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iPro Screen Protector with Cleaning Cloth for New Apple iPhone 4/iPhone 4S (Pack of 10)
iPro Screen Protector with Cleaning Cloth for New Apple iPhone 4/iPhone 4S (Pack of 10)
Offered by TechSavers Ltd
Price: £0.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and quite cheerful, 6 Jun 2014
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These are undeniably cheap (at 99 pence delivered for a pack of 10) and it might seem unreasonable to expect too much at about 6 pence each once you deduct postage...but, they do need to do the job...

My experience of these is try as I might to clean the screen so it is absolutely immaculate and then to fix these carefully it is impossible to fix these in place without some bubbles. After a couple of trys I did manage it so just a few bubbles remained at the very edge which was good enough to use. The cleaning cloths supplied are actually fine.

The screen is nice and clear, and far less reflective than many. The problem with these though - and the reason I have marked them down to 3 stars - is that they reduce the sensitivity of the screen. Just touching buttons is fine - so dialling the phone is not affected - but when you try to scroll the response is noticeably dulled.

It does seem like great value, but personally I would prefer one better quality screen protector than ten like this, due to the screen response.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful kitchen tool rather than just another gadget..., 20 May 2014
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There are already some excellent reviews on this item, but I hope these comments are still of use following the purchase of this kit based on a personal recommendation.

Kits contents: The standard kit (as at May 2014) includes two vacuum stoppers and a pump handle. The stoppers slip easily into standard bottles, but still create a good seal. They are absolutely fine in the dishwasher.

Ease of use: Well designed items work easily and that applies here. The pump is placed on top on the stopper and pulled up and down a number of times to create a vacuum - the less wine there is in the bottle the more you have to pump. The pump makes a discreet clicking noise when sufficient vacuum has been created. To release the vaccum just takes the pressure from one finger on the stopper to release the seal and you are ready to enjoy another glass or two.

Length of time it will save wine for: There seems to be quite a bit of disagreement in the reviews on this. I suspect this is down to different wines reacting differently as well as to personal tastes. We have found that it keeps red wine well for up to a few days, but would not really go beyond that.

Overall: There are an awful lot of kitchen fad tools out there and I was sceptical this might be another one of those. I could not have been more wrong - it works well, is simple to use, it is well made, and helps avoid waste: a true kitchen 'must have'!

Thoroughly recommended.


USB2 A-B cable 1.8m (also USB1.1 compatible)
USB2 A-B cable 1.8m (also USB1.1 compatible)
Offered by Gadgetsonline
Price: £1.38

5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap, simple and effective, 20 May 2014
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This was purchased from Amazon Marketplace at the same time as ordering a new printer direct from Amazon as we expected a cable not to be included.

This is not a named brand, quality assured high specification cable, just a simple USB printer cable which works - if that meets your need, as it did for us, then it is fine.

Buying cheap items like these when they are listed by numerous sellers - and in practise are from different factorys/countries always feels like a little bit of a gamble as to what you receive so we try to pay attention to the feedback left for sellers and also where the item is shipped from (UK in preference to Hong Kong).

It would be fair to note that cables like this are also available in 'pound stores' on the high street, but in our case the option for delivery is more helpful and we purchased from the seller Cartridges World. They shipped from within the UK and it arrived safe and sound and works fine.


Aerolite® Lightweight Black Cabin Size Fold Away 21" Luggage Holdall (55cm x 35cm x 20cm, 44L, 0.35Kg)
Aerolite® Lightweight Black Cabin Size Fold Away 21" Luggage Holdall (55cm x 35cm x 20cm, 44L, 0.35Kg)
Offered by Luggage Travel Bags Ltd
Price: £20.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 21” size is excellent, 15 May 2014
We initially bought one of the 21” size bags to tuck away as a spare aircraft cabin sized luggage bag as we always seem to come back with more things than we go away with when travelling…

For the price I was pleasantly surprised at how well it is made. Yes, it is lightweight fabric (which helps keep the packed weight down) and I would not pack it with heavy items all the time, but it is well put together, the zips are smooth, the handles and shoulder straps do what they should and design that allows it to zip down inside itself works well. We were so impressed we bought a second 21” one and also the larger size (available on another listing) as a spare hold size bag. We did note that that on the two 21” bags as we bought these a year apart the material had changed – though both seem fine - but the bags now have the sizes printed boldly on the outside; this looks a little odd so we prefer the original one.

