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Headlamp LED, UMsky Zoomable 3 Modes 1800 Lumens Super Bright LED Headlight with Rechargeable Batteries and Car Charger and Ac adaper and USB Cable for Hiking and Reading, 2 AAA Batteries Included
Headlamp LED, UMsky Zoomable 3 Modes 1800 Lumens Super Bright LED Headlight with Rechargeable Batteries and Car Charger and Ac adaper and USB Cable for Hiking and Reading, 2 AAA Batteries Included
Offered by UM-SKY
Price: £13.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Arrived with no batteries, wrong PSU, and didn't work!, 20 Jun. 2017
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Head Lamps are a great idea, and one of those things that is so useful.

This USB Rechargeable LED Head Torch looks as though it would be an excellent product providing a perfect solution for directing light exactly where you need it, and without having to hold anything, since of course it is always shining where you are looking.

The reason I say would be, is because mine arrived defective. It was defective insofar as it did not have the rechargeable batteries or the correct power supply (non – UK type). Also, I tried with some batteries from another product that uses the same type, and unfortunately the light didn’t work. The lamp worked with a USB charging lead connected (so effectively directly powered), but not with batteries inserted.

The head lamp can be tilted by clicking the lamp through different angles. This is a really good and positive action. Each angle adjustment locks firmly into place. This lamp is fairly comfortable, with an adjustable strap / band, and a separate battery pack.

This unit appears well constructed. Since this is rechargeable (if working correctly!), it means you won’t need to be buying batteries for it, which is great. Charging should be really easy and straightforward using the included power supply or USB charger cable.

The lamp has 3 x light modes, Low, High, and Strobe. The light is very easy to switch on, off, and different modes by the button on top of the lamp.

This Head Lamp provides a really decent output of natural white light. It’s well constructed, can be used indoors and out (being water resistant), and certainly has a feel of robustness.

In summary, this appears as though it would be a good product, but sadly as noted mine arrived faulty, and I must therefore give it 1 star only. I contacted the supplier who have advised that they will be sending a replacement, but that was over a week ago, and it has not been received as yet. If and when it arrives, I will test and update the review accordingly.

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Cable Ties, Ankier 400 Pcs Black Nylon Cable Zip Ties for Home Office Garage and Workshop in Size 100mm,150mm,200mm,250mm (Each Size 100 Pcs )
Cable Ties, Ankier 400 Pcs Black Nylon Cable Zip Ties for Home Office Garage and Workshop in Size 100mm,150mm,200mm,250mm (Each Size 100 Pcs )
Offered by Ankier-UK
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality Cable Ties, 20 Jun. 2017
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The humble cable tie is one of the most versatile little items around, very simple, yet so, so useful! Primarily, often thought of as for main use by electricians, and indeed they are – by the bucket – load, but great for garden use, around the house, and all manner of other applications.

These cable ties are really good quality, with decent grade nylon – not brittle, with a good locking mechanism.

Particularly if you are using for outside purposes, it is very important to ensure you use a product that is UV resistant – not all are…. These are, and resistant to high temperature also (this can occur in direct sunlight). Using cable ties that are not UV resistant externally (especially when in direct sunlight) means that they will start to fail and break under the tension due to their becoming brittle.

The pack is very versatile, insofar as there are 4 x different sizes: 100mm, 150mm, 200mm, 250mm. There are 100 pieces of each size, so more than enough to last some time for most people!

To summarise, these are good quality UV resistant cable ties, in an excellent overall combination of sizes. Great value, and definitely recommended.

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SEJU 12" Silent Wooden Wall Clocks with Roman Numeral, for Living Room/Kitchen/Bedroom/Office/Lounge, Vintage/Country/Retro/French Style, Decorative Wall Clock with Non-ticking (France)
SEJU 12" Silent Wooden Wall Clocks with Roman Numeral, for Living Room/Kitchen/Bedroom/Office/Lounge, Vintage/Country/Retro/French Style, Decorative Wall Clock with Non-ticking (France)
Offered by ZOADLE UK
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Kitchen Clock!, 20 Jun. 2017
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Whatever your style of kitchen, I always think that a kitchen clock adds the finishing touch.

This clock is perfect for a kitchen, with a good easy to read analogue face and a striking design. There are various different face styles to choose from, but we chose the “France” style which has a retro look, with ornate hands and a subtle background with clear Roman Numerals. The clock is very attractive.

