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Philips 5W (50W) GU10 Master LED Value Spot Light, Warm White 3000K, Dimmable
Philips 5W (50W) GU10 Master LED Value Spot Light, Warm White 3000K, Dimmable
Price: 12.16

5.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality LED GU10, 31 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This looks and feels like a quality lamp, with strong, solid construction. It produces light which is very close in colour to a halogen GU10 bulb, and it dims properly and smoothly. Unlike halogen lamps, LED lamps do not become redder as they dim, so do not expect a romantic glow! The dimmed light is more like a cloudy, grey dawn. The light spread is only 36%, so this is definitely a spotlight, not a flood. At full brightness, it seems to be easily the equivalent of a 50W halogen, but is using only 5.3W.

When fitting or removing the lamp, you cannot use one of those little suction devices to grip the front, because the cover is textured, but I had no trouble installing it. So...a nice lamp, but does it pay off? With electricity at, say, 15p per KWh, and using it 4 hr per day, it will cost 1.16 per year to run. A halogen 50W lamp would cost 10.95 per year to run, so the savings pay for the lamp in 15 months. If you have a dozen of these, you should end up over 100/yr better off.


Melissa & Doug Wooden Hi Rise Dollhouse
Melissa & Doug Wooden Hi Rise Dollhouse
Price: 69.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 19 July 2014
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What a disappointment! This ought to be a large and lovely dolls house, and it looks as though it would have a lot of play value.

A considerable assembly task awaits a competent adult, but I could not complete it because, firstly, a vital part was missing, so the front door could not be fitted. Secondly, the front frame containing the garage door, arrived in half a dozen glue-marked pieces -- some one must have deliberately taken it apart.

This is unacceptable for an item at any price, and awful for a 70 toy. I have asked both Amazon and Melissa and Doug to put this right, and when they do I will assemble the dolls house and update this review.


Wisdom Denturebrush
Wisdom Denturebrush
Offered by Activecare Online
Price: 2.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Good hard brush - and good value, 17 July 2014
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If you wear full or partial dentures you need one of these, and denture brushes have become hard to find in supermarkets. This Wisdom brush has a very large, curved head for denture surfaces, and a second small head for getting between the teeth. The cranked handle lets you wrap your fingers around it and place your thumb behind the head for a good, hard, satisfying brush before you drop your choppers into their glass for the night.


Braun MQ500 Hand Blender, 600 Watt, Grey/ White
Braun MQ500 Hand Blender, 600 Watt, Grey/ White
Price: 49.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid blender with rubbery bits, 17 July 2014
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I had the old version of this product, so it was interesting to compare the two models -- the new one definitely has some advantages, and seems to be very solidly made. I like the fact that the blending end comes off as this makes it much easier to wash. It did a good job of pureeing homemade Bolognese sauce into baby food, and it also smooths my home-made soups. It is quieter than the old model,too, and I liked the fact that it had two buttons for two different blending speeds.

However, the buttons on this new version are rubber and I found it difficult to keep the button pressed in while blending for some time. The old model had a hard plastic button which was easier. I do not have any joint problems and I am fairly strong but if you have any weakness in your fingers I think you might struggle. It almost pulses on and off instead of running smoothly and continuously.


Windows 8.1 for Dummies Book + DVD Bundle
Windows 8.1 for Dummies Book + DVD Bundle
by Andy Rathbone
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Get going fast with WIndows 8 and 8.1 and stay sane, 2 July 2014
If you are new to Windows 8 or 8.1, the book will answer most of your questions and give you LOTS of helpful advice. The author is open and fair in his criticisms of Windows 8/8.1 and tells you how to get round most of its shortcomings and design errors. Without this book, Windows 8 could easily drive you NUTS, as your years of Windows skills and experience don't seem to work any more. Andy Rathbone shows that this impression is not the whole truth.

