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August EP650 - Bluetooth Headphones with 3.5mm Audio In - Wireless or Wired Stereo Headset with NFC Tap to Connect - Rechargeable Battery / Built In Battery / USB Audio In - Black
August EP650 - Bluetooth Headphones with 3.5mm Audio In - Wireless or Wired Stereo Headset with NFC Tap to Connect - Rechargeable Battery / Built In Battery / USB Audio In - Black
Offered by Daffodil UK
Price: £62.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Before You Consider Buying "Beats Audio"... August Wireless Audio, [#EP650B]--A Critical Revie, 10 Jun. 2014
Length:: 3:24 Mins

I've been saying for the past couple of years, small, private companies are making great audio products that's on par with some of the biggest names in audio equipment and even better than the fashion/fad/fake audio companies.

***

The biggest problem with "Bass [Heavy] headphones" is that midrange and higher audio levels are sacrificed for filters that emphasize/ distort a song along the bassline.

Another fact is that bass headphones typically muddy instruments like drums so you essentially hear it at a certain level before it drops back off into distortion. With headphones like Beats Audio, the main audience is into Club, Alternative, Rap and Reggae.

This is why this--August headset--is phenomenal. Listing to random cuts like Ice Cube's "No Vaseline" or LL's "Mama Said Knock You Out." Or even, Diana Ross' classic ballad-dance cut, "Love Hangover" sounds incredible. Love Hangover, in particular, shows how the headphone replicate a slow tempo with vocals and then jumps to a mid-tempo.

The audio reproduction is excellent.

*** Phone ***

The set also has a wireless speaker for phone calls. The phone reception is also stellar. People on the other end didn't know I was not speaking into my cellphone.

*** Audio-In Jack ***

I plugged the headphones into my cd/ cassette deck and played a few tracks from The Choir of Vienna Hofburgkapelle. The range reproduced was pristine.

This is one of the nicest, multi-purpose headphones I've seen in a long, long time.

*** Pro's and Con's ***

Pro's

+ Handsome, leather headphone
+ Audio quality is great for a consumer-grade headset
+ Frequency response range: 60 Hz to 20 KHz
+ Built in internal battery
+ Battery time 8.5 hours before recharging
+ Bluetooth 4.0
+ Micro usb charge cord
+ 3.5mm adapter

- None. There's no unrealistic expectation for a headphone that's under $40.

This is headphone reproduces bass-heavy music without losing the umph and very little distortion. If you like Beats Audio or are considering purchasing Beat, give these a run before your drop your credit card on the counter.

5 runaway stars.
5 runaway stars.


Daffodil WMS615 - 6 Button Wireless Gaming Mouse - Adjustable DPI - Adjustable Polling Rate - Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 Compatible
Daffodil WMS615 - 6 Button Wireless Gaming Mouse - Adjustable DPI - Adjustable Polling Rate - Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 Compatible
Offered by Daffodil UK
Price: £19.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Budget Gaming Mouse. Daffodil Wireless Gaming Mouse (#WMS615B): A Critical Review., 5 Jun. 2014
Length:: 1:53 Mins

It's hard to imagine a gaming mouse that presently sells for under $10 can out-perform higher-capacity gaming mice at 5x the price but it's true.

***
I've been getting into online gaming a lot recently and have had the opportunity to test out several other gaming mice from other reputable companies and this Daffodil gaming mouse work almost as well as those that recently tested, the only real difference is those others were in the $40+ range.

The Daffodil mouse features:

+ 7 button functioning mouse for gaming AND office work.
+ "Quick-Fire" Double click Button
+ Polling rate of 500Hz/125Hz
+ DPI of 1600
+ Works with Windows 8 (and below), Mac OSX... and Chrome
+ Works on 1 AA battery.

This is a versatile mouse and I've been using it to replace my trusted Microsoft 5000 all-around mouse for the past couple of weeks.

It works very well.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Reception. Avantree's Vox-Pop HD Headset: A Critical Review, 5 Jun. 2014
Length:: 1:01 Mins

I stopped wearing Bluetooth headsets ("single ear") years ago. The reason is, is that Bluetooth headphones have been greatly improved so I can listen to audio in stereo as well as answer phone calls.

Up until now, the best sounding headset is the Bose. The only drawback with the Bose had to do with how the earpiece sits in the ear canal. There's nothing to keep it in, in case of heavy winds or a bump.