Unusually for this type of clock, the body is made from proper wood, walnut, as opposed to poorer quality composite board which may not stand the test of time. The face is a very durable vinyl finish, which should be ideal for the kitchen, resisting moisture, steam etc.

Overall, the clock is very nicely made, and certainly not tacky looking like some. The movement is of course quartz, but good quality, and silent – not that ticking bothers me, but it does some.

The clock is 12” in diameter, so again, about right for a kitchen. The clock takes 1 x AA battery (not included), which is easy to insert. The clock is quite light in weight and easy to hang. I prefer to drill, plug, and use a round head screw which you can tighten to the right point so the clock sits firmly. You can of course also use a picture hook, which depending upon the type of wall will do the job just as well!

To summarise, a really nice clock that adds a nice touch to the kitchen. Well, made good quality, and great value. Definitely well worth considering if you are looking for a nice kitchen clock, recommended.

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CIVO Ladies Watches Red Genuine Leather Band Women Watch Simple Design Classic Fashion Business Casual Dress Bracelet Watch Analogue Quartz Wristwatch Rose Gold White Square Dial
CIVO Ladies Watches Red Genuine Leather Band Women Watch Simple Design Classic Fashion Business Casual Dress Bracelet Watch Analogue Quartz Wristwatch Rose Gold White Square Dial
Offered by CIVO-UK
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely looking ladies watch, 15 Jun. 2017
This is a really nice, attractive retro style ladies watch with a nice quality grained leather strap that is quite soft and supple with good hard wearing stitching to the edges.

The watch face and general style is kind of reminiscent of the 1940s. The face is rectangular, with a a sort of grey herringbone pattern over white, with clear black Roman numerals, and black hour, minute, and second hands. The case is gold colour zinc alloy plated, which seems good quality, and hopefully won't wear off after use.

The watch uses a Japanese Quartz movement which remains very accurate (as you would expect), and the watch is water resistant to 30 ATM, which is excellent, and means doesn't have to be constantly removed for hand washing, showering etc.

The watch came in a really nice presentation box, complete with a micro - fibre cleaning cloth which is a nice touch.

This has become one of my wife's favourite watches (she has quite a few), a really classy looking time - piece for not a lot of money, and includes a 2 year warranty for peace of mind.

All in all, this is a really nice quality, great value ladies watch that is comfortable to waer and looks great for smart or casual. Definitely recommended.

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Key Finder, YANX Nut 2 GPS Tracker Bluetooth Anti-lost Location Tracker Two-way Wallet Locator Phone Tracker Device for iOS/ iPhone/ iPod/ iPad/ Android (Orange)
Key Finder, YANX Nut 2 GPS Tracker Bluetooth Anti-lost Location Tracker Two-way Wallet Locator Phone Tracker Device for iOS/ iPhone/ iPod/ iPad/ Android (Orange)
Offered by Yanxfactory
Price: £35.00

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1.0 out of 5 stars this should be a great product. Unfortunately, 13 Jun. 2017
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On the face of it, this should be a great product. Unfortunately, it isn’t.

Setting up was quite simple and straight – forward, although using the QR code was a waste of time, since it opens the link, but when you select download, nothing happens. This meant I had to download via Playstore – not the end of the world, and not the first time I’ve had something like this.

So then, the little unit is quite nicely made, bright orange with a self - adhesive pad, or a small tag for adding to a key ring, which is what I chose to use.

Set – up very simple, very basic, and easy.

Once set – up, you simply press the locate key on your phone, and follow the beep – great I thought. Well, great – ish. The problem arises because the blasted thing keeps disconnecting from the tracker for no reason, although it appears to be out of range. I don’t call immediately above the keys upstairs to be a long way from the device…..

Whilst you could to a degree live with this, so long as you don’t mind moving around until you are closer (although by virtue of what it is for, you won’t know!), and then trying to reconnect. Excepting that when the keys (or object you have attached the tag to) are out of range, the app on the phone starts sounding. Bearing in mind that sometimes it disconnects even when fairly close anyway, this is really annoying. You can’t set this to silent, only alter the duration, or change to a different alert sound, but not silent.

Unfortunately, this device, although a neat little well – made item, is rendered next to useless, and certainly doesn’t do what it says “on the tin”

Much as I’d love to recommend this, I can’t – real shame, but there you are.

