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Optima Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Juice with Cranberry  500ml
Optima Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Juice with Cranberry 500ml
Offered by World Wide Shopping Mall Ltd
Price: £5.92

5.0 out of 5 stars Works for me, 14 Jun. 2016
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I have irritable bowel disease, and find that a daily dose of this really does make me feel better. The cranberry makes it far more palatable than the 'pure' stuff. It is still around 90% Aloe Vera, and for the improved taste is a better choice.


Haig Club Whisky 35 cl
Haig Club Whisky 35 cl
Price: £24.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced and underwhelming, 14 Jun. 2016
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This review is from: Haig Club Whisky 35 cl (Wine)
Even at Amazon deal-of-the-day prices, this is a rip off. Yes, the blue bottle looks nice (if you think whisky should be sold in oversized perfume bottles) but it's what's inside that counts. And what is inside is a bland unsophisticated grain whisky.

This is a brand that is 100% focused on marketing rather than taste. Pretty much any other whisky you can find will be better value for money.


UK Topre Realforce 88UB 45g Key Black on Black Mini Keyboard
UK Topre Realforce 88UB 45g Key Black on Black Mini Keyboard
Offered by The Keyboard Company
Price: £192.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and satisfying to use, 10 Jun. 2016
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This review was written after one month of daily use.

First Impressions
The keyboard has a minimalist style. The black on dark grey keycaps look cool, but the characters need good lighting to be easily visible. Avoid unless you are a confident typist.

Build Quality
Reassuringly heavy with good quality materials.

Feel
The subjective bit! I have been using a Filco Majestouch with Cherry brown switches for the past 4 years (I also have a Corsair Cherry blue), and the Topre switches are quite different. The best way I can describe them is the lovechild of Cherry brown and the best rubber dome keyboard in the world. The keycaps are top quality and feel really nice.

Typing speed
About the same as Cherry brown. I achieve the best typing speeds on my Cherry blue, but that is a very noisy keyboard so not suitable for an office (which is where I use the Topre).

Typing fatigue
Similar to Cherry brown/blue. Easy to type on for long periods. The 45g key pressure feels about right for me.

Gaming
No multimedia keys. This is not a gaming keyboard, although the Topre keys would be OK for most gaming.

Irritations
The rubber feet on the bottom are OK but could be a bit bigger/more grippy. It's easy to accidentally knock the keyboard out of position.
There are no indicator lights for Caps Lock / Scroll Lock. An odd ommission.

Price
Well, it's one of the most expensive keyboards you can buy. By comparison to a good mechanical keyboard costing half as much, value for money is questionable. But if you want Topre keys and a UK layout, there isn't much choice.

Conclusion
Whether this keyboard is right for you depends on a few factors:
Will you use it heavily?
Does typing on a quality keyboard make you happy?
Have you already tried mechanical keyboards and are looking for something a bit different?
Are you quite well off?
If you answer Yes to all the above, definitely check this keyboard out.


Hansgrohe Raindance Select 150 28587000 Hand Shower 3 Jet with 150 mm Shower Head Chrome
Hansgrohe Raindance Select 150 28587000 Hand Shower 3 Jet with 150 mm Shower Head Chrome
Price: £85.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Needs high water pressure, 23 April 2016
Unless you have a high pressure system you will probably be happier with one of this model's smaller siblings, the S120 or E120. I have used the E120 and it works better with a more typical flow rate.

If you do have the required pressure then this shower head is great. The button select works perfectly and is so easy to use that I often switch between modes mid-shower. Each mode is distinct, and the rotating massage jets feel really nice.

Build quality is what you would expect from Hansgrohe - the Mercedes-Benz of showers! It isn't the cheapest but offers good value for money.


Betron B750s Earphones Headphones, High Definition, in-ear, Tangle Free, Noise Isolating , HEAVY DEEP BASS for iPhone, iPod, iPad, MP3 Players, Samsung Galaxy, Nokia, HTC, Nexus, BlackBerry etc (Black)
Betron B750s Earphones Headphones, High Definition, in-ear, Tangle Free, Noise Isolating , HEAVY DEEP BASS for iPhone, iPod, iPad, MP3 Players, Samsung Galaxy, Nokia, HTC, Nexus, BlackBerry etc (Black)
Offered by Betron Limited ( VAT Registered)
Price: £29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good set of budget buds, 6 Dec. 2014
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Not bad for the price. Comfortable fit and a non-tangle (although rather thick and heavy) cable. Mid is balanced; treble is nice and bright without being shrill; bass is deep but rather woolly. Overall good for the modest price. You get what you pay for with head/earphones so buy the best you can afford. If you are considering getting some awful 2.99 earbuds do yourself a favour and get these instead.


Razer Deathstalker Expert Gaming Keyboard
Razer Deathstalker Expert Gaming Keyboard
Price: £59.99

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beauty over quality, 22 Jan. 2014
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Upon setting my new keyboard up I expected it to be the beginning of a long and happy relationship. Six weeks later it is in a box and has been replaced by a Corsair mechanical keyboard.

