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iPad Air 2 Detachable Keyboard Case with Stand, KVAGO Removable Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard Flip Cover with Kickstand Synthetic Leather Folio Book Case Sleeve Portable Keyboard Bundle for Apple iPad Air 2 9.7 inch 2014 Release 6 th Generation Brown
iPad Air 2 Detachable Keyboard Case with Stand, KVAGO Removable Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard Flip Cover with Kickstand Synthetic Leather Folio Book Case Sleeve Portable Keyboard Bundle for Apple iPad Air 2 9.7 inch 2014 Release 6 th Generation Brown
Offered by Kvago
Price: £20.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A decent keyboard case at a decent price, 31 Oct. 2015
This keyboard case from Kvago is made specifically for the iPad Air 2 and, as such, fits the device perfectly. In the package you get:

• Brown Synthetic Leather Case for iPad Air 2
• Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard
• Stylus
• Screen Protector
• USB Charging Cable
• Bluetooth Keyboard Manual

I cannot fault the quality of the case, it looks and feels like a good quality leather and, once your iPad is slid into it, it is held securely in position by a hook and loop strip on a retaining flap. The case activates the auto sleep/wake function on the iPad when it is opened or closed, it leaves all ports, speakers and cameras easily accessible and unobstructed and it has a fold out flap on its back which props the iPad up in a convenient viewing angle for typing or watching video's etc.

The keyboard is of a sleek design that looks good and is convenient to use - as it is independent of the case you can even be sat a few metres away from your iPad (with the keyboard) and still be able to input text. Charging of the keyboard is done via the supplied charging cable, either into a computer's USB port or a suitable wall charger - a full charge lasts a long time, I cannot say how long as yet because it is still going strong after about two weeks. Bluetooth pairing is simple and once the connection has been made it is very stable. In use the keyboard is comfortable - the keys are large enough and well spaced whilst the layout is standard English QWERTY (holding the shift key and typing the "2" key still produces a "£" symbol).

A couple of minor points that lowered the rating of this product for me were:
• The keyboard manual is in very poor English and anyone not familiar with setting up or using a bluetooth keyboard may well be left confused by it.
• The need to physically turn the keyboard off prior to closing the case as it remains active if this is not done - this can result in operations such as screenshots being performed if pressure is exerted on the case.
Apart from these minor points I found this to be a really decent case at a very decent price.

• I was provided with this product in return for an honest, unbiased review.
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Tefal Colormania x6 Raclette RE128012, Six Pans with Non-Stick Coating Easy to Clean, Dishwasher-Safe Grill Plate - Lime Green
Tefal Colormania x6 Raclette RE128012, Six Pans with Non-Stick Coating Easy to Clean, Dishwasher-Safe Grill Plate - Lime Green

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, fun way to enjoy some melted cheese, 30 Oct. 2015
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Getting this Raclette Grill has been a bit of a learning curve for me. Prior to getting it I had never heard of such a thing but I liked the idea because it brought back memories of communal eatings in the past - particularly with tortilla chips, dips and lots of melted cheese! I was a bit surprised on receiving the grill to find a complete lack of information about what it was or how you were meant to use it - the "instruction booklet" contains 4 pages in English consisting purely of safety instructions.

The Tefal Colormania Raclette Grill is a smart looking gadget that is meant to form the centre piece at the table when having an informal meal with friends. It's bright colour scheme and simple styling draw attention and for those, like me, that have not encountered one of these before it creates a certain amount of intrigue. Apparently the idea originates from Switzerland and is based around a group of people, whose host is too lazy to cook for them - my interpretation :) - warming up boiled potatoes and covering them with melted, hard cheese - any hard cheese will do, usually something like fontina, swiss, gruyere or samso.

This Raclette grill will accommodate up to six people at a time as it has six small pans, 10 x 11cm with a 9cm handle (approx.) on which to melt the cheese and the large grill plate (33 x 40cm approx.) on which you keep the main ingredients (potatoes, meat, fish etc.) warm - or heat them up. This is a good, fun way to entertain as everyone can create their own dishes without the need for anyone to leave the gathering - it can be a bit chaotic too, which adds to the fun.

