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Jaybird Bluebuds X Bluetooth In-Ear Earphones Midnight Black BBX
Jaybird Bluebuds X Bluetooth In-Ear Earphones Midnight Black BBX
Price: £138.07

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bluetooth headphones that work perfectly, 5 Aug. 2014
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I bought these after being horribly disappointed by the cheaper Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth headphones.

Pleased to report that these are amazing. The sound quality is excellent, the fit is good, and (in stark contrast to the Jaybird Freedoms) the Bluetooth signal is rock solid. You can put your phone in your pocket, in your bag, in your rucksack, and the music keeps playing back without interruption. You can have the phone on the "wrong" side of your body (opposite to the Bluetooth receiver on the headphones).

As a test, I left my phone in the middle of my apartment and walked in an orbit through every other room in the place, across the balconey, and back in the other side. The music played in my ears constantly apart from a couple of blips as I passed the metal frames of the patio doors.

If you're going to have Bluetooth headphones, do it properly. Buy these, not the cheaper ones.


Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Headphones
Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Headphones

1.0 out of 5 stars Bluetooth so weak you have to hold your phone in front of your face at all times, 5 Aug. 2014
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The Bluetooth reception is so weak that you have to hold your device in front of your face at all times, otherwise your music is interrupted every few seconds by skips and pauses.

The handbook makes it clear that if your device is in your pocket, it should be on your right-hand side, because that's the side the Bluetooth receiver on the headphones is on. This caveat isn't mentioned on the product page and is worth knowing. But even if you follow this advice, the signal is still absolutely feeble.

They were so bad that I had to return them. I bought a set of Jaybird Bluebuds X instead (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00AIRUOI8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) which cost twice as much but have incredible Bluetooth reception.


Kyjen Treat Triad Dog Games Puzzle Toy
Kyjen Treat Triad Dog Games Puzzle Toy
Price: £18.54

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, but..., 11 Jan. 2014
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...it outsmarted our little dog, who barked at it in terror for an hour and then gave up. This is possibly more of a reflection on him than on the puzzle.


Gigaset A120 Single DECT Cordless Phone - Black
Gigaset A120 Single DECT Cordless Phone - Black
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Clean, simple design, 11 Jan. 2014
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Gets on with the job of being a cheap land-line phone very well, and doesn't try to compete with your smartphone.


Quarantine
Quarantine
by Greg Egan
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't worry, it gets better... and better..., 11 Oct. 2000
This review is from: Quarantine (Paperback)
I came across Greg Egan because someone had told me it was 'cyberpunk'. I'd finished Gibson and wanted more - more grit, more international megacorporations, more cyberwear.
And I got it, in 'Quarantine'. But that wasn't the point. The first quarter of so of the book is very cyber: neural modifications, private police, dodgy corporations all over the shop, and just when you think it's become boring, that Gibson did it first and better, Egan throws one of the best spins I've seen in recent science fiction and you find out what the raison d'etre of the book really is.
Whether or not you like cyberpunk as a genre has nothing to do with whether ot not you'll like Quarantine, although if you're already into it you'll get through the opening chapters better. It's really good old-fashioned speculative sci-fi, the sort that used to be set on alien worlds surrounded by spaceships, but which Egan has now set on a mid-21st century Earth - a brilliant fusion.


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