Avantree's HD voice works GREAT with T-Mobile's network. No one over the course of several days knew I was talking with them with the Avantree headset on until near the end of the conversation when I brought it to their attention.

The Avantree is world's away better than every other headset even including the Jabra's HD headset (2013).

This headset is so good that it's hard to recommend the Bose over these. It's that good...and a whole lot cheaper.

The set features:

Bluetooth 3.0 (up to 50')
5.5 hours of talktime (no music playback)
Headset (2" long)
USB charging cable
2 silicon earbuds
User manual

This is an excellent all around talk-only headset that is very, very comfortable.


365 Skinny Smoothies: Delicious Recipes to Help You Get Slim and Stay Healthy Every Day of the Year
365 Skinny Smoothies: Delicious Recipes to Help You Get Slim and Stay Healthy Every Day of the Year
by Daniella Chace
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.75

4.0 out of 5 stars 365 Skinny Smoothies: A Critical Review, 3 Jun. 2014
Daniella Chace, a nutritionist by trade, has written another volume of the benefits of having a healthy diet.

365 SKINNY SMOOTHIES is a day by day smoothie entry for those who'd like to incorporate having a "green drink" as a part of their daily diet.

But, the vast majority of the entries is primarily fruit then vegetables and some occasional nuts and legumes.

Before she actually get to the recipes, she does reminds us of the peripheral benefits of avoiding sugar, "toxins" and to buy organic, add protein.

The only real drawback and it's unavoidable not to mention is that there are no pictures.

I have no idea why a publisher would allow a cook book (of any variety) to go to print without having pictures to accompany the text. This was regrettably negligent on their part.

*** Recipes ***
May favorites from the months:

January-- ("Jan. 30") Chase Morning Boost
February-- ("Feb. 27") Morning Mocha Boost
March-- ("Mar. 2") Vanilla Berry Banana
April-- ("Apr. 22") Tropical Energy Boost
May-- ("May 23") Cherry Almond Nectar
June-- ("June 15") Vanilla Cherry Freeze
July-- ("July 2") Berry Mango Tart
August-- (Aug. 14") Vanilla Mandarin
September-- ("Sept. 13") Chocolate Almond Milkshake
October-- ("Oct. 14") Chia Energy Booster
November-- ("Nov. 7") Ginger Tea Spritzer
December-- ("Dec. 20") Beach Body Fuel

Very good book, but where are the pictures?


Daffodil LEC250 - LED Desk Lamp - Office Work Light with Dimmer for Adjustable Brightness (Black)
Daffodil LEC250 - LED Desk Lamp - Office Work Light with Dimmer for Adjustable Brightness (Black)
Offered by Daffodil UK
Price: £45.25

34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Elegant, Energy-Efficient Lamp. Daffodil LED Desk Lamp: A Critical Review., 2 Jun. 2014
Length:: 1:07 Mins

Gone are the days where you only had one choice of lamps-- those old lights where you had to stick your hand up the shade and turn this dried out, jagged, plastic knob to turn on and off the light.

Nowadays, you have a choice of energy efficient lights that you can both control the intensity and what kind of light bulbs you'd like to use.

Daffodil, a British company, has made a very creative and elegant looking desk lamp that allows you to turn on and off the light as well as adjust the intensity by just stroking a finger along the base of the lamp.

It couldn't get any simpler than that.

This lamp features 7 levels of brightness and has 21 bulbs installed in the head. And, it weighs less than 3 lbs.

The lamp took all of 2 minutes to unbox and plug into the wall.

Excellent product.
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August SE30 - Portable Smartphone, Tablet and Laptop Speaker - Bluetooth Rechargeable Speakers with Wired 3.5mm AUX Audio-in - White/Grey
August SE30 - Portable Smartphone, Tablet and Laptop Speaker - Bluetooth Rechargeable Speakers with Wired 3.5mm AUX Audio-in - White/Grey
Price: £22.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Bass-Heavy, But Beautiful. August's Bluetooth Speaker: A Critical Review, 27 May 2014
Length:: 2:04 Mins

August, an electronics company, has produced a nice looking wireless speaker that fits right in to a private area where you value bass-heavy music.

The speaker measures:
6" x 2.25"x 1 3/8" and weighs about 1lb.

It features:

+ 6W (2x 3W) speakers
+ Micro usb and 3.5mm plug
+ On/off switch
+ Micro USB input
+ 3.5mm aux. jack (analog input)
+ Internal, rechargeable battery

On top, you have a comfortable set of buttons that lets you:

+ Play and Pause
+ Rewind/Back
+ Fast Forward/ Preview

The grill front and back is made out of metal; the band is made out of soft rubber.

