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Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 Multi Device: 5 Device, 1 Year [Frustration-Free Packaging] (PC)
Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 Multi Device: 5 Device, 1 Year [Frustration-Free Packaging] (PC)

5.0 out of 5 stars You Wouldn't Want To Catch A Virus Would You??, 22 Jun. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 is an award winning 5 Device, 1 Year subscription software suite, designed to keep you and your computer safe online. It's featured packed will loads of useful utilities that enhance your protection such as Public Wi-Fi Alerts and Parental Control. It's easy to use, easy to update, and doesn't make much of a dent of your system resources. I liked the vulnerability scanner which highlights potential security holes in any soft where you use. There is a reason why this software is winning award after award, there is a reason why you don't need to read a long review, you have every reason to buy it - always use protection online and Kaspersky suite is the perfect solution.


Turtle Beach Elite 800X Wireless Gaming Headset with DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound, Noise Cancellation, and Superhuman Hearing - Xbox One
Turtle Beach Elite 800X Wireless Gaming Headset with DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound, Noise Cancellation, and Superhuman Hearing - Xbox One
Price: £229.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars As Good Or As Bad As They Sound?, 19 Jun. 2015
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This strangely named "Turtle Beach Elite 800" is actually a wireless noise canceling DTS Surround Sound Gaming Headset that are available for PS4 and Xbox1. Claiming to be "the future of gaming audio" they have a lot to live up to and with an almost eye-watering price tag it really has to be something special.

On paper it offers a lot of features including active noise cancellation, completely wireless design, 7.1 channel surround sound, a magnetic charging stand, long life battery and Bluetooth connectivity. So you may be wondering why its received such poor reviews from Amazon and other sites?

To begin with I'll start with the positive. The audio quality (in terms of playback) is very good, the surround sound enhances audio and is excellent for watching movies. In terms of build quality and style these look and feel the part, not something you would be embarrassed to be seen wearing should someone walk in. The battery has a long life and is easy to charge up, there are also useful controls that are located on each one of the ear pieces (which are perhaps a bit too sensitive). I enjoyed the different modes of sound selections (which are preset for different genres of gaming and movies), these worked well and it was easy to find exactly the right one.

Sadly that's about it for the positive. The main problem with the headset is that the microphone is extremely poor (you'd likely get a better quality one from your local pound shop). Sound is muffled, not loud enough, sounds are often distorted and prone to feedback. The Turtle Beach claims to offer "high quality noise-canceling microphones tuned for gaming" however the microphone is not fit for purpose and spoils the gaming / chatting experience. How this past quality control is beyond me. There is a lot of quality and functionality in the headset itself and as I've mentioned its great for audio playback, its almost as if the microphone was an after thought as it makes it pretty useless for multi player gaming.

While I don't feel these are anywhere near as bad as some of the reviews may suggest, they still have some major issues that seriously need to be addressed. Would I recommend them to you? Its hard to say to be honest - I am using them mainly for solo gaming and playback of movies and for that purpose they are good. If you need the microphone or if you spend a lot of time chatting or on multi-player games that microphone will annoy you and others.
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Philips GC4521/87 Azur Performer Plus 200 g Steam Boost Steam Iron, 2600 W
Philips GC4521/87 Azur Performer Plus 200 g Steam Boost Steam Iron, 2600 W
Price: £47.50

5.0 out of 5 stars The Sports Model Of The Iron World, 19 Jun. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is the "Philips GC4521/87 Azur Performer Steam Iron" a feature packed piece of household technology that features continuous steam, 2600 watts of power, a T-IonicGlide sole-plate, vertical steam, quick scale release, drip stop system and a cord-guide to name just a few.

This iron looks nothing less than cool. If it was a car then it would be a sleek sports model. It's stylish, has good looks, offers excellent build quality and isn't as heavy as you would expect (even when full). This isn't something that you'll feel the need to hide in the cupboard when its not in use.

It can be filled easily from the tap (not every iron can and you have to suffer filling it up with a small jug) which is useful as this is a rather thirsty appliance. I would have liked a bigger water tank but on the flip side it would made the iron heavier and the task of ironing large loads more difficult.

In terms of performance the Philips handles and delivers very well. I did get a bit to hot at times when I ironed different materials and I would have to stop and reduce the power, however at least it has the output should you need it. The removable cartridge is a useful feature to remove scale and its not a feature that I've came across before.

As a few other reviewers have mentioned the power cable is a bit short and this does seem to be the main complaint about this iron. In my case the ironing board is right next to the electrical socket so I haven't had any real issues with anything I've ironed to date. Also in the defense of the designers the cable is thick, doesn't get tangled and so far hasn't suffered from any bends or kinks - perhaps a longer cable would be more likely to do so.

