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Buff Infinity Multi Functional Headwear - Tie-Dye Pool
Buff Infinity Multi Functional Headwear - Tie-Dye Pool
Price: 26.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Take no notice of the item description., 26 Oct 2013
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There's a few things that are not mentioned in the description of this item which are plain wrong and which make it a bad choice. For a start it's 58cm in diameter (NOT 75cm as stated) and is made of organic cotton (NOT Tencel as stated).

I already have a Buff Infinity and thought I was just buying a repeat, but in a different colour. Not so - this is very different to my previous Buff Infinity.

I'm a fan of Buffs, particularly the material they're made of. That kind of polyester stuff is great doing for exercise and in bad weather because it doesn't get soggy, meaning you stay cosy. However, this particular buff is made of cotton. It absorbs rain and moisture - big downer.

The other thing is that my other Buff Infinity wraps around my neck 3 times, keeping me nice and toasty whilst out on the hills. This one is much shorter, only doing 2 loops round. I'd say that's the biggest flaw with this item.

Finally, it looks very different to how it looks in the picture. The colour, texture and design are very different.


1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for avid gym goers who don’t like logos or fussy designs., 26 July 2013
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Polyester is great for running and exercising because it doesn’t absorb sweat and cling to you as cotton does. Granted, it’s not as warm and cosy as cotton is for normal use. But for exercise and outdoors, polyester is essential.

Generally, the branded polyester shirts you get are covered in logos and fussy designs. Well if you’re not into that, and want something to workout in that is simple and unfussy, then look no further!

I went for a medium. I’m about 6” tall, not thin, but not fat either. Medium fits me perfectly. It’s not a trendy slim fit, nor is it massively baggy.

This shirt is fairly well made (you can get better quality material, but you’d have to spend more spondoolix). It’s practical as well – just sling it in the wash with the rest of your whites along with a sprinkle of Oxi-Action. Ta-da! gleaming! good as new!

Also, if you go to the gym regularly and always like to have a clean shirt, you can get a few of these for the same price as a branded one (and nearly as good too).


Visconti Leather Messenger Bag / Briefcase for the Office - 18797 - Oil Tan
Visconti Leather Messenger Bag / Briefcase for the Office - 18797 - Oil Tan
Offered by The Real Handbag Shop
Price: 67.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite. Just watch out for sizing!, 25 July 2013
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I’m very impressed by my new Visconti messenger bag. This item is a real delight to behold. It is beautifully made – the craftsmanship in superb. The leather is top notch and the stitching is faultless. The fittings are great quality, consisting of nice solid chunks of brass.

It’s got lots of practical pockets, whilst having a big, open, “uninterrupted” main section. The side pockets are less suitable for bulky items (as bulky items would probably make the bag look a bit “nobbly”). There’s a holder for your mobile as well as business cards and pens.

The bit where the shoulder-strap connects to the main bag is sewn AND riveted into position (you don’t see this in the photo). I would have thought it highly unlikely that the shoulder-strap would break off the bag even if you’re carrying a lot of weight. It's so well put together.

I particularly like the way the flap is secured in position. The big hoop that you see in the photo goes round the little leather tag at the bottom. The little tag wraps around the hoop and is snapped into position using a magnetic fastener (you don’t see this in the photos). When closed, the bag is pretty secure without being a hassle to open and close. The flap that covers the whole bag has a luxurious suede leather backing. Lovely!

Build quality is great. This bag will definitely stand up to a lot of abuse. It’s not a delicate designer flower and will take an everyday battering without any problems. The leather is thick and quite stiff, offering some protection to the contents. It’s not hard-sided tho’, so it would be possible to accidentally bend a netbook or tablet PC. The bag stands upright on its own nicely.

All in all, a fantastic quality item which will suit even the most anal in this regard.

I went for the tan coloured one. It’s gorgeous. It has a sort of “pre-worn” effect, giving it a lot of soul from the off. Tan is a great colour to go with jeans and everyday clothes. Then tan colour may not have the formality of the dark brown or black tho’. Whichever colour you choose, you'll be pleased.

