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Philips Sonicare HX9004/26 Intercare Brush Heads Pack of 4
Philips Sonicare HX9004/26 Intercare Brush Heads Pack of 4
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality, durable brush heads, 17 May 2015
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Of course, you can buy a much cheaper compatible brush head, but I am sticking to these. The bristles keep their texture and stiffness even after the blue wear indicator has gone all the way down. I am getting 3-4 months out of each brush.

The design of the brush means that it is important to use the recommended 45 degree angle on your teeth. If you do, the longer bristles will vibrate on the gum margin, and the shorter, outer bristles will touch the tooth surface.


RockFace All Weather Moisturiser 150 ml
RockFace All Weather Moisturiser 150 ml
Price: £4.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Squeeze, spread, scoot, 17 May 2015
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This is a no-fuss, everyday moisturiser for men. It comes in a simple tube containing 100ml (not 150ml), and flows out easily. The viscosity is just right to spread easily on your face. I would not follow the advice on the tube to "massage" it. Just spread it quickly and carry on. There is very little perfume (good) and it disappears almost at once, so you can use it at any time in the day. It feels very pleasant after an electric shave.

Like some other low-end moisturisers, its main ingredients are water and liquid paraffin. It claims to "help reduce UV impacts" but has no SPF number, so I would not rely on it for UV protection at all.


WD My Cloud EX2100, 8 TB (2 x 4 TB) 2-Bay Pre-configured 8 TB NAS with WD Red drives
WD My Cloud EX2100, 8 TB (2 x 4 TB) 2-Bay Pre-configured 8 TB NAS with WD Red drives
Price: £470.13

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use network storage, 27 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices have been around for some years for businesses, but now are priced in the range of home users, and give you a place to store files like videos and music that are likely to be used on more than one device in your family. You can think of a NAS as a small computer with big disks, which does the job of making them available to any users that have access, either through your LAN, or over the internet. This WD My Cloud makes the setup extremely easy. The quick-start guide shows you how to plug it in to your router and start it up using any computer that is attached to the same router. This took me a few minutes, but the supplied Ethernet cable was only 1.5m long, so if you don't want the My Cloud to be very close to your router you will need to get a longer cable. A 3m cable would have been welcome. Once running, the My Cloud is almost silent, stays cool, and might as well be tucked out the way.

On your computer, you can drag and drop files on to the My Cloud and put them into private or public "shares", i.e. shared folders. So I now have all my media files in the public share, accessible from any computer in the house, iPad, smartphones and Xbox, and this took very little effort or knowhow. On each device, everything just plays. The My Cloud app on my iPad makes playing media and finding files very easy.

Inside the NAS are two high-capacity disk drives, and these are WD's high reliability Red models, meant to run 24/7. Out of the box, the My Cloud comes configured as RAID 1, that is, one of the drives mirrors the other, so you can only fill half the stated capacity of the NAS. If one drive fails, the other has your data safe. Nevertheless, you still need to back up the My Cloud to an external disk or a cloud service, in case of fire or theft or similar.

RAID 1 might well be overkill for home users, so you can alternately set up the My Cloud as one large drive (spanning) and use the whole capacity, but if either drive fails, you will be depending on your backup.

On the My Cloud, you do get a backup programme, but I found it to be clunky and have given up on it. Although it correctly picked up my music, videos, mail and most other categories, it inexplicably missed out some of my documents folders. I think if you are using Windows 7 or 8 you might as well stick with their built-in backup and restore functions for data and system images, putting them in a personal share. Mac users can stick with Time Machine, for which there is a ready-made share.

In summary, this is an elegant way to share large amounts of data on your home or small business network. I was surprised and pleased by how easy it was. All the complexity is hidden, and you and I and our families get easy access to whichever files we choose to put on our My Cloud.


TONI&GUY  Men Styling Fibre 75 ml
TONI&GUY Men Styling Fibre 75 ml
Price: £4.66

3.0 out of 5 stars Solid hair styling wax, 26 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a waxy and nearly solid hair styling product, with pretty much the texture of shoe polish, but pure white. You scrape some out of the tin, rub it between your hands, and rub it into your hair. You will have to experiment to find out how much to use, and you will have to clean it out of your fingernails, too.

Once on, it does indeed let you style your hair easily, and the end result is matte and natural looking. It seemed to work best on slightly damp hair. Why it is called "fibre" I have no idea. There isn't any fibre in it. Thankfully, it is almost unperfumed.

The main ingredients are water, petroleum jelly (petrolatum) and beeswax. This is the sort of thing you would have got a hundred years ago as pomade or moustache wax, and you might like the idea of using a traditional product, and taking a little longer than you would if you used a styling gel.


Philips GC8638/20 PerfectCare Aqua Steam Generator Iron with One Perfect Temperature - 280 g Steam Boost, 2.5 L, 2400 W, Navy
Philips GC8638/20 PerfectCare Aqua Steam Generator Iron with One Perfect Temperature - 280 g Steam Boost, 2.5 L, 2400 W, Navy
Price: £134.99

4.0 out of 5 stars High-tech high-steam ironing, 5 April 2015
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This is a very different ironing experience if you have never before owned one of these steam-tank irons! The big tank holds cold water and sends steam to the fairly small iron. Lots of steam, much more than a conventional steam iron can produce. As a result, the iron can operate at a lower temperature -- the steam does the work, not the heat -- so it does not need adjusting for different textiles, and does not even stand on end. You just leave it on the ironing board and no harm's done. I've tried it on everything from thick cotton tablecloths to shirts and knitwear, and it really does iron more quickly and with less arm effort than any other iron I have used. The finish on everything was smoother than I used to get with my old steam iron. When your finger is on the light-action trigger in the handle, the steam blasts into the clothes and your other hand had better be out of the way. A double-click on the trigger gives you continuous steam. While you are working, there is nothing to adjust, and you can do your ironing in any order.

