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Nikko Radio Control Vaporizr (Green)
Nikko Radio Control Vaporizr (Green)
Price: 41.56

1.0 out of 5 stars Got for Christmas, worked great. Then it died, 23 Jun 2014
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Got this for a Christmas present and it was a real hit, lots of fun and about as good as the adverts suggested

It went in the wardrobe for a few weeks and when we went to use it again - nothing.

Either charger / battery has died or the something more serious. Really disappointed as it is virtually brand new - and we cant send it back to Amazon. Looking at warranty options but there doesnt seem to be anything written anywhere - Nikko have yet to respond to contact . . .
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Razor Kids Beast Scooter - Blue
Razor Kids Beast Scooter - Blue
Price: 48.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good and very affordable stunt scooter, 2 Jun 2014
This review is from: Razor Kids Beast Scooter (Sports)
Got this for a 9yo who is desperate to start doing tricks and has destroyed her cheap folding scooter trying

This is well up to the job, strong welded Aluminium deck with very grippy top. Strong steel handlebars, decent headset and strong headset clamp all add up to a robust piece of kit. Not too heavy either. It is almost comparable to the 100+ scooters for strength. There does seem to be some variation in fittings on this model, ours came with non-spoked wheels and an extra strong 4 bolt headset clamp

Being a "stunt scooter" the wheels are only 100mm. This means it is better suited to smooth surfaces like skate parks and well surfaced paths. If you want a scooter for general use on rougher surfaces then bigger wheels might be a better choice for you

Some stuff we don't like (but is very acceptable given the cost and intended usage):
The paint finish is not great with some thin areas, and it marks quite easily
The rear brake is plastic rather than metal
Handle bar grips are rubber not foam - last longer but pick up vibration
Headset quickly worked loose as things were bedding in, needs 2 x 36mm spanners to adjust

Sheaffer 300 Series Fountain Pen Glossy Black - Chrome Trim
Sheaffer 300 Series Fountain Pen Glossy Black - Chrome Trim
Price: 42.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow this is lovely! And affordable, 23 Jan 2014
I was recently looking for a nice birthday gift and spent a happy couple of hours in a posh pen shop try all manner of big brand fountain pens up to the 150 mark (Parker, Waterman, Cross etc) the chap in the shop offered the 300 as a comparison without telling me the price and it was truly amazing. It is quite a fat and moderately heavy pen and that might not suit everyone. In use it is soooo smooth, nothing else I had tried came close (except the gold nibbed Targa but that is another story)

Not certain, but these modestly priced Sheaffers seem to be Chinese made these days and the quality seemed every bit as good as the EU made ones. Given that I have seen the odd review that didn't rate this pen I wonder if the quality control isn't as good as it used to be - so in the end decided the one in the shop was well worth getting (rather than via Amazon) as I knew it wrote beautifully. If I did get one from Amazon and it didn't write really smoothly then I am sure they would exchange without issue

Carcasonne South Seas Board Game
Carcasonne South Seas Board Game
Price: 24.43

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun / family alternative to "normal" Carcassonne, 15 Jan 2014
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
Z-Man seem to have been busy since taking over production of Carcassonne from Rio Grande. New sets and expansions seem to have been appearing regularly, which is good to see in a game that has been around many years now. We play as a family with the standard set + the river and Inns/Cathedrals expansion so far. The Carcassonne Winter Edition is a pretty variant of the basic game, but since the pieces don't really work well (visually) with the expansions we have stuck to the original game.

This South Seas variant is a stand alone game that uses rules somewhat similar to normal Carcassonne (so if you know that you will get this quickly) but adds a theme with warm beaches, gathering products and ships. Unlike "Winter" this game cant be used with normal Carcassonne expansions so is more limited in how you can grow with it. It seems to be a pretty worthy game in itself, and is certainly family friendly (ie less competitive) but this inability to combine with other sets or use the variety of existing expansions is a shame. Set up time is quick and play time is a very manageable 30 to 50 mins (depnding on player numbers and dithering)

In our view, this is a little less cut throat than "normal" Carcassonne - but the original offers more depth and potential. Having said that, if you don't plan to expand and/or like the theme this is certainly a good game worth considering. By all account Z-Man are planning to release more of these themed variants, so it will be interesting to see what they do next

