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Finish Quantum Lemon Sparkle 2 x Pack of 40 (80 Dishwasher Tablets)
Finish Quantum Lemon Sparkle 2 x Pack of 40 (80 Dishwasher Tablets)
Price: £24.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great quality wash and pleasant scent, 20 Feb. 2014
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These lemon-scented Finish Quantum dishwasher tablets are very good things. The tablets leave dishes clean, and glassware streak-free. The tablets come in a handy, resealable storage bag. Each tablet contains the detergent inside a soluble protective layer, so there's no hassle at all involved in using these.

I'm never entirely convinced that the quality of the cleaning given by Finish Quantum is significantly better than that given by regular Finish Powerball tablets. However, I do prefer the neatness of the soluble casing and the fact that with the Quantum tablets I don't ever end up with chalky residue on my hands.


NUK Multi Drying Rack
NUK Multi Drying Rack
Price: £12.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice looking, but gimmicky, 20 Feb. 2014
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This drying rack is a reasonably nice thing. It's well-made, easy to set up and put into use. However, as cute and quirky as it is, it's not entirely without fault. Arguably, the biggest drawback to this is that this purportedly space-saving gadget actually takes up quite a lot of room. The second issue affecting this item is that it is, quite simply, not necessary.

As nice an idea as this is, it is underlyingly a fairly sizeable item that isn't really needed as part of the battalion of items which accompany a new baby.


Philips Disney Minnie Mouse Children's Candle : 0.06 W LED Candles
Philips Disney Minnie Mouse Children's Candle : 0.06 W LED Candles
Price: £5.62

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The price point and charging method are silly, 20 Feb. 2014
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I have previously owned several different sets of Philips rechargeable candle lights. This children's version is by some significant distance the least impressive. The price point for a single night light candle is rather high (presumably dictated to some degree by the licensed used of Disney images) - particularly when compared to the regular Philips candle lights...

Which come in sets of 2 (for the recent, plastic incarnations, or 3 for the rather better-looking glass versions) and include a charging system.

The night light is pretty and child-safe, but the charge doesn't last long, making the need to repeatedly faff about with USB charging rather irksome.


Zoo Park - Run Your Own Animal Sanctuary (Mac DVD)
Zoo Park - Run Your Own Animal Sanctuary (Mac DVD)
Offered by RAREWAVES
Price: £7.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Installation difficulties... And then bug-riddled, 20 Feb. 2014
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I received this free through the Amazon Vine review programme.

I'm not impressed at all with this game. As several others, I experienced difficulties in getting this to install (iMac running Lion). On the first several attempts, the disc just span wildly in the DVD drive. When, eventually, I got this to load, I wished I hadn't bothered. The game is tedious and extremely dated and the horrible, bug-riddled software is utterly miserable to use.


MathsTutor: GCSE DVD-ROM Tutorials and Exam Practice Pack - Higher Level
MathsTutor: GCSE DVD-ROM Tutorials and Exam Practice Pack - Higher Level
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.43

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good resource from CGP, 20 Feb. 2014
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The DVD ROM disc in particular is a good thing. The videos are clear and well-explained. There is good range and quality of content, and it's possible to target the specific exam syllabus needed, as individual exam boards can be selected from the disc. Nicely structured for dipping in and out, with bite-sized revision sections allowing the targeting of specific areas of study.

I'm not entirely convinced that at the RRP it's worth paying the extra for the pack (simply in order to get the 95 page answer booklet) as opposed to the stand alone disc - however the pack does seem to attract fairly frequent price reductions on Amazon.


MathsTutor: GCSE Maths Tutorials, Higher Level - DVD-ROM for PC/Mac
MathsTutor: GCSE Maths Tutorials, Higher Level - DVD-ROM for PC/Mac
by CGP Books
Edition: DVD-ROM
Price: £5.03

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful revision aid for GCSE students, 20 Feb. 2014
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I made a slight mistake in ordering this product, having failed to note that the same disc is included in the CGP higher Level Maths pack.

The disc itself is rather decent. The videos are clear and well-explained. There is good range and quality of content, and it's possible to target the specific exam syllabus needed, as individual exam boards can be selected from the disc. Nicely structured for dipping in and out, with bite-sized revision sections allowing the targeting of specific areas of study.

It terms of value for money, this is a good thing - an item I would have been happy to pay for.


Philips Foldie On Ear CitiScape Headband Headphones - Green/Brown
Philips Foldie On Ear CitiScape Headband Headphones - Green/Brown
Price: £43.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Peculiar colour scheme and muddy bass, 20 Feb. 2014
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My first impressions on receiving these were far from overwhelmingly positive. I really, really don't like the odd colour combination of mid-brown and light teal. Ugliness of the colour scheme aside, these are actually quite nice to wear. They're soft, comfortable and well padded, and the over-ear sections are a good fit. The folding feature is good - easy to use and neat.

The sound quality is only so-so. Muddy bass, strident top end. These are not some of the most expensive headphones on the market, but there's a lot of choice to be had in this price range. Between the odd colouring and indifferent sound these don't have much to recommend them.


Philips myLight Accent 6911387PH Light Strip with 10 W Bulb 1-Bulb White
Philips myLight Accent 6911387PH Light Strip with 10 W Bulb 1-Bulb White
Price: £8.34

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars EU not UK fitment, 31 Dec. 2013
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I was really, really annoyed upon receiving this light strip to discover that I couldn't use it.