Now to the not so good bits - the grill is extremely lightweight and not very stable, it can easily move around, particularly as the electric power cable is traipsing across the table and tends to get caught occasionally in all the reachings to and fro. Then there's the cable itself, Tefal have been very tight-fisted with this and supplied a cable which is a measly 85cm (approx.) in length - there is no doubt about it, you are definitely going to need an extension cable which adds the potential for a tripping risk. You will also need plenty of storage space as I feel this is one of those items that is going to spend a lot of time in a cupboard only coming out on those odd occasions when you remember that you have it and it might be good fun to get it out again. On the plus side, cleaning the grill plate and the pans is dead easy and the base can be wiped down without much effort as well.
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JmGO G1 1500LM LED Projector Media Player and Smart Home Theater System
JmGO G1 1500LM LED Projector Media Player and Smart Home Theater System
Offered by TopBrandBOXUK
Price: £799.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing piece of kit., 29 Oct. 2015
This is an absolutely amazing piece of kit - I've just turned my living room into a cinema :).

I'm not an expert on audio visual equipment but I do know what I do and what I don't like, this Home Theatre system by JmGO definitely falls into the first category. From the moment you take delivery of the package you can just tell that you are in for a treat, the high quality packaging opens to reveal some seriously good stuff. The projector/media player and its remote control are both very stylish and look quite futuristic - the projector has an aluminium alloy body in a brushed, satin effect and the remote control, whilst being made of plastic, complements the projector's design and colour scheme. You are also given a power adapter and cabling, an HDMI cable and a User Manual.

Setting up the system did not take long at all, I had it up and running and tuned into my Wi-Fi network in under ten minutes (2nd photo) - pairing the Bluetooth to my iPhone took considerably less than that. I have not purchased the bracket to mount the projector onto my ceiling as yet so I sat it on a convenient flat surface to try it out. Getting the picture in position on my living room wall (I don't have a projector screen at this point either), and in focus took very little effort and it looks fantastic, I still have a little tweaking to do but I don't imagine a projector screen will improve much upon the quality that I am getting at present (although I do have a flat, white wall). The third photo shows a projected image above my 40" TV which may give some indication of the size of image you could expect to get in an average living room. So far I have watched films on Netflix (4th photo), videos on Youtube and played Candy Crush (5th photo).

The remote control is a very smart device. Not only can you do the usual remote control stuff but it also has a mic built into it and you can switch between using the thumbstick (like you get on gamepads) to select items/menus or, using the remote as a pointing device with an onscreen cursor. The top of the remote rotates independently of the body to control volume or, pull it up and use it to focus the picture.

I am still exploring the possibilities with this home theatre system but from what I have seen so far I'm beginning to think that it has made my newly purchased smart TV a bit of a white elephant.

• I was provided with this product in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
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SKG Premium High Yield Stainless Steel Juice Extractor With Anti-Clog Feature - Maximum Juice Extraction from Soft & Hard Fruits and Vegetables - Wide Mouth Centrifugal Juicer Machine - Fountain Juicer Extractor - Small Kitchen & Home Appliances - Multi-Purpose Electric Juicers for Vegetables and Fruits - Vegetable Juice Extractor Machine - Electric Juicer Blender - Professional Juice Extractor - Electric Citrus Juicers - Orange Juice Machine - Fruit and Vegetable Juicer - Apple Juice Maker
SKG Premium High Yield Stainless Steel Juice Extractor With Anti-Clog Feature - Maximum Juice Extraction from Soft & Hard Fruits and Vegetables - Wide Mouth Centrifugal Juicer Machine - Fountain Juicer Extractor - Small Kitchen & Home Appliances - Multi-Purpose Electric Juicers for Vegetables and Fruits - Vegetable Juice Extractor Machine - Electric Juicer Blender - Professional Juice Extractor - Electric Citrus Juicers - Orange Juice Machine - Fruit and Vegetable Juicer - Apple Juice Maker
Offered by SKG HOME & BEAUTY ELECTRONICS
Price: £99.77

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Product, 29 Oct. 2015
This is a high quality juicing machine that makes short work of juicing all kinds of fruit and vegetables. Along with the juicer you get a measuring jug, a brush for cleaning it and a user manual (1st photo).

The juicer comes pre-assembled so you could, in theory, use it straight out of the box but I always like to wash any kitchen wares before the first use. Disassembling the machine is straightforward, merely a matter of unclipping the chrome clamping bar and everything else just lifts out (2nd photo) - re-assembling is just as easy.

In use this is a powerful yet pretty quiet machine - considering the motor that it uses - and having two forward speeds and a reverse makes it unlikely that it will get clogged up. I do question the advice given in the manual about always having the motor running when feeding fruit/veg. into the chute, try it if you want but you may end up like me with bits of fruit flying around the kitchen :). However, another bit of advice was to put a plastic bag into the pulp collecting bin to save having to wash this up after each use, it works a treat (3rd photo).