The Speaker itself has a built-in rechargeable battery that'll give you about 4.5 hours of playtime.

*** Sound ***

If your taste in music is very broad, you'll probably be disappoint despite how beautiful this device looks. The focus of this system is for bass-heavy music. Mid-range is okay, but that's to be expected, but classical and vocals sounds a bit empty.

I find it to be a perfect companion on a desk at work or maybe in a small room and with the convenience of multiple charging and playback options, this is definitely a standout.


Avantree Trackpouch Neoprene Sports Gym Jogging Exercise Armband for Samsung Galaxy Note 2/Note 3, Samsung Galaxy S4/ S5, iPhone 6 Plus, with keys, earphone and cards holder, ideal for work out- Black
Avantree Trackpouch Neoprene Sports Gym Jogging Exercise Armband for Samsung Galaxy Note 2/Note 3, Samsung Galaxy S4/ S5, iPhone 6 Plus, with keys, earphone and cards holder, ideal for work out- Black
Offered by AvantreeDirect
Price: £14.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Work or At Play= Indispensable. Avantree's "Trackpouch" Sports Band: A Critical Review., 26 May 2014
Length:: 2:03 Mins

We see a lot of workout accessories every year for the cellphone or tablet. Most of them are newly re-designed earbuds or canal buds or headphones that can double as a workout headset.

The "Trackpouch" is a different kind of workout accessory. With it, you can wear almost any kind of cellphone on your arm while exercise or work. It fits snugly but comfortably for hours.

I've been using it for several weeks now and have wondered how I've not known about/did without for so long. This accessory is fantastic.

I carry two phones with me: HTC Evo 3D (4.3" screen) and The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (5.7" screen) both fit into the pouch without a problem, although the Note was a bit snug.

The pouch measures:

6.5" x 4.25" expands to a depth of 5.5" (so, if you're a weightlifter, this probably won't work for you).

What I really like about this is that if you're doing ANY kind of physical work, the sports band stays secure and you have the convenience of either playing your music via a wired connection or by Bluetooth.

The pouch has a bi-directional opening with two zippers. Inside, the pouch has three (3) compact compartments: a change pouch, center pocket for cards, pen etc and a window section that has a rubber strap that keeps the phone visible and secured to the surface.

The armband itself has a soft interior material, while the outside has a Velcro strip that runs the length of the band.

Between the armband and the phone pouch is a earphone loop that can hold your earbud or canal bud by its own separate Velcro latch.

This is another excellent product by Avantree and it sells for less than $20!


EC Technology® 8200 DPI Gaming Mouse, Long keystroke And Feel Super comfortable By Using The Omron Micro Switches, Gold-plated Copper Braided Wire Let It Through The Storm-BLACK
EC Technology® 8200 DPI Gaming Mouse, Long keystroke And Feel Super comfortable By Using The Omron Micro Switches, Gold-plated Copper Braided Wire Let It Through The Storm-BLACK

5.0 out of 5 stars A Look At Two Excellent Gaming Mice. EC Tech's 2400 DPI & 8200 DPI Programmable Gaming Mice: A Critical Review., 21 May 2014
Length:: 7:12 Mins

EC Technology has just released two (2) high-end gaming mice

8200 DPI
*** Features ***
8 Programmable buttons
5.5" x 2.125" x 3.25"
Five (5) DPI levels: 1000/ 1600/ 3200/ 4000/ 8200
Polling rate: 1000Hz
Cable length: 5'
USB 2.0
6-color lighting system

Works with:

Windows 8.1
Mac OS X.9.3
Google Chrome

*** Design ***

The mouse is very comfortable to hold. While working with different games, it takes a while to see what button do what on certain games.

You can, of course, program the keys to your specifications but I also like the fact that if you're not playing an online game, that the mouse is comfortable enough and precise enough to use as an office mouse.

This mouse currently sells at $30, there isn't a better gaming mouse at this price or even at $30 more. This mouse is incredible.

See video for demonstration.

2400 DPI Laser mouse

6 Programmable buttons
Three (3) DPI levels: 800/1600/2400
USB 2.0
Cable length: 5'
Polling rate: 125-1000Hz
3-color lighting system

Works with:
Microsoft Windows 8.1
Mac OS X.9.3
Google Chrome

*** Design ***

The mouse is very comfortable, just like the 8400 mouse. And, even when I'm not playing online games and using it for office work, it feels really good. The ergonomic design makes holding the mouse for hours very easy.