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4-6 Mins Hand Spinner EDC Fidget Toy, SEGURO Colorful Titanium Alloy Stress Reducer High Speed Finger Tri-Spinner Relief Toys for Focus, Killing Time, Kids & Adults, Best for Birthday Gift
4-6 Mins Hand Spinner EDC Fidget Toy, SEGURO Colorful Titanium Alloy Stress Reducer High Speed Finger Tri-Spinner Relief Toys for Focus, Killing Time, Kids & Adults, Best for Birthday Gift
Offered by SEGURO
Price: £20.00

5.0 out of 5 stars For some reason, kids love these!, 13 Jun. 2017
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This is now the second fidget spinner that I have bought for my grand – son, who seems to be collecting them (?)! Kids go through crazes, and when you think of some of the strange crazes there have been over the years!

Although I don’t really get these Hand Spinner Fidget toys, to be fair this little thing does seem to be very well made. I can only really judge by the way it spins and how smooth the bearings are, and it is pretty good, with very little friction. It keeps going for absolutely ages.

This gadget is well - constructed from titanium alloy, with stainless steel bearings, and is nice and colourful. It also comes with a small adjusting screwdriver, which is useful.

The spinner is very quiet in operation, so shouldn’t annoy mum and dad too much. Hopefully the bearings are long life, and it will stay quiet!

This is quite a substantial little gadget, and certainly seems decent quality, but it is one of those things I think should not be given to small children (without supervision), who could possibly harm themselves or others with it. To be fair, the edges are nice and smooth and well contoured, but it is metal after all.

In summary, a neat little toy that kids will love, and I suspect some adults as well (haha, I’m not one of them though).

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Dual-Band WiFI 2.4G/5G, SEGURO M8S+ 4K Android TV Box Quad Core Smart TV Box with Dual-Band WiFI 2.4G/5G Bluetooth 4.0 2GB RAM 8GB ROM
Dual-Band WiFI 2.4G/5G, SEGURO M8S+ 4K Android TV Box Quad Core Smart TV Box with Dual-Band WiFI 2.4G/5G Bluetooth 4.0 2GB RAM 8GB ROM
Offered by SEGURO
Price: £80.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice and Compact TV Box!!, 13 Jun. 2017
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With the dramatic increase in the quality of TVs, with HD / UHD etc., watching TV has become increasingly popular, but less so in the traditional linear manner. More and more we tend to use catch - up services, paid for services such as Amazon Prime, and others etc. There is a whole world of interesting stuff you can do with your TV, far beyond the smart functions, and that’s where these little Android TV boxes are perfect.

The M8S+ box has 2 Gb DDR3 RAM, which is more than adequate, and doesn’t struggle at all. This box, unusually, uses the S812 A9r4 processor (with Octa – core ARM Mali 450 GPU) as opposed to the more common Amlogic S905X Quad Core ARM Cortex A53 @2.0 GHz and Penta Core Mali-450 GPU). Benchmark testing gives this the edge over the 905X, and it also supports HDMI 2.0 This certainly is a very fast little TV box, and plays all HD video perfectly, fluid, and without stutter.

The box only has 8Gb internal storage, but this is more than adequate for most uses, and can of course be expanded by adding SD card / HDD etc. Unlike Windows, a large number of apps (not all though) can be loaded and launched from secondary storage, so no real issue!

The box looks and feels like decent quality. It stays quite cool (silent and passive cooling), boots up instantly, and has a clean and bright user interface – a real pleasure to use.

Overall performance is excellent. This box is small and an excellent spec. and performance. It has a nice clean build of Android 5.1, which is very stable, slick and fluid. Many of these boxes now come with Android 6.0, but to be honest apart from a different interface, there is very little difference. Android 6.0 is more tiles based, and many may prefer the layout of Android 5.1 anyway.

The TV box processor is excellent, Amlogic processors are well established, solid and reliable, and have low energy usage – therefore less heat to dissipate. The Wi-Fi works really well, is easy to connect with no problems. Although it is only IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n (and not c), it is dual band, 2.4 Ghz and 5.0 GHz. and works really well. As always though, it’s best to connect via Ethernet where you are able (which is what I always do). This box does have a Giogabit Ethernet port – so all good on that front too! This box has 2 x USB 2.0 ports which of course can be expanded by adding a USB hub if necessary. It also has (apart from HDMI), SPDIF optical, and an SD Card slot as well.

This box is very flexible, as well as a mini – computer / TV box, it allows you to media stream from PCs / servers etc., and will play just about any format you throw at it (unlike Smart TVs…)

The M8S+ box comes pre-configured, and works straight out of the box, true Plug and play, meaning you should be up and running in minutes! There are the basic Android apps loaded and a few others too, which is good, no bloat – ware etc. Playstore is also pre-loaded, and of course, if you already have a Google account / android apps, these can be added to this device (for no additional cost!), games for instance. This is a real advantage of Android. Often with these boxes, the install that has been pre-loaded doesn’t work properly in the U.K, due to geo – locational issues (to do with where it was set up….), but this one is fine, and everything I tried works exactly as it should.