Being a fairly weighty object, this machine does not wobble around your worktop when in use, this is helped by the rubber feet on its base but you may want to sit the jug on a dish cloth or something. What I found was that, as the jug sits loosely beside the juicer waiting to collect the juice, the vibration of the machine can cause the jug to move away from the spout and then the juice flows freely all over the worktop.

There were two minor points that detracted slightly from the idea of using this machine regularly for me and they were:
• I don't have a dishwasher so washing all the pieces after use was a bit of a pain.
• The machine is a bit big to leave sitting out on your worktop - although it does look nice and stylish :)
So, overall I would have to rate this as a five star product because it does exactly what it is claimed to do, it looks very stylish and it makes good use of fruit and veg that I have bought too much of (I would always use fresh fruit and veg because, as the saying goes, rubbish in - rubbish out).

• I was provided with this product in return for an honest, unbiased review.
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Remote Control Car For Kids - Rock Crawler 4x4 RC Car - 1/14 Rock Master Rock Crawler with 2.4Ghz Controller by ThinkGizmos (Trademark Protected) (Red)
Remote Control Car For Kids - Rock Crawler 4x4 RC Car - 1/14 Rock Master Rock Crawler with 2.4Ghz Controller by ThinkGizmos (Trademark Protected) (Red)
Offered by Paramount Zone COM UK
Price: £79.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monster RC car that flies along and eats up obstacles., 29 Oct. 2015
This remote control car is great fun and much more than just a toy. It comes in a smart display box in which you get the following:

• Rock Crawler 4x4 RC Car
• Remote Control
• 2 x sets of AA batteries for the car
• 1 x set of AA batteries for the remote control
• User Manual

This car is actually verging on being a hobbyists model rather than a toy. It has a strong, lightweight and well balanced chassis, a pliable body shell that can withstand a lot of abuse and independent shock absorbers on all four wheels. It is big at approx. 14" (36cm) long and 8" (20cm high). The tyres have a semi-inflated feel which, along with the deep tread, gives them excellent grip - great for climbing up steep obstacles. Then there are the working headlights and the steering adjustment control on the underside of the chassis which are nice touches.

The remote control is of a more professional design than usually supplied with RC toy cars. The trigger grip with finger ring makes driving the car backwards and forwards very intuitive and the fairly large wheel by which you control direction has a very positive action. There is no need to pair the controller with the car just switch it on, you'll see a red light on the handle flash a couple of times and that's it, ready to go.

Using the car is great fun, despite what the listing says this car is fast and, within reason, it eats up obstacles. With a little practice you can have this monster 4 x 4 flying round the house, garden or wherever and climbing over all sorts of things. Because you are supplied with batteries for both the remote control and the car you will have this up and running almost straight out of the box and don't worry about running out of power because you are even given a spare set of batteries for the car.

• I was provided with this product in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
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The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island
The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading - it's both interesting and humorous, 28 Oct. 2015
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This book is the usual top quality writing from Bill Bryson that is both interesting and humorous. The annoying thing is that he seems to know more about Britain than I do - and I've lived here all my life. Well worth the read.


Apple iPad Air 2 360 Rotating keyboard case , Boriyuan® luxury Golden 360 Degree Rotating Flip PU Leather Smart Case Folio Keyboard Comfortable Key Case With detachable Bluetooth Keyboard Viewing Stand for 9.7 "Apple iPad Air 2 (Launched Oct. 2014)With Free Screen Protector + Stylus Pen Color
Apple iPad Air 2 360 Rotating keyboard case , Boriyuan® luxury Golden 360 Degree Rotating Flip PU Leather Smart Case Folio Keyboard Comfortable Key Case With detachable Bluetooth Keyboard Viewing Stand for 9.7 "Apple iPad Air 2 (Launched Oct. 2014)With Free Screen Protector + Stylus Pen Color
Offered by Boriyuan Leather Co., LTD
Price: £33.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice case that combines good design with practicality., 28 Oct. 2015
This is another product from Boriyuan Leather Co which has been designed specifically for the iPad Air 2. Made to their usual high standards, this case has a detachable keyboard and can be rotated to enable viewing of your iPad in either portrait or landscape mode. It comes with a USB charging cable for the keyboard, a plastic screen protector, a stylus and a user manual for the keyboard

The case is a bronze coloured PU leather and looks very smart, particularly with my gold coloured iPad Air 2 (2nd photo). As with most iPad cases, this one can fold to become a stand (1st photo) and your iPad can be stood against either of two "ribs" on the inside of the case (3rd photo) which gives two different viewing angles. The detachable keyboard has Mac OS layout for symbols, the "@" symbol is on the no. 2 key etc. (although there is no "£" symbol on the no. 3 key, typing on this key whilst holding the shift key down does produce a "£" symbol).