Rexel Nimbus Magazine Rack Robust Acrylic with Front Indexing Tab A4 Clear Ref 2101499
Rexel Nimbus Magazine Rack Robust Acrylic with Front Indexing Tab A4 Clear Ref 2101499
Price: 15.39

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pricey. Classy. Pretty good quality, 10 Dec 2013
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Got one of these for my home office with a view to getting a couple more if they look good / prove useful

They (the Rexel Nimbus range) are much pricier than the typical 'run of the mill' filing things but really nicely made from thick, clear acrylic - worth the money I think. If you need a few then eye-wateringly expensive (about 50 for 3 in Dec2013). They match the other Rexel Nimbus items perfectly as you would expect. Alas this item and my Nimbus letter tray both show a couple of noticeable marks/scratches, which look to have come from manufacturing

This item was slightly smaller (not very tall at c9") than I had expected but looks great. Only thing to be aware of the index tab/slot is on the "front" with the big thumb hole at the "back". So if you want to put them on your desk/shelf tall side out then you wont be able to see the label - unless you stick something to that lovely shiny acrylic . . .

Creative T30 Wireless (2.0) Bluetooth NFC Speakers with High Quality AptX Audio, BasXPort Technology and Aux-in
Creative T30 Wireless (2.0) Bluetooth NFC Speakers with High Quality AptX Audio, BasXPort Technology and Aux-in
Price: 83.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Pricey. "Only" 2.0 but seriously handsome and lovely sound, 18 Nov 2013
Spending the best part of 100 on a set of PC speakers seems a lot these days (especially a 2 speaker set up with no subwoofer) but the versatility and capability of these new Creative T30s really are outstanding (in my view)

I was looking to update some super cheap Logitech X140 to something with real HiFi pretensions. The X140 were my dip in the water of peripheral speakers and they work well enough over a narrow volume range (and cost very little). For 'clear' music and speech they are adequate but clearly not outstandingly musical

For me, wanting to listen to accurately presented music, sub woofer based speaker systems really don't integrate the lower frequencies well. For game playing and speech this is probably much less of an issue. If you want to make lots of noise and have lots of thumping base then the T30 and my views of them probably aren't as relevant to you

The obvious competitor to the T30 is Creatives own T20 on which these are based or the much bigger T40. The T20s are approximately half the price (even the T40 is slightly cheaper at the T30 launch price). So what you are getting compared to the T20 is the Bluetooth capability and (in my view) a more handsome look. The Bluetooth is really funky because you just need to have you iPad etc within a metre or so of the speakers and you can play music. Using them with laptop means it needs Bluetooth (or you can use the provides audio cables to connect, which sort of misses the point of the T30). In case you are wodnering it isn't "all wireless", the speakers still need a power cable to one speaker and a linking cable between them.

Musical performance of the T30 seems similar, if possibly a little crisper than the T20. My absolute comparator here is a Maclaren/EPOS Hifi and I would say the mid range and highs are pretty good, while the low end response is accurate as far as it goes (you wont hear a double bass at the lower notes, the few sub woofer systems I have heard might present some of those notes but if would not be very musical). The ability to handle highly complex or dynamic music is where they struggle a little bit - but that is compared to a 2k system. For 100 the bottom line is, playing MP3s these are about the best PC speakers I have heard

At introduction the price has been a bit high, are they worth near twice the cost of T20s I am not sure, but then sometimes you buy a product with your eyes, ears and heart. For a similar amount of cash (or slightly less) you can have the wired T40s which are bigger and louder, but they are getting a bit big for PC use (in my view)

Bottom line, the T30s sound great and work well wirelessly with Bluetooth devices but the wireless advantage is costly so if you don't need it look at the T20s for half the money. Creative also offer some other "wireless" choices like T15 which might be worth a look

Monopoly Board Game
Monopoly Board Game
Price: 12.23

47 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its a maligned classic that still has a place in our house, 6 Nov 2013
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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This review is from: Monopoly Board Game (Toy)
Ok I admit we play lots of more modern board games in our house (like Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, Carcassonne and Forbidden Desert) but we still have some fun with Monopoly. And I cant imagine many people who haven't played it, so it wont be easy to make this review new and interesting

The 2013 set comes with the new cat piece, which is quite sweet, and pretty much everything else is what you would expect. All the cards and money feel a bit small/flimsy to me but the player counters are metal and the whole game is typically about a tenner on Amazon, so that seems fair. The full rrp of 17 seems a little high (to me at least)

We have played the adult Monopoly (this 2013 and previous versions) with our children since they were about 7 after migrating from Junior Monopoly. And we all have fun. We tend to play 'quick and dirty' with a few house rule variants to speed/liven things up (see below if you are interested). The kids have learnt to manage money/counting/sums, negotiation skills, strategic decision making and experimenting with new rules (and the consequences) - admittedly with some with prompting from mum and dad - so there is some educational value in the game. The game has 2 normal dice and a red 'speed dice', we mostly prefer/use 'normal dice' but the red dice makes for a bit more speed/luck.