First, I quickly learned how to avoid the tiled Start screen nearly all the time, and that's vital to know if you are using a desktop PC and mouse rather than a touchscreen device, and want to work from the Windows desktop. Then I learned where things are -- so many important parts of Windows 8 are hidden. They are not hard to do, just hard to find.

This is one of the best Dummies books, avoiding the lame humour (humor) and long-windedness that spoils many of the titles. Got a new computer with Windows 8? Then I think it's worth spending a few more pounds on this book. Of course, this is meant for intelligent computer users, not techies or IT support staff.


TCP LED GU10 5 Watt LED Spotlight, White
TCP LED GU10 5 Watt LED Spotlight, White
Price: 5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Money-saving LED replacement for hot halogen GU10, 2 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a straight replacement for a 50W halogen GU10 lamp, offering about 90% reduction in electricity use, and much cooler running. It cannot be dimmed. I am using mine in a home office, where the slightly cool colour is appropriate. The "warm white" rating appears to have been achieved by orange filters on the six LEDs, and pretty much works.

When switched on, light output is immediate, and the beam width is 36 deg. so you should consider this as a spotlight. It casts sharp-edged shadows. If you have a light-fitting in which the lamp is recessed, be aware that a halogen lamp suction tool will not stick to this LED lamp, so installing and eventual removal may be tricky.

At 14p per kWh, the lamp will pay back its purchase cost in about 950 hours; that's about a year if the lamp is on for two and a half hours per day, and the lamp is claimed to last for 25,000 hrs.


Dell AX210CR Black USB Speakers - Kit
Dell AX210CR Black USB Speakers - Kit
Offered by Silicon Connect Ltd
Price: 11.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Simple Speakers, 28 Jun 2014
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For everyday computer sound, these small speakers do a good job, providing sound effects and acceptable background music. For serious music listening, or a big sound with a movie, they are too small and do not have a strong enough bass. Installation is very easy -- the 3.5mm plug goes into the light green socket on the back of your PC (or the headphone socket) and the power lead goes into any USB port on your PC. You don't have to plug into the mains. They look neat and unobtrusive, and are good value for money.


Melissa & Doug Wooden Doll Family
Melissa & Doug Wooden Doll Family
Price: 8.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Happy family, 28 Jun 2014
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This is the perfect family for a medium to large dolls house. They are poseable so they sit properly. The clothes and hair are attractive and they have a quality feel about them like most Melissa and Doug toys. My 3 year old was so happy when these arrived and they come displayed in a box with a section for each one so she could see immediately that she had the mum, dad, grandparents, two kids and a baby. The baby is like a yellow sponge with a head - my daughter loves this one best!

I wouldn't recommend these for the smaller Melissa and Doug dollhouses but for any other medium to large size dolls house they are perfect.


PRADA Sunglasses PR 02QS PDN6P1 Spotted Havana Violet 56MM
PRADA Sunglasses PR 02QS PDN6P1 Spotted Havana Violet 56MM
Offered by sunglasses4us
Price: 133.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding style, 19 Jun 2014
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There are two really good reasons for buying these. First of all, the bang up to date shape is flattering for most faces, and not stupidly large. Secondly, the colouring is a new take on traditional tortoiseshell, with subtle tints of violet. I first saw these in an airport tax-free shop in the UK but was bit put off by the price. Next day, travelling in Hungary, I checked on Amazon UK -- a much better price, and fast delivery in a lovely Prada case.

My "best" sunglasses!


Acctim 14042 Leon Alarm Clock, White
Acctim 14042 Leon Alarm Clock, White
Offered by HARTS
Price: 4.82

4.0 out of 5 stars Functional alarm clock, 28 April 2014
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This clock is terrific value. It has a clear dial, the alarm is simple to set, and there is even a light for a quick look at the time if you wake up in the dark. This my third one -- I've got black ones in two bedrooms and this white one on the bathroom windowsill, so you could say I'm a fan.

Battery life is several months. I use rechargeable batteries successfully. This is not a luxurious or flashy item, but a good example of straightforward design that works well.


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