This plug-in light is fitted with an EU plug. Although Amazon sell it, they don't give any indication that it is not useable out of the box by the U.K. customer, and there's nothing on the box to suggest you might not be able to use this. The plug on this is quite large, so depending on where you want to use this, adding an extra adaptor could be a problem.

With an adaptor in place, this is quite a nice thing. It's a small, slim fitment that generates quite a lot of low wattage light and has an adjustable screw-on/ stand up mounting system.

PROS

- Nice, neat light bar
- Low cost to run
- Can be connected to another 2 light bars using one plug only

CONS

- Is fitted with an EU NOT UK plug... no warning from Amazon or Philips about this!
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Golla Angela Cover for Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite, Pink
Golla Angela Cover for Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite, Pink
Price: £24.99

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced and unimpressive, 31 Dec. 2013
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I am utterly unimpressed by the quality and functionality of this Kindle cover.

My first issue with this item (and I didn't pay for it!) is the price point. It's quite a bit more expensive than anything in the Amazon cover range - and is heading towards the kinds of price commanded by the beautiful, hand-tooled, commission-made leather covers created by Oberon designs. If the price point had been matched by quality, I would have been really happy with this - and thrilled to have received it as a freebie. I read a lot and love my 1st gen Paperwhite... which is by some significant distance my most well-used gadget. (Incidentally, in the last few days, I discovered how useful it is to keep the Paperwhite charged during Winter months - in a power cut the frontlighting system at full tilt generates more than enough light to navigate around the house and get to torches/candles, etc!)

In reality, I wouldn't be willing to inflict this cover on my Kindle on a regular basis. I certainly won't be replacing my year and a bit old Amazon Wine Purple leather cover - even though the rubbery edge seal has started to disintegrate.

This cover is weirdly shaped - with oddly distorted curvature at the top and bottom of the 'spine' section. There's an intrusive 3D metal Golla logo insert on the front of the cover. For the most part, the stitching on the outside of the cover is matched to the pleather, but for some reason the spine section is sewn in silvery white - which, if anything, magnifies the distorted effect. The contrasting colour stitching is generally regular, however the same-colour stitching used on the majority of the case exterior varies in sizing considerably - and without logical need (e.g. on the cover I received the groove for the elastic strap has tiny stitching at the bottom and, on the left hand join is briefly double-sewn, whilst at the top the stitching remains regular without double sewing). On the rear side of the cover I received, there are two fluffy end sections of thread sticking out.

The securing strap is grey, ugly and over a centimetre wide. Lifting the strap is facilitated by a dip in the surrounding case however, the cover as a whole seems prone to marking really easily (the one I received arrived with what I had assumed to be pressure marks from the packaging embedded - but over a week later, the marks still remain) so the net effect seems to be that this will become a site for significant nail marking. Underneath the strap - in case you might have overlooked the silvery bling 'Golla' logo is the silver-colour embossed legend 'Golla Generation mobile'.

Inside the case, things really don't improve.

The cover is designed to fit either 'Baby' Kindle or Paperwhite - achieved by means of somewhat intrusive elastic straps. It's not my preferred securing system, but does a reasonable job, although the straps do not match the device itself so are very visible in terms of both presence and colour. For the 'Baby' Kindle the cover is larger than it needs to be, for the Paperwhite it's not a bad fit.

The stitching inside is not good. The lining is a polycarbonate substance in the same dark grey shade as the elastic straps. Much of the stitching is in the same dark grey colour, although there are contrasting silvery white sections. There are several excess threads on the inside of the cover I received. These annoy me: they might be inside and therefore affecting the aesthetics of the cover to a lesser degree... but they're also more likely to rub against and damage my Kindle!

Apparently the two Golla logos on the outside aren't felt sufficient to remind the owner of the brand for this case: a bright red label is sewn into the constantly visible spine section. For this, I thank Golla: they have been extremely helpful in reminding me of a brand I will not be tempted to purchase from in the imminent future.

Unlike other (cheaper!) covers this has no magnetic fastening and no auto wake/sleep facility.

I've given this two stars as it holds a Kindle reasonably. But I'm being - I think - generous.

My advice, unless the price drops significantly, is don't do it! There are cases which offer more for a good deal less money. If you really want a lovely embossed cover (and are OK with leather), it's worth looking at the Oberon Designs site.

PROS

- Will hold Kindle or Paperwhite, so can be retained if you upgrade your device
- Will hold other devices of similar size
- Strong, pink colour (absence of which from the current Amazon range has been much bemoaned)
- Closes securely

CONS

- High price
- Poor sewing, with odd stitch sizing, double-sewing and odd thread ends
- Multi-size fit makes this bulky for 'Baby' Kindle
- Logos all over the place
- Intrusive/hefty closure
- Lack of auto wake/sleep


Tommy Hilfiger Women's Megan 15 Decorative
Tommy Hilfiger Women's Megan 15 Decorative

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible fit, last year's Christmas packaging, 22 Dec. 2013
I've owned and loved a couple of pairs of Hilfiger ankle boots, and expected these to provide more of the same experience.

Instead, they're horrible. They're a narrow fit on the foot but gape like clown shoes around the ankles. Odd lumps and bumps inside. Painful and not nice at all.

To add insult to injury, these arrive in Holiday 2012 packaging. NOT good for gifting, if you were contemplating this style for a loved one!


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