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V-MODA XS Metal Noise Isolating On Ear Headphones - Matte Black
V-MODA XS Metal Noise Isolating On Ear Headphones - Matte Black
Price: 170.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality, ultra-portable headphones, 25 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The most noticebale thing about the V-MODA XS on-ear headphones is the size. The earcups are tiny. Yet even with this reduction in size, they sound great.

The V-MODA XS headphones are very portable, they fold easily and the cable is detachable (and can be plugged into your choice of left or right cup, with a clip that can be placed into whatever earcup does not have the cord).

The cord includes a mic for use with an iphone, and it also lets you pause / resume playback of music when using with your iphone.

Another feature that makes these headphones stand out is the ability to customise the earcups (please note, this is an optional extra and does not come with this purchase from Amazon). If you visit the manufacturers website, you can buy metal shields that you can add (non-copyright) logos to, or choose from pre-designs, and even add your name. This cost me just under 19 at the time of writing this review. As I said, an optional extra, not part of the headphones initial purchase.

The matt-black metal headphones feel well-built and sturdy, and are clearly built-to-last. The memoryfoam on the earcups feels comfortable, and the V-MODA XS also comes with an exoskeleton case to store your folded up headphones. The orange cable has not got tangled since I've been using the headphones.

I was very impressed with the sound quality. The V-MODA XS handle bass well - they are not boomy headphones. There is very little leakage - obviously more than you get with an in-ear listening experience, but I feel safe going on the train and not subjecting fellow passengers to my eclectic (and sometimes embarrassing!) musical taste. They also isolate outside noise well.

They sound great, are very portable, look great and are customisable - what's not to love?


Vibe FLI Over-Ear Headphones with In-Line Microphone - White
Vibe FLI Over-Ear Headphones with In-Line Microphone - White
Offered by Shop Spectrum
Price: 57.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable, good quality over-ear headphones, 23 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Vibe FLI Over-Ear Headphones are comfortable to wear over a long period of time - with a soft cushioning that sits well on your ears, and the headphones feels like they will last.

They look modern, with a white plastic build and from a distance look similar in style to another well-known brand, you know the ones I mean! A nice feature is the flat cable (I'm always having to untangle conventional headphone cables). The grey of the cable matches the grey ear cup cushioning.

The sound quality is excellent - a very deep (but not overpowering) bass and nice separation. There is very little sound leakage and they block outside noise fairly well.

The only downside is the lack of a pause / skip function - there is an in line microphone but I miss the ability to pause / skip. Otherwise, these are comfortable, good quality headphones for this price range and I look forward to hearing what audio products Vibe bring onto the market in the future.


Bitmore Juucee 2600mAh Ultra Compact Portable Battery Backup Charger with LED Torch
Bitmore Juucee 2600mAh Ultra Compact Portable Battery Backup Charger with LED Torch
Price: 12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Light and easy to use, 23 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Bitmore Juucee (not a typo thats the product name!) is a light, and so very portable, back-up battery source.

Most days I start out with my iPhone 5 fully powered, but often on the return commute, my battery is low and ready for a top-up, and this is where a portable battery backup charger comes in handy.

Also on holiday, and when travelling, power-sources are not always nearby - have you ever been stuck for hours in an airport before a long-haul flight with no phone battery and so no music? A battery backup charger can be a real help in keeping your portable devices powered.

My other backup battery charger (made by Anker) is a 8400mAh battery, and so whilst I get more charges out of it, it is a lot heavier and so not so good for day-to-day use. The Bitmore Juucee is extremely light, and can fit in your pocket or bag. It also doubles as a torch, but that's a gimmick really - the battery charging is its main function.

The Bitmore Juucee is extremely easy to use - just connect to your device and move the switch to the middle setting and it will start charging your device.

To charge the Juucee , use the supplied adapter and plug in to your computers USB port. The Juucee will have a red light on charging, which turns off when fully charged.

The only two negatives (which is why this review is 4 stars not 5), is that there is no power supply included, so you have to source your own if you want to charge the Juucee when you are away from a PC with USB. Plus I cannot see how much battery is left (my Anker battery charger has four stars for fully charged, flashing 1 star when nearly empty).

But apart from those minor niggles, for the price, and for the portability of this charger, it's a great product and one that I will use often.


Philips GC6611/30 SpeedCare Iron Steam Generator with 120 g Steam Boost and 1.2 Litre Water Tank, 1200 ml, 2400 Watt, 4.2 Bar, Purple
Philips GC6611/30 SpeedCare Iron Steam Generator with 120 g Steam Boost and 1.2 Litre Water Tank, 1200 ml, 2400 Watt, 4.2 Bar, Purple
Price: 90.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good quality iron, 17 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Phillips Speedcare iron sits on a steam generating unit. The unit is pretty standard in size and weight.

The flip type water opening on the steam unit is rather flimsy and does not close securely. This is generally not an issue because you only fill the water up to the maximum mark which is well below the opening but if you were to accidentally drop the unit down with a bump there is a risk hot water could splash up and out of the opening.

Because the steam generating unit creates a lot of heat/steam especially on the higher settings you have to refill the unit quite frequently (2-3 times) during an ironing session.

The cord from the iron is a good length, which makes it easy to iron garments at the bottom of the ironing board.

The iron feels light and is easy to grip/handle. It has non- stick type surface and a pointed tip to get around buttons and in difficult corners. The temperature dial and button for generating steam is easy to locate and use.

The iron releases very hot steam on the maximum setting which is good for getting creases out of dry/stubborn fabrics but requires very careful use to avoid injuries.

The process for descaling the iron is simple and only takes around ten minutes to complete.