I’ve not experienced any of the dye wearing off onto my clothes.

If you’re going to buy this item, size is just about the only thing you need to consider. I wanted something that was convenient to carry a few bits and bobs around in. I really didn’t want anything too big, so for me, it’s the perfect size. However If you want to carry lots of files, documents and books around with you, this item is probably too small. This isn’t a briefcase or a “schoolteacher” type of bag. If you want to carry an A4 diary, a tablet computer, camera, phone, keys, wallet, MP3 player and maybe a newspaper, this bag is just the job!

I’ve never spent this kind of money on a bag before. However this item is worth every penny. Go on, spoil yourself!

Cowon X7 120GB Portable Media Player - Black
Cowon X7 120GB Portable Media Player - Black

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars God-awful touchscreen, poor user interface. Sensational audio quality., 2 July 2013
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If you’re after an MP3 player with large capacity (>64 GB) to store all your music, there are precious few options out there. I believe (and I could be wrong here), you are currently limited to the Cowon X7 or the iPod Classic 160GB (at June 2013).

I have an absolute loathing of iTunes. I’ve tried and tried, but I just can’t stand it. I don’t want to synch my music with my PC. And I don’t want Apple to have anything to do with my music files. I simply want to drag and drop. Also my music is ripped to WMA Variable Bit Rate (max quality setting) and I don’t want to have to convert 100GB of content to AAC. So that rules out the iPod. Hence the X7 seemed the obvious (in fact the only) choice.

I went for the 120GB as I don’t think you can get the 160GB model in the UK any longer. No-one (including Amazon) seems to have the 160GB ones in stock. Also, I couldn’t get hold of a white one, so I “chose” black.

Anyway here are my impressions:

TOUCHSCREEN: The touchscreen is quite simply god-awful. If you’re used to a tablet PC to easily swipe through lists, forget it. It’s more tricky on the X7. Usually you end up accidentally selecting something rather than swiping through a list as you intended. It’s extremely frustrating trying to find albums, artists or songs by scrollbar or swipe. Using the scrollbar on the far left is an exercise in frustration. The sensitivity is awful – you often have to press twice for it to work. Often you end up accidentally clicking the wrong thing. Items on the edge of the touchscreen are particularly difficult to select. Yes, I know you can calibrate the touchscreen, but it doesn’t make much difference. Nevertheless you do get used to it after a while …or rather you just learn to live with it.

SCREEN itself: The screen itself has pretty poor resolution (it’s like going back in time technology wise). Photos and videos look mediocre at best compared to the other mobile devices you’re likely to have in your pocket these days.

INTERFACE: The interface is rather counter-intuitive and it takes a bit of playing around with to get it sussed. There’s some obvious functionality missing. For example, if you’re playing all songs on shuffle, and you want to check which album the currently-playing song is on, and jump to that album, it’s impossible to do so. The Search functionality (to find a particular track or artist by typing the name in) suffers horribly because of the awful touchscreen sensitivity. And the hopeless touchscreen sensitivity compounds the deficiencies of the interface. Begrudgingly tho’, you do eventually learn to live with it.

Other bad things:
It uses a proprietary USB cable which is a nuisance. The unit is physically big and heavy (I could happily live with that if the screen and interface were much better). Because of the size and weight, it’s never gonna be particularly mobile. To be fair tho’, I don’t think it’s intended to be. No MP3 player with a hard disk is ever going to be suitable for jogging. The dodgy interface is another reason why I wouldn’t call this a “mobile” MP3 player – you can’t skip and pause particularly easily without fishing it out your pocket. [In fact I bought a SanDisk Sansa Clip+ (with a 32GB card) for when I want to listen to music whilst browsing round the shops, walking to work, jogging, etc. The X9 just isn’t the job for that]. The X9 is more suited for listening to tunes whilst working at your desk or on a long plane journey where you can easily put it on the table or on your lap.

The good things:
You can drag and drop your music files onto the device. Bluetooth works well, so I can connect it to my hi-fi amp (via a Bluetooth receiver) no problem. Plus there’s plenty of space for a largish music collection. Battery life is very good. Build quality is excellent – the X7 is very solid.

