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Savisto Handheld 3 in 1 750-Watts DC Power Venetian Red Hand Blender With 500ml Food Processor, 800ml Beaker & Whisk Attachments
Savisto Handheld 3 in 1 750-Watts DC Power Venetian Red Hand Blender With 500ml Food Processor, 800ml Beaker & Whisk Attachments
Offered by SAVISTO
Price: £41.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job and does it well, 17 July 2016
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Nice combination of attachments. Seems very well engineered and sturdy and the variable speed dial on the handle adds a level of fine control that you don't get with other mixers. Seems pretty easy to clean, too.


Samsung Gear Iconx
Samsung Gear Iconx
Price: £231.37

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound, uncomfortable, crippling connectivity issues with Samsung software installed on a non-Samsung phone, 17 July 2016
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This review is from: Samsung Gear Iconx (Electronics)
So I took these for their first real test today, just a quick 12 mile bike ride (yes, I'm well aware of the dangers of using earphones while cycling, thanks). Connected them to my Nexus 6P and installed the copious amounts of software required to use the HR monitor (S Health, Gear Manager, Gear Manager IconX plugin) and set off.

Pros:
Touch controls are superb. You can change tracks, control volume and play/pause from either earbud
The charging cradle works well to extend that battery life with some downtime
Can be used as a stand-alone step-counter and HR monitor
They stayed put in my ears very well

Neutral:
Reasonable battery life (got about 50 minutes on Bluetooth without using the charging cradle)
In-ear HR monitor is as accurate and consistent as any of the watch-based ones I've tried

Cons:
Bluetooth connectivity was appalling while riding. I spent nearly an hour listening to broken up music, music coming out of one ear or music in both ears but slightly out of sync with each other - but mostly just broken up. The phone was in the back pocket of my cycling jersey, maybe 50cm from either earpiece. I later found that if I uninstalled all of the Samsung junk from my phone, this improved markedly but then I lost the heart-rate monitor facility. Hopefully a firmware upgrade (which will require yet more Samsung software, this time on PC) will resolve this.
Sound quality was tinny (I mean PoundLand earphone quality) unless I used gels that were slightly too large and pushed them deep enough into my ear canal that it was mildly painful

Prior to buying these I was using wired Bose SoundSport and the difference in both comfort and sound quality (as well as the lack of battery) and the nearly £200 price difference really outweigh the convenience of going wireless for me. Those who want to use these as a stand-alone step counter and MP3 player might find them more useful.
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Bosvision Aluminium Micro SD Adapter with silver edge for MacBook Pro Retina 15"/ MBPR*
Bosvision Aluminium Micro SD Adapter with silver edge for MacBook Pro Retina 15"/ MBPR*
Offered by Bosvision Ltd.
Price: £25.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not as easy to extract as advertised, 30 May 2016
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Fits perfectly flush on my 2014 rMBP and works as expected. Not sure about removing it without a tool, though; it has an indentation for a thumbnail but the fit is so snug it ripped my fingernail trying to extract it - have to use something a bit stronger at least for a while.


VR Mount for LEAP MOTION Oculus DK1, DK2, CV1 HTC VIVE OSVR Support Holder
VR Mount for LEAP MOTION Oculus DK1, DK2, CV1 HTC VIVE OSVR Support Holder

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job if you don't want to wait for the official mount, 30 May 2016
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This is not the official Leap Motion mount but rather a compatible version that the seller designed and 3D prints themselves. It's been engineered well, holding the Leap Motion device firmly with well-placed gaps for the power indicator and USB cable that allow the device to be inserted in either orientation. It attaches to the front of the headset using the supplied adhesive velcro which means it fits OK to the slightly curved Rift CV1 despite the mount being completely flat.

While the build quality is OK, it was clearly produced using an extrusion-based 3D printer (possibly a home printer like a Makerbot) so the finish is quite rough and has tell-tale banding where the layers of material were extruded, but being made with PLA means it's bio-degradable.
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Strange Magic: A Yancy Lazarus Novel (Pilot Episode)
Strange Magic: A Yancy Lazarus Novel (Pilot Episode)
Price: £0.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very derivative but OK filler to read while your favourite authors are working on their next book, 5 Mar. 2016
I should have expected from the blurb that this would be just a little derivative of my favourite urban fantasy author but I didn't expect it to be so reminiscent of some of my other reads too. Yancy Lazarus is something like Jack Reacher with the power of Harry Dresden who occasionally visits a place with more than a passing resemblance to the Nightside. Now maybe I'm being a bit unfair (let's face it, all authors get inspiration from others) and possibly went into this with a bit of a bias but when I see lines of dialogue that seem almost directly lifted from those other authors it just puts me off a little. When Yancy describes himself as "Hell on wheels" (yeah it's a common enough idiom but it's one that Dresden uses) or tells us that the first woman he meets is "handsome rather than beautiful" just like John Taylor's first client it seems like it's going just a bit too far.