For the price its unlikely you would find anything better. Ironing is one of those jobs that must be done, but you might as well try and make it as easy and painless as possible to that end this Philips steam iron should be at the top of your list.


Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin in the Middle Taiga
Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin in the Middle Taiga
by Sylvain Tesson
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A Retreat From Civilization, 13 Jun. 2015
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I think everyone of us at some point in our lives have had a desire to escape civilization and to seek freedom. This is exactly what the author Sylvain Tesson wanted to do, and he opted to spend six months on the shores of Baikal, alone in a Soviet cabin.

Consolations of the Forest is an interesting book offering insights into a style of life most of us in the modern world would never be able to know. However the writing style won't appeal to everyone, its full of metaphors and comparisons, at times rather labored to read and enjoy. It is well written (perhaps too well written and too rounded) captivating at times while at other times it doesn't seem to touch on explanations of statements that you would perhaps expect and explanations for.

The study of separation and isolation is an interesting one and does over all make for a good read. Its worth struggling through the points of mentioned as it does have many redeeming points.


Panasonic ALL8 Wireless Speaker System (Black)
Panasonic ALL8 Wireless Speaker System (Black)
Price: £119.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do You Hear Me Now?, 3 May 2015
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This rather large and imposing looking piece of technology is the "Panasonic ALL8 Wireless Speaker System". It's a wireless multiroom speaker with an output of 80w (via its five speakers) and claims that it is "capable of delivering high quality audio." The Panasonic's features include free standing or wall mountable design, no complex or resource hungry software, Panasonic's new LincsD-Amplification to minimize audio distortions, easily configurable music playback from all music sources and the ability to control over your Smartphone or tablet.

Installation through your home network can seem a bit daunting and while it was time consuming, it did work first time being reasonably easy to set-up. In terms of sound quality it copes with every audio track thrown at it, delivering clear and loud music without any difficulty (I'm told this is down to the Panasonic’s bamboo cones inside the unit). A few tracks do sound a bit heavier than they should when playing back but this could be down to the tracks themselves.

Despite all the mention of Spotify on the packaging and the product information, you do require the premium service for this speaker as the free version does not appear to work at all at this time. Personally if you have a large music collection it shouldn't matter too much, if you don't there are other options.

Panasonic's AllPlay app isn't the best on the market and still has some distance to go. Thankfully you can use other ops and there are a number of good free alternatives on the android market.

While the Panasonic ALL8 Wireless Speaker System is expensive it offers great features and great build quality. Those who want to take their music listening experience to the next level would not go wrong here.


Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate (PC)
Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate (PC)
Price: £86.38

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Product In The Making, 2 May 2015
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Pinnacle Studio 18 is a digital imagining creatively software suite that sits at the mid-range section of software. Developed around "64-bit architecture" it supports both 4K Ultra HD video and XAVC S HD. Among many of its features it offers the ability to add soundtracks, remove unwanted noise from media, and live screen capture and a host of video editing tools and utilities.

The software does seem to offer more than rivals Studio Pro X7, Cyberlink PowerDirector to name a few and it is refreshing easy to hit the ground running with a good user interface with three options "Organise" "Edit" and "Author" (however some may feel a bit overwhelmed by all the options on offer.) There are a number of bugs and issues with Pinnacle Studio however they have been quick to release patches to fix any problems found.

In terms of performance it doesn't offer the best bang per buck and rival software does seem to cope with rendering quicker and more easily. Installation was also slow and painful with mandatory registration throwing up problems. I was also disappointed with the rather limited 14 day support where rivals offer a month (sometimes more.)

There are the makings of an excellent video suite here with some very useful features; however it's not quite up to the standard yet. I would have expected by "version 18" that Pinnacle had ironing out some common problems but that remains to be seen. Have a think about your requirements before buying and have a look at whets on offer elsewhere to save any disappointment.


Philips HX6732/45 HealthyWhite Electric Toothbrush - White
Philips HX6732/45 HealthyWhite Electric Toothbrush - White
Offered by Luzern
Price: £72.49

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Physics Of Brushing, 2 May 2015
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Electric toothbrushes come in every single manner of shapes, sizes, colour, style and prices. Therefore it can be a rather complex matter finding one that meets all your personal and oral hygiene needs. This Philips HX6732/45 Healthy White is one of their latest models (in an incredible long line-up) and at just over seventy five pounds at time of publishing it sits at the top end of the mid-price section.

So what do you get for your money? Well like pretty much every other electric toothbrush it comes recommended by dental professionals. It offers "dynamic action" to "reaches deep between teeth and along the gum line" which again is a claim made by many other models. It comes with two brush heads which are of very high quality (but also pretty expensive to replace so it’s worth knowing you can use brush heads from previous models). A carry case was also included for travelling however I did find it a bit bulkily and often opt just putting the brush alone in my wash bag.