I would certainly advise anyone to familiarise with it, and the Android OS (Linux based) and experiment! There are various office type apps available as well, which are useful, including of course e – mail clients, giving a really versatile little box.

This box boots up really fast, and has the standard Android 5.1 Interface that is easy to navigate around. It’s very easy to add remote content to stream from your main PC, e.g. ripped music / itunes / “back-up” movies etc…, which adds a whole extra dimension. This box will likely very soon become your main media hub! Always a favourite of course, is You Tube!

With just a little use, and some “playing around” you’ll soon become familiar with Android if you aren’t already.

The remote control does have a mouse function, and there is of course an on-screen keyboard for when required (web browsing etc.) On balance I prefer a full size keyboard, but this doesn’t suit everyone. There are some very good mini-keyboards that are equally easy to use, if you prefer. If you are going to use one, to get the best out of the keyboard, it’s worth noting that there are free apps which allows you to disable the on – screen keyboard display.

To summarise, this is a great, well equipped and intuitive box that will ensure a whole new dimension to TV viewing. The box switches on from the remote, and shuts down from it also, so once it’s in situ, you won’t need to touch it. It’s very small which means it can be discretely placed without having to juggle other components around, to fit it in! A good value, great performing gadget. Definitely recommended.

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Expanding Hose, 50ft Garden Expandable with 8 Adjustable Spry+Double Latex Inner Core+Colid Brass Connectors(2017 New Design)
Expanding Hose, 50ft Garden Expandable with 8 Adjustable Spry+Double Latex Inner Core+Colid Brass Connectors(2017 New Design)
Offered by Sonyabecca UK
Price: £27.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Super-Strong Compact Hosepipe!, 10 Jun. 2017
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It looks like summer is upon us (finally) – hallelujah!, and if you’re fortunate enough to have one, watering the garden is an important part of this wonderful time of year.

Traditional hosepipes can be quite frustrating, and a real pain. No matter how careful I seem to be with hosepipes, they always seem to kink, and as I’m watering, the flow suddenly stops – very annoying. Then, when you’ve finished, what do you do with the hosepipe? I usually leave the hose as it is, because winding it back onto its cart is just as much of a pain. It always kinks as you wind it in, and then you have to make sure it is evenly distributed. Unwinding is never easy either, it always seems to jam as you’re pulling the hose.

When it comes to watering the front garden, it can be rather more challenging. It means bringing a hose in from the back garden, and then through the house, to the front, because our house is terraced, so unable to take it round the side. Using the hose that just lays in the back garden, means a dirty, mucky hose laid all over the carpets – certainly not ideal. If I use a hose on a cart (just solely for this), once again it is the real pain of kinking (even worse bringing it through the house), and the general pain of unwinding, and rewinding back onto the cart afterwards. As an alternative to a hosepipe, the only option is watering cans, another real pain! Several fills, water dripped as you carry it through the house etc.

This hosepipe is really good example of the increasingly popular expanding type. The expanded length is 15m / 50 feet, and comes complete with an 8 Settings Spray Gun. The spray gun is very lightweight and doesn’t look as though it would last that long, but like me, you probably won’t bother with that one anyway, using a better quality one. The hosepipe itself though is a really great product, it’s absolutely superb, and surprisingly lightweight too.

Generally, I’m somewhat dubious about this type of product, how good the quality will be, and in particular how kink resistant it’s going to be. I had no need to worry, it’s excellent, and doesn’t kink at all. The quality of the hose is appears really good. From the description (double latex inner core etc.) it’s very well constructed, and certainly appears so. It’s amazing how it stretches, it really does do what it says. The great thing is that when you have turned off the water, and then start to expel the water in the hose, the hose itself starts to contract again, highly fascinating to watch. What then remains is a clean, lightweight easy to handle and store hose pipe. Absolutely just what you want, and convenient to store.

The hose end connections are really heavy duty, solid brass, and should far outlast the common run of the mill plastic types, and they make a good locking connection, with no drips etc. They lock securely, unlike some I’ve used before.

The hosepipe also comes complete with some spare washers which is a nice touch, along with a hanging bracket which slots over an outside tap. The bracket seems a bit superfluous, and not something I’d use, but they all seem to have them!