The Phillips SpeedCare steam generator iron heats up quickly, is easy to use and makes one of my least favourite jobs a little easier.


Oral-B Pro 600 Crossaction Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Oral-B Pro 600 Crossaction Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Price: 25.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Good value, 17 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Braun make a number of rechargeable toothbrushes, this model appears to be one of the cheaper, more basic models without lots of the fancy features that people use once and then forget about.

The Braun 600 is well made and easy to use. The brush comes with one head which snaps onto the base. Be careful not to lose or drop the miniature plastic ring that fits between the base and brush.

The unit takes around 22 hours to charge and the charge lasts for around one week with normal use. A light on the handle indicates when the unit needs charging but the brush also starts to chug a bit when the battery is running low– either way it will be clear that it needs charging. The low battery light stops flashing once the unit is fully charged. You need to purchase a shaver adaptor type plug for charging.

Brushing technique is individual but guidance is provided in the instructions about this if needed. The brush has a built in timer – it makes a short intermittent chugging sound every 30 seconds to let you know that it is time to move on and clean another area and a longer chugging sound once the recommended brushing time (2 minutes) is complete.

This toothbrush helps me to clean my teeth properly including hard to clean areas such as between teeth and right up to the gum line. It is reasonably priced, easy to use and makes my teeth feel clean and shiny.


Fellowes Automax 300C Cross Cut Shredder
Fellowes Automax 300C Cross Cut Shredder
Price: 596.45

4.0 out of 5 stars Fast, easy shredding - but not for home office use, 17 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
First of all the negatives - the size. This is an absolutely massive (and pretty heavy) piece of machinery - so not for home use. They have clearly used a very tall model in the picture on amazon - because its height is not just above your knees! So if you are looking for a home use shredder, or one to use in your home office, the Fellowes Automax 300C will probably not be for you.

Apart from the size issue (have I mentioned it's huge?!?), the Fellowes Automax 300C Cross Cut Shredder is very easy to set up and use, and is ready to start shredding within a couple of minutes of getting it out of the box.

I've not used it for shredding cd's or credit cards yet, but have loaded up the tray with junk mail and paper of varying thickness, switched it on and let it do it's work. After a few minutes, all the paper was shredded and the machine had powered down into sleep mode (it powers down after two minutes of inactivity). For such a large machine, the noise is manageable.

The shredded paper is stored in the lower, pull-out compartment in a bag inside a cardboard box. The bag can be reused and a small supply of bags is included with the shredder. The use of the bag makes it easy to move the shredded materials, with little mess, to your recycling bins.

My previous shredders were much smaller, and I had to hand feed the paper into the shredder, so it was very time consuming. With the Fellowes Automax 300C I just have to load the paper and leave the shredder to do it's job. So if you are looking for an office shredder, the Fellowes Automax 300C would be a good purchase.


TCP LED E14 Small Edison Screw 5 Watt LED Candle, White
TCP LED E14 Small Edison Screw 5 Watt LED Candle, White
Price: 9.85

5.0 out of 5 stars You light up my life (or at least my room), 16 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I cannot fault this LED bulb. It emits a nice, warm glow, and at 5 watts it is still surprisingly bright. It also gets to full brightness straight away (I have found older low energy bulbs, not LED, took a while to get to their full glow).

LED bulbs are more expensive than conventional bulbs but last a lot longer, and use less energy, so should be a saving over longer periods.


Pixnor Colorful LED Bluetooth Dancing Water Speakers for iPhone, iPad, Cellphone, PC (Black)
Pixnor Colorful LED Bluetooth Dancing Water Speakers for iPhone, iPad, Cellphone, PC (Black)
Price: 26.16

2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty uninspiring, 10 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The most fun I had with these speakers was reading the unintentionally hilarious instructions leaflet, which seemed to promise a light-show extraordinaire using the non-toxic plant filling liquid (I think that's water to you and me).

The major downside is that these speakers need to be plugged in to a power source - they don't charge, which negates their portability. And the light-show is interesting for about 20 seconds, then the novelty fades off.

They are also very noisy, even when not in use. So, as you have probably guessed, I would not recommend these speakers at all.

If you want portable speakers, I would suggest a product such as the XMI Xmini Uno Portable Mini Speaker for iPhone/iPad/iPod/MP3 Player/Laptop - Gun Metal Grey, which pack power - at around the same price, but without the light show.


Fisher-Price Rainforest Friends Musical Gym
Fisher-Price Rainforest Friends Musical Gym
Price: 29.33

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stimulates the baby's senses, 10 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This toy is suitable for babies from birth. It consists of a brightly coloured soft play mat and a variety of interesting toys that hang overhead from two arched bars. Young babies can lay on the mat to listen to the soothing music or watch the different hanging shapes/light reflecting off of the mirror.

Older babies can crawl under the arched bars and spend time touching the various hanging toys, which are designed to stimulate the senses and encourage interaction. The position of the toys can be moved around to provide new interest.

The mat can be wiped down if there is a minor spillage/accidents or washed in a cold wash cycle if needed. The mat retains its brightness and shape even after several washes if you follow the washing instructions.

The set takes x2 LR03 batteries.

The toy is made by a well known and reliable brand and is well made. It is likely to provide lots of joy for your little one and for you in turn!


Jameson Redbreast 12 Year Old Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey 70cl
Jameson Redbreast 12 Year Old Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey 70cl
Offered by DrinkSupermarket
Price: 48.49

5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite whiskey, 18 May 2014
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Yes, it's expensive. And it doesn't last long - but that's because it's such a beautiful whiskey!

It has a sweet, smooth taste - and tastes wonderful on the rocks.

I've never seen this whiskey in an off-licence or supermarket, so find myself returning to Amazon to replenish my stock.


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