See video for game demonstration on the various OS's.

This gaming mouse sells for $13--this 2400 DPI mouse is a steal.


EC Technology® 8200 High DPI Gaming Mouse, Long keystroke And Feel Super comfortable By Using The Omron Micro Switches, Gold-plated Copper Braided Wire Let It Through The Storm-BLACK
EC Technology® 8200 High DPI Gaming Mouse, Long keystroke And Feel Super comfortable By Using The Omron Micro Switches, Gold-plated Copper Braided Wire Let It Through The Storm-BLACK

5.0 out of 5 stars A Look At Two Excellent Gaming Mice. EC Tech's 2400 DPI & 8200 DPI Programmable Gaming Mice: A Critical Review., 21 May 2014
Length:: 7:12 Mins

EC Technology has just released two (2) high-end gaming mice

8200 DPI
*** Features ***
8 Programmable buttons
5.5" x 2.125" x 3.25"
Five (5) DPI levels: 1000/ 1600/ 3200/ 4000/ 8200
Polling rate: 1000Hz
Cable length: 5'
USB 2.0
6-color lighting system

Works with:

Windows 8.1
Mac OS X.9.3
Google Chrome

*** Design ***

The mouse is very comfortable to hold. While working with different games, it takes a while to see what button do what on certain games.

You can, of course, program the keys to your specifications but I also like the fact that if you're not playing an online game, that the mouse is comfortable enough and precise enough to use as an office mouse.

This mouse currently sells at $30, there isn't a better gaming mouse at this price or even at $30 more. This mouse is incredible.

See video for demonstration.

2400 DPI Laser mouse

6 Programmable buttons
Three (3) DPI levels: 800/1600/2400
USB 2.0
Cable length: 5'
Polling rate: 125-1000Hz
3-color lighting system

Works with:
Microsoft Windows 8.1
Mac OS X.9.3
Google Chrome

*** Design ***

The mouse is very comfortable, just like the 8400 mouse. And, even when I'm not playing online games and using it for office work, it feels really good. The ergonomic design makes holding the mouse for hours very easy.

See video for game demonstration on the various OS's.

This gaming mouse sells for $13--this 2400 DPI mouse is a steal.
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EC Technology® High DPI Gaming Mouse Up To 2400 DPI ,8 Programmable Button,Omron Micro Switches, Gold-plated Copper Braided Wire,Ergonomic Wired Scroll USB Optical 6 colour breathing LED light
EC Technology® High DPI Gaming Mouse Up To 2400 DPI ,8 Programmable Button,Omron Micro Switches, Gold-plated Copper Braided Wire,Ergonomic Wired Scroll USB Optical 6 colour breathing LED light

5.0 out of 5 stars A Look At Two Excellent Gaming Mice. EC Tech's 2400 DPI & 8200 DPI Programmable Gaming Mice: A Critical Review., 21 May 2014
Length:: 7:12 Mins

EC Technology has just released two (2) high-end gaming mice

8200 DPI
*** Features ***
8 Programmable buttons
5.5" x 2.125" x 3.25"
Five (5) DPI levels: 1000/ 1600/ 3200/ 4000/ 8200
Polling rate: 1000Hz
Cable length: 5'
USB 2.0
6-color lighting system

Works with:

Windows 8.1
Mac OS X.9.3
Google Chrome

*** Design ***

The mouse is very comfortable to hold. While working with different games, it takes a while to see what button do what on certain games.

You can, of course, program the keys to your specifications but I also like the fact that if you're not playing an online game, that the mouse is comfortable enough and precise enough to use as an office mouse.

This mouse currently sells at $30, there isn't a better gaming mouse at this price or even at $30 more. This mouse is incredible.

See video for demonstration.

2400 DPI Laser mouse

6 Programmable buttons
Three (3) DPI levels: 800/1600/2400
USB 2.0
Cable length: 5'
Polling rate: 125-1000Hz
3-color lighting system

Works with:
Microsoft Windows 8.1
Mac OS X.9.3
Google Chrome

*** Design ***

The mouse is very comfortable, just like the 8400 mouse. And, even when I'm not playing online games and using it for office work, it feels really good. The ergonomic design makes holding the mouse for hours very easy.

See video for game demonstration on the various OS's.

This gaming mouse sells for $13--this 2400 DPI mouse is a steal.


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