The final photo shows both of the reasons which are slight concerns for me with this case; first of all, it makes your iPad into quite a bulky item to carry around and secondly, both ends of my iPad are exposed and therefore not protected. Other than this the convenience of having a proper keyboard to use with your iPad and being able to rotate the iPad without losing its stability make this a very nice case at a very reasonable price.

• I was provided with this product in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
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Byjoy 925 Sterling Silver Princess Cut Sapphire Pendant on 45cm Curb Chain BAE355N
Byjoy 925 Sterling Silver Princess Cut Sapphire Pendant on 45cm Curb Chain BAE355N
Price: £41.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely nice sapphire pendant necklace, 27 Oct. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This Sapphire pendant on sterling silver mount and chain is an extremely nice looking piece of jewellery. The picture used in the listing is actually very accurate as regards colour, although I suppose that, to some extent, that does depend upon the monitor on which you are viewing it. The stone is a deep blue with a high lustre that is emphasised by the Princess cut, it is approx. 6mm square by about 2mm deep, I have tried to give an impression of its size in my first photo. The curb chain is very fine and, as to be expected with a chain of this nature, the clasp is small and quite tricky to operate. Length-wise this chain is very short and, unless being worn by a child, it would have to be considered a choker style.

As with a previous piece from Byjoy that I reviewed, the presentation is not as good as it could be. Rather than being "presented in a beautiful gift box" this pendant necklace comes in a silver coloured box, which doesn't look quite as impressive as the black/blue one shown, and is sat loosely on a piece of sponge. I sorted the chain and arranged the piece for the photo that I took of it as it was tangled up in a corner of the box when I received it. But, this aside, the necklace itself is extremely nice as I said at the beginning of this review and it looks to be of a decent quality.
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Silentnight The Complete Bed Set, 10.5 Tog - Double
Silentnight The Complete Bed Set, 10.5 Tog - Double
Price: £39.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Good bedding solution, 26 Oct. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This Silentnight bed set is a handy way to purchase the majority of your bedding needs in one go. It comes in a kind of duffle bag which is great if, like me, you want the set for when guests stay over.

The duvet is quite lightweight and probably wouldn't be too warm in really cold weather, but then again most households seem to have the central heating on most of the time so that probably would't be a problem. I was surprised to find that the pillows actually are as full and puffy looking as in the illustrations (1st photo), a lot of microfibre pillows tend to look like a limp sandwich, but these have good shape and are quite bouncy if perhaps a little soft for my liking. The mattress protector is a good fit, I would have preferred an all round elasticated edging to hold it in place but the elasticated corner straps (2nd photo) seem to work and I would not be without a protector nowadays. The great thing about this bedding set is that it is all machine washable (3rd & 4th photo's) which makes it dead easy to clean and put away although you do have to be a bit of a bedding ninja to get everything back into the duffle bag :).
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Waterproof Picnic Blanket Rug Large Tartan Soft Fleece Shoulder Strap and Compact Carry Bag 180cm x 150cm
Waterproof Picnic Blanket Rug Large Tartan Soft Fleece Shoulder Strap and Compact Carry Bag 180cm x 150cm
Offered by Norfolk & Simms
Price: £29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well made and useful, 25 Oct. 2015
Whilst I may not do many picnics this Tartan Fleece Picnic Blanket is a useful item to have in the boot of my car and the fact that it comes in its own nylon(?) carry bag, makes sure that it's not going to get grotty if left in there for long periods of time.

The blanket opens out to a generous 180 x 150cm (approx.) and has a soft, fleece front with a waterproof PEVA backing, a modern day safer version of PVC, this appears to be quite a tough material - I tried pulling and poking the backing and it stood up well to my treatment without getting damaged. Because, by the very nature of its purpose, this blanket is likely to get grubby it's good to know that it can be washed - and even better to know that this is not restricted to hand washing.

Carrying the blanket around is made easy by the fact that it is not only extremely lightweight but that it also comes with a webbing strap that is secured by means of hook and loop material around the rolled up blanket which becomes a shoulder strap.

My intention during the colder months is to use this mainly as a seat protector after having been out walking with my daughters dog as the waterproof backing will prove invaluable for keeping the back seat dry while letting the dog be warm and comfortable. I am sure though that when the warmer weather comes and the blanket has been cleaned and put back into the boot that it will probably be getting good use for its intended purpose.

My overall opinion of this blanket is that it is a well made, attractive product that should prove to be a very useful addition to my cars "boot kit".

• I was provided with this product in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
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