For sure it is a beautiful keyboard. Sharp styling and cool backlighting. However I have been unable to get used to the key action, which to me feels cheap and unresponsive. Even though the keys are very low profile they still have a 'mushy', imprecise feel to them. Gaming is OK but not much better than a £10 membrane keyboard. Typing performance is poor compared to any mechanical keyboard. I had wrongly assumed the keys would feel like a quality laptop or my previous low-profile keyboard (Logitech dinovo); sadly this is simply not the case.

From the positive reviews on here it is clear that many owners are happy with the key action. But as the satisfied owner of multiple Razer mice this keyboard has left me disappointed.


Sonos PLAY:1 Compact smart wireless speaker for streaming music (Black)
Sonos PLAY:1 Compact smart wireless speaker for streaming music (Black)
Price: £161.00

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small but powerful, 19 Jan. 2014
I own a Sonos Play 5 and three Play 1's. Two of the Play 1's are setup in a stereo pair (very simple to do). Sound quality from all the units is very good. I was worried about lack of bass from the little Play 1 units but they are controlled and punchy at the low end. Overall I favour the pair of Play 1's over the Play 5 (both setups costing about the same). The true stereo separation you get from the 1's is worth the slightly less deep bass when compared to the 5. A single 1 is also good but they really come to life in a pair. If you only want one unit consider the Play 3 or 5 as they give a better stereo effect.

Build quality is excellent and the controller software is pretty good. Overall an excellent device and great value for money, provided you already own a iOS/Android smartphone or tablet.


TEEPEE ONLINE® White IN EAR EARPHONES HEADPHONES for IPHONE & IPOD BLACKBERRY SAMSUNG HTC MP3
TEEPEE ONLINE® White IN EAR EARPHONES HEADPHONES for IPHONE & IPOD BLACKBERRY SAMSUNG HTC MP3
Offered by PENCILUPNOSE
Price: £11.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Make it stop..., 9 Nov. 2013
Imagine looking at something beautiful. Then imagine getting some sand and rubbing it into your eyes. Then imagine listening to something beautiful. These headphones are the sand. Unless you are destitute you really can do better. Don't self harm - spend a few quid on something half decent.


Long Life Lamp Company LLLC27SMDCW GU10 5 Watt LED Super Bright PURE White Colour 50 Watt Replacement for Halogen bulb with New SMD Chip Technology 400 lm
Long Life Lamp Company LLLC27SMDCW GU10 5 Watt LED Super Bright PURE White Colour 50 Watt Replacement for Halogen bulb with New SMD Chip Technology 400 lm
Price: £5.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice and bright, but may not fit, 13 Sept. 2013
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Light is a little brighter than the 50w halogens they replaced. It is a very white light, so only really suitable for rooms where you are looking for that kind of light - pure but unforgiving! Mine are in the utility room.

My only quibble is that the bulbs are slightly wider than a standard halogen. The difference is only 1mm or so. However my spotlights are built into the ceiling with a metal ring to fix them in place. The ring does not quite fit over the width of the bulb, and therefore does not properly fix into the ceiling mount. I've managed to jam them in there but they don't look quite right. Not really a problem in the utility room but not so acceptable in a bathroom or kitchen. I have some (more expensive) Philips LED spots in the kitchen and did not have the same problem there.

So overall these work well if you like the pure light and you have a kind of fitting where bulb width does not have to be exactly the same as a halogen. They've only been in a few days so can't comment on reliability yet.


Philips GU10 50 Watt MV Master LED Spot 6, 3000 K, Neutral Whte
Philips GU10 50 Watt MV Master LED Spot 6, 3000 K, Neutral Whte
Offered by Light My Life Ltd
Price: £22.95

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better in every way... except initial cost!, 13 Sept. 2013
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I was uncertain about spending so much on bulbs, but decided to replace my 6 kitchen halogen spots with these. The first thing to note is that they are exact replacements when it comes to size. If the halogen fits, this will fit - unlike some cheaper LED GU10 bulbs I tried.

When taking them out of the packet you immediately notice the quality - these are precision crafted, robustly made and look attractive. Quality of light is superb. I went for the "Neutral White" shade. For a kitchen or bathroom they are perfect - an improvement on the yellowish halogens but not nearly as harsh as some of the "Pure White" LED alternatives. In terms of brightness, I would say they are slightly brighter than the 50w halogens they replaced. Beam spread is equivalent.

With an 85% electricity saving I should notice the difference in my bills. And since they should last 20 times as long as a halogen I won't have to worry about replacing them for at least a decade. There are cheaper LED GU10 bulbs out there. I know because I have a few of them. A bulb costing a third as much will probably do the job. But none of them match this bulb in terms of overall quality.


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