Using the brush is simple with the big button on the middle of the body, and changing settings to and from different modes is also easy. I do find the toothbrush overpowered on its maximum setting and I fear continued use would eventually brush away your enamel and gum line, so personally I would recommend using this setting with caution. However all other features of the brush were spot on and worked well.

The appearance of the Philips HX6732/45 looks sleek and stylish, an obvious step-up from previous tied models and perhaps an attempt to match the style of rival Braun. None the less with brushes becoming a fashion statement, appearance is important. Charging takes a long time however the battery does last for a number of weeks before you notice any drop in performance.

It's hard to pick a brush based on all the buzz sounding it, however the Philips offers good value for money, performs well in all aspects and doesn't have any flaws. It has been well engineered and deserves a consideration in you battle for whiter healthier teeth and gums.


Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop Elements 13 (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech))
Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop Elements 13 (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech))
by Richard Wentk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal For Visual Learners, 5 April 2015
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"Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop Elements 13" is a guide book designed to be a visual walkthrough the lastest edition of Elements. It covers everything from how to enhance and retouch photos to applying filters and using layers.

The book has a good layout, with a structure thats easy to navigate. There are plenty of illustrations for us visual learners and while it isn't the most comprehensive guide (missing out some of Elements 13's features and hardly touching on a few aspects such as merge) it is an ideal starting point for users.

It is miles better than any manual produced by Adobe and will serve well for filling in gaps in knowledge, allowing people to hit the ground running with Elements.


SanDisk Ultra 32 GB microSDHC Memory Card up to 30 MB/s, Class 10
SanDisk Ultra 32 GB microSDHC Memory Card up to 30 MB/s, Class 10
Price: £7.95

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do You Remember, 4 Mar. 2015
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This SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC UHS-I C10 memory card is a brilliant value buy that also offers excellent preformance and bangs per buck. A prime example of why you should pay just a bit more and get so much more for your money as product features include transfers speeds upto 30mbps, full HD video support and a seven year warranty.

The capacity of 32Gb should suit most users that are looking for bulk storage in their smartphone or tablet. There is little if anything that can be faulted here.


Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Electric Toothbrush - Pink
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Electric Toothbrush - Pink
Price: £112.68

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stylish (if you like pink) but Overpriced and Not That Different From Previous Models, 24 Feb. 2015
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I often wonder if the inventor of the electric toothbrush (Philippe-G. Woo by the way) realized at the time that his dental hygiene tool would develop into such a varied market. With toothbrushes in an array of shapes, sizes, colours, styles, features and of course price - picking a toothbrush can be harder than well.... Tooth enamel.

Philips seem to release (at least what appears to be) many "new" models a year, perhaps in an attempt to get people to "upgrade" their electric toothbrushes like we do our mobile phones (waiting for the mobile app that can brush your teeth to be released). So the question is how good is the Sonicare HX9361/67 DiamondClean Rechargeable Toothbrush?

I won't bore you with listing the product features which are well displayed on this page - am I the only one that feels that electric toothbrushes are perhaps getting a bit too "smart" with ever new abilities - could be a cool new film. So we'll start with the colour - it's pink. Now I am a man, and while I personally don't really mind having a pink toothbrush I can imagine that some men and perhaps some women won't buy this based on that alone. I've already had comments from friends who were err... Worried that I had a new pink brush. On the flip side I imagine that some would buy this simply because of it's colour. Regardless and colour aside, this Sonicare is actually features and excellent build quality and is rather stylish (while still pink). It's a bit heavier than electric brushes I've used in the past but it is still comfortable to hold and to use.

It has three (speed) setting, however the highest I feel is seriously over powered - you could strip metal off rust if you wanted a multi-use tool. The travel case is solid, giving you the portability while also allowing you to charge it while still in the case (even through USB). It's worth noting that it does hold a change for a long time (two weeks and counting in my case) which is a big improvement on previous models.

The replacement brush heads seem really expensive, the cheapest I could find online was a pack of four that (delivered) would set you back nearly £22.00. Its debatable how often you should change your brush head - officially it does state every three months, however I know people who change them every month - if this is the case for you then a costly yearly bill for replacement heads may follow.

I feel that this Sonicare DiamondClean tooth brush is over priced. It only comes with a two year limited guarantee and other than the colour and style - it doesn't really do anything better than cheaper models including some of Philips' own models. If it was on the market for a cheaper price then I think it would have made it to a four star rating from myself, however I am struggling to find any strong and solid reasons to recommend this to you today....


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