BUT HERE’S THE THING: Music on this thing is awesome – simply beautiful! You start noticing detail in your music that you never noticed before. If you rip your music at highest quality, you’ll particularly benefit. It’s so good that you really look forward to sitting at your desk and listening to your collection. The JetEffect engine allows you to adjust the sound to suit the earphones you’re wearing. In terms of audio quality, the X9 takes some beating. It’s the best I’ve heard to date.

This could have been a legendary product. If only Cowon had put a decent touchscreen in it and had put the effort into developing a good user-interface. Alas, they didn’t. What a shame.

How you rate this product will depend on what you want from it. If you’re not 100% sure about what you want from an MP3 player, the X7 is probably not for you. You could spend a lot of cash and be very disappointed. If sound quality is your first and only consideration, then the X7 is just the job.

I can’t bring myself to give it 3 stars because of the sinfully bad touchscreen and the lack of effort on Cowon’s behalf with the user interface.

So, heavy-heartedly, I can only stretch to 2 stars. It’s only saving grace is its sensational audio quality.

iGadgitz Genuine Leather Case Cover for Cowon X7 MP3 Player - Black
iGadgitz Genuine Leather Case Cover for Cowon X7 MP3 Player - Black
Offered by iGadgitz
Price: 8.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Poor, 30 Jun 2013
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The X7 unit doesn't fit inside this case properly. It isn't properly aligned with the holes in the bottom.

I ended up having to snip away at the case to enable me to get at the headphone socket properly.

I have to take the unit out of the case to open the USB port on the X7 because it's in the wrong position on the case.

The volume control is on the INSIDE meaning you have to open the case to turn the volume down.

Still, it does protect the X7 if nothing else. In the face of fewer alternatives, it's better than nothing.

SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 8GB MP3 Player with Radio and Expandable MicroSD/SDHC Slot - Black
SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 8GB MP3 Player with Radio and Expandable MicroSD/SDHC Slot - Black
Offered by IvoryEgg Limited
Price: 52.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good. But beware which micro SD card you buy for it., 27 Jun 2013
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Very simple in operation, surprisingly good sound quality. Very dinky (even a bit smaller than a matchbox). I got this item because space was always an issue for me. I never seem to have enough to fit all my music on. This is a cheap solution to that problem.

I generally am a lover of the Sony MP3 players, they just can't be beat for audio quality. But they're never expandable. Hence I chose this item. It doesn't have the same functionality as the Sony's, but it does play music, simply and effectively.

There's some good choices in the built-in equalizer. The sound quality is good.

I don't think you benefit from VBR MP3s or WMAs ripped at > 192kps. It plays them, but just not at that sampling rate. Max is 192kps for WMAs I believe (just in case you need that kind of quality). Probably doesn't make any difference on a unit like this anyway TBH,

Beware tho'. I bought a Samsung 32GB class 10 micro-SD card to use with it. Alas, this unit doesn't seem to work with the class 10 SD card. According to info on-line, it works fine with class 4 micro-SD card.

I did RockBox the unit, but I have to say the SanDisk firmware is better. However the RockBox firmware DOES allow me to work the unit with the class 10 micro-SD card.

All in all, a great product if you want a simple MP3 player that, ...erm, plays MP3's.

Silentnight 3-Zone Memory Foam Rolled Mattress, Single, 90 x 190 cm
Silentnight 3-Zone Memory Foam Rolled Mattress, Single, 90 x 190 cm
Price: 99.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sumptuously comfortable, like sleeping on a giant marshmallow. Just wait the full 24 hours before testing!, 18 Jun 2013
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I bought a cheap and cheerful "double guest bed" for the spare room - you know the type: a single bed, with another wee bed tucked in underneath that you can pull out and erect so that you have a double bed for the space of a single - ideal for guests.

Well when my folks and other family members come and visit, I end up sleeping in the spare bed, whilst they crash in my room in my comfortable double.

The thing about a cheap bed for the spare room is that it comes with a cheap and nasty mattress. Since I often end up sleeping on it, that's a bad thing. Especially since I get a bad back from the wrong mattress.