Perhaps the only downside with these bags is that they have no firm base, so unless they are fully packed they will not keep their shape. If you are using them for clothes or soft items this will not matter, even in the larger 28” size.

When we shopped for these we were a bit confused by listings for identical products as the bags come up with either free/Prime delivery fulfilled by Amazon or a lower price plus £4.95 for delivery direct from Luggage Travel Bags. Price wise it works out the same, but where possible we default to the ‘fulfilled by Amazon’ option for the best service.

Having now purchased three of these, and used one for over 18 months I thoroughly recommend them.


Aerolite� Lightweight Extra Large Black Fold Away Holdall / Cabin Approved Flight Bag Backpack Bag
Aerolite� Lightweight Extra Large Black Fold Away Holdall / Cabin Approved Flight Bag Backpack Bag
Price: £8.99 - £39.65

5.0 out of 5 stars 28” size is very useful, the 21” size is excellent, 15 May 2014
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We initially bought one of the 21” size bags to tuck away as a spare aircraft cabin sized luggage bag as we always seem to come back with more things than we go away with when travelling…

For the price I was pleasantly surprised at how well it is made. Yes, it is lightweight fabric (which helps keep the packed weight down) and I would not pack it with heavy items all the time, but it is well put together, the zips are smooth, the handles and shoulder straps do what they should and design that allows it to zip down inside itself works well. We were so impressed we bought a second 21” one and also the larger size as a spare hold size bag. We did note that that on the two 21” bags as we bought these a year apart the material had changed – though both seem fine - but the bags now have the sizes printed boldly on the outside; this looks a little odd so we prefer the original one.

Perhaps the only downside with these bags is that they have no firm base, so unless they are fully packed they will not keep their shape. If you are using them for clothes or soft items this will not matter, even in the larger 28” size.

When we shopped for these we were a bit confused by listings for identical products as the bags come up with either free/Prime delivery fulfilled by Amazon or a lower price plus £4.95 for delivery direct from Luggage Travel Bags. Price wise it works out the same, but where possible we default to the ‘fulfilled by Amazon’ option for the best service.


Mr Beams The MB302 Motion-Sensing Light-Sensing Battery Powered LED Spotlight, Pack of 2
Mr Beams The MB302 Motion-Sensing Light-Sensing Battery Powered LED Spotlight, Pack of 2
Price: £31.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Compact, bright and effective, 9 May 2014
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I was really pleased to find these lights; whilst doing a home renovation a couple of rooms in the house are without fixed lighting and so we have used these as easy fix, wire free, temporary solutions for a storeroom and the downstairs loo. For the storeroom they are bright enough to light the key part of the room well, but it would probably take another three to light the whole room fully. For the downstairs loo though they are perfect - as bright as the old ceiling light but without being dazzling, and with the added benefit of automatic on/off so no unhygienic pull cords etc. Once the building work is done these will make ideal shed lights.

No batteries are included and we decided to power these with rechargeables opting for Energizer 2 x C Rechargeable Batteries NiMH (a total of three packs of two batteries as each light uses three). The lights actually drain little power in our use and after six months there is no sign that they need recharging

We were fortunate to find these as an Amazon lightning deal and it can be worth looking out for them again - a number of Mr Beams branded items seem to appear quite regularly. Even at just over £30 (£15 each) these seem fair value, however if you do as we did and add rechargeable batteries the price does climb to about £25 per light.

Thoroughly recommended.


Person of Interest - Season 1 [DVD + UV Copy] [2013]
Person of Interest - Season 1 [DVD + UV Copy] [2013]
Dvd ~ Jim Caviezel
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding series and great value DVD set, 8 May 2014
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I happened upon Person of Interest one evening whilst flicking through the Freeview channels and immediately thought it an interesting concept and I was keen to see more...

The DVD box set gave the chance to do just that; it is excellent and at 6 full discs is frankly great value. Having now watched the full series all the way through from the Pilot (both versions of which are included on discs 1 and 6) to episode 23 the series picks up quickly from the pilot, carving out strong character development through really strong writing. The overall surveillance principles are very much in line with the film Enemy of the State and none the worse for that, though it will be interesting to look back at this series in a few years to see how the technology in our daily lives has moved on.