Taking Monopoly on its own terms it is a perfectly agreeable family game (in my opinion), it isn't a game we would play lots of and probably wouldn't be our first choice for an adults only game - 3 stars seems too harsh so we give it a (generous) 4 for being an adaptable classic.

. . . a few house rules if you are interested (or haven't tried changing rules yet: all fines etc go on to free parking to keep more cash in the game (does anyone not do this?), no purchases on the first round the board (or until all players have passed 'Go' once (or twice!)); each property is auctioned to the highest bidder as it is landed on (3 or more players and its ruthless!), no rents can be collected in jail; game ends when 1 player is bankrupted and the winner is the one with most cash (or more usually asset value); being allowed to build on properties without owning the set (stated rents with houses are halved until the set is complete) is good fun too
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Lafuma Arizona Fold-Up Camp Table
Lafuma Arizona Fold-Up Camp Table
Price: 119.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really useful and really nicely made, 2 Oct 2013
We have an older Lafuma table and it is still pretty much as good as new, so we know they make products that last (and they carry the knocks really well)

This is about the biggest of the non-folding top Lafuma tables and comes in at 115cm x 69cm - which is quite small for a home table but pretty decent for a camping one

At its lowest height this makes a very serviceable coffee table and at full height is makes a very usable dining table for 4. The build quality has a lot more plastic than our old table but seems robust enough. It still weights nearly 10kg so packing and moving it can be a chore, but you do get a really solid feel from the table when it is up. Set up and packing away is very easy, the legs fold in to the body/top and there is even a moulded handle to help carrying. It even claims to be waterproof so leaving it out in the rain/dew shouldn't cause any harm

Doesn't quite make 5 stars for me because of all the plastic in the construction (I prefer our old one for that, but that is a personal thing). This is probably one of the best tables out there and a world away from the cheap, flimsy camp tables most people seem to struggle along with. At the Autumn 2013 Amazon price under a hundred pounds it is good value at full rrp of 130 a little pricey, I think. But as Mr Rolls (or possibly Mr Royce) once said, the quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten - and I have no idea what we paid for our old Lafuma but we still love it

Xerox Toner Cartridge for Phaser 6140 ( 2600 Sheets)  - Black
Xerox Toner Cartridge for Phaser 6140 ( 2600 Sheets) - Black
Price: 62.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Pricey but Amazon supplied item is genuine and correct, 22 Sep 2013
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Getting hold of genuine toner carts seems to be a challenge online where stories of counterfeit and dodgy products abound. The Xerox 6140 in my home office needed a black toner and Amazon was the 'goto' place for me. Even the stationary folks I use for business (who claim to have the best local prices) couldn't touch the Amazon price. Ordered Wednesday afternoon and had it in the machine Friday, even with free delivery. Can't fault Amazon, but I do think genuine toner prices are a bit too high (over 60 for Xerox when remanufactured can be had for a third of that). And the 2600 pages is optimistic, for me at least, this is the 3rd black toner in our 6140 and it is only showing 2588 pages and 9 envelopes printed. For what it is worth the Amazon picture is wrong (as of Sept 2013) and you do get the proper item in the proper box

Blue Rose
Blue Rose
Price: 0.89

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly wonderful stuff - soft contemporary jazz at its best, 22 Sep 2013
This review is from: Blue Rose (MP3 Download)
Just happened to get some tickets to see Sally live recently and was very impressed. My Jazz collection pretty much stops in the 1960s when all the weird stuff started to come out. So to find something modern that has such melody, skill and spirit (from Sally and Paul on Piano) was a revelation. Sally seems to be able to move effortlessly between a beautiful mellow style like this track and some of the more Latin inspired tracks on the Silent Spaces album

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