This is a cheap and extremely comfortable replacement for the nightmarish (literally) spare bed. Sleeping in the spare room is now rather a pleasure! For the price, this mattress is impossible to beat!

Only thing is: do wait the full 24 hours (as recommended by the manufacturer) after rolling it out, before you test it. It is even more comfortable if you try it 24 hours later.

Yes, it does smell a bit when you first roll it out (rather like a little bag of ganja). But that smell quickly disappears. It definitely shouldn't put you off buying this mattress. It's really not a problem

Thoroughly recommended!

Wrangler Denim Shirt
Wrangler Denim Shirt

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't go by what you see in the picture., 1 Jun 2013
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I ordered the "Dark Stone" colour of this item - that's the dark blue version.

The thing to note is that this item is NOT the same item as you see in the photo. It IS a Wrangler shirt, but is NOT the same style as you see in the picture. It's not nearly as cool frankly. The one in the picture has a slightly worn look, whereas the one you receive has no wear on it whatsoever.

Also, this is labelled as "Casual Fit" (which is another difference between the item you get and what you see in the picture), so it's pretty roomy. That's pretty handy if you have a spare couple of ounces, but it's a bit baggy if you're more of a medium build.

It's a shame that the item you receive is are blatantly different to what you see in the picture. This is especially true for clothing and fashion items. I don't know if this is the seller's fault or if it's Amazon's fault. But it's VERY annoying.

Nevertheless it's fairly decent quality and looks okay. It's warm and looks like it'll wash well. It's a better fit if you're more generously proportioned.

MoKo(TM) Slim Cover Case for Toshiba Excite 10 SE AT300SE / AT305SE 10.1-inch Tablet, COFFEE
MoKo(TM) Slim Cover Case for Toshiba Excite 10 SE AT300SE / AT305SE 10.1-inch Tablet, COFFEE
Offered by BSCstore EU

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice looking and with a handy holding strap - solid performer., 6 May 2013
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The whole point of a tablet is that it's mobile. If you're dragging it round airports and train stations, you're gonna need something to stop it getting messed up as it gets thrown about as you go through security.

At the time of buying, there weren't too many options for the Toshiba AT300SE, so I went with this one. I also thought it was quite expensive, but in view of lack of alternatives, I felt I had no choice.

My first impressions (before I actually put the tablet in cover), was that it was a bit cruddy quality. But having had the item a week or so, I've changed my mind. I now think it's excellent.

The beauty is how the tablet slips into the case. There's a small velcro tab that wraps around the tablet and holds the tablet into its position. There's absolutely no possibility that the tablet is going to move about or slip out. It's custom designed for the Toshiba AT300SE, so it's almost the same size as the tablet. It's really snug. Plus, none of the buttons or connector/camera holes is covered over. Once it's in, it's not coming out.

There's also a notebook-style elastic band that keeps the front cover, folded in position, preventing the front-cover from moving (say in your luggage) and exposing the screen. Once the front cover is closed and the elastic wrapped around it, it's just not gonna move.

There's also an elasticated strap to keep the tablet from slipping out of your hand while you're browsing. Plus there's also a stand, so you can can watch videos, or turn your tablet into an electronic photo-frame. These aren't features I use an awful lot.

All in all, this is the perfect buddy for your Toshiba tablet.

My only issue is that I picked the wrong colour. Coffee doesn't really match the colour of the tablet. But that's a matter of taste.

If you've invested in a Toshiba AT300SE, you're gonna wanna protect your investment. This item will do that job nicely.

TP-Link TL-WN751ND 150 Mbps Wireless N PCI Adapter
TP-Link TL-WN751ND 150 Mbps Wireless N PCI Adapter
Price: 9.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 15 April 2013
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Very easy to fit, with decent instructions and drivers on a CD.

Picked up my wireless network effortlessly - setup was a synch on Windows XP.

Also surprisingly speedy - so much more so than one of the USB dongles.

I didn't have any problems with reception (as per some of the other reviews) - got a full number of reception bars on Windows XP.

Thoroughly recommended.

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