical Tiny Love Super Playmat.


P.KU.VDSL® Waterproof 13" or under 13''/12''/10''/9.7''/8'' Case Bag For Laptop A4 File Notebook Macbook Pro Air Retina iPad 2/3/4/5/Air Padded Carrying Case Clutch Case (Grey For 13" or under 13''/12''/10''/9.7''/8'')
P.KU.VDSL® Waterproof 13" or under 13''/12''/10''/9.7''/8'' Case Bag For Laptop A4 File Notebook Macbook Pro Air Retina iPad 2/3/4/5/Air Padded Carrying Case Clutch Case (Grey For 13" or under 13''/12''/10''/9.7''/8'')
Offered by VanDeSaiL
Price: £19.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Attractive and useful, 10 Nov 2014
The waterproof cotton finish on the outside of this pouch is a really pleasant change from the shiny, synthetic feeling nylon cases I've used in the past. It's reminiscent of material you'd find on a down jacket. The inside has a soft finish that should protect your gadgets from any scratches. There isn't a huge amount of padding on the pouch, but there's enough to reassure me that there'll be some insulation from minor bumps without adding too much weight or bulk.

There are loads of pockets of various sizes: there'll be plenty of room for all your chargers, cables, SD cards, USB sticks, headphones, documents, etc. The pouch is sized perfectly for A4 sheets. These storage options should make the pouch a great in-flight companion - chuck your backpack in overhead storage and have all your laptop/tablet and paraphenalia in a slim package.

Unfortunately, the pouch lacks a strap, so you'll need to put it in another bag or carry it in hand/the crook of your arm. It's an excellent option for turning any plain backpack into an organised laptop bag, though, and that's exactly what I've been using it for.

Overall this is a well-made pouch with good storage features, attractive design, and an unusual cotton finish.

//This is a review of a free product that was sent to me by the manufacturer.


Mitre Eccita V12 Ball - White/Purp/Blk/Fifa Ins - 5
Mitre Eccita V12 Ball - White/Purp/Blk/Fifa Ins - 5
Price: £20.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for a match-fit ball, 7 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Mitre make proper footballs for reasonable prices. Don't bother with cheap replica Nike or Adidas balls just because their more expensive versions are used in the EPL when you can get a match certified ball like this for a similar price.

This ball provides a good balance of speed and heft, and it seems to be reliable: kick it the same way twice and it'll follow the same flight - that's not something that can be said for many of the replica balls, which frequently deform after only a few hours of use.

Not all of us can play at the Nou Camp, so the ball has an extra durable coating. I haven't had it for long, but I imagine it'll last a decent while despite the abuse it will receive.


Battroborg Samurai Vs Ninja Battle Set
Battroborg Samurai Vs Ninja Battle Set

5.0 out of 5 stars Rock em sock em robots, updated, 7 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
There's something deeply nostalgic about the sound of ABS plastic swords clashing over the whine of tiny motors. Sure, a game like this can't compete with the complexity of computer games, but it feels engaging sort of 'real' in comparison. Even in this age of technological wonders, my nephews were enchanted by the idea that they were controlling a robot warrior wirelessly.

The sword controllers are equipped with gyroscopes, so when you swing them up and down, the robot responds with its own motion. It's a tricky - but fun - way to control the robots and a bit different from other remote controlled games where you usually only have a joystick and buttons.

The robot figures themselves are well made and come with armour attachments that seem like they're meant to fall off in combat, adding a bit of immersive detail.

A very cool toy and something a bit different from another videogame.

Note: You'll need a screwdriver to get at the battery compartments and eight AA Batteries to fill them.


Braun NTF3000 No Touch Plus Forehead Digital Thermometer
Braun NTF3000 No Touch Plus Forehead Digital Thermometer
Price: £34.51

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Works, 2 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This touchless thermometer looks positively Star Trek. Like something they'd use to figure out alien disease Riker picked up on shore leave.

The no-touch functionality has multiple benefits: lessens the risk of contamination (potentially); no sticking of thermometers in the patient's ear, under their tongue, or any other annoying hands-on stuff that will just annoy any ill person whether they're a child or an adult.

If you don't trust the no-touch readings, there's also the more traditional option of pressing the unit directly against the forehead. I've found that there isn't a discrepancy between the readings so I don't think there's a reason not to use the touchless option. The readings are returned quickly and are colour coded from green to red to indicate how elevated the temperature is. Not much use if you're colour blind, but at least the digital reading is clear.

This is a single-purpose gadget that accomplishes what it advertises and does it well.


SanDisk SDSSDHII-240G-G25 240GB 2.5 inch Ultra II SATA III Internal Solid State Drive
SanDisk SDSSDHII-240G-G25 240GB 2.5 inch Ultra II SATA III Internal Solid State Drive
Price: £79.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Competitor to the 840 Evo, 22 Oct 2014
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If someone I know tells me that they're fed up with how slow their computer or laptop is, I always recommend an SSD. It's often as good as getting a new machine, particularly in 2 or 3 year old laptops with 5400rpm mechanical hard drives. Not only that, but SSD pricing is finally becoming reasonable. It's still more expensive per gb, yet the difference in speed means the extra outlay is worth it.

Looking at online benchmarks, the Sandisk Ultra II falls close to the MX100 and slightly behind the 840 Evo in speed. At the moment it's slightly cheaper than both. I've installed the Ultra in a 3yr old Thinkpad and the machine has been completely revitalised. Boot times are the most obvious improvement, though almost every action is snappier than before. Without the SSD I would probably have considered replacing the machine entirely - now it's perfectly functional and quite responsive. Making a subjective comparison between the 840 Evo and this is difficult, since the difference in hardware between the desktop and laptop is so great. Suffice to say that it will be quick enough for most needs. The only area it falls down on is peak speed versus the MX100 and 840 Evo, and you'll likely only notice that difference under extremely heavy load.

Installation was extremely easy. There are a number of tools to transfer files from your old hard drive if you aren't comfortable with installing a new OS on the SSD. I used Easeus to create an image of the old drive and then copied that image onto the SSD using a USB hard drive dock. There are converter kits available on amazon to make this process easier, too.

The health of the drive can be monitored using Sandisk's dashboard software (available at http://www.sandisk.com/ssddashboard). Unfortunately Sandisk don't have their own cloning feature like Samsung, and the drive can't be encrypted.

Those last two points, in addition to the slight performance difference compared to the 840 Evo means that I'd only consider buying this drive instead of the 840 Evo if the price difference was larger.


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