One note on the product contents - the listing says that sets purchased after the initial release may not have a UV (digital copy) version included. At the time of purchase (April 2014) a flyer is included that lets you register a digital copy via a UV/Flixster account link and a serial number. The flyer says that the serial number will expire on 18 March 2015, so if you have not registered by then it would not work.

At the time of writing the second series is already available in the US, but will not be released in the UK until June. I will be waiting for the UK release with almost baited breath.

Thoroughly recommended.


Bosch 2607336014 10.8 V Stick Battery Pack SD, 1.3 Ah, Li Ion
Bosch 2607336014 10.8 V Stick Battery Pack SD, 1.3 Ah, Li Ion
Price: £30.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great lightweight battery, but higher capacity units are now available, 6 May 2014
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I have used these in a range of 10.8v Bosch tools and for their size and weight they are great, but not without their limitations.

Pros:

+ Quick charging and lightweight
+ Compact size is perffect on small tools which can reach in to places not possible with larger ones.
+ Good value at about £30
+ Compatible across a wide range of useful tools so having mulitple batteries you can use between tools is useful
+ Last really well in relatively light use, for example on the screwdriver.
+ The torch supplied separately or in some kits is brilliant with these - incredibly powerful and great in small spaces

Cons:

- Quick to run out on high drain uses, for example on the multi-tool or sabre saw
- One battery failed on me after very limited use - it showed as fully charged but would not charge at all. It had only been used on the oscillating multi-tool; Amazon replaced this easily however I also reported it to Bosch - they claimed never to have heard of similar cases though I have seen examples on line and it is possible the oscillating tool vibrates the internals of the batterys badly. That said, since replacement I have had no problems so it may just be down to a faulty batch.

Options - at the time I purchased these they were the only capacity available but they are now available in 2.0Ah (in the same case size) and 4.0Ah (which looks like an extra handle for the tools). Given the choice again I would certainly go for the 2.0Ah capacity to add longer time between charges, but I would suggest trying out the 4.0Ah for physical size before you buy as this essentially forms a hand grip that may not suit everyone.


SLX - 27895K - AERIAL OUTDOOR DIGIDOME with Safety Guide
SLX - 27895K - AERIAL OUTDOOR DIGIDOME with Safety Guide
Offered by THE ELECTRICAL SHOP
Price: £37.70

5.0 out of 5 stars Useful indoors or outdoors..., 2 May 2014
We purchased this planning to fit it to a chimney as a more discreet type of aerial design than the standard types as we are in a conservation area.

Whilst other building work was being done we temporarily fitted this in the loft - easy due to its compact size even in a loft which is quite a tight fit for space - and found that it gave good reception to a single aerial point even without plugging in the amplifier so just using it as a standard unpowered aerial. We are in a strong signal area so this may not be the case for you, but it is reassuring that even when installed indoors and unpowered this is capable of giving good reception. We now doubt that we will not bother with moving this outside at all.

This is simple to install and set up although with only one minor concern that I did think that the reel of coax cable this came with was not very good quality so replaced this with a better substitute. That aside this is highly recommended.


SLx DigiDome Outdoor Digital Aerial and Kit
SLx DigiDome Outdoor Digital Aerial and Kit
Offered by THE ELECTRICAL SHOP
Price: £36.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Useful indoors or outdoors..., 2 May 2014
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We purchased this planning to fit it to a chimney as a more discreet type of aerial design than the standard types as we are in a conservation area.

Whilst other building work was being done we temporarily fitted this in the loft - easy due to its compact size even in a loft which is quite a tight fit for space - and found that it gave good reception to a single aerial point even without plugging in the amplifier so just using it as a standard unpowered aerial. We are in a strong signal area so this may not be the case for you, but it is reassuring that even when installed indoors and unpowered this is capable of giving good reception. We now doubt that we will not bother with moving this outside at all.

This is simple to install and set up although with only one minor concern that I did think that the reel of coax cable this came with was not very good quality so replaced this with a better substitute. That aside this is highly recommended.


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