Having said that it's a bit of lightweight fun that may be lacking in depth (both of character and plot) but has some good action scenes and is trying to set itself up with a structured, pre-existing universe and some past intrigue so it's giving itself potential for the future albeit one where the main character is already just a bit overpowered to develop anywhere without adding some "kryptonite" so the protagonist has to lose his powers of have them crippled conveniently every novel to create suspense.

I don't think Harry Dresden is going to be stepping aside any time soon.


XYZprinting 3SH10XEU00B Handheld 3D Scanner
XYZprinting 3SH10XEU00B Handheld 3D Scanner
Price: £122.29

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, just awful, 20 Feb. 2016
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I've given this thing every chance to work over a couple of weeks - fully updated software, running on a fast PC scanning relatively simple, high-contrast objects against a plain background and even tried rotating them on a plain white cake-decorating turntable instead of walking round (because that inevitably causes the thick, heavy cable to snag or get in the way). Time and again it fails on even the most basic scans, simply halting as soon as I try to scan either the back or top surface of an item. Doesn't matter if I'm trying to scan something smooth, angular, spherical or even a very simple cuboid - it just fails to complete around 90-95% of scans. The only compliment I can give this is that on those rare occasions when it does succeed it works faster and produces better results than the Matter and Form scanner.


LG WineSmart blau
LG WineSmart blau
Offered by CBär
Price: £128.82

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and cheerful with good battery life but the touch screen is flaky and that 4GB space has less than 1GB free, 28 Dec. 2015
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This review is from: LG WineSmart blau (Electronics)
Summary:
Bought this as a secondary phone for my work SIM (so it will be used for calls and Exchange email sync only). For a cheap and cheerful device it does the job and has excellent battery life. The screen and the CPU are basic but sufficient for occasional browsing or email but that screen has a few glitches. Get a micro-SD card; it has almost no storage free.

Pros:
It's an Android flip-phone which is very rare and has a reasonably up-to-date version of the OS (5.1.1).
Call quality is good as is the volume of the speaker for the ringer/notifications.
It has FM radio.
Works fine with UK SIM cards (I'm using it with an Orange/EE SIM). I haven't seen it use LTE yet but I'm not in a good signal area and the list of frequencies it supports includes those of UK providers.
Battery life is excellent. Should last a week with occasional use (based on estimates provided by an app - haven't actually owned it a week yet).

Cons:
After updating all of the built-in apps to latest versions and installing only 3 additional apps (MacroPinch Battery, Nine and BBC Weather) it has only 821MB free space. Most of the used space is system data that can't easily be examined or erased.
The touch screen is a little bit flaky. Swipes are sometimes registered as taps and when it's plugged into a charger it registers non-existent touches and swipes.
Only supports 2.4GHz wi-fi.
The font size is inconsistent. Titles are presented in a giant font where notification text is small enough to be almost unreadable. Changing the font size in Settings doesn't apply globally. It makes that 320x480 screen very cramped at times.
Doesn't come with a UK mains plug but micro-USB chargers are hardly difficult to find.
Camera is very poor quality.


Sintered Hayes Sole GX-C GX2 MX2 MX3 MX4 MX5 CX Pro Expert Comp Cannondale Pads
Sintered Hayes Sole GX-C GX2 MX2 MX3 MX4 MX5 CX Pro Expert Comp Cannondale Pads
Offered by bikefridge
Price: £6.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Wear down quickly, don't stay seated and don't brake very well, 12 Oct. 2015
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I bought these to replace the front pads on my 2014 Norco Threshold 3 that had lasted a year before corroding. So far these have provided 3 weeks of very poor braking (even after having a good chance to bed) and one has already worn half way down. The magnetic force that managed to hold the old pads in place perfectly well doesn't seem to hold these with any level of effectiveness and they've come completely unseated on more than one occasion while the wheel was detached for maintenance or transport. This may also be the reason for the accelerated wear since I suspect that pad had been rubbing on the disc after detaching from the calliper.


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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Works but made with a potentially dangerous lack of safety features required by UK law, 28 July 2015
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It does the job, saving a whole lot of extra USB chargers but buyers should beware: Because this is a universal international adapter it lacks one of the basic safety features required in UK sockets - a shutter that reduces the risk of electrocution by blocking access to the live/neutral terminals when an earth pin isn't inserted. The holes are marginally too small for an adult finger but the contacts are very near the surface and easy to touch with a screwdriver or paperclip plus when a UK plug is inserted it doesn't sit flush with the surface. I wouldn't want to leave one of these plugged in with young children or pets around because it's potentially dangerous and quite likely illegal to sell in the UK as it doesn't comply with the BS 1363-3 standard.
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Bluefinger, Light retractable data & charging cable, Power/ Sync. High quality hard plastic, durable, 900mm, for Android (black)
Bluefinger, Light retractable data & charging cable, Power/ Sync. High quality hard plastic, durable, 900mm, for Android (black)

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice design but occasional mechanical issues, 8 May 2015
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I bought 5 of these cables and while they're generally well made and reel back into a nice, compact form, one suffered from a failed ratchet after about a month of daily extension/retraction and will no longer lock the cable into a extended position.


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