Where there is extra effort is in handling and filling the tank unit. It holds 2.5 litres, but that would be for huge piles of ironing. I manage my modest loads easily with under a litre in the tank. Filling under the tap is awkward, and using a jug is what I recommend. Emptying left-over water after ironing is also awkward. Maybe you are supposed to just leave it in there... After ironing, the iron can sit back on top of the unit, and a catch holds it in place. You now have the stiff steam lead to tuck into the base -- I could not do this neatly -- and the dangling mains lead to coil up in its Velcro fastener. Then you carry it away, a two-handed job. The whole thing is big, unbeautiful and difficult to store, and ideally I should give it its own dedicated shelf space.

I won't be getting it out to give anything a quick press; this iron is for proper ironing sessions, a pile of clothes to do, and the satisfying hiss of steam doing the work. Radio 2 on, mug of tea in reach, hissssssss!


AmazonBasics Office Chair with Mid-Height Mesh Back
AmazonBasics Office Chair with Mid-Height Mesh Back
Price: £43.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chair for petite operators, 31 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a solid, and apparently strongly made self-assembly chair, the kind of thing that would have been called a typist chair forty to fifty years ago. After some work with an Allen key, the very clear instructions, and the neatly packed bolts in their labelled packs, you'll have it.
You can adjust seat height, and the amount of force needed to tilt the whole chair back on its base, but the back rest is fixed. That means you will have an upright posture, and under-thigh support that reaches to maybe half your thigh. If you are above average height or bulk, I don't think the chair will fit you well, but if you are on the small and slim side, you should be happy. This could be a good homework chair for schoolchildren.

The tilt action was a bit of a disappointment. The whole chair tilts back, with the seat/back angle staying the same, and your feet lift off the floor. It would be better if the seat stayed flat and the back alone were to tilt. Then you could really lean back.


Braun Silk Epil 9 9-558 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 5 Extras Attachments
Braun Silk Epil 9 9-558 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 5 Extras Attachments
Price: £105.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Epilator with lots of gadgets, 28 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Waxing, shaving, electrolysis, creams, I've tried 'em all and now for a go with a slightly scary-looking epilator, which promises to tweezer off hairs once it has charged up -- it arrived with enough charge in it to work, but I gave it an hour plugged in, anyway, and had a look at the brief operating instructions. As with so many feminine beauty procedures, there are assurances that the discomfort will reduce as you get used to it. There is a cloth bag to hold the many bits of equipment, including a separate face epilator device, which has much smaller tweezers in its little rotating head. I was pleased to find that you can use the epilator in the bath or shower.

It certainly plucks (various puns and jokes come to mind, but I will resist), and the "discomfort" is certainly there, too, even on my shave-toughened legs. By the way, if you want to use this device as a shaver, a shaver-head and trimmer comes with it. If you are skilled with a razor, the epilator is likely to seem slower.

The whole thing is solidly made and easy to keep clean, and if you are looking for a new way to tackle body and facial hairs, the Braun seems well worth trying.


Sure LED GU10 PAR16 5W Replacement for 50 Watt, 380 lumen, non-dimmable bulb, 2700k warm light
Sure LED GU10 PAR16 5W Replacement for 50 Watt, 380 lumen, non-dimmable bulb, 2700k warm light
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A genuinely warm white LED lamp, 26 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
There are now lots of LED replacements available for our old GU10 halogen spotlight lamps, and I have tried several of them. They all work, they all save us 85% to 90% of the electricity, and they all pay for themselves in a year or so. After that, each lamp saves several pounds a year. They make excellent financial sense.

This SureLED lamp has a narrow beam, so it is definitely a spotlight, not a wide flood. The colour is genuinely a warm white, and I like it better than some of the other lamps I own, even though they, too, were described as warm white. This one produces light that seems the same as a halogen lamp . . . but no waste heat, and a big percentage saving on running cost. It will not work with a dimmer switch.

Nobody yet knows the real average lifetime of these lamps in household service, but if they are anywhere near their claimed life, they are a welcome and worthwhile technological advance in domestic lighting.


Black Magnetic PU Leather Smart Cover Case for iPad 2 3 & New iPad 4 with Sleep Wake with screen protector
Black Magnetic PU Leather Smart Cover Case for iPad 2 3 & New iPad 4 with Sleep Wake with screen protector
Offered by PJP ELECTRONICS
Price: £3.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, great value cover, 24 Mar. 2015
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This is the second one of these cases I have bought. The first lasted three years of daily use protecting my iPad, which still looks good as new. The sleep cover always works, the simple stand does the job -- although it won't serve in portrait mode -- and when the iPad is not in use, the whole thing slips into my bookcase and does not show up as a filchable object.

All the holes are in the right places for use of the switches and the camera. As a bonus, you get a very good screen protector, and it is well worth taking great care to fit this accurately and to a perfectly clean and dust-free screen.


Thin Black Shoelaces- 90cm Long Round Laces
Thin Black Shoelaces- 90cm Long Round Laces
Offered by TZ Laces ltd
Price: £2.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tie the knot, 24 Mar. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
A generous length for my four-hole shoes, these round laces look much better than flat ones in formal footwear. Flat laces are best kept for casual shoes, I think.


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