As already noted, the hose itself (the most important bit, obviously) certainly seems decent quality, and constructed using good quality materials. Time will of course tell, just how well it will take the strains and rigours of regular use, but it certainly doesn’t appear as though it will not last.

To summarise, I’m very impressed with this hosepipe. It is a good, versatile product, and good value for money. The quality is first class, a generally great product that is compact and lightweight, easily stored, and flexible in its uses. Most definitely highly recommended.

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USB Type C to USB Charger Cable COSKIP - Type-C Cable [2packs 2m] Braided Android Charger Data Cable for Samsung S8, OnePlus 3, Nokia N1 Tablet, Huawei N9, ChromeBook Pixel(Black)
USB Type C to USB Charger Cable COSKIP - Type-C Cable [2packs 2m] Braided Android Charger Data Cable for Samsung S8, OnePlus 3, Nokia N1 Tablet, Huawei N9, ChromeBook Pixel(Black)
Offered by Rocknteck
Price: £8.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Quality and Heavy Duty!, 10 Jun. 2017
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So many electronics now have type C charger / Data connections, and indeed, both my, and my wife’s phones has “C” type USB connections. I always seem to be hunting around for a cable. USB cables seem to be like socks, they always seem to disappear into thin air, and there just never seems to be enough of them! Apart from never being able to find them, the quality of most of the supplied (with gadget) one is not always as good as you would hope or expect it to be!

This Coskip USB Type C USB 2 Cable Sync Data, and Charge Cable twin pack is excellent quality, and of course extra cables are always welcome.

One of the things I really like with USB type C connectors, is the reversible connector design (plugs in both ways), which allows you to connect cable in any orientation.

These cables are perfect for and ideal for regular use, use when travelling, or connected to a multi-charger etc., each one being 2m in length

These USB cables are most certainly robust, with a tough braided nylon fibre outer. Both connecting end plugs have a substantial collar, more than sufficient to prevent weakening, and potential eventual fraying / break at these points (which often happens). The plugs (both ends) are metal, and are precision made, fitting nice and tight as they should.

The cables are USB 2.0 standard, so are suitable for data transfer of up to 480 Mb/s, and a charge rate of up to 3A.

These cables are most definitely constructed to a good standard, and the connectors fit squarely and tight, ensuring optimum connection without error.

To summarise, most impressed with the cables, which arrived well packaged, and I certainly expect them to give plenty of years’ good service (until it becomes out-dated, and the next type comes along of course!) The cables are well - made, and good value, particularly when you compare them to many of the not so good cables around. Definitely a recommended product.

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KOMVOX Twin Walkie Talkie Small Two Way Radio Kids Great for Hiking Fishing Hunting Riding Outdoor Travel (Khaki)
KOMVOX Twin Walkie Talkie Small Two Way Radio Kids Great for Hiking Fishing Hunting Riding Outdoor Travel (Khaki)

4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad little set of Radios!, 10 Jun. 2017
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All kids (I know I did when I was a child) seem to love “walkie talkies”, they seem to be able to play with them for hours (always useful to find something different to computer games to keep them occupied).

The Komvox pair of 2 way radios is quite a product, and ideal for kids (of all agaes…..) I got these for my grand – children, and they love them.

These radios are nicely made, and seem quite robust in the way they are constructed. Each radio takes 3 x AAA batteries (not supplied with the radios), which are installed into a rear compartment of each radio. The battery compartment is retained by a small recessed screw (screwdriver included), which is good. Battery covers are often the first thing that breaks due to the plastic tensioned clip snapping.

The radios work reasonably well, with decent clear LCD screen display, and functionality. The radios have belt clips.

As well as on or off, the radios have a stand – by function which means can still receive comms, but saving battery life. Irrespective of this, and knowing kids, it is probably still worth investing in some decent quality rechargeable batteries.

The radios have auto squelch which works reasonably okay, along with different channels which you can experiment with depending on local RF activity / noise (remember these are unlicensed frequency – obviously!).

As expected, the stated range is – shall we say – rather optimistic. It is highly unlikely you would achieve the sort of stated ranges with such low power / inexpensive radios. However, they work well enough for kids playing together all fairly nearby. The best I could achieve was around 0.5 Km!

To summarise, these are great for kids, quite well constructed, and not bad value. Recommended so long as their limitations are appreciated. Definitely invest in rechargeable batteries though, or be prepared to keep shelling out for replacement batteries, which will work out expensive!

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